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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

134 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 134
Hads: 326
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 6.03%
Wants: 33
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet.

Pours almost as well as an IPA can pour--crystal clear golden-orange body with a torrential uprising of carbonation from the etched glass bottom. The head is rocky, thinning to a cap of bone white foam and leaving behind some nice lacing. Aroma is fantastic: huge notes of pine and herbal resin hit the nose and quickly give way to lush citrus and tropical fruits. Malts add a hint of balance with caramel and biscuit, but the showcase here is the green stuff. A wonderful 'Fresh Hop' aroma if I ever smelled it.

The flavor's no slouch, either, although the pungent whiffs of pine are traded for bitterness, and soft are the fruity hop flavors so prevalent in the nose. Still, the maltiness steps forward with a bigger presence, adding toasted grains, caramel and bread to the mix. Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly with a medium body that showcases the hop oils well. A bit slick and sticky at the same time, and the bitter finish lets you know those alpha acids are kicking. All in all, a fantastic beer from New Belgium that I'd consider to be in the top tier of their Lips of Faith program. Get it while it's fresh! I know I'll be grabbing another bottle or so... (1,204 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pilsner like and huge billowy head. Very nice look

Smell - Great citrus hops scent

Taste - very tasty with flavor but a little too hop bitter finish to really enjoy

Mouthfeel - good

Overall - well crafted and well done IPA but just a tad too bitter in finish for me to really enjoy. (299 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
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. (803 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear peach color, streaming bubbles buttressing a sticky taupe foam. Nose is strongly citric, clean, with a hint of pine. Malts are just faintly sweet and pale.

Flavor is strongly hoppy with a peppery lupulin finish. Citric notes of grapefruit and lemon zest with pine and tobacco in the back. Body is lighter than a typical IPA, but a great delivery vehicle. Grains are very lightly toasted to take the edge off the hops.

Light and chill session-type IPA. Good, bright flavor. (482 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have decided to refer to this beer as "Hop Lips" as it amuses me to do so.
Nice cover art on a brown bomber.

Appearance: Straw yellow with a low frothy cap that leaves tide marks of lace.

Smell: What it says on the tin; lots of hops. Mostly floral with a citric run. Little peppery undernote with the malt sweetness giving some support.

Taste: Light bitterness lets the hop juice shine but doesn't pummel the palate. Light tea flavor as well. The Fresh in Fresh hops aspect is here, bit earthy, farm fresh aspect.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, medium carbonation, oily slick feel.

Overall: A nice sipper that is mild enough to enjoy and flavorful enough to satisfy. Good beer! (675 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 22 oz bomber into stone pint glass

A- pours a clear amber orange color with a 1 finger white head and just a touch of lacing

S- pine and grapefruit hops with a musty earth smell , sweet malt and bread

T- floral .piney hops great the palate with oily resins of tropical and bitter hops ,its offset with sweet caramel and a musty earthy bread its very fresh and tasty

M- medium carbonation with a sweet and bitter hop bite

O- a good offering from NB on a fresh hop put this in 4 paks next year so i can drink more (521 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (691 characters)

Photo of Cresant
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 22 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date. The body was clear, deep straw color with orange highlights. The eggshell white head was over two fingers and left nice sheets of lacing. A healthy cap remained throughout. Beautiful.

The smell was piney. Very aromatic and enticing. I buried my nose in the glass repeatedly.

The taste was oranges and pine needles. Leafy, organic, crispy hops! Caramel maltiness gave a nice contract to the flavorful hops. Intense flavor but not harsh. Drying finish. I would compare this to Surly Furious (from memory). Good stuff.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with adequate, full carbonation and a smooth finish in the mouth. Solid overall. (696 characters)

Photo of bump8628
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.1/5  rDev +3%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.36/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the tulip glass almost translucent light orange in color, three fingers of soapy foamy head that leave behind amazing amounts of lacing for an IPA. Body is lighter side of medium thick, well carbonated, smells at first of a brief hit of turpentine but resolves into a more standard IPA nose which leans heavy on the pine resin. Flavor is a heady kick of bitter that never really resolves into any sort of malt backbone that I could detect, so it is somewhat unbalanced in my book. But, in its favor, I have to admit that all the pithy and pine sap elements have a certain remarkable level of crispness and clarity in their straight forward fresh hopped simplicity that managed to charm me somewhat despite my love of complexity in my brews. I've had better, I've had worse. If only this brew had used a wider variety of hops and at least let a hint of malt speak it's mind, it could have been brilliant. Looks pretty, but underneath its kind of shallow and one-trick pony. (983 characters)

Photo of peabody
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark amber with abundant streaming carbonation continuously building a one-inch fluffy white head that lasts a long while and coats the glass with lacing.

The aroma is clean and fresh pine sap and delivers on its name!

Crisp grapefruit is simply done well. The finish is long and bitter, though tame. Warmth brings out spearmint flavors.

Medium body and appropriate carbonation with light alcohol and a dry finish.

A surprisingly good sipping beer given that it is an IPA. This works well with food or while enjoying an afternoon with friends. This one is definitely worth of a spot in the regular lineup. (621 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a goblet.

A: Clear, brassy golden color with one finger of off-white foam head that diminishes to a large and persistent pad. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and bubbles rise frequently in the center of the column.

S: Grapefruit flesh is bold, suggesting a heavy infusion of Centennial hops. The hoppiness overwhelms other likely elements, rendering it entirely one-note.

T: Begins very off-dry, with refined pale malt that is outperformed by somewhat stronger green herbaceous and grapefruit citrus hop aromatics. Acidity is fairly mild into the drier middle where crackery malt is present. The finish is moderately bitter with a mineral crispness and delicate floral quality that appears to be all from hops, rather than yeast esters.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This wet-hopped IPA comes across as an original but still underachieving contribution, considering the Lips of Faith pedigree. While some of the expected hop nuance comes through in the taste, it is the smell that seems to have sold out in a way that nearly assaults the drinker's nose. But perhaps it is unfair to criticize an IPA for faithfully rendering one pure hop note in any of its attributes. (1,270 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: bright gold body with a beautifully big off white head. good retention and even better lacing.

S: sticky, stinky american hops. the obvious citrus character, but also some great herbal aromas. slightly illicit.

T: really good tasting brew. a bunch of citrus flavor works with just enough malt to let the hops be the star in this show. a bitter resounding flavor lingers long into the finish.

M: moderate mouthfeel on a very medium body.

D: i feel like i am behind on acquiring this particular fresh hop sample, but still amply tasty. certainly worth it if you can get it fresh! (587 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very well done and nicely balanced.

Pours a copper color with good clarity and a thick white head that sticks around and leaves sticky lacing.

The aroma is a beautiful bouquet of floral, evergreen and citrus on a nice caramel backbone. Orange blossom, honey suckle, grapefruit rind, citrus zest.

Perfectly balanced between malt and hops. Most enjoyable is the aroma. The mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing, medium bodied.

Awesome beer! (437 characters)

Photo of beer2day
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, very clear red gold pour with 2+ fingers of pale head. Very good retention and lace.

Resin, grapefruit and pine all appear in the nose. Complex, but understated.

Clean up front, beer becomes a bit soapy and raw in the finish. Grainy hop back end. Not much in the way of any malt presence. Strong hop burn, but very raw feeling.

Body is thin for the style, with a lack of malt balance.

Glad I tried it, but this series is not really growing on me. (459 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.02/5  rDev +1%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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] (1,039 characters)

Photo of dfillius
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (629 characters)

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