Lips Of Faith - Super India Pale Ale
New Belgium Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
4.25 | pDev: 10.12%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Lips Of Faith - Super India Pale AleLips Of Faith - Super India Pale Ale
Notes: Collaboration with Alpine Beer Company
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From old, undated notes; had this on draft.

Light orange color, very see-through.

Nice head; amazing lacing. A wall of lace you can't even smudge with your finger!

Smells of high grade marijuana; no joke.

Flavor is of bitter grapefruit; no sweetness in sight.

Too bitter and unbalanced for me, but I'm sure many hop-heads would rejoice.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Oct 17, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at PreFunk. Hop resin rules the day, overload of pine, dry sappy bitterness. Slightly hazy pour with small creamy white head. Hops on the nose and full force in the taste. Dry sweet finish. This is what IPAs are all about.

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stevoj from Idaho, Dec 30, 2016
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mixture of light orange and yellow, soft white head 2/3". Aroma was good, but not "Alpine*" good, seemed to have some simcoe and c hops.

Taste was very hoppy, good flavor, not just bitterness. Mouthfeel still hid the 9% abv with a dry toasted pale malt body staying away from heavier malt feels. The hop flavors waft from citrus to tropical to vegetal greens.

Very enjoyable, just wish it was available in a format better than a bomber, but wasn't ridiculously priced.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From notes. Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl.
L: Pours gold with a slight haze under a thin, off-white foam cap. S: Floral hops, light grains, citrus, lemon
T: Traces of muffin orange marmalade flavor, fruit, tart, with an assertive hop accent on the finish.
F: Very creamy, medium light body, medium high carbonation.
O: Deliscious and fruity.

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pat61 from Minnesota, Jul 03, 2015
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4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer at Brawley's in Charlotte NC. This beer is big, bold, and pungent. Since I'm a hop head, it was right up my alley. Wish they made this year round.

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Imperialjake from North Carolina, Mar 21, 2015
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3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange color with a small white head. Smell is sweet and grapefruity. Malt sweetness dominates the flavor with some fruity hops poking through and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Good feel on this, lightly carbonated and medium body. Good DIPA, worth a pint.

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3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: Draft
Glass: Pint glass
From: Alpine Beer Company Pub in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $6.00
Purchased: Nov. 28, 2014
Consumed: Nov. 28, 2014
Misc.: Collaboration with New Belgium

Poured a honey, golden, clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki, white, rocky head when I got it. Serene setting underneath the head. Semi-layered spotty, spiderweb lacing on the sides of the glass. Above average retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled skunky resin hops, Citra hops, floral hops, caramel, nectarine, nectarine rind, a tad earthy and pungent grapefruit. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted booziness right away. Also mango, orange juice, tropical hops, caramel, rubbing alcohol, sharp tangerine, vegetables and floral hops late. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter, somewhat astringent finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This beer had its’ moments, but not one of the top Alpine IPA’s I’ve had. (I know it was a collaboration). Still decent though. (Overall - 3.75)

3.84 | 86 | B+

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BucannonXC5 from California, Dec 01, 2014
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4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing from notes - had this one on 11/3/12. This came in the typical Lips of Faith 22 oz. bomber. The pour revealed a clear and bright golden orange body. The white head left plenty of sticky lace.

The smell was citrus and pine. Earthy and leafy with hard candy qualities. A bit pungent like B.O. (in a good way) with floral notes too. Tobacco leaves and bread crust. Such a robust and complex aroma!

The taste was tropical fruits and marmalade. Some malt sweetness but the bitterness wins here. Citrus pith and aspirin. So tasty and complex. I would love to have this as a regular offering!

The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Dialed right in the sweet spot.

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Cresant from Kentucky, Oct 22, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber from State Line Liquors, MD

a: from a bomber into reuben’s snifter, pale honey golden in color, topped with a thin layer of white carbonation that retains throughout

s: dank, pungent hop aromas of grapefruit, orange, passionfruit, kiwi, and mango; simply loaded with juicy sweetness and thick tropical fruits, some deep pine aromas, pale malts with a touch of caramel sugar provide the base, great nose

m: carbonation towards the low side of the moderate range, medium bodied

t: loaded tropical fruit hops with a combination of bitter citrus oil (grapefruit, orange) and sweet tropical fruits (passionfruit), sweet pale and moderate caramel, some pulpy steeped pine tea, sugary malts - pale with some light caramel, warming alcohol in the stomach, fully but evenly bittered

o: really dig this - complex hop range, nose especially great

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blackie from Oregon, Sep 03, 2013
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3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A little late to the party perhaps, as it looks like this one is about a year old, but I'm drinking it as fast as I can after receiving it. These are two good breweries whose beers can definitely hold up to a little time anyways. Cheers to Doodler for sending this one over.

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Clear amber orange in color with no carbonation evident. Fades to a slight wisp that remains the whole way and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Honeydew melon, caramel aromas, toffee, some piney hops and touches of citrus on the nose. Muted hop presence at this point, but it's still holding up.

TASTE: Caramel and toffee flavors up front, with some honeydew melon though the middle, into a caramely sweet and lightly piney bitter finish. Medium and lingering finish of caramel, sweet toffee, some piney hops and a touch of bitterness on the palate. Well balanced and still enjoyable, though the hop presence is definitely not as potent as it once was.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Quite creamy and smooth the whole way. Good feel for sure.

OVERALL: Beer isn't dairy per se, but hops do fade over time. This truth is evident here, though the beer itself is still flavorful and enjoyable. I've had plenty of DIPA's with a bit of age on them that haven't held up this well. If you still have one of these, for whatever reason, drink it fast. It's still a nice drink as it is. Thanks again Doodler.

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Jeffo from Netherlands, Jul 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is another lusty member of New Belgium's "Lips of Faith" Series; however, this beer is a tad more lusty since it was born from the collaboration of Colorado's New Belgium and California's Alpine Beer Company. This beauty is a triple-hopped devil created from four of your basic hops: Amarillo, Centennial, Columbus and Simcoe, four lusty sisters, the last being a total Party Girl.

The adventure begins at the initial pour: there is a tremendous blast of apple cider and pineapple, which hits your nose before the first golden drop hits the yawning glass rim. This Super IPA pours out a massive head of pillowy froth that sloooowwwly dissipates to leave a vanilla cap atop the cloudy amber body. Inside, one espies a rush of carbonation bubbles rushing to the top. The aforementioned head eventually sinks into a gummy blanket of lather.

The first sip comes across as a somewhat chalky bite of malty honey with useful points of pineapple and wet grass; there is a (very) sweet finish at the end (which is the best place for a finish). The mouthfeel is fun too. It is dry, buttery and crisp, a unique miasma for any beer. However, it is dry, so the Super IPA should be complimented with some water. What a brew: pleasant, but powerful!

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jjboesen from Maryland, Jun 23, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Poured a nice looking golden orange color, nice and bright. The fluffy cream-white head fades to nothing leaving some spotty lacing.

S- Powerful complex hop aroma followed by some syrupy maltiness. Lots of Citrus. It smells 'thick', if that's possible.

T-Heavy hop and malt flavors, some citrus and some caramel. I'm picking up some licorice, I think.

M- Powerful aromas and heavy flavors make for a very full body and feel. Plenty of carbonation provides some relief and balance to the full body. Malt sweetness and hop bite are equally posted.

O- Like I told my friend; " this Sh*t rocks!". Oh, and it's a friendly drinker, too.

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NiceTaps from New Jersey, May 17, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a creamy white head over a copper-amber body, very clear. Retention is very good.

Grapefruit, citrus ream hop aroma and a bready caramel with a touch of

Sweet malt body with a mild herbal and floral finish. Balance is slightly sweet, mildly syrupy.

Mild carbonation, mild syrupy texture and a resinous dry finish.

A pretty tasty IPA with a very complex hop profile.


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Jadjunk from Georgia, Apr 22, 2013
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4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A friend and I stocked up on these when they hit LA. Had it on tap at Link Hops in Atwater, bottles from BevMo.

Appearance – Hazy orange/golden color. Thick head on my pour.

Smell – really impressive nose. Lots of hops, followed by grapefruit and malt.

Taste – hops are well balanced with a smooth/sweet malt. Similar style to Alpine's Duet.

Mouthfeel – Perfect amount of carbonation. Medium body.

Overall – I hope they make this one again soon!

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SirBentham from California, Feb 27, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Two finger off white head with nice lacing on a hazy golden orange body. Very strong citrus aroma with mostly orange and tangerine, some grapefruit with hint if toasted malt. Flavor is malt forward, very syrupy, with pine resin, orange peel, tangerine, pineapple and caramel. Medium body, creamy and oily coatin the palate and light to moderate carbonation. This one is a couple months old and is a little funky but the hops still provide decent balance to the maltiness.

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kylehay2004 from Illinois, Feb 22, 2013
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4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is SERIOUSLY hoppy - woody and evergreen with a strong grapefruit underpinning. Super IPA indeed! Pours a clear amber with a nice white head. Typical, but still appealing. Flavor is - holy cow, VERY hoppy, both evergreen and woody, as if a madman added the hops! Nevertheless, bitterness is minimal. Malty and fruity tones manage to sneak through, the latter mainly grapefruit and Mandarin orange; there is also a whisper of honey sweetness. Firm-bodied texture has plenty of lively tingle, leaving a very hoppy and yet subtly sweet finish. Super IPA? Hell yes!

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Cyberkedi from Georgia, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Tulip

Review from notes, from when this was fresh, and compared with a live review, some six months after the release of this beer in Illinois.

Fresh: The body is transparent orange in color with copper tints. Light brings out brighter orange hues and yellow colors. Head is 1.5cm, falling to a wispy cap atop the body of the beer and a sudsy ring around the glass. Retention time is above average, but not by a particularly large amount. Lacing is mostly small spots on the side, but with a few larger washes scattered throughout.
Aged: No change in the older beer.

Fresh: Aroma is sweet and fruity, with lemon, grapefruit, mango, passion fruit, and peach. There's also a slight curry component (turmeric, cumin, cloves) in the back.
Aged: Hop aroma is present, though diminished. Fruits are all present, though sweet, pale maltiness punctures through with ease, leaving something of a shell of its former self.

Taste of grapefruit, peach, mango, faint passion fruit, sweet juicy malts with a touch of toffee. Tip of tongue finds things a bit swet, like apple-peach juice that has been slightly bittered and a touch of caramelized sugar. Mid palate finds bright, sweet fruits with intense pale malt sweetness, surprisingly well-balanced.

With age, the hop flavor has significantly faded from this beer, and it has become rather malty and slightly unappetizing.

Fresh: Medium bodied with carbonation of medium intensity. This foams the beer up on the palate pleasantly, slightly fizzy. Ethanol burn felt on back of tongue and slightly sharp on sides of tongue.

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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. No freshness date.

The second this beer pours out, it is captivating. It flows out of the bottle with an orangey wheat-like haze and a solid two finger head that last forever. Truly beautiful.

The smell is a jumble of disparate things: pine, light chocolate, big citrus, little bit of brett-ish yeasty scent. The aroma of this beer does not even hint at the slam dunk of taste which it precedes.

Taste wise, this beer delivers big time. It seems that every level of taste is represented. The flavor first comes on as a flinty salinity that is immediately dismissed by a huge flavor of sweet orange and lime zest, all the while pleasantly piney. The dry hopping really comes through well, I am glad that they chose this route. After that flavor bomb, there is a long crisp citrusy finish with tinges of faint perfume, no doubt from the columbus and centennial hops. On the very back end you get hit with that 9% abv: not in a bad way, its kind of like being hugged by your grandma.

Super India is really light on the tongue and stomach which is very refreshing. This is what I look for in a DIPA. Nothing in this beer is out of proportion, which is what makes it so enjoyable.

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hopoilcrazy from Tennessee, Feb 11, 2013
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3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A - Light golden body with a clean look. Only slight carbonation seen within it. Nice one finger head that leaves a lot of lacing as it goes down

S - Pine and slight lemon that reminds me slightly of Pine-sol. As it warms up, I get more tangerine and mango sweetness as well.

T - Piney hops upfront. Lemon and grapefruit come next to continue the bitterness. There is a slight tangerine and apricot that comes near the end to provide some sweetness. I like how the beer is aggressive bitterness upfront and then it becomes sweeter near the end

MF - Light body with medium carbonation that gives is a full mouthfeel. Has a rather clean finish with only a slight twinge of hop resin

O - Solid hoppy beer that resembles the well balanced, yet flavorful beers that Alpine brews. Good flavors throughout yet I'd call the flavors soft instead of strong

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jeonseh from Indiana, Feb 09, 2013
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4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a clear light gold with fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like huge super fresh hops, including tons of citrus and dank resin, with tropical notes and sweet honey and a touch of alcohol.
T: It tasted not as powerful as expected, based on the scent. But it still had an unbelievably fresh and pure hops character, mostly citrus and dank resin, with some tropical notes and sweet honey and peppercorn. It had a very crisp and clean aftertaste with lingering mellow bitterness.
M: It was somewhat thick and viscous with a little carbonation. Nice oily body.
D: This was one of the best IPAs I've had in a long while. So incredibly pure. The scent was basically perfect. The taste wasn't as overwhelming, but it was still excellent. The body was decent, and the finish was surprisingly smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was quite easy to drink. A real treat. Highly recommended.

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Pencible from Virginia, Feb 03, 2013
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3.14/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a nice solid orange color, with about 1/2 fingers worth of very slight tannish/white head formation, that dissipated rather quickly. there is still some transparency, as you can see the outline of your fingers from behind the glass.

S: something seems awefully wrong here. i get a big blast of spiciness mixed with spoiled pineapple juice. there is some hints of tropical fruits that lie in the background, and some type of oil. it honestly smells like baby food. there is a decent alcohol burn to it as well. balance is wayyyy off (I'm being generous with this score)

T: much more appealing that the smell. i get a big malty backbone, resin, oil, hops, flowers, peat, and a touch of citrus and pineapple.

M: on the lighter side of medium bodied, it leaves a slight alcohol tingle on the gums and a piney and peat aspect on the palate

O: something is not right with this brew. and I can't find a bottled on date, but I feel like this one has fallen off for receiving such high reviews. (I did have one Zombie Dust before this, which I suppose could have thrown my taste buds off, but I really don't think that is the case).

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tut2528 from Illinois, Feb 02, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden orange and hazy color with a couple inches of white head.

Tropical fruit aromas of papaya, mango, and pineapple. Hints of peach, too.

I know this has some age on it, relative to a IPA shelf life, but it's still drinking great. Tons of tropical fruit and extremely bitter. The finish is a floral perfume. It's missing a malt balance but what do I care?

Mouthfeel is dry, slightly sticky, medium carbonation.

I wish I would have crossed path with it fresh. It's really a great IPA that showcases the tropical fruits.

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Vonerichs from Colorado, Feb 01, 2013
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4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

forgot about it in the fridge for a few months. frickin delicious beer. reminds me a bit of pliny the elder. super bitter as to be expected but interesting and lots of other flavors in their with the hops. definitely pick it up if you like ipas. claims to be a triple dry hopped imperial ipa. not overwhelming as the name made me think.

a- pretty clear, nice light amber

s- hoparomas, we debated the fruit that it smells like, pineapple guava? that feels like a stupid thing to say

t- sweet bitter, clean fresh pine trees, little sapplings that are popping out of the melting snow. doesn't taste like a 9% but feels like it.

m- short and sweet with a lingering bitterness

is there a beer like this or pliny the elder that is super strong and bitter in all the right ways that is year round?

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seagullbeer from California, Jan 31, 2013
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3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. It has a semi-opaque wheat gold color with a little bit of a white head that leaves a tiny bit of lacing.

S. It has a nice citrus scent.

T. This is extremely fruity. It has an a strong pineapple taste mixed with a strong citrus flavor. A touch sour. It has a long finish of fruitiness. Maybe some simcoe hops?

M. A tart carbonation to it. Medium bodied.

O. The after taste of pineapple and citrus is just too strong. Extremely flavorful, but this has to be something that you like.

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Amalak from New York, Dec 29, 2012
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3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into snifter. Pours a big orange with a finger of head. Lots of pine and fruit hop aroma. Taste is huge fruity pebble with some pine...but a huge malt profile. A bit over malted but great hop and candy fruit flavor...nice brew but way to malted.

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DrinkSlurm from New York, Dec 29, 2012
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