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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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very good

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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 134 | Hads: 327
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 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 rsdaugherty
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into pint glass
A – Thick slight yellow 3 finger head on top of a clear mild amber golden colored brew, good retention and full curtains of lace 4.5
S – Citrus and pine with a semi sweet fruitiness, apricot, mild malt and herbal notes 4
T – Surprisingly strong malt profile that is eventually overtaken by the wet hops; caramel malts and not strong pine resin to a citrus zest and a flowing mellow bitter finish; nothing volatile about this brew 4
M – Lighter moderate body, carbonation was spot on for smoothing the tastes and the malt & fresh hop outline, very drinkable 4.5
O – A NB brew that was a pleasant surprise. Very easy drinking with no sharp edges, a step up for NB that is only surpassed for me by Le Terroir 4

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. $6.99 from Neds.

Appearance: Its a fine looking beer. Golden orange with perfect clarity. Soft looking off white head and some nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Very green and fresh with some bitter citrus and pine. A little sweet malty aroma in the background.

Taste: Its quite bitter. Sharp pine, weed, and citrus pith. Dank and dirty. A little too harsh-- its pretty damn good, but could use a little malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: This is great. Very sticky and resiny feeling. Nice carbonation.

Overall: This is a bitter palate wrecker. Lots of fresh hop flavor/aroma. Not my favorite fresh hop beer, but a good one.

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

Poured from the bottle a bright clear gold color with two fingers of creamy white head and a sheet of sticky lacing.

Big juicy aroma of grassy and floral hops and caramel malts.

The taste was a big bitter bite of grassy hops and floral notes along with melon and caramel malts. The bitterness lingers thru the finish.

Medium bodied and slight dry with a moderate carbonation.

The bitterness in the taste tends to overwhelm the juicy hops enjoyed in the aroma. Still, a pretty good IPA from New Belgium.

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

P: pours a clear amber color with a massive white head, awesome lacing this could be a very nice find for roughly $5-6.

S: Piney, citrusy, very floral, has a touch orange/grapefruit.

T: Smooth a nice bitterness to it, piney, earthy, the large amount of head gives it a nice creamy finish, toasted malt, and a bready note also.

M: a SMOOTH drinker very drinkable a nice mid level of carb. the alcohol is present but covered by the fresh taste of hops.

O: A nice investment for only $5-6 i found a brew that rivals nearly any other fresh hop ale I've had. If it were more readily available would probably have to nab a few more for the evening/future.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Photo of jjboesen
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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

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Photo of Beer_Runner
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of jsanford
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a NB Globe.

A - Pours a hazy copper with a fluffy white head that settles to a thick cap, leaving lots of soapy lacing clinging to the glass. Very pretty!
S - Big, pungent aromas of American hops, lots of grapefruit, pine resin, and orange peel with a light caramel malt backbone. Nothing new here, but done quite well.
T - Resinous hops, grapefruit, and orange with the same fairly subtle malt profile. Nicely bitter finish lingers for some time.
M - Smooth and creamy, with a medium body and good, sharp carbonation.
O - Solid beer, definitely not a game-changer but a great example of the style. I'll definitely pick up another Bomber.

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Photo of zac16125
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass
written from notes taken on 1/2/12

A: Pours a big 2.5 fingers of snow white head, dense, with good retention. Light golden amber, crystal clear with lots of bubbly carbonation. Leaves a lot of real cool layered lacing

S: huge orange and tangerines , peach, a touch of honey like malt sweetness, pineapple

T: again citrus hops, this time big grapefruit, orange, lemon zest, piney hops as well, hop bomb for a single ipa, but enough sweet malt to balance , floral hops more subtle, peach, more bitterness on taste than smell,

M/d:smooth, moderately low carbonation, medium bodied, good drink ability for amount of hop presence

O: a pretty damn tasty beer, big hop presence but maintains balance,  and the price is right, def worth a try

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Photo of chodinheaven
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear gold into my snifter with two fingers of dense head that has excellent retention and moderately sticky lacing.

S - Could be more floral, but nice nonetheless, fresh wet hops, earthy, pine and resin are all present with a melon like fruitiness, biscuit and crystal malts are present.

T - Hop bitterness is noticeable from start to finish, pretty juicy and more citrus than the aroma hints at, grapefruit rind, faint orange and melon, malt backbone is relatively balanced and more biscuit than anything else.

M - Medium body, clean and refreshing.

O - Pretty good fresh hop ale, a little on the bitter side, but overall very enjoyable.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two thick fingers of white froth top a clear amber body with orange trim. Dense rings of lacing on the trusty Duvel tulip make this an outstanding looking beer. Good moist hop aromas, with plenty of C-hop citrusy goodness, especially orange and grapefruit, with some lightly toasted biscuit malt.

The taste is more balanced between hops and malt than I expected, with the hops balanced by caramel, some chocolate, and light toffee. I like the sturdy malt backbone, though I'd prefer a bolder, fuller hop texture. Lips of Faith, however, has a more hop-forward smell, and a well-balanced flavor and texture.

Overall, this is a solid, delicious IPA that strikes a sound balance and is easy to embrace. Not an overly complex IPA, but a good one that provides ample wet hop flavor and robust malt. Good all-around IPA.

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Photo of bnes09
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this @ Binny's while waiting in line for King Henry across the street.

Pours a transparent golden yellow with a fat finger of cream colored head. There is an obvious amount of carbonation as mass bubbles seem to rise continuously. The head has a long lasting retention and leaves it's mark behind in a webby fashion.

The nose brings some earthy, pine-like flavors melded nicely with a subtle amount of sweet and citrus fruit. Maybe some guava, mango, and a bit of pineapple.

The taste is damn near spot on. Nice fruity presence including a citrus bouquet. There is a significant malt bill that controls some of the bitter hop offerings and leaves a great melded aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a lighter carbonation to it. This is nice as it leaves the brew feeling "juicy" each and every sip.

Overall, lovely nose, wish the taste lived up to it 100% but no worries. This is a decent offering from the exclusive "Lips of Faith". It owns up to that with favorable tastes that are super fresh and that's a win for me.

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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 Vonerichs
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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

This just hit Indianapolis on Friday.

This beer pours a light bodied goldish copper in color with a two finger bright white, soapy head. I can pick out the amarillo and centennial hops in the nose but can't pick out the cascade. Regardless, that means that it's well balanced. The nose is both light and soft. The flavor consists of fresh, slightly dry hops with moderate bitterness. I get more centennial than anything. The finish is light and slightly sweet. It isn't overly dry and is quite refreshing. Overall this is a fine example of a fresh hop IPA. New Belgium did really well and I'm glad they made this part of their Lips of Faith series. It was well worth the $6.99.

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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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Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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