Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 002 | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 002Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 002

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of biboergosum
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, part of the sixers that they comprise up here in good ol' Alberta. Great name for a hoppy brew, I gotta say.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and chunky off-white head, which leaves some stellar layered sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly, if lazily, subsides.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, some lesser saltine cracker graininess, muddled, but sturdy domestic citrus bitters, honeydew melon, a certain chalky flintiness, and some equally heady leafy, piney, and somewhat herbal green hoppiness. The taste is more grainy and bready caramel malt, equally consistent pale crackery notes, a wee gritty yeastiness, understated mixed citrus bowl esters, and some growing earthy, leafy, and pine forest floor hops.

The carbonation is adequate in both its supportive and sometimes frivolous frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, the big lupulin presence here apparently of the live and let live ilk. It finishes off-dry, the surviving malt thankful for the continuing good graces of the still strongly lingering complex hop bitters.

Overall, this is a rather enjoyable and engaging version of the increasingly broad style, one which keeps each expected metric involved, but in a tacitly restrained manner, if that makes any sense. At any rate, this is another one of those offerings that makes you want to cast off the binds of introspective writing and just go and drink some more of it, goddammit!

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4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. "Luponic Distortion - Revolution No. 002"
12 fl. oz. can, "DRINK WITHIN 90 DAYS OF CANNED ON DATE", "CANNED ON 06/10/16" and sampled on 07/14/16.
From a mixed 12-pak for $18.99 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Not unlike its predecessor, Luponic Distortion No. 002 delivers a complex fruitiness. It's fruity in a regular way, a citrusy way, and a tropical way - and I know that citrus fruits are generally tropical fruits, and thus all of those are "fruity", but I'm making a separation here. Some fruit descriptors include: peach, mango, orange, pineapple, melon, apple, papaya, apricot, lemon and grapefruit. In fact, to me, that's almost exactly what I found in the first one, except that the peach is so clear here! It's also softly piney/spruce-like, spicy, mildly resinous, and grassy. Oh how I wish I could taste the two side-by-side! Beyond the hops it's fairly basic: golden malt with a light touch of biscuit; and a moderate (by todays standards) 45 IBUs. At 5.9% ABV we're into American IPA territory, and thus they could have taken the bitterness even further, but instead they decided to keep it nicely balanced. As I progress through the glass the peach character comes forward, and I find it more interesting and compelling than I do with most peach beers. Overall, superbly done on all counts. I liked this better than the first so I'm really looking forward to the next one.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355ml can from some hoser 17/7/16

A clear golden yellow liquid, finger of foam ends up as a thin film leaving a few patches

S floral, piney hops, lemon peel, orange marmalade, lots of citrus, a hint of passion fruit and a little hard toffee

T more of the same really, lots of pine and rind, straight forward but solid

M medium bodied, nice bitter snap, fluffs up with some grit, piney rind finish

O soild IPA. Not lacking anywhere but nothing to really set it aside from the pack either

This one hits all the usual notes but is it going to be another 20$+ 6 pack just sitting on the shelf in Alberta? Worth a try but I think there’s better options for less money on the same shelf around here

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tbryan5
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was a VERY crushable American IPA. Great hop bitterness that is smooth enough to effortlessly chug. Piney and resiny without being overpowering...

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Photo of Andnkuhn
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of warlock_with_a_backpack
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chip26
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beaver13
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can. Pours clear straw yellow with a big fluffy white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet malt with lots of sugary citrus fruit and a little green hop.

The flavor is sweet citrus with some medicinal bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, I like the fruitiness but the bitterness tastes a bit odd.

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Photo of talbotjf99
4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ledouge
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Meyers1023
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear gold color with one fingers worth of foamy white head. Smell is tropical fruit, citrus, a little pine, and malt. Flavor follows suit but the malt plays forward a little more than in the nose. The feel is medium with a medium amount of carbonation. I definitely like 002 better than 001. Both very good IPA's though.

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Photo of PprBurke
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper in color with a fingernail of dishwater white. Excellent clarity. Light lacing is present. I smell citrus hops and grapefruit. I'm tasting citrus hops and some light malt is in the mix. The mouth is lightly sticky and otherwise quaffable.

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Photo of Studfarm69
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of valkyre65
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer21
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LXIXME
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcbeers
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best new hoppy west coast IPA on the market IMHO. Even taking value out of the equasion. Resinious. Citrus, pine, dank. CLEAN & crisp. Balanced. Better than #1. I've heard grumblings of this being thin, but hell. It's hop forward and less than 6%. Wha'd you expect??? This is the perfect low ABV IPA while retaining everything I love about a west coast IPA. near perfect beer for what it is.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottling date of 07/14/16

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and golden yellow in color with a white, finger width head. Good retention before breaking down to a thin, consistent layer of suds across the surface. Fair lacing, consisting mostly of spots found around the glass.

Smell - Tropical aromatics. Orange, pineapple and a hint of mango. A bit of grapefruit and light spice comes through as it warms.

Taste - Follows the nose, though more mellow than expected. Orange and pineapple notes are prominent, but even keeled. Mango creeps in mid-taste and adds some sweetness, along with some generic bready maltiness. Finishes with light pineapple zing and very faint citrus pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, slick drinker with a crisp, clean finish.

Overall - Pretty good all-round beer, and much preferred over the 001. Not as punchy in flavor as I like, but it's a hell of an easy drinker and has just enough character to keep it interesting. Here's to hoping 003 is even better!

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into spiegelau glass canned on 7/28

A: Huge billowy soapy big bubbled white head. Body is a very light straw gold. carbonation looks like it is off the charts.

S: Huge grapefruit, pineapple, star fruit nose, with some floral herbal notes and a little bit of a crackery bready back end.

T: Nice pineapple and mango, some citrus some light resin.

M: Very soft on the tongue a little heavier than you would expect.

O: This beer is pretty damn good, I think the nose is a tad stronger than the taste, the super low carbonation on the mouthfeel is fairly odd. Great easy to obtain offering though, if not stellar.

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Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 002 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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