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Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. What I assume to be the “best by” is printed on the label: “16JUN13.”

Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass. While pouring I said to myself, “That’s pretty fucking dark for a pale ale.” The color is bronze, or maybe copper, with an amber tint. Two fingers of dense foam dissipated unevenly to leave trails of foam on the glass, a billowy ring, and a spotted lacing.

Smell: Earthy/grassy hops dominate, which is fitting. I am a little surprised, though, since the citrus is hyped by New Belgium. The citrus and tropical fruit are there, but one needs to “dig” to get to them. Faint scents of mango and peach are tinged with lemon zest, lime, grapefruit, and light pine. As the beer warms, though, the tropical fruit does become more prominent, and becomes sweet in that sticky, lip-smacking way. Yesterday I tried it in a pint glass and today I switched to a tulip. The tulip tempers the earthy/grassy characters and allows the citrus and tropical fruit to shine through a little more.

Taste: Earthy, much like the smell, and somewhat metallic. However, the earthiness eventually gives way to nice balance that is neither too sweet nor too bitter. The malts emerge, but the zest and tropical fruit are still present. Sweet caramel, toffee, mango, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and pine. Despite not being overly bitter, it offers a nice bite throughout the pint.

Drinkability: This is definitely not as zesty or citrusy as I expected. The earthy and grassy hops dominate, which imparts a completely different character — though it is fitting. It is still drinkable and decent.

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Photo of bnes09
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Transparent bronze color. Bubbly, soda-like off white head recedes to a thin film and adds a few lace blotches.

Smoked meats in the aroma, pine and ginger.

Wheat malt in the background. Spicy ginger root and a hint of lemon acidity. Touch of smoked meat. Mildly dry in the finish.

Medium bodied with a sharp, snappy carbonation. Dry feel.

Solid pale ale. Darker than most examples of the style. Tasty and drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this APA from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear pale amber color, produced an average white head, average retention and it left an average amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of fresh baked bread, citric lemon, white pepper and pears. Medium bodied, very smooth, there was a foundation of malted grain, balanced well with white pepper, herbal hops. Overall, decent session beer- average attempt at the style.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz from a six pack bought at MIssion Street Walmart in Salem Oregon. $6.97 Pours darker than the usual APA ..amber with a large thick and frothy creme coloured head. Nice light fruity,papaya,lime hop aromas.Some caramel malts. Taste again is caramel malt, but also a rather intense pipe tobacco/cigar ash taste, again some papaya but also plum pit...bitterness lingers than drops off strange but OK. Good palate..not thick but well rounded. Nice unusual APA.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber, not much carbonation and one finger head.

S-Caramel, malt, grass, dirt, some lemon and hops rounding it out.

T-Starts with caramel and grass and slight lemon. Not much bitterness. Lemon lingers though.

M-Lighter slight hop presence, mild carbonation.

O-I really like Sorachi Ace hops, the lemon flavors they impart if nice and this a good example.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Nice amber shade with good head and good lacing.

Smell: Malty, slightly floral.

Taste: Biscuity malts, lemon, and pepper.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a dry, refreshing finish. Mild peppery aftertaste.

The Verdict: Good beer. This seasonal is just right for a warm spring day, especially after a long hike. Well balanced between malts and hops, and between sweet and bitter.

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Photo of kshizzle101
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A - clear amber in color with a 2 inch white head with decent hold

S - malty, roasted grains, hops are slightly hidden, yeast, getting a floral or possibly lemony scent as well

T - grainy malty backbone with some forward hops. slight lemony aftertaste

M - light bodied, a little watery for my liking

Overall - Pretty average beer. Not a ton of flavor and slightly watery

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 3/22/13


Autumnal, burnt amber and orange colors with a two finger, rocky head. Retention is thinner and soapy with comparably sudsy lace.

Grassy hop aroma with accents or pine and orange marmalade. Dusty biscuit and bread notes. Overtones of peach cobbler; more cobbler than peach. Moderate bitterness with a grassy, orange pith penchant and floral suggestions. There is solid bread presence; more so than the aroma. The feel is rather resinous for a pale ale. Medium body with ample carbonation.

It get a little more citric as it warms. Dig is a pretty decent little beer.

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Photo of Nixonbrew
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle dated 26-may freshness date. Poured into a pint glass.

A - pours a nice copper color. Darker than other pale ales. Inch thick head that lingers.

S - Malty smell, little in way of hops. Biscuit aroma. Kind of disappointing when expecting a hoppy delight based on the description on the bottle.

T - smooth and balanced. Hop bitterness with good malt flavor and body. Not much hop flavor. They describe lemon, grass, passion fruit, melon but i detect none of these things to any great amount. Tried 3 bottles on different days at different times but all yield the same.

O - pretty tastey and easy to drink but is more like an american amber than a pale ale. Was looking forward to the nelson sauvin hops because i purchased a few oz and wanted to see their flavor and aroma profile. But in this beer i only detect hop bitterness and little else. I have no problem drinking this but would rather buy a 12 pack of alaskan amber for less money and drink that.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: A clear pale, brown color. Head goes away pretty quickly, and the lacing's pretty patchy. Nothing too special.

Smell: A lot like Fat Tire, if you've had that, but with traces of citrus added. Has that "dirty malt" aroma that I get in Fat Tire, but I've only gotten this sort of smell from New Belgium. Maybe it's their yeast?

Taste/feel: Again, a lot like Fat Tire, I think... but better. It seems a bit more balanced, and has a nice bit of hoppiness in it. Has that malty sweetness, and that dirty aroma comes through in the taste though. "Dig" is an appropriate name, because it does taste somewhat like dirt.

Pretty refreshing. Really does remind me of a somewhat lighter version of Fat Tire, with a bit more hops... more drinkable/sessionable than Fat Tire, in my opinion. A good beer in its own right, but pretty average, to me.

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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 spoony
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 355 ml bottle (best by May 26, 2013) into a globe glass.

A-This brew pours with one finger of nearly white head. The foam is dense and pillowy and sticks around for a bit. The brew itself is amber in color and mostly clear.

S-The smell is pretty mild with dry, powdery flavors, hints of white and black pepper, biscuit dough, and a light floral note.

T-The taste is similarly uninspiring with very mild pale malts, a touch of pepper spice, some chalky dry biscuit, and a mile dose of spicey, herbal hops.

F-The feel is a touch watery and lighter for the style. Carbonation is low and mild. Quaffable.

O-I was hoping for a little more from this brew. The flavors are kind of timid, especially the hops, which you would think would put on more of a show. Perhaps I am too spoiled by pale ales in the Sierra Nevada style, but even if New Belgium was going for the more subtle, Belgian style pale, they could have giving this a little more flavor firepower.

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Photo of rawfish
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark amber, small half inch head with nearly no retention and strings of ugly lace on the glass.

Cereal grains, prevalent with husky and raw grain aroma, touches of honey. Hope provie a light lemon and earthy pine aroma. New Belgium strain yeast in this starts to emit the familiar biscuity aroma as the beer warms.

Cereal grain, and honeyed biscuits. Solid malt foundation for a varied hop profile, earthy and dank lemon, pine and straw. Slight bitterness and drying.

Average body and sessionable. Dries well but with that husky grain aftertaste. Low carbonation.

More of an amber than a pale ale, I thought that the hop profile would be much brighter in both aroma and taste. Underwhelming spring offering, bring back Mighty Arrow please.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A-pale amber with a thin white head

S-smells like sugary honey Cheerios. Smells tasty! Like a good morning treat.

T-comes in with a good taste of some bitterness and crisp Cheerios. It's a good flavor. Simple. Matching after-taste. Definitely honey and grainy.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a nice creamy finish

O-it's a different APA. It's not hoppy whatsoever. In fact, it reminds me more of a red ale really, or even a red lager. It's tasty though and super easy to drink.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchase a solo at Little Sack Grocery in Rockford.

A - Deep copper / orange with 4 fingers of thick head that leaves lacing and webbing for days.

S - Spices, citrus, pancake mix, dough.

T - Hops, citrus, lemon, sour, not much sweetness for balance.. Also, seems to have a bit of an off taste as the flavors come together.

M - Medium bodied, a bit of a drying finish.

O - Solid and worth a shot, but I probably won't dig this one again as there are just better options in this class.

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Photo of Tuey13
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a bright copper color with a one and a half finger head that lastst quite a while and leave s some nice sticky lacing on the glass.

Did smells very nice...a little pine and citrus hops scent with a very nice sweet malt smell... also some grassy and lemon zest on the nose as well.

The taste is sweet toasted bread from the malts and a nice lemony flavor that has some nice bitterness form the hops. I thought this was a very flavorful and refreshing beer... perfect for spring. I could enjoy this on a cold day or on a warm day in the sun... perfect for spring.

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Photo of matjack85
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I picked up this single 12oz brown bottle at the Trader Joe's store in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.50. They let you buy 1 bottle at a time there instead of buying the whole 6 pack, so I like trying new beers from there for that reason. The beer had a best before date of 5/19/13 on it, so it's plenty fresh.

The beer poured a clear copper color with a 1-finger white head that lasted just under a minute and left only a few patches of lacing.

Not a strong smell, but what there is consists of mildly sweet caramel malt, a bit of lemon, and some grassy hops.

Nice balance here between sweet caramel and bitter hops. Neither one is overpowering. The hops give off a slight lemony flavor along with some grapefruit bitterness. The caramel and oale malts are mild, so nothing really stands out here.

Light to medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Although there's nothing special about this one, there's nothing wrong with it either. It's a very enjoyable, easy to drink APA.

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Photo of Anker13
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2/14/13 New Belgium | Dig | 12 oz Bottle

Appearance- Pale copper in color, white lacy head, translucent

Aroma- Very light on the nose, lemony and grassy, very subtle malt character, slight yeasty earthiness, hay

Mouthfeel- Very smooth, moderate-light co2, not drying or sticky

Taste- Lemon grass and bread, pretty straightforward taste. Upfront citrus yields to a biscuity center.

Residual- Not drying or sticky, but there’s an unexpected alcoholic aftertaste that lingers for a second or 2

Overall- Not my favorite NB, but it's really not too bad. It’s easy drinking and straightforward, the sorachi ace hop offers a different spin on the commonplace pale ale. Everything in this beer is really subtle and refined. It's not the most flavorful beer, but it's refreshing and clean. I’d try it again on draft

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Photo of Mitchster
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$1.79 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo.
Brewed with pale and C80 malts. Hopped with Target, Nelson Sauvin, Cascade, Nugget, and Sorachi Ace. 5.6% ABV, 36 IBUs, 168kcal/12oz.

Pours out to a beautifully sparkling brownish amber, forming a mousse-like whipped and frothy white head with excellent retention owing in part to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.0 carbs or so. Great looking beer. The nose opens with toasty and grainy malt, followed by spicy and herbal hops with plenty of character, very subtle sulfur, no DMS or diacetyl. Mouthfeel is clean with a light body and a very dry finish. The taste is all about the hops..plenty of spicy and herbal character with just a touch of pine balanced by the toasty and grainy malt. The pale malt really shines here. No perceptible off-flavors. Alcohol is not noticeable. Bitterness is medium and well balanced.

An excellent example of the style. I do tend to like my pale ales with more fruit esters, but if you like the west coast style hoppy IPAs but want something lighter, this will definitely fit the bill. Recommended.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.09/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - clear amber brew with a small white wispy head and a decent amount of lace.

S - toasty and caramel-y with some hay like hops.

T - a little more assertive than the aromas. I keep thinking of hay and autumn leaves. Really light on the hops for the style...seems more like a solid amber ale.

M - Light bodied and somewhat grainy. Relatively clean finish with some lingering toasted grain notes.

Not bad...but not really special. Reminds me of a higher quality amber ale, not really all that different from Fat Tire honestly.

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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 JednoPivoProsim
4.46/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass. Best by 19MAY13.

Appearance: Pours a thinnish light brown. Decent off white head. Carbonation is light.

Smell: Malty pale ale aroma with a wonderful tropical fruit aroma.

Taste: Well balanced flavor of lightly roasted (?) malts and specialty hops. Per the bottle, this pale ale is highlighted by Sorachi Ace and (my new favorite) Nelson Sauvin hops. Like NB Shift, the mango, lychee, honeydew flavor of the hops comes and goes with each sip. Sometimes I can detect the delicious flavors and sometimes it is more difficult.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin, which allows the fruity hop flavors to shine through.

Overall: I bought this while seeking out new (and available bottled) versions of Nelson Sauvin-hopped beers and I am glad I did. Decent price for a case.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Smell is piney and earthy. Also a hay like smell. Taste is bitter and earthy, with floral hops deep flavors of pepper, spice, clove. not overdone, just enough.

Alcohol shows through a little more than I'd like and it's lacking in hop flavor, otherwise it;s alright. Definitely not my favorite NB or my favorite pale.

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Photo of brewcore
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light copper with a one finger off white head. Good carbonation up the sides of the glass.

S: Not very fragrant. Fairly sweet with slight floral hoppiness.

T: Nice and hoppy. Primarily citrus from the hops. Lemon with the expected bitter finish. Nice earthy/grass flavors from the malts.

M: Light with moderate carbonation. Easy drinkability.

O: Really impressed with this beer for an easy drinking pale. Hoppy enough to meet your hop desires, yet super easy to drink. Definitely will visit this one again.

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Photo of soju6
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber color with a nice head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, fruit with a bit of spice and malt sweetness in the background.

T: Taste is tart with some caramel sweetness. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and has a nice balance.

O: Nice for the style, Above average but not top of the class.

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Dig from New Belgium Brewing
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