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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Photo of alli4051
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a unique 12oz bottle into a perfect pint.

Pours a dark, clear, copper with a thin white head. Nose is surprisingly hoppy. Taste is grassy and citrus hops with a heavy bready malt backbone and a hint of diacetyl. The label describes it as "earthy" which is a pretty good adjective, has that dank kinda flavor. Fully medium bodied. There was some kind of funky, lingering aftertaste I can't quite put my finger, or a description, on but it wasn't good. Really liked this at first but that funky aftertaste just took away too much for me.

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Photo of VaterRoss
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at Brixx, served in a tumbler.

Appearance is a golden/amber with a strong white head and a good amount of visible carbonation. Smell is fairly strong citrusy hops: mainly grapefruit but a hint of pineapple. Lots of aroma here, smells like an IPA. Taste is very mellow, pale malts with light but flavorful citrusy (grapefruit) hops to back it up. There is a nice light bitterness that is ultimately refreshing. Malt is excellent and very little alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with medium carbonation.

The smell of this beer was really more the smell of an IPA, or at least an extra pale ale, but the taste was far more chill with lots of malt and only light hops. Nice abv for the taste. Flavor might be a bit weak, but then again this is a pale ale and not an IPA. Very high drinkability, an awesome beer, I think it is better than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

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Photo of legalpete19340
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured clear and vibrant orange with a single finger of head that quickly fell to a skim.

S: Very much a wheat beer profile: grass, wheat, lemon, bit of herbal spice, basic wheat bread.

T: Grassy hops start things off. Herbal notes of flowers and lemon follow. Strong bready malts with caramel combine for the mid flavors and it ends with a fair bitter bite mixed with lingering notes of wheat and lemon.

M: On the big side of medium with a fluffy feeling and carbonation.

O: There are a lot of flavors going on here but they just dont seem to combine well for me. Good but just not compelling for me.

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Photo of beagle75
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild bright citrus and green herbaceous hops top out over light but detectable aromatic malt. Crisp minerality and carbon dioxide add a certain balance, restating its overall lightness.

T: Begins dry, with restrained bready malt and herbaceous hop aromatics. Citric acidity is heavy into the middle where malt becomes huskier and a floral layer of hops emerges. Flavors dry out the rest of the way in the mildly bitter finish as minerality lingers.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This new pale ale boasts of some impressive hop cultivars; while their inclusion is evident, the entire beer seems like something of a compromise. It is a decent APA, not really better than Mighty Arrow which preceded it--just different.

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Photo of falconxman
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive amber color with two fingers of head that had good retention. The head settles to a thick cap leaving heavy lacing behind.

Balance aroma of citrus hops and bready malts. I see what direction this APA is going.

Not a big fan of how the hops interact with the malt bill. Tastes a little like a hoppy Fat Tire. More of a musty, earthy malt bill combined with the citrus hops.

Good body for an APA. Nicely carbonated as well.

Overall a pretty good beer. Just not a huge fan of the malt/hop combo. But I think it will grow on me as I get through the bottles.

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Photo of bashiba
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice clean shade of copper with a thin lasting white head, good carbonation running throughout.

The smell is very minimal, light bready malts with a touch of citrus hops.

The flavor is light, a touch of bready malt, and light citrus notes. Very balanced with a light bit of floral notes and mild bitterness.

The mouthfeel is light and dry.

A pretty basic American Pale, its decent, but nothing special.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of richkrull
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of xanotherxstarx
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pored into a tall shaker pint glass.

The beer is a rich ruby amber color. The bubbly, light cream colored head stays around for a while with nice sticky lacing. The beer smells of malts and citrus hops. Cranberry notes come through. The beer is really well balanced with sweet apples and caramel up front, then dry grapefruit rinds to finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a semi-dry finish.

Overall, this has that traditional New Belgium hoppy taste, but it's really good. I do like the crisp apple/caramel malt taste.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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Photo of ZSimon
4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Juicy hops, crisp mouthfeel, quenching but makes you want another. I hope this baby is a blockbuster. Per the label, spicy lemon and exotic fruit pour through, from the Sorachi Ace and Citra hops, respectively. Shares the same abv (5.6%) and hopefully the same esteem as what I see as a direct competitor, good ol' SNPA.

Best APA offering I've run into in a long time, such a shame that it's only a seasonal.

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Photo of pixieskid
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of murf1087
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mweso2000
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.01/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. What appears to be an expiration date of 27 May, 2012 is printed on the label's bottom corner.

Appearance: Pours out a fairly clear, medium copper-hued body with a large, foaming, off-white head. A bit of glass-coating lace here and there on the way down.

Smell: An apparent lead of caramel in the scent followed by a slight, surprising butteriness in the nose trailed by lighter, albeit agreeable notes of distant lemon and spice.

Taste: Pale malts given a generous brushing of sweetish caramel and sweet cream butter. A little lemon zest and spice with little else from the hops producing a medium-light bitterness. A little hint more of the caramel and butter before the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Generally soft mouthfeel throughout.

Overall: Surprisingly light in the hop department, but, then again, the diacetyl was also a rather unexpected encounter, leaving me to wonder if this particular batch was off or if this is indeed what they had intended.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap @ the Twisted Timber, Boise ID. Served in a Rogue pint shaker.

A: Clear effervescent honey gold, egg-shell colored head, decent lace.

S: Lemon hop, light floral notes, bready, grass & earth, overripe fruit, ghostly toffee.

T: Decent hopping, orange and lemon, light earthy notes, bready malt, light caramel.

MF: Crisp and carbonated, light to light-medium body, finishes a bit dry.

O: Nothing special but an easy drinker. Modest hopping, decent earthy & lemon hop hop notes, relatively clean finish.

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

A: Brilliant copper color with a nice light head. It doesn't last long but by the time I finished it I had plenty of lacing.

S: I get lots of fruit on the first sniff. Grapefruit and apricot is at the front. Then I get the fruit mixed with malt in the background.

T: Bitter fruity hops. Quite a bit of bitterness here but it's very pleasant and mixes well with the other flavors. The fruits in the smell are just as nice in the taste.

M: The mouthfeel is nice with a decent amount of carbonation. I enjoyed letting it linger on my tongue.

O: This is one of my new favorites. With the "mainstreamification" of Fat Tire I tend to forget that New Belgium does a lot of great beers. I'll definitely be reaching for this beer again. It's one of the best examples of a pleasantly bitter beer I've had since I started this "enjoying my beer" thing.

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Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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

A pleasant, tangy and sharp pale ale.

Pours clear amber with a big fluffy tank head with sticky lacing. The aroma is toasty and malty. The flavor is toasty with light caramel, with a zesty but fairly subtle citric hop bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is light and pleasant.

This is not a deep beer, but an easy drinker.

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Photo of Zorro
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper amber colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells herbal and mineral with a tea and wood aroma. There is a little bit of a toffee aroma here. Very slight grapefruit scent. Not that aromatic a beer anyway.

Starts out sweet with a strong roasted barley taste. Sweet with a very herbal bitterness and a mineral sensation of hard water almost salty. Bitterness is moderate and just about right for the beer. Taste wise this is the ale equivalent of a Pilsner with a nice bite to it. Overall the taste is light with a mineral and hop bite.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty ale with Pilsner qualities. Nice refreshing ale, this will be great as a summer beer.

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Photo of Biestie
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of hilgart1
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of augievikings
2.54/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. Nice copper color, nice head, fruity crisp smell. In fact, the smell of the beer is its best attribute. The taste, however, is another story. I would describe it best as a bitter/dry variation of Fat Tire. Not a very balanced beer. Disappointing to me since Mighty Arrow is one of my all-time favorite seasonals.

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