Lips Of Faith - Cigar City Collaboration (Ale Brewed With Chilies) - New Belgium Brewing
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4.76/5 rDev +36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
This one pours a nice cloudy umber color with a thick off white head that is very long lived and is staying for a very long time. The lacing is super thick as well with an amazing fluffy texture.
The nose is spicy, savory and sweet all at the same time. Great malty complexity with lots of floral and fruit notes with some peppery, pine, grass and bread hints are there as well.
The taste is rich with lots going on here. The malt is sweet and dry and the same time. There are distinctive fruity tones with shard sharp dry ones that must be a result of the chilies mixed with malt. The hops are a nice bitter ride from beginning to end that are only enhanced by the mild chili bite. The pepper is sweet and mild. The hop finish is bitter and clean.
The mouthfeel is perfect for this one, just the right amount of richness.
Overall this one is surprisingly good. Most brew masters that try a chili combination often get too much of the negative chili affect without the good flavor. This one blends the hops to chili ratio just right.
Excellent, just got to try it!
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2014 23:04:17 | More by AtrumAnimus
3.13/5 rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
Appearance: Clear honeyed-gold. Head is a super creamy off-white with solid retention. Moderate carbonation with some slightly sticky lacing.
Smell: Solidly bready with a slight toasted undercurrent. Yeast drops some solid clove and banana with a touch of peppery spice. Peppers add a vague backing spiciness coupled with a deep vegetal aroma. Slightly sweet with some earthy and grassy hops. Punch of grapefruit through the back. Some nice cedar aromas offer a bit more spice and a mild woody element. Pretty mellow, but has some solid spice layers.
Taste: A punch of Belgian yeast right up front. Mildly fruity with some grapefruit find and zest. A touch of orange. Nice balance of earthy vegetal pepper with some slightly sweet pale malts. Bready backbone with a touch of caramelized sweetness. Cedar builds a bit as it warms offering its distinct spicy woody element. Peppers throw a very restrained spice on the back of the sip with a solid punch of vegetal pepper up front. Yeast is a bit aggressive given the delicate nature of some of the flavors. Almost medicinal on the back with some phenolic characteristics.
Mouthfeel: A touch creamy. Medium body and a moderate carbonation. Nice and clean.
Overall: BAM! Who let Emeril loose?
A good idea in theory, but a bit of a letdown in execution. The cedar and chilies are a great combo and the malts and hops are all on line, but the yeast strain dominates a bit too much and overtakes and otherwise solid beer.
Serving type: bottle
06-27-2014 03:46:15 | More by Goblinmunkey7
3.74/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
The beer poured a clear golden with scant head.
The aroma was fairly understated: Mostly sweet with a savory pepper component -- but without any hint of peppery hotness.
The taste followed the aroma for the most part: malty sweet with a hint of peppers. It has a nice malt backbone. The hops addition seems not to be a major flavor component of this beer. There is only a slight bit of heat from the peppers. Hops appear more prominently in the aftertaste. Interestingly, this beer got more interesting as it warmed: The pepper heat increased slightly as did the hops. (I say "interesting" because I would have thought this style would be best when cold. But maybe the presence of peppers changes things.)
This beer has a fairly light body as expected. The level of carbonation is also right for this style.
Overall, this beer was better that expected. Although the peppers don't contribute a great deal to the aroma and flavor, they have a nice background presence. Overall, malt carries the day rather than the hops. Some might penalize this beer for that, but I favor malt over hops, so I'd look for this beer again.
Serving type: bottle
06-26-2014 11:25:14 | More by breakingbland
Lips Of Faith - Cigar City Collaboration (Ale Brewed With Chilies) from New Belgium Brewing
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