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Dig - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,061 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,061
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: WastingFreetime on 01-16-2012

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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

1214th Review on BA
Bottle to NB Globe
12oz

Best by: 5/6/12

App- A fairly dark orange color mixed with some darker ambers and some yellows. Had a small 1/2 finger of head with just a touch of cling to it.

Smell- Best part of the beer. Had a fairly vibrant citrus aroma with some good foresty pine balance, the nelson adds some good layered aromatics with some cascade making the final fruit notes.

Taste- Its okay. Thought it would be better. Had a fairly wet taste with a off balance sweet/spicy citrus note. Had a flavor that didnt always taste right to me. Something was lacking behind the profile.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a medium carbonation level. Residual malty damp citrus with grapefruit and pine.

Drink- After reading the hop additions on this one, I had higher hopes. Just didnt work for me. It was a bit cold in So. Cal today so might have been the wrong choice.

Photo of sammjohnson
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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

Not as memorable as I hoped it would be with the Nelson S hop which I love..still a good solid easy drinking pale ale....biscuity maltiness....the signature New Belgium yeast strain is more restrained in this one and not as overpowering...still evident though which is good as it gives off a good dose of that biscuit impression.

The hops are slightly dry and not as juicy and tropical as I hoped for...a bit of lemon and orange peel.

Body is about perfect for the style...very easy drinking....nice pale ale...

Photo of silentjay
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

clear copper with a nice off-white head that retains and laces well.

lots of biscuity malts with herbal hops. not getting much lemon/tropical fruit from the Sorachi Ace or Nelson Sauvin hops. I guess a bit of lemongrass and pith.

biscuity malts and a bit of sweet caramel start things off... the sweetness carries but the hops come into play adding a candy-type citrus flavor as well as some dried/sweetened tropical fruits. finishes biscuity, yet kind of crisp. good for the style.

lighter side of medium bodied with a soft carbonation and a crisp, yet sweet finish.

hmmm. It's pretty good. I would definitely never turn one of these down, though I don't see myself buying it or going out of my way for it.

Photo of aliving1
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of kohailiam
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Mattybz28
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of neckbracesub
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of tobelerone
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lovely and very clear amber Dolores beer with a fluffy head about two fingers high. Retention is good and there is a fair amount of patchy lacing on the glass.

Excellent aroma, with lots of stuff going on....caramel malt..grass..lemony sorachi..citrus and tropical fruits. The flavor is also quite nice, definitely one of those APAs that lean heavily towards the IPA...not quite as intricate as the nose, with more bitterness and the more subtle hop characteristics a little more muted. Still, there is lemon, grapefruit, hints of mango from the Nelson sauvin, a touch of malty sweetness. Body and carbonation are both medium and there is a decent amount of smoothness and creaminess to the overall feel. Very drinkable, with a dry finish.

This is a nice beer but take this review with a tiny grain of salt...it was my first of the night after a long day of hiking in Zion National Park.

Photo of RBlaszak
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of keithwalk
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of sammy806
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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

Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Sixer at HEB for 7 and change.

Nice amber/gold color, fair significant head that doesn't last too long, but does leave a ring of white light suds...some lacing too.

Getting some buttery, biscuity malt first, a bit of lemony citrus comes in a little farther back along with some earthy hops.

I prefer a more hop forward APA. This one certainly is more malt forward...biscuity sweet malt, and the hops just don't announce themselves enough for my taste.

Still, an easy drinking warm weather beer, but certainly not the APA I'd recommend to friends.

Photo of Drinkerofales
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear light amber, with golden highlights. A sudsy huge off white head leaves tons of lacing.

Smell is citrusy, tropical, with a bit of warms malts, quite bold.

Taste is similar, citrus, a little bitter, with a flash of maltiness. Lost the tropical from the smell to flavor however.

Feel is smooth and light, easy to drink as a pale ale should be.

Overall, a good pale ale, if the flavor held up to the aroma, it would have scored much better in my book.

DOA

Photo of jrohrbacher
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of denimdemon
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Roger415
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of JCF3
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of brewcrew76
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear deep amber with a frothy white head leaving patchy foam behind.

S - Bready with crystal malts and earthy, vinous hops. Having used Nelson Sauvin hops before these appear to be the dominant hop.

T - Very malt forward. Bready and caramel malts with some earthy hops. Hint of lemon and citrus.

M - Thin and slightly lifeless. Dry, chalky, cardboard flavor lingers on tongue.

D - Disappointed in this one. This should be a nice bold hop combo but it never appears.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of poogas
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of emerge077
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First casual beer of the afternoon, thanks Bill!

Pours a dark golden amber shade with bright clarity, streams of carb visible, a thin layer of sudsy white foam sits on the surface. Pretty textbook pale ale, though it does appear to be filtered.

Smell is mild, vague dried citrus peel and light hop earthiness, light grains. Taste is similar, a thin flash of hop character fades into a watery and malt forward middle, and an earthy aftertaste. Body is thin and somewhat bland. Drinkable but not assertive at all. Seeing as this was just released for the season, it should be fresh, and therefore was a bit of a letdown.

Dig from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 1,061 ratings.