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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Photo of tdm168
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderate amber color with a thin layer of creamy, white head that has decent retention. The nose is bready, citrusy, and mildly floral. The flavor is bready up front with a hint of toasted, burnt malt and a mild citrusy, floral hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

This is an odd APA. The malt character is off putting. The burnt toast notes are unusual. Otherwise this is an alright, refreshing beer. I probably will avoid this in the future.

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Photo of doughanson78
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of IPhantom
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with a very white head that laces very stickily. Nose is almost like a mix of three distinct hoppy notes--citrusy, piney, and herbal--with some biscuity malt in the back. The taste is amazing, a big punch of lemony hops, a distinct malty middle, almost like a Saltine with some rye notes, and then a crisp, herbal finish. Mouthfeel is very complimentary, light and highly carbonated, but with enough body to let you ruminate a little bit.

I'd call this one of those seasonals you wish they would make year-round...but with New Belgium's lineup as it is, this one might not even bear mentioning. Good pickup this spring either way.

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Photo of GeoCait
2/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of sml505
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Tom-Peters
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bigeyedfish89
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ButtomsUp
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of phishsihq
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New Belgium Brewing Company is trying out a new rotating seasonal line, usually 3 years as a seasonal, then a new brew will replace it. This go round, Mighty Arrow Pale Ale was replaced by Dig Pale Ale. Dig pours a light copper, almost amber with a thin, off-white head that provides a lot of lacing. a bouquet of hop aromas dominate the nose, with whiffs of tropical fruit, grapefruit, and lemon all very noticeable. Very little malt flavors are detectable on the pallet, with the bolder notes going towards lemon, orange and passion fruit hoppiness, before a dry finish. This medium carbonation and bodied ale use some newer hop strains, Sorachi Ace and Nelson Sauvin, creating some new and unique flavors.

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Photo of rocklibster
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of BCraig
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner style glass.

A - Pours a medium amber color with a bit more orange than some Pales. Head is bright white, smooth and thick, it dissipates slowly and leaves nice lacing on the glass walls.

S - Nice spicy bouquet of hops. I detect the distinct Cascade grapefruit/bitter citrus, but there's also some other hop aromas that add to the upfront complexity. Pale malt is slightly detectable underneath the hop domination.

T - Crisp, dry hop bite upfront is not overpowering, malt is nearly indiscernible. I'm only barely picking up on the fruits indicated on the bottle, but I'm afraid that could be to my tainted impression from cheating by reading the bottle notes before sampling.

M - This beer is right on target for Pale Ale mouthfeel. At first I thought it was an IPA trying to sneak into the Pale category with a bitter bite and the light body, but after a couple minutes in the glass it's easy to discern that it's more balanced than a standard IPA.

O - The best part of this beer is that it's clearly an American Pale with the characteristic Cascade aromas, but there's more complexity to it with the other hop utilization. It's got more bite than many Pales and could be considered a wanna be IPA (maybe New Belgium set out to build a complex IPA, but settled with this Jr. version and slapped on the Pale label...or not, they're pros after all). Finishes drier than some of the easier drinking Pale Ales, but I still like it. In my opinion this beer will be a good companion for summer BBQs.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear medium copper in color. Head is off-white and foam. Retention is decent and leaves a small amount of lacing.

S - Nice floral notes to start. Grapefruit and peach are noticeable along with wheat and bread.

T - Bitter, bready, with undertones sweet orange, peach and lemon. THe finish is slightly bitter and very earthy.

M - Goes down great. Soft on the palate. Very slick with light carbonation.

O - Pretty good stuff. This stuff is going to replace my fat tire purchases while its available.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look – light amber color, clear, with decent carbonation and about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates quickly..

Smell – a fairly strong hop aroma, but one that seems hard to grasp. There’s also an odd fruit-like quality, almost like that of a pear or such…probably from the Nelson Sauvin hinted at on the label.

Taste – there’s the bitter taste of the hops that hits first, but then there’s also the pear or peach-like taste, again, probably from the Nelson Sauvin. The particular blend of hops probably also lends to the unique taste.

Mouthfeel – more toward the watery side of texture.

Overall – somewhat interesting in taste when one considers what’s hinted at on the label. The taste itself is ok, an odd blend of bitterness and sweetness and even still tanginess.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.96/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by 6th June 2012, served in my New Belgium tulip. For a change, I get to emulate drabmuh!

Surprisingly dark, this is a copper/amber colored beer with a dense, off-white head with decent retention and lacing, this is a nice looking beer. Plenty of carbonation is visible as well. As for the nose, it's pretty much dominated by the Cascades. There's some lemon, for sure, but the chalky characteristic I get from Cascades is what is most noticeable to me, almost pepto bismol-like in some ways. Apart from that, there's some caramel, a little more than I'd like. A little bit of toast, as well as more fruit (peach, maybe some melon) round out the nose. Decent.

On the palate, it's a step up with what seems to be a deliberately understated bitterness with enough hop flavor to gently prod my tastebuds. The chalky character is reduced, and there's more lemon, peach and even some floral characteristics present. Bitterness is medium-low, and the hop flavor is quite nice in the mix. Sweeter flavors, with honey, toast and a little caramel, are noticeable, but aren't prominent right now. Drying on finish with a refreshing bitterness, this is quite nice on the palate. Almost over-carbonated, this has a mild carbonic acid bite, especially on the finish. While the bitterness is low, it does have a nice snap to it. Apart from that, however, there isn't much I can say in a particularly positive light as this beer is just... bland. Decent, I'd drink it if offered but I doubt I'll seek this out again.

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Photo of Efeswasmy1st
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into glass. Light amber in appearance, some head. Let is warm up a bit to open. Nose is very peachy, pine and some citrus. Taste is more bitter than expected and stays with you. Some lacing. Average pale ale, not sure I "dig" it.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Amber to copper in color and extremely clear. Tall, ivory head has moderate retention with light lacing.

Aroma-All sorts of crazy hop aromas going on here-gooseberry, white grape, lemon grass, with strawberries, oranges, and hay. Also some sweet, grainy malt, with cereal and light caramel biscuity notes as well.

Flavor-Flavor opens with musty gooseberry and hay notes, and a slight biscuity malt flavor. Some cereal grain and white grapes in the mid-palate. Finishes like dry white wine, with some grassy, hay notes and a light lemongrass note on the backend

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate to moderately high carbonation. Dry, but not astringent.

Well, this beer sure is interesting. I love sorachi ace hops, and I love nelson sauvin hops, but the combination (along with a few others) leaves me scratching my head. I'm not sure that I'm totally on board with this one, but it's intriguing enough that I'd be happy to have another.

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Photo of beerman999999
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of sansho
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of yokken
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of jesus808
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of HoistinBrews
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of steamboatbrewer
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of travolta
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App: Straw and copper in color. Minimal head retention, zero lacing.

Nose: The nose had some interesting and new characteristics like grapefruit, melon, a tiny bit yeasty.

Taste: A bit of citrus, smooth mouthfeel, some banana, with a faint pepper finish.

Notes: Sorachi Ace and Nelson Sauvin hops. This is my first beer brewed with these hops (that I know of). I enjoyed them quite a bit.

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Photo of sizemore84
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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