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

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GilGarp on 08-04-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
800
Reviews:
234
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.34%
 
 
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64
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Photo of Philousa
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed at Harry's Hofbrau for their Lips of Faith Tap Takeover in 8/29/12

Clear, tawny, but not amber. Very clear, white head that laces uniformly down the glass. A bit spicy, citrusy, and some dankness thrown in for good measure. The hops are well balanced in this one. I can tell the malt is not very present but goes well with the hops. Perhaps just a stage for the hop aroma. Taste is very citrusy. Starts mild, like an English ale, then gets a little spicy (rye?), then gets bitter. Never too bitter, very balanced. Very smooth, would never think this is 9%. 

Very good, but not typical alpine über quality. Still want to get a bottle or two.

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Photo of C2H5
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of TBoneJones
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice golden color, two finger thick frothy head.
This is great smelling to me. Pineapple, apricots, hops. Citrus.
The taste is bitter up front then with a blast of hops and citrus or mango. Light resin. A lot going on here with the four different hops used (as per the bottle description). Any malt lay there lightly. Pine and citrus dominates. Nice work with the hop varieties used.
The pine lingers in my mouth. Starts sweet, finishes bitter/dry. Very easy sipping here, although the aftertaste is curious.
Overall, this is a brew I'd pick up again. I wish Alpine's lineup was normally distributed to Texas. The hops used are tasty, and even though it's a big beer it drinks easy for hopheads. 

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Whole Foods in Tanasbourne.

Pouring a clear orange-amber with a dense, white head with that falls off to a thick cap, leaving gorgeous lacing, this is a beautiful beer. The nose is also excellent. Big, fruity hop nose with an excellent blend of peach, mango and bright citrus zest, there is also a moderate floral component to the nose (thanks to the Centennial hops). Very, very juicy, there is an initial dankness to the aroma that slowly dissipates. There's not much of a malt character here.

The palate has a rather big, juicy, fruity hop character with a mildly grainy cereal malt character as well. This, however, is driven by the hops. The bitterness is mild, smooth and clean, with a mildly resiny citrus rind and grapefruit character. The hop flavor is pretty big here, with the peach and mango hop character being quite delightful. The mid-palate is where the malt character comes through, a blend of bread and a mild cereal (Cheerio/cracker like). A mild to moderate honey flavor is also noticeable. The finish has a blend of hop flavors, all delightful, with a mild bitterness and big flavor. The mouthfeel with this beer is a little off IMO. It's oily/greasy but not really resiny, making this feel a little too velvety for my liking. Apart from this, however, I have no complaints, and this medium-light bodied beer has a creamy carbonation that's quite pleasant. A pretty solid DIPA IMO.

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Photo of champ103
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston, TX

A: Pours a murky, muddled golden/orange color. A small white head forms, and recedes with little lace.
S: Musky, dank hops up front and center. Pine sap, and an awesome tropical fruit aroma.
T: Follows the nose with a quick blast of dank hops and pine sap. Some tropical fruit flavors, which I like. Though every thing finishes so quickly. There is no lingering tastes what so ever. Still, what is here is very nice.
M/D: A medium, dry body with lowerish carbonation. A bit thin as well. I wish this was much more crisp. Easy enough to sip on. I can drink a few without a problem.

I am not a hop head, so normally when I don't get a lot of lingering bitterness I am happy. This just seems to come a go to quickly though. Enjoyable, but I lost interest after a while.

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

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass. Fresh as just hit the market after being released. It was a clear copper color with moderate carb streams. It had a good sized, white head that settled to a constant 1/8" foam cap. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma was awesome with dank pine mixed with tropical citrus and grassy hops. Good sweet malt background but it's a hop show. The aroma really got me drooling! The taste was also outstanding with the sweet malt and tropical hops up front with the bitter of the pine coming mid drink but never getting out of control. Really good balance to it. Medium, creamy mouthfeel with good carb levels and nice sweetly bitter aftertaste.

Overall, an excellent ADIPA that I highly recommend. Alpine is one of my favorite brewers and I miss getting to try their beers now that South Bay/Bine & Vine can't ship to Texas. Glad to see them working with one of my other favorite breweries NBB. Great collaboration. Avail here in TX. Rotation - one time release so better as much as I can find. If a regular release, it would be heavy rotation for sure.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of AdamBear
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark golden with a thick cream colored head

S-spicy hops. Despite knowing the opposite is true, this doesn't smell fresh. Strong scent. Some citrus.

T-comes in with an oddly fruity and buttery taste of spicy hops. Tastes like buttered berries. It's a unique taste. Has a decent bitterness to it. Has some alcohol note. Overall, not too great. 

M-medium dry carbonation with a dry finish

O-it's not too wonderful. It's an odd taste for an IPA. The bitterness is great, I expect some will like this for that aspect alone. I wish it had a more clear flavor though. It has some off flavors like the butter

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Photo of gatornation
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bought 2 of these bombers a couple of weeks back

A-pours a golden sunshine color with a white 1 finger head with a light amount of lacing and a fresh cap thru out

S- sweet tropical hops with sweet caramel malts pine resins and sweet bread

T-loads of tropical hops greet you immediately,mango,pineapple,papaya, with sweet malts and ,baked sweet bread in the middle there is a bitter pine and citrus taste also loads of hops in this one, it has a cloying sweetness about that i did not like

M- was sweet and hoppy with medium carbonation, notes of pine and bitterness a little syrupy

O- a good 2ipa but its not Alpine was hoping for more on this one it was good but not onr i would say wow about

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Mealhouse
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of dfillius
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

FINALLY getting to try this. Tulip glass.

A: Pours medium gold, superb clarity, with a finger of nice looking white head. Very good retention and some streaks and dots of lacing.

S: Piney, orange creamsicle, a little dank, crystal and some other malts (not so much caramel).

T: White grapefruit, dank, hardened caramel and candied malt, mild sweetness, finishing mostly dry with just a tinge of bitterness. Honey floral like character reminiscent of PH.

M: Full body and light carbonation. Super smooth and no bite, but somewhat on the heavy side.

O: Definitely an Alpine IPA. Very solid, highly drinkable. Not quite to the level of the better Alpine beers, but quite good.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Alpine brewpub.

A: Pours a golden, copper body capped with a small, off-white head. No lace down the glass as I drink.

S: This is a bold combination of candied grapefruit and candied marijuana, if there were such a thing. The candy notes come from a substantial sugar malt presence that seems to be there to cover up the alcohol (I find this is almost a prerequisite in triple IPAs), but this seems to be on the lower end of ABV to need that little trick.

T: Tropical fruits (mango, grapefruit, honeydew) along with more than a touch of weed; substantial sugar throughout gives it that big-boy feel, but it is not overly sweet.

M: A little on the syrupy side for an Alpine beer; their IPAs are usually a bit drier than this (Expo Hop notwithstanding). Actually, this reminds me of Expo Hop, but whereas that one takes the edge off the sugar with oak chips, this one lays said sugar bare, and it feels more like a traditional Triple IPA. Medium-full body with a little warming alcohol and sugar burn in the finish.

O: This was very enjoyable. I'm just disappointed that I can't seem to find it in bottles anywhere; by the time it arrives in my home area, it is sure to be faded. Still quite tasty, though; I hope they make it again.

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Photo of jegross2
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Lips Of Faith Super India Pale Ale, a collaboration brew between Alpine Beer Company and New Belgium Brewing that is part of New Belgium's ever more interesting Lips Of Faith series.
Score: 92

Released in the middle of August 2012. Served in a Half Acre tulip and enjoyed on 09/05/12.

Appearance: Pours a nice clean, muted honey color with a finger of off-white seafoam head that settles to a thin layer. Slightly below average lacing, but really good retention and cling. 4.5/5

Smell: Huge notes of dank grapefruit, sweet citrus and resiny pine smack you right away. A touch of spice/horseradish is interestingly blended into an earthy caramel aromatic backbone that sits on the front of the nose. A hint of earthy rose as well. Very nice and surprisingly complex for an IPA. This one has an intriguingly complex IPA aroma. 4/5

Taste: Holy bitter and earthy caramel malt bombs Batman! This malty IPA walks the line between barleywine and IPA, tilting towards the barleywine. Super IPA is a lot more earthy on the palate than I imagined, though I suppose the nose gave me plenty of fair warning. Layered on top of the maltiness is a nice fresh, juicy and hoppy grapefruit flavor. The bitter, earthy malt backbone to this beer -- a mix of caramel, spice, onion, (not Devil Dancer 2011 onion, but fresh Deviant Dale's pale ale-like onion) and dank, slightly resinous mulch -- really lingers on the way back of the tongue like crazy. There's a little pine overlaying the malt backbone too, but the malt is really the star of this show. Fresh, this beer is a nice malty IPA; however, I could see this one turning into a real disaster when the juicy hops, which give the beer some balance, fall off. At 9% ABV, I guess there's a chance this ages like Three Floyds Behemoth, but it's malt profile reminds me much more of Avery's Maharaja (which I hated aged). As it warms and layers, this beer gets increasingly bitter -- which balances the malt nicely. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, light-medium carbonation with a bitterness that sits heavy on the back of the tongue. Very oily mouthfeel. Malty and bitter, but not sweet. 4/5

Overall: An excellent bitter, malt-forward IPA. Think Maharaja meets Hoptimum. This one is not quite on par with Alpine's better IPA offerings (though I enjoyed it as much as Exponential Hoppiness), but it is nice to see an Alpine beer make wide distribution without having to hear the brewer complain about people outside California enjoying his beer (I got to give some props to New Belgium for their input on this one too).

Recommendation: An excellent for the price point. Fans of malty IPA and hoppy barleywines -- especially those with a penchant for Southern Tier's Unearthly IPA -- should seek this one out fresh. This is not a beer for the faint hearted, however, and I can almost guarantee you tha casual beer drinkers and hop-haters will despise this brew.

Pairings: Thai food...maybe peanut saute?

Cost: $5.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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1.75/5  rDev -57.9%

Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Kevlee722
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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

Served in a tulip from a 22 oz

Notes: I was really excited to finally see something, anything from Alpine Brewing. I was stoked to find this bomber at my local New Seasons store.

A - Inviting clear effervescent golden orange, with a light layer of head. The brilliance of the color gets major points here as well as the lively carbonation

S - Bright juicy citrus, lemongrass, pineapple, bready. Rich aroma.

T - Pineapple, tropical. Biscuit. A bit different from the nose, and well welcomed. Great complexity. Green and grassy on the follow through.

M - Nice full body, swells, a bit of slickness, but that doesnt last. Finishes rather smooth and a touch dry.

O - This is a beer I go back for. Its fun and complex and Id love to pair it with food being so. Super IPA, sure, it fits the bill, though it wasnt overly powered by hops and bitterness which for me I often love, so this one Im really impressed with due to its complexity.

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Photo of gtermi
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours a very nice golden body with a tint of orange. The beer pours with a sorta thick head, that quickly fades and leaves a tiny bit of white lace on the glass. The head never truly goes away though.

S: Now this is about as good as it gets when it comes to an Imperial IPA. The hops come through as very spicy and earthy. Maybe its me just making things up, but this smells as if it has a pepper in it. Just absolutely fantastic.

T: Again, just fantastic. The hops explode on my palate and leave a bitter taste on my palate for what seems like hours. I am picking up some pine, some onion, pepper, earthiness and some sweetness from the grain.

M: The beer has a warmth and burning feeling on the back of the throat and as it goes down. It leaves a weird oily bitterness that coats my mouth from the hops and though it doesnt hurt how I feel about this beer, it just feels weird. The best part of the mouthfeel for me is the little tickle on the tip of the tongue.

O: This beer just hits the spot! The hop combination is just perfect and the bitterness isnt overpowering either. I have had hundreds of IPAs and DIPAs and this is for sure one of the better ones I have ever had. My only problem with this beer is that it isn't year round.

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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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