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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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Reviews: 232 | Hads: 798
Photo of Jagen
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
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 (1,245 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (1,036 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of hardy008
3.32/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy light orange with a two finger white head, with good retention and lacing. Smells like there is plenty of grapefruit, along with mango, pine, bread malt, and onions.

While drinking this, the taste of grapefruit, mango, pine, tangerines, and bread malt combine to make a beer that is both sweet and bitter. The alcohol is also noticeable, but not too intense, which is a plus in my opinion. I am also picking up quite a bit of onion flavor, which does not appeal to me.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation, and resiny. Unfortunately there is an onion aftertaste, which I do not care for. I would have scored this beer much higher, if not for the onion taste and aroma. (676 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (925 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Revolution brewpub. Served in a tulip.

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

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

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

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This is pretty good. (385 characters)

Photo of dvmin98
3.15/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

The aftertaste just didn't sit well with me and that being said, it stuck around way too long. This is one beer I will not be revisiting. Looks like I'm definitely in the minority here. (400 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (982 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 Oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours hazy golden orange with a one finger off white head. pretty good head retention. Slight alcohol legs.

S- Very sugary sweet, west coast style. Smells like candied versions of pineapples, grapefruits and lemon. Amazingly fruity and a ton of pine.

T- Very bitter at first. The beer sweeps over with a very strong citrus profile. There is a tone of pineapple, mango and lemon. This is also a very piney IPA, a lot of evergreen and mint flavors. Malts are not much to speak of here, They do add a sugary sweet aspect to the beer that extenuates the hop excellency.

M- A fairly light body, definitely a bitter hop forward DIPA. Its quite dry. Alcohol gives it a warming feel, I wouldn't want the beer to be any bigger.

O- This is an amazing IPA. It's A shame that Alpine doesn't quite make it to the rest of the country like NB because this beer is great. (900 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber to a standard pint glass.
*Notes taken from 10/14/12

Pumped to find a nice cache of this one still lingering about in SoCal. I thought I had missed out altogether. Better late than never as they say.

A: Super IPA pours a chill-hazed orange tinted caramel color. Bubbly with a thin egg-white head. Stay is a bit minimal but leaves some nice cascading sheets of cling down the glass.

S: Smells herbal with dank pine and some pink grapefruit. There is a firm caramel malt sweetness about the aroma that carries through. A nice nose but seems a little on the softer side for a triple dry-hopped brew.

T: Flavors are nice and hoppy with some intense grapefruit flesh, expressive pine, and danky herbals. There is a nice long lasting bitterness that peaks mid palate. Has an unexpected amount of caramel sweetness to it but with just enough drying to avoid cloying. Alcohol is really well incorporated at 9%ABV and gives off just a slight warming sensation. Real nice.

M: Medium feel with a nice consistent carbonation and bit of a crisp dry snap to it. Finish is just a touch on the wetter side. A slight pucker but no hard astringency. Long linger of hop bitters and residual sugars.

D: A pretty tasty DIPA even with some time on it. Not exactly “Super” but darn good and might be my fav NB beer thus far. Has a bit more caramel sweetness than I prefer with some residual sugary bits however still balanced well.

Reminded me a lot like Bad Boy in a bottle so yeah check this one out. (1,504 characters)

Photo of circus_cat
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours orange to amber with a two-finger off-white head which dissipates slowly, leaving lots of lacing.

S: West Coast all the way on this one. Big floral and grapefruit notes dominate. Definitely some mango and passionfruit in there as well. Juicy, resiny hops. Not getting a malty backbone either. Just straight up hops.

T: Taste mirrors the smell. I get floral perfume up front, but the grapefruit represented in the nose comes across sweeter in the taste. Maybe a less intensely bitter citrus like clementine or orange. Bitter grapefruit on the sides of the tongue that lingers slightly.

M: Noticeably clean mouthfeel for an IPA this intense. I don't get that tackiness on the finish that often comes with really big IPAs. I daresay it's refreshing. (761 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Super floral scent atop a thick, chunky white head and crystal clear golden body. Sweet yet citric smell; fresh cut lemon; orange and tangerine. Soft, smooth, light feel. Crisp malt character, clean and dry with an interesting, edgy sharpness. Light biscuit malt flavor; beautiful soft, underlying bitterness.

A strangely mixed but deservedly supremely tasting DIPA. All the flavors seem to merge together into a whirlpool of extremely well-complemented wholesomeness. Light in in feel yet with a powerful and immensely satisfying taste across the board. An exceptional brew and well-worth finding a bottle or two... (617 characters)

Photo of DocJitsu
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale, slightly hazy wheat golden color with a short, quickly dissipating, nearly white head with no lacing. Obtrusive, but lovely grapefruit and pine. Nice, heavy, almost thick mouthfeel offset by the slightest of carbonation scrubs. Pine, grapefruit, and lemon are the predominant flavors balanced by some underlying sweet malt. Very good beer. (353 characters)

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

This beer has no date on the bottle but was only brewed once so therefore does not need one.

A - Pours out a nice golden yellow with what looks like a slight hop haze throughout. Nice two finger white head with incredible lacing that seems to stick to the glass forever.

S - Extreme hops of a lemon zest, garlic, pine, mango, citrus which meld together into one smell and hit you right up front. The smell is so pungent that it tickles my nose when I pull it in.

T - Can you say pungent hops of lemon zest and pine, mango, sweetness throughout and a bitter bite at the end that I can literally feel on the tongue. Feels like a warhead ripping at my taste buds. Hops build on this one so you may want to pare this with some food (or water) to battle the overpowering hops.

M - This one is light to medium on the mouth feel but has a soft oily presence on the tongue. I can actually feel the hops bitterness biting at my tongue.

O - This is an aggressive beer that is for sure. It seems to take over your senses one buy one and lure you in. After that it takes over. Definitely one that you should try if you can still get a hold of it. A unique and challenging beer that definitely puts your palate to the test. Get it if you can. Cheers!

Side note : With that said this is the first Alpine or New Belgium beer that I have tried thus far. Will be able to get more NB beers but not Alpine unless I trade for them. If you get Alpine I will be willing to trade you. (1,471 characters)

Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

One finger of head with extremely fine bubbles which enlarge as they dissipate. Beautiful lacing remains where the head was, completely encircling the glass. Look is so good that I am sitting and admiring instead of drinking. Body is apricot color, very clear.

The citrus and pine aroma hit me when I uncapped the bottle. The pour revealed some malt as an added plus. With my malfunctioning olfactory system, this has to be strong.

Taste is also strong with pine and citrus. Some malt, which follows the aroma.

Halfway through the glass and the strong lacing remains around the glass away from the sipping side.

Mouthfeel is smooth, yet strong. Alcohol is definitely there, but in a way that works.

Overall I am definitely impressed. At $8 a bottle this goes to the top of my best beer for the buck list. (839 characters)

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

I just received this beer from a BIF. My thanks to SirWilliam for his generosity in the shipment.

This beer is a bright orange with about a finger and a half of foam. This led to some pretty decent lacing in the glass.

The nose and body have tons of citrus hops to them. You also get a fair amount of malt to balance out the generous presence of hops in this. You get a decent amount of bitterness (not a surprise considering the amount of hops in this).

This is a very good uber-IPA. I'm glad to be provided a bottle in my BIF. (532 characters)

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

A: Lemon-tea brown hue with a large head that dissipates to a thin but steady film; lacing is fantastic

S: Wow, that smells good: grapefruit, mango, orange, apricot; this is hop forward, for sure; in fact, it's difficult to discern much beyond the hops--a subtle sweet bready base but mostly citrus fruits galore

T: That is a delicious DIPA--so much citrus bitter hops with a decent amount of sweet slightly burnt malts to attempt to bring balance

F: Texture is where this beer shines--one of the most full bodied, creamy DIPAs I've ever had

O: Such a wonderful, big hoppy beer; I love Alpine and I like New Belgium and I love this beer; such a well-executed collaboration beer (681 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
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). (982 characters)

Photo of mscudder
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden amber hue with a lovely, two-finger head. Good retention and lacing.

S - An explosion of piney hops in my glass. Some light malts, citrus and perhaps some orange zest behind the behemoth.

T - Follows the nose: a big, strong, piney IPA. Citrus adds a bit of smoothness with some subtle malts. Finish is dry with a bit of heat from the ABV.

M - Smooth, light body with great carbonation.

O - I will say this is probably my favorite beer I have had in the series. The hops are in full force and provided me with a new favorite from the likes of NBB. (561 characters)

Photo of Mizorie
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to glass.

A: A clarified apricot/orange with a slightly off-white head that took 1.5 -2 inches of the glass and provided excellent lacing throughout the beer.

S: The hops dominate the aroma with citrus and floral tones.

T: A very quick light malty caramel flavor at the front, quickly followed by grapefruit and slightly lesser pine. I get a quick hint of spiciness from the hops almost a licorice/anise quality followed by the floral hops. This beer has a clean and dry finish.

M: A medium body with well balance of carbonation.

Not the hop slam I was expecting but a very good DIPA. A definite must try in my book and one that I wuold buy again. (673 characters)

Photo of phishsihq
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Collaboration brings two breweries together to create one fantastic brew! New Belgium and Alpine Brewing Company got together to create Super IPA.

Super IPA pours a clear, apricot color, and it is capped with a fluffy inch of white
head that provides TONS of lacing. A slight citrus aroma quickly gives way to more floral hoppy aromas and a light bready maltiness. Light caramel flavors open on the pallet but are quickly overtaken by floral and piney hop flavors that linger long after the finish. Super IPA has a BIG mouthfeel supported by a medium body and moderate carbonation. The best IPA we've had from New Belgium!

Cheers! (632 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: clear copper; well carbonated, but it goes straight to the head (a foamy one)
S: Fruit Loops!!!! Yum. Very malty with pine
T: Strikingly original IPA; well balanced between malt and hops; I detect Fuggles hops; very intense
M: silky, smooth mouthfeel

Outstanding IPA (299 characters)

Photo of vic21234
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. No bottled on date, picked it up a few weeks ago.

A- Pours a clear golden/ light orange color with a frothy finger's worth of an off-white head. Lacing sits along the sides of the top of the glass.

S- Nice and hoppy smelling, but not the bomb I was expecting. Smells of grapefruit and pine characters.

T- Initially I get some sweet grapefruit and orange notes, leads way to a piney resin finish. Smooth yet bitter. The alcohol isn't very noticeable.

M- Light to medium bodied, bitter with a dry finish.

This is a real easy drinker, and you don't realize it's 9%ABV. My only complaint is the aroma doesn't live up to the name of "Super IPA." (682 characters)

Photo of julian89
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: A golden translucent amber with a wonderful 2 inch white head and great retention. Good carbonation throughout with good lacing.

Smell: Piney hops off the wazoo. Light pilsen malt. Subtle citrus hops with no spice that I can tell. Lemon and orange zest as well.

Taste: Follows the nose well. It is a strong pine IPA. The flavors aren't divided as well. Pine dominates followed by a light citrus and dry finish. Subtle warmth.

Mouthfeel: Smooth light body and great carbonation.

Drinkability: Probably one of my favorite Lips of faith next to peach porch lounger. (614 characters)

Lips Of Faith - Super India Pale Ale (Alpine Collaboration) from New Belgium Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.