Whole Lotta Lupulin Double IPA | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,747
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
39
pDev:
11.86%
 
 
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Reviews by Mleblanc25:
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of kojevergas
2.52/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

6 pack of cans purchased at Whole Paycheck earlier tonight for $13.99 in Brooklyn, NY. Canned 06/19/17. This was billed as a Whole Paycheck exclusive.

CAN: Standard pull tab. 12 fl oz format. Nice albeit generic green and black label design with some label art depicting hops (how original!).

9.5% ABV. "Double India Pale Ale." No mention of the hops or malts used on the label, but Smuttynose's website reveals it was brewed with 2 row, white wheat, caramalt, and carahell malts; and nugget, summit, citra, centennial, motueka, and amarillo hops.

Served cold into a nonic pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Copper body of average vibrance; lacks any visible yeast/lees within, appearing filtered. Head is off-white in colour with apt frothiness and some creaminess. Consistency is pretty good, as is its complexion. Head retention is superb for its high ABV, clocking in at ~8+ minutes. No lacing adheres to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

AROMA: Biscuit malt, English malt (I'd wager otter if I didn't know better; I guess it's actually German carahell and I'm just wrong), caramalt, and I think I'm getting crystal malt (but apparently I'm wrong about that as well...shows what little I know). I don't find the wheat.

Hopwise, it's wanting. Amarillo, citra, centennial, and motueka are all wasted on this judging by the aroma, which doesn't showcase any of them. I get generic floral hop aromatics and a hint of car freshener pine - that's it. Where's the citra-induced citrus? The amarillo-induced resin? The centennial-induced fresh floral aromatics? I guess I get a blip of that mojito-like lime note motueka tends to impart, but it's barely there.

If any hop is dominant in this, I guess it's nugget.

Suggests a decently balanced Imperial IPA with a well disguised ABV but a lackluster dull hop profile. I hope this delivers in terms of flavour more than it does aroma. Aromatic intensity is below average; quite timid for an Imperial IPA.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Medium-bodied with a bit of alcohol warmth - particularly on the back end. Smooth, wet, and of average heft and thickness.

A big mis-step here is a rindy bitterness on the finish coupled with a scrapey feel; this finishes poorly but luckily the flavour duration isn't so bad that all that nastiness lingers into an aftertaste.

Hop profile is as underwhelming and dull as the aroma predicted, with none of the interesting hops coming forward at all: no amarillo, no motueka save for a shallow hint of mojito-like lime, no fresh floral centennial flavours, no juicy citrus from Citra. There's some vague herb I guess from nugget and some vague generic fruitiness, but no hop rings distinct or would be readily identifiable in a blind taste test.

Caramalts lend too much sweetness to the overbearing malt backbone, which still tastes oddly English to me (maybe it's the yeast?), bending towards biscuit malt, crystal malt, and otter malt even though I know it doesn't contain those.

Lacks vividness and expressiveness across the board. I guess it has adequate complexity inasmuch as there are a lot of competing disharmonious ingredients, but the beer never comes together into a gestalt cohesive build. Imbalanced, particularly in terms of bitterness versus sweetness; this frolics across the spectrum lackadaisically, never feeling deliberate or focused.

Smuttynose needs to commit to the interesting hops more and lose the generic hop flavour, get rid of the overly sweet caramalt and carahell, ditch the wheat, bring the mouthfeel down, and dial in the balance.

Unrefreshing and difficult to approach given its middle-of-the-road quality and unfocused build. It's unclear what they're going for here, and it comes off tasting like a beer boiled with the hops the brewery happened to have excess of when Whole Paycheck inquired about a cross-promotion.

OVERALL: Hum-ho fare from Smuttynose, this warm and often over-sweet attempt at an Imperial IPA will fail to impress either casual or discerning drinkers and might serve as a worthwhile warning to avoid buying these cash cow Whole Paycheck exclusives going forward. Its bready bend and biscuity backbone give it a borderline English IPA vibe to its detriment and its balance is as chaotic as its build. I guess the remaining 5 cans in my sixer will serve for casual Netflix and popcorn pairing, but it's forgettable fare from a brewery that can do better. Uninspired and not worth exploring.

If there's a silver lining here, it's that the motueka-imparted mojito-redolent lime flavour comes more to the fore as this beer comes to temperature, but this kind of stale lime flavour is what I expect in hour-old Mexican chain restaurant Dos Equis, not an Imperial IPA.

Low C- (2.54) / BELOW AVERAGE

***

07/10/17 impression from a can:

Indistinct uninteresting hop profile. Too sweet; imbalanced. Alcohol warmth is evident.

Finish borders on cloying.

Not a dialed-in or well thought out build.

Low C- / BELOW AVERAGE

***
07/11/17:

Boozy.

D+ / NOT RECOMMENDED

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Comes in a hazy translucent amber color with a big creamy off white head. Good retention with lots of lacing. Looks attractive enough.
Smells kind of sweet, but not cloying or too syrupy. Caramel and toffee malt, woody/tree bark, pine sap, pink grapefruit, a hint of mango. Smells a lot like AleSmith IPA.
The taste follows the nose nearly precisely. Leans sweet with toffee and caramel, bread crust, pine sap, bark, and wood; tart pink grapefruit with a hint of mango and papaya. Fairly sweet in the middle but smooths and evens out with a building bitterness on the back end, evoking grapefruit and orange peel and pine needle.
The mouthfeel is medium, oily and coating, well carbonated, smooth and rich and finishes dry, with lingering hop resin stickiness.
A solid DIPA all around. A nice sweet West Coast DIPA that doesn't grow cloying and is dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of hophugger
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a deep orange amber with a thin head.

Aroma is very malty for a beer with a name like whole lotta lupulin.

Taste is much more hoppy and balanced between malty double and an intensely bitter IPA.

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Photo of tjcamm
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark gold color, hazed, with a coupla fingers of head on top... Presents a citrus and pine-kinda pairing, with sweeter tropical fruit suggestions underneath, and a hint of something kinda sharp, almost spicy, popping up every now and then... Medium-weight, modest carbonation with moderate bitterness and mild sweetness... A nice double IPA but pretty much par for the course as far as the style goes... 10/19/18 canning...

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Bluescooter
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Khuge22
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jpd026
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ronl12
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can into IPA glass. Dated 10/18/18.
Look is nice cloudy golden yellow. Smell is apricot and dank grapefruit. Taste follows. Feel is medium. Overall, mose of a west coast style with some bitterness. Ok for what it is.

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Photo of brunop
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AD17
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kdivers
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of avalon07
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a snifter glass. Had a dark amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A decent enough aroma of hops, citrus, malt, pine, and an earthy quality.

T: Tasted of a decent amount of malt (high for a DIPA), a bit of the earthy quality (not overly prevalent), a good shot of pine, a fair amount of hops, and some citrus fruit (orange, it would seem). There's something off about this flavor. It seems oddly out of balance, with either the hops or pine taking over at times. Nonetheless, it has a forcefulness to it.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An uneven beer, but not a terrible one. Worth a try.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Can from Whole Foods Bedford
Slightly hazy medium golden color with a decent sized tightly bubbled white head that shows moderate retention. Initially the nose held lots of citrus and tropical fruits but that slowly gave way to more resinous earthy pine and a touch of alcohol with some faint bready malt deep underneath. Flavor holds a bit of alcohol especially as she warms but also is filled with light citrus and moderate earth and pine. slight warming alcohol increases as the sample warms. Tasty beer but it eventually shows its abv.

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Photo of Bluesfolk19
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of smutty33
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rainintheface
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Budlum
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AgentMunky
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Teku glass. Canned 6/19/2017. This is one fresh beer.
4/3.75/4/4.5/3.75
A: Pours a light, hazy orange. Very little head. Delicate tracing.
S: Smells orangey too, sweetly citric. Rather faint, but pleasing.
T/M: Robust, thick, and full-bodied. There is a lot of wonderful, fruity earthiness; dank resin that I don't perceive as very bitter; and sweet, malty sugars. The mouthfeel is chewy and titanic.
O: A tasty but forgettable DIPA. There's a lot of booze (although you'd never know it) and malt in this with not quite forceful enough hops to stay balanced. Would have again, but might not recommend.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bronze-ish orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves good lacing

S: A good mix of pine, citrus, and floral hop notes up front along with a light malt sweetness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the hop combo, which really puts the citrus and floral notes forward with hints of pine. Goes into a little bit of bready malt sweetness to balance things out. Not too bitter. Finishes with lingering citrus and floral hop notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. On the softer side

O: A solid DIPA that is dangerously drinkable at 8.6%. Very good balance. Check it out

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Photo of DAS30
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmurphy7
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

super smooth DIPA. very drinkable even at 9.5% ABV. beautiful golden clear look. foams pure white. not much to the smell, which was a little surprising given the positioning of this product as heavy on hops. the taste was OK. definitely smooth and drinkable, but it had a bit of a metallic aftertaste that comes with super hoppy beers that don't finish completely.

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Whole Lotta Lupulin Double IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 39 ratings