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Ale brewed with Lemon Peel and infused with Espresso
Giddy Up is a delicious juxtaposition of coffee, sustainably grown in Brazil and espresso-roasted locally, pressed into an ale with the deep color of a copper cowboy kettle. First whiff is full of sweeet caramel, toffee, latte. Then, a hint of lemon scone flavor from the addition of lemon peel. Body is creamy, resonant of espresso, yet the finish is bright, even a bit frisky. An ale to git along with...

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2009
On tap at the Saucer in Houston. Pours a light, clear, brown into the glass with a thin white head. Aroma smells like fat tire served out of a coffee urn. Flavor really rubs me the wrong way. The coffee flavor I get from this beer tastes like a pot of coffee that you left sitting over a weekend and then tried to reheat. I love that a brewery of New Belgium’s size experiments with beers like this, but for me this one was a complete miss.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2009
This beer is easy to drink, but the coffe flavor is a bit out-of-place, it doesn’t seem to fit with the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Cool little coffee red type brew with a nice little bit of citrus in the back. I’m surprised I like this as much as I do. Pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 28, 2009
Tap @ Freakin Frog, Las Vegas. As I’d never seen this brew before, I thought why not order it. Pours amber with a tan head. Nose is sweet and light with hints of coffee. Taste is big, with a lot of coffee and espresso, overall not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Taverner (1081) - San Ramon, California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
On Tap at The Hopyard @ San Ramon. Very nutty - in fact if I was told they used pecan and walnut instead of coffee and lemon, I wouldn’t be surprised. Pours dark amber min white head. Lots of nutty notes. Tastes sweet - I’m not tasting the espesso but its good. Finish is clean, with a sweet note.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Tasted 1/6/09. 12oz bottle. Filtered with a dark copper hue. Vigorous pour produces a finger width of beige head. Watery coffee aromas with a hint of cocoa. Medium bodied with a thin, weak coffee flavor. Typical NBB house yeast character. Finishes with a decent hop kick. Enjoyable drinking. Good difference from the normal coffee beer offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Definitely coffee on the nose. Deep amber color. Lemon peel adds just enough to make it light and interesting. Not much else there, but I just ate a pretty spicy burrito, so my mouth is kind of numb. Considering "espresso-roasted" doesn’t necessarily mean anything in particular, I can’t tell the difference between this and infused with regular old coffee, but interesting beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Opaque brown pour with a tiny white head that fades almost immediately. Huge coffee aroma, not really getting anything else out of it but it is pleasant enough. Heavy coffee taste as well, some light caramel as well with the tiniest hint of lemon flavoring coming through at the very end. The beer sounded a lot more interesting than it actually was, but not a bad effort.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Draft at brewery Aug ’08: poured a brown color with a thick head. The aroma was coffee. The flavor was like drinking a coffee. It was sweet with caramel and roasted malts. The lemon was hardly present. Overall, OK, different, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6582) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2009
courtesy of vasdef42. Cheers for sending so many New Belgium goodness. Pours brown with white head with lasting retention. Aroma has some definite notes of coffee - espresso, though not overbearing remains very enjoyable, the lemon is very light and only a zesty touch can be noted. Taste is pure enjoyement. New Belgium has brought the coffee touch in a style that is not what we usually see, and they have done a great job at it. Roasted malts with light notes of coffee and subtle zesty lemon (very hard to notice but add a very tiny note of bitterness. There are also noticeable caramel and chocolate that come enhance the tasting experience. Smooth and highly enjoyable.

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