Lips Of Faith - Kick - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by TexIndy:
3.93/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. No dating info on the bottle but it's a new release and just hit the market so it's fresh. It was a slightly hazy orange amber color with good carbonation. It had a slightly better than average sized fizzy white head that quickly dissipated into a thin, partial collar. Very slight lacing with none sticking.
The aroma was tart with good doses of the pumpkin and cranberry and maybe a little pear. Sold as a sour but really more of a tart than a sour but it works. The flavor again features the cranberry and the pumpkin with the tart coming thru even more than in the aroma. The tart is good but the sweet component starts to approach the too sweet border. Very refreshing but not pushing any boundaries here but then again I don't think that is it's intent. Medium to light mouthfeel with slightly low carbonation and a crisp, tart aftertaste.
Overall, a good refreshing fruit beer that hits the spot and feels right for the season. Won't break new ground but I don't think it needs to be successful IMHO. Interesting and I recommend and I hope they bring it out again next year. Avail here in TX. Rotation - couple a year during the season for me and maybe grab a couple for the next neighbor gathering to share and maybe get some people to try some good non-BMC stuff. [O;Y]
Serving type: bottle
09-29-2011 02:20:41 | More by TexIndy
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2.48/5 rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
This is 2012's sour pumpkin ale made as a collaboration between New Belgium's Kim Jordan and Elysian's Dick Cantwell (also see my review of He Said by Cantwell.) It was made with 75% ale with pumpkins and cranberry juice, and 25% ale aged in wooden barrels. I couldn't find out if there was any wine or booze in the barrels. I tried this ale last year at a brewclub meeting and really hated it, but kept my bottle hidden away in the hopes that it would improve with age.
Aroma: Sour as anything! Layered with acetic (vinegar) sourness and wild yeast sourness. There is a musty forest floor aroma as swirled. No spicing noted. Some pineapple aromas as it warms.
Appearance: Deep golden color with a slight haze. Small white head with large bubbles.
Flavor: Sharp bitterness up front and a strong sour zing. I taste the pineapple esters from the Brettanomyces. Tart cranberry and an astringent earthy note. This has a very thin body and ends dry and raspy on the tongue.
Overall: I'm not a huge fan. There isn't much to this other than SOUR! Lacks complexity that I look for in sour beers and I don't get much pumpkin through that tartness. I do like it better than last year (dumped) but still didn't have more than half a glass before I let it go. A bit disappointed with New Belgium and Dick Cantwell for this one--it should have been amazing based on most of their other projects.
Serving type: bottle
11-15-2013 20:58:32 | More by Jackofallbrews
Lips Of Faith - Kick from New Belgium Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.