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

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Ratings: 743
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 58
Gots: 35 | 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:
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(Beer added by: GilGarp on 08-04-2012)
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Photo of HuskyinPDX
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.

HuskyinPDX, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
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.

ArrogantB, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of rajendra82
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.

rajendra82, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev -5%

bsuedekum, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of sukwonee
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

sukwonee, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of fehrminator
4/5  rDev -5%

fehrminator, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of notchucknorris
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!

notchucknorris, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of tdm168
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.

tdm168, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of rand
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.

rand, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of denver10
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.

denver10, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of KVNBGRY
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.

KVNBGRY, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm barely familiar with Alpine and very familiar with New Belgium. Having said that and -- as an IPA fan-- I was excited to try this beer, knowing that Alpine would bring their IPA expertise into the effort.

This beer did not disappoint. Semi-dank and piney smell. The taste delivers with considerable bitterness and hops. Enough malt to balance things out.

There's a hint of tropical-fruits and of stickiness on the mouth-feel. It doesn't go as far with that as I would like, but that's a minor complaint. A very fine beer.

UpToMeBeer, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of ASUBeer
4.25/5  rDev +1%

ASUBeer, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of therope
4.25/5  rDev +1%

therope, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of evilc
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer reminds me a lot of 2011 Yulesmith Summer from Alesmith. I loved that beer - totally different than the mess released this year.

A: The beer is a clear copper color and had a huge head after a fairly aggressive pour that lasted a few minutes.

S: One thing I know I can pick out is Amarillo on the nose, since I know that is what I get from Sculpin. Some similarities there.

T: Hop Profile is Summer Yulesmith 2011, with not as much earthiness in the finish - yeast strain differences?

M: Medium body, resinous. Slight booziness but hell it's 9.0 ABV.

I liked it. Didn't love.

evilc, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of CManuel
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First ever BA review!!

Picked this guy up today at Tasty Beverage in Raleigh NC.

Pours a golden yellow with a slight haze and a nice thick, creamy head. Smells very very fresh and hoppy, with a good blend of grapefruit/grass smells. The taste surprised me. I thought It would be less balanced. I've never been a fan of NB IPAs, but this one is awesome. Very grassy and citrusy up front and finishes with a good blend of pine and resin mixed with a very slight alcohol bite.

Very drinkable, although at $10 a bottle I doubt I will be drinking a lot of these! Still, I'd have to rate this as one of my top Double IPAs

CManuel, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of beer2day
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Bottle Rev in Raleigh.

Honey gold pour with 2 fingers of medium cream head. Not much retention, but sheets lace well down the backside of the glass. Moderate to light carbonation.

Nose is a pineapple-grapefruit combination. Very bright and a bit grassy. Smells just like the juice combination my grandma used to make.

Taste is strong grapefruit with lots of hop esters. Touch of hop oil there and a good hint at the abv. Sweet up front with a nice grapefruit bitter finish. Still maintains balance.

Only slightly syrupy, even with the hop oils present.

Even at 9% this is a very drinkable dipa. I'd easily get this again and would put it in my top 10 for the year.

beer2day, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber picked up from New Belgium Brewery yesterday.

This is a joint effort with Alpine Beer Company who we know can brew some awesome double IPAs. This one was brewed and bottled in Fort Collins.

Super India Pale Ale is a slightly hazy golden yellow color with thick creamy head. It settles slowly and leaves some great lacing behind.

Aroma is wonderfully fresh and hoppy. This beer claims to be triple dry-hopped with Columbus, Amarillo, centennial, and simcoe with the latter being particularly noticible in the nose.

The flavor is excellent and easily the best hoppy beer that I've had from New Belgium. Citrus is huge but I also get some pine, and tabbouleh. Tons of bitterness and a malt bill that is there just to support the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Balance isn't totally out of wack for an imperial IPA but certainly more bitter than sweet.

Overall a fantastic imperial IPA and one worth seeking out. Make sure you get one before they're all gone.

GilGarp, Aug 04, 2012
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Lips Of Faith - Super India Pale Ale (Alpine Collaboration) from New Belgium Brewing
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