Porch Swing Single Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Porch Swing Single AlePorch Swing Single Ale
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Porch Swing Single AlePorch Swing Single Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by kbub6f on 04-08-2002

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Ratings: 144 |  Reviews: 57
Reviews by SeanChouffe:
Photo of SeanChouffe
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden color and very effervescent with a creamy white head.
Aroma: Bread, fruit and a fresh hoppy presence.
Taste: Dry at the start with a somewhat sweet middle and a biting finish.
MF: Smooth and creamy with a presence of effervescence. The dry finish lingers.

IMHO: A pretty beer with a good aroma, but lacking a good balance of sweetness to offset the multileveled bitterness.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Nice, golden straw color with a good head that dissipated quickly but left a firm mark on the glass.

Smell – Light, fruity aroma with hops and malts behind. I sense melon and cherries with some banana and a tinge of grain.

Taste – The bitterness comes out much more in the taste, but this is balanced with malts and an abundance of fruit. I’m also getting a little sour flavor, like a lemon or lime, along with a flowery hop finish.

Mouthfeel – I like the carbonation level of this brew, but it’s not smooth or thirst-quenching by any stretch.

Drinkability – Not bad. The balanced flavors make this an interesting brew, but it’s kind of clumsy and (IMO) not dry enough to be offered only in the summer (they started stocking it at my Larry’s Market at the end of July).

Comments – Average across the board. I hate being the lowest rater in the group, but it just didn’t do it for me.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
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 LXIXME
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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 dertyd
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of secondtooth
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Elemental
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - Nice and light. Pretty clear with a medium amount of head

Smell - Good, nice hop aroma with a slight spiciness

Taste - Crisp and tart. Has nice citrus flavor along with a bit of spiciness. Nice bitterness that complements the aroma light body of the beer.

Mouthfeel - good not to strong not to week fits in that good mouthfell range.

Bottom line - another good seasonal beer from the great brewers of New Belgium

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Photo of bditty187
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent amber-gold hue, thick white head, the apex was two finger’s worth, excellent retention, plenty of rings of lace. The nose is hoppy (mostly pine, some floral notes), grass and light fruity esters. Inviting. The palate is remarkable, surprisingly dry and piney… biscuit malt in the middle (some floral hops too); the yeast makes its appearance towards the end, pepper hints, a kiss of fruit (maybe), some funkiness… this is damn intriguing beer. There is something about it… I can’t put my finger on it though… I like whatever it is… let’s just call the flavor profile… simply complex. Ideal carbonation (on the high side of moderate), medium body, easy to drink. The abv is a little high for a summer ale… ah hell, drink up! I’ll imbibe while it’s around (freaking “limited edition”…)! Recommended!

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Photo of BKotch
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Faunland
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of vancean2
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bombventure
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PawG
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of macesq
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pbrian
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can't say I've had many Belgian Singles to compare this against, but it's a tasty offering. Easy drinking enough as to not overwhelm the senses yet complex enough to keep even the most discerning beer drinker interested. Pours with a huge fluffy white head, starts off with a malty grassiness reminscent of a saison ala Hennepin, finishes bitterer(?) than I would have expected with a nice Belgian yeast twang. Finished it too quickly, I wish I had more than one.

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Photo of RiverCityBeerGuy
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Murph
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a dark golden with a nice white head that fades somewhat quickly. There is a nice fruity aroma that also has some yeast in it. The flavor starts off with some subtle hop bitterness but that is soon pushed aside by the light malty sweetness. The beer finishes with some spicy hop flavors. Dry and smooth on the tongue this beer is highly drinkable. An interesting brew that is a must have for belgian lovers.

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Photo of wollefdoogylloj
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of enelson
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at “Papago” Brewery, and also have a few bottles for the DBF, as it’s a nice beer for quenching the thirst in this infernal desert heat.

Beer pours a transpicuous golden amber color and the head impressive with the color bright white, frothy in texture, the resultant lace a nice sheet to cover the glass. Nose is sweetly malt as is the start, top middling. Finish is crisply acidic, hops pleasant and spicy, very dry aftertaste and a very drinkable beer from a favorite brewery.

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Photo of warpedrevolution
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Porch Swing Single Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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