New Belgium Brewing announces the first nationally released IPA of its kind with Sour IPA

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,941) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Hazy and partly sour with the chance of another, Sour IPA elevates the hazy IPA

    (Fort Collins, Colo. - March 11, 2020) – New Belgium Brewing announces 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.


    Sour IPA was brewed and canned with the following characteristics:
    • 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/ 6 pack
    For more information on Sour IPA, visit HERE. 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 New Belgium Brewing
    New Belgium Brewing is recognized as a leader in sustainability and social responsibility. Founded in 1991 in Fort Collins, Colorado, the company expanded to Asheville, North Carolina in 2016 and Denver, Colorado in 2018 and is now the 4th largest craft brewery in the U.S. Dedicated to proving that business can be a force for good, New Belgium is a Certified B Corp and was the first brewery to join 1% for the Planet. The brewery has donated over $26 million to charitable causes since 1991. New Belgium is famous for its flagship beer, Fat Tire Amber Ale, along with year-round favorites like Voodoo Ranger IPA, Mural Agua Fresca Cerveza, and La Folie Sour Brown Ale; as well as an award-winning wood-aged sour program and innovative limited release beers. To learn more about the full product lineup and New Belgium’s Human Powered Business model, visit

    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.

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  2. thuey

    thuey Disciple (300) Nov 13, 2015 California

    I'll try it, but even our big name local attempts pale when compared to the almighty Hudson Valley :/
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  3. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,419) Feb 15, 2010 New York
    Society Trader

    But on paper, you can't even compare this beer to the types of beers put out by Hudson Valley - they're such different animals despite the same name.
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  4. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (7,078) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    If it's in the same neighborhood as Epic Tart 'N Sour, I'm sure that I will like it.
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  5. ilikebeer03

    ilikebeer03 Meyvn (1,031) Oct 17, 2012 Texas

    New Belgium knows what they're doing. I'll certainly give this a shot when I see it around.
    I'll be interested in how sour it really is, though. A lot of the mass produced sours, and very subtly tart. The post above, though, notes that this has a "strong tartness" so we shall see....
  6. Oktoberfiesta

    Oktoberfiesta Aspirant (283) Nov 16, 2013 New Mexico

    NB missed the mark by not adding oats and lactose. Their softness with the tartness is world class. I thought HV was all gimmicky until I tried them a summer or two back.

    I've had a few kettle sours with lactose that have worked.

    HV adds all the elements and it just works.

    This may or may not work. But worth atleast one single can. Has anyone done a truly hoppy ibu driven sour beer?
  7. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (275) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Victory has done two: Juice Boost, which I hated and could barely finish but others seemed to like it, and this new one which I haven't bothered trying but seems to be getting decent reviews:

    And for the record I like sours and many IPAs but for my palate the combination does not seem to work well at all (but I am willing to try more).
  8. Ranbot

    Ranbot Savant (912) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Maybe three, if you count Wild Devil, which was Hop Devil IPA base with brettanomyces added.
  9. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,122) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey

    I forgot about Wild Devil....but then again maybe I'm getting confused with Lil' Sumpin Wild
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  10. thuey

    thuey Disciple (300) Nov 13, 2015 California

    Brett IPAs seem to have died down. It's a shame cuz I'd love to have one right now.
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  11. Giantspace

    Giantspace Crusader (780) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Wild Devil was not sour.

    I really liked that beer. Think I have one from the original batch left.

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  12. ESHBG

    ESHBG Aspirant (275) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I've had them both and liked them but from memory I would not include them in this category.

    I happened to come across a single of Victory Heavy Drop tonight and tried it thanks to this thread, I actually enjoyed it and would drink it again. It has characteristics of both an NEIPA and a Sour but not too much in either category and is balanced nicely.
  13. Ranbot

    Ranbot Savant (912) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    That's why I started with "maybe"... I know Brett is not the same as souring, but IMO flavor impact can be very similar.
  14. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Zealot (535) Mar 19, 2012 California

    My son was a the brewery yesterday in Ft Collins, but couldn't find the beer...
  15. IceAce

    IceAce Savant (920) Jan 8, 2004 California

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