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

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Ratings: 732
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 50
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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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Beaver13

Colorado

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

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear light golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is huge piney, resiny, stinky hops.

The flavor is sweet malts and tropical fruits with a big piney, resiny dank bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste is a bit odd - sweet onions maybe? The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall, a very fine DIPA! A little too dank and resiny and sweet to be rated higher for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 05:16:50 | More by Beaver13
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

08-17-2012 04:28:52 | More by Kopfschuss
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HalfFull

California

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

A 'Super IPA', perhaps a new category along with Red and White versions? Or perhaps Goliath was pleased by David's offering? Still, an Alpine style offering on a New Belgium scale requires serious investigation.

Poured from a stardard painted bomber into a globe glass, a New Belgium globe glass even. The pour is nearly clear and golden with just a hint of haze. A half inch of sticky lace settles slowly.

Aroma is a bit soapy at first, segueing to some tropical and melon components. More pine and resin with warming and a deep inhalation. Offers a similar citric component and pine bitterness to many an Alpine brew, yet this brew offers unfamiliar hops on the aroma to a degree.

Flavor is creamy with a pleasant carbonation and a gentle citric malt and hop delivery. Feel, bittering and finish is more traditional of an Alpine brew. The aroma, while nice, is somewhat more far afield. Not far from Pure Hoppiness in most ways. Drink it up as this is how we roll in San Diego..

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 04:11:07 | More by HalfFull
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

2.43/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a clear golden color with two fingers of pillowy white foam. Great retention.

S: Piney, Grapefruity, and resiny hops up front with a bit of caramel sweetness in the background. The hop aroma is a bit too much on the resiny side, though. It's quite pungent.

T: Overwhelmingly resiny hops with a bit of piney hops behind. I get a good amount of caramel sweetness to balance. I am not a fan of the hop profile here at all, though. Very pungent and not very pleasant in my opinion.

M: A bit on the thick side with very nice carbonation.

O: I'm quite disappointed with this. The malt base is nice, but the hops kind of taste like rubber. I love Alpine IPAs, so that makes it even more disappointing. I'm surprised so many people have favorably reviewed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 03:33:40 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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quetzal013

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

08-17-2012 03:30:10 | More by quetzal013
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HopHead84

California

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

8/16/2012

Had this on tap at O'Brien's a week ago but it was difficult to judge after Imperial Nelson. Bomber into a snifter.

A: Burnished yellow gold with an inch of soapy off-white sea foam that lingers for a minute, eventually leaving sheets of froth on the sides of the glass. Nice color and good clarity.

S: Honeydew melon blends with strong pine resin aromatics and floral notes. I get some guava, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit as well. Nice hop aroma. I'd be lying if I told you I smell malt. It's all hops at this point.

T: The flavor kind of reminds me of a blend of Expo and Pure Hoppiness, with notes of pine, honeydew, and a bit of resiny spiciness. There's a light biscuity quality. This is big on the melon. There's some alcohol flavor in the dry and hoppy finish.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and dry.

Overall: A nice beer and I do see some Alpine influence (reminds me of Expo more than anything). I don't enjoy this as much as Alpine's usual offerings, but it's great to see a bit of their IPA mastery on such a widely available product.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 03:20:09 | More by HopHead84
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tbeq00

California

5/5  rDev +18.8%

08-17-2012 02:54:34 | More by tbeq00
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ArchEnemyBrew

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

08-17-2012 02:42:21 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
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kscaldef

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden, with nice bubble activity. Dense one-finger white head with good retention and lacing.

S: Resiny, piney hops and lots of them. Some lighter earthy and floral notes.

T: Starts with a bit of malt sweetness, then the hops take over in a flavor explosion. Very piney, but also some tropical and citrus fruit contributions.

M: Well carbonated, with a slightly oily mouthfeel. Lots of linger; both sweet and bitter.

O: Really well done beer. I haven't had a chance to try much from Alpine, but it seems like their reputation is well deserved.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 01:08:32 | More by kscaldef
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mjryan

Minnesota

3.28/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sweet bottle art. I've liked a lot of the Lips of Faith labels, this one is my favourite. Looks wonderful, orange huged, crystal clear with a firm lasting head. Aroma is, well, kind of not so good. Where are the hops? I get a faint touch of citrus zest and pine but a malted milk ball aroma dominates. What gives. The hops do come through in the flavour department though. Bright lemon zest and mango, very unique. Unfortunately, that stale malty character remains and is very off putting. Seriously, I'd swear this was a six month old bottle of IPA. Still plenty hoppy, but that fresh hoppy zing is muted and the malts were always meant to play a minor supporting role. Except for the hop flavour, which is quite vibrant. So strange. Maybe my bottle is oxidized, it happens I hear. Hey, whatever, not bad, but I'm cornfused about what happened here.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 23:51:36 | More by mjryan
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draheim

Washington

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

650mL into a tulip. Pours a clear honey color w/ a fluffy white head, moderate carb.

Aroma is a burst of tropical goodness, citrus and pine. Hints of mango and peach.

Taste is a backbone of pale dry malt and copious American hops. Grapefruit, evergreen and a nice clean sharp bitterness. Sticky and dank, pure resinous hop essence.

Mouthfeel is a little oily, chewy with a bitter bite on the finish.

Overall a very solid DIPA. Not surprised Alpine had a hand in this one. Up there with Hoptimum or even Pliny the Younger.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 03:47:17 | More by draheim
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

08-16-2012 00:40:34 | More by djrn2
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ehammond1


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

Bottle (2012)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Nearly clear golden and light amber with a small near-white head that leaves marked, regular lines of lacing down the glass.

Piney, earthy, hoppy aroma with some graininess as well. There's a bit of citrus zest element, but not a lot.

Moderate to high bitterness, even for the style, pine and citrus zest, earthy hops, grain, bread, and slight hint of alcohol.

Medium body with high, crisp carbonation.

Great for a New Belgium DIPA. Not so great for an Alpine DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 17:53:28 | More by ehammond1
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jriggins6

Colorado

5/5  rDev +18.8%

08-15-2012 15:26:09 | More by jriggins6
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 8.13.12.

A - Pours a clear, lighter orange with a one inch, foamy and off-white head. Good retention.

S - Citrusy - oranges, lemon, and lots of pine resin. Very nice.

T - Similar to the nose, but more pine resin and grass. Sticky.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body. Bitter finish.

O - Super IPA is a perfect name for this one. Lots of Pine and Citrus. A bit too resiny for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 03:57:52 | More by HuskyinPDX
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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

22oz bottle picked up in Ft. Collins for $5.99 which is a pretty good deal for a double IPA these days. I was real excited when I heard about this collaboration because I think Alpine is producing some of the best IPA's in the business. This really tastes and smells like an Alpine beer which is awesome. Bright orange color, huge head, huge lacing on the sides of my New Belgium snifter (I don't have any Alpine glasses). Smells dank, stinky, melon rinds, cat piss, green, spicy, black pepper. Flavor is heavy melon rind, canteloupe rind, juicy fruits, hint of black pepper and a bitter finish. This beer reminded me a lot of Pure Hoppiness and Exponential Hoppiness, I think it is the melon rind aspect. This is a real winner and easily the best IPA New Belgium has produced.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 02:26:14 | More by ArrogantB
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rajendra82

Georgia

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

The orange-amber colored body had some mild chill haze. The head was one finger thick, and carbonation mild, but steady. The aroma was not aggressive enough for the style. The hops used smelled citric, grassy, and mellow. The taste was very citric as well and was backed by an expressive malt backing reminiscent of honeydew melon and cotton candy. The finish was bittersweet and extended. The body felt soft and sticky. This was definitely a beer to chill with at the end of the day, rather than one to dazzle.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 04:33:39 | More by rajendra82
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4/5  rDev -5%

08-11-2012 23:10:42 | More by bsuedekum
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sukwonee

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

08-11-2012 03:29:02 | More by sukwonee
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fehrminator

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5%

08-10-2012 23:45:25 | More by fehrminator
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notchucknorris

California

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

A: Pours clear glowing orange color with a big fluffy off white head.

S: Huge orange and pine hops with a good amount of hop resin, honey and some mango.

T: This is a pretty incredible beer. Tons of hops without ever really becoming that bitter. Lots of pine and chewy citrusy hop resin with some honey and malt sweetness. Finishes with some peppery resin and a touch of heat. Tasty stuff!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 22:25:41 | More by notchucknorris
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this at our last brewing session.

A - bright, translucent orangish yellow with a thick white head that has great retention

S - citrusy, orange, some pine

T - orange juice, yeast, piny bitterness, earthy, faint alcohol in the finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, dry, warm

I can't put my finger on it, but there's something off about this beer. The hop character is decent, but the malt character is very light. There's also a bit of yeastiness that I find a bit off putting. In any respect, I'm glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 18:52:55 | More by tdm168
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rand

California

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bomber poured into a Mikasa tulip glass

Quick review:

A: Orange-tan in color, chilled haze, small but tighlty bubbled head leaving lacing everywhere

S: Orange rind, pine, honey-sweet. Lemon pepper and cracker-y notes meet alcohol. Huge bouquet.

T: Immediate orange and resiny hops oils up front. Tropical flavors, vinous resin...smashed up big malt sweetness. Combines to a ripe fruit undertone. Bitter aspects combine with alcohol but are tamed by hop esters. Flavors resonate, balanced finish.

M: Chewy, oily...9% seems low.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 09:50:02 | More by rand
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denver10

Kentucky

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

Pours an orangey copper with a thick, foamy thumbs width white head. Wonderful retention and lacing. A beautiful aroma; a huge hit of pine hits first and then flows into a beautifully sweet fruity (pineapple, clementines and peaches) finish. A touch of malt hides underneath everything providing just a touch of some breadiness. Honestly, everything I could want in an aroma for a IIPA. Favor follows suit pretty much to a 'T' with a decent amount of bitterness. A nice smooth, creamy mouthfeel with just the right amount of activity. Overall, very nice. I usually don't care for piney/resiny IPA's but it worked perfectly in this beer, and I'd have to imagine the freshness of this plays a big part in it.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 23:53:26 | More by denver10
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KVNBGRY

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a bomber of this at Fish's in FoCo. A New Belgium and Alpine Brewery collaboration. Triple dry hopped, you can't really tell. The malt seems to overtake the hops a little too much for my liking, but that doesn't mean it's bad by any means. I feel it's a step in the right direction for New Belgium.
Golden, copper color.
.5-.25 inch head
Decent lacing
Doesn't leave you craving more, yet keeps you interested!
Solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 19:55:59 | More by KVNBGRY
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