Lips Of Faith - Kick - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by younger35:
4.2/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Just picked up a bottle of this in a random little store that carries a few beers. I do love a good pumpkin beer, really love sours and really really love cranberry beers (or at least New Glarus Cran-bic). Drank from my Russian River tulip.
Appearance- Pours a light pinkish yellow with a small wispy bright white head that fizzles away quickly. A lily pad cap is left along with a thin bubbly collar.
Smell- Surprisingly the pumpkin, or probably more accurate, the pumpkin spices, are the first thing to jump out of the glass at me. A touch of clover or nutmeg leave no mistake that a pumpkin base was included. It does have a touch of fruity tart but you’d never guess it was cranberry. You’d probably just think it was a nice clean sour. I feel like the more I smell, the fruitier it gets. Interesting nose.
Taste- Starts nice and tart with a light Cran-bic like taste. It’s fleeting but close. The sourness is light but mixes well with the cranberries. A sort of earthy middle that may be from the pumpkin as a touch of indiscriminate spice sneaks in. The beer is actually fairly woody and very tannic as I’m surprised only 25% was aged in barrels. Almost wine like at times as the finish has hints of vanilla and white grapes. The wood really lingers.
Mouthfeel- Nice crisp bite of carbonation like you’d expect. The beer is very spritzy and not as dry as you’d probably expect.
Drinkability- I really enjoyed this quite a bit. Even as it warms more the spices really stick out to me in the nose but the taste is all wood and cranberry. I had no problems putting down the entire bottle and almost can’t believe this thing is 8.5% (except for the sweet ass buzz I have). Great beer, very original!
Serving type: bottle
08-12-2011 21:58:55 | More by younger35
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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 409 ratings.