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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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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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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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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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 bfields4
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear filtered golden body. Nice large white lacy head.

Beautiful hop aroma. Resiny floral piny hops coupled with some grapefruit citrus notes. Just a faint hint of sweet biscuity malt.

Bitter sweet hops hit the palate. Grapefruit to that oily resiny fresh hop flavor. Theres a subtle balancing sweet malty backbone, but just enough to roll the flavor into a bitter dry finish.

Light crisp refreshing beer. I am very impressed with new belgium on this guy. Who new they had a phenomenial ipa in them. The lips of faith series has really skewed my opinion of new belgium for the better.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a deep golden hue with a one inch-thick white head that just won't go away. Lacing is great, and fine bubbles dance around in the glass.

S: Just a touch of biscuity malt, with insane floral, citrus, and pine aroma.

T: Malt shows some honey and caramel notes, along with a touch of grain, but is soon overpowered by an intense hop profile. Floral, with hints of grapefruit, and a cedar note. Finishes dank and grassy, with just a touch of bitterness.

Notes: Moderate to medium-bodied, balanced, and very clean. This might be my favorite fresh-hopped beer of 2011. Remarkably easy to drink, and extremely tasty!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at KnB Wine Cellar’s in San Diego. Color was honey looking with about ¾ inches of head once I got it. Nice amount of bubbly lacing. Good amount of film on the sides that lasted throughout.

Smelled clean citrus hops up front. Grapefruit and pine led the way.

Very similar taste to the nose with clean citrus hops. Grapefruit and pine once again came through in convincing aftertaste. Orange and/or tangerine also made a small dent in the taste.

Medium-to-light body. Average carbonation. Bitter, hoppy finish, but still smooth and refreshing.

What a great beer to start the night out with. I was pleasantly surprised with how good this beer was.

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Photo of daledeee
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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 FanofHefe
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip; no dating on the bottle or label. Clear light amber body with a touch of orange hue. Three-finger, dense light tan head that has very good retention and good lacing. Looks great.

The aroma begins nicely with citrus and tropical fruit notes. A slight notice of caramel malt on the backside. Smells good but not overly complex.

The taste definitely steps it up a notch. Solid hop flavor featuring the aforementioned citrus and tropical fruit notes, but an added dimension of a pine resin flavor. The malt blend is solid and makes for a very flavorful IPA.

Medium texture in the mouthfeel with some oily hop characteristics. One of the better fresh hops IPAs I've had.

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Photo of nimrod979
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber with some bad ass labeling. Pours a clear orangish golden color with an enormous almost three finger white head. Great retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Tons of citrusy, floral hops. Lots of delicious aromas. Piney resin notes as well.

Delicious juicy citrusy hops. Grapefruit, with some leafy oily hop resin. A little malt sweetness but it's a hop bomb. Bitter dry finish.

Smooth and creamy. Perfect carbonation. Great mouthfeel and excellent bitterness. I love it's juicy hop bite you get at first. Probably my favorite so far from New Belgium.

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Photo of peabody
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a fairly clear yellow to yellow amber with one finger of slightly off-white suds.
Good lacing and a nice head retention.
Smell is floral at first then the grapfruit and pine come in.Sugar malts are next as well as the yeast burn and finally the alcohol.
Taste is mellow sugar malt then a strong pine flavor. Next comes some more sugar then the bitter grapfruit rind.
Mouthfeel is very clean and the only thing left on the palate is the bitterness of wonderful hops.
Overall this is a darn good IPA Too bad it's only brewed once.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a New Belgium goblet.

Pours almost as well as an IPA can pour--crystal clear golden-orange body with a torrential uprising of carbonation from the etched glass bottom. The head is rocky, thinning to a cap of bone white foam and leaving behind some nice lacing. Aroma is fantastic: huge notes of pine and herbal resin hit the nose and quickly give way to lush citrus and tropical fruits. Malts add a hint of balance with caramel and biscuit, but the showcase here is the green stuff. A wonderful 'Fresh Hop' aroma if I ever smelled it.

The flavor's no slouch, either, although the pungent whiffs of pine are traded for bitterness, and soft are the fruity hop flavors so prevalent in the nose. Still, the maltiness steps forward with a bigger presence, adding toasted grains, caramel and bread to the mix. Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly with a medium body that showcases the hop oils well. A bit slick and sticky at the same time, and the bitter finish lets you know those alpha acids are kicking. All in all, a fantastic beer from New Belgium that I'd consider to be in the top tier of their Lips of Faith program. Get it while it's fresh! I know I'll be grabbing another bottle or so...

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Photo of bastu
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No date on the bottle, but it can't be more than a few months old.

Pours a nice clear golden color with a decent head and nice lacing.

Smells of citrus hops, maybe even some lemon/lime scents.

Taste follows the nose, not much malt present which is a good thing for me.

Mouthfeel is fine, nicely carbonated.

Overall, a great IPA which I will continue to buy until it is gone from my local beer stores.

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Photo of fatmusic14
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh Hop

22 oz bottle, poured beautifully into a slender floral shaped glass.

Bright orange color, remeniscent of the autumnal changes that blanket the AT
Reeks of citrus and pine
Tastes of moderate bitterness and less of a bite than you'd expect from a 7% IPA

Drinkability is through the roof, flavors do not overpower your mouth.

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Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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 feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Belgium Lips of Faith Fresh Hop IPA. Freshly tapped, and doing very well, terribly popular. I was slightly late on this one, and when I finally got a hold of good ol' Joe about the final LoF brews of the year, and their availability, he admitted that it was a bit late for a fresh hop ale, and they'd be happy to see them out the door. Yes, it's not October anymore, but it's tasting great, and has held up well over the months, since it was "fresh". This won't last long, so I'm getting right to the notes, here we go...

Clear, bright red coloring, huge head, a snow drift of foam....looks fantastic.

Aromatics, full of lemon and orange zest, prickly pine, and all things hoppy. Floral, bitter, beautiful.

Taste: Hits the palate with bitter hops, glides all over the tongue, but never too harsh, never too hard. Fades a bit, but clings lightly along. Roars back with each new sip and swallow, never-ending bitter blast that hangs long on the palate. Yum.

Light to medium body. Tasty as heck, damned good stuff. This is a definite hit for the hop-heads in the house. I'm hoping they continue with this one. Clearly, they know how to do it, let's keep it up, NB!

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Photo of DavidST
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
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 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 Ratman197
4.28/5  rDev +7%
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 +6.7%
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 +6.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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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