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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by StonedTrippin on 11-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 135 | Ratings: 328
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 mactrail
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great showcase for hop aromatics though I'm no expert on what variety is which. Beautiful orange-amber color in the tulip with long lasting lacing. Rich mouthful with terrific hoppy flavors that stop short of too much bitterness. Biscuit flavor, lots of malt. Sharp with a quick flash of bitterness, followed by the sweetness. Great floral aroma. Thin body but lingering flavors.

On tap at Root Down in Denver. One of the better IPAs I've had, and I love the hoppy nose.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color with a nice one finger off white head. Very clear in appearance, with good carbonation. The nose is lemon, grapefruit, hops, grass with malt in the background. The taste is slightly different than the nose, with malt, grass, and lemon in the forefront. Feel is a little flat to me, with smooth malt and hops battling it out. Weak carbonation in the feel. Overall, a good beer, but I probably won't pick this up again. Cheers.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.

The beer appears transparent and golden hued. A thick white cap rests atop the beer, leaving some decent lacing on the tulip. The aroma brings some pleasant hop aromas, subtle earthiness, light pine. Good flavor. Hop forward and pretty fresh. Easy to drink. The finish offers a light yet lasting bitterness. Carbonation level is a bit low. I would like the aroma and flavor to be bolder and more aggressive. This one has potential, but lacks that in your face quality that makes fresh hop brews so delectable. Overall, pretty good.

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

This just hit Indianapolis on Friday.

This beer pours a light bodied goldish copper in color with a two finger bright white, soapy head. I can pick out the amarillo and centennial hops in the nose but can't pick out the cascade. Regardless, that means that it's well balanced. The nose is both light and soft. The flavor consists of fresh, slightly dry hops with moderate bitterness. I get more centennial than anything. The finish is light and slightly sweet. It isn't overly dry and is quite refreshing. Overall this is a fine example of a fresh hop IPA. New Belgium did really well and I'm glad they made this part of their Lips of Faith series. It was well worth the $6.99.

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Photo of samie85
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear orange color with two fingers of thick, white foam that leaves behind thick lacing.

S-Smells of incredibly dank, resinous, piny, orange and grapefruit hop notes with some floral and light caramel aromas.

T-Orange, bitter grapefruit and pine with some slight vegetal
notes which aren't off-putting.

M-Really smooth and medium bodied with low carbonation and a drying feel.

D-Ridiculously easy drinking, but I feel like I could only handle this one bomber; its a good beer but not something I really need to try again or that I would drink on a regular basis.

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

Paid $5.59 for a bomber at Halls in Grapevine.

Poured into my tulip glass this ale is slightly hazy and its color is a nice gold. A ΒΌ inch of light head that is moderately bubbly.

A very pleasant aroma of floral hops and some tropical fruit accompanied by the slightest hint of lemon.

Huge hop flavor right off the bat. With 4 hops and 79 IBU you would expect the hop flavor to be big, and it is. The fruit flavors come through in the middle, dried pineapple and lemon rind. A touch of orange and a light green grass finish. Very little malt character in this hoppy ale.

Easy to drink, the 7.0 ABV is well concealed. I like this IPA and will definitely drink it again.

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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 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 mdfb79
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12/10/11 notes. Purchased for $7.99 at Schneider's in DC. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy bright yellow orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. head lasts for about two minutes and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of super fresh citrus hops, grapefruit, oranges, pine hops, fruity malts, and light tropical fruits. Loads of oranges and citrus hops, I thought it had a really great, fresh nose.

t - Tastes of oranges, lemons, citrus hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, and pine hops. Light bitter bite but not too much at all. Very good, but not as great as the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. The slightest bitter bite. Would have liked a little bit more carbonation.

o - Overall I thought this weas a really nice IPA. I thought the nose was fantastic, and had a ton of oranges and citrus hops; smelled very fresh. Would have liked a tiny bit more carbonation but something I'd certainly order 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 smakawhat
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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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 MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -4%
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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Lips Of Faith - Fresh Hop India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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