Kiss The Lips IPA
Lake Louie Brewery Company

Kiss The Lips IPAKiss The Lips IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #6,387
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3.64 | pDev: 11.81%
Lake Louie Brewery Company
Wisconsin, United States
Kiss The Lips IPAKiss The Lips IPA
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Reviews by bjohnson:
Photo of bjohnson
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to nflmvp for this offering.

A: Pours a oddly dark rusty color with a frothy one finger white head. Nice retention on this Wisc. brew. Fierce head returns with a swirl of the glass. Nice lacing.
S: Pine and grapefruit hops. Nice sweet floral notes also. An interesting and almost piercingly pleasurable aroma.
T/M: Citrus notes abound, but aren't overpowering. Slight pine tar infusion. Bitterness is present, but isn't overpowering. Flavors and bitterness are subtle, but still there. Toasted grain notes also in this. Nice balance. Carbonation is a bit too much, which may take away from the flavors and bitterness.
D: Nice session brew possibly. Good aromas and flavors with nothing out of the ordinary. Glad I got the chance to try this.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"It's Hard To Kiss The Lips At Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long"

--The Notorious Cherry Bombs

Excessively carbonated ripe orange with honey colored edges. I hope all those bubbles don't affect my enjoyment of the beer, but I'm not optimistic. The pale ecru cap is mammoth, filling the entire glass initially, and is still a frothily creamy beast that refuses to depart. Only watery strands of lace end up sticking, although I use that word loosely. [Edit: a surprising amount of chunky lace ends up on the glass in the end.]

The nose is an equal mixture of buttery toffee cake and citric fruity hops, probably favoring the latter. I just added more beer to the glass to try to get it within sniffing distance and only succeeded in putting another four fingers of frothy foam between me and the liquid.

Kiss The Lips is a good IPA, but then I had no doubts about that. Given the track record of Lake Louie though, it can only qualify as a minor disappointment. I had extremely high hopes for this one as soon as I heard about it. Maybe it'll improve once I taste a batch that has been properly carbonated, who knows?

If you want balance in terms of flavor, but want more bitterness than sweetness, then you've come to the right place. As in the nose, there's a great deal of buttered caramel flavor that should satisfy the malt lovers... even as the American hop bitterness slaps them around more than they'd like. Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if one of the more citric English hops (like Styrian Goldings for instance) was used in addition to one or more of the C-hops.

It's so hard to draw a bead on the mouthfeel given the still chaotic carbonation. One thing is obvious though, even if one manages to subtract out all the bubbles; this is not a full-bodied IPA. Again, I'd love to get ahold of the next batch, when the brewery (hopefully) rights the wrong that was visited on this one in the form of triple the amount of CO2 that was needed.

What a shame. What a damn shame. I hope that Lake Louie decides to release Kiss The Lips year-round. I have every confidence that they'll eventually turn it into one of the best versions around; like they do with just about every style that they brew.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As much malt based in the aroma as hops. The hops aren't the classic C's as far as I can tell and hold more of a grassy/herbal quality.
Fizzy off-white head with decent stamina. Body more towards gold/amber and slightly cloudy.
Malt quite apparent in taste too, although the hop flavors kicks in towards the middle and finishes strongly. Nice bittering without excess. A citrus like astringency on the finish - that goes to great lengths not to finish.
Lighter body and carbonated well. Body done nicely and shown in drinkability.
A nice solid drinker. Not a classic Am. IPA with a heavier malt character and atypical hopping. But, if offered take one, or two, it'll be alright.

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Photo of ZAP
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy golden color...some sediment

S-Pine...citrus...and nice toasted malt element

T-The pine hops and citrus hops deliver the first punch...and a good one...nicely underlying toasted malt backbone blends nicely and keeps from being one sided....nice balance but definitely a little more hop forward.

M-Medium...carbonation spot on...feels right.

D-There are so many great IPA's out there and this one is an enjoyable beer in its own right...a good workman like IPA with good flavor and balance..

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Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange-yellow body with yeast particulates suspended throughout Bubbly ivory white head leaves nicely spaced rings of lace. Nice bouquet of caramel coated floral, fruity and pungent goodness. Solid, solid flavor profile. Nice malt base caramel but an even nicer contributions from the marmalade, pine, lemon zest and grapefruit. This is nicely balanced, but the hops do shine through as they should. Medium full body and actively carbonated. This would go well with an array of food options, though fish tacos come to mind first.

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Photo of Chaz
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a brilliant golden-orange, and topped with an off-white head that subsides rather gradually, leaving a tell-tale ting of lace.

Big hops, aggressive and piney-resiny. Cedar notes(!), but no real malt presence on the nose, so this one is gonna be rather dry. . .

Biting and astringent from the moment it hits the tongue, and scouring the palate all the way across the sky like a scorched-earth policy in some forgotten wartime drama, this one is for the Bitter Purists. All that said, this is ever-so-lightly boozy, and slightly vinuous (hop resin is somewhat vinuous?), and thus easily a cut above average for its style.

Mouthfeel is actually pretty good, and this is eminently drinkable; It feels quite light and refreshing on this particular stuffy evening in August.

Nice beer for what it is, but it's just not something that I'd want to drink on a very regular basis. I generally prefer the British stylistic rendition of IPA to the now-classic American C hops and boozefest that dominates the American Craft™ Beer niche-market. But to be fair, Kiss the Lips is lighter on the booze, and the Citrus has been toned down from 11 to about 7 (Amarillo and Warrior?), so I'll definitely give this one another try when I'm in next in Cheeseland : )

Hat tip to BA user Grantcty for the bottle!

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Photo of cokes
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly smoky, hazed twilight golden with a short stack of frosted ivory suds.
Grapefruit and pine needle aroma, with a backing green apple and toasted biscuit malt, toffee emerges as it warms.
Enters with thick foundation of toasted English muffins, hard toffee, and apple butter. The malt is not necessarily dynamic, but it is plentiful. Hops bring pink grapefruit, pine tar, and bitter black tea. Again, nothing particularly new, but nothing to complain about either.
The body weighs in at a plus-sized medium, with a sedate carbonation that approximates cask-type texture.
There is a balance here that offsets the general lack of personality or flair (or, actual, IS the personality and flair here). It's drinkability will make you forget that you will forget this. It is what it is, an enjoyable inside-the-box IPA.

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Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for picking this one up for me...
Appears a semi transparent, orange toned amber with a huge, fluffy, off-white head that stays floating forever. Tons of lacing is left sticking around the glass. CO2 bubbles rise rapidly to the top.
Smell is of sweet caramel malt, perfumy hops, earthy flowers, and citrus...just a touch of tartness starting to set in here.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with sweet caramel, flowers, and over-ripened pineapple.
Mouthfeel is sweet, medium bodied, prickly, mildly astringent, and semi-dry

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Photo of mntlover
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber some golden color peaking out, light chill haze. With a small one finger off white head that falls and leaves some sticky lace behind.

Aroma is caramel malt with grapefruit and pine resin showing thru the nose. Nose is nice not too intense or strong but hoppy.

Taste is caramel malt a little grainy with nice hop flavors again not to intense. Citrusy and pine riding a light carbonation zest moving to the malt lightly sweet hints of caramel more grainy bready flavors really though. Finish is lightly dry with some lingering bitterness but on the lower end of the scale.

Mouthfeel is light medium maybe lighter, lightly zesty carbonation may be making it seem lighter.

Drinkability is ok not a great IPA but decent enough little more caramel malt few more pounds of hops might do the trick. Anyway thanks go to dirtyllou again for a sample from this wonderful brewery.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had many IPAs, and this one has a decent amount of hop balanced by a pleasant candied-fruit sweetness. I'd recommend it.

It pours a hazy amber, which is flat-looking and a bit unappealing. Aroma is faintly citrusy, but balanced with a candy-sweet smell. Mouthfeel, contrary to my expectations, is not flat but very finely carbonated (and pleasant). Flavor is subtly bitter but sweet in the back of the mouth. Definitely a departure from other "bigger" IPAs, but still quite good. I would say that this beer is quite approachable.

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Photo of akorsak
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Eyncognito for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The IPA is an amber color, loaded with earthy brown and muted yellow notes. An ample head is lacing nicely.

S: The aroma is very pleasant, citrusy with a mango edge and floral finish. An excellent aroma that I wasn't really expecting.

T: THe hops are so juicy, so intense that this tastes like a fruit juice. It's not cloying, just loaded with sweet hops. Pineapple and mango, some tangerine, all dripping with floral zest. Grasses and pine round out the hop profile. Caramel and biscuiy malts are an afterthought to the hop profile.

M: The citrus juiciness of the IPA is great, a real surprise. The flavor is sharp and sweet throughout.

D: This one is going right back onto my Wants list. A great IPA that doesn't skimp on the flavor.

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Photo of Sammy
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange with abundant white foam. Above average IPA of creamy grapefruit-orange and fruity flavour and aroma thanks to jpm30.Above average carbonation that is appropriate, though some ageing would be interesting. Tasty stuff that overhops yet is excellently balanced. Very drinkable.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Secret Santa jay23. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 4+" off-white head above the clear dark golden brew. Head lasts more or less forever, and leaves huge hunks of lace randomly all over the glass. Aroma is a bit soapy citrus pine. Taste actually mirrors the nose, with the hops dominant, leaving little room for malt character, as expected for the style. Mouthfeel is a bit flat, yet still pretty smooth, and drinkability is limited by slow-falling head. Another nice offering from these guys.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An above average IPA, better on tap than in the bottle, and likely to improve in subsequent batches.

Pours excessively carbonated bright navel orange. Swarms of bubbles churn, constantly reinvigorating a healthy off white head. Lace is sticky, clingy, and lasting.

Aroma is very juicy, citric, with passion fruit and grapefruit over a toasty toffee base.

Tastes very citric and less piney then most American IPAs. Loads of fruit: ripe oranges lead the way followed by grapefruit, passion fruit, and ripe papaya.

Mouthfeel is juicy, biting from the carbonation, and not particularly bitter for the style by hophead standards. It’s plenty bitter for me tough. Light to medium body.

Drinkability: Average.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Poured from a bottle into a nonic. No freshness date. I see that it is not an offering on the site currently.

Pours a dark straw, light honey, with a decent head that recedes to a cap.

Aroma is of hops on the fron they are piney and earthy with a punch of grassiness.

Flavor is piney hops, they scream amarillo or simcoe, but not positive. The malt is muted and barely gives a balance. There is that tannic flavor, which I'm thinking is more hops and less water. Light cracker bread flavor. Not biscuity but doughy to an extent and crisp. Hops are very earthy but a citrus flavor comes out in the finish.

A good AIPA, definately a quencher but not the tops.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. The brew fills my glass with a brilliant golden liquid with a 2 finger off-white head that falls slowly. Clarity on the brew is excellent, and only a few stray bubbles work out of solution and to the surface of the brew. It really has a nice color to it. The aroma is caramel sweet with a lighter grapefruity hop and I also get a kiss of cooked corn in there, leading me to think there is a little DMS going on in the brew. Hmm. Flavor is pretty nice, but all flavors in the beer seem a little subdued. It starts with a push of caramel maltyness, followed quickly by a fresh and clean citrusy hop, and moving into a mild bitterness on the finish that doesn't linger too long. Under all of this, I still get a sense of DMS as some cooked corn/vegetable flavors. To me, something is just not right in there. Mouthfeel is moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. Overall, I am disappointed by the aparent DMS that I am detecting. I will revisit this one for certain, as I know I have a few more waiting for me. Other than the DMS, I like it.

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Photo of drpimento
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not bad, not great. Kind of a cross between a British IPA and an American IPA. Poured with a cream colored foamy frothy head that dies down to a scummy thin cover and some lace. Color is a clear light to medium colored amber. Aroma is light hop with malt and a bit of caramel. Flavor is a mildly assertive, somewhat piney hop and some malt and caramel. Body is decent with good carbonation. Finish is like flavor with the pine standing out along with a little caramel.

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Photo of Viggo
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a lightly cloudy amber, some light orange highlights, medium sized white ring forms and settles around the glass, very thin layer, some lace chunks stick with good retention.

Smell is interesting, quite light, some light fruitiness, apricots, peach stones, some caramel and biscuity malt, lightly floral, a touch of citrus, orange, a bit of alcohol, some fruitiness, not bad.

Taste is interesting, quite like, some sweet malt up front, a bit of caramel, some biscuit, light breadiness, apricots, some peach, a bit of floral, a touch of alcohol, light herbal bitterness and some toast in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. An interesting IPA, some solid maltiness. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a slight hazy to the golden yellow body with a slight hue of orange to it. There is a gentle carbonation with a thin soapy head of white foam sitting on top. The foam sticks to the side of the glass in sheets as I sip.

S- This beer has soft notes of pine and pineapple weed with a note of spice to it. The smell is pretty soft but does have some nice notes to it.

T- This beer has a grapefruit pungency to the hops with a smooth bitterness in the finish. As it warms there is notes of slightly sweet pale malt with the bitterness increase in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat or fizzy qualities just a clean finish.

D- This beer has a smooth nice hop flavor with some depth but it is a very drinkable soft IPA.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Kiss The Lips IPA pours from the 12oz longneck bottle into my tulip glass a lovely crystal clear tangerine hue with a solid half inch of white bubbles on top. Aromas begin with luscious vine ripened hops. Big on the pine with vibrant citric, grapefruit underneath that brings tropical fruit to mind. Sweet malts lurk in the background, but the bountiful green hop oil aroma steals the show and draws me in.

First sip brings a rush of tasty hops, with piney and citrusy flavors working in and out. As it flows down a nice bitterness makes itself known as the hops segway into a somewhat biscuity, grainy clean maltiness. Then, the hops kick back in again at the end with some tropical oilyness and leave their mark with a well balanced bitterness in the finish. This is a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with plenty of active carbonation that dashes across the mouth with each sip. Overall, what we have here is a solid IPA that achieves a nice balance. I'd be interested to know the hop bill on this one...maybe some Amarillos in here somewhere, though I've never been good at picking out hops. Either way, it's a tasty IPA that I could easily sit down to a session of, another winner for Lake Louie if you ask me!

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Photo of blitz134
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Having to retype some of this out. Lots of foam on the pour. Huge white frothy head that left chunky lace on the glass. Dark, semi-cloudy, yellow body. Lots of carbonation bubbles stream to the surface.

Aroma is quite simple. Pine and fruity citrus mainly, raw citrus rinds. Taste follow suit of the aroma. Pine and resin again with raw citrus flavors. Malting is light and clean to let the hops shine through pretty well. A touch on the raw hop side and leaning towards unbalanced but it doesn't really affect the drinkability.

Decent mouthfeel, but a bit thin. Lots of carbonation add a crispness after the swallow. Drinkability is alright. For a session type beer it works pretty well since its easy to put down, its something I'd pick up every now and then if it was availabe. Good beer overall though.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of KarlHungus
2.32/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer pours a semi-cloudy orange-red color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into moderate lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit and butterscotch....mostly butterscotch. The taste is nearly all butterscotch as well. There is some citrus in the sip, but it is quickly taken over by the butterscotch. Very unpleasant. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriately moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is another huge disappointment I've experienced with Lake Louie, and the second of the five Lake Louie beers I've tried that was a diacetyl mess. I don't think I'll be buying from them in future.

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

appearance: The 1/2" white head slowly falls back to leave a nice layer and ring around the glass. The beer is a slightly cloudy amber in color.

smell: There's a decent tropical fruit hop aroma and some moderately sweet grain notes. Definately has the "Lake Louie character" that is especially prominent in Warped Speed. Maybe the hops? the water?

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the high side of the medium range, and the body medium.

taste: Flavors of fruity American hops blended with a moderately sweet, caramel type malt note. Candied fruits and grain husk are found. For an IPA, the bitterness is pretty light. Could use a touch more character to the hop flavor...maybe some pine to crispen it up a bit.

drinkability: Easy drinkability, and a good IPA, while a departure from the standard.

Shipped down South by dirtylou

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