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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:
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 03:49:40 | More by Sammy
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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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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 15:32:48 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 02:21:06 | More by brentk56
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oberon

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 20:44:35 | More by oberon
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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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emerge077

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 01:44:44 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 01:37:17 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 21:48:40 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.23/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 03:19:57 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 21:36:01 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 23:36:11 | More by jlindros
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 15:30:43 | More by Knapp85
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 2"head that lasts a while. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: caramel, pine,grapefruit, and a strong hop presence.

Taste: big caramel flavor with loads of grapefruit, pine, pear, and an earthy and oily bitterness. Light alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a very enjoyable big hoppy beer. Slow sipping but satisfying. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 19:56:07 | More by Gavage
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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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mactrail

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 06:28:41 | More by mactrail
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 20:20:01 | More by StonedTrippin
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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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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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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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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at State Line the other day.

The beer pours a peachy orange color with fairly good head retention and light lacing. The nose is pretty gorgeous in this beer, as I pick up considerable tropical fruit, consisting of tangerine and mango, along with light brown sugar and pine. There's a hint of dank weed as well that is attractive as well. On the palate, the tropical fruit flavor is a bit more than I like to see, as is the sweet malty mid palate. There is some good hoppy bitterness in the finish as well, but I'm also picking up something of an alcoholic bite as well. Mouthfeel is otherwise mediium bodied, with a fairly long, bitter, slightly alcoholic finish.

A decent enough IPA, but the beer is a bit sweet and malty for me, and I don't think there's enough hoppy bittereness to counter that sweetness, or mask the high alcohol. Not sure this is something I'll wan to return to any time soon (tried this beer on tap at Max's as well, with similar notes).

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 10:54:34 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 16:38:26 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 00:43:06 | More by Huhzubendah
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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

Picked this one up tonight at the COOP.. Pours with a good 1 finger white head... nice lacing the entire glass.. the brew is surprisingly clear golden.

Wow.. the nose is pretty good.. vibrant piney hops with some background melon.. some malt is there, and it isn't just "pale malt", I would guess some biscuit or maybe victory.

The palate is pretty cool too... I love that it isn't overly bitter, but relies on the hops on the palate to lay waste... again pine and melon/tropical fruits... but the melon is the bigger player.. a bit abrasive on the finish... hard to explain, sorta scraping hoppiness that combines with the carbonation to cleave off anything on my tonsils. Malts lay a bit too much for my liking with the toast and toasty biscuits throughout.

The body is great for the style... carbonation may be a touch light.

Wow.. again, wow.. I did not expect to enjoy this one as much as I did. Still, I get too much toasty/biscuit malt to draw this one into the upper echelon of DIPA's.

All 4's.. and that should probably be lower given the residual malts.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 06:34:34 | More by JohnGalt1
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice beer. I've always been a fan of Alpine, and New Belgium can make a very good beer when they work at it. This one is a winner for sure. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a soft glow to it and a moderate head that fades away but leaves some nice lacing. Lovely stinky hops on the nose with lots of herbal notes and some spicy pine. Very nice. The taste is even better with delicious herbal notes, a touch of sweet malt, some moderate bitterness and some pine and bitter citrus as well as some floral notes. Very fresh tasting, smooth, and with lingering flavors. A very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 00:56:04 | More by Georgiabeer
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Lips Of Faith - Super India Pale Ale (Alpine Collaboration) from New Belgium Brewing
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