swanny22 (12) - Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! A fanstastic beer that mixes tow of my loves. Coffee and Beer...What is not to love?? A creamy drink with a strong espresso kick to it.
hamsterglory (48) - Bryan, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2008 i haven’t seen my friend elizabeth sue in months upon months. the last i saw of e, she was drinking boulevard wheat ale with a splash of orange juice in big plastic cups. this was the extent of e’s beertastic passions - which i have NEVER begrudged, mind you. and then today, after these months and months, e waltzed right into our denver vacation and announced that she has fallen in love with a beer. a "real beer." a beer without a splash of fruit juice. but, also, a beer that "doesn’t taste like beer." now, i love e whether or not she LOVES beer. we’ve had many a great day tossing darts and talking bullshonkey in any number of happy hour pubs - however, just knowing that e has fallen in love with a new ale makes me somewhat overly giddy in myself. and then today, when maggie - our waitress - brought two pints of giddy up to our table, the first thing i noticed was how unespressoy the beer looked. i wondered if e could have been mistaken on the darkness of this beer. i mean, for real, giddy up has a super deep reddish hue that looks more like a cheap killian’s than an imperial stout. however, the aroma revealed the promised espresso, coupled with a rich chocolaty front rounded on the sides by a slight citrus hint. the flavor matched the aroma, betraying the sight of the ale filled glass. e was right. in fact, e sue was spot on: giddy up is a deceptively dark flavored beer. although new belgium usually plays it safe, making consistently good beers that never quite push the limits, this beer created something new and bold and even a little bit odd. i liked this beer. e sue liked this beer. and although we never needed another common ground to meet on, i’m glad that a fine ale could provide the newest platform. here’s to new belgium for pushing the limits. and here’s to my dear friend for buying my pint. cheers.
BillKismet (3000) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gorgeous, mesmerizing ruby-amber color that you could stare through all evening. Appearance indicates probable inclusion of roast barley in the grain bill, which seems confirmed on first breath. The aroma is the most authentic espresso roast of any coffee themed beer I have enjoyed to date. Wonderful chocolate espresso dust pleasures the nose. The pitch perfect aroma that captures the smell of Seattle best artisan coffee roasters. Amazing espresson infused flavor with dusted coffee roast and a slight sweet caramel malt, followed by a lemon twang on the finish. Just the right amount of malt to back it all up. A craft brew masterpiece.
badgerben (4253) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Autumn Brew Review 2008. Copper color with a large head. Strong coffee aroma. Very light nuttiness and malt taste, but the coffee is dominating. Many parallels were drawn to Furthermore Oscura, and not in a bad way for either beer.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
New Belgium Brewing Company--Giddy Up! Ale brewed with Lemon Peel and infused with Espresso. 2008 Release--12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV--25 IBU’s? (4.1 / 5.0) Brown Ale--Lemon--Rich lacy off white head dense head. Clear dark amber bronze hint color. Mild hop cacao toffee lemon peel hint front. Cloying mild creamy smooth bisquit toffee mild sweet espresso hint caramel cocao body. Zesty mild citrus hop hint refreshing end. Well Made. Sampled 10/24/2008. 6- Pack $6.49.
Bradrcr (808) - Renton, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8/24/08 On draught at the Dog & Pony, Renton, Wa. Aroma is like a porter, with lots of roast malt, not to sweet, but very smooth; no harshness. Appearance is a clear reddish brown with a moderate maintained white head. Flavor is big and roasty, with great coffe character, low sweetness, but an almost maple syrupy character to what sweetness there is. Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with a slight astringency, but not objectionable. Carb texture is medium/high, but not biting. Overall, big and interesting, I could actually have more than one for a coffee beer, which is a rare comment for me.
ajm (1057) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 9, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Pap. Now this is a conceit. The name and tap handle illustration remind one of cowboys, and the flavors here do the same. This tastes by turns of black pepper, smoke, coffee, dark chocolate and, wait for it, jalapenos. Its one hell of a mix in time for Christmas. Phoenix reference - Cowboy Ciao should keep this on tap. An achievement.
alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Aroma is of coffe, lemon and faint malt. It is amberish in color with small white head. Flavor is the same as smell, tastes like an ice coffee, with mild carbonation, and lemon.
Pawola22 (3106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the flying saucer in KC. Pours a clear, dark copper penny color, with a finger-width, creamy, off-white head. The head stays the same size for the entire session and never leaves. There is a good amount of lace as well. Nice looking beer. The aroma is a pronounced smokiness probably from deep roasted malts and chocolate espresso coffee beans with hints of lemony citrus, toffee and hazelnut, and sweet caramel malts. The taste is very similar to the aroma, reminding me of an instant coffee. Espresso beginning, sweet middle, and a lemony hint at the end. Light-medium bodied with a slightly “fresh, but dusty” feel and taste to it. Finishes dry and toasty. Lingers nicely with some light bitterness. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer a lot. It was an ale with the qualities that would normally be found in a dry stout. Great balance between the espresso roasts/sweet malts/bittering hops. Nicely done.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber red body topped by a thin head with little lacing. It’s full of roasty coffee notes with a slight underlying maltiness. Pretty damn enjoyable. Medium bodied and smooth.