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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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140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.22%
Wants: 18
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works visit their website
Ohio, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: siege06nd on 03-18-2014

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Reviews by siege06nd:
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4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From partially filled growler (keg kicked as they were filling it) to pint. Excited to try the National Imperial IPA winner! Even more excited that 3 of the final 4 are from Cleveland.

A. Pours a crystal clear copper gold. One and a half fingers of tight white head erupt and slowly sift to a half finger. Decent gops of lacing.

S. Pineapple, tangerine, mango and other tropical notes. Then an all out assault of dank grass: weed, hay, wild grass. Resolves into a honey and strawberry note with mild black pepper. Wow. This is like White Rajah with an extra layer or two of complexity. A near perfect marriage of tropical and dank. Incredible.

T. Just like the nose. Big, juicy tropical fruit yields to bitter, earthy hops and resolves into strawberry bubble yum. So much going on here it is hard to describe. Like the nose, this is very similar to White Rajah but it has more grass, more dank, more earthiness. It also finishes sweeter. Outstanding.

M. Near perfect. A marriage of tropical, dank, and sweet. My goodness there is such balance here. Opens tropical, steers earthy and dank, then resolves sweet and pure. Love love love this. Remarkably well hidden ABV and a powerful flavor profile that never overwhelms.

O. Move over Head Hunter, White Rajah, and Hop JuJu. There is a new hoppy monster on the block and he means business. Another outstanding and world class addition to Cleveland's stacked lineup of hop offerings, this DIPA from Brew Kettle is worthy of its gold medal in Brewing News' national competition. Very similar to White Rajah, but meaningfully improved. Standing ovation. Cannot believe Cleveland has had such luck in having this and Hop JuJu both arrive within the last month.

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