Lips Of Faith - BELGO Belgian India Pale Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - BELGO Belgian India Pale AleLips Of Faith - BELGO Belgian India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by CosmoHopHead on 07-04-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewery.

A: clear golden, little lace

S: musty hops with citrus/pineapple/banana notes and a well represented belgian yeast aroma.

T: nice hop flavor and complexity. Belgian yeast is very much present. Nice citrus notes throughout.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: I really liked this one. Makes me hate the fact new belgium isn't available in my state.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Val Dieu wide-mouthed chalice, this is a bright, crystal clear gold beer with a modest, but lasting head. The nose is a bit bland, offering some crackery, lightly toasted malt with faint pine-resin hop scent. Good, assertive flavor though. Initial malt gives way quickly to citrus, resinous hop flavor that blends really well with the moderately-phenolic, spicy Belgian yeast character. A fruity, dry finish rounds things off.

Nice addition to the NB line-up. I hope it's a permanent year-round stay.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light orange and yellow color, looks nice, good head, carbonation, lace, retention. Aroma was definitely a strong belgian yeast. Covered up the hops.

Taste, plenty bitter, hoppy with that distint belgian yeast flavor. Usually the hops are far off and mild with this style, not so here. Hops are plentiful, especially for style. Very clean aftertaste. Peppery spiciness like you've come to expect in a belgian anything with a slight phenol and metal thing going that isn't bad, it actually works with the beer. Plenty crisp.

Probably a challenging beer to the uninitiated. Stick with fat tire or ranger if you lack the palate and sense of adventure to go on this side of the moon.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

My bottle says 7% abv.

A - semi-cloudy light golden/amber color under 3 fingers of fluffy nearly-white head; moderate carbonation bubbles; nice lace

S - strong estery, yeasty smell; banana and bubblegum; floral hops; touch of spice; for whatever reason, it smells a bit like eggs to me

T - bitter hoppy flavor with an estery/yeasty character dominates the palate; noticeable presence of alcohol; The yeasty taste reminds me of the time I visited my parents for Christmas and I made homemade eggnog in Mom's aluminum saucepan. The aluminum contributed an odd metallic flavor to the nog. Belgo tastes like that combination of eggs and metal. This is how I would expect a beer flip to taste, if such a thing existed (I've never encountered one). It's not particularly good in my opinion.

M - oily and dry; medium body with moderate carbonation

O - This is my first encounter with a Belgian IPA. It may just be this brew or it may be the style, but I am not particularly impressed. I have had 2 bottles of this now; the second was more enjoyable than the first, probably because I knew what to expect. Still, I am not a big fan of the unique flavor--I'll have to try a few more and see whether or not it grows on me. For now I definitely prefer Ranger.

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Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Denver airport, 10oz glass. BOOO!!!

LOOK: Clear golden straw.

SMELL: Phenolic, passion fruit, peppery, yeast, biscuity malt, spice.

TASTE: Medicinal, bitter, ripe fruit, green pepper, estuary, bubblegum, dry toasty malt.

A serious beer, not for the faint. Bitterness and phenols rule the palate to the point of puckering. A sipper as the alcohol is pretty warming. A treat of a beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark straw with small near-white head. Head is soon gone but leaves a thin ring on top and plenty of lacing.

Fine aroma with plenty of hops, plus hints of yeast, malt, banana, and spices. Sounds plenty Belgian in this description but actually much more like an Amer. IPA than expected. Slight downgrade to Overall rating for this departure.

Body is a bit thin and a little crisp. Semi-dry.

O - quite enjoyable, if not the beer I was expecting (which was something more like an Ommegang BIPA). Think of this as a Slightly Belgian IPA.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the New Belgium bar and grill in the Denver Airport. On home territory so it must be fresh!!! Enjoyed in a small goblet - feeling the imperial love!

A - yellow-amber, clear, very thin head which didn't last long.

S - Interesting nose on this one with only a hint of hops and more of a dried fruit character with a hint of medicine

T - mellow in character with moderate alcohol warmth as an initial note rather than a big hops attack. Body is all phenols and ends with just a hint of bitterness and honey malt. As it warmed I found some spiciness and a very late grassy hops bitterness; really sneaks up elegantly.

M - light, but also simultaneously oily. Coats the mouth thanks to almost no carbonation.

D - this is a sipper; subtle and powerful.

Overall this one is really interesting. Rather than a west coast hop bomb this one is all muscle and guile. It's smooth and guaranteed to suckerpunch you. Very interesting beer.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 3 Oct 2010. Served in the 0.3 L Unibroue tulip.

Large tan head. Well carbonated. Clear burnt orange color. Piney, spicy, floral aroma, with some sweet herbal notes. Starts quite floral, yeasty, a bit of rose water. Ethanol is warming and kind of boozy (A). Spicy pepperiness through the middle. Finishes with herbal bitter with some resin. Lingering sweet hoppy aftertaste. Medium body.

A liked this a bit more than I did.

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Photo of claytong
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

seems like people judge things harsher when they come in a bomber.

that being said i had this in a 6er and wasnt that impressed.

appearance - golden orange with minor haze. once inch head on controlled pour. good lacing.

smell - yeast, citrus/pine hops, belgian spice notes from yeast.

taste - a little bit more dominated by hops. spices take minor role. a bit boring.

mouthfeel - good carbonation and body. quite drinkable especially for abv.

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Photo of Chris585
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to Great Dane Brewery Pint Glass.

First pour from this beer was good and light golden in color with nice tall head and retention. Smell was definitely Belgian yeast. Hop smell was good and sweet to piney and earthy...not much sweetness, but it seemed like it was there somewhere.

First taste of this was creamy, foamy piney and sour. I was expected a little more from this. the mouthfeel was good, but the aftertaste from this beer just didnt do it for me. I have had a few belgian ipa's but his was just a little too sour and not enough balance for me...for the style I ithink it is just a bit unbalanced,...little too watery, not enough hop presence and a bit on the sour side for a belgian. I think this needs a little something extra to give it that next jump in taste...not sure I get it yet. I bought a six pack so I will get through them, but not one I will buy again. Taste was good, just not fantastic for what I have had in this style. Average.

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Photo of lstokes
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a deep gold beer with a fluffy head and a pleasantly-perfumed Belgian yeast nose. I found the beer very well balanced between American hops and the spices of the yeast--it's fruitier at the front of the mouth, with a lingering character of serious hop bitterness and peppery bubblegum. YUM. Not usually a fan of the Belgian IPA, but this rocks.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy apricot-orange with a nicely fluffy 2 finger white head. Reduces quickly to a solid ring while lace still sticks to the top of the glass.

The nose is huge on the fruity hop aromas- grapefruit, orange, dried pineapple and a big hit of that peachy-mango Amarillo hop giving this a parallel to the Le Terroir. The hoppiness is also just as huge on the fresh grass/herb flavors. Malt is really mild, rather biscuity, while the Belgian yeast strain gives this a nice bit of coriander spice.

The palate is medium-bodied with a very slick, oily mouthfeel- sweet upfront with a great balance of tropical and grassy flavors and drying out as the big bitterness takes over, turning towards that Belgian spice on the moderately long, mildly bitter finish.

This is only my second Belgian IPA, but I'm really starting to love the style. The Belgian spice adds just a little extra kick to a beer that already has a lot of kick. This brew is classic NB also- clean and very solid for the style.

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Photo of dbossman
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light golden with a thin but steady head and fantastic lacing

S: Wow--citrus and herbal hops with hints of dry fruit--apples and pears--and bananas; grassy, earthy, fruity

T: Dry bitterness up front: apples, pears, bananas, with hoppy bitterness; some grainy undertones but mostly so much hop bitterness and fruity yeast

F: Medium body with oily resin that clings to the roof of the mouth

O: A great, drinkable and interesting Belgian-style IPA from New Belgium

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Photo of gpogo
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Yellow golden body, mostly clear with very small particles. Small white head. Very lively carbonation.

A- Belgian yeast aroma with bits of coriander? Cloves as well. Perhaps a mixture with some hefeweizen yeast. Perfumey grassy hops.

T- Grassy hops with a nice belgian flavored malt backing. Much of the nose is present in the flavor. Cloves come into play. Slightly spicy hit of alcohol.

M- Medium bodied beer, moderate to high carbonation. Very smooth.

D- This beer is delicious. I wish I could find it in a 6-pack. I found it in a 12-pack with four different types of New Belgium beer. It is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was dark golden, almost caramel. A good amount of head, maybe 1 ¼ inches. Also a decent amount of lacing on the top and bubbly film on the sides.

Banana cloves dominated the smell, followed by wheat and caramel.

Initial taste was banana cloves that was quickly replaced by a bite of alcohol, maybe even rubbing alcohol. Very bitter finish.

Medium body. Lively carbonation. Bitter taste rules the day.

I just didn’t like the combination of what I thought was going to be a Belgian Ale and an IPA. It wasn’t smooth and was pretty unimpressive.

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Photo of crossovert
2.46/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle.

It pours a clear honey color with a big white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

The smell is yeasty and sweet. It has some spices and bubblegum. Hops are barely there with minuscule citrus.

The flavor is again yeast dominated, very bubblegummy and spicy. The hops lend almost nothing.

Really a failure. The body is watery too, this is worse than my homebrew.

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Photo of aasher
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a light bodied, nice bright gold in color with the slightest amount of cloudiness and a one finger, soapy white head. The aromas are a nice mix of yeast, cloves, fresh and crisp hops, lemon, and more hops. It has a really, really nice nose and you can tell it’s very fresh. It is a little sweet and you get a decent amount of banana and cloves. The yeast is nice and light and you also get some lemon and a bitter hop finish. It also finishes a little dry. The beer it’s most similar to may be Boulevard/Deschutes Collaboration II, with less yeast. It’s a nice Belgian IPA and a very solid beer. Putting this into six packs was a great idea. I hope they do it for Le Terroir!

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Photo of jsh420
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours clear golden bronze with a 1+ white finger head that left spotted lacing down the glass

smells amazing - very floral clove banana normal tripel notes but with a hint of pine in the background

taste does not disappoint either - very complex and tons of many different beers of different styles race through my mind - gumball head with piney grapefruit hops

mouthfeel light/medium body with good carbonation

overall - very impressed with this offering and gives raging bitch a run for her money on best american bipa

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Photo of UnionMade
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found three bottles in the latest NB 12pack sampler. Pleasantly surprised!
Pours a slightly hazed honey color, a big puff of white foam forms on the pour. The head settles down quickly, and all but disappears entirely on the last couple sips.
The nose is an interesting mix of spicy, vibrant hops and spicy, vibrant yeast. The yeast gives the hops an almost saaz-like quality, which i quite like. Very fruity and floral, the hops and yeast playing off each other well. The plastic-like, phenolic quality of the yeast add a strange whiff that I'm not entirely sure I like, reminiscent of a doctor's office or sterilization chemicals.
The flavor opens up with a nice, creamy pale malt sweetness. Lots of green fruit. Muscat grapes, granny smith apple and bosc pear. The hops add a heavy, very floral bitterness. Pink grapefruit. Quite a bit of belgian yeast flavor, which takes on an unusual character with the assertive hops. Mostly peppery and spicy but, coupled with the hops, creates an uncanny grapefruit sour bitterness on the back end. Medium bodied, well attenuated, with zippy carbonation. The first few sips are a bit harsh on the palate, but the flavor grows on me. The gentle malt sweetness comes through more and more as it warms, but it's very soft and creamy, with a vanilla ice cream undertone. Easily lost under the bolder flavors. Drinkable enough where I'd take another. Probably terrific with a loaded, chicago-style polish dog.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep golden color. A one and a half finger white foam head. Settled to a nice white frothy cap that lasted throughout. Sticky lacing as it receded.

Smell: Interesting, sweet and yeasty, but with a citrus hop aroma mixed in. Smells like a sweet Belgian Style Pale Ale with a stronger hop profile. Scents of clove spices and candied fruits as well.

Taste: Much like it smells. A unique blend of sweet and spicy Belgian style yeast and flavors. But, there's also an aggressive IPA hop profile. I like the unique blending of a couple of my favorite styles, American IPA with a Belgian Style Pale Ale. Very refreshing, yet also sweet and candy-like with the Belgian yeast. A slight bitter finish at the end, but sweetened and balanced well by the malts and yeast.

Mouth Feel: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Crisp and bright finish.

Drinkability: I'm really happy that New Belgium is now making this beer style available year round in six packs. This is a tasty brew with a respectable ABV. It's a perfect session beer, and I'm starting one right now. This just may be my favorite beer style from New Belgium Brewing, and that's saying a lot because they make several excellent beers.

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Photo of daledeee
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new offering from New Belgium in Iowa. Higher proof beer for $8.49 is worth a try!

It pours a very bright clear gold with great head and lacing.

Nose is piny and grapefruit.

Taste is very hoppy with grapefruit and a very strong citrus rind finish. I find this quite appealing. I say "very strong" yet I find this beer easy to drink. Hints of malt also finish the drink. It comes across as slightly watery or I could give this higher marks. Alcohol is quite warming for the ABV. This beer is supposed to be readily available and for the price, I will definitely seek it out.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, light golden color with one finger of off-white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Nice, fruity/spicy belgian esters. Not a lot of hop aroma, but still good.

T: Peppery challah up front, slowly turns bitter onto the finish. A little cardamom and bubble gum on the aftertaste.

M: Light and fluffy, no complaints.

O: A very pleasing beer. More of a summer time sort of beer, but there will still be a few more warm days yet this year, so I can see myself having some more of these in the near future....

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Photo of chicagobill13
1.83/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Golden looking with a sight strong golden belgium look to it. A seem what head to this beer. Not a very strong hop smell to it.

This beer has a very good carbation and bitter nice. The one thing I don't like about this beer is the after taste. It leaves me thrist afterwards with a cottom mouth feel going on. It is almost like i need to drink water with this. Once again, just like all their beers they taste the same. It is almost like they use the same yeast type in all their beers. That's not a bad thing until all your beers taste the same. I can see this beer like their Ranger being a great beginner IPA beer for new drinkers. For me, hop head I am very let down and disappointed. This is the last time I will pick up a New Belgium beer. Enjoy and Cheers!

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Photo of secondtooth
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Attractive golden head, with extravagant white bubbles. Intricate, delicate lacing. Gorgeous!

I get a lovely candy sugar and spice aroma.

Tastes rich, with zesty Belgian spices and a kick of hops. Well-balanced, though, and a superb cross-pollination of 2 distinct styles.

Gives the impression of being stronger than 7% ABV, due to the rich and heavy body, but this one's really superb and packed with complexity.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just showed up in town, 12oz bottle, best before Feb 12, 2012.

A nice golden coloured brew with a firm 1 1/2 finger of foam, lots of lacing.

Big flowery/perfumy smell from the hops and Belgian yeast and I'm intrigued.

Hmm, the tasting is just as impressive but more complex. Lots of Belgian influence with a yeastiness coupled with some pretty bad ass hop bitterness that to me is floral and...searching for the right word but I can't seem to find it. Oh well, it's kind of like a mix of their Abbey and Ranger, which I've never tried but can imagine would come close to this..fairly close, anyway. ;^)

Fairly light bodied with medium carbonation, good mouthfeel and pretty drinkable. 2 at a sitting, I think, would be my limit; to extend the life of my six pack's a bit on the strong side. I'm getting some warming.

Very good stuff, overall, and I will revisit.

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Lips Of Faith - BELGO Belgian India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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