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Beer Review #4

Posted by on February 25, 2012

It’s supposed to snow in Devils Lake tonight. That, coupled with 25 mph winds, mean I’m probably not going anywhere. I need a reminder of what lies beyond the dreary doldrums of winter, and that’s where our next beer comes in.

Beer: New Belgium’s Dig

Origin: Ft. Collins, Colorado

ABV: 5.6%

IBU: 32

Full disclosure: I love New Belgium. It is my favorite brewery. It’s based out of Ft. Collins, which is a lovely town. It’s nice to have something that reminds me of home.

But I hadn’t gotten a chance to try their spring brew yet. (Tangent alert: I enjoy their current winter brew, Snow Day. But their old winter selection, 2 Below, was ironically way above Snow Day. My good friend Jeska brewed a clone of 2 Below, which was divine…I really need to get into home brewing).

It is still winter…and the temperature hasn’t broken 40 degrees in months, but why let technicalities ruin the fun?

The first thing you notice is the gorgeous caramel color. The head is like a cloud.

It’s fantastically rich, but it looks fluffy and inviting. It smells just as inviting. There’s a definite hint of lemon flavor.

The taste is absolutely perfect for a spring/summer. It’s a fairly hoppy drink, which I’m not usually a fan of. But I like the flavor here. It’s not too heavy. New Belgium knows how to balance out the bitter with a sweet lemon flavor. The two sides balance themselves perfectly. When you first taste it, the lemon dominates. It makes you want to find a beach to properly enjoy this beer. But the finish helps add the weight of the hops. Neither flavor completely satisfies on its own, but combining them creates a wonderful taste ballet on my tongue.

The hops flavor lingers much longer than the lemon flavor. It adds heft to a spring/summer brew. It’s a summer brew you can still feel manly drinking.

Foods this could go with: pretty much anything. The bright lemon and dark hop flavor pair with nearly everything. I happened to drink with while eating a bbq beef sandwich. But you can try anything.

Verdict: The best hoppy beer I can think off off the top of my head. I’ll definitely buy it again when I’m looking for a good warm weather beer.  It’s the manly choice for your lemon beer.

This beer goes well with this song, “Light and Day/Reach for the Sun” by The Polyphonic Spree. You might have heard it before. I think it was in a car commercial, but it’s so damn cheery, I can’t hate it! I saw these guys live a few years back, and it was the most emotionally positive concert experience of my life.


3 Responses to Beer Review #4

  1. crb1

    When I was going to CSU in Ft. Collins back in 94′ New Belgium only had a couple flavors and of course they had seasonal offerings. I to this day still enjoy a good Sunshine Wheat with a sliced orange in it. I have very much enjoyed seeing them expand and create new offerings. I look forward to trying Dig. If you ever make it to Ft. Collins I would strongly suggest taking a tour of the brewery and of course the taste testing.

    • Adam Ladwig

      I’ve been to their brewery. It’s a delightful place to spend a few hours. Ft. Collins is actually a brewing brewery mecca. There’s Odell, Ft. Collins Brewery, and some innovative smaller brewers like Equinox and Funkwerks. If you ever get the chance to spend a day brewery-hopping, I highly recommend it.

  2. Crb1

    Yes I think ODells makes a 90 Schillings which is really good.