Slow Ride Session IPA | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,010 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good
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Slow Ride Session IPASlow Ride Session IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerVikingSailor on 11-03-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,010
Reviews:
160
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
10.93%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
490
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a semi-golden yellow color with a slight transparency about it. Some carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a semi-foamy white head. Dissipated nicely to leave some stringy sliding lace.
The aroma had some sweet to bitter onion bits, light danky grass, and a little bit of citrus, pine and biscuits.
The flavor was a fine blend of the sweet to bitter to dank pulling together the onion, citrus, pine and biscuits. Aftertaste of the danky onion, pine and biscuits.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a great sessionability about it. Carbonation felt appropriate and non-distracting. Somewhat oily in the texture. ABV felt as projected, somewhat low and quaint.
Overall, what does UPS say "if it fits, it ships." Damn right it does, good job New Belgium for shipping a "quality" session IPA to the East Coast.

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Photo of Nolster
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ElEversoris
4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of themegamancave
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gravewalker
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a pretty nice amber color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy/foamy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of BryantForestry
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeremiah_Nelson
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duvel1979
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metalspice
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Darhawk
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Marty
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of valkyre65
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hunteraw
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of McBraniel
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickMunford
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow color with professional clarity and 1/2" white head. Aroma is uber dry hoppy. They did a great job here. Usual suspects of tropical fruit, citrus fruit, green dank.

Taste is a very light, easy drinking 2 row and pale malt experience, replete with ample hopping of an ipa, but in a sessionable malt and alcohol setting.

Great format, great price. Because it isn't rare and is widely available, it's rating isn't as high as if it was hard to get or far more expensive format. Plus you don't need to chicago pour it, so beers that you can drink 12oz after 12oz of also seem to suffer rating wise here. Dry, reasonable bitterness.

This is a low first/high second tier session ipa.

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Photo of wa6itd
4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best-balanced IPAs I have tasted in a long time. It has a nice hop finish without excessive bitterness, and the balance of flavors is very nicely executed.

The look is perfect, the smell is very appealing, and the taste is better than any I can think of except perhaps the Lagunitas IPA and the Ballantine IPA from New Jersey (circa 1965).

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Photo of Guppy314
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours a slightly hazy yellow with an off-white head. Aroma is hops and grapefruit. Taste is fruity hops-forward with a bitter grapefruit that has a grassy flavor. Mouth feel is mixed bag with distinct intence flavors, but that vanish almost immediately.

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Photo of mikr
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Selinsgrove2015
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Slow Ride Session IPA from New Belgium Brewing
3.75 out of 5 based on 1,010 ratings.
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