Leather Lips IPA | The Tap Brewing Company

Leather Lips IPALeather Lips IPA
410 Ratings
Leather Lips IPALeather Lips IPA

Brewed by:
The Tap Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
he brewing process by itself contains enough Nugget and Chinook to satisfy the most seasoned hop head. But we couldn’t leave it alone. Once fermentation is complete we add a massive hop bag to the bright tank that is bursting at the seams with whole cone Centennial for an aroma that you just can’t get any other way. High fives all around.

Added by Bierman9 on 04-05-2004

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Photo of Fishdawg71
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light copper with a nice white head.
Smells of nice citrus hops with just a bit malt and bread aroma

The taste is good hops up front with a nice taste of malt in the background. The Hop aroma carries in nose and goes very well with the bitter taste. It is just a little too bitter for a standard IPA, but nothing over the top.

Good carbonation level.A very nice IPA.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Union Brewhouse. Nice, slightly cloudy, orange/amber color with creamy white head. Smell is enormous- tons of piney hops. I just want to keep this beer under my nose! First taste is very complex! Very smooth to start- BOOM hop nirvana hits! The bitterness rating on the sides of my tongue is about an 11 out of 10! Great finish that stays with you as it goes down the gullet. It smoothes out as you finish, but the beautiful hop taste stays with you. Have not had a session IPA that tasted like this one before

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Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy orange with a +1 finger width of off-white head that left a fantastic creamy retention (one of the best that I've seen in a while) that naturally left some pretty awesome sticky lacing. The aroma is fresh smelling floral hops, citrus, and pine with just a touch of sweetness thrown into the mix.

The taste is a big floral, piney bite of hops up front that is nicely kept in check by a splash of citrus and sweet malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but exibits a bit of a watery feel in the finish. Overall not bad though.

Wow, this was a pretty darn tasty IPA from a new to me brewery, in the Tap/Haverhills. I'll definitely be seeking more of this out on our next excursion up to Mass.

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Photo of Rainintheface
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into SA glass

A: slightly hazy golden with some orange color. nice one finger white head

S: Great. heavy citrus, grapefruit and floral aromas. some grain is hiding in the mix

T: grapefruit rind, some malt to balance. kind of a fruity profile

M: medium-light body that manages to finish a little thin. nice carbonation makes up for this

D: very drinkable. i only picked up a single, I'll be looking for this next time at the packie. This is one great session beer.

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Photo of bboven
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light copper/dark gold body with a huge lasting head and tons of lacing.

Complex hops. Fruity, dusty, sweet, and bitter all rolled into one.

First thing that hits you is that the malt is keeping right up with the showcased hops. The hops are piney and citrusy, and have a great bitterness at the back of the throat that is almost but not quite overpowering.

Great carbonation, the hops stick with you. A tad thin, but that's only if I had to find something to complain about.

Great beer. I wish I had more. Definitely an IPA I will be on the lookout for.

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Photo of Monsone
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle received from mikesgroove

A - Honey colored with big head. Really big head. It poured a 4 finger head and I couldn't fit the whole bottle in my Sam Adams glass. Left tons of lace.

S - Big floral hop scents with a slightly sweet tang.

T - Big hop bitterness. Floral hops dominate. Bitterness sticks to the tongue

M - Medium/light bodied with lots of carbo

D - Not the most drinkable IPA by any measure. Just too damn bitter.

Overall, a decent IPA but not one that I would seek out. The bitterness was on par with some IIPAs that I have had. Just too bitter too have more than one.

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Photo of younger35
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this brew from YonderWanderer for winning out Beer Advocate Suicide Pool. This will be my first experience with a Haverhill brew and I've heard good things about this one. Drank from my snifter while making my girlfriend and me dinner (scallop fettuccini). Drank on January 15, 2008, just forgot to post until today.

Appearance- Pours a light yellow/red/orange with a decent half finger fluffy white head. Head recedes quickly leaving zero cap and a very thin collar. Some decent lacing is left behind but it's very spotty and thin.
Smell- Full of citrus and floral goodness. Maybe one of the most fruity smelling IPA's I've ever tried. Pineapple is bursting out the glass on this one along with some young oranges and bubblegum. Really, really nice smelling brew.
Taste- Just as fruity as the nose! Tons of bubblegum, pineapple, mango, peaches, oranges and any of sort of citrus fruit you can think of. Not as bitter as I was expecting considering I couldn't smell one bit of malt in the nose. Finishes with a lingering floral bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Thin body with a slick, oily feel and sharp carbonation.
Drinkability- Considering this stuff is pretty much just hop water, it's pretty damn good. It's like someone put beer in my pineapple or grapefruit juice. The bitterness isn't over the top but there isn't a whole lot of anything behind them. Big thanks to YonderWanderer for the opportunity!

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Photo of mynie
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderfully orange pour, a perfect haze with a very sticky and rocky head that refuses to die.

Smells of an excellent, very green hop profile with a solid backbone of biscuity malt.

Tastes wonderful. The hops are huge and crisp and give perfect way into a background of hop-tainted malt, like grapefruit bread (if such a wonderful thing exists, perhaps in some kind of candyworld).

Woah! I would have guessed this to be around 6 percent. This is way too drinkable.

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Photo of Freshie
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hoppy.

Nice golden, caramel, copperish color.

Aroma is fruity. Floral. Grassy. Denotes the hops.

Taste is a nice, and crisp hop wallop.

Malt is sweet, and balances the hops.

Very refreshing. Not a big IPA, but I very tasty one.

A trip to Haverhill has to come soon.

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Photo of joepais
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to my Coke glass gave a finger worth of white head along with being a cloudy golden yellow .Aromas of floral pine and citrus fill the nose. Tastes of grapefruit, pine, and a huge hop after taste explode in your mouth. The mouth feel is light and well carbonated with a dry finish. I thought this beer was a great IPA a true hop head session beer great with spicy Buffalo wings .

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Photo of pwoods
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerTruth for this brew.

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint. No dating.

A: Pours a pale golden orange. A massive head pours out from what is apparently high carbonation. Pearly white, tight fluffy and creamy(yeah, all at once), loads of retention. Lots of patchy wisps of lacing.

S: Big floral and citrus notes. Slightly tart grapefruit. A very small hint of peppery phenols. Sweet malts.

T/M: Nice citrus and spicy bite. Bitterness isn't too high in the beginning but beefs up quite a bit in the end. Very spicy in the middle... quite unexpected from a 5% brew. Toasted grains and nuts toward the end with mixed with a very distinct cinnamon spice.

D: Tasty brew that I'd really like to try again.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy light amber. Didn't get the huge foamy mess that most have claimed. Pretty steady carbonation with some sediment floating around that I didn't catch in the pour. Smell is strongly hoppy. Big floral and piney aromas, not so much on the citrus side. Taste is much of the same. Huge hops for the 50 IBU's this one holds. Oily and resinous. The only malt I can detect is light and biscuity. A little too bitter for me. I love any IPA, regular or Imperial, though I still prefer a some malt backbone. This one doesn't have much to speak of. Tingly and dry, nearly a tongue number. I could have a few of these easy, especially when in need of a hop fix. It's like Hopsickle found a baby brother across the country or something.

Thanks to cburian for this as part of SS07!

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.87/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a “blind pig” mason jar.

crepuscular bronze w/ a billowy white head that leaves patches of lacing in its wake. impressive.

citric and floral esters permeate the nose. a sweet malt profile gives it the finishing touch. a pleasure on the senses.

a hops energizer, as the resin of the hop oils creates a taste that keeps on giving. a relentless balance of grapefruit and semi-sweet malt gives this offering a perfectly smooth finish. noticeably piney on the back end. this is about as good as it gets in terms of hops symmetry.

a smooth operator as far as mouthfeel. the sharpness of the hops profile resulted in a pleasant residual bitterness.

5.0% abv…are you kidding me? i have and will continue to seek out this beer. haverhill brewery, inc. attempted to create an enjoyable beer; they did that, and more. despite the positive fanfare it has already received, i believe this beer still flies under the radar for many. i highly urge everyone that has not tried leatherlips to put it on their “to do” list.


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Photo of jslot38
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle to pint glass. Bottle is very informative including hop ingrediants, a description, and a marking that indicates 50 IBUs and 5% ABV.

Appearance: Body is a very tawny orange - very cloudy, nontransparent, with a few particles floating around. Head is a pure white, and fades to a top covering. Lacing is minimal, but the head stays around.

Smell: Prominate floral and citrus hop presence. Mostly orange peels and lemon zest.

Taste: Thats a good IPA. Has a nice twang of citrus hops. Not too green, though there is a floral background which is laced by orange peels and a bit of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation level and some nice linguiring flavours. Feels good on the tongue.

Drinkability: At 5% I could drink plenty of these. Unfortunately I only have one. This is a well done IPA and one that I would really like to have on tap, at the tap nonetheless.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a nice full finger white head that melts very, very slowly leaving lots of sticky lace in it's wake.

Aroma is immediately fruity hops...very fresh with after-hints of pine and citrus but fruit initially. Grapefruit and pine oil at the end.
Again, very fresh smelling.

Taste is very bright and clean...lots and lots and LOTS of citrus peel hops with only a little sweet pale malts to offset them. Aftertaste is drying and slightly bitter from the hops.

A wonderful American IPA...as an American IPA should be...lots of hops.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint from The Lower Depths, on to the beer:

The beer is a slight hazy, blonde colored beer. The head retention is good on this one. It has a pleasant citrus scent. Despite it's moderate alcohol level, it feels like its upward of 6.5%. Very hoppy and bitter with notes of lemongrass. Tastes like it was brewed on the left coast with the high bitterness. Give yourself a hop fix with a pint of this beer.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a shaker pint glass. Have heard good things about this beer; just picked up a single today at Julio's.
A: Clearish copper color, kinda light with mostly bright orange tones. Frothy white head that clings to the sides of the glass and leaves some bubbly lacing.
S: Orangey and oily, with a lingering caramel sweetness underneath.
T: Oily hops up front, followed by some citrusy flavors and very mellow maltiness, almost sweet but not quite. The finish is againy hoppy, but more subdued.
M: Slightly drying aftertaste, but the lingering feeling is really oily almost soapy.
D: Fine, but the aftertaste/feel leaves me wanting.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of amalkin...

Pours a light golden orange with a subdued head into mySmutty Big Beer glass. Aromas of spicy citrus with wafts of light sweet malts rolling in here and there.

Taste hits quick with some light sweet malt but turns quick with a barrage pf resiny grapefruit. The grapefruit lingers through to a bitter and dry finish that twists the tongue a bit..but not quite to the point of leather lips.

This one is quite nice with an obviously lighter alcohol content than many out there. I would love to drink growlers of this regularly.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of Wasatch, thanks! This beer had the most aggressive, foamy head I have seen in a long while. It took me about five minutes to get a decent pour. The color is orange-yellow, hazy, and the head-that-never-dies is white. It smells slightly metallic and dirty. The taste is very hoppy in a floral type way and with a slight candy-aspirin flavor (huh?). Decent IPA.

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Photo of flexabull
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of YonderWanderer, thanks again!

Pours a slightly hazy, dark gold color, with a nice white head.

Aromas are of hard candies, citrus, and sweet smelling hops.

Taste is dry, bitter, and aspirin like. Some underlying sweet and creamy malts, but the taste of the malts is understated. Finish is crisp, with a sharp bitterness that really lingers on the tongue, like a bitter pill.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, and the finish has a nice sharp bite to it.

Drinkability is good, especially welcoming to have an IPA that has a kick to it, but not a ton of alcohol. All in all, a nice IPA that lacks balance to me. I just don't care for the bitter mineral like bite on the finish. I really love bitter hoppy beers, but I like a lot more balance, and especially more flavors to my hops, and not just a bunch of bitterness.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange amber with a huge frothy white head and soapy patches of lacing. I had to let it settle before I could finish pouring the bottle in.

S - Spicy citrus and grapefruit with a touch of sweet malt in the background.

T - Spicy grapefruit with a bit of pine and a sweet caramel malt followed by a bitter resiny hop finish that lingers on the tongue. There is a piney, soapy, chewing on a hop pellet taste from the hop burps.

M - Medium to full mouthfeel and creamy from the high carbonation.

D - A tasty IPA with bold hop flavor but without the higher abv of similar IPA's.

Note to self - Reminds me of my first homebrew IPA.

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Photo of Zorro
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled through the efforts of Imstillthegman and 1000 Miles (or East/West again) BIF.

I have been seeking this beer for about three years now and FINALLY I have it my grasp, thanks again Imstillthegman. The big problem with these long wanted beers is the possibility of disappointment with the long sought white whale once you catch it.

I see in my glass I have a good looking amber colored beer with a good off-white to very lightly tan colored head. Looks good and I almost could call this a shade of gold; it isn't the near official shade of orange that most IPA are.

Sweet to the nose with noticeable malt this isn't an all hops and screw the malt beer. Lots of hops but not the strongest I have smelled the scent is much like Two Hearted Ale. Good mix of citrus and herbal hops grapefruit and pine are there but much more too. Nice spicy scent I find myself more attracted to the herbal scents.

The taste begins neutral and woody and sharply more woody than expected, there is a sweet orange flavor in the after taste. More hop in the flavor than I expected from the smell of it this is strongly bitter and hopped. It lives up to the name but I am not getting a lot of subtleties here this is just super bitter.

The mouthfeel is good.

Not something I could see drinking three of in a night. I have a pretty hop adapted tongue and I just do not get much more than bitter from this. Will have to sample again due to its reputation but I think I have had better.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy light orangey color ale with a big foamy head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrusy hops is quite interesting and totally dominating. Aroma of bitter hops with some citrusy notes are totally dominating. I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting much from this but was pleasantly surprise overall. I believe that if you going to do one-dimensional bitter beers that the way you have to go. I also have to admit that this is one bad label!

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Photo of beerbutcher
2.96/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

there may be something wrong with this beer (first try)
pours orange/gold with creamy tall head.

s- this ipa has the most unusual bouquet i've ever witnessed.. they say it's centennial and chinook hopped and i get the citrusy cent. stuff.. it's really pungent. but beside that or perhaps ahead of it, is an obnoxious rubbery, medicinal aroma, and not like scotch medicinal... think pills dissolved in very little water. difficult nose.

taste- incredibly biting bitterness, lays thickly across palate for being only five percent beer. very pronounced grapefruit and there it is again.. a very difficult, chemmy, rubber tube flavor... am i the only one?

mouthfeel- the beer drinks nicely. light on the palate, with a suckerpunch hop wallop. the bitterness stays on the tongue for quite a while, and lingers, and lingers.. little to no discernible malt richness.

overall- aside from the previously mentioned distractant, this beer was working hard for it's money. i'd love to try it again... just, a different batch. hard to drink this one though.

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Photo of Floydster
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle received in a trade with citrusjim, thanks!

Poured into my Westvelteren chalice with a hazy golden orange color and a 1/2 inch silky white head that left lacing only at the top of the glass

Smell was full of flowery accents and dry citrus, lemons mostly

Taste was very hoppy, I think Chinook and Centennial in particular, one of the more hoppy IPAs I have tasted recently, same charcoal-like aftertaste as the seven month old Maharaja bottle I drank a couple weeks had, nice dry finish

Could drink three or four of these, pretty light for an IPA and alcohol content is pretty low

Excited to get a chance to drink an east coast brew like this, probably easily accessbile there, but impossible to find in California, worth seeking out if you have acess to it

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Leather Lips IPA from The Tap Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 410 ratings
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