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

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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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Photo of DovaliHops
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color with a medium-large white head that diminishes in no time. Scent is very hoppy. Fresh hops with sweet honey and some citrus. The aroma definitely has an Alpine feel to it. Light, sweet malt profile, but mostly hops and citrus. A bit of tropical fruits as well. Taste is sweet honey and bitter hops up front. Light malt backbone, but not too much. Sweet pineapple and mango with a bit of pine needle. Subtle booziness with some lemon and grapefruit. Bitter, hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a bitter finish. Drinkability is very high for such high ABV. Overall, I like all of Alpine's normal line up of hoppy beers more, but they really helped out NB with this one. Solid offering.

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Photo of Domingo
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The mythical Super IPA from Alpine and New Belgium. I've enjoyed the few Alpine beers I've had here and there, although I haven't been a big fan of NB's hoppy beers. Let's see where this one falls...
Golden to nearly orange color. Massive foam, lacing galore.
Huge hops on the nose. Absolutely massive. Big resin'y notes that showcase pine, a little bit of mango, cannabis, rind, and big PNW hops all around.
The flavor follows that path, at least at first. Slightly sweet on the front of the palate with some mild peach and mango, suddenly you get assaulted by hops. Everything from pine-y and dank notes to a little bit of saltiness. It never goes into garlic territory, luckily, but there is that odd meaty salinity here and there. Sweetness is totally gone from the front of the palate, and bitterness takes over.
Reminds me a little of the Pliny beers at times, although this one has fewer notes of frutiness and more of a cannabis, earthy character to it.
Hop fanatics will probably like this, although maybe not all of them. The fruity notes are dialed back so that it's not really going to compare with some of fruitier accentuated IPAs.
There's definitely more Alpine than NB going on with this one, which is nice.
Not necessarily my cup of tea on the IPA front, but still tasty.
I understand what they're shooting for and know some people do (and will) love it. I'm probably just not one of 'em.

EDIT: Probably worth noting that I really like this in small doses. I loved the taster snifter I got at NB and I enjoyed the first 1/4 of my bomber. However that saline/meaty/dank note from the hops really grinds on me after a bit. At first it seems similar to Pliny, but the more I drink of it, the further it goes in another direction.

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Photo of ccrida
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is clear gold with an off-white head, very tight and creamy, leaving foamy lace. Love a lighter IPA...

Smell is big hops, lots of wood, pine, earth, and of course citrus - some orange marmalade.

Taste is massive hop dankness. Wow! This is what I want when I think IPA, blistering hop *flavor*, which in this case is heavy on the pine resin, a little citrus. There's some bready notes to the malt, which surprised me by the color, but which compliant the hops very nicely. Bitterness is firm. I'm more of a fruit/candy than resin IPA guy, but this one does the cone proud. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is oily as hell, and fairly light bodied.

Drinkability is killer. More please! This is about as good as it gets within the style, especially if you prefer it more dank than fruity. Home run.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
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 suncrust
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured to a tulip.

A: Poured a filtered, honey orange. A big, fluffy off-white head rests on an actively carbonated caramel body. Nice, clinging lace.

S: Big hop presence. Dank & spicy medicinal hop explosion. Tropical notes of papaya meld with piney oils. Huge sticky, sappy resin, lemon rind, more hop oils. Hints of wheat crackers & spice. Awesome aroma.

T: Giant, spicy, hoppy bite. Hemp seeds, grapefruit rind and a lingering hop cone bitterness. Loads of sappy hop oils, subtle sweet orange rind with sharp bitterness and lemon zest that completes with an earthy, bitter & dry boozy finish. Some wheat cracker, dry biscuit malts. Dank pine. Bitter earth. Awesome shit.

MF: Bitter hop oils, dryness, medium body. Carbonation was nice. Sticky residue.

O: Pretty damn good, especially yielding the New Belgium label. Alpine clearly holds the dominance in this brew. New Belgium doesn't make anything that comes remotely close to this beer. Aggressively sappy, spicy west coast hops make this a must try.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decent appearance. Looks yummy, but nothing unusually spectacular visually. Head is about a finger high, basically white, and the body is glowing orange and clear. Some straggly lace strewn about. Aroma is extra stinky. Smells like a fresh pile of hops, like the dank stinky armpits of a super hero. The hops are intense. There is a dark side of fig, plum, grapes, and wet coniferous forest with a bright sprinkling of citrus and miscellaneous tropical aromas... Taste is also intensely hoppy and fun. Sweet and candy-like. Flavors are lemon, pine, and a whole lot of other things. I just became completely lost in the hops here. So moving on to mouthfeel... Prickly carbonation, drying yet somewhat syrupy, sticky, and chewy. Medium body, heading in the direction of full as the beer warms a little more. Interesting textures colliding in a cohesive way somehow. Overall I like this a lot.

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Photo of wedge
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear pure gold color with a small, creamy head that holds as a bubbly cap. Smells like a big bowl full of fresh hop pellets...pungent, green, piney, spicy, and fruity. Stinky, dank, pineapple, melon, and grapefruit with the fainest hint of toast. Starts out dank and green in the mouth transitions to juicy orange and pine needles and finishes with a candied fruitiness that is a bit unusual, though not in a bad way. A bright herbal quality seems to permeate the flavor. Melon-y, resinous, tropical...really a nice, complex hop profile. Medium bodied with a smooth bitterness. Mmmm...hoppy. Good stuff.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up tonight at the COOP.. Pours with a good 1 finger white head... nice lacing the entire glass.. the brew is surprisingly clear golden.

Wow.. the nose is pretty good.. vibrant piney hops with some background melon.. some malt is there, and it isn't just "pale malt", I would guess some biscuit or maybe victory.

The palate is pretty cool too... I love that it isn't overly bitter, but relies on the hops on the palate to lay waste... again pine and melon/tropical fruits... but the melon is the bigger player.. a bit abrasive on the finish... hard to explain, sorta scraping hoppiness that combines with the carbonation to cleave off anything on my tonsils. Malts lay a bit too much for my liking with the toast and toasty biscuits throughout.

The body is great for the style... carbonation may be a touch light.

Wow.. again, wow.. I did not expect to enjoy this one as much as I did. Still, I get too much toasty/biscuit malt to draw this one into the upper echelon of DIPA's.

All 4's.. and that should probably be lower given the residual malts.

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a hazy, orange/amber color with a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine, grapefruit and bubble gum. There was a toasty malt aroma.

T - It tasted very much like the aroma but better. Bitter hop bite up front with strong grapefruit and pine flavors. Some sweet toasted malt as a backbone.

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

O - This is a very tasty double IPA. I might have to get another one before they're all gone.

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Photo of bsp77
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold with stark white head and pretty impressive lacing.

Smell: Tangerine, mango, peach and grapefruit. Very tropical.

Taste: Very tropical taste as well, with mango, peach, pineapple, grapefruit and other citrus. Finishes bitter, spicy and tart. Maybe a touch of onion and weed - the only negatives here. The malts don't seem to add much taste but instead are used for the body.

Feel: An extremely smooth and creamy full bodied beer. Yet it seems light at the same time. Vey nice. Finish is quite dry.

Overall: Very impressive collaboration with an incredible body. Based on what I have heard about Alpine, and what I have personally experienced from New Belgium, it seems as if Alpine was the dominant partner here.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Beautiful clear gold, pours with a healthy two fingers of creamy eggshell colored head with nice lacing.

S: First impression; it stinks. Not pungent, but dank and astringent hops pour out of this. Overripe pineapple and tangerine, mango and papaya and tropical fruits, pine, malt is invisible here until it warms, then there is a slight crackery note.

T: Sweet orange, hemp seed, hop oil, moderate bitterness, hop flavors shine, dryness on finish, dank pine, ripened tropical fruits, astringent and sweet and bitter.

MF: Well rounded mouthfeel, good bitterness and dryness, light to medium body.

O: Its good but not great, can't give it a higher score than that. I was hoping for more flavors although this is still good.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a glowing light orange color with a nice whispy white cap, good dose of bubbles leaving behind some light lacing

S: Smells of pungent sugar coated tropical fruits; mainly mangos. It also has a nice pine needle like aroma to it

T: This beer is all over the place. My initial sip was a nice blast of pine needles coupled with some sweetness, light booze sting and tropical fruits, orange and lemon zest. As this beer rolls across the tongue it becomes a bit bready, sweet and fruity.

M: Medium bodied, loads of hop oils and a fairly slick rear end. Do I like slickness, yes is to much to stay clean and on target, no. I rate to what it should be stylistically not by my tastes to a degree

O: Good collaboration. I am a sucker for moderately slick, oily IPAs and this is the fix.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As the bottle implies, it's not easy to come by Alpine's beers outside of SoCal, so when I saw this, I snapped it up. Enjoyed 15 August 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a slightly orange golden-yellow, very clear, with one finger of very dense white head. Good-looking, abundant lacing.

Smell is bursting with citrus and pine hops. A big burst of grapefruit, then resiny pine. This is what an IPA should smell like, IMO, with powerful aromatics rushing into the nose. Yum.

Taste has loads of positive hop flavors without a ton of bitterness. Warm, full malt base that complements the hops really well. Grapefruit shows up, and the bitterness is only mild-medium. Hop-forward, but in the way I want, without a killer bitter bang.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with a moderately dry finish. Lacking stickiness.

An IPA that's not super beefy (neither the malts or the hops kick you in the teeth), but obviously massively dry-hopped. That dry-hopping adds so many layers of smell and flavor, without adding much bitterness. Yee-haw.

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Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear light golden orange with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is huge piney, resiny, stinky hops.

The flavor is sweet malts and tropical fruits with a big piney, resiny dank bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste is a bit odd - sweet onions maybe? The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall, a very fine DIPA! A little too dank and resiny and sweet to be rated higher for me.

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Photo of HalfFull
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 'Super IPA', perhaps a new category along with Red and White versions? Or perhaps Goliath was pleased by David's offering? Still, an Alpine style offering on a New Belgium scale requires serious investigation.

Poured from a stardard painted bomber into a globe glass, a New Belgium globe glass even. The pour is nearly clear and golden with just a hint of haze. A half inch of sticky lace settles slowly.

Aroma is a bit soapy at first, segueing to some tropical and melon components. More pine and resin with warming and a deep inhalation. Offers a similar citric component and pine bitterness to many an Alpine brew, yet this brew offers unfamiliar hops on the aroma to a degree.

Flavor is creamy with a pleasant carbonation and a gentle citric malt and hop delivery. Feel, bittering and finish is more traditional of an Alpine brew. The aroma, while nice, is somewhat more far afield. Not far from Pure Hoppiness in most ways. Drink it up as this is how we roll in San Diego..

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.47/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a clear golden color with two fingers of pillowy white foam. Great retention.

S: Piney, Grapefruity, and resiny hops up front with a bit of caramel sweetness in the background. The hop aroma is a bit too much on the resiny side, though. It's quite pungent.

T: Overwhelmingly resiny hops with a bit of piney hops behind. I get a good amount of caramel sweetness to balance. I am not a fan of the hop profile here at all, though. Very pungent and not very pleasant in my opinion.

M: A bit on the thick side with very nice carbonation.

O: I'm quite disappointed with this. The malt base is nice, but the hops kind of taste like rubber. I love Alpine IPAs, so that makes it even more disappointing. I'm surprised so many people have favorably reviewed this beer.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Had this on tap at O'Brien's a week ago but it was difficult to judge after Imperial Nelson. Bomber into a snifter.

A: Burnished yellow gold with an inch of soapy off-white sea foam that lingers for a minute, eventually leaving sheets of froth on the sides of the glass. Nice color and good clarity.

S: Honeydew melon blends with strong pine resin aromatics and floral notes. I get some guava, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit as well. Nice hop aroma. I'd be lying if I told you I smell malt. It's all hops at this point.

T: The flavor kind of reminds me of a blend of Expo and Pure Hoppiness, with notes of pine, honeydew, and a bit of resiny spiciness. There's a light biscuity quality. This is big on the melon. There's some alcohol flavor in the dry and hoppy finish.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and dry.

Overall: A nice beer and I do see some Alpine influence (reminds me of Expo more than anything). I don't enjoy this as much as Alpine's usual offerings, but it's great to see a bit of their IPA mastery on such a widely available product.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden, with nice bubble activity. Dense one-finger white head with good retention and lacing.

S: Resiny, piney hops and lots of them. Some lighter earthy and floral notes.

T: Starts with a bit of malt sweetness, then the hops take over in a flavor explosion. Very piney, but also some tropical and citrus fruit contributions.

M: Well carbonated, with a slightly oily mouthfeel. Lots of linger; both sweet and bitter.

O: Really well done beer. I haven't had a chance to try much from Alpine, but it seems like their reputation is well deserved.

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Photo of mjryan
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sweet bottle art. I've liked a lot of the Lips of Faith labels, this one is my favourite. Looks wonderful, orange huged, crystal clear with a firm lasting head. Aroma is, well, kind of not so good. Where are the hops? I get a faint touch of citrus zest and pine but a malted milk ball aroma dominates. What gives. The hops do come through in the flavour department though. Bright lemon zest and mango, very unique. Unfortunately, that stale malty character remains and is very off putting. Seriously, I'd swear this was a six month old bottle of IPA. Still plenty hoppy, but that fresh hoppy zing is muted and the malts were always meant to play a minor supporting role. Except for the hop flavour, which is quite vibrant. So strange. Maybe my bottle is oxidized, it happens I hear. Hey, whatever, not bad, but I'm cornfused about what happened here.

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Photo of draheim
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650mL into a tulip. Pours a clear honey color w/ a fluffy white head, moderate carb.

Aroma is a burst of tropical goodness, citrus and pine. Hints of mango and peach.

Taste is a backbone of pale dry malt and copious American hops. Grapefruit, evergreen and a nice clean sharp bitterness. Sticky and dank, pure resinous hop essence.

Mouthfeel is a little oily, chewy with a bitter bite on the finish.

Overall a very solid DIPA. Not surprised Alpine had a hand in this one. Up there with Hoptimum or even Pliny the Younger.

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Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Nearly clear golden and light amber with a small near-white head that leaves marked, regular lines of lacing down the glass.

Piney, earthy, hoppy aroma with some graininess as well. There's a bit of citrus zest element, but not a lot.

Moderate to high bitterness, even for the style, pine and citrus zest, earthy hops, grain, bread, and slight hint of alcohol.

Medium body with high, crisp carbonation.

Great for a New Belgium DIPA. Not so great for an Alpine DIPA.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 8.13.12.

A - Pours a clear, lighter orange with a one inch, foamy and off-white head. Good retention.

S - Citrusy - oranges, lemon, and lots of pine resin. Very nice.

T - Similar to the nose, but more pine resin and grass. Sticky.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body. Bitter finish.

O - Super IPA is a perfect name for this one. Lots of Pine and Citrus. A bit too resiny for me.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle picked up in Ft. Collins for $5.99 which is a pretty good deal for a double IPA these days. I was real excited when I heard about this collaboration because I think Alpine is producing some of the best IPA's in the business. This really tastes and smells like an Alpine beer which is awesome. Bright orange color, huge head, huge lacing on the sides of my New Belgium snifter (I don't have any Alpine glasses). Smells dank, stinky, melon rinds, cat piss, green, spicy, black pepper. Flavor is heavy melon rind, canteloupe rind, juicy fruits, hint of black pepper and a bitter finish. This beer reminded me a lot of Pure Hoppiness and Exponential Hoppiness, I think it is the melon rind aspect. This is a real winner and easily the best IPA New Belgium has produced.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The orange-amber colored body had some mild chill haze. The head was one finger thick, and carbonation mild, but steady. The aroma was not aggressive enough for the style. The hops used smelled citric, grassy, and mellow. The taste was very citric as well and was backed by an expressive malt backing reminiscent of honeydew melon and cotton candy. The finish was bittersweet and extended. The body felt soft and sticky. This was definitely a beer to chill with at the end of the day, rather than one to dazzle.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours clear glowing orange color with a big fluffy off white head.

S: Huge orange and pine hops with a good amount of hop resin, honey and some mango.

T: This is a pretty incredible beer. Tons of hops without ever really becoming that bitter. Lots of pine and chewy citrusy hop resin with some honey and malt sweetness. Finishes with some peppery resin and a touch of heat. Tasty stuff!

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