Somersault | New Belgium Brewing

very good
1,106 Ratings

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 04-11-2011

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Ratings: 1,106 |  Reviews: 286
Photo of bootsdomino
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of rfbenavi80
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a New Belgium Goblet. Bottle kept in fridge, best by 8-12-12.

A- Pours a clear medium to dark golden color. Has 2 fingers of foamy white head that quickly goes away leaving little to no lacing on the glass.

S- Earthy hops, a little citrus, a nice breadiness.

T- Refreshing, crisp, slightly tart.

M- Nicely carbonated, with a little dry finish.

O- I look forward to summer seasonals. This one is an easy drinker after mowing the yard on those hot summer days.

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Photo of dhannes
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a tap at Pizzeria Uno...from memory:

A=Slightly amber golden hue...some cloudiness? Head was present but not memorable.

S=Citrus and hops.

T=Rather strong citrus and hop presence. Paired with pizza and other appetizers...was refreshing but not spectacular.

M=Nice, with minimal carbonation.

O=I am not overly familiar with the style, but felt that this was worth trying...will only try again if nothing else intriguing on the menu.

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Photo of Rantingfury
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from from 12 ounce bottle to jigger glass

Appearance: Nice two finger head of white foam that faded to some lacing. The color was straw/golden color and clear.

Aroma: Citrus and fruity apricot from mainly the hops and malt note at the end.

Taste: Tangy fruit start with a smooth malt finish almost like a sweet and sour sauce.

Mouthfeel: High amount of carbonation that fades to clinging to the palate

Overall impression: This beer doesn't fit into my normal scheme of brews. The sweet and sour nature is like yen and yang going at it. I like sweet beers and I like sour IPA's.. But the contrast is balanced and is interesting. I think this beer would be nice in a breakfast situation or with grilled fish.

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Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of denimdemon
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale, clear sunshine with a copper tinge. Good head and awesome foam retention. Nice stickage and bubbling.

Light, grassy hops with soft toasted malts in the nose and a faint Summer fruit nuance.

Faint, soft fruit from start to finish. Mild grassy, Earthy hop bitterness with a little lemon juice tartness on the finish.

Palate is a litle oily, but refreshing and vibrant.

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Photo of FebruaryBlue
2/5  rDev -47.1%

Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Beer21
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of JVan
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Tnkemist
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of Jyc4
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

has the same high brownish/dark yellow hue of many IPA's when poured from a 12oz. bottle. Had the same distinctive fruit and hop smells of a classic IPA. Even tasted something like a mild IPA upon first taste. However, finished with the sweet malt notes of a lager. Imagine if Sam Adams Boston Lager had slightly more pronounced hop notes and toned down its big malt finish a bit. Very interesting and VERY good beer.

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Photo of intensify
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Started this thing off with a semi-aggresive pour down the middle. created a 2 finger off-white head with blazing fast retention and minimul lacing. Poured a golden body and clear as daylight. Plenty of tangy, zesty fruits on the nose. Orange peel, apricot and spices mostly. Taste followed closely behind but with a lemon zest kick. Sweet throughout the whole drink and it doesn't tune it down with some bitterness that I detect. Medium-High(ish) carbonation makes it similar to drinking a wine cooler. not the best mouthfeel, but not the worse.
Overall not a bad brew. It definately fits perfectly with the seasonal category as its offered. Ill probably drink this again with some grilled chicken at the lake.

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Photo of prisoner1572
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of monaquee
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of hyoung41
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of smakawhat
2.84/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I guess I bought a blonde ale... sheesh.. maybe I'll luck out, I seemed to not mind the last blonde ale I had from New Belgium (Hoptober), let's pour into a nonic pint and see how it goes.

Really super clear body on this with a kind of nice brassy yellow and red hue to it. Head forms white and bright, kind of fluffy with a three fingers cap, settling with some valleys and real nice. Real nice looking beer.

Nose reminds me of a macro lager strangely. Macro sweetness, some faint bread toasty malt hiding. Clean. Overall though not really doing much for me.

Palate seems weird. This brew actually feels a little fizzy, but also strangely lemon sour and a strange astringency. The malt action on this comes out on the finish with a bizarre sticky slightly syrupy and yeasty aftertaste. Gets slightly better as it warms up.

Overall, sigh, not doing it for me, not having another one of these that's for sure, but it could be worse.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Buddha
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Arborescence
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of NumberNone
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of StoicBeast
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of sansho
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Somersault from New Belgium Brewing
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,106 ratings.
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