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

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BA SCORE
89
very good
135 Reviews
Lips Of Faith - Fresh Hop India Pale AleLips Of Faith - Fresh Hop India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by StonedTrippin on 11-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
328
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
17.79%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 135 | Ratings: 328
Photo of cps98
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Poured a nice light orange with a fluffy pillows of white head. Head retention was really good with this one and the lacing was really nice.

S – Sweet hop aroma is very dominant. Citrus (lemon rind) and pine are present in the nose.

T – The bitterness of the hops is present but there was something sweet lingering around and I pegged it at apricot.

M – Lots of carbonation on this one which adds to that bite on the tongue. Medium bodied and really smooth.

O – Overall a nice IPA, not overboard with the hops. Wish I would have tried it as soon as I bought it.

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Photo of nickfl
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with two fingers of bone white foam on top of a clear, golden colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves thick, sticky lace on the glass.

S - A pungent aroma of pine and sweaty hops with some grapefruit in the background.

T - Pine and sweaty hops up front with some light bready malt. A hint of toffee in the middle with more pine and some sweaty character in the middle. Finishes with light lemony character, pine hops and moderate bitterness to balance the bready malt.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The aroma is very nice and it has a good balance between the malt and the hops with just enough malt to keep it drinkable but not enough to get in the way of the hops. Unfortunately it has a lack of hop flavor that I have found to be typical of wet hop IPAs, where the excellent aroma is not backed up by the same level of hoppy goodness in the flavor profile

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Photo of gatornation
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 22 oz bomber into stone pint glass

A- pours a clear amber orange color with a 1 finger white head and just a touch of lacing

S- pine and grapefruit hops with a musty earth smell , sweet malt and bread

T- floral .piney hops great the palate with oily resins of tropical and bitter hops ,its offset with sweet caramel and a musty earthy bread its very fresh and tasty

M- medium carbonation with a sweet and bitter hop bite

O- a good offering from NB on a fresh hop put this in 4 paks next year so i can drink more

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. (This is reviewed from notes, it was drank fresh).

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of pine and orange notes from the hops, as well as a hint of biscuit malt. The aroma is very fresh smelling. The flavor is full of big, resinous and sticky pine notes, with a little bit of orange citrus. There is also some bread from the malt and a low amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

Crystal clear yellow-gold color with decent head, good retention, and spotty lacing.

Smell is floral and citrus hops with a touch of bready malt.

The taste is hop heavy with orange pith, pineapple, and a light resinous touch. The malt tones the bitterness down just a tad, but it leaves my tongue nice and dry.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Good carbonation.

Overall, a pretty good IPA and definitely quenches a hop thirst.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a kiss of orange and a frothy white head that leaves small bits of lacing.

Smells of citrus and pine hops. A bit of fruits and malts come through as well.

Tastes of a solid wave of hops with a nice malt base. Hops lead of with citrus, pines, and a bit of tropical fruits. Hops have that slick oily feel. Malts roll in and add some caramel sweetness with some toasted bread notes. A fair amount of bitterness, but this does feel very balanced for an IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, a bit of a surprise and a good IPA that has some good qualities to it.

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

This just hit Indianapolis on Friday.

This beer pours a light bodied goldish copper in color with a two finger bright white, soapy head. I can pick out the amarillo and centennial hops in the nose but can't pick out the cascade. Regardless, that means that it's well balanced. The nose is both light and soft. The flavor consists of fresh, slightly dry hops with moderate bitterness. I get more centennial than anything. The finish is light and slightly sweet. It isn't overly dry and is quite refreshing. Overall this is a fine example of a fresh hop IPA. New Belgium did really well and I'm glad they made this part of their Lips of Faith series. It was well worth the $6.99.

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

On tap at Max's

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is surprisingly impressive and perfumy, with light wet tobacco, rose petals and orange citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this well crafted IPA, and I appreciate the dry, bitter finish in this beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and the beer has a mouthwatering quality that is very appealing. Alcohol is barely noticeable, and seems to blend in well with the long, bitter finish.

This is a very nice IPA, and I was impressed by the fact that there's nothing about it that reminds me of fat tire (unlike the ranger IPA). Quite good, and a beer I would definitely order again.

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

A: Pours a clear amber. Huge fluffy white head adorns it. Fades slowly, leaving nice spiderweb lacing everywhere.

S: Citrus and bitter grapefruit with a bit of a caramel malt backing. Resinous.

T: Big grapefruit hit up front. Orange and caramel in the middle, finishes with a bitter resin flourish. A bit minty, maybe lemongrass in there?

M: Medium body, carbonation is pretty dead on. A bit astringent like a lot of fresh hop beers.

O: A tasty fresh/wet hop beer for sure. Decent complexity and balance. Nothing stands out as earth shattering but it's quite good.

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

Poured into a New Belgium globe glass because I can. Beer is orange, mostly clear, big white head, small bubbles, lots of lacing, looks good.

Aroma is sweet, piny, earthy hops, smells good.

I don't know why people say this is like cat piss. I hate cats, both of the ones that live in my house conspire to kill me in my sleep and I've experienced way more than I ever wanted in the field of cat urine, this beer? Not even close, thin backbone, light on the malts, big piny hop presence, mild fruits good finish, mild or moderate bitterness not dry, I'd have this again.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind a thick frothy ring around the glass and some lace.

S - Aroma is full of piney, earthy, and citrus hops with a touch of sweet malt in the background.

T - Starts off with some fresh earthy and citrus hops with a bit of bitterness. Through the middle, some stronger pine notes come through with some more bitterness and a touch of sweet malt. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and earthy hop flavors with a bit of sweet malt.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, bitter, resiny, and earthy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good level of hop flavor with nice complexity and bitterness.

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

Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ.

A - Golden yellow with shades of copper. Foamy, white head that fades quickly. No retention and some minor lacing.

S - Citrusy hops. Subtle malt presence but the hop oils cling to your nostrils.

T - Flowery, fruity, bitter, fresh, tasty hops. Citrus, mainly grapefruit.

M - Mild carbonation with a bit of a bite from the hops. Slightly dry. Easy to drink, fresh as can be for early December, and delicious. Would have liked to try it closer to its release date. Nothing too crazy to separate it from the other fresh hop ales but it's as good as any of 'em.

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

A: Pours a clear amber with a big white head, awesome amount of bubbles and lacing with pretty solid head retention

S: A nice nose consisting of fresh citrus, pione needles and a flower bouquet. Smells very nice and fresh

T: Smooth a nice bitterness to it, piney, earthy, toasted malt and biscuity note underneath.
The finish has a light bit of slickness to it with a citrus meets pine finish

M: Light to medium bodied, well carbonated. Makes the mouth/palate happy

O: Bang for your buck here! Good fresh hop IPA.

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

A great fresh hop ale. By the taste of it, this is essentially a fresh-hop version of New Belgium's Ranger, which is a great beer.

Pours crystal clear yellow with a big fluffy head. The aroma is crisp and piny. The flavor is sharp and piny, with an orange-zest bitter finish and a clean, smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of Jake1605
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright clear copper, 2 finger thick white head. Excellent carbonation, soapy thick lacing sticks to the side. Smell is of fresh citrusy, grassy, floral hops. Taste is piny, citrusy, oily (myrcens), earthy, orange, grapefruit, melon, biscuit malts. Bitter and dry, smooth clean finish. Crisp, bold, refreshing, sweet. Hard to believe this is only 7% abv, I would have expected 9-10%. Hop heads should enjoy this one.

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

Paid $5.59 for a bomber at Halls in Grapevine.

Poured into my tulip glass this ale is slightly hazy and its color is a nice gold. A ¼ inch of light head that is moderately bubbly.

A very pleasant aroma of floral hops and some tropical fruit accompanied by the slightest hint of lemon.

Huge hop flavor right off the bat. With 4 hops and 79 IBU you would expect the hop flavor to be big, and it is. The fruit flavors come through in the middle, dried pineapple and lemon rind. A touch of orange and a light green grass finish. Very little malt character in this hoppy ale.

Easy to drink, the 7.0 ABV is well concealed. I like this IPA and will definitely drink it again.

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Photo of bnes09
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light honey colored, transparent ale. One and a half finger, fluffy head with soapy lacing.

Bright aroma of fresh hops, as expected. Floral, citric and pine-like aromas. Hint of honey sweetness.

Hops dominate the flavor as well. Lemon, orange, grapefruit and piney, puckering bitterness. Malt character lies in the background with a bready, fresh grain flavor. Excellent balance.

Lightish feel. Descent carbonation. Semi-dry. Needs a little more body in my opinion.

Good beer.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this @ Binny's while waiting in line for King Henry across the street.

Pours a transparent golden yellow with a fat finger of cream colored head. There is an obvious amount of carbonation as mass bubbles seem to rise continuously. The head has a long lasting retention and leaves it's mark behind in a webby fashion.

The nose brings some earthy, pine-like flavors melded nicely with a subtle amount of sweet and citrus fruit. Maybe some guava, mango, and a bit of pineapple.

The taste is damn near spot on. Nice fruity presence including a citrus bouquet. There is a significant malt bill that controls some of the bitter hop offerings and leaves a great melded aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a lighter carbonation to it. This is nice as it leaves the brew feeling "juicy" each and every sip.

Overall, lovely nose, wish the taste lived up to it 100% but no worries. This is a decent offering from the exclusive "Lips of Faith". It owns up to that with favorable tastes that are super fresh and that's a win for me.

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Photo of jsanford
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a NB Globe.

A - Pours a hazy copper with a fluffy white head that settles to a thick cap, leaving lots of soapy lacing clinging to the glass. Very pretty!
S - Big, pungent aromas of American hops, lots of grapefruit, pine resin, and orange peel with a light caramel malt backbone. Nothing new here, but done quite well.
T - Resinous hops, grapefruit, and orange with the same fairly subtle malt profile. Nicely bitter finish lingers for some time.
M - Smooth and creamy, with a medium body and good, sharp carbonation.
O - Solid beer, definitely not a game-changer but a great example of the style. I'll definitely pick up another Bomber.

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Photo of zac16125
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass
written from notes taken on 1/2/12

A: Pours a big 2.5 fingers of snow white head, dense, with good retention. Light golden amber, crystal clear with lots of bubbly carbonation. Leaves a lot of real cool layered lacing

S: huge orange and tangerines , peach, a touch of honey like malt sweetness, pineapple

T: again citrus hops, this time big grapefruit, orange, lemon zest, piney hops as well, hop bomb for a single ipa, but enough sweet malt to balance , floral hops more subtle, peach, more bitterness on taste than smell,

M/d:smooth, moderately low carbonation, medium bodied, good drink ability for amount of hop presence

O: a pretty damn tasty beer, big hop presence but maintains balance,  and the price is right, def worth a try

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Photo of Rschis16
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, light amber in hue with a bountiful three finger, foamy white head on top that dissapates slowly and leaves lots of sticky lacing on the way down. Fresh citrusy and floral hops with a touch of hop resin play pleasantly on the nose. A solid backing of pale malt rounds out a nice aroma profile. Just a hint of booze on the nose.

Pretty big bite from piney and resiny hops in the middle and back of the palate. Citrusy in the front, playing off some light lemon and orange tastes. Pretty light in body as the hops overpower most of the malt taste, but there is some breadiness that acts as a balancer. A breath of alcohol does nothing to take away from the beer as the piney and resinous hops add most of the prickle on the palate. The booze is little more than a breath, even at 7%. The mouthfeel is smoother than expected, but not watery. Carbonation is medium and provides sufficient liveliness. The finish is bitter, but not overly dry. Aftertaste lingers with resinous bitterness, begging for another sip.

Overall, this is a good beer. Worth grabbing if you see it fresh. Another good one from New Belgium.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear gold into my snifter with two fingers of dense head that has excellent retention and moderately sticky lacing.

S - Could be more floral, but nice nonetheless, fresh wet hops, earthy, pine and resin are all present with a melon like fruitiness, biscuit and crystal malts are present.

T - Hop bitterness is noticeable from start to finish, pretty juicy and more citrus than the aroma hints at, grapefruit rind, faint orange and melon, malt backbone is relatively balanced and more biscuit than anything else.

M - Medium body, clean and refreshing.

O - Pretty good fresh hop ale, a little on the bitter side, but overall very enjoyable.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two thick fingers of white froth top a clear amber body with orange trim. Dense rings of lacing on the trusty Duvel tulip make this an outstanding looking beer. Good moist hop aromas, with plenty of C-hop citrusy goodness, especially orange and grapefruit, with some lightly toasted biscuit malt.

The taste is more balanced between hops and malt than I expected, with the hops balanced by caramel, some chocolate, and light toffee. I like the sturdy malt backbone, though I'd prefer a bolder, fuller hop texture. Lips of Faith, however, has a more hop-forward smell, and a well-balanced flavor and texture.

Overall, this is a solid, delicious IPA that strikes a sound balance and is easy to embrace. Not an overly complex IPA, but a good one that provides ample wet hop flavor and robust malt. Good all-around IPA.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, ballard mkt

appearance: cool bottle design - served in a 42nd street oyster bar shaker pint, very clear oily orange body, frothy white head

smell: clean fresh hop nose, orange and tangerine, hop oil

taste: lots of oily hops, pine resin, tangerine, grapefruit, orange, toasted bready malts. A nice late-season fresh hop from new belgium - give it a go

mouthfeel: clean and fresh, bitter oily hop presence

overall: good

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Photo of Beer_Runner
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No enjoy by date.
Slow pour into a standard pint glass.

A: It poures to a one-finger beige head that soon disapates to a thin layer after a few minutes. The brew is golden with an orange hue.

S: It has a pleasant citrus aroma with just a hint of bready sweetness.

T: First, there is some sweet bready malt followed by a strong burst of citrus and earthy hops along with some alcohal heat. The strong hops and alcohal create a good solid bite.

M: It has a medium body with some carbonation and it is just a little creamy.

O: This is a very good IPA. The malt in the begining is quickly replaced with a citrus hops kick. The bite in this beer makes it different. It is a nice bite, but not over the top.

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Lips Of Faith - Fresh Hop India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.99 out of 5 based on 328 ratings.
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