Blue Paddle Pilsner - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by augustgarage:
3.88/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Best before 12/15/2013; poured from a 12oz bottle into my Harriet pils glass.
Aureolin and citrine intermix to color the clear body, shot through with a dizzyingly active stream of bubbles making their way to the surface to feed the active but lasting half finger of foam up top. Delicate sticky lacing, good retention.
Aromatics are subtle and complex, becoming more of the latter as the lager warms up a bit. The hops certainly contribute a mild floral/grassy/spicy note but the array of malts add their own distinctive qualities which are difficult to dissect. The dusty, mildly toasty scent that New Belgium describes as "lit match" is unique and not unpleasant.
Faint apple and tart grain elements introduce the flavor profile which is offset by a moderate clean bitterness. If I had to guess, I'd suspect the Target hops were used for bittering where as the Saaz and Liberty contribute most of the flavor/aroma. The finish evolves slowly from an increasingly peppery/herbal quality to a rounder stale bread note.
Light bodied, well carbonated...
A clean, well lagered beer over-all. I'm tempted to say something about the strange contrast between the excellence of New Belgium's American and now Bohemian styles and the general mediocrity of their Belgian style offerings, but that's beyond the scope of this review...
Serving type: bottle
09-01-2013 17:34:40 | More by augustgarage
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3.95/5 rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Golden color, clear. Fairly good amount of carbonation. Thick bright white head.
Mild spicy hops, some bready, very clean and crisp.
Bready, biscuit, cracker, grassy, a little sugary. Spicy-herbal hops towards the end. Finish a little dry, crisp. Body is light-medium, crisp, refreshing, very carbonated.
It's a very good beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 03:33:32 | More by mjurney
Blue Paddle Pilsner from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 948 ratings.