Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 003
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 003Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 003
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American IPA
4.06 | pDev: 6.9%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 003Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 003
Notes: The lead hop in Revolution 003 is a new German variety that Brewmaster Matt Brynildson first encountered in its experimental infancy while traveling through the Hallertau region during the hop harvest three years ago. “I fell in love with it then, and I’ve been following its development ever since,” he says. “It’s just loaded with this juicy mandarin orange character that is so distinctively German, unlike anything you could grow here in the states.” Luponic Distortion Revolution 003 offers a mandarin orange and ripe peach character with ample supporting notes of citrus, stone fruit and pineapple. The overall profile is round and juicy, leaning heavily on ripe fruits with minimal dank or piney edges.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
2.92/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

"Revolution No. 003". Canned 9/7/16; drank 9/22/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through yellow/orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE bright white head; strong, frothy lace.

Watermelon jolly rancher & pine needle notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Pine needle & watermelon jolly rancher flavors; cloying & dry at the same time!

Totally not my IPA profile. Will I ever enjoy one of these "revolutions"?

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bright golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, malts. Taste is big on citrus, light peaches, moderate bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Crack!ed the CAN to reveal a brimful CAN, which to me suggests the CANducting of a gentle Glug. Even in doing so, I still got over oa finger of dense, rocky, bone-white head with good retention that left some nice lacing in its wake. Color was solid Gold (SRM = 5), bringing forth The Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon for a sip. I get a kick out of their excitement. Nose had a sweet citrusiness, like orange, vice grapefruit which is the more common smell & flavor. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close. The taste was very mellow with very little bitterness and a good bit of sweetness. I closed my eyes to envision oranges, tangerines, apricots & tangerines. Wild! The finish had a slight bitterness, but the sweet fruitiness was what lingered. It was quite refreshing and eminently drinkable, but just a bit high in its ABV to be sessionable. Oh well. CAN't have everything.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Traded for this a while ago as the date on the bottle was from 9/1 of last year. I had one other version of this beer up at the Cloverleaf on tap and this one was just as interesting, because of the variation that was unique to this beer. It was wonderful to have something that tasted like orange juice without the pulp, rind, dankness, or pine as the description indicates. The result was something that straddled the line of a Lager because of it's clarity and low alcoholic content!

The pour to this was decent as the brassy hue was fairly radiant and topped off with a boisterous head that was a bit too lively because of this beer's age. Not much lacing was left behind as there were scattered clumps at the top of my pint glass and a few others down the side of it as I worked my way through this. Lots of mandarin orange in the muted nose with more in the taste. Amazingly juicy, this was something I could wake up to as the slickness and grapefruit meshed nicely with up-front feel. A decent amount of bite was present because of the cracker-like malt as moderate pine and dankness set in in the aftertaste; although it took a backseat to the brighter notes that were present.

Not a lot of alcohol in this and it would have been easy to down another in a sitting although this wasn't a true session beer. This almost felt like an IPL because of how smooth it felt and the mild hop bitterness. The light carbonation was another reason for this feeling but in the end, this was an IPA that trended towards the experimental side. Very unique and easy to like, and leaving me wanting to try the others in this series!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 08/23/16. This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a bronzed semi-burnt crisp orange color with a messy filmy semi-foamy head. Foamy lace forms around the glass nicely. The aroma starts with some bitter orange and grapefruit rind bursting into some piney hops and then nice malt levels hit to even things out very nicely. The flavor leans hoppy sweet to an underscore of the bitterness. Maltiness seems to hit again appropriately. Aftertaste seems to hit nice and semi-sweet with an underscore of the bitterness. The finish is the same. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a nice sessionable smooth crisp feel on my tongue. Bitternesss hits nicely in the feel. Overall, this one was a very nicely done AIPA. Really liking this series, this one is probably best one to date.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You know, all these beers in the Luponic Distortion series are all very good. They're also seemingly very similar. I guess the trend is to make 20 ipas that are 90% similar to each other.

Pours yellow, leaves a fine 1/2" white head. Hops pop big time, this one seems to have more in common with Galaxy hops than anything, so much pineapple and orange going on.

Taste, every one of these beers is a light toasted pale malt, no crystal or heavier roasted malts going on. Super juicy hops. Not overly bitter. That's how all 5 have been so far, 003 is not different. If anything, I'm guessing there might even be a bit of scoring fatigue for these. They're widely available and not much different from their predecessors. Has a ton of citrus and tropical fruit from the hops, almost nothing from the malt, which works very well.

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

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Murky & muted golden color - almost tarnished gold with a fairly creamy, single finger head. Smell is a bit muted as i was expecting more hops but i get grass and pineapple. Taste is unique as i get a green tea flavor up front that lingers threw the sip. Some of the hops come through towards the middle and end. Mouthfeel is medium as it kinda creeps around the back of your throat and to the roof of your mouth. Decent ale but not something to rave over.

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Photo of Impetuous
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear brass with good head that quickly vanishes leaving no head or lacing.

Flavor is bright fruits - clementines and golden raspberries and crisp apples followed by lightly nutty malt flavors. Moderate carbonation keeps things pleasant.


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

Showcasing their love affair with their favorite hop varieties, Firestone Walker's single hop IPA series makes a stop in new world Germany with the Mandarin Bavaria collection of cones.

With the commonplace appearance of IPA settling into the glass, its golden amber pour is modestly hazy and casts a pillowy white lacy froth to cap the glass. Its scent is cleanly of oranges, a hint of tropical fruit and a grassy perfume along with the light and succulent fruit juice sweetness that suggests branch ripe and fresh picked fruit. Its taste is gently rolling with faint honey and caramel across the front of the tongue.

As the hops bloom on the middle palate, they loose their floral flare while the malts begin to relax. But the taste of ripe mandarin orange is spot on. Once the palate acclimates to the hops, other fruit flavors of lemon, apricot and dates begin to shine in complement. Spicy and grassy like many other germanic hops, the final flavors are of lemongrass and spicy hay.

Medium bodied, clean and crisp, the IPA finishes bitter but remarkably smooth. Low in resinous bite, a soft and pleasant grassiness persists and keeps the focus of flavor squarely on the Mandarin Bavaria hops. Its a spectacular showcase for this unique hop variety but as most single source IPA do, Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 3 is slightly one dimensional.

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

Clear light golden color, white head. Quite hoppy and dank. Taste follows with herbal/tea like hops, works really well. Light bitterness on the finish. Light body, quite dry, well carbonated. Overall it's a really easy drinking IPA with an interesting hop profile.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can poured into tulip.

Pours a clear golden yellow with one finger of eggshell head that leaves boiling magma lace as it recedes.

Smells of orange and lemon zest, peach slices, pineapple, lightly toasted bread, wet stone and pine needles.

Tastes of mandarin orange flesh, lemon zest, juicy peach, mango, pineapple, bready caramel malt and more mild piney hops.

Feels mild and soft. Medium bodied with frothy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. I will be paying attention to this series.

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden color with a big white head and tons of clingy lacing. Spritz of citrus on big dank hop aroma. Notes of citrus rind, peach skins, pineapple core, pine cone, forest floor and wet pine needle. Crisp, highly drinkable, lighter end of medium body and a little dry. Overall a good IPA, nothing coming across as special.

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Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from the Quick Stop fridge 10-1-16 for $1.50. Canned on 8-30-16.

Beer poured pale golden with a beautiful white head.

Nose was primarily citrus.

Taste was primarily orange peel and had hints of citrus, peach, and mango. Some lingering bitterness.

Feel was great, very light and refreshing.

Overall a nice showcase of the hop varieties used. I am finding i am not a big fan of the Mandarina hop variety. But a nice beer nonetheless.

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Photo of flgimp
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured light gold with an active creamy head. Noticeable fruity pine smell. Taste is very refreshing with hints of tropical orange and pineapple. Mouth is light and smooth. I really like this limited release. Special!

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Photo of princessbay710
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is yellow-gold, although Im getting to the glass once it's half-empty. Smells tropical, wish my nose wasn't so stuffy I would give a better description, my fiancé says lemongrass. It has a light body, tounge-tingling carbonation. Very refreshing, hard to pin point specifics at this time, I was expecting fresh tropical hops and I got it.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gonna start off by saying I've been looking forward to trying this beer for a long time. Sadly my stores never had it except today when I found a SINGLE can, unrefrigerated. Oh well.

2 month and a week old beer, within the 90 days timeline thankfully. Pours a mostly translucent gold with a bubbly, sticky white head.

Smell is on point! Every beer I've tried with this kind of smell ends up being a favorite. Tropical hops galore with lots of fruit, maybe a tiny bit of sour citrus hops, some lemon/grassy tones.

Taste is pretty on point too. A little more of the sour citrus hops take over being the backbone which lingers, with the assorted fruits and a light pine/grass flavor coming in second and third. Good carbonation (medium), medium to light feel going down.

They should pump this thing up full of alcohol hahaha. I think it would help to balance out some of that sour with the bitter. A really tasty beer though and definitely way above average. One of my new favorites from Firestone along with Union Jack. We don't get enough Firestone in Texas! One day I'll go check 'em out

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having tried No. 004, this is my favorite of the two. The bitterness of the hops carries on a little longer, without the stringent after bite. Nice clean great tasting hoppy beer.

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

12oz can dated 8/23/16.

Pours clear yellow with a moderate head and retention. Aromatics somewhat mild, but what is there is a nice mix of citrus fruits. Peach, mango and tangerine. Light bodied and crisp. Zero malt with a crackery dryness on the palate. A firm bitterness with mild hops follow through. Shades of grapefruit and lemongrass. Finishes dry with some lingering citrus.

Tasty beer but a bigger dose of these hops would be even better.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz single can - nice to see more of these iterative batches showing up around here!

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves a bit of scattered sudsy lace around the glass as it very readily evaporates.

It smells of dank pine resin, musty domestic citrus (orange, white grapefruit, and lemon), bready and crackery caramel malt, a further muddled tropical fruitiness, some mild chalky character, and more leafy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a lesser caramel/toffee sweetness, some pineapple, kiwi, and gooseberry exotic fruit, faded orange and grapefruit esters, wet stone paths after a rainstorm, and more tame earthy, weedy, and herbal verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate for the required support job here, via its plain as the day is long frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a wee bit of green hop astringency maybe taking the sheen off of things here. It finishes trending dry, the malt backing off, with the various and sundry hops lingering on like the frenzied toddlers that they resemble in my addled mind.

Overall, this is a very well-made and agreeable hopped-up brew, with the combination of seemingly new and old world varietals working in tandem to caress and challenge my palate at the same time. Tasty stuff, I could surely enjoy at least a few more of these.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can

A relatively normal pour yields a two finger head into my can-style glass. The head is maybe just a hair off white. Pillowy, not quite creamy. Head retention is decent, after about a minute, half remains. After a while, the head is gone, but a substantial film is left on top of the body. The body is a light orange, with a lot of golden yellow colors when held up to the light. Visibility is very high. Usually I’m the minority who likes a cloudy IPA, but the clearness of the Luponic beers is just a nod to how damn crisp and refreshing they are, I’m assuming this will be the same as the rest. Carbonation looks medium-low. Overall a nice looking beer so far.

Nose is relatively fruity, mango papaya, soft fruits. Borderline DMS though. Maybe a slight lightly sweet malt smell. Just a hair of hop twang hiding in there. Honestly, not a complex nose at all, it smells fine, but nothing wowing me at all. Yeah, definitely some sugars are present on some sniffs.

Yeah, this beer does not taste right to me. It’s light, just like the other beers in this series, but it doesn’t have that complex hop flavor, or that crisp bite to it. Definitely something sweet going on here, I think it’s a DMS-like corn flavor, but it could be some light malt sugars, it’s hard to tell, but it’s not very wanted here. Perhaps I shouldn’t be comparing this beer to the others in the series, but I think that’s natural. Regardless, they are a good standard for a crisp IPA. Light bitterness at the end, finishes clean, barely any lingering bitterness. Actually, underneath that sweetness, there is a nice crisp hop presence, but it is not complex, and it is dwarfed by that sweetness. Idk, I’m probably being too hard on this beer, this is a super light, relatively refreshing IPA, not every IPA has to be crisp. But I find myself thinking “why would I be drinking this over other beers” if I wanted something this light, I would buy something as simple as Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The reason the other beers in this series were worth getting over something like a Pale Ale, is that they were complex. This on the other hand is not complex, it’s very light, and borders on a west coast Pale Ale, but it’s simply not as good as a crisp, hoppy, west coast pale ale, let alone a full on IPA. Anyways, far too basic for me, it’s an ok taste, nothing more.

For the IBU, ABV, and the way the series has been going, this beer has a spot on mouthfeel. Pretty darn light body, with a medium carbonation, bitterness is not offensive. Overall, good.

As mentioned, the drinkability is very high.

Overall I think I already said most of what I need to say in the taste section. But to sum up, it’s not a bad beer, but something this light still needs some flavor other than the basics. I wouldn’t mind drinking this on a hop day if it were handed me, but I won’t be seeking it out, I’ll be waiting for #4 to come out.

The appearance turned out alright. Got some pretty patchy lacing, and the film on the body disappeared. Still, it’s a nice looking beer, and I appreciate how difficult it is to get an IPA this clear.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a clear light golden color with a finger of greasy off-white head that faded into a bubbly film and thick collar. A network of wispy, sticky, lace was left down the glass.
S: Huge juicy hop nose full of mandarin orange nectar mixed with mango and pineapple. I get a touch of orange creamsicle and bitter citrus pith.
T: Sweet hop flavor with notes of orange juice, ambiguous citrus, and a touch of sweet tropical fruit nectar. The finish is lighty bitter with a citrus-like bitterness mixed with something more leafy, herbal, and vegetal. Malt is crisp and lightly bready, and stays out of the hops way for the most part. The aftertaste has lingering hints of mango
M: Medium-light body, crisp and clean mouthfeel with a light and dry finish, light bubbly carbonation.
O: I loved how light and dry this felt despite having such a sweet hop flavor. Solid ipa.

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

there are those who feel that the new world hops have made the old world varietals obsolete, at least in pales and ipas especially, but i find myself in quite the opposite camp, in that there is a lot going on here that has not been tapped into for hoppy beer styles, and this is great proof of that, in fact, this might even be my favorite of the three so far. i know its a newer varietal, but still, its something entirely unique. i remember when i first tasted hallertau blanc in their opal saison and it totally blew me away, this does something similar, almost like a more intense version of the same thing, juicy orange and clementine in the nose and taste, plenty of alpha acid, and the same light fresh pils type cereal base the others in the series had that allow the hops to be fully experienced by the drinker. bitterness is there in the flavor alright, but the juicy notes in this are amazing, totally absent is the grapefruit character we are used to in these types of hops. i get a little white grape, a little white cranberry, but a lot of cutie type orange. sweet for a second, but not real oily, and the beer itself is dry. awesome ipa, i could literally drink 15 of these, and just may do that one day before too long. easily the most distinctive beer in the series to date, its something totally different. really hoping this hop proliferates around a little bit in the seasons to come...

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Photo of elNopalero
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned a week prior to purchase. Love the freshness.
Thin bodied, melon notes on the hops, followed by some lychee.
Peach comes across long after it warms.
Drying finish that creeps up on the palate.

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Photo of leaddog
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a brass gold with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - citrus and tropical hops, bready caramel malts, ripe peach and pineapple.

Taste - Bitter citrus and tropical hops followed by the ripe peach and pineapple. The bready caramel malts help to finish the brew off.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes sticky with a pleasant bitterness from the hops lingering.

Overall - An exemplary American IPA that displays the characteristics of citrus and stone fruit to a tee. Nice to see this limited release available here in Cowtown.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love this revolution, the hops really star giving off tons of sweet orange, pineapple, peach, mango, with slight bitter and dank pine, and big bready grass to balance. Add in hints of honey, delicious! Smell is very fruity, with a little old world breadiness to boot. Feel could be brighter to really release the hops, but still nicely made

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Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 003 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 321 ratings