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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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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Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, shiny copper orange with strong, persistent, hilly head, lovely! Nose is mild, some bitter notes, some malt, overall clean, cold and inviting. Taste is well balanced, refreshing, well integrated malt notes, bitterness entering slightly later, again well balanced. Mouthfeel is quick and refreshing, carbonation assertive but not scrubbing. A really nice PA, I'd be happy to drink at times. Would be low in the 'habit forming' area, though.

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Photo of vkv822
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz : tulip snifter

Dark orange, clear, with a foamy off white head and spotty lacing.

Sweet fruit and light lemony citric hops balanced with caramel, biscuit malts.

Sweet, fruity and lemon transitions caramel malt.

Medium body, soft carbonation.

A well done pale ale, enjoyed seeing some different hop varieties used than the standard offerings.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours clear amber color with a medium head, light beige, fair amount of carbonation. Smell is mild, straw and hops.

Taste is just a bit hoppy for a nice crisp finish, more of the straw and maybe a tiny hint of breadiness.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Overall, not bad.

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

From notes on 04/03/12:
Best by: June 03, 2012; Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch off-white semi-fluffy head with decent retention; Medium copper in color with a clear appearance; Spotty lacing left behind

S - Not a very strong aroma, but seems like a good profile of piney and citrusy hops with toasty and biscuity malts; A bit peppery as well

T - Some piney and wet, earthy hops are present with a touch of grapefruit, citrus, and even more subtle grape and tropical fruit flavor; Don't really detect any lemon from the Sorachi Ace hops; Seems like toasty malts have a balancing presence up front that turns into sweet caramel with a bit of fruit towards the end; Pretty subtle bitterness shows up in the first half of the taste

M - Nice and smooth going down; Moderate carbonation; Medium bodied or maybe a bit lighter; Leaves a bit of a slick film on the tongue; Finish is just a touch on the dry side

O - As far as American Pale Ales go, this one is a pretty solid offering that does bring a fairly unique flavor, but not to an overwhelming level. That said, this beer is super drinkable, very smooth, and a solid choice for just relaxing, socializing, and enjoying the long overdue days of Spring.

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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 Bookseeb
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper amber having light head and lace. Nose is soft with sweetened light cereal from the malt and citrusy hops. Taste is also light almost dulling the malt and hops, nothing really stands out. A medium light mouthfeel with good carbonation. Overall nothing complex, but a fair brew that deserves a try.

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Photo of bump8628
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery in Fort Collins. I also had it numerous times from the bottle and on tap around Colorado. Pours bright copper. Broad spectrum of nice hop flavor - earthy, minty, slightly citric, a hint of melon and pine. Bready, grainy malt with some caramel sweetness. Nicely done - the hops could be a little more pronounced and vibrant but this definitely captures the feeling of a spring day in Colorado.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Brix in Omaha, NE
Best by May 20, 2012
Poured into a tulip glass

Dig is an interesting pale ale that, based upon the label, I'm wishing I had been able to get to sooner. With a caramel and minor hop base of mixed varieties, it's an interesting beer, but not really more than a curiosity at this point as the flavors and aromas were not particularly well-defined or strong. The label mentions lemon citrus, passion fruit, mango, and peach, which I did not pick up on, and many others do not seem to have, either (these would be desirable, though). I'll try a fresh one next year, though it's hard to find room for a spring seasonal when it's released in January and I'm still battling snow, frost, and stouts.

Pours a substantial head, 3cm in height, made up of off-white bubbles that are small to medium in size. Head has very good retention, lasting several minutes before as it descends to a thin cap atop the body, leaving very good washes of thick lacing along the sides of the glass. Body is a transparent toasted orange-brown-copper color, light bringing out orange highlights. Carbonation is not particularly abundant, but visible, streaming from the bottom of the tulip glass.

Aroma is distinctly of wet hay, slightly "funky" you might even say, as in wet hay from a functioning farm with horse and swine urine. Other components pale somewhat before this major aroma, but I do get scents of the nelson sauvin hop and its grape-like qualities, along with a bit of malt sweetness. An original aroma, not quite sure how appealing it is, and it reminds me more of summer and fall on a farm, after harvest, than spring.

Flavor opens with surprisingly big malts despite the copious mentioning of hops on the label. Malt flavors closely resemble those from toasted and toffee-like grain additions. Hops develop a bit further by mid-palate, adding some lemon citrus, grape skin, and grapefruit rind bitterness to the mixture. Back of palate returns to toasted malts with bittering hops. Slight chocolate flavors in the closing moments, followed hops, which bring in some floral and grassy flavors. Lingering citrus bitterness in the aftertaste, though quite mild.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with noticeable, but "soft" carbonation that creates a very smooth, flowing mouthfeel. A bit more carbonation would be desirable, I think it would express the hop combinations in the beer a bit more, which is needed here.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

A: Pours a light caramel color with golden highlights beneath a huge, fluffy and dense manila colored head that took forever to fade into a thin film leaving spotty lace down the glass.
S: Sweet caramel malts, earthy spices, bready toast and a bit of citrus and herbal hops.
T: Herbal and earthy hops with a hint of lemon juice, dry grains, caramel malts, and grapefruit zest. Toast and bread-crust bring up the rear. Spicy hops all around.
M: Medium body, slick and refreshing mouthfeel, with frothy but subtle carbonation.
O: The flavor profiles in this were not my favorite. A decent IPA, but not one I’ll have again.

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Photo of Megahertz
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a shaker. Date 13-MAY-12. Uh oh.

A - Bright amber, fairly clear. Small off-white head the leaves moderate lacing. Carbonation appears moderate.

S - Subtle lemon with a husky, mash-like sweetness.

T - Initial mild bitterness gives way to spicy, zesty hop flavors in the mid accompanied by lightly toasted bread maltiness. Finish is dry. Very clean.

M - Light to medium body with considerable carbonation. Seems to spritzy.

O - A sessionable amber with some interesting hop notes, probably originating from the Sorachi Ace. Aroma has died greatly in this dated, but refrigerated sample. Get it fresh.

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