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

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Reviews: 232
Hads: 798
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 19.23%
Wants: 71
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 232 | Hads: 798
Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Two finger off white head with nice lacing on a hazy golden orange body. Very strong citrus aroma with mostly orange and tangerine, some grapefruit with hint if toasted malt. Flavor is malt forward, very syrupy, with pine resin, orange peel, tangerine, pineapple and caramel. Medium body, creamy and oily coatin the palate and light to moderate carbonation. This one is a couple months old and is a little funky but the hops still provide decent balance to the maltiness.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is an excellent beer. pours an apple juice color with a frothy inch and a half head pure white. the aroma is definitelya product of major dry hopping, i can distinctly smell simcoe hops, as well as some more floral hops. flavor is obviously quite bitter, high alpha oily hops combine with a fruity yeast very well, and the high alcohol content almost makes a spicy character out of all the hops. pale malt body behind all the sticky icky. mouthfeel is bitter and rather dry, which works well. each sip is a short burst of flavor, and is ready to be immediately followed by the next sip. this makes it dangerously drinkable, but this isnt for everyone. this is for the beer drinker who can really appreciate the intricacies of different hops. i like it a lot.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice bright yellowish orange color with a very nice looking white head on top. The retention and lacing were both very nice on this one. The smell of the beer is loaded with hops, lots of strong resin-like pine aromas on the nose with not much of the malt coming through. The taste of the beer is also very high with hop flavors, it's floral and piney with some citrus in there too. The mouthfeel is very smooth, it's very drinkable. It's lighter bodied with a subtle carbonation making this beer soft and just very pleasurable. Overall I really enjoyed this beer a lot. Really good aromas, very interesting taste and mouthfeel all in one. Very pleased with this beer. I would like to have it again someday.

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber; the head is rather modest but it does an impressive job of sticking some lace

Smell: Fresh and citrusy, with grapefruit, mango and pine

Taste: While there is clearly a big malt bill that adds some sugary sweetness, the hops dominate the flavor profile from start to finish; tropical fruit flavors are up front, with the mango and grapefruit, but by mid-palate, the resinous, piney flavors start to dominate; the finish has a wild onion flavor going on, however

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and a bit of warmth in the gullet

Overall: While I am not crazy at all about the wild onion flavor, there is a lot going on and the flavor profile is rather distinctive; nice to see an Alpine-influenced beer outside of southern California

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Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant crystal clear orange, drippy rings of lace cling to the glass as a thin broken skim floats on the surface. Initial pour left behind a decent head, second was minimal.

Cheesy Columbus hops, dank and leafy green, botanical with a bunch of resin. Vague sweet cotton candy and hop oils dominating. West coast through and through.

Mild caramel in the middle, with touches of prickly alcohol. Sun tea, cantaloupe, cut grass. Dry and resiny aftertaste of fresh bitter hops. Creamy smooth feel. Bitterness is moderate in this one, pushing heavy for those "pre-lupulin threshold shift". Pretty tasty, and nearly flawless save for the slight booziness and somewhat less complex hop flavors than the nose promises.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange with one-finger thick off-white head which fades to a thin cap and the rim leaving interesting cobweb lace.

N: Malt forward followed by citrus (grapefruit, tangerine, orange) along with some tropical fruits and floral aromatics.

T: Sweet malts meet resiny, sticky pine cones followed by caty and some onion notes.

M: Full body and medium carbonation. Dry and bitter finish with a lingering spicy and sticky sweetness.

O: The 9% is well hidden at first, but it is in there. Perhaps a tad too malty, but considering the huge amount of dry hopping, this is well balanced.

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a hazy, orange/amber color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine, grapefruit and bubble gum. There was a toasty malt aroma.

T - It tasted very much like the aroma but better. Bitter hop bite up front with strong grapefruit and pine flavors. Some sweet toasted malt as a backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very tasty double IPA. I might have to get another one before they're all gone.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of oline73
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head that leaves a layer on top of the pour with some nice lacing.

Smell: There is a huge citrus peel hop bitterness presence here. I'm also getting a bunch of pine needles. Some sweetness, but the hops are the star.

Taste: Just like the smell, the hops are the star. There is a nice malt sweetness to back up the hops. The hop profile is full of pine notes along with some mild citrus. The finish is really bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fairly smooth carbonation and a rather dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a really good IPA. The hop bitterness was quite heavy, but really nice. I would drink this one again.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange color with a white head. Pineapple, mango, and lots of peach. Really heavy on the pungent grapefruit and orange. Some floral aromas, a touch of toffee. A weird graham cracker sweetness, mild toffee, and a moderate bitterness. Heavily fruity hops, some grapefruit, tangerine, peach, and mango. Not bad, but nowhere near as good as I was expecting.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Light fizzy head almost 1/2 finger fades quickly very clear honey ginger orange color.

Nose is a battle between east and west coast ipa, aromatic, light citrus tangerine fruity with a bit of pineapple, grapefruit, guava and passion fruit, but also light pine, earthy, chewy hops. Just a bit of malt in the background, with a light booze.

Taste starts with an interesting sweet flavor, malts bring a light sweet bread flavor, little tinny, then hops, fruity bringing tangerine, nectarines, guava, light passion fruit, other stone fruits and tropical like, and earthy light pine hops, decent bitterness, grassy hops as well, fluffy, malty, airy, light booze. Plenty of Amarillo. Finish gets spicy chewy hops almost astringent, fairly bitter, little booze, tropical and stone fruits and light doughy malts lingering.

Mouth is nice, med to fuller bodied, good carb, just a hint of booze.

Overall ok, doesn't really know where to go, east vs west coast style.

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Photo of mactrail
3.54/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A pure, high, whine of hops boring into your brain, like a Triumph Daytona. The sheer fruitiness of it is out of the ballpark for a DIPA.

Piney and powerful aroma. Orange juice and orange blossoms. It's probably a benchmark for how fragrant you could make an IPA. Plenty bitter and hot on the lips like chewing grapefruit peel, not to mention the alcohol. Actually just plain hot. Spicy and sharp like that cheap blue cheese you left in the back of the refrigerator.

Thoroughly interesting as yet another attempt to set a land speed record powered by hops, but not exactly drinkable. From the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber purchased for $7.99. Pours a cloudy golden color with a huge fluffy head. Medium bodied, nice tropical/grapefruit initial taste, nicely balanced with the malts. A very smooth, drinkable IPA, especially for the higher ABV. This seems a bit fruitier and lighter than most IPAS (double IPA none the less) and it's a welcome change. Makes for a very refreshing, well rounded, easy to quaff brew. Nice collaboration effort here and highly recommended.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
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-

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Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 7/24/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge orange rind, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, pine, floral, grass, herbal, and earth. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance. Taste of orange rind, grapefruit, pineapple, pine, floral, herbal, grass, and earthy spiciness. Good amount of piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus rind, pineapple, pine, floral, grass, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Nice hop balance and complexity; with a high hop presence over malts. No cloying bitterness after the finish at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a really excellent DIPA. Great hop complexity and balance; quite smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.16/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served as a double glassware win in a New Belgium globe glass and an Alpine shaker pint, yes, yes I did.

Beer is orange with a mild haze to it, big tan head, off white, large bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is earthy, resiny, hoppy, sweet, awesome nice.

Perhaps it shouldn't surprise me that New Belgium and Alpine could make a good IPA, they have, they destroyed this, knocked it out of the park, this is a great, medium body, resiny, chewy, hoppy, bitter IPA with a nice malt presence propping it up throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and would have it again in a second.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a New Belgium glass because sadly, I don't have an Alpine glass and was unable to score a double glassware win.

The beer is ever so slightly hazy, appearing a beautiful golden color and teeming with effervescence. A somewhat careful pours still yields nearly two inches of thick, white head. As the head settles around a half inch, it plasters the glass with sticky lacing.

The aroma is fabulous and screams Alpine. Fresh hops and citrus in mouth watering fashion. I would have guessed Alpine if served this beer in a blind test.

The flavor is quite nice. Aggressively hop forward with a touch of sweetness. Lots of citrus, particularly orange and grapefruit. My kind of IPA.

Silky smooth feel with minimal bitterness, especially considering how hoppy this beer is. Alcohol content is hidden exceptionally well.

Overall, this is certainly a winner for me. So glad to be able to acquire this at my local store.

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Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into my 512 glass. Golden amber in color with a thin, frothy, sticky, bight white colored head to it. Great retention and lacing as I drank it. Great looking beer of the style.

The aroma has a bright, juicy hoppiness to it. It's definitely got that signature sweet, tropical fruit flavor of an Alpine IPA. I'm loving the pineapple and peach flavors I'm getting to it. It's got a pretty big bready malt base to it with a touch of caramel sweetness coming out. Great aroma overall.

The taste follows through with more tropical fruit flavors right off the bat. Pineapple, peach and grapefruit are all there. The finish is where I start to get some of the candied fruit, sugary sweetness. It's got enough of a dry, hop bitterness to balance it out all the juicy, candied sweetness pretty well though. It comes together very well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little below average. Overall, I thought it was a great beer. It definitely had a strong Alpine influence to it and could fit right in with their regular line up. It was very juicy and fresh and just a really good beer overall.

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