Lips Of Faith - Kick | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
422 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good
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Lips Of Faith - KickLips Of Faith - Kick
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
422
Reviews:
209
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.6%
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
43
For Trade:
2
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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Photo of callmeopus
4.83/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

By the gods this is a most delicious ale! Served on tap during the Great Pumpkin Pint Pint at Thirsty Monk South (Asheville, NC) in a New Belgium goblet (only 8oz.). The lovely orange color makes you think of every other pumpkin beer, but NO! This wonderfully sour and ever so slightly sweet beer is like no other pumpkin.

Kick starts off with that vinegar smell that every sour beer promises you with. You get ready for a full sour blast and are pleasantly rewarded with just a light sour taste and if you close your eyes you can just gets hints of pumpkin and cranberry. Then it finishes --still sour-- with the merest imaginings of nutmeg and cinnamon. This has to be the best pumpkin beer this year!

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting concept for a Fall beer, a pumpkin and cranberry beer, one quarter aged in wooden barrels. Let's see.

Poured into a New Belgium Globe. Pours a clear reddish orange, with a fizzy two fingered white head that stands up. Head is slow to fall. Lacing doesn't stick.

Aromas of lactic acid, cranberries, wood, fresh baked pumpkin, but no spices. I think I found a pumpkin beer I like.

Flavors of lactic acid sourness, cranberries, and pumpkin. No hop flavor, and thank God, no pumpkin pie spices. The pumpkin adds a nice touch, like fresh baked pumpkin out of the oven.

Mouthfeel is puckering from the sourness, plus a light creaminess from the pumpkin. Good carbonation, with a little carbonic acid bite along the tongue and roof of the mouth.

Overall, this is fantastic. The pumpkin creaminess and lactic sourness provide a nice contrast that works very well. I like it!

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into Bordeaux glass.
August 2011 Vintage

Aroma: Wow--up front, I'm catching something unexpected. Somehow, the yeast, cranberry tartness, and pumpkin combo result in green olive. Unsure about this initial aroma I was floored when the beer literally evolved to showcase fruity raspberry, cranberry, strawberry, light brown sugar, and vanilla. Unbelievable complexity.

Appearance: 2 fingers of thick, white foam holds for a while, washing a thin layer of fine bubbles onto the inside of the glass. The body of the beer is a slightly-hazy, golden-orange honey-like color.

Flavor: Tart red berry flavor up front, some cooked gourd, fruity sweetness, and mild, tart, lemon. Vanilla, then strawberry also appear toward the end. Extremely complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation gives a bit of a crisp bite. Pumpkin provides a surprising medium-full mouthfeel.

Overall: One of the most unique and enjoyable beers I've tried. Have to admit, when I bought this pumpkin+cranberry brew, I'd pictured something completely different. Would definitely buy it again, and recommend that you give it a shot as well.

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4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 1 PINT, 6 FL. OZ. bottle of this brew w/ the Wolf Staff from Randall's Wine & Spirits in Fairview Heights, IL for $5.99. Poured from the Jack-O-Latern Filled Bottle into a 0,47l New Belgium Tulip Glass and Does NOT have a Freshness Date on the bottle! (Strange for a Lips of Faith brew...)

Aroma- Very strong sour aroma and has nice cranberries that are introduced at the beginning. Very sweet and can tell there is going to be a tartness to it.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head with good retention and bubbly. Has a dark, golden body with good clarity to it. The lacing was different on everyone's glass! Mine had absolutely NO lace or suds left over...

Flavor- Has a great pumpkin start, sour mid drink, and a nice cranberry finish. There is also an awesome sour/tart taste at the finish that is huge, mixed with a woody/barrel aged taste! Has a complexity like no other sour, pumkin ale, or anything else!

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, and has great puckering on the tongue after the drink.

Overall Impression- As of now, my FAVORITE Sour from the Lips of Faith Series! It was La Folie, but this took over with its complexity and strong sour mouthfeel. The pumpkin and cranberry was nice on the taste but very limited because of how much tartness was to the drink. I recommend you getting this brew! (not sure where you can get it! I drove 1 hr out of my way to find this...)

NOTE: once this warms up, it becomes a completely different brew! Don't drink this one to fast.

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4.51/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A beautiful orange with a deep red hue. Not to be ethereal, but it reminds me of Halloween.

S: Not much here for me, but some cranberry and spice.

T: Lovely. When cold the pumpkin is buried, but not as much as it is as the beer warms up to room temp. When cold the tartness is present, but shares the space with the pumpkin. When it reaches room temp or just a bit cooler, the cranberry and tartness is profound with the pumpkin sneaking through at the end. The aftertaste is an interesting, sweet combo of cranberry and pumpkin.

M: Very nice, light and crisp, really hits the tongue with a ton of flavors that change as the beer warms.

O: This is a treat. I wasn't sure what to expect, but enjoying this beer slowly really reveals a number of great flavors, some of which I can not place, but very a base that is pumpkin in a way that I've not tasted before. Well done!

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Lips Of Faith - Kick from New Belgium Brewing
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