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

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Ratings: 798
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 73
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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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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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 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 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 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 pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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 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 jeonseh
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A - Light golden body with a clean look. Only slight carbonation seen within it. Nice one finger head that leaves a lot of lacing as it goes down

S - Pine and slight lemon that reminds me slightly of Pine-sol. As it warms up, I get more tangerine and mango sweetness as well.

T - Piney hops upfront. Lemon and grapefruit come next to continue the bitterness. There is a slight tangerine and apricot that comes near the end to provide some sweetness. I like how the beer is aggressive bitterness upfront and then it becomes sweeter near the end

MF - Light body with medium carbonation that gives is a full mouthfeel. Has a rather clean finish with only a slight twinge of hop resin

O - Solid hoppy beer that resembles the well balanced, yet flavorful beers that Alpine brews. Good flavors throughout yet I'd call the flavors soft instead of strong

Photo of Blackwolf
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to pint glass.

A- Poured a clean golden yellow body, little head retention that settled to a decent cap, kinda slippery lacing, light uniformed carbonation.

S- Piney hops, tropical fruit nothing too complex but solid.

T- Follows the nose... Pine hop, apricots, some grapefruit and pineapple, floral notes and some sweet malt to balance it out. Not very bitter for an ipa, but a great balance.

MF- Smooth light-medium body, medium carbonation. The taste hangs around for a few seconds (tropical fruits and sweet malts), but the pine hops stick around a lot longer.

O- Great unique flavor. It is definitely worth a try at a reasonable price. I would like to get my way around to some more lips of faith series brews!

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

A: Pours a clear orange color with a one finger white head, pretty foamy with decent retention. Thin lacing coats the sides.

S: Nice piney aroma mixed with some tropical fruit - pineapple, grapefruit, and a bit of apricot. There is some light floral aromas as well.

T: A bunch of resiny hops on the flavor profile, pine and earthy with less fruit than the aroma, actually quite light on the tropical fruits on the very very end.

M: Medium bodied, very slick and oily, abv hidden nicely.

O: A solid DIPA, very easy drinking.

Photo of tastybeer
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decent appearance. Looks yummy, but nothing unusually spectacular visually. Head is about a finger high, basically white, and the body is glowing orange and clear. Some straggly lace strewn about. Aroma is extra stinky. Smells like a fresh pile of hops, like the dank stinky armpits of a super hero. The hops are intense. There is a dark side of fig, plum, grapes, and wet coniferous forest with a bright sprinkling of citrus and miscellaneous tropical aromas... Taste is also intensely hoppy and fun. Sweet and candy-like. Flavors are lemon, pine, and a whole lot of other things. I just became completely lost in the hops here. So moving on to mouthfeel... Prickly carbonation, drying yet somewhat syrupy, sticky, and chewy. Medium body, heading in the direction of full as the beer warms a little more. Interesting textures colliding in a cohesive way somehow. Overall I like this a lot.

Photo of GilGarp
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber picked up from New Belgium Brewery yesterday.

This is a joint effort with Alpine Beer Company who we know can brew some awesome double IPAs. This one was brewed and bottled in Fort Collins.

Super India Pale Ale is a slightly hazy golden yellow color with thick creamy head. It settles slowly and leaves some great lacing behind.

Aroma is wonderfully fresh and hoppy. This beer claims to be triple dry-hopped with Columbus, Amarillo, centennial, and simcoe with the latter being particularly noticible in the nose.

The flavor is excellent and easily the best hoppy beer that I've had from New Belgium. Citrus is huge but I also get some pine, and tabbouleh. Tons of bitterness and a malt bill that is there just to support the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Balance isn't totally out of wack for an imperial IPA but certainly more bitter than sweet.

Overall a fantastic imperial IPA and one worth seeking out. Make sure you get one before they're all gone.

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

John's bottle from Lakeview in Chicago. Very good IPA though boozy. Smooth mouthffel even though hop forward. Tasty citrus with orange peel. Could be Citra though only Columbus, Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe are listed. Dark yellow with a big head.Malted to give it backbone, just a great hop delivery system.

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this at our last brewing session.

A - bright, translucent orangish yellow with a thick white head that has great retention

S - citrusy, orange, some pine

T - orange juice, yeast, piny bitterness, earthy, faint alcohol in the finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, dry, warm

I can't put my finger on it, but there's something off about this beer. The hop character is decent, but the malt character is very light. There's also a bit of yeastiness that I find a bit off putting. In any respect, I'm glad I tried it.

Photo of secondtooth
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-opaque golden, with a nice head of sudsy carbonation. Beautiful, frilly lace, too.

Nose is pine and floral hop goodness. Yum.

Flavor is a wallop of heavy pine and citrus hops, tempered by a firm malt backbone. Good balance, and definitely on the heavy and dry side. My only issue is that this one seems too acidic for my palate, somehow. Still, a unique and well-done IPA.

Photo of dirtylou
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, about the closest I can get to Alpine

appearance: served in a hilliards can-pint, pale straw-copper body, a nice fluffy white head with creamy retention

smell: nice citrus bouquet - grapefruit and tangerine prominent, pine, sweet malt

taste: A nice DIPA, indeed - tangerine pulp, red grapefruit zest, light pine resin, sticky boozy malt, tropical fruit. This stuff is solid, especially at $6.50. Worth a repurchase.

mouthfeel: light side of medium, no cloying bitterness

overall: very good stuff

Photo of dbossman
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Lemon-tea brown hue with a large head that dissipates to a thin but steady film; lacing is fantastic

S: Wow, that smells good: grapefruit, mango, orange, apricot; this is hop forward, for sure; in fact, it's difficult to discern much beyond the hops--a subtle sweet bready base but mostly citrus fruits galore

T: That is a delicious DIPA--so much citrus bitter hops with a decent amount of sweet slightly burnt malts to attempt to bring balance

F: Texture is where this beer shines--one of the most full bodied, creamy DIPAs I've ever had

O: Such a wonderful, big hoppy beer; I love Alpine and I like New Belgium and I love this beer; such a well-executed collaboration beer

Photo of 33nickadams
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Transparent-golden with about a finger of creamy head. Great lacing as I sip. Enticing. Smell has a wonderful balance of citrus and pine hoppiness. Spicy and earthy as well. Taste has citrus and pininess but I really like the spiciness that leads into the bitterness. The malt is there in the background, and has some presence. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, I think this is as close as we'll get to a Pliny in Michigan. Great beer and I'm glad we are finally getting New Belgium in Michigan. If you're from Michigan look for this beer!

Photo of hooliganlife
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour was a bright golden orange. Fluffy what pillow head.

Very tropical fruit forward on the nose. Sweet and juicy, very ripe. Mainly citrus.

Flavor was best at about 55 degrees. More bitter than the nose, hints of resin and grapefruit. Complimented but a subtle malt body.

Drank easy, never overly cloying or syrup like.

At first i was not into it but by my 2nd glass i was digging it. Price would be better around $5.

Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Very nice head retention & lacing

S: Big time pineyness, cakeyness & grapefruit

T: Follows the nose, some breadyness, pineapple & mango up front. Breadyness, big time pine & some serious grapefruit as this warms. Finishes dry with much pine, grapefruit & a bit of booze bite

MF: Medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation, nice balance for the style, but gets a bit boozey/hop-sharp as this warms

A nice effort, not Alpine nice, but glad I bought it. Easy enough to drink

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

A 'Super IPA', perhaps a new category along with Red and White versions? Or perhaps Goliath was pleased by David's offering? Still, an Alpine style offering on a New Belgium scale requires serious investigation.

Poured from a stardard painted bomber into a globe glass, a New Belgium globe glass even. The pour is nearly clear and golden with just a hint of haze. A half inch of sticky lace settles slowly.

Aroma is a bit soapy at first, segueing to some tropical and melon components. More pine and resin with warming and a deep inhalation. Offers a similar citric component and pine bitterness to many an Alpine brew, yet this brew offers unfamiliar hops on the aroma to a degree.

Flavor is creamy with a pleasant carbonation and a gentle citric malt and hop delivery. Feel, bittering and finish is more traditional of an Alpine brew. The aroma, while nice, is somewhat more far afield. Not far from Pure Hoppiness in most ways. Drink it up as this is how we roll in San Diego..

Photo of Vonerichs
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange and hazy color with a couple inches of white head.

Tropical fruit aromas of papaya, mango, and pineapple. Hints of peach, too.

I know this has some age on it, relative to a IPA shelf life, but it's still drinking great. Tons of tropical fruit and extremely bitter. The finish is a floral perfume. It's missing a malt balance but what do I care?

Mouthfeel is dry, slightly sticky, medium carbonation.

I wish I would have crossed path with it fresh. It's really a great IPA that showcases the tropical fruits.

Photo of bum732
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Bright, citrusy hops, grapefruit with some orange, some mango and peach

L: Crystal clear, golden yellow. Creamy white head that dissipates slightly. Great lacing.

T: Bold citrus hops, fresh and raw. Fairly clean malt throughout. Medium high grapefruit bitterness with great hoppy flavor. A pleasant resiny, fresh hoppiness throughout. Finishes semi-dry with some residual hoppiness

M: Medium carbonation, medium mouthfeel. Alcohol barely detectable, more as it warms.

Solid, might have been a little old, hence the score. But a really great DIPA overall.

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