Lips Of Faith - Fresh Hop India Pale Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Fresh Hop India Pale AleLips Of Faith - Fresh Hop India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by StonedTrippin on 11-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 135 | Ratings: 328
Photo of crvcac
4.77/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was exceptional. I've had many west coast IPA's and this one hit on all the perfect notes. Perfect amount of bitterness balanced by an appropriate malt backbone. Great hop aroma. Amazing taste. Perfect mouth feel. I could drink this all day long. Highly recommend seeking out.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

man does this beer smell fresh!!!

the appearance is a medium golden body ale...with a full fluffy white head

smells of fresh citrus hops....and i do mean fresh

the taste is exceptional and i can tell i'm gonna enjoy the hell out of this beer and want another one

the feel is smooth and creamy

overall this is a great, and i do mean great of the freshest and best i've ever had the pleasure of tasting

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Photo of Reed
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I think this is my favorite beer. I don't know a whole lot about beers, and have not drank quite that many. I have been drinking different IPA's for about 8 months now, and this takes the cake by far. It is the most bitter IPA I have tried, and it has the greatest aroma out of any beer I have ever tried. It is one of the hoppiest beers I have tried also, and I have been trying lots of doubles and a few triples. I think the aroma is what did it for me. It smells very sweet, but has almost no direct sweetness to it. To me, it is most like hop stoopid, except a much higher caliber. Hop stoopid was the closest taste I have found to it, but will not do it justice.

I am typing this review as i drink a Firestone Double Jack. The Firestone deff made my top 5, and is one of the few IPA's I will buy again.

I keep at least 2 Fresh Hop IPA's in my fridge at all times. Go try it!

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Photo of JayS2629
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very well done and nicely balanced.

Pours a copper color with good clarity and a thick white head that sticks around and leaves sticky lacing.

The aroma is a beautiful bouquet of floral, evergreen and citrus on a nice caramel backbone. Orange blossom, honey suckle, grapefruit rind, citrus zest.

Perfectly balanced between malt and hops. Most enjoyable is the aroma. The mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing, medium bodied.

Awesome beer!

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Photo of beeragent
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

A - Pours a medium gold, forming a 1 inch off-white head. Heavy rings of lace on the glass.

S - Strong citrusy hop aroma dominates the nose with grapefruit and pine.

T - Taste is all about the hops!! Strong citrusy hop flavor coats the palate. Malts are hidden due to the strong hop profile but come out a bit in the finish with a light caramel flavor.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Sharp finish from the hops!!

O - I love hop bombs and this does not disappoint! Very fresh flavor to it and very complex in the hop profile. What more can you ask for? Recommended!!

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into an 8 ounce snifter

A- Clearish golden orange with a nice 1 finger foamy head.
S- Smells incredibly fresh as the name even implies. Tons of citrus like pineapple, mango, grapefruit and orange. A light caramel backbone to it. Very pleasant stuff here.
T- This has a ton of hop character to it. It starts off sweet and with a nice caramel flavor, then it coats your entire mouth with a dank sticky hop flavor. The hop flavors are very well blended, there is a ton of citrus flavors like grapefruit and mango. A little piney flavor and some astringency. Excellent bitterness in this beer, 70 IBU's so its not that much for an IPA but the hop flavors are so dominant I would think it would be higher. There is a very smooth caramel flavor and a nice breaddy feel to the beer.
M- This beer has a full feel to it and does a great job coating my mouth with flavors. It also is not a very light beer and is kind of filling. It leaves my mouth feeling somewhat dry and me feeling thirsty. The aftertaste is hoppy and a little bitter but that's what Im here for.
O- This is a surprise for me, I knew that I was going to like this beer but I didn't know anything about it. It has an amazing hop profile and has the freshest taste I have ever experienced. Doesn't hurt that the bottle is also fresh. I like just about everything about this beer; The aroma, the taste, the bottle art, and its also priced somewhat competitively. I highly recommend this beer for anybody who appreciates a hoppy brew.

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Photo of meeekyh
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got me some Lips of Faith 'cause I LOVE fresh hop IPAs, even though I have a historical aversion to Flat Tire (they have been winning me over in the last year or so though).

Freeky-cool bottle in a bomber size. Pale beer with a decent off-white head that has not a lot of last in it.

The nose is an explosion of citrus with a touch of pine.

The taste is screaming grapefruit like no beer that I have ever tried. Really, really nice and just a bit sweet with none of the heavy bitterness or uber-malt that characterizes any of the big IPAs that populate the shelves, though this is a fresh-hop not an imperial, even so this is a standout. I am thoroughly impressed by the balance and the overall impression.

The flavor hits so hard that each taste brings the same impression of killer grapefruit. The mouthfeel is smooth and sparkly with a but of a silky finish that begs for another taste.

This is a stunning showing in a favorite style. I will be buying more in spite of the premium price. The fact is that this is a premium beer so it provides a value beers at a lesser price just don't. I am taking back at least some of the nasty things I have said about Flat Tire, I mean Fat Tire (of course I mean New Belgium).

Great beer, get it while it's fresh!


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Photo of Cresant
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 22 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date. The body was clear, deep straw color with orange highlights. The eggshell white head was over two fingers and left nice sheets of lacing. A healthy cap remained throughout. Beautiful.

The smell was piney. Very aromatic and enticing. I buried my nose in the glass repeatedly.

The taste was oranges and pine needles. Leafy, organic, crispy hops! Caramel maltiness gave a nice contract to the flavorful hops. Intense flavor but not harsh. Drying finish. I would compare this to Surly Furious (from memory). Good stuff.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with adequate, full carbonation and a smooth finish in the mouth. Solid overall.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Didn't see a date but this was just released so it's very fresh. It was a clear golden color with lots of carb streams from the etching. It had a large two finger head that slowly settled into a thick foam cap. Great sheeting with lots sticking.

The aroma was fantatic. Loads of herbal and citric hops with a little pine resin for the hop portion alongside a caramel malt base in the background. The taste was also excellent. One of the best fresh hop beers I've had this year. Moderately bitter but still easily drinkable. Pine and grassy hops lead the way with a little of the malt to balance it out. Goes down way too smooth. Medium to full mouthfeel with good carb levels and slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall, as I said above, one of the best fresh hop beers this year for me. NBB really nailed it with this one. Highly recommend. Fresh hop seasonal and avail here in TX. Rotation - gonna grab several more while still fresh and definitely on the look out for list for next year [H;Y]

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Photo of GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served cold into a New Belgium goblet.

Fresh Hop IPA is a light amber color with good clarity. The head is thick and slow to settle with great lacing left behind.

The aroma certainly lives up to its name. Very fresh and very hoppy.

Flavor is impressively bitter and hoppy. Lots of citrus with fresh orange zest and grapefruit. The malts stay in the background but work to give a bit of balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

I'm really enjoying this beer. It seems totally unexpected from New Belgium to make something this hoppy and to (finally) not have such a biscuity malt bill. Very nice.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellowish-orange with a fluffy 3-finger white head leaving sticky lace all around the rim of the glass, while retaining a thick ring through all of the brew.

I was extremely excited to see the word Amarillo on the side of this bottle, as I adored that peachy-mango vibe it imparted to both the Le Terroir and the Belgo, and this one is no different. Peach, mango, orange and fresh grass and loads of floral tones lead the sweet and fragrant nose, though way less pungent than in either the Le Terroir or Belgo- but that's expected as wet hops are to fresh herbs as dried hops are to dried herbs. Malt is very mild- a touch biscuity.

The medium bodied palate has that lean biscuity malt with a really pleasant tropical sweetness. Bitterness is large while the mouthfeel is slick with only a touch of resin. Flavors are largely the same as the nose- ripe tropical, citrus and tree fruits, hop leaf and grass with a faint touch of pine. Alcohol is mildly perceptible while the bitterness continues on the moderately long finish.

Great choice NB for making a wet hop ale. I already loved the hop profile in the two aforementioned brews and to have it even fresher is just awesome.

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Photo of bfields4
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear filtered golden body. Nice large white lacy head.

Beautiful hop aroma. Resiny floral piny hops coupled with some grapefruit citrus notes. Just a faint hint of sweet biscuity malt.

Bitter sweet hops hit the palate. Grapefruit to that oily resiny fresh hop flavor. Theres a subtle balancing sweet malty backbone, but just enough to roll the flavor into a bitter dry finish.

Light crisp refreshing beer. I am very impressed with new belgium on this guy. Who new they had a phenomenial ipa in them. The lips of faith series has really skewed my opinion of new belgium for the better.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a deep golden hue with a one inch-thick white head that just won't go away. Lacing is great, and fine bubbles dance around in the glass.

S: Just a touch of biscuity malt, with insane floral, citrus, and pine aroma.

T: Malt shows some honey and caramel notes, along with a touch of grain, but is soon overpowered by an intense hop profile. Floral, with hints of grapefruit, and a cedar note. Finishes dank and grassy, with just a touch of bitterness.

Notes: Moderate to medium-bodied, balanced, and very clean. This might be my favorite fresh-hopped beer of 2011. Remarkably easy to drink, and extremely tasty!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at KnB Wine Cellar’s in San Diego. Color was honey looking with about ¾ inches of head once I got it. Nice amount of bubbly lacing. Good amount of film on the sides that lasted throughout.

Smelled clean citrus hops up front. Grapefruit and pine led the way.

Very similar taste to the nose with clean citrus hops. Grapefruit and pine once again came through in convincing aftertaste. Orange and/or tangerine also made a small dent in the taste.

Medium-to-light body. Average carbonation. Bitter, hoppy finish, but still smooth and refreshing.

What a great beer to start the night out with. I was pleasantly surprised with how good this beer was.

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Photo of daledeee
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So far I have had good luck with these Lips of Faith beers.

This one pours a bright dark gold with a nice head and lacing.

Nose is fresh and hoppy.

Taste indicates this is a fresh one: a good start. Lots of citrus punch and pine all over the place with strong finish. Hop after taste really stays on the tongue. Nice creamy mouth feel without any alcohol burn. A really good representative of the style.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip; no dating on the bottle or label. Clear light amber body with a touch of orange hue. Three-finger, dense light tan head that has very good retention and good lacing. Looks great.

The aroma begins nicely with citrus and tropical fruit notes. A slight notice of caramel malt on the backside. Smells good but not overly complex.

The taste definitely steps it up a notch. Solid hop flavor featuring the aforementioned citrus and tropical fruit notes, but an added dimension of a pine resin flavor. The malt blend is solid and makes for a very flavorful IPA.

Medium texture in the mouthfeel with some oily hop characteristics. One of the better fresh hops IPAs I've had.

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Photo of nimrod979
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber with some bad ass labeling. Pours a clear orangish golden color with an enormous almost three finger white head. Great retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Tons of citrusy, floral hops. Lots of delicious aromas. Piney resin notes as well.

Delicious juicy citrusy hops. Grapefruit, with some leafy oily hop resin. A little malt sweetness but it's a hop bomb. Bitter dry finish.

Smooth and creamy. Perfect carbonation. Great mouthfeel and excellent bitterness. I love it's juicy hop bite you get at first. Probably my favorite so far from New Belgium.

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Photo of peabody
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a fairly clear yellow to yellow amber with one finger of slightly off-white suds.
Good lacing and a nice head retention.
Smell is floral at first then the grapfruit and pine come in.Sugar malts are next as well as the yeast burn and finally the alcohol.
Taste is mellow sugar malt then a strong pine flavor. Next comes some more sugar then the bitter grapfruit rind.
Mouthfeel is very clean and the only thing left on the palate is the bitterness of wonderful hops.
Overall this is a darn good IPA Too bad it's only brewed once.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet.

Pours almost as well as an IPA can pour--crystal clear golden-orange body with a torrential uprising of carbonation from the etched glass bottom. The head is rocky, thinning to a cap of bone white foam and leaving behind some nice lacing. Aroma is fantastic: huge notes of pine and herbal resin hit the nose and quickly give way to lush citrus and tropical fruits. Malts add a hint of balance with caramel and biscuit, but the showcase here is the green stuff. A wonderful 'Fresh Hop' aroma if I ever smelled it.

The flavor's no slouch, either, although the pungent whiffs of pine are traded for bitterness, and soft are the fruity hop flavors so prevalent in the nose. Still, the maltiness steps forward with a bigger presence, adding toasted grains, caramel and bread to the mix. Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly with a medium body that showcases the hop oils well. A bit slick and sticky at the same time, and the bitter finish lets you know those alpha acids are kicking. All in all, a fantastic beer from New Belgium that I'd consider to be in the top tier of their Lips of Faith program. Get it while it's fresh! I know I'll be grabbing another bottle or so...

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Photo of bastu
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No date on the bottle, but it can't be more than a few months old.

Pours a nice clear golden color with a decent head and nice lacing.

Smells of citrus hops, maybe even some lemon/lime scents.

Taste follows the nose, not much malt present which is a good thing for me.

Mouthfeel is fine, nicely carbonated.

Overall, a great IPA which I will continue to buy until it is gone from my local beer stores.

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Photo of fatmusic14
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh Hop

22 oz bottle, poured beautifully into a slender floral shaped glass.

Bright orange color, remeniscent of the autumnal changes that blanket the AT
Reeks of citrus and pine
Tastes of moderate bitterness and less of a bite than you'd expect from a 7% IPA

Drinkability is through the roof, flavors do not overpower your mouth.

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Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A very hoppy aroma - almost smelled more like a DIPA than a regular IPA - with some citrus as well.

T: This is a pretty hoppy beer - not that it's a bad thing. This goes along with a good amount of citrus (grapefruit), and a hint of malt. Not a groundbreaking flavor, but extremely likeable.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a bitter, somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solidly made, easy to drink IPA. Very smooth.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Belgium Lips of Faith Fresh Hop IPA. Freshly tapped, and doing very well, terribly popular. I was slightly late on this one, and when I finally got a hold of good ol' Joe about the final LoF brews of the year, and their availability, he admitted that it was a bit late for a fresh hop ale, and they'd be happy to see them out the door. Yes, it's not October anymore, but it's tasting great, and has held up well over the months, since it was "fresh". This won't last long, so I'm getting right to the notes, here we go...

Clear, bright red coloring, huge head, a snow drift of foam....looks fantastic.

Aromatics, full of lemon and orange zest, prickly pine, and all things hoppy. Floral, bitter, beautiful.

Taste: Hits the palate with bitter hops, glides all over the tongue, but never too harsh, never too hard. Fades a bit, but clings lightly along. Roars back with each new sip and swallow, never-ending bitter blast that hangs long on the palate. Yum.

Light to medium body. Tasty as heck, damned good stuff. This is a definite hit for the hop-heads in the house. I'm hoping they continue with this one. Clearly, they know how to do it, let's keep it up, NB!

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Photo of DavidST
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, unknown freshness date, but this just showed up in stock. This pours a pale yellow color with a decent off white head which leaves a lacing. The smells are of hops, grassy, pine and citrus. The feel is medium with a mouth coating hop resin. The taste is great loads of tasty hop bitterness, I barely get any malt sweetness to counter. A great beer.

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Photo of riored4v
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a imperial pint glass, with a 2.5 finger, rocky, white head. Great lacing. Clear, burnt gold body. Good looking IPA.

Aroma was present of fresh hops. Grassy, citrusy and fruity. Some strong grapefruit. Mild caramel sweetness with a backing maltiness.

Taste was excellent. No signs of ABV. Very smooth, crisp and delicious. Lots of fresh hop flavor. Good amounts of fruity and citrusy hop flavor with a mild grassy finish. Moderate bitterness that is on the grapefruit side. Good malty backbone with a mild sweetness. Subtle bready notes.

Mouthfeel was medium body, medium carb with a crisp, dry finish that lets the hops shine.

Overall a very good offering from New Belgium. Not over the top, in your face hop flavor/aroma, but very pleasant and highly drinkable. Will definitely get more of this.

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