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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Photo of cps98
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend brought this over for a taste and we were both very skeptical (pumpkin and cranberry). We were pleasantly surprised.

A – Medium Yellow color no head present with very light lacing.

S – Lots of tart cranberry in the nose. Also had hints of acidic citrus and some yeast on the backend.

T – The tart cranberry was again up front, very light sour. No pumpkin taste at all which was great because I am not a pumpkin beer fan.

M – Medium bodied, a little acidic, very little carbonation bite.

O – I really thought it was a tasty beer. Wonder if any of the flavors had mellowed over time wish I would have drank it fresh but enjoyed it none the less.

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Photo of 01001111
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
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 Pencible
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear light copper with a little white head.
S: It smelled like tart cranberry and pumpkin and pie crust, with some sour cherry and turkey?
T: It tasted like dry and tart cranberry and pumpkin, with sour cherry and champagne and a bit of pie crust. It had a crisp and dry aftertaste that was sour.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Fitting body.
D: This was a pretty good sour pumpkin beer. The scent and taste were enjoyable, and the body wasn't bad. The alcohol was well hidden, so it was pretty easy to drink. Not my favorite beer, but I'd have it again.

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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 Jammies
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a murky yellowish orange with a half an inch of foam.

S-sweet. Faint notes of pumpkin and nutmeg

T-cranberry all day. sweet and surprisingly well balanced

M-light and slightly coarse

O-very interesting flavor. I couldn't detect the cranberries in the smell, but they dominate the a good way.

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Photo of warnerry
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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 lurpy1
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into 2 pints.

Pours a clean, somewhat pumpkin pie color, with not much head and little lacing.

Smell is highly fruity and somewhat tart. I can pick up cranberries and although I'm probably wrong, lemons.

The taste is primarily bakery up front with fruit in the finish. Pleasantly tart and pucker-worthy. You sort of have to wait for the fruit to get there though.

Mouthfeel....nothing alarming, but I found Kick a bit astringent and acidic, some room for improvement here.

Old style, this is a B+ beer all the way. Not great, but very good, and definitely recommended.

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Photo of isaiahcutright
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

Pours- a hazed orange with good head, and nice lacing.

Smell- Tart cranberries, almost sour.

Taste- Sweet cranberries, with a nice tart/sourness, some wood, a little spice and no hops.

Overall a nice change up for the holidays, very complex and deep in flavors, wish that I could have purchased more.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a New Belgium globe. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart cherry, pumpkin, and subtle spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart cherry, subtle pumpkin, spices, and subtle cranberries. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I found this one to be really easy drinking and enjoyable. It is definitely ranked up there as one of my favorite Lips of Faith brews that I've had. I wish the pumpkin would have been a little more pronounced, but I did like the combination with the tart cherry though. A must try for any fan of the style or pumpkin beers alike.

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

A - Honey gold color with a healthy, foamy, tight, slightly frothy, white head. Pretty good retention leaving a thin rim of lacing.

S - Musty cranberry tartness and a strong oaky aroma really come out strong. Subtle bready malty aroma with a slightly sweet pumpkin and hints of spice in the back.

T - Starts with a fairly tart and slightly sour cranberry taste. Vaguely reminiscent of a gueuze. Pretty strong oaky/woody flavors although there isn't a strong vanilla presence. Mid to late sip the bready malt and subtle pumpkin comes out. Not very heavy on the pumpkin pie spice but there is a touch in there.

M - Medium body with average carbonation and a slight zesty feel toward the front (giving it a champagne like feel and taste at the start).

D - Well balanced (there could be a bit more pumpkin for the balance between the two featured flavors) with the tartness and the sweet/maltiness. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Notes: A nice beer. Pumpkin is pretty overmatched but it has a decent showing at the finish. I liked the tartness and oakiness matched with the malt and pumpkin on the finish. It didn't blow me away, but somehow it just worked. Definitely worth a try and I think it'd be a good way to introduce a guezue actually, it obviously isn't one but the subdued tart and oaky flavors would be a nice way to introduce the style of beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Beaver13
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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 jonvan04
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured Orange with a thin white head. The aroma was of fruit juice with some funk and a little bit of a tartness. The taste was malty sweet up front with a hint of pumpkin, followed by a tart fruity finish. Medium carbonation, light bodied, and the alcohol is well hidden. Overall it was a nice blend of the flavors listed on the bottle. Not a lot of pumpkin, and not overly tart and fruity. Interesting blend of flavors.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold with some minor copper tones when held to direct light. Head is bubbly, bright-white. Minimal lacing. Tiny cap for the duration. Hazy and bright.

Smell: Slightly funky. Cranberry juice adds a nice tart element and some sweetness. Pumpkin drops in the back. Nice mellow oak note. Cranberry makes itself known. Some tartness that evokes lemon zest/citric bite. Fruit and funk in equal measure with some nice malts to back it all up. A touch bready..but just barely.

Taste: Oak gives a nice earthy base. Cranberry juice adds some tartness. Smoke hints of lemon and funk. Pumpkin is nice and fleshy. Lots of flavor melding. Cranberry and pumpkin work well together, bringing a fruit and vegetable harmony. The slight sourness adds a nice complexity to the whole thing and prevents the beer from becoming too sweet. Vestiges of citrus hops on the edges.

Mouthfeel: Nice and bubbly, but I smooth enough to keep it interesting. Tartness dries on the back of the sip. Drinks well.

Overall: This is Thanksgiving the beer. Nice levels all around and enough of that Lips of Faith sour to keep me happy for the duration. Nice take on the style.

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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 chocosushi
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tripel karm glass

A. Bright yellow/orange with large bubbless of carb. Spots of lacing. 

S. Cranberry! Cranberry sauce in tart and sweet form. Notes of wet linen & wood.

T. More tart cranberry notes as well as notes of spun sugar and pumpkin pulp that arrives in the back end. There are oak and grape notes that round everything out. Hints of leaves and apple cores.  

M. Tart at first but fades into a mellow sweetness, and 
Finally an herby pucker. Pretty bitter, it's excellent. 

D. Such a good drink. They could not have released this at a better time. 

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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 cjacobsen
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(A) A murky red orange color. Ample white head that left some lacing.

(S) Smelled of fruit, oranges, berries and a bit of sour yeast.

(T) Weaker sour flavor. Cranberries dominate the taste with some lemon and other berries helping out. Not really finding any pumpkin.

(M) Light to medium body. Some tartness.

(O) Expected a bit more pumpkin. It's not a bad beer, but the printed expected flavors were not there. It was more like carbonated cranberry juice.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours a hazy orange color. Produced some white froth & lace.

(S)- Some light acidic oak. Bits of spices and a subtle funk.

(T)- Similar to the smell. . . Some fruity oak and very mild acidity. Bits of spice. Not getting much pumpkin in this, but the fruit (orange, pear, white grape, and lemon) is nice.

(M)- A nice carbonation level. A decent balance, though a few elements seem to be missing (pumpkin ?). Nonetheless, what is in front of me is still crisp, mild, and smooth.

(D)- Unique for sure, though very mellow and not quite what I was expecting going into it, but again, it is still enjoyable and extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this bomber

Review adapted from notes taken 11/13/11

Appearance: Golden orange, bubbly white head, nice lacing - seems to become more orange as it warms up

Smell: Nice - fresh pumpkin flesh, light fruit - berry skin, cranberry - slightly tart, slightly sour - very interesting smell, get more tart as it warms up

Taste: Mild, in a nice way - pumpkin, light malts - note that there are minimal spices, which works well - there is some sourness, nice tartness - a remarkably nice balance - gets better as it warms up - nicely sour, definitely tart - some serious pumpkin flavor; tastes how a gutted pumpkin smells - there is absolutely nothing harsh about this beer

Mouthfeel: Medium - nicely carbonated - smooth, kind of juicy, nicely refreshing

Overall - This is like Thanksgiving: the beer

It's a sour pumpkin/cranberry beer. This is a very odd concept to me, but New Belgium pulled it off. I would buy a bunch of this if I could get it. Without a doubt, this is one of the most seasonally appropriate beers ever.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Orange in color and no head at all

Smell: Hint of cranberries and sour funk

Taste: The beer starts out with the sour funk but it is very mild and then the cranberries take over and it's sweet overload and I found that a bit too much. The beer finishes with off with a pinch of pumpkin

Mouthfeel: Is a bit thin and medium to low carbonation

Overall: Not very impressed

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Poured a big head, that died down fairly quickly. Leaves nice lacing on the glass. Initial smell is definitely of sourness, pumpkin, citrus, cranberry. Beer is very clear. Not hazy in the slightest. Mild bubbles.

Flavor is wonderful. Tarty, from the cranberry. A little lemon, and some very mild pumpkin on the back. A slight hop flavor comes out as well.

Mouthfeel is great. Not at all boozy, especially for the 8.5%. Slight warmth into the second glass.

Overall, I like it. This is my second sour on bottle, and I love it. More please!

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

Poured from bomber into NB globe glass.

A: pours a slightly hazy orange with a thick bubbly head.

S: Subtle hints of sweet pumpkin, caramel, and sugar.

T: Cranberries up front followed by a mild pumpkin sweetness. Finishes strong, sour, and tart. Lingering dryness and boozy warmth, no significant hop presence.

M: Light, dry, slightly acidic.

O: My first sour beer...not disappointed at all. Enjoyed the tartness supplemented by the underlying fall flavors.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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 thain709
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Served with a slightly hazy orange body that showcased some golden highlights...the head was one finger tall and white in retained to a wispy cap and left some lacing behind

S - The aroma was made up of a grain bill mixed with some slight spices, tart cranberries, and sweet caramel

T - Although the aroma was too inviting, the flavors actually worked well together...the grainy presence was the base through the entire beer...sweet caramel was also being rolled around...the cranberries were tart and had a brightness to them...they really stood out in the middle...they remained slightly tart through the finish where some subtle spices rounded everything out

M - Medium bodied...juicy and tart finish with subtle balancing spices

O - To be honest, I wasn't sure about this beer after reading the description...but New Belgium is new to the area so I had to try it...the cranberries worked out well in this as they were juicy and tart...I would have liked to have had more spice and maybe some fleshy pumpkin as well

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