Dig | New Belgium Brewing

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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 bennetj17
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the previous reviewer who reminded me what this beer was replacing. Obviously if I couldn't remember Mighty Arrow, then it wasn't so great. This beer has the traditional New Belgium ultra-clarity, this one with a deep copper hue and some thin frothy foam.

Initially I get a light bouquet of citrus hops in the nose. It's interesting, perhaps a bit stinky, although I'm curious. Smelling deeper there is some doughy malt balance, with almost an earthy, nutty note. This is strangely reminiscent of some other beer from this brewer that I cannot pinpoint at the moment.

The taste is very light up front, building to a fruity, almost tangy flavor toward the back. Not as sweet as expected, with a moderate bitterness. The malt character is perhaps too clean, and doesn't stand up well enough to the fruity hop twang. I suppose the intention was to let these unique hops shine, but in the end I'm not sure if the combination was right. Or maybe they needed to throw even more hops hops at it? It certainly is interesting, I just can't seem to decide how much I like it. The mouthfeel is crisp, medium bodied, with a healthy dose of sharp carbonation.

In the end I like it and I don't. I feel like with the seasonal beers, New Belgium is always holding back. Everything seems to be in a Pale Ale sort of mold- not too strong, a little hoppy, appealing to everyone. I like the Nelson Sauvin hop alot, and when I get a note of it it really wows, but unfortuantely it isn't intense enough, and gets lost in the mix mostly. I would guess this time next year NB will be coming out with yet again something different.

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Photo of TheFlern
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was sad to hear that Mighty Arrow was leaving but dayyum Dig is good.

Appearance: Honey in color. White head. Dissipates to a thin layer and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Smell: Very citrus in nature but not grapefruit. It is very lemony and bright. Lots of hop on the nose. You've probably not had anything like this hop profile in front your nose before. Very unique imo.

Taste: Follows the nose. Lots of lemony citrus. Nice malt backbone as well. A little bitter and a little sweet. The sweetness from the malts compliments the zesty lemon hop profile perfectly.

Mouthfeel: A perfect balance between sweet and bitter means this one goes down smooth. There is a good level of carbonation as well.

Overall: This is a surprisingly awesome beer. Give it a shot and check your prejudice before you pour. NB is pumping out some super high quality stuff right now.

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Photo of nickthegun12
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

eh this is a very earthy like an ENGLISH pale ale,,,,made with american GROWN hops but very english in the style....

nice body nice head retention, but very bland and ENGLISH in the taste....the cascade hops come in very nice in the finish....smells of a hidden melon smell...that is very faint....no real complaints with this beer...other than its not AMERICAN its an ENGLISH pale ale....

do you see where im going with this one!?!?

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Photo of jsanford
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium Globe Glass

A - Pours a hazy orange-copper with a dense, fluffy white head that settles to a thick cap, leaving behind tons of streaky lacing as it recedes.
S - Such a nose! Phenomenal aromas of tropical mango, passion fruit, and papaya with a solid dose of lemony Sorachi Ace hops and a moderately sweet caramel malt profile.
T - More tropical hop flavors of peach and papaya with a solid caramel malt backbone and a long-lingering lemon pith finish.
M - Refreshing and quite drinkable, with a medium body and good carbonation.
O - Overall a perfect Springtime brew, clean, delicious, and fresh!

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

Poured into a standard 12-oz glass, this is a light copper-colored beer with a small, frothy head. The nose offers plenty of notes of citrusy, resinous hops. On taste, the malt profile is pretty similar to their flagship Fat Tire, with the signature nutty flavor. Bitterness isn't as high as expected from the nose, but a moderate citrus hoppiness can be found. Otherwise, clean tasting. Drinkable, certainly. But it's nothing special and doesn't stand out of the brewery's lineup.

Basically, it's Fat Tire with a slightly different hop schedule. NB seems to be getting away from their original Belgium focus. We get new seasonals each year that are difficult to tell apart, I'd love to see them bring back the great Porch Swing Single from the late 90s, as a spring seasonal. Oh well.

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Photo of harrymel
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by 13MAY12

This is the fourth time I've had this beer. It's good.

Pours a golden on copper ale with a finger of off-white foam and excellent clarity. Smells fruity with pineapple, mango, cherry (sweet) and a nice sweet and english malt profile. It tastes sweet and candy like with the hops. I'm really surprised/intrigued with how they get such a sweet beer with the hops - and the hops are obviously fruity and tropical. The mouth is thin with moderate on hi carb and a forgettable finish. I could probably drink this all night, it's fun, but easy.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber colored with a one and a half finger white head with a fair bit of lacing sticking to the glass.
S- Biscuit malt, some caramel, and a fair amount of bittering hops/
T- The bottle says among other things to look for a mango presence. I don't get that even in the least. Up front there is some bitter, lemon like hops and the biscuit and caramel malt takes over in full force in the finish.
M- Fairly assertive body. Carbonation is medium-high.
O- It's a fine beer. It actually isnt all that different than Fat Tire. On the whole it's ok.

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Photo of quaybr
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden amber body with great clarity sits beneath a white, foamy head. A bit of lacing is left behind.

Smells of fresh grassy hops. Some biscuit and caramel malts come through as it warms. Quiet but pleasant.

Taste comes in fresh and leaves a bit flat. Everything but the biscuit malt seems to fall on the front half of the tongue, while the biscuit flavor comes in late (even overpowering the bitter hops). Not bad at all, but nothing above average.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, decent carbonation. The hops might benefit a bit from a little more pop.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. Enjoyable and goes down so pleasantly.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Right off the bat I am digging the Dig.
The pour yields a dark copper color with a fingers worth of cream colored head. There is an abundance of lacing which clings heavily.

The nose has those sharp, fresh bittering hop scents that we all love. After admiring the fresh aromas I start to narrow down their characteristics. I'm getting some earthy and grassy notes along with an even amount of citrus fruit like grapefruits or lemons. Intrigued at this point. Ready. Set. Sip.

The taste threw me off a bit as I was not expecting such a hoppy and well, tasty as hell brew. It begins with an admirable balance between some nut-like malts and the citrus noticed in the nose. The malt is a bit more present in the aftertaste as the hops strike your palate a bit and fade off. Either way, great combo of flavors happening here.

The mouthfeel is notihing out of the ordinary and suits the style nicely. It is light-medium bodied with a refreshing and crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a perfect spring time beer and involves some great flavors. However, It's not even spring yet and it's really crappy outside! By the time it's nice enough outside to enjoy this beer, the hops will have fallen off, into the distance. Other than that qualm, great beer.

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

A: This beer pours a nice golden orange body with a very thick white head that quickly fades.

S: Some nice malt, clove and grapefruit. There is also a great biscuit smell to it.

T: This taste like a biscuit. I love the flavor of this beer. There is some grapefruit and malt to this beer too. There is a very tiny bit of hops in the beer too.

M: There is a bit of crispness on the mouth and it really tingles on the tongue and the back of the throat. It does go down very easy though.

O: New Belgium makes ANOTHER solid beer. It doesn't blow me away, but it is a perfect sit around and do nothing beer. I am glad this is a new seasonal.

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Photo of bsp77
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear amber orange with a decent sized head.

Smell: Lemon zest, grapefruit, other tropical goodness and some trademark New Belgium biscuit. Unfortunately, the biscuity aroma starts to take over after a few minutes.

Taste: The malt backbone is certainly Fat Tire-like with the biscuit notes, but a little lighter. The hops are quite nice, with lemon and an herbal spiciness prominent; not as much tropical goodness as the aroma.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium light body, nice dry finish.

Overall: I like the use of the Sorachi Ace and Nelson Sauvin hops. The typical New Belgium biscuit flavor annoys me slightly, but ultimately the beer works quite well and is refreshing. Slightly better than the previous seasonal, Mighty Arrow.

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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 riored4v
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a Sam Adams perfect pint. 1.5 finger, white head. Clear, dark golden colored body.

Aroma had some nice malty sweetness backed with a good hoppy aroma. Notes of floral and tropical hops. Light caramel.

Taste was malty and caramely upfront. Nice peach and tropical hop flavor through middle. Finishes with a mellow bitterness that seems on the floral and citrusy side. Mild sweetness. Almost some really light notes of chocolate. Mild bready flavor.

Medium/light body with medium carb. Crisp finish.

Overall this was really enjoyable. Nice, hoppy pale ale while not being overly bitter. Very drinkable.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip. The pour is really nice. A slightly hazy brownish orange color...nice pour head that dissolves quickly but nice lacing. Smells of hops and malts, but a cotton candy smell is also present. Very good aroma.
Taste is very solid. Full of hops but not overly done. Well balanced with the malts, but nothing else really stands out.
Its slightly bitter, but smooth otherwise.
Overall, its a great brew. Nice spring seasonal, but it doesnt quite seem like a seasonal. I feel that a small local microbrewery would be super excited to serve this as their year-round APA.
I am a big fan of NB, and this doesnt disappoint.

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Photo of Luigi
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours our a clear copper color with a massive fluffy head. Retention is nice as it settles down to a blanket of foam on top. Sticks to the glass as well.

The aroma is fragrant with floral and a hint of pine. Grapefruit, and sweet barley.

The flavor has everything you would want in an APA. A near perfect balance of sharp bitter hops and sweet barley. The pine notes from the hops linger a little with a dry finish.

Light bodied, mildly carbonated, and just refreshing.

Balance is the word for this Pale Ale. I must say the New Belgium Brewery has failed to disappoint me yet. They are damn good at this. I think I found a Pale Ale that is as delicious as Liberty Ale!

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Photo of intensify
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Foamy creamy head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Citrus smell is outrageous. Some earthyness as well as a hint if biscuit. The taste is exacty how it smells. Grapefruit.. lemon zest and maybe a but of peach? This one caught me off guard. Solid brew by new belgium.

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Photo of Psilo707
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a *beautiful* thick amber color with the perfect opacity and sticky lacing galore. Thousands of rising bubbles all very apparent to the naked eye rise to the surface in such a wide range of places within the glass. The lacing at this point is so spread out and solid around the rim that I don't recall too many other pale ales that act anything like this one. Immediate intrigude.

Smell: Good smell, but not powerful at all. A very discrete hint of citrusy aroma, cloves, a pinch of fruit, and other vague spices. But really not as awesome as expected due to the nice appearance beforehand.

Taste: BAM! Hits you with a tornado of flavor. Almost unexpected that there is this much flavor when it didn't have too much scent at all. It has a very old-school, rustic ale taste to it, and you can tell New Belgium was simply going for a solid brew rather than trying to innovate or promote anything new to this style. The beer has a citrus flavor to it but it's not like a fruity citrus, despite how off the wall that sounds. It's more like a really deep, organically produced citrus, coming somewhere from beneath the Earth. Very root-like, plant-like, but still on the side of being an uplifting tasting semi-citrus pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Holy crap that's a creamy ale! It's so unbelievably solid as it goes down. Not overly thick, and not overly creamy; the perfect amount of both. I honestly can't believe how filling this stuff is, especially since it has the appearance of a very drinkable (in copius amounts) beer.

Overall: As a New Belgium fan, I feel I'm critical enough about their new releases to where I might score them lower than they deserve. I tried to take a step back on this and rate this beer as if it were from any other brewery in the world, large or micro. And when it comes down to it, this is one release that New Belgium really knocked out of the park. It's a bit lighter than Fat Tire, but with as much viscosity and flavor as it's bigger brother, if not more. Good show... GOOD SHOW!


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Photo of busternuggz
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Nice, clear orange-amber color with a 1" puffy, cratery white head. The head settles to around 1/4" but leaves persistent lacing. A little dark for a pale ale.
Delicious nelson sauvin hops dominate the nose- juicy passion fruit, red grapefruit, and papaya jump right out at you, with a little sweet honey and orange zest.
Red grapefruit leads on the taste with some fresh, tart guava and some lemon zest on the finish. There's a touch of light toffee toward the end too. A little malt sweetness for balance but mostly hop flavor with a pleasant dry bitterness throughout. There's a little herbal note in the aftertaste.
Light bodied and well carbonated, makes it very drinkable, crisp, and refreshing.
A tasty, fruity pale ale and a great spring beer, light and refreshing but full of fruit and well balanced. I love me some nelson sauvin hops, and the sorachi ace contributes nice subtle citrus zest notes. I feel like there's something missing that keeps me from rating it higher, complexity maybe, but it is good.

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Photo of flexabull
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright copper color with a nice fluffy white head. Very inviting looking beer.

Aromas are dusty, mineral like, light lemon, grapefruit, and white wine. The dustiness is prominent though.

Taste is crisp, grassy, herbal, with light spices, creamy, lightly sweet, with a nice brewed tea like quality. This is light, but flavorful and interesting.

Mouthfeel is dry, crisp, with snappy carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice little beer. I like how this beer is different than most Pales, and sets itself apart. Won't go out of my way to revisit, but certainly wouldn't turn one down.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great clarity with a nice amber/copper color, good carbonation, a two finger white head that fades fast but leaves great lacing.

The aroma is fruity with citrus, melon, honeysuckle, and freshly cut grass. Some floral notes and a biscuit background.

Nicely balanced with a biscuit, baked bread bottom, floral notes of clover, honeysuckle, and orange blossom. Grapefruit and lemony notes with faint grassy elements.

The mouthfeel is crisp, medium bodied and refreshing

Overall a very nicely balanced, beautiful boquet of hops, nice aroma and flavor balance. Easy to drink, great beer.

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Photo of dcloeren
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clean, crisp copper with 2 fingers of creamy off white head. Great retention and it left nice rings down my glass.

Getting biscuity aromas right off the bat along with toasted malt... light citrus hops in the backgrounds. There really isn't a whole lot going on in the aroma but definitely one of the only pale ale's I've had where the hops were in the background.

The taste makes up for the lacking aroma. Still biscuity notes control the taste, but there is more of a citrus hop and lemony presence. There is a subtle spiciness to this beer as well.

Light in body and very easy drinking. Carbonation is on the higher side but not overpowering. Semi dry finish with more of a lemony finish.

Overall, this is an average pale ale. I wish that it was more hop forward.... I feel like that would have given it a nudge in the right direction to take it to above average. I'm sitting in my back yard on a beautiful day and it definitely is the right beer for the situation. Very easy drinking and very sessionable. Worth trying if you are in the mood for a sixer.

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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 jsh420
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours clear amber with a 1 finger soapy white head that faded to a small film and left some lacing

nose is very very faint - i pick up just a little citrus maybe lemon?

taste is quite nice - citrus spicy hops melded with biscuit malt - nutty malt earthy hop finish

mouthfeel - light body with plenty of carbonation - crisp and very refreshing

overall - who cares about the look or the nose when the flavor is there - this is solid pale ale that is reasonably priced and very sessionable - well done NB

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a best by of 13MAY12. Pours a clear, light copper color with a large cap of off-white head. Retention is pretty good and lacing excellent!

Nose is nutty yeasty/malt with hints of candied ginger, caramel and a disappointingly small amount of lemony sorachi ace hops. Not nearly as firm as Brooklyn's Sorachi Ace saison.

Taste shows some well balanced use of malt and hops, but thats not what I want here, dammit! The yeast here is most assuredly the same as used in Fat Tire, it has the same nutty creaminess to it. Which is fine, but the malts are too prominent for me. Its baffling really, New Belgium certainly is not afraid to throw out plenty of hops (Ranger, 2 Below, Snow Day, etc.), so I am surprised at this one. Its not bad by any means, I just think they could have showcased the zesty, lemony Sorachi hops better with a cleaner, more lightly malted beer. Oh well, fun to have once, but I am on the fence whether or not I would buy a whole sixer...leaning towards not.

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Photo of lstokes
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, it does feel improbably like spring here in Chicago...

Light orange pour with a two-finger cream head but minimal lacing, smells like orange peel and musty malts. The taste has more hops and more fruit--orange and lemon zest, too much grapefruit, biscuit malt, but also a very bitter grassy quality which kind of ruins it for me. It drinks well otherwise, on the light end and well-carbonated, but I just didn't like the flavor profile enough to go for this one again.

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