The Colorado mountains are getting their first dusting of snow, a sure sign fall is around the corner. To usher in the change of seasons, New Belgium Brewing revealed its fall lineup. Tart and spicy Pumpkick Ale makes a seasonal return and the popular dry hopped sour, Le Terroir, rejoins the Lips of Faith series.
New Belgium’s traditionally spiced pumpkin ale stands out from the rest with a tart kick of cranberry for a bright burst of seasonal flavor. Pumpkick pours a slightly hazy, glowing orange, packed with pumpkin juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, a snappy dose of cranberry and a touch of lemongrass. The mouthfeel is creamy from added oats, followed by a quick, dry finish, making Pumpkick the perfect beer to kick off fall.
“Summer into Fall is one of our favorite seasons for its great weather and harvest-inspired foods,” said Lauren Salazar, Specialty Brands Manager for New Belgium. “Pumpkick is the perfect beer to pair with warm, sunny afternoons and cool fall evenings. It has an unexpected bite of tartness from cranberries, a bright orange color and fall spices that makes this a great beer for autumn.”
Pumpkick Ale weighs in at 6 percent ABV and 18 IBUs and is now available in six- and 12-packs.
Le Terroir, named after the French term meaning “of the earth,” packs the bold and hoppy nose of an American IPA, plus the pucker of a well crafted sour. Felix, a wood-aged pale sour, is dry hopped with Amarillo and Galaxy hops to create Le Terroir. The mango and peach tones of the hops playfully complement the wood-aged backbone without any bitterness.
“Le Terroir is a beautifully balanced sour beer with Amarillo and galaxy hops softening the sour some and adding hop complexity,” Salazar said. “Part of the beauty of Le Terrior is that it’s a little different every time we blend it – wood beers are so fun and dynamic that way. ”