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

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

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BA SCORE
90
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310 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 310
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.72%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: StonedTrippin on 11-03-2011)
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber with a big white head, awesome amount of bubbles and lacing with pretty solid head retention

S: A nice nose consisting of fresh citrus, pione needles and a flower bouquet. Smells very nice and fresh

T: Smooth a nice bitterness to it, piney, earthy, toasted malt and biscuity note underneath.
The finish has a light bit of slickness to it with a citrus meets pine finish

M: Light to medium bodied, well carbonated. Makes the mouth/palate happy

O: Bang for your buck here! Good fresh hop IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2012 17:09:55 | More by barleywinefiend
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle obtained from a shop in Fort Collins and enjoyed in my hotel room on a recent trip. Light amber hue with a thin and lightly bubbled white head. Classic American hop flavors - pine, citrus peels, and fresh cut flowers. Hops are actually slightly muted by a slather of caramel malt and bread crust. The flavors are all nice, but the beer lacks that sticky, resinous, hop smack that I expect from a fresh hop beer. A little more dryness would help too.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2012 17:25:51 | More by bump8628
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Taco Mac Decatur January 5, 2012. 16 Ounce Pour.

(Appearance) pours a deep golden yellow with a medium thick surface cover solid white in color. Beer is very clear, thoroughly filtered. lots of spritely carbonation is present. Appearance is nice for an IPA. 3.5

(Smell) Mostly wet spicy hop aroma with a hint of citrus fruit. Lesser malt body. Potency is a medium. Aroma is decent. 3.5

(Taste) Bread like malts compliment a mildly spicy wet hop flavor to make a heavy body of flavor. Malt heavy beer with little defining aftertaste or bitter qualities. Enjoyable balance And highly drinkable. 4

(Mouthfeel) Mildly crisp and slightly chewy. Light-medium body. Well concealed alcohol. Carbonation and texture pairs well with the taste and style. 4

(Overall) A very good wet hopped IPA- one of the best of the styles I have tried yet. There's a good balance and decent accessibility to this beer. Get it before it's gone! 4

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2012 00:19:23 | More by Jadjunk
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bnes09

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light honey colored, transparent ale. One and a half finger, fluffy head with soapy lacing.

Bright aroma of fresh hops, as expected. Floral, citric and pine-like aromas. Hint of honey sweetness.

Hops dominate the flavor as well. Lemon, orange, grapefruit and piney, puckering bitterness. Malt character lies in the background with a bready, fresh grain flavor. Excellent balance.

Lightish feel. Descent carbonation. Semi-dry. Needs a little more body in my opinion.

Good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2012 04:23:36 | More by bnes09
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crvcac

California

4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was exceptional. I've had many west coast IPA's and this one hit on all the perfect notes. Perfect amount of bitterness balanced by an appropriate malt backbone. Great hop aroma. Amazing taste. Perfect mouth feel. I could drink this all day long. Highly recommend seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 19:50:16 | More by crvcac
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Belgium Lips of Faith Fresh Hop IPA. Freshly tapped, and doing very well, terribly popular. I was slightly late on this one, and when I finally got a hold of good ol' Joe about the final LoF brews of the year, and their availability, he admitted that it was a bit late for a fresh hop ale, and they'd be happy to see them out the door. Yes, it's not October anymore, but it's tasting great, and has held up well over the months, since it was "fresh". This won't last long, so I'm getting right to the notes, here we go...

Clear, bright red coloring, huge head, a snow drift of foam....looks fantastic.

Aromatics, full of lemon and orange zest, prickly pine, and all things hoppy. Floral, bitter, beautiful.

Taste: Hits the palate with bitter hops, glides all over the tongue, but never too harsh, never too hard. Fades a bit, but clings lightly along. Roars back with each new sip and swallow, never-ending bitter blast that hangs long on the palate. Yum.

Light to medium body. Tasty as heck, damned good stuff. This is a definite hit for the hop-heads in the house. I'm hoping they continue with this one. Clearly, they know how to do it, let's keep it up, NB!

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 08:34:27 | More by feloniousmonk
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BucannonXC5

California

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at KnB Wine Cellar’s in San Diego. Color was honey looking with about ¾ inches of head once I got it. Nice amount of bubbly lacing. Good amount of film on the sides that lasted throughout.

Smelled clean citrus hops up front. Grapefruit and pine led the way.

Very similar taste to the nose with clean citrus hops. Grapefruit and pine once again came through in convincing aftertaste. Orange and/or tangerine also made a small dent in the taste.

Medium-to-light body. Average carbonation. Bitter, hoppy finish, but still smooth and refreshing.

What a great beer to start the night out with. I was pleasantly surprised with how good this beer was.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2012 03:20:06 | More by BucannonXC5
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notchucknorris

California

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tiger!Tiger!

A: Clear golden color with a big foamy off white head.

S: Huge, huge citrus hop aroma. Almost overpowering. Really good stuff here.

T: An absolute hop bomb. Tons of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange and maybe a bit of mango. Not much here in the way of malt, so the taste is a little much at times. Pretty tasty stuff though.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2012 07:48:54 | More by notchucknorris
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StlHopHead77

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tap to tulip at Global Brew Tap House

A-Pours a clear,copper with two inches of staunch,stark white foam.Good retention and spotty ribbons of lacing.

S-Strong Simcoe character here.Grapefruit,apricot,
peach,cat piss,sourdough.

T-More grapefruit and stonefruit but also a more leafy vegetal turn of raw hops,pine,fresh grass and some cracker/biscuit malts.

M-Nice lingering bitterness.Light bodied and crisp.
Moderately dry finish.

O-I am a fan of fresh/wet hop offerings so I wanted to give this a try.Not a top tier example of the style by any means but decent.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2011 14:12:08 | More by StlHopHead77
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mactrail

California

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great showcase for hop aromatics though I'm no expert on what variety is which. Beautiful orange-amber color in the tulip with long lasting lacing. Rich mouthful with terrific hoppy flavors that stop short of too much bitterness. Biscuit flavor, lots of malt. Sharp with a quick flash of bitterness, followed by the sweetness. Great floral aroma. Thin body but lingering flavors.

On tap at Root Down in Denver. One of the better IPAs I've had, and I love the hoppy nose.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 02:27:33 | More by mactrail
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oline73

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, light amber with a finger of fluffy white head. Good amount of retention and good lacing on the glass.

Smell: Bready malt with some fruity/floral fresh hops. Quite mild.

Taste: Bitter citrus peel hops up front. The hops are a bit soapy. Could use a little more malt to balance things out a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: This is just an ok IPA. The hop profile just wasn't my thing. I would pass on having another.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 04:57:50 | More by oline73
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is surprisingly impressive and perfumy, with light wet tobacco, rose petals and orange citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this well crafted IPA, and I appreciate the dry, bitter finish in this beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and the beer has a mouthwatering quality that is very appealing. Alcohol is barely noticeable, and seems to blend in well with the long, bitter finish.

This is a very nice IPA, and I was impressed by the fact that there's nothing about it that reminds me of fat tire (unlike the ranger IPA). Quite good, and a beer I would definitely order again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2011 21:29:29 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ.

A - Golden yellow with shades of copper. Foamy, white head that fades quickly. No retention and some minor lacing.

S - Citrusy hops. Subtle malt presence but the hop oils cling to your nostrils.

T - Flowery, fruity, bitter, fresh, tasty hops. Citrus, mainly grapefruit.

M - Mild carbonation with a bit of a bite from the hops. Slightly dry. Easy to drink, fresh as can be for early December, and delicious. Would have liked to try it closer to its release date. Nothing too crazy to separate it from the other fresh hop ales but it's as good as any of 'em.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2011 05:43:24 | More by Gatch
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argock

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Pleasing amber hue with rocky 1-finger head leaving a single but thick line of lacing.

S: Tons of fresh hop aroma without too much herbal-grassy notes and plenty of citrus character. Pale maltiness hold its own but is the bridesmaid.

T: The hoppiness is full of flavor without being overly biting with a wide palette of herbal, grassy, floral, and citrus. The citrus is equal parts grapefruit, lemon, and orange and is accented by the nice floral elements. The pale maltiness keeps the caramel-crystal components low-medium to let the stay out front.

M: Medium-bodied with appropriate low carbonation and slick feel overall.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer as IPAs are not typically a real strong suit of New Belgium -- guess I was wrong.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2011 03:39:49 | More by argock
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jjboesen

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber, this hippity-hoppy beer is another entry in New Belgium’s “Lips of Faith” Series: it begins with a massive cloud of sticky froth that slinks down to leave the glass lacquered with splotch lacing. The appearance is translucent amber with a scarcity of carbonation bubbles.

The nose is intense. There is an explosion of orange, lemon and butter – a veritable hop bomb going off in the nostrils. The palate receives a drubbing of pepper and grass that leaves off in a subtle dryness at the finish. What we have are 70 IBUs going to town, tipping trash cans and smashing store windows while the cascade and centennial hops watch for the cops. Surprisingly, I found the body to be rather light (given the above antics) and strangely crisp.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 01:05:32 | More by jjboesen
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rand

California

3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From 22 oz bomber to pint glass

A surprisingly fresh and crisp, almost West Coast-style IPA from New Belgium. Sharp pine and citrus notes are evident upon popping the cap, as the beer forms a frothy 2-inch head on a gentle pour. Light golden-tan and crystal clear, the beer looks clean and crisp.

The brew has a bouquet that includes honey-malts and hints of lemon-pepper that blend well with the citrus and pine notes. The flavors follow, with the bitter aspects of the hops up front. Alcohol is present, but not overwhelming, and as a strong malt-backbone keeps the brew from getting too bitter or dry. Medium finish with a slight bitter-tea edge around the palate.

This is one of the better IPA's put out by NB...my only reservation is that this seems a little strange to be clumped with the limited-edition Lips of Faith series. I would love to see this in larger production (especially cans for grilling and tailgating).

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 05:32:40 | More by rand
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had purchased this bottle during my last trip to D.C. to visit my aunt and uncle and it has been sitting in my reefer, patiently awaiting my attention. Here we go on New Year's Eve!

From the bottle: "Fresh pickings for some lip lickings. This beauty of an ale boasts a fresh crop of Cascade, Centennial, and Amarillo hops. We're talking from vine to brew within 24 hours fresh, citrusy, soft fruit tones."

My initial pour netted two pillowy, rocky fingers of tawny head that I had to allow to settle before I could proceed. The lacing that remained in its wake was fantastic! Color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow. Nose had pine, grapefruit and caramel, all intermingling in a very pleasant way. Mouthfeel was rather soft where I had braced myself for abrasive hops. Speaking of hops, that was the prevalent flavor on the tongue. It was very grapefruit-citrusy initially, but it also had a cool wintergreen/evergreen mintiness. Finish was semi-dry with the hops still living large but giving the caramel malt a chance to join the party. I won't tell you what I paid, but the value was insane! Man, I could drink some more of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 01:36:46 | More by woodychandler
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dfillius

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger of thick, just off-white head with good retention. Crystal clear amber/orange liquid is beautiful.
S: Grapefruit, tropical fruit, some clean malty caramel underneath some earthy herbality. No off aromas, near perfect.
T: Quite bitter! Dominantly so in a grapefruit manner. Finish is all alcohol with a bit of soap though :-/ Middle is a bit sweet. Decent but fairly one-dimensional.
M: Biter up front, a tad astringent. Fair.
O: Fair/not bad. I wouldn't buy again. I would have a second pint. Middle of the road fresh hop IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 23:50:58 | More by dfillius
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peabody

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 01:34:00 | More by peabody
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Beer_Runner


4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No enjoy by date.
Slow pour into a standard pint glass.

A: It poures to a one-finger beige head that soon disapates to a thin layer after a few minutes. The brew is golden with an orange hue.

S: It has a pleasant citrus aroma with just a hint of bready sweetness.

T: First, there is some sweet bready malt followed by a strong burst of citrus and earthy hops along with some alcohal heat. The strong hops and alcohal create a good solid bite.

M: It has a medium body with some carbonation and it is just a little creamy.

O: This is a very good IPA. The malt in the begining is quickly replaced with a citrus hops kick. The bite in this beer makes it different. It is a nice bite, but not over the top.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 23:53:55 | More by Beer_Runner
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Giovacchini

California

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a golden amber color with a frothy white one finger head.

S- pungent floral hops, pine, tropical fruits, and citrus.

T- nice acidic hop flavors, subtle maltiness, pine, pineapple, and grapefruit.

M- nice lingering bitterness and slippery oily mouthfeel. Alcohol heat going down.

O- Nice IPA from NB! Its nice that NB brewed an American style ale for a change. This a very nice hop packed single ipa with a wonderful bouquet of hop aromas.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 23:26:22 | More by Giovacchini
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Dope

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber. Huge fluffy white head adorns it. Fades slowly, leaving nice spiderweb lacing everywhere.

S: Citrus and bitter grapefruit with a bit of a caramel malt backing. Resinous.

T: Big grapefruit hit up front. Orange and caramel in the middle, finishes with a bitter resin flourish. A bit minty, maybe lemongrass in there?

M: Medium body, carbonation is pretty dead on. A bit astringent like a lot of fresh hop beers.

O: A tasty fresh/wet hop beer for sure. Decent complexity and balance. Nothing stands out as earth shattering but it's quite good.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 05:31:51 | More by Dope
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks nice and the nose is very good as well (at first). It seems to strike as too salty and one dimensional at first, but seems to mellow out as time goes on. Or maybe I am too buzzed to really be able to tell the difference. Overall, it's not too shabby. I have to wonder how good fresh hopped ales can really be on a mass production level. All of the ones that really blew me away were small times producers and all of the larger breweries can't produce quite the same. Anyways. This is a pretty good fresh hopped ipa. I definitely wouldn't mind going and getting a few more to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 05:25:58 | More by RblWthACoz
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DocJitsu

California

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light clear golden with an eggshell foamy head. The beer has excellent head retention and Guiness-like lace rings as it is consumed. The bouquet is dominated by fresh cascade hop flowers. The lovely resiny hop aroma is reminiscent of every home brewer's favorite part of the brewing process--opening those packets of hop pellets or flowers. The mouthfeel is fantastic. That perfect combination of cotton on the front of the tongue and light carbonation burn on the back. Alternative pine, ripe fruit, and tart citrus. It finishes with a perfumy hoppiness that is less intrusive on the palate than many in this style. In fact, this beer looks and drinks like an APA. Its flavor is just a little thin for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 04:16:22 | More by DocJitsu
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a clear golden pour with lots of fluffy white head. tons of lacing. smells hoppy as heck! mainly cascade (?) hops, honey, amber malt, pine, grass. a bit bitter up front followed by a sweet malty backbone. hints of earth, citrus, pine, honey, grapefruit, slight smoked flavor. medium bodied, creamy on the roof of the mouth, mild carbonation. a very tasty, refreshing IPA. definitely fresh with the hop smell and flavor. i'd have this be a go-to ipa if we had this in our area. very well balanced, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 12:16:51 | More by facundoCNB
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Lips Of Faith - Fresh Hop India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.