Porch Swing Single Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Porch Swing Single AlePorch Swing Single Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 04-08-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
144
Reviews:
57
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
42
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 144 |  Reviews: 57
Photo of adam36
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Recommended.

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Photo of BEER88
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 mothman
2.92/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jaydoc
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

Photo of Nordbier
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aussiebeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bzach
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deereless
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 MidwestBA
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 DavidST
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MustyDusty
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bombventure
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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Porch Swing Single Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.69 out of 5 based on 144 ratings.
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