Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 001 | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Average: 4.08 | pDev: 6.86%

Reviews: 216 | Ratings: 961

American IPA | 5.90% ABV

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

Notes: This beer is retired; no longer brewed. An ever-evolving mix of experimental hops, designed to deliver mind-blowing flavors that break the rules with each new release. The unique revolution number on the label tells you which release you have in hand. Crack fresh and enjoy the show.

Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 001 features a blend of six different hop cultivars from the 2015 harvest, with an emphasis on a zesty tropical fruit-driven experimental hop to create something entirely unique. A wheat malt base provides a clean canvas for showcasing a pure hop character. Aromas of pineapple, papaya and citrus creamsicle explode out of the glass. Resinous undertones yield to flavors of candied mango, red grapefruit zest and fresh green tea, all dissipating quickly into a clean, dry finish.

Luponic Distortion is best if enjoyed within 90 days of its bottling date.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 2/16/16; drank 3/16/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through pale orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big, fluffy white head; nice frothy lace.

Pine, mango & honey notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Pine & sweet mango flavors up front; honey notes on the finish.

Dry yet sweet; pretty good but too pine-y for me to fall for.

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Photo of Djergler
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad if you get it at a good price. Got a sixer for 8 bucks. Very good deal. Drinkable, not overwhelming and surprising complexity in a low cost beer.

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Photo of emillner
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a good example of an American IPA. Fairly well-balanced with a nice hop bite. I've had it on draft twice and enjoyed it both times. Not good enough for me to seek out or want to order whenever I see it.

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Photo of EHak
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured on draft, head settles into a thin layer with heavy lacing. Mild carbonation balances well with the hops and drinkability. There's a really soft feel to this beer that makes it go down quickly if your not careful.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ah, the joys of The CANQuest (tm)! I am inundated with beer here at Chez Woody & I recently became inspired to take a break from the eradication of The Bottle Backlog to sift through some of the on-deck CANs. I am finding old friends & forgotten treasures as I go & so the next step may be to waffle back & forth between bottles & CANs in the hopes of finally getting caught up.

From the CAN: "Revolving Hop Series"; "Limited Release"; "Drink Within 90 Days"; "Beer Before Glory * Always Refrigerate".

I got some foaming through the vent following the Crack! so I CANtinued with a gentle Glug so as to keep the foaming to a minimum, My strategy worked so well that I was forced to perform an in-glass swirl to raise a little over a finger of foamy, rocky, tawny head with moderate retention. I was heartened to see the dense, sticky lacing that it left in its wake. Color was solid Gold (SRM = 5) with NE-quality clarity, calling forth The Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon, all ready for a taste. Nose smelled like freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice. Mmm. The taste was more towards tropical fruit (mango, papaya, guava), but I was still getting grapefruit and a juicy oranginess as well. The finish was dry, but not overly bitter. It was quite fruity and still quite hoppy. I am going to try & keep current here on out.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a crisp transparent burnt yellow color with carbonation rising at a moderate pace to fill a slim finger’s worth of white foamy to bubbly head. Moderate sticky foamy lace. The smell starts off with some crisp grassy to bitter piney rimmed hops. Subtle underscore of citrus with a dry sweet malt in the backbone. The taste is bittersweet with a semi-sticky grassy/piney/citrus aftertaste. Quick wet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium bodied. Bitterness seems to stick to my tongue. Carbonation feels good. Overall, I’d say this was a pretty good AIPA from Firestone Walker. I’d be happy to have again.

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Photo of BWED
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Way behind on logging reviews. Tasted: 04/25/2016

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip.

A- Light golden straw with nice clarity. Head is off-white and foamy/rocky. Good retention. Nice lacing left behind.

S- Really fresh citrus and tropical fruit notes. Juicy. Pineapple, mango and orange. Slightly floral and dank. Malt is left in the dust, with not really any detectable trace.

T- Juicy tropical citrus, like nose. Again with a hint of floral notes.

M- Body is medium-light. Pretty clean finish, yet a faint bitter linger.

O- Really easy going IPA. Feel is great, with an abundance of flavors throughout.

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Photo of Vader444
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 5/3/16. Drink within 90 days. Guess I'm only a year too late. Pisses me off that I didn't look at the canning date when I picked this up last week, and that I payed a premium price for a long expired beer but I guess that's the price you pay for living on the other side of the planet from the brewery. Ratings reflect this. Needless to say, any hops have long since disappeared into oblivion but the base beer is still really nice with a lovely malt profile. Would love to try it fresh but, for the time being, I'll stick to Stone Berlin IPA for a hop hit. Cheers!

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/1/17 (Chicago). 12 oz can, canned 3/3/16, poured into tulip glass. Hazy blond pour, slight white lacing, solid carbonation. Fruity pine aroma, citrus and hops present. Fruity beer offset pleasantly by bitter hops. Citrus, hops, pine the predominant taste. Firm mouth feel, solid carbonation makes you notice going down. Overall good offering and I look forward to trying future additions.

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Photo of corby112
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Keg n Kitchen in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Excellent retention, lingering for the duration and coating the glass with rings and large streaks of soapy lace. Looks great.

Dank, earthy and floral hop aroma. Perfume like with pine needles, sticky resins, juicy nugs, soil and fresh grass clippings. This is countered by juicy tropical and tart citrus sweetness. Ruby red grapefruit, pineapple, guava, lemon pith and fleshy candied orange slices. Pale biscuit malt presence with light caramel sweetness. Subtle bread/yeast with soft grains and cracker.

Lighter end of medium body with soft carbonation and a blast of dry, earthy bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malts into a bone dry finish. Really nice bitterness not just a juicy fruit bomb. Dank, sticky resins, soil, pine needle and spruce tip. Excellently countered by tropical and light citrus sweetness. Papaya, mango, pineapple, lemon pith, candied orange and tart ruby red grapefruit. Pale biscuit malt backbone with light sweetness and soft grainy crackers. Really well bakanced and extremely crushable. Another great beer from FW that packs a ton of flavor yet remains niceky balanced and not overly boozy. A touch of heat and alcohol sweetness as it warns but not a hindrance to the complex hop profile. Very good.

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Photo of omahawk
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great session IPA. Hazy light gold appearance, firm bitterness, light malt profile, great hop aroma and flavor. Upper echelon West Coast IPA. Well done.

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Photo of BigGold
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was lucky to find in late June, when had poured from 12-oz. bottles, stamped bottled on "05/24/16 11:04," into red solo and clear plastic wine cups, on a trip down Highway 1. Extraordinarily balanced beer. Looking forward to joining the next Revolution, when in the Bay Area.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright sunshine with puffy white head. 4.25
Grapefruit peel, lemonade, + flowers. 4
Thread of madeleines, then slight dank, lemon balm, + pompelmo. 4.25
Just past light, oily, gentles fizz. 4

May.27 canning - if this is this bright, bouncy, yet edgy on Day 98 (or whatever) I can't imagine it fresh. New Model Army with no malt presence, though a touch of sandpaper does sneak in. Might ask for a bit more body, but this is the APA of the summer for me. 4.25

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a slightly cloudy rich golden color with a thick long-lived head that settles very slowly and leaves some mixed heavy and light lacing down the glass.

The nose is a fructose-laced pine and grass with hints of bread, vanilla, lemon and black pepper.

The taste is a crisp and fresh IPA like flavor with a mellow and dry malt base there are hints of black pepper, nutmeg, and camphor.

The mouthfeel is just right to deliver the taste across the palate. The Mouthfeel is rich without lingering too much.

Overall an exceptionally good beer. I really like it and will buy if I see it again.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

35cl bottle, exactly 1 month old. Clear pale orange pour with a thin white head. Smells like lemon zest, green hops, honey, unripe mango. The taste follows the same notes, with a green hop bitterness overlapping a mild malt sweetness. Dry finish, medium to light body with a bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Good stuff. Had it at this low-key beer cellar place called, Yard House. Nice to sample craft beer next to some teenager trying to drink a Bud Lite out of her misshapen beer glass. Anyways....this was a great beer. Smell hits you initially with the pine and the floral blast. Nice foamy head that lasted quite awhile. Taste as it smells - well balanced hoppy kick. Uh oh....girl next to me is fading . Nice job Firestone. She just fell down.....time to make my move

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Photo of secondtooth
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First, this can was dated 4 months back, so a little on the aged side before hitting my hands (and palate). No matter, still a solid brew!

Appearance: Clean golden, with a huge head of off-white suds and an impressive and lovely cloud-cover of lacing.

Aroma: Tropical and citrus hops. Yeah, not a prob here, mates.

Taste: Delicious tropical and juicy fruity hops, with a herbal finish. Really good, lighter-bodied IPA, and a real treat. I’d bet this is a smasher fresh and on-tap! Superb.

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Photo of SargeMcCluck
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, wheaty yellow. The spongy head dissipates after a few seconds to leave a thin layer of lacing.

The nose is cut grass; pine; overripe pineapple, orange, and guava. This is well balanced on the tongue, making for a more homogenous mix of fruit, malt, and bitter hops than similarly tropical hop bombs. Could certainly do worse for a session.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bright color, slightly pale, with a good head of 3 fingers. Fluffy and cuppy on top, with layers of lace left behind.

Aroma is 100% West Coast IPA. Smells like the clean pool room of a hotel. Wet aromas of citrus, ocean water, and hop oils also circulate.

Wow. Super refreshing. Lots of OJ, citra hops, residual oils, and a touch of grapefruit pith. Some bread finishes out the profile. Only thing I'd change is the slight metallic bitterness present with the abundance of citra.

Feel is refreshing and crisp, just as it should be.

Overall, this is a win. I like this IPA, it's very easy and refreshing while still being flavorful.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz single from Lifesource in Salem OR $1.79 Clear golden beer with a half inch creamy/frothy white head. Good floral and fruity hop aromas, some peppery sweetness ( if that makes any sense?). Taste is similar to the aroma but with an odd lemony aspect..though its nice. Nice medium mouth feel medium to soft carbontion. A nice bee

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Photo of ABabbidge
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great fruity hops, great pillowy white head retention to the bottom of the glass. Just starting to appreciate IPAs and beers like this make it easy to transition from drinking almost all stouts and porters to drinking more hoppy beers.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: golden yellow with no head
S: nice hops but not overly powerful
T: like the nose, nice hops and not bitter. Nicely balanced with the sweetness
F: smooth and easy drinking

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautifully bright and yet understated- the beer's beauty is in its forgeability. Wonderfully woven together with a savory but crisp malt bill and a grassy hop tilt gives the IPA its uniqueness.

Golden-amber in its hue, the bright beer sheds a creamy and lacy froth that grips the glass tightly while a perfume of grass, citrus, pepper and perfume firmly graze the nose. As a gently sweetness glosses over the tongue, hints of toast, crust and savoriness hits a faint glimpse.

Floral and fruity flavors only intensify while added flavors of green cherry, apple, juniper roll onto the middle palate. Citrus and tart tropical flavors trend bitter, earthy and herbal while a drying trend closes the taste with pine, juniper and radiant citrus flavor.

Tight, crisp and clean, the beer's texture is creamy-dry with a spicy citrus after-palate. Spicy warmth follows with a soft barley blanket that soothes the late palate and brings an aftertaste of citrus peel and berry.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pint at the Underground.

Pours a bright medium yellow with one finger of off-white head that leaves a network of swiss cheese lace as it recedes.

Smells of grapefruit and lime zest, blood orange, tropical fruit, gentle caramel malt and citrusy, piney hops.

Tastes of more bitter citrus, guava, mango, pineapple, breakfast biscuit caramel malt, ad more zesty, resiny hops.

Feels light and smooth. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Tons of flavour and easy to drink.

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Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Verona Inn. Pours a copper, amber hue. Minimal froth. Strong hints of hops and pine in the nose and apparent in the taste as well. Bursts of citrus zest and resin on the tongue. A surprisingly balanced, floral IPA. Good stuff. Recommended.

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Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 001 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 961 ratings