Season 3, Episode 20 – Sour IPA. It’s a thing apparently. But is it a good thing? We’re gonna find out this week on the show.
Sour IPA. I don’t know about this. I mean, IPA isn’t supposed to be sour. Sure, there are massively over-hopped sour beers out there that are deliciously awesome, but what exactly is a sour IPA? Is it a standard IPA recipe fermented with brettanomyces, or bacteria? It’s not that simple, right? WHAT’S HAPPENING?!
Not all of the beers on the show this week are sour IPAs. But, we’re gonna easy into this. A little bit of foreplay, if you will…
First up is a beer from a brewery that is always a safe bet in terms of quality and execution, Monkish Brewing Company’s Soul Foudre. While this beer has no place in a sour IPA show, it’s our way of telling our palates, “hey…this is what a good beer tastes like.” Not that we think the sour IPA will be bad, but it’s called SOUR IPA. Anyway, Soul Foudre is great. Monkish will have some fruit variants of Soul Foudre up for sale this week, so check that out. Monkish is 4B approved! *ding*
Alright, now to the nitty gritty. The first sour IPA on deck is Epic Brewing Co.’s Tart N’ Juicy Sour IPA (marketing, anyone?). This is an unusual beer, to say the least. Without giving too much away, it’s tart…and juicy. Yep. It is definitely those things.
Next up is Odd 13 Brewing’s Vincent Van Couch. They call this a “session sour” and it’s made with Citra and Mosaic hops. So while technically not an IPA, it kinda is? This is so confusing…
Sour IPA has arrived, beer geeks, for good or bad. Godspeed.
BREW THE SHIT OUT OF IT.
Beers from this week’s episode:
Monkish Brewing Co. – Soul Foudre
Epic Brewing Co. – Tart N’ Juicy Sour IPA
Odd 13 Brewing – Vincent Van Couch (Session Sour)
Prairie Artisan Ales – Funky Gold Simcoe
The Rare Barrel – Forces Unseen
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