Somersault - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

281 Reviews
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Reviews: 281
Hads: 1,065
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10%
Wants: 83
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
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New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: Todd on 04-11-2011

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Reviews: 281 | Hads: 1,065
Photo of rundocrun
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a coppery golden color with a finger of white head that fades within a minute or two. Small amounts of lacing on the glass. Slow, lazy bubbles come up from the laser etching on the bottom of the snifter.

S - Smells of sweet malt and honey as well as citrusy and floral hops. Like an IPA with a dollop of raw, spicy honey in it.

T - Honey sweetness and mild hop bitterness up front. This gives way to a very interesting mix of biscuit-like flavor mingled with hints of tropical fruits and citrus. Leaves a pleasant tang on the back of the tongue and is slightly dry but refreshing. Great summer beer!

M - Crisp carbonation. Medium-to-thin body with a somewhat dry finish.

Overall, I have to say my expectations are far exceeded with this new offering from New Belgium. I think I may have found my summer beer! I love how drinkable it is and yet the flavor profile strays just far enough away from the generic light and sweet pale summer beers to keep things interesting. (983 characters)

Photo of match1112
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: slightly hazy, yet bright yellow with a two finger off white head that fizzles out leaving behind moderate lacing.

s: lemony citrus goodness with pepper and a slight breadienes to it.

t: spicy bready goodness with enough lemon and other summer fruit to make this enjoyable.

m: clean and sharp with a dry finish leaving you wanting more.

o: great summer beer that was enjoyed by all who took part in helping me drink this six pack. (437 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Mild lemongrass notes, hints of light orange peel, just a hint of crackery malt character, and clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Light golden color and effervesence cascades up the glass walls. Sticky and sudsy white foam persists.

Flavor: More light lemongrass character, hints of orange, and light background caramel sweetness. Very well balanced if slightly to the bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium-high carbonation. Slight prickly carbonic bite.

Overall impression: Loved it! Really enjoyed that this wasn't just a boring, crackery, typical American blonde ale. I loved the light hop character in the aroma, flavor, and bitterness. It provided a nice counterpoint without killing the palate. Well done and great for the summer! (760 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a frothy white head, excellent lacing, golden color, clear. Aroma is a nice blend of fruitiness, spicy hops and soft grain. Flavors are light but interesting and complex with apricot, and a hint of "fat tire" biscuityness. Mouthfeel is light and the CO2 is generous. Overall, this beer takes the concept of a blonde ale in some interesting directions. I don't know if they actually put apricots in it, or what the purpose of the oats were, but it works. (466 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a golden hay color into my SA Summer glass. Quite clear with slight head that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Slight floral hop character, pine, citrus aromas, and some bready malts.

Taste – A hint of citrus up front which includes melons and lemon zest. Pine, grass, and floral hops are in abundance. Nice pale, sweet malts at the end.

Mouthfeel – Lighter bodied, plenty of carbonation, crisp, clean bite.

Overall – I will be picking this up again. A great summer beer and one packed with flavor. Easy to quaff, and quenches the thirst. (588 characters)

Photo of toniogarces
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - It pours pale golden with very nice clarity and a decent head and beautiful lace.

S - A subtle blend of grainy malt, peach fruitiness, and citric hops.

T - A rush of citric, herbal hops meet your palate followed by a subtle malty, fruity sweetness that ends with a semi-short, dry finish.

M - Medium mouth feel due to the perfect level of carbonation in this beer.

O - It took me a couple of sips to like it, but now I can't stop drinking it. This beer can be quite assertive when you first try it, but believe me, it only gets better. Great summer beer. It could make a great pairing for an Asian salad or a Rosemary lemon chicken. Probably very good with Thai food as well. (683 characters)

Photo of Stevewo
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't sure quite to expect but enjoyed this! Perfect for drinking on the patio on a Summer evening or with a light lunch! Been looking for a good summer beer since the demise of Petes Rally Cap! This has hints of citrus in a bright light beer that goes down all too easily! (274 characters)

Photo of lawlerj
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - pours a translucent pale amber. Two finger off white head with an aggressive pour. Appears to be fairly carbonated. Some lacing.

S - some hops, some malt. Nothing really strong coming off the aroma.

T - citrus hops and sweet malt, bitter hop finish at the end. An interesting blind of bitter and sweet, but well balanced. I like it a lot, actually.

M - medium to light bodied. Not excessively carbonated. It doesn't feel "fizzy" which I like.

O - overall, a well balanced, tasty, and even a bit unique beer. A really good outdoor summer type beer, which is exactly what they're going for here I suppose. Aroma was a little wanting. (692 characters)

Photo of Justin23060
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden with a slight haze. Slightly off white head. Smells fantastic w/ a mild citrus hop. Taste is all citrus (Grapefruit and Apricot as promised on the bottle). Still quite fresh considering it's already October and this is their summer offering. I will be looking for this next summer. (288 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Good golden blonde color with great carbonation. Lacing is above average, as is thin layer of foam on top.

Smell: Very winey. Reminds me of a saison in a way due to its grape-like quality. Heavily malted and lightly spiced.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes like a solid light wine. Very smooth and clean mouthfeel as well.

Drinkability: A superb summer beer.

Overall: A great summer beer. (395 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Golden clear filtered with a slight orange tinge, over the top lots of fine bubbled carbonation, 2 fingers of creamy white head with great retention like a marshmallow.

S: Citrus hops, pine needles, sweet light floral, honeydew melon, a bit of children's aspirin.

T: Light, flat ginger ale, the citrus hops and pine needles come through, watered down lemonade.

M: Light body, medium low fine bubbled carbonation.

O: Very light, very refreshing. Love the art on the label, great bottle from New Belgium as always, great name that suits the brew. Good refreshing summer beer. Got it in NC, drinking it in China. (616 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - crystal-clear light golden body under 2 fingers of sudsy white head; moderate carbonation bubbles; very nice lace

S - strong citrus scent with grain in the background; very pleasant

T - fruit juices (mainly citrus) mingle on the tongue with light grains, followed by a bitter lemon finish

M - medium body, high carbonation; could do with less bite from the carbonation; refreshing

O - not bad for a summer ale; light, but fairly complex (495 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Light gold with a thick, billowy, white head that has great retention and leaves some excellent lacing. The lacing was amazing, so amazing I had to give it a top score on appearance.

S-Malty, with a hint of hops, and a nice Belgian yeast note which surprised me.

T-Citrussy in the beginning and ends with a nice wheaty finnish. It is refreshing, but not as crisp as I remember skinny dip being.

M-Not too thick or too thin which helps make it easy to drink.

D-Very drinkable. It is on par with other summer brews. (519 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright, clear golden color. Poured a 4 finger fluffy white head with excellent retention. Decanted lightly. Laced in rings and patches.

S: Floral (like flowers) hop character up front. Sweet bready malt. Some citrus and apricot too.

T: Citrus and light malt sweetness. Maintains floral hop character throughout. Smooth transitions to a mild bitter finish with some residual sweetness lingering.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Smooth to a building mild bitter.

O: Easily drinkable. Not too over-flavored. Smooth and balanced. (534 characters)

Photo of cordsbeer
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great new beer from NB. Very refreshing and light. Great smooth lacing with a light golden color.

Hit with spicy flavors and smoth finish. Ice cold makes you want another taste. Great for summer time parties and a BBQ. You can eat good food and still have room for a another Somersault.

Another amazing product from an amazing AMERICAN owned company. (352 characters)

Photo of JMad
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a pint glass...

Pours a very clear, golden, amber color with a rocky white head. The aroma is a burst of citrus with hints of lemon, orange, grapefruit and ginger. It tastes of ginger, lemon and orange with a bready aftertaste. The beer is light and full of soft carbonation, it also has a nice lingering finish. This beer is very refreshing and thirst quenching, a very nice summer beer. (407 characters)

Photo of jokelahoma
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass on my deck.

Pours a lovely light straw/gold color, crystal clear. Slight head, which falls fairly quickly.

Aroma is as light as the color, but with character. It's here where the ginger appears. At first you know it's something, but can't quite place it. Eventually it hits you that it's a fresh ginger aroma. Very enticing. There's a graininess here too, but in a good way, not a husky type that can appear in some summer beers. No real hop aroma to speak of.

The taste is surprising for its cleanliness. At first it may appear that there's little here, but then you realize there's plenty here, it's just all in balance. The ginger is so subtle in the flavor as to easily be overlooked. There's a light citrus flavor to it as well. It's acidic enough to give it a good clean bite, but not over the top or in any way aggressive. In short, the flavor is just about everything you'd want in a summer beer. Nothing you *have* to think about, but you could if you so desired.

The mouthfeel is dead on. Light, crisp, acidic, and dare I say it... refreshing. It doesn't make you work at it, instead inviting you to take the next drink. In a summer beer, can you as for more?

Compared to the beer this replaced (Skinny Dip), I'd say New Belgium hit this one out of the park. It's not a great beer by any means, but it will be a mainstay in my summer fridge. Very nicely put together. (1,420 characters)

Photo of Zraly
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale gold with a frothy two-finger head. Lacing is decent. Nose is light with a hint of yeast and citrus.

Nice tang and lemon flavors predominate. Soft stone fruits liven up the mouthfeel. Yeast funkiness is present but is subtle and gentle enough to not overpower. Hint of orange. Crisp, snappy finish that is balanced nicely. A mild silkiness in the finish, but finishes dry nevertheless. Very interesting interpretation of the style. It has qualities of a a kristalweizen, a lighter saison, and an English-style pale ale; definitely something to look for if you'd like something different for your summer session.

Would be wonderful with a mild cheese plate (think brie) and a crisp dinner salad with chilled shrimp. (738 characters)

Photo of Chyren
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear light amber, average carbonation, very thin head.

S: Fruity, tangy citrus, light bread.

T: Immediate apricot tang, mild citrus hop bitterness, clean malt with an oaty backbone. The flavors linger and meld together to fuse into what can only be described as a vaporous pie. That familiar New Belgium yeast flavor comes through just barely on the exhale.

M: Lively and sparkling but somehow more substantial that expected. Decent body, probably from the oats.

O: A very refreshing and satisfying beer on the lighter side of the spectrum. Clean, clean, and direct in its intentions to enliven your summer days. I enjoyed this one more and more with continued sips. (676 characters)

Photo of Coplains
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from bottle into cold chilled glass, golden colored clear, no haze moderate head that dissipates quickly. Light citrus flavor with light hoppy notes. Smell is quite floral but not overwhelming. A very solid summertime beer and a very good seasonal for hot summer days. (274 characters)

Photo of elujan83
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First time I've had this beer it reminds me of Sunshine Wheat in that it was missing something...A orange or lemon slice and sad to say I didn't have either but I am happy to say a slice of grape fruit made this beer just right. If you get this beer I think a lemon slice would make it much better. (298 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: golden rod yellow, 2 finger fluffy head, wonderful lacing

S: mild lemon, floral, hint of pine, malt

T: ginger, citrus (peach), malt, nice firm low subtle piney bitter finish

M: light/med body, good carbonation, dry finish

O: Very nice surprise! Usually Blondes are not my thing,
but this is a great summer/session/BBQ beer.
I would love to get more for next family food fest.

DELICIOUS, GET SOME! (405 characters)

Photo of fields336
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into SA PP glass. Best before August 12 2012

A: A crisp looking, straw colored beer with 1 finger white/eggshell white head, which dissipates relatively fast. nice carbonation off of the bottom of the glass. lacing is minimal

S: sweet malts, lemon rind, light bready smell, a somewhat sweet cidery smell as well. Slight floral hops are distinguishable.

T: Sweet malts upfront leads the way to a bready malt, then almost a lemon pound cake flavor, then finishes with a sweet cidery flavor. little to no hops, but a slight bitterness is present, but doesnt linger. slight pepper/earthy finish

M: crisp dry mouthfeel, really refreshing and nice carbonation

O: great summer beer, would purchase a 12 pack of this easily. (741 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden yellow with lots of bubbles. Solid two and a half finger white head with very good retention and lacing.

Smell: A sharp aroma of wheat and yeast with a lot of fruit. Good amount of citrus centennial hops and apricot with a hint of ginger spices. One of the stronger smelling summer beers I've tried.

Taste: A fairly light and well balanced taste with wheat and bready malts followed by a good kick of citrus. Lemon and apricot with a touch of ginger spice.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate carbonation. Very crisp and zesty.

Overall: A very good summer brew. One of the more complex ones I've had. (718 characters)

Photo of dcloeren
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very crisp transparent gold with 3 fingers of bright white creamy head. Got some really good lacing. This is a beautiful beer. The bubbles are exploding up to the top of the glass like a mini A-bomb got dropped in my glass. Very enticing

Smells yeasty but in a fresh baked bread kind of smell with faint apricot notes. It smells very sweet and inviting. Maybe some grassy/floral hops... but very faint

The taste follows the nose but with some spice added to it. Bready, sweet but subtle apricot notes and a very very subdued pine/floral hop finish.

Light bodied and very refreshing. Very crisp and carbonated with a sweet semi drying aftertaste

Overall this was an excellent summer beer. Nothing over the top, just a very refreshing brew. I really liked the subtle apricot and how easy this beer went down. Definitely worth picking up a sixer. Now I just need New Belgium to can this beer so I can take it with me everywhere I go this summer. (956 characters)

Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.