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

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Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 003Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 003

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:
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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of hopflyer
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours bright yellow gold with less than one finger eggshell head. Super clear

Nose is fresh orange and lemon with decent cracker malt background.

Taste is subtle with the acidic citrus flavors and same with the malts. It carries a slight bitterness. Partway through the German character comes out with noble-like hop flavor and some Pilsner qualities.

Feel here is really thin, and on the lower end of medium carbonation. Not what I was expecting and really the low point of this beer.

Decent.lower ABV IPA with a European twist, but not up to par for FW. Aroma is promising but the flavors never pick up and the feel is way to thin and watery.

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Photo of flgimp
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
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 BranfordBound
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap last night at Brewport in Bridgeport. Amber colored liquid, clear, decent white head that stays.

Smell is pretty sweet and hoppy, leaning towards hoppy. Notes of citrus and pine. Flavor kicks with citrus hops, big orange and grapefruit, middle is sweet bready, tangerine. Finishes with a raw hop note, somewhat herbal. Lingering bitter finish.

Body is heavier than expected, almost like a DIPA. Solid beer, love the wave of citrus in the flavor.

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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 tbryan5
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodchipper
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcbeers
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev -1%
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 RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best of the series. 2 weeks fresh. Juicy, Resinious & dry. Light & crisp body. Clean beer. Very sessionable and itches that hop fix you'd expect from DIPA. Mosaic forward if I had to guess. Tangerine, oranges, Pineapple & Lime in there at the end. A extremely well executed West Coast low ABV IPA.

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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a yellow gold with good head and lacing. Smells of a nice orange citrus, little lemon and grapefruit with a good hops backing. Taste is very good, I get a nice blend of orange, lemon, and grapefruit dryness with pine mixed with that hopes bite making this a fantastic beer. I very much enjoy this beer over No 002, 002 was good but this is up one level for me, very nice. Finish is clean and refreshing. I find this the best of series so far, awaiting more. Well done guys!!

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. "Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 003"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON 08/31/16" and sampled on 10/11/16
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Luponic Distortion No. 003, let's give it a try. I almost wish I had a Revolution No.1 and 2 to try side by side but I know that wouldn't work because they wouldn't be fresh. So, OK, let's see...

Same appearance as best I can recall, but of course that'd be the same as they're just changing the hops. We'll assume that the mouthfeel follows as well.

The aroma offers softly sweet pineapple, peaches, orange, and mild pine like a dry pine-forest floor. At points the peach really jumps out at you, and at other times the orange gets on your wavelength. The flavor follows, and it's well-balanced with a gently grainy and lightly sweet malt. It's also a bit spicy which helps to liven it, and seems to bring out more of the pine flavors. I recall a bright peach note in the No. 002, and I think orange, so in that sense it's similar, but certainly not the same. I don't think it has the same complexity though. Still, these are charming, and enticing beers. Well worth trying!

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Neighbor had this gem....from the old hood. It poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent pine and citrus. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a solid beer and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bdel34
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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