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Springboard - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Wasatch on 01-13-2007

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Photo of Xadoor
2.9/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of zeff80
4.09/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of BeerSox
4.45/5  rDev +27.1%
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.

Photo of benito
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of whynot44
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of geographie
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
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!

Photo of goochpunch
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy gold with tons of carbonation in the body, a thick, fluffy, eggshell head that forms plateaus and dips, and thick, raised lacing on the glass. Smell is a mix of pale malts, spicy yet subdued Belgian yeast, light stone fruits, lemon, and grassy hops. Taste is crisp, pale malts, some grain, some light fruit, herbs and spice. Finishes dry and the aftertaste is cracker-like. Mouthfeel leans toward full, which I guess could be attributed to the oats, and the carbonation is soft. Solid drinkability, but I don't think I could make a session out of this.

Photo of bennetj17
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow/gold appearance, high clarity with good, steady carbonation. The head is only about 1/4 inch with minor retention. Spiced lemon zest and a lightly sweetened breadiness in the nose. Very clean aroma. More bready dryness in the flavor, with some more light lemon and other citrus fruit. The flavor sweetens some toward the finish. The body is light but not watery. The touch of foaminess on the palate is enjoyable.

I thought this beer seemed light and easy to drink. It was simple without being boring. In a way I like the way New Belgium are approaching their seasonals: not overpowering, easy to drink brews. Unfortunately I have yet to be truly "wowed" by anything they have come out with recently either. Definitely worth trying...

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a hazy straw hue topped with a pillowy ivory spotty cap that settles quickly to a thin coating. A bit of drippy lace down the glass.

Wild interesting scents of clove, thyme, anisse and a dry hopped nose. Some light dough aroma.

First swigs: Dry dusty hop front. Some black liquorice. Spicy clove, some spice wafer and carrot cake. A touch of cough medicine.

Feel is zesty and quite airy light. Sharp aftertaste that quickly finishes to a dry vanish.

Last swigs: A little too spicy to be a session beer, but makes for a great beer to go with a spicy chicken or pork, I would imagine. A welcome change-up beer. Thanks to IntriqKen for the gift!

Photo of IntriqKen
3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New offering from New Belgium so I had to try it.
Pours a pale yellow with a white half finger that melts to very sticky lacing.
Aromas are faint Belgium yeast and sweet malts.
Taste is surprising. A balanced mixture of pale malts, citrusy hops, definite lemon and then the typical Belgium drying at the end.
I'm not sure what this is...sort of a American Macro crossed with a Belgium pale. Strange. Not bad...just strange.

Photo of Reidrover
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Ale brewed with Wormwood,Goji berries and Schisandra" Well should be intresting as I have no earthly idea what these things taste like! Well the appearance is rather limp. Pale yellow with a frothy white head. Aroma is more livelly , with some ginger aspects, citric in character, and some fruity tones. Very balanced and unexpectedly "thick" flavours ,given the appearance. I suppose the oats lend to the slickness, and the herbs certainlly leave a strange medicinal/bitter flavour underneath. Weak hopping, though they do show up in the after taste. Rather odd and full on the palte, low carbonation. A rather strange beer, but I liked it. Quite drinkable. Actually reminded me a bit of "Mateveza" by Butte Creek, it was brewed with mate yerba.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of hckyfn9999
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before 15Jun07, so its good for quite sometime. Pours a slightly hazy golden color into my New Belgium globe glass. There is a huge white head that has good retention and good lacing. Aroma is of fruity yeast, sweet bananas, and a little spice. Taste is of sweet bananas and that Belgian funk, this gives way to a berry flavor, perhaps the Goji berries this is brewed with, although I am unfamiliar with this berry, also known as the Wolfberry according to my research, and there is a spice present throughout. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, although I would prefer a little less carbonation. This is definitely an easy drinker. Pretty soild effort from New Belgium.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from 12oz bottle (best by 15 Jun 2007) a hazy straw yellow with an ample head of foam that shrinks slowly leaving a fine ring around the glass with lacing. It looks like it's pretty lightly carbonated as the bubbles are difficult to see when holding up the glass to the light. No complaint there....

The smell is yeasty and zesty but on the delicate side.

The taste on first sip...very complex! I note a lot of spice mixed in with lemon zest, yeastiness, and grain that's quite nice on my taste buds. Further sips in and I'm finding some malty sweetness and a touch of sourness, especially in the finish; the flavours are a very unusual compared to other Belgian Pale Ales I've tried and that's a *good* thing. Hmmm, I'm noticing some warming with this one despite it's relatively low abv percentage; I'm thinking this is a bonus considering it's already below zero outside. ;^)

I'm liking this offering from New Belgium and will certainly buy some when it shows up here in Casper. This one was acquired in a trade with my good buddy Wasatch....thanks dude!

Bottom line: This is a very interesting and very drinkable example of the style that I (know* I'll drink more of. I recommend it!

Photo of stephendr
2.53/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle- color of hazy yellow , with a frothy head - nose of I have no ideal what a goji berry smells like , however it has a crisp wheat nose – taste of wheat , hay , dry straw , lemon zest , and citrus hopps - body light , medium carbonation , and acidic – aftertaste of sour , and acidic long lasting

Photo of TheBeerBaron14
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is the newest in the growing line of NBB seasonal beers.

A- Golden ale with a light veil, tight foam.
S- Very interesting aroma. Has a hint of wood(small use of NBB wood beer) in it along with some different spices and fruits. It almost has a nose of champagne. Slight sulfurs, vanilla/lemon/velvet wedding cake
T- Sweet and mild, tart wheat/berry. Complex spiciness with variable lingering effects at different stages.Very interesting taste. Has a nice complex flavor to it. Spices come out in it and last through the aftertaste.
M-It starts with a full mouthfeel and body, and then ends crisp and dry - warm peppery linger and light body.
Overall Impression: Complex and layered, yet very drinkable. This beer’s flavor profile goes up a staircase of aromas, flavors, mouthfeels, and body – it’s like taking an amusement park ride! The beer mimics a journey through Spring – it starts out in front of a warm fireplace and ends up in a green fresh meadow. Heavy enough to drink in Feb, yet light enough to enjoy in April.

Photo of rowew
4.27/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck - typical New Belgium bottle. Picture of a cornice on the label, description of the beer on the side. ABV and best before date also clearly marked - New Beligum definitely does a great job of informing the consumer about the beer they are purchasing.

Appearance: Poured into a NB Globe glass (one of my go-to glasses these days). Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a fluffy white head - fades, but leaves quite a bit of lacing. Looks almost like a wit.

Smell: Interesting - malt sweetness, lots of different spices - again, almost like a spice wit in the aroma, but there is just a bit of a different funk to it.

Taste: Ok, definitely not like a wit here. Some belgian yeast funk, lots of spices, and a bit of sweetness. Finishes dry with a bit of hoppy flavor.

Overall impression: Well balanced and highly drinkable - this one is a bit dangerous with session beer drinkability in a 6.2 ABV. I went through a growler of this one before it was released in bottles, and will probably make it through quite a few bottles this spring. When NB announced they were revamping the seasonals I was a bit worried - but so far they have impressed.

Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, pale, light gold, with a humble, white head.
The head maximizes at about a quarter of an inch of tiny to medium bubbles. Miniscule orbs of carbonation continually ascent the brew throughout the tasting. Retention is decent with a light skimcoat and some ringwork on the glass.
Aromatics are zesty, spicy, and a bit wild.
A mild wheat twang of lemon spritz and peppery undertones lean in a "Wit" direction. A mild funk with musty notes exudes from the goblet, followed by grassy, earthy accents.
The mouthfeel is lightly spritzy and mildly creamy. Crisp and quenching.
The pallet is dry and peppery, with pilsner-like hopping and a lingering lemony tartness.
The earthy promise from the nose is followed through on the tongue, and is joined by dried moss, kaffir leaves, and some woody tannins.
Finishes with a lingering dry bitterness, a peppercorn warmth on the throat, and a crisp farewell.
Some cellaring may mellow out some of the unique spicing.
Big thanks to gbontrag for this one!

Photo of Dubbercody
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow fizzy brew...eekk gasp. Not really. Very carbonated and lots of little bubbles dancing to the to of the glass. Nose is defiently predominated by fruit, maybe even some grassy citrus. Taste is a two parter, starts of sweet and then post swallow leaves this interesting aftertaste unlike anything I can remember having before in a beer.

Easy to drink, but the aftertaste is a bit unsettling, I don't know what it is, but I'm guessing it's one of those unique ingredients. Cheers to NB for going out and doing something different, and I'll probably have this one again, but I'm not 100% sure why.

Photo of RJLarse
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A new release from New Belgium, and I grabbed a six-pack at a grocery store. I poured this beer into a tulip.

Pours a dirty yellow color and is cloudy. A small (by Belgian standards) foamy white head forms and dissipates quickly.

The smell is fruity, apples and pears some berry aromas, with some other spice scents along side.

The taste is sweet and tart, with fruity flavors and a mild bitterness. Maybe just a hint of biscuit flavor.

Mouthfeel is clean and dry, with a bit of heat.

This is a drinkable beer. I don't know much about the style, but this beer is OK. Not the best of the New Belgium line I'm afraid. ABV is a little high is to be sessionable.

2.82/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice yellow edges and a center that was just slightly hazy in the glass. Head was big and bubbly but not too thick. The smell was light and refreshing with hints of apple, dried fruits, and almost a nutmeg. Mouthfeel was light and real wet but it begged to be swallowed quickly. It was hard to not drink the whole beer in one drink. Tastes are real mellow and hard to miss with the drinkabilty. Fruit is the first thing I can think of. It almost has a metalic taste to the back and it all blends well I supose. Another seasonal from New Belgium. I don't think I buy this beer but for the style I supose it is ok. Be careful - slow down - don't swallow the whole thing.

Photo of 1whiskey
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours out a hazy straw color with a big snow white head, with very active carbonation.

Smells of typical yeast overtones for the style (the so-called "Belgian funk").
Otherwiswe it is quite mild and sweet, with grass notes and even the oats that the label speaks of.

Interesting flavors on the palate. There isn't anything that jumps out right away, but rather weave in and out to form a delicate, understated presence. There is a subtle sweetness that you notice first, then a bitterness iun the background that is different than any hop bitterness (presumably the wormwood). Some citrus is present (more lime than anything else), as well as the yeast esters you would expect in a BPA. It then comes full circle with that subtle sweetness finishing. This seems to be something of a cross between NBB's Saison and an American style wheat. All in all it's pretty tasty, although I'm not sure it's the kind of beer I want in January. I really think it would be better off as a summer beer.

Very light body, with a waterly mouthfeel and active carbonation. Overall it's quite drinkable, but the sweet aftertaste and 6.4% ABV make it a borderline candidate for a session beer.

Definately worth trying, but get a single instead of a sixer.

Photo of ElGordo
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came into the store this week and I've been really anxious to try it since it sounds so strange. Body is a lightly hazy golden color topped by a half inch of creamy, stark white head that retains fairly well. Light, herby aroma is somewhere between that of a Belgian blonde and an American adjunct lager - delicate, spicy aromas blend with those of cheap adjunct malt. Strange.
Palate is light and herby. Up front a little bit of sweetness, imparted perhaps by the goji berries. Light herbs - wormwood (I guess), a little thyme - come through before the swallow, with a light citrusy finish. Body is rather spritzy and very refreshing. Wasn't sure how I'd like something like this, but I think it may be a great springtime thirst quencher. If only the weather would warm up a little while it's still on the shelves.

Photo of BlindPig
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- About a 1/4" white head on a cloudy light golden body.
S- Very interesting aroma. Has a hint of wood in it along with some different spices and fruits. Smells like nothing I have really smelt before. Hints of some type of yeast too. I really wish I knew what each of these smells were (on the bottle says brewed with wormwood, goji berries, and schisandra (which I don't know what any of these smell like)).
T- Very interesting taste too. Has a nice complex flavor to it. You can taste what I would guess is the Goji Berries. Also the yeast comes through a bit too. Spices come out in it and last through the aftertaste. A light hop bitterness lingers on the tongue. Can kind of taste a hint of wood in there too. Maybe a bit smoky (like a smoky wood). Very different but really good at same time.
M- Medium to thin body with low to medium carbonation.
D- It is very tasty and will probably buy a 6-pack of this when it comes out. I really wish I could taste all the things in it individually so I have a better idea of the flavors going on. All in all its a very interesting beer that is really easy to drink.

Springboard from New Belgium Brewing
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