Springboard | New Belgium Brewing

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Wasatch on 01-13-2007

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Ratings: 333 |  Reviews: 185
Photo of Beer4Mike
4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

Photo of BeerSox
4.45/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into snifter. On label: Ale browed with Wormwood, Goji berries and Schisandra.

Glowing hazy light straw color with a goldenrod center. The head is thick and slowly fizzes to a foamy cap. Solid stacked lacing along the glass.

Light malts set the stage for a very complex herbal and spicy aroma. A little bit of the wormwood seems to come through.

Light grain quickly shifts to a toasty malt flavor, giving a roasted cracker flavor. The added spices give a swirling mix of different flavors as the beer literally develops on your tongue. Only a little bit of hop bitterness can be detected on the back of the tongue. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish tastes like a toasty cracker, and the spices actually make a cooling feeling as it washes to the back of the mouth.

This isn't the tastiest beer I have ever had, but I have to give credit to the amount of creativity in this beer that creates good complexity. It's a sweet and malty beer. Recommended.

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Photo of MEsquandoles
4.42/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man I have gone through a lot this season! However, I miss the hell out of Biere de Mars! They both are some of the most unique beers I've had. Props to NB for this ingredient list; I've never even heard of schindanra.

A: Would have liked to see some yeast in here, but it's still not transparent.
S: Unique, hints of Duvel, but overpowered by a herbal garden and some fruit sweetness and tartness (peach, dark cherry). Slight funkiness; prolly the same yeast they used in their Saison.
T: It's only gotten more herbally tasting through the season, esp. the warmwood. Not for everyone, esp. now, but I love it. Kinda like a strong kolsch taste as well, but with wet wood and some sour berries. Lemongrass! Some lingering ginger as well that turns into a piney woodiness.
M: Could be thicker for my preference, but it's a spring seasonal, so its fitting. Nice carbonation. Feels a little different, maybe because of the ingredients.
D: Great as one, although I've had a few in one night as well. Would guess its just above 5%, but it's 6.2%. Evolving taste makes me want more. Stronger and not as refreshing as it was at the beginning of the season. Excited to see how it changes over the months, glad I have a case left...

Like I said, def. not for everyone, but I really did enjoy it. Very interesting, yet appropriate for spring seasonal. Kudos on a well-made beer and for trying something this adventurous!

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Photo of aquaderek
4.37/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a session glass. I like the way this looks golden, but more on the yellow side nice carbonation and head retention about a solid 1/2 inch after pouring. The nose is initially malty followed by some nice hop spiciness, even some really faint citrus notes, and then piney hop notes....good stuff. The taste is good follows the nose, first malty sweetness, then the hops kicks in followed by a weird kind of bitterness, wormwood. The mouthfeel is unique...dry finish with a strange bitterness. I really like this offering.

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Photo of tobyandgina
4.36/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great brew on a hot day.

It smelled a little sweet. A little lemony.

Great Lemon-Yellow color with some cloudiness. Decent head and lacing.

Taste of honey, lemons and grass - with that typical New Belgium yeast flavor.

Went down smooth and easy. I recommend this on a hot day. Refreshing and tastey!

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Photo of BadRockBeer
4.32/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type Sampled: 12 fl. oz. brown crown top “New Belgium” bottle. Feature best before date as well as suggested serving temperature (7°C/45°F). Label reads “Ale brewed with Wormwood, Goji Berries and Schisandra”

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color, picture perfect 2 finger snow white head that slides down the side of the glass with every sip

Smell: Very unique, much of that of a wit. Bready, citrusy, ting of phenol.

Taste: First swallow reveals the taste of a dry white wine, I know kind of weird! This is an incredible beer. Very soft biscuity malt with a balance of floral hops. Noticeable citrus esters. I also taste fruit, maybe the Goji berries?

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body. Very soft carbonation. Fairly creamy for such a light beer.

Drinkability: Good. I was very shock that I loved this beer so much. The first swallow was kind of odd. After a few more I realize that this was a prize winner in my eyes. I have already purchase more of this seasonal wonder.

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Photo of TheBeerBaron14
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is the newest in the growing line of NBB seasonal beers.

A- Golden ale with a light veil, tight foam.
S- Very interesting aroma. Has a hint of wood(small use of NBB wood beer) in it along with some different spices and fruits. It almost has a nose of champagne. Slight sulfurs, vanilla/lemon/velvet wedding cake
T- Sweet and mild, tart wheat/berry. Complex spiciness with variable lingering effects at different stages.Very interesting taste. Has a nice complex flavor to it. Spices come out in it and last through the aftertaste.
M-It starts with a full mouthfeel and body, and then ends crisp and dry - warm peppery linger and light body.
Overall Impression: Complex and layered, yet very drinkable. This beer’s flavor profile goes up a staircase of aromas, flavors, mouthfeels, and body – it’s like taking an amusement park ride! The beer mimics a journey through Spring – it starts out in front of a warm fireplace and ends up in a green fresh meadow. Heavy enough to drink in Feb, yet light enough to enjoy in April.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice golden yellow color with a huge, fluffy white head. The smell was nice and hoppy with great citrus notes. Also had a nice spiciness to it. The taste was a very refreshing bitterness with a nice maltiness in the front. The mouthfeel was light to medium body with medium carbonation. Overall the beer was nice and refreshing. Great beer!!

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Photo of BrewmasterNPB
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at a Steak Restaurant last night, it went well with the sirloin.
Appearance- Cloudy, yellow, thin head
Aroma- Nice, light hop aroma. Citrusy.
Taste- Has that signature New Belgium nutty malty flavor, but it's not as prominant as some of their beers. There is a great balance with the malt and the citrus hop character.
Mouthfeel- Tangy, tastes like wheat.
Drinkability- easy. Try to get this beer on tap, it's pretty good.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a brigt sunshine, hay, banana peel mixture wih a consistant rush of bubbles and great thick lacing thathlds tight to the glass throughout he whole beer.The aroma is a dry blgia maltwith a slight herbal hint. Along with a yeasty start. The tart is a slightly sweet, yet dy pale malt with a spritz of lime and herbs. The finish is a bone dry hoppy splash mixed with that swet Belgian malt flair. A pretty bitter Belgian pale ale. But I love it. This is a great beer. And I love the mixing and blanding of herbs in this brew.

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Photo of mentor
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Test batch obtained at the brewery in the fall of 2006. Three Chinese spices used in this beer.

Presented a thin ring of white head around the glass. Cloudy murky light sand colored liquid. Smells wheat lemon and almond. A light touch grassy.

Really tasty. Sweet malt then a host of aromatics sweep over, settling to pull the malt up for an extended sweet aftertaste. Earth, corriander (but lacking in the herbal aspect...the darker earth). Citrusy sting is cut short and almost comes across like spruce. Lemony and pine. A touch of grassy dryness. Bready yeasty is mild.

Md body and mildly carbonated.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
4.27/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Just picked up a six pack of Springboard at M&R Liquor in Carpinteria, CA USA and boy am I glad I did! Good good stuff! It's got a pale, hazy yellow body with not much of a head. The nose has a strong lemon scent. You'd expect a sharply sour acidic taste from the smell of it, but the flavor, while being heavy on the citrus side is not sharp or bitter at all. It's very smooth, like a grapefruit juice without the bitter tangy taste. Goes down super easy. Nice clean, crisp, refreshing drink. Great for the summer!

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Photo of johnyeast
4.27/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow in appearance with a 1 inch head. A slight tart or lemony smell with the usual smells of a lighter ale or lager. At first taste you get the flow of sweetness and refreshment that is Springboard. Next sip you get the complexity of this beer. It kinda fools you because each taste thereafter you get something different. Good lacing throughout. I was just thinking how much I enjoy the seasonal beers that are put out by NBB. FC is the place to be...

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Photo of rowew
4.27/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck - typical New Belgium bottle. Picture of a cornice on the label, description of the beer on the side. ABV and best before date also clearly marked - New Beligum definitely does a great job of informing the consumer about the beer they are purchasing.

Appearance: Poured into a NB Globe glass (one of my go-to glasses these days). Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a fluffy white head - fades, but leaves quite a bit of lacing. Looks almost like a wit.

Smell: Interesting - malt sweetness, lots of different spices - again, almost like a spice wit in the aroma, but there is just a bit of a different funk to it.

Taste: Ok, definitely not like a wit here. Some belgian yeast funk, lots of spices, and a bit of sweetness. Finishes dry with a bit of hoppy flavor.

Overall impression: Well balanced and highly drinkable - this one is a bit dangerous with session beer drinkability in a 6.2 ABV. I went through a growler of this one before it was released in bottles, and will probably make it through quite a few bottles this spring. When NB announced they were revamping the seasonals I was a bit worried - but so far they have impressed.

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Photo of harrylee773
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased 12 oz bottle, Market of Choice, Coburg Rd, Eugene, OR

I've been looking forward to trying this beer for a while, and finally picked up a bottle. Pours a bright cloudy straw yellow color. Little white head that setttles quickly. Smells a bit fruity, but not excessively so. That could be the Goji Berries perhaps? Also seems to have a bit of non hoppy sourness. Feels a bit thicker in the mouth than the color would lead you to expect, but that may be due to the oats used in the recipe. All around, this is a very drinkable, not overly sweet or sour, or bitter. A very well balanced brew. I'll have to definetly pick up some more of this. It's quite good!

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Photo of ToddGingerich
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of jeffjfindley
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A whiter shade of pale with a bountiful head. Nose is citrusy and very springlike and outdoorsy, with belgian esters aplenty. The taste is very saisonal and pleasing, but where's the gogi berries, and all the other Chinese spices that were supposed to be present? I would have given it a 4.5 otherwise... The mouthfeel is smooth, and the drinkability very high.

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Photo of dstc
4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden color with white head that leaves thin white lace from beginning to end. Smells clean and yummy. Fruity, citrusy? Nice clean taste, fruity and a bit of citrus. Very refreshing. Feels nice and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. Another fine beer by New Belgium. Wish I could get this here in Florida, I would love to enjoy it more often.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a very pale, straw yellow color, with a thick, fluffy white head, fading slowly, leaving many laces.

This beer smells mildly of spice. I smell some coriander, and some orange peel. It has a zesty citrusy aroma as well. It has an earthy yeast aroma also.

This beer tastes just like it smells. Slightly spicy, with some citrus. It is slightly yeasty. It has a very so slight tart flavor as well. In the finish, I can taste a slight biscuity flavor, the flavor I have come to associate with New Belgium.

This beer is very thin. It has an almost waterlike mouthfeel. It is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a citrusy aftertaste. It is carbonated just right.

I think this beer would make a great session beer. It tastes ok, and not overbearing. Also, it is not high in alcohol.

Overall: I am usually excited to try something new from New Belgium. Since Fat Tire was my gateway beer, I guess I just have some respect for the brewery. I was happy with this one. I will buy it again.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An exceptional beer, complex and refreshing. Nice dry finish. Great head and retention in the tulip glass. Nice yeasty aroma, banaa phenol. Taste is nice and has a lot of underlying complexities that are well balanced, a little cloviness. Good crisp mouthfeel and easy to drink.

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Photo of gpogo
4.14/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden in color. White head that quickly dissipates. Nicely carbonated

S- Fruit of some sort, apple. Perhaps a slight wormwood smell too.

T- No hoppiness. I get this apple like flavor.

M- Medium-light body. Very smooth.

D- I'd definitely have another. Nice thirst quencher for nice weather.

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Photo of DrJay
4.13/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just got this one in a trade with Oxymoron. Thanks Aaron!
Hazy gold with a big, fluffy head of bright white foam. Lots of sticky lacing and great head retention. Spicy hop aroma, a bit yeasty and earthy, fruity peach, a bit of cereal. Mild flavour with a bit of fruit up front, malt sweetness, floral hops kick in, finishes with peach and spicy hops. Very mellow. Creamy carbonation with a light, airy texture. Not very crisp, but good mouthfeel. A bit drying. Really tasty and very drinkable. This beer has a nice balance and refreshing flavour that I quite enjoyed.

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Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD of 29 Jun 07 Pours a hazy straw color with a fluffed up 1 finger depth of white head. Good lacing & head retention

S: A little lemon & wheat malt. Some fruityness (think passion fruit as this warms).

T: Light tart wheat malt, clover, lemons & a hint of pepper up front.
I also catch some corriander & a hint of grapefruit hops & almost like lemontart sweetness. Finishes slightly dry with more passion fruit & pear notes, a little citrus hop & a little tartness & crispness

MF: Light/medium bodied & spritzy, really brings out the flavors

Drinks very easy, an interesting if not dead true style take on belgian PAs. A one they want to consider as a summer seasonal (vice skinny dip) as I believe this would go down like water during summer

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Springboard from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 333 ratings