Lips Of Faith - Fresh Hop India Pale Ale | New Belgium Brewing

very good
135 Reviews
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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Reviews: 135 | Ratings: 328
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 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 rsdaugherty
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into pint glass
A – Thick slight yellow 3 finger head on top of a clear mild amber golden colored brew, good retention and full curtains of lace 4.5
S – Citrus and pine with a semi sweet fruitiness, apricot, mild malt and herbal notes 4
T – Surprisingly strong malt profile that is eventually overtaken by the wet hops; caramel malts and not strong pine resin to a citrus zest and a flowing mellow bitter finish; nothing volatile about this brew 4
M – Lighter moderate body, carbonation was spot on for smoothing the tastes and the malt & fresh hop outline, very drinkable 4.5
O – A NB brew that was a pleasant surprise. Very easy drinking with no sharp edges, a step up for NB that is only surpassed for me by Le Terroir 4

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
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 bfields4
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
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 fatmusic14
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Beaver13
3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours a clear light copper orange with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is caramel and toasted biscuit malt with piney, grassy, resiny fruity hops.

The flavor is toasted caramel malts with some melon and a lot of resiny pine. It has a lot of bitterness in the finish but a bit of a weird plasticky note. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with light prickly carbonation.

Overall, it's interesting. Definitely the bitterest beer I've had from New Belgium. Other than the weird off note in the aftertaste and a little to much of a toasted note, this could be pretty good. Still decent though.

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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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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 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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Lips Of Faith - Fresh Hop India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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