Porch Swing Single Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Porch Swing Single AlePorch Swing Single Ale

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a pretty nice amber color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy/foamy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, yeasty, spice. The taste is hoppy, malty, yeasty, citrusy. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Here coems the golden color with big time macro whirlpool clarity. Soft white head, 3/5". This hit the Belgian yeast aromatics, but it was not phenolic or spice rackish, it simply had some fruity esters cum Belgium vibe.

Taste was smooth, no frills, nothing outlandish affair. Its a neat little beer with the yeast being the primary mover and shaker in the taste department, everything else is super tame and stays out of the way, not much to speak of in the hops and malt department.

Its unique and not simply for the sake thereof. I can dig it man.

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Photo of Squire123
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid base hit but no homer which is how I feel about most of these pale ales from New Belgium. Nothing to complain about, it touches all the corners of malt, yeast, spice and light fruit, just doesn't bring them all together seamlessly or accent any one in particular. Complete without being complex.

For me there is a family resemblance among the NB Pale Ales that makes them so alike I can almost drink them interchangeably.


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Photo of Libeertarian
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystalline golden amber. Head is off-white, big, and foamy. Medium retention but leaves a fluffy film and plenty of lace until the end. Aromatically, it is sugar, alcohol, and the smallest vinegar funk possible to even notice. Taste is much less sweet than smell would indicate. Crackers, pasta, the onset of bandaid, although not distracting in the least, probably masked in part by the light herbal hopping. As expected, there is pepper in the aftertaste. Fuller end of light in body, with very fine carbonation, half-prickly, half-sudsy. Crisp but wet, and refreshing.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a clear, somewhat deep, golden color with a half of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the way of aroma, however there is some faint notes of toasted malt, candied sugar and Belgian yeast, which impart some faint notes of dried fruit, clover, honey and honey suckle.

Taste: What this beer lacks in aroma, it makes up for with some good flavors of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by some hone and brown sugar-like sweetness, spices of black pepper, coriander, and a touch of ginger. Finally, the beer finishes with some nicely balanced, floral, slightly citrusy, piney, hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely effervescent as there is quite a bit of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.2%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a good beer from New Belgium, and one that I believe should be back on New Belgium’s regular line-up. I like this very much.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, dated 09AUG15
A - creamy white head caps a golden colored ale
S - fresh yeast, biscuity malt, grass, lemon zest
T - tart, spicy, and zesty with lemon, grass, pilsner-like malt, and plenty of yeast
M - lighter side of medium for body, moderate carbonation, finishes quite bitter for a Belgian ale
O - nice and refeshing, but probably nothing I'd seek out.

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Photo of Gear54
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Pour is light yellow in color with 1/2 finger of thin foam and light whispy lace on the glass

Smell is faint Pine and lemons. Biscuit malts mixed in with the citrus. All very weak. Could use a bit of a pick me up in the nose.

Taste is bitter hops and fruit. Lemon and pare maybe. Yeasty malt to balance the brew. Nice flavor. A bit surprised based on the nose.

Feel is light and airy. Not too tough on the palate and quite refreshing on a hot day. Another solid New Belgium

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 7/19/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery yeast spiciness and earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/yeast/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a very good Belgian pale ale. All around good robustness and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - It is pretty, with a clear yellow-golden hue, big, pillowy white head, and lacing that is extravagant.

S - Quiet, but with a pine note, with grains at the core, and a bit of lemony fruit.

T - Not much of the nose on the tongue, except the grainy malts, which come to center. The close has a fairly strong bitter kick.

M - A bite from the carbonation, and a bit of drying in the close, but an easy drinker for sure.

O - Very close to something here. Pretty, with a decent nose and mouthfeel, but these positives are burdened somewhat by a taste that just isn't terribly inspiring. Perhaps a bit stronger yeast hit, with fruitiness and stronger minerality, would have been welcome. Good, but not something I hope returns to NB's regular line-up.

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Photo of rjs246
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm giving this some strange ratings but there is a method to my madness. This is a dangerous drink. It looks like a flavorless american light lager. And it goes down just as easily. Maybe even easier since it is light but tastes like actual beer. This stuff was made for drinking outside All Day Long. And that's where it gets dangerous. At 6% it's hardly an ABV monster, but that's a significant boost from your typical Miller Lite. It'll add up quickly. Proceed with caution, but definitely proceed.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date July 05, 2015 printed on the label. Another new one to me from New Belgium, this one their 'single ale', acquired as part of the variety twelve pack.

Poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

A - It pours a very nice deep golden yellow body with two fingers of soft fluffy white head that stays for a while and leaves behind some scattered lacing. Decent clarity. Looks very nice for what it is.

S - The nose offers up bready & biscuty malts, with some mild fruity yeast esters coming through - white grape, fallen apples. Mildly earthy & herbal, with perhaps some very subtle spicing. Smells okay, but it could stand to be more intense.

T - The taste follows in wake of the nose - simplistic at best. Bready, biscuity, & malty, above all else. The mild Belgian yeast strand fades nicely into the background. Notes of apple skins, peaches, cream, mildly herbal & floral.

M - The feel is very smooth, light-bodied, and easy-drinking. Very nice carbonation. Lingering notes of peaches n' cream on the finish, most likely from the chosen yeast strand.

Overall, it was much better than I expected, considering I wasn't the biggest fan of New Belgium's previous Belgian style offerings. A nice one, I would try it again.

New Belgium Porch Swing Single Ale -----3.5/5

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Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brief impressions below.

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served into a goblet in Austin, TX (low altitude).

Appearance: 1 finger wide. White colour. Decent creaminess. Nice thickness. Leaves a light ring of lacing as it recedes. Retention is below average - <2 minutes.

Body is a translucent gold of above average vibrance. No yeast or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Not a unique or special appearance for an Enkel, but it's of above average appeal.

Aroma: The hop profile rocks; it's apt for the malts. Belgian style yeast guides the beer, which is more subtly built than I had imagined. Belgian pale malts, mild grains, some light touches of bready character, subtle spice. This suggests a really well-balanced brew; I can't wait to try it.

Aromatic intensity is above average.

Taste: The hop profile is surprisingly prominent for an Enkel, but it mostly fits. The Belgian pale malt and bready malt backbone really works here, and the guiding Belgian yeast is wonderful. Honey malt. The spice profile could be more intricate, but what they got right was the yeast and to a lesser degree the malts. This is decently built, and I find it interesting considering its wide availability and price point.

Texture: Suits the taste generally well. Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, overcarbonated, somewhat refreshing.

Overall: I'm always very happy to see another Enkel on the market, but Porch Swing pales in comparison to New Belgium's other abbey beers. Inspired but ultimately mediocre, Porch Swing is a nontraditional offering in an obscure style that's worth trying but wanting. I look forward to reviewing it in-depth. Definitely above average.


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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best before" date 6-21-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear golden color with less than one finger off-white head that dissipated quickly until a thin broken layer of small bubbles remained, medium carbonation, very little lacing on the glass.

SMELL: bread, banana, subtle and understated nose.

TASTE: initially sweet honey, bread and Belgian yeast, not much of a hop profile here, the 5.2% alcohol is imperceptible.

PALATE: medium carbonation, medium body.

OVERALL: this is not a bad beer but there are better examples of this style to be had so I would not seek this one out again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Part of variety pack - freshness date of 10 May 15 - Poured into a tulip glass:

Pours clear deep golden with a foamy lasting white head. Ample trailing lace sticks.

The smell of citric (lemon/orange) notes blends with grain and mildly spiced bready yeast. Soft nose, but pleasant.

The taste is bready - some honey sweetness - lightly spiced, slightly citric finish.

The feel is crisp/effervescent - appropriately light-bodied, it has a malty smoothness.

An easy-drinking Belgian Pale Ale - mild - nice combination of a Belgian yeast strain and balancing American hops to make an enjoyable, refreshing brew!

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Photo of secondtooth
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean golden-amber, with a heaping head of off-white suds. Big wall of frilly lacing.

Aroma: Fruit-forward Belgian yeast, and some baked bread. Very nice.

Taste: Crisp with a hoppy snap up front, followed by a definite yeasty, fruity note after that initial rush. This is a well-balanced, enjoyable session-worthy ale, and one I’d pick up and enjoy again if it weren’t so limited.

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Photo of vkv822
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz : tulip

Clear golden with a thick, foamy white head, nice retention.

Lightly phenolic Belgian yeast notes, faint grassy, herbal hops, light caramel malt backbone.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

An enjoyable beer, but nothing in particular stood out in a fairly subtle flavor profile.

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Photo of Mikus
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear as a bell, golden with very little head. Nice aromas of coriander, clove, a peppery note, and an overall rich breadiness. Crisp and clean with noticeable spicy notes from the clove, coriander, and yeast. Little and refreshing overall... lingering yeasty/breadiness. Very good. Clean and accessible. I would think this would be a nice introduction to the lighter Belgian styles.

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Photo of prock180
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A little light on the Belgian flavors which is fine for me. Tastes fresh with citrus and a little sweet bubblegum flavor in there too. Really refreshing beer and just might have got me back into the Belgian styles. Not a big fan of Belgian beers uusually cause the coriander but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

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Photo of joe12pk
2.4/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got home and found it was six months past it's shelf life. I am still giving the rating because New Belgium chose to ship it to my grocer knowing it was old. Tasted like bitter diet apricot club soda. At least it wasn't a drain pour.

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Photo of greencrush
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is my third one this week, from the New Belgium Folly variety pack. I'm having this one straight from the bottle, but the other two were poured from the bottle into a glass, and were pale yellow, with a moderate head, and some lacing. The scent is hoppy, and definately pleasant. The taste is also very hop dominant, with little or no malt flavor, and the mouthfeel is moderately thich, and quite smooth. Overall this is the best beer out of the Folly pack, but I will be buying it again so I can enjoy this treat before they're all gone.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color, missing some of the haze desired from this style. Detected a neat mild fruity strain in the aroma.

Taste was muted, but approachable, as it lacked hops and bitterness, but the yeast strain keeps this beer afloat with its sweet and sour interchange on the palate. A good effort in a style that has never been what I'm all about.

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Photo of rye726
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear golden with a light tan head. Aroma is light of fruit and peppery hops. The taste is also very light. Thi sshould go under xtra pale ale. Light body and medium carbonation. A drinkable beer, but as a pilsner. Where is the Belgian spice and tart fruits?

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Photo of vurt
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Opening this bottle, I find that it was already past it's "Best By" date, even before I smuggled it back to California from New Mexico over the Xmas holidays. Darn.

And yet, it pours with a gorgeous golden hue, and sends up a tenacious, creamy head that leaves healthy lace clinging to the De Koninck goblet I'm sampling this from. Very attractive.

Aroma is fruity, grassy, and hoppy (some earthy variety), with some spice and warm sweet malt underneath (a doughy, bakery character).

Flavor is initially sweet with an orange-y character which turns into bread and herbal hop bitterness towards the swallow. Medium body. Very creamy. The bitterness lingers in a most agreeable way, though I am left with the impression that this is a two-faced beer-- starts out as one, finishes as another.

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Photo of ark57
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is a big head atop the golden colored body. It has a slight spicy, hoppy aroma. The body is light, crisp and refreshing, with a slight bitter, dry finish. There is some bready/yeasty notes to this as well along with a slight sweet maltiness. Not too bad at all.

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Photo of Morris729
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-hazy golden straw color with a pillowy white head that collapses into a good amount of lace. Nose is soft yeasts and sweet malts blended with some lightly fruity aromas. Moderate in body and carbonation with a crisp finish. Taste is sweet bready malts with a bit of light caramel up front followed by some yeasty notes and lightly bitter hops that lead to a rather dry aftertaste. Pretty nice brew here and one that I’ll likely purchase again.

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