To help us all properly adjust to the fall season, New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins, Colorado) announced this week that four beers are headed to shelves and taps: Pumpkick Spiced Seasonal Ale, Le Terroir Dry-Hopped Sour Ale, Bretta IPA and Fruit Fly Passionfruit Citra Sour.
This string of releases begins with the return of Pumpkick, a Pumpkin Ale spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg & allspice. To add another jolt of seasonal flavor, this offering also has a gentle tartness thanks to “a snappy dose of cranberry.” The addition of oats rounds out this 6% ABV offering with a creamy mouthfeel. Pumpkick is available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments in Alabama, Florida and throughout New Belgium’s distribution footprint.
Vital Information on Pumpkick Spiced Seasonal Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Yeast: Ale yeast
Malts: Pale, Munich, Caramel
Availability: Now in 6-and 12-packs
The next New Belgium brew to hit shelves this fall is brewery-favorite Le Terroir Dry-Hopped Sour Ale. This offering is a bit of a hybrid between the hoppy American India Pale Ale and a fine Sour Ale. Le Terroir starts with a base of Felix, a wood-aged pale sour beer, that is then dry hopped with Amarillo and Galaxy hops to add notes of mango and peach. This 7.5% ABV Sour Ale is “a beer that changes every time New Belgium brews it.” Look for this one in 22 oz. bottles and on draft wherever you normally see Lips of Faith offerings beginning on August 29th.
Vital Information for Le Terroir Dry-Hopped Sour Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Yeast: Lager yeast
Malts: Pale, Wheat, C-80, Carapils, Oats
Special Processing: Dry Hopped with Amarillo and a little Galaxy in stainless tanks in wood cellar
Availability: August 29 in 22 oz. bombers and on draft
Things begin to get really interesting with the release of two draft-only brews. The first of these is Bretta IPA coming to us by way of the Hop Kitchen, a limited series of more hop heavy beers from the brewery. Citrusy and piney notes – created from a hop bill of Equinox, Galaxy and Warrior hops – are introduced to the funk thanks to a month of conditioning with two strains of Brettanomyces yeast. This 7.5% ABV Wild IPA “has a bite that lingers, but a sweetness that emerges with a touch of pineapple.” Look for Bretta IPA on draft in select markets within New Belgium’s distribution area.
Vital Information on Bretta IPA from New Belgium Brewing
Yeast: Ale yeast, Brettanomyces Clausenii, Brettanomyces Bruxellensis
Hops: Cascade, Equinox, Galaxy, Warrior
Malts: Pale, Caramel 120, Spelt
Special Processing: Brewed with two types of Brettanomyces yeast and dry-hopped with Equinox, Galaxy and Warrior.
Availability: Now on draft
To properly close out the summer months, New Belgium is debuting Fruit Fly Passionfruit Citra Sour. Soured on stainless steel with a house lacto strain, this offering is a bit of a twist on the Berliner Weisse style by then being dry hopped with Citra hops. 800 pounds of blended passion fruit was then added during the fermentation stage to accentuate big citrus flavors and add “rich guava-like aromas.” This 5.7% ABV brew has a finish that is tart and dry, making it “an ideal summer beer.” Fruit Fly Passionfruit Citra Sour is available on draft now in select markets. Prost!
Vital Information for Fruit Fly Passionfruit Citra Sour from New Belgium Brewing
Special Processing: Additions of passion fruit and dry-hopped with Citra hops.
Availability: Now on draft