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Slow Ride, New Belgium's Relaxation-Inducing Beer

The Fort Collins-based brewery makes it its mission to promote relaxation with an IPA in hand.

There's a new brew available from New Belgium and its goal is to help its fans slow down and enjoy life a little more. Slow Ride, an IPA, combines that loving hoppy feeling while coming in at 4.5 percent ABV and 40 IBUs. The brew is now available in bottles and on draft in various bars and it will debut in cans in March.

What to expect? A blend of eight hop varieties that twist together fruity scents of lemon, peach, lime and grapefruit for a tropical aroma. Target, Cascade, Nelson Sauvin and Centennial hops are added to the boil and Mosaic, Simcoe, Amarillo and Citra are featured in the dry hop process. Pale and caramel malts balance a sweet, yet clean, start with a hoppy bitterness in the back.

"The fun part about making this beer was balancing eight different hop strains into something smooth, bold and sessionable," said New Belgium assistant brewmaster, Grady Hull. "We pitch Cascade, Target, Nelson Sauvin and Centennial hops in the kettle and we dry hop with Mosaic, Simcoe, Amarillo and Citra. It's amazingly flavorful, and it still comes in at 4.5% abv."

To encourage people to slow it all down, starting in February, New Belgium will celebrate Slow Ride by highlighting slow motion antics of its faithful beer fans. Those who submit videos of their IPA adventures in slow motion via Twitter, Vine, Instagram and Facebook using #GoSlowMo will have a chance to win New Belgium swag and ultimate bragging rights. Don't have slow motion camera capabilities? Fear not, just act it out. Fans can also win prizes signing up for New Belgium's Grand Cru Rewards program at NewBelgium.com/GrandCru.

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