Lips Of Faith - Kick - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by rodkin:
4.01/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
On tap at Pi on Delmar for SLCBW.
Pour is gorgeous. Nice slightly hazy pumpkiny orange with a big fluffy head that just sits there. Excellent lacing.
Smell is pumpking, sour apple, tiny bit of hop bitterness. Don't really get the cherry much in the nose.
Taste is pretty big on sour apple, with the pumpkin following. Some general citrus, bit of earthiness. There's the cherry. It's mild, though. My server described it as like a sour apple jolly rancher, and there's definitely some truth to it. Except, you know, better. Very accessible, not too sour. Mild on the finish. I can't believe this is 8.5%. As I was drinking it, I was thinking around 5, 6 tops.
Mouthfeel is excellent. Really nice medium-light body, pretty dry, excellent carb. Almost perfect, definitely the highlight of the beer.
An easy drinking, tasty sour. Very tasty, and mild enough on the tartness that people who don't really know or like sours could probably enjoy it.
Serving type: on-tap
08-01-2012 02:52:44 | More by rodkin
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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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