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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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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
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 objectivemonkey
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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 +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.

cokes, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of Derek
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.

Derek, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of demcorhip
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%

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 +6.9%

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 +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.

ppoitras, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
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.

rhoadsrage, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
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. It’s plenty bitter for me tough. Light to medium body.

Drinkability: Average.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of blitz134
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

blitz134, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%

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 +3.6%

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 -6.9%

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 +9.2%

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 +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

blackie, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of mntlover
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%

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 -0.6%

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 +9.2%

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
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of terrabyte
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%

Pours a hazy amber tan color. Poured it wrong and got a monster white head.

Smells like pine and grapefruit. I'm really starting to dig this kind.

Great name. It's a lip smacking tart grapefruit taste and feel. I like how this has a beginning, middle, and end. I probably would have given this a higher review, but it really falls short of Tyranena's Hop Whore. I kind of feel bad about that, because Tyranena's "Brewer's Gone Wild" series is something I figure is an excuse for the brewer to go wild, and if he misses it, he can say "Experiment!". Where as Lake Louie is aiming for the center of the dart board with both eyes open.

Not complaining, but I would have liked to taste even more hops.

terrabyte, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
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

dirtylou, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
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!

orbitalr0x, Sep 25, 2006
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Kiss The Lips IPA from Lake Louie Brewery Company
82 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.