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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Reviews: 185 | Ratings: 333
Photo of Zadok
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden yellow with a half finger white head and a little lacing.

Smells of a decent quantity of hops with an earthy pine aroma backing it up.

The taste is just a mere shadow of the smell, light hops and coriander.

Very smooth on the palate, low carbonation.

New Belgium may never blow you away with their beers but they constantly make quality session beers and Springboard holds true to that philosophy.

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Photo of lawman834
3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light straw. Looks like a light macro, but a bit cloudier.

S - Grassy hops. A hint of sweetnes.

T - Unique. Again, grassy hops. Sweet malts to balace it out. There are some other overtones that Idon't recognize. Crisp and tasty though.

D - I like it. Light and crisp, but not lacking in character. Very drinkable.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Still trying to get some reviews in, so here is another one.

Appearance: Pours a clear deep yellow to gold color with a small 1/8" head of tiny white bubbles after a relatively aggressive pour. The head faded within about 15 seconds to end up a very small ring around the edge of the glass. There are very few bubbles rising to maintain the head.

Aroma: My initial impression was that it was a bit grainy, but after that dry graininess has faded to sweetness. It doesn't take long for the hops to become noticeable as a mild grassiness to compliment the sweet malt and ever-increasing fruity aromatics.

Taste: The flavor is considerably drier than I anticipated from the aroma. There is some noticeable bittering hops in this beer, and the attenuation make them the predominant player in the aftertaste. The flavoring hops aren't too shabby with some clean grassy notes, and a slight "green" impression...perhaps that is what some call "catty". After about half the glass, it is apparent that this beer has some strength to it...though it is not noticeable in the flavor or finish.

Opinion: This is an alright beer. I am not too find of the balance. I like the blend of fruity flavors and how it mixes with the hops...but the malt to back it all up was lacking. I would think that just attenuating it a bit less would do the trick, but perhaps an adjustment with Dextrine malt would be preferred. Anyway, I would like a bit more substance.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.04/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a mildly hazy golden straw yellow with a half inch head that fades into a white ring but still leaves a decent amount of lacing behind on the glass. Not much yeast for a belgian style ale.

S: This smells almost like a witbier. Strong hints of bananna and milder clove with a faint lemony backing, I am sort of into it, it has sort of an enticing sweetness being mixed around here.

T/MF: Taste isn't bad either though I don't think it fits the guidelines. Grainy yeasty lemony in that order and they play together rather nicely. The bottle says it brewed with goji berries and I feel like I am getting a slight berry sweetness in here that I am really enjoying. The carbonation on the beer is really scaled back from its Beligan big brothers and the smoothness is a rather nice change of pace. Medium bodied and coats the mouth during and after the inital sips. Quite partakeable.

D: One of my favorite offerings from New Belgium though it didn't start off that way. Well balanced and very very drinkable.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow color with minimal white head.

Scent of floral hops, malts, yeast and some citrus with a hint of cherries.

Taste of yeast; bready and a little malty with some lemon and slight hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, pretty refreshing.

Good drinkability.

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Photo of Dotcubed
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bit generic, pale yellow with some light foam. Veryfinefoam. Almost Guinness like but with very little volume and some large bubbles.

Smells kinda grassy with some floral notes. Light.

Smooth grassy mellow. Kinda mucky herbalness on the end. Reminds me of yerba mate. Lightly tea like with a yeasty backbone.

It is pretty drinkable, but the 2% of it that was in oak is lost on me. It's just not there enough.

I do like the mouthfeel it has, there's plenty of budy to it so you definately don't feel like you're drinking a lame fizzy yellow beer. It's a clever yeasty beastie.

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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 MrHungryMonkey
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notebook, dated 05.24.07.

Hazy orange yellow color, mild carbonation, nice head.

Tart sweet smooth wheat-like nose with a little spice.

Sweet and significantly sour. Nutty, wheaty malt. Sour spicy creamy-smooth. Floral spicy hops.

Mildly spicy carbonation. Medium body. Quite smooth.

It seemed surprisingly wheaty, and didn't have that strong New Belgium malt flavor that seems to be the same base for all their beers.

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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 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 TheLiterati
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was a little hesitant to purchase this one, as though I have enjoyed the seasonal 2 Below and 1554 from this brewery, it seems that their ever popular Fat Tire has slipped in quality as of late.

Still since I was able to score a single 12 oz. bottle from a Bristol Farms store in Redondo Beach, CA, I decided to give it a try.

Cloudy, light citrus in color, with an aroma of same citrus and some detectable spice. Not quite "frothy" but close. Tastes of mild citrus as well, more lemony than orange. Nearly undetectable hops provides a surprisingly nice balance.

Mouthfeel is smooth and, how shall I say, "pleasant" for lack of a better term. Not knock your socks off good, but all in all drinkable and definitely one I will give another try.

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Photo of happygnome
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a yellowy golden color with about a quarter inch of head that dissapears relatively slowly leaving minimal lacing
s: grassy hops citrus aroma is also present sweet and malty towards the end of the nose
t: sweet citrusy light bitterness
m: medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, this was an enjoyable beer but i dont think that i will buy it again

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Photo of gmcfarre
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours a pale and cloudy, greenish yellow color. Head is relatively small but lasts well. Lacing is very nice and the beer is devoured.

S - Lots of lemony citrus with strong grassy and herbal notes.

T - Starts a bit tart with lots of lemony citrus. Grassy flavors abound. Finish only slightly has the typical New Belgium yeasty flavors that I generally dislike.

M - Good carbonation with a medium body. Slightly cloying at finish.

D - Not too complex and kindof one-dimensional. Nevertheless, it is still flavorful and very drinkable.

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3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 1/2" white head, good retention and lace. Hazy pale yellow like a wit. Nose full of spice, wheat, grape skin and pepper. Wheat follows through in the taste. Apples, pepper, a hint of hops. A ton of crazy stuff that I would not know without the label follows -- unique. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of abankovich
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an extremely pale yellow. Stone might refer to the color as "fizzy yellow beer." But of course, this beer is not. Head dissipated quickly and little lacing was left.

Smells at first is apples and oats. Some honey and it reminds me of a dry champagne or white wine. The spices don't come through in the nose as they do in the taste.

Most noticeable taste the spice that is added to this beer. It isn't overpowering, but it is what I noticed first. Some honey flavors are coming through in a subtle, mellow sort of way.

Taste is smooth up front with the spice hitting next and then some small bitterness finishing off along with a warmness and tingling that's left on my tongue.

Drinkability is decent on this one. The carbonation and spices might keep me from drinking a whole 6-pack, but this beer is unique and enjoyable. Light and smooth. I enjoyed it a lot.

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Photo of rye726
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This reminds me alot of their other Belgian pale ale. A good beer, but nothing amazing. A clear yellow color with a tan head. Light aromas of fruit and peppery yeast. The flavor profile is also a bit dull. Good for a pilsner. The body is ligt and fizzy. A decent brew.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden brew with a pillowy white head that lingers long and leaves some moderate lacing in thin broken rings.

S - A pungent clean aroma, some hay hops, faint herbs and mint.

T - Grassy hops, light honey, some herbal flavors (vague, but hard to discern) and some light malt. A pungent herbal kick in the aftertaste with a bit of very light malt and some linger assorted herbs.

M - A little harsh, thin, pretty refreshing.

D - Pretty good. A nice brew. I bought a six pack of this and I am happy to drink all of them. A nice spring beer from New Belgium.

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Photo of toolbrew
2.85/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a room temp pint glass. Golden pour with slight haze. Thick white head that fell quickly. Good lacing.

It smelled like wheat and had a faint malt smell.

Bitter taste - not so good. Hoppy, but no malts to back it up.

The upper back portion of my mouth was stimulated.

I wouldn't have more of this beer. I couldn't completely finish my 16oz pint...

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Photo of JBogan
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy bright golden color with almost no head nor lacing to speak of.

Smelled somewhat citrusy with an even balance of malts and hops in the background.

Tasted at first malty with citric and floral overtones, then the hops kicked in, although in a mild way.

Mouthfeel was pretty good. Medium bodied with a good marriage of crispness and smoothness. A nice springtime brew to whet your whistle.

Overall a rather drinkable concoction from our friends at New Belgium. First time I tried this and it was a pleasant surprise. I'd revisit this one again.

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Photo of Boneheadmx
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a slightly hazy pale gold with a slightly off-white head that subsides rather quickly. It looks pretty carbonated. Fairly average looking.

The smell is faint but I can detect traces of apple, honey, and pineapple. The hops don't shine through in the smell, but it is very enticing.

The taste is pretty crisp. It might not be as malty as some other pale ales, but it is balanced. The hops that didn't show up in the smell appears right here, with a decent amount of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is good. It's a lot less carbonated than what it looks like. Very light and refreshing.

This is a pretty nice beer that is very drinkable. It doesn't feel too heavy, which is a very nice touch. Good job, New Belgium!

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

Pours a dull yellow with a fluffy white head. Smells include citrus and hops. Taste is pretty good...sweet up front, followed by fresh oat bread, and then followed with a slight grapefruit/bitter/oak aftertaste. Very creamy as it went down.

This was a pretty good beer. Was expecting a something different, however this surprised me in a good way. Glad I picked this up...

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

I first tried this beer when it came out in 2007. I came across it again the other night and figured I'd give'er a go - again.

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle and poured into snifter glass.

Pour is mostly head free with some bubbles and light lace on edges of glass. Brew is a slightly hazy yellow/tan color.

Smell is somewhat sweet/fruity with light floral notes. Taste is slightly herbaceous with nice light hints of hops and botanical hints. Carbonation is pleasant and finish is crisp with no aftertaste.

Good brew.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
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 aquaderek
4.37/5  rDev +23.4%
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 dogger6253
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow - 1/2 inch of white head, lots of bubbles and nice retention. Smells of floral hops and bits of lemon with clusters of cloves, coriander and fresh yeast. The taste is pretty spicy, slightly oaky with some pine, hops, lemon zest, oranges, cloves all coming together into a well-ballanced and unique flavor. There is a moderate amount of carbonation, a medium body and a dry finish. This is my kind of session beer - highly refreshing and still with unique flavor. Good beer.

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