Slow Ride

Colorado
United States
Slow Ride New Belgium IPA
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
88
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

Kicking back and relaxing with a session beer requires little more than a couch, some free time, and a few pals. SLOW RIDE SESSION IPA is up for this easy-going challenge, starting with a pour of sheened gold and plenty of fluffy, white foam. A blend of eight hop varieties, led by exotic Mosaic and Nelson Sauvin, twist together brilliant tropical scents of melon, peach, lime and grapefruit for a vividly fruity aroma. The flavor mirrors the aroma, while balancing a malty-sweet yet clean start and hoppy bitterness in the back. Light bodied and extra quaffable, this sessionable India Pale Ale brings the finish line to you.

Profile

ABV: 
4.5%
IBUs: 
40
Served at: 
40° - 50° F
Hops: 
Amarillo, Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, Nelson Sauvin, Nugget, Centennial, Cascade.
Malts: 
Pale, C-80.
Judges Review 
Pete Garofalo's picture
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

A blast of fruity, resiny hops greets the nose with a cornucopia of tropical fruits: papaya, guava, and pineapple. The citrusy character is also present in the hop-driven aroma. A secondary bouquet of bready malt and a hint of corn-like DMS round out the fragrance. The flavor follows suit, but the fruit types are less defined. Hop flavor is tea-like with lush fruitiness. Malt does not fully support the weighty hops, but manages to keep things at session strength with a light grainy character. The cleanly expressed hops contain a trace of grassy quality. This beer is thirst-quenching and drinkable, offering an antidote for your hop-jonesing without the alcohol and heaviness of a full-strength IPA.