Lips Of Faith - Super India Pale Ale (Alpine Collaboration) | New Belgium Brewing

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Lips Of Faith - Super India Pale Ale (Alpine Collaboration)Lips Of Faith - Super India Pale Ale (Alpine Collaboration)

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by GilGarp on 08-04-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 800 |  Reviews: 234
Photo of thatoneguymike
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of imbibehour
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Rock solid white shocking head. Stuck and full of retention and staying power. Three fingers deep and going nowhere. Body is a great crystal clear peach orange amber. Some faint rising carbonation. This head is STUCK and a nice creamy top that caves in and clumps, with some good hanging thick lacing.

Nose is a great mix of aromatic hops and bready malts. Faint dank soil, with big dirt undertones. Strange earthy floral notes. Noticeable, powerful but strangely not off kilter and in control. Hop heads will enjoy this smell.

Oh wow. Huge orange and cherry soda malt bodied blast with real juicy feel. Big quaffing fruit punch action in the mid palate with huge depth. Mild controlled sweetness. Orange, tangerine, all that wonderful orange citrus meshing real nicely. Aftertaste lingers dramatically. CREAMY milk and popsicle creamsicle rush on the after finish. You could call tropical, too, not my personal fav, but it's there also.

You know I have been VERY disappointed in much of the Lips of Faith lineup, particularly the Fresh Hop IPA. But this is truly a winner. Reminds me of the greatness of fresh squeezed orange fruits, and sunshine in a glass. Fantastic win.

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Photo of imperialking
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of aasher
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This just arrived in Indianapolis this past weekend.

Super IPA pours a light bodied, very clear and polished copper in color with a soapy one finger head. It certainly smells fresh. The nose is very bright and pungent. It features a good amount of citrusy hop character with a light, slightly sweet malt backbone with a slight oniony hop finish and a touch of alcohol. Having had a few great IPAs from Alpine, you can tell that they had plenty of influence on this beer. The flavors are somewhat restrained but still very fresh. There is a good citrusy hop presence that resonates throughout drinking the beer. The onions are ever so slight in the finish, but they don't take away from the beer. At first, the alcohol was moderate but as you progress it seems to fade. Perhaps the best part of the beer is the approachability due to mouthfeel. It drinks light in body compared to other DIPAs but also makes this one quite drinkable. The 9% isn't present at all. This beer satisifies a DIPA lover's thirst for hops while still being balanced enough to be approachable for the masses. You really could drink a couple of these by yourself and get yourself into trouble. Overall this was a really nice beer and a great collaboration.

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Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of stevoj
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
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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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear medium orange amber. Fine off-white two finger head with excellent retention and lacing. Great aroma of piney and herbal hops, tropical fruit and citrus. Flavor is mellow neutral malt with intense tropical and citrus fruit and pine and citrus hops as well as an interesting unidentifiable herbal element. Finishes with a tongue scraping citrus hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess giving a pleasant mouth feel. A very nicely done Imperial IPA with a good balance of hops and malt.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 2"head that lasts a while. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: caramel, pine,grapefruit, and a strong hop presence.

Taste: big caramel flavor with loads of grapefruit, pine, pear, and an earthy and oily bitterness. Light alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother and dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a very enjoyable big hoppy beer. Slow sipping but satisfying. Great beer.

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Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours bright medium orange color with a two fingered thick, frothy head, mild carbonation. Sticky foam clings to the glass like dense glue.

S - Resiny and slightly spicy tropical fruit, orange, tangerine citrus, the malt is light in the nose and barley detectable.

T - Pine and tropical fruit resin, oranges, grapefruit, earthy, and onion zest goes down with some peppery warmth. The malt, even at (3) months out is still well hidden behind a mouthful of resiny hops. Leaves an onion-grapefruit coating with a lingering bitterness. The malt, although barely detectable, balances out the beer in a subtle way still allowing the hops to shine.

M - Heavy medium body, thick, oily, and viscous.

O - At three months out it's still drinking decent but snatch one or two up now before it really goes south. The hops are tasting great but having experienced Alpine beers in the past I can only imagine a few months ago it was more intense compared to now.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Fountainhead. Served in a New Belgium goblet.

A - Two fingers of white foam settle to a thick cap, leaving behind tons of splotchy, sticky, lacework. Transparent golden body. Reference quality for the style.

S - Grapefruit rind, tropical fruits, some dankness and perhaps a hint of cat pee, along with a brown sugar malt bill that intensifies as the beer warms. It's very hoppy to be certain, but retains some balance.

T - The taste is quite juicy as well, with tons of orange flesh, mango, melon, and other tropical fruits, and perhaps a hint of pine in the finish. Nice mid-level bitterness lingers on the palate. Closer to a 4.25, so I've tweaked the overall score.

M - Juicy texture with a dry finish, medium-full body, pleasant carbonation, and only a touch of warming alcohol.

D - Very easy to drink for 9%. A tad sweeter than I like my double IPAs, but otherwise quite nice and possibly the best non-sour I've had from New Belgium. Great fruity hops and West Coast bitterness.

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Photo of IPAchris
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of AngusOg
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Photo of lupercmda
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served as a double glassware win in a New Belgium globe glass and an Alpine shaker pint, yes, yes I did.

Beer is orange with a mild haze to it, big tan head, off white, large bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is earthy, resiny, hoppy, sweet, awesome nice.

Perhaps it shouldn't surprise me that New Belgium and Alpine could make a good IPA, they have, they destroyed this, knocked it out of the park, this is a great, medium body, resiny, chewy, hoppy, bitter IPA with a nice malt presence propping it up throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and would have it again in a second.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice IPA from NB/Alpine folks. This has a nice balance of flavor hops, bittering hops and aroma hops. Not to mention some solid malt.

Clear golden orange pour. Nice head. Soft and white, fluffy. Sticky

Aroma is grapefruit and pineapple with pine mixed around. Very light caramel undertone.

Flavor has the hops required: grapefruit, pineapple, orange peel and pine. Just shy of juicy. Soft baked biscuit malt keeps things even keel throughout. Faint spices, like white pepper, here and there. A bit boozy

Bite isn't as sharp as expected, which isn't a bad thing. For a DIPA it's smooth, if that makes sense. Most DIPAs have a boozy, resiny, Pin Sol aspect to them. This one does not. It's clean and sharp. Booze hidden fairly well.

Darn good beer, darn great for $5.99

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Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a clear texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A big aroma of hops, citrus, and some pine as well.

T: Tasted of a lot of hops, as you might expect, a good amount of fruit (pineapple to be specific), pine, malt, and a floral quality. This is a complex, lively, and enjoyable flavor.

M: A huge amount of carbonation with a dry and prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Definitely a well made, drinkable beer. Maybe New Belgium should collaborate with Alpine more often.

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Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of rudzud
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Shared this with JLindros and Ben Roesch from Wormtown. Poured into a standard snifter.

A - Poured a clear, light copper hue with a half finger off white head that faded semi quickly to leave a thin cloud but nice legs upon swirling.

S - Alright, uhhh, kind of a battle going on here. East vs West on the aroma with malty, sweet wet hops mingling with a fair amount of simcoe.

T - A mishmash of hop flavours and malty sweetness. Musty hops and older citrus peel. Its unique and interesting, but definitely a fight over flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice for the ABV, lighter carbonation hides the alcohol well.

O - Overall this isnt bad, just different. Definitely a war between styles and what comes through its a bit of a confusing mash.

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Lips Of Faith - Super India Pale Ale (Alpine Collaboration) from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 800 ratings