Somersault - New Belgium Brewing
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3.7/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Well well, another New Belgium seasonal has landed in my neck of the woods... I grabbed a 12oz single, chilled, and poured into my NBB goblet. It's a pretty goblet.
A. Looks a lot like this brewery's own Hoptoberfest, a beer which I posses an unadulterated, pure love for, much like Woody Allen has for Soon-Yi Previn. But I digress. Somersault is a shade lighter than that lovely beer. This is clear gold and fizzy, with a nice depth of color and a puffy white head that is in no hurry to die. The lacing on this one is fine.
S. Some nice malt / hop interplay going on here, slightly biscuity, lightly sweet caramel malts dance with some nice Czech-pils like hops. Green and earthy, lightly spicy, garden-y and all around pleasant. If the website is to be believed, this is a single-hop beer made with Centennial - if so, it's the best use of the hop I've come across.
T. Flavor is a little less engaging; this is a relatively straightforward American Blonde that in some ways seems like an American take on a large Pilsner. It's moderately crisp and gently hoppy-sour, but the odd lemon-sourness unfortunately lingers into the finish and is unwarranted. This would be much more refreshing without it. Still, you could do a lot worse.
M / D. Thin bodied, but what were you expecting? Good carbonation that falls just shy of being peppy, a head that goes the distance and that lingering, lemon-hop tang are the hallmarks here.
Somersault is no Hoptoberfest, but it has a lot to recommend it over Summer beers of the same price point. Give it a whirl and see what it does for you.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2011 01:00:21 | More by kkipple
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