Somersault | New Belgium Brewing

very good
286 Reviews

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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Photo of TonyElOso
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Its the lightest tasting ale I've ever had. Its almost tasteless in a way but very refreshing. Its not sweet not bitter not watery not much of anything but refreshing. The smell is pleasent but nothing different, the color is nice and light and the head is average. I recommend as a nice session beer.

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

Pours a light golden color, and produced a 1 finger white head.

The aroma was of malts, light hops, and citrus.

The taste was about the same as smell. It is light bodied, and has medium carbonation. Finishes clean. No hop bitterness.

This is a very nice summertime session beer. Easy drinking, and tasty. I was disappointed to hear that the weren't bringing Skinny Dip back, but Somersault is good as the skinny.

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Photo of holden303
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a blonde/copper body with about 2 fingers of frothy head.

S: Picking up some light apricots as well as some floral notes.

T: Not a whole lot going on here, real light, crisp with a little fruity-ness but nowhere near being a fruit beer.

M: Good carbonation, very crisp.

O: Not a bad beer, but nothing to look forward to either, I could see myself again drinking one in the summer at a BBQ or something if it was there, but won't go out of my way to drink it.

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Photo of dbossman
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light golden hue with a huge head that has great retention and wonderful lacing

S: Wonderful citrus and floral hop aroma--so much lemon and orange all on top of a great grassy grainy quality

T: Subtle hop bitterness that complements the grainy maltiness but the lemon, citrus rind, orange, and apricot come through the most

F: Light to medium body with a surprising creaminess; the beer sticks to the roof of the mouth

D: Such a refreshing beer from NB--it is nice to have a balanced but still pleasantly hopped session beer; this is definitely a beer I will come back to this summer

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Photo of jsprain1
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden, inch of foamy head, retention is decent, some lacing.
S- Bready, some fruityness (apricot and a touch lemony), light floral presence.
T- Starts bready, lemony and a bit of apricot. There is a snap of a gingerlike flavor in the finish.
M- Relatively light, crisp carbonation.
O- A decent summer beer. Light and clean with some pleasant flavors. A good effort.

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Photo of jpro
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a pint at EVO...

A: Serves up a nice clear golden color, with a tinge of copper; thin white head doesn’t manage much retention and leaves no lace.

S: Light grains; light tartness; some fruity notes; nothing too crazy... smells refreshing!

T: Light and sweet grainy malts; some citrus zest; very lightly bitter and very clean.

M: Light-bodied (maybe leaning slightly on the light-medium side) and high carbonation... that’s about it.

O: A nice spring ale - refreshing, crisp and clean. But not too flavorful... probably won’t be picking up any sixers of this - oh, well.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours a clear light golden colour with about an inch of foam and has some good lacing.

It smells fruity, of apricots mentioned on the label. A bit of hoppiness behind the fruit.

The taste is of apricots with some hop bitterness, a flavour of, umm..seltzer water? That could be because of how thin the body is. Not very flavourful, imho, and not a good substitute for Skinny Dip, which I enjoyed quite a bit more and was only 4.2%abv vs 5.2.

Very light bodied with ample carbonation, it has an okay mouth feel.

Drinkability is average because my palate just can't wrap itself around the total package that is Somersault. My summer can do without this beer..

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Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz spring seasonal

A- pours a clear golden/yellow color with minimal white head and some slim lacing

S- was malt and grain,bread some hops,with a slight lemon peel smell

T- follows nose.. grain with pale malts,slight hop flavor with a citrus lemon finish

M- medium carbonation with a somewhat crisp flavor

O- just an average ale for me,easy to drink..but not alot of intrest in this on

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Photo of NickRivers
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A&S - Pours a pale clear yellow with two fingers worth of white soapy head. Smells very wet, some yeast, very grassy, and lots of earthy hops

T&M - Sweet and grassy, medium body, crisp honey on the front with a hoppy end.

O - The hills are alive with the taste of Somersault.

Picked up a Spring Folly Pack in which this beer is featured. Not much to say, I wasn't extremely impressed like I was with Mighty Arrow. Its sort of a pale Ranger. Very very earthy, takes you to the meadow pictured on the label. Probably won't pick it up separately, but be sure to pick up NBB's Folly Packs, they're amazing and are better than most beers in your local market. Stay thirsty my friends!

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a golden amber hue with a slim fizzy head. Lacing is minor.

Smell -- The grist yields an aroma of damp malt, drupe-like fruitiness, and a modicum of malt sweetness. Additionally, there is an abundance of earthy/grassy hop character.

Taste -- Bready malt, damp graininess, apricot. Hop character is very earthy and grassy with floral overtones and sturdy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with crisp carbonation.

Overall -- An easy-drinker, but somehow doesn't hit the spot for me. The grassy hop bitterness grows tiresome over time.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored and crystal clear with a fluffy white head that lasted a bit, then subsided, leaving nice thick lacing. Small columns of bubbles were present.

Smell is strangely pungent-earth along with wet grains, a hint of florals, hint of fruit, and a hint of citrus.

Tastes better than it smells. A little fruity, I can finally obviously sense the apricots along with a nice hops presence, and a noticeable smooth carbonation. There's a mix of malts in there too.

Body is light, yet smooth from the silky carbonation. Fruit and malt aftertastes. Although the label says serve at 45F, I think this one is better when ice cold. It's a summer beer, and is quite likely to be pulled from a cooler. I can't see a reason to wait.

It's a tasty beer, but skinny dip and sunshine wheat are better in their summery type range of offerings.

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Photo of NODAK
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is rather faint here, although tart citrus (presumably the apricot) comes through foremost.

The taste is somewhat hard to define for me, but it's very crisp and clean. The body has a slight spiciness to it and a small citric hop character from the Centennial hops (as noted on label). The fruit shows on the backend, with some tartness helping to close the beer out, although I couldn't honestly tell you it was specifically apricot if the label didn't say so.

Very refreshing summer seasonal, as they should be. I highly enjoyed this offering!

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden honey color. Not much head or lace. Clear and minimal carbonation.

S: Modest dose of sweet malt, faint peach aroma.

T: Semi-sweet biscuit, a little bitterness and ginger in the finish. Not very complex, but pleasant. Apricot in the aftertaste is nice.

M: Light body, good for a hot summer day. Carbonation adds a bit of creamy feel.

O: A pleasant quaff. Will be good for the warmer weather, and I can see spending some time with this on the front porch a couple of months from now. Also has potential as a brew to lure the uninitiated away from BigMegaCorpSwill.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass on my deck.

Pours a lovely light straw/gold color, crystal clear. Slight head, which falls fairly quickly.

Aroma is as light as the color, but with character. It's here where the ginger appears. At first you know it's something, but can't quite place it. Eventually it hits you that it's a fresh ginger aroma. Very enticing. There's a graininess here too, but in a good way, not a husky type that can appear in some summer beers. No real hop aroma to speak of.

The taste is surprising for its cleanliness. At first it may appear that there's little here, but then you realize there's plenty here, it's just all in balance. The ginger is so subtle in the flavor as to easily be overlooked. There's a light citrus flavor to it as well. It's acidic enough to give it a good clean bite, but not over the top or in any way aggressive. In short, the flavor is just about everything you'd want in a summer beer. Nothing you *have* to think about, but you could if you so desired.

The mouthfeel is dead on. Light, crisp, acidic, and dare I say it... refreshing. It doesn't make you work at it, instead inviting you to take the next drink. In a summer beer, can you as for more?

Compared to the beer this replaced (Skinny Dip), I'd say New Belgium hit this one out of the park. It's not a great beer by any means, but it will be a mainstay in my summer fridge. Very nicely put together.

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Photo of cordsbeer
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great new beer from NB. Very refreshing and light. Great smooth lacing with a light golden color.

Hit with spicy flavors and smoth finish. Ice cold makes you want another taste. Great for summer time parties and a BBQ. You can eat good food and still have room for a another Somersault.

Another amazing product from an amazing AMERICAN owned company.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured form a 12oz brown bottle into a snifter. The beer is golden and absolutely clear. It looks like it's going to be a nice, crisp, refreshing, summer brew. The head is eggshell white and about two-fingers thick. As it slowly dies down it leaves lace all over the glass.

The aroma is sweet and fruity. A touch of light honey, light malt, fresh fruits (apricot and cantaloupe), and fresh cut grass.

On the light side of medium, with an instantly sweet and fruity flavor that transitions to bitter and spicy before it finishes out. The initial flavors are honey, apricot and hay. This quickly gives way to spicy and earthy bitter hop flavor that continues to be highlighted by that sweet apricot. In the end it rounds out to a semi-dry finish.

Definitely a good summer drinker. This will probably make it into the fridge once or twice more before fall.

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