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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Added by orbitalr0x on 09-25-2006

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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 92
Photo of Onenote81
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
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 ZAP
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
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 bonk0076
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a moderate white head. Aroma consists of pine notes, as well as some citrus notes as well, primarily pineapple and grapefruit. Taste is somewhat acidic, with the citrus and floral notes slightly balanced by a bit of caramel. Overall a decent IPA.

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark golden body that is pretty hazy. A thin half finger head that is white in appearance rises and fades to a lace after a minute or two. Plenty of carbonation is visible.

S - Tons of piney hops with a strong citrus (grapefruit, orange?) nose to compliment. Typical IPA smell but this one really smacks you in the nose.

T - Nice malt body, stronger than I was expecting. Additionally, there is the smooth and slightly bitter hops that combine with the citrus notes especially well in this beer. Slight bitterness is present but nothing that is horrible.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Nice malt body enters the palate initially. A nice blast of carbonation clears the way for the hops and citrus body that is slightly bitter and dry. It's nothing that is overbearing or tough to drink. The carbonation helps subdue the bitterness. I should also point out that as this beer warms the bitterness seems to die down and it becomes much more enjoyable.

D - This is an quality IPA but not something that I would turn to on a constant basis. I would like to see the bitterness turned down a bit and then this would be a solid brew.

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Photo of blackearth
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden body with a puffy white head that caps and lasts. Excellent lacing. There's sediment floating around that looks like fish food - not very appealing. Aroma is grassy hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavor is a mouthful of hops that last long past the finish. Becomes a bit astringent. This could use some more malt sweetness to balance the hops. Overall pretty good.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up some of this while in Madison for the GTOM.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. No freshness dating anywhere...seriously, IPA's need some kind of dating to determine freshness...I'm just sayin...

Pours a semi-cloudy rusty gold with a full three finger almost white head. Good spiderweb lacing clings on all over the sides of the glass. Some floaties here and there too, solid looking brew fo sho. Aroma is fairly mild with gritty citrus and some bready malts. Very faint pine with a touch of dirt in the nose as well. Nothing too earth shattering to sniff. Taste begins with a tame citrus blend of lime, orange peel, and some grapefruit. Midway some biscuity flavors emerge with toasted grains. Aftertaste is almost non-existant but what's there is floral with a dash of lemon zest. Mouthfeel is much too watered down, carbonation is low and body is slick...not how I like my IPA's to feel. Not a bad AIPA, a few tweeks here and there and this could be a very good brew. This beer could easily take pick up lines to a whole new level, but still not on the same level as Donkey Punch and the rest of the Sweetwater lineup.

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Photo of Tone
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, golden color. One and a quarter inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. There are also lots of suspended yeast present. Smells of hops, pine, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with a high carbonation level. Tastes of hops and sweet malt. Overall, good body, aroma, and appearance.

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Photo of Soneast
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
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 number1bum
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BeerTruth for this extra.

Pours a hazed light amber color with a few floaties swimming around. Dense two inches of creamy light beige head on top. Keeps a full lace and leaves a good amount of stick on the sides.

Smell reveals some resiny hops, citrus rind and grapefruit pith and some juicy citrus. It's a bit subdued and I caught an odd sour note, but it's not too bad.

Taste starts off resiny with a good dose of grapefruit pith and bitter orange peel, as well. There's a slightly acidic, almost sour note like there was in the smell, and that serves as a transition into a grainy, bitter finish. There is a light juicy sweetness as well. This one sort of goes all over the place, sometimes with oddball flavors and others with pleasant surprises.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat smooth, although not overly so for an IPA. Carbonation is pretty aggressive.

This is a pretty good IPA but I think it's a bit rough around the edges. If it were cleaned up a bit it would be quite good. Still, a tasty, solid brew.

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Photo of botham
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a golden amber color with a massive head of eggshell color, great retention and a pillowy consistency. it takes a few minutes to fill up the glass after waiting for the huge head to dissipate. phenomenal head on this one.

aroma is of spicy and piney hops, with a fresh and pleasant overall character. some yeasty esters feed off of the hop notes, adding a good balancing quality. somewhat simple in profile, which ends up being a good thing.

taste is bitter and hoppy up front, with notes of spicy hops and bready yeast. nicely composed with a bitter and dry finish of residual hop oils. very hoppy and bitter, with a fresh quality and tasty overall character.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry, with a bitter finish of residual hops.

drinkability is good. for an IPA, this one is fresh and full of hops, while remaining drinkable enough to be used as a session beer. cheers!

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Photo of brewmudgeon
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

kiss the lips by lake louie
4.5 deep orange amber with lots of small pulpy particulates. a modest head goes down quick but leaves a nice cap and artistically scattered lace. a beautiful beer.
4 lovely aroma as well, though a bit reserved. piney, floral notes accompanied by an undercurrent of sweet tangerines and grapefruit rind.
4 a mellow sweetness fully balances the citric bitterness. easy going but flavorful. feels like old world meets new world, reminding me a little of rogue juniper pale ale (but i like this better). by the end of the bottle i am thinking it should be just a tad drier...then it would be an absolutely perfect FPA (pls see below).
4 light side of medium body, some hop oilyness. carbonation is quite low and soft, making the brew seem more watery than it is.
4.5 the texture and overall balance of flavors combine to make this insanely quaffable. if there is ever a festival at which IPAs are served in huge quantity from tents, this beer should be featured there. it should be in a new category--FPA. seriously, these guys should start a festival in WI every year and dispense this from under a giant tent. i'll sure be there. there could be various events involving cheese curds, go karts, farm equipment and dancing. (hey they're an LLC, how risky could it be for them?) now that would be livin'!

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Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had 2 pints of this over the weekend at Main St. Pour House in Stoughton, WI.

The pint arrived with a half inch of creamy foam on it, that laced nicely on the sides as time passed. The color was a lightly hazy saturated orange.

Aroma was very fresh and citrusy, unmistakable grapefruit and orange peel. Flavor was pleasantly bitter with some really nice grapefruit notes again. Dry in the finish with some herbal bitterness and pale malt in the middle. Light and easy drinking, with a definite sense of balance. I'd consider it very drinkable, as I had 2 in a row.

This is so much better than the bottles i've had in the past. Freshness is key, as it says "keep refrigerated" on the six-packs. Look for these fresh in the Spring, by August the hops fade a bit.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
2.79/5  rDev -22.5%
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 KarlHungus
2.32/5  rDev -35.6%
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 eallured
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at the old fashioned in Madison in the Wisconsin tradion of a qurter inch of head resulting in no lacing and muted citrus aroma. A bit of ripe red berries also present. Color is beautiful straw-gold. Taste is lightly sweet and caramelly with good amounts of bitter and melony citrus hops flavors. Stickier and thicker than expected from the color but not unpleasant, adding enough body to support the hops. Overall a vary enjoyable ipa that is both crisp and full bodied. Will look for it again.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Not as dark as I was expecting, just a nice golden color. A little bit of white head on it that doesn't hang around for long.

S: Wonderful aromas of citrus and pine. Smells a little sweet.

T: Slightly bitter, citrus flavors prevail, lots of grapefruit and also pine. Pretty solid.

M: Light to medium, nothing outstanding. I would like to see a bit more substantial body to it.

D: It went down fast, very easy drinking but not something I'll seek out.

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Photo of joe1510
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
$8.99 6-Pack
Steve's, Madison

Kiss the Lips has a surprisingly clear light golden body with very few carbonation bubbles slowly rising to the surface. The crisply white head grew to two fingers and fell slowly to a skimming with a decent collar. The patches of head left atop the body have the crazy appearance of mold out of control; thick in spots and not in others. A few patches of lacing are left here and there.

The nose has a surprising amount of freshly squeezed lemon juice and candied peel to it that I thoroughly enjoy. The malt presence is very subtle and in the form of dry biscuits. A mild honey note combines with a floral hoppiness and makes for delicious nose candy. This IPA is unlike most others and although it's not incredibly hoppy it is awesome smelling.

The flavor follows the aroma closely. The lemon peel isn't quite as vibrant but it is in place in a good way. The malt is simple but fits well with a honey sweetness and biscuit dryness. The floral hops are mild but in place and when they weave into the lemon qualities it makes for a damn fine, easy drinking IPA.

The body has a moderate feel to it while the carbonation is soft. The finish is slightly dry with no stick left behind. A mild, bright bitterness hits the cheeks and sides of the tongue.

Kiss the Lips is a sessionable IPA if I've ever drank one. It's not a giant hop bomb but the lemon qualities are so refreshing I can't drink just one. A perfect summer drinker.

I've enjoyed nearly all I've sampled from Lake Louie and Kiss the Lips is no exception. Give this one a try during these warm summer months. It's a good brew to kick back and enjoy a few.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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 alcstradamus
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
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 SykDoc
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a hazy straw color that is translucent when held to the light. A minimal 1/8 inch white head forms and minimally reduces to a mostly full covering.

The aroma includes a primary kick from the hops including grapefruit/citrus and some floral notes. The malty sweetness is also present.

The taste is also highlighted by the very good citrusy hops and some earthy components. The pine and malt are a bit subdued and could certainly pop and make the taste better.

The mouthfeel revealed a light medium bodied beer that is quite crisp from the carbonation. It is then followed by a smoothness and eventual hoppy bitterness at the finish. It is fairly smooth and flows nicely with the flavor.

Overall, this is a fairly drinkable beer. Lake Louie makes fantastic beers and this is an IPA that is good but has room for improvements. It is a good example of an IPA and keeps the hops up front and flavorful.

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Photo of sgoodship
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Madison when I had a "make your own 6" fest at Steve's Liquors. Great people.

A: Looks like hazy apple juice. Lots of floating yeast that settles to the bottom. Easily frothed up a nice craggy off-white 2 finger head. Great head retention. Great lacing.

S: Buttery maltiness and a nice but pretty subdued citrus and floral hop aroma.

T: A little lip sting. Crisp clean front. Citrusy, yeasty, malty middle. Tangy, slightly piney, floral finish with very little hop bite. A little washed out in my opinion.

M: Carbonation was a little too sharp and prickly but generally it is a really nice clean and crisp drink. It's very light in body.

D: I think it's a nice IPA. It just doesn't have the profile I personally enjoy. I like more of the citrus and less of the floral/piney. I think it attempts to be balanced - not quite sure it pulls it off but it is an interesting brew. I enjoyed it and would be happy to recommend it and have it again.

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Photo of storksonm
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a Large Mug.

A: Nice golden tan color. little head.

S: Hoppy

T: Hoppy with almost citrus flavors to it.

M: Little hop bite to it and citrusy tang and as aforementioned in the previous post it has a bit of a carbonation burn to it also.

D: Most drinkable not a bad ipa at all. The citrus tinge in it just keeps you thinkin' about the next sip.

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Photo of Cresant
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was golden brown/amber with a pocked, off-white head.

Smell was earthy and hoppy. Clean aromas of citrus and tropical fruits.

Taste was a nice grassy bitterness. The initial sweetness drops off quickly leaving a clean drying finish. Not harsh but well-constructed and flavorful.

Mouthfeel was zesty with a nice carbonation burn, not too much though. Medium body. I would seek this one out again.

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Photo of akorsak
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
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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Kiss The Lips IPA from Lake Louie Brewery Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 179 ratings