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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
66 76 58 4 12 1

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Press Release: New Belgium Brewing’s Folly Packs Rotate “Throwback” Beers
 
Review by tavernjef on 12/30/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 9 14 4 8 2008
Fairly bright and clear orangey rusted color with a small dense capping of off-white faom that sits briefly before keeping an always present skim and fluffy collar. Lacing sits in partial stringy shelvings and some spermy looking spots.

Nice doughy aroma of fresh bread crusts, cracked wheat, toasted butter, and lots of whole grain, earthy, herbal goodness. Very pleasing nose with a clean profile, yet perfumey enough to make a decent impact.

Taste is crisp and tender with some slimming tones of toasted breads, grains, some very subtle sweetness of apple, but it quickly lends itself to a nice finish of herbal earthy hoppyness that stays clean and firm, but quickly levels off not leaving much then a faint recognition of the herbal grainyness.

Even though the taste is short its body is quite nice and clean with a firm crispness and rounded little tone of snap as the middle. Finish grabs some light grainy texture and a flinting of herbal hoppyness. A few blades of dried grass float around in the finish as well.

A very drinkable, quenchable brew to have a few of while in need of something favorably sessionable for winter, or really whenever...

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 11/25/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
60 3 7 11 3 6 2008
I dont think I would call this an ESB. Pours a very clear amber color that is very close to appearance to Fat Tire. A frothy white head that remains for some time but does dissipates to the side of the glass.

The nose is New Belgium specific. Most NB beers smell the same. But unique to Springboard, there is a floral hoppy aroma. Some citrus and noticeable grassy blend as well. The malt is also right on top with Fat Tire.

The taste follows in theme with the NB flavors and Fat Tire flavor. The malt comes out more with a nutty and a light biscuity flavor. The hops are more prominent then Fat Tire with a more US feel and some more dominate grassy flavors then citrus.

The body has a light to mid feel. The carbonation is a bit high and sorry to repeat myself but the ever so New Belgium feel to it. Overall this just doesn’t feel like an English beer let a lone ESB. But that’s half the fun with this game. Its nice to see NB finally experiment with some hops

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/27/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
58 3 5 12 3 6 0
Review from 12/11/06

A - Clear, clean, golden body with a one finger tan head that is sort of soapy looking.

S - Smells like wet cardboard? Wtf? Green hops poke out a bit.

T - Strange. Light, subdued, maybe upripe hops. Light bready maltiness. Has a bit of that same wet cardboard to it.

M - Medium bodied and smooth with good mouthfeel. Pretty much the norm for a ESB.

D - Don't know that I will finish this. Tastes almost like a bad bottle, but I am not sure that is what it is.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 11/21/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 7 14 4 7 0
Very good looking brew. A crystal clear amber with a nice sized head to it. Smell is decant, light. Taste is light with spices and some maltiness. Very drinkable brew.

Served In: Pint Glass

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