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Giddy Up! | New Belgium Brewing

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Giddy Up!Giddy Up!

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Maudite on 08-22-2008

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd like to thank our NB rep, Jeff, for this sample.

a: Dark ruby body, thin cream colored head.

s: Caramel, espresso, toast, toffee, maybe a hint of cocoa and a kiss of lemon.

t: A mesh of caramel and espresso up front. Light lemon notes in the middle with creamy latte in the finish. Somehow, all these flavors work out. cool.

m: thin, but it works, allows you to focus on the nuance of the flavor profile.

d: Expecting this to be a bit of a train wreck, I came away from this pleasantly surprised. The flavors are subtle, not overbearing and I think this is key for them to play off each other so well. I really like this, good work NB.

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Photo of pwsoldier
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear, dark amber with a creamy off-white head. Head retention is decent and lacing is plentiful.

S - Espresso mostly, with some caramel mixed in there as well.

T - The espresso flavor dominates. It's very rich, but not overpowering. A dash of malty caramel comes through in the flavor. Not much hop presence, but that's okay. I think hops would be out of their element in this beer. Supposedly, there's some lemon peel in there as well, but I couldn't taste or smell it.

M - Medium-bodied with a smooth, medium-dry finish. The espresso flavors linger on the palate ever so slightly.

D - I really enjoyed this one. It's very smooth and positively delicious! I'll definately be having more of this in the future.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at BJ's, nice amber color and then a whiff of straight espresso. Amazingly one-dimensional in aroma, all espresso. The taste is complete espresso with a hint of citrus. The flavor and smell don't match the appearance at all, this was a weird beer.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with reddish highlighting. White head isn't long for this world with the large bubbles and general thinness. Retention is a nil.

It smells like a weakly brewed, pre-ground, mass-produced coffee. Old Folgers, for instance. There's some cream and mild sweetness as well as some softer elements, but the primary character is a poorly roasted, slightly burned barley.

Plenty of coffee to hang your hat on, along with sweeter, toffee malts. The lemon is swallowed up (pretty predictable), while the cream emerges later on, as the coffee bitterness gives a little away to the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is moderately thin, probably in the medium range, but who can tell what style this is. The citrus really only serves to thin this one out I think.

Finish is again mostly coffee - I stress that this isn't strong, black, complex java here - with some alcohol peppers.

I would call this a brown ale moreso than amber/red. The coffee flavors are way too heavy for the latter. I adore coffee beers, and don't find even the most bitter like Peche Mortel to be "not beery enough". I just didn't think the Giddy Up! was well conceived.

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Photo of dac
1.34/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

On-tap at Naja's.

A ruddy amber colored beer, some fizz but little head.

Smells like my coffee pot when I rinse out the old cold coffee. Good god, yuk!

Very little "beer" (of any style) flavor here. Malt sweetness is absent, just a little cardboardy grainy husky flavor. Hops - none. Interesting yeast derived flavors - none. Coffee flavors dominate, but not in a good full bodied coffee way, more like a watered down leftover coffee way. There is also a slight sourness that reminded me of when I run vinegar through the coffe pot to clean it. Imagine 1 part burnt coffee, 1 part Fat Tire, 1 part water, a drop of distilled vinegar.

Mouthfeel was thin, finish was dry.

Drinkability, none. After a couple back-up sips to confirm my initial perceptions it got dumped.

To their credit, At least NBB is doing some weird stuff. Sometimes they get a pretty good one, but the Giddy Up is just awful as far as I'm concerned!

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this at the 12th annual Parkway River Fall Festival, on tap.

It poured a hazy rddish brown with a small head of foam.

The smell was of coffee and some fruitiness. A little light on the nose but good.

The taste overwhelmed me with the coffee. Seriously, with the first few sips, I could taste nothing else. As it warmed up a bit, I did get some earthy and fruity tones but the coffee dominated everything at every stage.

Medium bodied and medium carbonated, it finished with a bitter coffee flavour that left a short aftertaste. By the time my glass was empty, I knew that a "refill" was not in order. 1 was enough. Someone else here said it reminded him of iced coffee and I totally concur.

Bottom line: If you're a fan of coffee, this one should please you as it doesn't get more coffee-like than this. For me, it was kind of over the top with coffee and I didn't find it all that drinkable. YMMV.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Coffee Amber. Very unique beer concept, nice to see them use local coffee as well. Pours a crystal clear amber color with a light off white head. Limited retention and lacing overall.

The nose is subtle with a slight coffee twist. Some strong kettle caramel notes and distinct Biscuit/Victory malt notes that seems to be in every NB beer. Some lighter nutty notes and distinct NB yeast as well. The coffee is limited with more of a herbal meets earthy appeal. A light earthy hop note helps bring out some of the coffee nose.

The taste comes out more and blends well. More of a subtle coffee flavor (which nice compared to those coffee bombs). A nice blend of malt and coffee with a more astringent bite at the end. The caramel backs off but the biscuit/victory comes out more. Some sugary notes, almost like brown sugar is a bit distracting. Smooth yeast notes but a touch of diactyl. The hops aren't really there but a hint of citrus zing, but there is a herbal spice on the backend that I can't place. My guess, ginseng.

The body is light to moderate light. Carbonation is a bit strong, would have liked to see that back off with the astringency in the finish. Overall very unique, but I think the coffee really could come out with more of a roast character versus the caramel. Fun idea.

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Photo of Zeckster
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at New Belgium. One of their four samples. The servers said it would be available for general purchase soon enough.

Now onto the beer. It was darker than Fat Tire (a little more amber). Had a slight espresso smell (of course) but nothing over powering. Still just a slight coffee taste and very drinkable. I really liked that the coffee didn't overwhelm the beer. It was more about a nice beer with a hint of coffee instead of the other way around.

Too bad that New Belgium doesn't distribute past Tennessee, but I look forward to that day.

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Photo of pleasewearpants
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice mellow nose with light hints of coffee (duh) and maybe a little vanilla. The color is a warm ever so lightly milky amber. Taste is fantastic. Coffee seems to typically be used in porters and stouts and makes for a really rich and warming beer (like Speedway Stout!). This on the other hand has a great balanced body. The espresso taste is prominent but it somehow makes this beer extremely drinkable. It felt like chocolate/coffee milk but far less oily or chewy than normal coffee applications. Definitely more of an early fall session beer. I'm getting some bottles soon and am interested to see how they fare but on tap this one is fantastic!

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Photo of Floydster
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a few glasses of this at Naja's Place in Redondo Beach last night during happy hour, bartender said it was a brown ale infused with espresso beans and lemons

A-Ruby red and brown in color, thin 1/2 inch off white ubbly head that did not last long, not much retention, some lacing at first
S-First and foremost there is espresso, caramel, toffee, lemon, cream, dark roasted accents, toast, hint of sugar, and burned malts
T-Initial taste was coffee, then an amber or red ale-like middle with some caramel malt and some notes of brown sugar, on the verge of being chewy, the finish is dry with espresso and some citrus, lemon comes out more later but is evident all the way through, got slightly sweeter as it warmed but coffee stood its ground
M-Not much carbonation, thin to medium body, mouthfeel is dry and slightly citrusy, coffee dominates the sensation, taste lingers a long time
D-Goes down pretty easily at first but then becomes a little heavy, coffee flavor can get tiresome even though it is smooth, alcohol is hidden well

Happy and surprised to see this was not a specialty beer when we got there because we were able to get some pitchers and not pay eight dollars per glass, the most unique offering from New Belgium that I have had and probably most interesting thing I have drank in a while period, would drink again if I ever see it, recommended

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Photo of bradford
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Naja's on 9/3/08.
Looked good. I had no idea what it was but ordered it because I was curious. Dark red, similar to Fat Tire, but slightly darker.
Smelled like strong coffee, maybe some vanilla, kind of hard to get too much of a smell with the two broads smoking right next to us.
Taste was like a cup of weak coffee. Meaning that this was the most coffee I have ever tasted in a beer. It was fantastic the way the malt and coffee jumped back and forth. I was very impressed and shocked. I had no idea it was a coffee beer until that first sip.
Mouthfeel was good. Smooth, very similar to Fat Tire.
The drinkability suffered because the beer just got a bit old after a while. It was so intense with coffee that it almost got a bit obnoxious. Still a very good beer and I would try it again if I ever see it, which may be never.

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Photo of benito
4.57/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

To clarify, this is an "ale brewed with espresso" according to the tap handle. So, yes a coffee beer (!) from New Belgium. The base seems to be a light brown ale or a fairly neutral amber.

It's dark amber with moderate carbonation and a thin, receding head. Aromas of iced coffee, chocolate, and bread dough. Lots of coffee flavor across the tongue, but it's light--like a nice iced coffee, rather than day-old cold coffee like so many mediocre coffee beers. The java mellows out toward the end of each sip, and there's a nice grainy finish. Coffee flavors linger.

This is an incredibly drinkable, very well balanced coffee beer. I'd love to see this become a regular offering from New Belgium.

On tap at Crescent Moon in Omaha.

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Photo of Maudite
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- The color and appearance of Fat Tire... a warm amber/ruby body, lagered clear, with a thin tan head with some nice bubbles that died pretty quickly.

S- A hint of lemon, less than the bottle suggests..." First whiff is full of sweet caramel, toffee, latte. Then a hint of lemon scone..." Almost not noticeable. Definitely the caramel/toffee, but rather than latte it was pure dark roast coffee (the beer is infused with espresso).

T- Toasty, amber ale body with a nice initial coffee, and a deep roasted, iced coffee flavor on the finish.

M- Body is thin, small bubbles (very little carbonation)... Nice and dry from the malt and addition of coffee. Smooth roasted finish.

D- This is a beer I could honestly have with breakfast. A nice new addition from New Belgium.

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