Giddy Up! | New Belgium Brewing

Giddy Up!Giddy Up!
BA SCORE
47.6%
Liked This Beer
3.6 w/ 269 ratings
Giddy Up!Giddy Up!
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Maudite on 08-22-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,089
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
269
Liked:
128
Avg:
3.6/5
pDev:
15%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 269 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of brianjs711
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of nealbert
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Musineer
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Austin1000
5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my new favorite beer. Coffee + Delicious Beer = Heaven!

It taste amazing. I'm never reviewed a beer before but tasting it made me login so I can give this beer 5 stars.

I don't know why the review has to be 250 characters. This is too long. Go buy this beer!

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Photo of jstevep00
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ToddGingerich
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TerryB
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of joeseppy
2.99/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a brown with some garnet highlights. Nonexistent head but only a wisp of what was.

First aroma for me is sour to tart before coffee bean rises up out of the terroir. Some burnt caramel notes as well.

Mixed bag of ale, malt, coffee grounds and citrus. Medium roast coffee rises first followed by pale hop with a twist of lemon peel. Bordering on bitter sour. Astringent with some acrid bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel yet feels light hearted due to the citrus. Carbonation is flatlining leaving the feel somewhat creamy.

A 4.5 for effort here that wanes among a small gathering. Fun to try at a tasting for something different. This might be fun to try in a red-eye to give the coffee more base. Just reiterating, a 3 on this site is OK. Not horrible, jus not my cup of tea...er coffee. Coffee and lemon belong in the Turkish cup of pure joe in Madagascar.

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Photo of tomciu
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a glass from the bottle.

A - nice deep amber color. Head dissipates quickly but a thin layer of foam remains. Moderate lacing.

T- lemon and coffee are apparent. Slightly plithy. Weak coffee finish accompanied by slight hippy bitterness.

M - nothing special. Moderate carbonation with very little bubbles.

O - very easy drinker and a fine beer for many occasions. It is a crowd pleaser and didn't stand out to me as anything special.

S - coffee is very apparent and dominates the smell. Its a shame because I did not get that from the taste. It was almost sweet.

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Photo of Sark
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Nice deep red amber that supports a luscious cream colored head of a finger and a half

Smell - The espresso is readily apparent and some mild earthy hops come as well, the sweetness from the malts is still present under the more forward aromas, the lemon peel gives a very light astringent citrus bite

Taste - My surprise here is when the lemon overtook the espresso in the race, here the front taste is hit more with the bitter pith of the peel and then quickly followed by the malt and espresso, not exactly a bad combination, but not one that really complements itself

Mouthfeel - medium body, the malts give a nice lingering sugary coating on the tongue and spices finish it clean

Overall - I like the take on this brew, kind of blending summer and winter beer elements into one, not sure when I'd like it better though. I'd keep a spare 6-er of this around but I wouldn't have it in a session

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Photo of Abe_Froman
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jimmah120
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with a date. bottle swiped out of a buddies NB sampler pack. poured into globe, review from notes

Light amber color with not much head or lacing to note. smell is like a light wheat beer but with touches of coffee and lemon. taste is light lemony wheat beer infused with roast and coffee grounds.

interesting beer that actually worked. not sure i'd develop a taste for this, but it was worth trying.

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Photo of muswellbeerbelly
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of dmk91
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jlivings757
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of ZachKelly
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dylntbrown
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of JohnBender
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of emerge077
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of JoninVT
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Spider889
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of MidwestBA
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Giddy Up! from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 47.6% out of 100 with 269 ratings
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