Springboard | New Belgium Brewing

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3.5 w/ 333 ratings

Brewed by:
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 SaCkErZ9
2.35/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Pale straw colored beverage emerges with a small head that leaves abruptly with no lacing. Slightly cloudy due to chill haze.

Aroma is sour and spicy. Black pepper and lemon rinds. A little bit of baby diaper in there as well. I swear this smells almost like a Brett beer or a sour of some sort. Not really impressed.

Taste is sour and stale. Some hop bitterness at the end. Light in body and mouthfeel. I was very disappointed with this one since I like most other New Belgium offerings. I say pass on this one.

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Photo of TexIndy
1.42/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best before date on the label. Was a light golden color with very small head that quickly went away. The smell was very off-putting and had me worried. It's an exotic brew with Goji berries, Wormwood and Schisandra. Not sure which one dominated the smell but it was not good. The taste was horrendous. Again not sure which one is the culprit but disgusting. Very bitter and acidic from start to finish. The acidity actually gets worse after you drink and keeps on building. I don't mind bitter but acidic and whatever flavoring(s) are dominating ruin this. I love almost anything that NBB puts out but this one is terrible. I can't think of a single positive attribute to this one. Drain pour. Highly, highly don't recommend. (0, NA, ML, N)

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Photo of July2Nov
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light pale golden pineapple hue with a dainty lace ring.
S: As would be expected, it a very light aroma with a bitter end.
T & M: Mild with a slightly spiky taste (wormwood?) near the middle, then goes down smoothly with a citrus characteristic.
D: Typical of the New Belgium Brewing traits that run throughout most of their brews. Quite tasty once you get used to hoppy flavor. Nice.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Off yellow, oddly uniform cloudy but I did not notice sediment in the bottle. modest white head

S - Lemon, ginger, currants.

T - pretty much like the nose with a touch of hop spice added in for fun.

M - light in body, almost a touch watery.

D - probably better as a summer drink than raw spring. The ginger / currants taste was not quite my thing.

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
2.41/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle. Best before 7/6/07, so plenty of time left.

I had 3 out of a six pack thinking I was missing something, so this review is not based on a bad bottle. I will admit that entire six could be off....

Hazy, pale yellow in color. Medium size, white head. Brew includes - wormwood, goji berries, schisandra, and Mt. Hood hops.

Bitter and acidic scent - wormwood? Not to be disgusting, but smelled a bit like urine. Had a hard time getting past that, so I didn't pick up much else.

Taste was bitter moreso than sweet. Different than normal hop bitterness, and I really didn't care for it. Some citrus flavor in there. Bitterness lingered well into aftertaste.

Light to medium in body. Medium carbonation. Fairly dry.

Overall, visually a dud for me. Scent almost resulted in a drain pour. Taste a bit better, but not something I'll be back for. I could be talked into trying it again, but....

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Photo of Bobikel
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a very pale wheatly white with a generous head that sticks around for a while. Lacing is good.

Smell - A slightly sweet wheat/oatyness comes through followed by a slight earthy funk. Slightly citrusy.

Taste - A very refreshing, albeit very pale, ale. Sweetness gives way to a slight bitter that in turn mellows into an earthen tea like thing... ish. Definetly different, and well executed.

Mouthfeel - With the paleness of this beer, I expected it to be very thin, but that is not the case. A full mouthfull of beer that leaves the palate almost as clean as it enters.

Drinkability - This is an easy drinker no doubt, but I wonder how it will treat me near the end of my session... only one way to find out!

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Photo of clickpush
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour: 12oz bottle to tulip. 2.5 finger white head over pale golden body, almost 'light' beer in color. Interspersed bubbles, good stick to the glass while the head descends. Decent lacing.

Nose: Tart mostly, just a little bit of hop dryness, brambles, some spicy yeast and malt body. White pepper and peaches.

Mouth: Peach and cherry, cool bitterness that doesn't taste at all like hops, something I can't place, but similar to the skin between grapefruit sections. Probably due to one of the bizarre flavorants of this beer... Good malt body, some toastiness, pretty interesting. Goes down easy, but not too great. Mouthfeel is nice and carbonated, enjoyable.

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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 jeffjfindley
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A whiter shade of pale with a bountiful head. Nose is citrusy and very springlike and outdoorsy, with belgian esters aplenty. The taste is very saisonal and pleasing, but where's the gogi berries, and all the other Chinese spices that were supposed to be present? I would have given it a 4.5 otherwise... The mouthfeel is smooth, and the drinkability very high.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle poured into a pils glass it forms a loose white head that falls to an outer ring with a small island in the middle. Very pale yellow body and lively carbonation.

Like every other New Belgium Brewing beer I've ever sampled there is that musky cardboard type malt bill that baffles me. It doesn't matter what style or how overpowered it can be its still there. This has a nice light fruitiness to it. It continues with a nice crisp mix of carbonation and hops that liven it up.

Notes: Another odd beer from a brewer that seems to use a similar malt type in almost all of its offerings. This one I could enjoy partly because there is a delightfull fruitiness that is interesting and its crisp enough for a hot day. That being said its a beer I'll pass on.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Get on the Springboard, and let's get ready to take a dip.

Taste is quite nice. Lots of sweet candied pale malt, some earthy tea notes, along with a grassy borderline. Fringes of yeast, and fruity notes. Some balancing hops noticed about halfway in, with a hint of caramel. Deep complexity for a 6.20% American brewed Belgian Pale Ale.
Appearance is normal for the style, yellow body, with lots of carbonation. and a lasting head. The beers only minus is the slightly unappealing smell. They just used the wrong aromatic hops in my opinion. Solid beer though, all around, and would be great in the summer.

New Belgium always has some solid brews, this is just another example to add to the list. Recommended.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Glass (snifter) and temperature (7 C: 45 F) suggestions, abv 6.2%, best before 29JUN07 (sampled 11MAR07). Notes oats, Chinese herbs (wormwood, Goji berries, Schisandra) and Mt. Hood hops. New Belgium writes a kick as label!

Aroma: Yeasty, earthy wheat or wet grain, and a slightly sour note like cranberries. Smells a bit of a warm macro, that sounds harsh but it’s not, somewhat appealing actually.

Appearance: Cloudy gold, deep haze, plucky white head struggles to last but gives up respectably solid lacing.

Flavor: Almost a Saison profile, earthy, bit funky, wet grain, bit fruity, and a bit of a yeasty bite at the end. A bit of bubblegum and hefe flavors, but really flooded with the spices.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, hefty body triggers a slight chew and an almost gummy finish.

Overall Impression: Definitely a different kind of beer. A nice one to sip while waiting to “Spring Forward”. New Belgium took a risk with this one, and I dig it. Not going to be my favorite beer, but I’ll have no troubles with the 6 pack. Give it a shot!

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased 12 oz bottle, Market of Choice, Coburg Rd, Eugene, OR

I've been looking forward to trying this beer for a while, and finally picked up a bottle. Pours a bright cloudy straw yellow color. Little white head that setttles quickly. Smells a bit fruity, but not excessively so. That could be the Goji Berries perhaps? Also seems to have a bit of non hoppy sourness. Feels a bit thicker in the mouth than the color would lead you to expect, but that may be due to the oats used in the recipe. All around, this is a very drinkable, not overly sweet or sour, or bitter. A very well balanced brew. I'll have to definetly pick up some more of this. It's quite good!

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle, best before 15Jun07.

Pale lemon gold with a slight haze. Chunky, bright white head that transforms into a puck of big bubbled foam, depositing bands of fine lace. Slow moving tails of carbonation rise. Aromas are light and of white fleshed fruits, a bit of lemon and a touch of spicy hops. The taste starts a bit sweet with a soft, smooth body. Some ripe pear flesh fills in the middle and an gentle herbal hop element carries through the finish which has a nice crispness that makes this highly drinkable. A lemon-citric tartness that is also slightly medicinal becomes evident as it warms slightly, further increasing the drinkability. Medium-light body with fine carbonation. The label indicates that Goji berries, wormwood, and schisandra were used, and while I have no idea what they specifically taste like, they worked well. Super sessionable.

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Photo of beeragent
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poures a light straw, forming a very thin head, and leaving light lacing on the glass. The aroma is a hint of light fruit, followed by the citrus aroma of the hops. The taste is exactly what I imagined the style would taste like. There is more of a sweetness to this style, with less of a bite from the hops. I makes for a smooth fruity citrus finish. Light mouthfeel. This is very enjoyable! I wouldnt mind having a few of these in one night. Definitely a style worth exploring.

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Photo of NBake
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden with a one finger creamy white head. Head dissipates rather quickly leaving sticky lace all over.

S: I smell grass, yeast, and maybe sweet wheat malt.

T: This one is sweet, grainy, yeasty. My uneducated palate just screams belgian at me. Finish is dry and very grainy/grassy, with slight bitterness.

M: Springboard is medium bodied and very bubbly and it tickles your throat as it goes down. I like.

D: This one is fairly drinkable and it reminds me of a malty witbeer. The only thing I don't like is the very grainy finish after each sip. Nonetheless, it is a quality brew, and it's too bad it doesn't come out in the summer.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
4.27/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Just picked up a six pack of Springboard at M&R Liquor in Carpinteria, CA USA and boy am I glad I did! Good good stuff! It's got a pale, hazy yellow body with not much of a head. The nose has a strong lemon scent. You'd expect a sharply sour acidic taste from the smell of it, but the flavor, while being heavy on the citrus side is not sharp or bitter at all. It's very smooth, like a grapefruit juice without the bitter tangy taste. Goes down super easy. Nice clean, crisp, refreshing drink. Great for the summer!

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not one of New Belgiums better ale's. The color was a hazy light yellow with a little white foam and some lace.

The smell was of light hops and maybe a hint of lightly roasted grains. Nothing in the aroma stood out to impress me.

The taste of mild hops with a hint of grains was all I got out of this ale. It would have been better tasting, but, it was a little flat with hardly any bitterness. It lacked balance, for a pale ale. There was just something missing, but I can't put my finger on it!

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Photo of johnyeast
4.27/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow in appearance with a 1 inch head. A slight tart or lemony smell with the usual smells of a lighter ale or lager. At first taste you get the flow of sweetness and refreshment that is Springboard. Next sip you get the complexity of this beer. It kinda fools you because each taste thereafter you get something different. Good lacing throughout. I was just thinking how much I enjoy the seasonal beers that are put out by NBB. FC is the place to be...

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Photo of vurt
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Blonde ale brewed with goji berries, schisandra and wormwood," picked up at BevMo in Woodland Hills and sampled in a tall Goose Island 312 Wheat Ale glass.

A: Nice pillowy snow white head on top of a cloudy, straw colored brew. Seems a touch greener than the last few witbeers I've tried.

S: Perhaps to style, but not very pleasant to my nose. A light citrusy/herbal character underpinned by a *strong* white wine stinkiness and mustiness. I'm surprised that more reviews here don't mention it. Once you get a mouthful, it kind of works with the flavor. But as an intro to this beer I really don't like it.

T: There's the strong, dry white wine character from the nose. Tart and refreshing at first, followed by a satisfying graininess. Finishes dry with an herbal bitterness I find very appealing, and a prominent phenol note which rises and diminishes quickly. Hops are there in the finish, and they linger. I don't know what to expect from the goji berries or the schisandra, but I'm attributing the late herbal bitterness to the wormwood.

M: Mouthfeel is both sparkly and well-rounded. Very enjoyable balance.

D: I wasn't a fan after the first bottle, but the second was a lot more enjoyable. I really liked the way the beer went through 3 distinct stages (tart to grainy to dry) over the course of each mouthful. Though I was wishing for a bit of sweetness at first, I came to realize that there just isn't any room for that in this beer.

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle purchased from the North Coast Coop in Eureka, CA. Poured a cloudy light yellow with a large and very foamy white head that diminished fairly quickly and left moderate lacing. Nose is mostly hops, with a little citrus that seems mostly lemon or grapefruit, spices, and flowers. Body is surprisingly rich and flavor is a combination of hops and some odd spices I cannot identify. It is supposed to contain wormwood, and maybe that contributes to the sligthly bitter touch that does not seem like hops that shows in the finish. This is a very unique brew and if you approach it with that expectation it is OK. Basically this is a decent brew with a very unique bouquet and flavor . You have to give New Belgium credit for experimenting.

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Photo of Vancer
2.84/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was excited to try this one, I thought I’d have another good spring beer to enjoy and share with the wifey. But wow, what a letdown:

Pour was OK - a Wit style hazy straw yellow with wimpy white lacing and head. But the aroma, whoo, musty old socks, NOT expected or desired in a good Belgium PA or any other brew (except the wild ales and lambics).

Taste was a malty pilsner, dry and acidic. Touch of sweet lemon. Tart and crisp brew, but without any Belgium yeast, sugar cane or more malts, this brew is one (six pack) and done.

I’ll stick with the NB Saison.

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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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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a chance to sample this at a tasting at the home of Phatz and Grace. Poured from a 12oz. bottle a slightly cloudy pale yellow with a finger of white foam. Smells of spicy ginger root, coriander, and lemon. Tastes of lemony hops with a spicy, yeasty, mildly alcoholic note. Crisp and dry in the mouth with medium to moderate carbonation. Not really a beer I would hunt down, but worth a try.

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

Best by 29 Jun 2007.

Pours a very pale, and very hazy, straw color with a one finger head that fades to a soapy cap and ring. The lacing is somewhat thin, but pretty well organized and sticky.

Smell; a bit of lemon zest up front, followed by a little ginger and some spices that I can't quite place. There's also a little bit of a funkiness going on in the background.

Taste; there's a fruitiness that's very interesting, and I can only guess it's the Goji berries (whatever those are), with some citric/tart lemon. After the fruits, this becomes a bit musty/funky with a touch of cloves (my wife said it reminded her of dirty socks.??). Some sweet, bready malts come out in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a lively carbonation, and this is one easy to drink beer. Right now this is a pretty good brew. I think this beer would be better in the summer, especially after mowing the lawn/doing yard work.

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Springboard from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 36% out of 100 with 333 ratings
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