New Belgium Brewing Company announced the release of Sour IPA, a hazy, Citra and Amarillo dry-hopped IPA blended with authentic wood aged golden sour. With juicy aromas and refreshing acidity, Sour IPA claims its stake as the first nationally released IPA of its kind. Inspired by the crucially placed bridle point of a kite, Sour IPA balances acidity and hops with delicate perfection.
New Belgium Brewing is no stranger to producing the highest quality sour beers. Holding 12 Great American Beer Fest medals, New Belgium is America’s most award-winning sour producer and home to the largest cellar of French and American Oak foeders (pronounced “foo-ders”) in the country. New Belgium’s sours age in traditional foeders for up to a year and the brewery is home to the oldest, continuous souring culture in the United States — over 22 years! In fact, New Belgium was the first brewery to dry hop sours in the US with their first release of Le Terroir in 2005 and couldn’t resist the opportunity to apply that knowledge to a fruit-forward, hazy IPA. The addition of refreshing acidity from their iconic wood cellar pushes the fruity, juicy qualities forward and takes this IPA to the next level.
“Perfecting the balance of hops and acidity is very difficult and we’ve been doing it for over 10 years now. We’re experts in this space,” said Lauren Limbach, Wood Cellar Director and Blender for New Belgium Brewing. “Sour IPA is another example of approaching IPA through an artisanal lens to create a completely unique experience for the craft beer drinker.”
Building on their history of sour innovation, New Belgium continues to set the bar with innovative, style blurring brews. Accessible in flavor and price, Sour IPA is now available nationwide.
- Beer: Sour IPA
- Alcohol: 7% ABV
- Style: Hazy IPA with Wood Aged Golden Sour
- Visual: Bright orange haze with eggshell white head
- Flavor and aroma: Sweet lemon, tangerine, peach, guava and grapefruit
- Taste: Strong tartness quickly countered by fruity sweetness and an easy finish
- Availability: Nationwide in 6 pack cans and on draft
- Suggested Retail Price: $10.99 per 6 pack
To find the nearest Sour IPA near you or any of New Belgium’s other offerings, visit the beer finder or download New Belgium’s Beer Mode app.
About Lauren Limbach
Lauren Limbach developed New Belgium’s sour program, and serves as its chief curator, carefully tasting and blending the barrels, recording their personalities and bringing them to life. While developing the wood program, Lauren also built the company’s sensory program and turned it into the world class operation and employee education platform it is today. In 2019, she received the prestigious Russell Scherer Award for Innovation in Brewing from the Brewers Association. Lauren is adamant about making craft beer accessible, sharing her passion for and knowledge of one of the world’s most ancient artisanal nectars.