Lips Of Faith - Super India Pale Ale (Alpine Collaboration) - New Belgium Brewing
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4.23/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
As the bottle implies, it's not easy to come by Alpine's beers outside of SoCal, so when I saw this, I snapped it up. Enjoyed 15 August 2012, reviewed from notes.
Pours a slightly orange golden-yellow, very clear, with one finger of very dense white head. Good-looking, abundant lacing.
Smell is bursting with citrus and pine hops. A big burst of grapefruit, then resiny pine. This is what an IPA should smell like, IMO, with powerful aromatics rushing into the nose. Yum.
Taste has loads of positive hop flavors without a ton of bitterness. Warm, full malt base that complements the hops really well. Grapefruit shows up, and the bitterness is only mild-medium. Hop-forward, but in the way I want, without a killer bitter bang.
Mouthfeel is smooth, with a moderately dry finish. Lacking stickiness.
An IPA that's not super beefy (neither the malts or the hops kick you in the teeth), but obviously massively dry-hopped. That dry-hopping adds so many layers of smell and flavor, without adding much bitterness. Yee-haw.
Serving type: bottle
08-17-2012 06:13:37 | More by zeledonia
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