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 StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is an excellent beer. pours an apple juice color with a frothy inch and a half head pure white. the aroma is definitelya product of major dry hopping, i can distinctly smell simcoe hops, as well as some more floral hops. flavor is obviously quite bitter, high alpha oily hops combine with a fruity yeast very well, and the high alcohol content almost makes a spicy character out of all the hops. pale malt body behind all the sticky icky. mouthfeel is bitter and rather dry, which works well. each sip is a short burst of flavor, and is ready to be immediately followed by the next sip. this makes it dangerously drinkable, but this isnt for everyone. this is for the beer drinker who can really appreciate the intricacies of different hops. i like it a lot.

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

22 oz bomber, bottled on 07/24/2012, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color topped with an inch of creamy off-white head, nice retention and lacing.

S- Absolutely huge aroma, tons of fruity, citric and slightly dank hops, some caramel malt and a bit of a pungent onion aroma in the background.

T- Again lots of juicy citrus and tropical fruit, followed by a nice amount of bitter pine resin. A solid amount of malt gives it a bit of caramel sweetness and balance that becomes more noticeable as it warms. Again some more slightly weird onion flavors (this could easily have been a 4.5 without them).

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel with awesome carbonation, booze is slightly warming but is only just perceptible, slightly dry finish.

O- A very nice IPA overall, the hop flavor is really awesome and incredibly vivid. However, this could have scored a lot higher if it didn't have that strange onion flavor hanging around in the background. Regardless it's still very good and well worth picking up, especially at its price point.

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Photo of peabody
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear yellow amber with lots of effervescence but little amount of bubbles. Good lacing around the pint glass.
Aroma is very strong from a distance. Almost a soap suds smell. As you get the nose closer you are overwhelmed with the floral hop. The fruityness is big here. Lots of tangerine and orange peel with sweet apricot dancing around the olafactory. Wonderful smell in this brew.
Taste is a bit of a letdown from the smell. Gone is the fruityness replaced by bitter and some sugar malts mixed in with the ever-bearing alcohol. They didn't hide the ABV here at all. Boozey but still drinkable.
Mouthfeel is very sticky. The pine oil stays with the tounge as does the alcohol.
Overall this is still a darn good double IPA but the taste letdown from the smell was way too much.

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Photo of sftravis
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

22oz bomber, about the closest I can get to Alpine

appearance: served in a hilliards can-pint, pale straw-copper body, a nice fluffy white head with creamy retention

smell: nice citrus bouquet - grapefruit and tangerine prominent, pine, sweet malt

taste: A nice DIPA, indeed - tangerine pulp, red grapefruit zest, light pine resin, sticky boozy malt, tropical fruit. This stuff is solid, especially at $6.50. Worth a repurchase.

mouthfeel: light side of medium, no cloying bitterness

overall: very good stuff

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Photo of BeerHunter76
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Schmittymack
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into the trusty ol' shaker glass. Poured an orangeish color with a one finger head. Head lingered; nice lacing in the glass. Aroma was citrus and pine. Taste was actually quite nice: citrusy, piney, contrary to other reviews, I thought the hop bitterness was rather mild and the 9% alcohol well hidden. I could definitely do this again, especially on tap. Don't know if I'd do another bottle but if someone offered a pour, I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of gpogo
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Clearish golden body with a fluffy white head that leaves a nice lacing. Very small bubbles. The head dissipates, but continues to have a nice foam cap.

A- Wonderful hoppy aroma. Piney citrusy aroma. Nice and heavy on the aroma hops.

T- Similar to aroma. The aroma hops bitterness and a nice sweet maltiness seems to be about it. No heavy bitterness. Delicious.

M- Light/medium body. Low carbonation.

D- Delicious beer. Worth the price for at least one. Very fresh IPA flavors, no need to age.

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Photo of lsummers
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance was great, I can't complain. It had great lacing matched with a mostly transparent golden hue. Smells fantastic, like fruity caramel malty, fresh cut grass notes without the overly sweet tones. Taste is just as impressive. The malty caramel really comes through. It is hoppy but the bitterness is so well balanced that it lets the other more leathery darker flavors come through. Taste is like mixing caramel with some nutmeg, oatmeal, light fruit and some nice bitter hops. Mouthfeel leaves a sticky carbonated quality that really compliments the backend tastes. It's really nice and suits the beer.

Overall, I would love, love to have this beer on tap. I would definitely pick this up again. If I had a dipa tasting I would probably link this with Avery's Maharaja, and Great Divides Anniversary Dipa. Just don't ask me to choose whose is best.

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Photo of kew
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rhefter
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

A 22oz bomber picked up at Greens Buford Hwy, atl

A - Pours a dark orange, with a huge 2 fingers of head. Nice sticky lace.

S - Huge piny hops, citrus. Huge aroma. Fresh.

T - Like the smell, a huge blast of pine and citrus hops. A hop lovers dream. VERY well balanced. This is an Imperial IPA at its best.

M - Medium bodied, dry finish.

O - I am excited to get an Alpine here on the East Coast. I visited the brewery last year, but you can't find it outside of CA. Thanks New Belgium!
Alpine is none for their huge IPA's. They knock it out of the park, AGAIN

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DankB33R
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 22 oz bomber poured into an 18oz snifter.

A. One and half fingers of white foam ontop of a clear golden hued ale. Foam died back to thick lacing.

S. The aroma is full of resinous pine, citrus and some tropical fruit notes.

T. The taste is a mix of malt sweetness and bitter piney flavors. Followed by some citrus.

M. Mouthfeel is what you might expect from an imperial IPA. Just a little heavy on the palate. Leaving a good coating of piney resinous IPA on every sip.

O. Overall, excellent appearance with a solid IPA aroma. Taste is also a solid mix of pine and citrus with some tropical fruit notes. I'll certainly look for this on draft.

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Photo of adsomers
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at Lips of Faith Tap Takeover at Harry's Hofbrau San Jose, CA 8/29/12

A - Golden copper color, fluffy white head, lowish carbonation

S - Very pungent pine, tropical fruit, cotton candy, some grass. Unbelievably strong aroma from this one. Very fresh.

T - Aggressive bitterness supports sweet and resinous hop flavors. A lot of descriptors could be used here but suffice it to say the taste is just very, very fresh hoppiness and not much else. I nursed this for a while and I have to say it declined a bit sitting in the glass. That's the only thing I noticed that didn't like, and is probably unavoidable in this style.

M - Pretty hefty body balanced by bitterness and just enough carbonation.

D - 8oz. And I'm buzzed, so there's that... But as long as I can stay standing I can keep sipping this one.

O - Amazing beer. Need more of this!

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Photo of Tom-Peters
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of TicoCali
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JSchock7
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of jak
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of wceaton
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of johnnyboy76
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of TeamUgly
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Bobbydigi
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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