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

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Reviews: 89
Hads: 583
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 10
Gots: 50 | 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: 89 | Hads: 583
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

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3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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
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Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (464 characters)

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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2/5  rDev -42.9%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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2.24/5  rDev -36%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of mverity
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (481 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.3/5  rDev -5.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bsp77
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (657 characters)

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (443 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
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. (1,443 characters)

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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