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El Lupulo Libre - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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El Lupulo Libre
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21 Reviews
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Reviews: 21
Hads: 187
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 25.93%
Wants: 22
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Ohio, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA | 8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: siege06nd on 03-18-2014

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Reviews: 21 | Hads: 187
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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2.93/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Peach.

Mango.

Armpit.

Yes, this is a dank arse beer, it's hoppy as hell.

That list is of aroma's that are exactly what hit me when I first smelled this beer. And that's pretty much how it comes through on the palate as well. It's pretty dry, almost tongue swelling, not quite a hop heavy thrasher, just funky.

Moderation in everything. Restraint is key. Some people revere this beer. White Rajah. All for One. They eclipse this in every category.

People, stop worshiping at the alter of MORE!!

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Photo of buschbeer
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32 ounce growler
Served in a teku glass

It pours amber, borderline copper, in color. A modest beige head tops this beverage. The head didn't stick around long and left little lacing.

The smell is fantastic, tropical and citrus fruits galore. Mango and pineapple come to mind. There is a little pine as well.

The taste is exactly what I expected following the nose. Tropical fruits with a little citrus and a pine finish.

It is smooth with a medium body.

Another great IPA from an Ohio brewery. I think we are getting spoiled here.

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4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler filled at Heinen's in Mentor, Ohio

It's time to give this one a review. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep golden with nice transparency; small fluffy white head that leaves great retention and nice lacing. The aromas are amazing. It has that dank fruitiness that everyone loves. Strong tropical notes, but lots of citrus too. Grapefruit, mango, and strawberries. Subtle caramel malts take a backseat. The flavors match and follow the nose. Tons of fresh cut fruit. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit. There's a nice candy sweetness, but the hop bitterness and hop flavors really shine and take center stage. Tons of fresh hop vines. Some pine needles in the mix. It's slightly spicy, but nothing to worry about. Some warm resin. Mouthfeel is amazing. I love the mouthfeel. It's full-bodied and very creamy. It's still light and fluffy with moderate carbonation. It's extremely smooth. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed, although there's a subtle warmth in the finish that enhances the flavors. It's fun to drink and is dangerously drinkable.

This is the kind of DIPA that hopheads seek out. It's in the same ballpark as your favorite DIPAs. It's worth seeking out. Bravo.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Snifter pour at the BK taproom.

Ruby-orange elixir, 4mm white foam quickly dissipates to a thin rim, thick splotches of lacing coat the glass.

Yes, the hops are here: dank, resinous pine, some citrus, spice and caramel.

The thick, resinous pine leads through a smooth hop bitterness. The spice and caramel sugar are backing elements that round this one out. Such a nice hop flavor profile with the malt sweetness clearly taking a backseat.

Medium to full body, a nice resinous mouth feel.

The hops are the star here and the brewer clearly wants them to shine (hence the name). As a hophead, this is one of those rare brews (C-Bus Bodhi and FH Hop Juju are the other Ohio stars) that ensures that the malt base is definitively muted so that the hops shine and really are the essence of the brew. Don't give me a balanced DIPA, give me this. Well done.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a copper orange color. Aromas on this beer are amazing ! Citrusy, dank and tropical with berry like aromas. Taste is pleasent and there is still that berry flavor in there that really pulls everything together.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler fill. Very nice. Heavy (but not too much so) tasty, complex, and very drinkable. Our man at The Growler Stop here in Cincinnati recommended. Well done Growler Stop, well done.

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3.67/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into sniffer


A: dark copper I thought this would have been lighter, good clarity, not much head low carbonation


S: pure tropical fruits just explodes with mango pineapple even peach little malt there too


T: very very boozy nice tropical flavors like the nose but harshly boozy 


M: lowish carbonation the alcohol really coats your tongue lingering bitterness


I: I could smell this beer for days but I can't hardly get through the glass it's so boozy I wouldn't bother with this one unless you only plan on smelling it 

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

The aroma and taste of this truly Imperial IPA are intense and overwhelming. The nose is filled with dank hops, pine, resins, oily pith, lemon, caramel malt and pure lupilin. The flavor is equally dank, oily, resiny and pithy with lemon, honey and caramel. The lupilin is is so strong that it must be an extract. My only complaint is that there is an underlining onion or chive that is slightly off putting.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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El Lupulo Libre from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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