Lips Of Faith - Cigar City Collaboration (Ale Brewed With Chilies) | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Cigar City Collaboration (Ale Brewed With Chilies)Lips Of Faith - Cigar City Collaboration (Ale Brewed With Chilies)

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.19/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Appearance is knocked out of the park! Great fluffy white foam with killer lacing. Brew is Crystal clear with lots of orange and red with light tints of yellow. Stellar.

Papery. Stale. No chili. Earthy and dirty. Where's the balls?

Awful. Stale, earthy, dry, bready, bland, way too subtle. Nice even (high) carbonation, lacking any bite or bitterness. Just and awkward finish with bland sweetness and overall blandness. Heat is high, but not in a spice sense of the word.

I expected way more form CCB and NB on this collab. This brew falls flat and shameful in my book. It went down my drain; it was kinda like a bad batch of Fat Tire that went experimental with out any QC over sight.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.24/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle. Pours clear golden orange with a big meringue like white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is very subdued - some sweet malt and mild green pepper. Some perfumey notes come out as it warms.

The flavor is some sweet woody notes and some mild chile spice with a bitter spice finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied and very watery.

Overall, an OK mild chile beer. A bit watery.

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Photo of taylor714914
2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a straw yellow with a finger of head. Smells of….nothing? Faint malt and hops, but very very light. Flavor follows suit. This reminds me of a low hop session ale with the slightest touch of earth up front from the peppers. No heat at all. Flavor washes out to almost nothing. Not really sure what the idea was here, but its unremarkable, unmemorable, and falls rather flat. Don’t bother looking for this.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.67/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

First had: bottle from Whole Foods, Springfield, VA

Picked this bottle up while in town for a show, just out of curiosity. Frankly, I'd expect better from both breweries involved.

Pale amber pour, mostly clear, with a small white head; decent retention and some spotty lacing. Aroma was pretty muted, pils malts, some earthiness, not much else of note. Taste was blandsville all over, crackery pils malts, grain husks, maybe some distant, light, herbal/earthy hops; nothing in the way of peppers, and no heat whatsoever. This just wasn't happening for me. Light body, watery and bland. Not necessarily undrinkable, but overall just uninteresting and unflavorful. I couldn't finish the bottle.

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Photo of 01001111
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Traffic light amber.

S: That familiar New Belgium yeast spiciness with a dose of syrup sweetness.

T: A confusion of hops, residual sugars, and heatless chilies.

M: The hops pull the moisture out of the mouth, the sugars coat the tongue, and the small amount of capsaicin finds its way to the back of the throat.

O: What a disappointment. The Lips of Faith series is worth following despite there perhaps being more hits than misses. The familiar base is there but there's nothing interesting to wrap it in.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.72/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

650ml bottle into a tulip. From notes.

A: Pours a clearish amber color. The head is a finger high, white in shade, and almost fluffy in the glass. Retention is decent. As it fades, streaks of lacing remain on the glass.

S: Sulfur? I'm surprised by the strong initial presence of noble hops. After a bit, the chilies come forward with faint fruity touches. Really mild and simplistic.

T: Much like the nose, it opens up with a sulfury hop bite. The finish is little more than a very mild chili taste. It's as bland and simple as can be, but it's somewhat drinkable.

M: Light, clean, bitter; I'll give this beer some credit - it's easy to drink for 8.5%. Some of the chili oils linger on the palate, as expected. Carbonation is good.

O: Freakin' insipid, plain and simple. Not much chili - or anything else, for that matter. Next!

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Photo of beergoot
2.74/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottle has "Best Enjoyed by November 2014" on it.

Clear, dark gold body with a lasting, fluffy white head; bits of clinging foam adhering to the glass. Earthy and mildly spicy aroma. Bitter and slightly metallic flavor with a slightly fruity aftertaste sneaking in at the finish; off-the-wall caramel malt flavor hovering in the background. Medium bodied; semi-dry finish.

I didn't find any prominent chili flavors with this beer. The flavors comes across as a weird mishmash of metallic tartness and some sourness. The lasting, thick and foamy white head was a very nice touch as most chili beers I've experienced have very little, if any, head retention. Unfortunately, the promise of the appearance quickly faded with the taste. It's very unbalanced, even stale in a peculiar way. The nearly complete lack of any distinguishable chili flavor, aroma, feel is very disappointing. Take a pass on this one if you're looking for a chili beer as there are much better examples out there.

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Photo of Oscar_The_Rauch
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Bright, clear tawny color with good carbonation and decent lacing.

N: Definitely odd. I mostly get the spice and spanish wood with a little hoppy fruit note and pepper aromas.

T: Plenty of spice and hop on the attack with the chilies coming towards the back on the finish with a little heat too.

O: Honestly, I really wanted to like this beer more than I do. I used to live in Florida and Cigar City was one of the few breweries that was doing some exciting stuff with consistent quality. I think this is one of those collaborations that sounds better than it tastes.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

"Ale Brewed With Anaheim and Marash Chilies." Nothing on the label suggests that this beer is titled "Lips Of Faith - Cigar City Collaboration (Ale Brewed With Chilies)" as currently designated on the site; that's just a lazy beer addition. 8.5% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art and branded red/orange pry-off-pressure cap acquired at Whole Foods HQ and served into an Avery stem-snifter in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; the Lips of Faith series is almost always mediocre, but I've loved what little I've had from Cigar City so I'm looking forward to this one. "Best enjoyed by November 2014." Reviewed as a chile beer because the description on the label implies it.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of white colour. Nice thickness. Decent creaminess. Okay frothiness. Decent consistency. Even inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is pretty good - about 5 minutes. Not bad for 8.50% ABV, and for a chile beer.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper-gold of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

There's not a standard for a chile beer per se, but I'd call it average looking. It's not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: I could smell the chiles as it was poured, but when I go to smell it out of the glass, I get mainly flowers and fruit. Cedar wood when I look for it, sure, but I wouldn't recognize it if I tried the beer blind. Bright berries. Floral and vaguely fruity hops; I guess there's some citrus there. Pilsner malts. Pale malts. It has some nice malty sweetness, but I do think the chiles overpower the sweetness as the beer warms.

Mild chile presence with little accompanying heat or spiciness. Chile character seems roasted as the chile notes are muted.

Not finding the purported Belgian yeast. No alcohol is detectable.

A clean aroma of mild to moderate strength. Not much of a chile beer based on the aroma. I'm hoping the flavour profile will actually bring what the label promises the beer will. So far it's seeming more New Belgium than Cigar City.

T: Malty sweetness is evident from the open onwards, but luckily the chile notes swoop in with some needed spiciness and add some depth/complexity. Hops offer no real bitterness - all we get is some floral character and vague fruit. I wouldn't really call the hop profile citrusy. Bright fruits - very tame lychee, muted pear, maybe apple. Nothing too distinct or evocative. Where's the Belgian yeast? I'm not finding it. There's no spicy heat from the chiles; they're quite tame. On the malty side, it's got pale malts, pilsner malts, and maybe munich malts. Kind of a weak inadequate backbone. The cedar presence is an afterthought, and doesn't guide the beer or offer much cohesion. Not a gestalt flavour profile by any means. I have to wonder how long they aged it in cedar; it seems they threw it in for a couple months so they could claim it's cedar aged for marketing purposes - the barrel just isn't imparting much on the base beer and frankly I see no benefits from the barrel aging. I guess that lets them up the price though, eh?

Lacks complexity and subtlety. There's little intricacy or nuance here. I'm a bit shocked Cigar City's name is on the label. Shallow depth of flavour. Average duration of flavour. Really low intensity of flavour for a chile beer. I'm disappointed. Balanced? I guess.

No yeast character comes through. Alcohol presence is light; there's a warmth there but it's not boozy.

Mf: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied. Decent presence on the palate. Overcarbonated. Suits the flavour profile okay. Texture isn't custom-tailored to taste. Almost refreshing, but is that really a characteristic a chile beer should have? It's somewhat weak. I'd like more boldness and assertiveness.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, hot, boozy, gushed, or rough.

Dr: Downable forgettable stuff. I'd expect this kind of mediocrity from New Belgium, but it's disappointing to see Cigar City involved in it. The best thing I can say about it is that it hides its ABV nicely. Like most beers in the Lips of Faith series, this feels more like a paycheck for New Belgium than a sincere consumer-pleasing beer. Quite overpriced for the quality. I wouldn't get it again or recommend it to friends. If you're going to brew a chile beer, commit to the chiles. The half-assed barrel aging isn't doing it any favors, either. I'll finish the bottle without any issues, but this beer deserves to be a footnote on Cigar City's lineup. Meh.


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Photo of kkleu357
2.9/5  rDev -16.9%

From notes on 1/23/14

Sweet spicy aroma. Dark orange brownish body with a fluffy white head. Drinking this on tap at Brews Brothers. Interesting taste. Not my thing. Good Belgian sweetness, but the peppery spiciness hits you. I like spicy, but not really in beer. But, for a peppery beer, its not bad.

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Photo of Robb_in_Austin
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured aggressively into a pint glass.

A: nice foamy cream colored head. Pours a nice golden, almost amber, color.

S: I get a nice malty aroma with some faint hint of hops(floral, touch of citrus) and chiles.

T: my initial thought was of a barley wine. Touch of hop spice and then just the tiniest bite of chile.

M: thin. Like Kate Moss thin.

O: a big let down for me. It's not bad but nothing like I think it could be. (NB and I just don't appear to be made for each other. I give them another shot every now and then and always come away underwhelmed.)

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Photo of Zorro
2.99/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear goldish amber colored ale with a small white colored head. This is on the fine line between the two colors. I can see how it could be called Amber.

Smells fruity and peppery with a slight nasal itch from the chile peppers. Pilsner malt scent and some wheat biscuit aroma. Mild citrus aroma but it is faint.

Starts out mildly hoppy with a soda cracker malt flavor. More bitter than I would have expected from the scent. Warming in the chest but I wouldn't call this hot. The exact flavor is a bit illusive, pretty much IPA with Chile Peppers. Mild prickle of heat but it isn't strong. Wood and strong tea flavors and a slight astringent taste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall I guess it is OK. Doesn't taste bad though I would have expected more pepper.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -14%

Cloudy orange pour with a frothy one-finger white head. Mild aroma of honey and light malt. Taste has a mild chili pepper flavor upfront. Not very spicy, though. Also has some wood, malt and mild citrus hop flavors. Medium bodied and creamy.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man.

The beer is copper to rusty orange hued with a thin, beige collar. The aroma offers light chilies and spice, earth, mushrooms, malt, citrusy hops. Pretty bland flavor. Would like to see the chili character featured more. Odd and just a bit out of balance. Weird citrus character. Flavor is muddled and messy. I just can't get behind these Lips of Faith beers. Expensive and gimmicky. I'm always happy to try a new beer, but there is no way I would pay for this.

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Photo of mverity
3.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared at Proof. Pale gold with a touch of orange. Slight white head with a thick collar. Head comes back to life with each touch of the glass. Aroma is lack luster. Only get a bit of pale malt and a little grassiness. Taste is also grassy, some sweetness from pale malt and a very slight hop spice coupled with the chile. Medium/light body with same low-med carbonation. The chiles have really faded out already, and I have a bottle at home I might let sit for a few years.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.14/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear honeyed-gold. Head is a super creamy off-white with solid retention. Moderate carbonation with some slightly sticky lacing.

Smell: Solidly bready with a slight toasted undercurrent. Yeast drops some solid clove and banana with a touch of peppery spice. Peppers add a vague backing spiciness coupled with a deep vegetal aroma. Slightly sweet with some earthy and grassy hops. Punch of grapefruit through the back. Some nice cedar aromas offer a bit more spice and a mild woody element. Pretty mellow, but has some solid spice layers.

Taste: A punch of Belgian yeast right up front. Mildly fruity with some grapefruit find and zest. A touch of orange. Nice balance of earthy vegetal pepper with some slightly sweet pale malts. Bready backbone with a touch of caramelized sweetness. Cedar builds a bit as it warms offering its distinct spicy woody element. Peppers throw a very restrained spice on the back of the sip with a solid punch of vegetal pepper up front. Yeast is a bit aggressive given the delicate nature of some of the flavors. Almost medicinal on the back with some phenolic characteristics.

Mouthfeel: A touch creamy. Medium body and a moderate carbonation. Nice and clean.

Overall: BAM! Who let Emeril loose?

A good idea in theory, but a bit of a letdown in execution. The cedar and chilies are a great combo and the malts and hops are all on line, but the yeast strain dominates a bit too much and overtakes and otherwise solid beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.
8.5% ABV, Best Enjoyed by November 2014

A - The glass' etching creates a nice level of carbonation streaming through the clear honey golden-colored beer to feed it's tall, pillowy white head. Clumpy Swiss cheese-like lace cakes the glass following the head's inevitably retreat.

S - Delicate notes of green chili peppers wade through the pale malt base of this beer while subtly sweet pilsner notes seem to rise to the forefront. Reserved tropical citrus fruit hoppiness punctuates the rather transparent aroma for a simple pale ale-like nose.

T - Hops impart an overarching tropical fruit flavor that combines grapefruit rind, juicy pineapple, and a touch of mango with extremely subtle green pepper flavor. Pale malt lays the base for this terribly boring chili beer.

M - Superbly crisp drinkability washes over the tongue with vibrant citrus notes and faint sweetness, finished off by possibly the lowest perceived level of chili pepper spice imaginable with just a tickle of dryness and not a hint at the beer's 8.5% ABV.

O - The Lips of Faith series, in my mind, provides New Belgium's brewers with the opportunity to run wild with imagination and creativity, especially in collaboration with other like-minded breweries but, this chili beer shows signs of neither. Instead, their collaboration with legendary Cigar City, another experimental brewery, is terribly disappointing, feeling like a "play it safe" beer.

Tropical hops are at the forefront with very little pepper flavor and absolutely zero pepper heat leaving an otherwise delicious tasting beer feeling bland. Blind fold me and tell me it's a moderately strong pale ale this beer would be fantastic! Citrus hoppiness is there with next to no alcohol perception and drinkability is dangerous. But tell me this beer is brewed with not one, but two types of chilies and this Lips of Faith installment leaves me wanting to say the least. Forget about the spicy heat for a moment, though. If chili flavor, not heat, is what was on target, they still missed the mark. Nothing about this beer screams poorly made, and why would it from two established breweries? In the end it's just a good pale ale but a feeble attempt at a chili beer.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of some cinnamon notes along with some chiles.

Tastes of the cinnamon notes with some pale malt and a touch of fruit. Cinnamon leads off before leading into some pale malt graininess. A bit of apple and peach come through in the middle before leading to a bit of roasted chiles. Ends with a touch of earthy bitterness. Most of the flavors are mild and it mostly comes through as cinnamon with a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thin with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is underwhelming and definitely a disappointment.

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Photo of pkalix
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

plain. no smell. bland. no chili aroma. no chili flavor. just a plain, bad brew. was hoping to finish my evening off with something spicy but severely disappointed. had on tap at Provisions in Orange (DAMN that place is EXPENSIVE- don't go unless you got cash to blow- $26 for a 4-5oz pour flight...)... very disappointed. always afraid to try the LIPS OF FAITH stuff, but eager to try the Cigar City. oh well, I guess ya cant win 'em all, right...?

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is not a chile beer- I tasted no spiciness at all. Big disappointment.

It has a nice appearance (nice head, beautiful golden amber color, nice lacing), nice smell (usual Belgian IPA style scents), great mouthfeel. This is just not what it's advertised to be. Nothing unique- absolutely no chile spice. Really bummed out cause I like chile beers.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It is peach colored with two inches of off-white head.

S - The aroma is sweet and peppery. It reminds me of jalapeño jelly.

T - There is a sweetness with a mild citrus hop flavor. I get no pepper to speak of. It tastes like a bad IPA.

M - Moderate

O - It was disappointing. Some pepper flavor would have improved this beer tremendously. It is not very good.

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Photo of blindtiger24
3.24/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

22oz bomber served in an imperial pint glass.

A: Clear, golden pale (between a pale and a deep gold) color. Thick head that lingers on the glass.

S: Slight citrus-sweet smell with some earthy / vegetable aromas.

T: Clean taste to start with some bitterness and malt jumping out. Then the chiles appear, which are really mild and subtle. The malt carries through and leads into a warming feeling in the throat.

M: Light on the tongue initially but there is a dried out feeling at the end.

O: A mild beer with some character, but nothing that jumps out as unique. You'd expect more from the creative people at NB and Cigar City. Disappointing overall, which feels like a half-assed effort. I wish these two companies would have pursued an IPA collaboration or something bolder.

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Photo of spoony
3.24/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a 650 ml bottle (130830081 on the bottle) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces two fat fingers of light-tan head with good retention and some chunky lacing. The brew is copper-orange in color and clear. I can see a stray bubble or two of carbonation.

S-The smell is malty, sweet, and juicy with orange, tangerine, lychee, grapefruit, and vaguely fruit alcohol aromas. I detect very little chile heat or spice, just a faint hint of warmth and chile oil. A slight woody aroma creeps in as the brew nears room temperature.

T-The taste loses much of the citrus and fruit characteristics. In their place is a vague, bready sweetness that just sort of coats the palate without providing any real, identifiable flavors. The chiles are, again, just a faint tickle in the back of my throat and barely noticeable. The cedar comes through as drying on the finish, but not much else.

M-The feel is medium body with a coating feeling and below average levels of carbonation.

O-This brew starts out alright with good looks and a nice head that really hangs around. Unfortunately, it goes downhill after the pour. The smell is OK, but a bit on the sweet side with very little chile flavor. The taste is pretty much a muddled mess with no distinguishing flavors or character and an overly cloying feel. I will not be drinking this again.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a DFH signature glass. Best before November 2014.

A: Pale, hazy yellow with billowing white head with great retention.

S: Yeasty and bland. Vaguely bready.

T: Fairly pleasant, if unassuming. I can taste no chili or heat. Instead, it's more of a Belgian pale ale. Cedar aging seems soft and spicy.

M: Mild and watery and does not taste like 8.5%.

O: A disappointing, but not unpleasant, beer. Glad I tried it, wouldn't have again.

Notes: "Our Belgian yeast tangoes with Anaheim and Marash peppers along with loads of citrusy hops to create an ale full of spice, aged on Spanish cedar to saltue our mutual love for wood!"

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Photo of baakabak
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours dirty brass with a small white head and plenty of lacing.

Smell is disappointing. Booze and earth being the most prominent. Light citrus hops and crackers.

Chilies are finally here! Red chili and dark chocolate followed by faint citrus hop. Finishes bitter.

Full mouthfeel.

It's not bad, just not that great. A little one-note, though that note is chili and that note is good.A bit more roasted malt or a bit more hop would've went a long way.

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Lips Of Faith - Cigar City Collaboration (Ale Brewed With Chilies) from New Belgium Brewing
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