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 Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange appearance, deft inch of white head. Aroma got its jam going, amarillo by morning.

Taste dropped plenty of citrus and pine. Really light on its feet, bitterness right where you want it, not abrasive. This has a definite San Diego ipa thing going for it.

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Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A very hoppy aroma - almost smelled more like a DIPA than a regular IPA - with some citrus as well.

T: This is a pretty hoppy beer - not that it's a bad thing. This goes along with a good amount of citrus (grapefruit), and a hint of malt. Not a groundbreaking flavor, but extremely likeable.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a bitter, somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a solidly made, easy to drink IPA. Very smooth.

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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 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 rhoadsrage
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- The crystal clear body of deep orange has a slow swirling carbonation that supports a sticky thick beige head that last and last.

S- The amazing full green juicy hop aroma is floral with green pineapple, green cinnamon and spice qualities blended together. There is a nice caramel malt sweetness underneath for support.

T- the green bright pungent hops have a pine resin flavor that grows as the beer opens and a sight soapy flavor aswell. The sweet malt is present but stays underneath the hop flavors. The finish has a pungent bitterness that coats the throat after each sip.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a soft spicy fizz to it with a bit of alcohol heat in the finish.

O- This beer has a great aroma with lots of depth and a full hop flavor but not quite the complexity of the nose. The pungent bitterness tends to dominate more than the other hop flavors, but it still has nice flavor.

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Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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 barnzy78
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

thank you Brad for this unexpected surprise!!!

a - opened the bottle and filled my E snifter...brew poured a nice transparent orange with a classic finger plus of frothy white ipa head. lacing is pretty sticky as well.

s - nice citric burst. candied hops. semi sticky and piney and sweaty, but in a subtler way than many of the explode your face hop heads. definitely on the sweeter side, but really nice. good mix of different hop types.

t - pretty bitter mixed with pretty sweet. interesting battle for flavor supremacy between all the different hops.

m - good. classic feel...nice bitterness, not overwhelming.

o - overall, very nice ipa. if this were local, i'd pick it up regularly. great bomber ipa.

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

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a light orange with a two finger near-white head. good retention.

S - Lots of Pine, grass, herbal.

T - Hop pine up front and center, some citrus and maltiness follow.

D - Average carbonation and body.

O - Smells great, only tastes ok.

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

Pours out equal parts orange and amber, nice 1" head to it, mostly white. Good aroma, definitely a good yield and combination of Cascade, Simcoe and Amarillo working nicely together here, especially if you're partial to the green pine needle hop aroma. Smells like fresh hops and CO to me!

Taste, impressive as well, pine and citrus hop mouthfeel, bitterness held in abeyance thankfully. The bitterness and wet wood flavors so prominent in batches of Ranger the last two years does not exist in this beer. Its bright, light and hoppy. Malt is only there to absorb a little heat, doesn't overshadow the hops. I was pretty impressed that this was so good still in the middle of December.

Put this bottle down during the 1st half of Marquette's drubbing of Green Bay on Saturday night. 9-0 baby!

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Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle $5.99 Bright orange color, great head, looks good. Smells herbal as well as citrusy, good. Taste is a bit if citrus but I mostly get melon rind, green hoppiness, a bit vegetal but good. I've already been through three bottles in less than a week, good stuff.

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Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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 WOLFGANG
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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 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 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 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 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 argock
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Pleasing amber hue with rocky 1-finger head leaving a single but thick line of lacing.

S: Tons of fresh hop aroma without too much herbal-grassy notes and plenty of citrus character. Pale maltiness hold its own but is the bridesmaid.

T: The hoppiness is full of flavor without being overly biting with a wide palette of herbal, grassy, floral, and citrus. The citrus is equal parts grapefruit, lemon, and orange and is accented by the nice floral elements. The pale maltiness keeps the caramel-crystal components low-medium to let the stay out front.

M: Medium-bodied with appropriate low carbonation and slick feel overall.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer as IPAs are not typically a real strong suit of New Belgium -- guess I was wrong.

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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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