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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 328 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of pirmannt1
4.75/5  rDev +19%

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 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 marct
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of gonzoechoes
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is surprisingly impressive and perfumy, with light wet tobacco, rose petals and orange citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this well crafted IPA, and I appreciate the dry, bitter finish in this beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and the beer has a mouthwatering quality that is very appealing. Alcohol is barely noticeable, and seems to blend in well with the long, bitter finish.

This is a very nice IPA, and I was impressed by the fact that there's nothing about it that reminds me of fat tire (unlike the ranger IPA). Quite good, and a beer I would definitely order again.

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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 Gatch
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ.

A - Golden yellow with shades of copper. Foamy, white head that fades quickly. No retention and some minor lacing.

S - Citrusy hops. Subtle malt presence but the hop oils cling to your nostrils.

T - Flowery, fruity, bitter, fresh, tasty hops. Citrus, mainly grapefruit.

M - Mild carbonation with a bit of a bite from the hops. Slightly dry. Easy to drink, fresh as can be for early December, and delicious. Would have liked to try it closer to its release date. Nothing too crazy to separate it from the other fresh hop ales but it's as good as any of 'em.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear amber colored and topped with a very good eggshell white head. excellent retention and great spiderweb lacing are left behind.

S: freshly twisted orange peel and fallen pine needle.

T: crystalized ginger and dried orange are the most dominant flavors for me. some husk like sweetness and brown pine needle bitterness shows toward the finish. nice balance of sweet and dry flavors finishing just north of dry.

M: soft leaving an almost gritty feel. tannin driven.

O: This is a nice true IPA and worth trying. not overwhelming in any one important way but very balanced and Im sure it will be a crowd pleaser.

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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 azureoval
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Rschis16
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, light amber in hue with a bountiful three finger, foamy white head on top that dissapates slowly and leaves lots of sticky lacing on the way down. Fresh citrusy and floral hops with a touch of hop resin play pleasantly on the nose. A solid backing of pale malt rounds out a nice aroma profile. Just a hint of booze on the nose.

Pretty big bite from piney and resiny hops in the middle and back of the palate. Citrusy in the front, playing off some light lemon and orange tastes. Pretty light in body as the hops overpower most of the malt taste, but there is some breadiness that acts as a balancer. A breath of alcohol does nothing to take away from the beer as the piney and resinous hops add most of the prickle on the palate. The booze is little more than a breath, even at 7%. The mouthfeel is smoother than expected, but not watery. Carbonation is medium and provides sufficient liveliness. The finish is bitter, but not overly dry. Aftertaste lingers with resinous bitterness, begging for another sip.

Overall, this is a good beer. Worth grabbing if you see it fresh. Another good one from New Belgium.

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Photo of alwaysanswerb
5/5  rDev +25.3%

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 theformula
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of pigc
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light orange with massive three finger head. Carbonation bubbles abound.

S - Pine, citrus, orange. This one smells very fresh and the aroma leaps out from the bottle.

T - Starts out fairly sweet with the bitterness following in the back end. Sweet hop juice. Apricot, mango and some other citrus flavor that I can't quite discern. Not bad, just not what I was expecting. Somewhat tame on the hops and upfront bitterness.

M - Medium with plenty of carbonation.

O - Not quite up to par with some of the top tier wet hop ales like Surly Wet but this was definitely worth trying. Pick up a bottle if you see it.

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Photo of Unchi
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Light copper body and an off white creamy-foam head. Carbonation appears ample and the beer appears filtered. In the nose there is apple pie and raw green apples, caramel sauce, Juicy Fruit and bubblegum and a very small amount of orange zest. In the taste I lose the caramel and pie crust it becomes quite dry, but not before bursting with grassy cotton candy at the start. Bitterness is heavy and sticky in the finish. Excellent brew.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of zhanson88
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very clear, pale copper color with 2" of white head. Good retention and lacing. Medium-high carbonation.

Smell: Smells of pale malts and honey sweetness. Floral hops, citrus, a bit of pine. Very fresh hop smell.

Taste: Malt and honey sweetness, followed by grassiness, florals, citrus and a bit of pine bitterness. Hops are a bit muted in this beer, but it's a good take on a fresh hop IPA.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Between light and medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth. This is a nice fresh hop IPA. Nice balance, good fresh flavor.

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Photo of imbibehour
2.98/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice crystal clear bronze gold, with hardly any, but some small rising slow pin head carbonation sized bubbles. Head has lots of foamy retention, nice cap, simple off white. Kind of light looking, appearance is fairly good, really light

Mellow and mild nose. Slightly sweet, kind of powdery, almost like baby aspirin. Mild grass hop bent, after a few more whiffs. Different, not exciting, certainly not bad either.

This is weird tasting. Powdery sweet aspirin mixes with a hop bitter. A bit medicinal bitter in the palate, not much of a malt body or any sugars. No bread bakery, or chewy hop tastes. A very astringent bitter afterfinish that is like powdered aspirin, or more like bitter antibiotics. Subsequent drinks and sips bring more of this medicinal bitter to the front. Feel is about right for the style, with a little bit of syrup and texture and a little bit of carbonation.

So where is the fresh tasting, hoppy bitter, citrus, pine, lime, floral, I mean anything on this thing? Really not enjoyable here at all, overall really not enjoying this.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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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