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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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy lemon color with a big, rocky head that sticks well and webs the glass with lace

Smell: Lemon rind, white pepper and a hint of oak

Taste: Opens with a bready oat flavor that is joined, mid-palate, by a lemony herbal element that eventually becomes quite peppery; after the swallow, the zesty herbal lemony flavor lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A refreshing alternative take on a wit that fits more in the summer; not bad but not a favorite with me

Thanks, younger35, for the opportunity

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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 zeff80
4.09/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a pale, golden color with a small, short-lived head. Some lacing.

S - It smelled of grains and herbs.

T - This has a very interesting and unique taste. Slightly hoppy and of grains. The "Chinese herbs" provide an interesting spiciness.

M - This is crisp and very light-bodied.

D - A very tasty beer and unlike anything else I've ever had.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from fartingdog courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, Belgian yeast, spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is of Belgian yeast, pale hops and spices. There are touches of some smoked malt and citrus fruit. It’s decently balanced and a little different, but it kind of grows on you. The after-taste is spicy and bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, good representation of style but seems to lean toward the Witbier style, good kick, nice beer to drink for an evening, but despite the qualities that make it different, I still might look for something else after a while.

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Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
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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Photo of Slatetank
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden Body with ample cloud white head
S - Herbal and astringent aroma, slightly floral and medicinal
T - Light slightly acidic tastes of grass, herbs and dandelion
M - good carbonation, thin body, mostly swirls around and tingles the tip of the tongue
D - light and springlike, but not especially tasty or sweet, perhaps a good palate cleanser

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

springboard ale. new belgium.

Clear yellow, lovely white head.
Rather simple aromatics, lighty floral, fruity,...slightly sweet, a tiny bit grainy...

Taste: light, a little citric, and a tad sour. Lemon and honey and it goes down with no troubles, but a bit too quick if you ask me...you did, didn't you?

Very smooth and extremely drinkable.

Not well versed in Chinese herbs, I can't pick apart the wormwood from the Goji berries, or the Schisandra...nor do I detect where that 98% differentiates from the 2% aged in oak barrels. The Mt. Hood hops don't make a great impression on me, either. Really, it tastes like beer. But, though the delicate features aren't detected very well, they are appreciated. I supposed if I dwelled on it microscopically, I'd divine the minute aspects of the brew...meanwhile, I'm still drinking.

Light bodied, delicately textured, and easy, easy drinking,
Lovely springtime ale, this. I had a 6-pack without reviewing earlier, I drank it so fast. I could like this a lot.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03/15/07- Purchased at Safeway in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best by date stamped on the front label. Poured into my Don De Dieu tulip.

Appearance- Off yellow, headed towards white. Looks like a bright witbier. 1/4 inch clean white head, most of which remains for the duration of the beer. Medium whisps of lace coat the glass.

Smell- Lemon rind, white pepper and maybe a touch of honey come through in the nose.

Taste- The nose tells all. A good dusting of white pepper and a fair amount of lemon rind with maybe a touch of the pith. Seems just a touch sweet. Maybe a wee bit of confectioniers sugar. As it warms you get a dry light bitter hop bite at the end of the swallow.

Mouthfeel- Fairly dry with a medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Perfectly acceptable brew put out here from NB. Pretty much to style and very easy to drink. One of the better seasonal ones I've had.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper/yellow color. Nice sized head from which sprung a zesty, semi-citrus aroma.
Taste is like that of a pseudo-wheat beer. Some grain is tasted, but the spice is interesting. Sort of like a sharp ginger feel. Citrus of lemon is present as well.
Crisp finish. Not a bad brew. Perhaps released a bit early in the year. I'd wait until the weather is a bit more constant (warmer, that is).

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Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to gbontrag for this one.

According to Garth this is replacing the Bierre De Mars as the spring release this year. Glad to be the first to review/try it out.

Pours a clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy/foamy head which lasts alittle while, nice islands and sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is of malt, hops, yeast, and spices. According to the bottle "Ale brewed with Wormwood, Goji berries and Schisandra". The taste is crisp, slightly bitter, yeasty, spicy, and hoppy. Slightly dry finish. Light-Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice Belgian Pale Ale, would recommend.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a mild March afternoon here in Southern California, and that's putting me in the mood to try Springboard. On to the beer:

The beer settles in a chalice a lovely cloudy blonde, but with a short head that goes away. The aroma is made up of assorted spices I can't put my fingers on. Kind of tart and soury. As for the taste, it's refreshing and tastes...um...like springtime. Herbs and spice are alive in the flavor and are melded well into the beer. So then why I am drinking this inside my house? I'm stepping outside for a few minutes where I assume I'm enjoy this beer even more...yeah, it was a little more enjoyable. I even picked up on bubblegum notes too. This gets my recommendation.

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Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an estery yeast, some lemon zest and spice.

The taste was upfront lemony, with a grassy hop and some banana-like esters.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side for the style, with a nice creaminess.

Overall a tasty ale. Good drinkability.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a hazy, straw-gold colored body and is topped by a frothy, initially three finger thick, pale, tan-tinted white head that leaves some lacing patterns on the sides of my tulip glass. The aroma is quite interesting; woody, herbal, sharply grassy, perhaps a touch mint-like and with an almost green leafy note to it. A touch of cracker-like malt character is towards the finish of the aroma, but only if you dig for it. There is some grassy grain character to it up front that sort of feeds into the interesting herbaceous notes. The aroma is quite light and spritzy though, if an aroma can be such.

The beer has a light, clean, pale-malt sweetness to it up front that morphs into a sort of light tartness by the finish. The taste is not nearly as herbaceous as the aroma suggested, but still there is some of that here. Grassy, with a touch of mint and a solid, though still relatively light, bitterness in the finish. Flavors are not over the top, but I get a sense of lemon grass, perhaps some basil at times, and something sharp like pepper or ginger. The carbonation adds some zesty spritz to this beer and in combination with the relatively light body, would make it quite appropriate for a hot summers day.

In this end this is a nice, refreshing beer that did not have the level of character that I was expecting from the label description. It almost seems like an American interpretation of a spiced Saison; the spicing is fairly subtle, and the American portion used a yeast that was a bit too clean. This beer might really shine if brewed with a funky yeast strain that was allowed to run wild. Something about this (really the spicing and grain), makes me think of this as a Belgian Wit derivative.

Purchase: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

In the glass this is a hazy yellow colored beer with a tall puffy white head.

The smell is sweet and malty with a crackers and lemons aroma at first sniff. Strangely there is something that seems just too heavy about the malt scent here for the style or for a spring beer.

The taste begins sweet and somewhat light with a small amount of herbal hop in the background. This is quite light and airy in the mouth and there is a slight bite to it that suggests a high carbonation level. While pleasant this isn't a beer that is loaded with flavor.

The mouthfeel is light.

The area where this beer really shines is in the drinkability department. This is light and easy to drink and an excellent choice for a brunch beer or a light lunch.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rysberg01 for tossing this beer in as an extra in a recent trade. Pours a slightly hazy pale golden- the color of straw. Really short head that sticks around as a thin cap. Smells fresh and grassy and somewhat herbal plus aromas of lemon and wheat. The taste is similar but with an additional surprising herbal bitterness that lingers. Crisp mouthfeel and lingering bitterness makes this somewhat different and refreshing. Interesting and pretty enjoyable. The additional herbs really come through.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from 12oz bottle (best by 15 Jun 2007) a hazy straw yellow with an ample head of foam that shrinks slowly leaving a fine ring around the glass with lacing. It looks like it's pretty lightly carbonated as the bubbles are difficult to see when holding up the glass to the light. No complaint there....

The smell is yeasty and zesty but on the delicate side.

The taste on first sip...very complex! I note a lot of spice mixed in with lemon zest, yeastiness, and grain that's quite nice on my taste buds. Further sips in and I'm finding some malty sweetness and a touch of sourness, especially in the finish; the flavours are a very unusual compared to other Belgian Pale Ales I've tried and that's a *good* thing. Hmmm, I'm noticing some warming with this one despite it's relatively low abv percentage; I'm thinking this is a bonus considering it's already below zero outside. ;^)

I'm liking this offering from New Belgium and will certainly buy some when it shows up here in Casper. This one was acquired in a trade with my good buddy Wasatch....thanks dude!

Bottom line: This is a very interesting and very drinkable example of the style that I (know* I'll drink more of. I recommend it!

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a light hazy pale straw yellow body with a thin film of snow white head. The head sticks to the glass with each sip and has a gentle carbonation supporting it.

S- The light smell of pale malt and raw grain have a dry note to them.

T- This beer has a slight sour hint to the pale malt with a finish of green noble and pine hops. There is a note of Munich malt to the pale malt flavor and a slight spice to the hops. The soft bitterness hangs on a second after each sip. There is a soft pungent flavor to the hops.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel.

D- The flavor is interesting and smooth but there is not really much character. The hops have a nice pungent musty hint that would be nice to taste more of in the finish.

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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 scruffwhor
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
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 DrJay
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
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 Bighuge
2.3/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks like a wit. Pale creamy white body with dim lemon yellow shades. Pure white cap of froth on top. Lacing is sufficient. Aroma has some wheat tang characteristics and a little lemon. Flavor is pretty lifeless. I'm not getting it here whatever "it" is. So this beer is brewed with Wormwood, Lycium, Schisandra, oats, ancient Chinese herbs, Mt. Hood hops and 2% of this ale was aged in Oak Barrels?? Why 2%? The flavor is gritty and dirty. Not very clean or refreshing. A weird kind of dryness lingers. This is not for me. Glad I only got a single.

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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 ArrogantB
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass which I had to warm by hand, stupid iced glasses. The color was bright white-yellow and reminded me of their wit beer, hazy. It had a funky, yeasty smell to it. The flavor was odd, herbs, no oakiness which is not surprising given that only 2% was oak-aged. Interesting beer and easy to drink but I think one serving is enough.

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