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

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

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570 Ratings

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Ratings: 570
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 9
Gots: 45 | 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:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 570 | Reviews: 91
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A beer that could have been exciting was just meh. Not too much going on here. Somewhat pleasant but somewhat boring base beer with a moderate dose of chiles. Not a lot of depth or complexity, just some heat and perhaps the tiniest bit of smokiness. A one trick pony, and the trick isn't all that impressive.

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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.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler.

A - Nice golden hue, with a creamy white one-finger head. Really good looking rings of lacing.

S - Lighter side of medium strength aroma of vegetal chilies, Belgian yeasts, graham cracker, citrus, and piney hop.

T - Like the nose, a vegetal green chili taste makes it's presence known upfront, followed by the more "beery" characteristics. Base beer is a nice balance between slightly sweet malts, and some piney hops. Some grapefruit esters in the mid-palate. An underlying hit of funk throughout. Slight warming tingle in the finish as a small amount of heat from the chilies comes through. Green chili flavor lingers longer than anything else.

M - Medium bodied, with lots of carbonation. Works pretty well with the flavor.

O - I rather enjoyed this, but I like chili beers when done correctly. Your mileage may vary, and I don't know if I would truly recommend this to someone who doesn't appreciate some veggie in their beer.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of New Belgium's Cigar City Collaboration from their Lips of Faith series last week for $11.39 at The Lager Mill. I'm not a huge fan of the Chili Beer style, but I've been wanting to try Cigar City Brewing Company for a long time and this seems to be the closest thing I can get my hands on, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up recently, so I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The bottle looks ok, it's pretty typical for the Lips of Faith aeries, and other then the fact that it says Cigar City on it I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a nice and fairly clear brighter golden color that took on a golden orange color when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, but it could use a little more head and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a malty aroma being the first to show up and imparts a slightly grainy and bready like aroma followed by a nice fruity aroma with maybe some citrus hops in there also. Up next comes the yeast that imparts a pretty light Belgian yeast like aroma followed by some pepper aromas which are on the lighter side of medium and they impart more of an earthy pepper aroma then a spicy hot aroma. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, the peppers weren't too hot and overpowering and it seemed a little complex.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some malty aromas being the first to show up and it imparts some grainy, bready, and sweet malt like flavors with some fruity flavors showing up next with some citrus hop flavors seeming to stick out the most imparting a nice hoppy citrus taste. Up next comes a very light amount of that Belgian like yeast followed by a lighter amount of medium peppers that impart a pretty earthy and vegetale pepper flavors with just a slight bit of spicyness that lingers a little in the back of my throat in the aftertaste with a medium amount of bitterness and some hoppy citrus flavors in the aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, the peppers show up just enough to notice them, but not enough to really affect the drinkability.

M- Fairly smooth, well hidden alcohol, clean, crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of sweetness. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I don't think it's the best example of a Chili beer since the heat is very low, but I tend to like them better this way and I think it keeps the beer pretty drinkable by adding pepper flavor but not much heat. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, crisp, not filling, and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, a full bottle might start to wear on me, but I thought it was good just to split it and I would recommend it to anyone who likes this style on the lighter side, people who like it spicy will be let down. What I like the most about this beer was the balance, no aspects were too overpowering in this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't bad, but it wouldn't hurt to have more head and better lacing. I don't think i would get this beer again, I'm glad to have tired it, but I don't think I will seek it out since it's a little pricey for what you get. All in all I was happy with this beer, it wasn't the best Chili beer I've had, but I still enjoyed it and I was glad to have the chance to try something that Cigar City had a part of and I hope to try some of their own beers some day. Nice work guys, keep up these nice and innovative beers.

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