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New Belgium Brewing Company is a regional brewery located in Fort Collins, Colorado. It opened in 1991 after Jeff Lebesch, the brewery’s founder, took his home-brewing passion commercial. In 2009, it produced over 582,000 barrels of its various labels. As of 2010, it was the third-largest craft brewery and seventh-largest overall brewery in the United States.

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Snapshot – NEW

New Belgium Snapshot

ABV: 5.0     IBU: 13
Hops: Cascade
Malts: Pale, Wheat
Body: Medium-Light
Aroma: Flavor and tartness, like fresh-cut lemons, enhanced by a light floral aroma. Wheat comes through as a fresh bread note.
Mouthfeel: Initially rich and creamy, it ends spritzy and with a refreshing twang.
Flavor: Starts sweet, moves into a tangy sourness that finishes clean.
Visual: Hazy pale straw, light white foam and sticky lacing.


Fat Tire

New Belgium Fat Tire

ABV: 5.2%     IBU: 18.5
Hops: Willamette, Goldings, Target
Malts: Pale, C-80, Munich, Victory
Body: Medium
Aroma: Sweet biscuty and caramel malts, subtle notes of fresh fennel and green apple
Mouthfeel: carbonation and light sweetness finish clean on your palate.
Flavor: Toasty malt, gentle sweetness, flash of fresh hop bitterness. The malt and hops are perfectly balanced.
Visual: Clear, amber and bright with white lacing



New Belgium 1554

ABV: 5.6%     IBU: 21
Hops: Target
Malts: Pale, Carapils, Black, Munich, Chocolate
Body: Light – Medium
Aroma: Slightly fruity, herbal, spicy, rooty, coffee, chocolate, toffee
Mouthfeel: Due to the lager yeast ferm at high temps and the chocolate and black malt- this beer starts and finishes dry yet the middle is round and malt rich. session!
Flavor: Starts bitter chocolate with bright acidity, roasty and toasty, sweetness to round it out sweet/spicy, rooty, peppery undertones, lingering fruit acidity
Visual: Brilliant/clear, mahogany

Sunshine Wheat

New Belgium Sunshine Wheat

ABV: 4.8%     IBU: 14
Hops: Target
Malts: Pale, Carapils, Wheat
Fruits/Spice: Orange Peel, Coriander
Body: Light
Aroma: Fruity, herbal aroma with a sweet and tart citrus nose and flavor.. Gentle wheaty characteristic with no hop aroma/flavor.
Mouthfeel: Light crisp carbonation with a clean and fruity finish.
Flavor: Huge spicy/herbal/fruity coriander flavor brought out by the beer’s carbonation. Subtle orange and lemon, rounded malt character with little bitterness- bitter orange zest. Slightly sweet with a hint of apple and honey and sage, slightly tart and tangy.
Visual: Light and sunny yellow with a slight sheen (halo-due to wheat addition), white lacing and creamy head.

Blue Paddle

New Belgium Blue Paddle

ABV: 4.8%     IBU: 33
Hops: Saaz, Liberty, Target
Malts: Pale, Munich, Carapils, Aromatic
Body: Light – Medium
Aroma: Lit match (naturally occurring SO2- antioxidant), slightly fruity, floral, herbal, toasty
Mouthfeel: Firm, dry, slightly bitter finish
Flavor: Sweetish malt background, slightly bitter, clean, herbal hops
Visual: Brilliant/clear, thich billowy foam- good head retention


Ranger IPA

New Belgium Ranger IPA

ABV: 6.5%     IBU: 70
Hops: Chinook, Simcoe, Cascade
Malts: Pale, C-120
Body: Medium
Aroma: Bursts with an abundance of hops (citrus, floral and fruity)
Mouthfeel: Bitter and dry hop finish- imbalanced yet sessionable!
Flavor: Pale and caramel malts harmonize with hop flavor from start to finish- yet finishes deliciously bitter.
Visual: Light veil over this amber beauty



New Belgium Abbey Ale

ABV: 7.0%     IBU: 20
Hops: Willamette, Target, Liberty
Malts: Pale, Chocolate, Carapils, C-80, Munich
Body: Medium – Full
Aroma: Candy banana, sweet chocolate malt, clove, bubblegum, sweet spice cake, cinnamon, dark fruits
Mouthfeel: Full mouthfeel, creamy and rounded start and middle, slight warming and peppery perception give it a clean and slightly dry finish
Flavor: Spiced banana bread, slight peppery/clove/herbal, sweet caramel and bitter roasty chewy chocolate malt, nuances of pipe tobacco
Visual: Clear (kegs) or Hazy (bottles) with a deep redwood-mahogany, tan head with elegant billowing lacing


New Belgium Shift

ABV: 5.0     IBU: 29
Hops: Target, Nelson Sauvin, Liberty, Cascade
Malts: Pale, Munich, C-80
Body: Medium-Light
Aroma: Delicate interplay between the subtle flavors of American hops and Specialty malts- the hops bring fruity (nelson), citrus (cascade) and floral/herbal (liberty) aromas. While the specialty malts exhibit toasted bread and a touch of sweet honey.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean- just like you would expect from a great Lager. That finish just begs you to take another sip.
Visual: Deep dark straw with copper highlights in this crystal clear brew