Lips of Faith - Ale Brewed With Anaheim And Mara
New Belgium Brewing Company

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New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Chile Beer
3.47 | pDev: 13.83%
Jun 23, 2018
Oct 25, 2013
Lips of Faith - Ale Brewed With Anaheim And MaraLips of Faith - Ale Brewed With Anaheim And Mara
Notes: Collaboration with Cigar City Brewing

Ale brewed with Anaheim and Marash chilies
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Reviewed by macrosmatic from Florida

3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Reviewed from (very long-standing) notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Tampa Bay Brewing Company snifter.

A: Hazy gold, with a thin white head that goes to amorphous foam quickly. A low level of visible carbonation.

S: Cracker malts and a light chili spiciness. Mild citrus. A low aroma overall.

T: Biscuity and pilsner malts, sweet and roasted chilis with nicely restrained capsaicin. Some lemony citrus hops near the end. At the swallows there are peppers with only mild heat and a slight hop bitterness.

M: Light-bodied, with good carbonation sensation and low alcohol presence.

O: This was really much tastier than I expected, and would be nice if you find yourself in the mood for a chili beer. It's fairly simple, but the flavors are well-put together.
Jun 23, 2018
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Reviewed by descobar from Florida

3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Disclosure: aged 3+ years
Smell: malt sweetness, cooked chili peppers, spices, some caramel, wood, and a stale cheesy thing most likely from the Belgian yeast
Look: pours medium amber with a very decent 1/2" off-white head with average retention. its definitely hazy but clears slightly as it warms. some sediment is visible. did not observe any lacing.
Taste: not much apparent bitterness and lots of malty sweetness combined with the flavors and heat coming from the chilies. the cedar aging is more prevalent here than in the nose.
Feel: this a medium body beer leaning on the full... the texture is oily and rich. the carbonation remains moderate and the astringency is strong but not overwhelming and burns just a bit against the palate. The finish is sweet and long with persistent heat from the peppers.
Overall: Experimental beer with lots of complexity. The bitterness has faded leaving lots of sweetness behind. Mostly has held up well. If fresh, I probably would have rated it a high 3, very close to 4.
Mar 26, 2017
Rated: 3 by Boomersooner656 from South Carolina

Jun 12, 2016
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Reviewed by OrestesMethuon from Montana

3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Wonderful gold-red color, with very pretty strata of sediment and solid head. Pungent aromatics, with pineapple and mango, lemongrass and orange-flower, and some funky peppery notes. Sweeter than I expected, focusing on the fruit elements of the Anaheim and (heretofore unknown to me) Marash chilies, which ride alongside flavors of grains-of-paradise, coriander, and lemon-balm, the latter boosted substantially by the hopping. Most of the bite, in fact, is derived from the Belgian yeast, which seems to be working on some invert-sugars as well in this admittedly pretty fascinating collaborative project. There are some very soft, very vegetal vanilla notes on the end, as well—the only really effect I can detect from the Spanish cedar barreling, excepting, perhaps, the pervasive (and somewhat sugary) smoothness.

As usual, I'm more impressed with a Lips of Faith iteration than with New Belgium's standard stock of beers.
Dec 03, 2015
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Reviewed by chicksdiggit from Minnesota

4.52/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
L: Poured center from bomber into a snifter. Cloudy dark copper color with 2 fingers of egg shell white thick foamy head. Sticky lacing and and thick retention. Tiny bubbles slowly rise across the entire glass. Looks great.

S: Orange peel and light coriander in the nose with some cherry skin.

T: Orange cream malt body, light mild chili spice. Orange rind finish with a touch of bitter lime. Complex and not over the top, and I love the subtlety.

F: Creamy champagne soft mouthfeel. Chilies aren't hot on the palate but do have a tiny zing.

O: I'm not sure that I've ever liked a chili beer before, and I enjoy this. Again, complex without being over the top and delightful in its subtlety.
Oct 16, 2015
Rated: 3 by BcOneSeven from Pennsylvania

Sep 20, 2015
Rated: 3.94 by RBuckley73 from Nevada

Aug 22, 2015
Rated: 3.8 by dankabier1 from Colorado

Aug 12, 2015
Rated: 2.5 by jpuetz from South Dakota

Aug 06, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by ItsYourBoyBlue from Washington

Jul 20, 2015
Rated: 3.59 by paresis from Massachusetts

Jul 03, 2015
Rated: 3.11 by dbc5 from Arizona

Jun 30, 2015
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Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From tasting notes L: Pours deep brilliant amber under a clingy 1” white foam collar. S: Chili aromas with traces of malt. T: Begins with rich malt flavors and then the chili comes trhough with some vegetal character then the heat hits with a pleasant accent and a bitter hop presence on the finish. F: Medium body and carbonation, some heat from the chili but it is not overwhelming. O: Nicely balanced beer that goes very well with cheese.
Jun 23, 2015
Rated: 3.94 by Jordanmtate from Illinois

Jun 13, 2015
Rated: 3.79 by Eziel from Ohio

Jun 11, 2015
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.27/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I liked this one. A touch malty, some bready notes, and an unexpected kick from the chiles. (Yes, I didn’t realize it was a chile beer when I first tasted it.) Nothing overpowering, mind you, but enough to give it some character. The ABV limited my enjoyment, as one was more than enough.
Jun 09, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by Pens1967 from Louisiana

May 18, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by Kevinpitts from Illinois

Apr 19, 2015
Rated: 2.96 by crazyfoMostout from Missouri

Apr 11, 2015
Rated: 3.29 by nopunk from Missouri

Mar 25, 2015
Rated: 3.34 by RCLOHR267 from Indiana

Mar 22, 2015
Rated: 3.47 by Dandub33

Mar 19, 2015
Rated: 4 by nathanmiller from New York

Mar 11, 2015
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
22oz bottle split between a pair of tulips. 132 01 2156 is the code on the bottom of the bottle. No idea what that means. It's a chile beer, so I expect it to have some chile flavor. Hopefully a little heat.

Pours clear golden-amber with a medium sized pale head and a fair amount of carbonation. Head fades to a thick film fairly quickly, but leaves some lacing and sticks around at that level. Smell is sweet malty and a little chile. Mostly vegetal, a little spicy. A little yeast.

Taste is surprisingly soft and mellow -- pleasant but not loud. More of the sweet maltiness, again a little chile. If it didn't advertise itself as a chile beer, and I wasn't consciously expecting chile, I'd probably not recognize the flavor as chile. Heat is basically absent. Someone who thinks beans are spicy might think this is spicy.

Mouthfeel is airy and smooth, very pleasant. Overall, a pretty good beer, with a slight chile addition.
Feb 28, 2015
Rated: 3.2 by jrs3994243 from Michigan

Jan 28, 2015
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Rated by Beerparrot from Pennsylvania

2.72/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Was disappointed as I expected more heat, it was very mild and bland considering the best by of Nov. 2014. I was only 2 months off. Oh well.
Jan 20, 2015
Rated: 3.43 by amalburg from Michigan

Jan 19, 2015
Rated: 3.56 by acostuhhh from Michigan

Jan 19, 2015
Rated: 3.35 by TonyLema1 from South Carolina

Jan 18, 2015
Rated: 3.38 by kristougher from North Carolina

Jan 13, 2015
Rated: 3.98 by MaltLickyWithTheCandy from Maryland

Jan 10, 2015
Rated: 3.29 by JNForsyth from Pennsylvania

Jan 09, 2015
Rated: 3.63 by BreweryRun from California

Jan 08, 2015
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Reviewed by Jadjunk from Georgia

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
"We're about to light up Florida with this Cigar City collaborative brew. Our Belgian yeast tangos with Anaheim and Marash peppers along with loads of citrusy hops to create an ale full of spice. Aged on Spanish Cedar to salute our mutual love for wood!" Brewed in the style of a Chile Ale. Released as a one-off collaborative effort between New Belgium and Cigar City Brewing in 22 oz. bottle and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a New Belgium Globe glass. Served above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a creamy pastel white over a moderately hazy amber body with lively and plentiful carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and patchy. 4

(Smell) Pale malt aromas with a touch of caramel bread for sweetness. Aromas of peppery, grassy hops with mild fruit notes are complemented alongside aromas of ripe peppers, fairly vegetal and herbal, but they add hints of tingling heat and complement the bit of sweetness. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Subtle bready caramel and pale malt body with soft tropical yeast-borne notes is mildly amplified with the flavor, rather than the heat, of Anaheim and Marash chilies, which generate a soft vegetal and earthy flavor as well as bitterness without going overboard on the heat. This beer is relatively easy to drink for a Chile ale due to the accessibility of the flavors and mildness of the chile heat. It finishes on a subtle heat of mild pepper juice before a solid note of dry Spanish Cedar lingers on the back end. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) The texture is oily slick, mildly chewy and softly dry. Carbonation is mellow, generating a smooth frothiness and low crispness. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is equally earthy and peppery bitter to sweet. The alcohol presence is low and there are no notable off characters. 3.5

(Overall) A well-made Chile beer despite my reservations about the style itself. I think these two breweries found a solid niche in that chiles can be used to generate bitterness and flavor as well as heat, and thus come in handy as the occasional unique additive. We need to see more beers like this, and less that focus entirely on the extreme heat shock-factor. This beer was a pleasant surprise. 3.5

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Jan 08, 2015
Rated: 2.89 by zimm421 from Ohio

Jan 04, 2015
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Reviewed by mr-jj from Washington

3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into an IPA glass from a 22 oz bomber.

Color is clear orange-amber with a three finger white head with long retention and nice lacing. Aroma is nice - some pine and light fruits. Flavor is fruity and light on the palate followed by the chilies. Not very spicy or hot, but definitely a distinct bite and flavor that mixes with some mild bitterness on the finish. Body is light/medium with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a very nice beer that blends the chili flavor nicely without overpowering the base of the beer.
Jan 03, 2015
Rated: 3.27 by kell50 from North Carolina

Jan 03, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by BobsledTM from California

Dec 30, 2014
Rated: 3.54 by tobelerone from New Jersey

Dec 29, 2014
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Rated by PostRockandCats from Florida

3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours cloudy, clean taste. Would like a tad more heat. If it had a lower ABV, it would be a good session. Nice!
Dec 26, 2014
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