Lips Of Faith - Kick - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by julian:
4.18/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Clear orange color with a bit of haze and faint crimson highlights. Decent head with a moderate pour, and nice decorative lacing. 4.5
S: A prominent tartness immediately hits the nose. Definitely the cranberry juice acidity dominates here. I don’t get any pumpkin at all, or any “pumpkin spice”... Still, I love the aroma. 4
T&M: Up front the tartness you get on the nose comes through, but isn’t offensive in any way. It’s perfect and lends well to the flavor which is mostly cranberry. Again, not getting any pumpkin, and the hop presence is minimal. Mildly acidic, maybe some lactic acid. Possible some mild woody funk. This beer is mostly about the cranberry juice, its acidity and the tartness is imparts on the overall beer. Mouthfeel is perfect. Not too crisp but not too heavy. Creamy smooth and somehow refreshing and light at the same time. 4 / 4.5
O: Very good. Possibly one of my favorite LoF beers yet. I highly recommend it. 4.5
Serving type: bottle
08-29-2011 16:54:32 | More by julian
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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 399 ratings.