Dig - New Belgium Brewing

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DigDig

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81
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1,065 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,065
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 16
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
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New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WastingFreetime on 01-16-2012

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Ratings: 1,065 | Reviews: 233
Reviews by hoplover82:
Photo of hoplover82
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is one of the best pale ales I've had, period.
A-Pours a clear deep golden color with a creamy white persistant head that leaves great lacing.
S-Man the smell is FULL of fresh lemon zest, hoppy fruit juice, and a hint of pine along with some slightly sweet caramel notes from the malts.
T-The flavor is full of the same lemon zest up front, with hop fruity juiciness and pine in the back with a mild sweetness from the malts.
M-The mouthfeel is kindof too dry for my liking in this style. It's medium bodied, very balanced with carbonation, hop bitterness and sweetness, but again finishes to dry imo.
O-A very very good beer for the springtime indeed.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A spring seasonal that has been out for a few weeks in early Feb. seems kinda odd,but heh I picked it up anyway.Poured into a standard pint a clear copper with a frothy 1/2 finger white head atop.Lemony aromas with some caramel sweetness,not overly assertive but not bad.Drunken apricots and caramel sweetness on the palate, the light sweetness makes me wanna grab more,the hop profile is not big but plays a big role in bringing everything together in this beer.Iam not a huge fan of the Sorachi Ace hop but it goes well with the other hops in this beer,a very good sessionable ale here although the alcohol is a little high for that title.

Photo of MadScientist
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A medium copper beer with good clarity. The head is off-white made of rocky bubbles with good retention.

S: A blend of American citrus hops and those tropical fruit New Zealand hop. There are hops aromas of grapefruit citrus, some mango a bit of passion fruit and an herbaceous note. There is a low bready malt aroma.

T: A strong, fruity, citrus and herb hop flavor with a medium-strong hops bitterness. There is barley enough malt to support the hops but it make for and easy drinking, bitter beer. The finish if off-dry with a quick bit off citrus hops bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: A medium bodied beer with a Medium-strong hops bitterness.

O: A very good Pale Ale with a great blend of hops. A refreshing beer that is easy to drink and in my case a great to cool off with after working on the car most of the afternoon.

Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a clear copper gold with a medium white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is wheaty malts and fruity hops. The hops are well done - I've had Sorachi Ace and Nelson Sauvin that were too over the top.

The flavor is sweet bready caramel malts and honey with some grassy, fruity, resiny hops that have decent bitterness for a pale ale. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid pale ale with good bitterness and nice hop profile. Nice to see that NBB can do something with hops that I like.

Photo of Jason
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Quick to froth and thick at that, clear pale amber color.

SMELL: Spicy, fresh crackers, faint taffy, lemon pith, poppy seeds, green peppercorn, ripe pears, dried grass

TASTE: Very smooth, medium body, hop bitterness, spicy start, thick herbal, summer orchard, pungent lemon, biscuity, bitter semi-dry finish

Jumping on the new hops here, some say they take some getting used though I disagree. It is like spicing your food, either some go well together and others you have to be more subtle with. I understand what New Belgium was trying to accomplish but the hopping misses the mark for me a little bit, still a decent quaff.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma has quite a bit of tropical fruit as well as some grass from the hops and some biscuit malt. The flavor is more of the same. I get some pine and orange citrus, as well as a little bit of grass and some biscuit malt. The bitterness is very low and the beer is very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of bsp77
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear amber orange with a decent sized head.

Smell: Lemon zest, grapefruit, other tropical goodness and some trademark New Belgium biscuit. Unfortunately, the biscuity aroma starts to take over after a few minutes.

Taste: The malt backbone is certainly Fat Tire-like with the biscuit notes, but a little lighter. The hops are quite nice, with lemon and an herbal spiciness prominent; not as much tropical goodness as the aroma.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium light body, nice dry finish.

Overall: I like the use of the Sorachi Ace and Nelson Sauvin hops. The typical New Belgium biscuit flavor annoys me slightly, but ultimately the beer works quite well and is refreshing. Slightly better than the previous seasonal, Mighty Arrow.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Date on bottle is May 20, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear copper orange with lots of fast rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with good retention. Lots of lacing sticking on the sides of the glass.

Smell: A fairly vibrant hop aroma with lots of floral and citrus hops. Grassy hops and lots of lemon zest. Hints of citrus mango, grapefruit, and orange. Also some hay like grains and bready malts. Pretty forward with the lemon grass and floral hops.

Taste: Hoppy with lots of lemon although the malt presence is a little heavier than in the smell. Grassy floral hops and citrus hops with notes of orange, mango, and lots of lemon zest. Solid backing of caramel malts and notes of hay and grains. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Slightly chewy. Finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: A nice take on the American Pale ale. Nice lemon zest flavor and well balanced by the malts.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a darker yellow, a little bit of orange thrown in 3/4" head on the top of it. Aroma, lacking the hop quality.

Taste, easy enough to drink, nothing too special, gets better when paired with chicken tacos. A little bit bitter, carbonation was lively, mild citrus rind notes. Usual absent hop flavor from sorachi ace hops.

A decent option when looking for a straightforward pale ale that doesn't douse you in hops. Or at least not pungent hops. Not much in the way of distinguishing malt flavors. A decent option to have, but nothing that is going to make me rush out for a second purchase. Standard fare for the most part in this neck of the woods.

Photo of thatruth
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours a mild copper color with a bright amber tint in the glass. minimal head with better, but not by much, lacing. wait a tick, pretty frothy lacing, but not much of a layer to the lack of head. sticks around awhile, i think the lacing just saved the appearance rating.

smells of DENSE hops. not so much ultra hoppy as just heavy hops that were used. smells like they were fused rather well. citrusy, a tad more orange than green apple. hint of pine. again, dense hops. really digging the smell.

note: lacing still apparent. really badass lacing here, folks.

taste of explosion that lays dormant before it can be swallowed. odd, yet tasty initial aroma that lays down quickly and goes down just awkward. first taste: 4/5. after taste: 0/5. funky afters. more so than usual. bold and sort of pungent. guess it's a trick to make you drink more?

not a bad brew, could use a few kinks worked out. definitely more worthy of the 1.9 it received before this. that's why i love this site, other reviews actually make you want to review a beer, good or bad!

**date on bottle: "03JUN12"

Photo of nickthegun12
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

eh this is a very earthy like an ENGLISH pale ale,,,,made with american GROWN hops but very english in the style....

nice body nice head retention, but very bland and ENGLISH in the taste....the cascade hops come in very nice in the finish....smells of a hidden melon smell...that is very faint....no real complaints with this beer...other than its not AMERICAN its an ENGLISH pale ale....

do you see where im going with this one!?!?

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear golden amber with an off-white, finger thick head. Decent retention. Lace

Smell - An interesting mix of hop and malt in the aroma; citrus hops, bready malts.

Taste - First off, classic New Belgium malt flavorings here - biscuit and nuts. If I didn't know any better, I'd say they took Fat Tire and infused it with a healthier dose of citrus hops.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, with a decent amount of carbonation and bite.

Overall - If I had to describe this beer in 6 words, it'd be 'Fat Tire with a hop kick'. Very good beer. Maybe my new favorite from NB.

Photo of aval89
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dark golden orange. 2 finger eggshell head.

s: lovely smell. lots of mango on the nose. definitely getting those nelson hops. has a carrot cake like breadiness to round it out as well.

t: upfront i got hit with the grapefruit flavor. mid palate i got the tropical fruits. the peach really shines in this one. the finish has a crisp lemon zest. more like lemon peel. the malt counters very nicely.

mf: light-medium body. great carbonation.

o: great brew. really liking this one.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.09/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - clear amber brew with a small white wispy head and a decent amount of lace.

S - toasty and caramel-y with some hay like hops.

T - a little more assertive than the aromas. I keep thinking of hay and autumn leaves. Really light on the hops for the style...seems more like a solid amber ale.

M - Light bodied and somewhat grainy. Relatively clean finish with some lingering toasted grain notes.

Not bad...but not really special. Reminds me of a higher quality amber ale, not really all that different from Fat Tire honestly.

Photo of tdm168
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderate amber color with a thin layer of creamy, white head that has decent retention. The nose is bready, citrusy, and mildly floral. The flavor is bready up front with a hint of toasted, burnt malt and a mild citrusy, floral hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

This is an odd APA. The malt character is off putting. The burnt toast notes are unusual. Otherwise this is an alright, refreshing beer. I probably will avoid this in the future.

Photo of secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean amber, with a towering head of off-white carbonation. Big, intricate, stylish lacing. Top-notch in presentation!

Aroma is hoppy, with a definite citrus character.

Flavor is light, with plenty of citrus, as well as a hint of apricot underneath. I also get some slight peppery spice on the palate, but its subtle.

Overall, a refreshing, light, and easy-to-session beer for the warm months. Enjoyable.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: I like the orange color, which is not something I did not expect. The carbonation is a bit too soda-like and the foam and lacing are just ok.

Smell: I really enjoy the honey and grapefruit combination. Also, there is a great mineral element to this.

Taste/Mouthfeel: I think the honey and grapefruit are good, but the mineral water is a bit too...something...Overpowering is not the right word, but something along those lines. Mouthfeel is clean.

Overall Drinkability: I think New Belgium has something here. They need to balance things out a bit first.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dig Pale Ale from New Belgium is another fine creation. The beer poured a clear copper with white head that left a nice lace. The smell included citrus and peach. The taste was a bit bitter with peach at the front and grapefruit in the end...decent malt balance throughout. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied ale with good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer, but there is a Belgium sugar twang at the end which I am not fond of...I hope this didnt replace might arrow.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Amber to copper in color and extremely clear. Tall, ivory head has moderate retention with light lacing.

Aroma-All sorts of crazy hop aromas going on here-gooseberry, white grape, lemon grass, with strawberries, oranges, and hay. Also some sweet, grainy malt, with cereal and light caramel biscuity notes as well.

Flavor-Flavor opens with musty gooseberry and hay notes, and a slight biscuity malt flavor. Some cereal grain and white grapes in the mid-palate. Finishes like dry white wine, with some grassy, hay notes and a light lemongrass note on the backend

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate to moderately high carbonation. Dry, but not astringent.

Well, this beer sure is interesting. I love sorachi ace hops, and I love nelson sauvin hops, but the combination (along with a few others) leaves me scratching my head. I'm not sure that I'm totally on board with this one, but it's intriguing enough that I'd be happy to have another.

Photo of dbossman
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium orangish copper hue with a pretty good one-inch head with good retention and lacing

S: Some burnt malts that are pretty toasty and bready; some faint citrus hop aromas finally peak through: faint pineapple, grapefruit, lemon rind, and mango--but like I said they're pretty faint

T: The hops are more prevalent in the flavors with a decent bitterness but the initial tropical flavors fade to a more slightly burnt, toast malt flavor

F: Medium body with pleasant stickiness but a bit thin on the back end

O: An okay pale ale but not balanced enough from the hop perspective; drinkable and pleasant but just not quite enoughh of what I like in my APA

Photo of HamFon
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on the New Belgium tour at the brewery. Probably their best Seasonal beer yet. Made with Sorachi Ace, Cascade, and Nelson Sauvin hops.

Appearance: Brilliant amber, moderate white head of small bubbles remains and provides lacing.

Aroma: some malt, moderate lemon juice (not peel), and light tropical fruit with gooseberry

Taste: light malty, big hop flavors including lemon and mango, very slight sweetness (not bone dry),

Mouthfeel: moderately light body, creamy and crisp with a slight carbonic bite. Very light alcohol warmth.

Overall: a crisp, fruity, very refreshing lighter bodied beer with a nice balance of malt to match the Japanese/USA/New Zealand combination of hops.

Photo of russpowell
4.55/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Expiration Date of 13 May 2012, very fresh indeed!

Pours amber with 3+ fingers of of cream colored head. Great head retention & fairly impressive lacing

S: Orange peel, lemon & pine

T: Some biscuitty malt, orange peel & tangerines & a touch of grapefruit & pine up front. Juicy hops, a touch of passion fruit & lemon as this warms. Finishes crisp with a bit of light breadyness & a bit of peach & some signature biscuit malt

MF: Light/medium bodied, crisp carbonation, great balance

Damn, this drinks so easy, clearly one of the better hop forward beers I've had from New Belgium. Having said that I really dig (pun intended) Belgo too. Dig would be a nice summer time brew fat into the dog days. A top rung APA to me

Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with 3 fingers of foamy bright-white head. This retains with a thick ½ finger sized dollop of froth, which slathers the sides of the glass with rich sudsy lacing. The aroma has a fresh earthy feel to it, with lemon, light grapefruit, a ripe dankness and spice all having a presence here. Sweet toasted grains provide a bit of a support along the back of the nose.

The taste has grapefruit rind bitterness to it, with a splash of zesty lemon and more of a herbal character thrown in. A touch of sweeter fruit and neutral grains help balance this out, yet still keeps the focus of this on those hops. This finishes fairly dry, with a moderately bitter and spicy ending. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lively crisp creaminess that then smoothes out even more as this moves out into the mouth. An underlying oily slickness really keeps this moving easily and is my favorite part of the feel overall.

I grabbed a bottle of this the other day, as it was new to the shelves, and found myself pleasantly surprised by this latest New Belgium offering. The complimentary mix of hop varietals here really bounced each other nicely and just gave this a flavorful crispness that really made this an easy drinking quencher. I’m going to be grabbing a full sixer of this. It’s darn tasty stuff.

Photo of lawlerj
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Best by date is 5/27/12.

A. Pours a translucent light copper color. The head got a little out of control on me, but settled out to about two finger width before dissipating into a fairly nice layer of foam. However, doesn't look to be monstrously carbonated.

S. Some fruit and citrus hops and buttery malt. The overall effect is kind of a rich, herbal flowery smell.

T. Nice crisp bitter hops up front. It mellows out as it slides back, hitting the biscuity malt body. The finish is nice and fresh tying...flowery and earthy.

M. On the light side of medium bodied. Fair amount of carbonation.

O. Overall, a nice seasonal offering from New Belgium. Very refreshing, and makes me wish there wasn't snow in the ground.

Photo of Blargimus
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into pint glass. Best by 5/13/2012.

Darkish orange in color and completely transparent. Two fingers of white head that sticks around. There's still about 2-3 mm on the surface, half an hour later. Doesn't leave so much on the side of the glass, though.

The smell is best described as "malty dirt" but not in a brett way, and not in a bad way, either. The hops come together in a way that just smells earthy. It is also possible that the label has subconsciously influenced my nose.

Taste is a standard APA, maybe a little more bitter than most. Hard to pick out anything done exceptionally well or poorly. It's the definition of a 3 on the scale.

Mouthfeel is a bit thicker than most pale ales I've tried, a little creamy with the carbonation. I enjoy it, but again, they're not pushing the boundaries here.

Yeah, this is a textbook 3. Certainly don't feel like I wasted my money, but there are far better uses for it in the future.

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