Lips Of Faith - Kick - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by afdempse:
3.05/5 rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
Clear, reddish-golden color. Head dwindles to a ring around the inside of the glass.
Aroma of sour cranberries, red wine, grapes.
Flavor begins with cranberry tartness. Fades into cherry candy essence and adjunct-style maltiness.
Mouthfeel is very strange. At first, the body of the beer seems light due to the tartness. Then an odd meatiness and tannin-laden tongue coating descends upon the palate, rendering all flavors void and unable to be enjoyed.
Disappointing in general. Whatever phenomenon is taking place in this beer that leads to the thick, tongue-coating, mucus-generating chemistry - it needs to be remedied. Something is not quite working out in this experiment.
Serving type: bottle
10-23-2011 05:38:08 | More by afdempse
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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 397 ratings.