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
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Ratings: 328 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: single finger head, decent retention and nice lacing on a clear golden with a slight crimson hue body.

S: very crisp mildly musty pine and light citrus hop aroma with herbal notes.

T: the fresh hops are obvious, a little watery but expected. Mostly pine, grassy and earthy.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: A very smooth easy to drink IPA. Fairly typical fresh hop IPA.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i guess i'll be the first here... new belgium's new fresh hop ipa, hit shelves yesterday and i am guessing it must be the first year they've made this one, given no other reviews. 22oz bottle for $5.99 at my local here in denver. pours a much lighter color than i thought it might, golden and perfectly clear. sensational head on this puppy, fluffy and white and thick and lasting. nose is just magic, all fresh hoppy oils, super bright with a grounding earthen sort of must, smells quite literally like a hop farm, hop and farm in equal parts. taste is slightly less bold than the nose, with a complex hop combination. a really intricate palate but with almost no bitterness, atypical of the style but absolutely fantastic. the finish just unrolls down the tongue with different hop notes all the way through and a gentle sort of crispness, but not dry. the bottle says 70 ibu, but that seems high to me, this is ultra mellow and drinkable. mouthfeel is perfect for the beer, on the lighter side, which allows the beer to be tasted thoroughly, but not too light that it doesn't stand up to its flavor profile. i hope others enjoy this one as much as i am. might even crack the second bomber tonight...

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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 emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright saturated orange color, jewel tone clarity. Sticky, fluffy lace that camps out for awhile then sticks to the glass quite a bit. Lasting retention, skim never breaks on the surface.

Funky, pungent blast of fresh hops, resiny and almost cheesy in intensity. The initial onslaught tapers off, leaving some woody vine and herbaceous greenery. Some citrus and fruity sweetness in the nose, but more comes out in the taste.

Lush and tropical flavors hit first, mango and papaya, grapefruit peel, light breadiness in the aftertaste, leftover pale malt nestled under the wet hop smorgasbord. Moderate residual bitterness, upfront it's a bit sweeter and fruity with leafy greens lurking underneath.

Smooth, nectar-like feel, about perfect for a wet hopped IPA to me. Going to get more of this harvest latecomer before the season is over.

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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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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, highly carbonated, golden orange color with a two-finger, head of fluffy, white foam. It left some thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine and floral notes.

T - It had a spicy, herbal taste with a burnt toast maltiness. Some sweet caramel and toffee notes, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really nice IPA. I liked the herbal, floral presence.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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

A: Pours a clear goldern amberish orange with a solid 2+ finger white head which fades leaving decent clingy lace.

N: Citrus - grapefruit and tangerine. Tropical fruits - passion and guava. Pine and floral notes also in the mix. A distinctive NB yeasty note.

T: Bright pungent hops upfront with a balanced caramel malt and yeast backing. Some green grass and herbal notes. Not quite as impressive as the nose, but nice to have so "fresh".

N: Resiny with some slick oilyness. Slightly dry with a bit of lingering bitterness.

O: Brand spanking new. If you wait, it'll be too late.

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

Great showcase for hop aromatics though I'm no expert on what variety is which. Beautiful orange-amber color in the tulip with long lasting lacing. Rich mouthful with terrific hoppy flavors that stop short of too much bitterness. Biscuit flavor, lots of malt. Sharp with a quick flash of bitterness, followed by the sweetness. Great floral aroma. Thin body but lingering flavors.

On tap at Root Down in Denver. One of the better IPAs I've had, and I love the hoppy nose.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, copper-hued body with a tall, lewdly growing, white head.

Smell: Zestful herbs flecked with lemon and tangerine peelings overlaying light, lesser pale malts, vaguely bready. The hops have that surmised raw, green quality about them.

Taste: A modest base of pale malts with a light, short-lived sweetness prior to the "green" hop character rounded by citrus tastes, lemon, yes, but most notably tangerine (without being too aspirin-tinged) from the amarillo hops. Bitterness remains moderate. Dry, citrusy, lightly pithy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A good, fresh-feeling wet/fresh hop ale.

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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 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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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of mdfb79
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12/10/11 notes. Purchased for $7.99 at Schneider's in DC. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy bright yellow orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. head lasts for about two minutes and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of super fresh citrus hops, grapefruit, oranges, pine hops, fruity malts, and light tropical fruits. Loads of oranges and citrus hops, I thought it had a really great, fresh nose.

t - Tastes of oranges, lemons, citrus hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, and pine hops. Light bitter bite but not too much at all. Very good, but not as great as the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. The slightest bitter bite. Would have liked a little bit more carbonation.

o - Overall I thought this weas a really nice IPA. I thought the nose was fantastic, and had a ton of oranges and citrus hops; smelled very fresh. Would have liked a tiny bit more carbonation but something I'd certainly order again.

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4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had purchased this bottle during my last trip to D.C. to visit my aunt and uncle and it has been sitting in my reefer, patiently awaiting my attention. Here we go on New Year's Eve!

From the bottle: "Fresh pickings for some lip lickings. This beauty of an ale boasts a fresh crop of Cascade, Centennial, and Amarillo hops. We're talking from vine to brew within 24 hours fresh, citrusy, soft fruit tones."

My initial pour netted two pillowy, rocky fingers of tawny head that I had to allow to settle before I could proceed. The lacing that remained in its wake was fantastic! Color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow. Nose had pine, grapefruit and caramel, all intermingling in a very pleasant way. Mouthfeel was rather soft where I had braced myself for abrasive hops. Speaking of hops, that was the prevalent flavor on the tongue. It was very grapefruit-citrusy initially, but it also had a cool wintergreen/evergreen mintiness. Finish was semi-dry with the hops still living large but giving the caramel malt a chance to join the party. I won't tell you what I paid, but the value was insane! Man, I could drink some more of this.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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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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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