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Lips Of Faith - Super India Pale Ale (Alpine Collaboration) - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 796
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 66
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 08-04-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 796 | Reviews: 232
Reviews by THANAT0PSIS:
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4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
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

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a full golden with a thick creamy white head atop that never really completely settled leaving a full ring of lace behind.Herbal and grassy hops dominate the aromas,some vidalia onion like a few others have mentiones is noticed by me as well.A full creamy feel to the beer,really lush.Somewhat resiny with alot of grass flavors ,alcohol dipped fruit and even a tinge of leather in the finish.The onion notes are more subdued on the palate wich is a good thing,it's pretty unique I think with its flavor profile.I liked it,one of the better LOF series beers I have had.

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Schlais
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of warnerry
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear light golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is huge piney, resiny, stinky hops.

The flavor is sweet malts and tropical fruits with a big piney, resiny dank bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste is a bit odd - sweet onions maybe? The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall, a very fine DIPA! A little too dank and resiny and sweet to be rated higher for me.

Photo of jonphilipp
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of imindrape
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of big time hops. I get some pine and resin, as well as a good deal of grapefruit and some papaya. The flavor is very similar. There is a lot of resinous grapefruit notes, as well as some biscuit malt. The bitterness is fairly high and there is a ton of hop flavor, including some nice pine notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great IPA that definitely shows a bit of the Alpine influence.

Photo of Skye1024
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of fenlop54
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Lofreqwave
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of chossboss
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of bsp77
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold with stark white head and pretty impressive lacing.

Smell: Tangerine, mango, peach and grapefruit. Very tropical.

Taste: Very tropical taste as well, with mango, peach, pineapple, grapefruit and other citrus. Finishes bitter, spicy and tart. Maybe a touch of onion and weed - the only negatives here. The malts don't seem to add much taste but instead are used for the body.

Feel: An extremely smooth and creamy full bodied beer. Yet it seems light at the same time. Vey nice. Finish is quite dry.

Overall: Very impressive collaboration with an incredible body. Based on what I have heard about Alpine, and what I have personally experienced from New Belgium, it seems as if Alpine was the dominant partner here.

Photo of jaminjohnson
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Nearly clear golden and light amber with a small near-white head that leaves marked, regular lines of lacing down the glass.

Piney, earthy, hoppy aroma with some graininess as well. There's a bit of citrus zest element, but not a lot.

Moderate to high bitterness, even for the style, pine and citrus zest, earthy hops, grain, bread, and slight hint of alcohol.

Medium body with high, crisp carbonation.

Great for a New Belgium DIPA. Not so great for an Alpine DIPA.

Photo of Jagen
3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Put off buying one and drinking it for too long…couldn’t find anything else to buy so I picked this one up

A – Nice golden-yellow color. Pours with a nice 1 finger head that slowly dissipates to a ½ finger head. No lacing left on the side of the class. Fluffy head that sticks to the finger!

S – There’s the fruity, citrusy hoppy smells I know and love! Not as strong as I would like, but very pleasant. Might not be stronger because of this bottle’s age but there is no bottled on information.

T- Nice bitter bite but not too extreme. The bitterness mellows out nicely and smoothly. The 9% ABV is completely masked…no alcohol bite at all. A very subtle sweetness in the background that compliments the grapefruity deliciousness of the hops nicely.

M – Bites sharply on the tongue…medium level of carbonation. The body of the beer is overall pretty light.

O – Glad I finally tried it. I feel like if I had it a month or two ago when I first saw it that I would be reviewing it a little higher. It doesn’t quite live up to the name super. I will probably say the same thing for all IPA reviews for the rest of the year, but it doesn’t hold up to Enjoy By…but Enjoy By is probably the best beer I’ve had this year

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange and yellow, not quite as vibrant as Alpine's usual ipa efforts, but a little more inviting than NB usually throws out there. Aroma, decent, nothing exotic, or in your face, again, a little more restrained than Alpine, a little more than NB's usual effort. Just so I don't repeat myself, that's pretty much the gist of the review.

Taste, good, enjoyable hop flavor, cascade, simcoe, centennial I'd guess, nothing too adventurous. A big beer, but thankfully, it doesn't get weighed down at all at 9% with too high malt and a sticky mouthfeel. Float like a butterfly, it doesn't really sting like a bee, this is good. Yes, it does have a grip of bitterness, but nothing that is over the top and just bitter without hop mouthfeel. The full gauntlet of fruit flavors within the beer are there, what kept this from being a world class ipa like the usual production from Alpine, was that the bitterness and alcohol overshadowed the actual fruity hop flavors just a tad bit. Tough task at 9% to not cover some of it up, but nonetheless, it is what it is.

Drank this at the Wolfpack home opener. What a hurtin' last 5:00 of choking away an 11 pt. lead.

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initial consumption, just minutes after the growler fill, from a Sam Adams lager glass.

Clear golden with visible carbonation. The rather sudsy white head leaves the glass partially coated with spots of sticky lace but is not very durable.

A: markedly strong hop aroma. High ABV easily detected, at least after warming a bit.

T: hints of honey. The hop component starts citrusy but turns piney by the finish, with grapefruit in the aftertaste. Enough malt here is significantly reduce the bitterness from what I would expect give the strong hop aroma and taste. {3.75)

M: medium body and carbonation. Slight harshness despite being a 9% DIPA.

O: a strongly aromatic and hoppy DIPA without the challenge of extreme bitterness. The hop component is too resiny and not as citrusy as i prefer.

Based on small samples of 2 other IPAs before selecting a fill, I'll like this less that the Stone Anniv. IPA (I'll be going back for it) but more than the Harpoon Leviathan IPA.

Photo of JohnLynch
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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Lips Of Faith - Super India Pale Ale (Alpine Collaboration) from New Belgium Brewing
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