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

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548 Ratings

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Ratings: 548
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 8
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-25-2013)
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Photo of Rifugium
2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Photo of Agentveba
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Dbrulet
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Choooobee
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of BRClemons
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of taylor714914
2.56/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

Photo of JohnBender
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
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

Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a light amber yellow with two fingers of soapy, white head. Little bit of lacing and great head retention.

Smell: Citrusy hops with lemon and grapefruit, with spicy peppers on the back of the nose. ALso a hint of cedar present. Smell of chilis does seem to get stronger as the beer warms.

Taste: Citrus and hops, with a bite of capsaiszin. Pepper taste is light but works well with the hops. Pretty unique. Chili flavorcomes out nicely as the beer warms and you will get maybe a little bit of spicy warmth on the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, and medium bodied.

Overall, this is a good beer. First chile beer I have ever had and the chile flavor is extremely subtle with little spicy bite. The hop profile is quite tasty in this brew with a great mouthfeel and the chili flavor works well with this. Wish the chili flavor was just a little stronger with some spice.

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic pint.

Clear, amber body and a dense two finger's width of white foam. The stuff overflowed out of the glass with an easy pour. Strong! The cap has great staying power and when it does recede, leaves behind thick sheet lace.

Pear - like sweetness aroma at first, the chili character is a little earthy, tangy from what seems like vinegar, and salty. Very light though. Have to dig deep for the chilis. Almost has some stone fruit scents as well, plum and dark cherries. Sweet, but not enough spice.

Palate is earthy and sweet. Still pretty sweet by mid-palate, that pear - like flavor again. A bitterness that is slightly resin-y with some grapefruit is introduced. The finish is salty and has a slight spicey bite. Even some dark cocoa buried in here! That juicey citrus is still slightly apparent as well. Again, not nearly enough chili on the palate, and frankly, the flavors are muddled.

A little more watery than creamy. Medium bodied. This beer also feels a little chalky. A little dry thanks to the hop bitterness present.

This beer is good, but a chili beer it is not really. This is more like a straight Belgian Strong Dark ale with a little spice in the finish. I am not sure if the brewers wanted a spicy BSDA, but they got something more muddled and, lost.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 22oz bomber picked up in Nov'13

A - Pale yellow, like an IPA, with 1 finger of head, clarity, and some sticky lace left all over the glass

S - Slight pine hop aroma, but not detecting much of the peppers.

T - Excellent! Nice mix of pine and citrusy hops. Kind of like the jai alai, but not as bitter. The peppers are very mild, and don't really appear until the after taste. Well done

M - Highly carbonated, smooth, easy to drink

O - An excellent IPA type ale with some light peppers in the aftertaste.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Lips Of Faith - Cigar City Collaboration (Ale Brewed With Chilies) from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 548 ratings.