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Giddy Up! - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 265
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 25.75%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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New Belgium Brewing visit their website
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: 265
Photo of JamesMN
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Best before 11/24/13.

Appearance: The description on the label indicates the color to be that of a copper cowboy kettle, and while I can't speak to what that would look like, I can say that the color a nice deep amber/brown with a slight haze. Giddy Up! pours an off-white two finger head that quickly dissipates into a thin film, leaving lacing.

Aroma: Hazelnut espresso with toasted malt, giving the beer a pleasant Brown Ale quality. Not really getting much of the lemon peel but could just be missing it under the sweet malty aroma.

Taste: While the aroma reminded me of a Brown Ale, the flavor is more along the lines of an Amber. It's as if they took the recipe for Fat Tire and added espresso (which is far from a bad thing). Giddy up starts with creamy caramel and toffee flavor that makes a smooth transition into espresso territory. The hop character is very similar to Fat Tire, with light but assertive bitterness and earthy flavor. The finish is lively and the espresso outlasts the hops in the aftertaste. At 6% ABV it's got the right amount of flavor for its weight. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel: A tad thin for my tastes at just under medium in body. The carbonation is a bit much at times but is saved by the smooth flavor. Average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: When I read "Ale brewed with Lemon Peel and infused with Espresso" I had my doubts, but it seems New Belgium has pulled it off. Usually I associate coffee with big Imperial Stouts and Porters but the lighter malt bill paired with espresso made for a nice iced coffee experience that's perfect for a Sunday afternoon. Would I drink it again? Sure, but sounds like this was a one-time thing.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A not-retired 2013 bottling 12oz longneck poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Dark bronze and completely transparent; some white head and lacing.

S: Fairly strong espresso dominates, with faint malty and bready undertones and suggestions of lemon peel. Hints of toffee sweetness.

T: Follows the nose, good notes of fresh espresso/coffeehouse, with faint notes of toasted grains and ghostly sweetness (toffee-latte-ish). Lemon is fairly buried and probably indistinguishable without being called out on the label. Coffee is well integrated and dominant without being overwhelming.

MF: Fairly light-bodied brew, thinner to medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel.

O: Good, I liked it. Touches of caramel-toffee sweetness cut into the espresso a bit and round out the flavors well. I think an amber ale is a great medium for a coffee brew; light and refreshing, with the bright notes of lemon just shining through enough to make this a nice mid-morning drinker.

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Photo of hjelmn
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Note: I am not a fan of coffee and I got four bottles of this in a folly pack. Was not expecting any coffee beer in a folly pack.

Appearance: Good color and head retention.

Smell: Lots of coffee.

Taste: Coffee dominates the flavor. Fairly unpleasant. Would be tough to give anything better than a 8/20 for flavor on the BJCP.

Do not recommend. Avoid the current folly pack.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark caramel with a good head and good lacing

Smell: Roasted malts, grains, espresso, and a hint of lemon.

Taste: Espresso, roasted malts, grains. A tiny hint of lemon if you go looking for it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry, and creamy. The slight bitter aftertaste is from the espresso beans, not hoppiness.

The Verdict: I like it. I’ll take this shot of espresso over $tarbucks any day.

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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 gatornation
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz single from a friends folly pak

A-pours a solid black color with some garnet hues with a tan 1 finger head
S- is roasted malts and espresso no lemon at all
T-tastes like a watery espresso sweet stout
M- touch bitter with coffee and roasted malts
O-a single brew is all i want from thisone

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Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

New belgiums fall revival beer in their fall folly pack. Pours black with a white head thathangs around for awhile and leaves some lacing. Some light can penetrate through giving the beer an amber hue. Looks alot like coffee with a white head on it. Smells strongly of esspresso and some lemon at the end. Tastes like cold, carbonated coffee/esspresso. Even as the beer warmed this was the only flavor i could pick up from it. Kind of disappointed this beer didn't have more flavors coming through. Pretty solid mouthfeel and body. Carbonation fades quickly and gives it a thicker, chewy mouthfeel after the initial heavy carbonation. Overall, not impressed with this beer. It is just okay. Like drinking cold, carbonated coffee. Wish some of the lemon and other flavors came out and then I could see this being a better beer. Seems inconsistent between bottles. Some were more complex and the lemon as well as some hops come through with the coffee making the beer much more enjoyable on some bottles.

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Photo of armock
2.03/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Poured a dark copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Nothing but black coffee I don't get any lemon here

T - Just like it smells its like drinking cold black coffee no real balance of coffee beans and any sort of a base beer

M - This beer has a thin watery body with medium carbonation to it

D - This was a waste of my money I could only drink half the pint before I sent it back to the bartender and ordered a new beer this is carbonated coffee not an amber stay away from this one

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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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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 seaoflament
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to smellsofstout for this extra on a recent trade. I shared this beer last night at La Bella Pizza with Joey and Danny. I had never tried this beer before and the combination of espresso and lemon peel seemed odd to me. Turns out the beer wasn't that bad at all.

Pours a brownish-amber hue with a half inch of foam.

Can definitely smell the coffee, more like slightly stale ground coffee. Nutty malts, caramel, and toffee with a very light lemon presence in the back.

On first sip, wow, this isn't bad. Smooth, lightly roasted coffee flavor, cream, nutty, caramel, and just a splash of lemon in the finish to blend with the coffee acidity. Some milk chocolate flavors once the beer warms up a bit more. Well balanced flavors, the coffee is not overdone and the lemon peel brings in an interesting finish that blends quite well.

Low carbonation but with some body on the palate. The beer leaves almost a silky feeling on the tongue. Very enjoyable beer, wouldn't mind having this one again.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper color that has a bubbly creamy light tan head. Smells of coffee, and true the lemon does come out a wee bit in the nose, but is definitely more prominent in the aftertaste. The espresso adds a nice character to the flavor and drinkability of this brew.

Part of the Folly pack I picked up when I was out on the Oregon Coast. Wasn't sure what to make of it...but I knew I wouldn't be let down by the other three offerings in the pack.

Seriously, I think I could really like or really hate this been depending on the day. Today, it falls into the I like side of the fence. I can see why some folks didn't like this. But if you're a fan of iced tea or iced coffee, this beer is worth a try....and in the Folly Pack it worked out to less than one dollar...what a deal. Can't get prices like that at Starbucks.

It's akin to iced coffee, that someone snuck a lemon wedge into thinking it was iced tea.

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Photo of whynot44
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark amber/copper color with a creamy off-white head that manages a bit of sticky lacing.

The aroma is mild espresso with some hints of lemon.

The flavor starts with just a hint of sweet caramel malt, quickly overcome by a mild espresso bitterness and hints of lemon zest that last through the finish, leaving a mild coffee aftertaste.

Light/medium body, creamy smooth and very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of xqed
1.47/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

The beer is a beautiful dark color. That is all I can say I liked about it.

Aroma gave some clues as to what was to come - but didn't quite give a complete picture.

The first drop that hit the tongue wasn't bad... but then the full flavor hit, and I actually convulsed at how bad it was. I have no idea where they were trying to go with the combination of flavors, but they ended up in a suburb of hell as far as I'm concerned.

Poured the rest down the drain. Only the 2nd beer I've ever done that to.

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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 Beefeater57
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish brown, dark copper color. Carbonated, head doesn't retain well.

S: Caramel, traces of cocoa and toffee. Very nice smell.

T: What I get most is in the finish, and that's lemon. Very citrus finish that takes over a lot of the flavor of the beer. Some caramel malts up front with hints of toffee and no hop flavors that I can detect. Don't really pick up the espresso flavors, citrus/lemon flavors are quite present.

M: Smooth, slightly thin body. Sticky, oily mouthfeel but pretty smooth.

D: I don't understand the lemon addition to this beer. Would have loved the espresso to pop through, and without the lemon. I love the caramel/toffee flavors but the citrus finish just makes for a weird experience. However, it is an easy to drink beer.

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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 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 sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in trade from vasdef42. Thanks, Jared!

A-Pours a clear honey amber with a fluffy white head but little lacing.

S-Label says this was brewed with lemon peel and infused with espresso. Both are there, though the espresso is dominant. Lemon in the background is very nice.

T-That's nice. Espresso dominates the front of the palate, though it's a bit subdued compared to the nose. Lemon notes take over midway through and this finishes nice and clean. A bit tart and a bit sweet.

M-Clean, crisp, medium bodied.

D-Really refreshing, well balanced between sweet and tarty notes. This is a good one.


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Photo of BeanBone
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A clear and deep rust-colored body with a solid finger of eggshell head. Decent chunky lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malt body with lots of medium-roasted coffee. Not much as far as hops or lemon coming through, but the coffee is brilliant. In a blind smell test, there's an outside chance I'd peg this as coffee, not beer.

Taste: It's still very much all about the coffee in the flavor profile as well. The profile is of mildly bitter coffee flavors firmly in the medium-roasted coffee territory, so don't be expecting a dark-roasted espresso. The backbone is somewhat reminiscent of 1554 (although much weaker) and nicely sweet. There might be a splash of citrus in there, but it's hard to pin down.

Mouthfeel: A smooth, medium body with average carbonation.

Drinkability: Moderate drinkability. The coffee might get somewhat tiring after a while.

Verdict: Giddy Up is somewhat one-dimensional beer, but it does what it does perfectly, having the best recreation of coffee flavors I've ever experienced in a beer. If you're looking for medium-roasted coffee flavors in a beer, you can't go wrong here. It works perfectly as part of a mix-pack, but I'm not convinced I'd be picking up a lot of six-packs.

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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 KeefD
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color, nearly brown, a huge 3 finger tan head, falls slowly, good lacing. Aroma is a nice mix of chocolate, coffee, and bright hops. Still has that same New Belgium yeast aroma that I get in every one of their beers. Taste has very nice coffee flavor, but it's not overly pronounced. The coffee blends nicely with the biscuity, nutty malts and earthy hops. I'm not picking up too much of the lemon. As with the nose, the flavor is typical New Belgium, as most of their beers seem to have a Fat Tire base, and then they work around that. Not sure if it's the malts or the yeast, but many of beers have the same qualities, but that's not a complaint. Just nothing new or exciting. It's slightly sweet and well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium and slightly creamy with the low carbonation. I liked this beer, but couldn't see myself trying to get it in six packs. It was good enough as a treat in the Folly Pack.

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

A - Pours a clear chestnut brown with hardly any foam, just a ring of small bubbles around the glass

S - nice mild coffee aromas and some roasted malts

T - some sweet malt and nut flavor up front with some nice coffee flavors coming through and some hints of lemon

M/D - medium bodied and easy drinking, a very nice version of a coffee beer. I don't know if I'd want to drink it one after the other, but definitely worth a try.

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