Lips Of Faith - Kick
New Belgium Brewing Company

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Wild Ale
3.89 | pDev: 12.34%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Lips Of Faith - KickLips Of Faith - Kick
Notes: New Belgium and Elysian are together again with Kick, a rich and tart pumpkin cranberry ale blended with wood-aged beer for a uniquely complex harvest season sour.
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange hazy pour, thin head. Definitely imparts plenty of pumpkin, oak and cranberry in the aroma.

A little bit of caramel to offset the tartness. Mild oak and acidic notes. Tiny bit of cinnamon. Clean and dry.

I have no idea why they stopped making this. Glad I stocked up and bought a case when I did, although I think I only have about 2-3 bottles left. They really don't change much with time.

Feb 06, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is from tasting notes – had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl and from a 22 oz. bottle.
L: This pours cloudy orange amber under a 1” off-white persistent foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Tart fruit aromas and fortunately no pumpkin spice.
T: Mostly tart fruit with citrus, pumpkin and cranberry. The bottled version is more attenuated and drier than the tap version. The sweetness in the tap version better balances the tartness. Light bitter accent on the finish.
F: Medium to medium light body, very soft carbonation, tart.
O: Refreshing. On tap the pumpkin and cranberry come out more. The drier bottled version pushes the flavors towards citrus.

Jun 26, 2015
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Jackofallbrews from Minnesota

2.48/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

This is 2012's sour pumpkin ale made as a collaboration between New Belgium's Kim Jordan and Elysian's Dick Cantwell (also see my review of He Said by Cantwell.) It was made with 75% ale with pumpkins and cranberry juice, and 25% ale aged in wooden barrels. I couldn't find out if there was any wine or booze in the barrels. I tried this ale last year at a brewclub meeting and really hated it, but kept my bottle hidden away in the hopes that it would improve with age.

Aroma: Sour as anything! Layered with acetic (vinegar) sourness and wild yeast sourness. There is a musty forest floor aroma as swirled. No spicing noted. Some pineapple aromas as it warms.

Appearance: Deep golden color with a slight haze. Small white head with large bubbles.

Flavor: Sharp bitterness up front and a strong sour zing. I taste the pineapple esters from the Brettanomyces. Tart cranberry and an astringent earthy note. This has a very thin body and ends dry and raspy on the tongue.

Overall: I'm not a huge fan. There isn't much to this other than SOUR! Lacks complexity that I look for in sour beers and I don't get much pumpkin through that tartness. I do like it better than last year (dumped) but still didn't have more than half a glass before I let it go. A bit disappointed with New Belgium and Dick Cantwell for this one--it should have been amazing based on most of their other projects.

Nov 15, 2013
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Sammy from Canada

3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly tasty and a nice sour. Very lacey, on Orange peach body, a great picture.A little funky yeast. Orange citrus taste, the cranberry is there and its just observable. The pumpkin is in the secondary. A good pumpkin for people like me outpumpkined. December 2011 bottle. My only complaint is the cranberry should be natural cranberries and not added in j. Thanks FlandersNed.

Mar 08, 2013
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a hazy light amber with a one finger white head that faded to leave a sudsy blanket and light lacing.

S - Typical New Belgium funk here and bright, VERY bright cranberry notes. Deep inhales reveal light pumpkin gourds. Nice oak barrel notes as well. Very, very pleasant.

T - Nice tart cranberry notes, very cranberry with some light light pumpkin finish. The oak is gently mingled in throughout. Very, very well balanced and uniquely interesting. very nice dry almost cranbic finish.

M - Mouthfeel is very, very nice with good carbonation for a beer of the style. Sharply carbonated with a nice acidic finish.

O - Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this unique and interesting beers. Glad I have another bottle of this to age and see just how sharp/tart the cranberry can become.

Nov 07, 2012
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Pours a fluffy pasty white almost 1 finger head fades at a med pace with foamy lacing, super hazy carrot honey orange color.

Nose starts with nice sour and tart fruit, little funky but typical distinct New Belgium funk, a light gourd like nose, a cranberry juice tartness, almost tart funky cranberry lemonade.

Taste nice tart fruit, little sour and fruit, a tangy cranberry juice and cranberry lemonade again, light gourd like vegetative flavor and hint of pumpkin, little grainy malt, syrupy caramel. Light vanilla oak barrel. Hint of bready yeasty like flavor. Fruity. Finish is drier, some tingly acidity, little sticky, lingering tart cranberry lemonade, bready syrupy caramel malts lingering too.

Mouth is, med bodied, nice carb, light acidic bite.

Overall very unique and pretty good, hard to have much though with the syrupy feel and acidic tartness.

Oct 28, 2012
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

2.62/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I allowed this one to mellow for about a year and it obviously did not do any good. The appearance was the of a nice red tinted ale. There was not a significant amount of head. Bearing in mind that two fruits are identified with this brew, there was a strong cranberry aroma. This aroma was very honest based on the taste. Shockingly, this tasted like a cranberry juice sparkler. It made mean wonder if Ocean Spray gets any of the royalties on this one.There were vanilla notes and some woodiness, but no attention grabbers. The sour in the cranberries really comes through in the aftertaste. This certainly did not taste barrel aged, and came across as an imitation of a sour. I did not notice any pumpkin.

Oct 21, 2012
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DrinkSlurm from New York

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into flute style glass at alewife, baltimore. Pours a cloudy orange with nice one finger head. Smells of brett and sour cranberry. Taste is sour/tart cranberry with brett and harvest style spices; cinnamon and allspice dominate. Its a bit too tart but it is the style. Somewhat heavy and thick but overall a decent wild and a cool take on a seasonal harvest brew.

Aug 30, 2012
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rodkin from New York

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pi on Delmar for SLCBW.

Pour is gorgeous. Nice slightly hazy pumpkiny orange with a big fluffy head that just sits there. Excellent lacing.

Smell is pumpking, sour apple, tiny bit of hop bitterness. Don't really get the cherry much in the nose.

Taste is pretty big on sour apple, with the pumpkin following. Some general citrus, bit of earthiness. There's the cherry. It's mild, though. My server described it as like a sour apple jolly rancher, and there's definitely some truth to it. Except, you know, better. Very accessible, not too sour. Mild on the finish. I can't believe this is 8.5%. As I was drinking it, I was thinking around 5, 6 tops.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Really nice medium-light body, pretty dry, excellent carb. Almost perfect, definitely the highlight of the beer.

An easy drinking, tasty sour. Very tasty, and mild enough on the tartness that people who don't really know or like sours could probably enjoy it.

Aug 01, 2012
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drpimento from Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good, accessible sour fruit beer. Served with an average sized very frothy, off-white head that slowly settled to a light cover which lasted all the way down and plenty of lace. Color is a clear amber with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is fruity sour and fresh. Flavor's like nose with the Brett and carbonation up front with fruit right behind and taming it down along with slight bitter. Body is relatively soft for a sour beer and carbonation is spot on. Finish is like flavor, slightly long and fairly drinkable.

Jul 25, 2012
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rand from California

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 650 mL bomber to D'Achouffe tulip.

A: A beautiful orange-apricot in color with a red hue, the brew forms a small wispy head that dissipates rapidly.

S: Tart cherries at the front of the nose...really tart. An assortment of fruit lingers, a touch of coriander spice. Alcohol is masked.

T: Far less sour than the nose would lead, tart pumpkin and cranberries anchor the flavor. It's really 'juicy', like a mix of cranberry and pear juice. Smooth, candy sweet, with very little of the traditional 'beer' tones, i.e., bitter, bready, etc.

S: Light and effervescent with low viscosity.

I'd finished reviewing the nose before I tasted it, and I was really expecting a sour punch, but this turned fairly light and mild on the palate. It's not something I would clamor for, especially if I was in the mood for a throaty wild ale, but it's refreshing and easy to drink.

Jul 16, 2012
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Spider889 from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at the Elysian event at Falling Rock on 9/28/11.

I was really looking forward to trying this beer, and was heartbroken that bottles of this were sold out all over the state wherever I inquired.

Smells quite tart with tons of sweetness. I kept thinking of white cake and even strawberry shortcake. Vanilla with slight berry/cranberry aroma.

The cranberry flavor is acidic but recognizable. There's a lovely mild pumpkin flavor in the background and some slight vanilla flavor. I also tasted some orange peel in there. Overall I found the cranberry addition to be lovely.

Oily mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Goes down easily enough.

For whatever reason I was expecting to like this more than I did, but with that said this was still a really fun beer I would love to try again in a future batch where I can really hunker down and analyze it.

Jun 12, 2012
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superspak from Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating (but was from the release in Fall 2011). Pours very hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of tart apple, lemon, cranberry, hay, grass, pepper, earth, cherry, raspberry, funk, and yeast spiciness. Nice and well balanced aromas with nice complexity. Taste of tart apple, lemon, cranberry, cherry, grass, hay, earth, pepper, funk, bread, and yeast spices. Light puckering acidity on the finish; with lingering notes of apple, lemon, cranberry, pepper, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of flavors with nice complexities; with a nice balance of tartness. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice slightly slick and crisp mouthfeel. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice blended wild ale. Very nice flavor complexity, and very smooth and easy to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

Jun 10, 2012
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denver10 from New Mexico

2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy orange-golden with a white head an nice lacing. A tart and slightly sweet funky aroma with a comparable flavor profile. The tart side of the cranberry shows itself in the front a little sweeter in the rear with some flavor of fresh, raw pumpkin peaking through if I looked for it. Mildly funky throughout. The pumpkin works mosty in the mouthfeel, giving it a nice meaty medium body to this. Overall, a decent brew. Nothing earth shattering that I will rush to try again but enjoyed getting to try it.

May 10, 2012
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ngeunit1 from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of cranberry and pumpkin with some pumpkin pie spices, sourness and funk, some oak, with a touch of bready malt.

T - Starts off with some cranberry sweetness with some funkiness and tart and sour flavors growing from the background with some yeast flavor. Through the middle some more sourness comes through with some oak and some pumpkin flavor and a touch of bready malt. The finish is a mix sweet fruity berries with cranberry being the strongest, some pumpkin, sourness, and a bit of oak and bready malt.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a sour and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. The balance of the sweet berry flavors with the sourness, oak, and pumpkin is really nice here and has some great complexity.

Apr 09, 2012
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap at Taco Mac Decatur December 22, 2011. 11 Ounce pour.

(Appearance) pours a hazy gold orange with a light surface cover of an off white color. Appearance is decent. 3.5

(Smell) not much here. Mild fruit tones, bread and cracker yeast aromas and a touch of caramel. potency is very mild. 3

(Taste) cracker malt and a sweet and sour component. Roasted pumpkin and oranges. Tasty and interesting. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) mild and smooth. Light/medium body. Medium alcohol presence. 3

(Overall) A decent quality sour. Not too sure how it would hold up against the rest of the competition, however. 3

Mar 20, 2012
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nataku00 from California

3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip glass, lightly chilled for 30 minutes from cellar temperature. Beer pours a clear orange color with half a finger of soapy white head. Head dissipates quickly, leaving some light lacing, to a thin collar of bubbles and a bit of a film. Plenty of tiny bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

Nose cranberry, light fruity ester sweetness. A bit of earthiness to it, maybe from the barrel aging. Not too interesting an aroma.

Taste is all cranberry, with some sweet fruit ester and a touch of biscuit malt. I get may be a little bit of squash/pumpkin flavor on the finish, but this taste like an cranberry ocean spray drink.

Light bodied and well carbonated, would be pretty refreshing on a hot day. Alcohol is well hidden on the beer, as the cranberry flavor masks some of the other components.

Mar 09, 2012
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Retail1LO from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Lost Abbey longstemmed glass.
Pours a hazy, cloudy shade of orangish-gold with a two to three finger width head on top. Head recedes quickly leaving some thing, spotty lacing on the glass. The nose is spicy and tart at the same time. You can smell the sourness in this beer. It definitely has a bit of funk. You can't pick out the pumpkin, however. The taste reinforces the spiciness found in the nose, and also introduced a bonafide hint of pumpkin. Very nice. It's seldom you can actually taste the pumpkin in a beer. There's a trace of vinegaryness to this, reminiscent of a sour. The mouth is very effervescent and thin...and tart. The tartness lingers for a good bit. Overall, I like this. This is an easy to drink beer with a good deal of flavor to it. My first New Belgium beer was a good one.

Mar 07, 2012
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IHyphySF from California

3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this on the tap list and had to try it because i have enjoyed majority of all of the lips of faith series.

Was poured into a tulip glass and while the bartender was pouring i could see no evident head.

A - The beer was a golden color but it has hues of red in it and had small bubbles forming around the glass.

S - The smell you could tell it was aged in a barrel and is going to be a bit sour. The first smell that comes to mind was the cranberries and then the funky sour barrel aged smell.

T - First sip it was tart and i could taste the cranberries to the fullest which gave it an interesting flavor. The confusing part of this was where the sour/tart parts of this came from either from the barrel aging or from the cranberries because the taste of cranberries shown through and it seems like that the cranberries used or added into making this beer were unsweetened. I later found out this beer had pumpkin in it also but i could not taste any hints of this,

M - The carbonation was low but it went well for this type of beer and this is where i could feel a nice full body and this is where it actually did remind me of a pumpkin ale.

O - Would love to buy this beer again because the sour/tartness comes through and it puzzles me if more beers should add cranberries to make them sour. If i saw this in the store i would buy a couple of bottles to hide in my fridge and if i saw it on tap again it would be one to default to order.

Feb 21, 2012
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BarryMFBurton from Indiana

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don’t know why this beer has been sitting so long in the back of my fridge – I’ve heard it’s great. Well, it’s finally getting its moment today; let’s see how this pumpkin/cranberry/barrel-aged brew turns out.

A: Odd – not a whole lot of head from this one at all, even with some age on it. The retention is simply a white film, nothing more than a paper-thin layer of microbubbles. Lacing is minimal, but still noticeable. Its saving grace would have to be its body color: a goldenrod shine with a bit of haze over the majority.

S: Strong aromas of light fruit juice: cranberry is the biggest, overshadowing the hints of lime and raspberry in an attractively light and fruity nose. Hiding beneath is an equally satisfying scent of funk; something grassy, estery, and Belgian. It’s a beautiful yeast for this style, as it adds a needed complexity to an otherwise sugar-coated profile. A mild note of butterscotch and pumpkin bread rounds out this quite rich, quite satisfying nose.

T: Aaaand BAM! This beer hits you right off the bat with sour, sending tart raspberry and cranberry flavors straight to the brain. It’s absolutely great. Exciting flavors, indeed, enveloping the entire palate in an intensely fruity, yet perfectly drinkable exterior. Inside that character is some of those light yeasts, adding a bit of musty phenols to this bright palate. Strangely, I can taste a lot more grain than yeast: they’re quite bready – so much that they’re chewy at times – every once in a while showing off a cheap macro-brewery wheat taste. I guess “every once in a while” is sort of stretching it: it’s really only in the aftertaste of the first few sips that you get that BMC wheat taste. Apart from that, it finishes with a tongue-smacking sweetness matched side-by-side with a yeasty liquid-bread taste.

M: The only carbonation I can feel is a very smooth fizz, making this body light and slightly oily; that may be one of the other reasons I’ve found myself relating this to a BMC beer. Still, it’s pretty drinkable.

O: Man, this beer caught me completely off-guard – never since Founders Blushing Monk have I had a beer with such a satisfying sour character. I used to not really like this brewery, but the more I explore New Belgium’s lineup, the more my opinion changes. This is just one of the brews that puts a smile on your face after every sip.

Feb 13, 2012
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson; September 2011
Arrives from the tap with a fluffy, ½-finger thick, lightly tanned, pale head; some thin, layered lacing is left on the sides of my glass as I slowly drink this beer. The beer is a slightly hazed, rich gold hue that shows a paler gold when held up to the light; a closer inspecting later on reveals that this beer actually has a pale red tint to the dominant gold color. The aroma smells tart and fruity, definitely reminding me of cranberries, even if this is just a suggestion; I don’t think this is a suggestion though as it has that distinct, sort of floral note that cranberries have. Subtle woody notes are found towards the end of the aroma; soft, a little spicy, but mostly just a suggestion of oak-wood.

Tart, though not aggressively so, it also has some woody astringency to it and a definite tannic quality. The beer is actually quite light bodied and quaffable; at least compared to what I was expecting, but this still has some slickness / fullness to it.. The middle and finish has a touch of floral cranberry flavor to it and perhaps just a suggestion of sweetness; overall though this is substantially dry beer. The tannins and astringency really linger on the palate in the finish. The flavor has a touch of soapiness to it (is this the tap lines). Up front the acidity seems mostly lactic in its tartness, some of the acidity likely comes from the cranberries, and the tartness does seem nicely rounded. At times the cranberry flavor can be pretty noticeable, at others it melds into the other noticeable flavors in the beer. There is a touch of malt character that contributes a hint of dried-grassy and cracker like pale malt character. Some peppery spiciness from the oak is brought out by the pizza I am eating, but mostly the oak is kept to a nice, integrated level in this beer.

Not bad, certainly an easy drinking beer, but it doesn’t really have the character that I was hoping. I don’t get any real sense of the pumpkin, though the cranberry character comes out more and more as the beer warms up.

Feb 12, 2012
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RuckusDu from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer when it came out so I thought I would put some up to see what some age did to them. Well, I'm celebrating tonight, so I thought i would crack one open. Into my classy Pat O'Brien's globe.

A - Got maybe 3/4 inch slightly off-white head. Body is a moderately hazy orange/golden. Some moderate lacing.

S - Smell is a new tart. I can't pinpoint it. Orange cream and bananas. A little vitamin scent.

T - Definite grapefruit and orange flavors. A great balance between tart and sweet. Only the slightest funk on the backend. Simple.

M - Very drying. Strong carbonation. Medium body.

O - Still a great beer. Unfortunately I was not reviewing back when this came out, but I'm pretty sure this beer has not gone downhill. Either the same or better. Actually a nice little sour right now. Normally I rate my overall as a sort of average of everything else, but for some reason this beer is better than the sum of it's parts.

Feb 10, 2012
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iabeerbaron from Iowa

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper color pour with a nice medium white head. Aroma is fruity and sweet with a bit malt coming through. Taste is very tart, I get little pumpkin but the cranberry really sticks out to me with some sweetness mixed in. A fun beer to try and overall pretty damn good.

Feb 04, 2012
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Gyle41386 from South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler (filled 1/27/12) into a pint glass. Thanks as always to Joseph and Wes at Green's. You guys are awesome.

Pour is a bit of a golden-orange color, sort of close to peach. Two fingers of white foam retain pretty well before fading away to a faint ring, leaving behind sheets of lacing.

Aroma is deliciously tart. The sour cranberry seems dominant to me, but the pumpkin and spices aren't unnoticeable. Maybe a little bit of wood and vanilla in there, too.

The flavor initially seems to be entirely tart cranberry but it transitions nicely into pumpkin/spice in the finish. I didn't think this combination of flavors would work at all, but I am very pleased.

Medium bodied. Medium carbonation is appropriate. Dry finish. Very easy drinker, doesn't take much time at all to polish off a growler. Very pleasantly surprised with this one. Can't beat the $9.99 growler fill.

Jan 29, 2012
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright golden appearance, midway between pumpkin and peach, slim but staying layer of chalk white head.

aroma: wild, tart and fruity. I get the cranberry, but it's mild, not especially pronounced, and melds well with the sourness. Pumpkin flavor is in the background, if at all discernible. Nicely hopped.

Taste: A little bitter up front, fiercely hoppy, then met and matched with tannin-y, wild yeastiness, and the distinct, sharp and sour cranberry flavor. Pumpkin is in the background, holding down the malty fort. The intensity of the initial flavor eventually falls back, rolls out tidily, and finishesneat and clean. This sends the palate screaming for more. "that was great, where did it go, get more in me," is how the conversation goes.

The tart stays on, an echo enough to keep it lingering, and keep it exciting. Pumpkin is back in the patch, cranberries are splashing up front, lactic sour keeps it kicking. Great creation. Hope they make this again, or something else like it.

Jan 14, 2012
Lips Of Faith - Kick from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 422 ratings