Kiss The Lips IPA - Lake Louie Brewery Company
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Reviews by BeerTruth:
3.5/5 rDev -2.8%
Picked up some of this while in Madison for the GTOM.
12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. No freshness dating anywhere...seriously, IPA's need some kind of dating to determine freshness...I'm just sayin...
Pours a semi-cloudy rusty gold with a full three finger almost white head. Good spiderweb lacing clings on all over the sides of the glass. Some floaties here and there too, solid looking brew fo sho. Aroma is fairly mild with gritty citrus and some bready malts. Very faint pine with a touch of dirt in the nose as well. Nothing too earth shattering to sniff. Taste begins with a tame citrus blend of lime, orange peel, and some grapefruit. Midway some biscuity flavors emerge with toasted grains. Aftertaste is almost non-existant but what's there is floral with a dash of lemon zest. Mouthfeel is much too watered down, carbonation is low and body is slick...not how I like my IPA's to feel. Not a bad AIPA, a few tweeks here and there and this could be a very good brew. This beer could easily take pick up lines to a whole new level, but still not on the same level as Donkey Punch and the rest of the Sweetwater lineup.
09-16-2009 23:56:13 | More by BeerTruth
More User Reviews:
3.55/5 rDev -1.4%
An above average IPA, better on tap than in the bottle, and likely to improve in subsequent batches.
Pours excessively carbonated bright navel orange. Swarms of bubbles churn, constantly reinvigorating a healthy off white head. Lace is sticky, clingy, and lasting.
Aroma is very juicy, citric, with passion fruit and grapefruit over a toasty toffee base.
Tastes very citric and less piney then most American IPAs. Loads of fruit: ripe oranges lead the way followed by grapefruit, passion fruit, and ripe papaya.
Mouthfeel is juicy, biting from the carbonation, and not particularly bitter for the style by hophead standards. Its plenty bitter for me tough. Light to medium body.
02-02-2007 14:53:03 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.93/5 rDev +9.2%
Picked this up in Madison when I had a "make your own 6" fest at Steve's Liquors. Great people.
A: Looks like hazy apple juice. Lots of floating yeast that settles to the bottom. Easily frothed up a nice craggy off-white 2 finger head. Great head retention. Great lacing.
S: Buttery maltiness and a nice but pretty subdued citrus and floral hop aroma.
T: A little lip sting. Crisp clean front. Citrusy, yeasty, malty middle. Tangy, slightly piney, floral finish with very little hop bite. A little washed out in my opinion.
M: Carbonation was a little too sharp and prickly but generally it is a really nice clean and crisp drink. It's very light in body.
D: I think it's a nice IPA. It just doesn't have the profile I personally enjoy. I like more of the citrus and less of the floral/piney. I think it attempts to be balanced - not quite sure it pulls it off but it is an interesting brew. I enjoyed it and would be happy to recommend it and have it again.
04-04-2009 02:10:29 | More by sgoodship
3.58/5 rDev -0.6%
Pours a pale golden body with a puffy white head that caps and lasts. Excellent lacing. There's sediment floating around that looks like fish food - not very appealing. Aroma is grassy hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavor is a mouthful of hops that last long past the finish. Becomes a bit astringent. This could use some more malt sweetness to balance the hops. Overall pretty good.
11-14-2009 01:18:18 | More by blackearth
4.2/5 rDev +16.7%
The Kiss The Lips IPA pours from the 12oz longneck bottle into my tulip glass a lovely crystal clear tangerine hue with a solid half inch of white bubbles on top. Aromas begin with luscious vine ripened hops. Big on the pine with vibrant citric, grapefruit underneath that brings tropical fruit to mind. Sweet malts lurk in the background, but the bountiful green hop oil aroma steals the show and draws me in.
First sip brings a rush of tasty hops, with piney and citrusy flavors working in and out. As it flows down a nice bitterness makes itself known as the hops segway into a somewhat biscuity, grainy clean maltiness. Then, the hops kick back in again at the end with some tropical oilyness and leave their mark with a well balanced bitterness in the finish. This is a tasty brew.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with plenty of active carbonation that dashes across the mouth with each sip. Overall, what we have here is a solid IPA that achieves a nice balance. I'd be interested to know the hop bill on this one...maybe some Amarillos in here somewhere, though I've never been good at picking out hops. Either way, it's a tasty IPA that I could easily sit down to a session of, another winner for Lake Louie if you ask me!
09-25-2006 02:43:31 | More by orbitalr0x
3.48/5 rDev -3.3%
Having to retype some of this out. Lots of foam on the pour. Huge white frothy head that left chunky lace on the glass. Dark, semi-cloudy, yellow body. Lots of carbonation bubbles stream to the surface.
Aroma is quite simple. Pine and fruity citrus mainly, raw citrus rinds. Taste follow suit of the aroma. Pine and resin again with raw citrus flavors. Malting is light and clean to let the hops shine through pretty well. A touch on the raw hop side and leaning towards unbalanced but it doesn't really affect the drinkability.
Decent mouthfeel, but a bit thin. Lots of carbonation add a crispness after the swallow. Drinkability is alright. For a session type beer it works pretty well since its easy to put down, its something I'd pick up every now and then if it was availabe. Good beer overall though.
02-01-2007 22:36:18 | More by blitz134
3.9/5 rDev +8.3%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a slight hazy to the golden yellow body with a slight hue of orange to it. There is a gentle carbonation with a thin soapy head of white foam sitting on top. The foam sticks to the side of the glass in sheets as I sip.
S- This beer has soft notes of pine and pineapple weed with a note of spice to it. The smell is pretty soft but does have some nice notes to it.
T- This beer has a grapefruit pungency to the hops with a smooth bitterness in the finish. As it warms there is notes of slightly sweet pale malt with the bitterness increase in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat or fizzy qualities just a clean finish.
D- This beer has a smooth nice hop flavor with some depth but it is a very drinkable soft IPA.
02-07-2007 22:11:21 | More by rhoadsrage
3.68/5 rDev +2.2%
Lightly smoky, hazed twilight golden with a short stack of frosted ivory suds.
Grapefruit and pine needle aroma, with a backing green apple and toasted biscuit malt, toffee emerges as it warms.
Enters with thick foundation of toasted English muffins, hard toffee, and apple butter. The malt is not necessarily dynamic, but it is plentiful. Hops bring pink grapefruit, pine tar, and bitter black tea. Again, nothing particularly new, but nothing to complain about either.
The body weighs in at a plus-sized medium, with a sedate carbonation that approximates cask-type texture.
There is a balance here that offsets the general lack of personality or flair (or, actual, IS the personality and flair here). It's drinkability will make you forget that you will forget this. It is what it is, an enjoyable inside-the-box IPA.
02-14-2008 08:04:00 | More by cokes
4.13/5 rDev +14.7%
Light orange with abundant white foam. Above average IPA of creamy grapefruit-orange and fruity flavour and aroma thanks to jpm30.Above average carbonation that is appropriate, though some ageing would be interesting. Tasty stuff that overhops yet is excellently balanced. Very drinkable.
10-19-2006 02:42:02 | More by Sammy
4.03/5 rDev +11.9%
12oz single, Rileys...been awaiting since learned of its release during a LL tour a month ago
appearance: pours into a great dane imperial pint glass...hazy golden copper, great frothy white head with nice retention. Lake Louie always lives up to billing in the presentation department
smell: very interesting aroma...nice grapefruit-hopping with a nice passion fruit compliment, toasted malt backdrop. Overall pretty nice
taste: I dont want to call it a letdown, but the bar is set so high for Lake Louie that its almost impossible to reach. This one follows through with a grain taste that Im not terribly fond of...otherwise it is moderately hopped and comes off very balanced...grapefruit, passion fruit, orange-citrus, faint pine.
mouthfeel: well balanced, super smooth, not very bitter
drinkability: very high
09-26-2006 00:20:55 | More by dirtylou
4.18/5 rDev +16.1%
Poured at the old fashioned in Madison in the Wisconsin tradion of a qurter inch of head resulting in no lacing and muted citrus aroma. A bit of ripe red berries also present. Color is beautiful straw-gold. Taste is lightly sweet and caramelly with good amounts of bitter and melony citrus hops flavors. Stickier and thicker than expected from the color but not unpleasant, adding enough body to support the hops. Overall a vary enjoyable ipa that is both crisp and full bodied. Will look for it again.
07-10-2009 04:07:21 | More by eallured
3.5/5 rDev -2.8%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a hazy unfiltered copper, with 3 big foamy fingers of off-white head. Nice frothy look to the retention, leaves a large sticky latticework of lacing back. The aroma is very grassy in the nose, with extra notes of light spice and bitter citrus rind. Some sweet graininess pulls up the back, adding some malt activity to this.
The bitterness from the hops in spicy and citric tasting but I'm getting some herbal qualities out of this as well. Sweet and buttery toasted malts offers up some balance to this, while the whole thing finishes with a spicy dryness that hangs on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with sharp creaminess that fills the mouth but then thins out quite towards the back of the swallow. Fairly easy feel overall though.
This was decent. Moderately assertive and well balanced for the most part, with probably the thinness of the body holding it back the most. I'm not sure if this would necessarily be a go-to IPA for me or anything but it was definitely at least worth a try.
01-07-2010 17:32:50 | More by Kegatron
3.73/5 rDev +3.6%
Special thanks to asmokingoat for this one.
A- Light golden honey with orange hues. Head is minimal, but oily and sticky. It's composed of sporadic bubble patterns that don't make any sense; not that that makes any sense...anyway...
S- Smells of earthy hops jump out at me first, followed by a light carmael/honey malt backing. A little swirl of the glass makes the citrus come out that is trying to hide buried under the overtones of said aromas.
T- The taste is a muted version of the smells; the hops hit you in the front, then the malty sweetness kicks in to compensate, but they both leave you wanting a little more 'depth'. The finish is dry and lingering.
M- Light in the mouth, thin. The carbonation is just right, though, for the style.
D- This is a very sessionable American IPA. The only characteristic this beer lacks, in my humble opinion, is complexity. All in all, a good beer and a pleasure to try.
11-06-2008 22:46:40 | More by MMAJYK
3.25/5 rDev -9.7%
My first beer from this brewery. Pours golden color with a lot of particulate matter getting tossed about by the carbonation bubbles. Two fingers of head forms and holds on quite well. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. I would of given this a higher appearance score if I had been warned about the yeast in the bottle.
Sort of a cleaning product aroma. Soapy, herbal, earthy, with slight pine qualities.
Taste is very bitter upfront. No mistaken the style with this beer. Again the soapy qualities come through. Malt is dry without adding much flavor. Lingering bitter aftertaste.
I liked the carbonation. Lively without being harsh. Enough to lift the hop bitterness off the tongue.
Not exactly the way I like the hops smelling or tasting. Nothing wrong but not to my tastes.
10-09-2011 18:37:02 | More by morimech
3.51/5 rDev -2.5%
Served from a bottle at a Red Robin.
A=Nice, rich reddish color. Head was short-lived.
S=Hint of citrus, but not very evident.
T=The first three sips were overpowering with alcohol and bourbon flavors; very hoppy...I am not a huge IPA fan, but this had way more hops than others. A hint of citrus. I got used to it, but this was not one of my favorite beers, even among IPA's.
M=Nice body, perfect (low) carbonation.
O=If you love IPA's with lots of hops, you may like this. Still the alcohol/bourbon taste at the start really got this off on the wrong foot. I definitely won't buy again...and probably would pass on this if offered to me.
07-08-2013 00:08:50 | More by dhannes
4.25/5 rDev +18.1%
Thanks to Eyncognito for this 12 oz bottle.
A: The IPA is an amber color, loaded with earthy brown and muted yellow notes. An ample head is lacing nicely.
S: The aroma is very pleasant, citrusy with a mango edge and floral finish. An excellent aroma that I wasn't really expecting.
T: THe hops are so juicy, so intense that this tastes like a fruit juice. It's not cloying, just loaded with sweet hops. Pineapple and mango, some tangerine, all dripping with floral zest. Grasses and pine round out the hop profile. Caramel and biscuiy malts are an afterthought to the hop profile.
M: The citrus juiciness of the IPA is great, a real surprise. The flavor is sharp and sweet throughout.
D: This one is going right back onto my Wants list. A great IPA that doesn't skimp on the flavor.
03-14-2009 19:27:14 | More by akorsak
Kiss The Lips IPA from Lake Louie Brewery Company
82 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.