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Somersault - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

960 Ratings

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Ratings: 960
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 56
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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)
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South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a LaChouffe tulip. Deep gold with champagnelike carbonation feeding a frothy bright white head. A fair amount of lacing.

Nose is grassy and grainy with a slight mustiness and a gentle fruit presence. A wave of juicy sweet apricot and apple flavors up front, but a touch of tangy lemon keeps the sweetness in check. There’s a light earthy hop presence that lends a nice depth. Very lively feel to this stuff, tingly carbonation with a light toasty malt profile and a very clean, crisp finish. Regardless of style, this is a pretty damned refreshing brew (it was the perfect lawnmower beer on this day). As a blonde ale? Top notch.

Serving type: growler

08-28-2011 15:14:46 | More by PDXHops
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4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden, amber color. Medium to thin head.

S - Clean, citrus aroma. Light malt, toasty quality.

T - First sip was very refreshing, like a good pilsner or wit might be, but the experience is much more complex. Oaty. No hop bite. Caramel finish, similar to an amber ale.

M - Crisp, smooth.

O - Fantastic ale. Great for if you want substantive flavor without the high ABV of an IPA. Hard to categorize and/or compare head to head with other beers I've tasted, and I like that about it.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 03:00:27 | More by BeeersJohnny
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4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 02:31:38 | More by Chyren
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3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours deeply gold and hazy with an inch of light, white, frothy head.

Smell: citrus and mellow malt in the nose reminiscent of biscuits. The middle is the largest of the smell. Pine, ginger, and hops.

Taste: The combination of the multi-facted flavors is its strong point. I think perhaps that because I'm a D/IPA guy that it might have been a bit more underwhelming than what I would have liked. However, it really is an intricate taste that requires time to deconstruct. Its pretty light, crisp, sessionable, and refreshing without compromising intricacies or being 1-2 dimensional.

Mouth: Strong carbonation with a dry finish. Fruit lingers on the palate (NICE!).

Overall: A strong beer. Its probably one of my favorites from New Belgium. It amazes me how consistent this brewery is. I drank this beer whenever it was overwhelmingly hot outside. I have got to say that it filled the void well. While all of my lame friends were sitting around wasting their lives on lesser beer, this definitely gave me drinkable refreshment without compromising a complex flavor. One of the better ABA I've had. Wouldn't expect anything less from New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 12:57:34 | More by paxchristi
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Hazy bubbly deep gold color with an inch or so of frothy white head.

The aroma is earthy with hints of citrus and honey.

The taste is mostly the same, grassy with honey and a slight bitter grapefruit hint at the end.

Grapefruit aftertaste, very nice body for a lighter beer.

A very well crafted blonde ale. Fantastic summer beer for when the heat index is 106, like it is here today.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 19:30:26 | More by theboozecruise
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4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light copper in color and mostly transparent. Pours a fairly thin, white head that recedes pretty quickly but leaves some nice strings of lace in its path.

Spicy and fresh hoppy aroma.

Mellow malt backbone suggesting of biscuits. Fresh and lively hop flavor, mostly pine and ginger spice notes. Dry and refreshing flavor with a hint of salt.

Lighter in body and well carbonated. Smooth even texture with a dry, crisp finish.

This is an excellent summer seasonal. Highly refreshing. Bright, fresh flavors and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 01:36:43 | More by bnes09
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Manitoba (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle dated BB 16OCT11. Purchased at Happy Harry's North Grand Forks. Served in a tulip.

A: Stellar. Clear and a touch darker than straw yellow with a nice white head that descends to a ring and laces down the glass.
S: Initially a strong hit of citrusy hops and sweet malt aromas. Later corn on the cob comes to the forefront.
T: Sweetness from the malt finishes quite dry. Some grapefruit and peach comes through. Interesting enough with a well balanced bItterness.
M: Strongly carbonated with a dry finish that has a light lingering fruitiness.
O: A nice summer beer that has a bit of complexity...

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 23:27:15 | More by kjyost
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Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, a souvenir from a trip through Boise, ID last month.

This beer pours a clear pale golden colour, with three fingers of solid foamy off-white head, which has excellent retention, eventually giving up a broken wall of hanging honeycomb lace around the glass. It smells of bready, biscuity malt, and zingy citrus hops, over a nice floral earthiness. The taste is soft biscuit/cereal malt, and well balanced citrus, leafy, and earthy hops. The carbonation is fairly sedate, the body medium weight, a little acerbic, but generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the malt holding true, and the hops hollowing out, but agreeably so.

Said it before, I'll say it again - blonde ales just don't do it for me. That, mes amis, is why this one is special - west coast allusions in the hop register, to go with a solid, if stoic, malt base. While not exactly encouraging me to act out ass-over-teakettle notions, it's still a decent summer quaff.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 03:05:08 | More by biboergosum
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated "best before" 4 Sept. 2011, served in a pint glass.

Pours golden/light amber with an ample white head. Appears to have light, fine carbonation.

Aroma: some nice fruitiness, with a clear note of apricot, over a bed of light toasted grains, Centennial hops and baked bread.

Apricot is in the flavor as well, but the beer is not sweet. Instead, NB has achieved an excellent balance of sweet, tart and bitter. Other flavor components include some pepperiness (white), ginger, hops and lemon. These too are excellently balanced in this easy drinking but moderately complex and certainly interesting brew.

M - mildly crisp with a semi-dry and moderately tart finish. Excellent carbonation. Medium-light body.

O - a pleasant surprise. Although Somersault has a different flavor profile, there's enough similarity for me to highly recommend this to fans of Magic Hat #9. This one is probably best-of-style for me so far and one I anticipate seeking out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 21:46:51 | More by chinchill
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3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

706th Review on BA
Bottle to NB Globe
12 oz

Best 8/14/11

App- Darker lemon yellow which was still very clear. Nice bubbles all through the glass. Big three finger head with a sheen of cling as it falls.

Smell- Very grassy with a damp citrus note. This was balanced out by a pleasant hop bitterness.

Taste- When cold this was much better with the hops, citrus notes being more alive. When it warmed was much more of the malty blonde ales im not a fan of.

Mouth- This was right down the middle of med/med and light/high. A nice hop/citrus residual flavor.

Drink- As I mentioned, this was much better cold but still a tasty little beer. Unique on the balance between blonde and IPA or APA. Probably wont have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 00:51:25 | More by FosterJM
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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful straw with a reasonable sized white head,that sticks to the side like something that sticks to the sides of glasses.

Smells slightly sweet with a hint of coriander, and a fruity lightness that promises refreshment and flavour.

The taste follows through on that promise. It's like a sundress on a beautiful woman: floral and light and perfect on a warm afternoon. Makes me glad I have eyes and a tongue.

I'm not normally real big on blonde (ales), nor lighter afternoon beers in general, but NB really did themselves proud on this one. Absolutely pick up some somersault if you get the opportunity. It's great on a sunny afternoon, but would be good otherwise as well. Even if you tend to prefer darker fuller brews (as I do), this is a well crafted and refreshing dalliance well worth your time and money. Well played New Belgium, well played...

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 19:17:22 | More by kemoarps
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3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 18th of September; Sampled May 2011
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a two-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a nice gold color that shows a bright, yellow-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma at first smells of cracker malt and a light tartness that morphs into an apricot scent towards the finish. The apricot, once noticed, is a present part of the nose and there also seems to be a floral, slightly herbal, somewhat citrus like component here to the nose as well. Somehow the nose smells light and summer-like, but chewy and hearty at the same time.

Cool and crisp tasting up front, as the beer rolls across the tongue there is a nice, soft bitterness and in the finish is a full cracker like flavor that lingers with a light, slightly fruity tartness. The long finish after my first sip has me noticing a touch of distinct apricot flavor. The apricot subtly perfumes the flavor of this beer and adds a counterpoint to the cracker like grain character that is found here. The body is not the lightest, and in fact is a touch heartier than I was expecting, but still this is a beer meant for easy quaffing on a warm day. There is a certain spiciness to this beer up front, some of it is from a lightly peppery carbonation, but there is also a ginger quality to this beer; actually the finish almost has more of a ginger like taste to it than apricot after a while. There is quite a bit of pale malt and grain character to this beer, it is likely that the oats contribute to this, though they seem to contribute more to the body than to the flavor from what I can tell.

I really like that not one component of this beer plays the dominant role here. The fruit / spice add subtlely to the complexity and flavor of this beer without overwhelming it. I wouldn’t guess there were any additions to this beer necessarily, and that is a good sign when adding extra ingredients in a light, summer quaffer. I am definitely enjoying this beer; light, refreshing, malty, fruity, spicy and even a touch hoppy, this beer is quite complex and I am quite happy to be having a sixer of this. I have a feeling this beer is going to be completely overlooked by the beer-geek set, but I am quite pleased with it.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 13:54:37 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden honey color with a thin layer of head (I’ve had this beer a couple of times and never really been able to get much head out of a pour). A lot of carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom.

Aroma :Sweet and floral with a bit of hoppiness.

Flavor: Pretty mild. At first I didn’t taste much as was pretty disappointed with this beer. But after letting it settle in, there is a really intricate subtleness about Somersault. It just a blend of fruits and some hops finishing of with a floral sweetness.

Palette: High carbonation. Really light…almost watery. Super dry finish.

Overall: Easy to drink beer, and easy to dismiss as nothing special – admit tingly I did the first time I tried it. But as a light summer beer its got a really beauty to it. I’m glad I gave this one a second chance.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 03:54:27 | More by blincoln
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 02:27:25 | More by thegodfather2701
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New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a "best by" date of October 16, 2011. This one was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Somersault pours a little bit darker than blonde, it's a step or two towards tangerine, and crystal clear. The white foam that crowns the beer hits three fingers in height, and displays above average head retention. The sides of the glass are left heavily coated in lacing. The nose has a light grainy sweetness, with a definite touch of apricot. The combination of grapefruit from the Centennial hops and a little bit of ginger forms an interesting counterpoint in the aroma. The flavor is more of the same, with a gentle, rolling bitterness serving as a transition between the sweet flavors and the hops and ginger mid palate. I'm pleasantly surprised at how nice and mild the grapefruit presence is, I haven't been a huge fan of beers that use predominantly Centennial in the past. The mouthfeel is nice, relatively light bodied for a summer ale and paired with a carbonation that does more than just cut through the beer, but stops short of the bubbly activity of, say, a well brewed Belgian. Somersault is a solidly put together beer, and one I could drink a lot of while hanging out with friends on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 23:32:45 | More by axeman9182
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3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into NB Globe.

Pours a slightly hazy, but bright golden color with little head. Lacing is evident later on.

Smells very earthy, almost the kind of aroma you would get from a saison or other lighter Belgian beer. Some fruit in there as well, apricot and maybe some lemon.

Very nice and refreshing. Taste is very similar to the aroma. Get that earthiness right up front, with a little bit of pepper. The fruit flavors come directly next, citrus and apricot. Then there is a little bit of a hop bite. Some lightly toasted grains are in there as well. Fruit then comes back and stays with you for awhile. After taking a few sips, noticing that it has a little dryness to it which compliments the fruit and hops pretty well.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Carbonation is a little lower than I would have expected, but not bad. Goes down very easily. Could drink these for quite awhile with no problems.

Overall this is a solid beer. Very refreshing and smooth. Could enjoy this all night long on a summer night.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 02:46:31 | More by ahq514
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Gorgeous golden color. Clear and a lot of carbonation. Off white head that sticks around for a while and leaves some decent lacing when taking decent sized swigs.

S: Light hop aroma of lemongrass and earthy undertones. Belgium yeast. Honey.

T: Much like the aroma, but better. Citrus (lemon) hops are the dominating flavor with temporary, and light bitterness. Grassy and earthy hop taste as well. Yeasty. Bready malts. Every so slightly grainy. Finishes clean, aside from some lingering and building sourness, though not a bad thing at all. Extremely well balanced.

M: Medium-Light and refreshing with some zing from the carbonation.

This is one of the best beers to drink on a hot day when your mouth is dry. Once you pop it open, you just can't stop drinking it. Easily sessionable, especially at 5.2%. Perfect summer brew. Gets high marks for a great tasting and supremely balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 16:35:31 | More by iDrinknewglarus
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3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 08-02-2011
Freshness: Best before 08-14-2011
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Globe glass
Purchased: 6-pack from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

A: Clear golden/amber color, with a white head of 3 fingers. Good retention and lacing from the head.

S: Crisp hop aromas with a light citrus quality. Light fruit smells from the apricot. Little to no malt aromas.

T: Clean taste dominated by the medium hop bitterness. The apricot flavor is there in a slight fruitiness.

M: Medium body and carbonation, with a dry finish and light bitterness.

O: A good refreshing summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 02:26:45 | More by sommersb
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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium Somersault is a good summer brew. I poured the bottle into a pint glass. The beer has a blond color to it, and as many summer brews has the fragrance of citrus.

This is not a sweet beer, so if you are the type that likes your summer beer to taste like you are drinking a glass of lemonade steer clear. However if you are in the mood for a beer that is a little bit bitter, and quite refreshing this is the beer for you.

This beer goes down very easy and is a perfect choice for a sunny day outside. Whether you are on the back deck, mowing the yard, or off to the beach, this beer is sure to satisfy.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 01:35:46 | More by ebeard2
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South Carolina

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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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased Somersault at Superior Liquor (nice store) in Louisville, CO. Poured from the brown 12oz bottle (dated best before 09/04/11) into a New Belgium Fat Tire pint glass.

Color is between yellow and amber and is crystal clear capped by two fingers of pure white. Lace is solid, fine, and consistent throught the glass. A thin layer of foam stays for the entire session.

Aromas are faint citrus, light sweet malts, and stone ground grains. Nice, but nothing is very pronounced.

Flavor is great and refreshing on a hot day. A light but sweet and grainy malt is enveloped by a very nice sweet peach or apricot followed up by a bit of toasty white bread and lemony grass.
Very crisp and dry. I like it.

Feel is pretty light without being gutless. Carbonation is small bubbled making it exceptionally smooth.

Overall this is a great Summer blonde that will make most anyone happy they didn't pass it up. Additionally, it's a fairly low calorie beer which is an added bonus. I wish I had bought more of it.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 02:10:06 | More by DelMontiac
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South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Standard pint glass.

A: Light amber in color, white head that does not retain well or leave lacing.

S: A familiar smell that I found common in Belgian beers and a few of NB's beers which I believe to be malts. So malts, citrus hops, light and crisp taste.

T: Same Belgian malts, citrus hops, and lemon.

M: Crisp, refreashing, carbonation not a factor here.

D: Good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 23:31:32 | More by drowninginhops
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3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great thick head that lasts a good long time. The color was a deep amber. So far so good. Not much in the aroma department. The flavor comes on with a bit of bitter, then fades through some subtle fruit hints. I am a big New Belgium fan, but the Somersault did not have me doing somersaults.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2011 23:09:54 | More by iSip
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3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden yellow with a white head that drops fast. Head becomes a white bibble crown. Pretty standard for an American Blonde.

Nose has citrus,mostly lemon, mixed with sweet apricot. Also some subtle ginger and dry grain. Real nice.

Everything in the nose is delivered in the taste. The apricot is nice. The hops due impart some balance. Citrus and ginger lead to a dry,but refreshing finish.

Mouthfeel is nice. Well carbonated without being distracting.

I'm reviewing this to style. As a Blonde I think it's very good. It's not my favorite style but this is great summer drinking. Refreshing without being too filling.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 22:30:56 | More by chicano4craft
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of 9/4/11 on the label. Was a pale, golden yellow color with good carb streams. It had an average sized head that settled into a good collar and film. Standard quick sliding lace with a little sticking.

The aroma was pretty mild with some citrus hops, peppery spice and apricot. Not much to sniff. The taste was also mild with slight apricot and peppery taste. Not much there. Light mouthfeel with slightly watery taste.

Overall, while not bad, I just couldn't get into this one. Not much aroma or flavor so it doesn't stand out at all. If I want an easy drinking NBB, I'd rather grab a Mothership Wit. Avail here in TX. One is enough for me [N;N]

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 23:03:38 | More by TexIndy
Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 960 ratings.