Ernest (5887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cereal, dog food), lightly hoppy (apricot), with notes of dish rag / detergent, orange, sugar, medicine.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Ugh. Awful malt character and dirty/soapy odors all but ruin the aroma, and the only hint of juniper comes in a rather medicinal format rather than smelling like fresh evergreen. Clumsy and embarrassing.
CanIHave4Beers (2758) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a golden brown, almost an orange color with a very small head. The beer falls flat fairly quickly. The aroma is malty with some rotting leaf and mild spiciness. The flavor has some rich maltiness and a bit of spicy, piney, and bitter notes. The palate is surprisingly nice and lively given how flat the beer looks in the glass.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Pours a clear bronze color with a nice white head. The nose is spicy and sweet, lots of juniper and citrus, creamy caramel and some sweet sticky honey. The flavor is a bit cloying, maybe needs a bit more hops. Iím surprised to see this has hops in the first place, which arenít really countering the sweetness at all. Finishes spicy, a little lingering but its easy drinking.
drjay44 (2340) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2010 Draft. Pours a thin off white head, with some lacing, over a clear, light amber (SRM 6) body....nose is light biscuit, toast, toffee....taste is very light toffee, biscuit, finishing with light pepper, and light hop bitterness.....mouth feel is light, and slightly sweet, carbonation low. This is a pleasant, not overly strong beer, whose finish is somewhat too sharp. BJCP 7//3/12/4/6
3fourths (7523) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - OCT 1, 2010
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2013 draft. amber, clear. candy sugar juicy fruit pineapple nose, strongly phenolic and dirty. tastes like juniper and thyme with heavy sugar and heavy syrupiness. foul.
natejgood (384) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark golden with a very little white head and few bubbles. This beer has an aroma of sweet hops, but it is a bit thins smelling. This tastes a bit like an IPA with a smidgen more body and flavor. There is a bit of oak. This beer is easy drinking, but probably not the best of the Lips of Faith series.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet raw sugar herbal nose of basil and juniper. Clear caramel, persistent wet white head. Sugary sweet again, hint of spice. Touched where I expect a stronger presence. Little iced tea. Finishes with the juniper note up a bit, but really drinks more like a gently spiced amber.
Beaver (1160) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Pours a clear copper gold with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is bready malts and a little spice.
The flavor is bready malts and some rye and juniper with a decent sized hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and creamy.
Overall, not a lot going on. Itís interesting to try a different traditional style, but sounds like they didnít really hit the style just like their Berliner Weisse (at least that one was more interesting).
notalush (4456) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2010
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very clear pours - looks like iced tea - I should have known New Belgium would fuck this up and make a boring version of this style - it is arguable that they even really made a sahti here, as the dominant character aside from the malt are the hops - most beers Iíve had in this or similar styles are explosions of earthy complexity, sometimes great, sometimes not so great, but at the very least interesting - smells like caramel, bread dough, a slight hint of juniper, toasted grains, hops, a light mint character - maybe, just maybe a hint of banana phenols in there - flavor is mostly malt sweetness, with some caramel and toasted grains - juniper is nowhere to be found - neither are any of the other earthy or smoky qualities you might expect - finish is hop bitterness and a light, indistinguishable spiciness - really one-dimensional and boring.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at brewery. Not much on nose but just a hint of juniper. Really lacking in aroma. Poured golden amber, decent head. Flavor has notes of orange peel, juniper, and earthy bitterness, lightly sweet malt. Rather uninteresting really.