Lips of Faith Gruit – New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO, USA)

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Lips of Faith Gruit – New Belgium Brewing, 6.6% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Fort Collins, Colorado, USA)

printed on the front-right:

“Experimentation doesn’t mean new. With our Gruit, it’s all about revisiting the ancient craft of bittering with herb mixtures. In here horehound, bog myrtle, yarrow, wormwood and elderflowers get together with rich malts to create a bitter, dry, velvet-like sweetness worth revering.”

  • Style: (spiced ale) Traditional Ale
  • Taste: Fruity banana wheat malt off-dry red apple dry mild bitter.
  • Where I got it: Bottle Jockey, N. Bby
  • How much: $14 (after 5% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: worth a try

Visual: Pours clear golden yellow with a med-large super foamy lasting head, very stick lacing, clusters of steady streams.

Nose: peach-apricot-apple fruity. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-fruity, foamy feel

Mid-palate: off-dry (lvl-2)-sweetness, light tangy, (MAIN) red apple, banana wheat malt, subtle bitterness

Finish: light spicy, mild lemony dry finish.

Summary: Very fruity, low bitterness, easy-drinking. Can’t really distinguish advertised bittering agents, mostly wheat malt comes through.

Rampant Imperial IPA – New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO, USA)

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Rampant Imperial IPA – New Belgium Brewing, 8.5% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Fort Collins, Colorado, USA)

on the front-right label:

“That craving for hops starts to take over in this RAMPANT Imperial IPA proliferating with heavy peach tones, herbal sweetness and aromatic complexity.”

  • Style: Imperial India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Grassy tangy fruity peach toffee malt hopped bitter alcoholic
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.50 – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., July 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: still better out there

Visual: Pours clear golden orange with a decent foamy head, thin hazy-murky layer of retention, lots of active streams.

Nose: vibrant green hop cones. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: thick-slick, micro-fizzy, grassy subdued hop entry

Mid-palate: tangy, (MAIN) zingy herbacious hops, peach tones, toffee barley malt, -> sustained (lvl-5)-sweetness, alcohol bitterness

Finish: soft lingering-compounding bitter hops, fruity malt exhale.

Summary: ABV is rather stealth in this one, clean entry and exit for an IIPA. Very grassy-floral forward, dissipating peachy malt mids. Decent but could use more fullness/roundness, especially at the finish.

Ale Brewed w/ Anaheim & Marash Chilies – New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins, Colorado, USA)

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  • My Rating: B

Ale Brewed w/ Anaheim & Marash Chilies – New Belgium Brewing & Cigar City Brewing Collaboration, 8.5% ABV – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Fort Collins, Colorado, USA)

Printed n the front right-side:

“We’re about to light up Florida with this Cigar City collaborative brew. Our Belgian yeast tangos with Anaheim and Marash peppers along with loads of citrusy hops to create an ale full of spice. Aged on Spanish cedar to salute our mutual love for wood!”

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  • Style: (Anaheim, Marash Chili, Spanish Cedar) Barrel-aged Spiced Ale
  • Taste: Sweet orange citrus sweet caramel malty pepper woody heat
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $11 (5% off) – 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours clear copper-orange with a smallish head, thin sticky lacing, a thin layer of retention, several slow streams.

Nose: caramel malts, mild but apparent orange citrus (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: light oily, crisp mouthfeel, bitter hops

Mid-palate: immediate pepper vegginess, light tingly, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malts, orange

Finish: light spicy heat, soft citrus bitter hops, woody malty sweet finish.

Summary: Great full-bodied flavour, complexity and mouthfeel. I particularly dig the balanced citrus and heat elements.