Dig - New Belgium Brewing
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4.13/5 rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner style glass.
A - Pours a medium amber color with a bit more orange than some Pales. Head is bright white, smooth and thick, it dissipates slowly and leaves nice lacing on the glass walls.
S - Nice spicy bouquet of hops. I detect the distinct Cascade grapefruit/bitter citrus, but there's also some other hop aromas that add to the upfront complexity. Pale malt is slightly detectable underneath the hop domination.
T - Crisp, dry hop bite upfront is not overpowering, malt is nearly indiscernible. I'm only barely picking up on the fruits indicated on the bottle, but I'm afraid that could be to my tainted impression from cheating by reading the bottle notes before sampling.
M - This beer is right on target for Pale Ale mouthfeel. At first I thought it was an IPA trying to sneak into the Pale category with a bitter bite and the light body, but after a couple minutes in the glass it's easy to discern that it's more balanced than a standard IPA.
O - The best part of this beer is that it's clearly an American Pale with the characteristic Cascade aromas, but there's more complexity to it with the other hop utilization. It's got more bite than many Pales and could be considered a wanna be IPA (maybe New Belgium set out to build a complex IPA, but settled with this Jr. version and slapped on the Pale label...or not, they're pros after all). Finishes drier than some of the easier drinking Pale Ales, but I still like it. In my opinion this beer will be a good companion for summer BBQs.
Serving type: bottle
02-29-2012 21:25:45 | More by BCraig
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