Dig | New Belgium Brewing

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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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Ratings: 1,079 |  Reviews: 236
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Freshness date on the bottle. best by 27 May 12. This beer is about as fresh as it's going to get. Let's dig in.

Appearance: Rusty amber. A light khaki head clings to the side of the glass. The sheen is nice. The carbonation is good. This should drink well. It looks very fresh.

Smell: Upfront I get some sweet lemon zest, passionfruit and peach aromas from the Japanese Sorachi Ace hops. I'm really thrilled to see Japan is giving much more to the world of beer then the fizzy adjunct lagers of yore.

In the secondary I get caramel sweetness with toffee flavors running through. The same toasted biscuit flavor of most New Belgium beers can be find.

The hops develop a starfruit quality and there is also a smell akin to the pink colored Vitamin water beverage.

Taste: The hops are very sweet and nearly sticky but not on the level of an IPA hop infusion. A mild bitterness builds up and then finishes quickly. I find this too sweet for my liking. It's not bad but I could use some firmer malts.

Mouthfeel: Light and watery. The flavors finish quick.

Overall: I like the use of Sorachi hops. Otherwise it's your usually New Belgium six pack offering. Simple and highly drinkable but nothing to blow me away. I enjoyed Mighty Arrow and I don't think this can replace it.

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Photo of denver10
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber, you could also say bronze, with a thumbs width white head. The head, though, doesn't stick around for too long and within a couple minutes (at most) its vanished, leaving behind a spotty coating on the surface with majority of the remains around the edges. Wonderful aroma; initial hit of some sweet but bright lemon rind. Following behind that is the sweet tropical fruits and caramel malt. As it warms, the sweet layer becomes the dominant aroma. I wish the aroma could have been a little bigger and bolder but it is still mighty fine. Flavor is awesome (though again, I wish it could have been a little more assertive and smacked you in the face); sweet, tropical fruity, some peach, and a touch of prickly bitterness. A little pepper and hop bitterness lingers. Very nice and well balanced. A medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel with a bunch of carbonation. It needs the carbonation, though not sure it needs as much as it has. Not that big a deal though. Overall, I think this beer is pretty much fantastic and my first New Belgium six-pack offering that I have been genuinely pleased with. I tried a bunch of stuff I didn't care a heck of a lot for (some were decent but average, others just plain no good) but it was all worth it to get to this. Great seasonal, I look forward to drinking a bunch of this during its release.

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2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybird glass on 2/2/12
*From notes

A: Clean, rich and fairly dark golden in hue. A standard pour yields a 2.5 finger head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: It's got that New Belgium malt profile to the nose, that patented flair I detect in almost all of their non-hoppy/non-sour brews.

T: Like an overly acidic Fat Tire. It's not all that pleasant, really. There's a bit of lemon to it that's just not meshing well with the base profile of the beer. Lack of hops is dissapointing.

M: It's passable, and doesn't spark any outrage.

O: Meh. Just another in a long line of mediocre Spring seasonals. It's not terrible, just not all that great though, either.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dig Pale Ale from New Belgium is another fine creation. The beer poured a clear copper with white head that left a nice lace. The smell included citrus and peach. The taste was a bit bitter with peach at the front and grapefruit in the end...decent malt balance throughout. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied ale with good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer, but there is a Belgium sugar twang at the end which I am not fond of...I hope this didnt replace might arrow.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color under a persistent bubbly head that leaves behind abundant lace. Zesty, resinous nose...leafy citrus oil, light grain, and a touch of "cattiness". Fresh oily hop flavor. Earthy lemon, stone fruit, sweetness, some buttery malt. Definitely has a certain dank-ness going on. Medium-light bodied with appropriate carbonation. A quality, refreshing Spring seasonal. They seem to be switching up the seasonal selections all the time, but this one's a keeper.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A spring seasonal that has been out for a few weeks in early Feb. seems kinda odd,but heh I picked it up anyway.Poured into a standard pint a clear copper with a frothy 1/2 finger white head atop.Lemony aromas with some caramel sweetness,not overly assertive but not bad.Drunken apricots and caramel sweetness on the palate, the light sweetness makes me wanna grab more,the hop profile is not big but plays a big role in bringing everything together in this beer.Iam not a huge fan of the Sorachi Ace hop but it goes well with the other hops in this beer,a very good sessionable ale here although the alcohol is a little high for that title.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a two-finger, tan head of foam that left thin rings of sticky lace.

S - It smelled of grapefruit and other tropical fruits. Some sweet caramel, too.

T - It tasted of sweet bready malt with some tropical fruits - mango, pineapple and grapefruit. A nice spicy bite adds needed bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really nice brew. I like the choice of hops in this one.

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