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Springboard - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 320
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 hopsaplenty
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle, best before 15Jun07.

Pale lemon gold with a slight haze. Chunky, bright white head that transforms into a puck of big bubbled foam, depositing bands of fine lace. Slow moving tails of carbonation rise. Aromas are light and of white fleshed fruits, a bit of lemon and a touch of spicy hops. The taste starts a bit sweet with a soft, smooth body. Some ripe pear flesh fills in the middle and an gentle herbal hop element carries through the finish which has a nice crispness that makes this highly drinkable. A lemon-citric tartness that is also slightly medicinal becomes evident as it warms slightly, further increasing the drinkability. Medium-light body with fine carbonation. The label indicates that Goji berries, wormwood, and schisandra were used, and while I have no idea what they specifically taste like, they worked well. Super sessionable.

hopsaplenty, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of beeragent
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poures a light straw, forming a very thin head, and leaving light lacing on the glass. The aroma is a hint of light fruit, followed by the citrus aroma of the hops. The taste is exactly what I imagined the style would taste like. There is more of a sweetness to this style, with less of a bite from the hops. I makes for a smooth fruity citrus finish. Light mouthfeel. This is very enjoyable! I wouldnt mind having a few of these in one night. Definitely a style worth exploring.

beeragent, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of NBake
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden with a one finger creamy white head. Head dissipates rather quickly leaving sticky lace all over.

S: I smell grass, yeast, and maybe sweet wheat malt.

T: This one is sweet, grainy, yeasty. My uneducated palate just screams belgian at me. Finish is dry and very grainy/grassy, with slight bitterness.

M: Springboard is medium bodied and very bubbly and it tickles your throat as it goes down. I like.

D: This one is fairly drinkable and it reminds me of a malty witbeer. The only thing I don't like is the very grainy finish after each sip. Nonetheless, it is a quality brew, and it's too bad it doesn't come out in the summer.

NBake, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of JayTheFinn
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Just picked up a six pack of Springboard at M&R Liquor in Carpinteria, CA USA and boy am I glad I did! Good good stuff! It's got a pale, hazy yellow body with not much of a head. The nose has a strong lemon scent. You'd expect a sharply sour acidic taste from the smell of it, but the flavor, while being heavy on the citrus side is not sharp or bitter at all. It's very smooth, like a grapefruit juice without the bitter tangy taste. Goes down super easy. Nice clean, crisp, refreshing drink. Great for the summer!

JayTheFinn, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of BeerManDan
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not one of New Belgiums better ale's. The color was a hazy light yellow with a little white foam and some lace.

The smell was of light hops and maybe a hint of lightly roasted grains. Nothing in the aroma stood out to impress me.

The taste of mild hops with a hint of grains was all I got out of this ale. It would have been better tasting, but, it was a little flat with hardly any bitterness. It lacked balance, for a pale ale. There was just something missing, but I can't put my finger on it!

BeerManDan, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of jyeast101
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow in appearance with a 1 inch head. A slight tart or lemony smell with the usual smells of a lighter ale or lager. At first taste you get the flow of sweetness and refreshment that is Springboard. Next sip you get the complexity of this beer. It kinda fools you because each taste thereafter you get something different. Good lacing throughout. I was just thinking how much I enjoy the seasonal beers that are put out by NBB. FC is the place to be...

jyeast101, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of vurt
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Blonde ale brewed with goji berries, schisandra and wormwood," picked up at BevMo in Woodland Hills and sampled in a tall Goose Island 312 Wheat Ale glass.

A: Nice pillowy snow white head on top of a cloudy, straw colored brew. Seems a touch greener than the last few witbeers I've tried.

S: Perhaps to style, but not very pleasant to my nose. A light citrusy/herbal character underpinned by a *strong* white wine stinkiness and mustiness. I'm surprised that more reviews here don't mention it. Once you get a mouthful, it kind of works with the flavor. But as an intro to this beer I really don't like it.

T: There's the strong, dry white wine character from the nose. Tart and refreshing at first, followed by a satisfying graininess. Finishes dry with an herbal bitterness I find very appealing, and a prominent phenol note which rises and diminishes quickly. Hops are there in the finish, and they linger. I don't know what to expect from the goji berries or the schisandra, but I'm attributing the late herbal bitterness to the wormwood.

M: Mouthfeel is both sparkly and well-rounded. Very enjoyable balance.

D: I wasn't a fan after the first bottle, but the second was a lot more enjoyable. I really liked the way the beer went through 3 distinct stages (tart to grainy to dry) over the course of each mouthful. Though I was wishing for a bit of sweetness at first, I came to realize that there just isn't any room for that in this beer.

vurt, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of rkuhnel
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle purchased from the North Coast Coop in Eureka, CA. Poured a cloudy light yellow with a large and very foamy white head that diminished fairly quickly and left moderate lacing. Nose is mostly hops, with a little citrus that seems mostly lemon or grapefruit, spices, and flowers. Body is surprisingly rich and flavor is a combination of hops and some odd spices I cannot identify. It is supposed to contain wormwood, and maybe that contributes to the sligthly bitter touch that does not seem like hops that shows in the finish. This is a very unique brew and if you approach it with that expectation it is OK. Basically this is a decent brew with a very unique bouquet and flavor . You have to give New Belgium credit for experimenting.

rkuhnel, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of Vancer
2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was excited to try this one, I thought I’d have another good spring beer to enjoy and share with the wifey. But wow, what a letdown:

Pour was OK - a Wit style hazy straw yellow with wimpy white lacing and head. But the aroma, whoo, musty old socks, NOT expected or desired in a good Belgium PA or any other brew (except the wild ales and lambics).

Taste was a malty pilsner, dry and acidic. Touch of sweet lemon. Tart and crisp brew, but without any Belgium yeast, sugar cane or more malts, this brew is one (six pack) and done.

I’ll stick with the NB Saison.

Vancer, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Slatetank, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a chance to sample this at a tasting at the home of Phatz and Grace. Poured from a 12oz. bottle a slightly cloudy pale yellow with a finger of white foam. Smells of spicy ginger root, coriander, and lemon. Tastes of lemony hops with a spicy, yeasty, mildly alcoholic note. Crisp and dry in the mouth with medium to moderate carbonation. Not really a beer I would hunt down, but worth a try.

ClockworkOrange, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of RedHaze
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 29 Jun 2007.

Pours a very pale, and very hazy, straw color with a one finger head that fades to a soapy cap and ring. The lacing is somewhat thin, but pretty well organized and sticky.

Smell; a bit of lemon zest up front, followed by a little ginger and some spices that I can't quite place. There's also a little bit of a funkiness going on in the background.

Taste; there's a fruitiness that's very interesting, and I can only guess it's the Goji berries (whatever those are), with some citric/tart lemon. After the fruits, this becomes a bit musty/funky with a touch of cloves (my wife said it reminded her of dirty socks.??). Some sweet, bready malts come out in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a lively carbonation, and this is one easy to drink beer. Right now this is a pretty good brew. I think this beer would be better in the summer, especially after mowing the lawn/doing yard work.

RedHaze, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

russpowell, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of Phatz
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to phnphilly for the opportunity to try this beer from New Belgium. Maybe my palate was shot from the sours but this one was just decent, IMO.

Appearance: pours a cloudy pale lemon yellow color with a frothy white head.

Smell: Dry wheat, pale malt, hints of ginger spice, clove and hops in the nose.

Taste: Simple bready malts with a yeast attribute, coriander, lemon and a light grassy hop character followed by a drop of alcoholic medicine.

Mouthfeel: light and bone dry. crisp and spicy.

Drinkability: If it is the style you like it is probably easy drinking because it is light and inoffensive, but it did little for me.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of BadRockBeer
4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type Sampled: 12 fl. oz. brown crown top “New Belgium” bottle. Feature best before date as well as suggested serving temperature (7°C/45°F). Label reads “Ale brewed with Wormwood, Goji Berries and Schisandra”

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color, picture perfect 2 finger snow white head that slides down the side of the glass with every sip

Smell: Very unique, much of that of a wit. Bready, citrusy, ting of phenol.

Taste: First swallow reveals the taste of a dry white wine, I know kind of weird! This is an incredible beer. Very soft biscuity malt with a balance of floral hops. Noticeable citrus esters. I also taste fruit, maybe the Goji berries?

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body. Very soft carbonation. Fairly creamy for such a light beer.

Drinkability: Good. I was very shock that I loved this beer so much. The first swallow was kind of odd. After a few more I realize that this was a prize winner in my eyes. I have already purchase more of this seasonal wonder.

BadRockBeer, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

Mebuzzard, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of guitarmage
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale golden, slightly cloudy, white ring around the glass.

Smell: Grains, a little skunky and musty.

Taste: A little sweet malt character gives way to an astringent or puckering hoppiness, then a huge dryness in the finish. Bready.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and moderate carbonation, nothing special, American, super dry finish.

Drinkability: This beer isn't bad, for the style though I don't see where it was going. To me it's almost like a hoppy lager, like Sam Adam's Boston or something like that. Not a lot going on.

guitarmage, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new beer from New Belgium! Not sure what to expect, but this pours a VERY hazy, quite pale beer with a soft, frothy head; it would be a perfect score for a Wit, in my book. Aroma is soft, lightly fruity (like a pleasant vanilla ice cream), with a touch of spiciness. Flavor is spicy in a not-quite-identifiable way; malt is very light, and it's not very bitter, either. A citrus character, faintly tannic, makes it way into the middle, with a dry finish. Fairly dry finish, with a neutral body.

Doesn't really stand out as far as drinkability goes. It's interesting, but in an...interesting sort of way, not an exceedingly tasty way.

allengarvin, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of Xadoor
2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy straw colour in the glass. Thick, fluffy and foamy white head, dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles. Pretty heavy lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell is a mix of straw, yeast and pepper aromas. Grassy, lemon and spicy flavours. Pretty full mouth-feel. Finishes very dry with an odd lingering and bitter aftertaste. Worth trying, but probably won't be drinking a lot of it. May be better as a thirst quencher on a hot summer day then an early spring seasonal.

Xadoor, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of zeff80
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

zeff80, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
4.47/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into snifter. On label: Ale browed with Wormwood, Goji berries and Schisandra.

Glowing hazy light straw color with a goldenrod center. The head is thick and slowly fizzes to a foamy cap. Solid stacked lacing along the glass.

Light malts set the stage for a very complex herbal and spicy aroma. A little bit of the wormwood seems to come through.

Light grain quickly shifts to a toasty malt flavor, giving a roasted cracker flavor. The added spices give a swirling mix of different flavors as the beer literally develops on your tongue. Only a little bit of hop bitterness can be detected on the back of the tongue. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish tastes like a toasty cracker, and the spices actually make a cooling feeling as it washes to the back of the mouth.

This isn't the tastiest beer I have ever had, but I have to give credit to the amount of creativity in this beer that creates good complexity. It's a sweet and malty beer. Recommended.

BeerSox, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of benito
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love New Belgium's Biere de Mars and was upset to see it replaced with a new, English-named seasonal. Springboard was going to have to be a really strong offering to win me over. I shouldn't have doubted Peter and the other folks at New Belgium...it's an intricate and innovative take on a wit that stands out as an entirely unique Belgo-American-world style.

It looks like a wit: the color of grape juice with a big sudsy head that clumps around the glass and leaves a nice ring atop the brew all the way to the bottom of the glass. The bouquet has a wonderful earthy spiciness: it is peppery and minty with a little bit of lemon.

The herbs and spices come through across the palate as well, and this starts with a flowery, minty drive and finishes with a finish that mixes wood, pepper, and ginger. I enjoy the overall light character of this brew as it allows the interplay of different spices--sweet and savory--to stand out.

I may still miss Biere de Mars, but I'll be more than happy to make this my session beer for the coming months. It's got the classic cleanness and crispness of other New Belgium greats: Saison, La Folie, Trippel, and it deserves mention among them.

Highly recommended.

benito, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of whynot44
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light, hazy straw yellow with a decent foamy white head and some decent lace.

The aroma is spicy, yeasty, hints of citrus, grassy hops and coriander.

The taste is also peppery and spicy with cloves, coriander, lemon zest and mild malt. The finish is grassy and fresh, slightly dry.

Light/medium body with an effervescent feel. Easy to drink and refreshing.

whynot44, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An exceptional beer, complex and refreshing. Nice dry finish. Great head and retention in the tulip glass. Nice yeasty aroma, banaa phenol. Taste is nice and has a lot of underlying complexities that are well balanced, a little cloviness. Good crisp mouthfeel and easy to drink.

jasonjlewis, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of geographie
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a slightly muddy straw pale yellow. Few bubbles racing to the top, although head retention is excellent on this one. Very frothy, cappuccino-like head and bone-white. Great lace. Intriguing.

S - A very mellow fine-grained aroma that is more texture than smell. It hits the nostrils with an effervescent effect. Slightly stale smelling, only traces of the malt shine through.

T - I've suddenly forgotten that i'm tasting beer, instead i transcend into the realm of the gods...this is what ambrosia must taste like, i think. :o). A very potent ginger-kick gives this beer a pleasant recoil. There is a certain je ne sais quoi about this flavor that is hard to pin down...probably a result of the wormwood, goji berries, and Schisandra, all of which I've never had before. Very strange indeed.

M - Its a bit thin for the style, however, i am not entirely sure this one is supposed to fit any style. Only lightly carbonated, also a bit off from the typical belgian pale. However, too much carbonation would probably ruin the subtleties of this brew

D - This one's pretty light and low on the flavor profile, so i say give 'er!

overall impression:
Neat beer. Kindof average all around, but the herbs in this beer aren't for the first time drinker, nor for those who don't like random herbs. Prost!

geographie, Feb 08, 2007
Springboard from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.