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

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BA SCORE
79
okay

449 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 449
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.54%
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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dvmin98

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -13.5%

11-30-2013 00:17:53 | More by dvmin98
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WDJersey

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

11-28-2013 20:55:44 | More by WDJersey
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Poured into a small Belgian tulip glass. The "type A" personality in me is annoyed that this beer doesn't have a name. On their website, New Belgium lists it as "Cigar City Collaboration Ale". I suppose that'll suffice.

Appearance - Body is a clear brassy color, with the ability to see right through the liquid. An orange tint to it as well, with some dark brown on the edges of the glass where the light refracts. Atop the body sits a pillowy one-finger head the color of off-white, a yellowish, faded paper hue to it as well. Retention is pretty spectacular, and eventually it leaves spotty lacing along the sides of the glass.

Smell - Faint and generic fruity phenols and light, almost buttery grain, like fresh-baked biscuits. I'm not getting any characteristic from the Anaheim or Marash. The more I smell, I start to notice a bit of citrus element as well, some faint hop characteristic.

Taste - Mild spice and tropical fruit, but there is nothing particularly interesting about this beer. The grapefruit notes of the hop profile is a bit more noticeable here, and so is the chile, but neither really takes the lead role, and they don't blend particularly well either. Some semi-sweet woody, vanilla tannins on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation.

Overall, a beer that I'm glad I got to try on tap instead of buying a 22 oz bomber. Chile beers are a strange beast, because if they are too hot, they can be unappealing, but if they are too apologetic, they're rather boring. Kinda like this one. It's apparently hard to infuse the wonderful flavors of chile into a beer without letting the heat run away with it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2013 18:31:16 | More by LambicPentameter
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MikeMilanoDesign

California

4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

11-28-2013 07:07:22 | More by MikeMilanoDesign
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tednkelly

South Dakota

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

11-28-2013 04:13:23 | More by tednkelly
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.25/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 06:29:52 | More by Beaver13
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blindtiger24

Colorado

3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

22oz bomber served in an imperial pint glass.

A: Clear, golden pale (between a pale and a deep gold) color. Thick head that lingers on the glass.

S: Slight citrus-sweet smell with some earthy / vegetable aromas.

T: Clean taste to start with some bitterness and malt jumping out. Then the chiles appear, which are really mild and subtle. The malt carries through and leads into a warming feeling in the throat.

M: Light on the tongue initially but there is a dried out feeling at the end.

O: A mild beer with some character, but nothing that jumps out as unique. You'd expect more from the creative people at NB and Cigar City. Disappointing overall, which feels like a half-assed effort. I wish these two companies would have pursued an IPA collaboration or something bolder.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 04:27:03 | More by blindtiger24
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

11-26-2013 23:21:04 | More by Immortale25
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psdonnelly

Alabama

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

11-26-2013 23:10:03 | More by psdonnelly
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memphischas

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

11-26-2013 22:33:24 | More by memphischas
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-26-2013 13:51:59 | More by InspectorBob
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oberon

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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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NastyNate11

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-25-2013 03:53:37 | More by NastyNate11
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fourstringer

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 22:18:35 | More by fourstringer
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Locke

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-24-2013 21:50:29 | More by Locke
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kris_n

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -13.5%

11-24-2013 16:40:41 | More by kris_n
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captainbearcat

Illinois

4/5  rDev +15.3%

11-24-2013 04:12:20 | More by captainbearcat
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chugalug06

Colorado

2.18/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Appearance is knocked out of the park! Great fluffy white foam with killer lacing. Brew is Crystal clear with lots of orange and red with light tints of yellow. Stellar.

Papery. Stale. No chili. Earthy and dirty. Where's the balls?

Awful. Stale, earthy, dry, bready, bland, way too subtle. Nice even (high) carbonation, lacking any bite or bitterness. Just and awkward finish with bland sweetness and overall blandness. Heat is high, but not in a spice sense of the word.

I expected way more form CCB and NB on this collab. This brew falls flat and shameful in my book. It went down my drain; it was kinda like a bad batch of Fat Tire that went experimental with out any QC over sight.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 00:03:57 | More by chugalug06
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

11-23-2013 18:44:51 | More by 2dogbrew
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Fakexican

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-23-2013 02:26:53 | More by Fakexican
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-22-2013 18:18:24 | More by stereosforgeeks
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LancetherealLeader

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-22-2013 01:00:21 | More by LancetherealLeader
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Liquor Shed. Couldn't they have given this beer a proper name?? Best enjoyed by Nov 2014.

Another medium golden coloured brew, clear, huge head of foam and it brings the lacing on.

Okay, the smell of this is throwing me off big time. I guess it smells somewhat spicy, slightly fruity of the kind, that's just about to go off. A wee bit of hops, something I'd describe as almost tart. Weird.

Some spice in the taste though I'd hesitate to call it chili like. More of that fruitiness that borders on being tart. I get a bit of heat after the swallow but nothing while the beer is in my mouth that resembles chili and I've had quite a few chili beers that, imho, were outstanding. More heat much longer after the swallow now.

On the heavy end of light bodied, good carbonation, the mouthfeel is very slick.

I'm on the fence with this one. I suspect my initial rating won't be so "hot"; maybe another bottle will hit the mark?

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 23:59:22 | More by Bitterbill
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man.

The beer is copper to rusty orange hued with a thin, beige collar. The aroma offers light chilies and spice, earth, mushrooms, malt, citrusy hops. Pretty bland flavor. Would like to see the chili character featured more. Odd and just a bit out of balance. Weird citrus character. Flavor is muddled and messy. I just can't get behind these Lips of Faith beers. Expensive and gimmicky. I'm always happy to try a new beer, but there is no way I would pay for this.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 21:51:27 | More by Huhzubendah
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tmneyer

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-21-2013 19:26:37 | More by tmneyer
Lips Of Faith - Cigar City Collaboration (Ale Brewed With Chilies) from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.