Tuesday, December 17, 2013
New Belgium Giddy Up Ale (7/10)
Giddy Up is brewed with Pale, C-80, and Black malts along with Target hops.
The aroma is that of coffee with a hint of citrus.
The color is a clear, dark mahogany with some copper to it. The head is off-white and dissipates within a minute or so, leaving behind very lace-like lacing in the glass that tends to dissipate over time.
The flavor starts with a moderate coffee note. The mouth feel has some creaminess to it, but not a lot. Lemon makes an appearance but definitely takes a back seat (maybe even the trunk) to the coffee flavor, which dominates. Aftertaste is bitter, like a cup of coffee that might have gotten slightly stale or been brewed a bit too strong. It’s not unpleasant, but not what I want my beer to taste like.
Beer Advocate gives it an 81 or “good” rating. Rate Beer gives it an 85 overall. I’m giving it a 7/10 overall.
Since this review is being written before the arrival of New Belgium beer in Ohio, I don’t know where you can find this beer in Ohio, if at all. This review is based on a taste test from Indiana, where New Belgium products have been available for much longer.
Sweet, Malty, Dry, or Bitter: Malty
Hops Level: Low
Dominant Flavors: Coffee, Malt
My Rating: 7/10