Kiss The Lips IPA | Lake Louie Brewery Company

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Kiss The Lips IPAKiss The Lips IPA

Brewed by:
Lake Louie Brewery Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 172
Photo of KarlHungus
2.32/5  rDev -36.1%
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 yeahnatenelson
2.62/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance -- Medium amber hue with one finger of stiff beige head. There is a significant amount of sediment that never does settle.

Smell -- Pine resin, leafy hops, an iota of spent white grapefruit, yeast, and a dab of caramel sweetness. Overall: a bitter beast.

Taste -- Leafy Hops and pine resin dominate, with citrus pith also present, though to a much lesser degree. Grainy malt base reminiscent of raw biscuit dough. There is an overabundance in this beer of tart yeast notes. Lingering flavors of biscuit dough and leafy hops.

Mouthfeel -- Medium body with ample carbonation. Nothing to write home about, good or otherwise.

Drinkability -- Not terrible, but by no means thrilling. The hop profile is muddled, as if there were little forethought put into it. Also, the overabundant yeast flavor is a major distraction. Stick with Warped Speed.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
2.79/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a light color, fairly clear, kind of a straw yellow moving towards orange. The head was enormous, almost over carbonated, took me maybe two pours to fit in a 16oz glass. It foamed up quick, and kind of fell back down. Not much lacing, the bubbles were too loose for that, but they did remain on top in a little disc throughout. On the last pour, a little layer of yeast fell in and kind of brought a cloud of haze that slowly cleared back out. Kind of fun to look at, but a little too light in color and a little too foamy for me. The smell wasn't hitting on too much. At first, it was all just CO2, the rushing carbonation overpowered any smell element, or maybe there wasn't much to begin with. As the head dies back, you get light wisps of grassy, leafy hops, and maybe a note of sweet malt. The taste is kind of interesting. Low bitterness, but there's a nice lemon and lime hop presence, with a little not of orange in the back, which are paired up against some moderate esters. The maltiness is very low, but there is a slight sweetness combatting the overall dryness of this. Other than what I just mentioned, not much else to speak of. This one is not very complex at all, but it's slightly interesting. The mouthfeel is alright, kind of medium bodied, a little bite of carbonation, a nice level of dryness. But not much better than average I'd say. The drinkability was pretty good in terms of my thinking that it would be possible to drink a few of these. My enjoyment of the one could be overshadowed by the ease of drinking. This one is quite a bit more like an American Pale Ale than an IPA. That's the major problem. When I saw the letters IPA and the lips on the neck, I thought I was in for something good. I ended up a bit disappointed.

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Photo of Florida9
2.84/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very hazy dull orange in color. Forms a thin white head that slowly recedes to a thick ring around the glass. Some spotty lacing.

S: A strong scent of musty yeast that thankfully blows off after airing out a few minutes. However, what is underneath is only slightly better: Piney hops, an oddly scented and not overly pleasant sweetness, and yeast.

T: Grainy malts and seltzer. The mild bitterness of this beer is more pronounced against the very light malt base. Maybe some citrus hops, but the taste is fleeting. Yeast hangs out in the background.

M: On the lighter side for the style, but anything heavier wouldn't work with this beer. Pungent carbonation. Mildly bitter.

O: Very light for an IPA with light malts and light hops. Feels much more like an APA, though I wouldn't be anymore impressed by this beer if it was. Drinkable, but not something I would plan on revisiting.

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Photo of ChimRichels
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Crystal clear light amber/copper color. Very light body. Head piles up massively and takes it's time receding. Spider web lacing all the way down.

S - Pretty weak on the nose. About what I would expect in an APA. Caramel sweetness and citrus hops mingle together quietly.

T - Taste is a little more forward than the nose, but overall pretty bland. Bitter pine flavors dominate with a touch of biscuit to back it up.

M - It's actually really watery and almost flat it seems. I'm not sure if this is how it was intended to be or if I got a bad bottle but the body is as thin as a British comedy show's humor.

O - Not a bad lawnmower beer, but definitely not what I was expecting for an IPA.

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Photo of KFBR392
2.87/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Burnt orange color to this brew. Light head on the pour and retained throughout. Low active carbonation active in the glass while drinking. Some random lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Forward front of very sweet caramel malt and some bright hops. The malt evens out in the body of the aroma and the hops seem to fall off. The aroma feels more like a malty APA to me.

Taste: The front is a very light malt presence with some watery hops. The body opens up a bit with some balanced hops and malt sweetness. The finish is very low on any kind of bitterness or hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Nothing too outstanding to report. Somewhat forgettable.

Overall: Nothing out of this beer makes me remember it. Lots of sweet malt, needs a strong hop presence to call itself an IPA.

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Photo of robboyd
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Nothing that makes it stand out, it's a bright amber color with a decent one finger fluffy head. The head stuck around for about half the beer.

S - Hops, musty, earthy

T/M - About par for the course. It's an IPA, you know it's an IPA, the bitterness is too much on this one and isn't supported by any depth. Mouthfeel was also just average.

O - I wouldn't seek this beer out. I'm glad I tried it but it was nothing memorable.

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Photo of samie85
2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a clear light amber color with two fingers of dense white head.

S-Pineapple with some light orange notes and a background of caramel malt.

T-Orange and earthy notes with some pine and very light caramel malt.

M-A little watery with very little carbonation and a light body.

D-A little lackluster and disappointing; this one reminds me more of a bad version of an English Pale Ale than an IPA.

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Photo of billyzoom666
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It pours a nice even head with thick gold coloring. The lacing nicely sticks to the side of the glass. It was hard to place the scent, but I could get a little bit of malt out of this. There's a nice little hop flavor here, but overall it seems a bit bland to me. There's some bitterness, but it's not overpowering. I don't think there's much drinkability here. I wanted to like it, but I just couldn't get into it. It's not a horrible beer, but it's not great either.

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Photo of kiwanomelon
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Two fingers of head, with nice lacing. Golden yellow color.

Nose: very citrusy, with notes of apricot.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Not a strong-bodied beer, but very drinkable. Not as carbonated as I would want an IPA. Hoppy upfront, but quickly dissolving to a citrus aftertaste. Nothing spectacular or memorable here.

Serving style: bottle.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look - maybe it's only this six pack but everyone of the beers had such a large head that it filled the second half of the glass after pouring only half the beer into the glass.
Smell - floral citrus smell
Taste - similar to the smell but all and all I don't like the taste that much.
Feel - overalls carbonated!
Overall - hopefully there was a mistake with this beer because it was horrible!

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

A. Amber with orange hued highlights and a receding foam collar that leaves behind a solid singly orbital ring of lacing around the rim of the glass.

S. At first bottle crack there is a strong odor of mandarin oranges, medium strength aroma of peaches, pineapple, and caramel / toffee malt sweetness and it smells great !!! Unfortunately the entire citric / tropical fruit house of cards collapses and evaporates away after sitting in the glass for a minute or so, never to be smelled again... leaving behind a standard boring grapefruit pithy malt-forward IPA aroma. Enjoy the aroma as quickly as you can on this one, it dissipates fast.

T. Yup, it's a malt forward IPA all right. Chewy toffee with musty orange rinds on top and lighter amounts of grapefruit pith. Also has a sort of hard-water mineral-like flavor accent in there as well. Finish is lightly dry but only medium long.

M. Lighter side of medium thickness and aggressively spritzy in carbonation.

This beer temporarily flirts with greatness but pulls too many punches and doesn't take enough risks to really stick the landing IMHO.

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Photo of drpimento
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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 seeswo
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber/golden color with a small whitish tan head. Was served too cold and took some warming to bring out much in the aroma at all. When it did come about, it was minimal generic hops. The taste was pretty smooth, but lacking much in the hops department. This beer did not have the requisite hoppiness to make me think it should be called an IPA, and is less hoppy than some pale ales. Pretty disappointing for someone who likes hops. This might be a beer I give to someone as the very first IPA they have to get used to a little bit of bitterness. The mouthfeel seemed fine and the beer was appropriately carbonated. This beer is pretty drinkable as it finishes very clean and without any bitterness. In general, I am not a big fan of this beer because it doesn't satisfy my desire for an IPA to be at least somewhat hoppy, and as such, doesn't seem to fit what I am accustomed to the style being.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on 2010-11-17 at the High Rock Cafe in the Wisconsin Dells.

A - clear amber orange with a 1 finger white head

S - mild yeast, pine, and hop floral

T - med roasted grain, orange peel, floral, dries quickly with pretty good lingering bitterness and mild sourness, which was a bit too much sourness for the style. Not amazing but pretty tasty.

M - light body and high carbonation

D - light. Refreshing at first but the lingering sour was a turn off.

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Photo of morimech
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first beer from this brewery. Pours golden color with a lot of particulate matter getting tossed about by the carbonation bubbles. Two fingers of head forms and holds on quite well. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. I would of given this a higher appearance score if I had been warned about the yeast in the bottle.

Sort of a cleaning product aroma. Soapy, herbal, earthy, with slight pine qualities.

Taste is very bitter upfront. No mistaken the style with this beer. Again the soapy qualities come through. Malt is dry without adding much flavor. Lingering bitter aftertaste.

I liked the carbonation. Lively without being harsh. Enough to lift the hop bitterness off the tongue.

Not exactly the way I like the hops smelling or tasting. Nothing wrong but not to my tastes.

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Photo of jera1350
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a lovely fluffy white head. Leaves a bit of lacing.

Lots of fruit like apricot initially, but it fades very fast. What remains is mostly grain with some banana and a faint hop scent.

Big hop bite that lingers with bitterness. The grainy malts come in behind it. A bit of alcohol as well. Pretty cut and dry.

Feels a bit flat in the carbonation department. Otherwise mostly smooth.

Decent drinkability. Not the worst IPA, but lacks in character for me. Delivers in bitterness, but not much else.

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Photo of mcallister
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nothing sticks out and says look at me on this one. It's a sparkly clean mahagony with a decent white head leaving a thin layer of lace behind.

Nose is full of buttery, toffee aromas, with a hint of grassy hops that display a slight citrus splash. Also some grainy aromas arise from the depths.

Very malt driven IPA. Too much so for my liking. However this is a IPA that I could session on. The same buttery, toffee malt that stood out in the nose is dominating the taste. A light grassy, floral hop flavor is on the finish that needless too say is short and weak.

Mouth is full and nice though and I've mentioned my liking of drinkability. Just not a beer I would get excited about and want to show off too a fellow BA.

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Photo of Haus
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy golden color

S-Pine, citrus, and nice toasted malt

T-The pine/citrus hop burst gets you right away...pow... then a nice malt backbone.. finishes a bit dry and with little aftertaste. Nice balance and hop forward.

M-Medium body...carbination was spot on.

D-This is an enjoyable IPA. Not too hop foward as some of the others out there...but very drinkable with a nice body. I am glad I have five more of these to enjoy.This is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Soneast
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a 2-finger thick, light yellow colored head. Forms a dense layer of suds and recedes to about a 1/4" leaving a fair amount of pillowy lace on the glass.

The aroma is predominated by spicy citrus scents, with an underlying biscuity aroma. An unpleasant sweetness throughout that is a tad unpleasant.

The flavor is fairly mild, starts out with some semi-sweet pale malts and rounds out with some nice citrus flavors. I don't pick up any butterscotch in the aroma but there is definitely some evident here on the tongue. Not horrible, but enough to stand out near the end. This also leaves a harsh, unpleasant bitterness on the palatte.

All in all a nice, relatively light bodied IPA. Good carbonation keeps it refreshing. I think it is a very good beer, but the hint of diacetyl keeps it from scoring much higher. It also seems a bit tame compared to the IPAs I'm used to.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this at the Bodega in La Crosse, WI. Poured into a pint glass. Poured a dark amber with a thin off-white head on top. Little retention. Left some mild lace on the glass. Scents of light flowery hips, orange zest, and buttered toast. Body was crisp and full. This was fairly bitter right off the bat. Slightly harsh with a bit of a lingering aftertaste. Citrus wasn't as pronounced, just plenty of bitter hops. This wouldn't be a go-to IPA for me, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A--Pours a near-copper shade of gold with slightly less than a finger of white head...which recedes quickly and leaves a small amount of lace on the glass

S--HUGE smell for an American IPA, seriously this has more wonderful hop aroma than many of the DIPA's I've had recently. The hops take the form mostly of grapes and oranges. Almost smells like the first whiff you get when you take the lid off of a fruit bowl

T--Hmmm...very unique taste for an IPA. Its not as big of a hop blast as the nose would lead you to believe. The malty backbone actually takes its place in front leaving the hops to play hide and seek a little bit with the tongue. Very biscuity with dark and citrus fruits both present in small amounts. It is not bad by any means, but this is actually slightly watery.

M--A little too light bodied, feels like carbonated water

D--Very easy to put down. This would be a great session beer but does not have the flavor profile to make me want to seek it out again.

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Photo of blitz134
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
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 robwestcott
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle a semi-clear sunshiny yellow to a sun king shaped pint glass with a large foamy white head.

aroma of faint hops and citrus ?

very mild, reminds me more of a cream ale than an IPA - though I have a feeling this one is nowhere near fresh. it's crisp and refreshing all the same.

highly carbonated, very thin.

drinkable - yes.

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Photo of jwc215
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed amber. A thin head leaves some spotted lacing.

The smell is very mild for an IPA - some floral notes and a hint of citrus - with some caramel.

The taste is of bitter grapefruit upfront with firm caramelized sourdough. The taste is stronger than the nose. Though not a "hop-bomb" of an IPA, there is certainly enough bitterness, which becomes aspirin/herbal to land it clearly in IPA territory. A firm caramel backing sweetens it out in the middle, but then backs off to allow a bitter finish.

It doesn't have the chewy, full body of a great IPA, but does the job more than adequately.

In the end it is flavorful and smooth enough to be a good, enjoyably bitter IPA.

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Kiss The Lips IPA from Lake Louie Brewery Company
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