Slow Ride Session IPA | New Belgium Brewing

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Slow Ride Session IPASlow Ride Session IPA
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Slow Ride Session IPASlow Ride Session IPA

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerVikingSailor on 11-03-2014

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Reviews by pallison123:
Photo of pallison123
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Very nice session beer. Piney-Hops, and a grassy finish with a bit of zing that you don't find in many session ales. Doesn't have the usual New Belgium weird malt finish - a plus!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Light, Dry, Bitter, Grainy

Starts bright, golden with a 3-finger head and a sticky lace. Lots of tropical fruit in the nose with a woodsy malt character. Light-bodied, crisp and lively. Bitter and dry upfront, with a citrus rind snap that pulls you in for more. A bit grassy too. Some maltiness pulls through with a hint of sweetness and soft caramel undertones. Dry finish with a husky grain linger and suggestions of wood. The crystal malt seems a bit out of place and too pronounced, but otherwise not too shabby.

STYLE: Session IPA | ABV: 4.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #97 (FEB 2015)

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Photo of Raime
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In what's quickly becoming the craft beer's new darling, the session IPA gives its imbibers the tantalizing hop aroma and flavor that they demand, but with a body and balance that's even lighter than the classic American pale ale.

In a bright golden envelope, the ale pours a hair's shade richer than your standard lager, but its bright white swath of seeming sea foam floats atop to entice the senses with brightly aromatic grapefruit, freshly zested oranges, light tropical wafts and an herbal earthiness to let us know that this stuff is firmly connected to our agriculture.

Its crisp and clean taste is supple in sweetness, allowing suggestions of honey, vanilla wafer and graham cracker to pull from its softly caramelized taste. Yet the hops charge in shortly behind and captivate the middle palate with bold citrus, mango and melon. As the ale trends bitter, it does so on the curtails of grapefruit rib, freshly shaven pine, lemon leaf and sassafras.

It's light enough in body to become an all-purpose beer. Its bracing carbonation and sharp bitterness stops shy of harshness on the finish, yet is vibrant enough to ensure a highly refreshing session with a great sense of drinkability.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I bought a six-pack of Slow Ride in a grocery store. Reminds me of Foghat. That's an English rock band from the 70's for you youngsters. Poured in to a schooner.

Pours a shiny gold color, clear with a modest but frothy white head. Torrents of bubbles are in the glass giving it an effervescent appearance.

Smell is a fruity aroma, lemon and grapefruit.

Taste is also a bit one-dimensional, but in keeping with the style. Fruity.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and clean.

Overall a very drinkable IPA. Good for the summer season.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

With this beer, like all my other ratings, I chose to rate it on the style (which is kind of a stupid style. why not make an excellent "pale ale?") So with that said, does this beer come anywhere close to my favorite DIPA's? NO! (actually tasted it alongside a Pliny). Does this stand up with some of my favorite IPA's? NO! However, this is as tasty as many IPA's I have had and it does not have the luxury of a beefier grain bill to work with. This beer is 4.5% ABV and it does wonders with it's meager grain bill and relatively thin mouth-feel. It is a crisp IPA that shines in its smell of floral and fruity hops and has a hop profile that rivals many "full-strength" IPA's. Where this beer falls short in my mind is in the mouth-feel. It is pretty thin, bordering on watery. However, because of the "style" of beer I can excuse this and it actually makes it very drinkable with a wonderful hop profile in it's nose and taste. So for what it is trying to accomplish I think it actually exceeds expectations and makes a wonderful summer IPA! Better then the other session IPA'a I have tried (Pinner, 30 Min Coma)!

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear gold with a thick white head.

S: Aromas of pine, spruce, cedar, juniper, mandarin orange, white grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, biscuits, and cream fill the nose.

T: Robust notes of pine, spruce, juniper, cedar, kumquat, white grapefruit, mandarin orange, bitter orange, lemon, lime, and peach are underscored by faint traces of grass, herbs, cream, biscuits, and crackers. The finish imparts lingering sensations of pine, citrus, herbs, grass, cream, and biscuits.

M: Very light in body and slick. Carbonation is very active, crisp, and prickly. Easy to drink, but a little off-kilter for my taste.

O: A relatively nice session IPA, but a little unbalanced. There is not much of a malt presence at all, meaning this is a really, really hop-forward ale. While the hop aromas and flavors are unique and very interesting, the lack of a malt body also makes this ale extremely one-dimensional. I could see myself returning to this if I wanted a session ale that is just a straight up hop bomb, but honestly, I see myself going for something more balanced at least seven or eight times out of ten.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slow ride pours a golden color with a large lacing head. There is a big fresh floral aroma. The taste has a nice fresh floral/hoppy taste, very crisp noticeable backbone. Good body good feel. Overall its a top notch session IPA, very flavorful, very drinkable.

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Photo of BrewFunky
2.58/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Mehhhh....pretty bland with a funky lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of leantom
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the better session IPA's. Much better than All Day, on par with Stone's Go To (albeit different flavor profile), but slightly beneath Carton's Boat Beer. Here goes:

A: Crystal-clear orange, massive head and splendid lacing. Ton of carbonation. Looks rather beautiful.

S: Not very robust, but there's still a great hop profile. Citrus, pine - very resiny.

T: Good. Resiny hops give way to a fairly good malt profile. Very well-balanced for a session IPA.

F: Very well-carbonated; maybe a little watery, however.

O: Good beer. Will have again.

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Photo of clager
4.87/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Clear, amber color

Smell: Strong tropical fruit and citrus, small amount of pine and floral.

Taste: Tropical fruit and citrus again, with a good amount of bitterness as well. Very mild roasted caramel flavor to finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, great mouthfeel and just the right hoppiness.

Really enjoyed this beer, one of my new favorites. I brewed something similar recently but did not have quite the body and bitterness that this beer achieved with the strong citrus and fruity notes that I was able to get with extensive dry hopping.

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Photo of oberon
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Marty
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mojohawk21
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Andnkuhn
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The smell is delicious and fruit, but the taste is mild and bland.

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Photo of markallmon
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beaversfan12
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CaeserTits
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TTripp725
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of therealJAYZ
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Slow Ride Session IPA from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 1,015 ratings