Lips Of Faith - Kick | New Belgium Brewing

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86
very good
422 Ratings
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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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Ratings: 422 |  Reviews: 209
Photo of Sammy
3.81/5  rDev 0%
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 GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A most surprising and good experience. I really like this one and it's a great consumer friendly introduction to the style. Pours a clear dark cranberry with a fast fading short head.

Nose is all oranges, sweet citrus, hints of sweet lime and unsweetened cranberries. There is a hint of pumpkin but not that overly spiced "Thanksgiving pumpkin pie" character that I, for one, don't like. This is a very high acid and bright "pumpkin/cranberry" brew.

Mouthfeel is medium/thin but perfectly balanced and perfect for the flavor profile. The mouthfeel highlights the bright character of this one.

Flavors follow nose with bright and appealing citrus, cranberry, orange and lemon/lime citrus character. Undertones of spice and pumpkin but, again, not the "pumpkin pie" variety. This is extremely drinkable and consumer friendly.

Finish is bright, a hint of sour and citrus. Appealing and makes you want more.

A real surprise for me, one who does not appreciate or like pumpkin based brews. I'll be drinking this for the next several weeks while it's on the shelves. A nice one.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a 2 inch puffy off-white head that settles to a small cap. Thin broken rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is primarily of tart cranberry and pumpkin aromas with maybe some subtle malt as well. Taste is of the tart cranberry, pumpkin, malt, and a woody flavor on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good sour beer and an interesting take on a Fall pumpkin beer.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this bomber as part of my pumpkin beer tasting session at the liquor store. Pours a bright orange color, nice sour smell to it. Taste is medium bodied and much more sour than I anticipated. Nutmeg and cinnamon flavor notes come out, pretty good finish but the sourness can take some getting used to. Nice try for a seasonal, not ground breaking in any means but it's yummy and definitely different than the average pumpkin beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Experimental to the core, the combinations of pumpkin, cranberry, wood aging- all layered on a sour ale base come together in the shape of sparkling white wines or champagne.

Pouring a medium golden, light orange color- its easy to read the fruit and vegitable into the color scheme. A froathy and airy off-white head caps the beer and holds firm through the majority of the session. Reducing to a medium blanket across the glass, the beer leaves intricate patterns of lace behind with each sip. Carrying a mild haze and bright effervesence, the beer looks very appealing.

Tart and winey aromas emit from the glass along with must woods, hay, lemons/lime, white grapes, thin caramel, and obvious cranberries or other under rippened berries.

Flavors are much more tart, thin, and acidic than the nose suggests. White wine flavors are more pronounced as the fruity cranberry notes are accompanied with white grapes, apples, lime, and acidity. Woody and lightly musty, the barrel aged character gives much more to the beer than do pumpkins. Thin caramel flavor offers the most timid form of reprieve from the wine and tart flavor. Very tart, nearly sour with a lightly salty brine that reminds me of sea water in finish.

Medium bodied throughout, the early carbonation proves quickly fleeting while the tartness and mild astringency gives a dry and almost powdery finish. Warm with alcohol and acidic, the beer serves as a good thirst quencher and palate stripper, but not as intense or characterful as most Gueuze.

A very odd combinations of flavor to digest, but the beer grows on me as I sample more and more, and while also giving up on the notion of having any meaningful pumpkin character. Cranberries, wine, must, and lime are the prevailing characters.

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Photo of oline73
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours an orangish golden color that is slightly cloudy. There is a small layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: There is a tart, slightly vinegary sourness that you notice right up front. A bit wine like. Not picking up the pumpkin here.

Taste: Very tart, dry, and white wine like. Perhaps a mild hint of vinegar. Not noticing much pumpkin, there is a tartness from the cranberry. The finish is tart and mildly sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive, tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a nice sour ale. Don't know that I would pick it up again if I want a pumpkin beer. I did enjoy it.

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Photo of brentk56
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives with a tea brown color but very little head

Smell: Ihere is a sweet and sour element that I was trying to identify and, not knowing the pumpkin and cranberry combination, I thought of tart berries and caramel

Taste: Tart berries and caramel, up front, as the cranberry and pumpkin elements play off one another; the fruit is more apparent than the sourness, however

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: I would have preferred the sour elements to be more dominant; this is more of a tart beer to introduce somebody to the style and is not bad at that

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden amber color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - Mostly cranberry puree aroma with a touch of pumpkin and spices.

T - Mostly tart cranberry flavor with some sourness. There is a very mild pumpkin flavor in the background.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A somewhat puckering mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a good beer but misleading. The label makes you think it will dominated by pumpkin flavor but that is simply not the case.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle at Rustico Alexandria yesterday during the New Belgium launch. Served in a goblet.

Pours a bright, clear light orange color. Actually nearly identical in color to Two Hearted, based on my comparison. Nice frothy white head and a bit of lacing on the way down.

The nose brings forward a light amount of pumpkin spice. Enough there to be able to pick it out, though not much. The cranberry didn't emerge until the taste. Light lactic character in the nose as well. Flavor brought a bit of spice and acidity with a bit of a fruity component, though not easily recognizable as cranberry.

Moderate level of sourness. Medium body with good carbonation. Dry finish.

Quite tasty and a nice sour to have during the fall. Nothing over the top, but it was good enough for me to grab a few bottles for when I want something sour and feel like being seasonally appropriate.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +5%
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 jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice amber color with a modest head and some creaminess in the carbonation. Seems like a very simple, tart light beer. It's a nice accessible sour flavor, but nose is still vinegar. Very light body. Not much malt flavor comes through the acidity. A tasty fruitiness, but if it's cranberries as advertised it just accentuate the sharpness to the point of tedium. It may be the power of suggestion, but in the aftertaste I do get a hint of squash or pumpkin. Fortunately no pie spice.

If you've ever tasted Elysian's bottled beers you may wonder why New Belgium would pick them for a collaboration. This one seems like a lot of trouble (not to mention expense for the purchaser) for a minimum of pleasure.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Photo of billab914
2.58/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured an amber orange color with a little bit of the cranberry reddish color peeking through. It had a thin white head that faded down to a scant lacing after a minute or so.

The aroma has very tart, sour cranberry thing going on. It's a little sharp with some vinegar notes definitely present. I don't find it a pleasant sourness though unfortunately. The vinegary, tart cranberry flavor didn't work for me at all.

The taste shows more of the sharp, tart, sourness to it right off the bat. Midway the cranberries start to come out with bringing more of a dry, tart, fruity flavor with it. It's a little vinegary in the finish as well. Again the flavors just didn't work for me at all unfortunately.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being above average. Overall I didn't really care for it. The sourness seemed to lack any real depth or character beyond the sharp, tart cranberry flavor. It seemed a little vinegary to me as well and almost felt more like a beer gone bad rather than an intentional sour. I usually love sours and American wilds, this one however isn't one that I enjoyed unfortunately.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a near clear, golden-orange body with a medium-sized, snow white head.

Smell: Kick smells of delicately toasted barley, tart-scented berries, faint, vegetal squash-like undertone, discarded orchard fruits, and snippets of spice and vanilla with a squirt of lemon juice from those plastic lemon-shaped bottles.

Taste: Pale and lightly tangy pilsner malts with a fleeting initial sweetness. Some apricot precludes a slight tongue-coating tannic-lactic action present, then, some increasingly tart cranberries. Mild spice hints and pumpkin underneath the Ocean Spray. A drop of vanilla-flavored cream. A generous gulp of Crispin Browns Lane cider. It's also seemingly a bit citric. Dry, lactic-tannic finish. I don't quite know whether to go for another sip or go get some water.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation, yet still somewhat creamy.

Overall: It's different, I'll cheerfully say that. It's a beer that's kind of all over the place. I think at times I may like it. I think?

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Photo of vfgccp
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice, deep, apricot gold color. Great head as well; creamy white foam with great retention and lace.

S - Soft oak and honey with a foil of tart cranberry.

T - Straight from the nose, the profile is a contrast of two distinct flavor profiles. Soft honey and bready malt contrast with tart cranberries and tangy Greek yogurt. Soft oak laces through the center as well as the sweet and tart finish.

M - Medium-full body. Nice creaminess.

O - A great brew with an avant-garde profile and balance. Think American Wild Ale meets Thanksgiving.

P - The profile works great with the rendered skin and dark meat of roasted turkey legs, finds affinities in the tartness of fresh cranberry relish, and is stellar with molasses sweet potatoes topped with toasted marshmallows.

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Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +5%

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