New Belgium/3 Floyds Collaboration – Lips of Faith Grätzer Ale – 4 out of 7

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Here’s one of 2, maybe 3 other Grätzers that I’ve come across in my travels. If smokebeer had a shandy, grätzers would be them; oak smoked wheat beer. Typically light in abv, color, and taste, Lips of Faith breaks the latter two of those rules with an awfully dark and malty- musty collaboration beer. This beer offers slight notes of smoke mixed in with a balanced and slow selling unusual beer. It tastes fine with a touch of sour bitterness on the back end which kinda gets behind the lips. I struggle to find any hint of wheat, which should be the main ingredient in here, but I’m a little tipsy right now and think I’ll end this review. Overall score = 4 smokestacks out of 7.

Brewer New Belgium/3Floyds
Beer Name Lips of Faith Grätzer Ale
Brewer’s Description It’s not dead, but Gratzer is definitely a long-buried style from Poland. And together with 3Floyds we have unearthed the best of beer zombies. Full of bold flavors from oak-smoked wheat, and along with Midnight Wheat, this beer presents a pure black pour. A subtle, spicy note from the Polish Lublin hops hides in the aroma, just below the dark and smoky surface. Despite all appearances, the Gratzer is very drinkable at 4.5% ABV, and walks itself with a nice, light body. Cheers to drinking smoky, undead beers. Prost!
Food Pairings taco de lengua
Brewery Location Ft. Collins, CO
Alcohol content by volume 4.5%
IBU (International Bitterness Units) 30
Beer opacity rate 1 – 7 (light – dark) 5.5
Smell smoke? 1 – 7 (No – George Burns) 2
Sausage detection? Y or N N
Smokepower taste: 1 – 7 Smokestacks 3
Beer thickness 1-7 (water – used motor oil) 3
Overall Happiness: 1 – 7 (sad – happy) 4

Here’s a pic of the bottle with it actually facing the camera.

New Belgium & Floyds Gratzer Ale

New Belgium’s website is better than 3 Floyds, but neither want to talk about this beer:

http://www.newbelgium.com

Update!…Here’s this link I found talking about this beer, but couldn’t navigate there from the home page for some reason:

http://www.newbelgium.com/beer/3-floyds-collaboration

https://www.3floyds.com

…and one more thing,  Grätzer = Grodziskie

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grodziskie

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About SmokeBeerMinistry

I like beers that taste like smoke.
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