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%

Photo of homebrew311
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: appears clear copper, foamy white head that dissipates quickly, sticky lacing

S: nose is non descript for the most part, light grassy hops, touch of lemon rind, bready malts in the background

T: light fruity quality, cereal malts, nice balance, minimal hop bitterness

Mf: light, crisp, refreshing

O: not bad, nothing really stands out aside from the fact that is drinkable an refreshing

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ba Review #138
Served On: 03/14/2012
Glassware: Sam Adams Perfect Pint
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: 2012 Release

Got a 6-pack from Evergreen.

Look: Poured a brilliant medium bronze color. Clear as a bell with high level of carbonation. Head was a thin cap of tight beige bubbles.

Smell: There was an English Ale quality to the nose. A rich spicy hop aroma with a very faint Belgian yeast ester hiding behind some sweet malts.

Taste: First was a nice complex malt bill that quickly turned into a carbonated hoppy bite of citrus and bitterness. The lighter mouth feel threw me off at first, but eventually worked well once the English quality returned. I struggled to find it - but a Belgian funk was barely noticeable on the back end and finish.

I liked this offering. It's a neat take on a spring seasonal for people who get sick of all the Bocks and Barleywines.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.77/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was basically straight caramel, a bit like dehydrated urine. About two fingers of head. Cloudy white lacing that dissipated fairly quickly. Pretty even film on the sides.

Pretty non-existent smell. Couldn’t get anything and really worked for it. Got some slight hops.

Wow on the taste, a mix of bitter hops and pale notes. Got some lemon wheaty stuff. Maybe some grass.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Abrupt finish.

This was just average at best for me, which is saying something consider how most of the other New Belgiums I’ve tried.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a generic pint glass, reviewed from notes:

A - Pours a pale, transparent copper color with a relatively thin white head that's one finger tall. Retention's okay. Generic.

S - Lemongrass, heavy caramel, floral and perfumy notes. There are fruity and grassy notes. It's fresh, but I don't find anything "groundbreaking" about it.

T - It's shyly built, and a bit imbalanced to boot. I appreciate the freshness of the hops, and they've got a good floral/fruity taste working for them, but it's entirely too simple. Heavy caramel malt is the only counterpoint to the hops. It definitely has potential.

M - Medium bodied and entirely too thick. Not ideal for an APA.

D - It's a fresh pale that's fairly easy drinking, and definitely a good foundation, though it's too simple. With some work it could be a great beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of bubseymour
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Orange copper and clear with one finger head and nice retention.

Smell - a slight fruity hop presence but not blowing away.

Taste - a nice easy drinking pale ale with adequate and well balanced flavors. Very well crafted and nothing crazy going on here.

Mouthfeel - good and full bodied

Overall - I think this beer is a fine representation of an APA that beer drinkers (not beer nerds) can appreciate.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of onewetpaw
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Muted grapefruit and lemon nose. It's definitely understated in the two examples I've tried.

A- Brilliant. Dark golden. Thin white head.

F- The bitterness is in line with style and is firm, but not overpowering. There's a fair amount of hop flavor tasting vaguely like lemon and grapefruit that lines up with the nose well. I don't really detect much malt flavor.

M- Average carbonation and slightly thin body.

O- A decent pale. Really not too much to comment on for me. It's certainly not shouting to be noticed. I have had other beers with Sorachi Ace that had a more noticeable lemon character that I would like to see here. Also the aroma is minimal. Some of these issues could have to do with warm storage on the shelf and/or age.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear light amber/golden color with a decent finger of near white head, solid lacing, ok retention.

S - Floral, some nice lemon and other zesty fruits, a pretty distinct sweet malty caramel backbone and some spice.

T - Very good actually, I'm enjoying it more now than I did the previous few times I have had it. Sweet and malty, spicy, nice abundance of grassy hops notes. Nice zesty/citrusy notes as well. Very pleasant aftertaste

M - Medium bodied, appropriately carbonated. Not super light nor hoppy, but rather drinkable nonetheless.

O - A very nicely balanced brew, lots of grassy hops, lemon type flavors, sweet malt, and spice. Thumbs up

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Jason
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Quick to froth and thick at that, clear pale amber color.

SMELL: Spicy, fresh crackers, faint taffy, lemon pith, poppy seeds, green peppercorn, ripe pears, dried grass

TASTE: Very smooth, medium body, hop bitterness, spicy start, thick herbal, summer orchard, pungent lemon, biscuity, bitter semi-dry finish

Jumping on the new hops here, some say they take some getting used though I disagree. It is like spicing your food, either some go well together and others you have to be more subtle with. I understand what New Belgium was trying to accomplish but the hopping misses the mark for me a little bit, still a decent quaff.

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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

A: A beautiful medium amber color tinted with orange. As with all NB's beers crystal clear. A full two fingers of dense cream colored head on top.

S: This beer starts off with pine and grapefruit, as well as a bit of an earthy bitterness. After the hops comes a good amount of sweetness in the form of caramel.

T: Grapefruit come out as well as some biscuit notes. The finish has just a touch of a dark malt flavor, but that is quickly replaces with a touch of a toasted note, and more lingering hop flavors and bitterness.

M: Medium thick, slightly smooth. The carbonation seems to run from medium to medium high. All and all seems about right for the style, although it does leave just a touch of an oily feel in the mouth.

O: Overall I think this is a nice APA. Grapefruit and caramel notes take much of the flavor, but the beer still feels fairly 'easy drinking'. It isn't the best APA I have had, but it certainly is a nice brew.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber with a medium white head, good head retention.

S: Nice floral notes, with some lemon and tangerine.

T: Floral grass, good bready malt, nice complete flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, pretty smooth, spritzy carbonation.

O: Looks like this is New Belgium's new beer. Good flavours, well made, I'd like to see this on-tap.

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