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Kiss The Lips IPA - Lake Louie Brewery Company

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Kiss The Lips IPAKiss The Lips IPA

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82
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154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lake Louie Brewery Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: orbitalr0x on 09-25-2006)
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Photo of akorsak
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

akorsak, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of madtowndmb1
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours amberish color with little head

S: Piney and citrus hops with a touch of sweetness

T: There's a decent amount of bitterness from the hops but a good amount. Not alot of citrus here and the pine flavor is good too

Overall a good drinker and a nice IPA that's easy to get and local!

madtowndmb1, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark orange amber with a mammoth, four-finger head that fills half the tulip glass and detracts from the presentation. Out-of-control froth leaves patches of sticky lacing.

S: Juicy citrus hops and pine needles.

T: Totally hop-centric taste -- ruby red grapefruit, pine tar and citrus pith -- that's balanced with a healthy dose of sweet pale malts. Dry, bitter finish.

M: Smooth and creamy, although, again, the preponderance of froth makes it difficult to navigate.

D: Tasty and well balanced.

CaptainIPA, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

zeff80, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of Pauly2X
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy yellowish gold, quarter finger head with decent staying power.

S- Very fresh citrusy hop aroma.

T- Mild malt sweetness is quickly augmented by a solid dose of smooth hop bitterness and flavor. This carries through the end in a citrusy finish.

M- About what I expect for an IPA, light to medium bodied.

D- This just might replace, gasp, two hearted for me.

A very solid IPA. True it's not very "in your face" but it'll do the job to scratch a hop itch.

Pauly2X, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

MMAJYK, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with eyncognito, Thanks Ian!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed dark yellow color with a fluffy white head that left sheets of sticky lacing.

S - citrus hop aroma.

T - good citrus hop flavor, nice dry finish.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - easy to drink, enjoyable brew.

JoeyBeerBelly, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

weeare138, May 31, 2008
Photo of objectivemonkey
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazy peachy orange with some nice white head and some rings of lacing with arching bit or two. There are tons of fruits in the aroma, mango and peach and apples, some caramel and biscuit, some hops oils, a certain butteriness to it, pretty nice. Flavor is much the same way, about the same in composition, with solid mouth, body, carbonation and feel very nice. In all, its a good beer, not great, but quite good.

objectivemonkey, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of cokes
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

cokes, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of Derek
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Derek, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of demcorhip
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my BA brother in law Craig for bringing this up to the northwoods of Wisconsin, along with some tasty homebrew i might add.

A decent looking IPA, clear amber, and very mildly carbonated. Managed a one finger pale tan head that faded to leave a thin collar of lace.

Very nice aroma of caramel and tangy, sweet and bitter ruby red grapefruit with accents of pine and papaya. Hints of booze and toasted malts also present and make for a nice overall olfactory presentation.

Very tasty, toasted pale malts with flavour of toasted bread and lesser hints of toasted nuts give way to the hops, with their flavours of tropical fruit and pine. Caramel sweetness with hints of richer toffee also come along for the ride. Ruby red grapefruit bitterness with hints of papaya and sprigs of pine make this what it is supposed to be, an american IPA.

A solid, medium bodied brew, with an excellent balance between malt and hops. Just enough lingering hop bitterness to remind the drinker that this is an IPA, and almost palate stripping. Some boozy warmth comes through and adds to the overall experience of drinking this smooth ale.

Very drinkable, enough tasty hops to keep one interested and coming back for more, and more. And the malts are quite tasty and rich as well. Despite the touch of caramel sweetness it manages to finish slightly dry thanks to the toasty malts, keeping this a refreshing and quenching beverage. Slight booziness only enhances the drinkability short term, and id love to see just how sessionable this one is, i suspect it would be one hell of a treat to drink this all night long.

demcorhip, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of mwagner1018
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On a business trip in Madison, WI: Bartender at Delaney's poured into a room temperature pint glass out of tapped keg.
A- Nice light golden color, with an airy head. About 1 finger of head, cob webbing, very distinct lacing down glass.
S- Very good, sweet floral smell, associated with citrus and hops.
T- Tasty bitter hops, citrus, light, good finish and nice distinct characteristic IPA bite on the tongue, subtle and makes this beer very drinkable.
M- Perfect carbonation balance, sits in mouth nicely, flavors emanate through the palate.
D- Very good, easily drinkable, refreshing and unique, yet staying very much in the tradition of the IPA.

mwagner1018, May 19, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ppoitras, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

rhoadsrage, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. It’s plenty bitter for me tough. Light to medium body.

Drinkability: Average.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of blitz134
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

blitz134, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to nflmvp for this offering.

A: Pours a oddly dark rusty color with a frothy one finger white head. Nice retention on this Wisc. brew. Fierce head returns with a swirl of the glass. Nice lacing.
S: Pine and grapefruit hops. Nice sweet floral notes also. An interesting and almost piercingly pleasurable aroma.
T/M: Citrus notes abound, but aren't overpowering. Slight pine tar infusion. Bitterness is present, but isn't overpowering. Flavors and bitterness are subtle, but still there. Toasted grain notes also in this. Nice balance. Carbonation is a bit too much, which may take away from the flavors and bitterness.
D: Nice session brew possibly. Good aromas and flavors with nothing out of the ordinary. Glad I got the chance to try this.

bjohnson, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had many IPAs, and this one has a decent amount of hop balanced by a pleasant candied-fruit sweetness. I'd recommend it.

It pours a hazy amber, which is flat-looking and a bit unappealing. Aroma is faintly citrusy, but balanced with a candy-sweet smell. Mouthfeel, contrary to my expectations, is not flat but very finely carbonated (and pleasant). Flavor is subtly bitter but sweet in the back of the mouth. Definitely a departure from other "bigger" IPAs, but still quite good. I would say that this beer is quite approachable.

BeerBelcher, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of mcallister
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nothing sticks out and says look at me on this one. It's a sparkly clean mahagony with a decent white head leaving a thin layer of lace behind.

Nose is full of buttery, toffee aromas, with a hint of grassy hops that display a slight citrus splash. Also some grainy aromas arise from the depths.

Very malt driven IPA. Too much so for my liking. However this is a IPA that I could session on. The same buttery, toffee malt that stood out in the nose is dominating the taste. A light grassy, floral hop flavor is on the finish that needless too say is short and weak.

Mouth is full and nice though and I've mentioned my liking of drinkability. Just not a beer I would get excited about and want to show off too a fellow BA.

mcallister, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of gpcollen1
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange into my Harpoon IPA glass. A massive head forms and holds pattern at 3/4 inch. Hints of citrusy hops on the noses though nothing stands out in particular.

Taste is crisp and sharp - a nice mix of malt running to the hoppy finish. A bit of sweetness comes through somewhere in teh middle but nothing I can put my finger on.

Overall a solid brew - sessionable and refreshing.

gpcollen1, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

blackie, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of mntlover
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber some golden color peaking out, light chill haze. With a small one finger off white head that falls and leaves some sticky lace behind.

Aroma is caramel malt with grapefruit and pine resin showing thru the nose. Nose is nice not too intense or strong but hoppy.

Taste is caramel malt a little grainy with nice hop flavors again not to intense. Citrusy and pine riding a light carbonation zest moving to the malt lightly sweet hints of caramel more grainy bready flavors really though. Finish is lightly dry with some lingering bitterness but on the lower end of the scale.

Mouthfeel is light medium maybe lighter, lightly zesty carbonation may be making it seem lighter.

Drinkability is ok not a great IPA but decent enough little more caramel malt few more pounds of hops might do the trick. Anyway thanks go to dirtyllou again for a sample from this wonderful brewery.

mntlover, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of kmpitz2
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. The brew fills my glass with a brilliant golden liquid with a 2 finger off-white head that falls slowly. Clarity on the brew is excellent, and only a few stray bubbles work out of solution and to the surface of the brew. It really has a nice color to it. The aroma is caramel sweet with a lighter grapefruity hop and I also get a kiss of cooked corn in there, leading me to think there is a little DMS going on in the brew. Hmm. Flavor is pretty nice, but all flavors in the beer seem a little subdued. It starts with a push of caramel maltyness, followed quickly by a fresh and clean citrusy hop, and moving into a mild bitterness on the finish that doesn't linger too long. Under all of this, I still get a sense of DMS as some cooked corn/vegetable flavors. To me, something is just not right in there. Mouthfeel is moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. Overall, I am disappointed by the aparent DMS that I am detecting. I will revisit this one for certain, as I know I have a few more waiting for me. Other than the DMS, I like it.

kmpitz2, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kiss the Lips poured into the pint lightly hazed with a cloud of yeast slowly making its way down through the glass. The body was a warm and rich golden color with a fluffy off-white frothy foam head. The lace was luxuriously thick and thoroughly coated the glass.
The scent was surprisingly subtle. The scent was mildly piney with a light fruity sweetness, a touch of grassiness, and a hint of yeast mustiness.
The taste opened with pine and grapefruit citrusy hops, which gave way to a light fruity sweetness and bit of citrus zest. The finish is a return to the green hops, moderately bitter with a pleasant touch of dryness in the finish.
The body is medium with a fairly active carbonation giving it a zippy, but slick mouthfeel.
This is actually a pretty damn good IPA. In the beginning I was actually thinking it might be more of an English IPA, based on the more subtle nose. The taste says American IPA all the way.
Well balanced and pretty darn drinkable.

EvilKeith, Oct 20, 2006
Kiss The Lips IPA from Lake Louie Brewery Company
82 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.