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Giddy Up! - New Belgium Brewing

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82
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256 Ratings
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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Maudite on 08-22-2008)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

zestar, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Texasfan549, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

kjkinsey, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

GRG1313, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

emerge077, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

zeff80, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

StonedTrippin, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%

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!

jwc215, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

Gueuzedude, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

oriolesfan4, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

akorsak, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

Zorro, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of mothman
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%

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.

mothman, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

Wasatch, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

DrBier, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%

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).

TurdFurgison, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

scruffwhor, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%

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!

BeerFMAndy, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of Bitterbill
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

Bitterbill, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%

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.

Haybeerman, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

barnzy78, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of champ103
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

champ103, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of illidurit
2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

illidurit, Nov 21, 2013
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Giddy Up! from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.