Lips Of Faith - Super India Pale Ale (Alpine Collaboration) - New Belgium Brewing
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4.43/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Alpine Beer Company & New Belgium Super India Pale Ale
Appearance: This collaboration between rock solid craft giant New Belgium and the highly lauded, but sadly tiny Alpine Beer Company pours a golden, hay yellow with about a finger of bone white head. This beer looks a bit light for being an IPA, much less a super one; it honestly looks more like one expects most lagers and pilsners to look. The head does not stick around long, but it leaves a nice crust of bubbles atop the golden liquid. There is not much carbonation visible through the glass, another strange characteristic not typical of IPAs, but there is a distinctive hop haze, a sure sign of hoppy deliciousness. It is tough to predict what this beer is going to be like because of how drastically it seems to have broken from IPA tradition.
Aroma: As expected, this beer is a delicious bouquet of hoppiness. There is plenty of citrus in the form or grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, and apricots, plenty of tropical fruits that come through mainly as pineapple (and maybe kiwi? Weird), floral scents, and pine rounds out the nose. Beneath all of this there is a small, yet solid malt backbone. This smells a lot like Lagunitas Hop Stoopid offering; hopefully the taste is equal to that fantastic brew.
Taste: While it does not taste much like the aforementioned Hop Stoopid, this is a great deviation from those expectations. This beer follows the nose pretty closely with one major difference: mangoes. Mangoes are huge in this one, and they are a wonderful addition to the already delicious citrus fruits, big pineapple notes, hoppy bitterness (though not overpoweringly so), and a nice, sweet and light malt. This beer is out of this world as far as taste goes.
Mouthfeel: This category is not as much of a homerun as taste, but it is still very palatable. The mango taste comes hand-in-hand with a certain creaminess (perhaps a trick of the mind). The carbonation is medium, but it works for the beer and makes it just refreshing enough to keep the drinker imbibing. The bitterness does not give an astringent aftertaste, which is a bit disappointing for this reviewer, but it is definitely there regardless. The beer is also a bit on the thin side for an imperial IPA. Still, these few gripes aside, this beer remains quality through and through.
Overall: If this is any indication of the awesomeness that is Alpine, I may have to move to San Diego. Hopefully this one is still tossing around store shelves, because it is definitely worth a double dip. New Belgium should definitely revisit this collaboration again in the future, regardless. This one is going to go down way too fast for its 9% ABV. Believe the hype; this is one of the best Lips of Faith offerings out there. 16.5/20
Serving type: bottle
11-07-2012 01:34:18 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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