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Somersault - New Belgium Brewing

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995 Ratings

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Ratings: 995
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 64
Gots: 49 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 04-11-2011

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Photo of zeledonia
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fluffy white two-finger head topping a very clear pale gold brew. Head retention is average; lacing covers the inside of the glass. Not much visible carbonation.

Smell is an amalgam of a whole bunch of things. Sweet pale malts, grassy aromas, nice sweet citrusy orange notes, and a bit of apricot in the background. Not exactly hop-forward, but definitely leaning that way. I really like the balance and the mix of citrus and vegetable hops.

Taste is not as impressive as the smell. Heavier on the grassy hops, the apricot and citrus are there, but not as prominent. Malts feel much weaker in the taste, rather lacking in a beer like this, and leaving it unbalanced and uneven. Only a bit of bitterness at about the 3/4 mark, which is quickly gone. Slight lemony pinch that brings some lightness to it.

Mouthfeel is quite light. Could use more carbonation, in my opinion. Finish is quick and dry with a bit of citrus sweetness.

A pretty good beer, with a nice variety of fruity hops, but I find the flavors unbalanced and rather disjointed. Needs a stronger malt base, more carbonation.

Photo of Tilley4
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent summer selection here...

Grainy malt aromas tinged with slightly piney hops give way to a super uber refreshing crisp taste of piney hops and a slightly biscuity malt... The hops are much more prevalent than I would expect them to be here...

I could enjoy several of these on a hot summer day.. Super refreshing and delicious...

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

Pours a nice golden orange. Smell is grainy, dry, and some citrus. Taste is not that complex to me. It is very dry and grainy... Not very balanced, and the ABV seems higher than it is. This one goes straight to my head without any nuanced enjoyment. It feels light, but the finish is so dry that it hurts drinkability. It has more of a "liquor" feel to it than a beer feel. Maybe that's just the style, but I don't particularly care for it. I don't think I would buy this one again. It just seems like alcohol for the sake of alcohol... nothing special to give it taste enjoyment.

Photo of allengarvin
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

New summer beer from NB--oh, man I hope they didn't ditch Loft/Skinny Dip which was my fave. This is a bright, light gold colored beer with a small head. The nose is very perfumy, with lemony, lightly hoppy, wheat malt notes. The taste is the same, but it's very nicely balanced between hops and malt, with both providing interest. Slightly fruity yeastiness is apparent at the finish, together with a touch of spiciness.

Very quaffable beer, quite appropriate for the summer. But I still love Skinny Dip.

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

Pours a clear, bright golden color with a medium white head that diminishes slowly. Scent is very grassy with hints of citrus lemon. Taste is initially lemony with some hoppy notes. Then I get some grassy floral notes that ate quite pleasant. Finishes with more lemon and hops. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and refreshing. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is not even close to being my favorite style in beer, but it is a great one for summertime.

Photo of beerdown77
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours dark golden and has very active bubbles and fluffy head. This beer, like some other New Belgium beers, seems pretty earthy. This one is particularly herbal and bitter, and not that amazing. This tastes like a bad salad. OK, ok, it’s decent. I don’t usually prefer summer beers for these weed-like flavors, so shoot me. This is medium bodied and drinkable, but I don’t want another.

Photo of o19
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Light golden color.
S: Floral and delicate.
T: Very clean and refreshing.
M: The right amount of carbonation.
O: Delicious and thirst-quenching. Perfect for summer.

This beer reminds me of one of New Belgium's other terrific beers, Mighty Arrow.

The recipe is not revolutionary, but when something is done right it doesn't need to stand out.

Gotta' love the play on words.

Photo of icecube
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle poured into a warm glass

A: Yellow color

S: Nice light malty aroma

T: Very light and slightly sweet. Faintly bitter. Very crisp and refreshing. Great on nice warm day.

M: Very crisp, refreshing and smooth.

O: Something I would reach for one nice warm day when I looking to have a few beers. Good summer style.

Photo of Heischman
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer/Brewery - Somersault/New Belgium Brewing
City/State- Fort Collins, Colorado
STYLE – American Blonde Ale
ABV – 5.2%
IBU – 28
DATE – 17 Jun 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 oz Bottle
APPEARANCE – golden honey color, poured with a thick head that settled to 1/8 inch and great lacing
AROMA- Sweet Citurs aroma
TASTE – Apricot right off the bat, a little over power at first but only because I was not expecting it. Good fruity beer that is not too sweet, has a bit of bitternes in the aftertaste.
MOUTHFEEL – Light and crisp with a bit of a puckerness for about ½ a second
CONCLUSION – I like New Belgium beer, and this one did not let me down. A nice crisp beer that goes well with a hot summer day.

Photo of doughanson78
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into 18oz. weizen glass.

A: Light golden color. Clear. Very bubbly 2 finger super white head. Just OK lacing. Lots of bubbles coming from bottom of the glass.

S: Some faint sweet malts, maybe caramel. Very light citrusy hops. Not much for smell. Very light.

T: Very light lemon. Faint clover. Faintly sweet. Faintly bitter. Very crisp and refreshing. VERY Chuggable! Not a huge taste but not bad.

M: Probably the best thing about this beer. Very crisp. Very refreshing. Light-bodied. Smooth. High carbonation, but it seems like a beer that should have that.

O: I was very thirsty when I was choosing what to review and out of all the beers I have, this one seemed the best for a hot day when your real thirsty. Definitely a good choice for that. Decent beer. Nothing to seek out or write home about.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Amberstone Bar & Grill inside the Red Lion Hotel in Denver, CO.

Pours a crystal clear light orange color with a 1/2 inch white head that fades to a thin cap. Fat foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt, honey, citrus, and slight apricot/peach notes. Taste is of sweet malt, citrus, apricot/peach and unfortunately a cooked veggie flavor which really detracts from the taste. There is a good level of carbonation with a bubbly and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, the veggie flavor in the taste kind of ruins the beer. I would be willing to try this from a bottle to see if the same thing happens again.

Photo of corcoranjc
3.19/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: nice looking beer. golden, bright, head dissipates into an attractive lace on the glass. yum!

smell: woah. weird. well, weird for me. grainy for sure, but there's something else going on here, and i'm not sure i like it....like a tart smell. interesting, but not making me want to take a huge sip or anything.

taste: woah redux. grains and tartness again. interesting again. not totally my cup of tea again, but i could see some really going for this. i appreciate that it's really like nothing i've ever had before, but it's not something i would necessarily go back for.

mouthfeel: fine. nothing spectacular, nothing terrible.

overall: i got a few of these in the summer mix twelver from NB. the first one i pretty much hated, and i'm reviewing the second one now. my opinion of the beer has definitely improved since my first taste of it, but it is not a beer i would buy on it's own in single, bomber, or sixpack format. a few in a twelve pack is just fine.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice honey color with about a half inch of head. The lacing is okay, head retention is minimal.

The smell is pretty grain centered, light and crispy, slight hint of citrus.

Lemon, light white bread and a slight clover honey sweetness. Little hint of flowers and grass. Very summerish. Little watery going down, just a touch thin for the style.

If I weren't hop crazed I'd drink this more this summer. Though I do have to say, pretty hoppy for a blonde ale. Good sitting by the pool brew.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Golden yellow. 1 Finger oc creamy head, lots of big bubbles. Slowly dissipates. Leaving some spotty lacing.

Smell-Sweet malts, some light citrus and earthy hops in there.

Taste-Sweet malts up front with a spicy citrusy lemon finish. Also getting some subtle pear. Finish is slightly skunky, average taste.

Mouthfeel-Light to medium bodied. Pretty highly carbonation. Drinkable, but not as drinkable and refreshing as you'd want out of a Blonde Ale.

Overall-Another good beer from New Belgium. Nothing to fight over though. Good summer, session beer, but not all that refreshing.

Photo of Reidrover
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 pack from Fred Meyer, N.Salem store. $6.99 Clear deep golden beer..small yet persistent pure white head. Fruity lemon scents and nice malty hops..simple yet nice! Smmoth malty flavour with noticable apricot..the oats seem to help keep this from getting too sweet and thin. Actually a nice smooth palate..probably because the oats. Overall i liked this..yet another good summer "quaffer".

Photo of biggred1
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear straw colored body with a lumpy eggshell cap that leaves some nice lace on the glass. Untoasted grain, citrus zest and herbal hops in the aroma. Mild but flavorful with a nice aggresive C-hop bite over a lean maltiness that falls just short of being really good but is a nice refeshing beer anyway. Soft, creamy mouthfeel no doubt from the addition of oats. A nice beer.

Photo of Boneheadmx
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a copper-ish yellow with just about no head. Very clear, lots of carbonation bubbles. Not very impressed by the looks.

The smell is very light, slightly sweet with some very light hops. Pretty decent.

Flavor is light and bready with a slight citrus touch. Finishes very clean, with only a touch of hops. Very very good stuff.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side, but it is still smooth. By now the carbonation is pretty much gone.

Overall, this is really excellently drinkable stuff. I will definitely get this again some other time.

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

A: Pours a clear, golden color with slight copper and amber tints. Not much head on this one, but it does stick around for awhile and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass. Carbonation levels look great. Inviting for a blonde ale.

S: Smells sweet, overall. Notes of light hop citrus and maybe a bit of honey. Malts are subtle, more like caramelized sugar and butter than toasty. There are some light fruit smells in there too, maybe pear or apricot. Tad bit of rubber.

T: Similar to the aroma. Light hop citrus with some other fruits, a bit of yeast and other bready flavors. There is a bit of spice in there that I can't pinpoint (New Belgium says ginger root, that's probably it). Simple, but effective.

M: Light bodied with an almost perfect level of carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy with the slightest hint of creaminess.

O: Overall, this is a great summer session beer that has a simple, but strong palate. It's tasty enough to please those seeking more from a beer than the buzz, but subtle enough to be gentle on the stomach and thirst quenching. Cheers!

Photo of AleWatcher
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass while relaxing on vacation...

Clear and bright, yellowy gold color with fluffy white head. Good retention, but amazing lacing.
Smells light and mild on the malt with a little lemony citrus hop note. Pretty dry and crisp finish is nice and clean with a touch of bitterness. A light grassy earthiness comes through too.
This drinks pretty easily. The style is the craft version of Light Lager-- just more flavor. This beer is a good example of a good brewery making a good beer that has mass appeal. This is an excellent summertime beer that would be enjoyed by Pliny AND Bud fans.

Photo of dcloeren
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of tito42
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Best by 18 SEP 2011 stamped on bottle.

A: Clear gold with very active carbonation and a white, foamy head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Malt, lemon, and biscuit.

T: Malty and smooth with a strong lemon presence and an apricot tartness. A very slight peppery kick. Just a touch of hops at the finish.

M: Light bodied without being watered down. Extremely drinkable.

O: Will be taking the rest of this sixer to the ballpark tomorrow. I enjoy this much more than any American Pale Wheat Ale I've tried, but it has all the summertime drinkability and lemon presence that many folks flock too during the hot months. This could be a summer staple for me.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In place of Skinny Dip, this is NB's summer beer.

Pours a light peach. Clear and clean looking. Head seems forced, light and sparse

Aroma is fruity, but very light. Soft bread in the back ground. Slight spice. I think the fruitiness is apricot, my buddy says lemon.

Light flavor. There's enough malt to give it strength but not enough to give more than a soft biscuit impression. It fades when the light fruit comes in. I still say apricot, perhaps with spearmint or some other spice provided lightness to the fruit.
Somewhat crisp. For style this is pretty good. For me, it'd have to be a blazing hot day to drink it..just for the lightness of taste.

Photo of Nerudamann
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look - golden in color, clear, with about half a finger's worth of off-khaki colored foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - Slight citrus aroma, which makes sense after reading the label. I noticed something else that must be the apricots, but I couldn't pick it out of the aroma.

Taste and Mouthfeel - smooth citrus flavor, enhanced and noticeable apricot flavor in the taste, slight bitterness at the end, but not as much of a hoppy bitterness than the kind that you actually get from eating something like a grapefruit. Tastes very "real". Texture is pretty well-balanced, but leans a little more on the watery side.

Overall - a very interesting beer..not as much in concept but more in its actual taste.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - super clear golden-straw color with a fantastic head that leaves a chunky head and lace

S - citrus and floral hop aroma with a hint a malt and moderate yeast esters and spicy phenols as it warms up

T - modest malt with spicy and citrus-like hop flavor from start to finish with a slight bitterness on the finish

M - medium-light body with moderate carbonation

O - This is a decent enough session beer, but the extreme hop flavor and yeast profile for the style make it not as refreshing as other versions of the style. This beer is a bit out-of-balance for a summer thirst-quencher.

Photo of rundocrun
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 995 ratings.