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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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134 Reviews

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Reviews: 134
Hads: 327
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 32
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.
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Photo of kylehay2004
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: single finger head, decent retention and nice lacing on a clear golden with a slight crimson hue body.

S: very crisp mildly musty pine and light citrus hop aroma with herbal notes.

T: the fresh hops are obvious, a little watery but expected. Mostly pine, grassy and earthy.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: A very smooth easy to drink IPA. Fairly typical fresh hop IPA.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i guess i'll be the first here... new belgium's new fresh hop ipa, hit shelves yesterday and i am guessing it must be the first year they've made this one, given no other reviews. 22oz bottle for $5.99 at my local here in denver. pours a much lighter color than i thought it might, golden and perfectly clear. sensational head on this puppy, fluffy and white and thick and lasting. nose is just magic, all fresh hoppy oils, super bright with a grounding earthen sort of must, smells quite literally like a hop farm, hop and farm in equal parts. taste is slightly less bold than the nose, with a complex hop combination. a really intricate palate but with almost no bitterness, atypical of the style but absolutely fantastic. the finish just unrolls down the tongue with different hop notes all the way through and a gentle sort of crispness, but not dry. the bottle says 70 ibu, but that seems high to me, this is ultra mellow and drinkable. mouthfeel is perfect for the beer, on the lighter side, which allows the beer to be tasted thoroughly, but not too light that it doesn't stand up to its flavor profile. i hope others enjoy this one as much as i am. might even crack the second bomber tonight...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear goldern amberish orange with a solid 2+ finger white head which fades leaving decent clingy lace.

N: Citrus - grapefruit and tangerine. Tropical fruits - passion and guava. Pine and floral notes also in the mix. A distinctive NB yeasty note.

T: Bright pungent hops upfront with a balanced caramel malt and yeast backing. Some green grass and herbal notes. Not quite as impressive as the nose, but nice to have so "fresh".

N: Resiny with some slick oilyness. Slightly dry with a bit of lingering bitterness.

O: Brand spanking new. If you wait, it'll be too late.

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, highly carbonated, golden orange color with a two-finger, head of fluffy, white foam. It left some thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine and floral notes.

T - It had a spicy, herbal taste with a burnt toast maltiness. Some sweet caramel and toffee notes, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really nice IPA. I liked the herbal, floral presence.

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Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with two fingers of bone white foam on top of a clear, golden colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves thick, sticky lace on the glass.

S - A pungent aroma of pine and sweaty hops with some grapefruit in the background.

T - Pine and sweaty hops up front with some light bready malt. A hint of toffee in the middle with more pine and some sweaty character in the middle. Finishes with light lemony character, pine hops and moderate bitterness to balance the bready malt.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The aroma is very nice and it has a good balance between the malt and the hops with just enough malt to keep it drinkable but not enough to get in the way of the hops. Unfortunately it has a lack of hop flavor that I have found to be typical of wet hop IPAs, where the excellent aroma is not backed up by the same level of hoppy goodness in the flavor profile

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, copper-hued body with a tall, lewdly growing, white head.

Smell: Zestful herbs flecked with lemon and tangerine peelings overlaying light, lesser pale malts, vaguely bready. The hops have that surmised raw, green quality about them.

Taste: A modest base of pale malts with a light, short-lived sweetness prior to the "green" hop character rounded by citrus tastes, lemon, yes, but most notably tangerine (without being too aspirin-tinged) from the amarillo hops. Bitterness remains moderate. Dry, citrusy, lightly pithy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A good, fresh-feeling wet/fresh hop ale.

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Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12/10/11 notes. Purchased for $7.99 at Schneider's in DC. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy bright yellow orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. head lasts for about two minutes and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of super fresh citrus hops, grapefruit, oranges, pine hops, fruity malts, and light tropical fruits. Loads of oranges and citrus hops, I thought it had a really great, fresh nose.

t - Tastes of oranges, lemons, citrus hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, and pine hops. Light bitter bite but not too much at all. Very good, but not as great as the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. The slightest bitter bite. Would have liked a little bit more carbonation.

o - Overall I thought this weas a really nice IPA. I thought the nose was fantastic, and had a ton of oranges and citrus hops; smelled very fresh. Would have liked a tiny bit more carbonation but something I'd certainly order again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Binny's, as I didn't see it at West Lakeview. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Two fingers of creamy white foam settle to a thin cap, leaving behind plenty of splotchy lacework. Transparent golden body.

S - It's definitely got that slightly earthy herbal aroma that exposes it as a wet hop beer - most IPAs using Centennial, Cascade, and Amarillo don't really have this sort of dankness to them. Beyond that there's a hefty dose of lemon and grapefruit citrus, and a surprisingly hefty sugar cookie and biscuit malt backbone. The malt aroma is vaguely reminiscent of Fat Tire, although nowhere as saccharine. Perhaps a touch understated.

T - Taste is more malt-forward mid-palate with the hops showing up later, imparting a lemon and grapefruit bitterness that lingers well into the finish. Again, this is a very balanced IPA, with plenty of sugar cookie and icing malt flavors present. I could have gone for more hop flavor early - it would have made the bitterness level seem more appropriate.

M - Smooth, medium body, with a medium-high carbonation level that is initially a bit harsh but settles down quickly. Dry finish, with plenty of resinous hop oils lingering on the palate. No alcohol presence.

D - It's one of the best fresh hop IPAs I've had this year, although the competition was somewhat underwhelming. I understand the conceptual appeal of using hops straight of the vine, but I seem to like the taste of dried hops, pellets, or extract more for some reason. In any case, easy to drink but not particularly memorable.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass because I can. Beer is orange, mostly clear, big white head, small bubbles, lots of lacing, looks good.

Aroma is sweet, piny, earthy hops, smells good.

I don't know why people say this is like cat piss. I hate cats, both of the ones that live in my house conspire to kill me in my sleep and I've experienced way more than I ever wanted in the field of cat urine, this beer? Not even close, thin backbone, light on the malts, big piny hop presence, mild fruits good finish, mild or moderate bitterness not dry, I'd have this again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.

The beer appears transparent and golden hued. A thick white cap rests atop the beer, leaving some decent lacing on the tulip. The aroma brings some pleasant hop aromas, subtle earthiness, light pine. Good flavor. Hop forward and pretty fresh. Easy to drink. The finish offers a light yet lasting bitterness. Carbonation level is a bit low. I would like the aroma and flavor to be bolder and more aggressive. This one has potential, but lacks that in your face quality that makes fresh hop brews so delectable. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of billab914
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into my mad Fox glass. Light amber in color with a thick, foamy white head to it. Nice head retention and lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a bold fresh hop presence in it. It's citrusy and bright with just a little herbal spiciness. Very nice and fresh aroma, it really smells like they are fresh off the vine. The freshness of the hops really impressed me.

The taste really deviates from what I got in the aroma. I get a sweet, almost fruit punch like flavor to it at first. I get a lot of peach notes to it with a little bit of pineapple flavor there as well. As it warmed I started to get a little more of a herbal, dry citrus rind presence in the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a pretty good beer that really showed some good fresh hop flavors to it. The aroma especially showcased the fresh hops nicely. Very easy drinking, flavorful and fresh tasting beer overall.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.98/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a medium amber with a solid white head, nice lace.

S: Melon, very green, grass. Fragrant hoppy nose.

T: Sweet crystal type malt backed with a lot of floral hops, some bitter melon and grapefruit.

M: Medium-bodied, resiny yet clean at the finish. Soft carbonation.

O: A good wet hop beer. It would have been interesting to see it really fresh, but I liked it here.

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Photo of Zorro
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored beer with a tall white head. This beer falls in the color spectrum I call IPA Orange.

Smell is full of strong C type hops. Strong pine and grapefruit with some cinnamon in there. Cedar wood and a little hay scent. Faint pineapple smell.

Starts out neutral in sweetness with a mild green grass flavor. Taste is nothing like the smell, woody and grassy with a solid bitter finish. Flavor is a little light to me.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall just an average beer. New Belgium is one of those breweries that tend to just hit home runs or base hits. This one is more of a walk.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Lips Of Faith - Fresh Hop India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.