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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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90 Reviews
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Reviews: 90
Hads: 167
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lake Louie Brewery Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: orbitalr0x on 09-25-2006

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Photo of sophisticated
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a recent trip to WI. Can't go wrong with an IPA, and I have to admit the cute label caught my eye.

A) orange-amber, cloudly with a fluffy white head.

S) Very mild, surprisingly so. Pineapple and citrus hops dominated.

T) Again, surprisingly mild flavor. Pineple and citrus dominate, making it kind of sweet but some bitter hops cut through. Its balanced and tasty, but still on the mild side for an IPA.

MF) A little thin

D) Good but not my favorite IPA, I like a stronger hop flavor. Still decent and with good drinkability.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle a semi-clear sunshiny yellow to a sun king shaped pint glass with a large foamy white head.

aroma of faint hops and citrus ?

very mild, reminds me more of a cream ale than an IPA - though I have a feeling this one is nowhere near fresh. it's crisp and refreshing all the same.

highly carbonated, very thin.

drinkable - yes.

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Photo of Chaz
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a brilliant golden-orange, and topped with an off-white head that subsides rather gradually, leaving a tell-tale ting of lace.

Big hops, aggressive and piney-resiny. Cedar notes(!), but no real malt presence on the nose, so this one is gonna be rather dry. . .

Biting and astringent from the moment it hits the tongue, and scouring the palate all the way across the sky like a scorched-earth policy in some forgotten wartime drama, this one is for the Bitter Purists. All that said, this is ever-so-lightly boozy, and slightly vinuous (hop resin is somewhat vinuous?), and thus easily a cut above average for its style.

Mouthfeel is actually pretty good, and this is eminently drinkable; It feels quite light and refreshing on this particular stuffy evening in August.

Nice beer for what it is, but it's just not something that I'd want to drink on a very regular basis. I generally prefer the British stylistic rendition of IPA to the now-classic American C hops and boozefest that dominates the American Craft™ Beer niche-market. But to be fair, Kiss the Lips is lighter on the booze, and the Citrus has been toned down from 11 to about 7 (Amarillo and Warrior?), so I'll definitely give this one another try when I'm in next in Cheeseland : )

Hat tip to BA user Grantcty for the bottle!

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Photo of grub
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

EliteDigger hooked me up with this one. thanks scott!

12oz bottle. sampled aug 8/2010.

pours slightly hazy amber with a small dense off-white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. bit of alcohol. faint citrus. white bread and cracker. bit of biscuit. light honey and caramel. hint of dms.

taste is nice. medium bitterness level. light orange and tangerine. hint of pine. floral. lightly warming alcohol. white bread and cracker. hint of biscuit. caramel and honey. bit of toffee.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. a little warm and i could go for a bit more hop presence, but it may be a little past its prime. i'll have to keep my eye out for this one and re-evaluate it.

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Photo of Viggo
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of kiwanomelon
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Two fingers of head, with nice lacing. Golden yellow color.

Nose: very citrusy, with notes of apricot.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Not a strong-bodied beer, but very drinkable. Not as carbonated as I would want an IPA. Hoppy upfront, but quickly dissolving to a citrus aftertaste. Nothing spectacular or memorable here.

Serving style: bottle.

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Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Saison Dupont glass

A - One finger of head sits atop a slightly dark golden body. Lighter than I thought it would look.

S - Sweet smelling; hops, slightly floral; bit of malt; tiny bit of golden raisin, maybe a hint of grapefruit, some orange, lemon. Some cereal.

T - The hops don't bite as much as in some other IPAs; they blend very well with the malt which makes this an easier drinking IPA. I'm not noticing much else but this is a very pleasant beer.

M - Medium. My tongue is slightly coated but you don't get that acidic bite which some others in this style give.

D - There are a lot of IPAs that, while very very tasty, are not built for session-type drinking. This one is a step away from that. I don't know if I could go through a whole six pack of this in one sitting but I could definitely go for 3. It's a very nice beer that doesn't kick your taste buds in the groin but still has plenty to offer.

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Photo of Haus
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy golden color

S-Pine, citrus, and nice toasted malt

T-The pine/citrus hop burst gets you right away...pow... then a nice malt backbone.. finishes a bit dry and with little aftertaste. Nice balance and hop forward.

M-Medium body...carbination was spot on.

D-This is an enjoyable IPA. Not too hop foward as some of the others out there...but very drinkable with a nice body. I am glad I have five more of these to enjoy.This is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jera1350
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a lovely fluffy white head. Leaves a bit of lacing.

Lots of fruit like apricot initially, but it fades very fast. What remains is mostly grain with some banana and a faint hop scent.

Big hop bite that lingers with bitterness. The grainy malts come in behind it. A bit of alcohol as well. Pretty cut and dry.

Feels a bit flat in the carbonation department. Otherwise mostly smooth.

Decent drinkability. Not the worst IPA, but lacks in character for me. Delivers in bitterness, but not much else.

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Photo of billyzoom666
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It pours a nice even head with thick gold coloring. The lacing nicely sticks to the side of the glass. It was hard to place the scent, but I could get a little bit of malt out of this. There's a nice little hop flavor here, but overall it seems a bit bland to me. There's some bitterness, but it's not overpowering. I don't think there's much drinkability here. I wanted to like it, but I just couldn't get into it. It's not a horrible beer, but it's not great either.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this at the Bodega in La Crosse, WI. Poured into a pint glass. Poured a dark amber with a thin off-white head on top. Little retention. Left some mild lace on the glass. Scents of light flowery hips, orange zest, and buttered toast. Body was crisp and full. This was fairly bitter right off the bat. Slightly harsh with a bit of a lingering aftertaste. Citrus wasn't as pronounced, just plenty of bitter hops. This wouldn't be a go-to IPA for me, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ZAP
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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..

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Photo of bonk0076
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a moderate white head. Aroma consists of pine notes, as well as some citrus notes as well, primarily pineapple and grapefruit. Taste is somewhat acidic, with the citrus and floral notes slightly balanced by a bit of caramel. Overall a decent IPA.

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark golden body that is pretty hazy. A thin half finger head that is white in appearance rises and fades to a lace after a minute or two. Plenty of carbonation is visible.

S - Tons of piney hops with a strong citrus (grapefruit, orange?) nose to compliment. Typical IPA smell but this one really smacks you in the nose.

T - Nice malt body, stronger than I was expecting. Additionally, there is the smooth and slightly bitter hops that combine with the citrus notes especially well in this beer. Slight bitterness is present but nothing that is horrible.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Nice malt body enters the palate initially. A nice blast of carbonation clears the way for the hops and citrus body that is slightly bitter and dry. It's nothing that is overbearing or tough to drink. The carbonation helps subdue the bitterness. I should also point out that as this beer warms the bitterness seems to die down and it becomes much more enjoyable.

D - This is an quality IPA but not something that I would turn to on a constant basis. I would like to see the bitterness turned down a bit and then this would be a solid brew.

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Photo of blackearth
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Tone
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Soneast
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a 2-finger thick, light yellow colored head. Forms a dense layer of suds and recedes to about a 1/4" leaving a fair amount of pillowy lace on the glass.

The aroma is predominated by spicy citrus scents, with an underlying biscuity aroma. An unpleasant sweetness throughout that is a tad unpleasant.

The flavor is fairly mild, starts out with some semi-sweet pale malts and rounds out with some nice citrus flavors. I don't pick up any butterscotch in the aroma but there is definitely some evident here on the tongue. Not horrible, but enough to stand out near the end. This also leaves a harsh, unpleasant bitterness on the palatte.

All in all a nice, relatively light bodied IPA. Good carbonation keeps it refreshing. I think it is a very good beer, but the hint of diacetyl keeps it from scoring much higher. It also seems a bit tame compared to the IPAs I'm used to.

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Photo of number1bum
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BeerTruth for this extra.

Pours a hazed light amber color with a few floaties swimming around. Dense two inches of creamy light beige head on top. Keeps a full lace and leaves a good amount of stick on the sides.

Smell reveals some resiny hops, citrus rind and grapefruit pith and some juicy citrus. It's a bit subdued and I caught an odd sour note, but it's not too bad.

Taste starts off resiny with a good dose of grapefruit pith and bitter orange peel, as well. There's a slightly acidic, almost sour note like there was in the smell, and that serves as a transition into a grainy, bitter finish. There is a light juicy sweetness as well. This one sort of goes all over the place, sometimes with oddball flavors and others with pleasant surprises.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat smooth, although not overly so for an IPA. Carbonation is pretty aggressive.

This is a pretty good IPA but I think it's a bit rough around the edges. If it were cleaned up a bit it would be quite good. Still, a tasty, solid brew.

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Photo of botham
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a golden amber color with a massive head of eggshell color, great retention and a pillowy consistency. it takes a few minutes to fill up the glass after waiting for the huge head to dissipate. phenomenal head on this one.

aroma is of spicy and piney hops, with a fresh and pleasant overall character. some yeasty esters feed off of the hop notes, adding a good balancing quality. somewhat simple in profile, which ends up being a good thing.

taste is bitter and hoppy up front, with notes of spicy hops and bready yeast. nicely composed with a bitter and dry finish of residual hop oils. very hoppy and bitter, with a fresh quality and tasty overall character.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry, with a bitter finish of residual hops.

drinkability is good. for an IPA, this one is fresh and full of hops, while remaining drinkable enough to be used as a session beer. cheers!

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Photo of brewmudgeon
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

kiss the lips by lake louie
4.5 deep orange amber with lots of small pulpy particulates. a modest head goes down quick but leaves a nice cap and artistically scattered lace. a beautiful beer.
4 lovely aroma as well, though a bit reserved. piney, floral notes accompanied by an undercurrent of sweet tangerines and grapefruit rind.
4 a mellow sweetness fully balances the citric bitterness. easy going but flavorful. feels like old world meets new world, reminding me a little of rogue juniper pale ale (but i like this better). by the end of the bottle i am thinking it should be just a tad drier...then it would be an absolutely perfect FPA (pls see below).
4 light side of medium body, some hop oilyness. carbonation is quite low and soft, making the brew seem more watery than it is.
4.5 the texture and overall balance of flavors combine to make this insanely quaffable. if there is ever a festival at which IPAs are served in huge quantity from tents, this beer should be featured there. it should be in a new category--FPA. seriously, these guys should start a festival in WI every year and dispense this from under a giant tent. i'll sure be there. there could be various events involving cheese curds, go karts, farm equipment and dancing. (hey they're an LLC, how risky could it be for them?) now that would be livin'!

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Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
2.79/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a light color, fairly clear, kind of a straw yellow moving towards orange. The head was enormous, almost over carbonated, took me maybe two pours to fit in a 16oz glass. It foamed up quick, and kind of fell back down. Not much lacing, the bubbles were too loose for that, but they did remain on top in a little disc throughout. On the last pour, a little layer of yeast fell in and kind of brought a cloud of haze that slowly cleared back out. Kind of fun to look at, but a little too light in color and a little too foamy for me. The smell wasn't hitting on too much. At first, it was all just CO2, the rushing carbonation overpowered any smell element, or maybe there wasn't much to begin with. As the head dies back, you get light wisps of grassy, leafy hops, and maybe a note of sweet malt. The taste is kind of interesting. Low bitterness, but there's a nice lemon and lime hop presence, with a little not of orange in the back, which are paired up against some moderate esters. The maltiness is very low, but there is a slight sweetness combatting the overall dryness of this. Other than what I just mentioned, not much else to speak of. This one is not very complex at all, but it's slightly interesting. The mouthfeel is alright, kind of medium bodied, a little bite of carbonation, a nice level of dryness. But not much better than average I'd say. The drinkability was pretty good in terms of my thinking that it would be possible to drink a few of these. My enjoyment of the one could be overshadowed by the ease of drinking. This one is quite a bit more like an American Pale Ale than an IPA. That's the major problem. When I saw the letters IPA and the lips on the neck, I thought I was in for something good. I ended up a bit disappointed.

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Kiss The Lips IPA from Lake Louie Brewery Company
82 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.