Lips Of Faith - Kick - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by mattsdenney:
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from bomber into NB globe glass.
A: pours a slightly hazy orange with a thick bubbly head.
S: Subtle hints of sweet pumpkin, caramel, and sugar.
T: Cranberries up front followed by a mild pumpkin sweetness. Finishes strong, sour, and tart. Lingering dryness and boozy warmth, no significant hop presence.
M: Light, dry, slightly acidic.
O: My first sour beer...not disappointed at all. Enjoyed the tartness supplemented by the underlying fall flavors.
Serving type: bottle
11-10-2011 03:21:59 | More by mattsdenney
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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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