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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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jsulko

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours copper colored with a slight haze. Pretty decent thick white head on the beer.

Smell is of fainty citrus notes with some of the oily pineyness in the background. This one is NOT a grapefrut bomb.

Piney hop bitterness comes through more in the flavor but not in an offputting way. Some citrus hints with a touch of sweetness. Alcohol hidden well on the finish.

A very very good DIPA but not the style I tend to favor. May give another try before it is all gone.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 05:32:32 | More by jsulko
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snaotheus

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours slightly cloudy golden with a coppery tinge, nice fine medium sized head, lots of active carbonation. Smell is citrus and flowers and sweet malty goodness.

Taste is fairly heavy on the lemon zest side. Lots of hop character, but not piney or even bitter tasting, which is a bit odd. It has lots of clear malt flavor, which makes it seem oddly tilted toward maltiness, but it isn't really. The hops just come out differently than I'm used to.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily, but otherwise fairly light and open. Overall, I think this is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 04:32:05 | More by snaotheus
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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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riored4v

Colorado

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

Poured in to a tulip. Lightly hazed, copper colored body with a rocky, white head.

Aroma was tangerine and orange with some good amounts of pine. Mildly sweet and some maltyness. A bit bready with a light amount of caramel. Smelled fantastic.

Taste was caramel and breadyness upfront with a citrusy and tangerine/orange flavor. Some moderate sweetness and mild maltyness balanced out the hop flavors and bitterness leaving a clean bitterness that wasn't overpowering. Finished very floral, citrusy/orangey with some definite piney flavors. Moderate bitterness. Slight hints of ABV.

Medium body, medium carbonation with a crisp finish that ending being slightly chewy with the sweetness.

Overall this was highly enjoyable. Loads of hop flavor with a big malt profile.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 02:51:14 | More by riored4v
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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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bum732

Maryland

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

S: Bright, citrusy hops, grapefruit with some orange, some mango and peach

L: Crystal clear, golden yellow. Creamy white head that dissipates slightly. Great lacing.

T: Bold citrus hops, fresh and raw. Fairly clean malt throughout. Medium high grapefruit bitterness with great hoppy flavor. A pleasant resiny, fresh hoppiness throughout. Finishes semi-dry with some residual hoppiness

M: Medium carbonation, medium mouthfeel. Alcohol barely detectable, more as it warms.

Solid, might have been a little old, hence the score. But a really great DIPA overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 03:12:37 | More by bum732
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SkeeterBoganski

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this guy out in to my 'snifter-pint' glass and took my notes. There are some nice, golden hues here, a soft head with some great lacing overall. It smells dry-hopped to me, and of course it is. According to the bottle, it's a "triple dry hopped Imperial IPA bursting with Columbus, Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe hops."

I enjoyed the taste of this beer...slightly licorice-y, hop flavor with the right amount of malt. It's definitely got that traditional citrus/piney flavor of bigger IPAs. It's pretty hop-forward, but ultimately well-balanced. I don't notice the high ABV too exceptionally, usually a good thing. This is a solid collaboration beer, although when all is said and done, not overly remarkable. Good work in general and at $6.99, certainly worth the experimentation.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 01:21:05 | More by SkeeterBoganski
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Mdog

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy yellow, good head.

Smell: Started weird and oxidized, after a few minutes those aromas disappeared. Citrus, oranges, hint of caramel were left.

Taste: Really tasty! Fruity sweets--mandarin oranges, pineapple. Finishes with a citrus rind bitterness.

Overall: I was worried this was old at first with the smell, but it cleared up after a few minutes. The taste was great, I've tasted oranges plenty of times in beers but not mandarin oranges--it kicked up the sweetness where I really enjoyed it. Plenty of bitterness in the finish too, for an all-around hop experience.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 22:24:55 | More by Mdog
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Phelps

Arizona

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

Alpine makes my favorite DIPA in all the land, Exponential Hoppiness, so this should be good. Poured into a tulip.

Light pink-orange. Almost perfectly clear. One finger of thick, white froth and thick, horizontal webs of lace.

Triple-hopped? Try triple dry-hopped. Columbus, Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe all found their way into this brew. The result is a super-fragrant, resinous, flora nosel. A little dank weed, roses, wet grass and sticky alcohol. Sugared orange slices and caramel as well. Glorious.

Citrus and flowers are more pronounced in the flavor. It's like rose petals steeped in orange juice, with a clean, Skittle finish. Big bitterness on the sides of the tongue. Mild caramel and bread notes. Good flavor, but the finish is just a little weak.

Medium, fluffy body, mild massaging carbonation. Alcohol is well-hidden overall.

A hop monster, but the bitterness is held in check. Delish.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 05:37:29 | More by Phelps
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rudzud

Massachusetts

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

Reviewed from notes. Shared this with JLindros and Ben Roesch from Wormtown. Poured into a standard snifter.

A - Poured a clear, light copper hue with a half finger off white head that faded semi quickly to leave a thin cloud but nice legs upon swirling.

S - Alright, uhhh, kind of a battle going on here. East vs West on the aroma with malty, sweet wet hops mingling with a fair amount of simcoe.

T - A mishmash of hop flavours and malty sweetness. Musty hops and older citrus peel. Its unique and interesting, but definitely a fight over flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice for the ABV, lighter carbonation hides the alcohol well.

O - Overall this isnt bad, just different. Definitely a war between styles and what comes through its a bit of a confusing mash.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 19:31:28 | More by rudzud
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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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THANAT0PSIS

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alpine Beer Company & New Belgium Super India Pale Ale

Appearance: This collaboration between rock solid craft giant New Belgium and the highly lauded, but sadly tiny Alpine Beer Company pours a golden, hay yellow with about a finger of bone white head. This beer looks a bit light for being an IPA, much less a super one; it honestly looks more like one expects most lagers and pilsners to look. The head does not stick around long, but it leaves a nice crust of bubbles atop the golden liquid. There is not much carbonation visible through the glass, another strange characteristic not typical of IPAs, but there is a distinctive hop haze, a sure sign of hoppy deliciousness. It is tough to predict what this beer is going to be like because of how drastically it seems to have broken from IPA tradition.

Aroma: As expected, this beer is a delicious bouquet of hoppiness. There is plenty of citrus in the form or grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, and apricots, plenty of tropical fruits that come through mainly as pineapple (and maybe kiwi? Weird), floral scents, and pine rounds out the nose. Beneath all of this there is a small, yet solid malt backbone. This smells a lot like Lagunitas Hop Stoopid offering; hopefully the taste is equal to that fantastic brew.

Taste: While it does not taste much like the aforementioned Hop Stoopid, this is a great deviation from those expectations. This beer follows the nose pretty closely with one major difference: mangoes. Mangoes are huge in this one, and they are a wonderful addition to the already delicious citrus fruits, big pineapple notes, hoppy bitterness (though not overpoweringly so), and a nice, sweet and light malt. This beer is out of this world as far as taste goes.

Mouthfeel: This category is not as much of a homerun as taste, but it is still very palatable. The mango taste comes hand-in-hand with a certain creaminess (perhaps a trick of the mind). The carbonation is medium, but it works for the beer and makes it just refreshing enough to keep the drinker imbibing. The bitterness does not give an astringent aftertaste, which is a bit disappointing for this reviewer, but it is definitely there regardless. The beer is also a bit on the thin side for an imperial IPA. Still, these few gripes aside, this beer remains quality through and through.

Overall: If this is any indication of the awesomeness that is Alpine, I may have to move to San Diego. Hopefully this one is still tossing around store shelves, because it is definitely worth a double dip. New Belgium should definitely revisit this collaboration again in the future, regardless. This one is going to go down way too fast for its 9% ABV. Believe the hype; this is one of the best Lips of Faith offerings out there. 16.5/20

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 01:34:18 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/2" cream coloured head over cloudy amber liquid.

S: Honey, flowers, grass, earth.

T: Grass, honey, flowers, aspirin, earth with grapefruit in the finish.

M: Medium to thick resinous viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: Extremely resinous, the strong hop flavours are quite bitter and reminiscent of aspirin.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 22:43:50 | More by DaftCaskBC
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Holsie

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber split on a crisp Sat afternoon

A- beautiful orange amber enjoyed in tulip with light lacing that hung out for the entire glass

S- crisp, piney--great nose

T- BLOWN away. Really wasn't expecting how solid this one turned out to be. Pine, citrus and biting hop up front. Very West Coast. Smooth finish.

M- full body. Not syrupy

O- best thing New Belgium has done. I think it took their partners to get them in the right direction as nothing of theirs that I have had comes close. Only able to get my hands on three-too bad. I hope they do this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 01:20:54 | More by Holsie
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mynie

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark and hazy, honey-colored with a thick white head and great lacing.

Smells of big, syrupy malt, grapefruits, and a little bit of generic citrusiness. Nice balance, although the malt may end up being a bit much.

Tastes a bit better than it smells, as the malt isn't as thick as I feared it might be. Big citrus hops starts things off, moving into a fairly dense and bitter malty middle spotted with pine hops and ending on decent, doughy yeast complexities.

Pretty boilerplate but a double IPA, but it doesn't have any problems and I enjoyed the whole bomber.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 17:47:17 | More by mynie
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Mitchster

Michigan

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

$6.99 for a 22oz bottle @ BevCo.
Brewed with Pale, C-80, Melanoidin, Acidulated, and Carapils malts. Hopped with Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo, and Centennial.
9.0% ABV, 99 IBU, 265 KCal

Pours out to a slightly hazy peach, forming a tall, rocky and very creamy light yellow head with beautiful texture, lacing, and amazing retention. Moderate carbonation, about 2.5 carbs. The aroma is really nice with an expert balance between the notes of what I call the 4 major American hop groups...dank/cat pee (Simcoe), pine (Columbus), mango/fruity (Centennial), and skunky (Amarillo) hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and soft with a medium thick body. The taste is great as well...the malts really shine with a wonderfully balanced substantial husky sweet potato backbone for all the hops to sit on. The finish is moderately dry, but not astringent. The pine really comes out toward the finish and the skunk is in the aftertaste. Great mango note in the middle. No off-flavors or aromas.

This is a really interesting beer. I haven't had an IPA or DIPA that used a ton of hops where you could get all the notes I mentioned above. Many of them are way to bitter, so this is a pleasant surprise. I could see myself trying to clone this bad boy. An excellent DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 01:02:03 | More by Mitchster
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maximum12

Minnesota

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

I was out of town when this one landed, & though my butthole puckered a bit at the thought of buying any kind of Alpine hoppiness locally, I thought I was out of luck. Ran into the last one on a shelf at a random store - woohoo! 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

Pour is a clear magnifying glass of gold, I can actually read the screen in about 24 point font peering through the beer. Nose trips through Herbal Essence & on into slightly damp hops, citrus, pine, & on into caramel. Very nice.

Super IPA makes me wish Alpine was brewing hoppy beers in my basement. Focused blast of pine hits the tongue, cut with a strong dose of caramel & sweetness. Usually I like a harder edge to my hops, but this plays so beautifully I forgive & drink. Grapefruit, lemon make a ghostly appearance. Softly drinkable, this bomber could be an after-dinner drink, easy.

One question. When is Alpine going to be start distributing to Minnesota? I'd lobby for soon. Masters of hop, this doesn't disappoint, & thanks to New Belgium for bringing their distro into the picture. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 02:45:15 | More by maximum12
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A little hazy, but a wonderful orange golden hue with a nice white head of about a finger.

S: Piney Citrus.

T: Again, piney citrus. A grainy sweetness in the background. Not an astringency though, which is nice. Grapefruit is becoming the biggest flavor I'm getting. Not the richest flavor though.

M: Thinish, too much so.

D: A hopheads drink for sure. Quality, but not for most people.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 17:47:02 | More by mdwalsh
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elNopalero

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look! Up in the glass…

This beer came with some hype and I’ve been eager to see if it delivers. Purchased and enjoyed in October, 2012, so I’m assuming it’s still fresh.

Visually this brew is appealing. I get a warm light tan-golden colored brew with a big cottony layer of foam atop. The foam hangs around for a while releasing this great hop bouquet of straw and citrus atop a whisper of tropical fruit. I’m harboring a guess here but I’d say there’s some Armadillo and Simcoe at play, with a touch of Citra for the mango and pineapple notes. (Like I said, this is just a guess based on what little I know about hops. But one I make with more confidence than I would have a year ago!)
Tastes great—it has a definite bitterness with a solid malt edge. The body holds up to the hops’ assertiveness, and the hop flavors come across in a way that allows their nuances to shine. I get the hints of straw and light citrus mingled in with some pine, more so than the tropical fruit which I found in the aroma. Finishes clean and bitter without being a palate-wrecking IPA. Alcohol is barely noticeable despite being 9%. I’ll be honest, I enjoyed this one immensely.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 01:14:37 | More by elNopalero
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Bitter_Echo

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep yellow, not much orange here with heavy foam and extensive lacing. Smells distinctively hop out of the bag, almost too much, very "rinds of tropical fruits." Tastes heavy-ish, and a bit sweet, then malt and hops, a real high peak of something that is very much LOUDER than the rest, and a bit of a let-down in the balance department here. Sustain is moderate, alcohol chiefly masked. Mouth-feel is thick-ish, a bit heavy, and mildly warming, with moderate, timid carbonation. Over-all, a solid offering and very distinctive due to that loud, one hop too much, high note, but it shouted at me the whole time.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 21:20:23 | More by Bitter_Echo
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

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

Thanks to daniloknezic for this beer!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearence: Yellow bodied beer with a finger of white head. sticky lacing.

Smell: Lots of orange and grapefruit notes. Little bit of pine, pineapples, and mangos.

Taste: Some really nice orange notes from the hops. Little bit of pine, grapefruit, and tropical fruits. Hops taste fresh and juicy!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is a really good double IPA. Nothing that makes it standout from the crowd, but its really done well.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 18:22:02 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Jagen

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Put off buying one and drinking it for too long…couldn’t find anything else to buy so I picked this one up

A – Nice golden-yellow color. Pours with a nice 1 finger head that slowly dissipates to a ½ finger head. No lacing left on the side of the class. Fluffy head that sticks to the finger!

S – There’s the fruity, citrusy hoppy smells I know and love! Not as strong as I would like, but very pleasant. Might not be stronger because of this bottle’s age but there is no bottled on information.

T- Nice bitter bite but not too extreme. The bitterness mellows out nicely and smoothly. The 9% ABV is completely masked…no alcohol bite at all. A very subtle sweetness in the background that compliments the grapefruity deliciousness of the hops nicely.

M – Bites sharply on the tongue…medium level of carbonation. The body of the beer is overall pretty light.

O – Glad I finally tried it. I feel like if I had it a month or two ago when I first saw it that I would be reviewing it a little higher. It doesn’t quite live up to the name super. I will probably say the same thing for all IPA reviews for the rest of the year, but it doesn’t hold up to Enjoy By…but Enjoy By is probably the best beer I’ve had this year

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 04:18:55 | More by Jagen
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never had any New Belgium or Alpine in my life, so I'm indebted to SatlyMalty for this great offering! Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a light, clear amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that bears good retention time before becooming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and soft specs of surface foam. Thick, solid ring of fluffy lacing.

S- Tropical fruit aromas and pine are emanating from the glass that's a foot away from me on the table. Dank notes of lemon, pineapple and grapefruit. The hops are definitely of the citrus variety.

T- Tangy, fresh hop bite out of the gate that just oozes grapefruit notes. Bitter in the start but smooths out in the finish and still lingers a bit. The hops are so powerful that not much malt is detected, but who cares? Alcohol is phenomenally well-hidden.

M- Moderately sharp and juicy. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- There's a lot of hype surrounding this one but it's well-deserved. If you have a chance to try it, take it.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 00:13:21 | More by Immortale25
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

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

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a golden straw color with a half finger of cream colored head that lasts for over five minutes and leaves behind medium amounts of lacing on the glass. Crisp medium-light texture and carbonation levels with a nice extended finish duration.

Smells of orange zest, spice, pine resin, light amounts of garlic / onion, and just a touch of mango / turpentine. The flavor is bracingly bitter with a stab of grapefruit pith that transforms into a toasted cracker malt paired up with a storm of medicinal and herbal hopping with lighter amounts of citrus peel and Simcoe garlic garnishes in the finish. This brew is really a stellar example of how to properly utilize Simcoe in the correct proportion to enhance the other ingredients rather than dominate them. In this case, the herbal-Simcoe synergy creates something better than merely the sum of its parts. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 17:05:35 | More by WastingFreetime
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marlinsfan4

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 01:57:26 | More by marlinsfan4
Lips Of Faith - Super India Pale Ale (Alpine Collaboration) from New Belgium Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.