Dig | New Belgium Brewing

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83
good
1,080 Ratings
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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:
19
Gots:
66
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,080 |  Reviews: 236
Photo of cpetrone84
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Cramerican
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of justinp
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of odualum13
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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 OtsegoHive
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of DRECTOR
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Jsteez
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
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 ycortez
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of MouthfulOfchris
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +7.3%
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 jlynch1987
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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 -13.9%
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 -48.9%
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 yawp666
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of magictacosinus
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
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 -15.5%
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 Dunkelhund
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Reed
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Danobold
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of MikeConklin
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of brwnchrstpher
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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