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 russpowell
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Very nice head retention & lacing

S: Big time pineyness, cakeyness & grapefruit

T: Follows the nose, some breadyness, pineapple & mango up front. Breadyness, big time pine & some serious grapefruit as this warms. Finishes dry with much pine, grapefruit & a bit of booze bite

MF: Medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation, nice balance for the style, but gets a bit boozey/hop-sharp as this warms

A nice effort, not Alpine nice, but glad I bought it. Easy enough to drink

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Photo of bbadger
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of mjr2377
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of sammo
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of MasterSki
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Fountainhead. Served in a New Belgium goblet.

A - Two fingers of white foam settle to a thick cap, leaving behind tons of splotchy, sticky, lacework. Transparent golden body. Reference quality for the style.

S - Grapefruit rind, tropical fruits, some dankness and perhaps a hint of cat pee, along with a brown sugar malt bill that intensifies as the beer warms. It's very hoppy to be certain, but retains some balance.

T - The taste is quite juicy as well, with tons of orange flesh, mango, melon, and other tropical fruits, and perhaps a hint of pine in the finish. Nice mid-level bitterness lingers on the palate. Closer to a 4.25, so I've tweaked the overall score.

M - Juicy texture with a dry finish, medium-full body, pleasant carbonation, and only a touch of warming alcohol.

D - Very easy to drink for 9%. A tad sweeter than I like my double IPAs, but otherwise quite nice and possibly the best non-sour I've had from New Belgium. Great fruity hops and West Coast bitterness.

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Photo of AlexChillton
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of iKrystin
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of 6demonbag
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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

A- Solid head with a golden body. Glows in the light. Good look for any IPA

S-Stanky. Stank and dank. Bid hop bomb. You can smell the sweetness of the beer. Big nose. Citrusy and floral.

T-Really sweet at first. The bitterness doesn't come through right away. After a few sips the mouth dries out and it is obvious of the bitterness. The malt profile is great. It really evens everything out. Very piney on the taste. Good deal

M-Good body. Lingering mouthfeel. The alcohol is there, but not over the top. There is a burn, but really the body brings it down. Highly drinkable at 9%.

O-This the the closest I can come to Alpine. I think it is a very good DIPA. Not the greatest of all time. Great nose, good body and solid taste. I will drink this anytime I see it on tap. Really solid beer.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium stemmed globe glass

Pours a golden amber with orange hues topped with a two finger fluffy bright white head. Great head retention and a significant amount of splotchy lacing as the head recedes and the brew is consumed. The nose is dominated by grapefruit rind, tangerine, and a hint of mango. Opens with grapefruit rind bitterness and grassy notes, notes of mango & papaya midplate. Finishes a bit sweet with more tropical notes perhaps even a surprise hint of slightly green banana, and some warming alcohol and not much bite. A fairly evident heavy malt foundation, and a very silky, creamy mouthfeel give this brew an exceptional mouthfeel. I enjoyed this brew and it is one of the more successful collaborations I've had. I would have really liked a bit more bite on the finish.

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Photo of sbricker
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a nice light copper color with some good golden hues dominating. There is a nice 1 inch white head. There are some nice chunky bubbles intermingled in there. The head is quite sticky and leaves some nice lacing as the head goes down.

Aroma is of delicious hop notes. Nice lemony notes with other citrus fruits intermingled with some nice tropical mango and papaya. Some nice tangerine is present as well. Nice citrusy notes ride the whole nose well with some slight grain and biscuity notes in the background.

Flavor is nice and citrusy. Tangerine and orange with some nice tropical notes. Slight mango and pineapple. There are some good pine resin notes balancing the more citrus notes. This is a very balanced DIPA with some nice hop notes and good grainy and bready malt notes that also give the brew some sweetness. The 9% ABV is definitely not too overwhelming. Pretty surprising. I thought it might be a boozy mess. The citrus hop notes are pretty nice and also have a nice lemony hint to it. Body is medium with some nice crisp notes and a nice slightly sticky hop finish.

This brew is pretty delicious. Nice balance of the citrusy and piney hops with some good malt sweetness. The brew ABV isn't too intense even though its listed as 9%. Solid offering.

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

A: golden color with slight orange middle section and a hefty head that dissipates quickly.

S: big citrus smell with slight melon and some grass

T: kind of grassy, resinous and citrus hops with a back end of the grass and slight grain

M: slightly harsh carbonation fits with the aggressive style and medium body

O: fantastic smell, the rest of the beer was good, and overall it's solid for a $7 bomber from Binny's

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Photo of dc55110
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of caskstrength
3.16/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours light golden, good carbonation, IPA looking.

Smells are pineapple IPA

Tastes are pineapple-y IPA with some floral notes. Decent, nothing more. More sugary malts than I wanted mixed in with the sweet fruits.

Mouthfeel is heavier than it should be, not enough resin or bitter zesty bite. Your palate is safe here.

Passable IPA, nothing memorable. No need to seek it out. Alpine's normal lineup is better.
Reminded me of Oracle, which I didn't like.

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Photo of Auracom
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Haymarket. 4 oz. served in a tasting glass on August 17th, 2012.

A - Lighter golden coloring with great lacing and a soft wispy eggshell head.

S - Super orange rinds, good herbaceousness, slightly dank, and pine sap.

T - Really interesting. It's not at all sweet either from fruit or malts. Almost a peppercorn. Very grassy. Good lingering hop cone bite but with rye-like spicyness.

M - Light body, appropriate carb, semi dry finish.

D - It makes me think of Nelson but with lesser sweetness and spice. Would revisit easily.

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Photo of mactrail
3.54/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A pure, high, whine of hops boring into your brain, like a Triumph Daytona. The sheer fruitiness of it is out of the ballpark for a DIPA.

Piney and powerful aroma. Orange juice and orange blossoms. It's probably a benchmark for how fragrant you could make an IPA. Plenty bitter and hot on the lips like chewing grapefruit peel, not to mention the alcohol. Actually just plain hot. Spicy and sharp like that cheap blue cheese you left in the back of the refrigerator.

Thoroughly interesting as yet another attempt to set a land speed record powered by hops, but not exactly drinkable. From the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating

A= Pours a nice bright golden amber color with a nice finger of thick off white head on it that holds great retention and lacing.

S= I can smell this baby from across the room. Very pungent of bright hops. Super resinous and piney with a little sweetness that falls in the back to make a sort of candy sweetness smell.

T= The taste is just a bruising hop bomb. Tons of bright flavors with pine and citrus being dominate. Loads of flowers and surprisingly little bitterness. The sweetness is much less dominate in the flavor than it was in the nose. Loads of wonderful hops.

M= Surprisingly light and bright. I'm use to IPAs with this much alcohol getting a little heavier but this is nice and light.

O= This is an amazing beer. These collaboration projects are really fun to try but I always find them a little underwhelming but this one is great. A tasty brew that packs a punch. Tames even the worst hop craving.

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Photo of LKFH
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of seth72104
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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

Pours a clear, golden color with a medium-large white head that diminishes in no time. Scent is very hoppy. Fresh hops with sweet honey and some citrus. The aroma definitely has an Alpine feel to it. Light, sweet malt profile, but mostly hops and citrus. A bit of tropical fruits as well. Taste is sweet honey and bitter hops up front. Light malt backbone, but not too much. Sweet pineapple and mango with a bit of pine needle. Subtle booziness with some lemon and grapefruit. Bitter, hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a bitter finish. Drinkability is very high for such high ABV. Overall, I like all of Alpine's normal line up of hoppy beers more, but they really helped out NB with this one. Solid offering.

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Photo of millelacsmark
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Domingo
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The mythical Super IPA from Alpine and New Belgium. I've enjoyed the few Alpine beers I've had here and there, although I haven't been a big fan of NB's hoppy beers. Let's see where this one falls...
Golden to nearly orange color. Massive foam, lacing galore.
Huge hops on the nose. Absolutely massive. Big resin'y notes that showcase pine, a little bit of mango, cannabis, rind, and big PNW hops all around.
The flavor follows that path, at least at first. Slightly sweet on the front of the palate with some mild peach and mango, suddenly you get assaulted by hops. Everything from pine-y and dank notes to a little bit of saltiness. It never goes into garlic territory, luckily, but there is that odd meaty salinity here and there. Sweetness is totally gone from the front of the palate, and bitterness takes over.
Reminds me a little of the Pliny beers at times, although this one has fewer notes of frutiness and more of a cannabis, earthy character to it.
Hop fanatics will probably like this, although maybe not all of them. The fruity notes are dialed back so that it's not really going to compare with some of fruitier accentuated IPAs.
There's definitely more Alpine than NB going on with this one, which is nice.
Not necessarily my cup of tea on the IPA front, but still tasty.
I understand what they're shooting for and know some people do (and will) love it. I'm probably just not one of 'em.

EDIT: Probably worth noting that I really like this in small doses. I loved the taster snifter I got at NB and I enjoyed the first 1/4 of my bomber. However that saline/meaty/dank note from the hops really grinds on me after a bit. At first it seems similar to Pliny, but the more I drink of it, the further it goes in another direction.

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Photo of ccrida
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is clear gold with an off-white head, very tight and creamy, leaving foamy lace. Love a lighter IPA...

Smell is big hops, lots of wood, pine, earth, and of course citrus - some orange marmalade.

Taste is massive hop dankness. Wow! This is what I want when I think IPA, blistering hop *flavor*, which in this case is heavy on the pine resin, a little citrus. There's some bready notes to the malt, which surprised me by the color, but which compliant the hops very nicely. Bitterness is firm. I'm more of a fruit/candy than resin IPA guy, but this one does the cone proud. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is oily as hell, and fairly light bodied.

Drinkability is killer. More please! This is about as good as it gets within the style, especially if you prefer it more dank than fruity. Home run.

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