Kiss The Lips IPA
Lake Louie Brewery Company

Kiss The Lips IPAKiss The Lips IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #6,371
Ranked #39,409
3.64 | pDev: 11.81%
Lake Louie Brewery Company
Wisconsin, United States
Kiss The Lips IPAKiss The Lips IPA
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Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 180
Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Fun fact:
Tom Porter named his Kiss the Lips IPA after the country song "It's Hard to Kiss the Lips at Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long,'' which described his and his wife's working relationship at the brewery before they divorced.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
2.79/5  rDev -23.4%
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 -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 eallured
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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 +6.3%
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 +12.4%
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 +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 alcstradamus
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
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 +9.1%
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 +7.7%
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 +6.6%
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 +9.1%
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 +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 madtowndmb1
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours amberish color with little head

S: Piney and citrus hops with a touch of sweetness

T: There's a decent amount of bitterness from the hops but a good amount. Not alot of citrus here and the pine flavor is good too

Overall a good drinker and a nice IPA that's easy to get and local!

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

A: Pours a dark orange amber with a mammoth, four-finger head that fills half the tulip glass and detracts from the presentation. Out-of-control froth leaves patches of sticky lacing.

S: Juicy citrus hops and pine needles.

T: Totally hop-centric taste -- ruby red grapefruit, pine tar and citrus pith -- that's balanced with a healthy dose of sweet pale malts. Dry, bitter finish.

M: Smooth and creamy, although, again, the preponderance of froth makes it difficult to navigate.

D: Tasty and well balanced.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, light copper color with a small, white, foamy head that had quite a few small bubbles of carbonation. It left some nice thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, pine and grasses.

T - It tasted of orange peel and grasses. It had a light caramel flavor mixed with some roasted malt flavors. Very mild for an IPA.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a nice IPA, not fabulous, but a nice easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy yellowish gold, quarter finger head with decent staying power.

S- Very fresh citrusy hop aroma.

T- Mild malt sweetness is quickly augmented by a solid dose of smooth hop bitterness and flavor. This carries through the end in a citrusy finish.

M- About what I expect for an IPA, light to medium bodied.

D- This just might replace, gasp, two hearted for me.

A very solid IPA. True it's not very "in your face" but it'll do the job to scratch a hop itch.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to asmokingoat for this one.

A- Light golden honey with orange hues. Head is minimal, but oily and sticky. It's composed of sporadic bubble patterns that don't make any sense; not that that makes any sense...anyway...

S- Smells of earthy hops jump out at me first, followed by a light carmael/honey malt backing. A little swirl of the glass makes the citrus come out that is trying to hide buried under the overtones of said aromas.

T- The taste is a muted version of the smells; the hops hit you in the front, then the malty sweetness kicks in to compensate, but they both leave you wanting a little more 'depth'. The finish is dry and lingering.

M- Light in the mouth, thin. The carbonation is just right, though, for the style.

D- This is a very sessionable American IPA. The only characteristic this beer lacks, in my humble opinion, is complexity. All in all, a good beer and a pleasure to try.

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

I got this brew in a trade with eyncognito, Thanks Ian!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed dark yellow color with a fluffy white head that left sheets of sticky lacing.

S - citrus hop aroma.

T - good citrus hop flavor, nice dry finish.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - easy to drink, enjoyable brew.

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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 objectivemonkey
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazy peachy orange with some nice white head and some rings of lacing with arching bit or two. There are tons of fruits in the aroma, mango and peach and apples, some caramel and biscuit, some hops oils, a certain butteriness to it, pretty nice. Flavor is much the same way, about the same in composition, with solid mouth, body, carbonation and feel very nice. In all, its a good beer, not great, but quite good.

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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 Derek
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, very little retention, initially some great lace.

S: Grapefruit, pine, grass, cotton-candy fruity esters, toffee.

T: Grapefruit, toffee, pine, assertive bitterness, tangerine/nectarine, biscuity-bread, slight caramel.

M: Moderate body is really smooth, with some hop acidity; modest carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable.

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

Thanks to my BA brother in law Craig for bringing this up to the northwoods of Wisconsin, along with some tasty homebrew i might add.

A decent looking IPA, clear amber, and very mildly carbonated. Managed a one finger pale tan head that faded to leave a thin collar of lace.

Very nice aroma of caramel and tangy, sweet and bitter ruby red grapefruit with accents of pine and papaya. Hints of booze and toasted malts also present and make for a nice overall olfactory presentation.

Very tasty, toasted pale malts with flavour of toasted bread and lesser hints of toasted nuts give way to the hops, with their flavours of tropical fruit and pine. Caramel sweetness with hints of richer toffee also come along for the ride. Ruby red grapefruit bitterness with hints of papaya and sprigs of pine make this what it is supposed to be, an american IPA.

A solid, medium bodied brew, with an excellent balance between malt and hops. Just enough lingering hop bitterness to remind the drinker that this is an IPA, and almost palate stripping. Some boozy warmth comes through and adds to the overall experience of drinking this smooth ale.

Very drinkable, enough tasty hops to keep one interested and coming back for more, and more. And the malts are quite tasty and rich as well. Despite the touch of caramel sweetness it manages to finish slightly dry thanks to the toasty malts, keeping this a refreshing and quenching beverage. Slight booziness only enhances the drinkability short term, and id love to see just how sessionable this one is, i suspect it would be one hell of a treat to drink this all night long.

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Photo of mwagner1018
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On a business trip in Madison, WI: Bartender at Delaney's poured into a room temperature pint glass out of tapped keg.
A- Nice light golden color, with an airy head. About 1 finger of head, cob webbing, very distinct lacing down glass.
S- Very good, sweet floral smell, associated with citrus and hops.
T- Tasty bitter hops, citrus, light, good finish and nice distinct characteristic IPA bite on the tongue, subtle and makes this beer very drinkable.
M- Perfect carbonation balance, sits in mouth nicely, flavors emanate through the palate.
D- Very good, easily drinkable, refreshing and unique, yet staying very much in the tradition of the IPA.

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Kiss The Lips IPA from Lake Louie Brewery Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 180 ratings