Sunday, November 15, 2015

New Belgium Slow Ride

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20Chad9976 (1497) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2015
There seems to be a formula for making a quality session IPA. It should citrusy, but also kind of spicy or grassy; low in alcohol, but still have enough body to satisfy. New Belgium Slow Ride hits all those points quite well, and might be the best beer I’ve had from this brewery. 

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tumbler glass. It had an enjoy by date of 1/10/16 and cost $1.66 ($0.14 per ounce).

Appearance: Stand IPA shade of flame orange/shiny copper. Body is mostly clear with consistent carbonation visible. Pours to an average-sized, white, foamy head which laces and retains well.

Smell: Very citrusy with notable orange scent as well as a bit of spicy/grassy notes.

Taste: Session IPAs tend to be a bit simplistic, but New Belgium Slow Ride is brewed with eight different hops – that’s pretty amazing, actually. Though you can’t taste all eight individually, they all work together to create for some general tastes that are quite nice. Orange and grapefruit seem to be the most noticeable and most prominent flavors. They appear right away and stay on the palate consistently. On the apex comes some grassy spiciness; strong enough to give it some bite, but mild enough not to overwhelm. This lasts until the finish, at which point there’s a slight dry bitterness, though the sensation does not linger. Overall, this is very tasty for the style, or for any kind of beer for that matter.

Drinkability: It’s nice to see a session IPA that actually is sessionable at 4.5% ABV. Though drinking this glass of New Belgium Slow Ride, it seems to have the body of something stronger since it doesn’t have the thin, watery mouthfeel of other brews of the style. It’s crisp and effervescent to be sure, but at no point does it seem overtly light. Refreshing while in the mouth with a fairly clean aftertaste. This would be great in the summer, but it’s versatile enough to stand up to food or session whenever you want.

RATING: 8/10

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