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

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Reviews: 232
Hads: 798
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 4.83%
Wants: 72
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: GilGarp on 08-04-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 232 | Hads: 798
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz bomber picked up at Greens Buford Hwy, atl

A - Pours a dark orange, with a huge 2 fingers of head. Nice sticky lace.

S - Huge piny hops, citrus. Huge aroma. Fresh.

T - Like the smell, a huge blast of pine and citrus hops. A hop lovers dream. VERY well balanced. This is an Imperial IPA at its best.

M - Medium bodied, dry finish.

O - I am excited to get an Alpine here on the East Coast. I visited the brewery last year, but you can't find it outside of CA. Thanks New Belgium!
Alpine is none for their huge IPA's. They knock it out of the park, AGAIN (565 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look! Up in the glass…

This beer came with some hype and I’ve been eager to see if it delivers. Purchased and enjoyed in October, 2012, so I’m assuming it’s still fresh.

Visually this brew is appealing. I get a warm light tan-golden colored brew with a big cottony layer of foam atop. The foam hangs around for a while releasing this great hop bouquet of straw and citrus atop a whisper of tropical fruit. I’m harboring a guess here but I’d say there’s some Armadillo and Simcoe at play, with a touch of Citra for the mango and pineapple notes. (Like I said, this is just a guess based on what little I know about hops. But one I make with more confidence than I would have a year ago!)
Tastes great—it has a definite bitterness with a solid malt edge. The body holds up to the hops’ assertiveness, and the hop flavors come across in a way that allows their nuances to shine. I get the hints of straw and light citrus mingled in with some pine, more so than the tropical fruit which I found in the aroma. Finishes clean and bitter without being a palate-wrecking IPA. Alcohol is barely noticeable despite being 9%. I’ll be honest, I enjoyed this one immensely. (1,183 characters)

Photo of gtermi
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours a very nice golden body with a tint of orange. The beer pours with a sorta thick head, that quickly fades and leaves a tiny bit of white lace on the glass. The head never truly goes away though.

S: Now this is about as good as it gets when it comes to an Imperial IPA. The hops come through as very spicy and earthy. Maybe its me just making things up, but this smells as if it has a pepper in it. Just absolutely fantastic.

T: Again, just fantastic. The hops explode on my palate and leave a bitter taste on my palate for what seems like hours. I am picking up some pine, some onion, pepper, earthiness and some sweetness from the grain.

M: The beer has a warmth and burning feeling on the back of the throat and as it goes down. It leaves a weird oily bitterness that coats my mouth from the hops and though it doesnt hurt how I feel about this beer, it just feels weird. The best part of the mouthfeel for me is the little tickle on the tip of the tongue.

O: This beer just hits the spot! The hop combination is just perfect and the bitterness isnt overpowering either. I have had hundreds of IPAs and DIPAs and this is for sure one of the better ones I have ever had. My only problem with this beer is that it isn't year round. (1,255 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a clear light gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like huge super fresh hops, including tons of citrus and dank resin, with tropical notes and sweet honey and a touch of alcohol.
T: It tasted not as powerful as expected, based on the scent. But it still had an unbelievably fresh and pure hops character, mostly citrus and dank resin, with some tropical notes and sweet honey and peppercorn. It had a very crisp and clean aftertaste with lingering mellow bitterness.
M: It was somewhat thick and viscous with a little carbonation. Nice oily body.
D: This was one of the best IPAs I've had in a long while. So incredibly pure. The scent was basically perfect. The taste wasn't as overwhelming, but it was still excellent. The body was decent, and the finish was surprisingly smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was quite easy to drink. A real treat. Highly recommended. (893 characters)

Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

One finger of head with extremely fine bubbles which enlarge as they dissipate. Beautiful lacing remains where the head was, completely encircling the glass. Look is so good that I am sitting and admiring instead of drinking. Body is apricot color, very clear.

The citrus and pine aroma hit me when I uncapped the bottle. The pour revealed some malt as an added plus. With my malfunctioning olfactory system, this has to be strong.

Taste is also strong with pine and citrus. Some malt, which follows the aroma.

Halfway through the glass and the strong lacing remains around the glass away from the sipping side.

Mouthfeel is smooth, yet strong. Alcohol is definitely there, but in a way that works.

Overall I am definitely impressed. At $8 a bottle this goes to the top of my best beer for the buck list. (839 characters)

Photo of DankB33R
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 22 oz bomber poured into an 18oz snifter.

A. One and half fingers of white foam ontop of a clear golden hued ale. Foam died back to thick lacing.

S. The aroma is full of resinous pine, citrus and some tropical fruit notes.

T. The taste is a mix of malt sweetness and bitter piney flavors. Followed by some citrus.

M. Mouthfeel is what you might expect from an imperial IPA. Just a little heavy on the palate. Leaving a good coating of piney resinous IPA on every sip.

O. Overall, excellent appearance with a solid IPA aroma. Taste is also a solid mix of pine and citrus with some tropical fruit notes. I'll certainly look for this on draft. (651 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Rock solid white shocking head. Stuck and full of retention and staying power. Three fingers deep and going nowhere. Body is a great crystal clear peach orange amber. Some faint rising carbonation. This head is STUCK and a nice creamy top that caves in and clumps, with some good hanging thick lacing.

Nose is a great mix of aromatic hops and bready malts. Faint dank soil, with big dirt undertones. Strange earthy floral notes. Noticeable, powerful but strangely not off kilter and in control. Hop heads will enjoy this smell.

Oh wow. Huge orange and cherry soda malt bodied blast with real juicy feel. Big quaffing fruit punch action in the mid palate with huge depth. Mild controlled sweetness. Orange, tangerine, all that wonderful orange citrus meshing real nicely. Aftertaste lingers dramatically. CREAMY milk and popsicle creamsicle rush on the after finish. You could call tropical, too, not my personal fav, but it's there also.

You know I have been VERY disappointed in much of the Lips of Faith lineup, particularly the Fresh Hop IPA. But this is truly a winner. Reminds me of the greatness of fresh squeezed orange fruits, and sunshine in a glass. Fantastic win. (1,226 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a New Belgium glass because sadly, I don't have an Alpine glass and was unable to score a double glassware win.

The beer is ever so slightly hazy, appearing a beautiful golden color and teeming with effervescence. A somewhat careful pours still yields nearly two inches of thick, white head. As the head settles around a half inch, it plasters the glass with sticky lacing.

The aroma is fabulous and screams Alpine. Fresh hops and citrus in mouth watering fashion. I would have guessed Alpine if served this beer in a blind test.

The flavor is quite nice. Aggressively hop forward with a touch of sweetness. Lots of citrus, particularly orange and grapefruit. My kind of IPA.

Silky smooth feel with minimal bitterness, especially considering how hoppy this beer is. Alcohol content is hidden exceptionally well.

Overall, this is certainly a winner for me. So glad to be able to acquire this at my local store. (925 characters)

Photo of jsulko
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours copper colored with a slight haze. Pretty decent thick white head on the beer.

Smell is of fainty citrus notes with some of the oily pineyness in the background. This one is NOT a grapefrut bomb.

Piney hop bitterness comes through more in the flavor but not in an offputting way. Some citrus hints with a touch of sweetness. Alcohol hidden well on the finish.

A very very good DIPA but not the style I tend to favor. May give another try before it is all gone. (503 characters)

Photo of jjboesen
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is another lusty member of New Belgium's "Lips of Faith" Series; however, this beer is a tad more lusty since it was born from the collaboration of Colorado's New Belgium and California's Alpine Beer Company. This beauty is a triple-hopped devil created from four of your basic hops: Amarillo, Centennial, Columbus and Simcoe, four lusty sisters, the last being a total Party Girl.

The adventure begins at the initial pour: there is a tremendous blast of apple cider and pineapple, which hits your nose before the first golden drop hits the yawning glass rim. This Super IPA pours out a massive head of pillowy froth that sloooowwwly dissipates to leave a vanilla cap atop the cloudy amber body. Inside, one espies a rush of carbonation bubbles rushing to the top. The aforementioned head eventually sinks into a gummy blanket of lather.

The first sip comes across as a somewhat chalky bite of malty honey with useful points of pineapple and wet grass; there is a (very) sweet finish at the end (which is the best place for a finish). The mouthfeel is fun too. It is dry, buttery and crisp, a unique miasma for any beer. However, it is dry, so the Super IPA should be complimented with some water. What a brew: pleasant, but powerful! (1,241 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Five Star. Three-finger, fluffy, white, foamy head leaves behind wonderful lacing. Brew is near perfectly clear orange with some yellows.

You can smell the hops coming from the bottle, before it's even poured. Pine, apricot, and mango dominate. Not your typical West Coast IPA..

Butter, but slightly over carbonated. No heat, slightly too bitter and sweet. Hops could stand to be more prevalent. And sugar could be lower, but the flavors are smooth and relaxed. The pine is resinous, but too much so. Apricot is also a bit on the heavy side.. This brew is very wet.

More of a Winter IPA then a Summer IPA, but an awesome brew from New Belgium/Alpine. I think I know who did most of the leg work in this collaboration, too bad the other brewery is getting most of the credit.. A great surprise. Highly recommended. (817 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head that leaves a layer on top of the pour with some nice lacing.

Smell: There is a huge citrus peel hop bitterness presence here. I'm also getting a bunch of pine needles. Some sweetness, but the hops are the star.

Taste: Just like the smell, the hops are the star. There is a nice malt sweetness to back up the hops. The hop profile is full of pine notes along with some mild citrus. The finish is really bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fairly smooth carbonation and a rather dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a really good IPA. The hop bitterness was quite heavy, but really nice. I would drink this one again. (762 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really impressive IPA.. ranks up there with the best. Pours a clear gold color with a big frothy head and thick rings of lacing. Head retention is very good.

Aroma is great. There is a mixture of piney hops, citrus hops and floral as well. The pine and floral are most prominent on the nose. Big strong aroma.

Flavor is very good as well. Dry hoppy bitterness, some pine and citrus with a big floral (simcoe?) presence. There is a malt backbone as well, provides some sweetness, but this is still a hop heads beer.

Mouthfeel is dry, crisp and bitter, for a hop head it goes down very easily. No indication of the high alcohol content either, just a great hoppy beer.

Top shelf brew, as good as most of the better Left Coast DIPAs. (736 characters)

Photo of DocJitsu
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale, slightly hazy wheat golden color with a short, quickly dissipating, nearly white head with no lacing. Obtrusive, but lovely grapefruit and pine. Nice, heavy, almost thick mouthfeel offset by the slightest of carbonation scrubs. Pine, grapefruit, and lemon are the predominant flavors balanced by some underlying sweet malt. Very good beer. (353 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served as a double glassware win in a New Belgium globe glass and an Alpine shaker pint, yes, yes I did.

Beer is orange with a mild haze to it, big tan head, off white, large bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is earthy, resiny, hoppy, sweet, awesome nice.

Perhaps it shouldn't surprise me that New Belgium and Alpine could make a good IPA, they have, they destroyed this, knocked it out of the park, this is a great, medium body, resiny, chewy, hoppy, bitter IPA with a nice malt presence propping it up throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and would have it again in a second. (614 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass. Fresh as just hit the market after being released. It was a clear copper color with moderate carb streams. It had a good sized, white head that settled to a constant 1/8" foam cap. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma was awesome with dank pine mixed with tropical citrus and grassy hops. Good sweet malt background but it's a hop show. The aroma really got me drooling! The taste was also outstanding with the sweet malt and tropical hops up front with the bitter of the pine coming mid drink but never getting out of control. Really good balance to it. Medium, creamy mouthfeel with good carb levels and nice sweetly bitter aftertaste.

Overall, an excellent ADIPA that I highly recommend. Alpine is one of my favorite brewers and I miss getting to try their beers now that South Bay/Bine & Vine can't ship to Texas. Glad to see them working with one of my other favorite breweries NBB. Great collaboration. Avail here in TX. Rotation - one time release so better as much as I can find. If a regular release, it would be heavy rotation for sure. (1,100 characters)

Photo of riored4v
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a tulip. Lightly hazed, copper colored body with a rocky, white head.

Aroma was tangerine and orange with some good amounts of pine. Mildly sweet and some maltyness. A bit bready with a light amount of caramel. Smelled fantastic.

Taste was caramel and breadyness upfront with a citrusy and tangerine/orange flavor. Some moderate sweetness and mild maltyness balanced out the hop flavors and bitterness leaving a clean bitterness that wasn't overpowering. Finished very floral, citrusy/orangey with some definite piney flavors. Moderate bitterness. Slight hints of ABV.

Medium body, medium carbonation with a crisp finish that ending being slightly chewy with the sweetness.

Overall this was highly enjoyable. Loads of hop flavor with a big malt profile. (772 characters)

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has no date on the bottle but was only brewed once so therefore does not need one.

A - Pours out a nice golden yellow with what looks like a slight hop haze throughout. Nice two finger white head with incredible lacing that seems to stick to the glass forever.

S - Extreme hops of a lemon zest, garlic, pine, mango, citrus which meld together into one smell and hit you right up front. The smell is so pungent that it tickles my nose when I pull it in.

T - Can you say pungent hops of lemon zest and pine, mango, sweetness throughout and a bitter bite at the end that I can literally feel on the tongue. Feels like a warhead ripping at my taste buds. Hops build on this one so you may want to pare this with some food (or water) to battle the overpowering hops.

M - This one is light to medium on the mouth feel but has a soft oily presence on the tongue. I can actually feel the hops bitterness biting at my tongue.

O - This is an aggressive beer that is for sure. It seems to take over your senses one buy one and lure you in. After that it takes over. Definitely one that you should try if you can still get a hold of it. A unique and challenging beer that definitely puts your palate to the test. Get it if you can. Cheers!

Side note : With that said this is the first Alpine or New Belgium beer that I have tried thus far. Will be able to get more NB beers but not Alpine unless I trade for them. If you get Alpine I will be willing to trade you. (1,471 characters)

Photo of coastiefish
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip from a 22 oz

Notes: I was really excited to finally see something, anything from Alpine Brewing. I was stoked to find this bomber at my local New Seasons store.

A - Inviting clear effervescent golden orange, with a light layer of head. The brilliance of the color gets major points here as well as the lively carbonation

S - Bright juicy citrus, lemongrass, pineapple, bready. Rich aroma.

T - Pineapple, tropical. Biscuit. A bit different from the nose, and well welcomed. Great complexity. Green and grassy on the follow through.

M - Nice full body, swells, a bit of slickness, but that doesnt last. Finishes rather smooth and a touch dry.

O - This is a beer I go back for. Its fun and complex and Id love to pair it with food being so. Super IPA, sure, it fits the bill, though it wasnt overly powered by hops and bitterness which for me I often love, so this one Im really impressed with due to its complexity. (937 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once again, let's introduce this with my imagine that New Belgium is not a brewery known for the way they work hops. But with a little help from a brewery who does (Alpine) and a little peer pressure from Sergio, we had a done deal. On-tap at New Belgium itself, on to the beer:

Again? This is golden colored, but it's a little darker this time. Super creamy is the head, as it retains very well and spatters the glass inside with foam. The aroma is very intense, and very hoppy. Sweet and bittersweet sports the theme, as attractive passionfruit and grapefruit aromas dominate the show.

Just an expolsion of flavors derived from those little green flowers. Medium full bodied and smooth, tantilizing mango, passionfruit, and pineapple flavors do the name "Super India Pale Ale" justice. The alcohol is nowhere to seen, which got me thinking this was a single IPA with a lot of hops. Make no mistake, this is Double IPA territory. With little doubt , this is a fun beer to drink. (982 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (777 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: clear copper; well carbonated, but it goes straight to the head (a foamy one)
S: Fruit Loops!!!! Yum. Very malty with pine
T: Strikingly original IPA; well balanced between malt and hops; I detect Fuggles hops; very intense
M: silky, smooth mouthfeel

Outstanding IPA (299 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

9% ABV. Double IPA from New Belgium in Fort Collins, Colorado. This is a collaboration beer between the Alpine Beer Company in San Diego. Alpine is one of my favorite breweries because of their outstanding well-hopped IPA beers. After trying my first bottle, I loved it so much that I stock piled this beer as this is an one-off I am sure! Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Pours clear dark orange with a thick off-white head that slowly recedes to a beautiful and rocky lace. The nose is super intense dank and resin hops with a nice dose of caramel malt and citrus to back everything up. The flavor is sweet hops, but dominated by the super intense dank and resin hops, with the malty caramel and bread balancing the hops nicely. The body is fairly full and sticky with average carbonation and a long super bitter and hoppy finish. Excellent DIPA! (852 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (525 characters)

Lips Of Faith - Super India Pale Ale (Alpine Collaboration) from New Belgium Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.