Dig | New Belgium Brewing

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83
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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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,080 |  Reviews: 236
Photo of aliving1
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of kohailiam
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Mattybz28
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of neckbracesub
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of tobelerone
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lovely and very clear amber Dolores beer with a fluffy head about two fingers high. Retention is good and there is a fair amount of patchy lacing on the glass.

Excellent aroma, with lots of stuff going on....caramel malt..grass..lemony sorachi..citrus and tropical fruits. The flavor is also quite nice, definitely one of those APAs that lean heavily towards the IPA...not quite as intricate as the nose, with more bitterness and the more subtle hop characteristics a little more muted. Still, there is lemon, grapefruit, hints of mango from the Nelson sauvin, a touch of malty sweetness. Body and carbonation are both medium and there is a decent amount of smoothness and creaminess to the overall feel. Very drinkable, with a dry finish.

This is a nice beer but take this review with a tiny grain of salt...it was my first of the night after a long day of hiking in Zion National Park.

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Photo of RBlaszak
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of keithwalk
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of sammy806
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I boycotted this beer for a while just to show my displeasure with the rotation of seasonals with NB...although I'm sure nobody noticed my activism :)

Anywho, this is a good beer. It's tough to say that this brew is 'less hoppy' than other APAs like Sierra Nevada. The fact is that this one uses different hops. These are a bit lighter in feel and more tropical and green grassy than what SN uses.

It's an unassuming beer, but one that provides a nice biscuit undertone and passion fruit and dill notes. The yeast is low profile, which is good coming from NB...their yeast is too bready for me.
But this one is good. I do like it

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Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of obrike
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sixer at HEB for 7 and change.

Nice amber/gold color, fair significant head that doesn't last too long, but does leave a ring of white light suds...some lacing too.

Getting some buttery, biscuity malt first, a bit of lemony citrus comes in a little farther back along with some earthy hops.

I prefer a more hop forward APA. This one certainly is more malt forward...biscuity sweet malt, and the hops just don't announce themselves enough for my taste.

Still, an easy drinking warm weather beer, but certainly not the APA I'd recommend to friends.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear light amber, with golden highlights. A sudsy huge off white head leaves tons of lacing.

Smell is citrusy, tropical, with a bit of warms malts, quite bold.

Taste is similar, citrus, a little bitter, with a flash of maltiness. Lost the tropical from the smell to flavor however.

Feel is smooth and light, easy to drink as a pale ale should be.

Overall, a good pale ale, if the flavor held up to the aroma, it would have scored much better in my book.

DOA

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Photo of jrohrbacher
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of denimdemon
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Roger415
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of JCF3
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of brewcrew76
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear deep amber with a frothy white head leaving patchy foam behind.

S - Bready with crystal malts and earthy, vinous hops. Having used Nelson Sauvin hops before these appear to be the dominant hop.

T - Very malt forward. Bready and caramel malts with some earthy hops. Hint of lemon and citrus.

M - Thin and slightly lifeless. Dry, chalky, cardboard flavor lingers on tongue.

D - Disappointed in this one. This should be a nice bold hop combo but it never appears.

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Photo of AngusOg
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of poogas
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of emerge077
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First casual beer of the afternoon, thanks Bill!

Pours a dark golden amber shade with bright clarity, streams of carb visible, a thin layer of sudsy white foam sits on the surface. Pretty textbook pale ale, though it does appear to be filtered.

Smell is mild, vague dried citrus peel and light hop earthiness, light grains. Taste is similar, a thin flash of hop character fades into a watery and malt forward middle, and an earthy aftertaste. Body is thin and somewhat bland. Drinkable but not assertive at all. Seeing as this was just released for the season, it should be fresh, and therefore was a bit of a letdown.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.81/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to my buddy Will both for the beer and the Nashville hot chicken it helped tame.

A: Clear chestnut body; 2-finger off-white head. Nice retention and lacing. Good.

S: Light fruity hops, bread, toasty malt. Pretty boring.

T: Follows the nose, with emphasis on the nutty, toasty, boring malt. Neither good nor memorable.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Fine.

O: Not a good beer. A little below average for the style.

Cheers!

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Photo of Domingo
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper color – nearly brown. Foam is hit or miss. Sometimes it’s rocky, other times it’s minimal. In this particular case, it’s pretty minimal.
The flavor profile is simple, but enjoyable. Caramel malts crossed with a bit of lemon zest and a slight herbal earthy note. The zesty sourness is from the hops, so it’s not puckering or strong, but an ever-present accent. The malts are sweet, and offer a nice counter-point to that citric hoppy character.
A nice easy drinking pale/amber ale that seems right at home with the sometimes cool, sometimes warm weather in the Spring.
If they keep this around in normal rotation you’ll hear no complaints from me.

NOTE: Having had a 6-pack of these, one bottle had a bit of diacetyl which wasn’t really present in the others. Not sure how common that is, but 5/6 were just fine.

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of MikeH210
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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