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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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: dark amber; 2-finger head; thin, steady carb beads; lacing quite fine
S: bready, yeasty
T: nonsweet, savory, very bitter; cracker and barley flavors come out; quite a dry beer (a bit too much for my taste); malt is underplayed

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Photo of iSip
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New Belgium Dig Pale Ale: New Belgium has made it big because of Fat Tire. Fat Tire is not a bad brew. My theory on its success is that is has a catchy name. These days it takes more than a good product to hit it big, branding is key. So where did New Belgium come up with Dig? As a name for a beer, it is pretty poor. Anyway, Dig, despite poor branding is not a bad effort from a drinkability standpoint. Amber in color, thin but persistent head, but not much in the aroma column get things started. Smooth experience going down, almost a dry feeling, with very little aftertaste. Flavor is a balance between malt and subtle hops from start to finish; one never gets in from of the other. In the end, the Dig is a very drinkable beer, with no outstanding qualities, but no shortcomings other than an odd name.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours with one finger of white foam on a clear, amber colored body. The head seattles quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - light, floral hops with some fruity caramel.

T - bready malt up front with a bit of fruity character in the middle. Spicy hops towards the finish with toasty malt and moderate bitterness.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - drinkable and well crafted, it has a light touch without being bland. Not focused on the hops, the malt is the primary player here, but there is enough bitterness in the finish to keep it balanced.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a half finger head that settles to thin off-white thin cap. Color is a clear honey amber. Some lacing exists but does not stick around.

S: Muted citrus base that combines with caramel malts, apricots.

T: Light fruitiness (mangoes and apricots) subdue the light malt backbone. Essences of prairie grass exist as well.

M: Carbonation is foamy and sudsy. It is slightly sticky and creamy.

O: Mild mannered in the glass, its cordial without being bombastic.

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2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass.

A- good looking dark red/brown color with a one finger head that leaves a little lacing on the glass.

S-very earthy, grass and moss aromas.

T-not much. So earthy and grassy that the name fits - DIG - as in dirt.

M-ok but the poor flavor just ruins it.

O-I am tempering this review with 3.0 ratings as a 'benefit of the doubt' perspective. Maybe it's me, I just didn't get this beer. And I wanted to.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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

A - Pours a clear amber-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of tropical fruit and spicy hops with some pineapple. There is also a nice sweet caramel malt backbone.

T - Starts off with a mix of lemon and grapefruit hops with some spice and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some more lemon zest and pepper with some bitterness. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts with some lemon and spicy hop flavor and mild bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate plus carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and lightly bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice APA featuring Neslon hops. Good hop profile and balance.

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

Big dose of fruity hops. Is that more of an English flavor? A distinct buttery taste and slightly oily mouthfeel. But thoroughly interesting and different from the usual Pale Ales. NB blog is quite informative on this brew, says hops are Nelson Sauvin and Sorachi Ace. Oh, now that I read the label, there are Cascades as well.

Bright amber in the tall goblet. Excellent foam retention and lacing. Fresh scent of clover or alfalfa. I'm not sold on this particular flavor combo, but it's definitely worth a try for the education value. Modestly bitter, but it creeps up in the aftertaste. From the 12 oz bottle.

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4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber/ reddish color!

S: Amazing mango, lemon and great friut aroma! Probably becausenof the Nelson Sauvin hop with american hops! Really nice smell!

T: bready, malty, almost biscuity very dry finnish! It has that signature New Belgium yeast strain taste!

O: a very easy going Pale Ale, good for anyone and still a world class beer!

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +35.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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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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