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

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 236 | Ratings: 1,082
Photo of angrybabboon
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for acquiring this

Consumed 5/11/12

Appearance: On the light side of amber, with a lot of copper and gold - fizzy, white head that doesn't stick around for long, fades to a minimal ring and leaves some spotty lacing

Smell: Decidedly mellow with some fruit and pale, dry malts - lots of lemon, some grapefruit, and a touch of tropical fruit, mostly mango - juicy, fleshly, like a recently sliced fruit - some grass - pale and caramel malts underneath

Taste: In a word, fruity - impressively fruity, almost hints at fruit punch - lemon, orange, grapefruit, mango, and something that reminds me of peach - some zest, some pith, but mostly flesh - mildly bitter - some grass, some earth - dry, pale malts, cracker-like, with some caramel

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, smooth, but a little stickier than I would like, could benefit from a touch more carbonation, a little watery

Overall: Surprisingly complex

This is one of the fruitiest APAs that I have encountered, and it doesn't even involve fruit. It's an interesting twist to the style, and I like it. This was much better than I expected.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazy deep golden orange with a light tan head and some lace. The nose has some doughy bread, very light grain, hint of peppery spice, faint citrus and grassy hops. The taste follows the nose to a t, very doughy with a light hop, strong carbonation and soft body, light and drinkable.

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Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light citric hop with elements of mango.

The taste consisted of a full malt cut by a floral and slightly tropical hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty well balanced ale.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured it into a standard pint glass.

A-Light brownish, orange-tan. Creamy head that never stopped! Nice tan creamy lace down the sides.

S-Sweet, hoppy, flowery, citrusy, and with a lemon zip.

T-Wet and hoppy. Flower and honey. Slightly spicy. Aftertaste was a bitter and sweet, but more on the sweet side.

M-Sweetness lingered on my palate, with a touch of hop.

Overall-Great beer. Drinkable. Cheers New Belgium!

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: I like the orange color, which is not something I did not expect. The carbonation is a bit too soda-like and the foam and lacing are just ok.

Smell: I really enjoy the honey and grapefruit combination. Also, there is a great mineral element to this.

Taste/Mouthfeel: I think the honey and grapefruit are good, but the mineral water is a bit too...something...Overpowering is not the right word, but something along those lines. Mouthfeel is clean.

Overall Drinkability: I think New Belgium has something here. They need to balance things out a bit first.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a New Belgium globe. Poured red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, caramel, and pine resin. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, pine, earth, and earthy hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. This was actually quite a surprise if I am honest. The aroma and flavor on this one were really quite well balanced and intense. Even the earthy character on this one tied in really nicely into the rest of the things going on here. Quite refreshing as well… Definitely worth trying if you get the chance or need a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Las vegas NV for 1.69

Appearance - Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, grapefruit, herbal notes

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is also a bit of a grassy and herbal taste and some light grapefruit. It ends with a malty aftertaste with some decent lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - Kind of like a Fat Tire meets a SN Pale Ale. It reminded me more of a English IPA than a APA. Still a good beer that is worth a shot.

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Photo of thatruth
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours a mild copper color with a bright amber tint in the glass. minimal head with better, but not by much, lacing. wait a tick, pretty frothy lacing, but not much of a layer to the lack of head. sticks around awhile, i think the lacing just saved the appearance rating.

smells of DENSE hops. not so much ultra hoppy as just heavy hops that were used. smells like they were fused rather well. citrusy, a tad more orange than green apple. hint of pine. again, dense hops. really digging the smell.

note: lacing still apparent. really badass lacing here, folks.

taste of explosion that lays dormant before it can be swallowed. odd, yet tasty initial aroma that lays down quickly and goes down just awkward. first taste: 4/5. after taste: 0/5. funky afters. more so than usual. bold and sort of pungent. guess it's a trick to make you drink more?

not a bad brew, could use a few kinks worked out. definitely more worthy of the 1.9 it received before this. that's why i love this site, other reviews actually make you want to review a beer, good or bad!

**date on bottle: "03JUN12"

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Photo of thydarkprevails
1.88/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle to a nonic pint glass. Pours a clear amber orange with a finger of off white head and minimal lacing. Head dissappears quickly. Aroma is faint. Light grass and bread. Flavor is mild citrus, light caramel, and something sour that I can't place but do not like. Mouthfeel is thin and over carbonated. Sorry to say this beer will not be bought again. Not a very good Pale ale.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Freshness date is listed as 29/07/12

Appearance is pretty much identical to their Fat Tire brew, except for the fact that it is cloudier looking, has far more carbonation, and a nice little head at the top that boosts its appearance in terms of pleasantness. Overall, looks like a good, inviting amber ale.

Different things are going for its aroma as well. A lot of spiciness, as expected, yet smooth fruity notes of oranges and peaches as well. Tamarind and toffee are two prevailing aromas, and there's the all-familiar honey scent of usually more hopped beers. Malts are way in the back, as is the alcohol, and it's truly the yeast and spices that shine here.

Upon several sips, I hereby declare this to be by far the most balanced ale that New Belgium Brewing has ever released. There's hardly any maltiness at all, despite it being thick in feel and barley-tinged in flavor, and there are delicate, yet not too overpowering hoppy and spicy flavors that remain on the palate. The Nelson Sauvin hops are a great addition. There are refreshing floral notes at the back of the mouth with slight ginger spices, and every gulp ends with a nice alcohol warming sensation. This is a ridiculously pleasant beer to drink, and I think this could appeal to pretty much any craft beer fan.

It' not a showy beer, but it doesn't have any reason to be. It's refreshing and balanced, and remains a good quality product. I really hope that this isn't a seasonal beer, as it's fantastic. If it remains as such, I'll be looking forward to getting some around this time of the year.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a clear amber pour with copious amounts of fluffy white head.

smells of caramel, honey, lemongrass.

bitter up front with a wheat tasting sweet backbone. grass, caramel, dirt.

medium bodied, mild carbonation, lots of lacing.

not a bad beer for summer days, it IS refreshing, it just lacks character in pretty much all aspects.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber beer without much in the way of head, maybe 1/2 inch of white froth with fairly short retention and light lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malts up front, then a nice heavy hit of piney, citrus hops that bring a lot of grapefruit and lemongrass.

T: Taste a good deal like it smells, with a nice malt backbone which has a slightly toasty taste. The hops are bright, floral and very lemony. The finish is more of the malts than the hops, which I rather like as it keeps the hops from overwhelming.

M: Medium body with lots of carbonation makes this beer crisp and drinkable.

O: I am a fan of these sorachi hops. I like the light lemony flavor that it brings to the beer to over the malt backbone. The beer is well balanced and very drinkable, if not all that interesting or different. Good thing it's only 5.6% because I could see myself drinking quite a few of these in a row.

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Photo of TCMike
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Produced a fairly dense white head. The beer color is a medium gold.
the aroma is of bread, pine, and citrus.
the taste is similar. It's medium bodied, and has a little hop bite, but not too much. Still has a malt taste on the end of drink, which NB is known for.
Easy drinking .

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, this beer is crystal clear and is a light burnt bronze color. It has medium carbonation and is topped off with a nice semi thick white head that sticks around for a bit but eventually thins out into a fine layer of welcoming bubbles. There’s some pretty good lacing too! The aroma is a bit bland but citrus fruits like lemon and mild grapefruit come through, the malts are present with a slight hint of hops. It’s nice and crisp on the tongue; it really warms up your mouth. There’s a slight alcohol taste as you swallow, it’s slightly bitter over all and become a little sweeter in the aftertaste. This ale has a medium body to it and goes down pretty smooth.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a clear copper gold with a medium white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is wheaty malts and fruity hops. The hops are well done - I've had Sorachi Ace and Nelson Sauvin that were too over the top.

The flavor is sweet bready caramel malts and honey with some grassy, fruity, resiny hops that have decent bitterness for a pale ale. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid pale ale with good bitterness and nice hop profile. Nice to see that NBB can do something with hops that I like.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber with deeper orange leanings. Head is dirty white, creamy, and sticky. Head drops to a thin cap after a minute or two. Last for the duration. Some spotty lacing.

Smell: Hints of underripe mango. Nice fruity notes. Apple, mango, pear, and some melon. A little herbal and earthy with an underpinning of grapefruit and orange zest. Malts run a little sweet. Bready and crusty. Slightly roasted. A little grass and some buried spiciness.

Taste: Pale malts layered over crackers and bread crust. Seriously, unsalted crackers. Herbal with a big fruity/earthy component. Mangos rolled in dry grass and dusted with orange zest. Pithy, but not overly so. A touch of sweetness, but it's all about balance on the tongue. Lingering spicy backing, but it's faint.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium with a nice solid carbonation. Drinks relatively clean with a slightly dry finish. Begs for another sip.

Overall: The key here is balance. Very mellow and drinkable. Insanely so. Nicely complex, but not so much that you wouldn't want a dozen of these in your fridge at all times. Nice drinking beer with tons of potential.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- A rich clear amber. Has a fat healthy just slightly yellow, white head. It is very nice and bubblyS- looking with quit a bit of visible carbonation. Surprising clear for the style.

S- Very rich smelling. Has a malt forward nose with a sligtly fruity hop finish. Some notes of mango along with sweet rich bread. Slight cracker like scent to the finish as well. Has an underlying sour fruit taste that smells slightly of sour lemon and lime. T

T- Starts of on the malty side. Has a nice richness to it that is semi-sweet. Taste's somewhat similar to a lightly sweetened rich white cake at first before moving into more of what seem's to be a fruity flavor. Some light peach notes are apparent in the semi fruity hop finish. Only a bit of an earthy bite at the end from the hops, just enough to be enjoyable and let you no that "yes", this is a pale ale. tastes a bit lemony from middle to finish. The hop bitterness has a nice spicy zing to it.

M- Feels incredibly light and watery very soft and smooth. It feels like there is very little carbonation even though the bubbles and the lacing on the side of the glass say otherwise.

O- Was not expecting very much at ale from this pale ale and so I am very pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed how nice and sweet this pale ale was. I'm happy that New Belgium didn't decide to join in on the Hop madness that seems to be going around, and try jamming this pale ale full of IBU's like a lot of the other brewery's are doing right now with there, APAs, IPAs ans IIPAs. That being said though this pale ale definitely doesn't leave you particularly wanting in that category either. I really like how unique this pale ale is, it's definitely one worth remembering. It's mildness coupled with it's low ABV make this beer incredibly sessionable. I could definitely see myself enjoying this beer while doing some work outdoors. While hop heads may want to reach for something a bit more their style, anyone who considers themselves an all around beer lover should give this beer a shot.

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Photo of MatthewTStewart
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very easy drinking pale ale perfect for a Spring day. Enjoyed from the bottle first and enjoyed another one poured into a pint glass.

The beer has a crisp, citrus smell with light carbonation that quickly dissipates and a light orange color.

Nice mouth feel with a good malt backbone and a decent hop bite at the finish. You can definitely get some floral notes and some sourish, grapefruit taste throughout. The back-end of the beer is a little tough to get through so drink as cold and as quickly as possible.

Overall, a nice seasonal effort by New Belgium that makes it standout just enough from other breweries' Spring releases.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve oz bottle into a pint glass. Foams at the pour. Laces a lot. Clearish amber, light and see through.

Light lemony smell, not much doing. Taste is a mildly hoppy ale. Some caramel and toffee notes, but buried below the hop. Lemon zest in there and other fruitiness. Good carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Overall a good beer but not great. Run of the mill pale ale with a lemony spring zest flavor thrown in.

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

Had on tap at Churchill's Pub - San Marcos

A: Dig pours a crystal clear copper-like amber color. Produces about half a finger of off-white creamy head that leaves light tracks of lace down the glass.

S: Smell is sweetened caramel pale malts that are somewhat bread like with a very restrained grapefruit hop aroma. Light and soft however present.

T: Tastes is predominant with that signature NB bready biscuit and caramelized pale malt character. Does have a nice hoppy balance with some grapefruit notes and a soft touch of white wine grape from the Nelson's. Lower on the bitterness levels. Good easy drinker but I would have preferred much more Nelson power.

M: Really light on the palate. Carb seems a bit lower yet frothy none the less. Smooth and creamy with a nice drying finish.

D: A very nice and drinkable pale ale. Decent balance but I just would have like to seen the Nelson's kicked up a notch here. Too delicate to really have any type of wow factor.
Will probably pick up some bottles to see how those are drinking.

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Photo of JamesS
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Our Den (IUPUI campus). Pours a nice decent mid-copper, semi-golden, very bright, with some very nice head and a bit of nice lacing. Nice sweet scent, bright and colorful in the nose, with a nice hit of hop bitterness (hard to discern, some citrus and some floral, but it's light). Nice flavors, with a wonderful sweet malt and a nice easy bitterness at the end, with some slight citrus and slight floral. Goes down very easy, a smooth and light spring pale ale.

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Photo of brewed54
4.48/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of the fridge and into a mug.

Appearance - Amber colored, frothy head, good lacing.

Smell - Definitely a nice aroma from the blend of hops... lemon and grapefruit are prominent, as the label promises.

Taste - Quite a hop presence, almost tastes like Goose Island IPA. Sweet malts hit the palette first, followed by the lemony hops. Very pleasant.

Mounthfeel - Smooth beer with a lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - Great seasonal. Glad I picked this up.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear golden amber with an off-white, finger thick head. Decent retention. Lace

Smell - An interesting mix of hop and malt in the aroma; citrus hops, bready malts.

Taste - First off, classic New Belgium malt flavorings here - biscuit and nuts. If I didn't know any better, I'd say they took Fat Tire and infused it with a healthier dose of citrus hops.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, with a decent amount of carbonation and bite.

Overall - If I had to describe this beer in 6 words, it'd be 'Fat Tire with a hop kick'. Very good beer. Maybe my new favorite from NB.

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Photo of UnknownKoger
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before date of May 15th. Poured from bottle into New Belgium snifter. Appearance is an amber brown. Good carbonation leaves a head that dissipates to a ring around the glass with an island in the middle.

Smell those Sorachi and Nelson hops! Smells good to me. Notes of lemon, grapefruit and sweet caramel. Taste is nice. Has a little bit of zing to it. The nelson hops and malt profile mingle nicely

Mouthfeel is pleasant. Nothing amazing.

Overall this is a pretty tasty beer. I would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got a bottle of New Belgium's Dig that my brother brought back from his trip down south. I am always down to try a beer from New Belgium and I am interested to see how this American Pale Ale stacks up against their Mighty Arrow Pale Ale, so lets see how it goes. Best buy date of May 20th 2012. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- The label looks good and is pretty fitting for this spring seasonal. It poured a nice lighter amber color that took on a bright and slightly orange amber color when held to the light and it had three fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some nice lacing. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with loads of malts that have a medium amount of sweetness and are very grainy, bready, and biscuity with slight caramel aroma. After that comes the hops which are pretty fruity, first they impart some nice citrus hop aromas with lemon rind sticking out the most, next comes the tropical fruits with mango sticking out the most. I really like the aroma of this beer, I liked the contrast between the biscuity malts and the fruity hops, it's nice and unique.

T- There is some nice balance in the flavor of this beer and it was similar to the aroma. It starts out with a good amount of medium sweet malts that impart some grainy, biscuity, and slight caramel flavor. Next up comes the hops which are nice and fruity, mostly citrus fruits show up at first with lemon rind still sticking out the most and some of those tropical fruits show up in the aftertaste with mango sticking out the most. It also had a nice amount of medium bitterness. I really liked the flavor of this beer, it had great balance and just the right amount of bitterness for a Pale Ale.

M- Pretty smooth, crisp, slightly creamy, on the light side of being medium bodied and it had a nice amount of medium bitterness. The mouthfeel was good, it worked well with this beer.

I really liked this beer and I thought it was a really good example of an American Pale Ale. This beer had great balance and was very true to style, with just enough hops for the style. It had very good drinkability, it went down way faster then I expected, it was refreshing and crisp, it wasn't filling, and the flavors did a great job at holding my attention. I would be perfectly fine with drinking a six pack throughout the day. What I liked most about this beer, was just about everything, with the balance being one of the highlights of this beer. What I liked least about this beer was the fact that I can't buy it in Michigan, if I could it might be one of my go to American Pale Ales. I would for sure buy this again if I was somewhere where New Belgium was sold, but since they aren't available in Michigan, I doubt I will be having it again any time soon. I recommend this beer to just about anyone and especially if you are a fan of American Pale Ales. New Belgium came though with one damn good American Pale that I really enjoyed, I just wish I could buy it at the store, good job guys you are one solid Brewing Company and with beers as good this you can be sure that I am more than willing to try more of your different brews. When Comparing this beer to their Mighty Arrow Pale Ale, this beer comes out on top in every aspect and that makes Dig a better American Pale Ale.

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Dig from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 1,082 ratings