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Lips Of Faith - Kick - New Belgium Brewing

Lips Of Faith - KickLips Of Faith - Kick

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87
very good

399 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 399
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%


Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
New Belgium and Elysian are together again with Kick, a rich and tart pumpkin cranberry ale blended with wood-aged beer for a uniquely complex harvest season sour.

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 08-10-2011)
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Reviews by Bfarr:
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Bfarr

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange with white head, poor retention and no lacing. Salty pretzel and pumpkin aroma. Salty yeast and sour with light pumpkin and cranberry end. Finishes semi-dry with a thin silky light stickiness.

An interesting sour beer with pumpkin notes that are not strong but the cranberries don’t seem to make to muck of an appearance except in the sour notes and light sweetness there’s the faintest hint of them. It really is rather an ugly beer and it’s not very aromatic but it makes up for it in the balanced flavor department. If you like a sour this is certainly one to try.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 23:41:14 | More by Bfarr
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Lips Of Faith - Kick from New Belgium Brewing
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