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

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Chile Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JohnGalt1 on 10-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 patpbr
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured golden, with a white two figure head.
S - Dried fruit, yeast and spice, citrus.
T - Fruit and sweet upfront with a warming chili flavor. Noticing wood flavors as well.
M - Medium body and carbonation with a smooth finish.
O - Interesting idea and I expected more heat; It was good, I just expected more.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A beer that could have been exciting was just meh. Not too much going on here. Somewhat pleasant but somewhat boring base beer with a moderate dose of chiles. Not a lot of depth or complexity, just some heat and perhaps the tiniest bit of smokiness. A one trick pony, and the trick isn't all that impressive.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says best by November 2014.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A sweet, tart, and juicy aroma with good hints of spice, fruit, and yeast. Belgian yeast with some hints of funk. Spicy hints of chili peppers. Also some woody hints. Big scent of fruits with citrus hop hints of orange, mango, tangerine, peach, apricot, lemon, and grapefruit. Some earthy and grassy hop hints as well. Pale malt with hints of grains and cracker. A nicely sweet but balanced aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a sweet, juicy, and tart Belgian tinged taste with notes of fruit, spices, and yeast. Belgian yeast with some notes of funk and slight clove. Mix of chili and pepper spicing. Notes of wood linger. Big taste of citrus fruits with notes of mango, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, peach, apricot, and lemon zest. Also some earthy hop notes of grass. Pale malt with some notes of grains and cracker. A pretty decent taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, spicy, and slightly sticky. Some heat is felt from the peppers but the alcohol is covered well.

Overall: A pretty decent and interesting brew. Solid juicy citrus flavor and the pepper adds a nice kick without becoming overwhelming.

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

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler.

A - Nice golden hue, with a creamy white one-finger head. Really good looking rings of lacing.

S - Lighter side of medium strength aroma of vegetal chilies, Belgian yeasts, graham cracker, citrus, and piney hop.

T - Like the nose, a vegetal green chili taste makes it's presence known upfront, followed by the more "beery" characteristics. Base beer is a nice balance between slightly sweet malts, and some piney hops. Some grapefruit esters in the mid-palate. An underlying hit of funk throughout. Slight warming tingle in the finish as a small amount of heat from the chilies comes through. Green chili flavor lingers longer than anything else.

M - Medium bodied, with lots of carbonation. Works pretty well with the flavor.

O - I rather enjoyed this, but I like chili beers when done correctly. Your mileage may vary, and I don't know if I would truly recommend this to someone who doesn't appreciate some veggie in their beer.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of New Belgium's Cigar City Collaboration from their Lips of Faith series last week for $11.39 at The Lager Mill. I'm not a huge fan of the Chili Beer style, but I've been wanting to try Cigar City Brewing Company for a long time and this seems to be the closest thing I can get my hands on, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up recently, so I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The bottle looks ok, it's pretty typical for the Lips of Faith aeries, and other then the fact that it says Cigar City on it I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a nice and fairly clear brighter golden color that took on a golden orange color when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, but it could use a little more head and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a malty aroma being the first to show up and imparts a slightly grainy and bready like aroma followed by a nice fruity aroma with maybe some citrus hops in there also. Up next comes the yeast that imparts a pretty light Belgian yeast like aroma followed by some pepper aromas which are on the lighter side of medium and they impart more of an earthy pepper aroma then a spicy hot aroma. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, the peppers weren't too hot and overpowering and it seemed a little complex.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some malty aromas being the first to show up and it imparts some grainy, bready, and sweet malt like flavors with some fruity flavors showing up next with some citrus hop flavors seeming to stick out the most imparting a nice hoppy citrus taste. Up next comes a very light amount of that Belgian like yeast followed by a lighter amount of medium peppers that impart a pretty earthy and vegetale pepper flavors with just a slight bit of spicyness that lingers a little in the back of my throat in the aftertaste with a medium amount of bitterness and some hoppy citrus flavors in the aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, the peppers show up just enough to notice them, but not enough to really affect the drinkability.

M- Fairly smooth, well hidden alcohol, clean, crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of sweetness. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I don't think it's the best example of a Chili beer since the heat is very low, but I tend to like them better this way and I think it keeps the beer pretty drinkable by adding pepper flavor but not much heat. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, crisp, not filling, and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, a full bottle might start to wear on me, but I thought it was good just to split it and I would recommend it to anyone who likes this style on the lighter side, people who like it spicy will be let down. What I like the most about this beer was the balance, no aspects were too overpowering in this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't bad, but it wouldn't hurt to have more head and better lacing. I don't think i would get this beer again, I'm glad to have tired it, but I don't think I will seek it out since it's a little pricey for what you get. All in all I was happy with this beer, it wasn't the best Chili beer I've had, but I still enjoyed it and I was glad to have the chance to try something that Cigar City had a part of and I hope to try some of their own beers some day. Nice work guys, keep up these nice and innovative beers.

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Photo of maximum12
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another Cigar City-branded beer (collaboration, of course) shows on Minnesota shelves, & I'm soon parted with another few dollars. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The beer issues forth from the bottle a light orange with plenty of carbonation. Nose is unfocued & vague: spiciness & an overarching fruitiness. Slow & low.

Cigar City/New Belgium Collaboration with Chilies should have a's debeerizing to deny it a label. Chilies are present but not strong enough to obliterate the world as with some chile brews. The citrus clashes with the chile Hot Gates style: boom, rattle, metal on metal on wood. The combo succeeds where the chiles failed, they wipe out any hint of a base beer. Chlie does do a slow, mild burn in the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is irrelevant here. Half a bomber will be more than enough.

Was looking for a good sinus-clearer; this doesn't qualify, & is bone-white simple. Pretty good beer, but was hoping for a killer from two breweries I've been enjoying lately.

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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 feloniousmonk
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

New Belgium/Cigar City Lips of Faith Series, Ale Brewed with Anaheim and Marash Chilies. Odd that there's no name…am I not looking in the right spot? 8.5% Alc. by Vol. Brewed and bottled by New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Clear, golden hue, prodigious snowy white head. Looks good.

Aroma: Light and airy with little traces of chili peeking out. Give it time…ripening some. Unfolding a bit.

Taste: Hot at the first taste, growing wider in the mouth. Peppers keep heating up. Body is light. Malt is meager. Hops are fairly quiet. What's the deal with this one?

I'm skipping ahead to the gobbledygook, hoping it doesn't enrage me with whack-ass wordplay. "We're about to light up Florida with this Cigar City collaborative brew. 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 salute our mutual love for wood!"

Well, that wasn't totally offensive, just a little bit here and there. The light it does shine on the base beer doesn't really help. The Belgian yeast doesn't come through, nor do the hops. The pepper heat is increasing still, enough that it seems to cover the base ale to the point that I'm not tasting anything else.

If you just want to taste peppers in your ale, this might punch your buttons. As for me, I'm not thrilled with this one. C'est la vie.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber into a FW tulip.

Pours a golden color with a nice head with good lacing. The smell is pale malts..slight chilis..maybe. The taste is grassy and earthy, slight amount of hops, chilis almost non existent. boring flavor honestly. very disappointing. medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall this is a decent beer. But its the worst lips of faith beer ive had. Really wish it had more heat to it.

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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 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 Schilzaga
4.14/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle, noting best by November 2014 printed on the bottle. Lips of Faith series that has been getting a lot of chatter at the holiday parties this year (2013). This one immediately showed up on my radar because of recent discussions about peppers in beer, so here we go...

Poured into a Westmalle Trappist chalice.

A - Pours about as well as any Belgian from a bomber. 1 inch of head that slowly recedes but small head is steady.

S - Initially smells like a typical Belgian, but has a musty, woody smell as it warms a bit.

T - Taste is great. Drier than most Belgians. The peppers aren't spicy, but more warm in the mouth. The dryness is a crisp refreshing departure from the sweet, candy taste of typical Belgians.

M - So smooth, creamy and crisp. I really really like the feel of this. The citrus and warmth at the end really feels nice.

I'd recommend this to anyone trying a chili beer. By far the best I've had. It's so smooth and easy to drink. Definitely an odd combo with the Belgian base style. It all goes together well... spanish cedar, the chilis, the citrusy, hoppy bitterness. So good. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mactrail
3.96/5  rDev +13.5%
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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Photo of rajendra82
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

The body was clear, orange amber, and the carbonation was lively, forming a two finger thick head in the tulip glass. The aroma was very tropical, reminding me of both mango and passion fruit. The taste was layered, with the first impression being a weaker IPA like herbal hop presence, but then the hints of chili peppers poked out. The finish had a bit of vanilla beans in it. The beer did feel lacking in the texture, as it felt a little watered down and over attenuated. I would have liked it to have some sticky feel to it, as it would have med the flavors linger better. I was happy I tried this once, but it's not something I would go out of my way to find again.

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

22 oz. bottle, with best by November 2014 printed on the bottle. Here we have the unnamed collaboration beer between New Belgium and Cigar City. My third beer from the Lips Of Faith series - I need to start trying more of these, clearly. Expectations are pretty good, but I have no idea what to expect!

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours just under two fingers of soapy fluffy off-white head on top of a semi-clear burnt sienna orange colored body. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is of brown / white bread, dried fruit, musty yeast, black pepper, and lots of indistinct spice and herbal vegetal qualties, obviously imparted from the chiles used.

T - Taste is pretty nice. The peppery heat is only slightly noticeable on the finish, but it mostly just feels like a peppery rye sort of heat. Bitter fruity hops in the vein of grapefruit, oranges, light banana, and some dry bready yeast. Tastes like a nice chile IPA. Vegetal peppers and some heat on the finish.

M - Feel is smooth, clean, and crisp, with some vegetal peppery heat and some resinous hop bitterness lingering on the finish.

Overall, a nice albeit strange beer from New Belgium and Cigar City Brewing. Interesting and highly drinkable, with moderate chile spice. I can assuredly say that this was a success, and probably one of the more memorable chile beers that I've tried. Recommended.

New Belgium / Cigar City Lips Of Faith Ale Brewed With Anaheim And Marash Chiles ---3.5/5

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cigar City Collaboration pours a golden color with a small lacing head. There was a sweet candy like aroma. The taste was light but very sweet, candy sweet, with apple like notes. Light and easy to drink but flavorful. Overall its a candy and fruit sweet beer; no chilies.

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Photo of monketeeth
3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Medium straw color a bit like a quality pale ale with some additives.
S- I get some grapefruitiness and general citrus aroma and maybe some bread as you pull away from the glass.
T- It tastes like a citrusy high quality IPA, but a chile beer? MEH!! Not knocking the taste mind you, just not what I expected and not really a chile beer taste. Was definitely expecting more from these two imaginative brew masters. I really don't get much chile at all so if you are going into this one expecting a Cocoa Mole type experience...forget it. Like I said, it doesn't taste bad at all, just not a true chilli beer. BTW, the 8.5 is very well hidden in this one
M- Crisp and clean...very refreshing I must.
O- I liked it. A great "mowing the lawn" or hangin' out at the pool on a hot day beer. But definitely not in the same class as most of the releases by these two fine breweries. Should you try it...yes. I would buy it again for certain because the price is right ($10) and the ABV is right (8.5) and the taste is pretty darn good. Just don't judge it for what they are claiming it is, judge it for what's actually in the bottle. A good tasting and very refreshing IPAish 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 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 Celtics17
4.58/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I notice the low rating on this one by NB, and I don't understand why? I enjoyed it, and I loved the heat or chili touch of this one.

Visual: Deep orange, slightly hazy. It goes from straw yellow to deep orange.
Aroma: Fruity, citrus combo from hops, spice and yeast aromas. Slight herbal. Very nice citrus tone to this one with a bit of pepper.

Taste: This is fruit and spice at it's best. Not much bitterness to this like a grapefruit. It's like pineapple with hot sauce. A very nice combo.

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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 dbrauneis
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
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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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 kylehay2004
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Lips Of Faith - Cigar City Collaboration (Ale Brewed With Chilies) from New Belgium Brewing
3.49 out of 5 based on 588 ratings.
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