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 cbarrett4
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't believe the amount of gorgeous, persistent head from nearly every bottle of beer these guys produce. Nice golden hue with some copper and bronze highlights. Fine, sticky lace.

Smells Belgian, but like a bastard Belgian stepchild of a beer... in a good way. A touch of citrus and grass peek through the coriander, melon and clove. Pretty complex and engaging.

On the palate this is all IPA with the spice pushed to the back. Lots of bright citrus and fresh, grassy flavors dominate. Medium to full bodied with nice texture and grip, decent finish, mostly hinging on the bitterness from the hops.

Overall a good beer and one that is quite intriguing. A style that I wouldn't regularly drink, but a fun one to have every now and then. Tasted three times with consistent notes.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer has a beautiful deep gold color, with just a touch of orange. A half-inch of sticky white foam tops it off and keeps excellent retention. The liquid is ultra clear, yet I can see ultrafine particulates suspended about, probably hops. The nose is quite heavenly. A potent bouquet of perfumy, floral hops, with a touch of spice and a general sweetness. It's my kind of beer.

The spicy hops and fruity flavors combine to make a tasty brew. The finish is quite bitter, lingering almost indefinitely. There is a bit of a soapy, herbal character at the back too. It's sort of a slow drinker though as it tastes "heavy" and seems like one of those beers I could only have one of. Perhaps it's almost redundant with that lavish floral hop bitterness, though in the end I can't complain too much. The mouthfeel is barely syrupy, but overall medium thick with subtle carbonation.

I really like the Belgian IPA style and this is no exception. I think it was 7.99 for a 6-pack which is a tremendous value. It's hard to find that much flavor for your money these days. Going to buy more soon...

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Photo of withliterature
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden orange in color with moderate carbonation and dense nice white head that left neat lacing after it dissipated (~10min). None of the yeasty haze of an unfiltered Belgian; this is a clear golden color.

S: A little bit of citrus and hops, but mostly smells like a Belgian.

T: There is a nice hoppy bite in the aftertaste and a sweeter floral Belgian flavour in the front. I don't taste much fruit, but a bit of orange and lemon. The balance is nice, and I love that bitter hoppy taste that lingers after the mouth is dry.

M: Despite the slight sweetness in taste at first, the finish is very dry (this beer ends with hops). Moderate carbonation and not dense or sticky.

O: I think that I like the Flying Dog 'Raging Bitch' Belgian-Style IPA better, but that might simply be due to my fondness for IPAs in summer (now) and Belgians in winter (months away). I think that the Flying Dog leans toward IPA while this beer is a close balance between Belgian and IPA, so in that regard this beer is much more what an IPA/Belgian hybrid should be.

I would think about buying this again, but I'd be more likely to buy either an IPA or a Belgian. IPAs (way, way hoppy) and Belgians (tripels) are probably my two favorite beer styles, but I haven't been overly impressed by hybrids like this. They're decent in their own right, but I think that the two styles are far better on their own.

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Photo of BeerBabe06
4.88/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Visual: Slight haze from bottle conditioning. Beautiful copper-golden hue. Fabulous white lacing on glass, great head/head retention.

Aroma: Great floral, slight sweet. Spice, clove, banana.

Taste: First it's nice caramely, sweet from the malt and then crisp/dry hop on the finish. Tastes like spicey/clove/banana/dry crisp floral-grapefruit.

Mouthfeel/Body: Start sweet, ends with nice hop, clean finish. Malt is beautiful honey and caramel. Medium body.

Overall: I love this beer. Perfectly balanced with hop, gorgeous trappist yeast (spicey) and nice malt. 7% - great price/value for this beer with retail at $8.99. Nice job NBB on bringing this from the 22 ounce, to the six-pack format.

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Photo of DCon
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 1 PINT, 6 FL OZ. bottle from the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO for $12. Poured from the Disco Ball Bottle into a 16oz New Belgium Oversized Snifter glass and has BOTTLED ON 06/16/2010 on the back.

Aroma- Starts with a nice malty sweet aroma and then has a floral and light piney hop aroma after wards.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has good retention. Has a reddish copper body that has great clarity. Huge amount of lacing on the glass.

Flavor- Starts with hue grapefruit taste and a medium amount of mixed hops. Can't tell which hops are present but all well blended. Medium bitterness and has a very low caramel attribute here? Cool.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation (not sure I'm cool with this attribute), has a nice hop bite at the end, and is good all around.

Overall Impression- Nice, bitter IPA that has an awesome grapefruit taste! I'm still very interested in the difference between these "Belgo" style beers and what they have to offer. This is my second one (first one was a Stone Belgo Stout) but since its an entirely different style, can't put my finger on it. I would give this one another try if available on tap!

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

Pours a transparent gold in the glass with decent amount of head and good lacing. A peppery Belgian yeast scent hits up front, fades to bananas and citrusy hops. You get a bit of barley with a good swirl. This beer has a sweet, light malt flavor with a clean bitter taste up front, a bit spicy from the yeast. Ends with bitter hops, a bit more earthy than expected. Feels light with moderate carbonation, which helps coat the mouth and leaves you with a lingering bitter hops taste.

I'm a big fan of IPAs and Belgians, so it's no surprise I like this beer. It's a bit more earthy & spicy than expected, even for a beer with Belgian yeast, but it's welcome. This is definitely an American Belgian IPA, if that makes sense. Lots of hops and bitter aftertaste, which I don't really get as much from true Belgian IPAs.

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Photo of iDrinknewglarus
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very very light orange. Kind of looks like a lager by how light the color is. Just a touch of haze. Carbonation streaming. Amorphous bubbles in the head. The lacing leaves WALLS of foam... something I though only nitro beers could offer. Fantastic looking beer.

S: Belgium yeast. With that comes coriander, bread, and spice. Lemon zest from the American hops. Smells like fresh, green hops. Smells like a perfect hybrid of two countries' most renown attributes.

T: This has more Belgium than American characteristics. Tons of yeasty flavors that I mentioned in the smell. Bold, but not overbearing American hop flavor accompanied with mild bitterness. A touch of alcohol and spice that tastes similar to a trippel. Dries out the mouth in the finish. Bitter, hoppy aftertaste.

M: Medium-light. Medium carbonation.

Quite an interesting beer. I haven't had many Belgium IPAs, but I can definitively say that this is a nice blend of assertive American hops paired with distinct Belgium characteristics and complexity. If you are in to that thing, then this is your beer.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Yellowish/orange in color. Very slight haze. Rocky one and a half finger white head. Some bigger bubbles. Good retention and great lacing.

S: Big Belgian yeast aromas. Coriander. Cloves. Some slight citrus and floral hop notes.

T: Belgian yeast and coriander upfront. Lemon notes in the middle. Very light caramel malts. The Belgian flavors gives way to a nice rounded hop bitterness in the finish. Little pine, little floral, and little citrus. Great finish.

M: Light to medium bodied. Nice dry finish. Medium carbonation.

O: A great take on the style. New Belgium hasn't failed to come through yet.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my SN tulip glass to catch all the head (except it wasn't that big) and the aroma.
Boy is this a nice aroma. First catch the whiff of sweet, fresh citrus Am. hops followed by full complex Bel. yeast. Yum! That's nice.
Mostly clear dark gold body with smallish (1/4 inch) very white head with ample lacing.
Flavor is a little less impressive than the aroma, but still very complex and not without it's own appeal. Quite dry but enhanced by it's close to full throttle bitterness. Very light initial malt sweetness up front then hop flavors. Inter mixed are yeast flavors that are a little too in the back, but I'd don't want to knock a solid beer here too much. Definitely alcohol warmth, but it blends well.
Moderately light and carbonated very nicely.
This is solid and worth the mixed 12 pack in came in. I'd purchase this again.

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Photo of richkrull
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a lighter golden color with a nice beige head on it.

Smell is very very hoppy with some Belgian yeast coming through.

Taste is delicious. Very hoppy throughout. Good pine and citrus notes as well.

Mouthfeel is fairly light. Great carbonation. Pretty bubbly going down.

Overall I really enjoyed this IPA and would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of nanobrew
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A pale straw color with a healthy frothy head

S:I got a lot of grassy/ earthy hop notes. There is also some lemon and a little bit of spices from the yeast

T: first taste i get is bubble gum. The grassy notes are apparent, along with the spices (nutmeg?). The alcohol is also present in the taste. The sweetness of the yeast and the earthy hops do not seem to work to great together

M: Slightly spice tingle on the tongue. Finishes fairly dry

Overall, I am not a fan. I like ranger IPA as a good go to IPA, but I will not seek this beer, though i am fairly picky when it comes to Belgian IPAs

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

amber color with a huge head of white foamy lace that was soo big it had to be poured at least four times before it all settled down into the glass.

The aroma was full of yeast and spice with a very nice light fruit vibe coming off of it. Lots of peaches and pears were readily apparent and easily transferred the aroma into one of a nice Belgian pale. There was a large amount of hops present on the nose as well, what seemed like citrus A touch of alcohol was present hidden under all of this as well but it served more to round out then to distract. huge hoppy flavor coming off of it. nice fruity flavors worked their way in, lots of peaches and pears, apples and a touch of orange, probably coriander starting to break through. A good amount of yeast gave way to a nice dry hoppy finish that was accented by some grape like flavors in the end. Very nice and light with a touch of alcohol mixed in to let you know this had a bit of a punch to it.

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Photo of mltobin
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Flying Saucer in Austin.

Appearance is a lighter orange color with a thin head, some cloudiness as well. The taste contains citrus hops, grass, sugar, with mid-level bitterness. MF is well balanced, yeast is there, and a crispness to it. A nice BIPA to try if you enjoy the style. If I had more time on my hands during this visit, another glass would have been in order.

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

Pours with a big white biscuity head that slowly fades into a light cover and decent lacing atop a clear honey colored ale.

The aroma is sour hops with lighter hints of yeast, floral scents with a very slight citrusy background.

This IPA has a non-overbearing sour citrus hops with a slight sweet pine taste that leaves a nice drying aftertaste.

A very easy drinking IPA definitely worth a try or 3.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Okay.... Very little head emerges from the 750ml.. Head is dead white with little to no lacing. Brew is nice clear orange with red and yellow hues. Head builds nicely when swirled.

S - Bananas and Pine needles. There's a barnyard a scent too. Some good figs. There's not a lot going on...

T - Some crazy stuff going on in this brew. I'm not sure it meets the style, but still quite a nice brew. Very Belgian in flavor, but not in appearance...

M - Very nice carbonation! Medium bodied and well distributed. Sits well on your palate. Slight funk brewing up in this guy.

O - A good brew, but not overwhelming by any means.

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Photo of arizcards
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine at the end of January for $5.99. Total Wine label indicates an 8/17/10 received date. Man, i need to pay closer attention to dates!

Beer poured orange with a white head that is hanging on and leaving lacing behind.

Nose is northwest hops with a classic belgian yeast strain.

Taste is well balanced between the pale malts and northwest hops.

Mouthfeel has hints of smoothness from the belgian yeast, medium bodied, and fairly lively on the palate.

Overall this is a pretty good beer, probably somewhat better with fresher hops.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a 22oz bomber from Sea Trader Liquor here in OB for $6. and split it with a buddy into pint glasses.

A: Pours a clean light honey, slightly straw-like hue with a fat head that lingers for a few sips leaving good lacing from start to finish.

S: Huge yeasty mess - I get very little else, just a ton of Belgian yeast. Where's the hop??? I also get a bit of sweet fruit and grain, with maybe just a hint of floral hop at the very back end mixed with a bit of booze.

T: Man, still a ton of yeast - luckily the hop comes through a bit more in flavor than in the nose, but still just a yeast bomb. The taste is very sweet and malty too with some bubblegum/tropical fruit flavors. The hop is there, but struggles to assert itself properly as one would expect from an IPA.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied, good carbonation for the style, slightly sticky with a surprisingly strong lingering bitterness from the hop (where was it in the nose and flavor though???).

D: Enjoyable brew, but the sweetness and overwhelming yeast gets to be a bit overwhelming.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This one threw me for a loop. Not what you expect from the style.

It is beautiful copper with fluffy, creamy head thats got nice retention and a creamy wall of lace. The smell is hoppy. Nice grsasy, citrus, and piney notes. Faint hints of spice. The taste is more subdued. The belgian yeast is apparant with banana, bubblegum, and clove. The clove is faint. Fruity in taste between sweet banana and citrus notes like orange on the edges. Malty and watered down a bit. Strange brew. Very drinkable.

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Photo of 2xHops
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I will need to preface this with one comment: It is possible that the bottle I had is a bit too old for me to be giving it a fair review.

A - The head was great, and it looks tasty.

S - I can smell the hops emanating from this beer, and it does smell like what I'd usually smell in an IPA.

Taste - What the hell? There's barely any hop flavors coming out of this bottle. I'm starting to think it's an old bottle. The flavors aren't jumping out at me. It actually seems too flat by any standard.

Mouthfeel - It feels a bit too flat, and the flavors die out in your mouth a bit too quickly.

Drinkability - If as is, it would be not a good beer for an IPA lover. However, for everyone else that does not like hoppy beers, it may be good one to try.

I will have to test more bottles before I actually determine whether this bottle I'm tasting now is an anomaly, or the way it's made.

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

A: amber, clear color with very dense rocky head and great lacing
S: great nose, Belgian yeast, earthy malt and nice hops
T: IPA with very good malt backbone and very nice classic Belgian yeast qualities
M: creamy, very nice
D: very drinkable for ABV

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

<JEREMY2002 = bad trader>
Thanks to bstaffor for this one!

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Two fingers foamy, fluffy head that falls to a thick coating & coating, leaves strips of lacing. Body is nice, clear, coppery orange with plenty of nucleation of varying speeds.

Sweet smell of banana bubblegum, raw pastry dough, with some pineapple buoying it a little. One of the sweeter-smelling examples of the style I've had. A little mint shows up, but like buttermints.

Much of the same sweetness as in the smell, with more of a light pastry character, some honey, & a notable alcohol presence. Mild orange around the edges, again just enough to lighten it, with a light, pithy bitterness. Booze is a little off-balance at times, but just a little.

Soft & effervescent, this kind of floats across the palate. The alcohol weighs it down just a little, but not enough to make it unwieldy.

This one's softer & sweeter than other Belgian IPAs I've had. Tasty, & the alcohol pokes its head up enough to let you know it's there. That said, this one's gone pretty quickly, a smooth drinker for sure.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.54/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served on-tap @ Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO, into a New Belgium globe glass

Pours a golden straw color, like it was a pale yellow beer before honey was added. It looks sort of like a cough drop. Nice, sudsy white foam gets to about 1.5 fingers, leaving more than adequate lacing. Good looking beer. Though, of course, appearance has never been where New Belgium's beers have been at fault.

I suppose there are two ways to look at the Belgian IPA style that is taking off like wildfire: either the beer is an IPA that's been fermented with Belgian yeast, or the beer is essentially a Tripel or a strong Blonde/Belgian Strong Pale Ale that is aggressively hoppy (relatively speaking). My preference is with the IPA-focused way to approach the style (ala Stone's Cali-Belgique). I have been accused of being a hater with respect to my B- review of Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel, so take this review in with the knowledge that this reviewer thinks Belgian IPAs should be IPAs first.

The aroma of Belgo IPA, clearly, puts it onto the side of the style that I don't prefer. This is a Tripel in aroma, clearly. The candi sugar is there, and the ester profile screams Tripel. It doesn't smell too dissimilar to New Belgium's six-pack year-round Trippel (the one with the redundant extra p). The hops are here though, definitely. The mix of hop varietals is ineffective. The stonefruit American hop scents are quickly masked by some dirty, earthy aromas coming from the Willamette hops. All in all, Belgo IPA smells like an out-of-sorts, off-balance Tripel. Harmonious, this aroma profile ain't.

The hops, for all their bluster in the nose, aren't very assertive on the palate. FernMaster, who was among the many at our table who ordered this beer, exclaimed "This is supposed to be an IPA?" Pretty much the defining sentence of this beer's flavor. The hops aren't much of anything here; they wash each other out. A twinge of apricot is left on the finish, but that might be more of an ester flavor from the yeast than anything the alpha acids contributed to this beer. While this smelled heavily like a Tripel, it tastes more like a blonde ale. Honestly? This reminds me a lot of New Belgium's Hoptober, only with spicier, more estery yeast flavors. This beer doesn't know what it wants to be.

The beer isn't as dry or crisp as I would like from something in the IPA family. Maybe I'm picking nits and this point, but I can't seem to bump up the mouthfeel past "average." I don't see why I should consider this more drinkable than the average Belgian IPA, but for all it's out-of-sorts-ness, it isn't really any LESS drinkable than much of what is out there.

Another miss by New Belgium & another poor attempt by a brewery to marry the flavors of Belgian pales with American IPAs.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cool trade with a77cj7... Thanks Chris.. Shared this one with the wife... Belgian IPA... awesome...

Big foamy white head... the brew is clear lite amber.... a great cap and only okay lacing.

Bazooka bubblegum and some lesser mango

PINK cotton candy... tons of weird phenols.... big hunting with the esters... some cantaloupe and other melon.. a bit of nice peppercorn with warmth..

Yeasty elements are all over the place... I love a great Belgian IPA, but the fruitiness on this one takes it to levels not seen yet in the States.... PINK BUBBLEGUM... Odd and interesting, but the phenolic notes are tough to wrap my palate around... nuff said.

Cool trade with Chris... Thanks again.


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Photo of fear025
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma:I can smell the belgian yeast, with some slight cleaning fluid aromatics. There is a little sweet fruityness too.

Appearance:Pale gold in color. Good head at first but poor retention.

Taste:Good belgian yeast flavors. The hops intensity is above average, and melds well with the funky belgian notes. Some cleaning fluid like notes are present in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium body. Nice carbonation. Some astringency, especially in the aftertaste.

Drinkability:This is an enjoyable refreshing brew, easy to drink with a fair amount of flavor complexity. Some of the odd cleaning fluid flavors do detract from the overall experience.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint from a 22oz.
Look: Orange with an inch of head, moderate lacing.
Smell: I get tons of citrus and flowers. A bit of pine, some earth and pale malts backing. The yeast is light in the smell.
Taste:Very balanced. Lots of citrus and grassy hops up front. A slight bit of pine and alcohol spice follow with a bit of yeast to follow.
Mouth: Light, smooth, not too much carbonation. Easy going down.
Drink: Though it wasn't what I expected with the hop lineup, it was still a very pleasent BIPA with a lot of great qualities. I recommend grabbing one and giving it a shot.

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