Appearance: Clear, perfectly golden, tiny bubbles in the middle rising to the top, little head retention
Aroma: First and foremost, HOPS. As soon as I popped the top it was total hops. Also hints of citrus, coriander, and fresh smelling.
Body & Texture: Carbonic Bite, Light bodied, bitterness is upfront.
Aftertaste: Not too much bitterness followed by malts and a taste that’s clean.
This beer has one of the best aromas I’ve smelled in a longgggg time! It smells so fresh and hoppy right when you open it up. It has a standard IPA color. This session IPA is totally drinkable and very refreshing. The bitterness to me is more upfront rather than a lingering hoppy flavor.
The label is ugly. I know that’s not a reflection of the beer, but I think New Belgiums labels have gone downhill. The label does not make me want to buy this beer.
I think it’s a solid session IPA, but I do have to admit that I’d pick Lagunitas Day Time or Stone’s Go To session IPA’s over Slow Ride. I honestly wouldn’t buy Slow Ride. I think David thought I was a tad harsh on this beer. I even considered not reviewing it for the lack of good pictures, as well as my opinion of it. David’s friend Kyle gave it to us to try, which I always love, and I was excited to try it since David said Kyle really liked it. When I opened it and was met with that amazing aroma, I really thought I would be more impressed by the taste. I thought the aroma was off the charts so I expected the same from the taste. David said he really enjoyed it, so I suppose two out of three really liked it. As I said above, I enjoy the other two session IPA’s more than this one. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad beer, it’s just not my favorite.
Have you tried Slow Ride? What’d you think?