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
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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Photo of zeff80
4.09/5  rDev +16.9%
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 brentk56
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
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 -5.7%
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 chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
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 +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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3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Slatetank
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of GClarkage
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +10%
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 feloniousmonk
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
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 Mebuzzard
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
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 plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +10%
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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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
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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Springboard from New Belgium Brewing
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