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Giddy Up! - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 267
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 25.75%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Maudite on 08-22-2008

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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 267
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at the Protest Bottle Share For LA Beer Week held at Red Carpet Wine in Glendale, CA.

Best before 11/24/13.

Pours a clear light copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, coffee, and espresso aromas. Taste is much the same with coffee and espresso flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that tastes more like a coffee flavored soda than beer in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

not retired at all, but back in the folly mix box this fall. ale brewed with lemon peel and infused with espresso. a noble concept, and it works. like the best espressos of Italy, with lemon zest and black Sambuca, this captures a lot of that. nice color, more red than brown, especially for a coffee ale. half inch of tan foam dies fast. it smells heavenly, like real stiff espresso shots and ale yeast, a surprisingly delicious combination. the flavor is excellent too, clean coffee on the font end, with the acidity coming from the lemon, not the coffee. the lemon is tart and puckery, and it wipes the palate sort of clean before the swallow. im left with an almost chalky malty finish, quite good really. not enough body for me here though, I need a little more heft with a coffee beer, and the soda-like carbonation is unbecoming, it makes it seem young and restless rather than mature and wise, like a kid that's had espresso, not some cobweb covered old professorial type who knows how to handle a few shots. still, the aromatic experience alone makes this a winner, and the unique blend of ingredients is well put together. drinkable enough, and a nice little energy lift comes mid bottle. I like it.

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Photo of emerge077
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by: FEB032013.

Saturated copper color, good clarity, some rising carbonation visible. Frothy collar of tan foam, spindly lace in the glass. Good surface coverage, creamy surface texture.

Earthy aroma of mild coffee, odd yeastiness.

Coffee is present in the taste, though subdued and mellow. Earthy mellow coffee and light toasted malt. Carbed a little high, it feels frothy across the palate. Overall its fun to try this retro beer, but wasn't all that exciting.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, copper color with a foamy, bubbly, two-finger head. It left nice lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of expresso, lemon and some caramel malt. Very interesting.

T - It tasted of expresso, vanilla, caramel and some bitter hop kick. Great coffee flavor.

M - It was smooth and soft. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is very unique and very good. I think it should be a regular release.

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Photo of jwc215
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours ruby brown with a thin to wispy off-white head. Trailing lace drapes down the glass.

The smell is of lemon, floral notes, mint, spiced bread, roasted coffee.

The taste is of medium, approaching dark, malt (dark toffee), roasted mild coffee, hint of tangy lemon. Spicy, dry-ish finish.

It is smooth, effervescent/spritzy, but not fizzy. It leaves a fresh, pleasant aftertaste.

This is a unique beer - blends a malty character with coffee and lemon, without the porter/stout character - more towards amber ale (as it is categorized). Didn't know by the description if it would work, but it sure does!

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Photo of mothman
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass.

Color is a dark orange amber. Slight tan head that was very thin with no lace.

The aroma was amazing. Smells like a perfect roast of coffee. Also lemon zest and coffee bean aromas.

Taste is just like a perfect roast of coffee with lemon zest. There was also a chocolate taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Pretty clean aftertaste that is well carbonated.

Overall, this beer is awesome. I really enjoyed this beer and I plan on buying more of it, if I can still find it. I highly recommend.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson AZ; October 2008
Arrives in the New Belgium Globe glass with a dark, brown color that shows a clear, rich, roasted red color when held up to the light. It is topped by a frothy, light tan colored head that has great staying power and never recedes past a full layer of froth. The aroma is so expressive of coffee, in fact this is the best expression of the coffee been that I have ever experienced in a beer; nutty, dark chocolate notes, even berry-like coffee derived notes are all noticeable and all distinctly derived from the roasted coffee bean. If you like coffee (especially something like a lighter city roast with a touch of roast), then the nose on this beer is just fantastic. It is quite one dimensional (you won't see me complaining about that though) and I don't even get a hint of any lemon zest.

The flavor is not quite as coffee focused, or really intense, as the aroma was, but it is still dominated by the coffee notes; flavors of toasted nuts and cocoa definitely stand out here. This beer is lightly sweet, which accentuates the cocoa notes a bit. Light and quaffable, but with enough body to keep things interesting (just a hint of a viscous heft). The roast notes add some bitterness to the finish. As the beer warms some berry like fruitiness mixes in with the coffee notes, but I still can't pull out any citrus. Objectively, this beer has lots of roast character for a beer of this color, it is a very smooth roast character though. This was definitely enjoyable, I easily drank two pints of this, but the aroma is clearly heads and tails more appealing than the flavor to me.

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Photo of Zorro
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Double Tree Hotel in San Jose California. Served in a New Belgium over-sized wine glass.

What we have here is a clear deep red colored ale with a small tan head.

Smell is strongly of malt and fresh ground coffee beans. Fainter scents of smoke and vanilla.

The taste starts out strongly of espresso beans fresh roasted and sweet chocolate and vanilla. Easy to describe the flavor of this. This tastes exactly like a chocolate covered espresso beans. After awhile a distinct orange aftertaste develops, rather nice.

Mouthfeel is on the light side.

Verdict is a very tasty and drinkable beer. To enjoy this beer though it is pretty much mandatory to like coffee.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to Tolnik for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark amber color, nice carbonation, nice little one-finger creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with coffee. The taste is malty, sweet, with coffee notes. Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad, but nothing I would drink again.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased on Liquid Solutions.

A: The ale pours with a vigorous carbonation. So much so that the glass nearly overflowed when the bottle was still half full. Three plus fingers of head are lacing in a spiderweb patchwork. The ale is an amber brown color.

S: The espresso is especially strong, concentrated and bitter. A faint lemon tartness, very faint, is a counterpunch.

T: I've never had such a strong coffee taste out of such a light (relatively speaking) ale. The espresso is sweet and sharp with a lactic undertone. Lemon is more peel than juice, a perfect compliment to the espresso (although I prefer my espresso with sambuca over lemon peel). A very accessible ale that shows off the espresso in a pleasant manner.

M: The espresso is the best feature of the ale, so if you don't like coffee you've been warned. The hops and amber malts are almost nonexistent.

D: I was expecting to be underwhelmed, based on the feedback-to-date. I am quite happy to report that it exceeded my expectations. The coffee flavor is dominant and I love espresso.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this at the 12th annual Parkway River Fall Festival, on tap.

It poured a hazy rddish brown with a small head of foam.

The smell was of coffee and some fruitiness. A little light on the nose but good.

The taste overwhelmed me with the coffee. Seriously, with the first few sips, I could taste nothing else. As it warmed up a bit, I did get some earthy and fruity tones but the coffee dominated everything at every stage.

Medium bodied and medium carbonated, it finished with a bitter coffee flavour that left a short aftertaste. By the time my glass was empty, I knew that a "refill" was not in order. 1 was enough. Someone else here said it reminded him of iced coffee and I totally concur.

Bottom line: If you're a fan of coffee, this one should please you as it doesn't get more coffee-like than this. For me, it was kind of over the top with coffee and I didn't find it all that drinkable. YMMV.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, bright orange/amber color. Poured a 2 finger beige head with fair retention. Broken, inconsistent lacing. Lightly decanted.

S: Citrus lemon zest and coffee beans.

T: Consistent with smell; flavors were clear and present - bitter coffee, roasted malts - but not overbearing; very nice balance. Ample bittering hops to brighten the finish.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Overall smooth and creamy, but clean in the finish.

D: Pretty sure I could drink a lot of this. I tire of coffee, but this in this beer the flavor is not over-done.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Freakin Frog in Vegas. It was listed as an "ale with espresso", usually implying a coffee stout (at least to me) but this time it's an amber beer. The smell was very nice, malty with loads of coffee. The beer tastes mainly sweet, with a nice coffee after-taste that lasts a long time. Very good, even better than I expected, but then again I didn't know it was New Belgium (which would have raised expectations right away but this beer meets those standards).

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
6% ABV, "Serve at 45°F", Best Before 26 JAN 14

A - Giddy Up! is a dark copper colored beer that has a fleeting off-white head which leaves little lace. It's dark color makes clarity difficult to see but when held up to the light, small carbonation bubbles can be seen fleeing to the surface.

S - Boisterous espresso evaporates into the nostrils with haste, gently balanced by a smooth touch of toffee and slightly overdone toast.

T - Like the aroma suggests, Giddy Up! is big on the espresso but, it's toasted malt base is light, not beefy like, say, a stout, so the lovely coffee flavor is there but not over the top. While lemon peel is devoid in the aroma, sweet lemon bar notes along with a touch of caramel traipse through the background.

M - Giddy Up!'s lighter body lends itself well to the bold flavor of the infused espresso as the dainty carbonation pours over the tongue, drying the palate out for a balanced finish that's neither bitter nor sweet.

O - It's not often you'll find coffee in a beer other than a porter or stout and, on the occasion you might, they can certainly be hit or miss. After all, pairing coffee's bold flavors with something other than the complimentary chocolaty profile of roasted malts can be tough. New Belgium's Giddy Up! pulls off a non-stout coffee beer wonderfully though! Espresso through and through, this lighter bodied, easier drinking toasted amber brew is just the thing to perk you up!

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Photo of champ103
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark and clear ruby color. A two finger beige head forms and leaves some spotty lace.
S: Really not much there. Some biscuit malt and a bit of coffee.
T: Lots of strong acrid coffee. Light pale malty sweetness. No balance, and kind of an odd combination.
M/D A medium body, but over carbonated and thin for my tastes. The roasted coffee makes this a little hard to swallow. Something I find often with coffee infused beer.

This is a miss. An interesting idea, but does not really cut it in the end. New Belgium does better.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at BJ's, nice amber color and then a whiff of straight espresso. Amazingly one-dimensional in aroma, all espresso. The taste is complete espresso with a hint of citrus. The flavor and smell don't match the appearance at all, this was a weird beer.

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Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer provided by SeaBass

A: Pours a nutty brown hue with amber tones showing through. 1/2 finger creamy head which exhibits great retention. Nice solid lace noted.

S: Nice coffee aroams. Not bold espresso, more on the mild side. Notes of caramel malt as well.

T: Nice sweet brown sugar malt up front with hints of nuts. Nice blast of coffee makes this a real winner. Man do I love me some coffee in my beer.

M: Medium in body, smooth, with nice carbonation.

D: Tasty and drinkable as hell. The lower level of coffee makes this one I could session with. Very nice.

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Photo of alexgash
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle came as a part of the Folly Pack.

Pours a dark clean amber with a small, cobwebby, egshell white head. Nose is a nice blend of caramel biscuit dough, fresh coffee, and some mild lemon zest. Taste follows the nose's lead. Caramelly biscuit dough malts impart a touch of sweetness. Roasted coffee bite swells mid-palate, with nice chocolate overtones. More biscuit and caramel sweetness in the finish, along with a hint of lemon and herbs, and a modest dose of espresso bitterness. Nice. Medium body goes down smoothly. Pretty good!

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Photo of Deuane
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark copper with a thin tan ring that left spotty lace.

S-Light coffee with a spicy touch. Toffee, latte' and a light hint of bitter lemon peel.

T-Lemon bite overlying rich espresso flavour. Nice bitterness upfront and malt sweetness in the background.

M-Medium-light bodied with coffee bitterness in the drying finish.

D-A lemon coffee beer...WTF? But, for me, this one works! damn good. Light with lots of flavour and very surprised that the combination works as good as it does! Kudos to NBB for taking the chance with this one.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep amber with minimal head and nice clarity. Nose features mild espresso qualities along with some grainy malts, and some bright lemon zest notes. Taste has light fruity notes with some roasty notes. Espresso is present but mild. Lemon zest makes an appearance as well and makes for a mild flavor profile overall. Mouthfeel is light and mildly carbonated. Overall, some good things going on but everything is unfortunately bland.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

BA is telling me that this is retired already? Well, I hope she's fresh. She apparently came from a Fall Sampler Pack. Thank you, Dustin, for beer running in PA.

Very dark for an amber ale. Looks brown-red with good clarity. Foam amounted to half a finger, but it has a nice light tan color. Doesn't grip the glass wall too firmly.

Has a very standardized amber ale aroma. Toasted cereal, some mucky roast, something that could be attributed to light coffee, English toffee, earthiness in the presence of mild hopping, and some oxidation. Not picking up any real evidence of citrus or lemon, for that matter.

Quite bland for a beer called 'Giddy Up!'. I pick up a very restrained nuance of coffee, but not a true flavor of espresso. Maybe, coffee grounds. Hardly worth speaking about. The main components to the taste are aged malt grains, toast, English mustiness, browned apple, cardboard, and a light shandy-like note that insists that lemon peel is noticeable.

Nice wooly body with a good mouth of peppery carbonation that doesn't exceed its limits. Just a nice round feel.

Disappointing, but perhaps freshness is what's lacking here. Won't have another chance to give this the 'go-round'.

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Photo of Floydster
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a few glasses of this at Naja's Place in Redondo Beach last night during happy hour, bartender said it was a brown ale infused with espresso beans and lemons

A-Ruby red and brown in color, thin 1/2 inch off white ubbly head that did not last long, not much retention, some lacing at first
S-First and foremost there is espresso, caramel, toffee, lemon, cream, dark roasted accents, toast, hint of sugar, and burned malts
T-Initial taste was coffee, then an amber or red ale-like middle with some caramel malt and some notes of brown sugar, on the verge of being chewy, the finish is dry with espresso and some citrus, lemon comes out more later but is evident all the way through, got slightly sweeter as it warmed but coffee stood its ground
M-Not much carbonation, thin to medium body, mouthfeel is dry and slightly citrusy, coffee dominates the sensation, taste lingers a long time
D-Goes down pretty easily at first but then becomes a little heavy, coffee flavor can get tiresome even though it is smooth, alcohol is hidden well

Happy and surprised to see this was not a specialty beer when we got there because we were able to get some pitchers and not pay eight dollars per glass, the most unique offering from New Belgium that I have had and probably most interesting thing I have drank in a while period, would drink again if I ever see it, recommended

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Photo of Beaver13
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by April 3 2009. Pours a clear reddish amber with a creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is cold coffee and a little toffee and nuts.

The flavor is coffee and roast with some nuts and fruit leading to a slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, it's pretty one dimensional with the coffee notes, but I enjoy it. It's interesting having a lighter coffee beer with some fruit notes.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Part of the sampler pack I picked up. A retired brew resurrected for the occasion!

This is an interesting brew. It pours a amber-tan caramel color, almost like a watered down cup of coffee or a cold brewed tea, topped with a creamy slightly cocoa colored foaming.

The lemon notes contrast well with the espresso characteristics. The aroma has a slight coffee with lemony squeeze character. This combination comes out with much more prominence as I taste it.

There’s not an overwhelming “coffee” character to this, which leads me to think there’s more options for coffee and beer combinations than just the usual stouts and porters.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the Skylark Lounge in Denver. Pours a medium amber color, with a little bit of head. Aromas of biscuit malt, some caramel and a whole lot of freshly ground and brewed espresso. This is a really nicely balanced beer, with a good caramel malt background, contrasted nicely by a huge hit of espresso. I have no idea what happened to this beer, but I kind of miss it.

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Giddy Up! from New Belgium Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.