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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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.11/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Gold colored beer, some haziness going on. Small head, decent lacing, average retention.

Minimal aroma escaping, lemonbread.

Same in the taste, mild bitter/tart aspect. Plenty of carbonation, hops stay away. Something to push into spring with I guess. No off flavors.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Deftly, this spring brewed venture lands on its feet. Springboard combines oats, ancient Chinese herbs and Mt. Hood hops to maintain a balanced equilibrium for such an exhilirating ale. This cloudy blonde has a spirited threshold, and a creamy body, followed by a refreshingly dry finish." Brewed in the style of a Blended Belgian Pale Ale with Goji Berries and Schisandra. A spring seasonal several years back, this was resurrected as part of the 2013 Spring Folly Pack in a one time release.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, ivory head over a pale golden yellow body with high clarity minus very subtle flecks of sediment. Carbonation is moderate, head retention is average. Lacing is thin and droopy. Surface cover is thin and bubbly. It's not much of a looker, but it's decent. 3

(Smell) A mildly sweet cereal grain aroma, not unpleasant, very subtle on the nose with a touch of cracker pilsner malt to add a touch of body. Hints of wild berries deliver a mild tartness and faint fruity sweetness. Very clean aroma despite a mild potency. The aroma is very delicate- there's not much to capture but if you dig deep enough you'll find a few enjoyable qualities. 3.5

(Taste) More cracker-like grain character, mellow and sweet, perhaps intentionally murky. The wild berry character reveals itself a bit more in the flavor, up front a bit grainy and earthy before merging to a soft residual sweetness and mildly herbaceous encore. A light spice blend akin of coriander and white pepper graces the finish. Another New Belgium beer with additives I'm completely unfamiliar with. I can only say what's here is interesting. Drinkability is very high and the flavor is pleasantly light. You could knock back several of these with ease. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Slick light cereal syrup texture is mildly sweet over vegetal bitterness. Moderate carbonation gives this beer a slight frothy edge for an enhanced texture, it could be argued that it oversteps its boundaries somewhat. Body is light+ for the style and light+ overall. Alcohol presence is very well hidden despite the mellow nature of the flavor this beer has. I'd find this beer drinking even more easily with a less invasive carbonation presence and slightly less sweetness in tow. 3

(Overall) I find New Belgium going for light, enjoyable and sessionable Belgian variations just like Springboard more frequently now than ever, which is why I'm not the least surprised to see this make a return. Springboard may hit the mark for quite a few folks, but I note some faults in balance and texture that keeps this beer from being as drinkable as it can. This reminds me greatly of Rolle Bolle in its subtleties as well as its unusual fruit inclusions, all of which make it a worthwhile contender to try. I found it enjoyable, but wouldn't seek it out on a regular basis. 3.5

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Photo of MadScientist
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: a slightly hazy, light-golden ale with a long lasting white head made of rocky bubbles. You'll get a lot more haze if you roll the bottle

S: There is a distinct aroma that lets you know it was brewed with a spice or herb but it's not readily identifiable, sitting somewhere around rosemary mixed with allspice. There is a low spicy hop aroma. In the background there is a slight sulfur note like when chilies are added to a beer without the fruity pepper note.

T: A soft, light malt sweetness with a moderate spice flavor, again hard to a finger on it but it's slightly peppery and bitter. There is also a light fruitiness to the beer that is more than just yeast derived and just enough to notice. There is a medium-low hops bitterness with a low, spicy hops flavor. The balance is slightly bitter with a finish that is off-dry. The aftertaste is of a light spice and a citrusy and berry fruitiness.

M: A cream, medium bodied beer with a slightly thick viscous feel from the oats.

O: An enjoyable beer great for a cool Spring night or to refresh after an early season ride. I like the balance on the spice and fruit additions, there is enough to let you know it's there but not so much that it obscures the underling beer

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Photo of LXIXME
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Big full long lasting white head slowly settled into a nice lacing above a hazy light golden colored beer.

A light aroma of citrusy hops, light grains with some added yeastiness.

Similar to the aroma a light citrus fruit taste with light grains and lighter yeast attributes.

This medium bodied beer has a slight dryish aftertaste with a bit of the grain and citrus tastes sticking around.

Easy drinking but a little to mellow for my tastes.

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Photo of Spikester
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale gold with a small white head that leaves just a ring in short order. Lacing are decent just in the top 3 inches.
Smell is pungent green apple and ripe fruit.
Taste is fruity slightly acidic with some slight bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.
Overall a refreshing Belgium Pale with a smooth medium dry finish.
Best by date: 11 Aug. 13.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Very light and somewhat hazy straw color. Head is great - 2 fingers of really solid foam that sticks around a long time and leaves sticky lacing on the sides.

S: A bit of a sour note up front with some light fruit and yeast in there. Light fruits like crisp granny smith apples and some citrus. Not too sure what gogi berries are but there's some berry in there. Interesting herbal note in the middle. Pretty spot on Belgian character - almost saison-like.

T: Surprising balance. Pretty fruity up front with some bread in the middle. Slight sour note. Grassy somewhere with some lemon zest and a slight herbal character. Different, but still retains a bit of that classic Belgian pale note they were going for.

Pleasant surprise! Great summer beer - very refreshing but still very flavorful.

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Photo of budgood1
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pours out an effervescent dirty straw colour with a respectable inch high bone white head. nice lace. sour and tart lemon infused bright spice infiltrates the nose. grassy and grainy and even slightly musty/soapy. the taste is an unusual mashup of flavours...more spicy/soapy lemon and berries with a spicy/herbal yeasty base. perceptable bitterness adds a layer and compliments the dryish finish. pale malts and a perceptible oat note make for strange bedfellows. all around tartness completes the slightly quenching mix. the taste is certainly a new experience to contemplate. this all leads to recognize the fact that concocotion has a pretty solid and sturdy body for a spring drinker...with a mouthfeel that yings and yangs between silky smooth and coarse and bitter mostly due to the oatmeal and hops. drinkability is again torn between the thirst quenching aspect and the meal in a bottle aspect.

overall...i would say that that a better name for this beer would be "puddle jumper". especially when some spring time snow/slush is involved. as a seasonal it just mashes up the spring time into a force du jour that straddles fences and frustrates the drinker into dysfunction.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
2.96/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured on 4-20-13 from a 12 oz bottle with a best by date of 6-16-2013. Pours a hazy straw color with a white head that quickly dissipates. Bottle condition floaters make there way. Moderate retention and lacing.

S- Grain mainly. Some sour fruity notes. Yeast. Nothing much to speak of here.

T- Similar to smell. Some nice citrus hops and lemon grass hops. Mostly tart. Belgian yeast comes through with the grassy notes. Not a lot of big flavors. Some bitterness in the finish.

M- Drinkable. Light body. Crisp finish with good carbonation. Nice for a seasonal spring brew.

O- Average. That is the best way i can describe this beer. Quite refreshing, but nothing worth seeking out.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12-oz. bottle dated best by 14 July 2013 served in a snifter. Poured a golden-straw color. Hazy with a small and semi-durable white head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the sides. Contains schisandra, an unfamiliar herb/berry used in Chinese medicine which I had to look up, and goji berries.

Aroma: Quite fruity, complex, pleasing and refreshing. The fruitiness is unusual, but one of the stronger notes reminded me of raspberry jam. Bready. Yeast and a trace of hops too, but these are more obvious upon tasting.

Taste: Lightly sweet, bitter and tart, but in reverse order (so more tart than sweet). Components are similar to the nose, again with high complexity including oats and lemongrass.

M: medium-light body. Medium, very soft carbonation. Slightly dry and crisp finish.

O: a unique and interesting fruit/herb beer well worth trying. Lots of subtleties in this one.

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Photo of harrymel
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

best by 14JUN13

Light grainy yellow with a soapy etched top. Smells sweet, grassy and fruity. Some honeydew, some corn, some apricot and belgian yeast with a touch of clay. Tastes sweet and floral, some more honeydew, some canteloupe, a bit of edible flowers, just a cut of gut alfalfa. Pretty flavor. Medium bodied with tight, moderate carb and a watering finish. An interesting beer, something that seems it would be nice on occassion, but not full time, a real winner for a seasonal. Not much belgian about it to me, which is not necessarily a negative, but something of note for the style.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego, Calif.)
Price: $12.97 for the Folly variety 12-pack
Purchased: March 7, 2013
Consumed: March 31, 2013
Misc.: Best before July 7, 2013

Poured a pale straw hazy color with two fingers of frothy white head. Nice layered foamy lacing on the sides. Great retention all the way down.

Smelled like a hoppy lager to me. Got bread, hay and corn mixed with grass hops. Seems clean and refreshing.

Tasted similar to the nose with earthy and grainy notes. Still reminded me of a hoppy lager. Got bread and grass with honey, lemon grass hops.

Light body. Creamy texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Abrupt, clean, crisp finish.

I was a bit disappointed as I had higher expectations, but it was an OK beer.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently the creation of this beer was due in part to the dream of a NB employee’s acupuncturist. Neat.

A: This beer pours a slightly hazy straw yellow. Bubbles stream through the glass as soon as the beer hits the bottom, supporting a thin, fizzy head and leaving sparse wet lacing. Typical summer beer appearance.

S: Bright aromas of sage, lemon peel, raspberry, and grapefruit pulp give this a sharp, herbal character. It’s complex in an unusual manner – a bit like coriander and grains of paradise, but different overall. Must be those Chinese herbs the label mentions. Biscuit and breads of pilsner malt in the background.

T: Soft wheat and fruit flavors dominate – though the word “dominate” doesn’t really fit here, since the whole thing is mild and drinkable. Cherry, blueberry, mango, and some light citrus move over the tongue with a natural sweetness, not tart, but full-flavored and fleshy (as in the nose). Very naturally, wheat germ tastes compliment the fruits; the grain bill that smelled a bit more like a pilsner foregoes the breads for a sweet, tropical taste of coconut, grape, and cantaloupe. Finishes with that juicy taste you get after you take a bite of honeydew – full, ripe fruit flavor.

M: Light-to-medium body with a solid plume of carbonation fizzing constantly over the tongue. Supremely drinkable; I’m sure it would be satisfying on a hot day.

O: What’s a Goji berry? And schisandra? Who knows, but this beer (apparently) nails those flavors. One of the many lawnmower beers that satisfies cravings for interesting, complex taste – delicious.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.19/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pale dark yellow/gold color, some haziness throughout it. Belgian yeast floating around maybe? I dunno, I think all yeast looks similar probably. Minimal head, but good lacing.

Some mild bready notes and fractional amount of lemon to it. Pretty muted aroma wise.

Taste had a bitter and lemony edge, mildly tart, well carbonated. Light body. Has a slight woody presence to it. Didn't come across as hoppy at any point of the tasting experience. Some sweetness to it. Not exactly a flavor bomb, body stays kinda thin throughout, but the bitterness never dies. Some herbal aspect of the beer paired with a soft malt profile.

Just interesting enough. Not gonna go looking for it, but its not a bad beer. Probably meant for drinking in the month of April and May.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.04/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale and cloud golden in appearance, with attractive white foamy head and lovely lacing.

Nose is a mix of crisp grains and light fruitiness. I also get a hint of citrus (presumably the hops).

Taste is nicely spicy and fruity. There's a well-balanced melding of hoppy citrus and biscuity malts. Enjoyable and well-done session ale here, and I wish this were available more widely.

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Photo of bnes09
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light lemon, straw colored ale. Completely transparent. Some head on the pour with patches of lacing.

Aroma of fresh cut grass, citrus fruits and honey.

White bread flavor, lime and cilantro rice. Lemon, orange and fresh cut grass hop flavor. Just a hint of honey sweetness. Dry overall. Mild, yet fresh character.

Light bodied and well carbonated. Minimal texture.

Descent. I enjoy the fresh flavors and aromas but lacks complexity.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Tulip

A - Super clear golden colored brew with very large bubbles of carbonation. Head is very disappointing, about a 1-finger that dissipated in a snap. No lacing.

S - Tart, dry and grape like aroma's. Reminds me of champagne a little. Mild bready sweetness with mild citrus like hop characteristics. Not much going on here. Pretty clean.

T - More yeast comes in to play in the taste. Bready and yeasty with notes of cracker and subtle bubble gum. Very dry with notes of grape everywhere. Finishes bready with mild hop twang and slight bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate crispness.

O - Overall i think this is a refreshing brew to drink on a warm day, similar to a Pilsner or something like that. I'd drink it again but nothing wowed me about it. I think this is just a refreshing, balanced, approachable, quaff-able brew. Cheers!

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Photo of JosiahS
3.14/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

a: Pale golden color, lots of bubbles, this head.

s: Clean aromas of lightly toasted malt, Belgian yeast (banana) and a subtle floral aroma from the hops.

t: Clean simple flavors. floral hops, some brightness from the yeast, a bit clove-like. Subtle pale malt throughout.

m: Crisp and lively yet mellow and not at all harsh.

o: This beer has no faults other than coming off a little acidic but due to the simplicity of it. Refreshing and nice, a bit too plain though.

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Photo of godlessape
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gave this a healthy pour into a Sam Adams pint glass. The body has a cloudy light golden hue and the creamy white head hung on for the distance and left plenty of lacing.
The aroma contains bready, fruity notes along with a bit of lemon zest and maybe even a little banana bread in there. Nothing overpowering, every quality pretty subtle.
All that was noticed in the aroma came through in the taste, only the Mt Hood hops play a larger role then expected. Everything is balanced just great in this beer. Very satisfying, with a perfect amount of carbonation.
Overall this is a decent brew and although I drank it on a damp chilly winter night I imagine it to be a great refreshing summer beer. I'm glad they included it in the sampler 12 pack.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Golden yellow with a small white head.

S - lightly hippy on the nose, with a green grassy herbal vibe.

T - Green bell peppers, grassy hops, green tea and a hint of mint.

M - Light bodied with just enough structure to avoid wateriness. Finishes somewhat clean with a minty herbal aftertaste.

Thirst quenching and unique. Not the best thing I've had recently, but worth trying for the unique ingredients. I would drink this again in warmer weather.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.34/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle best by july 2013. got 4(?) bottles in the folly pack

Look is a pale, clear, yellow-gold with an amber hue. Smell is light wheat, goji berries, musty farm smell, husky corn, hops. Sweet and wheaty, not unlike frosted shredded wheat with a goji berry twist. Tastes better than it sounds.

Interesting wheat beer with a sweet berry twist. Almost comparable to Liney's or the like, but slightly better.

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Photo of natelocc787
3.17/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Really not impressed at all. I'm not sure if it's the wormwood, but this beer has a funny ingredient that either doesn't belong or wasn't used right.

Golden colored. 1 finger head was gone fast.

Not much to the nose. Bready, malty and fruity.

Tastes different and definitely unique bit not in a good way. I appreciate the beer but it's just not that tasty. Pear, apples and banana peel with wormwood.

Light body with medium carbonation.

Not the best beer from New Belgium and actually just barely worth trying. Get a single if you can.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.12/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 2/13/2007 (12oz bottle,BB 15JUN07):

Pours a big head with big bubbles, somewhat lasting head. Beer has a very clear football beer-ish color, very fizzy. Very malty aroma, inhaling deeply - floral aroma. Football beer-ish aroma, not appealing. Light taste, malty aftertaste, but more flavor than typical football beer. Good dry malty taste on the tongue. Reminds me a little of Sam Adams lite. Odd combination of flavors, malts somewhat tempered, but not all that appealing an overall flavor.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale yellow with a white half finger that melts to very sticky lacing. Nose is faint Belgium yeast and sweet malts. Taste is surprising on this. A balanced mixture of pale malts, citrusy hops, definite lemon and Belgian yeast. Good brew by New Belgium

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Photo of MTNboy
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has very golden body it resembles a lager in a lot of ways. It has very nice lace and head but the head dissipated quickly. The lace had a little more staying power.

Smell: It has a sweet and fruity smell.

Taste: It has spruce like tones at first and in the aftertaste. It is very crisp

Mouthfeel: Very light and thin.

Drinkability: This is a great all around beer.

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Photo of semihobo
2.35/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Have been killing off a sixer throughout the summer, here's the last one.

Modest head after a gentle pour. Body is an opaque gold, looks like some magical elixir (and hey, it's beer, so it is by definition).

Smells of herbs (bottle says wormwood, lycium, schisandra, you'd think one random ingredient would be enough to push the envelope) and oak, the 2% of the beer aged in oak makes a difference. Hops are cool and muted. No esters, no sweetness.

Taste is very dry and herbal. Bitterness from hops and herbs blends together, especially on the finish. Any sweetness is fleeting. Finish is medicinally bitter.

Creamy mouthfeel. Lush carbonation.

Where is the nuanced malt profile? Feels like New Belgium decided, "throw some crazy herbs in that beer, man, and age it in oak, and put a wave of snow on the label. Extreme!" I drank the other five before this, so not awful, but this is an attempt to push the style that fell short. Throw in the inflated price and I won't be revisiting it.

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