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Dig - New Belgium Brewing

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1,063 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,063
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 16
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: WastingFreetime on 01-16-2012

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Ratings: 1,063 | Reviews: 233
Photo of bballmj2k
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six-pack - thoroughly impressed.

A - amber/golden with nice white head

S- label is spot on - lemon zest, floral, grassy, citrus, mango. This hop bill is phenomenal.

T - mildly bitter with lots of fruity sweetness in the middle. tropical fruit notes dominate the palette but not overwhelming at all. Clean light bitterness at the end.

M - light, well-carbonated, crisp, clean mouthfeel. Really great.

New Belgium does beautiful things with these less common hops. I love the Nelson sauvin hops and the sorachi ace add a great spicy note.

Photo of mettkea
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of JackieTH
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coppery pour with an inch of white foam. Leaves lacing as it recedes. Interesting lemony-citrus, sweet, clean and tropical nose. Taste is citrus and caramel-nutty, sweet, but crisp and clean due to generous carbonation and hop. Not bitter. Finishes clean. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery. Interesting beer and easy to drink.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a tight, white head that leaves good sized bits of lacing.

Smells of earthy and grassy hops.

Tastes of the grassy hops on a solid malt base. Grassy hops lead off with a bit of earthy spiciness. Moderate amount of bitterness. Malts come in with biscuit and cracker type grain notes. Slight amount of grainy sweetness. Ends with a bit of a mineral water finish, where the sweetness fades and there is just a touch of hop remnants.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, a pretty solid pale that is fine on its own, but wouldn't hold up with most of the classics/standards of the style.

Photo of rangerred
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light brown with just a tiny fizzy head. Ok lacing.

Aroma of biscuity malt along with a little bit of caramel. Some light citrus from the hops as well.

Flavor is quite malty with a lot of biscuit that reminds me of Fat Tire. Some wood in there along with caramel. Some citrus from the hops comes in later with some orange and pineapple. An aggressive bitterness leads to a crisp finish.

This is one impressive beer. I love the maltiness along with the nice bitterness to balance it off. New Belgium really hit a home run with this one.

Photo of ScorpyX
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of oldvines
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of BrewCaveDweller
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of pschul4
4.48/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Half Acre pint glass

A- pours a wonderful dark yellow/orangish. 1 finger head that recedes as you drink.

S- Faint citrus lemon scent with a very slight hoppy bite

T- Wow, this is almost a perfect tasting APA. If I'd never had Zombie Dust this would be my favorite APA (for the record Zombie Dust is still WAY better than this). Light refreshing citrus taste with a malt backbone. Beuatiful

M- Light and bubbly, this beer gets me in the mood for some warmer weather

O- Phenominal spring Pale Ale, can see myself going through a case of this before NB moves on to the next seasonal

Photo of ShesaCrafty1
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of bennetj17
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the previous reviewer who reminded me what this beer was replacing. Obviously if I couldn't remember Mighty Arrow, then it wasn't so great. This beer has the traditional New Belgium ultra-clarity, this one with a deep copper hue and some thin frothy foam.

Initially I get a light bouquet of citrus hops in the nose. It's interesting, perhaps a bit stinky, although I'm curious. Smelling deeper there is some doughy malt balance, with almost an earthy, nutty note. This is strangely reminiscent of some other beer from this brewer that I cannot pinpoint at the moment.

The taste is very light up front, building to a fruity, almost tangy flavor toward the back. Not as sweet as expected, with a moderate bitterness. The malt character is perhaps too clean, and doesn't stand up well enough to the fruity hop twang. I suppose the intention was to let these unique hops shine, but in the end I'm not sure if the combination was right. Or maybe they needed to throw even more hops hops at it? It certainly is interesting, I just can't seem to decide how much I like it. The mouthfeel is crisp, medium bodied, with a healthy dose of sharp carbonation.

In the end I like it and I don't. I feel like with the seasonal beers, New Belgium is always holding back. Everything seems to be in a Pale Ale sort of mold- not too strong, a little hoppy, appealing to everyone. I like the Nelson Sauvin hop alot, and when I get a note of it it really wows, but unfortuantely it isn't intense enough, and gets lost in the mix mostly. I would guess this time next year NB will be coming out with yet again something different.

Photo of TheFlern
5/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was sad to hear that Mighty Arrow was leaving but dayyum Dig is good.

Appearance: Honey in color. White head. Dissipates to a thin layer and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Smell: Very citrus in nature but not grapefruit. It is very lemony and bright. Lots of hop on the nose. You've probably not had anything like this hop profile in front your nose before. Very unique imo.

Taste: Follows the nose. Lots of lemony citrus. Nice malt backbone as well. A little bitter and a little sweet. The sweetness from the malts compliments the zesty lemon hop profile perfectly.

Mouthfeel: A perfect balance between sweet and bitter means this one goes down smooth. There is a good level of carbonation as well.

Overall: This is a surprisingly awesome beer. Give it a shot and check your prejudice before you pour. NB is pumping out some super high quality stuff right now.

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 jsanford
4.24/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium Globe Glass

A - Pours a hazy orange-copper with a dense, fluffy white head that settles to a thick cap, leaving behind tons of streaky lacing as it recedes.
S - Such a nose! Phenomenal aromas of tropical mango, passion fruit, and papaya with a solid dose of lemony Sorachi Ace hops and a moderately sweet caramel malt profile.
T - More tropical hop flavors of peach and papaya with a solid caramel malt backbone and a long-lingering lemon pith finish.
M - Refreshing and quite drinkable, with a medium body and good carbonation.
O - Overall a perfect Springtime brew, clean, delicious, and fresh!

Photo of allengarvin
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard 12-oz glass, this is a light copper-colored beer with a small, frothy head. The nose offers plenty of notes of citrusy, resinous hops. On taste, the malt profile is pretty similar to their flagship Fat Tire, with the signature nutty flavor. Bitterness isn't as high as expected from the nose, but a moderate citrus hoppiness can be found. Otherwise, clean tasting. Drinkable, certainly. But it's nothing special and doesn't stand out of the brewery's lineup.

Basically, it's Fat Tire with a slightly different hop schedule. NB seems to be getting away from their original Belgium focus. We get new seasonals each year that are difficult to tell apart, I'd love to see them bring back the great Porch Swing Single from the late 90s, as a spring seasonal. Oh well.

Photo of harrymel
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by 13MAY12

This is the fourth time I've had this beer. It's good.

Pours a golden on copper ale with a finger of off-white foam and excellent clarity. Smells fruity with pineapple, mango, cherry (sweet) and a nice sweet and english malt profile. It tastes sweet and candy like with the hops. I'm really surprised/intrigued with how they get such a sweet beer with the hops - and the hops are obviously fruity and tropical. The mouth is thin with moderate on hi carb and a forgettable finish. I could probably drink this all night, it's fun, but easy.

Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of jsprain1
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber colored with a one and a half finger white head with a fair bit of lacing sticking to the glass.
S- Biscuit malt, some caramel, and a fair amount of bittering hops/
T- The bottle says among other things to look for a mango presence. I don't get that even in the least. Up front there is some bitter, lemon like hops and the biscuit and caramel malt takes over in full force in the finish.
M- Fairly assertive body. Carbonation is medium-high.
O- It's a fine beer. It actually isnt all that different than Fat Tire. On the whole it's ok.

Photo of quaybr
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden amber body with great clarity sits beneath a white, foamy head. A bit of lacing is left behind.

Smells of fresh grassy hops. Some biscuit and caramel malts come through as it warms. Quiet but pleasant.

Taste comes in fresh and leaves a bit flat. Everything but the biscuit malt seems to fall on the front half of the tongue, while the biscuit flavor comes in late (even overpowering the bitter hops). Not bad at all, but nothing above average.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, decent carbonation. The hops might benefit a bit from a little more pop.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. Enjoyable and goes down so pleasantly.

Photo of ChugginOil
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Right off the bat I am digging the Dig.
The pour yields a dark copper color with a fingers worth of cream colored head. There is an abundance of lacing which clings heavily.

The nose has those sharp, fresh bittering hop scents that we all love. After admiring the fresh aromas I start to narrow down their characteristics. I'm getting some earthy and grassy notes along with an even amount of citrus fruit like grapefruits or lemons. Intrigued at this point. Ready. Set. Sip.

The taste threw me off a bit as I was not expecting such a hoppy and well, tasty as hell brew. It begins with an admirable balance between some nut-like malts and the citrus noticed in the nose. The malt is a bit more present in the aftertaste as the hops strike your palate a bit and fade off. Either way, great combo of flavors happening here.

The mouthfeel is notihing out of the ordinary and suits the style nicely. It is light-medium bodied with a refreshing and crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a perfect spring time beer and involves some great flavors. However, It's not even spring yet and it's really crappy outside! By the time it's nice enough outside to enjoy this beer, the hops will have fallen off, into the distance. Other than that qualm, great beer.

Photo of TomAtoMusic
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of gtermi
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a nice golden orange body with a very thick white head that quickly fades.

S: Some nice malt, clove and grapefruit. There is also a great biscuit smell to it.

T: This taste like a biscuit. I love the flavor of this beer. There is some grapefruit and malt to this beer too. There is a very tiny bit of hops in the beer too.

M: There is a bit of crispness on the mouth and it really tingles on the tongue and the back of the throat. It does go down very easy though.

O: New Belgium makes ANOTHER solid beer. It doesn't blow me away, but it is a perfect sit around and do nothing beer. I am glad this is a new seasonal.

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 smartens
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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