Saturday, May 21, 2011

New Belgium Brewing Company - Somersault; Belgo; Fresh Hop India Pale Ale; Dig Pale Ale

The New Belgium Brewing Company is in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Somersault - This 5.2% ABV beer pours golden in color with a pure white head of foam that leaves fairly thick lacing down the glass.  The aroma is clean and fresh, some grain, a touch of honey and fruit, and an aromatic, grassy zestiness.  The taste is slightly sweet, slightly tart, biscuit with apricot jam but with a finish that is more tart than sweet.

Belgo Belgian Style India Pale Ale - This 7% ABV beer pours a light copper with orange and golden.  There is a half-inch of creamy and foamy white head.  The aroma is spicy, fruit, yeast, some malt.  The taste follows the aroma, quite yeasty, spicy (cloves and light banana esters) with a very dry and bitter finish.

Fresh Hop India Pale Pale - This 7.0% ABV beer is part of their Lips of Faith Series.  The beer pours a bright and clear golden-orange-copper in color.  There is a tall half-inch of thick, foamy head, just off-white in color that leaves sticky lacing of medium density down the glass.  The aroma is hop forward, citrusy, citrus peels, a bit of tropical fruit and a bit of yeastiness.  The taste is creamy tropical fruit, citrus, grapefruit peel.  There is a bit of strong tea with lemon in the taste as well.  The finish is strongly, but appropriately, bitter.   The aftertaste is fruity, like the taste.  This is a really good American IPA.

Dig Pale Ale - This is a new spring seasonal that comes in at 5.6% ABV.  The beer pours a dark amber and burnt orange in color.  There is a quarter inch of off-white head.  The aroma is relatively  hop forward, lemon and tropical fruit on a good malt base.  The taste is deliciously hoppy, lemon peel, tropical fruits, not bitter, but dry, like lemony English tea.  A very tasty American pale ale due to its hop forward nature.

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