philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2010
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. Ninjalectual (2) - USA - FEB 10, 2007 does not count
I agree that this beer does not stand up well against other craft brewed ales in a typical comparison of aroma or flavor. It’s nothing special in conventional measures, but it stands out in the feeling of inebration it induces. People get crazy on even small ammounts of it, and I personally blame the wormwood. Could it be that this beer has an absinthian kick to it? My unscientific findings say yes. It is possible as southern wormwood is a legal ingredient in the United States, and has a somewhat milder green fairy effect, but has the effect nonetheless.
As a craft ale, I give it 6/10.
As a beer that I will look forward to drinking, 10/10. icehawk (876) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Light, fruity, with hint of spice. One of my all time favorite warm weather beers. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Pours a faded pale yellow w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Froth is clingy and finally rests to an island of cream. Aroma is bright w/ perfume. Light nectar w/ mellow residual effers. Very slick in the palate. Flavors are refreshing and loaded w/ flavor for how light it is. A bit of spice is detected w/ undertones of wood and biscuits. Slight banana spice and lemony citrus. The finish is perfectly bittered. A nice balanced brew. Derrick17 (10) - Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2007 I found this beer a nice change of pace for NBB. I really liked the flavors that this beer gives, along with the great nose. I found it easy to drink on these warmer spring days here in Colorado where we still have a little nip in the air. Nice sourness with a dry finish. Well done.
Outchillen (29) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2008
This is my favorite spring beer ever, I go to a bar regularly and where im from we can’t get this so it was smuggled in. It’s so crisp and refreshing, you can drink it non-stop, I only wish to be able to get it regularly here. Great beer leah2974 (429) - Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Pours a cloudyish yellow with foamy head. Good lacing. Light berry/yeasty/hoppy aroma. Mild carbonation. Yeasty flavors and creamy mouthfeel upfront. Flavors fade into herbal notes. Green tea. Very interesting beer.