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

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Ratings: 764
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 61
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GilGarp on 08-04-2012)
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of elgiacomo
3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, unknown date but should be fairly fresh. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours clear golden amber with a three finger white head that leaves lots of spotty lacing and holds a small cap.

Pungent hop aroma. Dank and resinous, onion, pineapple, apricot, grapefruit rind, pine, mint, floral, grassy, leafy, whole lotta everything there, decent caramel malt backbone as well.

Flavor is hop resins, caramel, grapefruit rind, apricot, onion, pine, mint, hefty caramel malt backbone, finishes somewhat sweet and somewhat bitter, decent bit of solvent alcohol as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, sticky, oily, moderate to good carbonation.

Good, but wouldn’t call it Super. Pungent hops, but a good bit of sweet malt and alcohol as well. Trying to drink this quickly as I think the sweetness and booze would get to be too much if it warmed.

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- Pours a light caramel color with a 2" off-white dense head. Nice trails of lacing remain all over the glass.

S- Caramel, very floral, dank hops (smell fresh), grapefruit and pineapple.

T- Sweet caramel, grapefruit, super fresh dry hop bitter hops.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Nice creamy and smooth feel.

O- Very good dipa. Nice maltiness with super dank/wet hop bitterness. Will look for another bottle soon.

Photo of beertunes
3.03/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in tulip. Poured a clean, clear light gold color with 3/4 inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly piney hops, with some citrusy aspects, and no real malt noticeable in the nose. On the tongue, it was the same story, no malt to speak of, pine and citrus hops providing the only notable flavors.

The body was too thin for me, I almost dinged it another half-point, it was just lacking in substance. Drinkability was good, watery as it was of course it went down easy and smooth. Overall, an OK brew that I found to be on the meh side of the scale. Give it a shot if you see it, or don't.

Photo of billab914
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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2/5  rDev -52.6%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour was a bright golden orange. Fluffy what pillow head.

Very tropical fruit forward on the nose. Sweet and juicy, very ripe. Mainly citrus.

Flavor was best at about 55 degrees. More bitter than the nose, hints of resin and grapefruit. Complimented but a subtle malt body.

Drank easy, never overly cloying or syrup like.

At first i was not into it but by my 2nd glass i was digging it. Price would be better around $5.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of tewaris
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Ryan!

Golden with a slight haze, very good head, retention and lacing. Smells tropical with mango coming forward the most; followed by caramel maltiness; and finally only hints of spice. Bitter and coating with fruit, weed and spice in the taste. Medium mouthfeel. It's good but it's not phenomenal. I initially gave it 4 on all counts but changed the overall to 3.5 after sampling it again yesterday. It is a little too malty and for its own good, IMO. Also, could have been more crisp.

4, 4, 4, 4, 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of NStLincoln
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish gold with a two finger white head.

Hops explode out of the bottle. Aroma pervades the room. Hops hops hops. When I first opened the bottle I got a lot of fruit and that's still there when I really get into it. Melon is dominant, not cantaloupe but some other weird melon that's like it. I'm not smelling much pine, more like spicy forest floor.

What a cool beer. Starts gently but a wave of earthy hops starts in the mid palate and crests into a huge finish. That bitterness on the back end melds really well with the 9% abv. So at the front you get a nice little bit of malty sweetness but then the hops kick your butt. The aftertaste reminds me of what's left in your mouth after eating some really spicy mustard greens.

Yum yum yum. Not your typical pine tree/grapefruit bomb of an imperial ipa. Well balanced and fun to drink.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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

A: Pours a clear honey gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a frothy ring with good lacing.

S: Lots of sweet citrus like tangerines and pineapple on the nose with some melon aromas as well. Reminds me of cantaloupe. The finish is a bit more resiny with some pine aromas.

T: Citrus here as well, though not as strong as the nose implies. Pineapple and grapefruit up front followed by resiny pine and a mix of grass, herbs, and weed. The finish is moderately bitter with a slight alcohol presence.

M: Body is on the light side of medium with mid-level carbonation, this beer drinks a bit lighter than most big DIPAs.

O: A good beer, overall. Lots of nice hop aromas and characters and is a pretty unique DIPA.

Photo of tlazaroff
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its dank, piney, resinous, and floral. Bits of mango, and other various tropical fruits leach their way into the nose as well.

Perfectly clear honey orange color with a frothy, barley off-white head that leaves nice thick lacing.

Super India Pale Ale tastes great! It's filling, and has a juicy quality to it. Big fruit in the taste: mango with spices, honey, and pinecone sap. Moderate body with carbonation only a touch between low and medium. It's satisfying, delicious, and I want more than 1.. but at 9% ABV (which is well hidden), I likely will just polish this one off tonight.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Pours 2+ fingers of head. Color is a pretty light golden yellow. Thick lacing. Good retention.

S. You can smell the hops when you first start to pour out of the bottle. Hops are pretty resiny and piney. Strong hop aroma. Get some nice deep Hop bitterness. Underneath lies a fairly dry biscuity malt aroma. Get some grapefruit aroma, along with some more tropical fruit smell.

T. Nice range of different hop flavors. Fruity and piney at once. Real mouth coating hop bitterness. Drinks fairly sweet. Get some grapefruit, a little bit of pineapple. Really nice display of hop flavor. Very easy drinking DIPA. No alcohol heat. Chewy fruitiness.

M. Medium/full bodied. Nice body for a DIPA. Lingering bitterness and sweetness. Medium carbonation.

O. A really nice DIPA. Definitely better than any New Belgium IPA I have had. I would imagine that the majority of the aroma and flavor of this beer come from Alpine's influence. Makes me want to seek out other Alpine beers.

Photo of Sideswipe
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Alpine

Orange to amber in color with a finger of white head. Whispy lacing doesn't cling to the glass for long. The nose is pure hops. Extremely reminiscent of Exponential Hoppiness. Taste is huge citrus and hemp. Again, very similar to Expo. Orange and mango are prominent up front with hemp, pine and grapefruit developing toward the back end. Finish is dry with a lingering bitter aftertaste.
Feel is thick and viscous, befitting a brew of this gravity. Overall a great beer from two of my favorite breweries. It definitely favors the Alpine side of the equation, which is not a bad thing at all. Recommended.

Lips Of Faith - Super India Pale Ale (Alpine Collaboration) from New Belgium Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 764 ratings.