Kiss The Lips IPA - Lake Louie Brewery Company
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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
3.53/5 rDev -1.9%
Reviewed from notes.
Served in a tulip glass. Pours an orange-copper color with a white head and a bit of lacing. The nose is slight citrus hops plus a bit of light malt backing. The flavor is a bit of bread and caramel plus some very mild hops. Feel is slightly bitter with a pretty good body. Decent drinkability.
11-14-2010 01:02:23 | More by Thorpe429
3.9/5 rDev +8.3%
"It's Hard To Kiss The Lips At Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long"
--The Notorious Cherry Bombs
Excessively carbonated ripe orange with honey colored edges. I hope all those bubbles don't affect my enjoyment of the beer, but I'm not optimistic. The pale ecru cap is mammoth, filling the entire glass initially, and is still a frothily creamy beast that refuses to depart. Only watery strands of lace end up sticking, although I use that word loosely. [Edit: a surprising amount of chunky lace ends up on the glass in the end.]
The nose is an equal mixture of buttery toffee cake and citric fruity hops, probably favoring the latter. I just added more beer to the glass to try to get it within sniffing distance and only succeeded in putting another four fingers of frothy foam between me and the liquid.
Kiss The Lips is a good IPA, but then I had no doubts about that. Given the track record of Lake Louie though, it can only qualify as a minor disappointment. I had extremely high hopes for this one as soon as I heard about it. Maybe it'll improve once I taste a batch that has been properly carbonated, who knows?
If you want balance in terms of flavor, but want more bitterness than sweetness, then you've come to the right place. As in the nose, there's a great deal of buttered caramel flavor that should satisfy the malt lovers... even as the American hop bitterness slaps them around more than they'd like. Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if one of the more citric English hops (like Styrian Goldings for instance) was used in addition to one or more of the C-hops.
It's so hard to draw a bead on the mouthfeel given the still chaotic carbonation. One thing is obvious though, even if one manages to subtract out all the bubbles; this is not a full-bodied IPA. Again, I'd love to get ahold of the next batch, when the brewery (hopefully) rights the wrong that was visited on this one in the form of triple the amount of CO2 that was needed.
What a shame. What a damn shame. I hope that Lake Louie decides to release Kiss The Lips year-round. I have every confidence that they'll eventually turn it into one of the best versions around; like they do with just about every style that they brew.
11-30-2006 15:13:17 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.33/5 rDev +20.3%
Had 2 pints of this over the weekend at Main St. Pour House in Stoughton, WI.
The pint arrived with a half inch of creamy foam on it, that laced nicely on the sides as time passed. The color was a lightly hazy saturated orange.
Aroma was very fresh and citrusy, unmistakable grapefruit and orange peel. Flavor was pleasantly bitter with some really nice grapefruit notes again. Dry in the finish with some herbal bitterness and pale malt in the middle. Light and easy drinking, with a definite sense of balance. I'd consider it very drinkable, as I had 2 in a row.
This is so much better than the bottles i've had in the past. Freshness is key, as it says "keep refrigerated" on the six-packs. Look for these fresh in the Spring, by August the hops fade a bit.
07-30-2009 17:54:12 | More by emerge077
3.88/5 rDev +7.8%
A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, light copper color with a small, white, foamy head that had quite a few small bubbles of carbonation. It left some nice thin rings of lace.
S - It smelled of citrus, pine and grasses.
T - It tasted of orange peel and grasses. It had a light caramel flavor mixed with some roasted malt flavors. Very mild for an IPA.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied beer with a dry finish.
D - This is a nice IPA, not fabulous, but a nice easy drinking IPA.
01-24-2009 21:09:15 | More by zeff80
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
3.5/5 rDev -2.8%
Pours slightly hazed amber. A thin head leaves some spotted lacing.
The smell is very mild for an IPA - some floral notes and a hint of citrus - with some caramel.
The taste is of bitter grapefruit upfront with firm caramelized sourdough. The taste is stronger than the nose. Though not a "hop-bomb" of an IPA, there is certainly enough bitterness, which becomes aspirin/herbal to land it clearly in IPA territory. A firm caramel backing sweetens it out in the middle, but then backs off to allow a bitter finish.
It doesn't have the chewy, full body of a great IPA, but does the job more than adequately.
In the end it is flavorful and smooth enough to be a good, enjoyably bitter IPA.
04-28-2014 20:09:05 | More by jwc215
3.53/5 rDev -1.9%
Thanks to hopdog for picking this one up for me...
Appears a semi transparent, orange toned amber with a huge, fluffy, off-white head that stays floating forever. Tons of lacing is left sticking around the glass. CO2 bubbles rise rapidly to the top.
Smell is of sweet caramel malt, perfumy hops, earthy flowers, and citrus...just a touch of tartness starting to set in here.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with sweet caramel, flowers, and over-ripened pineapple.
Mouthfeel is sweet, medium bodied, prickly, mildly astringent, and semi-dry
05-31-2008 01:02:24 | More by weeare138
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
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
3.75/5 rDev +4.2%
12oz bottle from Secret Santa jay23. Thanks for the opportunity.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 4+" off-white head above the clear dark golden brew. Head lasts more or less forever, and leaves huge hunks of lace randomly all over the glass. Aroma is a bit soapy citrus pine. Taste actually mirrors the nose, with the hops dominant, leaving little room for malt character, as expected for the style. Mouthfeel is a bit flat, yet still pretty smooth, and drinkability is limited by slow-falling head. Another nice offering from these guys.
02-20-2007 18:52:56 | More by ppoitras
3.58/5 rDev -0.6%
12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.
Pours a lightly cloudy amber, some light orange highlights, medium sized white ring forms and settles around the glass, very thin layer, some lace chunks stick with good retention.
Smell is interesting, quite light, some light fruitiness, apricots, peach stones, some caramel and biscuity malt, lightly floral, a touch of citrus, orange, a bit of alcohol, some fruitiness, not bad.
Taste is interesting, quite like, some sweet malt up front, a bit of caramel, some biscuit, light breadiness, apricots, some peach, a bit of floral, a touch of alcohol, light herbal bitterness and some toast in the finish.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. An interesting IPA, some solid maltiness. Thanks Russ!
08-08-2010 21:51:52 | More by Viggo
4.47/5 rDev +24.2%
Hazy orange-yellow body with yeast particulates suspended throughout Bubbly ivory white head leaves nicely spaced rings of lace. Nice bouquet of caramel coated floral, fruity and pungent goodness. Solid, solid flavor profile. Nice malt base caramel but an even nicer contributions from the hops...orange marmalade, pine, lemon zest and grapefruit. This is nicely balanced, but the hops do shine through as they should. Medium full body and actively carbonated. This would go well with an array of food options, though fish tacos come to mind first.
12-23-2009 05:28:07 | More by Bighuge
3.68/5 rDev +2.2%
Pours a hazy, golden color. One and a quarter inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. There are also lots of suspended yeast present. Smells of hops, pine, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with a high carbonation level. Tastes of hops and sweet malt. Overall, good body, aroma, and appearance.
09-04-2009 03:28:43 | More by Tone
British Columbia (Canada)
4.05/5 rDev +12.5%
A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, very little retention, initially some great lace.
S: Grapefruit, pine, grass, cotton-candy fruity esters, toffee.
T: Grapefruit, toffee, pine, assertive bitterness, tangerine/nectarine, biscuity-bread, slight caramel.
M: Moderate body is really smooth, with some hop acidity; modest carbonation.
D: Quite drinkable.
07-27-2007 00:38:11 | More by Derek
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
3.74/5 rDev +3.9%
12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6.4% ABV, no Julian date.
A - Perfectly clear and bright golden in color, Kiss The Lips has a nicely formed skim of ivory foam that, unfortunately, quickly diminishes leaving few dots of lace left on the pint.
S - Kiss The Lips' subtle earthy hop aroma carefully introduces grassiness and notes of pine through the caramel malt aroma for an approachable IPA nose but soft butter and creamed corn notes muddle the aroma.
T - Still mildly hoppy, Kiss The Lips shows off some sharp pine characteristics with traces of lemongrass citrus/earthiness following the malty flavor upfront. Pilsner sweetness and similar buttery notes come forwards but aren't as distracting in flavor as aroma.
M - The malty backbone of Kiss The Lips provides a solid support system for the feel with a smooth, medium body that works well to balance the dry, lingering bitterness the hops impart on the palate.
O - Kiss the Lips might not be the hop head's first choice when reaching for a potent hop-bomb, but this IPA delivers a nice lingering bitterness and earthy hop flavor while remaining sessionable for the long haul; an easy drinking IPA that goes down smoothly.
02-23-2013 14:42:43 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.98/5 rDev +10.6%
A-Hazy golden color...some sediment
S-Pine...citrus...and nice toasted malt element
T-The pine hops and citrus hops deliver the first punch...and a good one...nicely done...an underlying toasted malt backbone blends nicely and keeps from being one sided....nice balance but definitely a little more hop forward.
M-Medium...carbonation spot on...feels right.
D-There are so many great IPA's out there and this one is an enjoyable beer in its own right...a good workman like IPA with good flavor and balance..
12-21-2009 04:34:45 | More by ZAP
3.1/5 rDev -13.9%
Not bad, not great. Kind of a cross between a British IPA and an American IPA. Poured with a cream colored foamy frothy head that dies down to a scummy thin cover and some lace. Color is a clear light to medium colored amber. Aroma is light hop with malt and a bit of caramel. Flavor is a mildly assertive, somewhat piney hop and some malt and caramel. Body is decent with good carbonation. Finish is like flavor with the pine standing out along with a little caramel.
03-03-2011 02:20:18 | More by drpimento
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
4/5 rDev +11.1%
appearance: The 1/2" white head slowly falls back to leave a nice layer and ring around the glass. The beer is a slightly cloudy amber in color.
smell: There's a decent tropical fruit hop aroma and some moderately sweet grain notes. Definately has the "Lake Louie character" that is especially prominent in Warped Speed. Maybe the hops? the water?
mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the high side of the medium range, and the body medium.
taste: Flavors of fruity American hops blended with a moderately sweet, caramel type malt note. Candied fruits and grain husk are found. For an IPA, the bitterness is pretty light. Could use a touch more character to the hop flavor...maybe some pine to crispen it up a bit.
drinkability: Easy drinkability, and a good IPA, while a departure from the standard.
Shipped down South by dirtylou
12-07-2006 23:36:40 | More by blackie
Kiss The Lips IPA from Lake Louie Brewery Company
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