Brew Review: New Belgium Slow Ride

by Kelli H. on February 3, 2015

slowride1Beer: New Belgium Slow Ride
Date: 1-16-15
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Type: Session IPA
Alcohol: 4.5%
IBU: 40

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.

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Overall Impression:
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?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

David W. February 3, 2015 at 7:44 am

I did enjoy this beer, though I agree there are better Session IPA’s on the market. And since I limit my drinking (mostly) to the weekends, I don’t usually go for “okay” beers, I go for the best! I’m sure this beer will be enjoyed by many, and I’d recommend fans of Session IPA’s at least give it a try. 🙂

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Jane February 3, 2015 at 9:40 am

I love Lagunitas Day Time. It’s just such a good, easy beer to drink. I would like to smell this one though!

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sonia the mexigarian February 12, 2015 at 10:47 am

At this point, I don’t care what it looks like, as long as it’s a good tasting beer, gimme. Now I’m going to have to check out Lagunitas Day Time, when I can enjoy a bottle on my own, that is. lol And yeah, the labels on New Belgiums have never really perked my interest.

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