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

Thanks to Alex for sharing.

A - Really nice colored beer. Bright orange beer with a great white head that left a bit of lace on the sides. Good retetion.

S - Tropical fruits. I really pick up the Amarillo on this one. Decent grapefruit and some lemon. Pretty malty.

T - This isn't a bad beer, there's a lot of hops but I don't feel it's particularly well integrated. Seems it can't figure out if it's a resiny or fruity IPA. just seems to have a lot of stuff going on but just not quite right. Good but not fantastic.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Decent beer, actually started to like it better the more I drank of it. Not really my first choice, but a decent enough beer.

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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 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 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 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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Photo of ChugginOil
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this @ Binny's while waiting in line for King Henry across the street.

Pours a transparent golden yellow with a fat finger of cream colored head. There is an obvious amount of carbonation as mass bubbles seem to rise continuously. The head has a long lasting retention and leaves it's mark behind in a webby fashion.

The nose brings some earthy, pine-like flavors melded nicely with a subtle amount of sweet and citrus fruit. Maybe some guava, mango, and a bit of pineapple.

The taste is damn near spot on. Nice fruity presence including a citrus bouquet. There is a significant malt bill that controls some of the bitter hop offerings and leaves a great melded aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a lighter carbonation to it. This is nice as it leaves the brew feeling "juicy" each and every sip.

Overall, lovely nose, wish the taste lived up to it 100% but no worries. This is a decent offering from the exclusive "Lips of Faith". It owns up to that with favorable tastes that are super fresh and that's a win for me.

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

A- pours a brassy golden color with a finger and a half of off white head. Very good retention with some sticky lacing.

S- hop aromas of white pepper, yellow grapefruit and leafy floral aromas. Dry biscuity malt lingers under the hops.

T- spicy organic hop flavors blend with grapefruit peel and pine. A dry biscuity toasted bread malt flavor brings some balance and tampers the hops. Finish is hop bitterness with a soft leafy aftertaste.

MF- biscuit dry mouthfeel with a light medium body and average carbonation.

D- pretty drinkable

overall a solid wet hop.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 picked up last night at the COOP... Poured into my Delerium goblet.. foamy 1" head... nice lacing and retention.. the brew is pale orange.. very pretty.

Nose shows citrus and big grassy hoppiness... a bit of fruity hops.. amarillo?

Flavor is odd... big bitter that moves immediately into the fruity hops.. the citrus is there, but in the background.. pale malts come swinging.. and there is something that I can't put my palate on.... a bit of vegetal note.. herby....

Body and carbonation are fine... but I don't really dig the fresh hop "IPA" notes... things just don't jive.. the grassy hops and citrus clash a bit.. with warmth, there is even some pine that makes it even harder to appreciate...

This is an okay brew.. but it never... NEVER .. gels at all.. decent malt and hops... fresh or otherwise.. but the beer only is okay.


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Photo of riored4v
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a imperial pint glass, with a 2.5 finger, rocky, white head. Great lacing. Clear, burnt gold body. Good looking IPA.

Aroma was present of fresh hops. Grassy, citrusy and fruity. Some strong grapefruit. Mild caramel sweetness with a backing maltiness.

Taste was excellent. No signs of ABV. Very smooth, crisp and delicious. Lots of fresh hop flavor. Good amounts of fruity and citrusy hop flavor with a mild grassy finish. Moderate bitterness that is on the grapefruit side. Good malty backbone with a mild sweetness. Subtle bready notes.

Mouthfeel was medium body, medium carb with a crisp, dry finish that lets the hops shine.

Overall a very good offering from New Belgium. Not over the top, in your face hop flavor/aroma, but very pleasant and highly drinkable. Will definitely get more of this.

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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 Humulus85
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Darkness snifter.

It produced a nice, soapy, white head at about 2-fingers. Decent retention that left some seriously clumpy lacing behind. Crystal clear, reddish-honey color. This is a vibrant and inviting looking beer.

Wonderful juicy hop nose. Citrus and flowers. Maybe a little malt. Smells like liquid Juicy-Fruit.

Something is off here. I'm getting more vegetable than fruit; almost like wheatgrass. It's not a bad taste, it's just not what I'm used to in a hop profile. Moderately bitter throughout, with a minimal malt backing.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Low to moderate carbonation is just adequate. Dry middle and finish.

Overall this is a good, but perplexing brew. I've never encountered this "veggie" hop flavor before, and the further down this bomber I go I don't seem to be too fond of it. It tastes green, like chlorophyl. This is not a gross brew, but there is something wrong here. Maybe the hops weren't quite ready, I don't know, but I'm a bit disappointed. Cheers!

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Photo of julian
2.66/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Crystal clear copper with tiny bubbles fighting for surface supremacy. Lots of thick creamy head that leaves a spackling of lacing all the way down to the last drop.

S: Sweet berry like fruitiness, piney hops, earthy.

T: I'm not sure how to put this nicely, but this is just gross. The predominant flavor I get from this is a sweet vegetal flavor that's just very unappealing. Whatever is going on with this beer it's not for me, and to be honest, given my love of IPAs, I don't encounter it often (sometimes, but not often). I think this is a big FAIL for New Belgium.

M: Big mouthfeel with low to medium carbonation. A little resinous bitterness lingers on the finish.

O: I'm struggling to finish this one bottle, and deeply regretting having spent $8 on this bomber. I would not buy this again, and would recommend friends to not buy this either. I'm contemplating a drain pour in favor of some home brew.

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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 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 DavidST
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, unknown freshness date, but this just showed up in stock. This pours a pale yellow color with a decent off white head which leaves a lacing. The smells are of hops, grassy, pine and citrus. The feel is medium with a mouth coating hop resin. The taste is great loads of tasty hop bitterness, I barely get any malt sweetness to counter. A great beer.

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Photo of daledeee
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So far I have had good luck with these Lips of Faith beers.

This one pours a bright dark gold with a nice head and lacing.

Nose is fresh and hoppy.

Taste indicates this is a fresh one: a good start. Lots of citrus punch and pine all over the place with strong finish. Hop after taste really stays on the tongue. Nice creamy mouth feel without any alcohol burn. A really good representative of the style.

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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 fsvan
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe.

A- Bright golden. Three fingers of very sticky off white head.

S- Very hoppy. Fruity, mango, but still fairly bitter. Smells a bit like other NB pales/IPAs (Ranger, Mighty Arrow.)

T- A lot of that fruitiness from the nose show up here, along with that same more than slightly bitter finish. This is pretty damn tasty. It's somewhere between 4 and 4.5, but closer to 4.

M- Decent body, but still very drinkable.

O- Givin' it a 4.5 here to compensate for the almost 4.5s that it got in taste and mouthfeel, and bc it is pretty cheap for how good it is. I'll likely pick up another one of these soon before the fresh hops begin to fade. Lips of Faith can be hit of miss, and while this might not be a home run, it's a ground rule double or so.

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

Pours a pale yellowish-orange with a fluffy 3-finger white head leaving sticky lace all around the rim of the glass, while retaining a thick ring through all of the brew.

I was extremely excited to see the word Amarillo on the side of this bottle, as I adored that peachy-mango vibe it imparted to both the Le Terroir and the Belgo, and this one is no different. Peach, mango, orange and fresh grass and loads of floral tones lead the sweet and fragrant nose, though way less pungent than in either the Le Terroir or Belgo- but that's expected as wet hops are to fresh herbs as dried hops are to dried herbs. Malt is very mild- a touch biscuity.

The medium bodied palate has that lean biscuity malt with a really pleasant tropical sweetness. Bitterness is large while the mouthfeel is slick with only a touch of resin. Flavors are largely the same as the nose- ripe tropical, citrus and tree fruits, hop leaf and grass with a faint touch of pine. Alcohol is mildly perceptible while the bitterness continues on the moderately long finish.

Great choice NB for making a wet hop ale. I already loved the hop profile in the two aforementioned brews and to have it even fresher is just awesome.

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Photo of meeekyh
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got me some Lips of Faith 'cause I LOVE fresh hop IPAs, even though I have a historical aversion to Flat Tire (they have been winning me over in the last year or so though).

Freeky-cool bottle in a bomber size. Pale beer with a decent off-white head that has not a lot of last in it.

The nose is an explosion of citrus with a touch of pine.

The taste is screaming grapefruit like no beer that I have ever tried. Really, really nice and just a bit sweet with none of the heavy bitterness or uber-malt that characterizes any of the big IPAs that populate the shelves, though this is a fresh-hop not an imperial, even so this is a standout. I am thoroughly impressed by the balance and the overall impression.

The flavor hits so hard that each taste brings the same impression of killer grapefruit. The mouthfeel is smooth and sparkly with a but of a silky finish that begs for another taste.

This is a stunning showing in a favorite style. I will be buying more in spite of the premium price. The fact is that this is a premium beer so it provides a value beers at a lesser price just don't. I am taking back at least some of the nasty things I have said about Flat Tire, I mean Fat Tire (of course I mean New Belgium).

Great beer, get it while it's fresh!


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Photo of mastodonj
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz. bomber into a diconic....

It's a fairly light-colored amber with very good lacing; a generous
head, off-white.

The nose is excellent, the fresh hops in the name really come
through with that floral freshness that I'm always looking for.

Taste has lots of bitter (craving satisfied) but not a very complex

Mouthfeel is good, in part because of the fine bubbles and
clean bitter aftertaste.

Overall, this is a winner. I might try some more brews in the Lips
of Faith series; reasonably priced too.

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

22 oz. bottle ($6.29) into a tulip glass. No noticeable date on bottle.

A: Clear, light amber with fluffy, 1" white foam that settles slowly and leaves consistent lacing. Some effervescence.

S: Pungent juniper berries, pine & tangerine.

T: Fresh fruit, especially melon, then resinous pine, with growing, moderate bitterness; balanced with caramel malt.

M: Medium body and light carbonation; lingering bitterness, but with fresh finish; slight warming.

O: Very crisp, light, refreshing & delicious. An excellent example of a fresh hop IPA.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Didn't see a date but this was just released so it's very fresh. It was a clear golden color with lots of carb streams from the etching. It had a large two finger head that slowly settled into a thick foam cap. Great sheeting with lots sticking.

The aroma was fantatic. Loads of herbal and citric hops with a little pine resin for the hop portion alongside a caramel malt base in the background. The taste was also excellent. One of the best fresh hop beers I've had this year. Moderately bitter but still easily drinkable. Pine and grassy hops lead the way with a little of the malt to balance it out. Goes down way too smooth. Medium to full mouthfeel with good carb levels and slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall, as I said above, one of the best fresh hop beers this year for me. NBB really nailed it with this one. Highly recommend. Fresh hop seasonal and avail here in TX. Rotation - gonna grab several more while still fresh and definitely on the look out for list for next year [H;Y]

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Golden hue with a slight cast of orange and quite clear. Tall, sticky, cream colored head has solid retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Whoa, i caught intense hops as soon as I popped the cap off-pine, resin, grass, grapefruit, dried pineapple, and floral overtones are intense up front. Soft, white bread malt with a hint of honey and caramel. Some tropical fruit alcohol, and a bit of pungent green hop character in the background. Yum.

Flavor-Intensely resiny on the palate, yet somehow remarkably smooth. Slight bready malt sweetness gives way to fresh cut grass and piney resins, with just a touch of orange citrus gracing the background. Resin character lends the impression of intensity, but the hop bitterness is in reality only just above moderate in strength, and quite smooth. Aftertaste is herbal-spicy and pine tar resiny, with a touch of smooth bitterness which lingers on for ages.

Mouthfeel-Medium to medium full body, moderate to moderately high carbonation. Awesomely smooth bitterness with just a touch of alcohol warmth to remind you of the 7% ABV.

Wow, this is one of the best, and most interesting fresh hopped beers of the season in my opinion. The aroma is incredible, the flavor is incredible, the bitterness is subtle and smooth-this beer kicks some serious ass.

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