Fresh Hop, Prickly Passion, and Cocoa Mole

I’m sure this will see it’s rounds in Georgia soon. I hope.

New Belgium Brewing rounds out their 2011 Lips of Faith series with these 2 new releases: Fresh Hop India Pale Ale and Prickly Passion Saison.   These releases follow the recent and very popular Clutch and Kick Lips Of Faith releases.

Fresh Hop India Pale Ale – IPA, 7% ABV, 70 IBUs.  Packs a citrus punch of Amarillo, Centennial and Cascade hops, straight off the vine in Washington State.  This brazen and deliciously bitter IPA pours deeply golden with the slight haze of a really hoppy beer.  The array of hops gives a sharp blast, but the finish is light and dry.

Prickly Passion Saison – Saison, 8.5% ABV.  In a fruit medley of passion fruit and prickly pear, Prickly Passion Saison is New Belgium’s return to farmhouse ales.  The fruit juices combine with the tropical esters of an earthy Saison yeast, creating a broad and reaching mango-like character.  Deemed “ostentatiously amber,” this Lips selection is guaranteed to provoke the palate.

Hops: Target, Liberty
Malts: Pale, C-80
Fruits: Prickly Pear, Passionfruit

“We opted not to make our fourth quarter Lips selections exceptionally wintery or heavy,” said New Belgium brewer Grady Hull.  “Instead, we are hosting a hops harvest party and bringing uncommon fruit selections to the table, both of which sparkle with holiday flavor.”What? No stouts? It’s wintertime!

Availability: 22oz bombers, November-February

New addition to New Belgium Brewing.

Say hola to a spiced up ale full of cocoa, and ancho, guajillo, chipotle peppers, but don’t fear the head, because plenty of caramel and chocolate malts bring a smooth, complex flavor, scents of cinnamon when poured will have a saying “idle for mole!”

Style: Chili Beer Availability: 22oz bombers, Draft
Arrival: 2012

9% ABV


One thought on “Fresh Hop, Prickly Passion, and Cocoa Mole

  1. i has the saison and fresh hop at new belgium a few weeks ago. both were pretty good. dont think they had the cocoa, but im excited to try it as well. still mad at myself tho…i walked away from the brewery n DIDNT have a taste of fresh ranger! what was i thinking?!

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