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

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232 Reviews
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Reviews: 232
Hads: 798
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 4.83%
Wants: 72
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
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.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 232 | Hads: 798
Reviews by circus_cat:
Photo of circus_cat
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours orange to amber with a two-finger off-white head which dissipates slowly, leaving lots of lacing.

S: West Coast all the way on this one. Big floral and grapefruit notes dominate. Definitely some mango and passionfruit in there as well. Juicy, resiny hops. Not getting a malty backbone either. Just straight up hops.

T: Taste mirrors the smell. I get floral perfume up front, but the grapefruit represented in the nose comes across sweeter in the taste. Maybe a less intensely bitter citrus like clementine or orange. Bitter grapefruit on the sides of the tongue that lingers slightly.

M: Noticeably clean mouthfeel for an IPA this intense. I don't get that tackiness on the finish that often comes with really big IPAs. I daresay it's refreshing. (761 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Schlais
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of warnerry
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of jonphilipp
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of imindrape
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of Skye1024
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of fenlop54
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Lofreqwave
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of chossboss
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bsp77
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (802 characters)

Photo of jaminjohnson
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From notes. Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl.
L: Pours gold with a slight haze under a thin, off-white foam cap. S: Floral hops, light grains, citrus, lemon
T: Traces of muffin orange marmalade flavor, fruit, tart, with an assertive hop accent on the finish.
F: Very creamy, medium light body, medium high carbonation.
O: Deliscious and fruity. (350 characters)

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of Jagen
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
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 (1,245 characters)

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (1,167 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (978 characters)

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Lips Of Faith - Super India Pale Ale (Alpine Collaboration) from New Belgium Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.