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

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Ratings: 579
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 10
Gots: 51 | FT: 2
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Chile Beer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by MattyG85:
Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jadjunk
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"We're about to light up Florida with this Cigar City collaborative brew. Our Belgian yeast tangos with Anaheim and Marash peppers along with loads of citrusy hops to create an ale full of spice. Aged on Spanish Cedar to salute our mutual love for wood!" Brewed in the style of a Chile Ale. Released as a one-off collaborative effort between New Belgium and Cigar City Brewing in 22 oz. bottle and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a New Belgium Globe glass. Served above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a creamy pastel white over a moderately hazy amber body with lively and plentiful carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and patchy. 4

(Smell) Pale malt aromas with a touch of caramel bread for sweetness. Aromas of peppery, grassy hops with mild fruit notes are complemented alongside aromas of ripe peppers, fairly vegetal and herbal, but they add hints of tingling heat and complement the bit of sweetness. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Subtle bready caramel and pale malt body with soft tropical yeast-borne notes is mildly amplified with the flavor, rather than the heat, of Anaheim and Marash chilies, which generate a soft vegetal and earthy flavor as well as bitterness without going overboard on the heat. This beer is relatively easy to drink for a Chile ale due to the accessibility of the flavors and mildness of the chile heat. It finishes on a subtle heat of mild pepper juice before a solid note of dry Spanish Cedar lingers on the back end. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is oily slick, mildly chewy and softly dry. Carbonation is mellow, generating a smooth frothiness and low crispness. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is equally earthy and peppery bitter to sweet. The alcohol presence is low and there are no notable off characters. 3.5

(Overall) A well-made Chile beer despite my reservations about the style itself. I think these two breweries found a solid niche in that chiles can be used to generate bitterness and flavor as well as heat, and thus come in handy as the occasional unique additive. We need to see more beers like this, and less that focus entirely on the extreme heat shock-factor. This beer was a pleasant surprise. 3.5

New Belgium Brewing's
Cigar City Brewing + New Belgium Ale

Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a stemmed glass a clear medium to full golden with a tightly formed near one finger white head that settles pretty slowly leaving two broken rings of lace behind.Aromas are yeasty with some light tropical fruitiness,not much chile presence to be found.Again yeasty and fruity on the palate with some caramel dough thrown in,the chile is light in the finish...very light.Hmm not bad but pretty unassuming,the alcohol is well hidden but so are the chiles.

Photo of Beaver13
2.24/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle. Pours clear golden orange with a big meringue like white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is very subdued - some sweet malt and mild green pepper. Some perfumey notes come out as it warms.

The flavor is some sweet woody notes and some mild chile spice with a bitter spice finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied and very watery.

Overall, an OK mild chile beer. A bit watery.

Photo of mverity
3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared at Proof. Pale gold with a touch of orange. Slight white head with a thick collar. Head comes back to life with each touch of the glass. Aroma is lack luster. Only get a bit of pale malt and a little grassiness. Taste is also grassy, some sweetness from pale malt and a very slight hop spice coupled with the chile. Medium/light body with same low-med carbonation. The chiles have really faded out already, and I have a bottle at home I might let sit for a few years.

Photo of bsp77
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy but bright orange with white head.

Smell: Mostly just smells like overripe, slightly musty, fruit. Not much else.

Taste: Tastes exactly like what it is - a mix of Belgian yeast (banana and spice), citrusy hops, hot peppers, and wood aging. But it is all a little bland and muddled. Lingering aftertaste of peppers (good) and rotting fruit (bad).

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a thin body. I don't know why, but the mouthfeel is almost nonexistent other than the light pepper kick.

Overall: Pleasant and drinkable but a disappointment, especially considering the collaboration involved.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes L: Pours deep brilliant amber under a clingy 1” white foam collar. S: Chili aromas with traces of malt. T: Begins with rich malt flavors and then the chili comes trhough with some vegetal character then the heat hits with a pleasant accent and a bitter hop presence on the finish. F: Medium body and carbonation, some heat from the chili but it is not overwhelming. O: Nicely balanced beer that goes very well with cheese.

Photo of 01001111
2.7/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Photo of Ortonius
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

A lot of flavors going on in this one.

Photo of Auraan
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a light amber with a one finger white head that receded to a white ring. Looks good, quite like an IPA really. Scents of citrus, grapefruit, melon, mango and sweet malt with an undercurrent of chili. It's a very fruity aroma, letting just enough chili peek through to show this is a chili beer. Flavor is sweet, with some citrus, a bit of grapefruit, some melon and malt sweetness, with a slight burn of chili towards the middle and end of each sip. Hop profile is slight citrus and a bit of some floral flavors. It's not a bad flavor profile, fruity, floral and with a bit of a chili bite, I thought it was pretty good. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and a semi-drying finish. Pretty easy to drink, despite the chili burn that was present. Overall this was a pretty good beer. The chili wasn't overpowering, but it did balance the sweetness of the malt. It was easy to drink and hid it's ABV quite well, I just wish that it had more robust a hop character, but it wasn't bad.

Photo of JamesStreet
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter
Best by Nov. 2014

A - orange-golden color, not much head, decent retention
S - bready malt with a tinge of spiciness
T - breaded malt, biscuit, a little pepper on the swallow. Tastes like a BPA with very mild pepper. Don't really pick up much cedar.
M - light carb, has light feel as well
O - overall, worth a try. Not bad.

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz glass, at the Alberta release party for New Belgium at Craft Beer Market in Calgary this past February. From notes, mistakenly sealed away in my laptop case, to be discovered by chance recently. An ale brewed with Anaheim (my go-to kung-pao 'secret' ingredient) and Marash chili peppers? Bring it on!

This beer appears a clear, glassy bronzed amber colour, with a thin cap of fizzy and weakly frothy dirty white head, which leaves a near un-broken wall of limestone lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of bready, lightly biscuity caramel malt, a touch of toffee, Frank's Red Hot sauce, muddled tropical fruit, subtle yeast, a strange white wine ethereal booziness, mild pine resin, and earthy citrus hops. The taste is spicy up front - fairly hot pepper oil, black pepper, and yeast - followed by a decently sturdy grainy caramel malt, red wine must, edgy anise, muted citrus pith and pine needles, and a musty, yet still zingy cedar wood astringency. The 17-proof booze does well to keep to the shadows.

The carbonation is fairly soft, barely a ripple to be had, what with all those other palate-tinglers skulking about, the body a decent medium weight, and strangely smooth by the same measure. It finishes off-dry, winy, peppery, hoppy, and crackery, from the expected, and not altogether usual suspects.

A enjoyable version of the style, especially employing those particular peppers, but yet overall, it doesn't come off as particularly spicy, as the wine character (from the 'Spanish cedar'?) mollifies things more than I initially gave it credit for. Agreeable, and not over the top, despite all those wacky guest ingredients.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is not a chile beer- I tasted no spiciness at all. Big disappointment.

It has a nice appearance (nice head, beautiful golden amber color, nice lacing), nice smell (usual Belgian IPA style scents), great mouthfeel. This is just not what it's advertised to be. Nothing unique- absolutely no chile spice. Really bummed out cause I like chile beers.

Photo of NSXAG
4/5  rDev +15.3%

New Belgium Brewing - Lips Of Faith Series: Cigar City Brewing X New Belgium [Ale Brewed With Anaheim And Marash Chilies] (22oz ---> Stemless wine glass : 8.5% ABV)

Many "LOF" brews have caught my eye, but this is the first one that I've come across that nobody I immediately know has tried... It poured a medium looking body with a exuberant orange hue and brilliant clarity, also producing a nice rocky 1.5 inch head... A decent amount of carbonation helps the head retain a decent cap as is dissipates, leaving a solid amount of lacing just from the head... A light hoppy note is the first to introduce itself with the spiciness close behind... Boasting a small amount of earthiness also, but no one aroma jumps into the spotlight... Immediately the spiciness hits the palette accompanied by a sweetness as well as a decent amount of carbonation... Midway it develops some smoky, almost nutty characteristics with a nice bitterness keeping my palette on it's toes... The finish is bold, with an almost creamy mouthfeel, all adding to a very well rounded brew... The spice I assumed this beer would have is definitely there, but is very well balanced by the sweetness and (mostly woody) earthiness... It lacks an intrinsic complexity I assumed all LOF series brew would possess, but in this case, "less is more" was classfully pulled off in this delightful ale... Another good brew - Cheers!!

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

Clear golden color with an attractive two finger head that had great retention before settling to a thick cap. Massive amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Rather timid and uninteresting aroma. A touch of floral and earthy notes. I pick up a little honeycomb as well. Not much going on.

Not sure what they are going for. Probably a mediocre amber ale if not for the chiles. And the chiles do not add that much just a little spice kick in the finish. Seems the brewers thought people would be scared off by them. Has some interesting citrus hop qualitie however that picks up the score a bit.

The feels deceptively light in body. Superb carbonation gives the beer plenty of life without being harsh.

Probably one of the more disappointing collaborative efforts put out there. The brewers must of put out there B team for this effort.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of some cinnamon notes along with some chiles.

Tastes of the cinnamon notes with some pale malt and a touch of fruit. Cinnamon leads off before leading into some pale malt graininess. A bit of apple and peach come through in the middle before leading to a bit of roasted chiles. Ends with a touch of earthy bitterness. Most of the flavors are mild and it mostly comes through as cinnamon with a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thin with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is underwhelming and definitely a disappointment.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
8.5% ABV, Best Enjoyed by November 2014

A - The glass' etching creates a nice level of carbonation streaming through the clear honey golden-colored beer to feed it's tall, pillowy white head. Clumpy Swiss cheese-like lace cakes the glass following the head's inevitably retreat.

S - Delicate notes of green chili peppers wade through the pale malt base of this beer while subtly sweet pilsner notes seem to rise to the forefront. Reserved tropical citrus fruit hoppiness punctuates the rather transparent aroma for a simple pale ale-like nose.

T - Hops impart an overarching tropical fruit flavor that combines grapefruit rind, juicy pineapple, and a touch of mango with extremely subtle green pepper flavor. Pale malt lays the base for this terribly boring chili beer.

M - Superbly crisp drinkability washes over the tongue with vibrant citrus notes and faint sweetness, finished off by possibly the lowest perceived level of chili pepper spice imaginable with just a tickle of dryness and not a hint at the beer's 8.5% ABV.

O - The Lips of Faith series, in my mind, provides New Belgium's brewers with the opportunity to run wild with imagination and creativity, especially in collaboration with other like-minded breweries but, this chili beer shows signs of neither. Instead, their collaboration with legendary Cigar City, another experimental brewery, is terribly disappointing, feeling like a "play it safe" beer.

Tropical hops are at the forefront with very little pepper flavor and absolutely zero pepper heat leaving an otherwise delicious tasting beer feeling bland. Blind fold me and tell me it's a moderately strong pale ale this beer would be fantastic! Citrus hoppiness is there with next to no alcohol perception and drinkability is dangerous. But tell me this beer is brewed with not one, but two types of chilies and this Lips of Faith installment leaves me wanting to say the least. Forget about the spicy heat for a moment, though. If chili flavor, not heat, is what was on target, they still missed the mark. Nothing about this beer screams poorly made, and why would it from two established breweries? In the end it's just a good pale ale but a feeble attempt at a chili beer.

Photo of fourstringer
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Brewer's Art goblet with a moderate hand. Best by November 2014.

A: Attractive amber with impressive clarity. 1 finger of clean, white head that doesn't stick around long. Sudsy. Pretty nice lacing. Really nice body on this one.

S: Inviting hop aroma with a fruit dominance. Citrus. Grapefruit. Peach. Light biscuit. Belgian yeast in the background.

T: Round, citrusy hop bitterness with a semi-dry finish. Light malt on the back end, but hops play the lead role. Not much alcohol presence. Grapefruit, citrus. Traces of vanilla. There are peppers in this?

M: Moderate carbonation with a nice smoothness. Medium to light body for an IPA.

O: I seem to be somewhat at odds with recent reviewers, but I enjoyed this quite a bit. Drinks like a citrus-forward IPA. Granted, I got pretty much zero anaheim/marash chili as advertised. So I guess as a "chile beer" it fails... A little heat would be cool, but as is I don't mind this a lick.


Photo of monketeeth
3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Medium straw color a bit like a quality pale ale with some additives.
S- I get some grapefruitiness and general citrus aroma and maybe some bread as you pull away from the glass.
T- It tastes like a citrusy high quality IPA, but a chile beer? MEH!! Not knocking the taste mind you, just not what I expected and not really a chile beer taste. Was definitely expecting more from these two imaginative brew masters. I really don't get much chile at all so if you are going into this one expecting a Cocoa Mole type experience...forget it. Like I said, it doesn't taste bad at all, just not a true chilli beer. BTW, the 8.5 is very well hidden in this one
M- Crisp and clean...very refreshing I must.
O- I liked it. A great "mowing the lawn" or hangin' out at the pool on a hot day beer. But definitely not in the same class as most of the releases by these two fine breweries. Should you try it...yes. I would buy it again for certain because the price is right ($10) and the ABV is right (8.5) and the taste is pretty darn good. Just don't judge it for what they are claiming it is, judge it for what's actually in the bottle. A good tasting and very refreshing IPAish beer.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"We’re about to light up Florida with this Cigar City collaborative brew. Our Belgian yeast tangos with Anaheim and Marash peppers along with loads of citrusy hops to create an ale full of spice. Aged on Spanish cedar to salute our mutual love for wood!"

COOP Matt shared this one tonight... Pours a clear dark golden with a pretty decent white head... nice lacing.

Aroma is pretty good... bright chili and a lite cedar essence.. not getting much in the way of hops.

Flavor is pretty interesting too... pale malt with a bit of yeasty esters combine well with the chili flavor.. the cedar almost comes off as cinnamon..

Body is medium/light with a good bubble.

Depending on the price, I would buy this again.... I hope it isn't more than $7ish when it hits shelves.


Photo of LiquidAmber
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium coppery amber with a thin white head that dissipates to a thin film and ring around the glass, leaving slippery lacing. Aroma of slightly sweet neutral malt, light fruit and a hint of chile spiciness, but a distinct slight burn to the nose. Flavor is low key, similar to the aroma, with a non-distinct malt, light apple and pear juice, finishing with a slightly astringent hop and chile bitterness with light pepper burn, but little chile flavor. Medium bodied. A fairly unexciting base beer that is somewhat redeemed by the light chile hotness and bite at the end of the sip. Interesting, but possibly not quite meeting the intent of the brewer for excitement. It does hide its moderate ABV quite well, not a bit boozy. The Lips of Faith series seems to have a lot of unexpected successes a some near misses and this is one of the latter. Worth a try for those who enjoy pepper beers, but probably not a repeater.

Photo of Oscar_The_Rauch
2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Bright, clear tawny color with good carbonation and decent lacing.

N: Definitely odd. I mostly get the spice and spanish wood with a little hoppy fruit note and pepper aromas.

T: Plenty of spice and hop on the attack with the chilies coming towards the back on the finish with a little heat too.

O: Honestly, I really wanted to like this beer more than I do. I used to live in Florida and Cigar City was one of the few breweries that was doing some exciting stuff with consistent quality. I think this is one of those collaborations that sounds better than it tastes.

Photo of buschbeer
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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

22 oz. bottle, with best by November 2014 printed on the bottle. Here we have the unnamed collaboration beer between New Belgium and Cigar City. My third beer from the Lips Of Faith series - I need to start trying more of these, clearly. Expectations are pretty good, but I have no idea what to expect!

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours just under two fingers of soapy fluffy off-white head on top of a semi-clear burnt sienna orange colored body. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is of brown / white bread, dried fruit, musty yeast, black pepper, and lots of indistinct spice and herbal vegetal qualties, obviously imparted from the chiles used.

T - Taste is pretty nice. The peppery heat is only slightly noticeable on the finish, but it mostly just feels like a peppery rye sort of heat. Bitter fruity hops in the vein of grapefruit, oranges, light banana, and some dry bready yeast. Tastes like a nice chile IPA. Vegetal peppers and some heat on the finish.

M - Feel is smooth, clean, and crisp, with some vegetal peppery heat and some resinous hop bitterness lingering on the finish.

Overall, a nice albeit strange beer from New Belgium and Cigar City Brewing. Interesting and highly drinkable, with moderate chile spice. I can assuredly say that this was a success, and probably one of the more memorable chile beers that I've tried. Recommended.

New Belgium / Cigar City Lips Of Faith Ale Brewed With Anaheim And Marash Chiles ---3.5/5

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