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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

325 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
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.
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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 avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A very hoppy aroma - almost smelled more like a DIPA than a regular IPA - with some citrus as well.

T: This is a pretty hoppy beer - not that it's a bad thing. This goes along with a good amount of citrus (grapefruit), and a hint of malt. Not a groundbreaking flavor, but extremely likeable.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a bitter, somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solidly made, easy to drink IPA. Very smooth.

Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Lee's in Las Vegas NV for 5.99

Appearance - Clear amber colour with a large size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, pineapple, mango

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste hops, malts, and caramel. There is a bit grapefruit, apricot, pineapple and some mango. Lots of tropical fruitiness. It ends with a fruity sweet aftertaste with a medium amount of hop bitterness.

Overall - I couldn't find a freshness date on this bottle and I suspect it is a little old. But still, the flavours were delicious and it has a great lip smacking west coast hoppy/fruity flavour. I'd drink it again anytime.

Photo of WOLFGANG
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev 0%

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

Thanks to Alex for sharing.

A - Really nice colored beer. Bright orange beer with a great white head that left a bit of lace on the sides. Good retetion.

S - Tropical fruits. I really pick up the Amarillo on this one. Decent grapefruit and some lemon. Pretty malty.

T - This isn't a bad beer, there's a lot of hops but I don't feel it's particularly well integrated. Seems it can't figure out if it's a resiny or fruity IPA. just seems to have a lot of stuff going on but just not quite right. Good but not fantastic.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Decent beer, actually started to like it better the more I drank of it. Not really my first choice, but a decent enough beer.

Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle $5.99 Bright orange color, great head, looks good. Smells herbal as well as citrusy, good. Taste is a bit if citrus but I mostly get melon rind, green hoppiness, a bit vegetal but good. I've already been through three bottles in less than a week, good stuff.

Photo of popery
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good IPA, though not a stand-out, particularly compared to other fresh-hopped versions. The aroma has a nice enough mix of pine, grapes, tangerines and cheese, but it lacks strength and pungency. The aroma is pleasant but it's not a beer that hits the nose with hops the moment the cap comes off. There's a touch of caramel malt in the background, as well, which shows up a bit more on the tongue. There's a good, restrained bitterness to the taste. It's a nice level for a fresh-hopped IPA, which is to say present but moderate. The taste also adds some grassiness and a bit of citrus rind. It has some of that mildly unfortunate vegetal flavor that can plague wet hopped beers. A better aroma would probably help up the taste, but it's just too simple for a higher score. Mouthfeel is kinda average, and the beer seems to lack that hop oil slickness of heavily dry-hopped beers. Appearance is good. Clear, bronze-amber liquid with an off-white head of fine foam. Overall, it's good but a bit disappointing. Sierra Nevada has set the bar for fresh-hopped IPAs/pale ales by larger craft breweries, and NB doesn't live up to it. They certainly didn't make a bad beer, but all in all, it's just another pretty good IPA, of which there are plenty, and fails to showcase the strengths of the titular fresh hops.

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A: Incredibly clear, some slight head. Great lace! Some bubbles.

S: Hops. Sweetish malts provide a very balanced smell.

T/O: Good, but not great? Piney, sweetish (like cactus juice?), and pleasant, but not transcendent. A mediocre IPA with strong chops. Incredibly drinkable. Not so much recommended (especially considering the price) but it's NOT bad.

M: Sufficient.

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev 0%

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

thank you Brad for this unexpected surprise!!!

a - opened the bottle and filled my E snifter...brew poured a nice transparent orange with a classic finger plus of frothy white ipa head. lacing is pretty sticky as well.

s - nice citric burst. candied hops. semi sticky and piney and sweaty, but in a subtler way than many of the explode your face hop heads. definitely on the sweeter side, but really nice. good mix of different hop types.

t - pretty bitter mixed with pretty sweet. interesting battle for flavor supremacy between all the different hops.

m - good. classic feel...nice bitterness, not overwhelming.

o - overall, very nice ipa. if this were local, i'd pick it up regularly. great bomber ipa.

Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of argock
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of harrymel
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of homebrew311
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into NB Globe.

A: pours a brilliant clear gold, foamy white head, lots of lacing, great retention

S: nose is chock full of fresh wet hops, notes of pine, resin, and earthiness come through, biscuit malts come in in the middle

T: taste features brisk hop bitterness up front, some juicy fruit quality comes through in the middle along with malts, the finish is bitter. Nice balance.

MF: medium body, medium carbonation

O: this is a nice and tasty fresh hop IPA. not sure that it justifies the 6.49 per bomber price tag as it reminds me of other cheaper alternatives (along the lines of Celebration or SNPA)

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Daniellobo
2.45/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A pretty disappointing fresh hop ale, a drinkable generic brew at best...

Presentation:22 oz screen printed brown capped bottle. Large green-yellow hop cone illustrating the bottle . Side paragraphs notes intent, and main characteristics. Shows 70 IBUs and 7% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear pale amber pour with a nice frothy head, good retention and surface memory with nice touches of lacing.

S - Shy, shy… Absent nose! Nowhere near an IPA, let alone a fresh one, or a wet hop one for that matter. Generic soft fruity and bitter sense in the distance, imagining a floral touch of the Centennial… But it is just that, my imagination...

T - Generic nothingness… Bitter character, sorta hoppy, but with a loose meld of soft citric and fruity bitterness…. Fresh Centennial, Amarillo and Cascade they say? Where? Where are they? Soft malty sweetness… in the background.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation with a fair smoothness unable to push much of the non-existent flavor and character around.

O - Quaffable as a nondescript brew, but this does not hit the mark of a fresh hop ale, at all. At least not in this serving… Did they bottle something else here?

Notes: Whoa, what a let down… This was picked up off the shelf the day it was delivered and drank that same evening. It can not get fresher than this around here… Please, can I blame it on the delivery from Colorado to the East Coast or on a bad bottle? No character, no sense of hops, all subdued, and generic… I´d be game to try it again but it would not be me who pays for another bomber of this brew. Plenty better out there on the fresh hop front this season, by a broad margin. Heck, I´d get a fresh bottle of their Ranger for less than half of what I paid here and would have more hop character, with a difference. New Belgium can do, and does, much better than this…

Lips Of Faith - Fresh Hop India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.