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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 | website

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:
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Reviews: 135 | Ratings: 328
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 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 Chaney
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a DFH Alehouse pint glass.

A: Poured a crystal clear, peach-mango color, with a very mean, frothy, sudsy multiple finger head that just didn't want to subside.

S: I started to smell the hoppy aroma after the immediate cap pop. Fairly piney, citrusy, and bold, with a tinge of fresh clean linen mixed into the madness.

T: I got a heck of a lot of peach in this, but it really lacked the West Coast style hop sizzle. It was almost as if the beer was created up to a point, but never really finished. Still, this was good.

M: Crisp, yet mildly bitter finish, with the peach lingering on the palate for a few seconds which I thought was kind of cool. The glass looks like it went through a car wash with the windows open.

O: This was good, but not as good as it could have been. The fruity, peach center was a nice touch though.... I'd have this one again.

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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 BucannonXC5
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at KnB Wine Cellar’s in San Diego. Color was honey looking with about ¾ inches of head once I got it. Nice amount of bubbly lacing. Good amount of film on the sides that lasted throughout.

Smelled clean citrus hops up front. Grapefruit and pine led the way.

Very similar taste to the nose with clean citrus hops. Grapefruit and pine once again came through in convincing aftertaste. Orange and/or tangerine also made a small dent in the taste.

Medium-to-light body. Average carbonation. Bitter, hoppy finish, but still smooth and refreshing.

What a great beer to start the night out with. I was pleasantly surprised with how good this beer was.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet.

Pours almost as well as an IPA can pour--crystal clear golden-orange body with a torrential uprising of carbonation from the etched glass bottom. The head is rocky, thinning to a cap of bone white foam and leaving behind some nice lacing. Aroma is fantastic: huge notes of pine and herbal resin hit the nose and quickly give way to lush citrus and tropical fruits. Malts add a hint of balance with caramel and biscuit, but the showcase here is the green stuff. A wonderful 'Fresh Hop' aroma if I ever smelled it.

The flavor's no slouch, either, although the pungent whiffs of pine are traded for bitterness, and soft are the fruity hop flavors so prevalent in the nose. Still, the maltiness steps forward with a bigger presence, adding toasted grains, caramel and bread to the mix. Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly with a medium body that showcases the hop oils well. A bit slick and sticky at the same time, and the bitter finish lets you know those alpha acids are kicking. All in all, a fantastic beer from New Belgium that I'd consider to be in the top tier of their Lips of Faith program. Get it while it's fresh! I know I'll be grabbing another bottle or so...

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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 GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served cold into a New Belgium goblet.

Fresh Hop IPA is a light amber color with good clarity. The head is thick and slow to settle with great lacing left behind.

The aroma certainly lives up to its name. Very fresh and very hoppy.

Flavor is impressively bitter and hoppy. Lots of citrus with fresh orange zest and grapefruit. The malts stay in the background but work to give a bit of balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

I'm really enjoying this beer. It seems totally unexpected from New Belgium to make something this hoppy and to (finally) not have such a biscuity malt bill. Very nice.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have decided to refer to this beer as "Hop Lips" as it amuses me to do so.
Nice cover art on a brown bomber.

Appearance: Straw yellow with a low frothy cap that leaves tide marks of lace.

Smell: What it says on the tin; lots of hops. Mostly floral with a citric run. Little peppery undernote with the malt sweetness giving some support.

Taste: Light bitterness lets the hop juice shine but doesn't pummel the palate. Light tea flavor as well. The Fresh in Fresh hops aspect is here, bit earthy, farm fresh aspect.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, medium carbonation, oily slick feel.

Overall: A nice sipper that is mild enough to enjoy and flavorful enough to satisfy. Good beer!

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear peach color, streaming bubbles buttressing a sticky taupe foam. Nose is strongly citric, clean, with a hint of pine. Malts are just faintly sweet and pale.

Flavor is strongly hoppy with a peppery lupulin finish. Citric notes of grapefruit and lemon zest with pine and tobacco in the back. Body is lighter than a typical IPA, but a great delivery vehicle. Grains are very lightly toasted to take the edge off the hops.

Light and chill session-type IPA. Good, bright flavor.

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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 WastingFreetime
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the tulip glass almost translucent light orange in color, three fingers of soapy foamy head that leave behind amazing amounts of lacing for an IPA. Body is lighter side of medium thick, well carbonated, smells at first of a brief hit of turpentine but resolves into a more standard IPA nose which leans heavy on the pine resin. Flavor is a heady kick of bitter that never really resolves into any sort of malt backbone that I could detect, so it is somewhat unbalanced in my book. But, in its favor, I have to admit that all the pithy and pine sap elements have a certain remarkable level of crispness and clarity in their straight forward fresh hopped simplicity that managed to charm me somewhat despite my love of complexity in my brews. I've had better, I've had worse. If only this brew had used a wider variety of hops and at least let a hint of malt speak it's mind, it could have been brilliant. Looks pretty, but underneath its kind of shallow and one-trick pony.

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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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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 Cresant
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 22 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date. The body was clear, deep straw color with orange highlights. The eggshell white head was over two fingers and left nice sheets of lacing. A healthy cap remained throughout. Beautiful.

The smell was piney. Very aromatic and enticing. I buried my nose in the glass repeatedly.

The taste was oranges and pine needles. Leafy, organic, crispy hops! Caramel maltiness gave a nice contract to the flavorful hops. Intense flavor but not harsh. Drying finish. I would compare this to Surly Furious (from memory). Good stuff.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with adequate, full carbonation and a smooth finish in the mouth. Solid overall.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark amber with abundant streaming carbonation continuously building a one-inch fluffy white head that lasts a long while and coats the glass with lacing.

The aroma is clean and fresh pine sap and delivers on its name!

Crisp grapefruit is simply done well. The finish is long and bitter, though tame. Warmth brings out spearmint flavors.

Medium body and appropriate carbonation with light alcohol and a dry finish.

A surprisingly good sipping beer given that it is an IPA. This works well with food or while enjoying an afternoon with friends. This one is definitely worth of a spot in the regular lineup.

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Photo of peabody
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a fairly clear yellow to yellow amber with one finger of slightly off-white suds.
Good lacing and a nice head retention.
Smell is floral at first then the grapfruit and pine come in.Sugar malts are next as well as the yeast burn and finally the alcohol.
Taste is mellow sugar malt then a strong pine flavor. Next comes some more sugar then the bitter grapfruit rind.
Mouthfeel is very clean and the only thing left on the palate is the bitterness of wonderful hops.
Overall this is a darn good IPA Too bad it's only brewed once.

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

a clear golden pour with lots of fluffy white head. tons of lacing. smells hoppy as heck! mainly cascade (?) hops, honey, amber malt, pine, grass. a bit bitter up front followed by a sweet malty backbone. hints of earth, citrus, pine, honey, grapefruit, slight smoked flavor. medium bodied, creamy on the roof of the mouth, mild carbonation. a very tasty, refreshing IPA. definitely fresh with the hop smell and flavor. i'd have this be a go-to ipa if we had this in our area. very well balanced, very drinkable.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold/orange with a huge fluffy white head and good lacing down the glass.

Aroma is citrus with a lot of freshly cut grass.

Taste follows although with a bit less citrus. Lots of grassy/floral notes up front with just the slightest bit of malt. Finishes grassy bitter and dry.

Decent mouthfeel with medium carbonation levels.

Pleasantly surprised to randomly find this one on the shelf this week. Not the best I've had as the grassy hops aren't exactly my favorite, but still solid.

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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 Jadjunk
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Taco Mac Decatur January 5, 2012. 16 Ounce Pour.

(Appearance) pours a deep golden yellow with a medium thick surface cover solid white in color. Beer is very clear, thoroughly filtered. lots of spritely carbonation is present. Appearance is nice for an IPA. 3.5

(Smell) Mostly wet spicy hop aroma with a hint of citrus fruit. Lesser malt body. Potency is a medium. Aroma is decent. 3.5

(Taste) Bread like malts compliment a mildly spicy wet hop flavor to make a heavy body of flavor. Malt heavy beer with little defining aftertaste or bitter qualities. Enjoyable balance And highly drinkable. 4

(Mouthfeel) Mildly crisp and slightly chewy. Light-medium body. Well concealed alcohol. Carbonation and texture pairs well with the taste and style. 4

(Overall) A very good wet hopped IPA- one of the best of the styles I have tried yet. There's a good balance and decent accessibility to this beer. Get it before it's gone! 4

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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 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 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 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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Lips Of Faith - Fresh Hop India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.
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