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Lips Of Faith - Kick - New Belgium Brewing

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412 Ratings

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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 60
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
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:
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 JamnesCameron
4.78/5  rDev +23.5%

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!

JamnesCameron, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Bfarr
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

Orange with white head, poor retention and no lacing. Salty pretzel and pumpkin aroma. Salty yeast and sour with light pumpkin and cranberry end. Finishes semi-dry with a thin silky light stickiness.

An interesting sour beer with pumpkin notes that are not strong but the cranberries don’t seem to make to muck of an appearance except in the sour notes and light sweetness there’s the faintest hint of them. It really is rather an ugly beer and it’s not very aromatic but it makes up for it in the balanced flavor department. If you like a sour this is certainly one to try.

Bfarr, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of billab914
2.58/5  rDev -33.3%

22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured an amber orange color with a little bit of the cranberry reddish color peeking through. It had a thin white head that faded down to a scant lacing after a minute or so.

The aroma has very tart, sour cranberry thing going on. It's a little sharp with some vinegar notes definitely present. I don't find it a pleasant sourness though unfortunately. The vinegary, tart cranberry flavor didn't work for me at all.

The taste shows more of the sharp, tart, sourness to it right off the bat. Midway the cranberries start to come out with bringing more of a dry, tart, fruity flavor with it. It's a little vinegary in the finish as well. Again the flavors just didn't work for me at all unfortunately.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being above average. Overall I didn't really care for it. The sourness seemed to lack any real depth or character beyond the sharp, tart cranberry flavor. It seemed a little vinegary to me as well and almost felt more like a beer gone bad rather than an intentional sour. I usually love sours and American wilds, this one however isn't one that I enjoyed unfortunately.

billab914, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.

A: Slightly hazy orange copper color. Bright white one finger head with decent retention and great lacing.

S: Mainly sour qualities. Cherries and cranberries mainly with some apples. A very light pumpkin spice with a hint of nutmeg. Good smelling for a sour, bad for a pumpkin ale. Good that they classified it as a fruit beer!

T: A light sweet pumpkin on the front of the tongue. Then a very tart cranberry juice. Finishing with a very light pumpkin spice. Doesn't mesh that good IMO.

M: Medium bodied. Higher carbonation. Nice medium sourness. Light creaminess.

O: Not a great beer IMO. But nothing is wrong with it at all. I don't think the pumpkin meshes greatly with the sour qualities.

doughanson78, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

A: Pours perfectly clear, brilliant orange color with a soapy white head. Carbonation streaming to the top of the glass.

S: I get a kind of burnt sensation when smelling this, like toast. There is some residual sweetness coming from the pumpkin, which seems to fall in the background but is defiantly there.

T: The first thing you pick up on is the lip-puckering sourness that carries through to the finish and beyond. I get some fruit in the mid-palate: pear and cranberries mostly, I get very little pumpkin if any at all. The finish carries the sourness.

M: Moderatly to Heavily carbonated, and a light body, it's almost thin like drinking cranberry juice. Somewhat astringent.

D: Quite low, I'd just stick with one. This is a big beer.

tlazaroff, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of Klym
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%

Poured into a surly nonic.

I'd never tried anything from the lips of faith series so when I saw this brand new, cool looking bottle out on the shelf I decided now was the time. I didn't have huge expectations but this still managed to disappoint me a little. Yeasty cranberry juice with a tiny 'kick' of pumpkin and wood that ultimately just comes off as pumpkin seed. There's a little bit of maple syrup sweetness in the finish, too. In contrast to what the label would have you thin, pumpkin is so minor in this I imagine only the finest of pallates would pick it out in a blind tasting.

The beer isn't terrible or anything-- it's easy to drink, but it's hard to love.

Klym, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid Glass on 8/24/11
*From notes

A: What a crazy looking beer, though it's certainly a stunner. It's a peachy-jack o'lantern hue, and on a gentle pour, I get a 2.5 finger head and generous lacing.

S: Slightly funky red fruit, with a touch of autumn spice.

T: Sour cranberry. The pumpkin is definitely there, but marginally and in a supporting role. The sour aspect is quite light and really helps to balance the fruit in an extremely refreshing yet tasteful way.

M: For a beer that's even slightly sour, the mouthfeel is top notch. You can't really ask for anything more, as it's bubbly, creamy and voluptuous.

O: I really fell in love with New Belgium's Lips of Faith Kick. It's approachable in a way I've never encountered in a sour. I've introduced this to folks who would never drink a Hanssen's, yet they really dug this. It's so unique and delicious now, yet I can't wait to see what this does with a year or two in the cellar.

Highly recommended.

Rhettroactive, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A white and light head with some... somewhat together retention sits on top of a cloudy almost dull looking orange amber. Slight haze but a very nice orb glowing sensation, small white collar manages to stay along the glass while drinking.

Nose is kind of small, hints at box juiced fruit but just a little bolder, some tart and very small acid. Berry like as well with a juicy consistency.

Taste is, once again a tartness mixing with weak juice and berry fruits. Red berried and tart (cranberries), texture has just enough playful fizz to make this entertaining, such as throwing a strawberry into a glass of somewhat flat sparkling wine. For 8.5 percent very light bodied and easy on the palate and not boozy.

Overall this is kind of enjoyable. A fruit beer that definitely feels and tastes like a piece of fruit, and some spritzy fun.

smakawhat, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

A - Nice pourability. Brew looks kinda thin... Head is slightly off-white orange foam. Brew is cloudy peach color.

S - Smells kinda like a rotten Coors Light, Yuck! lots of sour funk going on here... Strong apple, lemon, and peach scents.

T - Weird. Very unique. Not NB's typical sour... Very mild sourness... Not a whole lot of pumpkin rounding this brew... Kinda harsh around the edges, i'll be curious to see what this one does in a year...

M - Nice carbonation! Great wet feeling. Slight heat from the high ABV...

O - A good brew, but not a great brew... I'll buy one or two more to see where it goes with time. Worth trying.

chugalug06, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Meerkey
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

A: Thin, white, bubbly head. Clear, honey gold. Lots of bubbles.

S: Pumpkin and sweet cranberry juice. A little spicy and sour.

T: Really sour. Spices and some cranberry. Yeast.

M: Carbonated and smooth.

O: Good, but a little too sour for my taste.

Meerkey, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of Domingo
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

Had this on tap at FreshCraft. Arrived a deep amber color with some pink-ish highlights to it. Carbonation’s not to strong, but is consistent and never fades.
The best way to describe this beer is “unusual.” Initially you might think this is a sour beer similar to Eric’s Ale or La Folie. Citric acidity starts things off, and I’d say the cranberry is identifiable without even knowing it’s part of the beer. The tartness of the berry blends pretty well. However the middle tends to send the beer into identity crisis mode when you get a little hint of pumpkin pie. Not sure if there’s any or much spice to it, but the sour/sweetness of the beer brings that familiarity out of the pumpkins they used. The finish seems to be of the sour variety, but then some woody vanilla shows up to keep that from lingering too much on the palate.
I found myself taking more sips just trying to figure out what was going on in the glass. It’s tasty and interesting at the same time. I can probably see some people not liking it, too.
I know I definitely want more and hopefully I can scrounge up a bottle or two before they’re all gone.
I’d definitely recommend this if you like sour beers and are feeling a little adventurous.

Domingo, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of flannelman808
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%

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...

flannelman808, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of pzrhsau
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

A: The beer has a robust head with a great golden orange colored body.
S: It has a great bitter cranberry aroma with hints of pumpkin.
T: The beer has a nice strong bitter cranberry flavor coupled with a great oak finish. The pumpkin is very subtle but does more to add a nice creamy head.
M/O: Good character and an interesting choice for the combination. The pumpkin wasn't in it as much as I expected but the beer really speaks to autumn.

pzrhsau, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

jayhawk73, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of julian
4.18/5  rDev +8%

A: Clear orange color with a bit of haze and faint crimson highlights. Decent head with a moderate pour, and nice decorative lacing. 4.5

S: A prominent tartness immediately hits the nose. Definitely the cranberry juice acidity dominates here. I don’t get any pumpkin at all, or any “pumpkin spice”... Still, I love the aroma. 4

T&M: Up front the tartness you get on the nose comes through, but isn’t offensive in any way. It’s perfect and lends well to the flavor which is mostly cranberry. Again, not getting any pumpkin, and the hop presence is minimal. Mildly acidic, maybe some lactic acid. Possible some mild woody funk. This beer is mostly about the cranberry juice, its acidity and the tartness is imparts on the overall beer. Mouthfeel is perfect. Not too crisp but not too heavy. Creamy smooth and somehow refreshing and light at the same time. 4 / 4.5

O: Very good. Possibly one of my favorite LoF beers yet. I highly recommend it. 4.5

julian, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of DavidST
4.22/5  rDev +9%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

I was worried about this one because of how disappointed I was with Clutch, but I liked this one far more. This pours an amber orange color with a white head. The smells are citrus, some pumpkin, spice and cranberry. Feel is medium to thin. The taste is pretty good, the cranberries are by far the predominate taste with the spice and pumpkin in the background. The cranberries gives this a very tart almost sour taste, compared to the only other cranberry beer I've had (the one from Samuel Adams). this is way better. Overall I liked this one a bunch and at a cheaper price, I'll be sure to pick up a few more bombers while I can.

DavidST, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of MetalHopHead6
2.7/5  rDev -30.2%

New Belgium Brewing Lips Of Faith Kick is tart.

It poured dark straw with a short-lived two-finger bubbly white head. It left a strong and thick web of lace on the glass. The aroma was metallic. I'm not sure whether "tart" is a flavor or feel, but that's all either the taste or mouthfeel had -- mouth puckering tartness.

MetalHopHead6, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of beerwolf77
2.28/5  rDev -41.1%

Thanks goes to wisconsinality and KHM for plunking down the ducketts for this bottle. Split into tulips.

A: Rather clear rusty amber orange hue. Solid amount of beige head. Soapy lace left behind.

S: Not much to pick put here. Faint tartness from the cranberry and a bit of malt sweetness. No pumpkin or spice to speak of.

T: Very blah. A mild hint of sourness that could honestly be my imagination playing with me. After that all I get is a bland malt bill that reminds me of weak home brew. No cranberry or pumpkin.

M: Medium body with mild carbonation.

O: To say I'm disappointed with this one is an understatement. I had high hopes from NB combining to awesome flavors. Sadly it fell amazingly flat in my opinion.

beerwolf77, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of weller1js
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%

appearance: pours a clear, pale amber, moderately carbonated, creamy foam, dissipating into a creamy film of lacing on the glass.

smell: cranberry notes are predominant, not much particularly discernible in the undertones except for a light maltiness.

taste: begins tart and tangy with the taste of the cranberry juice coming forward, notes of pumpkin lie in the undertones of the taste, but yields to a sharply tart dry-hop bitterness in the finish.

overall: unique, but hard to assess otherwise on the overall; part of it comes off as an ale that just has cranberry juice added to it, but part of it comes off as a pumpkin ale with an atraditional infusion that seems to enhance the flavor; trying to stay somewhat neutral on this one, you're going to love it or you're going to hate it.

weller1js, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of aasher
3.6/5  rDev -7%

This one pours a bright copper in color with a one finger soft white head. It's pretty light in body and the head dissipates to barely lace the glass. Initially the aromas are very heavy on the cranberry, which is somewhat tart, and only let a minute amount of pumpkin to show through. As the beer warms you get a moderate amount of pumpkin and spice. Initially I wasn't impressed but as it has had time to sit I find it more appealing. The flavors are tart and slightly sour. The cranberry juice comes through pretty strong, and you can definitely tell that it is juice and not whole berries. The pumpkin and spice take a backseat and it finishes with a light touch of alcohol. It's different and interesting. The type of sour presented is kind of odd, it could be because of the odd pairing of flavors. It drinks extremely light and leaves a subtle sour taste behind. Overall it's an interesting beer, not great, but interesting and worth a try, especially at $6.99.

aasher, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

GRG1313, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%

Pretty standard-looking beer in appearance, not at all betraying its wild, experimental origins. (75% ale brewed with pumpkin and cranberry, 25% ale aged in wooden barrels) Thin white head, doesn't last long, and the color is a gold of nearly total clarity, and with just a shade of red within it. Gobs of lace, and whole sheet of the stuff.

Weird, smells kind of lager-y, with no real hint of the pumpkin or wood, but a definite generic sourness seems to be the cranberries poppin'. I don't mean this to be insulting, but it has that kind of ho-hum smell that various Magic Hat experiments have. Just sayin'.

I'm getting a bit of wood in the flavor, and a lot of tart cranberry, and just a bit of a vanilla kiss (more like a peck) and more fruity characteristics, like green apple and gooseberry. But I get none of the pumpkin, and that's disappointing. There's a sweet spice character that reminds me of the same sort of spices you get in a pumpkin ale, but really, that pumpkin flavor, as subtle as it may be, should really be here. It's not. Lemon rind pucker in the finish. Body is light and crisp, although also pretty sticky, which keeps that tart/sour citrus rind thing riding out for a long time. An almost vodka-like character to the alcohol, not eye-poppingly hot like that, but a clean and breezy warmth that draws the comparison.

Worth a try, because it's a damn original idea, but really, you're all tasting pumpkin in this? C'mon now. Maybe I just lost my mind because of the 12 pumpkins leering at me from the bottle (I love a quality higher ABV pumpkin ale, I do), and didn't consider the cranberry or wood character enough. Thought it was an amazing idea, and it still is, but I'm afraid the Great Pumpkin isn't ever gonna show in Kick, Linus. Good grief.

[I always try and drink most beers a degree or two under the recommend temp...I want those flavors to pop like a mother. After some warming I got a fleshy, earthy tone that may just be the pumpkin peeking through...so, okay Linus, maybe you saw that Great Pumpkin behind the cloud cover, peeking and leering and teasing...but still...]

Metalmonk, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

TheWhiskerReview, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of tbrown4
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

tbrown4, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of plfahey
4/5  rDev +3.4%

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Orange-amber with good clarity. Moderate off-white head has decent retention.

Aroma-Tart cranberries and cherries lead the way in the aroma, with a hint of fresh oak and vanilla. Some bready malt and pumpkin/squash notes play in the background, but they are quite secondary. Slight alcohol is perceptible as well.

Flavor-Sweet/tart cranberry flavors open the flavor, followed by moderate pumpkin/squash flavors-not like pumpkin pie spice but actual pumpkin flesh. Finishes moderately dry with a bit of alochol in the finish to complement lingering fruit flavors, slight bready malt, and tannic oak notes.

Mouthfeel-Medium body and moderate carbonation. Slightly tart from the cranberries, and a bit drying due to alcohol and oak tannins.

On the whole, quite good. A very solid specialty beer to add to the Lips of Faith line-up. I think I'll be buying a couple more bottles to save for Thanksgiving!

plfahey, Aug 24, 2011
Lips Of Faith - Kick from New Belgium Brewing
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