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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Photo of Daniellobo
2.45/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A pretty disappointing fresh hop ale, a drinkable generic brew at best...

Presentation:22 oz screen printed brown capped bottle. Large green-yellow hop cone illustrating the bottle . Side paragraphs notes intent, and main characteristics. Shows 70 IBUs and 7% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear pale amber pour with a nice frothy head, good retention and surface memory with nice touches of lacing.

S - Shy, shy… Absent nose! Nowhere near an IPA, let alone a fresh one, or a wet hop one for that matter. Generic soft fruity and bitter sense in the distance, imagining a floral touch of the Centennial… But it is just that, my imagination...

T - Generic nothingness… Bitter character, sorta hoppy, but with a loose meld of soft citric and fruity bitterness…. Fresh Centennial, Amarillo and Cascade they say? Where? Where are they? Soft malty sweetness… in the background.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation with a fair smoothness unable to push much of the non-existent flavor and character around.

O - Quaffable as a nondescript brew, but this does not hit the mark of a fresh hop ale, at all. At least not in this serving… Did they bottle something else here?

Notes: Whoa, what a let down… This was picked up off the shelf the day it was delivered and drank that same evening. It can not get fresher than this around here… Please, can I blame it on the delivery from Colorado to the East Coast or on a bad bottle? No character, no sense of hops, all subdued, and generic… I´d be game to try it again but it would not be me who pays for another bomber of this brew. Plenty better out there on the fresh hop front this season, by a broad margin. Heck, I´d get a fresh bottle of their Ranger for less than half of what I paid here and would have more hop character, with a difference. New Belgium can do, and does, much better than this…

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.55/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From 22oz bomber to Hess imperial pint glass on 11/21/11
*From notes

A: Clean golden amber in hue. A good pour yields a frothy two finger white head. Some nice lacing too.

S: Some earth tones and acidic, juicy hops.

T: It starts well, yet it falls apart in short order. The juicy hop kick starts things off on a high note. But as it travels to the mid, there's a massive amount of buttery diacytal and rotting green herbage. As it warms, the vegetal quality of it becomes much more pronounced.

M: Well put together. It's got plenty of body to it, which works out well for an Autumn seasonal.

O: Not a big fan this Fresh Hop IPA. I don't really know what went wrong here, but it most certainly did. All of the parts are willing and able, yet this does nothing but wreck the palate. It reminds me of a homebrewing experiment gone wrong. I'd pass on this, and with pleasure.

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Photo of julian
2.66/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Crystal clear copper with tiny bubbles fighting for surface supremacy. Lots of thick creamy head that leaves a spackling of lacing all the way down to the last drop.

S: Sweet berry like fruitiness, piney hops, earthy.

T: I'm not sure how to put this nicely, but this is just gross. The predominant flavor I get from this is a sweet vegetal flavor that's just very unappealing. Whatever is going on with this beer it's not for me, and to be honest, given my love of IPAs, I don't encounter it often (sometimes, but not often). I think this is a big FAIL for New Belgium.

M: Big mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation. A little resinous bitterness lingers on the finish.

O: I'm struggling to finish this one bottle, and deeply regretting having spent $8 on this bomber. I would not buy this again, and would recommend friends to not buy this either. I'm contemplating a drain pour in favor of some home brew.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.98/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice crystal clear bronze gold, with hardly any, but some small rising slow pin head carbonation sized bubbles. Head has lots of foamy retention, nice cap, simple off white. Kind of light looking, appearance is fairly good, really light

Mellow and mild nose. Slightly sweet, kind of powdery, almost like baby aspirin. Mild grass hop bent, after a few more whiffs. Different, not exciting, certainly not bad either.

This is weird tasting. Powdery sweet aspirin mixes with a hop bitter. A bit medicinal bitter in the palate, not much of a malt body or any sugars. No bread bakery, or chewy hop tastes. A very astringent bitter afterfinish that is like powdered aspirin, or more like bitter antibiotics. Subsequent drinks and sips bring more of this medicinal bitter to the front. Feel is about right for the style, with a little bit of syrup and texture and a little bit of carbonation.

So where is the fresh tasting, hoppy bitter, citrus, pine, lime, floral, I mean anything on this thing? Really not enjoyable here at all, overall really not enjoying this.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours a clear light copper orange with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is caramel and toasted biscuit malt with piney, grassy, resiny fruity hops.

The flavor is toasted caramel malts with some melon and a lot of resiny pine. It has a lot of bitterness in the finish but a bit of a weird plasticky note. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light prickly carbonation.

Overall, it's interesting. Definitely the bitterest beer I've had from New Belgium. Other than the weird off note in the aftertaste and a little to much of a toasted note, this could be pretty good. Still decent though.

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Photo of n2185
3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear honey-color with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin layer with decent lacing.

S: Some pineapple at front followed by grassy and pine aromas from the fresh hops. I also get an unusual melon aroma--similar to watermelon or cucumber.

T: Lots of grassy and piny hops at first with some citrus rind flavors as well. These are followed by that unusual watermelon/cucumber flavor that I smelled. The finish is moderately bitter.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is a bit watery feeling.

O: Not a bad beer, but the unusual watermelon/cucumber notes in the aroma and flavor are a turn-off for me since I'm not a big fan of those fruits. I imagine I would enjoy the beer a lot more if I liked those flavors. It's also a little too bitter for my tastes.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the tulip glass almost translucent light orange in color, three fingers of soapy foamy head that leave behind amazing amounts of lacing for an IPA. Body is lighter side of medium thick, well carbonated, smells at first of a brief hit of turpentine but resolves into a more standard IPA nose which leans heavy on the pine resin. Flavor is a heady kick of bitter that never really resolves into any sort of malt backbone that I could detect, so it is somewhat unbalanced in my book. But, in its favor, I have to admit that all the pithy and pine sap elements have a certain remarkable level of crispness and clarity in their straight forward fresh hopped simplicity that managed to charm me somewhat despite my love of complexity in my brews. I've had better, I've had worse. If only this brew had used a wider variety of hops and at least let a hint of malt speak it's mind, it could have been brilliant. Looks pretty, but underneath its kind of shallow and one-trick pony.

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Photo of Humulus85
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Darkness snifter.

It produced a nice, soapy, white head at about 2-fingers. Decent retention that left some seriously clumpy lacing behind. Crystal clear, reddish-honey color. This is a vibrant and inviting looking beer.

Wonderful juicy hop nose. Citrus and flowers. Maybe a little malt. Smells like liquid Juicy-Fruit.

Something is off here. I'm getting more vegetable than fruit; almost like wheatgrass. It's not a bad taste, it's just not what I'm used to in a hop profile. Moderately bitter throughout, with a minimal malt backing.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Low to moderate carbonation is just adequate. Dry middle and finish.

Overall this is a good, but perplexing brew. I've never encountered this "veggie" hop flavor before, and the further down this bomber I go I don't seem to be too fond of it. It tastes green, like chlorophyl. This is not a gross brew, but there is something wrong here. Maybe the hops weren't quite ready, I don't know, but I'm a bit disappointed. Cheers!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 picked up last night at the COOP... Poured into my Delerium goblet.. foamy 1" head... nice lacing and retention.. the brew is pale orange.. very pretty.

Nose shows citrus and big grassy hoppiness... a bit of fruity hops.. amarillo?

Flavor is odd... big bitter that moves immediately into the fruity hops.. the citrus is there, but in the background.. pale malts come swinging.. and there is something that I can't put my palate on.... a bit of vegetal note.. herby....

Body and carbonation are fine... but I don't really dig the fresh hop "IPA" notes... things just don't jive.. the grassy hops and citrus clash a bit.. with warmth, there is even some pine that makes it even harder to appreciate...

This is an okay brew.. but it never... NEVER .. gels at all.. decent malt and hops... fresh or otherwise.. but the beer only is okay.


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Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another courtesy of BA nomasnomore. 22oz bottle poured into bubble pint glass. Poured a nice medium gold color with just under an inch of white head that had very good retention and lacing.

There was a very nice hop aroma, mostly pine with some citrus notes. There wasn't much, if any, malt noticeable in the nose. On the tongue, a bit more malt showed through to give a nice backbone for the tangy hops. This was a very nice tasting IPA.

The body was average for the style, nowhere near full, but not light either. Drinkability was very good, I could probably have a couple of these. Overall, a very nice little brew, certainly worth trying when you see it.

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Photo of beagle75
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a goblet.

A: Clear, brassy golden color with one finger of off-white foam head that diminishes to a large and persistent pad. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and bubbles rise frequently in the center of the column.

S: Grapefruit flesh is bold, suggesting a heavy infusion of Centennial hops. The hoppiness overwhelms other likely elements, rendering it entirely one-note.

T: Begins very off-dry, with refined pale malt that is outperformed by somewhat stronger green herbaceous and grapefruit citrus hop aromatics. Acidity is fairly mild into the drier middle where crackery malt is present. The finish is moderately bitter with a mineral crispness and delicate floral quality that appears to be all from hops, rather than yeast esters.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and slightly acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This wet-hopped IPA comes across as an original but still underachieving contribution, considering the Lips of Faith pedigree. While some of the expected hop nuance comes through in the taste, it is the smell that seems to have sold out in a way that nearly assaults the drinker's nose. But perhaps it is unfair to criticize an IPA for faithfully rendering one pure hop note in any of its attributes.

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Photo of beer2day
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, very clear red gold pour with 2+ fingers of pale head. Very good retention and lace.

Resin, grapefruit and pine all appear in the nose. Complex, but understated.

Clean up front, beer becomes a bit soapy and raw in the finish. Grainy hop back end. Not much in the way of any malt presence. Strong hop burn, but very raw feeling.

Body is thin for the style, with a lack of malt balance.

Glad I tried it, but this series is not really growing on me.

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Photo of Hophead717
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw golden brown, with a white, one-finger head that dissipates to patches of foam atop the bear. Super clear with visible carbonation.

S: Fresh grassy hops, with light notes of citrus. A lightly sweet smelling beer.

T: Interesting. Hops upfront, but with little bitterness. The middle of the beer is a sweet grapefruit, and the finish is very bitter hops. Definitely a fresh hop IPA, not a double and it's surprisingly smooth. The flavor's okay, but not too impressive. The front of the sip has little flavor and the grapefruit in the middle is okay, but not my favorite. The bitterness on the back works, but I don't love it.

M: Smooth with medium to high carbonation.

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Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, light amber with a finger of fluffy white head. Good amount of retention and good lacing on the glass.

Smell: Bready malt with some fruity/floral fresh hops. Quite mild.

Taste: Bitter citrus peel hops up front. The hops are a bit soapy. Could use a little more malt to balance things out a bit.

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

Overall: This is just an ok IPA. The hop profile just wasn't my thing. I would pass on having another.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold/orange with a huge fluffy white head and good lacing down the glass.

Aroma is citrus with a lot of freshly cut grass.

Taste follows although with a bit less citrus. Lots of grassy/floral notes up front with just the slightest bit of malt. Finishes grassy bitter and dry.

Decent mouthfeel with medium carbonation levels.

Pleasantly surprised to randomly find this one on the shelf this week. Not the best I've had as the grassy hops aren't exactly my favorite, but still solid.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Alex for sharing.

A - Really nice colored beer. Bright orange beer with a great white head that left a bit of lace on the sides. Good retetion.

S - Tropical fruits. I really pick up the Amarillo on this one. Decent grapefruit and some lemon. Pretty malty.

T - This isn't a bad beer, there's a lot of hops but I don't feel it's particularly well integrated. Seems it can't figure out if it's a resiny or fruity IPA. just seems to have a lot of stuff going on but just not quite right. Good but not fantastic.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Decent beer, actually started to like it better the more I drank of it. Not really my first choice, but a decent enough beer.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a brassy golden color with a finger and a half of off white head. Very good retention with some sticky lacing.

S- hop aromas of white pepper, yellow grapefruit and leafy floral aromas. Dry biscuity malt lingers under the hops.

T- spicy organic hop flavors blend with grapefruit peel and pine. A dry biscuity toasted bread malt flavor brings some balance and tampers the hops. Finish is hop bitterness with a soft leafy aftertaste.

MF- biscuit dry mouthfeel with a light medium body and average carbonation.

D- pretty drinkable

overall a solid wet hop.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color with a nice one finger off white head. Very clear in appearance, with good carbonation. The nose is lemon, grapefruit, hops, grass with malt in the background. The taste is slightly different than the nose, with malt, grass, and lemon in the forefront. Feel is a little flat to me, with smooth malt and hops battling it out. Weak carbonation in the feel. Overall, a good beer, but I probably won't pick this up again. Cheers.

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Photo of biggred1
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden with a lumpy eggshell head that leaves sheets of sticky lace on the glass. The aroma is fragrant fresh citrusy hops and candied orange even after a few months in the bottle. Nice, resinous hop oily flavors and light malt. The flavors are dank and hoppy with plenty of citric notes. Finishes dry and hoppy. Light bodied and refreshing. A pretty good IPA, I would buy it again.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pilsner like and huge billowy head. Very nice look

Smell - Great citrus hops scent

Taste - very tasty with flavor but a little too hop bitter finish to really enjoy

Mouthfeel - good

Overall - well crafted and well done IPA but just a tad too bitter in finish for me to really enjoy.

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Photo of Zorro
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored beer with a tall white head. This beer falls in the color spectrum I call IPA Orange.

Smell is full of strong C type hops. Strong pine and grapefruit with some cinnamon in there. Cedar wood and a little hay scent. Faint pineapple smell.

Starts out neutral in sweetness with a mild green grass flavor. Taste is nothing like the smell, woody and grassy with a solid bitter finish. Flavor is a little light to me.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall just an average beer. New Belgium is one of those breweries that tend to just hit home runs or base hits. This one is more of a walk.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A: Incredibly clear, some slight head. Great lace! Some bubbles.

S: Hops. Sweetish malts provide a very balanced smell.

T/O: Good, but not great? Piney, sweetish (like cactus juice?), and pleasant, but not transcendent. A mediocre IPA with strong chops. Incredibly drinkable. Not so much recommended (especially considering the price) but it's NOT bad.

M: Sufficient.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.

The beer appears transparent and golden hued. A thick white cap rests atop the beer, leaving some decent lacing on the tulip. The aroma brings some pleasant hop aromas, subtle earthiness, light pine. Good flavor. Hop forward and pretty fresh. Easy to drink. The finish offers a light yet lasting bitterness. Carbonation level is a bit low. I would like the aroma and flavor to be bolder and more aggressive. This one has potential, but lacks that in your face quality that makes fresh hop brews so delectable. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of popery
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good IPA, though not a stand-out, particularly compared to other fresh-hopped versions. The aroma has a nice enough mix of pine, grapes, tangerines and cheese, but it lacks strength and pungency. The aroma is pleasant but it's not a beer that hits the nose with hops the moment the cap comes off. There's a touch of caramel malt in the background, as well, which shows up a bit more on the tongue. There's a good, restrained bitterness to the taste. It's a nice level for a fresh-hopped IPA, which is to say present but moderate. The taste also adds some grassiness and a bit of citrus rind. It has some of that mildly unfortunate vegetal flavor that can plague wet hopped beers. A better aroma would probably help up the taste, but it's just too simple for a higher score. Mouthfeel is kinda average, and the beer seems to lack that hop oil slickness of heavily dry-hopped beers. Appearance is good. Clear, bronze-amber liquid with an off-white head of fine foam. Overall, it's good but a bit disappointing. Sierra Nevada has set the bar for fresh-hopped IPAs/pale ales by larger craft breweries, and NB doesn't live up to it. They certainly didn't make a bad beer, but all in all, it's just another pretty good IPA, of which there are plenty, and fails to showcase the strengths of the titular fresh hops.

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Photo of cooler4life
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a one finger eggshell white head that has relatively small bubbles. Color is an apple cider golden brown Lacing is moderate with thin wisps of bubbles sticking around.

S: Floral, tangy orange zest, pine, malt, and caramel. Very aromatic, great!

T: Piney, hoppy goodness. Sugary grapefruit, grassy, saltines.

M: Thin body with only mild carbonation. Very smooth but borders on watery. However very smooth and easy to drink.

O: Average American IPA, what I really struggled with was the lack of backbone.

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