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Somersault - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

919 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%


Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 04-11-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 919 | Reviews: 272 | Show All Ratings:
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden, inch of foamy head, retention is decent, some lacing.
S- Bready, some fruityness (apricot and a touch lemony), light floral presence.
T- Starts bready, lemony and a bit of apricot. There is a snap of a gingerlike flavor in the finish.
M- Relatively light, crisp carbonation.
O- A decent summer beer. Light and clean with some pleasant flavors. A good effort.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 05:17:00 | More by jsprain1
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jpro

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a pint at EVO...

A: Serves up a nice clear golden color, with a tinge of copper; thin white head doesn’t manage much retention and leaves no lace.

S: Light grains; light tartness; some fruity notes; nothing too crazy... smells refreshing!

T: Light and sweet grainy malts; some citrus zest; very lightly bitter and very clean.

M: Light-bodied (maybe leaning slightly on the light-medium side) and high carbonation... that’s about it.

O: A nice spring ale - refreshing, crisp and clean. But not too flavorful... probably won’t be picking up any sixers of this - oh, well.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2011 02:30:11 | More by jpro
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours a clear light golden colour with about an inch of foam and has some good lacing.

It smells fruity, of apricots mentioned on the label. A bit of hoppiness behind the fruit.

The taste is of apricots with some hop bitterness, a flavour of, umm..seltzer water? That could be because of how thin the body is. Not very flavourful, imho, and not a good substitute for Skinny Dip, which I enjoyed quite a bit more and was only 4.2%abv vs 5.2.

Very light bodied with ample carbonation, it has an okay mouth feel.

Drinkability is average because my palate just can't wrap itself around the total package that is Somersault. My summer can do without this beer..

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 17:28:25 | More by Bitterbill
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz spring seasonal

A- pours a clear golden/yellow color with minimal white head and some slim lacing

S- was malt and grain,bread some hops,with a slight lemon peel smell

T- follows nose.. grain with pale malts,slight hop flavor with a citrus lemon finish

M- medium carbonation with a somewhat crisp flavor

O- just an average ale for me,easy to drink..but not alot of intrest in this on

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 00:41:50 | More by gatornation
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NickRivers

California

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A&S - Pours a pale clear yellow with two fingers worth of white soapy head. Smells very wet, some yeast, very grassy, and lots of earthy hops

T&M - Sweet and grassy, medium body, crisp honey on the front with a hoppy end.

O - The hills are alive with the taste of Somersault.

Picked up a Spring Folly Pack in which this beer is featured. Not much to say, I wasn't extremely impressed like I was with Mighty Arrow. Its sort of a pale Ranger. Very very earthy, takes you to the meadow pictured on the label. Probably won't pick it up separately, but be sure to pick up NBB's Folly Packs, they're amazing and are better than most beers in your local market. Stay thirsty my friends!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 22:36:35 | More by NickRivers
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a golden amber hue with a slim fizzy head. Lacing is minor.

Smell -- The grist yields an aroma of damp malt, drupe-like fruitiness, and a modicum of malt sweetness. Additionally, there is an abundance of earthy/grassy hop character.

Taste -- Bready malt, damp graininess, apricot. Hop character is very earthy and grassy with floral overtones and sturdy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with crisp carbonation.

Overall -- An easy-drinker, but somehow doesn't hit the spot for me. The grassy hop bitterness grows tiresome over time.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 23:48:11 | More by yeahnatenelson
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored and crystal clear with a fluffy white head that lasted a bit, then subsided, leaving nice thick lacing. Small columns of bubbles were present.

Smell is strangely pungent-earth along with wet grains, a hint of florals, hint of fruit, and a hint of citrus.

Tastes better than it smells. A little fruity, I can finally obviously sense the apricots along with a nice hops presence, and a noticeable smooth carbonation. There's a mix of malts in there too.

Body is light, yet smooth from the silky carbonation. Fruit and malt aftertastes. Although the label says serve at 45F, I think this one is better when ice cold. It's a summer beer, and is quite likely to be pulled from a cooler. I can't see a reason to wait.

It's a tasty beer, but skinny dip and sunshine wheat are better in their summery type range of offerings.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 20:26:15 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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NODAK

Tennessee

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is rather faint here, although tart citrus (presumably the apricot) comes through foremost.

The taste is somewhat hard to define for me, but it's very crisp and clean. The body has a slight spiciness to it and a small citric hop character from the Centennial hops (as noted on label). The fruit shows on the backend, with some tartness helping to close the beer out, although I couldn't honestly tell you it was specifically apricot if the label didn't say so.

Very refreshing summer seasonal, as they should be. I highly enjoyed this offering!

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 02:38:55 | More by NODAK
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AmericanGothic

Iowa

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden honey color. Not much head or lace. Clear and minimal carbonation.

S: Modest dose of sweet malt, faint peach aroma.

T: Semi-sweet biscuit, a little bitterness and ginger in the finish. Not very complex, but pleasant. Apricot in the aftertaste is nice.

M: Light body, good for a hot summer day. Carbonation adds a bit of creamy feel.

O: A pleasant quaff. Will be good for the warmer weather, and I can see spending some time with this on the front porch a couple of months from now. Also has potential as a brew to lure the uninitiated away from BigMegaCorpSwill.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 23:16:55 | More by AmericanGothic
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jokelahoma

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 00:16:10 | More by jokelahoma
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cordsbeer

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 00:03:41 | More by cordsbeer
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SuperSpy

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured form a 12oz brown bottle into a snifter. The beer is golden and absolutely clear. It looks like it's going to be a nice, crisp, refreshing, summer brew. The head is eggshell white and about two-fingers thick. As it slowly dies down it leaves lace all over the glass.

The aroma is sweet and fruity. A touch of light honey, light malt, fresh fruits (apricot and cantaloupe), and fresh cut grass.

On the light side of medium, with an instantly sweet and fruity flavor that transitions to bitter and spicy before it finishes out. The initial flavors are honey, apricot and hay. This quickly gives way to spicy and earthy bitter hop flavor that continues to be highlighted by that sweet apricot. In the end it rounds out to a semi-dry finish.

Definitely a good summer drinker. This will probably make it into the fridge once or twice more before fall.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 18:24:35 | More by SuperSpy
Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
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