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Dig - New Belgium Brewing

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1,057 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,057
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 16
Gots: 43 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WastingFreetime on 01-16-2012)
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Photo of travolta
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

travolta, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of sizemore84
4/5  rDev +11.7%

sizemore84, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of mjohann
4/5  rDev +11.7%

mjohann, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of ctfixer
1/5  rDev -72.1%

ctfixer, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of silversumo
4/5  rDev +11.7%

silversumo, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of JEdmund
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

JEdmund, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of dpmacd
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

dpmacd, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of attometer00
4/5  rDev +11.7%

attometer00, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of NickyDee21
3/5  rDev -16.2%

NickyDee21, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of grubefresh
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

grubefresh, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

strongaf, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of SpdKilz
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a clear amber color. About a finger of slightly off white head is achieved with a regular pour that dissipates at a moderate pace leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Lemon zest, bready malts, grains, slight citrus. Overall not a very strong aroma.

Taste – Caramel and spicy hops, then the lemon zest and slight grapefruit citrus. Bready malts at the end with an earthy flavor.

Mouthfeel – Medium to light bodied, spritzy carbonation.

Overall – A solid APA at a pretty good price for a six pack. I always like trying the new NB beers and this one is easy to drink and refreshing.

SpdKilz, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of GBPackers
4/5  rDev +11.7%

GBPackers, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
4/5  rDev +11.7%

bigbeers84, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of Epicbeertime
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Epicbeertime, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of sparx1100
4/5  rDev +11.7%

sparx1100, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
5.6% ABV, Serve at 7°C (45°F), enjoy by 27MAY12.

A - Beautifully clear, Dig pours a deep soil-and-clay amber color that's topped by a well-formed ivory head which drops to a plateau and shovels it's sticky foam all over the glass.

S - The hand-drawn label shows earth, a theme that's carried from bottle label to aroma. Hops that remind of Fat Tire's embark on a different path, however. The light grass and dry leaf aromas gently blanket the lightly toasted specialty malts. Certainly not dry-hopped, Dig begins on the more mild side of the style.

T - The lack of prominent hops in the aroma certainly doesn't repeat in the flavor. Fruity undertones seem to stem from both hops in a citrus, lemon zest and mango sort of way as well as a pinch of ale yeast ester doing. Crumbly toast falls behind to a near absence and provides a base if mild, balancing sweetness.

M - The dry, light citrus flavor notes work well with the tingling touch of bitterness on the tongue. Moderate carbonation keeps the feel lively though the well-balanced, medium-bodied brew.

O - Dig lets it's hops work a little more subtly than many IPA-like American Pale Ales do these days. The balanced bounty reminds me of a *lighter*, more sessionable Fat Tire while citrus and earth tones cooperate nicely. I can almost view "Dig" as more of an estate or fresh-hop beer to go along with the name but, without a doubt, when Tag Team throws me a shovel, the resounding answer is, "yes, I can dig it!"

(Yeah, fool, I did just drop an obscure 90's music reference! Thought you knew. Wait...make that three.)

BeerFMAndy, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of BKBrewer
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

BKBrewer, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of billshmeinke
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker glass.

Darker golden/amber color, clear body. One finger of off white head.

Subtle piney and grapefruit hops in the nose. Bread and biscuity malt presence. Well balanced, and subtle.

Tastes of biscuit and bread up front. A touch of honey. Hints of pine and even less of grapefruit, but resin is the main hop presence.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Well carbonated. Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. Touch of acidity.

Quite nice. Thumbs up indeed. Not sure I will pick this up again this season, but will look forward to trying it when it comes out again.

billshmeinke, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of DovaliHops
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a large white head that goes down at a steady pace. Scent is a nice blend or citrus and earthy hop aromas with a nice kick of malt. More citrusy as this beer warms. Taste is first a bit of caramel malt, then immediately I get some lovely bitter hop flavors...lemon, grapefruit, and pine as well. Finishes with a smooth malt profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a very refreshing beer. I'm really "digging" this seasonal...Get it???

DovaliHops, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of chodinheaven
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear amber colored beer with a thick sea-foamy white head that dissapates at a medium pace leaving a good amount of lacing. A little grassy in the aroma with an bready malt smell backing it. Clean on the nose with a bit of an earthy citrus hop profile. Not overly aromatic but not bad.

Bright citrusy taste over top a bready background. It has a definite grapefruit bitterness to it that really shines in the back of the palate and makes for a lingering bitterness of it. The citrus is sweeter up front, giving a lemony tartness that quickly moves into the grapefruity hops with a juicy middle. The grapefruit lingers on into the aftertaste for quite a while. The mouthfeel is juicy and then dry and crisp in the finish, giving that spring seasonal freshness. Pretty complex for an APA, all around a citrusy core.

Not bad here. Nothing out of this world, but as spring seasonals go, this hits the nail on the head. Bright and citrusy, crisp and fresh. Exactly what you'd want on a spring afternoon watching the flowers bloom.

chodinheaven, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of StoutishDan
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

StoutishDan, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of rayj212
4/5  rDev +11.7%

rayj212, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Bierguy5
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Bierguy5, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of mechanicalprints
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

mechanicalprints, Feb 20, 2012
Dig from New Belgium Brewing
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