Springboard - New Belgium Brewing
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3.43/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
"Deftly, this spring brewed venture lands on its feet. Springboard combines oats, ancient Chinese herbs and Mt. Hood hops to maintain a balanced equilibrium for such an exhilirating ale. This cloudy blonde has a spirited threshold, and a creamy body, followed by a refreshingly dry finish." Brewed in the style of a Blended Belgian Pale Ale with Goji Berries and Schisandra. A spring seasonal several years back, this was resurrected as part of the 2013 Spring Folly Pack in a one time release.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a crisp, ivory head over a pale golden yellow body with high clarity minus very subtle flecks of sediment. Carbonation is moderate, head retention is average. Lacing is thin and droopy. Surface cover is thin and bubbly. It's not much of a looker, but it's decent. 3
(Smell) A mildly sweet cereal grain aroma, not unpleasant, very subtle on the nose with a touch of cracker pilsner malt to add a touch of body. Hints of wild berries deliver a mild tartness and faint fruity sweetness. Very clean aroma despite a mild potency. The aroma is very delicate- there's not much to capture but if you dig deep enough you'll find a few enjoyable qualities. 3.5
(Taste) More cracker-like grain character, mellow and sweet, perhaps intentionally murky. The wild berry character reveals itself a bit more in the flavor, up front a bit grainy and earthy before merging to a soft residual sweetness and mildly herbaceous encore. A light spice blend akin of coriander and white pepper graces the finish. Another New Belgium beer with additives I'm completely unfamiliar with. I can only say what's here is interesting. Drinkability is very high and the flavor is pleasantly light. You could knock back several of these with ease. 3.5
(Mouthfeel) Slick light cereal syrup texture is mildly sweet over vegetal bitterness. Moderate carbonation gives this beer a slight frothy edge for an enhanced texture, it could be argued that it oversteps its boundaries somewhat. Body is light+ for the style and light+ overall. Alcohol presence is very well hidden despite the mellow nature of the flavor this beer has. I'd find this beer drinking even more easily with a less invasive carbonation presence and slightly less sweetness in tow. 3
(Overall) I find New Belgium going for light, enjoyable and sessionable Belgian variations just like Springboard more frequently now than ever, which is why I'm not the least surprised to see this make a return. Springboard may hit the mark for quite a few folks, but I note some faults in balance and texture that keeps this beer from being as drinkable as it can. This reminds me greatly of Rolle Bolle in its subtleties as well as its unusual fruit inclusions, all of which make it a worthwhile contender to try. I found it enjoyable, but wouldn't seek it out on a regular basis. 3.5
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Serving type: bottle
07-09-2013 00:54:58 | More by Jadjunk
3.91/5 rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: a slightly hazy, light-golden ale with a long lasting white head made of rocky bubbles. You'll get a lot more haze if you roll the bottle
S: There is a distinct aroma that lets you know it was brewed with a spice or herb but it's not readily identifiable, sitting somewhere around rosemary mixed with allspice. There is a low spicy hop aroma. In the background there is a slight sulfur note like when chilies are added to a beer without the fruity pepper note.
T: A soft, light malt sweetness with a moderate spice flavor, again hard to a finger on it but it's slightly peppery and bitter. There is also a light fruitiness to the beer that is more than just yeast derived and just enough to notice. There is a medium-low hops bitterness with a low, spicy hops flavor. The balance is slightly bitter with a finish that is off-dry. The aftertaste is of a light spice and a citrusy and berry fruitiness.
M: A cream, medium bodied beer with a slightly thick viscous feel from the oats.
O: An enjoyable beer great for a cool Spring night or to refresh after an early season ride. I like the balance on the spice and fruit additions, there is enough to let you know it's there but not so much that it obscures the underling beer
Serving type: bottle
06-05-2013 01:01:02 | More by MadScientist
Springboard from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.