Dig | New Belgium Brewing

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83
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DigDig
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:
20
Gots:
66
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,080 |  Reviews: 236
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 avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A very fragrant, fruity aroma, with some traces of hops. Sweet and alluring.

T: Tasted of hops, a little malt, and a variety of fruit: Lemon, peach, mango, and some others. An extremely zesty and surprisingly complex flavor.

M: A well carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

O: While this beer seems almost more like a straight up IPA than an APA, it is sweet, smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of Chaney
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 13 May 2012.

Poured into a FFF shaped glass.

A: Poured a copper-orange color, crystal clear, and with a webby, sticky solid white head that stayed active throughout the session.

S: Lots of yummy aroma here: There was a huge floral bouquet component that was to die for, as well as a nice fruity and hoppy profile. The bit of pepper-like yeast was also a welcome surprise.

T: Once again, the floral and fruit in spades! Passion fruit, mango, lemon, pomegranate, and quite a hop sizzle! Not too overpowering or sugar... it was just right!

M: Fairly low carbonation-wise, but that actually worked in this setting so that I could get more of the complex fruit notes. The lacing was somewhat ridiculous.

O: This was at least 10x better than I was expecting and I totally welcome that. Also, at only 5.6%, I could easily pop a few of these.

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Photo of BlakeMatt
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of DCBrewInhaler
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of hoplover82
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is one of the best pale ales I've had, period.
A-Pours a clear deep golden color with a creamy white persistant head that leaves great lacing.
S-Man the smell is FULL of fresh lemon zest, hoppy fruit juice, and a hint of pine along with some slightly sweet caramel notes from the malts.
T-The flavor is full of the same lemon zest up front, with hop fruity juiciness and pine in the back with a mild sweetness from the malts.
M-The mouthfeel is kindof too dry for my liking in this style. It's medium bodied, very balanced with carbonation, hop bitterness and sweetness, but again finishes to dry imo.
O-A very very good beer for the springtime indeed.

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Photo of TXhomebrewer
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of aval89
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dark golden orange. 2 finger eggshell head.

s: lovely smell. lots of mango on the nose. definitely getting those nelson hops. has a carrot cake like breadiness to round it out as well.

t: upfront i got hit with the grapefruit flavor. mid palate i got the tropical fruits. the peach really shines in this one. the finish has a crisp lemon zest. more like lemon peel. the malt counters very nicely.

mf: light-medium body. great carbonation.

o: great brew. really liking this one.

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

A: Dark golden color, thin just off-white head, good carbonation, touch of lacing

S: Good blend of hops, lemon, blend of other fruits including passion fruit, earthy

T: Hops, grapefruit, bit of malts in there, bitter-dry finish

M: Medium-light body, okay carbonation, a bit thin

O: Better than average APA, could drink a few in a row

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Photo of Hophead717
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of KarlHungus
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear bronze color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of caramel, and fresh cut grass. The taste is nicely hoppy with good balancing malt. There is a nice moderate bitterness in the finish, but nothing overboard. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a slightly watery texture, and high carbonation. Overall, this is one of the better beers I've had from New Belgium. I could drink this beer again.

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Photo of williahd
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of dedrinker
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice clear copper/ amber color with a light khaki head.

Aromas of light minty and citrus hops with a touch of sweet malt.

Clean and dry malt flavor is light and crisp with some earthy hop character that is also light and finishes with a mildly bitter edge and a little toasty malt hiding behind it.

Objectively very clean and balanced - well made from a precision standpoint.

Subjectively I find it rather forgettable in the taste department. It's like a half and half of Fat Tire and SN Pale Ale.

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

I dug some Dig in a glass stein.

Appearance- The bright white foam looks very fizzy and filmy. It builds to about two fingers and maintains a decent cap after dying.

The copper, transparent body has fast moving carbonation columns traveling to the lid.

Smell- Very soft nose that has just a bit of citrus, mainly lemon, and grapefruit. Sure, why not. There is also a different, sweet - mustiness that reminds me of red apples or pears, a very bright and easy nose.

Taste- A bitter feel and some more of that sweet - mustiness is first out of the gate. Some citrus qualities are also present, again, it comes across lemon and grapefruit.

The finish has some more citrus and a peppery feel. More of that pear or apple earthiness also pervades the finish. I am not sure I like that aspect of this beer. I would have been fine with it having just bright, citrus flavors.

Mouth feel- This has a nice creaminess and a good medium body. Only a slight tingly, bitterness is present near the finish.

Overall- This pale ale is good, but I do not like the peppery, musty quality of this drink. It almost imparts a phenolic quality to this beer. Otherwise it is well done.

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Photo of lawlerj
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Best by date is 5/27/12.

A. Pours a translucent light copper color. The head got a little out of control on me, but settled out to about two finger width before dissipating into a fairly nice layer of foam. However, doesn't look to be monstrously carbonated.

S. Some fruit and citrus hops and buttery malt. The overall effect is kind of a rich, herbal flowery smell.

T. Nice crisp bitter hops up front. It mellows out as it slides back, hitting the biscuity malt body. The finish is nice and fresh tying...flowery and earthy.

M. On the light side of medium bodied. Fair amount of carbonation.

O. Overall, a nice seasonal offering from New Belgium. Very refreshing, and makes me wish there wasn't snow in the ground.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into New Belgium globe

A - finger and a half of slightly off-white head atop a transparent body of orange amber; a thick column of carbonation bubbles rises from the center of the globe

S - grapefruit, tropical fruits, subdued malt; not very strong

T - pink grapefruit leads in, bready malt backbone features especially in the middle, dry citrusy finish with a touch of spice

M - medium body with high carbonation; sharpness from the carbonation, refreshing

O - This is a great pale ale. Well done again, New Belgium!

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

Amber and pretty clear, decent head and lace. Smell is quite malty, with a little citrus, fruit, and spice. Subdued, but nice. Taste is far more bold than you'd think it would be from the smell. Earthy malts are plentiful, balanced with a bit of citrus, some crispy hops, and maybe just a touch of peppery spice. Body is pretty light and well carbonated, with just a touch of bite. It's a rather pleasant beer to drink. I like that it's not heavily over the top, with NB instead just producing a solid, tasty APA for this seasonal. I would certainly drink this one again.

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Photo of bballmj2k
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six-pack - thoroughly impressed.

A - amber/golden with nice white head

S- label is spot on - lemon zest, floral, grassy, citrus, mango. This hop bill is phenomenal.

T - mildly bitter with lots of fruity sweetness in the middle. tropical fruit notes dominate the palette but not overwhelming at all. Clean light bitterness at the end.

M - light, well-carbonated, crisp, clean mouthfeel. Really great.

New Belgium does beautiful things with these less common hops. I love the Nelson sauvin hops and the sorachi ace add a great spicy note.

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Photo of mettkea
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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

Coppery pour with an inch of white foam. Leaves lacing as it recedes. Interesting lemony-citrus, sweet, clean and tropical nose. Taste is citrus and caramel-nutty, sweet, but crisp and clean due to generous carbonation and hop. Not bitter. Finishes clean. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery. Interesting beer and easy to drink.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a tight, white head that leaves good sized bits of lacing.

Smells of earthy and grassy hops.

Tastes of the grassy hops on a solid malt base. Grassy hops lead off with a bit of earthy spiciness. Moderate amount of bitterness. Malts come in with biscuit and cracker type grain notes. Slight amount of grainy sweetness. Ends with a bit of a mineral water finish, where the sweetness fades and there is just a touch of hop remnants.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, a pretty solid pale that is fine on its own, but wouldn't hold up with most of the classics/standards of the style.

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light brown with just a tiny fizzy head. Ok lacing.

Aroma of biscuity malt along with a little bit of caramel. Some light citrus from the hops as well.

Flavor is quite malty with a lot of biscuit that reminds me of Fat Tire. Some wood in there along with caramel. Some citrus from the hops comes in later with some orange and pineapple. An aggressive bitterness leads to a crisp finish.

This is one impressive beer. I love the maltiness along with the nice bitterness to balance it off. New Belgium really hit a home run with this one.

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Photo of ScorpyX
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of oldvines
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BrewCaveDweller
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Dig from New Belgium Brewing
3.68 out of 5 based on 1,080 ratings.
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