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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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Reviews: 234 | Ratings: 800
Photo of secondtooth
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-opaque golden, with a nice head of sudsy carbonation. Beautiful, frilly lace, too.

Nose is pine and floral hop goodness. Yum.

Flavor is a wallop of heavy pine and citrus hops, tempered by a firm malt backbone. Good balance, and definitely on the heavy and dry side. My only issue is that this one seems too acidic for my palate, somehow. Still, a unique and well-done IPA.

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

22oz bottle, shared with my brother in tumbler glasses. I scored the last two bottles on the shelf at my local bottle shop!

A- Nice golden color, with plenty of bubbly carbonation. Mild amount of head, perfect lacing.

S- Huge notes of citrus, plenty of hops. Nice floral aroma with what I can only describe as a "west coast IPA" smell.

T- Again, citrus bomb! Lots of grapefruit and orange up front, with some floral notes and lots of pine from the hops. Perfectly sweet and quite a nice mouthfeel. Great carbonation.

O- I cannot believe how incredible this IPA is. Never had anything from Alpine before, but this has to be the best collaboration beer from New Belgium so far. Such a great IPA, I am leaning towards questioning some of my favorites....pick it up if you can find it!

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled into a tulip

Pours a nice honey blonde color with half an inch of light beige head that quickly fades.

Very strong citrus and floral aroma, with a background spiciness.

Flavor follows through from the aromas. As it warmed I also got hints of honey.

Medium body with low to medium carbonation. Pleasant aftertaste lingers on the back of the tongue.

Overall a very nice effort from these two breweries. Nicely balanced between hops and malt.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Keyportnick
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured into a pint glass. No date indication.n

A- Pours a clear pale, somewhat of a strong pour turns into about a half a finger head. Head is pure white, small bubbles, fades a bit but covers the beer and hangs around.

S- it's a battle between citrus hops and piney/grassy hops . Very interesting a pleasing

T- oily grassy juicy hops. Lots of green in the flavor. Faint orange and sweet malts

M- medium oily body that coats the tounge, carbonation is light.

O- Great refreshing double, can't tell it's 9%. Wish it was summer out because this is very refreshing. Awesome change up from your typical double grapefruit bombs.

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Photo of dbell23
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a New Belgium tulip. You know it's a good ipa when you get a whiff on pouring. Nice slightly off white head with good retention and very good lacing. It seems to coat the inside of the glass. Clear slightly burnt orange color. Looks like an ipa.

Smell is really nice. Malty slightly hoppy sweet. Orange tangerine seem to dominate.

I really like the taste. Citrus hops to start with a muted orange slice candy taste in the middle and a lingering citrus hop finish. Very different from the ipas I usually like. It doesn't whack you in the head with hops but it is a really good different taste. The alcohol is very well hidden but certainly there.

Mouthfeel is very good. Oily hops and good carbonation. A perfect match to the taste.

Overall this is my favorite New Belgium beer. I really like the taste and mouthfeel. It's a very different but great ipa.

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Photo of jsulko
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours copper colored with a slight haze. Pretty decent thick white head on the beer.

Smell is of fainty citrus notes with some of the oily pineyness in the background. This one is NOT a grapefrut bomb.

Piney hop bitterness comes through more in the flavor but not in an offputting way. Some citrus hints with a touch of sweetness. Alcohol hidden well on the finish.

A very very good DIPA but not the style I tend to favor. May give another try before it is all gone.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours slightly cloudy golden with a coppery tinge, nice fine medium sized head, lots of active carbonation. Smell is citrus and flowers and sweet malty goodness.

Taste is fairly heavy on the lemon zest side. Lots of hop character, but not piney or even bitter tasting, which is a bit odd. It has lots of clear malt flavor, which makes it seem oddly tilted toward maltiness, but it isn't really. The hops just come out differently than I'm used to.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily, but otherwise fairly light and open. Overall, I think this is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Beerandboards
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at BackAlley Brewery in ABQ

A - Look is standard golden copper, pretty clear, about a half inch of dense white head sits on top. Half rings of lacing as the pint glass goes down.

S - Piney citrus hops, a little floral, a little yeast/malty/breadiness. Really smells great if you get after it with the nose. Doesnt come out and overpower you, but smells very nice.

T - Very nice. Piney hop bitterness leads, a small malt note evens it and then there is some lemon rind acidity to it, finishes with a floral hop note.

M - Great for an IPA. Medium low carbonation, sticky sappy hop feel. Good finish.

O - Very solid IPA. Hits well in all categories. I've had this both in a bomber and on tap, tap is a good letter grade above the bomber. Very enjoyable beer, glad to have had the chance to enjoy this one on tap several times now..

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Photo of riored4v
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a tulip. Lightly hazed, copper colored body with a rocky, white head.

Aroma was tangerine and orange with some good amounts of pine. Mildly sweet and some maltyness. A bit bready with a light amount of caramel. Smelled fantastic.

Taste was caramel and breadyness upfront with a citrusy and tangerine/orange flavor. Some moderate sweetness and mild maltyness balanced out the hop flavors and bitterness leaving a clean bitterness that wasn't overpowering. Finished very floral, citrusy/orangey with some definite piney flavors. Moderate bitterness. Slight hints of ABV.

Medium body, medium carbonation with a crisp finish that ending being slightly chewy with the sweetness.

Overall this was highly enjoyable. Loads of hop flavor with a big malt profile.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a Leffe Goblet at the Daily Pint in Santa Monica, CA. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of fair cream, nice thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Colour is a vibrant copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Nontransparent; non-opaque.

Sm: Hops, with floral character dominating. Palpable hop bitterness. I'm a bit worried about the balance, but not horribly so. Some light pine. Oily hop character. Clean malts. A bit of cream. A somewhat subtle, average strength aroma.

T: Hops are present, varied, and nicely balanced. Floral character certainly, but also pine and oily qualities. No alcohol or yeast comes through. Has enough body without coming off overbearing. I like it. It has a fresh flavour. Bitterness does hit a bit on the climax, but it doesn't destroy the balance. I wouldn't call it aggressively hopped. Complex and layered enough, but far from significantly impressive. It's a tasty IPA, though.

Mf: Too thin and weak, especially given the demanding flavours. Smooth, crisp, and wet. Not tailored to the flavours. Needs work.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable but I hoped for better. I'd try it again, but it's pricey at $8.00 a pour. You can safely pass on this one, but with work it could be quite lovely. It hides its alcohol well. I expected better given Alpine's involvement.

Low B-

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Photo of bum732
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Bright, citrusy hops, grapefruit with some orange, some mango and peach

L: Crystal clear, golden yellow. Creamy white head that dissipates slightly. Great lacing.

T: Bold citrus hops, fresh and raw. Fairly clean malt throughout. Medium high grapefruit bitterness with great hoppy flavor. A pleasant resiny, fresh hoppiness throughout. Finishes semi-dry with some residual hoppiness

M: Medium carbonation, medium mouthfeel. Alcohol barely detectable, more as it warms.

Solid, might have been a little old, hence the score. But a really great DIPA overall.

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this guy out in to my 'snifter-pint' glass and took my notes. There are some nice, golden hues here, a soft head with some great lacing overall. It smells dry-hopped to me, and of course it is. According to the bottle, it's a "triple dry hopped Imperial IPA bursting with Columbus, Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe hops."

I enjoyed the taste of this beer...slightly licorice-y, hop flavor with the right amount of malt. It's definitely got that traditional citrus/piney flavor of bigger IPAs. It's pretty hop-forward, but ultimately well-balanced. I don't notice the high ABV too exceptionally, usually a good thing. This is a solid collaboration beer, although when all is said and done, not overly remarkable. Good work in general and at $6.99, certainly worth the experimentation.

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Photo of Mdog
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy yellow, good head.

Smell: Started weird and oxidized, after a few minutes those aromas disappeared. Citrus, oranges, hint of caramel were left.

Taste: Really tasty! Fruity sweets--mandarin oranges, pineapple. Finishes with a citrus rind bitterness.

Overall: I was worried this was old at first with the smell, but it cleared up after a few minutes. The taste was great, I've tasted oranges plenty of times in beers but not mandarin oranges--it kicked up the sweetness where I really enjoyed it. Plenty of bitterness in the finish too, for an all-around hop experience.

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Photo of Phelps
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alpine makes my favorite DIPA in all the land, Exponential Hoppiness, so this should be good. Poured into a tulip.

Light pink-orange. Almost perfectly clear. One finger of thick, white froth and thick, horizontal webs of lace.

Triple-hopped? Try triple dry-hopped. Columbus, Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe all found their way into this brew. The result is a super-fragrant, resinous, flora nosel. A little dank weed, roses, wet grass and sticky alcohol. Sugared orange slices and caramel as well. Glorious.

Citrus and flowers are more pronounced in the flavor. It's like rose petals steeped in orange juice, with a clean, Skittle finish. Big bitterness on the sides of the tongue. Mild caramel and bread notes. Good flavor, but the finish is just a little weak.

Medium, fluffy body, mild massaging carbonation. Alcohol is well-hidden overall.

A hop monster, but the bitterness is held in check. Delish.

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Photo of rudzud
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice bright yellowish orange color with a very nice looking white head on top. The retention and lacing were both very nice on this one. The smell of the beer is loaded with hops, lots of strong resin-like pine aromas on the nose with not much of the malt coming through. The taste of the beer is also very high with hop flavors, it's floral and piney with some citrus in there too. The mouthfeel is very smooth, it's very drinkable. It's lighter bodied with a subtle carbonation making this beer soft and just very pleasurable. Overall I really enjoyed this beer a lot. Really good aromas, very interesting taste and mouthfeel all in one. Very pleased with this beer. I would like to have it again someday.

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4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alpine Beer Company & New Belgium Super India Pale Ale

Appearance: This collaboration between rock solid craft giant New Belgium and the highly lauded, but sadly tiny Alpine Beer Company pours a golden, hay yellow with about a finger of bone white head. This beer looks a bit light for being an IPA, much less a super one; it honestly looks more like one expects most lagers and pilsners to look. The head does not stick around long, but it leaves a nice crust of bubbles atop the golden liquid. There is not much carbonation visible through the glass, another strange characteristic not typical of IPAs, but there is a distinctive hop haze, a sure sign of hoppy deliciousness. It is tough to predict what this beer is going to be like because of how drastically it seems to have broken from IPA tradition.

Aroma: As expected, this beer is a delicious bouquet of hoppiness. There is plenty of citrus in the form or grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, and apricots, plenty of tropical fruits that come through mainly as pineapple (and maybe kiwi? Weird), floral scents, and pine rounds out the nose. Beneath all of this there is a small, yet solid malt backbone. This smells a lot like Lagunitas Hop Stoopid offering; hopefully the taste is equal to that fantastic brew.

Taste: While it does not taste much like the aforementioned Hop Stoopid, this is a great deviation from those expectations. This beer follows the nose pretty closely with one major difference: mangoes. Mangoes are huge in this one, and they are a wonderful addition to the already delicious citrus fruits, big pineapple notes, hoppy bitterness (though not overpoweringly so), and a nice, sweet and light malt. This beer is out of this world as far as taste goes.

Mouthfeel: This category is not as much of a homerun as taste, but it is still very palatable. The mango taste comes hand-in-hand with a certain creaminess (perhaps a trick of the mind). The carbonation is medium, but it works for the beer and makes it just refreshing enough to keep the drinker imbibing. The bitterness does not give an astringent aftertaste, which is a bit disappointing for this reviewer, but it is definitely there regardless. The beer is also a bit on the thin side for an imperial IPA. Still, these few gripes aside, this beer remains quality through and through.

Overall: If this is any indication of the awesomeness that is Alpine, I may have to move to San Diego. Hopefully this one is still tossing around store shelves, because it is definitely worth a double dip. New Belgium should definitely revisit this collaboration again in the future, regardless. This one is going to go down way too fast for its 9% ABV. Believe the hype; this is one of the best Lips of Faith offerings out there. 16.5/20

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

A: 1/2" cream coloured head over cloudy amber liquid.

S: Honey, flowers, grass, earth.

T: Grass, honey, flowers, aspirin, earth with grapefruit in the finish.

M: Medium to thick resinous viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: Extremely resinous, the strong hop flavours are quite bitter and reminiscent of aspirin.

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Photo of Holsie
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber split on a crisp Sat afternoon

A- beautiful orange amber enjoyed in tulip with light lacing that hung out for the entire glass

S- crisp, piney--great nose

T- BLOWN away. Really wasn't expecting how solid this one turned out to be. Pine, citrus and biting hop up front. Very West Coast. Smooth finish.

M- full body. Not syrupy

O- best thing New Belgium has done. I think it took their partners to get them in the right direction as nothing of theirs that I have had comes close. Only able to get my hands on three-too bad. I hope they do this one again.

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Photo of mynie
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark and hazy, honey-colored with a thick white head and great lacing.

Smells of big, syrupy malt, grapefruits, and a little bit of generic citrusiness. Nice balance, although the malt may end up being a bit much.

Tastes a bit better than it smells, as the malt isn't as thick as I feared it might be. Big citrus hops starts things off, moving into a fairly dense and bitter malty middle spotted with pine hops and ending on decent, doughy yeast complexities.

Pretty boilerplate but a double IPA, but it doesn't have any problems and I enjoyed the whole bomber.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$6.99 for a 22oz bottle @ BevCo.
Brewed with Pale, C-80, Melanoidin, Acidulated, and Carapils malts. Hopped with Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo, and Centennial.
9.0% ABV, 99 IBU, 265 KCal

Pours out to a slightly hazy peach, forming a tall, rocky and very creamy light yellow head with beautiful texture, lacing, and amazing retention. Moderate carbonation, about 2.5 carbs. The aroma is really nice with an expert balance between the notes of what I call the 4 major American hop groups...dank/cat pee (Simcoe), pine (Columbus), mango/fruity (Centennial), and skunky (Amarillo) hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and soft with a medium thick body. The taste is great as well...the malts really shine with a wonderfully balanced substantial husky sweet potato backbone for all the hops to sit on. The finish is moderately dry, but not astringent. The pine really comes out toward the finish and the skunk is in the aftertaste. Great mango note in the middle. No off-flavors or aromas.

This is a really interesting beer. I haven't had an IPA or DIPA that used a ton of hops where you could get all the notes I mentioned above. Many of them are way to bitter, so this is a pleasant surprise. I could see myself trying to clone this bad boy. An excellent DIPA.

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Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was out of town when this one landed, & though my butthole puckered a bit at the thought of buying any kind of Alpine hoppiness locally, I thought I was out of luck. Ran into the last one on a shelf at a random store - woohoo! 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

Pour is a clear magnifying glass of gold, I can actually read the screen in about 24 point font peering through the beer. Nose trips through Herbal Essence & on into slightly damp hops, citrus, pine, & on into caramel. Very nice.

Super IPA makes me wish Alpine was brewing hoppy beers in my basement. Focused blast of pine hits the tongue, cut with a strong dose of caramel & sweetness. Usually I like a harder edge to my hops, but this plays so beautifully I forgive & drink. Grapefruit, lemon make a ghostly appearance. Softly drinkable, this bomber could be an after-dinner drink, easy.

One question. When is Alpine going to be start distributing to Minnesota? I'd lobby for soon. Masters of hop, this doesn't disappoint, & thanks to New Belgium for bringing their distro into the picture. Excellent beer.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A little hazy, but a wonderful orange golden hue with a nice white head of about a finger.

S: Piney Citrus.

T: Again, piney citrus. A grainy sweetness in the background. Not an astringency though, which is nice. Grapefruit is becoming the biggest flavor I'm getting. Not the richest flavor though.

M: Thinish, too much so.

D: A hopheads drink for sure. Quality, but not for most people.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look! Up in the glass…

This beer came with some hype and I’ve been eager to see if it delivers. Purchased and enjoyed in October, 2012, so I’m assuming it’s still fresh.

Visually this brew is appealing. I get a warm light tan-golden colored brew with a big cottony layer of foam atop. The foam hangs around for a while releasing this great hop bouquet of straw and citrus atop a whisper of tropical fruit. I’m harboring a guess here but I’d say there’s some Armadillo and Simcoe at play, with a touch of Citra for the mango and pineapple notes. (Like I said, this is just a guess based on what little I know about hops. But one I make with more confidence than I would have a year ago!)
Tastes great—it has a definite bitterness with a solid malt edge. The body holds up to the hops’ assertiveness, and the hop flavors come across in a way that allows their nuances to shine. I get the hints of straw and light citrus mingled in with some pine, more so than the tropical fruit which I found in the aroma. Finishes clean and bitter without being a palate-wrecking IPA. Alcohol is barely noticeable despite being 9%. I’ll be honest, I enjoyed this one immensely.

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Lips Of Faith - Super India Pale Ale (Alpine Collaboration) from New Belgium Brewing
4.16 out of 5 based on 800 ratings.
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