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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Added by WastingFreetime on 01-16-2012

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Photo of terence
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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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Photo of estlinska
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this many times from the bottle, but I finally had it on tap at the Pantry on 3/22/13 and it just reaffirms how much more I like draft beer. This poured a deep amber color like tree sap with almost no light penetration. The head was generous, puffed up and the color of fresh pizza dough, leaving great lacing all over the glass. The smell was very much west-coast hop resins and oily citrus fruits. There was lots of lemon zing and some grass notes as well. The taste and mouthfeel made a good show on the palate. It was a good medium mouthfeel with that zing and crisp finish. The taste was pretty sweet, again like lemons and maybe some oranges with a good strong bittering finish. Overall a very good showing of a true american pale.

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Photo of dorf
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Shineonsolar
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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

Dig Pale Ale, New Belgium, Spring Seasonal. "Unearth your bottle opener because this Pale ale is something you can Dig. Sorachi Ace hops provides a fresh Spring zing with incredible lemon aroma. Nelson Sauvin is next in line with bursts of passion fruit, mango and peach. American favorite, Cascade, provides notes of grapefruity citrus. Dry, crisp and clean, DIG pale ale plants the welcomed taste of Spring in you r hand." Alc. 5.6% by Vol.

Clear, reddish appearance, short head, slim, but staying, off-white.

Plenty of fruit in the nose, but most of all mild, clean, dry. Citrus notes, peach, pear, apple a little.

Taste: Crisp, clean, little hoppy, lean bodied, This is an intriguing blend of hops, create a refreshing and somehow still complex variety of flavors. All manner of fruit-y sensations, and hoppy delights, kept in a terse, tidy body. Good drinking pale ale, with plenty going on in the mouth. That's what it's all about, isn't it.
Nice choice for a spring seasonal. I'll probably get some more, before it's too late.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a clear shade of orange with a very puffy two finger slightly offwhite head. Looks nice

S- very dank aroma. Some lemon

T- a little bit of lemon, a little bit of tropical fruit...not bad, just mild. Maybe a little less than fresh?

M- medium bodied, maybe a tad bit thick for a pale ale

O- nice, easy drinking pale ale...maybe a little overly dank, but I can't complain about much

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Photo of monaquee
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Jadjunk
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Part of the New Belgium Spring Varietal, I bought the pack purely to try this new addition.

Served in a New Belgium Fat Tire Pint Glass. Served at 45ยบ Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a 2 finger depth creamy froth head of a light butter cream complexion. Very good head retention keeps this sucker around for a long while, and a nice thin coating of lacing droops the sides of the glass. Body color is a deep amber or russet orange, mostly clear with spritely carbonation. Overall the appearance has everything that I could expect in top-of-the-line American Pale Ales, with superior appearance and top quality head presentation. 5

(Smell) Mild fruity aromatics and a breath of floral hops amid a mild diacetyl (buttery) pale malt base. Hops are mild but pleasant, I can pick up a floral bouquet, a mild citrus (grapefruit) tone, and an even further oppressed spicy hop aroma. Mild crisp lemon aromas come through in small whiffs. The suppressed fruit tones and lesser emphasized varietals of hops could use a boost to make this a genuinely intimidating and complex aroma, but at face value it is pleasing enough. Hops are well-balanced with the malt base and there are few off-aromas, although the buttery tones peeks through the mix from time to time, the aroma is quite pleasing and inviting overall. 4

(Taste) Taste eliminates many of the fears that the smell present. Mild pale malts and a hint of lemongrass paired with crisp and pleasant fruity hops make this a very drinkable beer. Finish consists of a mild bitter spice and grapefruit hop cluster. Much of the buttery malt character is gone by the mouth, which makes it all the easier to drink. It's a touch thin at points, but overall it's a highly accessible flavor and very enjoyable. 4

(Mouthfeel) Mouthfeel is slick smooth with a small hint of creaminess on the tongue. At points, I think that there could be a bit more play on the carbonation which I think would accent the crisp hops. There should be a balance between slick and crisp that would make an excellent pairing to this beer. The texture at the moment is a bit too flat to do the beer any good. Alcohol presence is very low. Body is light. While not a "dead" mouthfeel, the texture needs to liven up a bit to really do the mild but crisp flavors justice. 2.5

(Overall) I finally found a really great tasting American Pale Ale. There are a few flaws pertaining to the texture and the aroma, but these are really only small accessories to a very enjoyable tasting beer with plenty of mild and balanced hop and malt flavor and character. I hope I can get some more of these before the season ends, and I recommend you seek this out as well. 4

New Belgium Brewing's
Dig Pale Ale

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Photo of yaksurf
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of dejrrma
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Huntbuc
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a darker yellow, a little bit of orange thrown in 3/4" head on the top of it. Aroma, lacking the hop quality.

Taste, easy enough to drink, nothing too special, gets better when paired with chicken tacos. A little bit bitter, carbonation was lively, mild citrus rind notes. Usual absent hop flavor from sorachi ace hops.

A decent option when looking for a straightforward pale ale that doesn't douse you in hops. Or at least not pungent hops. Not much in the way of distinguishing malt flavors. A decent option to have, but nothing that is going to make me rush out for a second purchase. Standard fare for the most part in this neck of the woods.

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Photo of NanomiaCara
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of JJOVa
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of EinWeizenbitte
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of MammothTarantula
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Mulcahey
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of StubFaceJoe
2/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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