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 cps98
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Poured a nice light orange with a fluffy pillows of white head. Head retention was really good with this one and the lacing was really nice.

S – Sweet hop aroma is very dominant. Citrus (lemon rind) and pine are present in the nose.

T – The bitterness of the hops is present but there was something sweet lingering around and I pegged it at apricot.

M – Lots of carbonation on this one which adds to that bite on the tongue. Medium bodied and really smooth.

O – Overall a nice IPA, not overboard with the hops. Wish I would have tried it as soon as I bought it.

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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 nickfl
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with two fingers of bone white foam on top of a clear, golden colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves thick, sticky lace on the glass.

S - A pungent aroma of pine and sweaty hops with some grapefruit in the background.

T - Pine and sweaty hops up front with some light bready malt. A hint of toffee in the middle with more pine and some sweaty character in the middle. Finishes with light lemony character, pine hops and moderate bitterness to balance the bready malt.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The aroma is very nice and it has a good balance between the malt and the hops with just enough malt to keep it drinkable but not enough to get in the way of the hops. Unfortunately it has a lack of hop flavor that I have found to be typical of wet hop IPAs, where the excellent aroma is not backed up by the same level of hoppy goodness in the flavor profile

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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 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 beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another courtesy of BA nomasnomore. 22oz bottle poured into bubble pint glass. Poured a nice medium gold color with just under an inch of white head that had very good retention and lacing.

There was a very nice hop aroma, mostly pine with some citrus notes. There wasn't much, if any, malt noticeable in the nose. On the tongue, a bit more malt showed through to give a nice backbone for the tangy hops. This was a very nice tasting IPA.

The body was average for the style, nowhere near full, but not light either. Drinkability was very good, I could probably have a couple of these. Overall, a very nice little brew, certainly worth trying when you see it.

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Photo of zac16125
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass
written from notes taken on 1/2/12

A: Pours a big 2.5 fingers of snow white head, dense, with good retention. Light golden amber, crystal clear with lots of bubbly carbonation. Leaves a lot of real cool layered lacing

S: huge orange and tangerines , peach, a touch of honey like malt sweetness, pineapple

T: again citrus hops, this time big grapefruit, orange, lemon zest, piney hops as well, hop bomb for a single ipa, but enough sweet malt to balance , floral hops more subtle, peach, more bitterness on taste than smell,

M/d:smooth, moderately low carbonation, medium bodied, good drink ability for amount of hop presence

O: a pretty damn tasty beer, big hop presence but maintains balance,  and the price is right, def worth a try

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A: Incredibly clear, some slight head. Great lace! Some bubbles.

S: Hops. Sweetish malts provide a very balanced smell.

T/O: Good, but not great? Piney, sweetish (like cactus juice?), and pleasant, but not transcendent. A mediocre IPA with strong chops. Incredibly drinkable. Not so much recommended (especially considering the price) but it's NOT bad.

M: Sufficient.

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Photo of cooler4life
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a one finger eggshell white head that has relatively small bubbles. Color is an apple cider golden brown Lacing is moderate with thin wisps of bubbles sticking around.

S: Floral, tangy orange zest, pine, malt, and caramel. Very aromatic, great!

T: Piney, hoppy goodness. Sugary grapefruit, grassy, saltines.

M: Thin body with only mild carbonation. Very smooth but borders on watery. However very smooth and easy to drink.

O: Average American IPA, what I really struggled with was the lack of backbone.

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, highly carbonated, golden orange color with a two-finger, head of fluffy, white foam. It left some thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine and floral notes.

T - It had a spicy, herbal taste with a burnt toast maltiness. Some sweet caramel and toffee notes, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really nice IPA. I liked the herbal, floral presence.

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Photo of biggred1
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden with a lumpy eggshell head that leaves sheets of sticky lace on the glass. The aroma is fragrant fresh citrusy hops and candied orange even after a few months in the bottle. Nice, resinous hop oily flavors and light malt. The flavors are dank and hoppy with plenty of citric notes. Finishes dry and hoppy. Light bodied and refreshing. A pretty good IPA, I would buy it again.

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Photo of bnes09
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light honey colored, transparent ale. One and a half finger, fluffy head with soapy lacing.

Bright aroma of fresh hops, as expected. Floral, citric and pine-like aromas. Hint of honey sweetness.

Hops dominate the flavor as well. Lemon, orange, grapefruit and piney, puckering bitterness. Malt character lies in the background with a bready, fresh grain flavor. Excellent balance.

Lightish feel. Descent carbonation. Semi-dry. Needs a little more body in my opinion.

Good beer.

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Photo of hopsessed
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The best NB beer ever! (I'm not a huge NB fan). A solid IPA, except the mouthfeel. This is way too thin. Nose is good. Taste is solid. Feels like water on the tongue. I actually could drink a couple of these. I would like it if it was an $8 sixer, not as an $8 bomber. Solid effort, but comes up short. A few sips in, it turns to water. What else to say?

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Photo of crvcac
4.77/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was exceptional. I've had many west coast IPA's and this one hit on all the perfect notes. Perfect amount of bitterness balanced by an appropriate malt backbone. Great hop aroma. Amazing taste. Perfect mouth feel. I could drink this all day long. Highly recommend seeking out.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very well done and nicely balanced.

Pours a copper color with good clarity and a thick white head that sticks around and leaves sticky lacing.

The aroma is a beautiful bouquet of floral, evergreen and citrus on a nice caramel backbone. Orange blossom, honey suckle, grapefruit rind, citrus zest.

Perfectly balanced between malt and hops. Most enjoyable is the aroma. The mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing, medium bodied.

Awesome beer!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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 isaiahcutright
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: pours a clear amber color with a massive white head, awesome lacing this could be a very nice find for roughly $5-6.

S: Piney, citrusy, very floral, has a touch orange/grapefruit.

T: Smooth a nice bitterness to it, piney, earthy, the large amount of head gives it a nice creamy finish, toasted malt, and a bready note also.

M: a SMOOTH drinker very drinkable a nice mid level of carb. the alcohol is present but covered by the fresh taste of hops.

O: A nice investment for only $5-6 i found a brew that rivals nearly any other fresh hop ale I've had. If it were more readily available would probably have to nab a few more for the evening/future.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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 nickthegun12
4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

man does this beer smell fresh!!!

the appearance is a medium golden body ale...with a full fluffy white head

smells of fresh citrus hops....and i do mean fresh

the taste is exceptional and i can tell i'm gonna enjoy the hell out of this beer and want another one

the feel is smooth and creamy

overall this is a great, and i do mean great of the freshest and best i've ever had the pleasure of tasting

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

A great fresh hop ale. By the taste of it, this is essentially a fresh-hop version of New Belgium's Ranger, which is a great beer.

Pours crystal clear yellow with a big fluffy head. The aroma is crisp and piny. The flavor is sharp and piny, with an orange-zest bitter finish and a clean, smooth mouthfeel.

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

Crystal clear yellow-gold color with decent head, good retention, and spotty lacing.

Smell is floral and citrus hops with a touch of bready malt.

The taste is hop heavy with orange pith, pineapple, and a light resinous touch. The malt tones the bitterness down just a tad, but it leaves my tongue nice and dry.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Good carbonation.

Overall, a pretty good IPA and definitely quenches a hop thirst.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold/orange with a huge fluffy white head and good lacing down the glass.

Aroma is citrus with a lot of freshly cut grass.

Taste follows although with a bit less citrus. Lots of grassy/floral notes up front with just the slightest bit of malt. Finishes grassy bitter and dry.

Decent mouthfeel with medium carbonation levels.

Pleasantly surprised to randomly find this one on the shelf this week. Not the best I've had as the grassy hops aren't exactly my favorite, but still solid.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, copper-hued body with a tall, lewdly growing, white head.

Smell: Zestful herbs flecked with lemon and tangerine peelings overlaying light, lesser pale malts, vaguely bready. The hops have that surmised raw, green quality about them.

Taste: A modest base of pale malts with a light, short-lived sweetness prior to the "green" hop character rounded by citrus tastes, lemon, yes, but most notably tangerine (without being too aspirin-tinged) from the amarillo hops. Bitterness remains moderate. Dry, citrusy, lightly pithy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A good, fresh-feeling wet/fresh hop ale.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear peach color, streaming bubbles buttressing a sticky taupe foam. Nose is strongly citric, clean, with a hint of pine. Malts are just faintly sweet and pale.

Flavor is strongly hoppy with a peppery lupulin finish. Citric notes of grapefruit and lemon zest with pine and tobacco in the back. Body is lighter than a typical IPA, but a great delivery vehicle. Grains are very lightly toasted to take the edge off the hops.

Light and chill session-type IPA. Good, bright flavor.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Lips Of Faith - Fresh Hop India Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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