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

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761 Ratings
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Ratings: 761
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 60
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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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of caskstrength
3.13/5  rDev -25.7%
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 -3.1%
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 -16.9%
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 +13.5%
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.

Photo of heresy22
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of seth72104
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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

Pours a clear, golden color with a medium-large white head that diminishes in no time. Scent is very hoppy. Fresh hops with sweet honey and some citrus. The aroma definitely has an Alpine feel to it. Light, sweet malt profile, but mostly hops and citrus. A bit of tropical fruits as well. Taste is sweet honey and bitter hops up front. Light malt backbone, but not too much. Sweet pineapple and mango with a bit of pine needle. Subtle booziness with some lemon and grapefruit. Bitter, hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a bitter finish. Drinkability is very high for such high ABV. Overall, I like all of Alpine's normal line up of hoppy beers more, but they really helped out NB with this one. Solid offering.

Photo of millelacsmark
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Domingo
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The mythical Super IPA from Alpine and New Belgium. I've enjoyed the few Alpine beers I've had here and there, although I haven't been a big fan of NB's hoppy beers. Let's see where this one falls...
Golden to nearly orange color. Massive foam, lacing galore.
Huge hops on the nose. Absolutely massive. Big resin'y notes that showcase pine, a little bit of mango, cannabis, rind, and big PNW hops all around.
The flavor follows that path, at least at first. Slightly sweet on the front of the palate with some mild peach and mango, suddenly you get assaulted by hops. Everything from pine-y and dank notes to a little bit of saltiness. It never goes into garlic territory, luckily, but there is that odd meaty salinity here and there. Sweetness is totally gone from the front of the palate, and bitterness takes over.
Reminds me a little of the Pliny beers at times, although this one has fewer notes of frutiness and more of a cannabis, earthy character to it.
Hop fanatics will probably like this, although maybe not all of them. The fruity notes are dialed back so that it's not really going to compare with some of fruitier accentuated IPAs.
There's definitely more Alpine than NB going on with this one, which is nice.
Not necessarily my cup of tea on the IPA front, but still tasty.
I understand what they're shooting for and know some people do (and will) love it. I'm probably just not one of 'em.

EDIT: Probably worth noting that I really like this in small doses. I loved the taster snifter I got at NB and I enjoyed the first 1/4 of my bomber. However that saline/meaty/dank note from the hops really grinds on me after a bit. At first it seems similar to Pliny, but the more I drink of it, the further it goes in another direction.

Photo of ccrida
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is clear gold with an off-white head, very tight and creamy, leaving foamy lace. Love a lighter IPA...

Smell is big hops, lots of wood, pine, earth, and of course citrus - some orange marmalade.

Taste is massive hop dankness. Wow! This is what I want when I think IPA, blistering hop *flavor*, which in this case is heavy on the pine resin, a little citrus. There's some bready notes to the malt, which surprised me by the color, but which compliant the hops very nicely. Bitterness is firm. I'm more of a fruit/candy than resin IPA guy, but this one does the cone proud. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is oily as hell, and fairly light bodied.

Drinkability is killer. More please! This is about as good as it gets within the style, especially if you prefer it more dank than fruity. Home run.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Hopstout
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of 3Hops
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear medium orange amber. Fine off-white two finger head with excellent retention and lacing. Great aroma of piney and herbal hops, tropical fruit and citrus. Flavor is mellow neutral malt with intense tropical and citrus fruit and pine and citrus hops as well as an interesting unidentifiable herbal element. Finishes with a tongue scraping citrus hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess giving a pleasant mouth feel. A very nicely done Imperial IPA with a good balance of hops and malt.

Photo of suncrust
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured to a tulip.

A: Poured a filtered, honey orange. A big, fluffy off-white head rests on an actively carbonated caramel body. Nice, clinging lace.

S: Big hop presence. Dank & spicy medicinal hop explosion. Tropical notes of papaya meld with piney oils. Huge sticky, sappy resin, lemon rind, more hop oils. Hints of wheat crackers & spice. Awesome aroma.

T: Giant, spicy, hoppy bite. Hemp seeds, grapefruit rind and a lingering hop cone bitterness. Loads of sappy hop oils, subtle sweet orange rind with sharp bitterness and lemon zest that completes with an earthy, bitter & dry boozy finish. Some wheat cracker, dry biscuit malts. Dank pine. Bitter earth. Awesome shit.

MF: Bitter hop oils, dryness, medium body. Carbonation was nice. Sticky residue.

O: Pretty damn good, especially yielding the New Belgium label. Alpine clearly holds the dominance in this brew. New Belgium doesn't make anything that comes remotely close to this beer. Aggressively sappy, spicy west coast hops make this a must try.

Photo of tastybeer
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decent appearance. Looks yummy, but nothing unusually spectacular visually. Head is about a finger high, basically white, and the body is glowing orange and clear. Some straggly lace strewn about. Aroma is extra stinky. Smells like a fresh pile of hops, like the dank stinky armpits of a super hero. The hops are intense. There is a dark side of fig, plum, grapes, and wet coniferous forest with a bright sprinkling of citrus and miscellaneous tropical aromas... Taste is also intensely hoppy and fun. Sweet and candy-like. Flavors are lemon, pine, and a whole lot of other things. I just became completely lost in the hops here. So moving on to mouthfeel... Prickly carbonation, drying yet somewhat syrupy, sticky, and chewy. Medium body, heading in the direction of full as the beer warms a little more. Interesting textures colliding in a cohesive way somehow. Overall I like this a lot.

Photo of wedge
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear pure gold color with a small, creamy head that holds as a bubbly cap. Smells like a big bowl full of fresh hop pellets...pungent, green, piney, spicy, and fruity. Stinky, dank, pineapple, melon, and grapefruit with the fainest hint of toast. Starts out dank and green in the mouth transitions to juicy orange and pine needles and finishes with a candied fruitiness that is a bit unusual, though not in a bad way. A bright herbal quality seems to permeate the flavor. Melon-y, resinous, tropical...really a nice, complex hop profile. Medium bodied with a smooth bitterness. Mmmm...hoppy. Good stuff.

Photo of fuzzcherry
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Oboogie
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up tonight at the COOP.. Pours with a good 1 finger white head... nice lacing the entire glass.. the brew is surprisingly clear golden.

Wow.. the nose is pretty good.. vibrant piney hops with some background melon.. some malt is there, and it isn't just "pale malt", I would guess some biscuit or maybe victory.

The palate is pretty cool too... I love that it isn't overly bitter, but relies on the hops on the palate to lay waste... again pine and melon/tropical fruits... but the melon is the bigger player.. a bit abrasive on the finish... hard to explain, sorta scraping hoppiness that combines with the carbonation to cleave off anything on my tonsils. Malts lay a bit too much for my liking with the toast and toasty biscuits throughout.

The body is great for the style... carbonation may be a touch light.

Wow.. again, wow.. I did not expect to enjoy this one as much as I did. Still, I get too much toasty/biscuit malt to draw this one into the upper echelon of DIPA's.

All 4's.. and that should probably be lower given the residual malts.

Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a hazy, orange/amber color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine, grapefruit and bubble gum. There was a toasty malt aroma.

T - It tasted very much like the aroma but better. Bitter hop bite up front with strong grapefruit and pine flavors. Some sweet toasted malt as a backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very tasty double IPA. I might have to get another one before they're all gone.

Lips Of Faith - Super India Pale Ale (Alpine Collaboration) from New Belgium Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 761 ratings.