Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 004
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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American IPA
4.04 | pDev: 6.68%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 004Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 004
Notes: Firestone Walker’s Luponic Distortion revolving hop series reaches firmly into the Southern Hemisphere with the release of Revolution No. 004 this month—a mind-bending mix of seven different hop varieties, led by a pair of experimental South African hops. Four South African hops take the lead in Revolution 004. Two are experimental hops with pronounced tropical fruit qualities, along with distinct white grape and floral notes. The third hop presents a lively passion fruit character, while the fourth is more classically noble in profile.
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Photo of stortore
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into a tulip glass. Canned 12/28/16, had 4/13/17, so a little older than optimum.

Pours a clear, bright yellow, with a one inch foamy head and a decent amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, pineapple, some lemon, pine, a hint of lime, light yeast and licorice. The taste is more pine and resin forward, then grapefruit, less pineapple and orange, light malt, a solid amount of hop bitterness throughout. Smooth, well carbonated, solid body for the style.

This is good, and assuredly would have been better a month earlier. Great aroma.

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stortore from Illinois, Feb 02, 2018
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Past it's 'best by' date by a few months.

L: Nearly clear golden pour. 2 fingers of foamy head. Great lacing.

S; Rich malts, citrus... white wine and grape must.

T/F: More malty than expected, possibly due to advanced age. Medium in body... the hop profile is interesting. Mildly citric.... some berry notes... a sense of white wine, passion fruit is present (as per the description... may not have tumbled to it myself), and some floral notes. Finish is bitter hops and mild fruit.

O: A solid IPA from Firestone Walker... no shock there, and wish I'd gotten this one super fresh. Even with some age it's quite good. Nice bitterness and a little different hop profile from the norm. Very drinkable at 5.9%.

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EMV from Pennsylvania, Nov 03, 2017
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4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This pours a clear gold color. I get a blueberry jammy aroma, prominent without being overpronounced. Lightly bitter with some pine and white grape. Drying finish.

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4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight subtleties separating in all the Luponic Distortion series. This one strikes more champagne-like; dry wine finish; slight bitterness; and, less passion fruit than previous offerings, or perhaps the white grape and South African lead hops are more pronounced. Again an excellent beer.
5.9% ABV

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Photo of Jwale73
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. can served in my Spiegelau IPA glass. Canned on 12/28/16. Pours a translucent golden-orange with a frothy, quarter inch, bright white head embedded with tiny bubbles and ringlets. Nose expresses earthy/herbal notes and citrus. Taste follows nose with the addition of a light, malty backbone. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a carbonation just shy of prickly and a mild acidity. Overall, solid but nothing really stands out.

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Jwale73 from Rhode Island, May 22, 2017
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, bready malt and tropical fruit. Body is medium and crisp. Citrusy hops, bready malt and tropical fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and hoppy. Great brew.

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mikeg67 from New Jersey, May 02, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop on 1-19-17 for $1.49. Bottled on 11-3-16. Been stored in my beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured pale golden with a beautiful white head.

Nose was primarily tropical with hints of floral.

Taste was passion and tropical fruits with hints of citrus, peach, and mango. i was catching some really green bitterness with some sips. Finish had some lingering bitterness.

Feel was great, very light and refreshing.

Overall a nice showcase of the hop varieties used. There was a lot of flavor profiles going on which made this an interesting brew.

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arizcards from Arizona, Apr 20, 2017
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4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear straw color

Aroma is citrus and pine. Light generic west coast flavor.

Taste is dry. Nice sessionable IPA. Classic west coast flavors they are just a bit muted. Pithy grapefruit, pine, a solid bitterness.

Overall, the beer is good but not great. Works fine with Easter dinner. It gets a 82/100.

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DaverCS from Arizona, Apr 16, 2017
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, dated 1/17/17. Pours clear straw yellow with a big fluffy white head that retains well and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is sweet floral bready malt with tropical fruit hops with a little resin.

The flavor is sweet cracker bready malts with light soapy fruit and a bit of a metallic bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, it's just OK.

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Beaver13 from Colorado, Apr 01, 2017
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3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


bottle to snifter.

Imperssive despite following an excellent Tired Hands APA (hop hands).

LOOK: Beer. white over yellow.
AROMA: Lightly fruity, with lighter notes of pine.
TASTE: cereal, citrus, pine,
FEEL: Above average carbonation. Light body.

Pretty good. Been awhile since i had the 002 and 003, but I want to say this is in between the two of them taste wise.


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q33jeff from New Jersey, Mar 26, 2017
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3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can into a clear glass tulip. Canned on 11/03/16.

A: Clear golden with 2-finger big-bubbled off-white head with average retention and lacing at best.

S: Hop notes are varied with guava, mint, passion fruit, and orange with a dash of malt graininess and caramel.

T: Flavor mirrors the aroma well with an abundance of tropical fruit flavors including guava, passion fruit, and orange/grapefruit with a bit more caramel sweetness than I get in the aroma. No yeast character. Bitterness is medium, maybe a bit more and bracing.

M: Medium bodied with relatively low carbonation but with a dry finish. I think the age is playing a role in the slightly tacky, fuller mouthfeel.

O: Enjoyed it but wish I had a shot at this when fresher.

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argock from Virginia, Mar 12, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz can - I'm lovin' seeing these numbered series of Firestone Walker brews make it up here to Alberta!

This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some stellar sudsy and chunky alien island group lace around the glass as it very lazily recedes.

It smells of exotic citrus flesh, doughy caramel malt, a touch of biscuity toffee, simple syrup, candied peaches, and more leafy, floral, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is bready and grainy caramel malt, mixed tropical fruit esters (passionfruit, mango, and overripe kiwi), muddled domestic citrus rind, a subtle earthy spiciness (ginger root, maybe?), and more leafy, herbal, and resinous piney verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-coddling frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and sort of smooth, as the various hoppy esters kind of flit about here, seemingly unaware of their local effect, as such. It finishes off-dry, the base malt, fruitiness, and lingering zingy hoppiness carrying us on out into that good night.

Overall, this is a very agreeable and easy to put back worldly IPA, the hops complex and almost complicated, but not quite. I'm not getting the South African grapey notes, but s'ok, there's plenty else going on here to keep a hop-head more than content.

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biboergosum from Alberta (Canada), Feb 27, 2017
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4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz short bottle into Dimpled Mug. Bottled on November 9th 2016.

L: Clear honeyed bronze, two finger width off white head. Good lacing.

S: Citrus, pine and herbal hops. Balanced well with malts.

T: Follows the nose very closely, tropical citrus hops, like orange peel and almost mango. Touches of pine and herbal hops as well. Good malt backbone that wrestles with the hops well.

F: Light body and crisp. Very refreshing.

O: Great beer.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can poured into a tulip

A: Pours amber orange with a bright white head, decent amount of lacing, minimal head retention.

A: Tropical notes like peach skins, guavas, slight mango, citrus peel, nice balance of malts.

T: Like the nose, tropical notes, earthy, herbal spice, pine, touch of citrus peel, finish has a touch of bready malts, moderate amount of bitterness like pine, spice, resin.

M: Medium bodied with dry finish.

O: A solid beer, may be my favorite of the three I've tasted, a good balance of tropical notes, citrus peel and an earthy, piney, spice note that gives the beer a very green flavor.

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Brolo75 from California, Feb 11, 2017
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Firestone Walker Tap Room

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a nice layer and laces well.

S: Bright tropical fruit and zesty citrus, light kinda crackery malt, and a little caramel sweetness.

T: Tropical fruit, mango and pineapple, citrus, tangerine, lemon, grapefruit zest, light crackery malt, and a touch of caramel sweetness.

M: Light to medium bod, moderate carbonation.

O: Bright, crisp, and refreshing. One of the better revolutions so far.

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RyanK252 from California, Feb 10, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a good cap that leaves lots of sticky lacing

S: Citrus, tropical fruits, and a touch of spicy/earthy hops up front along with a light malt background

T: Follows the nose. Hops are a combination of the citrus and tropical fruits with a touch of spice and earthiness. Malt has a light crackery note. Moderately bitter. Finishes with lingering fruity notes

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

O: Another solid iteration of LD. Very drinkable and one for those who enjoy a mix of juicy and bitter hops

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with green undertones and an ample off white head that leaves some nice lace.

Smells of citrus and tropical fruit with a nice floral bouquet.

Nice citrus and tropical fruit up front, orange, grapefruit. passion fruit, mango - followed by sticky malt middle slight buttery biscuit then finishes dry. Another delicious IPA.

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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania, Feb 07, 2017
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3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: nice light gold to yellow, white lacing heads
S: clean hop aroma and some malt
T: I get a variety of fruit flavors, and a touch of honey
F: slightly bitter aftertaste
O: this is a very good IPA

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TonyLema1 from South Carolina, Feb 06, 2017
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear light golden color. Smells of dank and fruit hops Taste has more citrus and and white fruits and some tropical fruits. Medium carbonation with a balancing malt in the finish. Nice drinkable ipa,tasty.

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gatornation from Minnesota, Jan 30, 2017
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On the bitter side, I prefer more citrus or tropical. Getting stone fruit and an almost ginger flavour.
However super well balanced for the style, experimentals usually go too much one way or the other. You can tell they've learned since rev 001.

Tried out of a can on holiday in Palm Springs, will update review when I get my hands on some decent glassware.

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Shark_Mandro from British Columbia (Canada), Jan 29, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Bittercreek Alehouse Boise ID.

A: Light golden/straw color with wispy white head and lacing.

S: Flowerly and fruity hop character, citrus mostly.

T: Lots of citrus hop character, mostly orange and lemon, and well as citrus pith...a crispness one would associate with white wine? Fruity tasting without being overly bitter. If the malt shows up, its only as a underlying biscuit/crackery component, although there is some sweetness to the beer.

MF: Light body, not too bitter, with some dryness on the finish.

O: Pretty drinkable IPA, well done. Not overly bitter, with some nice fruity notes, it stands apart from a lot of the IPA's out there right now.

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3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: light color super clear, very little head
S: strong hop smell, fruit, almost a white wine smell.
T: very smooth taste. Hops are present but not over powering.
F: light for a hopped up beer, but smooth
O: while still a really good beer, this is probably my least favorite in the series.

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Bum4ever from California, Jan 22, 2017
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4.99/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Almost everything these two guys make is orgasmic. The color of a lager, but a good head. Long-lasting and pillowy. It feels like you are sucking on a big grapefruit. An excellent example of the best beer America can make.

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ThePold from Virginia, Jan 20, 2017
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3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L-clear. Light colored. Good lacing.
S- tropical fruits. Not overly strong.
T- decent. Not really impressed with the flavors here. Some good earthy notes.
F-light Bitterness. Good carbonation. The finish is probably the best part of this beer.
O- overall it's just decent. Not something I'd revisit.

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dadplusbeer from New York, Jan 19, 2017
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4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. "Luponic Distortion - Revolution No. 004"
12 fl. oz. can, "DRINK WITHIN 90 DAYS OF CANNED ON DATE", "CANNED ON 11-02-16" so still fresh.
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

I've enjoyed the ride so far, let's see what No. 004 has in store.

The appearance is similar as expected.

The aroma is not as bright as I recall it being in the previous incarnations. I get orange clearly, as well as some other tropical notes, a bit of a fruit-skin apple/grape thing going on, and some floral character.

The hops in the flavor are subdued as well. They're not at the point where the malt would overtake them, but they're not bold; I don't think that has to do with the amount used, just that the hops in use are softer in character. There's a grape/lychee flavor that's nice, as well as more floral character and some tart fruit (passion fruit) and a dusting of pepperiness. The orange that I found in the nose seems to follow, which is odd. It's interesting, but not to the point that I'm continually drawn back to it looking for more; and although there's enough to balance the malt and alcohol of an IPA, I think the hops in question might be better suited for something like a witbier, saison, or light lager. The blend works really well together though, and it's quite pleasant in its floral & fruity nature. Hmmm, I'm not sure where I stand on this one. I like it, I like the hops, and it's unique as well as remarkably well-balanced and polished. Perhaps another sample is in order?

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Jan 18, 2017
Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 004 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 247 ratings