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 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 notchucknorris
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tiger!Tiger!

A: Clear golden color with a big foamy off white head.

S: Huge, huge citrus hop aroma. Almost overpowering. Really good stuff here.

T: An absolute hop bomb. Tons of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange and maybe a bit of mango. Not much here in the way of malt, so the taste is a little much at times. Pretty tasty stuff though.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: bright gold body with a beautifully big off white head. good retention and even better lacing.

S: sticky, stinky american hops. the obvious citrus character, but also some great herbal aromas. slightly illicit.

T: really good tasting brew. a bunch of citrus flavor works with just enough malt to let the hops be the star in this show. a bitter resounding flavor lingers long into the finish.

M: moderate mouthfeel on a very medium body.

D: i feel like i am behind on acquiring this particular fresh hop sample, but still amply tasty. certainly worth it if you can get it fresh!

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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 billab914
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into my mad Fox glass. Light amber in color with a thick, foamy white head to it. Nice head retention and lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a bold fresh hop presence in it. It's citrusy and bright with just a little herbal spiciness. Very nice and fresh aroma, it really smells like they are fresh off the vine. The freshness of the hops really impressed me.

The taste really deviates from what I got in the aroma. I get a sweet, almost fruit punch like flavor to it at first. I get a lot of peach notes to it with a little bit of pineapple flavor there as well. As it warmed I started to get a little more of a herbal, dry citrus rind presence in the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a pretty good beer that really showed some good fresh hop flavors to it. The aroma especially showcased the fresh hops nicely. Very easy drinking, flavorful and fresh tasting beer overall.

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Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This showed fairly late in the year as far as fresh hop beers go

Pours a effervescent & bright honey/bronze color with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Insane head retention & lacing

S: Some pineyness & even fainter grassyness, the only real let-down of this beer

T: Piney, grassy with a a touch breadyness & some orange peel up front. Lemony hops & pineyness are the focus as this warms, a touch of pear fruittyness sneaks in with the biscuitty malt & grapefruit notes. Finishes with much grapefruit & pine, plus caramel

MF: Medium bodied with firm carbonation that tuns creamy as this warms; good balance

Easily the best straight up IPA, although do dig Belgo quite a bit, Not the best fresh hop ale, but way better than the majority I've had this year. Drank very easy; nice suprise from these guys based on Ranger & the Mighty Arrow

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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 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 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 rapidsequence
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. $6.99 from Neds.

Appearance: Its a fine looking beer. Golden orange with perfect clarity. Soft looking off white head and some nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Very green and fresh with some bitter citrus and pine. A little sweet malty aroma in the background.

Taste: Its quite bitter. Sharp pine, weed, and citrus pith. Dank and dirty. A little too harsh-- its pretty damn good, but could use a little malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: This is great. Very sticky and resiny feeling. Nice carbonation.

Overall: This is a bitter palate wrecker. Lots of fresh hop flavor/aroma. Not my favorite fresh hop beer, but a good one.

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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 ProducerBRBeer
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Really light white head. Slippery lace with some light streaks that stick to the glass. The color of the beer is light gold to yellow orange. It is very light and easy to see through.

S - Citrus smell and very crisp. Smells almost like a fresh cut orange.

T - Has a fresh taste like I just ate a lemon off a tree. There is a slight sourness to it. The bitterness is not overpowering. It is hoppy but the aftertaste from the hops does not stick around.

M - Light body beer and low small bubble carbonation.

O - Really nice fresh beer. Definitely something I would love to drink during a hot day. Worth the money to buy the bomber and something I could fall back on as a great fresh hop beer.

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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 Jason
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber, no freshness date.

LOOK: Massive head, very sticky ... brilliant golden color.

SMELL: Hop resin, hemp, orange oil, citric pith, leafy, spice, alcohol, grapefruit, toasted grain, ripe fruit

TASTE: Very smooth, creamy, bitty, hop oil, leafy, tree bark, resin, orange peel, grapefruit rind, tangerine juice, yeast, faint breadiness, alcohol, vegtal, slightly bitter dry-ish finish

A great showcasing of fresh hops in a slightly bigger beer, a bit of a hop takeover but it did not take away from being quaffable. A great example if you are new to the whole "fresh hop" sub-style. Definitely wish I had more than one bomber.

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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 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 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 Monkeyknife
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a bright clear gold color with two fingers of creamy white head and a sheet of sticky lacing.

Big juicy aroma of grassy and floral hops and caramel malts.

The taste was a big bitter bite of grassy hops and floral notes along with melon and caramel malts. The bitterness lingers thru the finish.

Medium bodied and slight dry with a moderate carbonation.

The bitterness in the taste tends to overwhelm the juicy hops enjoyed in the aroma. Still, a pretty good IPA from New Belgium.

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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 gopens44
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Terrific lacing. That's the thing about this one that stands the most of the appearance. Otherwise, pale clear yellow with a fairly decent (good half inch or better) foamy head

S - Not a lot here that sets it apart from every other quality IPA that I have had. I get the strong citrus with sprinkling of pine, but that's it.

T - Taste cruises the same road as the aroma, as this IPA is very tasty and reminiscent of a few other IPA's I have had lately.

M - A touch dry at first, medium bodied with decent carbonation and just a little bit oily on the finish

O - Very good but not overly unique. Reminds me of Celebration a little. Worth the buy, but easily replaced by a few other very similar beers.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into NB Globe.

A: pours a brilliant clear gold, foamy white head, lots of lacing, great retention

S: nose is chock full of fresh wet hops, notes of pine, resin, and earthiness come through, biscuit malts come in in the middle

T: taste features brisk hop bitterness up front, some juicy fruit quality comes through in the middle along with malts, the finish is bitter. Nice balance.

MF: medium body, medium carbonation

O: this is a nice and tasty fresh hop IPA. not sure that it justifies the 6.49 per bomber price tag as it reminds me of other cheaper alternatives (along the lines of Celebration or SNPA)

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a medium amber with a solid white head, nice lace.

S: Melon, very green, grass. Fragrant hoppy nose.

T: Sweet crystal type malt backed with a lot of floral hops, some bitter melon and grapefruit.

M: Medium-bodied, resiny yet clean at the finish. Soft carbonation.

O: A good wet hop beer. It would have been interesting to see it really fresh, but I liked it here.

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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 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 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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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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