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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 samie85
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a finger and a half of white foamy head.

S-Smells of sour cherries, some cranberry and a bit of leather.

T-A little bit of sour cherry and cranberry with a light hit of bitterness/medicinal note on the finish.

M-Slick and medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation.

D-A nice, mild sourness, but the bitterness and almost medicinal quality are a little distracting.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased for $6, not a bad price. Clear light orange color and not much head. Smells sour with a hi t of funk and just the slightest touch of cranberry. The taste was mostly sour ale and reminded me a lot of the sourness in Eric's Ale and Le Terroir, maybe it's the yeast. This was a great sour beer value and I'd definitely purchase this again if I saw it.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5%
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 bmwats
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into an imperial nonic.

A: Medium golden hue. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly leaving a blanket of foam on the surface and a little beer ring. Thick, persistent beer ring lacing.

S: A little malt, pumpkin, and light nose of cranberry juice, accentuated with nutmeg and cinnamon.

T: Very light grain flavor with a strong concentration of cranberry and just a little nutmeg and cinnamon for a savory balance.

M: Bitter and just a little sweet for a nice balance. Light body, and bit of a dry finish due to the bitterness, methinks.

D: This thing is really good. Nice balance and good flavor.

Atmosphere is really good. Nice hue, full foamy head, thick persistent lacing. Nose is a really great combination of fruit and fall spice built on just the right malt base. Flavor is light, fruity, bittersweet, and exceptionally balanced with spice and grain. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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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 secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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 homebrew311
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I must say that when I read about this beer, I had to try it. A pumpkin sour beer with cranberries?! Sounds like a plate of Thanksgiving dinner all blended together and then made into a sour beer. Here we go...

A: pours orange with white head, some lacing, nice clarity, decent retention

S: pumpkin and spices are noticeable up front but in a mellow kind of way, some oak comes through in the middle with some tart fruit on the finish

T: tart up front, cranberry is well represented and intertwined with oak, pumpkin comes through in the middle and is kind of a background player, the pumpkin builds as the beer warms, I was hoping for the finish to be a little more sour, it has waves of tartness but lacks that sharp tartness that New Belgium pulls off so well

MF: light body, high carbonation, appropriate for the style

O: well this beer wasn't pulled off in the way that I imagined when reading the description, but it is still a refreshing stab at a unqiue pairing to work into a beer. I think with a little more time in R&D, this brew could be a homerun next time around.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a nice orange color that is pretty cloudy. A fingers worth of white head sits briefly.

The nose is sweet and sour all together. Cranberries are pronounced and bring on a sour characteristic that is tart and inviting.

The taste is similar to the nose but even better. There is a sweet cranberry and pumpkin blast that transitions into a tart prickly treat. There is some barnyard funk that is noticed and complements the fruit characteristics nicely.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, light bodied, and dry in the finish. Feeling very nice and comfortable.

Overall, this is a great sour ale that has a nice balance between sweet fruit and tart funk. I loved this brew and wish there was more of it.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a somewhat thin head and some sloppy lacing. Very interesting aromas- as advertised there are pumpkin pie spices, cranberries and some barrel notes. Very pleasant. The taste is similar- tart cranberry notes to start with , followed by pumpkin pie spices, some creamy notes and a nice, but restrained woody note at the end that adds a bit of backbonw and astringency. I've liked the fruit based sours from New Belgium the best, and this follows in that vein. A very nice idea, and very well integrated. Quite tasty.

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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 rootbeerman
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours clear light orange, with a finger thick white head, that laces lightly.
S: fall fruits, of cranberry and pumpkin, with light malt sweetness.
T: sweet pumpkin with a hint of cranberry, the overall sweetness seems to be pumpkin derived with a bit or sour/tartness from the cranberry.
M: lightly prickly and lightly coating.
O: not overly pumpkin nice tartness, now would say this is a favorite pumpkin ale.

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Photo of mattboyer182
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a golden or orange with a thin head that dissipates quickly and no lacing.

S - slight pumpkin smell but mostly a sour funk which to me is the best part.

T - much more of a pumpkin sweetness and eventually the tart cranberries come in to play. Pretty much like a sour pumpkin.

M - light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - awesome idea and carried out fairly well. It's worth a shot and one of the better pumpkin ales I've had.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle that pours a bright orange color with an average sized white head.
Aromas of strong sour, citrusy, fruity tartness. I can smell it just sitting on the table. Pretty intense.
At first sip you get a quick dash of some apricot like fruity sweetness before a more dominating, tart cranberry juice sourness takes over. If you let it sit in your mouth for a few seconds you can kind of pick up on the very subtle pumpkin and spice notes before the sourness takes over. I'm not too big on sours, but I find this beer to be very unique. I fins a little bit more pumpkin flavor long after in the finish. This beer goes back and forth and all over the place.
A lighter medium body. Thin mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. It's different. It's confusing. and I'm not exactly sure how I feel about it... maybe it will grow on me.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle that I can't remember where I purchased it from, somewhere in Colorado though. Into a NB Globe.

A: Pours a nice pale orange in color, excellent clarity. An off white head bubbles up to almost an inch and sticks around their nicely. Large gobs of lacing left behind as it slowly starts to recede. Fair amount of bubbles moving up to the surface.

S: Some pretty strong pumpkin smells, not pumpkin pie, but slightly cooked pumpkin flesh. A bit of the house sour/funky/acetic acid smell that is associated with 90% of NB's barrel aged brews, a really distinct, but welcome aroma. I don't necessarily get straight up cranberries but I do get a bit of cranberry juice. Smells pretty nice.

T: Pretty tasty stuff right here, wow, sour and sweet, lots of different flavors that pull the tongue in a bunch of directions. At first I get a lot of the raw pumpkin flesh, but then there is a nice tart bit of cranberry that pairs incredibly well with a classic NB sour taste. Really like how the flavors all meld into one tasty, cohesive idea for a beer. This one works where other LoF beers haven't.

M: Has a bit of body to it, but isn't thick, carbonation is fairly strong but it works here to break things up a bit. Slight bit of pucker power, and finishes nice and dry.

O: A really nice beer, definitely one that I hope they make again. I actually wish I had a few more bottles of this because this is a really nice fall beer. I love wow well blended and balanced this beer is, no one flavor steals the show. Nicely done.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy gold with an inch of white head. Elongated dots of lacing and a partial skim coat for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with cranberries, orange peel, white grapes, and the slightest hint of nutmeg. Pineapple, cloves, and wet horse beyond that.

Light bodied with a crisp, snappy mouthfeel.

Citrus juice, cranberry skins, and apple pulp start the palate. A mild tartness steps forward with traces of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon and lime zest, and ginger.

Finishes with tart fruit, light spice, and traces of funk.

This is an extremely light-duty sour, but very tasty and the spicing is very well done. I'm picking up zero pumpkin though and that's fine by me.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into pint glass
A – 3 finger off white head was relatively coarse and had moderate staying power, scattered broken lacing, a golden light amber slightly hazy brew 3.5
S – A fruity citric tartness with a mild sweetness 3.5
T – Sour up front, citrus zest & cranberry tartness with a pumpkin background throughout the taste, mild malt and yeast 3.5
M – Light body, mild carbonation fit well, relatively thin but smooth with a clean crisp finish, alcohol hidden well 4
O – A milder slightly fruity sour, a beer that I would say is straightforward, good drinkability, a unique brew in the usual pumpkin beer fall lineups and a welcome diversion I won't seek again 3.5

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Photo of stormywaters
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw this on tap at my local beer shoppe and was very interested when i found out it was part of the lips of faith series.

For a seasonal "pumpkin" beer, it was not at all what i expected. The overpowering nutmeg taste that most pumpkin beers has was not present here.

It tasted of pumpkin and cranberries, but sweet and slightly sour. I could not taste as much pumpkin in this beer as i expected, but it definitely had that "holiday" taste to it.

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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 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 scottfrie
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter.

A: Pours a lightly hazy deep golden color under a very large, fully, off-white dense head that took forever to slowly fade into a fuzzy film leaving a sheet of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: I get lightly tart notes of green apple and bitter cranberry along with hints of doughy yeast and a mixture of spices.
T: Very lightly tart notes of green apples and cranberries along with a vague hint of what I guess could be pumpkin. There is some fruit juice and caramel sweetness in the finish, and the aftertaste is full of all-spice and other less noticeable spices. It is also a bit bready all around, and I just barely get a touch of oak.
M: Medium-thick body with a viscous and slick mouthfeel over very soft frothy carbonation. This is very creamy on the palate and easy to drink.
O: Refreshing enough and easy to drink but I’m really not getting any pumpkin in this beer. The cranberry tartness is nice, and the mouthfeel is very soft, I just wish it was more pumpkin forward.

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Photo of afdempse
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clear, reddish-golden color. Head dwindles to a ring around the inside of the glass.

Aroma of sour cranberries, red wine, grapes.

Flavor begins with cranberry tartness. Fades into cherry candy essence and adjunct-style maltiness.

Mouthfeel is very strange. At first, the body of the beer seems light due to the tartness. Then an odd meatiness and tannin-laden tongue coating descends upon the palate, rendering all flavors void and unable to be enjoyed.

Disappointing in general. Whatever phenomenon is taking place in this beer that leads to the thick, tongue-coating, mucus-generating chemistry - it needs to be remedied. Something is not quite working out in this experiment.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear and radiant pumpkin orange, with a small head that leaves sparse lacing. The aroma brings some squash flavors, along with a touch of alcohol, malt, and spice. The flavor is spicy, mostly cinnamon and perhaps nutmeg. Pumpkin pie, but a bit too sweet. The cranberry flavor is there, but sweetness prevails over tartness. An overall lack of a cohesion. A bit cloying, I can't imagine drinking much more than a snifter sized portion of this. Sweet and fruity, with moderately low carbonation. Ok stuff, but I wouldn't seek this out again. I have had it twice now, and been unimpressed on both occasions.

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Photo of harrymel
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting take from a couple of love birds.

A: pours golden with a finger of ephemeral head which falls to a tortuous sheet of the same and some spotty lace. Near excellent clarity.
S: Interesting. The cranberries are king here and second fiddle is sour lacto smells. No real pumpkin - hooray! Some hints of leather and cinnamon of all things.
T: Tart, cranberries are evident, plenty of woody malts in the back. This is pretty drinkable.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carb. Semi dry finish.
O: Well done experiment IMO.

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Photo of Philousa
2.72/5  rDev -28.6%
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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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellowish color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was an inch of fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A strong fruity aroma, with the cranberries and pumpkin taking center stage.

T: Tasted primarily of cranberry and pumpkin, with a bit of malt thrown in for good measure. A sweet flavor, to be sure, but it has a vibrant, refreshing quality.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: This is an interesting, easy to drink, smooth beer. Drinkable.

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