I often feel that seasonal beers are released way too early, and that you have to hold onto them for a bit until the season catches up. Not so this year! I was thrilled to try this weeks featured beer, a spring seasonal, given the unseasonably warm temperatures!
New Belgium Brewing made quite a splash in the DC area last year when they expanded distribution drastically and announced plans for an east coast brewery. New Belgium is most famous for its Fat Tire Amber Ale, but they makes quite a few other beers worth trying and I am pleased to share one with you today.
Dig Pale Ale
Style: American Pale Ale (Spring Seasonal)
Brewery: New Belgium Brewing
Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA
ABV – 5.6%
IBU – 36
Malts: Pale, Caramel 80
Hops: Target, Nelson Sauvin, Cascade, Nugget, Sorachi Ace
Tasting method – 12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.
Appearance: Pours clear amber with thick foamy white head.
Smell: Smells sweet and earthy, sprouting grass.
Taste: Very balanced pale ale. Sweet malty flavors mix with notes of fruit, damp earth, cut grass, and bitter green.
Mouth-feel: Robust beer with an evolving palate. Immensely quaffable. Endearing
Overall: A supremely satisfying pale ale. Evokes memories of a backyard after spring showers. Amazing seasonal selection.
Rating: 9 out of 10 (in season)