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New Belgium / Cigar City - Lips of Faith - Ale Brewed With Anaheim And MaraNew Belgium / Cigar City - Lips of Faith - Ale Brewed With Anaheim And Mara

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with Anaheim and Marash chilies

Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 588 |  Reviews: 92
Photo of kylehay2004
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with good lacing and retention on a clear copper and burnt orange body. Aroma of tangerine, herbs, light on the chilis with hint of candy sugar. Flavor follow with a strange funky malt base which is hard to describe beyond earthy and barely citrusy with the chilis very mild and understated and mostly show up in the finish. Medium body and light to moderate carbonation. Boring and not what you would expect from either brewery

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

another sweet not so good lips of faith beer, these are tiring me out. chili beer right? well, im making chili, so i thought this might help give it some flavor and spice it up. for once, when i want some heat in a beer, it just isnt there. instead is a sweetness, a common yeast profile, and that same lips of faith series weirdness that just misses being appealing. golden in color, maybe brass is better, with a nice head and a clear look to it. nose is sweet, almost lactose sugar unfermented sweetness, without a hint of chili pepper. the flavor shows just a little heat on the back end, a little pepper flavor, but its way subtle. maybe because this has been out while now it has faded? but i didnt think heat did that. worse is that this is basically a tripel, same yeast and grain profile to it, same sweetness on the back end. its not bad beer, but its nothing special, and i expect more (still) from this series, especially with cigar city in on it, it just comes across so generic. full bodied and creamy feeling with nice poppy bubbles, i like all that, but its still of the mark for me. give me something to ponder in these beers like you used to!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Lucky Baldwins Trappiste in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and chile aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit and chile flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a somewhat odd combination of fruit and chile characteristics.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz glass, at the Alberta release party for New Belgium at Craft Beer Market in Calgary this past February. From notes, mistakenly sealed away in my laptop case, to be discovered by chance recently. An ale brewed with Anaheim (my go-to kung-pao 'secret' ingredient) and Marash chili peppers? Bring it on!

This beer appears a clear, glassy bronzed amber colour, with a thin cap of fizzy and weakly frothy dirty white head, which leaves a near un-broken wall of limestone lace around the glass as things sink away.

It smells of bready, lightly biscuity caramel malt, a touch of toffee, Frank's Red Hot sauce, muddled tropical fruit, subtle yeast, a strange white wine ethereal booziness, mild pine resin, and earthy citrus hops. The taste is spicy up front - fairly hot pepper oil, black pepper, and yeast - followed by a decently sturdy grainy caramel malt, red wine must, edgy anise, muted citrus pith and pine needles, and a musty, yet still zingy cedar wood astringency. The 17-proof booze does well to keep to the shadows.

The carbonation is fairly soft, barely a ripple to be had, what with all those other palate-tinglers skulking about, the body a decent medium weight, and strangely smooth by the same measure. It finishes off-dry, winy, peppery, hoppy, and crackery, from the expected, and not altogether usual suspects.

A enjoyable version of the style, especially employing those particular peppers, but yet overall, it doesn't come off as particularly spicy, as the wine character (from the 'Spanish cedar'?) mollifies things more than I initially gave it credit for. Agreeable, and not over the top, despite all those wacky guest ingredients.

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Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -17%
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 superspak
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled on 8/30/2013. Pours lightly cloudy deep golden amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, pineapple, peach, pear, cracker, bread, floral, herbal, clove, chili pepper, and floral/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops, yeast ester, and light-moderate chili pepper notes; with good strength. Taste of tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, pear, clove, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, chili pepper, light pine, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light pepper/yeast spiciness and light heat on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest, pear, clove, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, light chili pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop, yeast ester, and chili pepper flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hoppy chili beer. All around good balance and complexity of hop, yeast ester, and moderate chili pepper flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear medium golden amber in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy light beige head that reduces to a small thick patch of larger bubbles, a medium to large sized patch of mottled very thin film, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront there is a light aroma of pale malts with some floral notes and just a hint of cedar. Very light aromas of chiles.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of bready and biscuit malts with a moderate amount of yeastiness. Light notes of floral hops and just a hint of chile spiciness. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades almost immediately.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: In my opinion, the chiles are just a little too subtle for my tastes. The alcohol is well hidden but there is nothing really special about this brew... I think my expectations were too high considering the breweries involved.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a stemmed glass a clear medium to full golden with a tightly formed near one finger white head that settles pretty slowly leaving two broken rings of lace behind.Aromas are yeasty with some light tropical fruitiness,not much chile presence to be found.Again yeasty and fruity on the palate with some caramel dough thrown in,the chile is light in the finish...very light.Hmm not bad but pretty unassuming,the alcohol is well hidden but so are the chiles.

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2.5/5  rDev -28%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden amber color with a handsome creamy head in the Ommegang chalice. Plenty of carbonation on the tongue and a silky mouthfeel. Interesting earthy and woodsy smell with a vegetable note.

The flavor of chiles is very elegant and enticing. The chiles provide more warmth than heat, which is a refreshing change. A modest malty flavor with a hint of cedar. The aftertaste is that distinctive roasted taste of red chile skins along with the capsicum glow. Eventually the Pale Ale sort of bitterness adds to the finish.

One of the best pepper-flavored brews I've had. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego for $8.79.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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