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RATINGS: 299   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Ale brewed with wormwood, goji berries, and schisandra. Deftly, this spring brewed venture lands on its feet. Springboard combines oats, ancient Chinese herbs and Mt. Hood hops to maintain a balanced equilibrium for such an exhilarating ale. This cloudy blonde has a spirited threshold, and a creamy body, followed by a refreshingly dry finish.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2013
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Pours lightly light gold with less than a half finger of white head. Aroma of light grains and wheat with loads of spice and a little citrus. Taste is light bitter. Grains and spice with some citrus and some bitter herbs. Medium bodied with a slightly sticky texture. Lively carbonation and a decently long finish. Overall, pretty good. Im glad they are re-releasing some of these retired brews in the folly pack.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatWater (20) - Martinez, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Picked this up in the new Folly Pack. Aroma is of faint yeast, barnyard, and lemon zest. Appearance is golden and clear with a good creamy head that dissipates quickly. Not to interesting with the taste, faint herbs come through, a hint of wormwood, and a slight yeasty fruitiness with a bitter, earthy aftertaste. Palate is superb, crisp and refreshing, highly drinkable. Overall this is a great springtime, warm weather beer, it would be an outstanding session beer if it had a lower abv. I have a feeling this is a sneaky drink. Not the best from New Belgium, but it definitely gets the job done for a warmer weather beer. The second one I poured out of a bottle was mush better so here are some updates because I believe the first one was poured improperly. First off the aroma is stronger, second the appearance is now very cloudy and not clear, I can see yeast sediment in the beer which is settling on the bottom of the glass, taste has become more spicy with an almost Saison feel to it. Overall the second helping of this beer has drastically improved it in my eye. The only difference on the operators part is that I poured more vigorously into a pint glass instead of a gentle pour into a Belgian tulip glass.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ajnepple (2117) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours golden and slightly hazy with a frothy white cap that retains well. Aroma is mild, toasted grains and light fruitiness. Light to medium body with a thin and dry texture. Crisp and refreshing flavor.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ellolovey (453) - Georgia, USA - FEB 9, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours a translucent straw color with a thin white head. Aroma of vanilla, cereal, and roasted nuts. Taste like corn flakes with hints of vanilla and roasted malts. Active carbonation. Light bodied and refreshing. Dry finish. Boring.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Light, fruity, with hint of spice. One of my all time favorite warm weather beers.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
seymour (1414) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 13, 2011
Tasted from bottle into nucleated pint glass. Pours a pale straw color with medium off-white head, somewhat lasting, little lace. Familiar aromas of grass and slightly fruity yeast, but unfamiliar herbal aromas as well. I had been wanting to taste a wormwood ale for awhile, this is a much more delicate brew than I was hoping for. However, in researching schisandra I learned ancient Chinese healers recommended it as a sexual enhancer for men and women. Get it...springboard? Further proof of New Belgium Brewery’s twisted sense of humor. Overall, a flowery, mostly neutral light golden ale. An interesting date, but she wasn’t really my type.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
bpreo (1547) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 11, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2010 Also not a fan of this beer. "Spice/Herb/Veggie" huh? I don’t know what that has to do with the Spring season?

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Pours a hazy straw yellow, nose is herby and spicy with a hint of cereal grain, tastes like a sweet spice rack.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerbuddha (100) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - JUL 7, 2010
This beer poured a nice golden yellow color with a huge, fluffy white head. The smell was nice and hoppy with great citrus notes. Also had a nice spiciness to it. The taste was a very refreshing bitterness with a nice maltiness in the front. The mouthfeel was light to medium body with medium carbonation. Overall the beer was nice and refreshing. Great beer!!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lawman834 (221) - Texas, USA - APR 27, 2010
Pours a light straw. Looks like a light macro, but a bit cloudier. Smells of grassy hops with a hint of sweetness. The taste is a little unique. Again, grassy hops. Sweet malts to balace it out. There are some other overtones that I don’t recognize. Crisp and tasty though. I like it. Light and crisp, but not lacking in character. Very drinkable.


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