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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)

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 alwaysanswerb
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of RuckusDu
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a NB globe.

A - Tall two fingers of slightly yellow head that sticks around for a bit. Body is clear and a beautiful even wheat color. Strong lacing.

S - A little bit of citra hops, but mostly pine. Fresh but really simple though nice.

T - Again very simple. Tons of pine, but more on the processed side. Maybe that is the malt, but it really smooths things out and it quite delicious. A little orange rind.

M - Strong carbonation and great body. Slightly buttery and a little drying.

O - 9%? This thing is really amazing. Like a double/triple IPA but really fresh and awesome. This could turn into an amazing BW in 2-3 years.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into NB globe. Clear gold appearance with soapy white head and tons of lacing. Great head retention on this one, a touch of cloudiness. The aroma is pine forward with notes of sap, molasses, pine, resin, and caramel along with a touch of bread crust. Taste is hop forward and earthy with thick notes of pine and syrup. There is a hefty malt backbone that adds a great deal of sweetness. The sweetness is quickly counteracted by a firm earthy bitterness that carries through to the finish. Mouthfeel is heavy with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a very robust DIPA, but doesn't feature the flavors that I prefer when it comes to hop variety and what not. The finish is a tad boozy, it is a hop bomb nonetheless.

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Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Momar42
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel artist tulip

A - clear, medium amber with huge fluffy white head. Beautiful looking beer with great lacing.

S - piney, resinous, mild citrus. Fantastic nose on this collab. Never had anything from Alpine but their hand has to be at work here owing to the aroma profile.

T - taste follows the nose. Bitter hops of pine and citrus. Sweeter than some west coast offerings but not overly so. Smooth and creamy the hops carry through the entire drink. Really well done.

M - medium. Creaminess makes it heavier than some DIPAs but less so than others. Middle of the road maybe?

O - as I said I've never had an Alpine beer but this ones quality must be attributed to their input. Very hoppy beer for a normal NB offering. This is one I would drink all the time if it were available. Easily one of the best LoF offerings to date a great DIPA on its own.

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

Pours a clear orange-gold with a dense white head that settles to a thin cap. Insane hop-forward aromas of mango, peach, pine, and grass. One of the hoppiest beers I've ever smelled. Taste is similarly hoppy, with more tropical fruit, light caramel and candy, resin, and citrus juice. I have no idea how this is so drinkable despite the 9.0% ABV, but I suspect it has something to do with the master craftsmen over at Alpine. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a medium body and pleasantly creamy carbonation. Superb DIPA, definitely one of the best I've had this year!

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Photo of cdwil
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of TheBishopco
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of yamar68
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first time trying any beer that Alpine had a hand in producing.

Pours a nice, clear burnt gold with a healthy finger or two of sticky whiteness. Textbook DIPA appearance.

Mango, melon, faint citrus - nothing groundbreaking but a delicious smelling beer nevertheless.

One thing that really stands out to me is the lack of booziness - which allows you to appreciate the massive hop profile. There is a lingering aftertaste though that is bothering me... can't quite nail it down, maybe a bit of band aid and asperin? Generic medicine cabinet afterburn. Aside from that, though, very well constructed.

After trying this one, I'm that much more anxious to try an Alpine IPA someday.

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber; the head is rather modest but it does an impressive job of sticking some lace

Smell: Fresh and citrusy, with grapefruit, mango and pine

Taste: While there is clearly a big malt bill that adds some sugary sweetness, the hops dominate the flavor profile from start to finish; tropical fruit flavors are up front, with the mango and grapefruit, but by mid-palate, the resinous, piney flavors start to dominate; the finish has a wild onion flavor going on, however

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and a bit of warmth in the gullet

Overall: While I am not crazy at all about the wild onion flavor, there is a lot going on and the flavor profile is rather distinctive; nice to see an Alpine-influenced beer outside of southern California

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Photo of larbush
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of kevinscott
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of olmane
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of sansho
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of jaminjohnson
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of elgiacomo
3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, unknown date but should be fairly fresh. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours clear golden amber with a three finger white head that leaves lots of spotty lacing and holds a small cap.

Pungent hop aroma. Dank and resinous, onion, pineapple, apricot, grapefruit rind, pine, mint, floral, grassy, leafy, whole lotta everything there, decent caramel malt backbone as well.

Flavor is hop resins, caramel, grapefruit rind, apricot, onion, pine, mint, hefty caramel malt backbone, finishes somewhat sweet and somewhat bitter, decent bit of solvent alcohol as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, sticky, oily, moderate to good carbonation.

Good, but wouldn’t call it Super. Pungent hops, but a good bit of sweet malt and alcohol as well. Trying to drink this quickly as I think the sweetness and booze would get to be too much if it warmed.

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Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant crystal clear orange, drippy rings of lace cling to the glass as a thin broken skim floats on the surface. Initial pour left behind a decent head, second was minimal.

Cheesy Columbus hops, dank and leafy green, botanical with a bunch of resin. Vague sweet cotton candy and hop oils dominating. West coast through and through.

Mild caramel in the middle, with touches of prickly alcohol. Sun tea, cantaloupe, cut grass. Dry and resiny aftertaste of fresh bitter hops. Creamy smooth feel. Bitterness is moderate in this one, pushing heavy for those "pre-lupulin threshold shift". Pretty tasty, and nearly flawless save for the slight booziness and somewhat less complex hop flavors than the nose promises.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- Pours a light caramel color with a 2" off-white dense head. Nice trails of lacing remain all over the glass.

S- Caramel, very floral, dank hops (smell fresh), grapefruit and pineapple.

T- Sweet caramel, grapefruit, super fresh dry hop bitter hops.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Nice creamy and smooth feel.

O- Very good dipa. Nice maltiness with super dank/wet hop bitterness. Will look for another bottle soon.

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Photo of beertunes
3.03/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in tulip. Poured a clean, clear light gold color with 3/4 inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly piney hops, with some citrusy aspects, and no real malt noticeable in the nose. On the tongue, it was the same story, no malt to speak of, pine and citrus hops providing the only notable flavors.

The body was too thin for me, I almost dinged it another half-point, it was just lacking in substance. Drinkability was good, watery as it was of course it went down easy and smooth. Overall, an OK brew that I found to be on the meh side of the scale. Give it a shot if you see it, or don't.

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Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into my 512 glass. Golden amber in color with a thin, frothy, sticky, bight white colored head to it. Great retention and lacing as I drank it. Great looking beer of the style.

The aroma has a bright, juicy hoppiness to it. It's definitely got that signature sweet, tropical fruit flavor of an Alpine IPA. I'm loving the pineapple and peach flavors I'm getting to it. It's got a pretty big bready malt base to it with a touch of caramel sweetness coming out. Great aroma overall.

The taste follows through with more tropical fruit flavors right off the bat. Pineapple, peach and grapefruit are all there. The finish is where I start to get some of the candied fruit, sugary sweetness. It's got enough of a dry, hop bitterness to balance it out all the juicy, candied sweetness pretty well though. It comes together very well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little below average. Overall, I thought it was a great beer. It definitely had a strong Alpine influence to it and could fit right in with their regular line up. It was very juicy and fresh and just a really good beer overall.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of carteravebrew
2/5  rDev -52.6%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour was a bright golden orange. Fluffy what pillow head.

Very tropical fruit forward on the nose. Sweet and juicy, very ripe. Mainly citrus.

Flavor was best at about 55 degrees. More bitter than the nose, hints of resin and grapefruit. Complimented but a subtle malt body.

Drank easy, never overly cloying or syrup like.

At first i was not into it but by my 2nd glass i was digging it. Price would be better around $5.

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Photo of pirmannt1
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Lips Of Faith - Super India Pale Ale (Alpine Collaboration) from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 800 ratings
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