Lips Of Faith - Kick - New Belgium Brewing

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416 Ratings

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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 60
Gots: 45 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 08-10-2011)
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Photo of musicman575
4.5/5  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 dirtylou
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, split

collaboration with Elysian, 75% ale brewed with cranberry and pumpkin, 25% ale aged in wooden barrels

appearance: served in my hopleaf tulip, hazy orange-copper body, foamy white crest, light retention

smell: mostly sweetness - artificial. tart and sweet cranberry

taste: Not sure what the story is here - Elysian brings the pumpkin expertise but there is no pumpkin here. Seems like half the lips of faith beers are great and the other fall flat on their face (so dont blame this beers shortcomings on Elysian...). Artificial sweetness, cranberry extract. No pumpkin, no oak - false advertisement.

mouthfeel: lightbodied, fizzy

overall: a miss.

Photo of match1112
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: poured a light orange color with a full two finger off white head (had purple hues in the head) that disappears rather quickly.

s: cranberry, sour milk and wood.

t: lot better than smell. big tartness from the cranberries, very little pumpkin, the sour taste is better than the smell and a nice dry woody finish to finish it off.

m: high carbonation with a medium body, mouth puckering tartness with a slightly dry finish.

o: not sure why they try to sell it as a pumpkin beer when it's dominated by cranberries. overall a pretty good sour beer.

Photo of Zorro
2.42/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Tangerine colored beer with a small white head.

Smells sour with a mushroom or mildew funk. Faint pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Some vanilla and some oak but mostly sour.

Starts out quite sour. A little mushroom taste but I have a hard time tasting anything except the sourness it is quite strong. Just plain sour, yuck.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall, this is a drain pour. If I wanted something this sour I can suck on a lemon.

Addendum. I didn't actually drain pour this and tried it again after a few other beers. still sucks. Yes I know Poo Pooing a popular beer isn't politically correct but in my Opinion...This beer just plain sucks.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
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 DoubleJ
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Looks pale orange in the glass, giving a little bit of lacing. The nose features some apricot and a hint of nail polsih remover. Its taste is sweet and sour with some nail polish remover. Cranberry is hinted. Still, the overall flavor is a little rough at times with its sharpness. Call it an okay beer.

Photo of ratrod53
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This is a vary unique beer. The appearance is a real light golden color. It had just a little head and vary little lace left on the glass.

S- It has a vinegary smell at first then turns to a sweeter smell like a good cider.

T- This beer lives up to it's name. At first it gives you a kick of sour that makes you go wow based on the smell. The after taste gives you a good sense of orange peel. After it warms up a bit. The sourness mellowes down some and more of the fruitieness comes through.

M- They got this beer right. It has a real light body. The carbonation is good. The mouth is just a little dry but not too bad.

O- I wouldn't drink this every day or all night. But it's a good change of pace. I would get this again to serve to all of my beer friends and say you got to try this one.

Photo of mactrail
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice amber color with a modest head and some creaminess in the carbonation. Seems like a very simple, tart light beer. It's a nice accessible sour flavor, but nose is still vinegar. Very light body. Not much malt flavor comes through the acidity. A tasty fruitiness, but if it's cranberries as advertised it just accentuate the sharpness to the point of tedium. It may be the power of suggestion, but in the aftertaste I do get a hint of squash or pumpkin. Fortunately no pie spice.

If you've ever tasted Elysian's bottled beers you may wonder why New Belgium would pick them for a collaboration. This one seems like a lot of trouble (not to mention expense for the purchaser) for a minimum of pleasure.

Photo of gatornation
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap @ busters

A- pours a crimson/orange clear color with a small head and a wispy off white color just a touch of lacing

S- smells of citrus and dirt/earth with wood some cedar.lemon and sour fruit,sweet fruits mixed with some sour fruits

M- tart and crisp a bit thin with low /medium carbonation on the dry side

O- tasty on tap very easy to drink with a crisp sour start that mellowed with sweet fruit and a sour finish

T- sour funk with earthy wood notes some lemon/citrus hops

Photo of DCon
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
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 fragilehearted
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty Halloweeny 22oz bomber. It's only September, but seemed light enough given that it's still pretty warm.

A - beer pours a mostly clear (just a touch of haziness) light golden orange. Big white head that quickly goes down, lots of bubbles. Kind of reminds me of a glass of champagne. There's a bit of pretty lacing.

S - tart (but not overly sour) cranberry. Pretty fruity (apples, pears) with a fair amount of funk. The pumpkin is present but definitely in the background. After it warmed a bit, I did pick up on a bit of spice...very well done. I was expecting it, given the description of the beer, but the aromas are quite interesting.

T - sour, but not too sour, for those who aren't a fan. (NB has definitely put out beers that are more sour than this!) Cranberries come through with some lemon (fairly acidic), then the apple/pear, not so sure about the pumpkin though. It's enjoyable, but not as complex as the aroma.

M - Medium to light. Pretty darn easy drinking. It has a fair amount of carbonation, but it works. Also, 8.5%? I really, really couldn't tell. Great job on hiding the booze.

D/O - Gotta say, I liked this a lot more than I expected to. I'm hit or miss with NB, but I think this is a pretty approachable fall beer (especially if your falls are a little warmer like mine in Texas). However, it's not really as complex as it seems like it might be. If you go in expecting a fruit beer, you'll like it. If you expect it to be pumpkiny, then you'll probably be bummed out. But classified as a fruit beer, I feel they did a good job with this one.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours light orange/dark yellow with a head that fades quickly and not much lace. Crystal clear and lots of carbonation.

S - Get a little of everything....tartness of the cranberries is upfront but the bittering pumpkin is right behind it. The hint of light wood can be sniffed way in the back giving just enough backbone to the brew. No hops or malts highly present.

T - More tart than I was expecting, almost like a Belgian sour. The cranberries are the driving force behind the flavor for sure. The pumpkin can be tasted but I don't know if I would have picked up on it if I didn't know ahead of time it was in the brew. The barrel aging isn't as prevalent as I would hope but does add to the tartness of the fruit quite well.

M - Light on the palate with lots of carbonation. Rough on the palate but finishes dry like a brut champagne. Puckers the tongue a little due to the tartness with each sip.

O - Not what I was expecting (not a bad thing) and this is definitely a sour beer compared to the traditional pumpkin beers of the season. A nice twist but wish the pumpkin would take on a bigger role with this one.

Photo of ottovon
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours out a clear light orange-copper color. nice fluffy, white head.

S: there is a slight lactic acid aroma. some tart cranberry. spices and hints of pumpkin and squash. there is a bit of oak in there as well.

T: i get roasted pumpkin, spices like nutmeg and coriander. a nice oak flavor. there is also a touch of sourness and some berries. I also get some tartness from cranberries.

M: thin with a bit of carb. can feel the carb throughout the swallow.

O: a pretty good beer. drinkable. i would think about getting this again, but not something that I would have been mad about not trying.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a golden color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap

S: Lemons, orange peel. Earthy wood notes and some funk

T: Tart with some earthiness, lemons, some light orange peel but the carnberry, especially pumpkin was pretty much backseat and this I did not like. While tasty the notes which the beer is sold on are very unnoticed.

M: Medium body, tasty, well cabronated and a little high on carbonation

O: Nice

Photo of lanamj
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split three ways. Poured into a tulip.

A- Nice clarity, pours a orangish-red. A fast white foamy head the dissipates quickly into a nice thin lacing that reminds me of sparkling wine.

S- Cranberry and a faint tart fruit smell dominates the nose. It has a faint smell of sour that reminds me of a mild La Folie aroma. I get some pumpkin and spice as it warms up and towards the end.

T- I like this one a lot. It reminds me of a cranberry lambic. It does have some pumpkin but i get berry and sour out of this more then pumpkin and spice. I would like a little more sour but its there enough to satisfy. It does leave a nice dry finish from the oak.

M- Nice and refreshing. The carbonation is very lively and crisp. I feel this has a nice effervescence to it that makes it a good substitute for sparkling cider at the holiday dinner table.

O- A great twist on a pumpkin beer. I feel the cranberry dominates the palate but still one of my favorite pumpkin ales to date. I feel if they ( New Belgium ) up the pumpkin flavor and sour presence it would be a great sour.

Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The power went out for several hours at my home in Owings Mills, and so this seemed an opportune time to crack open a bottle of this.

The beer pours a golden amber color with fair head retention and light lacing. The nose is interesting and fairly complex, showcasing some light pumpkin, light honey, some malt, lemon-lime and light cranberry. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and I got something of a sweet tart flavor in this beer. At least for me, I found this beer to have sufficient sweet fruit and malt to tame the sour component in this beer. I also picked up some light vanilla, which only added to the flavor profile experience. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and carbonation seemed to be on the low side. The finish was fairly long, and I appreciated how well the alcohol was integrated into the flavor profile. This beer really doesn't come across as an 8.5% abv. beer.

While not stupendous, I thought this another enjoyable, lips of faith beer from NB.

Photo of Phelps
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Soft, hazy ochre in color. Topped with one finger of cream-colored foam that’s dense yet fizzles to a ring of thin bubbles rather quickly.

Tart cranberry hits the nose first, backed by cidery apple and smooth, sweet pumpkin. Brown sugar and spices — cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice — make up the rest of the aroma.

The flavors are the same here, but reversed. Sweet stuff comes first, in the form of apple, roast pumpkin and spices. The swallow sparks a blast of cranberry, green apple and a hint of oak and vanilla. The sourness is fairly mild, complementing the other flavors without stepping all over them.

Pretty thin body, somewhere between light and medium-light. Carbonation is gentle, massaging, and causes the beer to fizz up just a bit.

Surprisingly good. The cranberry outweighs the pumpkin just a wee bit more than I would’ve liked, but the wood accents are pretty perfect. A nice addition to the fall beer portfolio.

Photo of sunkistxsudafed
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a bomber into a SA perfect pint.

A- an aggressive pour yields a clear crisp amber with about 1.5 fingers of white head. The head doesn't stick around long even in the perfect pint.

S- cranberries. I'm not sure i would have picked up on pumpkin if i hadn't known it was there. The brett also comes through complimenting the cranberries.

T- it's all sour in the front, then the cranberries take over weaving together the wild yeast flavors with the pumpkin, which comes at the finish and lingers longer than anything else.

M- this is a very acidic beer; i mean stick to your teeth acidic. if you can get over this fact then you'll find the thinner mouthfeel to be appealing with this brew. more carbonation might benefit this beer.

O- the first 2 or 3 sips, i didn't like this beer, but as i drank it, and it warmed up more pumpkin began to come out and it helped balance the beer out. I'm pretty new to sours/wilds and i feel that this is a good "beginner's sour". I wasn't totally sold on them before, but this brew makes me want to explore more into the style.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Bright blonde/orange color with a weak white head and poor retention.

S: Upon opening there’s a strong vegetal aroma with bits of cranberry and some off-putting yeast. Most of the vegetal smell disappears with a little time, while the cranberry picks up. Seems to improve with some air, but still has some odd elements to it.

T: An unusual combination of flavors that took awhile to consider. Tart cranberry is very obvious, accompanied by a musty bitterness, orange, plastic, and some underlying golden malt. Alcohol is well concealed in the flavor, but noticeable going down. While the cranberry flavor is easily discerned, pumpkin is not obvious to me, although I think it might explain some of the musty and vegetal characteristics.

M: Fairly light body with mild carbonation.

I thought the cranberry was a nice touch but there were some undesirable flavors that were quite noticeable. Not sure if it was stressed yeast or if the pumpkin contribution was responsible, but either way, flavors were not cohesive.

Photo of MoustacheHero
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the mothership into a New Belgium globe.

A: A bright, rosey orange colour with a white bubbly head.

S: A sour and tart smell mingling the cranberry notes with oak, and spices.

T: A wonderful mix of spices, sour, tart fruits, oak and cider like notes.

M: A bubbly, semi dry light bodied beer.

O: Overall a wonderful beer, especially for fall. Blended beers for big flavor; ain't that a kick in the head.

Photo of larryi86
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a snifter

A- Clear lighter orange color with one finger white head.

S- Cranberries and more sour cranberries, getting hints of sweet pumpkin and some spices.

T- Again cranberries and more cranberries. Pumpkin flavors are noticeable, fairly sweet and pumpkin bread like, and the normal spices in pumpkin beers are there, but the sour cranberries just end up taking over.

M- Smooth, slightly cream, medium body.

O- I like the beer and like the idea of a sour pumpkin ale with cranberries, but it ends up being a sour cranberry ale with some pumpkin flavors. I will probably get this again, would like to see the pumpkin kicked up a notch and the cranberry toned down.

Photo of jsanford
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA. Poured into a New Belgium Globe.

Pours a clear orange with a creamy white head that leaves soapy lacing as it recedes. Big aromas of cranberry marmalade with a touch of pumpkin and pie spices like ginger, cinnamon, and allspice. Taste is close to the nose, fairly tart with mostly cranberry flavors and a bit of pumpkin and spices int he finish. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp with a medium body and sharp carbonation. Overall a really neat take on a Pumpkin beer, and a nice was to usher in the Fall!

Photo of TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal.

Thanks to homebrew311 for sharing this bottle!

Didn't even know this had hit the market yet, and Alan's already bringing one over to share with us. Nice. It pours a clear straw topped by a finger of short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises cranberry, tart red grape, light nutmeg, and dark greens. The taste holds notes of tart white grape, light white vinegar, cranberry, currant, black pepper, light tart orange, light dank oak, and light pumpkin seeds. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a generally enjoyable brew, one that really comes at you from all sorts o' directions. Right on.

Photo of jsh420
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours clear copper orange with a 2 finger head that left no lacing

smells of funk and sour cherries

taste - if i think about it i think i taste pumpkin bread malt right upfront then the sour cherries overtake everything

mouthfeel is a medium body beer with ample carbonation

overall this beer disappoints on the pumpkin promise but still is a drinkable sour/fruit beer

Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Mostly clear, light yellow body with a hint of orange hue, with a two-finger eggshell white head. Good retention and creamy lacing along the sides of the glass.

The aroma is good, but not what I expected. More light fruit aroma, especially apple, and only a little pumpkin. But, the spices are definitely present.

Very tasty and definitely on the sour side. The cranberries are dominant and I still get only a little of the pumpkin taste. But, I realize it is not a pumpkin ale and like the blend very much. The spices provide a nice finish.

Medium mouthfeel and enjoyable overall. Great effort.

Lips Of Faith - Kick from New Belgium Brewing
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