New to Shelves: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp, NB Lips of Faith + Hop Kitchen

Some new beers are making their ways to Eastern Iowa shelves. Sierra Nevada Beer Camp has hit the shelves and also some new Lips of Faith and Hop Kitchen beers from New Belgium. Here’s a look at the new brews:

beer campSierra Nevada Beer Camp consists of three different beers. This year we get an IPA, Belgian Style Black IPA, and Imperial Red. Here’s the release from the brewery:

Our Beer Camp® brewhouse is where our best ideas are born. Here, we develop recipes, try new techniques and turn concepts into new beers. At Beer Camp, we invite our biggest fans to the brewery for a week of in-depth, hands-on learning. Each camp challenges our brewers to make a new and unique beer—the crazier the ingredients the better. Each year, we release some of our favorite Beer Camp creations in the bottle, but mostly, the beers are very limited draught-only rarities. If you see one at a bar near you, search out the lucky camper, buy them a beer and get their stories first hand because while the beers may disappear quickly, the memories will last a lifetime.

*Belgian Style Black IPA
Style: Black IPA
ABV: 7.7%

From the brewery:

This beguiling black IPA takes a tropical detour with a dose of new world hops, featuring lemony Sorachi Ace and fruity Nelson Sauvin varieties. A Belgian yeast works with the exotic hop profile, emphasizing its complex and fruity flavors.

Style: IPA
ABV: 6.9%

From the brewery:

This IPA sacrifices nothing for its drinkability, flexing big time flavor and complexity. The light color disguises the dept of the malt backbone, a pillar that balances the potent whole-cones of the piney-citrus Cascade and tropical fruit-like Citra hops.

*Imperial Red
Style: American Strong
ABV: 8.5%

From the brewery:

Our aggressive Imperial Red Ale is a massive mix of smooth malts and West Coast hops that have no patience for the lupulin leery. This crimson beer starts with caramel-like malt flavor that can’t suppress the assertive, citrusy hop finale. 

new belgiumNow, onto New Belgium. The Lips of Faith Series and the Hop Kitchen series continue to go strong and now they are adding Yuzu Berliner Weisse and Coconut Curry Hefeweizen to their Lips of Faith series. Being added to the Hop Kitchen series is French Aramis IPA. Here’s more of a breakdown on these three beers.

*Yuzu Berliner Weisse
Style: Berliner Weisse
ABV: 8%

From the brewery:

Yuzu is a strange fruit- citrusy and bold. Those three words: strange, citrus and bold are the perfect beginnings for a great beer. So, our brewers paired yuzu with the sourness of a Berlinerweiss to create this beerlicious Yuzu Berlinerweiss. Brewed with pale malt and wheat this Berlinerwiess was acidified with Lactobacillus for a light, dry mouthfeel and tart refreshment. Hazy and straw-colored, the yuzu fruit brings a tropical charm to a traditional beer.

*Coconut Curry Hefeweizen
Style: Hefeweizen
ABV: 8%

From the brewery:

Coconut Curry Hefeweizen has been pouring down the history of American Home Brewing for many years, from the legendary Charlie Papazian to the 2010 National Homebrewer, Remi Bonnart. The latter helped New Belgium brew this hazy, straw-colored gem to life. The aroma is bold and big with coconut and curry tones and a hint of banana from the hefe yeast. With a vast spice list of cinnamon, coriander, fenugreek, ginger, kaffir lime, and cayenne pepper this beer carries a bit of heat but the alcohol soothes the finish. Coconut Curry Hefe will leave an inquisitive smile on the drinker’s mug.

*French Aramis IPA
Style: IPA
ABV: 6.7%

From the brewery:

A drier IPA for the summer, brewed with French Aramis hops to create an aroma of fresh cut flowers and garden herbs.

If you try anyone of these beers I would love your thoughts so pass a line my way!

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