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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 mithrascruor
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow/gold colour. Slightly hazy with an airy white head (with little retention). Has a light yeasty aroma with a bit of wheat and unidentifiable light fruits in it. Taste is quite similar. Light-bodied with minimal carbonation. Good ABV and quite drinkable. But like most beers from N.B. it fails to catch my attention.

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Photo of churchillps
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured an extremely pale gold with a thick head. After a vigorous pour, it dissipated slowly and lacing lingered. Smells of floral and herbs. Taste is watery, but complex, not that that's a good thing. More herbs than beer. No bitterness to note, and a light bodied smooth beer that makes me think this is more a herb infused domestic light beer than anything worthwhile.

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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 rxdrewthejew
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I hadn't ever seen this one before and it's tough to get much NB down here anyway, so picked up a six-pack at BevMo. Poured into a snifter

A: Somewhat hazy yellow. Lots of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom, small fluffy white head with decent retention and nice lacing.

S: The smell is quite pungent, I noted it right after cracking open the bottle. I'm really hit with apple/pear and spices, particularly coriander. This actually smells a lot like another NB brew, Mothership Wit.

T: Flavor is really quite mellow. Small malty base opens, followed by a bit of fruity sweetness and spice, and ending with a touch of bitter hops. A bit of yeasty funk throughout. Everything is well balanced but maybe a bit understated.

MF: Well carbonated and filling in the mouth. Full but not thick by any means. Finish is not as dry as advertised.

D: Not a bad offering from NB. It's hard for me to rate this because I haven't had much experience for the style, and thus I can't really compare it to something like Orval or Leffe. I could do with a bit more depth of flavor personally. I like the fact that they didn't go overboard with the hops. I guess my overall impression is that there's nothing offensive about this beer, nothing I particularly dislike, but also nothing that makes it stand out for me.

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Photo of dedrinker
2.82/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very light yellow and hazy. White head. Aromas of citrus/ coriander but not quite. Bitter spices/ herbs. Flavor is a mix of Belgian blonde and witbier. But with a mild and unpleasant bitterness on the finish - like my primitive instincts are kicking in telling me that I have poison in my mouth. The mouth feel is decent, and although the crazy poison taste is not always present on each sip, it shows up enough to mar its drinkability. Maybe this could be a hybrid east meets west crazy cure for a disease I hope never gets discovered.

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Photo of riboflavin88
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a hazy, pale, gold with a nice snowy white head. Its nose wasn't strong at all, but I did get notes of lemony citrus poking through, but nothing too prominent. The beers' taste definitely had a grainy taste, with herbal notes in the back, finished a little dry and tart. Mouthfeel was crisp. Not a bad beer by no means, but I was expecting a little more flavor up front.

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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 goschool
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The pour is a cloudy straw color with a finger of wispy white foam.

Smell: The nose is herbal, grainy, and earthy with notes of lemon grass and pepper.

Taste: The flavor profile is dominated by pale malts. Lemons enter just before the mid-palate, giving way to an earthy, herbal, grassy component followed by white pepper and clove and a hint of Belgian yeast at the finish.

Mouthfeel: The beer is light to medium-bodied and it's refreshingly wet with a dry finish and plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: This beer is above average and crisp, but it doesn't do enough for me to want to drink more.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle claims that it is flavored with wormwood, which is interesting, as wormwood is a main ingredient in Absinthe. Wormwood is often classified as hallucinogenic too. hmm.. I'll let you know if anything happens. ;)

I've got nothing but good to say about Springboard.

Greenish yellow with the slightest haze. Sticky lacing hugs the side of my glass.

It has a certain bready yeast presence that I think every New Belgium has. A house yeast i think.

Sweet lemon and grassy aroma.

Very herbal, especially for a Belgian Pale Ale. Bright lemongrass and a bit of oak/wood. Extremly refreshing and bright. Great for a camping trip in the summer or a nice spring drinker. Don't save this one until winter, drink it now!

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
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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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 floatingpancake
2.56/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This reminds me of a concoction my friend Audiogilz and I came up with to get high once. Consisted of some herbs and whatnot, but was so wretched we had to put it aside. I don't want to so9nd drunk or anything for this is my first beer tonight and my first beer review on advocate. ha 9

I greatly appreciate this site, and have had several of new belgiums beers, but this one isn't doing much for me. Tastes like detox tea. Maybe it would go good with sushi?

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Guess what session this beer is for? Poured a cloudy off yellow color, very wit like. A frothy white foamy head with some bigger bubbles. Good retention and decent lacing

The nose is light even for style. Mostly I pick out a wheat malt aroma and a distinctive New Belgian yeasty backing There is a touch of biscuit and a light spicy note. Touches of citrus and lemon.

The taste is more prominent. A mix of Belgian pale and biscuit brings up the base of the beer. Not much wheat but there are some texture hints. A nice lime zest with a more citrus orangy finish. Some yeasty notes, touch of banana and the ever so distinctive New Belgian yeast. A little bit of white pepper as well.

The body is light and finishes a touch dry. Some silky or wheaty characteristic for a smooth finish. Carbonation is a light for style but still helps the orange zest finish. Overall it's a bottle conditioned New Belgian beer. Kind of like a spiced up unfiltered Sunshine Wheat.

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Photo of MOShepp
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale cloudy yellow after mixing in the yeast in. I think your suppose to leave the yeast in the bottle with this belgian style, but I want everything in the bottle. 1 1/2" white head with moderate lacing.

Weak aroma with bread and slight citrus.

Tastes about like it smells, not much going on. Citrus, wheat, and some hops coming through.

Crisp and mellow, easy to drink but your "mouth" doesn't "feel" much going on.

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Photo of thejewthatbrews
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pale, slightly cloudy yellow. Small white head that leaves thin, semi-long lasting, lacing.

T: A bit lager-like in the crispness factor. This aspect shows through even more when poured from the bottle as opposed to drinking straight. Moderately bitter, but not very hoppy. However, this is not to say that the malt dominates, which it certainly does not. It had a little bit fruity taste to it.

S: Very crisp, very fresh smelling, with a small fruity smell that only showed up when tasting.

M: Very light mouthfeel. Almost too light. It was almost like, "I'm sorry, but did I just take a sip of beer, or was I just breathing? Better take another sip to find out." That may be overstating it.

D: High drinkability points for light mouthfeel, but some points taken away, IMO, for lager-like notes. Lagers are not my favorite style, although if this were one, it would be a damn fine example.

Overall, a good beer, and worth the 9 bucks for the sixer. Perfect for one of those spring days, when the weather is warming up, and you're like "Damn, it's hot today!" even though it's only 70 degrees.

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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 sfoley333
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into New Belgium snifter. Poured a pale straw yellow color with a haziness, with a thick head with lacing. Smell is off lemon, spice, and slight yeast aroma. Taste is medicinal spiced with lemon zest, earthy overtones, and a slight tannic flavor. Mouthfeel is light body , crisp and dry. With a mild carbonation level. Pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of Procrastinator
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into pint glass. Best before 20 July 07 on bottle label. I found this bottle lost in my beer cellar.

Appearance: very pale yellow colored body, unfiltered and cloudy, with small bits of matter in suspension. Yeast chunks lay along the bottom of my glass. Head is very creamy and white and carbonation looks to be very active.

Smell: very much like a wit beer with subtle sweetness and spices. Candy sugar and lemon zest are in the distance.

Taste: soft sweet overripe fruits, definite peppery spice, lemon zest and bitter hop bite at the finish along with a yeast zing. Alcohol is totally hidden.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, very effervescent with bubbly carbonation. Fairly well balanced with hops and spices to equal out the sweetness up front.

Taste: this is a fun drinking beer. The spices and yeast add a complexity to the candy sweetness and hop bitterness. I'd definitely buy this again.

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Photo of scottblaze
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden straw colored (hazy not murky), an ambitious pour gave a frothy 1 ½" head, very good retention, nice lacing. Faint lemony nose, almost like lemon pie, a little grassy. Interesting flavor, hard to describe, maybe a little ginger, maybe a little clove, nothing really jumps out ... Balanced. Very good mouthfeel and drinkability.

Maybe not the best representation of a Belgian but certainly a good brew.

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Photo of bloberglawp
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to jasonjlewis for this sample!

Pour almost the same color as the mothership wit, really pale yellow, with a little bit of haze, quite a head on this one, slowly dissipates and leaves behind a bunch of lacing, very nice.

A nice aroma of fuit sweetness, mineral, bready maltyness and fresh spring water. Flavor is quite interresting, it first seems simplistic as it hits of with a very traditional malt flavor followed by a hop bitterness, but then it takes of with a lingering biterness that is not quite like hops, more like a herb, kinda like "pissenlit" stems without being overwhelming. It ends on a fruity note that invites a new sip.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy light golden color, with a large, fine-grained head, thick broken lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Spicy aroma of coriander and lemon zest, phenolic alcohol, and earthy yeast. The aroma is surprisingly complex.

Taste: Opens with a mildly sweet note, quickly followed by earthy yeast flavor, mildly herbal hops, and bitter apricot. As the taste draws to a close, the earthy, musty, yeast notes and herbal hops dominate, with a faint sweetness from the malt present as well.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, soft, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: This beer offers a surprising degree of complexity.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle, modeled after the Westmalle bottle.

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Photo of StoutyMcHaggis
3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very unique, highly drinkable pale. I don't think I've experienced a sub par product from New Belgium in my life and this is no exception. Definitely my favorite session beer as of late, almost as un-filling as a commercial light lager. Very recomended.

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Photo of Gusler
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear golden amber color on the pour from the 12 ounce bottle, the head a good two fingers in size and a creamy bright white, retention is good, with the resultant lace a fine velum like sheet. Nose has hints of earthiness linked to the sweet malt, crisp and sparkling, fruit like tones, I’d say peaches, start has a sweet malt front with a pleasant tangy bite at the back, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish has a sparkling acidity, the hops pleasingly spicy; the dry long lasting aftertaste seals the deal, another fine beer from a superb brewery.

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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 Floydster
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from Joe's Market in Playa Del Rey

Too bad they are going to stop making this one, I really liked it for a pale ale

Nice old spring seasonal with a nice belgian adidtion

Lots of carbonation and a citrus aroma with a 1/4 inch head when poured into a chilled pint glass

Would drink more if I found them

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