Slow Ride Session IPA
New Belgium Brewing Company

Slow Ride Session IPASlow Ride Session IPA
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IPA - American
3.73 | pDev: 10.99%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Slow Ride Session IPASlow Ride Session IPA
Reviews: 162 | Ratings: 1,020 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Sigmund from Norway

3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

355 ml can, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 4.5%. Clear golden colour, moderate white head. Fresh hoppy aroma of pine needles and spruce tips, hints of newmown grass and tropical fruits. Light bodied. Dry flavour with distinct bittering hops throughout, also piney and fruity notes. Bitter aftertaste.

Mar 19, 2021
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Jun 28, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Apr 04, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Oct 26, 2016
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wa6itd from California

4.7/5  rDev +26%
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).

Oct 26, 2016
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Oct 14, 2016
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Spikester from Oregon

3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold with one plump finger of white ten minute head. Rings of lace.
Smell is dank hops with a light touch of malt.
Taste is mild hop bitterness with a touch of malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Finish is lightly dry and modestly bitter.
Overall an alright session IPA. I noticed mine was about a month past the best by date. So I will seek out a fresher example and do some editing if warranted.

Sep 03, 2016
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D1noB from Oklahoma

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grapefruit flavor with just enough IPA/hoppy taste to leave you wanting more. A drinkable, light beer worth a try. Some IPA's come out strong with the hoppy/flowery taste, Slow Ride is a slow steady experience.

Taste Rating in Words: You're car's a light grapefruit/IPA automobile and you're on a long relaxing Sunday drive, a drive that fades into a smooth sun set.

Aug 31, 2016
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Pours orange yellow with a fluffy white head. Smells of floral and cirtus hops, very inviting. Tastes of citrus and earthy hops, very great taste with nice grain backbone. Beer is light bodied and very drinkable. Overall, a very good beer.

Aug 29, 2016
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold colour. Smells like lemon peel, orange peel, and citrus hops. Tastes like light, sweet malts, citrus hops, and lemon peel. Very light overall and refreshing.

Jul 17, 2016
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J_T_Arlington from New Mexico

4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks very pale.

Smells faintly of hops, citrus fruit, and hay.

Tastes great. The lesser amount of alcohol takes nothing away from the taste. Lightly hoppy, somewhat of grass, with a fruity, tropical, apricot aftertaste.

Feels great, velvety.

Overall, pretty descent. Would recommend where and when better micros are not available.

Jul 13, 2016
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Fear4Beer from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good stuff. It is a lighter IPA. That to me means that the mouthfeel is a bit watery, the ABV is lower, and probably lower calories too.

It has that grapefruit taste with minimal bitters. Its a pleasant beer to drink. I'd drink this when I'm in a social situation. Some beers are just so darn strong that by the time you finish two of them you can feel your IQ dropping and your ability to communicate is nil. This is a good social beer. I'd try it again.

Jun 30, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Belgium Brewing "Slow Ride Session IPA"
12 fl. oz. can, coded "26 June 2016" on 9 May 2016 - not too long to go!
$2 @ Giant, Saint David's, PA

Appearance: two-finger thick head of rocky white over a clear deep golden/amber body. There are some small solids visible in suspension; and not too many bubbles are rising (?). Very good head retention and even better lacing.

Aroma: Bright citrusy, piney, floral, resinous, and earthy/dank hops.

Flavor: Hop driven, following the aroma, over a mild, cracker and biscuit-like malt base. Solidly bitter given the body and malt content (only 4.5% ABV), and well-balanced - the hops are not as full blown as they appear in the aroma but there's not really enough malt to support them if they were.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium in body and smooth with a moderate carbonation level.

Overall: Decent enough session IPA. The bright aroma is nice, and it's just 4.5% ABV (otherwise I might just go for a standard pale ale, although to be honest the half-percent doesn't really make that much difference).

May 09, 2016
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stlfatguy from Missouri

3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's a session. Compared to a "normal" ipa, it's watery with no complexity. Compared to other sessions, it's acceptable and what you would expect. Not my favorite Session, but it's ok. Clear wheat color with some carbonation and white, tight bubble had. Some citrus on the smell, but taste was all pine hops. No malt taste or any sweetness.

Knowing Session is code for Lite... it is what it is.

May 05, 2016
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esm517 from Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was really disappointed in this one, I'm a huge fan of New Belgium but this IPA really leaves something to be desired. You get hints of pine and citrus however this beer was just too light for my liking and really didn't compare well with other IPA's like Dogfish 60 minute or Oskar Blues IPA. Overall decent beer but just not the best IPA.

Mar 25, 2016
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matcris from Arizona

3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

APPEARANCE: Crystal clear, light amber/orange. Some small bubbles rising. About a finger of off white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a ring on top of the beer. Fair lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Pretty fair amount of pine and citrus peel. Mild bready malt.
TASTE: Nose much stronger than the flavor, but basically the same pine and citrus notes.
FEEL: Watery. Thin body, average carbonation and dry through the whole sip.
OVERALL: Very thin, mild in flavor. So, probably pretty sessionable.

Mar 17, 2016
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abastias from Tennessee

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Rich golden amber color with persistent fonts and sticky looking dirty white foam of heterogeneous bubble size.
S: Pine, mango, pineapple rind, toasted malt.
T: Mild, overall flavor. Some of the fruity notes present on the tongue. Bitter hit with slight bitter finish that layers on sip after sip.
M: Watery, little carbonation, soft bite.
O: No facet is too much to be over powering, with balanced tropical hop notes and malt that leave you unsure what you just tasted and keep you coming back. Might be a nice IPA to pair with more delicate flavors.

Mar 16, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, best before May 15 2016

A- pours a bright and clear golden color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a film floating on top

S- plenty of fruity hop aroma with some tropical aromas of citrus, mango & guava. Toasted cracker malt underneath

T- light tropical hop flavors of mango, citrus & melon are complimented by a toasted malt flavor that brings notes of toasted crackers, finishes dry with more tropical fruity hops on the linger

M- medium-light body with medium prickly carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish

O- nice session ale that showcases fruity hops and remains highly drinkable

Mar 06, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of light citrus, some floral notes. Taste is citrus, lemon peel, very light bitterness. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a refreshing but kind of bland beer. I'm not a big fan of these session IPA's.

Feb 18, 2016
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lealintern from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice example of the style. Both the hop aroma and flavor are big and present. All the hop flavor without out the bitterness, love it.

Feb 16, 2016
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Raime from Greenland

3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

New Belgium Slow Ride Session IPA.

I didn't actually have any intentions know reviewing or drinking tonight but I have a few brews sitting in my fridge that are near their freshness dates. Most of them were just random mix a six additions to round out a pack so I don't have much in the way of high expectations. Anyway, let's drink it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a dimpled pint glass. This brew pours a moderately hazy golden with a finger and a half of white head that sticks around for a minute or so until it begins its descent. Leaves immediate soapy stick amongst the top of the glass and the head settles down to a rather thick cap amongst the top of the swill. Carbonation appears to be quite low. Good bits of lacing and stick retain after a finished glass.

Smell - When think session IPA,this is the kind of smell I always like to get. Floral, mosaic in nature to be quite honest with just a touch of malt to balance it. Not a big nose but nothing that would lead you to believe this brew may become too sweet as a lot of session IPA beers tend to do.

Taste - Follows the nose. Lots of floral aspects with a touch of pine and a well done malt for balance. Nothing fruit going on, which is fine by me in a session beer. Buttery notes come through as well as the beer warms up a bit. Reminds me a lot of Founders Mosaic Promise.

Feel - The best part of the beer in my opinion. Slick juicy moderate mouth feel with a touch of carbonation. Flavors all remain in tact and it does become a bit sweeter but definitely not cloyingly so. Swallows with a light bitterness. Exceptionally clean and not drying.

Overall - A rather short review but there simply wasn't a lot to write about. If you like the floral mosaic hops, then you'll like thks beer. Considering the ABV, and the fact this is a session IPA, it does a damn good job and keeps the typical unbalanced sweetness at bay. Won't blow your mind, but worth checking out. As always, try it and come to your own conclusions.

Feb 10, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear gold color with a small white head. The aroma is citrus driven. The taste is mostly citrus with some hops. Overall, an excellent beer.

Feb 09, 2016
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I purchased this bottle at Wegmans enjoyed chilled in a stange-type glass.

the color is a pale golden with thick white head and fine bead with visible carbonation and great retention. The smell has a grapefruit/citrus rind smell with a subtle piney hop scent and light floral aroma with fruiity odor perhaps yeast ester with herbal aroma as it warms with all hops in the nose-nice!. The feel is moderately high in carbonation with a mild bitterness with slight sweetness and light toasted grain texture with increasing bitterness in the semi-dry finish.

The taste is very good with very tangy citrus and slight spice of hops up front with light malt mid palate and slight herbal/grass-like hop flavor with low astringency on the palate with mild grapefruit in the taste lingering with a mostly dry finish. Overall a very good session pale -one of the best I have had

Jan 27, 2016
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Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355ml can poured into tulip.

Pours a hazy yellow-gold with three fat fingers of puffy, off-white head that leaves airy chainlink lace as it recedes.

Smells of grapefruit and lemon zest, soft caramel malt and springy pine hops.

Tastes of pithy citrus, crackery caramel malt, sticky pine and mild herbal peppery hops.

Feels light and lively. Medium-light bodied with energetic carbonation. Finishes mildly dry.

Verdict: Recommended. Great beer for thirsty weather.

Jan 12, 2016
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MikeRa from Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The look of this session IPA is a amber color with the smell of tropical fruits coming from this beer. The taste is outstanding, and this is a session IPA that I will drink again.

Jan 05, 2016
Slow Ride Session IPA from New Belgium Brewing Company
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