Dig - New Belgium Brewing
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3.78/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
02-25-2012 00:48:08 | More by SpdKilz
4.05/5 rDev +13.1%
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.)
02-22-2012 02:42:47 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.88/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
02-22-2012 00:52:06 | More by billshmeinke
4.05/5 rDev +13.1%
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???
02-21-2012 07:01:07 | More by DovaliHops
3.93/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
02-21-2012 06:03:00 | More by chodinheaven
3.98/5 rDev +11.2%
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.
02-21-2012 00:56:58 | More by Bierguy5
4/5 rDev +11.7%
A light amber color with an off-white head. Lots of citrus aromas to this one. Heavy on the lemon with a bit of grapefruit juice. Some floral and pine notes in the background as well. Lots of toasted bread throughout. Tastes quite heavy on the lemon. There is a bit of orange peel and just a hint of grapefruit. A light bitterness on the palate with a solid bready malt flavor.
02-20-2012 05:50:08 | More by womencantsail
3.3/5 rDev -7.8%
Poured from a unique 12oz bottle into a perfect pint.
Pours a dark, clear, copper with a thin white head. Nose is surprisingly hoppy. Taste is grassy and citrus hops with a heavy bready malt backbone and a hint of diacetyl. The label describes it as "earthy" which is a pretty good adjective, has that dank kinda flavor. Fully medium bodied. There was some kind of funky, lingering aftertaste I can't quite put my finger, or a description, on but it wasn't good. Really liked this at first but that funky aftertaste just took away too much for me.
02-20-2012 03:34:53 | More by alli4051
4.43/5 rDev +23.7%
on-tap at Brixx, served in a tumbler.
Appearance is a golden/amber with a strong white head and a good amount of visible carbonation. Smell is fairly strong citrusy hops: mainly grapefruit but a hint of pineapple. Lots of aroma here, smells like an IPA. Taste is very mellow, pale malts with light but flavorful citrusy (grapefruit) hops to back it up. There is a nice light bitterness that is ultimately refreshing. Malt is excellent and very little alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with medium carbonation.
The smell of this beer was really more the smell of an IPA, or at least an extra pale ale, but the taste was far more chill with lots of malt and only light hops. Nice abv for the taste. Flavor might be a bit weak, but then again this is a pale ale and not an IPA. Very high drinkability, an awesome beer, I think it is better than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
02-20-2012 03:06:42 | More by VaterRoss
3.68/5 rDev +2.8%
A: Poured clear and vibrant orange with a single finger of head that quickly fell to a skim.
S: Very much a wheat beer profile: grass, wheat, lemon, bit of herbal spice, basic wheat bread.
T: Grassy hops start things off. Herbal notes of flowers and lemon follow. Strong bready malts with caramel combine for the mid flavors and it ends with a fair bitter bite mixed with lingering notes of wheat and lemon.
M: On the big side of medium with a fluffy feeling and carbonation.
O: There are a lot of flavors going on here but they just dont seem to combine well for me. Good but just not compelling for me.
02-20-2012 00:09:10 | More by legalpete19340
3.4/5 rDev -5%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
A: Clear, light amber color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.
S: Mild bright citrus and green herbaceous hops top out over light but detectable aromatic malt. Crisp minerality and carbon dioxide add a certain balance, restating its overall lightness.
T: Begins dry, with restrained bready malt and herbaceous hop aromatics. Citric acidity is heavy into the middle where malt becomes huskier and a floral layer of hops emerges. Flavors dry out the rest of the way in the mildly bitter finish as minerality lingers.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: This new pale ale boasts of some impressive hop cultivars; while their inclusion is evident, the entire beer seems like something of a compromise. It is a decent APA, not really better than Mighty Arrow which preceded it--just different.
02-19-2012 23:08:48 | More by beagle75
3.8/5 rDev +6.1%
Pours an attractive amber color with two fingers of head that had good retention. The head settles to a thick cap leaving heavy lacing behind.
Balance aroma of citrus hops and bready malts. I see what direction this APA is going.
Not a big fan of how the hops interact with the malt bill. Tastes a little like a hoppy Fat Tire. More of a musty, earthy malt bill combined with the citrus hops.
Good body for an APA. Nicely carbonated as well.
Overall a pretty good beer. Just not a huge fan of the malt/hop combo. But I think it will grow on me as I get through the bottles.
02-19-2012 19:25:24 | More by morimech
3.4/5 rDev -5%
Poured a nice clean shade of copper with a thin lasting white head, good carbonation running throughout.
The smell is very minimal, light bready malts with a touch of citrus hops.
The flavor is light, a touch of bready malt, and light citrus notes. Very balanced with a light bit of floral notes and mild bitterness.
The mouthfeel is light and dry.
A pretty basic American Pale, its decent, but nothing special.
02-19-2012 18:52:38 | More by bashiba
Dig from New Belgium Brewing
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