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)

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Added by StonedTrippin on 11-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 328 |  Reviews: 135
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5/5  rDev +25%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of HardTarget
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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 MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Binny's, as I didn't see it at West Lakeview. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Two fingers of creamy white foam settle to a thin cap, leaving behind plenty of splotchy lacework. Transparent golden body.

S - It's definitely got that slightly earthy herbal aroma that exposes it as a wet hop beer - most IPAs using Centennial, Cascade, and Amarillo don't really have this sort of dankness to them. Beyond that there's a hefty dose of lemon and grapefruit citrus, and a surprisingly hefty sugar cookie and biscuit malt backbone. The malt aroma is vaguely reminiscent of Fat Tire, although nowhere as saccharine. Perhaps a touch understated.

T - Taste is more malt-forward mid-palate with the hops showing up later, imparting a lemon and grapefruit bitterness that lingers well into the finish. Again, this is a very balanced IPA, with plenty of sugar cookie and icing malt flavors present. I could have gone for more hop flavor early - it would have made the bitterness level seem more appropriate.

M - Smooth, medium body, with a medium-high carbonation level that is initially a bit harsh but settles down quickly. Dry finish, with plenty of resinous hop oils lingering on the palate. No alcohol presence.

D - It's one of the best fresh hop IPAs I've had this year, although the competition was somewhat underwhelming. I understand the conceptual appeal of using hops straight of the vine, but I seem to like the taste of dried hops, pellets, or extract more for some reason. In any case, easy to drink but not particularly memorable.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.56/5  rDev -11%
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%
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 -38.8%
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%
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 +2.5%
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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2/5  rDev -50%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of ChugginOil
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
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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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.56/5  rDev -11%
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 -14.3%
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%
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 +11.3%
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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5/5  rDev +25%

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5/5  rDev +25%

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3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
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 -33.5%
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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3.36/5  rDev -16%
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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Lips Of Faith - Fresh Hop India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 328 ratings
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