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

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BA SCORE
79
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448 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 448
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 2
Gots: 27 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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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ygtbsm94

Virginia

1.5/5  rDev -56.9%

12-26-2013 03:53:25 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

02-27-2014 01:14:53 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

12-22-2013 01:49:39 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with good lacing and retention on a clear copper and burnt orange body. Aroma of tangerine, herbs, light on the chilis with hint of candy sugar. Flavor follow with a strange funky malt base which is hard to describe beyond earthy and barely citrusy with the chilis very mild and understated and mostly show up in the finish. Medium body and light to moderate carbonation. Boring and not what you would expect from either brewery

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 21:11:02 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

3.53/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 21:36:26 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

11-14-2013 05:22:06 | More by GRG1313
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zeff80

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

12-16-2013 03:33:27 | More by zeff80
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2014 04:28:45 | More by biboergosum
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

04-13-2014 03:00:52 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

03-24-2014 06:19:44 | More by largadeer
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nickfl

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

01-16-2014 01:07:54 | More by nickfl
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

New Belgium/Cigar City Lips of Faith Series, Ale Brewed with Anaheim and Marash Chilies. Odd that there's no name…am I not looking in the right spot? 8.5% Alc. by Vol. Brewed and bottled by New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Clear, golden hue, prodigious snowy white head. Looks good.

Aroma: Light and airy with little traces of chili peeking out. Give it time…ripening some. Unfolding a bit.

Taste: Hot at the first taste, growing wider in the mouth. Peppers keep heating up. Body is light. Malt is meager. Hops are fairly quiet. What's the deal with this one?

I'm skipping ahead to the gobbledygook, hoping it doesn't enrage me with whack-ass wordplay. "We're about to light up Florida with this Cigar City collaborative brew. Our Belgian yeast tangoes 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!"

Well, that wasn't totally offensive, just a little bit here and there. The light it does shine on the base beer doesn't really help. The Belgian yeast doesn't come through, nor do the hops. The pepper heat is increasing still, enough that it seems to cover the base ale to the point that I'm not tasting anything else.

If you just want to taste peppers in your ale, this might punch your buttons. As for me, I'm not thrilled with this one. C'est la vie.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 04:09:33 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

12-14-2013 22:16:06 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

07-10-2014 22:35:42 | More by Kegatron
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

First had: bottle from Whole Foods, Springfield, VA

Picked this bottle up while in town for a show, just out of curiosity. Frankly, I'd expect better from both breweries involved.

Pale amber pour, mostly clear, with a small white head; decent retention and some spotty lacing. Aroma was pretty muted, pils malts, some earthiness, not much else of note. Taste was blandsville all over, crackery pils malts, grain husks, maybe some distant, light, herbal/earthy hops; nothing in the way of peppers, and no heat whatsoever. This just wasn't happening for me. Light body, watery and bland. Not necessarily undrinkable, but overall just uninteresting and unflavorful. I couldn't finish the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 21:34:18 | More by Rifugium
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
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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oline73

Maryland

3/5  rDev -13.8%

01-04-2014 03:47:30 | More by oline73
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mactrail

Washington

4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden amber color with a handsome creamy head in the Ommegang chalice. Plenty of carbonation on the tongue and a silky mouthfeel. Interesting earthy and woodsy smell with a vegetable note.

The flavor of chiles is very elegant and enticing. The chiles provide more warmth than heat, which is a refreshing change. A modest malty flavor with a hint of cedar. The aftertaste is that distinctive roasted taste of red chile skins along with the capsicum glow. Eventually the Pale Ale sort of bitterness adds to the finish.

One of the best pepper-flavored brews I've had. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego for $8.79.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 03:16:30 | More by mactrail
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
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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beernads

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

04-15-2014 00:16:43 | More by beernads
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kojevergas

Texas

2.86/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

"Ale Brewed With Anaheim and Marash Chilies." Nothing on the label suggests that this beer is titled "Lips Of Faith - Cigar City Collaboration (Ale Brewed With Chilies)" as currently designated on the site; that's just a lazy beer addition. 8.5% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art and branded red/orange pry-off-pressure cap acquired at Whole Foods HQ and served into an Avery stem-snifter in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; the Lips of Faith series is almost always mediocre, but I've loved what little I've had from Cigar City so I'm looking forward to this one. "Best enjoyed by November 2014." Reviewed as a chile beer because the description on the label implies it.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of white colour. Nice thickness. Decent creaminess. Okay frothiness. Decent consistency. Even inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is pretty good - about 5 minutes. Not bad for 8.50% ABV, and for a chile beer.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper-gold of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

There's not a standard for a chile beer per se, but I'd call it average looking. It's not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: I could smell the chiles as it was poured, but when I go to smell it out of the glass, I get mainly flowers and fruit. Cedar wood when I look for it, sure, but I wouldn't recognize it if I tried the beer blind. Bright berries. Floral and vaguely fruity hops; I guess there's some citrus there. Pilsner malts. Pale malts. It has some nice malty sweetness, but I do think the chiles overpower the sweetness as the beer warms.

Mild chile presence with little accompanying heat or spiciness. Chile character seems roasted as the chile notes are muted.

Not finding the purported Belgian yeast. No alcohol is detectable.

A clean aroma of mild to moderate strength. Not much of a chile beer based on the aroma. I'm hoping the flavour profile will actually bring what the label promises the beer will. So far it's seeming more New Belgium than Cigar City.

T: Malty sweetness is evident from the open onwards, but luckily the chile notes swoop in with some needed spiciness and add some depth/complexity. Hops offer no real bitterness - all we get is some floral character and vague fruit. I wouldn't really call the hop profile citrusy. Bright fruits - very tame lychee, muted pear, maybe apple. Nothing too distinct or evocative. Where's the Belgian yeast? I'm not finding it. There's no spicy heat from the chiles; they're quite tame. On the malty side, it's got pale malts, pilsner malts, and maybe munich malts. Kind of a weak inadequate backbone. The cedar presence is an afterthought, and doesn't guide the beer or offer much cohesion. Not a gestalt flavour profile by any means. I have to wonder how long they aged it in cedar; it seems they threw it in for a couple months so they could claim it's cedar aged for marketing purposes - the barrel just isn't imparting much on the base beer and frankly I see no benefits from the barrel aging. I guess that lets them up the price though, eh?

Lacks complexity and subtlety. There's little intricacy or nuance here. I'm a bit shocked Cigar City's name is on the label. Shallow depth of flavour. Average duration of flavour. Really low intensity of flavour for a chile beer. I'm disappointed. Balanced? I guess.

No yeast character comes through. Alcohol presence is light; there's a warmth there but it's not boozy.

Mf: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied. Decent presence on the palate. Overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile okay. Texture isn't custom-tailored to taste. Almost refreshing, but is that really a characteristic a chile beer should have? It's somewhat weak. I'd like more boldness and assertiveness.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, hot, boozy, gushed, or rough.

Dr: Downable forgettable stuff. I'd expect this kind of mediocrity from New Belgium, but it's disappointing to see Cigar City involved in it. The best thing I can say about it is that it hides its ABV nicely. Like most beers in the Lips of Faith series, this feels more like a paycheck for New Belgium than a sincere consumer-pleasing beer. Quite overpriced for the quality. I wouldn't get it again or recommend it to friends. If you're going to brew a chile beer, commit to the chiles. The half-assed barrel aging isn't doing it any favors, either. I'll finish the bottle without any issues, but this beer deserves to be a footnote on Cigar City's lineup. Meh.

C

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 04:11:47 | More by kojevergas
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

02-14-2014 18:03:20 | More by imperialking
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3/5  rDev -13.8%

01-29-2014 02:24:41 | More by oriolesfan4
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

11-26-2013 13:51:59 | More by InspectorBob
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Lips Of Faith - Cigar City Collaboration (Ale Brewed With Chilies) from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.