Lips Of Faith - BELGO Belgian India Pale Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
11-07-2011 03:36:08 | More by Mora2000
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured from a bottle into an unadorned pint glass.
A: Nice golden color. Good head at first that dies down, but leaves a little bit more than average lacing.
S: Slightly sweet, but subtle.
T: Subtly sweet, but hoppy. Not as much toasty malt as I was expecting, but I'm fairly new to the style so I'm learning my way around it. The mix of mild sweetness and hops is what draws me to the style, and is thus what would bring me back to this beer.
M: Pretty normal. Not "slippery" by any means, but a little more carbonated than what I was expecting (but nowhere near a macro).
Overall, this was a pretty solid beer. I'll try other ones in the style, as it's becoming a new favorite of mine, but if I see this in a bar, I'll probably order it. Seems like one of NB's better offerings. If only they could can it like they do for Fat Tire...
10-30-2011 22:01:08 | More by wcpmohr88
4.43/5 rDev +16.6%
Glimmering straw gold beer with a nice lace down the glass. Nose is fruit and spice, apples, pears, unripe grapefruit, pepper and pine, and bread with a hint of earthiness underneath. Carbonation and hop bite is strong and tingles the tongue. Love it. Spice spreads out and lingers on the tongue, and it seems to be a combination of hop and yeast creating the tangy spice. Looks like in the glass but has a solid mouthfeel. Very nice beer and, to me, seems to be a much better beer than the initial rating from BAs. Glad I got a six pack of this one.
10-19-2011 00:49:22 | More by FightingEntropy
3.6/5 rDev -5.3%
On tap at Liberty Station in Houston TX
A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms, and recedes in a minute. Some light lace is left behind.
S: Up front is the hops. Grassy, floral, medicinal. A phenolic and peppery yeast in the nose that is enjoyable.
T: This is enjoyable, but the phenols are just a bit to prominent. Plenty of grassy and medicinal hops. Light biscuit malts with a grainy and sugary sweetness.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Dry and smooth. Easy enough to drink considering the alcohol. I finished my pint without a problem, though one is enough.
Nothing wrong with this. It was just not a hit with me for what ever reason. Though this is worth a try without a doubt.
10-16-2011 01:29:01 | More by champ103
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
The Belgo I picked up tonight seems to be a "regular" (Non-Lips of Faith series) version of the beer. Either way, this is the only listing on BA for this beer, so here goes!
A - Pours a rich, hazy golden hue, with a thick, almost creamy white head that lingers for a few moments before receding to a fairly thick lacing.
S - Belgian yeast/candi sugars, faint hops, pine, apricot, and pear. The aromas are a bit subdued, but they're there.
T - Taste is of Belgian candi sugars/yeast, apricot, apple, and grapefruit with a moderate hop presence. Unlike the other beers of this style I've tried, this one seems to strike a great middle ground between the American IPA and Belgian Tripel/Pale ale elements, rather than leaning strongly towards one style with hints of the other. This stuff is quite quaffable!
M - Medium body, with mild carbonation, and a slick, smooth feel overall. Very drinkable, this one could sneak up on you easily.
O - Overall, I found this to be one of the more solid offerings I've had from New Belgium. If I start seeing this in 6-packs, I just might jump on it. Definitely a steal for the price.
10-09-2011 07:18:58 | More by Flightoficarus
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
Really a nice looking beer here. Pale gold, but crystal clear, with a tight cap of off-white suds.
Mostly belgian yeast on the nose, but it is heavy and robust. Very floral and maybe even a bit soapy.
Lots of belgian yeast to lead the way. Floral and spicy yeast notes are there, but not much in the way of bitter hops. A hint of bitterness and some alcohol warmth, but the highlight here is the belgian yeast and it is tasty and adds a bit of complexity. However, the overall flavor falls a bit flat.
Very soft carbonation, medium bodied and mostly smooth with a dry feel.
This is a nice beer. Very belgian in flavor. I would like to see a bit more of the IPA side of this, but overall a well done brew.
10-07-2011 02:12:42 | More by jera1350
4.05/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
10-06-2011 22:41:34 | More by JoeAmerican77
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
Clear and effervescent golden yellow body; good head formation and retention.
Smell is soft and not nearly as hopped as I’d expected considering the bill. Still, it definitely presents the Belgian yeast characteristic and some pale malt.
Taste is prettay, prettay good. Kicks off with Belgian yeastiness then gives way to those delicious hops (Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe, and Amarillo!!!). It’s pretty well balanced, but I think I’d like it even more if the hops tipped the scale in their favor. That yeast is pretty robust, managing to stay strong in the finish. Hops are almost more bitter/herbal than citrussy. Malt is playing a nice light role here, allowing the hops and yeast to be the stars. Carbonation and body are fine, just fine.
Probably wouldn’t want more than two of these in a row, but I’ll definitely be making Belgo a part of my regular rotation of beers. I’m glad New Belgium made it a year-round offering. This and Ranger have given me a newfound sense of respect and faith in New Belgium. Keep it up!
10-05-2011 23:36:34 | More by JEdmund
4/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
10-04-2011 22:32:30 | More by BeardedRiker
3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
10-03-2011 00:39:03 | More by womencantsail
4.08/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
10-03-2011 00:31:24 | More by hreb
4/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
10-02-2011 23:38:06 | More by WoodBrew
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
@ Raleigh Times
Clear orange-gold with a fat, sticky head of creamy foam that leaves rings of lace plastered all over the glass. Grassy, pale piney aroma. Slightly peppery pale fruit. Flavors of green, sticky bitterness. Not too much in the way of yeasty phenolics. Simcoe seems to be pretty noticeable which blends well with a sweet pale malt base. Fine mouthfeel; medium body and quite drinkable. I like it...not blatantly Belgian-inspired, but satisfying nonetheless.
10-02-2011 17:10:28 | More by wedge
4.7/5 rDev +23.7%
Beautiful lemon yellow beer with two fingers of head. Head levels to a solid layer of creamy froth that sticks around forever. Blankets the glass in soap-like lacing.
Bright and intense aroma of a pinewood forest. I can tell these hops are going to pack a punch. Belgium yeast aroma is able to surface as well to mellow things out while adding depth.
Hops pack a huge punch from the get-go. The flavors of pine-sol and soap provide a sharp bitterness that dries the tongue on contact. Tart lemon flavor comes through also. Malt flavor is there but takes a back seat behind the hop army. Yeast imparts a soothing banana and clove character that carries into the aftertaste and compliments the hops. Alcohol goes unnoticed.
Medium bodied and bone dry texture. Lively, bubbly carbonation.
When I think of a Belgian IPA, this is exactly what I imagine. New Belgium hit this one out of the park! One of the most perfect Belgian style beers I have tried to date. Absolutely exceptional!
10-02-2011 00:24:01 | More by bnes09
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
Deuane shared a bottle with me.
A - Poured with a semi-clear, golden-orange body...the head stood one finger and was foamy and white in color...head retention was bubbly yet it stuck around...nice lacing
S - Both the hops and the spices were underlying...neither one wanted to jump out and shine...the nose leaned towards a sweeter aroma and it showed off some bitterness
T - This is suprisingly bitter all around...the hops are strong in that department...they aren't displaying many other flavors though...there is a sweet caramel in the middle and it lasts until the finish...the finish is where the spices come in, but again they are pretty subdued
M - Medium bodied...smooth...on the sweeter side with some bitter hops and underlying spices coming through
O - Well, Deuane warned me this one probably had some age on it...so I can only imagine what this is like fresh...if I were ever to get my hands on a fresh bottle I will update my review...but for now this was just an on-par Belgian IPA
09-30-2011 12:45:18 | More by thain709
4.28/5 rDev +12.6%
This is the 7% Explorer Series Edition.
A ~ Pours pale amber/orange. Head descends quickly leaving the typical Belgian ring around the glass that doesn't leave, with a cluster of tiny bubbles in the center. Carb is tight.
S ~ Mango, Guava Juice & Bubble Yum, mostly. Leafy foliage & candied lemon notes are in there as well. Yeast is shining through is a not-too-phenolic way.
T ~ Guava & Mango follow through, to a lesser extent, with a strong overtone of Pomander, candied citrus peels & Grapefruit zest. Malt lends notes of old-fashioned donuts. White pepper & grass on the back end.
M ~ Dry with a good amount of hop bitterness AND aromatics. Not overdone on the European malts. Balance.
D ~ First Belgian IPA I ever had when it was an LoF. Excellent decision to adjust the ABV & include it with the other Explorer brews. Love this beer.
09-29-2011 02:31:13 | More by chocosushi
4.18/5 rDev +10%
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!
09-29-2011 00:45:37 | More by bsp77
4.43/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
09-28-2011 23:58:37 | More by kylehay2004
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
Poured into a Val Dieu wide-mouthed chalice, this is a bright, crystal clear gold beer with a modest, but lasting head. The nose is a bit bland, offering some crackery, lightly toasted malt with faint pine-resin hop scent. Good, assertive flavor though. Initial malt gives way quickly to citrus, resinous hop flavor that blends really well with the moderately-phenolic, spicy Belgian yeast character. A fruity, dry finish rounds things off.
Nice addition to the NB line-up. I hope it's a permanent year-round stay.
09-28-2011 03:59:49 | More by allengarvin
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
09-27-2011 23:05:54 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3/5 rDev -21.1%
12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass
My bottle says 7% abv.
A - semi-cloudy light golden/amber color under 3 fingers of fluffy nearly-white head; moderate carbonation bubbles; nice lace
S - strong estery, yeasty smell; banana and bubblegum; floral hops; touch of spice; for whatever reason, it smells a bit like eggs to me
T - bitter hoppy flavor with an estery/yeasty character dominates the palate; noticeable presence of alcohol; The yeasty taste reminds me of the time I visited my parents for Christmas and I made homemade eggnog in Mom's aluminum saucepan. The aluminum contributed an odd metallic flavor to the nog. Belgo tastes like that combination of eggs and metal. This is how I would expect a beer flip to taste, if such a thing existed (I've never encountered one). It's not particularly good in my opinion.
M - oily and dry; medium body with moderate carbonation
O - This is my first encounter with a Belgian IPA. It may just be this brew or it may be the style, but I am not particularly impressed. I have had 2 bottles of this now; the second was more enjoyable than the first, probably because I knew what to expect. Still, I am not a big fan of the unique flavor--I'll have to try a few more and see whether or not it grows on me. For now I definitely prefer Ranger.
09-27-2011 01:53:33 | More by lwillitz
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
09-25-2011 20:30:56 | More by Jason
3.83/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
09-25-2011 16:17:09 | More by chinchill
3.85/5 rDev +1.3%
Had this on tap at the New Belgium bar and grill in the Denver Airport. On home territory so it must be fresh!!! Enjoyed in a small goblet - feeling the imperial love!
A - yellow-amber, clear, very thin head which didn't last long.
S - Interesting nose on this one with only a hint of hops and more of a dried fruit character with a hint of medicine
T - mellow in character with moderate alcohol warmth as an initial note rather than a big hops attack. Body is all phenols and ends with just a hint of bitterness and honey malt. As it warmed I found some spiciness and a very late grassy hops bitterness; really sneaks up elegantly.
M - light, but also simultaneously oily. Coats the mouth thanks to almost no carbonation.
D - this is a sipper; subtle and powerful.
Overall this one is really interesting. Rather than a west coast hop bomb this one is all muscle and guile. It's smooth and guaranteed to suckerpunch you. Very interesting beer.
09-21-2011 00:04:02 | More by DoktorZee
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
22 oz. bottle tried 3 Oct 2010. Served in the 0.3 L Unibroue tulip.
Large tan head. Well carbonated. Clear burnt orange color. Piney, spicy, floral aroma, with some sweet herbal notes. Starts quite floral, yeasty, a bit of rose water. Ethanol is warming and kind of boozy (A). Spicy pepperiness through the middle. Finishes with herbal bitter with some resin. Lingering sweet hoppy aftertaste. Medium body.
A liked this a bit more than I did.
09-20-2011 04:09:18 | More by htomsirveaux
Lips Of Faith - BELGO Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.