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

BA SCORE
89
very good
328 Ratings
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
Ratings:
328
Reviews:
135
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
11.28%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 328 |  Reviews: 135
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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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tap to tulip at Global Brew Tap House

A-Pours a clear,copper with two inches of staunch,stark white foam.Good retention and spotty ribbons of lacing.

S-Strong Simcoe character here.Grapefruit,apricot,
peach,cat piss,sourdough.

T-More grapefruit and stonefruit but also a more leafy vegetal turn of raw hops,pine,fresh grass and some cracker/biscuit malts.

M-Nice lingering bitterness.Light bodied and crisp.
Moderately dry finish.

O-I am a fan of fresh/wet hop offerings so I wanted to give this a try.Not a top tier example of the style by any means but decent.

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Photo of hopsessed
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The best NB beer ever! (I'm not a huge NB fan). A solid IPA, except the mouthfeel. This is way too thin. Nose is good. Taste is solid. Feels like water on the tongue. I actually could drink a couple of these. I would like it if it was an $8 sixer, not as an $8 bomber. Solid effort, but comes up short. A few sips in, it turns to water. What else to say?

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Photo of beerbrains
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of GeorgeH
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Bottle: Poured a copper color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of fresh green hoppy notes with light citrus undertone sis quiet pleasant. Taste is also dominated by fresh green hops notes with light citrus notes and dry caramel malt is barely detectable. Bitterness is present but well balanced. Body is average for style with good carbonation. Not earth shattering but well brewed for what it is.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Ajax84
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of bump8628
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle obtained from a shop in Fort Collins and enjoyed in my hotel room on a recent trip. Light amber hue with a thin and lightly bubbled white head. Classic American hop flavors - pine, citrus peels, and fresh cut flowers. Hops are actually slightly muted by a slather of caramel malt and bread crust. The flavors are all nice, but the beer lacks that sticky, resinous, hop smack that I expect from a fresh hop beer. A little more dryness would help too.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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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