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 whickman44
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of SirBentham
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Photo of twkirkby
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Photo of Jeremy6566
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Trilogy31
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of derkfromwi
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of falloutsnow
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of hopoilcrazy
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Photo of jeonseh
3.91/5  rDev -6%
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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Photo of adamcarlson28
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of valdieu2
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Pencible
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
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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Photo of tut2528
3.14/5  rDev -24.5%
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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Photo of Vonerichs
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of seagullbeer
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
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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Photo of bzach
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of M1A2
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of brandoman63
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of CSQ1111
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of CarolinaKev
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of JDizzle
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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