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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

188 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | 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:
Beer added by: CosmoHopHead on 07-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 188 | Reviews: 142
Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewery.

A: clear golden, little lace

S: musty hops with citrus/pineapple/banana notes and a well represented belgian yeast aroma.

T: nice hop flavor and complexity. Belgian yeast is very much present. Nice citrus notes throughout.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: I really liked this one. Makes me hate the fact new belgium isn't available in my state.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly pellucid pumpkin with several slow moving bubble streams. The upper third of the pint glass is filled with an attractive head of pale khaki colored foam whose surface bubbles leave deep divots when they pop. Finely stippled sheets of lace look good too. Edit: in the end, ridiculous amounts of sticky lace earn the appearance a well-deserved increase in score.

Estery Belgian yeast and citrusy American hops is a killer combination in the right hands. Good thing New Belgium Brewing has the right hands. The orange peel vibe of Amarillo is prominent. The rest of the outstanding lineup includes Simcoe, Centennial, Cascade and Willamette.

Belgo India Pale Ale might not be the best version of the style to have ever crossed my lips, but it's mighty tasty and is still impressively hoppy. A slight decrease in the ABV (or better alcohol masking) would have made good beer even better beer. Hopefully, the sweetness of the malts will emerge with warming and the alcohol will mellow a little.

Pale, caramel and honey malts comprise the grain bill. Pale is dominant by a wide margin. Top notes include freshly zested orange and grapefruit, banana, and hints of pineapple. A more aggressive Belgian yeast strain would have helped. That said, ground clove and white pepper keep up with the hops pretty well.

It probably isn't fair to hold American beer to Belgian beer standards where mouthfeel is concerned. This NBB ale is (barely) big enough, but it doesn't have the lush, plush, silky smooth quality that it would have in a perfect world. Not bad, just not a standout.

Lips Of Faith Belgo India Pale Ale is beer that should be enjoyable to those who love both Belgian yeast and American hops. And who doesn't? Yeah, it could be improved with a few well-chosen tweaks, but it's hard to argue with the beer that New Belgium has created.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amber color with a huge head of white foamy lace that was soo big it had to be poured at least four times before it all settled down into the glass.

The aroma was full of yeast and spice with a very nice light fruit vibe coming off of it. Lots of peaches and pears were readily apparent and easily transferred the aroma into one of a nice Belgian pale. There was a large amount of hops present on the nose as well, what seemed like citrus A touch of alcohol was present hidden under all of this as well but it served more to round out then to distract. huge hoppy flavor coming off of it. nice fruity flavors worked their way in, lots of peaches and pears, apples and a touch of orange, probably coriander starting to break through. A good amount of yeast gave way to a nice dry hoppy finish that was accented by some grape like flavors in the end. Very nice and light with a touch of alcohol mixed in to let you know this had a bit of a punch to it.

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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at New Belgium Hub in the Denver Airport

A: The pour is clear pale golden in color with a frothy white head.

S: A fruity hop character with a nice citrus quality to it. Mild tropical fruit notes and plenty of yeast and esters, maybe some spices, too. Sweet bready malt makes up a decent amount of the aroma.

T: The flavor sort of falls flat. Not a ton of hop flavor, mostly just bitter orange peel and a touch of pine. Some yeast and a little bit of spice character. A nice bread and malt flavor, though.

M: Medium bodied with carbonation a bit on the low side of medium.

O: A rather nice aroma, but the flavor just fell way short.

Photo of zeff80
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a bubbly, on-finger, tan head of foam. It had nice retention and left a little lace.

S - Great floral aroma with a touch of barnyard funk. Also, yeasty notes and touches of fruit aromas.

T - Floral, yeasty, mild barnyard funkiness all join in with a sweet caramel backbone. There is a touch of apple flavor, too.

M - Crisp, sharp and smooth. This is a medium bodied ale that hides its ABV well.

D - This was delicious. It left me wanting more Belgo IPA and more wild/funky ales.

Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Winey, aromatic and unusual IPA.

Nice golden color in the glass. Aroma hits you first. Five different hops, label says, and a wonderful aromatic bunch without huge bitterness. Excellent complexity of flavors, not so identifiable as Belgian, but malty and spicy. A touch of sweetness but more piney richness.

It's certainly a sippable and entertaining beer. I like to try different IPAs to see what kinds of hops folks are using. This one is enjoyable to me not for the excess of hops but for the good blend. I'd like to taste more IPAs like this.

And it's "Belgo" not "Belpo."

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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These series of bottles are so well designed, graphically. Drank a bottle of this before heading off to Stone brewery. Beer is yellow with a mild haze and a weak defeated head that doesn't bother to leave lacing on the glass. Beer is moderately carbonated.

Mildly hoppy but in the battle between hops and yeast esters, the yeast esters win this one.

Beer is medium to light in body and tastes really good. I think its less of an IPA at this point than it is just a simple Belgian pale that's been hopped. It works for this beer, the mouthfeel is good and the drinkability is nice. I'd have it again.

Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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.

Photo of mothman
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: This bipa actually shows a decent amount of hops up front. A big herbal and floral scent to it. Some citrus notes with spices and Belgian yeast.

Taste: The taste is a little bigger than I was expecting. Floral hops with some herbal notes and grapefruit citrus. A bit of booze showing. Some bready malts, not a lot, and yeast here too.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, yet spiced. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry and hoppy.

Overall, a decent bipa. More hoppy than others, but it showed alcohol which bugged me as I don't want a bipa to show booze. Relatively drinkable, but I wouldn't want a bomber to myself.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours orange with a thick white head, good lace.

S: Very yeasty, orange marmalade, lemon, pear.

T: Apricot, peach and melon heavy. Lots of tasty esters (yeast component). Nice hop flavour - some grapefruit/San Diego, very citrusy, melds very well with the malt backbone.

M: Medium-bodied, big finish with a hint of booze, smooth.

D: Trying a non-sour New Belgium beer is always an adventure for my palate and usually ends up being a let down. However, this beer is fantastic, great hop and malt flavour, concentrated full taste, I liked it a lot.

Photo of billab914
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier pint glass. It poured golden amber in color with a frothy white head covering the top and clinging to the sides of the glass. It had decent head retention and left some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a citrusy and juicy hop flavor to it mixed with a spicy, almost peppery Belgian yeast flavor. The hoppiness has some orange and lemon citrus flavors to it in the nose.

The taste is similar to the nose in that the citrusy and juicy hoppiness really comes through with a lot of orange flavor to it. The Belgian yeast is also present with that spicy, peppery flavor. It finishes with a modest bitterness and a bit more of that Belgian yeast spice.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK, I liked the hoppiness it had to it but wasn't crazy about the way the Belgian yeast mixed with the flavors. It seemed like a bit too much spice for me, but wasn't bad overall.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Skosh Monahan's, on to the beer:

Goldenrod colored beer with long lasting suds sitting on top, leaving lots of lace around the glass. It's got a pleasant aroma, one consisting of lemon peel, some "funk", and some sourdough character.

It's got the depth of a good Belgian IPA, yet it is quite easy to approach. Mellow grapefruit and citrus peel are obvious upfront, moderate dry funk, leather, and a pinch of pepper round it out. Complimenting the rather easy character of this beer is the medium mouthfeel and gentle crispness.

While it may not be as much "fun" as other beers in the Lips of Faith series, Belgo comes out as one of the more approachable, and in the end remains a quality beer.

Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ultra clear brass colored ale with a tall white colored head.

Smell is hoppy but not extremely so. This is mostly pine in scent with enough coriander to tickle your nose. The only other hop scent I can ID is mango. Honeysuckle malt scent.

Starts out woody in a nice way and a little sweet. Pine and mango appear in the taste first. Nice and bright hop flavor but not a lot of subtle flavors. Great flavor but it simply doesn't meet complexity expectations.

Good mouthfeel.

Quite a drinkable and tasty BIPA. The only possible complaint might be the straightforward hop flavor with few complexities. Still this is a good beer.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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

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.

Photo of aasher
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a light bodied, nice bright gold in color with the slightest amount of cloudiness and a one finger, soapy white head. The aromas are a nice mix of yeast, cloves, fresh and crisp hops, lemon, and more hops. It has a really, really nice nose and you can tell it’s very fresh. It is a little sweet and you get a decent amount of banana and cloves. The yeast is nice and light and you also get some lemon and a bitter hop finish. It also finishes a little dry. The beer it’s most similar to may be Boulevard/Deschutes Collaboration II, with less yeast. It’s a nice Belgian IPA and a very solid beer. Putting this into six packs was a great idea. I hope they do it for Le Terroir!

Photo of flagmantho
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: clear orange hue with a finger of compact ivory foam. Basic, but pretty nice.

Smell: rich malt aroma with some slightly floral hops and a fair bit of chalkiness. Unfortunately, it's got this quality shared by most New Belgium brews which I don't like as much; sort of a muted funk which just doesn't kick with me.

Taste: fruity malt with those floral hops and a decided warmth contributed by the alcohol. It's also got plenty of that New Belgium je ne sais quoi which I don't love so much. As I drink more, it develops almost a soapy quality which, too, I don't like too much.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with good carbonation and creaminess. I like it.

Drinkability: as I mentioned, some of this beer's qualities are not my favorite. The soapiness that develops as the floral hops build, plus its New Belgiuminess, just don't enthrall me. On the other hand, it's not horrible.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just showed up in town, 12oz bottle, best before Feb 12, 2012.

A nice golden coloured brew with a firm 1 1/2 finger of foam, lots of lacing.

Big flowery/perfumy smell from the hops and Belgian yeast and I'm intrigued.

Hmm, the tasting is just as impressive but more complex. Lots of Belgian influence with a yeastiness coupled with some pretty bad ass hop bitterness that to me is floral and...searching for the right word but I can't seem to find it. Oh well, it's kind of like a mix of their Abbey and Ranger, which I've never tried but can imagine would come close to this..fairly close, anyway. ;^)

Fairly light bodied with medium carbonation, good mouthfeel and pretty drinkable. 2 at a sitting, I think, would be my limit; to extend the life of my six pack and..it's a bit on the strong side. I'm getting some warming.

Very good stuff, overall, and I will revisit.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear orange/amber color. Poured a 1 finger off-white head that dissipated to a bubbly skim. Laced in rings and sheets.

S: Fruity yeast esters; apricot and melon. Citrus and pine hops. Fair slightly sweet malt character as well.

T: Bready malt and fruit consistent with aroma. Fair amount of resiny floral hops. Some fruity esters linger in the sharp bitter. Slight alcohol burn.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Starts smooth, transitions to resiny, finishes a little dry.

D: Interesting yeast and hop character without giving up too much on the malt.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up in Chicago a couple of weeks ago and popped it on this random Wednesday night. The bottle is inked without a label, and holds these introductory words:
"Friday night and the lights are low. Amarillo, Williamette, Simcoe, Cascade, and Chinook looking for a place to Belgo. Get in on bottle conditioned beats and hop aroma blasts as India Pale Ale grooves with Belgian yeast." Kerouac riffing on detailed hops bills.

The beer is light golden color, maybe 12 on the SRM scale, clear with a thin wet-looking head and modest lacing. The aroma is definitive Belgian IPA, even with the American hops they through in. It must be a yeast by-product thing, a little spicy or peppery component and less citrus than you'd normally expect from these hops. Tasty too, this hits all the notes I want in the style, like a strongly hopped tripel. Delicious and not overly bitter.

Thin-to-medium bodied and easy drinking. A great beer, recommended.

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