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 Ratman197
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured a clear golden ambe with a lasting creamy off white head. Aromas of straw, grapefruit, tangerine, light tropical fruit, light pine and light grassiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, grapefruit, tropical fruit, tangerine, pine and light grassiness with a crisp dry moderatly bitter lingering fruity finish.

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Photo of ProducerBRBeer
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Really light white head. Slippery lace with some light streaks that stick to the glass. The color of the beer is light gold to yellow orange. It is very light and easy to see through.

S - Citrus smell and very crisp. Smells almost like a fresh cut orange.

T - Has a fresh taste like I just ate a lemon off a tree. There is a slight sourness to it. The bitterness is not overpowering. It is hoppy but the aftertaste from the hops does not stick around.

M - Light body beer and low small bubble carbonation.

O - Really nice fresh beer. Definitely something I would love to drink during a hot day. Worth the money to buy the bomber and something I could fall back on as a great fresh hop beer.

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

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- The crystal clear body of deep orange has a slow swirling carbonation that supports a sticky thick beige head that last and last.

S- The amazing full green juicy hop aroma is floral with green pineapple, green cinnamon and spice qualities blended together. There is a nice caramel malt sweetness underneath for support.

T- the green bright pungent hops have a pine resin flavor that grows as the beer opens and a sight soapy flavor aswell. The sweet malt is present but stays underneath the hop flavors. The finish has a pungent bitterness that coats the throat after each sip.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a soft spicy fizz to it with a bit of alcohol heat in the finish.

O- This beer has a great aroma with lots of depth and a full hop flavor but not quite the complexity of the nose. The pungent bitterness tends to dominate more than the other hop flavors, but it still has nice flavor.

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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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Photo of TenHornsProud
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant light orange with a huge, white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of sweet Amarillo hop with some pine and grapefruit coming through as well. Some grainy character is also present.

Up front tropical fruit flavor that follows through the middle, shifting between various stone fruit flavors and ending on bitter kick. Damned nice flavor, reminds me of Myrcenary.

Lighter to medium body with lower carbonation work well.

This is a fantastic IPA that has tropical fruit character as the main show with a bit of caramel malt sweetness to balance. I'm quite happy with this beer.

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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 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 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 SHODriver
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep yellow gold with a solid fluffy white head that is slow to fade
S: smells very citrusy but more of a grapefruit rind kind of smell and a slight pine as well. Sweetness from the malt struggles to come through
T: Very resinous and herbal at the front with a slight pine in the flavor. Malt battles back the hop flavors with some caramel sweetness before another dose of hops makes an appearance. Aftertaste is more herbal goodness with some malt sweetness that is quick to fade and leaves you wanting more
M: prickly carbonation and medium bodied so pretty well done. Beer feels slick and smooth
O: This beer is sure to please an IPA lover like myself. I wouldn't search it out but I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again when it comes out next.

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Photo of shanblur
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness info. Poured from bomber into a tulip. A - Clear light orange with a minimal white head. This recedes to leave extensive lacing. S - Citrus and floral hops abound with little other aromas. T - Hops forward on the taste as well with an upfront flavor of citrus and floral hops with a minimal malt component. Very fresh tasting. M - Medium body with a gentle carbonation. They wanted to focus on the hops, and this beer delivers. Delicious aroma and flavor of citrus and floral hops. Highly recommend.

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

On tap at Tiger!Tiger!

A: Clear golden color with a big foamy off white head.

S: Huge, huge citrus hop aroma. Almost overpowering. Really good stuff here.

T: An absolute hop bomb. Tons of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange and maybe a bit of mango. Not much here in the way of malt, so the taste is a little much at times. Pretty tasty stuff though.

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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 woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had purchased this bottle during my last trip to D.C. to visit my aunt and uncle and it has been sitting in my reefer, patiently awaiting my attention. Here we go on New Year's Eve!

From the bottle: "Fresh pickings for some lip lickings. This beauty of an ale boasts a fresh crop of Cascade, Centennial, and Amarillo hops. We're talking from vine to brew within 24 hours fresh, citrusy, soft fruit tones."

My initial pour netted two pillowy, rocky fingers of tawny head that I had to allow to settle before I could proceed. The lacing that remained in its wake was fantastic! Color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow. Nose had pine, grapefruit and caramel, all intermingling in a very pleasant way. Mouthfeel was rather soft where I had braced myself for abrasive hops. Speaking of hops, that was the prevalent flavor on the tongue. It was very grapefruit-citrusy initially, but it also had a cool wintergreen/evergreen mintiness. Finish was semi-dry with the hops still living large but giving the caramel malt a chance to join the party. I won't tell you what I paid, but the value was insane! Man, I could drink some more of this.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i guess i'll be the first here... new belgium's new fresh hop ipa, hit shelves yesterday and i am guessing it must be the first year they've made this one, given no other reviews. 22oz bottle for $5.99 at my local here in denver. pours a much lighter color than i thought it might, golden and perfectly clear. sensational head on this puppy, fluffy and white and thick and lasting. nose is just magic, all fresh hoppy oils, super bright with a grounding earthen sort of must, smells quite literally like a hop farm, hop and farm in equal parts. taste is slightly less bold than the nose, with a complex hop combination. a really intricate palate but with almost no bitterness, atypical of the style but absolutely fantastic. the finish just unrolls down the tongue with different hop notes all the way through and a gentle sort of crispness, but not dry. the bottle says 70 ibu, but that seems high to me, this is ultra mellow and drinkable. mouthfeel is perfect for the beer, on the lighter side, which allows the beer to be tasted thoroughly, but not too light that it doesn't stand up to its flavor profile. i hope others enjoy this one as much as i am. might even crack the second bomber tonight...

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

22oz brown bomber, no freshness date.

LOOK: Massive head, very sticky ... brilliant golden color.

SMELL: Hop resin, hemp, orange oil, citric pith, leafy, spice, alcohol, grapefruit, toasted grain, ripe fruit

TASTE: Very smooth, creamy, bitty, hop oil, leafy, tree bark, resin, orange peel, grapefruit rind, tangerine juice, yeast, faint breadiness, alcohol, vegtal, slightly bitter dry-ish finish

A great showcasing of fresh hops in a slightly bigger beer, a bit of a hop takeover but it did not take away from being quaffable. A great example if you are new to the whole "fresh hop" sub-style. Definitely wish I had more than one bomber.

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

A: Pours a clear goldern amberish orange with a solid 2+ finger white head which fades leaving decent clingy lace.

N: Citrus - grapefruit and tangerine. Tropical fruits - passion and guava. Pine and floral notes also in the mix. A distinctive NB yeasty note.

T: Bright pungent hops upfront with a balanced caramel malt and yeast backing. Some green grass and herbal notes. Not quite as impressive as the nose, but nice to have so "fresh".

N: Resiny with some slick oilyness. Slightly dry with a bit of lingering bitterness.

O: Brand spanking new. If you wait, it'll be too late.

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

A- pours a golden amber color with a frothy white one finger head.

S- pungent floral hops, pine, tropical fruits, and citrus.

T- nice acidic hop flavors, subtle maltiness, pine, pineapple, and grapefruit.

M- nice lingering bitterness and slippery oily mouthfeel. Alcohol heat going down.

O- Nice IPA from NB! Its nice that NB brewed an American style ale for a change. This a very nice hop packed single ipa with a wonderful bouquet of hop aromas.

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

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a medium amber with a solid white head, nice lace.

S: Melon, very green, grass. Fragrant hoppy nose.

T: Sweet crystal type malt backed with a lot of floral hops, some bitter melon and grapefruit.

M: Medium-bodied, resiny yet clean at the finish. Soft carbonation.

O: A good wet hop beer. It would have been interesting to see it really fresh, but I liked it here.

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

22oz bottle $5.99 Bright orange color, great head, looks good. Smells herbal as well as citrusy, good. Taste is a bit if citrus but I mostly get melon rind, green hoppiness, a bit vegetal but good. I've already been through three bottles in less than a week, good stuff.

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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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