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

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

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Ratings: 721
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.45%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 08-04-2012)
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Beerandboards

New Mexico

3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at BackAlley Brewery in ABQ

A - Look is standard golden copper, pretty clear, about a half inch of dense white head sits on top. Half rings of lacing as the pint glass goes down.

S - Piney citrus hops, a little floral, a little yeast/malty/breadiness. Really smells great if you get after it with the nose. Doesnt come out and overpower you, but smells very nice.

T - Very nice. Piney hop bitterness leads, a small malt note evens it and then there is some lemon rind acidity to it, finishes with a floral hop note.

M - Great for an IPA. Medium low carbonation, sticky sappy hop feel. Good finish.

O - Very solid IPA. Hits well in all categories. I've had this both in a bomber and on tap, tap is a good letter grade above the bomber. Very enjoyable beer, glad to have had the chance to enjoy this one on tap several times now..

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2012 17:23:30 | More by Beerandboards
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kojevergas

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a Leffe Goblet at the Daily Pint in Santa Monica, CA. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of fair cream, nice thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Colour is a vibrant copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Nontransparent; non-opaque.

Sm: Hops, with floral character dominating. Palpable hop bitterness. I'm a bit worried about the balance, but not horribly so. Some light pine. Oily hop character. Clean malts. A bit of cream. A somewhat subtle, average strength aroma.

T: Hops are present, varied, and nicely balanced. Floral character certainly, but also pine and oily qualities. No alcohol or yeast comes through. Has enough body without coming off overbearing. I like it. It has a fresh flavour. Bitterness does hit a bit on the climax, but it doesn't destroy the balance. I wouldn't call it aggressively hopped. Complex and layered enough, but far from significantly impressive. It's a tasty IPA, though.

Mf: Too thin and weak, especially given the demanding flavours. Smooth, crisp, and wet. Not tailored to the flavours. Needs work.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable but I hoped for better. I'd try it again, but it's pricey at $8.00 a pour. You can safely pass on this one, but with work it could be quite lovely. It hides its alcohol well. I expected better given Alpine's involvement.

Low B-

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2012 21:03:09 | More by kojevergas
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Revolution brewpub. Served in a tulip.

A: Gold-orange with a nice white head. Good lacing.

S: Some booze, heavy citrus and doughy malt, a bit grassy even.

T: Lots of pine and tangerine and pineapple and bitter leaf and orange cream. Some pleasant heat from the alcohol. A bit of lactose-like sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This is pretty good.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2012 07:57:52 | More by Etan
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dvmin98

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think I'm the only one who does not like this beer. There is way too much going on. With the first sip, I could tell that this wasn't my favorite. Im not sure if its the kind of hops that is being used or what.

The aftertaste just didn't sit well with me and that being said, it stuck around way too long. This is one beer I will not be revisiting. Looks like I'm definitely in the minority here.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2012 18:37:07 | More by dvmin98
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DoubleJ

California

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again, let's introduce this with my imagine that New Belgium is not a brewery known for the way they work hops. But with a little help from a brewery who does (Alpine) and a little peer pressure from Sergio, we had a done deal. On-tap at New Belgium itself, on to the beer:

Again? This is golden colored, but it's a little darker this time. Super creamy is the head, as it retains very well and spatters the glass inside with foam. The aroma is very intense, and very hoppy. Sweet and bittersweet sports the theme, as attractive passionfruit and grapefruit aromas dominate the show.

Just an expolsion of flavors derived from those little green flowers. Medium full bodied and smooth, tantilizing mango, passionfruit, and pineapple flavors do the name "Super India Pale Ale" justice. The alcohol is nowhere to seen, which got me thinking this was a single IPA with a lot of hops. Make no mistake, this is Double IPA territory. With little doubt , this is a fun beer to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2012 05:34:03 | More by DoubleJ
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ The Rhino in Missoula. Served in pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy medium orange colour with a yellow glow around the edges. A thin layer of off white head formed with sood retention and good lacing.

S - Fresh grapefruit, passion fruit, mango and pineapple. Some pine as well. Slight honey sweetness.

T - Bitterness up front that is immediately balanced by sweet malts. Grapefruit, passion fruit, guava and pine flavours create a fairly unique flavour profile from the hops. Caramel and honey sweetness from the malt bill adds balance.

M - Medium body; creamy. Light carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2012 18:05:32 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 38 Degrees Ale House in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a honey and herbal hop finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2012 06:18:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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jtd1969

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden amber in color with good lacing.

S - Pine, some grapefruit, floral and bready

T - Lots of bready malt with piney floral hops,

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth with a hoppy kick

O - Good Imp IPA, a little more malty than I really like, but overall a really good beer. I recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2012 02:07:55 | More by jtd1969
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Halcyondays

California

3.4/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a light amber with a medium white head, some good lace.

S: Nice mix of tropical and citrus fruits.

T: Lots of greenery and citrus peel. Some noticable bready malt with a fair bit of booze.

M: Medium-bodied, some ethanol. Creamy, resiny.

O: A nice enough effort, though with Alpine (whose IPAs I love) I expect a much more direct, in-your-face hop character and something a fair bit drier. The sweetness does becomes a problem here.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2012 00:17:10 | More by Halcyondays
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pour on tap in Seattle, WA. Poured into a NB globe glass.

A: hazy golden hue. One finger slightly off white head. Good carbonation.

S: Very citrus forward IPA. But it's a different kind of citrus. Orange maralade. Papaya. Passion fruit maybe? Strange fruits.

T: Nice fruit forward hop bitterness up front. Not overly aggressive. The malt bill balances nicely. Fairly dry bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2012 19:19:23 | More by inlimbo77
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Philousa

California

4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed at Harry's Hofbrau for their Lips of Faith Tap Takeover in 8/29/12

Clear, tawny, but not amber. Very clear, white head that laces uniformly down the glass. A bit spicy, citrusy, and some dankness thrown in for good measure. The hops are well balanced in this one. I can tell the malt is not very present but goes well with the hops. Perhaps just a stage for the hop aroma. Taste is very citrusy. Starts mild, like an English ale, then gets a little spicy (rye?), then gets bitter. Never too bitter, very balanced. Very smooth, would never think this is 9%. 

Very good, but not typical alpine über quality. Still want to get a bottle or two.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2012 17:54:58 | More by Philousa
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champ103

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston, TX

A: Pours a murky, muddled golden/orange color. A small white head forms, and recedes with little lace.
S: Musky, dank hops up front and center. Pine sap, and an awesome tropical fruit aroma.
T: Follows the nose with a quick blast of dank hops and pine sap. Some tropical fruit flavors, which I like. Though every thing finishes so quickly. There is no lingering tastes what so ever. Still, what is here is very nice.
M/D: A medium, dry body with lowerish carbonation. A bit thin as well. I wish this was much more crisp. Easy enough to sip on. I can drink a few without a problem.

I am not a hop head, so normally when I don't get a lot of lingering bitterness I am happy. This just seems to come a go to quickly though. Enjoyable, but I lost interest after a while.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2012 01:49:25 | More by champ103
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Arbitrator

California

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Alpine brewpub.

A: Pours a golden, copper body capped with a small, off-white head. No lace down the glass as I drink.

S: This is a bold combination of candied grapefruit and candied marijuana, if there were such a thing. The candy notes come from a substantial sugar malt presence that seems to be there to cover up the alcohol (I find this is almost a prerequisite in triple IPAs), but this seems to be on the lower end of ABV to need that little trick.

T: Tropical fruits (mango, grapefruit, honeydew) along with more than a touch of weed; substantial sugar throughout gives it that big-boy feel, but it is not overly sweet.

M: A little on the syrupy side for an Alpine beer; their IPAs are usually a bit drier than this (Expo Hop notwithstanding). Actually, this reminds me of Expo Hop, but whereas that one takes the edge off the sugar with oak chips, this one lays said sugar bare, and it feels more like a traditional Triple IPA. Medium-full body with a little warming alcohol and sugar burn in the finish.

O: This was very enjoyable. I'm just disappointed that I can't seem to find it in bottles anywhere; by the time it arrives in my home area, it is sure to be faded. Still quite tasty, though; I hope they make it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2012 04:53:05 | More by Arbitrator
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adsomers

California

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at Lips of Faith Tap Takeover at Harry's Hofbrau San Jose, CA 8/29/12

A - Golden copper color, fluffy white head, lowish carbonation

S - Very pungent pine, tropical fruit, cotton candy, some grass. Unbelievably strong aroma from this one. Very fresh.

T - Aggressive bitterness supports sweet and resinous hop flavors. A lot of descriptors could be used here but suffice it to say the taste is just very, very fresh hoppiness and not much else. I nursed this for a while and I have to say it declined a bit sitting in the glass. That's the only thing I noticed that didn't like, and is probably unavoidable in this style.

M - Pretty hefty body balanced by bitterness and just enough carbonation.

D - 8oz. And I'm buzzed, so there's that... But as long as I can stay standing I can keep sipping this one.

O - Amazing beer. Need more of this!

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2012 20:34:24 | More by adsomers
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jsanford

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange-gold with a dense white head that settles to a thin cap. Insane hop-forward aromas of mango, peach, pine, and grass. One of the hoppiest beers I've ever smelled. Taste is similarly hoppy, with more tropical fruit, light caramel and candy, resin, and citrus juice. I have no idea how this is so drinkable despite the 9.0% ABV, but I suspect it has something to do with the master craftsmen over at Alpine. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a medium body and pleasantly creamy carbonation. Superb DIPA, definitely one of the best I've had this year!

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 21:46:59 | More by jsanford
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beertunes

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in tulip. Poured a clean, clear light gold color with 3/4 inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly piney hops, with some citrusy aspects, and no real malt noticeable in the nose. On the tongue, it was the same story, no malt to speak of, pine and citrus hops providing the only notable flavors.

The body was too thin for me, I almost dinged it another half-point, it was just lacking in substance. Drinkability was good, watery as it was of course it went down easy and smooth. Overall, an OK brew that I found to be on the meh side of the scale. Give it a shot if you see it, or don't.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2012 22:09:28 | More by beertunes
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Sideswipe

California

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Alpine

Orange to amber in color with a finger of white head. Whispy lacing doesn't cling to the glass for long. The nose is pure hops. Extremely reminiscent of Exponential Hoppiness. Taste is huge citrus and hemp. Again, very similar to Expo. Orange and mango are prominent up front with hemp, pine and grapefruit developing toward the back end. Finish is dry with a lingering bitter aftertaste.
Feel is thick and viscous, befitting a brew of this gravity. Overall a great beer from two of my favorite breweries. It definitely favors the Alpine side of the equation, which is not a bad thing at all. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2012 21:34:41 | More by Sideswipe
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bifrost17

Washington

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Brouwers in Seattle. The smell straight up blew my mind, can't even describe it. Smelled like hops and any kind of flower imaginable combined, S U P E R floral. I smelled it for at least a minute before I tasted it. The taste lived up to the nose, up front tons of hoppy notes, middle of the tongue tons of piney citrusy notes, and then towards the back of the tongue I just felt like I was swallowing rose water. Wow, this beer on tap absolutely blew my mind, I'm really curious to try it out of the bottle, seek this out if you can.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 03:25:44 | More by bifrost17
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Fountainhead. Served in a New Belgium goblet.

A - Two fingers of white foam settle to a thick cap, leaving behind tons of splotchy, sticky, lacework. Transparent golden body. Reference quality for the style.

S - Grapefruit rind, tropical fruits, some dankness and perhaps a hint of cat pee, along with a brown sugar malt bill that intensifies as the beer warms. It's very hoppy to be certain, but retains some balance.

T - The taste is quite juicy as well, with tons of orange flesh, mango, melon, and other tropical fruits, and perhaps a hint of pine in the finish. Nice mid-level bitterness lingers on the palate. Closer to a 4.25, so I've tweaked the overall score.

M - Juicy texture with a dry finish, medium-full body, pleasant carbonation, and only a touch of warming alcohol.

D - Very easy to drink for 9%. A tad sweeter than I like my double IPAs, but otherwise quite nice and possibly the best non-sour I've had from New Belgium. Great fruity hops and West Coast bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2012 16:24:24 | More by MasterSki
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Auracom

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Haymarket. 4 oz. served in a tasting glass on August 17th, 2012.

A - Lighter golden coloring with great lacing and a soft wispy eggshell head.

S - Super orange rinds, good herbaceousness, slightly dank, and pine sap.

T - Really interesting. It's not at all sweet either from fruit or malts. Almost a peppercorn. Very grassy. Good lingering hop cone bite but with rye-like spicyness.

M - Light body, appropriate carb, semi dry finish.

D - It makes me think of Nelson but with lesser sweetness and spice. Would revisit easily.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2012 15:43:57 | More by Auracom
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a glowing light orange color with a nice whispy white cap, good dose of bubbles leaving behind some light lacing

S: Smells of pungent sugar coated tropical fruits; mainly mangos. It also has a nice pine needle like aroma to it

T: This beer is all over the place. My initial sip was a nice blast of pine needles coupled with some sweetness, light booze sting and tropical fruits, orange and lemon zest. As this beer rolls across the tongue it becomes a bit bready, sweet and fruity.

M: Medium bodied, loads of hop oils and a fairly slick rear end. Do I like slickness, yes is to much to stay clean and on target, no. I rate to what it should be stylistically not by my tastes to a degree

O: Good collaboration. I am a sucker for moderately slick, oily IPAs and this is the fix.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2012 10:46:18 | More by barleywinefiend
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UpToMeBeer

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm barely familiar with Alpine and very familiar with New Belgium. Having said that and -- as an IPA fan-- I was excited to try this beer, knowing that Alpine would bring their IPA expertise into the effort.

This beer did not disappoint. Semi-dank and piney smell. The taste delivers with considerable bitterness and hops. Enough malt to balance things out.

There's a hint of tropical-fruits and of stickiness on the mouth-feel. It doesn't go as far with that as I would like, but that's a minor complaint. A very fine beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2012 05:44:54 | More by UpToMeBeer
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Cresant

Kentucky

4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing from notes - had this one on 11/3/12. This came in the typical Lips of Faith 22 oz. bomber. The pour revealed a clear and bright golden orange body. The white head left plenty of sticky lace.

The smell was citrus and pine. Earthy and leafy with hard candy qualities. A bit pungent like B.O. (in a good way) with floral notes too. Tobacco leaves and bread crust. Such a robust and complex aroma!

The taste was tropical fruits and marmalade. Some malt sweetness but the bitterness wins here. Citrus pith and aspirin. So tasty and complex. I would love to have this as a regular offering!

The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Dialed right in the sweet spot.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 15:54:39 | More by Cresant
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blackie

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber from State Line Liquors, MD

a: from a bomber into reuben’s snifter, pale honey golden in color, topped with a thin layer of white carbonation that retains throughout

s: dank, pungent hop aromas of grapefruit, orange, passionfruit, kiwi, and mango; simply loaded with juicy sweetness and thick tropical fruits, some deep pine aromas, pale malts with a touch of caramel sugar provide the base, great nose

m: carbonation towards the low side of the moderate range, medium bodied

t: loaded tropical fruit hops with a combination of bitter citrus oil (grapefruit, orange) and sweet tropical fruits (passionfruit), sweet pale and moderate caramel, some pulpy steeped pine tea, sugary malts - pale with some light caramel, warming alcohol in the stomach, fully but evenly bittered

o: really dig this - complex hop range, nose especially great

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 00:28:51 | More by blackie
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A little late to the party perhaps, as it looks like this one is about a year old, but I'm drinking it as fast as I can after receiving it. These are two good breweries whose beers can definitely hold up to a little time anyways. Cheers to Doodler for sending this one over.

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Clear amber orange in color with no carbonation evident. Fades to a slight wisp that remains the whole way and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Honeydew melon, caramel aromas, toffee, some piney hops and touches of citrus on the nose. Muted hop presence at this point, but it's still holding up.

TASTE: Caramel and toffee flavors up front, with some honeydew melon though the middle, into a caramely sweet and lightly piney bitter finish. Medium and lingering finish of caramel, sweet toffee, some piney hops and a touch of bitterness on the palate. Well balanced and still enjoyable, though the hop presence is definitely not as potent as it once was.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Quite creamy and smooth the whole way. Good feel for sure.

OVERALL: Beer isn't dairy per se, but hops do fade over time. This truth is evident here, though the beer itself is still flavorful and enjoyable. I've had plenty of DIPA's with a bit of age on them that haven't held up this well. If you still have one of these, for whatever reason, drink it fast. It's still a nice drink as it is. Thanks again Doodler.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 18:22:51 | More by Jeffo
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Lips Of Faith - Super India Pale Ale (Alpine Collaboration) from New Belgium Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.