Lips Of Faith - Kick - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by bens0n:
3.93/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
This beer pours a murky yellowy orange color with quite a bit of frothy white head. Leaves a tiny bit of lacing.
On the nose I can easily pick out the cranberries but not the pumpkin. Has a slight spicyness to it and the alcohol isn't very detectable.
Flavor wise the cranberries take complete control of this. Its not overpoweringly sweet but its definitely fruity tasting. Not really tasting any pumpkin in it though. The alcohol isn't very prevalent in the taste either.
It starts out on the wet side but still has a certain dry crispness to it on the finish. Very low carbonation level which is also a plus.
Could easily put back a couple of these bombers in one session.
Serving type: bottle
10-02-2011 01:05:03 | More by bens0n
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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
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