New Belgium Lips of Faith - Fresh Hop

RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Fresh pickings for some lickings. This beauty of an ale boasts a fresh crop of cascade, centennial, and amarillo hops. Were talking from vine to brew within 24 hours fresh. Citrusy. Soft fruit tones. Fresh hop IPA.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Draught at Eureka Burger. Nice IPA. Lots of sticky citrus hop flavor and aroma with a toasty and lightly sweet malt base. Medium bodied and mouth-filling bitterness gives this a little heft but its still nicely drinkable. Not very different from Ranger and doesnt have the big grassy character of a lot of wet hop beers, which I like in this case.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (11487) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"good looking with a nice frothy head. soft feel, and relatively soft flavor, though the accumulating bitter aftertaste gets to be a lot by the end. all citrus with a touch of malt to blalance, but like i said, still soft. liked it, but in a direct comparison, not quite as good as the cheaper Ranger, but worth a try."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (6214) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle: Poured a copper color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of fresh green hoppy notes with light citrus undertone sis quiet pleasant. Taste is also dominated by fresh green hops notes with light citrus notes and dry caramel malt is barely detectable. Bitterness is present but well balanced. Body is average for style with good carbonation. Not earth shattering but well brewed for what it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2014
A steady pour into the New Belgium globe glass produces a one-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a nice amber color that is quite clear and shows a touch of copper to it when held up to the light. The aroma is herbal, a touch grassy, and has perhaps a touch of pine and citrus to it at first. There is lots of dried grass, dried hay like, and dried herbal notes to this beer; at first I thought this was malt derived somehow, but it is more than that, and in the end is likely mostly hop derived. As the beer warms up more of a citrus / fruit focus comes out; lychee, floral citrus notes, tangelo zest, and even some kumquat are all quite noticeable now.

The beer is a bit cold to start out with, the hop character is defintiely dominant with notes of lemon zest, bitter herbal notes, and some pine like character being noticeable up front. The finish has a lingering citrus character to it that leans towards grapefruit zest, Meyer lemon zest, as well as having a green, slightly herbal character that suggests of green wild flowers and weedy grasses. The malt character plays a supporting role here, it accentuates the hay like notes and grassiness, but also contributes a soft, caramelized, whole grain cracker character to the flavor.The body has a soft fullness to it that is a bit creamy textured, though this is certainly still quaffable enough; it does have some chewiness to it though.

This is a nice beer, as with most Fresh Hop beers, this has more grassy notes than I usually prefer in a hop focused beer; having said that this does not get raw or astringent really, which is definitely nice. An enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Clear amber color with ivory head. Very fresh, hoppy pine, floral, spicy aromas. Pine, floral hop flavors on a doughy malt base brew___medium body, --drying finish__good

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2013
A clear orange beer with a small white head. The aroma is juicy citrus and pine. The flavor is smooth and slightly sweet fruit, malt, and pine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ellolovey (483) - Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2013
On tap at Taco Mac- Suwanee (johns creek). Pours a hazy amber with a frothy white head. Aroma of grass, sweet malts, pine, and citrus. A little lighter than I expected. Not quite as bitter either. Pine, citrus, earth, and sweet malts hit the palate. Pretty good but not my favorite. Light and refreshing all the same. A solid ipa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4956) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Tap. The beer has a nice fresh hop aroma, citrus, pine, and grassy. The look is very clear, has a whitish head, and nice lacing. The taste is a lasting bitterness, firm decent IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (6475) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 19, 2013
Tap at Steins Beer Garden at Mountain View. Colour is clear light orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, citrus, piney, hops and malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
viyh (73) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Thin head that dissipates quickly. A bit too bitter for my taste, it interferes with the aromatics. Hint of pine resin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (4373) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Draught. Pours a mostly clear copper color with a moderate white head on it. Nose is maltier than I expected with a lot of pepper on the nose. Taste is slightly bitter, but also has that rather peppery taste. OK, but not a huge fan of it.

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