Springboard - New Belgium Brewing
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3.7/5 rDev +5.4%
Appearance: Pours a hazy lemon color with a big, rocky head that sticks well and webs the glass with lace
Smell: Lemon rind, white pepper and a hint of oak
Taste: Opens with a bready oat flavor that is joined, mid-palate, by a lemony herbal element that eventually becomes quite peppery; after the swallow, the zesty herbal lemony flavor lingers into the finish
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: A refreshing alternative take on a wit that fits more in the summer; not bad but not a favorite with me
Thanks, younger35, for the opportunity
03-03-2008 00:00:38 | More by brentk56
4.13/5 rDev +17.7%
A - Poured out a pale, golden color with a small, short-lived head. Some lacing.
S - It smelled of grains and herbs.
T - This has a very interesting and unique taste. Slightly hoppy and of grains. The "Chinese herbs" provide an interesting spiciness.
M - This is crisp and very light-bodied.
D - A very tasty beer and unlike anything else I've ever had.
02-14-2007 17:11:54 | More by zeff80
3.8/5 rDev +8.3%
Acquired from fartingdog courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a pale yellow color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, Belgian yeast, spices and a touch of hops.
T: The taste is of Belgian yeast, pale hops and spices. There are touches of some smoked malt and citrus fruit. It’s decently balanced and a little different, but it kind of grows on you. The after-taste is spicy and bready.
M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, good representation of style but seems to lean toward the Witbier style, good kick, nice beer to drink for an evening, but despite the qualities that make it different, I still might look for something else after a while.
09-20-2007 03:38:25 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.1/5 rDev +16.8%
BBD of 29 Jun 07 Pours a hazy straw color with a fluffed up 1 finger depth of white head. Good lacing & head retention
S: A little lemon & wheat malt. Some fruityness (think passion fruit as this warms).
T: Light tart wheat malt, clover, lemons & a hint of pepper up front.
I also catch some corriander & a hint of grapefruit hops & almost like lemontart sweetness. Finishes slightly dry with more passion fruit & pear notes, a little citrus hop & a little tartness & crispness
MF: Light/medium bodied & spritzy, really brings out the flavors
Drinks very easy, an interesting if not dead true style take on belgian PAs. A one they want to consider as a summer seasonal (vice skinny dip) as I believe this would go down like water during summer
02-25-2007 02:42:33 | More by russpowell
3.53/5 rDev +0.6%
springboard ale. new belgium.
Clear yellow, lovely white head.
Rather simple aromatics, lighty floral, fruity,...slightly sweet, a tiny bit grainy...
Taste: light, a little citric, and a tad sour. Lemon and honey and it goes down with no troubles, but a bit too quick if you ask me...you did, didn't you?
Very smooth and extremely drinkable.
Not well versed in Chinese herbs, I can't pick apart the wormwood from the Goji berries, or the Schisandra...nor do I detect where that 98% differentiates from the 2% aged in oak barrels. The Mt. Hood hops don't make a great impression on me, either. Really, it tastes like beer. But, though the delicate features aren't detected very well, they are appreciated. I supposed if I dwelled on it microscopically, I'd divine the minute aspects of the brew...meanwhile, I'm still drinking.
Light bodied, delicately textured, and easy, easy drinking,
Lovely springtime ale, this. I had a 6-pack without reviewing earlier, I drank it so fast. I could like this a lot.
06-09-2008 04:16:25 | More by feloniousmonk
3.3/5 rDev -6%
A - Golden Body with ample cloud white head
S - Herbal and astringent aroma, slightly floral and medicinal
T - Light slightly acidic tastes of grass, herbs and dandelion
M - good carbonation, thin body, mostly swirls around and tingles the tip of the tongue
D - light and springlike, but not especially tasty or sweet, perhaps a good palate cleanser
02-27-2007 18:52:15 | More by Slatetank
3.48/5 rDev -0.9%
Pours with a hazy, straw-gold colored body and is topped by a frothy, initially three finger thick, pale, tan-tinted white head that leaves some lacing patterns on the sides of my tulip glass. The aroma is quite interesting; woody, herbal, sharply grassy, perhaps a touch mint-like and with an almost green leafy note to it. A touch of cracker-like malt character is towards the finish of the aroma, but only if you dig for it. There is some grassy grain character to it up front that sort of feeds into the interesting herbaceous notes. The aroma is quite light and spritzy though, if an aroma can be such.
The beer has a light, clean, pale-malt sweetness to it up front that morphs into a sort of light tartness by the finish. The taste is not nearly as herbaceous as the aroma suggested, but still there is some of that here. Grassy, with a touch of mint and a solid, though still relatively light, bitterness in the finish. Flavors are not over the top, but I get a sense of lemon grass, perhaps some basil at times, and something sharp like pepper or ginger. The carbonation adds some zesty spritz to this beer and in combination with the relatively light body, would make it quite appropriate for a hot summers day.
In this end this is a nice, refreshing beer that did not have the level of character that I was expecting from the label description. It almost seems like an American interpretation of a spiced Saison; the spicing is fairly subtle, and the American portion used a yeast that was a bit too clean. This beer might really shine if brewed with a funky yeast strain that was allowed to run wild. Something about this (really the spicing and grain), makes me think of this as a Belgian Wit derivative.
Purchase: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
02-03-2007 02:44:41 | More by Gueuzedude
3.68/5 rDev +4.8%
03/15/07- Purchased at Safeway in San Mateo, CA.
Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best by date stamped on the front label. Poured into my Don De Dieu tulip.
Appearance- Off yellow, headed towards white. Looks like a bright witbier. 1/4 inch clean white head, most of which remains for the duration of the beer. Medium whisps of lace coat the glass.
Smell- Lemon rind, white pepper and maybe a touch of honey come through in the nose.
Taste- The nose tells all. A good dusting of white pepper and a fair amount of lemon rind with maybe a touch of the pith. Seems just a touch sweet. Maybe a wee bit of confectioniers sugar. As it warms you get a dry light bitter hop bite at the end of the swallow.
Mouthfeel- Fairly dry with a medium carbonation level.
Drinkability- Perfectly acceptable brew put out here from NB. Pretty much to style and very easy to drink. One of the better seasonal ones I've had.
03-15-2007 20:23:47 | More by GClarkage
3.35/5 rDev -4.6%
Poured a pale yellow with a white half finger that melts to very sticky lacing. Nose is faint Belgium yeast and sweet malts. Taste is surprising on this. A balanced mixture of pale malts, citrusy hops, definite lemon and Belgian yeast. Good brew by New Belgium
01-11-2009 15:16:36 | More by barleywinefiend
3.98/5 rDev +13.4%
Thanks to rysberg01 for tossing this beer in as an extra in a recent trade. Pours a slightly hazy pale golden- the color of straw. Really short head that sticks around as a thin cap. Smells fresh and grassy and somewhat herbal plus aromas of lemon and wheat. The taste is similar but with an additional surprising herbal bitterness that lingers. Crisp mouthfeel and lingering bitterness makes this somewhat different and refreshing. Interesting and pretty enjoyable. The additional herbs really come through.
06-09-2008 01:55:48 | More by Georgiabeer
3.35/5 rDev -4.6%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a light hazy pale straw yellow body with a thin film of snow white head. The head sticks to the glass with each sip and has a gentle carbonation supporting it.
S- The light smell of pale malt and raw grain have a dry note to them.
T- This beer has a slight sour hint to the pale malt with a finish of green noble and pine hops. There is a note of Munich malt to the pale malt flavor and a slight spice to the hops. The soft bitterness hangs on a second after each sip. There is a soft pungent flavor to the hops.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel.
D- The flavor is interesting and smooth but there is not really much character. The hops have a nice pungent musty hint that would be nice to taste more of in the finish.
05-19-2007 04:22:08 | More by rhoadsrage
3.55/5 rDev +1.1%
In the glass this is a hazy yellow colored beer with a tall puffy white head.
The smell is sweet and malty with a crackers and lemons aroma at first sniff. Strangely there is something that seems just too heavy about the malt scent here for the style or for a spring beer.
The taste begins sweet and somewhat light with a small amount of herbal hop in the background. This is quite light and airy in the mouth and there is a slight bite to it that suggests a high carbonation level. While pleasant this isn't a beer that is loaded with flavor.
The mouthfeel is light.
The area where this beer really shines is in the drinkability department. This is light and easy to drink and an excellent choice for a brunch beer or a light lunch.
04-17-2007 06:29:00 | More by Zorro
3.88/5 rDev +10.5%
It's a mild March afternoon here in Southern California, and that's putting me in the mood to try Springboard. On to the beer:
The beer settles in a chalice a lovely cloudy blonde, but with a short head that goes away. The aroma is made up of assorted spices I can't put my fingers on. Kind of tart and soury. As for the taste, it's refreshing and tastes...um...like springtime. Herbs and spice are alive in the flavor and are melded well into the beer. So then why I am drinking this inside my house? I'm stepping outside for a few minutes where I assume I'm enjoy this beer even more...yeah, it was a little more enjoyable. I even picked up on bubblegum notes too. This gets my recommendation.
03-14-2008 21:05:20 | More by DoubleJ
3.88/5 rDev +10.5%
Thanks to gbontrag for this one.
According to Garth this is replacing the Bierre De Mars as the spring release this year. Glad to be the first to review/try it out.
Pours a clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy/foamy head which lasts alittle while, nice islands and sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is of malt, hops, yeast, and spices. According to the bottle "Ale brewed with Wormwood, Goji berries and Schisandra". The taste is crisp, slightly bitter, yeasty, spicy, and hoppy. Slightly dry finish. Light-Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice Belgian Pale Ale, would recommend.
01-13-2007 03:49:07 | More by Wasatch
3.75/5 rDev +6.8%
Pours a hazy copper/yellow color. Nice sized head from which sprung a zesty, semi-citrus aroma.
Taste is like that of a pseudo-wheat beer. Some grain is tasted, but the spice is interesting. Sort of like a sharp ginger feel. Citrus of lemon is present as well.
Crisp finish. Not a bad brew. Perhaps released a bit early in the year. I'd wait until the weather is a bit more constant (warmer, that is).
02-19-2007 01:38:38 | More by Mebuzzard
3.85/5 rDev +9.7%
Poured a slightly hazy medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.
The smell featured an estery yeast, some lemon zest and spice.
The taste was upfront lemony, with a grassy hop and some banana-like esters.
The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side for the style, with a nice creaminess.
Overall a tasty ale. Good drinkability.
06-22-2008 22:58:45 | More by plaid75
3.29/5 rDev -6.3%
Big full long lasting white head slowly settled into a nice lacing above a hazy light golden colored beer.
A light aroma of citrusy hops, light grains with some added yeastiness.
Similar to the aroma a light citrus fruit taste with light grains and lighter yeast attributes.
This medium bodied beer has a slight dryish aftertaste with a bit of the grain and citrus tastes sticking around.
Easy drinking but a little to mellow for my tastes.
05-27-2013 06:35:33 | More by LXIXME
2.25/5 rDev -35.9%
Looks like a wit. Pale creamy white body with dim lemon yellow shades. Pure white cap of froth on top. Lacing is sufficient. Aroma has some wheat tang characteristics and a little lemon. Flavor is pretty lifeless. I'm not getting it here whatever "it" is. So this beer is brewed with Wormwood, Lycium, Schisandra, oats, ancient Chinese herbs, Mt. Hood hops and 2% of this ale was aged in Oak Barrels?? Why 2%? The flavor is gritty and dirty. Not very clean or refreshing. A weird kind of dryness lingers. This is not for me. Glad I only got a single.
03-16-2008 04:20:50 | More by Bighuge
Springboard from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.