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Lips Of Faith - Cigar City Collaboration (Ale Brewed With Chilies) - New Belgium Brewing

Lips Of Faith - Cigar City Collaboration (Ale Brewed With Chilies)Lips Of Faith - Cigar City Collaboration (Ale Brewed With Chilies)

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341 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 341
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.54%


Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-25-2013)
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Pencible

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like sweet honey and earthy barley, with some spicy chili.
T: It tasted like it smelled, with mostly sweet honey and earthy barley and a little spicy chili. It had a mild earthy aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was not a very spicy beer, which made it easier to drink, but also boring. The scent and taste and body didn't have much character otherwise, which compounded the problem. Not difficult to drink, but too simplistic. I expected more out of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 18:18:20 | More by Pencible
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bnes09

Illinois

3.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Light amber color. Nice see through. Rich, creamy head with exceptional stick and smooth foamy lacing.

Aroma is clean with hints of malt and spices.

Biscuity malt flavor with hints of butter and diacetyl. Herbal leafy hop, descent balance. Touch of spices without a hint of heat. Yeast is not prominent as expected.

Sturdy medium bodied. Smooth, creamy texture. Slight warmth from the alcohol. Well carbonated.

Descent brew overall just weak for a pepper beer. Lacks the spice level and heat I was hoping for. Just a little dull in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 21:13:40 | More by bnes09
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

another sweet not so good lips of faith beer, these are tiring me out. chili beer right? well, im making chili, so i thought this might help give it some flavor and spice it up. for once, when i want some heat in a beer, it just isnt there. instead is a sweetness, a common yeast profile, and that same lips of faith series weirdness that just misses being appealing. golden in color, maybe brass is better, with a nice head and a clear look to it. nose is sweet, almost lactose sugar unfermented sweetness, without a hint of chili pepper. the flavor shows just a little heat on the back end, a little pepper flavor, but its way subtle. maybe because this has been out while now it has faded? but i didnt think heat did that. worse is that this is basically a tripel, same yeast and grain profile to it, same sweetness on the back end. its not bad beer, but its nothing special, and i expect more (still) from this series, especially with cigar city in on it, it just comes across so generic. full bodied and creamy feeling with nice poppy bubbles, i like all that, but its still of the mark for me. give me something to ponder in these beers like you used to!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 01:14:50 | More by StonedTrippin
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

2.81/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On the side of the bottle, it says "best if enjoyed by November 2014"

Into a pint glass and a tulip.

A: pretty much the same color in both pieces of glassware = slightly hazy golden orange/amber colored body, light half fingered white foamy lacing tries to cling to the sides of the glassware but slides in both pieces of glassware

S: chile beer? really? uh... interesting, I'm not really getting any spiciness anywhere, however, this is what I'm getting - light tropical citrusy notes

T: slightly sweet and has a somewhat tropical citrusy sweet bitterness trying to balance it; no aftertaste, quick dry finish

M: it doesn't really seem 8.5%, pretty sessionable for the most part, carbonation is fairly subdued as there's not as much harshness as I had hoped for coming from a chile beer, no hotness whatsoever

O: what the heck was this stuff, really New Belgium, if I could give an emoticon I'd give that "confused" look like really guys, I thought you were better than this. If I want a chile beer again, I'll go for Rogue's Chipotle.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 19:09:21 | More by BeerKangaroo
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Wonderfully clear amber, eggshade head that leaves thin lacing. A few lazy bubbles.

S: Some tropical fruit; apricot, pineapple. Notes of spice. Chalky mineral finishes up the nose, but not on a very appeasing note.

T: Only traces of the former fruits but with more citrusy ones now (grapefruit, orange), with new notes of pleasant yeast. It takes a lot of sips for the chilies to show up on the finish, disappointingly. Not sure how much the Spanish cedar is contributing here.

M: Prickly carbonation does well to add to the otherwise unnoticeable chili hints, and the body is nicely creamy.

O: It has some good parts, but overall I think they were afraid to really commit to the more radical ideas and ended up with a timid beer that brought neither classic, balanced beer character with extreme nuances, nor a border-pushing beer. I'll focus on the good parts as I finish this, but won't be back.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 05:41:29 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: yellowish orange in color with a 1/2" head that breaks down quickly.

Smell: some chilis come through to the nose along with some soft fruiter tones.

Taste: caramel, some mild pear and mango flavors are in the background and the chili flavors are mild but bold enough for me. Bitterness is moderate.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Dry late.

Overall: for me this was a slower sipping beer, and one glass was more that enough in a session.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2014 12:58:43 | More by Gavage
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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Light amber color, slightly hazy. Head is a lovely 2-fingers of off-white, with marvelous lacing.

S: Faint malted grain, but hops dominates with citrus (mostly grapefruit), evergreen, and sweet fruit. There's also clearly some spicy pepper (true to the label)

T: Malt is more grainy than sweet. Hops is pretty forward -- not quite DIPA, but tart & bitter notes do dominate. There's a hint of spice as well, but it could as easily be hops as chili peppers.

M: More moist than I was expecting, with decent carbonation.

O: A good ale, but nothing amazing. I was definitely expecting more spicy kick from the chilis (IMO, if you're going to list it on the label, it should be strong enough to taste!)

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 17:32:27 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Lucky Baldwins Trappiste in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and chile aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and chile flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a somewhat odd combination of fruit and chile characteristics.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2014 23:55:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appears a bright firey orange with nice white head that retains nicely. Nose is fruity up front followed by pepper flesh, a hint of green apple, and mild hops. Taste starts with mild chili heat followed by some fruity esters and some mellow hops. No heat from the chili. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and medium body. Overall, the flavors are kind of muted and there just isn't much going on in this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2014 01:35:37 | More by homebrew311
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle, best enjoyed by November 2014. Served in a goblet, the beer pours a mostly clear orange/amber color with a half inch off-white creamy head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like green peppers, apricots, oranges, wood/cedar and some cherries. The taste is similar to the aroma, but the peppery heat is noticeable (but not strong). There's also some bready malt and herbal flavors in there, too. There's also a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and has moderate carbonation. I liked this, there's just enough heat to make this interesting. $8.99 a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 23:53:42 | More by bluejacket74
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baakabak

New York

3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours dirty brass with a small white head and plenty of lacing.

Smell is disappointing. Booze and earth being the most prominent. Light citrus hops and crackers.

Chilies are finally here! Red chili and dark chocolate followed by faint citrus hop. Finishes bitter.

Full mouthfeel.

It's not bad, just not that great. A little one-note, though that note is chili and that note is good.A bit more roasted malt or a bit more hop would've went a long way.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 01:02:40 | More by baakabak
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pkalix

California

3.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

plain. no smell. bland. no chili aroma. no chili flavor. just a plain, bad brew. was hoping to finish my evening off with something spicy but severely disappointed. had on tap at Provisions in Orange (DAMN that place is EXPENSIVE- don't go unless you got cash to blow- $26 for a 4-5oz pour flight...)... very disappointed. always afraid to try the LIPS OF FAITH stuff, but eager to try the Cigar City. oh well, I guess ya cant win 'em all, right...?

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2014 01:06:02 | More by pkalix
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled on 8/30/2013. Pours lightly cloudy deep golden amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, pineapple, peach, pear, cracker, bread, floral, herbal, clove, chili pepper, and floral/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops, yeast ester, and light-moderate chili pepper notes; with good strength. Taste of tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, pear, clove, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, chili pepper, light pine, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light pepper/yeast spiciness and light heat on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, pear, clove, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, light chili pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop, yeast ester, and chili pepper flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hoppy chili beer. All around good balance and complexity of hop, yeast ester, and moderate chili pepper flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 05:06:50 | More by superspak
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beergoot

Colorado

2.69/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottle has "Best Enjoyed by November 2014" on it.

Clear, dark gold body with a lasting, fluffy white head; bits of clinging foam adhering to the glass. Earthy and mildly spicy aroma. Bitter and slightly metallic flavor with a slightly fruity aftertaste sneaking in at the finish; off-the-wall caramel malt flavor hovering in the background. Medium bodied; semi-dry finish.

I didn't find any prominent chili flavors with this beer. The flavors comes across as a weird mishmash of metallic tartness and some sourness. The lasting, thick and foamy white head was a very nice touch as most chili beers I've experienced have very little, if any, head retention. Unfortunately, the promise of the appearance quickly faded with the taste. It's very unbalanced, even stale in a peculiar way. The nearly complete lack of any distinguishable chili flavor, aroma, feel is very disappointing. Take a pass on this one if you're looking for a chili beer as there are much better examples out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 02:12:57 | More by beergoot
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Hopscat

Maryland

4.14/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber poured in goblet, off white head smallish settles to nice ring with good lacing. Color is amber with some light reddish tone.
Nose is fruity, citrus with some malty crackers in the background and earthy peppers.
Taste carries medium sweetness of malts and the citrus hops . Mid palate the peppers come on with kind of a 2 tier taste- guess this is the anaheim and marash chilies. At first it seemed the chillies would overpower it all but the hops and malts stand up with a bright dry finish with some lingering chilie taste.
Medium mouthfeel seems about right.
Overall I liked this beer. The complexity was surprising . This is my third or fourth ? chile beer and I was impressed- not as much as I am with the Mikkeller Hot Rod Habanero but that's a stout this is more an IPA. Would seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 12:56:24 | More by Hopscat
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Look: A burnt orange body. A cream colored head that recedes to large splotches of bubbles. Thick bubbly lacing coats the glass in uneven sheets.

Aroma: There is some sweetness from malts that translates into a faint candied cherry note. Then subtle peppers come out.

Taste: The beer is a nice blend of sweet malts and peppery heat. There's not a lot of other flavors present but just enough sweetness to make it balanced in a way.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is somewhat light? I can't believe this is 8.5% ABV.

Overall: I'm growing to appreciate chili beers, and this one was slightly more diverse than some others. I wasn't expecting the cherry cordial sweetness. It works well with the peppers. Glad I tried this.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 00:11:14 | More by JuicesFlowing
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allengarvin

Texas

3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass. Clear, very light-amber colored, with a decent quarter-inch head. The nose features some light toasty malt, a touch of hops, and a very faint spiciness. The taste: a pleasant pale ale hoppiness, light and drinkable body, slightly fruity yeast, and maybe if I look very very hard, a faint hint of chiles, easily overlooked. It's an alright drinking beer, but it's not an interesting chile beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 03:21:04 | More by allengarvin
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.19/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It is peach colored with two inches of off-white head.

S - The aroma is sweet and peppery. It reminds me of jalapeño jelly.

T - There is a sweetness with a mild citrus hop flavor. I get no pepper to speak of. It tastes like a bad IPA.

M - Moderate

O - It was disappointing. Some pepper flavor would have improved this beer tremendously. It is not very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 06:44:23 | More by buschbeer
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01001111

California

2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Traffic light amber.

S: That familiar New Belgium yeast spiciness with a dose of syrup sweetness.

T: A confusion of hops, residual sugars, and heatless chilies.

M: The hops pull the moisture out of the mouth, the sugars coat the tongue, and the small amount of capsaicin finds its way to the back of the throat.

O: What a disappointment. The Lips of Faith series is worth following despite there perhaps being more hits than misses. The familiar base is there but there's nothing interesting to wrap it in.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 05:24:39 | More by 01001111
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patpbr

Ohio

3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured golden, with a white two figure head.
S - Dried fruit, yeast and spice, citrus.
T - Fruit and sweet upfront with a warming chili flavor. Noticing wood flavors as well.
M - Medium body and carbonation with a smooth finish.
O - Interesting idea and I expected more heat; It was good, I just expected more.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 03:22:56 | More by patpbr
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A beer that could have been exciting was just meh. Not too much going on here. Somewhat pleasant but somewhat boring base beer with a moderate dose of chiles. Not a lot of depth or complexity, just some heat and perhaps the tiniest bit of smokiness. A one trick pony, and the trick isn't all that impressive.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 20:59:00 | More by Georgiabeer
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says best by November 2014.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A sweet, tart, and juicy aroma with good hints of spice, fruit, and yeast. Belgian yeast with some hints of funk. Spicy hints of chili peppers. Also some woody hints. Big scent of fruits with citrus hop hints of orange, mango, tangerine, peach, apricot, lemon, and grapefruit. Some earthy and grassy hop hints as well. Pale malt with hints of grains and cracker. A nicely sweet but balanced aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a sweet, juicy, and tart Belgian tinged taste with notes of fruit, spices, and yeast. Belgian yeast with some notes of funk and slight clove. Mix of chili and pepper spicing. Notes of wood linger. Big taste of citrus fruits with notes of mango, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, peach, apricot, and lemon zest. Also some earthy hop notes of grass. Pale malt with some notes of grains and cracker. A pretty decent taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, spicy, and slightly sticky. Some heat is felt from the peppers but the alcohol is covered well.

Overall: A pretty decent and interesting brew. Solid juicy citrus flavor and the pepper adds a nice kick without becoming overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 08:05:35 | More by MattyG85
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler.

A - Nice golden hue, with a creamy white one-finger head. Really good looking rings of lacing.

S - Lighter side of medium strength aroma of vegetal chilies, Belgian yeasts, graham cracker, citrus, and piney hop.

T - Like the nose, a vegetal green chili taste makes it's presence known upfront, followed by the more "beery" characteristics. Base beer is a nice balance between slightly sweet malts, and some piney hops. Some grapefruit esters in the mid-palate. An underlying hit of funk throughout. Slight warming tingle in the finish as a small amount of heat from the chilies comes through. Green chili flavor lingers longer than anything else.

M - Medium bodied, with lots of carbonation. Works pretty well with the flavor.

O - I rather enjoyed this, but I like chili beers when done correctly. Your mileage may vary, and I don't know if I would truly recommend this to someone who doesn't appreciate some veggie in their beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 04:00:46 | More by TempeBeerMan
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of New Belgium's Cigar City Collaboration from their Lips of Faith series last week for $11.39 at The Lager Mill. I'm not a huge fan of the Chili Beer style, but I've been wanting to try Cigar City Brewing Company for a long time and this seems to be the closest thing I can get my hands on, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up recently, so I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The bottle looks ok, it's pretty typical for the Lips of Faith aeries, and other then the fact that it says Cigar City on it I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a nice and fairly clear brighter golden color that took on a golden orange color when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, but it could use a little more head and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a malty aroma being the first to show up and imparts a slightly grainy and bready like aroma followed by a nice fruity aroma with maybe some citrus hops in there also. Up next comes the yeast that imparts a pretty light Belgian yeast like aroma followed by some pepper aromas which are on the lighter side of medium and they impart more of an earthy pepper aroma then a spicy hot aroma. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, the peppers weren't too hot and overpowering and it seemed a little complex.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some malty aromas being the first to show up and it imparts some grainy, bready, and sweet malt like flavors with some fruity flavors showing up next with some citrus hop flavors seeming to stick out the most imparting a nice hoppy citrus taste. Up next comes a very light amount of that Belgian like yeast followed by a lighter amount of medium peppers that impart a pretty earthy and vegetale pepper flavors with just a slight bit of spicyness that lingers a little in the back of my throat in the aftertaste with a medium amount of bitterness and some hoppy citrus flavors in the aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, the peppers show up just enough to notice them, but not enough to really affect the drinkability.

M- Fairly smooth, well hidden alcohol, clean, crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of sweetness. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I don't think it's the best example of a Chili beer since the heat is very low, but I tend to like them better this way and I think it keeps the beer pretty drinkable by adding pepper flavor but not much heat. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, crisp, not filling, and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, a full bottle might start to wear on me, but I thought it was good just to split it and I would recommend it to anyone who likes this style on the lighter side, people who like it spicy will be let down. What I like the most about this beer was the balance, no aspects were too overpowering in this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't bad, but it wouldn't hurt to have more head and better lacing. I don't think i would get this beer again, I'm glad to have tired it, but I don't think I will seek it out since it's a little pricey for what you get. All in all I was happy with this beer, it wasn't the best Chili beer I've had, but I still enjoyed it and I was glad to have the chance to try something that Cigar City had a part of and I hope to try some of their own beers some day. Nice work guys, keep up these nice and innovative beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 23:19:14 | More by StoutHunter
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another Cigar City-branded beer (collaboration, of course) shows on Minnesota shelves, & I'm soon parted with another few dollars. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The beer issues forth from the bottle a light orange with plenty of carbonation. Nose is unfocued & vague: spiciness & an overarching fruitiness. Slow & low.

Cigar City/New Belgium Collaboration with Chilies should have a name...it's debeerizing to deny it a label. Chilies are present but not strong enough to obliterate the world as with some chile brews. The citrus clashes with the chile Hot Gates style: boom, rattle, metal on metal on wood. The combo succeeds where the chiles failed, they wipe out any hint of a base beer. Chlie does do a slow, mild burn in the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is irrelevant here. Half a bomber will be more than enough.

Was looking for a good sinus-clearer; this doesn't qualify, & is bone-white simple. Pretty good beer, but was hoping for a killer from two breweries I've been enjoying lately.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 03:36:36 | More by maximum12
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Lips Of Faith - Cigar City Collaboration (Ale Brewed With Chilies) from New Belgium Brewing
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