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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 biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
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 bsp77
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy but bright orange with white head.

Smell: Mostly just smells like overripe, slightly musty, fruit. Not much else.

Taste: Tastes exactly like what it is - a mix of Belgian yeast (banana and spice), citrusy hops, hot peppers, and wood aging. But it is all a little bland and muddled. Lingering aftertaste of peppers (good) and rotting fruit (bad).

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a thin body. I don't know why, but the mouthfeel is almost nonexistent other than the light pepper kick.

Overall: Pleasant and drinkable but a disappointment, especially considering the collaboration involved.

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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 Dave1999
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent reddish amber with a bright white head.

The smell is pretty subtle, some sweet malts and almost alcohol like fumes, I'm assuming is the chilies.

The taste is pretty mild, like a lager or blonde ale. There's some fruit, apples and pears. There is a little spiciness on the finish. The spiciness does accumulate sip after sip on the toungue even though I can't really taste it.

The mouthfeel is very light with medium carbonation.

Overall not a bad beer but isn't any better than fat tire with some hot sauce thrown in. I wish there had been more chilie flavor and not just a flavorless spiciness.

If you can get your hand on it the cocoa mole is much better.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a fluted glass

A: A clear amber with about a finger of white head that quickly turned to medium bubbles, then a bubble ring. Sudsy lacing.

S: Picking up a bit of the chiles with some citrus/floral aspect and hop profile.

T: Clean, smooth. Almost like drinking a lager. Then the hops slide in for a bit of bitterness, followed by some chile heat on the finish.

M: Light to medium with medium, dry carbonation.

O: Just OK. Nothing overwhelming. A good bottle to share with friends. Not bad as a backyard beer, if you're interested in the chile finish.

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a surprisingly interesting and complex beer. The taste evolves as it moves across the palette and finishes with a zing from the peppers. I appreciate interesting flavors and combinations of depth.

A: The pour was into a bulbed half glass; it poured an amber/orange with a finger of head that fizzed down to a thin film and then petered out.

S: Interesting combination of citrus, hops, and spice. No single smell overpowered the other but seemed pleasantly blended.

T: This first hits with a bitter hop taste, almost like a mild IPA but then transitions to a mild fruity citrus flavor and finishes with pepper in the throat. This was a very interesting combination of flavors I'm not a big fan of pale ales ect, but my expectations were pleasantly surprised.

M: Was appropriately effervescent; this felt clean and crisp in the mouth. It was as it should be, meeting expectations.

O: This is a descent beer; I would certainly share this with a friend. It felt like a beer you could taste after a day of work in the yard.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium coppery amber with a thin white head that dissipates to a thin film and ring around the glass, leaving slippery lacing. Aroma of slightly sweet neutral malt, light fruit and a hint of chile spiciness, but a distinct slight burn to the nose. Flavor is low key, similar to the aroma, with a non-distinct malt, light apple and pear juice, finishing with a slightly astringent hop and chile bitterness with light pepper burn, but little chile flavor. Medium bodied. A fairly unexciting base beer that is somewhat redeemed by the light chile hotness and bite at the end of the sip. Interesting, but possibly not quite meeting the intent of the brewer for excitement. It does hide its moderate ABV quite well, not a bit boozy. The Lips of Faith series seems to have a lot of unexpected successes a some near misses and this is one of the latter. Worth a try for those who enjoy pepper beers, but probably not a repeater.

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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 Pencible
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a hazy gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like sweet honey and earthy barley, with some spicy chili.
T: It tasted like it smelled, with mostly sweet honey and earthy barley and a little spicy chili. It had a mild earthy aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was not a very spicy beer, which made it easier to drink, but also boring. The scent and taste and body didn't have much character otherwise, which compounded the problem. Not difficult to drink, but too simplistic. I expected more out of this brew.

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Photo of bnes09
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Light amber color. Nice see through. Rich, creamy head with exceptional stick and smooth foamy lacing.

Aroma is clean with hints of malt and spices.

Biscuity malt flavor with hints of butter and diacetyl. Herbal leafy hop, descent balance. Touch of spices without a hint of heat. Yeast is not prominent as expected.

Sturdy medium bodied. Smooth, creamy texture. Slight warmth from the alcohol. Well carbonated.

Descent brew overall just weak for a pepper beer. Lacks the spice level and heat I was hoping for. Just a little dull in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.42/5  rDev -2%
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 1000lbgrizzly
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Wonderfully clear amber, eggshade head that leaves thin lacing. A few lazy bubbles.

S: Some tropical fruit; apricot, pineapple. Notes of spice. Chalky mineral finishes up the nose, but not on a very appeasing note.

T: Only traces of the former fruits but with more citrusy ones now (grapefruit, orange), with new notes of pleasant yeast. It takes a lot of sips for the chilies to show up on the finish, disappointingly. Not sure how much the Spanish cedar is contributing here.

M: Prickly carbonation does well to add to the otherwise unnoticeable chili hints, and the body is nicely creamy.

O: It has some good parts, but overall I think they were afraid to really commit to the more radical ideas and ended up with a timid beer that brought neither classic, balanced beer character with extreme nuances, nor a border-pushing beer. I'll focus on the good parts as I finish this, but won't be back.

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Photo of Gavage
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: yellowish orange in color with a 1/2" head that breaks down quickly.

Smell: some chilis come through to the nose along with some soft fruiter tones.

Taste: caramel, some mild pear and mango flavors are in the background and the chili flavors are mild but bold enough for me. Bitterness is moderate.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Dry late.

Overall: for me this was a slower sipping beer, and one glass was more that enough in a session.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Light amber color, slightly hazy. Head is a lovely 2-fingers of off-white, with marvelous lacing.

S: Faint malted grain, but hops dominates with citrus (mostly grapefruit), evergreen, and sweet fruit. There's also clearly some spicy pepper (true to the label)

T: Malt is more grainy than sweet. Hops is pretty forward -- not quite DIPA, but tart & bitter notes do dominate. There's a hint of spice as well, but it could as easily be hops as chili peppers.

M: More moist than I was expecting, with decent carbonation.

O: A good ale, but nothing amazing. I was definitely expecting more spicy kick from the chilis (IMO, if you're going to list it on the label, it should be strong enough to taste!)

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Photo of homebrew311
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appears a bright firey orange with nice white head that retains nicely. Nose is fruity up front followed by pepper flesh, a hint of green apple, and mild hops. Taste starts with mild chili heat followed by some fruity esters and some mellow hops. No heat from the chili. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and medium body. Overall, the flavors are kind of muted and there just isn't much going on in this beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle, best enjoyed by November 2014. Served in a goblet, the beer pours a mostly clear orange/amber color with a half inch off-white creamy head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like green peppers, apricots, oranges, wood/cedar and some cherries. The taste is similar to the aroma, but the peppery heat is noticeable (but not strong). There's also some bready malt and herbal flavors in there, too. There's also a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and has moderate carbonation. I liked this, there's just enough heat to make this interesting. $8.99 a bomber.

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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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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 superspak
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
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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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 Hopscat
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber poured in goblet, off white head smallish settles to nice ring with good lacing. Color is amber with some light reddish tone.
Nose is fruity, citrus with some malty crackers in the background and earthy peppers.
Taste carries medium sweetness of malts and the citrus hops . Mid palate the peppers come on with kind of a 2 tier taste- guess this is the anaheim and marash chilies. At first it seemed the chillies would overpower it all but the hops and malts stand up with a bright dry finish with some lingering chilie taste.
Medium mouthfeel seems about right.
Overall I liked this beer. The complexity was surprising . This is my third or fourth ? chile beer and I was impressed- not as much as I am with the Mikkeller Hot Rod Habanero but that's a stout this is more an IPA. Would seek this out again.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.

Look: A burnt orange body. A cream colored head that recedes to large splotches of bubbles. Thick bubbly lacing coats the glass in uneven sheets.

Aroma: There is some sweetness from malts that translates into a faint candied cherry note. Then subtle peppers come out.

Taste: The beer is a nice blend of sweet malts and peppery heat. There's not a lot of other flavors present but just enough sweetness to make it balanced in a way.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is somewhat light? I can't believe this is 8.5% ABV.

Overall: I'm growing to appreciate chili beers, and this one was slightly more diverse than some others. I wasn't expecting the cherry cordial sweetness. It works well with the peppers. Glad I tried this.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass. Clear, very light-amber colored, with a decent quarter-inch head. The nose features some light toasty malt, a touch of hops, and a very faint spiciness. The taste: a pleasant pale ale hoppiness, light and drinkable body, slightly fruity yeast, and maybe if I look very very hard, a faint hint of chiles, easily overlooked. It's an alright drinking beer, but it's not an interesting chile beer.

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