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

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Ratings: 781
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 65
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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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:
Beer added by: GilGarp on 08-04-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of bennetj17
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Adamostella
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of bifrost17
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Brouwers in Seattle. The smell straight up blew my mind, can't even describe it. Smelled like hops and any kind of flower imaginable combined, S U P E R floral. I smelled it for at least a minute before I tasted it. The taste lived up to the nose, up front tons of hoppy notes, middle of the tongue tons of piney citrusy notes, and then towards the back of the tongue I just felt like I was swallowing rose water. Wow, this beer on tap absolutely blew my mind, I'm really curious to try it out of the bottle, seek this out if you can.

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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

Photo of bbadger
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of mjr2377
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of sammo
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of AlexChillton
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of BrewsoBrewco
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Solid head with a golden body. Glows in the light. Good look for any IPA

S-Stanky. Stank and dank. Bid hop bomb. You can smell the sweetness of the beer. Big nose. Citrusy and floral.

T-Really sweet at first. The bitterness doesn't come through right away. After a few sips the mouth dries out and it is obvious of the bitterness. The malt profile is great. It really evens everything out. Very piney on the taste. Good deal

M-Good body. Lingering mouthfeel. The alcohol is there, but not over the top. There is a burn, but really the body brings it down. Highly drinkable at 9%.

O-This the the closest I can come to Alpine. I think it is a very good DIPA. Not the greatest of all time. Great nose, good body and solid taste. I will drink this anytime I see it on tap. Really solid beer.

Photo of chanokokoro
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium stemmed globe glass

Pours a golden amber with orange hues topped with a two finger fluffy bright white head. Great head retention and a significant amount of splotchy lacing as the head recedes and the brew is consumed. The nose is dominated by grapefruit rind, tangerine, and a hint of mango. Opens with grapefruit rind bitterness and grassy notes, notes of mango & papaya midplate. Finishes a bit sweet with more tropical notes perhaps even a surprise hint of slightly green banana, and some warming alcohol and not much bite. A fairly evident heavy malt foundation, and a very silky, creamy mouthfeel give this brew an exceptional mouthfeel. I enjoyed this brew and it is one of the more successful collaborations I've had. I would have really liked a bit more bite on the finish.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a nice light copper color with some good golden hues dominating. There is a nice 1 inch white head. There are some nice chunky bubbles intermingled in there. The head is quite sticky and leaves some nice lacing as the head goes down.

Aroma is of delicious hop notes. Nice lemony notes with other citrus fruits intermingled with some nice tropical mango and papaya. Some nice tangerine is present as well. Nice citrusy notes ride the whole nose well with some slight grain and biscuity notes in the background.

Flavor is nice and citrusy. Tangerine and orange with some nice tropical notes. Slight mango and pineapple. There are some good pine resin notes balancing the more citrus notes. This is a very balanced DIPA with some nice hop notes and good grainy and bready malt notes that also give the brew some sweetness. The 9% ABV is definitely not too overwhelming. Pretty surprising. I thought it might be a boozy mess. The citrus hop notes are pretty nice and also have a nice lemony hint to it. Body is medium with some nice crisp notes and a nice slightly sticky hop finish.

This brew is pretty delicious. Nice balance of the citrusy and piney hops with some good malt sweetness. The brew ABV isn't too intense even though its listed as 9%. Solid offering.

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

A: golden color with slight orange middle section and a hefty head that dissipates quickly.

S: big citrus smell with slight melon and some grass

T: kind of grassy, resinous and citrus hops with a back end of the grass and slight grain

M: slightly harsh carbonation fits with the aggressive style and medium body

O: fantastic smell, the rest of the beer was good, and overall it's solid for a $7 bomber from Binny's

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of caskstrength
3.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours light golden, good carbonation, IPA looking.

Smells are pineapple IPA

Tastes are pineapple-y IPA with some floral notes. Decent, nothing more. More sugary malts than I wanted mixed in with the sweet fruits.

Mouthfeel is heavier than it should be, not enough resin or bitter zesty bite. Your palate is safe here.

Passable IPA, nothing memorable. No need to seek it out. Alpine's normal lineup is better.
Reminded me of Oracle, which I didn't like.

Photo of Auracom
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Haymarket. 4 oz. served in a tasting glass on August 17th, 2012.

A - Lighter golden coloring with great lacing and a soft wispy eggshell head.

S - Super orange rinds, good herbaceousness, slightly dank, and pine sap.

T - Really interesting. It's not at all sweet either from fruit or malts. Almost a peppercorn. Very grassy. Good lingering hop cone bite but with rye-like spicyness.

M - Light body, appropriate carb, semi dry finish.

D - It makes me think of Nelson but with lesser sweetness and spice. Would revisit easily.

Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of jjanega08
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating

A= Pours a nice bright golden amber color with a nice finger of thick off white head on it that holds great retention and lacing.

S= I can smell this baby from across the room. Very pungent of bright hops. Super resinous and piney with a little sweetness that falls in the back to make a sort of candy sweetness smell.

T= The taste is just a bruising hop bomb. Tons of bright flavors with pine and citrus being dominate. Loads of flowers and surprisingly little bitterness. The sweetness is much less dominate in the flavor than it was in the nose. Loads of wonderful hops.

M= Surprisingly light and bright. I'm use to IPAs with this much alcohol getting a little heavier but this is nice and light.

O= This is an amazing beer. These collaboration projects are really fun to try but I always find them a little underwhelming but this one is great. A tasty brew that packs a punch. Tames even the worst hop craving.

Lips Of Faith - Super India Pale Ale (Alpine Collaboration) from New Belgium Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 781 ratings.