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Dig - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,032
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 17
Gots: 37 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WastingFreetime on 01-16-2012)
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Luigi

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours our a clear copper color with a massive fluffy head. Retention is nice as it settles down to a blanket of foam on top. Sticks to the glass as well.

The aroma is fragrant with floral and a hint of pine. Grapefruit, and sweet barley.

The flavor has everything you would want in an APA. A near perfect balance of sharp bitter hops and sweet barley. The pine notes from the hops linger a little with a dry finish.

Light bodied, mildly carbonated, and just refreshing.

Balance is the word for this Pale Ale. I must say the New Belgium Brewery has failed to disappoint me yet. They are damn good at this. I think I found a Pale Ale that is as delicious as Liberty Ale!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 19:05:27 | More by Luigi
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intensify

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Foamy creamy head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Citrus smell is outrageous. Some earthyness as well as a hint if biscuit. The taste is exacty how it smells. Grapefruit.. lemon zest and maybe a but of peach? This one caught me off guard. Solid brew by new belgium.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 08:05:37 | More by intensify
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cjatc

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-31-2012 03:27:57 | More by cjatc
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Psilo707

California

4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a *beautiful* thick amber color with the perfect opacity and sticky lacing galore. Thousands of rising bubbles all very apparent to the naked eye rise to the surface in such a wide range of places within the glass. The lacing at this point is so spread out and solid around the rim that I don't recall too many other pale ales that act anything like this one. Immediate intrigude.

Smell: Good smell, but not powerful at all. A very discrete hint of citrusy aroma, cloves, a pinch of fruit, and other vague spices. But really not as awesome as expected due to the nice appearance beforehand.

Taste: BAM! Hits you with a tornado of flavor. Almost unexpected that there is this much flavor when it didn't have too much scent at all. It has a very old-school, rustic ale taste to it, and you can tell New Belgium was simply going for a solid brew rather than trying to innovate or promote anything new to this style. The beer has a citrus flavor to it but it's not like a fruity citrus, despite how off the wall that sounds. It's more like a really deep, organically produced citrus, coming somewhere from beneath the Earth. Very root-like, plant-like, but still on the side of being an uplifting tasting semi-citrus pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Holy crap that's a creamy ale! It's so unbelievably solid as it goes down. Not overly thick, and not overly creamy; the perfect amount of both. I honestly can't believe how filling this stuff is, especially since it has the appearance of a very drinkable (in copius amounts) beer.

Overall: As a New Belgium fan, I feel I'm critical enough about their new releases to where I might score them lower than they deserve. I tried to take a step back on this and rate this beer as if it were from any other brewery in the world, large or micro. And when it comes down to it, this is one release that New Belgium really knocked out of the park. It's a bit lighter than Fat Tire, but with as much viscosity and flavor as it's bigger brother, if not more. Good show... GOOD SHOW!

4.1

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 22:47:13 | More by Psilo707
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-30-2012 01:57:55 | More by nmann08
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busternuggz

California

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Nice, clear orange-amber color with a 1" puffy, cratery white head. The head settles to around 1/4" but leaves persistent lacing. A little dark for a pale ale.
Delicious nelson sauvin hops dominate the nose- juicy passion fruit, red grapefruit, and papaya jump right out at you, with a little sweet honey and orange zest.
Red grapefruit leads on the taste with some fresh, tart guava and some lemon zest on the finish. There's a touch of light toffee toward the end too. A little malt sweetness for balance but mostly hop flavor with a pleasant dry bitterness throughout. There's a little herbal note in the aftertaste.
Light bodied and well carbonated, makes it very drinkable, crisp, and refreshing.
A tasty, fruity pale ale and a great spring beer, light and refreshing but full of fruit and well balanced. I love me some nelson sauvin hops, and the sorachi ace contributes nice subtle citrus zest notes. I feel like there's something missing that keeps me from rating it higher, complexity maybe, but it is good.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 00:43:07 | More by busternuggz
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flexabull

California

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright copper color with a nice fluffy white head. Very inviting looking beer.

Aromas are dusty, mineral like, light lemon, grapefruit, and white wine. The dustiness is prominent though.

Taste is crisp, grassy, herbal, with light spices, creamy, lightly sweet, with a nice brewed tea like quality. This is light, but flavorful and interesting.

Mouthfeel is dry, crisp, with snappy carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice little beer. I like how this beer is different than most Pales, and sets itself apart. Won't go out of my way to revisit, but certainly wouldn't turn one down.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 21:13:57 | More by flexabull
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JayS2629

Alabama

4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great clarity with a nice amber/copper color, good carbonation, a two finger white head that fades fast but leaves great lacing.

The aroma is fruity with citrus, melon, honeysuckle, and freshly cut grass. Some floral notes and a biscuit background.

Nicely balanced with a biscuit, baked bread bottom, floral notes of clover, honeysuckle, and orange blossom. Grapefruit and lemony notes with faint grassy elements.

The mouthfeel is crisp, medium bodied and refreshing

Overall a very nicely balanced, beautiful boquet of hops, nice aroma and flavor balance. Easy to drink, great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 00:22:42 | More by JayS2629
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dcloeren

Texas

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clean, crisp copper with 2 fingers of creamy off white head. Great retention and it left nice rings down my glass.

Getting biscuity aromas right off the bat along with toasted malt... light citrus hops in the backgrounds. There really isn't a whole lot going on in the aroma but definitely one of the only pale ale's I've had where the hops were in the background.

The taste makes up for the lacking aroma. Still biscuity notes control the taste, but there is more of a citrus hop and lemony presence. There is a subtle spiciness to this beer as well.

Light in body and very easy drinking. Carbonation is on the higher side but not overpowering. Semi dry finish with more of a lemony finish.

Overall, this is an average pale ale. I wish that it was more hop forward.... I feel like that would have given it a nudge in the right direction to take it to above average. I'm sitting in my back yard on a beautiful day and it definitely is the right beer for the situation. Very easy drinking and very sessionable. Worth trying if you are in the mood for a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 20:46:04 | More by dcloeren
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

Best before 5/13/12.

Pours a clear copper with a 1 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Nice tight rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of tropical fruits, citrus zest, grapefruit, and some earthy herbal hops. Taste is of tropical fruit and citrus zest up front with a malt backbone. The aftertaste has a mild herbal bitterness that quickly fades from the palate. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good pale ale that has a nice smell and taste. Very drinkable stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 05:32:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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jsh420

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours clear amber with a 1 finger soapy white head that faded to a small film and left some lacing

nose is very very faint - i pick up just a little citrus maybe lemon?

taste is quite nice - citrus spicy hops melded with biscuit malt - nutty malt earthy hop finish

mouthfeel - light body with plenty of carbonation - crisp and very refreshing

overall - who cares about the look or the nose when the flavor is there - this is solid pale ale that is reasonably priced and very sessionable - well done NB

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 04:23:55 | More by jsh420
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felipesegundo

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.7%

01-27-2012 20:04:55 | More by felipesegundo
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a best by of 13MAY12. Pours a clear, light copper color with a large cap of off-white head. Retention is pretty good and lacing excellent!

Nose is nutty yeasty/malt with hints of candied ginger, caramel and a disappointingly small amount of lemony sorachi ace hops. Not nearly as firm as Brooklyn's Sorachi Ace saison.

Taste shows some well balanced use of malt and hops, but thats not what I want here, dammit! The yeast here is most assuredly the same as used in Fat Tire, it has the same nutty creaminess to it. Which is fine, but the malts are too prominent for me. Its baffling really, New Belgium certainly is not afraid to throw out plenty of hops (Ranger, 2 Below, Snow Day, etc.), so I am surprised at this one. Its not bad by any means, I just think they could have showcased the zesty, lemony Sorachi hops better with a cleaner, more lightly malted beer. Oh well, fun to have once, but I am on the fence whether or not I would buy a whole sixer...leaning towards not.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 02:59:49 | More by twiggamortis420
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.7%

01-26-2012 18:34:42 | More by savagepm
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.2%

01-26-2012 17:07:33 | More by sgttibbs
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lstokes

Illinois

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

Well, it does feel improbably like spring here in Chicago...

Light orange pour with a two-finger cream head but minimal lacing, smells like orange peel and musty malts. The taste has more hops and more fruit--orange and lemon zest, too much grapefruit, biscuit malt, but also a very bitter grassy quality which kind of ruins it for me. It drinks well otherwise, on the light end and well-carbonated, but I just didn't like the flavor profile enough to go for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 03:57:13 | More by lstokes
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TicoCali

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-25-2012 22:34:08 | More by TicoCali
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-25-2012 06:11:21 | More by Whiskeydeez
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 04:34:27 | More by russpowell
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Blargimus

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 04:25:26 | More by Blargimus
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RuckusDu

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into New Belgium Globe

A - About a one finger off-white head which quickly drops. Moderate lacing remains. Body is a little darker than I was expecting. A rich amber color that borders on the orange side.

S - Cloves, sweet artificial berry scent - strawberry. Then I get some soft hops that make this quite complex.

T - Matches the aroma pretty well. Starts with sweet berries. It is a little cloyey. Hops are strong on the back-but not overpowering. They are a bit harsh but a nice addition to this beer.

M - Very well carbonated which makes this a refreshing beer. A nice light body fits well.

O - It is fresh and spring-like so Dig will make a great seasonal. A little cold out right now but I can envision myself sitting out on my back porch after a day of work sipping on this and watching my garden grow.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 21:52:19 | More by RuckusDu
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kepp

California

4/5  rDev +11.7%

01-22-2012 02:33:39 | More by kepp
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wages

Missouri

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - 4.5/5 - Pours with a nice head. It's a beautiful clear orange/light brown color. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

smell - 4/5 - Smells of lemony grass and subtle hops.

taste - 3.5/5 - You get a clear hops flavor with lemongrass and earthiness. Lots of grapefruit (the grapefruit puts me off a bit).

mouthfeel - 4/5 - Light/Medium body. A little on the heavy carbonation. Hops linger in the mouth with both the lemongrass & grapefruit flavor.

overall - 4/5 - Tettering here. I think the grapefruit flavor is a bit much, but it's very refreshing which is what it aims to be. I will enjoy this as a light alternative to double IPAs and Belgian beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 23:58:47 | More by wages
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a 12 0z bottle with a BB by 052012

A- pours a light copper orange color with a nice fresh white head and good lacing

S- was lemon grass and tropical fruits with light baked bread

T- was better it starts with a light touch of lemon mixed in was grapefruit and tropical hops like mango and papaya finishes with a kiss of sweet malts

M- was crisp and pure light on the palate but bursts with the above mentioned tastes

O- tasty and drinkable i like this one like i enjoy hoptober in the fall this is a winner for NB, will drink more this winter and enjoy it even more this spring

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 20:43:39 | More by gatornation
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before May 20, 2012, this just hit town.

It pours a gorgeous 24K gold with a 2 finger head of foam and the usual excellence with the lacing.

The smell is nicely hoppy with very nice notes of lemon and tropical fruit.

The taste is lemony, lighter with the tropical fruit than the smell insinuated but still noticeable. I'm starting to pick out some apricot and more as the beer warms. Grapefruit steps in. I usually drink my beers closer to cellar temps but I'm thirsty. ;^)

Medium describes both the body and carbonation and that fits this beer very well. The finish is quite crisp and dry.

A well crafted brew here, me thinks.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 17:55:12 | More by Bitterbill
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