Lips Of Faith - Kick | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - KickLips Of Faith - Kick

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by GilGarp on 08-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 422 |  Reviews: 209
Reviews by Philousa:
Photo of Philousa
2.72/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on-tap at Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose.

Sits an opaque pale tangerine color with hardly any head on top. Sour orange aroma with some cranberry and maybe cherry. Orange taste kicks this off followed by sour sugar and cranberry. Some pale malt is in there somewhere. A bit mouth puckering and sweet. Feels thin and dry, lightly carbonated. Delicate mouthfeel.

This is almost great, but not quite. I expected a little more complexity in the nose. There needs to be a bit more balance to the sour sweetness. Then again, I'm not much of a Supplication fan either, so take that as you will. I really enjoyed the cranberry, but I didn't get any pumpkin in this at all. Which isn't really a bad thing in my opinion. I just found it strange that the orange characteristics completely supplanted the pumpkin characteristics. I'm a little confused and bitter about this beer, despite the fact that this beer should have been a little more bitter than it was.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of warnerry
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange-tinged golden brown with two fingers of white head. Head has good retention and leaves some lacing.

S - Aromas of cranberry, bread and a bit of earthy yeast.

T - Quite tart up front, with cranberry and some lemon. After the initial blast of sour, quite a bit of bread malt comes through, with some faint spice

M - Medium mouthfeel. I normally like my sours to to crisp with a light mouthfeel, but the malt really works well in this case, leading to a nice creamy feel. Finishes dry with a faint earthiness.

O - I never got much pumpkin or squash, but this was an enjoyable subtle sour that might be a good one as an introduction to sours, and the cranberry flavor was quite nice.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a medium fine white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is tart fruits and some vinous alcohol with some earthiness.

The flavor is sharp tart, sour fruits with some dry, acidic vinous alcohol (champagne-like). The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer. A pretty good sour. I'd like to see more pumpkin and cranberry and less champagne notes.

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Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date though I am sure this could age for a good while and be just fine.

LOOK: Hazed golden orange, nice lacing on the glass

SMELL: Cranberries, bread crust, wood tanin, earthy, faint pumpkin meat, vague spice

TASTE: Mellow sourness, creamy, medium body, cranberries, light spice, pumpkin, pull of wood, very modest hopping, fresh bread, semi-dry finish.

Complex that is for sure, great holiday time brew ... cranberries and pumpkin work well. Slight wood element works too. The sourness is just enough to go up against rich holiday fare. Great job on the collab guys!

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dixonian for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of cranberries and biscuit malt, with some oak thrown in for good measure. I don't get a ton of spice or tartness in the aroma.

The flavor is a little different. I get a lot of cranberry notes, as well as a little bit of pumpkin and some oak. There is also a little bit of spice in the flavor. There is a little bit of tart dark fruit notes, but it is fairly subtle.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Amber orange with a thin white head. Lines of lacing left down the glass.

Sweet, sour, and earthy aroma. The sweetness comes in the form of juicy cranberries, balanced nicely by an earthy pumpkin aroma and traditional fall spices and some black pepper sharpness. Mild tartness lingers throughout.

Flavor is concentrated on the fall spices and earthy pumpkin, along with a mild tartness and a bit of cranberry sweetness, though the berries don't shine as well in the flavor as they do in the aroma.

Thin to medium bodied, though undercarbonated and a touch metallic.

An interesting, tasty, and seasonal fall sour.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cool orange pour with a slight amount of chill haze to it. Really looks and smells like a cranberry and pumpkin beer, with some added tartness beyond what a cranberry can provide.

Not overly acidic, a thin caramel presence, mild malt bill, provides enough sourness, mild wood and cinammon notes, to compliment the pumpkin and cranberry that seem very pure and juicy. Stays away from funkiness, this is a clean beer that finishes astringent and dry.

At only $7-8, this is a great sour beer, widely available, something that can be appreciated by noobs and experienced sour lovers alike.

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Photo of 01001111
2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale amber.

S: The smell is quite subtle. Hints of oak, tartness, and a fruity (almost candied) sweetness.

T: Mildly tart, cranberry candy with a hay-like aftertaste. There is no hint of actual pumpkin flavor but a strong resemblance to a thinner, sweeter pumpkin ale.

M: Thin, with a slight syrupy feel on the tongue.

O: Had this on tap a few months back and I remember it being slightly better and more tart. Regardless, it's a fairly enjoyable fruit brew but could use a bit more sourness to balance the flavor.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a slight hazy deep tangerine cola color with a bubble beige head and a wall of bubbles gliding up from the base.

S- The over ripe pumpkin hint has a cranberry tartness to follow that turns a bit musty in the finish. There is a plastic note that comes through as the beer warms aswell.

T- The full carbonic acid flavor has some wheat support and then cranberry tartness turns more lactic in the finish. There are some berry notes that linger in the after taste. The alcohol flavor grows in the finish in the second glass.

M- The full mouthfeel has a soft astringency and some alcohol heat that warms the finish.

O- hints of funk and a growing tartness are mixed with cranberries and pumpkin but there isn't any real malt support and I didn't notice any barrel qualities. It is a bit to many flavors clashing together and is just comes off as a bit odd.

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Photo of lanamj
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split three ways. Poured into a tulip.

A- Nice clarity, pours a orangish-red. A fast white foamy head the dissipates quickly into a nice thin lacing that reminds me of sparkling wine.

S- Cranberry and a faint tart fruit smell dominates the nose. It has a faint smell of sour that reminds me of a mild La Folie aroma. I get some pumpkin and spice as it warms up and towards the end.

T- I like this one a lot. It reminds me of a cranberry lambic. It does have some pumpkin but i get berry and sour out of this more then pumpkin and spice. I would like a little more sour but its there enough to satisfy. It does leave a nice dry finish from the oak.

M- Nice and refreshing. The carbonation is very lively and crisp. I feel this has a nice effervescence to it that makes it a good substitute for sparkling cider at the holiday dinner table.

O- A great twist on a pumpkin beer. I feel the cranberry dominates the palate but still one of my favorite pumpkin ales to date. I feel if they ( New Belgium ) up the pumpkin flavor and sour presence it would be a great sour.

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Photo of breedsimpsonville
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of cisteve
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well...I was under the impression that this beer was a very well priced Sour and I see that it's classified as a "Fruit and Vegetable" beer.

That being said, I felt this beer is the perfect introduction to the sour style. Very mellow to get one started into the Sour style, and the pumpkin and orange rind was very tasty and pronounced.

Very crisp and very clean, nice dry finish. Kept me excited for the next sip. Tartness there but very much so mellow and in check.

Not overly complex but I thought it was a nice medium between the characteristics of a Ale infused with a Sour. A real nice enjoyabe beer I thought

No problem finishing a bomber here. Impressed and recommended.

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Photo of pumptrick
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium's Kick is another collaboration with Elysian. This one is 75% ale brewed with pumpkin and cranberry juice, 25% ale aged in wooden barrels.

Served cool into a New Belgium goblet, Kick is a pale golden amber with just the slightest hint of pink. The head is thick at first and settles slowly.

The aroma is a little sweet and a little tart. The cranberry is more dominant than the pumpkin. Oak is subtle as well but it's there in the background.

Flavor is surprisingly tart and tannic. The pumpkin ale base is merely a backdrop for the cranberry. It almost seems to have a wild yeast character to it with that sour funk. Pretty well balanced overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a solid beer that lives up to its name. Pick up one of these for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of mtparty37
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty standard-looking beer in appearance, not at all betraying its wild, experimental origins. (75% ale brewed with pumpkin and cranberry, 25% ale aged in wooden barrels) Thin white head, doesn't last long, and the color is a gold of nearly total clarity, and with just a shade of red within it. Gobs of lace, and whole sheet of the stuff.

Weird, smells kind of lager-y, with no real hint of the pumpkin or wood, but a definite generic sourness seems to be the cranberries poppin'. I don't mean this to be insulting, but it has that kind of ho-hum smell that various Magic Hat experiments have. Just sayin'.

I'm getting a bit of wood in the flavor, and a lot of tart cranberry, and just a bit of a vanilla kiss (more like a peck) and more fruity characteristics, like green apple and gooseberry. But I get none of the pumpkin, and that's disappointing. There's a sweet spice character that reminds me of the same sort of spices you get in a pumpkin ale, but really, that pumpkin flavor, as subtle as it may be, should really be here. It's not. Lemon rind pucker in the finish. Body is light and crisp, although also pretty sticky, which keeps that tart/sour citrus rind thing riding out for a long time. An almost vodka-like character to the alcohol, not eye-poppingly hot like that, but a clean and breezy warmth that draws the comparison.

Worth a try, because it's a damn original idea, but really, you're all tasting pumpkin in this? C'mon now. Maybe I just lost my mind because of the 12 pumpkins leering at me from the bottle (I love a quality higher ABV pumpkin ale, I do), and didn't consider the cranberry or wood character enough. Thought it was an amazing idea, and it still is, but I'm afraid the Great Pumpkin isn't ever gonna show in Kick, Linus. Good grief.

[I always try and drink most beers a degree or two under the recommend temp...I want those flavors to pop like a mother. After some warming I got a fleshy, earthy tone that may just be the pumpkin peeking, okay Linus, maybe you saw that Great Pumpkin behind the cloud cover, peeking and leering and teasing...but still...]

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Photo of beerbrains
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Beezee
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi-cloudy golden here upon pouring, with about 2 fingers of carbonation. Lace is attractive and dense -- thick with windows. Nice.

Nose is fruity and tart. I get the cranberry, for sure.

Taste is sour cranberry. I don't detect the pumpkin nor the wooden barrels at all, just a tart cranberry. Overall, quite tasty, but not quite living up to the flavors promised. Solid, but missing some of the promise/premise.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium "Lips of Faith" - Kick

Interesting brew... what is it? "75% ALE BREWED WITH PUMPKIN AND CRANBERRY JUICE, 25% ALE AGED IN WOODEN BARRELS" - never before has a description defined a beer so clearly.

It's a clear dark gold/amber in the glass beneath a frothy head of off-white. The head retention is good; the lacing could be better.

The nose expresses pumpkin meat followed by a light touch of sharp fruitiness (obviously from the cranberry). There's a hint of spiciness but I'm not sure where that's coming from. It could be from the wood, from the alcohol, or from actual spices although none are listed.

The flavor displays much more woodiness than the nose lets on. There's even a note of vanilla. And again, there is a spiciness, but where from...? Who knows? The Pumpkin is displayed, and the cranberries are evident, as is the sourness.

So what of the flavor then? Does it work? Well, yes. The tartness isn't that strong. It takes it to the edge, but then it stops. There's a certain amount of sugar that's like a rim that keeps it in check. Then the pumpkin adds a layer of support beneath that. What malt flavor is there is mostly just a grainy base, but that balances too. The oak is probably the most predominant note in the finish, leaving it quite dry with just a hint of vanilla backing it up. It's a bit odd upfront, but then it all comes together nicely.

So what to say about the overall impression, or judging, of this beer? It's unique for sure, so that earns points. And it's very well put together. But in conclusion it just doesn't "inspire" - it's very good but it's not very great. I like the unique quality of it but I'm not sure that everyone else will see that. On the other hand, as a pumpkin beer, it completely stands out!!!

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2 fingers of fluffy white head on a deep amber body. Nice sticky lace. Sticky lace, nice.

Nose is sharp lambic vinegar, bold choice for a mainstream brewery.

Taste is... impressive. Price point aside, this comes across as a nice tart lambic with some cranberry character evident. Maaaaybe pumpkin, but maybe not. Wood isn't particularly evident here, but it may have taken the edge off of the vinegar character.

Mouthfeel is a tad sudsy, but no complaints.

This was impressive to see from a mainstream brewery. Price-point wise for a Bretty beer that's incredibly well-balanced, it's awesome.

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Lips Of Faith - Kick from New Belgium Brewing
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