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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

323 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: StonedTrippin on 11-03-2011)
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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

John_M, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of popery
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

popery, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Gatch
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Gatch, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of flannelman808
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear amber colored and topped with a very good eggshell white head. excellent retention and great spiderweb lacing are left behind.

S: freshly twisted orange peel and fallen pine needle.

T: crystalized ginger and dried orange are the most dominant flavors for me. some husk like sweetness and brown pine needle bitterness shows toward the finish. nice balance of sweet and dry flavors finishing just north of dry.

M: soft leaving an almost gritty feel. tannin driven.

O: This is a nice true IPA and worth trying. not overwhelming in any one important way but very balanced and Im sure it will be a crowd pleaser.

flannelman808, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

avalon07, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of azureoval
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

azureoval, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of BrooBub
4/5  rDev 0%

BrooBub, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of chodinheaven
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, light amber in hue with a bountiful three finger, foamy white head on top that dissapates slowly and leaves lots of sticky lacing on the way down. Fresh citrusy and floral hops with a touch of hop resin play pleasantly on the nose. A solid backing of pale malt rounds out a nice aroma profile. Just a hint of booze on the nose.

Pretty big bite from piney and resiny hops in the middle and back of the palate. Citrusy in the front, playing off some light lemon and orange tastes. Pretty light in body as the hops overpower most of the malt taste, but there is some breadiness that acts as a balancer. A breath of alcohol does nothing to take away from the beer as the piney and resinous hops add most of the prickle on the palate. The booze is little more than a breath, even at 7%. The mouthfeel is smoother than expected, but not watery. Carbonation is medium and provides sufficient liveliness. The finish is bitter, but not overly dry. Aftertaste lingers with resinous bitterness, begging for another sip.

Overall, this is a good beer. Worth grabbing if you see it fresh. Another good one from New Belgium.

chodinheaven, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of alwaysanswerb
5/5  rDev +25%

alwaysanswerb, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

ocelot2500, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of theformula
4/5  rDev 0%

theformula, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of pigc
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light orange with massive three finger head. Carbonation bubbles abound.

S - Pine, citrus, orange. This one smells very fresh and the aroma leaps out from the bottle.

T - Starts out fairly sweet with the bitterness following in the back end. Sweet hop juice. Apricot, mango and some other citrus flavor that I can't quite discern. Not bad, just not what I was expecting. Somewhat tame on the hops and upfront bitterness.

M - Medium with plenty of carbonation.

O - Not quite up to par with some of the top tier wet hop ales like Surly Wet but this was definitely worth trying. Pick up a bottle if you see it.

pigc, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Unchi
4/5  rDev 0%

Unchi, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of tapman
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light copper body and an off white creamy-foam head. Carbonation appears ample and the beer appears filtered. In the nose there is apple pie and raw green apples, caramel sauce, Juicy Fruit and bubblegum and a very small amount of orange zest. In the taste I lose the caramel and pie crust it becomes quite dry, but not before bursting with grassy cotton candy at the start. Bitterness is heavy and sticky in the finish. Excellent brew.

tapman, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev 0%

Gonzoillini, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of zhanson88
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very clear, pale copper color with 2" of white head. Good retention and lacing. Medium-high carbonation.

Smell: Smells of pale malts and honey sweetness. Floral hops, citrus, a bit of pine. Very fresh hop smell.

Taste: Malt and honey sweetness, followed by grassiness, florals, citrus and a bit of pine bitterness. Hops are a bit muted in this beer, but it's a good take on a fresh hop IPA.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Between light and medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth. This is a nice fresh hop IPA. Nice balance, good fresh flavor.

zhanson88, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
2.93/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

smakawhat, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of bluetrevian
4/5  rDev 0%

bluetrevian, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev 0%

kjkinsey, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of rjknyy
4/5  rDev 0%

rjknyy, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of jmechy
5/5  rDev +25%

jmechy, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of younger35
4/5  rDev 0%

younger35, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of DirtBoy929
4/5  rDev 0%

DirtBoy929, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of HardTarget
3.95/5  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!

HardTarget, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -5%
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.

MasterSki, Dec 02, 2011
Lips Of Faith - Fresh Hop India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.