Loft | New Belgium Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by kbub6f on 07-31-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
264
Reviews:
142
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
14.29%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
For Trade:
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired as part of New Belgium's latest variety box. 4.2% ABV according to the label on my bottle. Best before: September 22, 2013. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with nice label art and a branded red pry-off cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served cold, straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger wide head of white-khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Soft complexion. No real lacing.

Body colour is a clear pale yellow-copper. Translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Overall, it's pretty standard fare for the style. Not unique or special, but there are no overt or obvious flaws.

Sm: Light lemon zest. Grainy malts. Perhaps some biscuit malt. Wheat. Clean barley. Light floral hop character. A pleasant aroma of average strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Grainy malts. Light lemon zest and esters. Light floral hop character. A bit grassy. The build is very simple. It's balanced. Fleeting hints of vague lime. Wheat. Clean barley. Light lavender. Flavour duration and intensity are both average. Lacks complexity and subtlety, but I do like it.

No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit refreshing. Decent body and thickness. Overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Facilitates delivery of the limited flavours nicely.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but ultimately rather pedestrian. Boring. I wouldn't get it again, but it's not a bad beer. Its simplicity holds it back. A decent session brew, but nothing to write home about. Another forgettable beer from New Belgium.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden with a definite red amber hue. Clear and epravescant. Mostly white head with a solid film from the carbonation.

S: Slight lemon with wheat and yeast mostly. White bread. A little orange pithe. Very little on the nose at all.

T: Very light lemon zest with light grain notes. Mellow sunflower seeds. A distinct light sweetness buttons down the mild tartness quickly. Finishes with a mild oakiness and some hazelnut. Cedar notes are detectable like a very mild amber.

M: Light and refreshing without lacking flavor. Medium dry finish with aftertaste with a mildly sweet bready aftertaste with a beet of steel flavor that lingers fairly long.

O: Great summer session beer. Too light for my usual taste though. It reminded of a light beer in some ways, but enhanced to try to give it some depth. Not bad all in all, but this would leave me wanting more if I just had one of these.

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3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear, dark gold color with a fluffy, dense white head. Nice retention and lacing.

Nose is biscuity, grainy, honey and nutty. Not a whole lot from a Belgian yeast perspective, but it smells fairly decent.

Taste packs alot of maltiness for such a light brew and the hops are adequate, especially on the bittering side. Yeast is still lacking for a Belgian PA, but there might be a light apple-nut contribution here. Mouthfeel is expectedly light, being a session ale and all. Not bad, it was nice to have this again - it must be at least 5 or 6 years since this was last around...but it doesnt taste as rich and yeasty as I remember.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

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2.97/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A session pale ale?

This pours a slight tan-golden color with minimal foam retention.

I’m nosing and nosing and wondering, where’s the aroma? I thought I caught a hint of some floral spice but it came and went. Not a whole lot going on here.

Tastes lightly bitter with a hint of hop bitterness with the volume turned down low. A touch of biscuit malt rounds this out, with an uninteresting finish. While this may make a nice summer beer it doesn’t do the trick for this session.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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2.38/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a standard pressure-cap 12oz bottle into a conic pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live. Best-by September 8, 2013.

A- Two and a half finger white head with long retention and very heavy carbonation. Golden body with high clarity. Some sticky clumps of lacing.

S- Floral, zesty hops. Wheat, caramel malts. Not much here.

T- Somewhat watery, metallic taste with the hops coming in later. Slightly sweet and wheaty.

M- Light bodied and wet.

O- This beer is basically just water. Nothing special here. Maybe this is a recipe that should have stayed hidden.

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Loft from New Belgium Brewing
3.5 out of 5 based on 264 ratings.
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