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

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Reviews: 232
Hads: 798
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 4.83%
Wants: 72
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of zeledonia
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (1,024 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear light golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is huge piney, resiny, stinky hops.

The flavor is sweet malts and tropical fruits with a big piney, resiny dank bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste is a bit odd - sweet onions maybe? The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall, a very fine DIPA! A little too dank and resiny and sweet to be rated higher for me. (474 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 'Super IPA', perhaps a new category along with Red and White versions? Or perhaps Goliath was pleased by David's offering? Still, an Alpine style offering on a New Belgium scale requires serious investigation.

Poured from a stardard painted bomber into a globe glass, a New Belgium globe glass even. The pour is nearly clear and golden with just a hint of haze. A half inch of sticky lace settles slowly.

Aroma is a bit soapy at first, segueing to some tropical and melon components. More pine and resin with warming and a deep inhalation. Offers a similar citric component and pine bitterness to many an Alpine brew, yet this brew offers unfamiliar hops on the aroma to a degree.

Flavor is creamy with a pleasant carbonation and a gentle citric malt and hop delivery. Feel, bittering and finish is more traditional of an Alpine brew. The aroma, while nice, is somewhat more far afield. Not far from Pure Hoppiness in most ways. Drink it up as this is how we roll in San Diego.. (984 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.47/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a clear golden color with two fingers of pillowy white foam. Great retention.

S: Piney, Grapefruity, and resiny hops up front with a bit of caramel sweetness in the background. The hop aroma is a bit too much on the resiny side, though. It's quite pungent.

T: Overwhelmingly resiny hops with a bit of piney hops behind. I get a good amount of caramel sweetness to balance. I am not a fan of the hop profile here at all, though. Very pungent and not very pleasant in my opinion.

M: A bit on the thick side with very nice carbonation.

O: I'm quite disappointed with this. The malt base is nice, but the hops kind of taste like rubber. I love Alpine IPAs, so that makes it even more disappointing. I'm surprised so many people have favorably reviewed this beer. (797 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/16/2012

Had this on tap at O'Brien's a week ago but it was difficult to judge after Imperial Nelson. Bomber into a snifter.

A: Burnished yellow gold with an inch of soapy off-white sea foam that lingers for a minute, eventually leaving sheets of froth on the sides of the glass. Nice color and good clarity.

S: Honeydew melon blends with strong pine resin aromatics and floral notes. I get some guava, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit as well. Nice hop aroma. I'd be lying if I told you I smell malt. It's all hops at this point.

T: The flavor kind of reminds me of a blend of Expo and Pure Hoppiness, with notes of pine, honeydew, and a bit of resiny spiciness. There's a light biscuity quality. This is big on the melon. There's some alcohol flavor in the dry and hoppy finish.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and dry.

Overall: A nice beer and I do see some Alpine influence (reminds me of Expo more than anything). I don't enjoy this as much as Alpine's usual offerings, but it's great to see a bit of their IPA mastery on such a widely available product. (1,105 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden, with nice bubble activity. Dense one-finger white head with good retention and lacing.

S: Resiny, piney hops and lots of them. Some lighter earthy and floral notes.

T: Starts with a bit of malt sweetness, then the hops take over in a flavor explosion. Very piney, but also some tropical and citrus fruit contributions.

M: Well carbonated, with a slightly oily mouthfeel. Lots of linger; both sweet and bitter.

O: Really well done beer. I haven't had a chance to try much from Alpine, but it seems like their reputation is well deserved. (557 characters)

Photo of mjryan
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sweet bottle art. I've liked a lot of the Lips of Faith labels, this one is my favourite. Looks wonderful, orange huged, crystal clear with a firm lasting head. Aroma is, well, kind of not so good. Where are the hops? I get a faint touch of citrus zest and pine but a malted milk ball aroma dominates. What gives. The hops do come through in the flavour department though. Bright lemon zest and mango, very unique. Unfortunately, that stale malty character remains and is very off putting. Seriously, I'd swear this was a six month old bottle of IPA. Still plenty hoppy, but that fresh hoppy zing is muted and the malts were always meant to play a minor supporting role. Except for the hop flavour, which is quite vibrant. So strange. Maybe my bottle is oxidized, it happens I hear. Hey, whatever, not bad, but I'm cornfused about what happened here. (850 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650mL into a tulip. Pours a clear honey color w/ a fluffy white head, moderate carb.

Aroma is a burst of tropical goodness, citrus and pine. Hints of mango and peach.

Taste is a backbone of pale dry malt and copious American hops. Grapefruit, evergreen and a nice clean sharp bitterness. Sticky and dank, pure resinous hop essence.

Mouthfeel is a little oily, chewy with a bitter bite on the finish.

Overall a very solid DIPA. Not surprised Alpine had a hand in this one. Up there with Hoptimum or even Pliny the Younger. (525 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Nearly clear golden and light amber with a small near-white head that leaves marked, regular lines of lacing down the glass.

Piney, earthy, hoppy aroma with some graininess as well. There's a bit of citrus zest element, but not a lot.

Moderate to high bitterness, even for the style, pine and citrus zest, earthy hops, grain, bread, and slight hint of alcohol.

Medium body with high, crisp carbonation.

Great for a New Belgium DIPA. Not so great for an Alpine DIPA. (525 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 8.13.12.

A - Pours a clear, lighter orange with a one inch, foamy and off-white head. Good retention.

S - Citrusy - oranges, lemon, and lots of pine resin. Very nice.

T - Similar to the nose, but more pine resin and grass. Sticky.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body. Bitter finish.

O - Super IPA is a perfect name for this one. Lots of Pine and Citrus. A bit too resiny for me. (404 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle picked up in Ft. Collins for $5.99 which is a pretty good deal for a double IPA these days. I was real excited when I heard about this collaboration because I think Alpine is producing some of the best IPA's in the business. This really tastes and smells like an Alpine beer which is awesome. Bright orange color, huge head, huge lacing on the sides of my New Belgium snifter (I don't have any Alpine glasses). Smells dank, stinky, melon rinds, cat piss, green, spicy, black pepper. Flavor is heavy melon rind, canteloupe rind, juicy fruits, hint of black pepper and a bitter finish. This beer reminded me a lot of Pure Hoppiness and Exponential Hoppiness, I think it is the melon rind aspect. This is a real winner and easily the best IPA New Belgium has produced. (777 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The orange-amber colored body had some mild chill haze. The head was one finger thick, and carbonation mild, but steady. The aroma was not aggressive enough for the style. The hops used smelled citric, grassy, and mellow. The taste was very citric as well and was backed by an expressive malt backing reminiscent of honeydew melon and cotton candy. The finish was bittersweet and extended. The body felt soft and sticky. This was definitely a beer to chill with at the end of the day, rather than one to dazzle. (511 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours clear glowing orange color with a big fluffy off white head.

S: Huge orange and pine hops with a good amount of hop resin, honey and some mango.

T: This is a pretty incredible beer. Tons of hops without ever really becoming that bitter. Lots of pine and chewy citrusy hop resin with some honey and malt sweetness. Finishes with some peppery resin and a touch of heat. Tasty stuff! (391 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of rand
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bomber poured into a Mikasa tulip glass

Quick review:

A: Orange-tan in color, chilled haze, small but tighlty bubbled head leaving lacing everywhere

S: Orange rind, pine, honey-sweet. Lemon pepper and cracker-y notes meet alcohol. Huge bouquet.

T: Immediate orange and resiny hops oils up front. Tropical flavors, vinous resin...smashed up big malt sweetness. Combines to a ripe fruit undertone. Bitter aspects combine with alcohol but are tamed by hop esters. Flavors resonate, balanced finish.

M: Chewy, oily...9% seems low. (538 characters)

Photo of denver10
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orangey copper with a thick, foamy thumbs width white head. Wonderful retention and lacing. A beautiful aroma; a huge hit of pine hits first and then flows into a beautifully sweet fruity (pineapple, clementines and peaches) finish. A touch of malt hides underneath everything providing just a touch of some breadiness. Honestly, everything I could want in an aroma for a IIPA. Favor follows suit pretty much to a 'T' with a decent amount of bitterness. A nice smooth, creamy mouthfeel with just the right amount of activity. Overall, very nice. I usually don't care for piney/resiny IPA's but it worked perfectly in this beer, and I'd have to imagine the freshness of this plays a big part in it. (706 characters)

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bomber of this at Fish's in FoCo. A New Belgium and Alpine Brewery collaboration. Triple dry hopped, you can't really tell. The malt seems to overtake the hops a little too much for my liking, but that doesn't mean it's bad by any means. I feel it's a step in the right direction for New Belgium.
Golden, copper color.
.5-.25 inch head
Decent lacing
Doesn't leave you craving more, yet keeps you interested!
Solid beer. (434 characters)

Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of evilc
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer reminds me a lot of 2011 Yulesmith Summer from Alesmith. I loved that beer - totally different than the mess released this year.

A: The beer is a clear copper color and had a huge head after a fairly aggressive pour that lasted a few minutes.

S: One thing I know I can pick out is Amarillo on the nose, since I know that is what I get from Sculpin. Some similarities there.

T: Hop Profile is Summer Yulesmith 2011, with not as much earthiness in the finish - yeast strain differences?

M: Medium body, resinous. Slight booziness but hell it's 9.0 ABV.

I liked it. Didn't love. (590 characters)

Photo of CManuel
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First ever BA review!!

Picked this guy up today at Tasty Beverage in Raleigh NC.

Pours a golden yellow with a slight haze and a nice thick, creamy head. Smells very very fresh and hoppy, with a good blend of grapefruit/grass smells. The taste surprised me. I thought It would be less balanced. I've never been a fan of NB IPAs, but this one is awesome. Very grassy and citrusy up front and finishes with a good blend of pine and resin mixed with a very slight alcohol bite.

Very drinkable, although at $10 a bottle I doubt I will be drinking a lot of these! Still, I'd have to rate this as one of my top Double IPAs (620 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Bottle Rev in Raleigh.

Honey gold pour with 2 fingers of medium cream head. Not much retention, but sheets lace well down the backside of the glass. Moderate to light carbonation.

Nose is a pineapple-grapefruit combination. Very bright and a bit grassy. Smells just like the juice combination my grandma used to make.

Taste is strong grapefruit with lots of hop esters. Touch of hop oil there and a good hint at the abv. Sweet up front with a nice grapefruit bitter finish. Still maintains balance.

Only slightly syrupy, even with the hop oils present.

Even at 9% this is a very drinkable dipa. I'd easily get this again and would put it in my top 10 for the year. (683 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber picked up from New Belgium Brewery yesterday.

This is a joint effort with Alpine Beer Company who we know can brew some awesome double IPAs. This one was brewed and bottled in Fort Collins.

Super India Pale Ale is a slightly hazy golden yellow color with thick creamy head. It settles slowly and leaves some great lacing behind.

Aroma is wonderfully fresh and hoppy. This beer claims to be triple dry-hopped with Columbus, Amarillo, centennial, and simcoe with the latter being particularly noticible in the nose.

The flavor is excellent and easily the best hoppy beer that I've had from New Belgium. Citrus is huge but I also get some pine, and tabbouleh. Tons of bitterness and a malt bill that is there just to support the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Balance isn't totally out of wack for an imperial IPA but certainly more bitter than sweet.

Overall a fantastic imperial IPA and one worth seeking out. Make sure you get one before they're all gone. (1,006 characters)

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