Lips Of Faith - Super India Pale Ale (Alpine Collaboration) - New Belgium Brewing
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4.88/5 rDev +15.9%
It has been quite a while since I have had a nice, super fresh IPA. I stopped by Brawleys in Charlotte NC and picked up a bottle of this from Mike.
Pours a perfect dark straw color with a billowy, thick, puffy white head that leaves generous amounts of lacing. The retention is unbelievable; the head stays about two fingers thick for nearly fice minutes and remains one finger thick for quite a bit longer.
Aroma is just as an IPA should be; hoppy. Citrus hops balanced with some piney hops. Very floral as well as hints of roses, strawberries, lime, orange peel, all are present.
This one just gets better in each category. I cant remember the las t beer I had that tasted "perfect" for me. Plenty of bitterness with the caramel sweetness taking a back seat, yet not too far gone as to not add any balance to the beer. Perfectly balanced with hoppiness and sweetness. More floralness in the flavor. Bitterness packs a punch and is almost like sucking on a lemon rind. Kind of resiny and oily but I dont mind that one bit.
This one blew me away. An absolutely remarkable beer that could have just made my top 5 of all time. Truly outstanding! Simple yet complex.
09-23-2012 18:36:13 | More by SaCkErZ9
4.85/5 rDev +15.2%
I highly anticipated this collaboration having just moved from San Diego to Colorado. This really showcases what a DIPA should be all about in my opinion: complexity, balance and drinkability.
Super IPA really shines in the hop profile with tropical flavors of pineapple and some tangerine, citrus flavors. There is also some earthy, skunky, pine notes underneath.
There is a lot of malty sweetness to balance out the different hop flavors and that is what separates this beer and makes it memorable. A lot of DIPA's tend to be one trick ponies and just assault you with puckering alpha acids.
A hop monster should have many heads and for me being able to taste all of the layers while maintaining drinkability makes this one stand out. The mouthfeel is really exceptional and it tends to "melt" in your mouth the way the best Belgian beers do.
I've seen a few reviews comparing it to Pliny but for me I would choose this. Pliny is a great beer but there are DIPA's out there that have surpassed it in my opinion, this being one of them. A great welcome to Colorado!
09-12-2012 04:41:25 | More by LubricatedWisdom76
4.85/5 rDev +15.2%
Poured into a snifter this beer is golden-copped colored with a bit of hazy and a thick white head that diminished to a skim, but leaves nice lacing. The aroma of this beer is simply amazing. It is bursting with fresh hop aroma, gobs of pine, grapefruit, lemon, floral, spicy--it smells like a bag of hop pellets. This is not hyperbole--this is the most hoppy aroma I've encountered. The flavor is intensely hoppy--mainly pine and grapefruit, some lemon and tropical fruitiness--tastes like how it smells. The hop bitterness is high and assertive, yet not astringent. Beneath all the hops only a faint bit of sweetness from the malt shines, mainly at and after the swallow. The body is what you would expect from a DIPA--crisp, a touch chewy, and some booziness. Overall this is a world-class beer. I have a bomber and will seek many more. The closest beer to a pack of hop pellets I've had--and interesting changing flavors keeps the beer interesting--do not pass up!
09-16-2012 01:46:54 | More by uwmgdman
4.83/5 rDev +14.7%
Poured from a bomber into a New Belgium tulip. You know it's a good ipa when you get a whiff on pouring. Nice slightly off white head with good retention and very good lacing. It seems to coat the inside of the glass. Clear slightly burnt orange color. Looks like an ipa.
Smell is really nice. Malty slightly hoppy sweet. Orange tangerine seem to dominate.
I really like the taste. Citrus hops to start with a muted orange slice candy taste in the middle and a lingering citrus hop finish. Very different from the ipas I usually like. It doesn't whack you in the head with hops but it is a really good different taste. The alcohol is very well hidden but certainly there.
Mouthfeel is very good. Oily hops and good carbonation. A perfect match to the taste.
Overall this is my favorite New Belgium beer. I really like the taste and mouthfeel. It's a very different but great ipa.
11-20-2012 22:40:13 | More by dbell23
4.8/5 rDev +14%
Appearance was great, I can't complain. It had great lacing matched with a mostly transparent golden hue. Smells fantastic, like fruity caramel malty, fresh cut grass notes without the overly sweet tones. Taste is just as impressive. The malty caramel really comes through. It is hoppy but the bitterness is so well balanced that it lets the other more leathery darker flavors come through. Taste is like mixing caramel with some nutmeg, oatmeal, light fruit and some nice bitter hops. Mouthfeel leaves a sticky carbonated quality that really compliments the backend tastes. It's really nice and suits the beer.
Overall, I would love, love to have this beer on tap. I would definitely pick this up again. If I had a dipa tasting I would probably link this with Avery's Maharaja, and Great Divides Anniversary Dipa. Just don't ask me to choose whose is best.
08-31-2012 03:50:00 | More by lsummers
4.78/5 rDev +13.5%
No freshness dating
A= Pours a nice bright golden amber color with a nice finger of thick off white head on it that holds great retention and lacing.
S= I can smell this baby from across the room. Very pungent of bright hops. Super resinous and piney with a little sweetness that falls in the back to make a sort of candy sweetness smell.
T= The taste is just a bruising hop bomb. Tons of bright flavors with pine and citrus being dominate. Loads of flowers and surprisingly little bitterness. The sweetness is much less dominate in the flavor than it was in the nose. Loads of wonderful hops.
M= Surprisingly light and bright. I'm use to IPAs with this much alcohol getting a little heavier but this is nice and light.
O= This is an amazing beer. These collaboration projects are really fun to try but I always find them a little underwhelming but this one is great. A tasty brew that packs a punch. Tames even the worst hop craving.
08-21-2012 01:03:08 | More by jjanega08
Lips Of Faith - Super India Pale Ale (Alpine Collaboration) from New Belgium Brewing
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