Lips Of Faith - Fresh Hop India Pale Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Fresh Hop India Pale AleLips Of Faith - Fresh Hop India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

326 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 33
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: StonedTrippin on 11-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 326 | Reviews: 134
Reviews by StoneBrewFanatic:
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear gold into my snifter with two fingers of dense head that has excellent retention and moderately sticky lacing.

S - Could be more floral, but nice nonetheless, fresh wet hops, earthy, pine and resin are all present with a melon like fruitiness, biscuit and crystal malts are present.

T - Hop bitterness is noticeable from start to finish, pretty juicy and more citrus than the aroma hints at, grapefruit rind, faint orange and melon, malt backbone is relatively balanced and more biscuit than anything else.

M - Medium body, clean and refreshing.

O - Pretty good fresh hop ale, a little on the bitter side, but overall very enjoyable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours a clear light copper orange with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is caramel and toasted biscuit malt with piney, grassy, resiny fruity hops.

The flavor is toasted caramel malts with some melon and a lot of resiny pine. It has a lot of bitterness in the finish but a bit of a weird plasticky note. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light prickly carbonation.

Overall, it's interesting. Definitely the bitterest beer I've had from New Belgium. Other than the weird off note in the aftertaste and a little to much of a toasted note, this could be pretty good. Still decent though.

Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber, no freshness date.

LOOK: Massive head, very sticky ... brilliant golden color.

SMELL: Hop resin, hemp, orange oil, citric pith, leafy, spice, alcohol, grapefruit, toasted grain, ripe fruit

TASTE: Very smooth, creamy, bitty, hop oil, leafy, tree bark, resin, orange peel, grapefruit rind, tangerine juice, yeast, faint breadiness, alcohol, vegtal, slightly bitter dry-ish finish

A great showcasing of fresh hops in a slightly bigger beer, a bit of a hop takeover but it did not take away from being quaffable. A great example if you are new to the whole "fresh hop" sub-style. Definitely wish I had more than one bomber.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. (This is reviewed from notes, it was drank fresh).

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of pine and orange notes from the hops, as well as a hint of biscuit malt. The aroma is very fresh smelling. The flavor is full of big, resinous and sticky pine notes, with a little bit of orange citrus. There is also some bread from the malt and a low amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out equal parts orange and amber, nice 1" head to it, mostly white. Good aroma, definitely a good yield and combination of Cascade, Simcoe and Amarillo working nicely together here, especially if you're partial to the green pine needle hop aroma. Smells like fresh hops and CO to me!

Taste, impressive as well, pine and citrus hop mouthfeel, bitterness held in abeyance thankfully. The bitterness and wet wood flavors so prominent in batches of Ranger the last two years does not exist in this beer. Its bright, light and hoppy. Malt is only there to absorb a little heat, doesn't overshadow the hops. I was pretty impressed that this was so good still in the middle of December.

Put this bottle down during the 1st half of Marquette's drubbing of Green Bay on Saturday night. 9-0 baby!

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- The crystal clear body of deep orange has a slow swirling carbonation that supports a sticky thick beige head that last and last.

S- The amazing full green juicy hop aroma is floral with green pineapple, green cinnamon and spice qualities blended together. There is a nice caramel malt sweetness underneath for support.

T- the green bright pungent hops have a pine resin flavor that grows as the beer opens and a sight soapy flavor aswell. The sweet malt is present but stays underneath the hop flavors. The finish has a pungent bitterness that coats the throat after each sip.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a soft spicy fizz to it with a bit of alcohol heat in the finish.

O- This beer has a great aroma with lots of depth and a full hop flavor but not quite the complexity of the nose. The pungent bitterness tends to dominate more than the other hop flavors, but it still has nice flavor.

Photo of nickthegun12
4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

man does this beer smell fresh!!!

the appearance is a medium golden body ale...with a full fluffy white head

smells of fresh citrus hops....and i do mean fresh

the taste is exceptional and i can tell i'm gonna enjoy the hell out of this beer and want another one

the feel is smooth and creamy

overall this is a great, and i do mean great ipa....one of the freshest and best i've ever had the pleasure of tasting

Photo of GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served cold into a New Belgium goblet.

Fresh Hop IPA is a light amber color with good clarity. The head is thick and slow to settle with great lacing left behind.

The aroma certainly lives up to its name. Very fresh and very hoppy.

Flavor is impressively bitter and hoppy. Lots of citrus with fresh orange zest and grapefruit. The malts stay in the background but work to give a bit of balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

I'm really enjoying this beer. It seems totally unexpected from New Belgium to make something this hoppy and to (finally) not have such a biscuity malt bill. Very nice.

Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, ballard mkt

appearance: cool bottle design - served in a 42nd street oyster bar shaker pint, very clear oily orange body, frothy white head

smell: clean fresh hop nose, orange and tangerine, hop oil

taste: lots of oily hops, pine resin, tangerine, grapefruit, orange, toasted bready malts. A nice late-season fresh hop from new belgium - give it a go

mouthfeel: clean and fresh, bitter oily hop presence

overall: good

Photo of plfahey
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden hue with a slight cast of orange and quite clear. Tall, sticky, cream colored head has solid retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Whoa, i caught intense hops as soon as I popped the cap off-pine, resin, grass, grapefruit, dried pineapple, and floral overtones are intense up front. Soft, white bread malt with a hint of honey and caramel. Some tropical fruit alcohol, and a bit of pungent green hop character in the background. Yum.

Flavor-Intensely resiny on the palate, yet somehow remarkably smooth. Slight bready malt sweetness gives way to fresh cut grass and piney resins, with just a touch of orange citrus gracing the background. Resin character lends the impression of intensity, but the hop bitterness is in reality only just above moderate in strength, and quite smooth. Aftertaste is herbal-spicy and pine tar resiny, with a touch of smooth bitterness which lingers on for ages.

Mouthfeel-Medium to medium full body, moderate to moderately high carbonation. Awesomely smooth bitterness with just a touch of alcohol warmth to remind you of the 7% ABV.

Wow, this is one of the best, and most interesting fresh hopped beers of the season in my opinion. The aroma is incredible, the flavor is incredible, the bitterness is subtle and smooth-this beer kicks some serious ass.

Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This showed fairly late in the year as far as fresh hop beers go

Pours a effervescent & bright honey/bronze color with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Insane head retention & lacing

S: Some pineyness & even fainter grassyness, the only real let-down of this beer

T: Piney, grassy with a a touch breadyness & some orange peel up front. Lemony hops & pineyness are the focus as this warms, a touch of pear fruittyness sneaks in with the biscuitty malt & grapefruit notes. Finishes with much grapefruit & pine, plus caramel

MF: Medium bodied with firm carbonation that tuns creamy as this warms; good balance

Easily the best straight up IPA, although do dig Belgo quite a bit, Not the best fresh hop ale, but way better than the majority I've had this year. Drank very easy; nice suprise from these guys based on Ranger & the Mighty Arrow

Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear yellow-gold color with decent head, good retention, and spotty lacing.

Smell is floral and citrus hops with a touch of bready malt.

The taste is hop heavy with orange pith, pineapple, and a light resinous touch. The malt tones the bitterness down just a tad, but it leaves my tongue nice and dry.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Good carbonation.

Overall, a pretty good IPA and definitely quenches a hop thirst.

Photo of nimrod979
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber with some bad ass labeling. Pours a clear orangish golden color with an enormous almost three finger white head. Great retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Tons of citrusy, floral hops. Lots of delicious aromas. Piney resin notes as well.

Delicious juicy citrusy hops. Grapefruit, with some leafy oily hop resin. A little malt sweetness but it's a hop bomb. Bitter dry finish.

Smooth and creamy. Perfect carbonation. Great mouthfeel and excellent bitterness. I love it's juicy hop bite you get at first. Probably my favorite so far from New Belgium.

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright saturated orange color, jewel tone clarity. Sticky, fluffy lace that camps out for awhile then sticks to the glass quite a bit. Lasting retention, skim never breaks on the surface.

Funky, pungent blast of fresh hops, resiny and almost cheesy in intensity. The initial onslaught tapers off, leaving some woody vine and herbaceous greenery. Some citrus and fruity sweetness in the nose, but more comes out in the taste.

Lush and tropical flavors hit first, mango and papaya, grapefruit peel, light breadiness in the aftertaste, leftover pale malt nestled under the wet hop smorgasbord. Moderate residual bitterness, upfront it's a bit sweeter and fruity with leafy greens lurking underneath.

Smooth, nectar-like feel, about perfect for a wet hopped IPA to me. Going to get more of this harvest latecomer before the season is over.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Bottle: Poured a copper color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of fresh green hoppy notes with light citrus undertone sis quiet pleasant. Taste is also dominated by fresh green hops notes with light citrus notes and dry caramel malt is barely detectable. Bitterness is present but well balanced. Body is average for style with good carbonation. Not earth shattering but well brewed for what it is.

Photo of n2185
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear honey-color with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin layer with decent lacing.

S: Some pineapple at front followed by grassy and pine aromas from the fresh hops. I also get an unusual melon aroma--similar to watermelon or cucumber.

T: Lots of grassy and piny hops at first with some citrus rind flavors as well. These are followed by that unusual watermelon/cucumber flavor that I smelled. The finish is moderately bitter.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is a bit watery feeling.

O: Not a bad beer, but the unusual watermelon/cucumber notes in the aroma and flavor are a turn-off for me since I'm not a big fan of those fruits. I imagine I would enjoy the beer a lot more if I liked those flavors. It's also a little too bitter for my tastes.

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a kiss of orange and a frothy white head that leaves small bits of lacing.

Smells of citrus and pine hops. A bit of fruits and malts come through as well.

Tastes of a solid wave of hops with a nice malt base. Hops lead of with citrus, pines, and a bit of tropical fruits. Hops have that slick oily feel. Malts roll in and add some caramel sweetness with some toasted bread notes. A fair amount of bitterness, but this does feel very balanced for an IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, a bit of a surprise and a good IPA that has some good qualities to it.

Photo of rsdaugherty
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into pint glass
A – Thick slight yellow 3 finger head on top of a clear mild amber golden colored brew, good retention and full curtains of lace 4.5
S – Citrus and pine with a semi sweet fruitiness, apricot, mild malt and herbal notes 4
T – Surprisingly strong malt profile that is eventually overtaken by the wet hops; caramel malts and not strong pine resin to a citrus zest and a flowing mellow bitter finish; nothing volatile about this brew 4
M – Lighter moderate body, carbonation was spot on for smoothing the tastes and the malt & fresh hop outline, very drinkable 4.5
O – A NB brew that was a pleasant surprise. Very easy drinking with no sharp edges, a step up for NB that is only surpassed for me by Le Terroir 4

Photo of TexIndy
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Didn't see a date but this was just released so it's very fresh. It was a clear golden color with lots of carb streams from the etching. It had a large two finger head that slowly settled into a thick foam cap. Great sheeting with lots sticking.

The aroma was fantatic. Loads of herbal and citric hops with a little pine resin for the hop portion alongside a caramel malt base in the background. The taste was also excellent. One of the best fresh hop beers I've had this year. Moderately bitter but still easily drinkable. Pine and grassy hops lead the way with a little of the malt to balance it out. Goes down way too smooth. Medium to full mouthfeel with good carb levels and slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall, as I said above, one of the best fresh hop beers this year for me. NBB really nailed it with this one. Highly recommend. Fresh hop seasonal and avail here in TX. Rotation - gonna grab several more while still fresh and definitely on the look out for list for next year [H;Y]

Photo of smakawhat
2.98/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice crystal clear bronze gold, with hardly any, but some small rising slow pin head carbonation sized bubbles. Head has lots of foamy retention, nice cap, simple off white. Kind of light looking, appearance is fairly good, really light

Mellow and mild nose. Slightly sweet, kind of powdery, almost like baby aspirin. Mild grass hop bent, after a few more whiffs. Different, not exciting, certainly not bad either.

This is weird tasting. Powdery sweet aspirin mixes with a hop bitter. A bit medicinal bitter in the palate, not much of a malt body or any sugars. No bread bakery, or chewy hop tastes. A very astringent bitter afterfinish that is like powdered aspirin, or more like bitter antibiotics. Subsequent drinks and sips bring more of this medicinal bitter to the front. Feel is about right for the style, with a little bit of syrup and texture and a little bit of carbonation.

So where is the fresh tasting, hoppy bitter, citrus, pine, lime, floral, I mean anything on this thing? Really not enjoyable here at all, overall really not enjoying this.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 picked up last night at the COOP... Poured into my Delerium goblet.. foamy 1" head... nice lacing and retention.. the brew is pale orange.. very pretty.

Nose shows citrus and big grassy hoppiness... a bit of fruity hops.. amarillo?

Flavor is odd... big bitter that moves immediately into the fruity hops.. the citrus is there, but in the background.. pale malts come swinging.. and there is something that I can't put my palate on.... a bit of vegetal note.. herby....

Body and carbonation are fine... but I don't really dig the fresh hop "IPA" notes... things just don't jive.. the grassy hops and citrus clash a bit.. with warmth, there is even some pine that makes it even harder to appreciate...

This is an okay brew.. but it never... NEVER .. gels at all.. decent malt and hops... fresh or otherwise.. but the beer only is okay.

4/3.5/3.5/3.5/3

Photo of jsanford
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a NB Globe.

A - Pours a hazy copper with a fluffy white head that settles to a thick cap, leaving lots of soapy lacing clinging to the glass. Very pretty!
S - Big, pungent aromas of American hops, lots of grapefruit, pine resin, and orange peel with a light caramel malt backbone. Nothing new here, but done quite well.
T - Resinous hops, grapefruit, and orange with the same fairly subtle malt profile. Nicely bitter finish lingers for some time.
M - Smooth and creamy, with a medium body and good, sharp carbonation.
O - Solid beer, definitely not a game-changer but a great example of the style. I'll definitely pick up another Bomber.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold/orange with a huge fluffy white head and good lacing down the glass.

Aroma is citrus with a lot of freshly cut grass.

Taste follows although with a bit less citrus. Lots of grassy/floral notes up front with just the slightest bit of malt. Finishes grassy bitter and dry.

Decent mouthfeel with medium carbonation levels.

Pleasantly surprised to randomly find this one on the shelf this week. Not the best I've had as the grassy hops aren't exactly my favorite, but still solid.

Photo of peabody
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a fairly clear yellow to yellow amber with one finger of slightly off-white suds.
Good lacing and a nice head retention.
Smell is floral at first then the grapfruit and pine come in.Sugar malts are next as well as the yeast burn and finally the alcohol.
Taste is mellow sugar malt then a strong pine flavor. Next comes some more sugar then the bitter grapfruit rind.
Mouthfeel is very clean and the only thing left on the palate is the bitterness of wonderful hops.
Overall this is a darn good IPA Too bad it's only brewed once.

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

A: Pours a deep yellow gold with a solid fluffy white head that is slow to fade
S: smells very citrusy but more of a grapefruit rind kind of smell and a slight pine as well. Sweetness from the malt struggles to come through
T: Very resinous and herbal at the front with a slight pine in the flavor. Malt battles back the hop flavors with some caramel sweetness before another dose of hops makes an appearance. Aftertaste is more herbal goodness with some malt sweetness that is quick to fade and leaves you wanting more
M: prickly carbonation and medium bodied so pretty well done. Beer feels slick and smooth
O: This beer is sure to please an IPA lover like myself. I wouldn't search it out but I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again when it comes out next.

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Lips Of Faith - Fresh Hop India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.