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Lips Of Faith - BELGO Belgian India Pale Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

185 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CosmoHopHead on 07-04-2010)
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Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Denver airport, 10oz glass. BOOO!!!

LOOK: Clear golden straw.

SMELL: Phenolic, passion fruit, peppery, yeast, biscuity malt, spice.

TASTE: Medicinal, bitter, ripe fruit, green pepper, estuary, bubblegum, dry toasty malt.

A serious beer, not for the faint. Bitterness and phenols rule the palate to the point of puckering. A sipper as the alcohol is pretty warming. A treat of a beer.

Jason, Sep 25, 2011
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Photo of withliterature
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden orange in color with moderate carbonation and dense nice white head that left neat lacing after it dissipated (~10min). None of the yeasty haze of an unfiltered Belgian; this is a clear golden color.

S: A little bit of citrus and hops, but mostly smells like a Belgian.

T: There is a nice hoppy bite in the aftertaste and a sweeter floral Belgian flavour in the front. I don't taste much fruit, but a bit of orange and lemon. The balance is nice, and I love that bitter hoppy taste that lingers after the mouth is dry.

M: Despite the slight sweetness in taste at first, the finish is very dry (this beer ends with hops). Moderate carbonation and not dense or sticky.

O: I think that I like the Flying Dog 'Raging Bitch' Belgian-Style IPA better, but that might simply be due to my fondness for IPAs in summer (now) and Belgians in winter (months away). I think that the Flying Dog leans toward IPA while this beer is a close balance between Belgian and IPA, so in that regard this beer is much more what an IPA/Belgian hybrid should be.

I would think about buying this again, but I'd be more likely to buy either an IPA or a Belgian. IPAs (way, way hoppy) and Belgians (tripels) are probably my two favorite beer styles, but I haven't been overly impressed by hybrids like this. They're decent in their own right, but I think that the two styles are far better on their own.

withliterature, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of Beaver13
2.58/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with a smallish white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet vegetal malts, pepper, earthiness, soapy gum, floral spices and a little mint.

The flavor is sweet slightly vegetal malts, with a weird floral spicy slightly metallic bitterness, that is decent sized and lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation, slightly watery.

Overall, very strange flavors that don't mix well together. I just didn't care for it. I haven't really liked the Belgian IPAs though, I like mine fruity.

Beaver13, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aorma is full of floral hops notes, as well as a little bit of pine and some Belgian yeast notes. The flavor follows suit. I get a lot of caramel malt, with some floral and pine hop notes taking a secondary role. The Belgian yeast also contributes quite a bit to the flavor, showing the beer is a Belgian IPA opposed to a regular American IPA. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of bsp77
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Hazy orange with billowing off-white head, leaving nice lacing rings behind.

Smell: Banana, grapefruit and other tropical goodness balanced by clove and white pepper.

Taste: Hoppy with lots of tropical fruit (grapefruit, mango), with underlying estery Belgian yeast supplying banana and clove. Somewhat bitter and peppery at the finish.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation with a fairly light body for the abv and also for an IPA. Very refreshing with a dry finish.

Overall: Very good Belgian IPA here. Glad they made this former Lips of Faith beauty into a year round six pack offering. Great move, New Belgium!

bsp77, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light orange and yellow color, looks nice, good head, carbonation, lace, retention. Aroma was definitely a strong belgian yeast. Covered up the hops.

Taste, plenty bitter, hoppy with that distint belgian yeast flavor. Usually the hops are far off and mild with this style, not so here. Hops are plentiful, especially for style. Very clean aftertaste. Peppery spiciness like you've come to expect in a belgian anything with a slight phenol and metal thing going that isn't bad, it actually works with the beer. Plenty crisp.

Probably a challenging beer to the uninitiated. Stick with fat tire or ranger if you lack the palate and sense of adventure to go on this side of the moon.

Beerandraiderfan, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark straw with small near-white head. Head is soon gone but leaves a thin ring on top and plenty of lacing.

Fine aroma with plenty of hops, plus hints of yeast, malt, banana, and spices. Sounds plenty Belgian in this description but actually much more like an Amer. IPA than expected. Slight downgrade to Overall rating for this departure.

Body is a bit thin and a little crisp. Semi-dry.

O - quite enjoyable, if not the beer I was expecting (which was something more like an Ommegang BIPA). Think of this as a Slightly Belgian IPA.

chinchill, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of chicagobill13
1.85/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Golden looking with a sight strong golden belgium look to it. A seem what head to this beer. Not a very strong hop smell to it.

This beer has a very good carbation and bitter nice. The one thing I don't like about this beer is the after taste. It leaves me thrist afterwards with a cottom mouth feel going on. It is almost like i need to drink water with this. Once again, just like all their beers they taste the same. It is almost like they use the same yeast type in all their beers. That's not a bad thing until all your beers taste the same. I can see this beer like their Ranger being a great beginner IPA beer for new drinkers. For me, hop head I am very let down and disappointed. This is the last time I will pick up a New Belgium beer. Enjoy and Cheers!

chicagobill13, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a lighter golden color with a nice beige head on it.

Smell is very very hoppy with some Belgian yeast coming through.

Taste is delicious. Very hoppy throughout. Good pine and citrus notes as well.

Mouthfeel is fairly light. Great carbonation. Pretty bubbly going down.

Overall I really enjoyed this IPA and would definitely buy it again.

richkrull, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a big white biscuity head that slowly fades into a light cover and decent lacing atop a clear honey colored ale.

The aroma is sour hops with lighter hints of yeast, floral scents with a very slight citrusy background.

This IPA has a non-overbearing sour citrus hops with a slight sweet pine taste that leaves a nice drying aftertaste.

A very easy drinking IPA definitely worth a try or 3.

LXIXME, May 30, 2011
Photo of cisteve
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

cisteve, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle with attractive retro (discoball) printed label.

Served cool into a New Belgium globe, Belgo has a slightly hazy golden orange color with creamy white head. The head is short-lived but leaves some great lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet and hoppy with a definate banana character.

Flavor is nicely bittered but with lots of tropical fruit flavor. Good balance from start to finish. The hops seem appropriate for the style whereas some brewers use too much west coast style citrus and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with moderate carbonation and good bitter/dry finish. Alcohol is fairly well-hidden for an 8% beer.

Overall a good version of the style. I've

GilGarp, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of ChopperSmith
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep golden color. A one and a half finger white foam head. Settled to a nice white frothy cap that lasted throughout. Sticky lacing as it receded.

Smell: Interesting, sweet and yeasty, but with a citrus hop aroma mixed in. Smells like a sweet Belgian Style Pale Ale with a stronger hop profile. Scents of clove spices and candied fruits as well.

Taste: Much like it smells. A unique blend of sweet and spicy Belgian style yeast and flavors. But, there's also an aggressive IPA hop profile. I like the unique blending of a couple of my favorite styles, American IPA with a Belgian Style Pale Ale. Very refreshing, yet also sweet and candy-like with the Belgian yeast. A slight bitter finish at the end, but sweetened and balanced well by the malts and yeast.

Mouth Feel: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Crisp and bright finish.

Drinkability: I'm really happy that New Belgium is now making this beer style available year round in six packs. This is a tasty brew with a respectable ABV. It's a perfect session beer, and I'm starting one right now. This just may be my favorite beer style from New Belgium Brewing, and that's saying a lot because they make several excellent beers.

ChopperSmith, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Attractive golden head, with extravagant white bubbles. Intricate, delicate lacing. Gorgeous!

I get a lovely candy sugar and spice aroma.

Tastes rich, with zesty Belgian spices and a kick of hops. Well-balanced, though, and a superb cross-pollination of 2 distinct styles.

Gives the impression of being stronger than 7% ABV, due to the rich and heavy body, but this one's really superb and packed with complexity.

secondtooth, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of hreb
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cool 12 oz bottle poured in UK pint glass. Beer is a yellowish amber with a fat yellow-white head. Big cascade (centennial?) hops aroma. Underneath the array of hops is the combination dry and sweet flavor typical of fermenting with sugar, reminiscent of Belgian golden ales. Totally serves the style well with a well balanced load of hops. Tons of lacing on the glass.

After having to resort to drinking Fat Tire at a wedding I am pleasantly surprised with this choice from New Belgium, CO.

hreb, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straw mahogany colors mix to hold a stable two finger dollop of white foam... Strong citrusy hops and a belgian yeast do come to the nose, some bright fruits as well. A little pear tastes good on the tongue, a hint of piney hops add balance. Nice medium body makes a bold presentation with cozy mild carbonation.
Ok NB this is pretty good.

JoeAmerican77, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of BeardedRiker
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm...this isn't the Lips of Faith series Belgo...but whatever. I can't find the "regular" one. In any case I tend to find I like hoppy Belgian beers. I usually don't like Belgian styles as much as American styles of beer but if it's a Belgian style beer that's more hoppy then sign me up.

She's a good-lookin' beer. The beer is a clear golden yellow with just a tad of sediment but just barely. The head is bubbly-frothy, white, and a bit stays on the surface as you drink it. What I like most about this beer's appearance is the lovely lacing it leaves on the glass. I can see the evidence of every gulp I took.

The Belgo smells very floral from hops and very yeasty, no doubt from Belgian yeasts. It's like a more hoppy saison in a way. I get some sugary sweetness, some lemon citrus, straw, and black pepper as well.

This is yummy. Yeast, straw, biscuity and some citrusy, bitter hops. It's just a tad boozy but it blends right in. The sugary sweetness lies underneath throughout.

A light-medium body has a medium-high carbonation which makes this light and refreshing. It's pretty smooth though the carbonation adds bite but the hops make for a dry finish.

BeardedRiker, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium must have switched up the recipe and name....cuz the Belgo I am trying is not part of the Lips Of Faith and it is only 7% ABV....according to the bottle. The color is a clear copper with thin white head that is lacing slightly. The nose has almost a cotton candy / gumball aroma. The taste has plenty of what most belgium ales has that unique sweet malt taste that is balanced by a bouya of Hops that makes the beer finish a bit bitter. The mouthfeel is ok....certainly alot going on to cover the higher ABV content. Not sure O could do more than one. Overall it is a failrly unique beer and worth a sample.

WoodBrew, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of dbossman
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light golden with a thin but steady head and fantastic lacing

S: Wow--citrus and herbal hops with hints of dry fruit--apples and pears--and bananas; grassy, earthy, fruity

T: Dry bitterness up front: apples, pears, bananas, with hoppy bitterness; some grainy undertones but mostly so much hop bitterness and fruity yeast

F: Medium body with oily resin that clings to the roof of the mouth

O: A great, drinkable and interesting Belgian-style IPA from New Belgium

dbossman, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of jmhart
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Hop City.

22 oz poured into a snifter, shared with Frasier433 and a few others.

A- Poured a slightly hazy golden-orange with a one finger creamy white head.

S- Pretty characteristic for the style. Bits of yeast, banana, baking spcies. Could use a little bit more bicuisty malt in the aroma.

T- Lightly roasted malt with that characteristic banana, yeast, and baking spice flavor and an herbal citrus (orange) hoppy finish. A good representation of the style

M- Medium bodied, decent amount of CO2. Oily and chewy without a lot of bite.

D- A good showing from NB on this one. They don't blow anybody else out of the water, but it's a good beer, perfect for the style, with their own unique and easy to appreciate spin. Gotta give props to anybody that can make a delicious brew, fits within a style, but yet taste unlike any others in the style. It's a fine line, and they did a wonderful job.

jmhart, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of Chris585
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to Great Dane Brewery Pint Glass.

First pour from this beer was good and light golden in color with nice tall head and retention. Smell was definitely Belgian yeast. Hop smell was good and sweet to piney and earthy...not much sweetness, but it seemed like it was there somewhere.

First taste of this was creamy, foamy piney and sour. I was expected a little more from this. the mouthfeel was good, but the aftertaste from this beer just didnt do it for me. I have had a few belgian ipa's but his was just a little too sour and not enough balance for me...for the style I ithink it is just a bit unbalanced,...little too watery, not enough hop presence and a bit on the sour side for a belgian. I think this needs a little something extra to give it that next jump in taste...not sure I get it yet. I bought a six pack so I will get through them, but not one I will buy again. Taste was good, just not fantastic for what I have had in this style. Average.

Chris585, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Marion Street Cheese Market. Served with a quarter inch cap in a New Belgium globe glass. It was a peachy orange jewel tone in the glass, with a steady column of carbonation rising from the center. Foam laced the sides of the glass in irregular arcs. Head retention was good.

Fruity aromas of orange, melon, apricot, fresh and hoppy. Somewhat estery too, with some minor peppery spice coming through vaguely. The taste was very fruity upfront, orange and melon, with a slickness and phenolic clove and pepper in the aftertaste. Mildly bitter, somewhat restrained. Peachy with a creamy feel, solidly malty at it's core.

The phenolics were on the verge of distracting, but overall it was a nice conglomeration of the fruity and spicy elements. The abv was fairly well hidden, though I probably wouldn't go for more than one. Would try a bottle of this again to see if there's much variance from the draft version.

emerge077, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of scarfield
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App- Pours an orangeish-gold color with a thick fluffy head. Excellent lacing through the glass.

Smell- Citrus hops comes to the nose first, with the spicy aroma of Belgian yeast also weighing in heavily.

Taste- Bananna and clove from the yeast fight it out with citrusy hops. A bit of staleness to the beer, but then again I am drinking it quite a while after I bought it. Also a dominant bubblegum taste in there as well after the shock of the hops dies down.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, but moderately thick. Not at all syrupy.

I found it to be a pleasant beer, very good looking in the glass, an interesting combination of flavor, even if they were not blended or mixed the best. I would have no problem purchasing this again.

scarfield, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of jsh420
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours clear golden bronze with a 1+ white finger head that left spotted lacing down the glass

smells amazing - very floral clove banana normal tripel notes but with a hint of pine in the background

taste does not disappoint either - very complex and tons of many different beers of different styles race through my mind - gumball head with piney grapefruit hops

mouthfeel light/medium body with good carbonation

overall - very impressed with this offering and gives raging bitch a run for her money on best american bipa

jsh420, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cool trade with a77cj7... Thanks Chris.. Shared this one with the wife... Belgian IPA... awesome...

Big foamy white head... the brew is clear lite amber.... a great cap and only okay lacing.

Bazooka Joe...pink bubblegum and some lesser mango

PINK cotton candy... tons of weird phenols.... big hunting with the esters... some cantaloupe and other melon.. a bit of nice peppercorn with warmth..

Yeasty elements are all over the place... I love a great Belgian IPA, but the fruitiness on this one takes it to levels not seen yet in the States.... PINK BUBBLEGUM... Odd and interesting, but the phenolic notes are tough to wrap my palate around... nuff said.

Cool trade with Chris... Thanks again.

3.5/3.5/4/4/3.5

JohnGalt1, Dec 29, 2010
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Lips Of Faith - BELGO Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.