Lips Of Faith - Kick - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

419 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 57
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 08-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

New Belgium and Elysian are together again with Kick, a rich and tart pumpkin cranberry ale blended with wood-aged beer for a uniquely complex harvest season sour.
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Photo of callmeopus
4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

By the gods this is a most delicious ale! Served on tap during the Great Pumpkin Pint Pint at Thirsty Monk South (Asheville, NC) in a New Belgium goblet (only 8oz.). The lovely orange color makes you think of every other pumpkin beer, but NO! This wonderfully sour and ever so slightly sweet beer is like no other pumpkin.

Kick starts off with that vinegar smell that every sour beer promises you with. You get ready for a full sour blast and are pleasantly rewarded with just a light sour taste and if you close your eyes you can just gets hints of pumpkin and cranberry. Then it finishes --still sour-- with the merest imaginings of nutmeg and cinnamon. This has to be the best pumpkin beer this year!

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting concept for a Fall beer, a pumpkin and cranberry beer, one quarter aged in wooden barrels. Let's see.

Poured into a New Belgium Globe. Pours a clear reddish orange, with a fizzy two fingered white head that stands up. Head is slow to fall. Lacing doesn't stick.

Aromas of lactic acid, cranberries, wood, fresh baked pumpkin, but no spices. I think I found a pumpkin beer I like.

Flavors of lactic acid sourness, cranberries, and pumpkin. No hop flavor, and thank God, no pumpkin pie spices. The pumpkin adds a nice touch, like fresh baked pumpkin out of the oven.

Mouthfeel is puckering from the sourness, plus a light creaminess from the pumpkin. Good carbonation, with a little carbonic acid bite along the tongue and roof of the mouth.

Overall, this is fantastic. The pumpkin creaminess and lactic sourness provide a nice contrast that works very well. I like it!

Photo of mdvatab
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into Bordeaux glass.
August 2011 Vintage

Aroma: Wow--up front, I'm catching something unexpected. Somehow, the yeast, cranberry tartness, and pumpkin combo result in green olive. Unsure about this initial aroma I was floored when the beer literally evolved to showcase fruity raspberry, cranberry, strawberry, light brown sugar, and vanilla. Unbelievable complexity.

Appearance: 2 fingers of thick, white foam holds for a while, washing a thin layer of fine bubbles onto the inside of the glass. The body of the beer is a slightly-hazy, golden-orange honey-like color.

Flavor: Tart red berry flavor up front, some cooked gourd, fruity sweetness, and mild, tart, lemon. Vanilla, then strawberry also appear toward the end. Extremely complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation gives a bit of a crisp bite. Pumpkin provides a surprising medium-full mouthfeel.

Overall: One of the most unique and enjoyable beers I've tried. Have to admit, when I bought this pumpkin+cranberry brew, I'd pictured something completely different. Would definitely buy it again, and recommend that you give it a shot as well.

Photo of DCon
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 1 PINT, 6 FL. OZ. bottle of this brew w/ the Wolf Staff from Randall's Wine & Spirits in Fairview Heights, IL for $5.99. Poured from the Jack-O-Latern Filled Bottle into a 0,47l New Belgium Tulip Glass and Does NOT have a Freshness Date on the bottle! (Strange for a Lips of Faith brew...)

Aroma- Very strong sour aroma and has nice cranberries that are introduced at the beginning. Very sweet and can tell there is going to be a tartness to it.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head with good retention and bubbly. Has a dark, golden body with good clarity to it. The lacing was different on everyone's glass! Mine had absolutely NO lace or suds left over...

Flavor- Has a great pumpkin start, sour mid drink, and a nice cranberry finish. There is also an awesome sour/tart taste at the finish that is huge, mixed with a woody/barrel aged taste! Has a complexity like no other sour, pumkin ale, or anything else!

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, and has great puckering on the tongue after the drink.

Overall Impression- As of now, my FAVORITE Sour from the Lips of Faith Series! It was La Folie, but this took over with its complexity and strong sour mouthfeel. The pumpkin and cranberry was nice on the taste but very limited because of how much tartness was to the drink. I recommend you getting this brew! (not sure where you can get it! I drove 1 hr out of my way to find this...)

NOTE: once this warms up, it becomes a completely different brew! Don't drink this one to fast.

Photo of runfoodrun
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A beautiful orange with a deep red hue. Not to be ethereal, but it reminds me of Halloween.

S: Not much here for me, but some cranberry and spice.

T: Lovely. When cold the pumpkin is buried, but not as much as it is as the beer warms up to room temp. When cold the tartness is present, but shares the space with the pumpkin. When it reaches room temp or just a bit cooler, the cranberry and tartness is profound with the pumpkin sneaking through at the end. The aftertaste is an interesting, sweet combo of cranberry and pumpkin.

M: Very nice, light and crisp, really hits the tongue with a ton of flavors that change as the beer warms.

O: This is a treat. I wasn't sure what to expect, but enjoying this beer slowly really reveals a number of great flavors, some of which I can not place, but very a base that is pumpkin in a way that I've not tasted before. Well done!

Photo of musicman575
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm thinking wild ale from the fruity, oaky aroma. Lacelettes of fuzzy foam stick to the side of my New Belgium glass. Pumpkin's not overwhelming and it doesn't taste like Thanksgiving beer. If anything, the pumpkin adds to the body. Very juicy and moderately sour with strong notes of oak. I was expecting a darker beer at 8.5 ABV, but the color is a clear, soft orange. Faint hop kick comes end right at the end, like the final sputter of a fountain firework. Overall, a very enjoyable, quenching drink. Easily the most deceiving 8.5 I've ever had. You may sip yours if you want, bu mine went right down the gullet like apple juice. I'll keep room for one of these in my fridge if it's around again next fall.

Photo of MrTopher
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz bottle into a tulip.

A – Pours a nice copper color almost on the edge of burnt orange color also. Poured at such an angle that not head was created, some mild bubbles though did appear.

S – Slight cranberry and some spice, the pumpkin was very subdued. The funk of this is 100% the dominating factor and adds some nice character to this beer.

T – WOW, this wasn’t at all what I was expecting. Tartness and sourness that just coexist, there is a fantastic cranberry flavor to this beer, but the pumpkin is almost non-existent. There is a little spice to this all over the tongue. I thoroughly enjoyed this blending of flavors, it wasn’t what I had expected, seeing pumpkin I typically shy away.

M – Pretty dry, but the carbonation really balances this out and makes it exceptionally easy to drink.

O – I have yet to have a Lips of Faith that I haven’t enjoyed, the lineup they have created keep getting better and better. I enjoy these more than the regular NB releases.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a somewhat thin head and some sloppy lacing. Very interesting aromas- as advertised there are pumpkin pie spices, cranberries and some barrel notes. Very pleasant. The taste is similar- tart cranberry notes to start with , followed by pumpkin pie spices, some creamy notes and a nice, but restrained woody note at the end that adds a bit of backbonw and astringency. I've liked the fruit based sours from New Belgium the best, and this follows in that vein. A very nice idea, and very well integrated. Quite tasty.

Photo of JamesS
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very nice pale color with some decent head and decent lacing. Very nice sweet and semi-sour scent with hints of fruit and a hint of smokiness. Great taste, well balanced with everything; nice malt backing with an excellent fruitiness and bit of earthiness, along with just a hint of wood aged smokiness. Went down very, very, very well!

Photo of pdoran10
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kick pours out a light golden color into a pint glass with a finger of white head that leaves some incredible lacing.

The smell is of acidic citrus tartness, and slight nutmeg spice.

Taste is surprisingly prominent dry lemon acidity up front. Nutmeg flavor comes in as the beer warms in your mouth. Cranberry is a bit of an afterthought but there on the finish. Sour lemon mustiness first, with some nice flavoring lingering on the palette.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A real winner here as mouthfeel is hard to perfect in sours.

Overall an excellent beer. I found myself thinking of this as Le Terrior with pumpkin and cranberry substituted for dry hopping. Excellent. Will be buying more of this. More of an American Wild Ale than a fruit beer imo.

Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A most surprising and good experience. I really like this one and it's a great consumer friendly introduction to the style. Pours a clear dark cranberry with a fast fading short head.

Nose is all oranges, sweet citrus, hints of sweet lime and unsweetened cranberries. There is a hint of pumpkin but not that overly spiced "Thanksgiving pumpkin pie" character that I, for one, don't like. This is a very high acid and bright "pumpkin/cranberry" brew.

Mouthfeel is medium/thin but perfectly balanced and perfect for the flavor profile. The mouthfeel highlights the bright character of this one.

Flavors follow nose with bright and appealing citrus, cranberry, orange and lemon/lime citrus character. Undertones of spice and pumpkin but, again, not the "pumpkin pie" variety. This is extremely drinkable and consumer friendly.

Finish is bright, a hint of sour and citrus. Appealing and makes you want more.

A real surprise for me, one who does not appreciate or like pumpkin based brews. I'll be drinking this for the next several weeks while it's on the shelves. A nice one.

Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good, accessible sour fruit beer. Served with an average sized very frothy, off-white head that slowly settled to a light cover which lasted all the way down and plenty of lace. Color is a clear amber with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is fruity sour and fresh. Flavor's like nose with the Brett and carbonation up front with fruit right behind and taming it down along with slight bitter. Body is relatively soft for a sour beer and carbonation is spot on. Finish is like flavor, slightly long and fairly drinkable.

Photo of ChugginOil
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a nice orange color that is pretty cloudy. A fingers worth of white head sits briefly.

The nose is sweet and sour all together. Cranberries are pronounced and bring on a sour characteristic that is tart and inviting.

The taste is similar to the nose but even better. There is a sweet cranberry and pumpkin blast that transitions into a tart prickly treat. There is some barnyard funk that is noticed and complements the fruit characteristics nicely.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, light bodied, and dry in the finish. Feeling very nice and comfortable.

Overall, this is a great sour ale that has a nice balance between sweet fruit and tart funk. I loved this brew and wish there was more of it.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/gold color w/ a nice two finger off white head. Very little carbonation and medium lacing. Beer is fairly easy to see through. Head disappears pretty quickly- about 3-4 minutes. Smell is that of pumpkin, cranberry, oak, some malt, and sour funk. Fairly balanced and pretty good smelling nose. Not too sour. Cranberry really comes out in the taste. Sourness increases in the taste as well, and pumpkin is relegated to the background. It's not too sour, and actually pretty tasty- and I'm not a huge sour fan. Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat tart, and fairly dry. Overall, this is a nice beer from New Belgium. I really enjoyed this. Probably the best I've tried from this brewery. Recommended.

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale orange with a bubbly 2-finger white head. Retention and lacing last most of the brew.

The nose is subtle but very densely layered with wave after wave of sweet and tart fruit- cranberry, cherry, orange, apple, pear. There's a very nice balance too between the sweet and sour notes with the tartness never taking the whole spotlight. There's also some barnyardy cereal grain aroma along with some deeply hidden oaky spice and vanilla. Not a lot of pumpkin here, but I knew that was the case. As it warms though, it picks up a vague, earthy gourd-like aroma.

The palate opens with a moderate carbonation and tastes very reminiscent of a tart orange juice. A good deal of caramel flavor (presumably from the malt and oak) comes next and ushers back in that colorful spectrum of sweet and tart fruit. Again, sourness is kept in check here. I'd call this a 'tart' rather than a 'sour'. After all the fruitiness wanes, finally towards the end we start to really see the oak shine. The fruit turns more floral and joins some straw and spice on the dry and incredibly mouthwatering finish.

Refreshing. Delicious. Absolutely perfect for the season. Seriously, I don't need to be bashed over the head with a pumpkin pie flavored beer to remind me of autumn. Everything about this brew screams harvest season, from the barnyardy grain to the oaky straw and spice and the perfect blend of fruits. The moderate sourness also makes this much more food-friendly for those savory autumn dishes.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this bomber

Review adapted from notes taken 11/13/11

Appearance: Golden orange, bubbly white head, nice lacing - seems to become more orange as it warms up

Smell: Nice - fresh pumpkin flesh, light fruit - berry skin, cranberry - slightly tart, slightly sour - very interesting smell, get more tart as it warms up

Taste: Mild, in a nice way - pumpkin, light malts - note that there are minimal spices, which works well - there is some sourness, nice tartness - a remarkably nice balance - gets better as it warms up - nicely sour, definitely tart - some serious pumpkin flavor; tastes how a gutted pumpkin smells - there is absolutely nothing harsh about this beer

Mouthfeel: Medium - nicely carbonated - smooth, kind of juicy, nicely refreshing

Overall - This is like Thanksgiving: the beer

It's a sour pumpkin/cranberry beer. This is a very odd concept to me, but New Belgium pulled it off. I would buy a bunch of this if I could get it. Without a doubt, this is one of the most seasonally appropriate beers ever.

Photo of flannelman808
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: This is an extremely crystal clear (not counting vigorous tiny carbonation bubbles Amber color. Topped with a very white head which has ok retention starting off strong but fizzling away. Decent bits of lacing left behind though.

S: This stuff smells crazy! Pumpkin pie crust leaps forth with all its customary spices (allspice, nutmeg for sure).

T: Wow! So surprising. This smells like pumpkin pie but tastes like sour cranberry and lemon peel and green apple jolly ranchers. The pumpkin pie flavors do barely enter the picture leaving a crusty sweetness which backs up the dominating acidic twang. Along the way once this gets to maybe 68-72 degrees, this finishes. A subtle oak presence along with Grannysmith tartness lingers. The taste goes on and on maybe 10 min after a sip. After all that time green Jolly rancher reminisce still produces it's self, and who doesn't like green jolly ranchers!?
Everything goes very well together like cranberry on a table next to a close crusted pumpkin pie (or on top?). I'm getting more of this.

M: Very think feel and this would come as a surprise as well. The clarity is so bright, one would expect a very crisp mouth feel. There is a tickling pop at the beginning but soon turns in to an incredibly smooth yes sticky long ride down the palate. Cool. Extremely long finish on this beer.

O: I think this is a fantastic achievement and one of the best, if not the best New Belgium beers I have tried to date.

---I did an experiment with this beer not being sure which glass I wanted to drink it out of. So I tried it out of three different tulip shaped glasses.

La Chouffe (what I expected to be the best)

nose: 2
lacing: 5
Taste: 1.5

Delirium Tremens bowl shaped tulip.

nose: 4
lacing: 2
Taste: 3

Lost abby "for saints and sinners alike" wicked shaped angular oversized tulip. (because I know this glass; while awesome looking, keeps very little head; due I assume to its very angular midsection, I thought this would be the worst glass)

nose: 4
lacing: 1
Taste: 5

Surprisingly to me the very shapely hour glass shaped Tulip from La Chouffe was by far the worst. Delirium takes second, and Lost Abbey wins out. I believe its something to do with the shape of the very top of the glass. At the middle an angular turn inward making a tight bowl. Then there is another angular turn at the and just as aggressive at the brim in the opposite (widening) direction. This I would speculate sends the liquid within into ones mouth at a different place than the other glassware, in this case causing a very good result.

Lacing has less to do with aroma than I had been lead to believe and results in little to no benefit with this particular beer. I suspect that this wont be the only case. More to come...

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is from tasting notes – had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl and from a 22 oz. bottle.
L: This pours cloudy orange amber under a 1” off-white persistent foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Tart fruit aromas and fortunately no pumpkin spice.
T: Mostly tart fruit with citrus, pumpkin and cranberry. The bottled version is more attenuated and drier than the tap version. The sweetness in the tap version better balances the tartness. Light bitter accent on the finish.
F: Medium to medium light body, very soft carbonation, tart.
O: Refreshing. On tap the pumpkin and cranberry come out more. The drier bottled version pushes the flavors towards citrus.

Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden color, with a slight tinge of red in the head. The head quickly disappears after pouring.

S: Definitely some Lactobacillius, some really nice soured pumpkin notes, with also some nice tart cranberry

T: Very complex for a sour ale. It has a nice oaky, Lacto, sour pumpkin, with some tart cranberry, and all kind of come together nicely. There is slight vanilla from the oak, but the lacto sourness quickly takes over the vanilla. Also has some vinous notes as well, that could be from the oak.

M: It has a rich, creamy, mouthfeel to it. It also has a nice medium carbonation which allows for a lot of the flavor to come forward in the beer.

O: This is a really well done Lacto sour ale. I really enjoy the sour pumpkin and tart cranberry notes that come out of this beer. The oak compliments in the background and adds a sweetness to the pumpkin and the cranberry. I think this beer was definitely interesting and had a lot of complexity, starting with lacto and then going to the subtle vanilla. I am really impressed with this pumpkin ale. To be honest, this is by far the pumpkin ale I have had so far.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden pumpkin colored body. Body is clear and free of sediment. A two finger bone white head is placed atop. The head recedes fairly quickly, very decent lacing left clinging to the glass.

Pleasant blend of smells. Pumpkin spice and cranberry aroma. Nice lactic sourness lies just beneath.

Wow. There is a nice sour punch I was not expecting of the bat. Cranberry, Green Apple and light citrus tartness bites up front. The upfront tartness is more subdued with warm. The cranberry flavor transitions from a tart flavor to a more dry fruity flavor. Soft pumpkin flavor sits beneath. Dry woody flavor lingers on the back of the tongue, really ties the flavors together on the back end.

Light to medium bodied beer. The carbonation is a tad higher than moderate, lively feel on the tongue. The finish dries out quickly.

I enjoy the experimentation with Pumpkin beers that have emerged over the last couple years. Various barrels, wild yeast, blending styles are all welcomed additions. Kick is one of the more enjoyable ones to come around. Pleasant tart flavor blends with are warmer fruit and spice flavor. Very easy to drink, multiple servings would not be a problem to put away. Big thanks to gratefulbeerhead for the opportunity to enjoy this beer.

Photo of tbrown4
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first NB purchase in MD. I'm glad they finally made it here, and thrilled that we got some from the LoF series. So, it's a sour ale with pumpkin and cranberry blended with a wood aged portion. Any ideal what they used for the base in this?

22 oz -> snifter

A - Evenly hazy, pale orange, fine bubbled head, small streams of carb that come up sporadically through the tasting. Head scoots to the edge really quick.

S - Smells dry, faintly of cranberries, light wood notes. Reminds me of chardonnay wine.

T - Big tart orange citrus up front and through the middle. Earthy woody notes and tart cranberries in the middle. Finish has hints of sweet cherries. Finish is long, rocky and sour. This is a palate cleanser.

M - Feels light to medium in body. Not a hint of alcohol.

O - I'm pleased with this, my NB excitement aside. For the price, this is a VERY well executed lightly sour ale. I don't pick up too much from the pumpkin addition, but the cranberry is there for sure. This could be a good one for the adventurous beginner who has had success with lightly sour brews. Very enjoyable as a sipper after dinner. The 8.5%ABV is extremely well hidden.

Photo of younger35
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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!

Photo of vfgccp
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice, deep, apricot gold color. Great head as well; creamy white foam with great retention and lace.

S - Soft oak and honey with a foil of tart cranberry.

T - Straight from the nose, the profile is a contrast of two distinct flavor profiles. Soft honey and bready malt contrast with tart cranberries and tangy Greek yogurt. Soft oak laces through the center as well as the sweet and tart finish.

M - Medium-full body. Nice creaminess.

O - A great brew with an avant-garde profile and balance. Think American Wild Ale meets Thanksgiving.

P - The profile works great with the rendered skin and dark meat of roasted turkey legs, finds affinities in the tartness of fresh cranberry relish, and is stellar with molasses sweet potatoes topped with toasted marshmallows.

Photo of stormywaters
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw this on tap at my local beer shoppe and was very interested when i found out it was part of the lips of faith series.

For a seasonal "pumpkin" beer, it was not at all what i expected. The overpowering nutmeg taste that most pumpkin beers has was not present here.

It tasted of pumpkin and cranberries, but sweet and slightly sour. I could not taste as much pumpkin in this beer as i expected, but it definitely had that "holiday" taste to it.

Photo of TenHornsProud
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, solid orange with a small white head that dissipates quickly.

Smells of sour character with some hint of pumpkin, leaves, really has a Fall character.

Up front acidity and sweet, fruity (berry) character that goes into a sour slightly more vegetal flavor and ends on a sweet, fruity note with a slight amount of bitterness. The Lips of Faith character sourness is there but it's not too tart.

Medium bodied and smooth. Dry and not cloying at all given the fruity character. The alcohol is not overly present.

This is an interesting, fruity without being sweet, sour that has a distinct Fall character to it. Recommended.

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Lips Of Faith - Kick from New Belgium Brewing
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