Dig - New Belgium Brewing
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4.13/5 rDev +15.4%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner style glass.
A - Pours a medium amber color with a bit more orange than some Pales. Head is bright white, smooth and thick, it dissipates slowly and leaves nice lacing on the glass walls.
S - Nice spicy bouquet of hops. I detect the distinct Cascade grapefruit/bitter citrus, but there's also some other hop aromas that add to the upfront complexity. Pale malt is slightly detectable underneath the hop domination.
T - Crisp, dry hop bite upfront is not overpowering, malt is nearly indiscernible. I'm only barely picking up on the fruits indicated on the bottle, but I'm afraid that could be to my tainted impression from cheating by reading the bottle notes before sampling.
M - This beer is right on target for Pale Ale mouthfeel. At first I thought it was an IPA trying to sneak into the Pale category with a bitter bite and the light body, but after a couple minutes in the glass it's easy to discern that it's more balanced than a standard IPA.
O - The best part of this beer is that it's clearly an American Pale with the characteristic Cascade aromas, but there's more complexity to it with the other hop utilization. It's got more bite than many Pales and could be considered a wanna be IPA (maybe New Belgium set out to build a complex IPA, but settled with this Jr. version and slapped on the Pale label...or not, they're pros after all). Finishes drier than some of the easier drinking Pale Ales, but I still like it. In my opinion this beer will be a good companion for summer BBQs.
02-29-2012 21:25:45 | More by BCraig
3.6/5 rDev +0.6%
A - Clear medium copper in color. Head is off-white and foam. Retention is decent and leaves a small amount of lacing.
S - Nice floral notes to start. Grapefruit and peach are noticeable along with wheat and bread.
T - Bitter, bready, with undertones sweet orange, peach and lemon. THe finish is slightly bitter and very earthy.
M - Goes down great. Soft on the palate. Very slick with light carbonation.
O - Pretty good stuff. This stuff is going to replace my fat tire purchases while its available.
02-29-2012 16:52:41 | More by depechemode1983
3.25/5 rDev -9.2%
Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.
Look – light amber color, clear, with decent carbonation and about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates quickly..
Smell – a fairly strong hop aroma, but one that seems hard to grasp. There’s also an odd fruit-like quality, almost like that of a pear or such…probably from the Nelson Sauvin hinted at on the label.
Taste – there’s the bitter taste of the hops that hits first, but then there’s also the pear or peach-like taste, again, probably from the Nelson Sauvin. The particular blend of hops probably also lends to the unique taste.
Mouthfeel – more toward the watery side of texture.
Overall – somewhat interesting in taste when one considers what’s hinted at on the label. The taste itself is ok, an odd blend of bitterness and sweetness and even still tanginess.
02-29-2012 03:59:50 | More by Nerudamann
2.98/5 rDev -16.8%
Best by 6th June 2012, served in my New Belgium tulip. For a change, I get to emulate drabmuh!
Surprisingly dark, this is a copper/amber colored beer with a dense, off-white head with decent retention and lacing, this is a nice looking beer. Plenty of carbonation is visible as well. As for the nose, it's pretty much dominated by the Cascades. There's some lemon, for sure, but the chalky characteristic I get from Cascades is what is most noticeable to me, almost pepto bismol-like in some ways. Apart from that, there's some caramel, a little more than I'd like. A little bit of toast, as well as more fruit (peach, maybe some melon) round out the nose. Decent.
On the palate, it's a step up with what seems to be a deliberately understated bitterness with enough hop flavor to gently prod my tastebuds. The chalky character is reduced, and there's more lemon, peach and even some floral characteristics present. Bitterness is medium-low, and the hop flavor is quite nice in the mix. Sweeter flavors, with honey, toast and a little caramel, are noticeable, but aren't prominent right now. Drying on finish with a refreshing bitterness, this is quite nice on the palate. Almost over-carbonated, this has a mild carbonic acid bite, especially on the finish. While the bitterness is low, it does have a nice snap to it. Apart from that, however, there isn't much I can say in a particularly positive light as this beer is just... bland. Decent, I'd drink it if offered but I doubt I'll seek this out again.
02-29-2012 01:53:54 | More by DefenCorps
3.05/5 rDev -14.8%
Bottle poured into glass. Light amber in appearance, some head. Let is warm up a bit to open. Nose is very peachy, pine and some citrus. Taste is more bitter than expected and stays with you. Some lacing. Average pale ale, not sure I "dig" it.
02-29-2012 00:42:43 | More by Efeswasmy1st
4/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
02-28-2012 05:11:18 | More by plfahey
3.3/5 rDev -7.8%
App: Straw and copper in color. Minimal head retention, zero lacing.
Nose: The nose had some interesting and new characteristics like grapefruit, melon, a tiny bit yeasty.
Taste: A bit of citrus, smooth mouthfeel, some banana, with a faint pepper finish.
Notes: Sorachi Ace and Nelson Sauvin hops. This is my first beer brewed with these hops (that I know of). I enjoyed them quite a bit.
02-27-2012 01:35:52 | More by travolta
3.9/5 rDev +8.9%
Grapefruit red color; ok head formation but not great retention.
Smell is awesome. Love these new hops! Almost smells like a chardonay. A lot of white grape, some bubble gum, and then Mellon. Nice!
Really like the hop profile! New hops to me with Sorachi Ace and Nelson Sauvin. Lemony bitterness kicks off then a Mellon blast finishes it. Light malt profile let's the hops shine. Really easy drinking and subtle yet very enjoyable. Drying finish. Cascade hops are also part of the hop bill, providing their characteristic floral/citrus flavor.
Nice new beer by NB! Wouldn't want to see Mighty Arrow replaced but this is a unique pale ale that I will look forward to having again.
02-26-2012 16:39:42 | More by JEdmund
Dig from New Belgium Brewing
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