Somersault - New Belgium Brewing
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3.4/5 rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle, Sam Adams perfect pint, best before 9/18/11.
The color is a clean yellow gold and there is a modest pure white head on top of this quaff. It all looks very clean and light.
Right off it smells a bit Belgian. Pilsener malt and Tripel-like yeast, spicy with light fruit. The hops don't seem as prominent as I recall from the first bottle I had several days ago. The spice is more than likely the ginger and the fruitiness a combination of hops and apricots. There's the sense that sugar was used about it.
Fruity but not sweet, this summer beer is moderately dry with ginger showing in the finish. Centennials live up to the "super Cascade" moniker here with a lemon-lime citrus punch that has a lychee twist. Good bitterness factor for only 28 IBUs.
It's a very light beer, which coupled with the bitterness and dryness does make it a very nice summer drink. Dry but not rough, New Belgium keeps is safe but interesting enough here.
I generally don't have much love for New Belgium, and wouldn't have even tried Somersault if it weren't for a mom that is learning to embrace craft beer. I'm not blown out of the water, but this light pale ale was kept tasteful while including some fruit and spices.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2011 23:07:27 | More by brewerburgundy
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