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Springboard - New Belgium Brewing

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322 Ratings
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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.96%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Wasatch on 01-13-2007)
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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(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.

rhoadsrage, May 19, 2007
Photo of Cresant
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Duvel glass. Dated best by: 06JUL07. Moderate white head sat on a hazy pale yellow/white body. Interesting.

Smell was yeast and lemon. Subdued.

Taste was mildly sweet. Drying, powdery, and peppery. Perhaps a little minty. Slightly bitter aftertaste. This one never shifts gears, pretty much the same presentation throughout the drink.

Mouthfeel was light. Medium/thin body.

Cresant, May 14, 2007
Photo of peabody
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy dirty straw color with two fingers of very white suds.
Smell is wheat more than oats but it says brewed with oats and Wormwood/Gogi berries and Schisandra(no clue).
Wormwood is in my La Fe' Absinthe, can't tell it here though.
Mabey smelling the berries a little. Slight yeast aroma.
Taste is pretty nice and refreshing. Almost a sour berry flavor then the sugar takes over and leaves the mouth with a dark black bean flavor.
The sugar is prominant throughout.
Good cold and would be a good session beer. Not the best from New Begium but not bad at all.

peabody, May 04, 2007
Photo of willjschmidt
2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at the Sonoma Wine Exchange.

A: A very pale yellow, a little cloudy. Looks a little like cider.

S: Sour fruits: lemon and green apple, along with some earth aromas such as grass and hay.

T: The smells translate over to the taste. I picked up sour lemon along with some apple. Very earthy, slightly sour and tart.

M: A lot of carbonation along with a mouthfeel consistent to a cider.

D: I didn't care for this beer too much. It had an interesting taste but not one that I really could say I enjoyed.

willjschmidt, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jpm30 for this beer.

A: Dull, hazy, pale hay color encompasses the body with a minor snow white head fizzing away at the top.

S: Lemon juice, wheat, floral hops and dust.

T: Tastes a lot like it smells. Begins spritzy with flashes of lemon, green apple and grass clippings. The grassy flavor transitions to loose honey notes yeasty earthiness. Earthiness doesn’t stop there, a distinct dirty bitterness takes shape and offers the beer some depth which it lacked before. Finishes with lingering floral and nectar thoughts.

M: Thin and somewhat hard with a fizzy nature to it. Fitting for the style I suppose.

D: I bet this beer is down right downable on a hot summer day. Bit too sweet though for major pounding, think could really only do three or four in a sitting.

Westsidethreat, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of dren
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a very thin quick fading head. Not a lot of smell, slight citrus notes with a little bit of wheat/malt. Tastes a little sour up front with a lime flavor followed by the crisp wheat. Reminds me a lot of the new Spring Ale that Bluemoon/Coors is making. This beer is lighter and the flavors blend better. Not a bad beer but I much prefer their Wit over this.

dren, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of flexabull
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odd, yet interesting beer.

Pours a cloudy bright yellow color, with a weak head.

Aromas are muted. Not much on the nose, except a bit of a floral quality.

Taste is sour up front, but not overpowering. The beer then settles into some floral crisp flavors, as well as a tart biting finish.

Mouthfeel is nice. Well rounded and full bodied beer.

Kudos to New Belgian for making something interesting and creative. I wouldn't go out of my way to have this again, but I am glad I sampled it, and I can appreciate it for what it is.

flexabull, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of orsulacp
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Denver airport. It was served too cold to get a good smell, I picked up bit of lemon. The body was cloudy yellow with a nice fluffy white head that left lacing all down the glass. The taste was tart, lemony with some orange and a herbal hop flavor to finish. It finished very dry and refreshing. It had a smooth creamy body. A very refreshing beer.

orsulacp, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Zorro, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of dstc
4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden color with white head that leaves thin white lace from beginning to end. Smells clean and yummy. Fruity, citrusy? Nice clean taste, fruity and a bit of citrus. Very refreshing. Feels nice and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. Another fine beer by New Belgium. Wish I could get this here in Florida, I would love to enjoy it more often.

dstc, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of ccrida
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a St. Feuillien chalice, the Springboard ale is hazy light golden yellow, with almost no head, a white collar, and minimal lacing.
The aroma is fairly subdued (although this is my allergy season), pils malt and oats, a little earthy, and some spices I can't place - the label states wormwood (no hallucinations yet), gogi berris and schisandra, none of which I've had or smelt on their own. There is none of the anise that you find in absinthe, which is my only expose to wormwood, and I have seen goji berries, they looked like small dried cranberries, and were very pricey.
Anyways, the taste is pretty good, a bit subdued, reminds me of the Hennepin saison, which I find quite bland compared to any of the authentic versions. A close inspection reveals a soft sweetness, and some unusual nuances that I assume are the afore mentioned spices whose taste I wouldn't recognize. I don't get much in the way of fruit, funk, or any other esters, nor hops, mainly just sweet soft malt and a little spice. It finishes pretty clean, but not as dry as a saison.
The mouthfeel is a bit creamy, light to medium bodied, with a very light carbonation.
This is highly drinkable in the sense that it is light and refreshing with a clean finish. However, the ABV is higher then you can taste, and it's not so tasty that you just can't get enough. Nice hot day bbq beer perhaps, although we don't really have those yet out west in the springtime, so for the season, I would've liked more umph.

ccrida, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of Padron4KM
2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, best before July 15 07.
Hazy yellow, with a fluffy white head and sticky lace.

Aroma is citrusy with some fruity bubblegum, and a spice I can’t pin down.

Flavor is woody, citrusy, herbal.

Finish is dry with an herbal character.

Interesting, but not one of NB best efforts.

Padron4KM, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of bort11
2.85/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice. Head starts as a white frothy cap and ends as a mild film lace. Some stickiness on the glass. Color is a thin, pale straw yellow.
Smell is very faint floral, with barely there hints of herbal spices. Taste is dry and vinous.
Mouthfeel is very dry. I need some water afterwards to wet my whistle.
This is OK, I don't think I would get it again.

bort11, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a light colored hazy ale with than an attractive thick foamy head which unfortunately dissipates right away. The nose is herbal and slightly floral, but it is quite weak.

The taste of SpringBoard is a hair sharp, there's some herbal flavors, but otherwise an unextraordinary light ale. There's a little bit of a peppery dry finish, decent mouthfeel.

This is sessionable, a little better on tap, not too tasty but easy to drink.

BretSikkink, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.38/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Pale straw colored beverage emerges with a small head that leaves abruptly with no lacing. Slightly cloudy due to chill haze.

Aroma is sour and spicy. Black pepper and lemon rinds. A little bit of baby diaper in there as well. I swear this smells almost like a Brett beer or a sour of some sort. Not really impressed.

Taste is sour and stale. Some hop bitterness at the end. Light in body and mouthfeel. I was very disappointed with this one since I like most other New Belgium offerings. I say pass on this one.

SaCkErZ9, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of TexIndy
1.35/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best before date on the label. Was a light golden color with very small head that quickly went away. The smell was very off-putting and had me worried. It's an exotic brew with Goji berries, Wormwood and Schisandra. Not sure which one dominated the smell but it was not good. The taste was horrendous. Again not sure which one is the culprit but disgusting. Very bitter and acidic from start to finish. The acidity actually gets worse after you drink and keeps on building. I don't mind bitter but acidic and whatever flavoring(s) are dominating ruin this. I love almost anything that NBB puts out but this one is terrible. I can't think of a single positive attribute to this one. Drain pour. Highly, highly don't recommend. (0, NA, ML, N)

TexIndy, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of July2Nov
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light pale golden pineapple hue with a dainty lace ring.
S: As would be expected, it a very light aroma with a bitter end.
T & M: Mild with a slightly spiky taste (wormwood?) near the middle, then goes down smoothly with a citrus characteristic.
D: Typical of the New Belgium Brewing traits that run throughout most of their brews. Quite tasty once you get used to hoppy flavor. Nice.

July2Nov, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Off yellow, oddly uniform cloudy but I did not notice sediment in the bottle. modest white head

S - Lemon, ginger, currants.

T - pretty much like the nose with a touch of hop spice added in for fun.

M - light in body, almost a touch watery.

D - probably better as a summer drink than raw spring. The ginger / currants taste was not quite my thing.

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.

barleywinebrewer, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of
2.42/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle. Best before 7/6/07, so plenty of time left.

I had 3 out of a six pack thinking I was missing something, so this review is not based on a bad bottle. I will admit that entire six could be off....

Hazy, pale yellow in color. Medium size, white head. Brew includes - wormwood, goji berries, schisandra, and Mt. Hood hops.

Bitter and acidic scent - wormwood? Not to be disgusting, but smelled a bit like urine. Had a hard time getting past that, so I didn't pick up much else.

Taste was bitter moreso than sweet. Different than normal hop bitterness, and I really didn't care for it. Some citrus flavor in there. Bitterness lingered well into aftertaste.

Light to medium in body. Medium carbonation. Fairly dry.

Overall, visually a dud for me. Scent almost resulted in a drain pour. Taste a bit better, but not something I'll be back for. I could be talked into trying it again, but....

, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of Bobikel
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a very pale wheatly white with a generous head that sticks around for a while. Lacing is good.

Smell - A slightly sweet wheat/oatyness comes through followed by a slight earthy funk. Slightly citrusy.

Taste - A very refreshing, albeit very pale, ale. Sweetness gives way to a slight bitter that in turn mellows into an earthen tea like thing... ish. Definetly different, and well executed.

Mouthfeel - With the paleness of this beer, I expected it to be very thin, but that is not the case. A full mouthfull of beer that leaves the palate almost as clean as it enters.

Drinkability - This is an easy drinker no doubt, but I wonder how it will treat me near the end of my session... only one way to find out!

Bobikel, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of clickpush
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour: 12oz bottle to tulip. 2.5 finger white head over pale golden body, almost 'light' beer in color. Interspersed bubbles, good stick to the glass while the head descends. Decent lacing.

Nose: Tart mostly, just a little bit of hop dryness, brambles, some spicy yeast and malt body. White pepper and peaches.

Mouth: Peach and cherry, cool bitterness that doesn't taste at all like hops, something I can't place, but similar to the skin between grapefruit sections. Probably due to one of the bizarre flavorants of this beer... Good malt body, some toastiness, pretty interesting. Goes down easy, but not too great. Mouthfeel is nice and carbonated, enjoyable.

clickpush, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

GClarkage, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of jeffjfindley
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A whiter shade of pale with a bountiful head. Nose is citrusy and very springlike and outdoorsy, with belgian esters aplenty. The taste is very saisonal and pleasing, but where's the gogi berries, and all the other Chinese spices that were supposed to be present? I would have given it a 4.5 otherwise... The mouthfeel is smooth, and the drinkability very high.

jeffjfindley, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle poured into a pils glass it forms a loose white head that falls to an outer ring with a small island in the middle. Very pale yellow body and lively carbonation.

Like every other New Belgium Brewing beer I've ever sampled there is that musky cardboard type malt bill that baffles me. It doesn't matter what style or how overpowered it can be its still there. This has a nice light fruitiness to it. It continues with a nice crisp mix of carbonation and hops that liven it up.

Notes: Another odd beer from a brewer that seems to use a similar malt type in almost all of its offerings. This one I could enjoy partly because there is a delightfull fruitiness that is interesting and its crisp enough for a hot day. That being said its a beer I'll pass on.

DogFood11, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of HoustonTX
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Get on the Springboard, and let's get ready to take a dip.

Taste is quite nice. Lots of sweet candied pale malt, some earthy tea notes, along with a grassy borderline. Fringes of yeast, and fruity notes. Some balancing hops noticed about halfway in, with a hint of caramel. Deep complexity for a 6.20% American brewed Belgian Pale Ale.
Appearance is normal for the style, yellow body, with lots of carbonation. and a lasting head. The beers only minus is the slightly unappealing smell. They just used the wrong aromatic hops in my opinion. Solid beer though, all around, and would be great in the summer.

New Belgium always has some solid brews, this is just another example to add to the list. Recommended.

HoustonTX, Mar 11, 2007
Springboard from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.