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

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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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Reviews: 234 | Ratings: 800
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ The Rhino in Missoula. Served in pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy medium orange colour with a yellow glow around the edges. A thin layer of off white head formed with sood retention and good lacing.

S - Fresh grapefruit, passion fruit, mango and pineapple. Some pine as well. Slight honey sweetness.

T - Bitterness up front that is immediately balanced by sweet malts. Grapefruit, passion fruit, guava and pine flavours create a fairly unique flavour profile from the hops. Caramel and honey sweetness from the malt bill adds balance.

M - Medium body; creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Beerandboards
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at BackAlley Brewery in ABQ

A - Look is standard golden copper, pretty clear, about a half inch of dense white head sits on top. Half rings of lacing as the pint glass goes down.

S - Piney citrus hops, a little floral, a little yeast/malty/breadiness. Really smells great if you get after it with the nose. Doesnt come out and overpower you, but smells very nice.

T - Very nice. Piney hop bitterness leads, a small malt note evens it and then there is some lemon rind acidity to it, finishes with a floral hop note.

M - Great for an IPA. Medium low carbonation, sticky sappy hop feel. Good finish.

O - Very solid IPA. Hits well in all categories. I've had this both in a bomber and on tap, tap is a good letter grade above the bomber. Very enjoyable beer, glad to have had the chance to enjoy this one on tap several times now..

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Photo of yamar68
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
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 chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initial consumption, just minutes after the growler fill, from a Sam Adams lager glass.

Clear golden with visible carbonation. The rather sudsy white head leaves the glass partially coated with spots of sticky lace but is not very durable.

A: markedly strong hop aroma. High ABV easily detected, at least after warming a bit.

T: hints of honey. The hop component starts citrusy but turns piney by the finish, with grapefruit in the aftertaste. Enough malt here is significantly reduce the bitterness from what I would expect give the strong hop aroma and taste. {3.75)

M: medium body and carbonation. Slight harshness despite being a 9% DIPA.

O: a strongly aromatic and hoppy DIPA without the challenge of extreme bitterness. The hop component is too resiny and not as citrusy as i prefer.

Based on small samples of 2 other IPAs before selecting a fill, I'll like this less that the Stone Anniv. IPA (I'll be going back for it) but more than the Harpoon Leviathan IPA.

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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 secondtooth
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-opaque golden, with a nice head of sudsy carbonation. Beautiful, frilly lace, too.

Nose is pine and floral hop goodness. Yum.

Flavor is a wallop of heavy pine and citrus hops, tempered by a firm malt backbone. Good balance, and definitely on the heavy and dry side. My only issue is that this one seems too acidic for my palate, somehow. Still, a unique and well-done IPA.

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Photo of Jagen
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Put off buying one and drinking it for too long…couldn’t find anything else to buy so I picked this one up

A – Nice golden-yellow color. Pours with a nice 1 finger head that slowly dissipates to a ½ finger head. No lacing left on the side of the class. Fluffy head that sticks to the finger!

S – There’s the fruity, citrusy hoppy smells I know and love! Not as strong as I would like, but very pleasant. Might not be stronger because of this bottle’s age but there is no bottled on information.

T- Nice bitter bite but not too extreme. The bitterness mellows out nicely and smoothly. The 9% ABV is completely masked…no alcohol bite at all. A very subtle sweetness in the background that compliments the grapefruity deliciousness of the hops nicely.

M – Bites sharply on the tongue…medium level of carbonation. The body of the beer is overall pretty light.

O – Glad I finally tried it. I feel like if I had it a month or two ago when I first saw it that I would be reviewing it a little higher. It doesn’t quite live up to the name super. I will probably say the same thing for all IPA reviews for the rest of the year, but it doesn’t hold up to Enjoy By…but Enjoy By is probably the best beer I’ve had this year

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of Barriques. Loud and proud bottle date states, oh wait....that shit never gets old. Pun intended?

Yellow-orange pour produces some fat dishwater bubbles and some stick em.

Little bit of tropical fruits and a whole lot of litter box.

Juicy hops up front move into big sourdough maltiness and brash Simcoe abrasive harshness and pissiness. Promising start doesn't really deliver at the finish. Quite bitter at the back and oddly medicinal. The finish doesn't do it for me.

Better smelling than tasting; I had higher hopes considering Alpine was involved. This seems messy.

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Photo of popery
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium gold with a smallish off-white head. Quite clear. A bit of lacing. Lots of fruit in the aroma, particularly of the tropical variety - pineapples, peaches, guava, mangoes, grapes, sugary lemons, oranges, honeysuckle and more floral tones. Unfortunately, there's also a fair bit of booze and a funny caramel malt note that doesn't quite work for me. The taste is on the sweet side. Bitterness is mild but still present and firm, particularly in the finish - good stuff. Unfortunately, there's also more booze, and the beer sticks in the mouth too much. Mouthfeel is a tad thick and sticky for my taste, though not bad. This is a nice beer, but I found it disappointing. If the beer had been drier and lighter on the palate, my rating probably would be significantly higher. It's somewhat forgivable at 9% abv, but it's a highly competitive style and there are lots of DIPAs around that I'd prefer over this one. The hop flavors were quite nice, but sometimes, that's not enough to save a beer. Something about the malt sweetness just got in the way of things for me.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
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 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 tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this at our last brewing session.

A - bright, translucent orangish yellow with a thick white head that has great retention

S - citrusy, orange, some pine

T - orange juice, yeast, piny bitterness, earthy, faint alcohol in the finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, dry, warm

I can't put my finger on it, but there's something off about this beer. The hop character is decent, but the malt character is very light. There's also a bit of yeastiness that I find a bit off putting. In any respect, I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange color with a white head. Pineapple, mango, and lots of peach. Really heavy on the pungent grapefruit and orange. Some floral aromas, a touch of toffee. A weird graham cracker sweetness, mild toffee, and a moderate bitterness. Heavily fruity hops, some grapefruit, tangerine, peach, and mango. Not bad, but nowhere near as good as I was expecting.

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Photo of harrymel
3.57/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Been looking forward to this one...

Pours a nice toasted golden with a steady fine white foam sheet with central dome. Smells of sweet pine, resin, grapefruit, sweet malts and hints of alcohol. Smells solid enough to drink. Not mind blowing, but very nice. Flavor is sweet, biscuity malts, bitterness, oranges, grapefruit meat, cotton candy, and some peaches. Medium bodied on slight syrup with low carb and a slight, warm finish. This beer is nice, and I enjoy it. Strong work between the two and a good buy while available.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A little late to the party perhaps, as it looks like this one is about a year old, but I'm drinking it as fast as I can after receiving it. These are two good breweries whose beers can definitely hold up to a little time anyways. Cheers to Doodler for sending this one over.

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Clear amber orange in color with no carbonation evident. Fades to a slight wisp that remains the whole way and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Honeydew melon, caramel aromas, toffee, some piney hops and touches of citrus on the nose. Muted hop presence at this point, but it's still holding up.

TASTE: Caramel and toffee flavors up front, with some honeydew melon though the middle, into a caramely sweet and lightly piney bitter finish. Medium and lingering finish of caramel, sweet toffee, some piney hops and a touch of bitterness on the palate. Well balanced and still enjoyable, though the hop presence is definitely not as potent as it once was.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Quite creamy and smooth the whole way. Good feel for sure.

OVERALL: Beer isn't dairy per se, but hops do fade over time. This truth is evident here, though the beer itself is still flavorful and enjoyable. I've had plenty of DIPA's with a bit of age on them that haven't held up this well. If you still have one of these, for whatever reason, drink it fast. It's still a nice drink as it is. Thanks again Doodler.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.54/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden color, carbonation fades quickly a cluster of bubbles clinging to the surface.

S: Pineapple, pine, chamomile, slight alcohol.

T: Slight malt, pine, trace of bitterness in the finish, floral, salt water, pine apple, pine, alcohol.

M: chewy with refreshing carbonation.

I have never had anything from Alpine, but I will have to look for them the next time I am in California. Overall, this is a solid IPA.

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Photo of mactrail
3.54/5  rDev -14.9%
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 Sarlacc83
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle purchased and consumed on 9-6.

A: Aggressive pour yields a lasting 1.5" head. Cascading bubbles throughout. Clear golden color.

N: Superb mix of mango/pineapple/pine. Some caramel and toffee undertones. A little bit of onion.

T: Blast of onion peel and pine. The heavy citrus on the nose is faint behind these two predominant flavors. Very dry hop presence overall with a touch of ethanol that adds a very unpleasant harshness to the proceedings and will continue to get worse as the beer warms.

O: Palate scraping. Dries right out after a luscious mouthfeel. Best part of the beer.

M: I have to say this didn't really please me. It seemed from the nose this was going to take on all the wonderful attributes of Alpine's top shelf DIPAs, but instead, it got harsher and less enjoyable to drink every sip. I remarked to my wife that I wished I'd bought something else about 2/3rds of the way through the bottle.

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this guy out in to my 'snifter-pint' glass and took my notes. There are some nice, golden hues here, a soft head with some great lacing overall. It smells dry-hopped to me, and of course it is. According to the bottle, it's a "triple dry hopped Imperial IPA bursting with Columbus, Amarillo, Centennial and Simcoe hops."

I enjoyed the taste of this beer...slightly licorice-y, hop flavor with the right amount of malt. It's definitely got that traditional citrus/piney flavor of bigger IPAs. It's pretty hop-forward, but ultimately well-balanced. I don't notice the high ABV too exceptionally, usually a good thing. This is a solid collaboration beer, although when all is said and done, not overly remarkable. Good work in general and at $6.99, certainly worth the experimentation.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 8.99. I didn't take note of any bottling date. Served in a pint glass. 

Golden straw yellow with two fingers off white head. Bits of lacing left anywhere the head rested. 

Subdued aromas of mild pineapple, grass and biscuit. 

Sweet hops. Pineapple, orange, bicuits and caramel. Much sweeter than I'm used to in an IPA. Alcohol is well hidden. 

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. 

Not bad. One of the better things I've had from New Belgium. I'd drink it again but I wouldn't pay 8.99 for another bottle. 

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Photo of beagle75
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, medium orange-golden color with one finger of diminishing turmeric-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Intensely magnified hop qualities reign over the smell, with a strongly Centennial tendency. The hops-forwardness makes it hard to detect evidence of any feature other than spicy herbs and grapefruit peel; remarkably powerful but repetitive. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins sweet, with solid biscuity malt and hop aromatics that are resinous, semi-dark, spicy citrus. Acidity is moderate into the middle, where flavors are pasty and underattenuated, while a whiff of pine develops. The finish has a mineral sharpness followed by edgy pure bitterness of moderate intensity for the style. Alcohol flavors are inconsistently revealed, mostly emerging in the front-end.

M: Medium to heavy viscosity, syrupy and slightly acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This big IPA takes a heavy-handed approach, coming across more as a blond barleywine at first before warming and allowing more hops flavors to spread over the palate. It may seem perplexing until compared to certain other Alpine beers such as Pure Hoppiness and Exponential Hoppiness. The residual sweetness seems very close to the former, while its heady spirituousness resembles the latter. Unfortunately it lacks the restraint and good sense of some of Alpine's most enjoyable IPAs: Nelson and Duet.

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Photo of Treebs
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle served in a DFH signature glass.

A: Pours a nice caramel amber color with a thick, one inch height of pure white foam forming on the pour. A sticky webbing of lace is left down the glass.

S: Man there's a lot going on. Tropical and citrus notes with some bursts of pine and some peppery spice. A nice dose of caramel and white bread malts even it out.

T: More caramel malt heavy with some bigger emphasis on the pine and earthy hops. Minimal dirty hop cone with some sweet bready malts on the finish. Very light on the tropical notes I smelt earlier. The booze is well hidden though.

M: Medium bodied. A little sticky with nice carb. Drinkability is slightly above average.

O: I liked the nose quite a bit, but the flavor profile in the taste was much more malt forward and it lacked some of the citrus and tropical notes in the nose. The alcohol is well hidden though. I was was expecting a little more from this given the Alpine Collab, but it seems more like New Belgium beer.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
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 Amalak
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. It has a semi-opaque wheat gold color with a little bit of a white head that leaves a tiny bit of lacing.

S. It has a nice citrus scent.

T. This is extremely fruity. It has an a strong pineapple taste mixed with a strong citrus flavor. A touch sour. It has a long finish of fruitiness. Maybe some simcoe hops?

M. A tart carbonation to it. Medium bodied.

O. The after taste of pineapple and citrus is just too strong. Extremely flavorful, but this has to be something that you like.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a light amber with a medium white head, some good lace.

S: Nice mix of tropical and citrus fruits.

T: Lots of greenery and citrus peel. Some noticable bready malt with a fair bit of booze.

M: Medium-bodied, some ethanol. Creamy, resiny.

O: A nice enough effort, though with Alpine (whose IPAs I love) I expect a much more direct, in-your-face hop character and something a fair bit drier. The sweetness does becomes a problem here.

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