FatWater (20) - Martinez, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
ajnepple (1674) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
ellolovey (427) - Georgia, USA - FEB 9, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light, fruity, with hint of spice. One of my all time favorite warm weather beers.
seymour (1320) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 13, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
bpreo (1426) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 11, 2010
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
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?
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a hazy straw yellow, nose is herby and spicy with a hint of cereal grain, tastes like a sweet spice rack.
Beerbuddha (100) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!!
lawman834 (210) - Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
New Belgium Brewing Company--Springboard Ale--2007 12 oz. Bottle Release. 6.20% ABV--25 IBU’s? (4.25 / 5.0) Blonde Ale-Spiced--Dense lacy white head. Clear bright yellow color. Mild hop Goji berry Wormwood front. Smooth creamy mellow Chinese Schisandra caramel spice rich Blonde body. Mellow tangy smooth China hop spice end. Neat! Sampled 2/25/2007.
New Belgium Brewing Company--"Springboard Ale ""98% Ale Brewed With Wormwood, Lycium, and Schisandra; 2% Ale Aged in Oak Barrels"""--2008 12 oz. Bottle Release. 6.20% ABV--25 IBU’s? (4.5 / 5.0) Blonde Ale-Spiced--Thin mild lace head. Clear thin yellow gold color hazes BC bright lemon. Mellow complex spice hop front. Cloying mild creamy sweet fruit wheat spice malty mild ester body. Cloying malt mild hop refreshing spicy end. Novel complex rich Wheat Ale. Out of the Box! Sampled 1/16/2008. 6-Pack--$6.99.