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

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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.
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Ratings: 326 | Reviews: 134
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 jjboesen
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of rand
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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).

Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of dfillius
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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 bump8628
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of Beer_Runner
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Giovacchini
4.12/5  rDev +3%
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.

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 RblWthACoz
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of DocJitsu
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of facundoCNB
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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 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 SLeffler27
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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 ngeunit1
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind a thick frothy ring around the glass and some lace.

S - Aroma is full of piney, earthy, and citrus hops with a touch of sweet malt in the background.

T - Starts off with some fresh earthy and citrus hops with a bit of bitterness. Through the middle, some stronger pine notes come through with some more bitterness and a touch of sweet malt. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and earthy hop flavors with a bit of sweet malt.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, bitter, resiny, and earthy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good level of hop flavor with nice complexity and bitterness.

Photo of Reed
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I think this is my favorite beer. I don't know a whole lot about beers, and have not drank quite that many. I have been drinking different IPA's for about 8 months now, and this takes the cake by far. It is the most bitter IPA I have tried, and it has the greatest aroma out of any beer I have ever tried. It is one of the hoppiest beers I have tried also, and I have been trying lots of doubles and a few triples. I think the aroma is what did it for me. It smells very sweet, but has almost no direct sweetness to it. To me, it is most like hop stoopid, except a much higher caliber. Hop stoopid was the closest taste I have found to it, but will not do it justice.

I am typing this review as i drink a Firestone Double Jack. The Firestone deff made my top 5, and is one of the few IPA's I will buy again.

I keep at least 2 Fresh Hop IPA's in my fridge at all times. Go try it!

Photo of Jadjunk
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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

Photo of Cresant
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into an 8 ounce snifter

A- Clearish golden orange with a nice 1 finger foamy head.
S- Smells incredibly fresh as the name even implies. Tons of citrus like pineapple, mango, grapefruit and orange. A light caramel backbone to it. Very pleasant stuff here.
T- This has a ton of hop character to it. It starts off sweet and with a nice caramel flavor, then it coats your entire mouth with a dank sticky hop flavor. The hop flavors are very well blended, there is a ton of citrus flavors like grapefruit and mango. A little piney flavor and some astringency. Excellent bitterness in this beer, 70 IBU's so its not that much for an IPA but the hop flavors are so dominant I would think it would be higher. There is a very smooth caramel flavor and a nice breaddy feel to the beer.
M- This beer has a full feel to it and does a great job coating my mouth with flavors. It also is not a very light beer and is kind of filling. It leaves my mouth feeling somewhat dry and me feeling thirsty. The aftertaste is hoppy and a little bitter but that's what Im here for.
O- This is a surprise for me, I knew that I was going to like this beer but I didn't know anything about it. It has an amazing hop profile and has the freshest taste I have ever experienced. Doesn't hurt that the bottle is also fresh. I like just about everything about this beer; The aroma, the taste, the bottle art, and its also priced somewhat competitively. I highly recommend this beer for anybody who appreciates a hoppy brew.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of cps98
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Poured a nice light orange with a fluffy pillows of white head. Head retention was really good with this one and the lacing was really nice.

S – Sweet hop aroma is very dominant. Citrus (lemon rind) and pine are present in the nose.

T – The bitterness of the hops is present but there was something sweet lingering around and I pegged it at apricot.

M – Lots of carbonation on this one which adds to that bite on the tongue. Medium bodied and really smooth.

O – Overall a nice IPA, not overboard with the hops. Wish I would have tried it as soon as I bought it.

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