Lips Of Faith - Cigar City Collaboration (Ale Brewed With Chilies) - New Belgium Brewing
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3.4/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
12-12-2013 04:56:29 | More by monketeeth
3.13/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
12-10-2013 00:55:36 | More by BeerFMAndy
2.99/5 rDev -14.1%
Clear goldish amber colored ale with a small white colored head. This is on the fine line between the two colors. I can see how it could be called Amber.
Smells fruity and peppery with a slight nasal itch from the chile peppers. Pilsner malt scent and some wheat biscuit aroma. Mild citrus aroma but it is faint.
Starts out mildly hoppy with a soda cracker malt flavor. More bitter than I would have expected from the scent. Warming in the chest but I wouldn't call this hot. The exact flavor is a bit illusive, pretty much IPA with Chile Peppers. Mild prickle of heat but it isn't strong. Wood and strong tea flavors and a slight astringent taste.
Mouthfeel is OK.
Overall I guess it is OK. Doesn't taste bad though I would have expected more pepper.
12-08-2013 02:06:38 | More by Zorro
4.59/5 rDev +31.9%
I notice the low rating on this one by NB, and I don't understand why? I enjoyed it, and I loved the heat or chili touch of this one.
Visual: Deep orange, slightly hazy. It goes from straw yellow to deep orange.
Aroma: Fruity, citrus combo from hops, spice and yeast aromas. Slight herbal. Very nice citrus tone to this one with a bit of pepper.
Taste: This is fruit and spice at it's best. Not much bitterness to this like a grapefruit. It's like pineapple with hot sauce. A very nice combo.
12-07-2013 08:07:18 | More by Celtics17
2.68/5 rDev -23%
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.
12-06-2013 21:34:18 | More by Rifugium
3.45/5 rDev -0.9%
A: Pours a clear medium golden amber in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy light beige head that reduces to a small thick patch of larger bubbles, a medium to large sized patch of mottled very thin film, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Upfront there is a light aroma of pale malts with some floral notes and just a hint of cedar. Very light aromas of chiles.
T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of bready and biscuit malts with a moderate amount of yeastiness. Light notes of floral hops and just a hint of chile spiciness. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades almost immediately.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.
O: In my opinion, the chiles are just a little too subtle for my tastes. The alcohol is well hidden but there is nothing really special about this brew... I think my expectations were too high considering the breweries involved.
12-04-2013 02:37:10 | More by dbrauneis
2.56/5 rDev -26.4%
Pours a straw yellow with a finger of head. Smells of….nothing? Faint malt and hops, but very very light. Flavor follows suit. This reminds me of a low hop session ale with the slightest touch of earth up front from the peppers. No heat at all. Flavor washes out to almost nothing. Not really sure what the idea was here, but its unremarkable, unmemorable, and falls rather flat. Don’t bother looking for this.
12-04-2013 02:08:56 | More by taylor714914
Lips Of Faith - Cigar City Collaboration (Ale Brewed With Chilies) from New Belgium Brewing
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