Dig | New Belgium Brewing

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83
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by WastingFreetime on 01-16-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,080
Reviews:
236
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
14.13%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
66
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger off white head with excellent retention on a clear copper body. nice lacing.

S: wet sock musty hops, earthy hops, a touch of peach and grapefruit and mild caramel malts.

T: malty and bland. The hops are mild and mostly herbal and earthy. faintest touch of citrus in the finish.

M: lighter side of medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: A very nice summer/spring beer. Its light for the style and very drinkable. That being said the hops take a back seat, more than I would like, for a pale ale. Cant complete with sessionable beers for drinkability for the time its released in my opinion. But still one of the better bottled pale ales for the season.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 5/13/12.

Pours a clear copper with a 1 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Nice tight rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of tropical fruits, citrus zest, grapefruit, and some earthy herbal hops. Taste is of tropical fruit and citrus zest up front with a malt backbone. The aftertaste has a mild herbal bitterness that quickly fades from the palate. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good pale ale that has a nice smell and taste. Very drinkable stuff.

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i am a whore for sorachi ace hops. ever since brooklyn's introduction, i sleeze for this hop profile. this one smells like tropical compost. decaying mangos, banannas, and citrus fruit. not like flies all over the shop, but just past ripe, really nectary. flavor is more lemony from the hops, bitter to a degree, but not an bitter bomb. this brew is extraordinary. super super drinkable with a lighter body and a crisp finish. one of my favorite new belgium beers. i could go on and on about this one and its food pairings, but ill just say, this is a must try!

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of kojevergas
2.57/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

5.6% ABV confirmed. Best by May 19 2013. Acquired yesterday at a local SoCal beer store. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I like a select few New Belgium beers (La Folie, Abbey, Trippel) but this doesn't seem like a solid one.

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

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of slight cream, decent thickness, and pretty good (~3.5 minute) retention for the modest ABV. Body colour is a dull pale copper. Transparent. Translucent. No yeast particles are visibile. No bubble show. Very thin weak lacing as the head recedes.

Sm: Lemon grass, lemon zest, pear, artificial lime, mango, and over-ripe fruit peel. Smells like a really crappy saison. Stale lemon. Off-putting. A fairly strong aroma.

T: Stale lemon, artifical lime, and pale malts. Some juicy pear is the only notable aspect. Simple and weak. Boring and bland. Lemon zest is dominant. Poorly balanced and built. Lacks complexity and subtlety. There's not much to say about it. I don't get any yeast character or alcohol. Quite underwhelming.

Mf: Soft (the highlight of the beer), smooth, and wet. Carbonation is adequate. Poor palate presence.

Dr: Drinkable but lackluster. A poorly executed pale ale that I definitely wouldn't get again. A failure from New Belgium. Why brew this? Very underwhelming.

Low C-

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of emerge077
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First casual beer of the afternoon, thanks Bill!

Pours a dark golden amber shade with bright clarity, streams of carb visible, a thin layer of sudsy white foam sits on the surface. Pretty textbook pale ale, though it does appear to be filtered.

Smell is mild, vague dried citrus peel and light hop earthiness, light grains. Taste is similar, a thin flash of hop character fades into a watery and malt forward middle, and an earthy aftertaste. Body is thin and somewhat bland. Drinkable but not assertive at all. Seeing as this was just released for the season, it should be fresh, and therefore was a bit of a letdown.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a two-finger, tan head of foam that left thin rings of sticky lace.

S - It smelled of grapefruit and other tropical fruits. Some sweet caramel, too.

T - It tasted of sweet bready malt with some tropical fruits - mango, pineapple and grapefruit. A nice spicy bite adds needed bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really nice brew. I like the choice of hops in this one.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 5/19/2013. Pours crystal clear golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of lemon, mango, peach, pineapple, orange zest, grapefruit, light pine, floral, caramel, light honey, and bread. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of hop notes with good malt balance. Taste of lemon, peach, orange zest, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, floral, light caramel, bread, and light honey. Light citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, tropical fruit, pine, floral, light caramel, bread, and light honey on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop notes; with a solid malt balance that still showcases hop flavor; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pale ale. Damn nice complexity and balance of hop flavor with good malt balance; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of nickfl
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours with one finger of white foam on a clear, amber colored body. The head seattles quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - light, floral hops with some fruity caramel.

T - bready malt up front with a bit of fruity character in the middle. Spicy hops towards the finish with toasty malt and moderate bitterness.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - drinkable and well crafted, it has a light touch without being bland. Not focused on the hops, the malt is the primary player here, but there is enough bitterness in the finish to keep it balanced.

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Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A spring seasonal that has been out for a few weeks in early Feb. seems kinda odd,but heh I picked it up anyway.Poured into a standard pint a clear copper with a frothy 1/2 finger white head atop.Lemony aromas with some caramel sweetness,not overly assertive but not bad.Drunken apricots and caramel sweetness on the palate, the light sweetness makes me wanna grab more,the hop profile is not big but plays a big role in bringing everything together in this beer.Iam not a huge fan of the Sorachi Ace hop but it goes well with the other hops in this beer,a very good sessionable ale here although the alcohol is a little high for that title.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with 3 fingers of foamy bright-white head. This retains with a thick ½ finger sized dollop of froth, which slathers the sides of the glass with rich sudsy lacing. The aroma has a fresh earthy feel to it, with lemon, light grapefruit, a ripe dankness and spice all having a presence here. Sweet toasted grains provide a bit of a support along the back of the nose.

The taste has grapefruit rind bitterness to it, with a splash of zesty lemon and more of a herbal character thrown in. A touch of sweeter fruit and neutral grains help balance this out, yet still keeps the focus of this on those hops. This finishes fairly dry, with a moderately bitter and spicy ending. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lively crisp creaminess that then smoothes out even more as this moves out into the mouth. An underlying oily slickness really keeps this moving easily and is my favorite part of the feel overall.

I grabbed a bottle of this the other day, as it was new to the shelves, and found myself pleasantly surprised by this latest New Belgium offering. The complimentary mix of hop varietals here really bounced each other nicely and just gave this a flavorful crispness that really made this an easy drinking quencher. I’m going to be grabbing a full sixer of this. It’s darn tasty stuff.

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Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big dose of fruity hops. Is that more of an English flavor? A distinct buttery taste and slightly oily mouthfeel. But thoroughly interesting and different from the usual Pale Ales. NB blog is quite informative on this brew, says hops are Nelson Sauvin and Sorachi Ace. Oh, now that I read the label, there are Cascades as well.

Bright amber in the tall goblet. Excellent foam retention and lacing. Fresh scent of clover or alfalfa. I'm not sold on this particular flavor combo, but it's definitely worth a try for the education value. Modestly bitter, but it creeps up in the aftertaste. From the 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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