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

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by GilGarp on 08-04-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 800 |  Reviews: 234
Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pour on tap in Seattle, WA. Poured into a NB globe glass.

A: hazy golden hue. One finger slightly off white head. Good carbonation.

S: Very citrus forward IPA. But it's a different kind of citrus. Orange maralade. Papaya. Passion fruit maybe? Strange fruits.

T: Nice fruit forward hop bitterness up front. Not overly aggressive. The malt bill balances nicely. Fairly dry bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of DSlim71
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Brewsed
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of lordofstarside
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. Beautiful golden orange and about a finger of eggshell white head. Retained excellent lacing down the glass as I drank. One of the better smelling beers I've had lately, floral hops with grapefruit and pine undertones. Alcohol odor is present, but well concealed. Tastes even better than it smells, bomb of hops detonated on the palate, followed by a subtle malt finish with the alcohol coming through with the after taste. Mild carbonation and incredibly smooth and easy to drink. Over all one of the better ipas I've ever had, so long as this beer stays in stock it will be in my fridge often

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Photo of surlytheduff
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Talk about hard to get! Went to the Alpine brewery thinking we could score a bottle or two and were told that New Belgium only sent them a case as they really weren't involved in the brewing process just the recipe was theirs (Alpine). Anyways.... the company I work for was able to score a case of 22oz bombers from one of our Anheuser Busch reps in LA. Even they were only given 4 cases total for a huge territory. Needless to say I was hyped to walk with 2 sealed bombers out of the deal and they were absolutely free to boot!

A: Pours a slightly hazed straw-like/orangish hue with a fatty white head that sits on top of the beer like ice cream in a root beer float. Ridiculous amounts of lacing from start to finish.

S: Orange blossoms, fresh cut grass, extremely chlorophyllic (Nelson hop???), crackery malt - nothing but earthy goodness here!

T: Wow - major hop attack that lingers with oily resins from the massive amounts of New Zealand hops - Nelson or the likes (???). Sweet and bitter grapefruit rinds, tropical fruit and sweet bready malt - extremely well balanced across the board!

M: Medium bodied, oily and resinous, perfect carbonation for the style.

Soooo bomb! It's what I would imagine an Imperial Nelson IPA would be like if Alpine brewed one - very tasty and dangerously easy drinking for a 9% ABV. So sad I only have one bottle left!

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Photo of jmich24
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear orange color with a one finger white head, pretty foamy with decent retention. Thin lacing coats the sides.

S: Nice piney aroma mixed with some tropical fruit - pineapple, grapefruit, and a bit of apricot. There is some light floral aromas as well.

T: A bunch of resiny hops on the flavor profile, pine and earthy with less fruit than the aroma, actually quite light on the tropical fruits on the very very end.

M: Medium bodied, very slick and oily, abv hidden nicely.

O: A solid DIPA, very easy drinking.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of IkariBattousai
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Chaney
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dude, how could I not pick up anything in my area with the name "Alpine Brewing" on it?

Served in a Mad Elf tulip.

A: Poured impeccably clear and glistening with gold. The head was sticky, mildly off-white, and carried about 2-3 fingers worth.

S: Pow hop pine bomb! This wasn't of the typical leafy variety I've had so much of here lately. This was much more pine cone with cinnamon!

T: I think the sort of cinnamon quality is what sets this apart. Sure, this one begins like a really nice DIPA, but the spice content sticks to the palate like glue. After a few more sips, I started to get a bit more "clean cotton" undertow that was absolutely divine!

M: The pine could have easily strayed into solvent territory, but it never did. I honestly would have guessed no greater than 7% ABV on this one, but alas... this is 9%! The lacing was ridiculous.

O: Yes, I do consider myself a hero for getting an "Alpine" brew outside of San Diego.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of argock
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No obvious freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.99.

A: Peach-amber with nearly white 1-2 finger head with very good retention for the ABV and spots and scraggly lines of lace.

S: The strong aroma is abundant with musky and resiny pine, mango and pineapple tropical fruit aromas, and floral hops as well. The malt component is stout but fairly one-dimensional.

T: The flavor is less distinctive than the aroma but with lots of oily, musky, earthy hops flavors meeting a slightly more caramel than expected malt component. As it warms, there are more orange citrus flavors. Still, the earthy muscular hops flavors dominate.

M: The mouthfeel is not medium-light as listed on the NB website -- far from syrupy but still pretty heavy although the low carbonation helps to keep it reasonable.

O: A great beer if you love Columbus hops 00 it tastes and smells like raw Columbus with a little Amarillo mixed in. A very good beer which I would be glad to have any time.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly hazy golden apricot color. Average sized, light, bubbly, whispy, white head. Good retention leaving a ring of lace.

S - Really nice fruity aroma. Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, along with others jump out of the glass. Some bitterness accompanies that. Touches of caramel and toffee malt along with a pie crust aroma in the back.

T - Similar to the nose except the malt is a touch more prominent. Plenty of the fruity/juicy hops with a touch of pine (which comes out much more on the finish). Strong presence of caramel/toffee and graham cracker malt. They never take over the hops, but they definitely make their presence known. Nice bitter kick on the finish.

M - Medium to light body. Above average amount of carbonation. Wet and slightly prickly.

D - Easy to drink, well balanced DIPA. Alcohol is very well hidden. I had no trouble finishing the bottle and was left satisfied at the end.

Notes: Solid DIPA that drinks very easily. A bit maltier than I expected on the taste, but it isn't bad. Very good, nearing great (especially for the price) but not quite world-class. Worth picking up.

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Photo of mhaugo
2.85/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber bottle. Decanted into a 0.47l oversized snifter.
Appearance: Beautiful, light amber color. Crystal clear.
Smell: Strong citrus aroma. A little bitter and pithy. Very inviting.
Taste: Hmmmm… I’m not sure I expected this. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either. I’ve never described a beer like this, but it almost tastes like Top Ramen? Definitely bready and salty. Weird. Pretty decent bitterness, but I’m not crazy about the malt bill. There’s a question mark hovering over my head.
Mouthfeel: Good.
Overall: My expectations were really high, but this is a bit of a letdown. I can’t get past the weird malt flavor. For me, it kills what would otherwise be a very nice IPA.

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Photo of Gatordaddy
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of poppyjohn
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of 33nickadams
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Transparent-golden with about a finger of creamy head. Great lacing as I sip. Enticing. Smell has a wonderful balance of citrus and pine hoppiness. Spicy and earthy as well. Taste has citrus and pininess but I really like the spiciness that leads into the bitterness. The malt is there in the background, and has some presence. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, I think this is as close as we'll get to a Pliny in Michigan. Great beer and I'm glad we are finally getting New Belgium in Michigan. If you're from Michigan look for this beer!

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Photo of BigJiMo
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Lips Of Faith - Super India Pale Ale (Alpine Collaboration) from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 91.9% out of 100 with 800 ratings
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