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Dig - New Belgium Brewing


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Ratings: 992
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.48%

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

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

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WastingFreetime on 01-16-2012)
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Photo of bump8628


3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery in Fort Collins. I also had it numerous times from the bottle and on tap around Colorado. Pours bright copper. Broad spectrum of nice hop flavor - earthy, minty, slightly citric, a hint of melon and pine. Bready, grainy malt with some caramel sweetness. Nicely done - the hops could be a little more pronounced and vibrant but this definitely captures the feeling of a spring day in Colorado.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2012 20:27:37 | More by bump8628
Photo of estlinska


4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this many times from the bottle, but I finally had it on tap at the Pantry on 3/22/13 and it just reaffirms how much more I like draft beer. This poured a deep amber color like tree sap with almost no light penetration. The head was generous, puffed up and the color of fresh pizza dough, leaving great lacing all over the glass. The smell was very much west-coast hop resins and oily citrus fruits. There was lots of lemon zing and some grass notes as well. The taste and mouthfeel made a good show on the palate. It was a good medium mouthfeel with that zing and crisp finish. The taste was pretty sweet, again like lemons and maybe some oranges with a good strong bittering finish. Overall a very good showing of a true american pale.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2012 00:47:35 | More by estlinska
Photo of TCMike


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Produced a fairly dense white head. The beer color is a medium gold.
the aroma is of bread, pine, and citrus.
the taste is similar. It's medium bodied, and has a little hop bite, but not too much. Still has a malt taste on the end of drink, which NB is known for.
Easy drinking .

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2012 00:42:36 | More by TCMike
Photo of Nugganooch


3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Churchill's Pub - San Marcos

A: Dig pours a crystal clear copper-like amber color. Produces about half a finger of off-white creamy head that leaves light tracks of lace down the glass.

S: Smell is sweetened caramel pale malts that are somewhat bread like with a very restrained grapefruit hop aroma. Light and soft however present.

T: Tastes is predominant with that signature NB bready biscuit and caramelized pale malt character. Does have a nice hoppy balance with some grapefruit notes and a soft touch of white wine grape from the Nelson's. Lower on the bitterness levels. Good easy drinker but I would have preferred much more Nelson power.

M: Really light on the palate. Carb seems a bit lower yet frothy none the less. Smooth and creamy with a nice drying finish.

D: A very nice and drinkable pale ale. Decent balance but I just would have like to seen the Nelson's kicked up a notch here. Too delicate to really have any type of wow factor.
Will probably pick up some bottles to see how those are drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2012 18:19:47 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of JamesS


4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Our Den (IUPUI campus). Pours a nice decent mid-copper, semi-golden, very bright, with some very nice head and a bit of nice lacing. Nice sweet scent, bright and colorful in the nose, with a nice hit of hop bitterness (hard to discern, some citrus and some floral, but it's light). Nice flavors, with a wonderful sweet malt and a nice easy bitterness at the end, with some slight citrus and slight floral. Goes down very easy, a smooth and light spring pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2012 15:34:24 | More by JamesS
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I boycotted this beer for a while just to show my displeasure with the rotation of seasonals with NB...although I'm sure nobody noticed my activism :)

Anywho, this is a good beer. It's tough to say that this brew is 'less hoppy' than other APAs like Sierra Nevada. The fact is that this one uses different hops. These are a bit lighter in feel and more tropical and green grassy than what SN uses.

It's an unassuming beer, but one that provides a nice biscuit undertone and passion fruit and dill notes. The yeast is low profile, which is good coming from NB...their yeast is too bready for me.
But this one is good. I do like it

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2012 04:24:24 | More by Mebuzzard
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North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours an amber/copper with a bright white head that lasts a long time and leaves some of the best lacing I've ever seen for the style.

S-Hoppy, citrussy especially grapefruit.

T-Hoppy with grapefruit flavors leading the way and a small malt backbone. Fresh fruit flavors were present and truly delicious. One of the more hop forward and fruit pale ale's I've had. Not nearly as much malt as one would expect for the style.

M-fairly thick but not too heavy.

D-Great drinkability due to the great flavor and slightly above average abv.

Overall, I was very impressed with this beer. It tasted great and looked great as well. I highly recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2012 02:56:48 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of nickfl


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours with one finger of white foam on a clear, amber colored body. The head seattles quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - light, floral hops with some fruity caramel.

T - bready malt up front with a bit of fruity character in the middle. Spicy hops towards the finish with toasty malt and moderate bitterness.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - drinkable and well crafted, it has a light touch without being bland. Not focused on the hops, the malt is the primary player here, but there is enough bitterness in the finish to keep it balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2012 04:29:46 | More by nickfl
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass.

A- good looking dark red/brown color with a one finger head that leaves a little lacing on the glass.

S-very earthy, grass and moss aromas.

T-not much. So earthy and grassy that the name fits - DIG - as in dirt.

M-ok but the poor flavor just ruins it.

O-I am tempering this review with 3.0 ratings as a 'benefit of the doubt' perspective. Maybe it's me, I just didn't get this beer. And I wanted to.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2012 21:10:03 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of Lemke10


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Old Chicago in Madison, WI. It was a 12oz glass for $4.49 in early 2012.

Pours a golden amber color with a half inch foamy head. Mild scent of hops and malts. Overall has a crisp and clean taste that delivers the perfect blend of malts and hops. Some bready citrus tones mixed in with bitterness. Slightly dry finish. A well made refreshing beer to get you in the mood for spring.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2012 03:15:14 | More by Lemke10
Photo of beertunes


3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in tulip. Poured a deep amber gold color with about 1/2 inch of just off-white head that had good retention and lacing. The aroma featured a nice balanced blend of grainy malt and flroal hops.

The taste was pretty much the same, nice but really notable in any area. The body was decent and smooth. The drinkability was very good, the beer went down quickly and easily. Overall, a nice inoffensive brew that really doesn't do anything to make you notice it. worth a shot as your spring "chore beer".

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2012 17:57:40 | More by beertunes
Photo of Redrover


3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pints in Elmhurst always carry the New Belgium seasonals, so when I saw the tap handle for Dig, I knew I had to give it a whirl.

This was served in a marked New Belgium globe glass, the beer was a chill hazed dark yellow with a skim of off-white foam.

Nose is slightly fruity with candy and light grains.

It is slightly sweet, a touch astringent with hard candy and grass.

The mouth is slick but not oily.

It is an easy drinker, light & refreshing, but to me at least, not overly memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2012 17:46:45 | More by Redrover
Photo of homebrew311


3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: appears clear copper, foamy white head that dissipates quickly, sticky lacing

S: nose is non descript for the most part, light grassy hops, touch of lemon rind, bready malts in the background

T: light fruity quality, cereal malts, nice balance, minimal hop bitterness

Mf: light, crisp, refreshing

O: not bad, nothing really stands out aside from the fact that is drinkable an refreshing

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2012 01:44:36 | More by homebrew311
Photo of blakelive784


2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a generic pint glass, reviewed from notes:

A - Pours a pale, transparent copper color with a relatively thin white head that's one finger tall. Retention's okay. Generic.

S - Lemongrass, heavy caramel, floral and perfumy notes. There are fruity and grassy notes. It's fresh, but I don't find anything "groundbreaking" about it.

T - It's shyly built, and a bit imbalanced to boot. I appreciate the freshness of the hops, and they've got a good floral/fruity taste working for them, but it's entirely too simple. Heavy caramel malt is the only counterpoint to the hops. It definitely has potential.

M - Medium bodied and entirely too thick. Not ideal for an APA.

D - It's a fresh pale that's fairly easy drinking, and definitely a good foundation, though it's too simple. With some work it could be a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2012 02:53:45 | More by blakelive784
Photo of hopwave


3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on-tap poured into standard pint glass..

clear orange color with a one finger off white head... very little retention or lacing. mouthfeel is on-par with the style... smell is pine, slight grain, very easy drinker. quite refeshing but middle of the road pale ale, glad I got to try on-tap.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 02:07:05 | More by hopwave
Photo of Bierguy5


3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, light copper. Off white head holds well for a minute. Nice patches of lace.

Toasty malt, with nice citrus and slightly earthy hop notes.

Toasty, bready malt. Sharp citrusy bite that finishes earthy. Bitterness lingers, but still balanced well.

Medium body, lively carbonation. Easy to drink. Nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 00:56:58 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of VaterRoss

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at Brixx, served in a tumbler.

Appearance is a golden/amber with a strong white head and a good amount of visible carbonation. Smell is fairly strong citrusy hops: mainly grapefruit but a hint of pineapple. Lots of aroma here, smells like an IPA. Taste is very mellow, pale malts with light but flavorful citrusy (grapefruit) hops to back it up. There is a nice light bitterness that is ultimately refreshing. Malt is excellent and very little alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with medium carbonation.

The smell of this beer was really more the smell of an IPA, or at least an extra pale ale, but the taste was far more chill with lots of malt and only light hops. Nice abv for the taste. Flavor might be a bit weak, but then again this is a pale ale and not an IPA. Very high drinkability, an awesome beer, I think it is better than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 03:06:42 | More by VaterRoss
Photo of Scotchboy


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap @ the Twisted Timber, Boise ID. Served in a Rogue pint shaker.

A: Clear effervescent honey gold, egg-shell colored head, decent lace.

S: Lemon hop, light floral notes, bready, grass & earth, overripe fruit, ghostly toffee.

T: Decent hopping, orange and lemon, light earthy notes, bready malt, light caramel.

MF: Crisp and carbonated, light to light-medium body, finishes a bit dry.

O: Nothing special but an easy drinker. Modest hopping, decent earthy & lemon hop hop notes, relatively clean finish.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 16:30:02 | More by Scotchboy
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New Mexico

1.59/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

Dull brown appearance, but with nice foamy head. Somewhat sourish aroma. A bit bitter on the palette. Taste not unpleasant, but probably not one I would buy again for my taste.

[I am copying these notes over from RateBeer ... it does not require as long of review. I tasted this some time ago so I can't add anything.]

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 02:54:27 | More by marzenfannm
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best By Date 20th, May 2012; Sampled February 2012
A steady, somewhat soft pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a fat-three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is an amber copper color that shows a clear, red-copper / gold hue when held up to the light. The beer is served cool, somewhat near 60°F. The aroma smells of citrusy hoppy and dry cracker like malt at the first waft, but picks up more tropical fruit and ripe citrus notes in subsequent draughts of the nose. The pale malt character has a dusty quality to it; it reminds me of whole wheat crackers, pulverized pale malt powder, and perhaps a hint of chewy whole grain bread character. The malt certainly plays a supporting role here, really it is the hops that steal the show. The fruit character is so interesting, it is definitely quite tropical in character; ample notes of lychee, with a funky guava like edge, even some earthy, dripingly ripe mango notes are noticeable in the nose; it is all really quite interesting and worth exploring for a couple minutes.

The flavor has a biting, nip of bitterness up front, it picks up an herbal, slightly raw hop character as it passes across the tongue and it picks up a funky, fruity, still herbal note into the finish that continues to see slightly raw hop bitterness linger on the palate. The beer is quite light bodied, though still has a touch of viscous malt presence, and a touch fizzy from the carbonation; the last is brought out by the fact that this is a bit cooler than the beer is likely carbonated for. The malt plays even more of a supporting role than it did in the nose; there is a soft chewy grain note in the middle and body of this brew, with light flavors of pale-toasted crackers and perhaps a touch of straw like grain. The omnipresent hop character has a nice raw edge to it that is fairly herbaceous, a touch menthol like, definitely a touch dank, and has a green pine sap like character to it in addition to having a vibrant, tropical fruitiness to it. The tropical fruit notes remind me a lot of kumquat zest, guava and lychee (these three are really influenced by the olfactory senses as you take and consume a sip), but there is also tangelo zest and super ripe orange zest note (that is more flavor than olfactory).

A great Pale Ale, I doubt this would really make it to May though (at least for my preferences) as it is the fresh hop character that makes this beer so interesting. I have a feeling that if this beer is served below 53°F that the hop character wouldn’t be nearly so expressive and the light body could come off as being too light; sampled near 60°F + though, it is quite nice (especially once you knock out the excess carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 20:17:00 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One month past best by date. Still a reasonably fresh aroma. Not very complex grassy, flower hop with solid malt background - maybe even a tad rich towards caramel.
Darker than many for style, but attractive with lots of bubble actions and full rich head and lots of lacing.
Interesting solid hop, firm malt and still light body and high drinkability. Long and lingering hop finish, but no excess. Again a slightly heavier and strong malt base, but with good blending. This is less sweet than what appeared in the aroma. Nice flavor to the bittering that runs from start to finish.
Good feel with ample carbonation.
Good solid APA. I'd expect nothing less from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 23:37:52 | More by garymuchow
Photo of MadScientist

New York

3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 21:39:57 | More by MadScientist
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish orange, almost brown. Really rusty, but clear throughout. Super dark for a pale ale (even though i know pale doesn't necessarily refer to the overall color). Head is 2 fingers thick, off white, and sticks around for a while.

S: Lots of hops, as advertised, though more subtle than expected. Fruity hops and some classic floral and grapefruit up front. There is a slight malt tying everything together to provide some balance.

T: Very hoppy and messy, but in a good way. The hops unfold like ppeling layers off an onion, at first floral, then very in your face citrus peel and sour or unripe fruit. There is a slight bready malt in the background, then covered up by grapefruit and more floral. Huge hop profile but not overwhelming. The tastes are really hard to pick out individually, and it ends up just being a hoppy character on your palate that is indeed very spring.

Overall, this beer is solid, not quite an IPA but still having a nice hop profile. Could be a bit fresher. Not quite balanced enough and, as I said before seems a bit messy and directionless. Almost went for too much here, but not bad. Very drinkable and good for everyday drinking or with friends. An alright seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 04:16:23 | More by BucBasil
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

New Belgium Dig Pale Ale has a thick, creamy, white head and a clear, bubbly, amber appearance, with nice lacing left behind. The aroma is of citrus, hop oil, sugar, and white bread. Taste is of those, with some pleasant and mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is watery and slick, and New Belgium Dig finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and quite drinkable. Overall, this one is very nice, and I score it fairly high.


Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 15:01:43 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of RuEXP1


3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured from 12 oz. bottle into standard pint. Pours a nice amber color with a small amount of tan/beige head. Head dissipated quickly, ~ 30 sec. Light amount of carbonation. Decent amount of striation on the glass.

S - Not an overwhelmingly strong smell to this beer. Faint earthy smells, citrus and hops.

T - Similar follow through on taste from the smell. Earthy/piney forefront. hops and citrus linger throughout. Not overly bitter, but still has that IPA feel.

M - Pretty standard here. Nice bite from the carbonation. medium-lite body to it.

O - This is a nice beer, it is very pleasurable to drink. I don't think it really brings anything 'new' to the plate. That being said I would buy it again since it is a solid beer for a good price.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 02:57:19 | More by RuEXP1
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