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Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by WastingFreetime on 01-16-2012

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1,078
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
30.43%
 
 
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.01/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. What appears to be an expiration date of 27 May, 2012 is printed on the label's bottom corner.

Appearance: Pours out a fairly clear, medium copper-hued body with a large, foaming, off-white head. A bit of glass-coating lace here and there on the way down.

Smell: An apparent lead of caramel in the scent followed by a slight, surprising butteriness in the nose trailed by lighter, albeit agreeable notes of distant lemon and spice.

Taste: Pale malts given a generous brushing of sweetish caramel and sweet cream butter. A little lemon zest and spice with little else from the hops producing a medium-light bitterness. A little hint more of the caramel and butter before the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Generally soft mouthfeel throughout.

Overall: Surprisingly light in the hop department, but, then again, the diacetyl was also a rather unexpected encounter, leaving me to wonder if this particular batch was off or if this is indeed what they had intended.

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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 womencantsail
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light amber color with an off-white head. Lots of citrus aromas to this one. Heavy on the lemon with a bit of grapefruit juice. Some floral and pine notes in the background as well. Lots of toasted bread throughout. Tastes quite heavy on the lemon. There is a bit of orange peel and just a hint of grapefruit. A light bitterness on the palate with a solid bready malt flavor.

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Photo of russpowell
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Expiration Date of 13 May 2012, very fresh indeed!

Pours amber with 3+ fingers of of cream colored head. Great head retention & fairly impressive lacing

S: Orange peel, lemon & pine

T: Some biscuitty malt, orange peel & tangerines & a touch of grapefruit & pine up front. Juicy hops, a touch of passion fruit & lemon as this warms. Finishes crisp with a bit of light breadyness & a bit of peach & some signature biscuit malt

MF: Light/medium bodied, crisp carbonation, great balance

Damn, this drinks so easy, clearly one of the better hop forward beers I've had from New Belgium. Having said that I really dig (pun intended) Belgo too. Dig would be a nice summer time brew fat into the dog days. A top rung APA to me

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Can't tell you why I'm so jazzed to try out the new New Belgium seasonal, but I kinda am... It pours a clear amber topped by a finger of cream-white foam. Something about this beer strikes me as unusually good-looking. The nose comprises sparkling lemon zest, light peach, light caramel, and a touch of minty pine needle. If some of these were a bit stronger, this would smell damn pleasant; as it is, it ain't close to bad. The taste halts the love train, bringing notes of orange peel, grapefruit rind (in both cases, the white part only, along with a lick of the unwashed outside), light caramel, light pine resin, and bitter, chlorophyll-laden grass. I'm gonna assume the Sorachi hops ruined things, as usual, but it's not normally like this when they do, what with the sharp bitterness and all... I got nothin'. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a nice-looking and -smelling beer, but one that falls apart in the flavor department. Still, it could be a lot worse, and I wouldn't necessarily turn down a free bottle of this in the future...

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Photo of Jason
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Quick to froth and thick at that, clear pale amber color.

SMELL: Spicy, fresh crackers, faint taffy, lemon pith, poppy seeds, green peppercorn, ripe pears, dried grass

TASTE: Very smooth, medium body, hop bitterness, spicy start, thick herbal, summer orchard, pungent lemon, biscuity, bitter semi-dry finish

Jumping on the new hops here, some say they take some getting used though I disagree. It is like spicing your food, either some go well together and others you have to be more subtle with. I understand what New Belgium was trying to accomplish but the hopping misses the mark for me a little bit, still a decent quaff.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and golden hued with a half inch of white head that leaves ample lacing on the tulip. The aroma is pretty nice, offering some dank hops, floral scents, pine, toast, biscuits. A balanced flavor, perhaps a hit grainy and bready for the style. Not great, but drinkable. Light bodied and suitable for a Spring day on the deck.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dig Pale Ale, New Belgium, Spring Seasonal. "Unearth your bottle opener because this Pale ale is something you can Dig. Sorachi Ace hops provides a fresh Spring zing with incredible lemon aroma. Nelson Sauvin is next in line with bursts of passion fruit, mango and peach. American favorite, Cascade, provides notes of grapefruity citrus. Dry, crisp and clean, DIG pale ale plants the welcomed taste of Spring in you r hand." Alc. 5.6% by Vol.

Clear, reddish appearance, short head, slim, but staying, off-white.

Plenty of fruit in the nose, but most of all mild, clean, dry. Citrus notes, peach, pear, apple a little.

Taste: Crisp, clean, little hoppy, lean bodied, This is an intriguing blend of hops, create a refreshing and somehow still complex variety of flavors. All manner of fruit-y sensations, and hoppy delights, kept in a terse, tidy body. Good drinking pale ale, with plenty going on in the mouth. That's what it's all about, isn't it.
Nice choice for a spring seasonal. I'll probably get some more, before it's too late.

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Photo of tdm168
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderate amber color with a thin layer of creamy, white head that has decent retention. The nose is bready, citrusy, and mildly floral. The flavor is bready up front with a hint of toasted, burnt malt and a mild citrusy, floral hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

This is an odd APA. The malt character is off putting. The burnt toast notes are unusual. Otherwise this is an alright, refreshing beer. I probably will avoid this in the future.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by the other Matt served in a New Belgium snifter / goblet.

Beer is amber and clear with a thick white head of small and medium bubbles, some lacing, nice carbonation, looks really good.

Aroma is likewise quite good, a little sweet, pretty hoppy, some yeast esters in there.

Beer is a little bit of a let down after the appearance and the aroma. The finish of hte beer is solventy and strong. The midpalate of the beer is hoppy and dry, earthy, it is the finish that bothers me the most, could have been really good but this won't be a repeat for me.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dig Pale Ale from New Belgium is another fine creation. The beer poured a clear copper with white head that left a nice lace. The smell included citrus and peach. The taste was a bit bitter with peach at the front and grapefruit in the end...decent malt balance throughout. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied ale with good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer, but there is a Belgium sugar twang at the end which I am not fond of...I hope this didnt replace might arrow.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I boycotted this beer for a while just to show my displeasure with the rotation of seasonals with NB...although I'm sure nobody noticed my activism :)

Anywho, this is a good beer. It's tough to say that this brew is 'less hoppy' than other APAs like Sierra Nevada. The fact is that this one uses different hops. These are a bit lighter in feel and more tropical and green grassy than what SN uses.

It's an unassuming beer, but one that provides a nice biscuit undertone and passion fruit and dill notes. The yeast is low profile, which is good coming from NB...their yeast is too bready for me.
But this one is good. I do like it

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Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber/copper color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, hint of citrus cops, slight earthy malt, and a hint of floral hops. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, citrus hops, and a hint of caramel. Overall, well balanced between hop bitterness and malty sweetness. Not a strong body, but it is not weak, either. This definitely fits into the New Belgium line-up of brews.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma has quite a bit of tropical fruit as well as some grass from the hops and some biscuit malt. The flavor is more of the same. I get some pine and orange citrus, as well as a little bit of grass and some biscuit malt. The bitterness is very low and the beer is very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Pours a clear, bright medium orange amber. Slight off-white head that dissipates quickly to random bubbles and a ring around the glass. Mild, pleasant aroma of sweet malt with a hint of fruit and hops. Flavor is dry, bisquit malt, grassy hops and light citrus. Finishes with dry, slightly medicinal hops. A bit dark colored for a pale ale, but flavor is well balanced and more robust than an average pale ale. Light bodied, but appropriate for the style. A nice pale ale that leans towards an amber ale.

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