Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 005
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 005Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 005
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Style:
American IPA
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 7.09%
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
258
From:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  2
Gots
  47
SCORE
88
Very Good
Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 005Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 005
Notes: Revolution No. 005 is driven by a mix of five different hop varieties, led by an emerging American cultivar from the Yakima region. Together, these hops deliver a complex spectrum of ripe tropical fruit aromas with notes of guava, mango, pineapple, orange, blackberry, green tea and Meyer lemon. In true Luponic Distortion fashion, bitterness is moderate but snappy, with a balance of light malty-bready sweetness and a soft mouthfeel.
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Photo of stephens101
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow orange and nearly perfectly clear all the way through. Pungent oily hops, lemon and slight malt/caramel in the nose. Has an oily hop viscosity on the tongue. Floral notes, lemon and orange zest exist. Has a slightly fruity finish. Crisp, and light to medium.

Always nice to get to some FW when travelling.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

By now I have a sense of the basics with this beer: clean and crisp golden, hop forward aroma, clear finish. This variant has hints of citrus and peaches, with a sweet floral character. Another good one.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz, drank from the can. Different than the others in the series, this IPA had notes of earthy pine, pineapple, mango, tea and tea with a crackery & light caramel malt backbone. Not my favorite of the series, but being Firestone Walker, it's always worth a try!

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Photo of Beaver13
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bottled on 4/19/17. Pours clear straw gold with a medium fluffy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet fruity floral hops and bready malt.

The flavor is sweet bready cracker malts with some soft fruity floral hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a decent IPA.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz can which I've never been a big fan of having a beer out of, but what the heck. It went into a chilled glass mug. Amber colour with an off white head. Aroma is hoppy and fruity. Taste is similar with a more harsh hop taste with a pineapple/mango undertaste. Nothing groundbreaking but still not bad. Prost!

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Photo of arizcards
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a can from TW Arrowhead 4-21-2017. Can dated 2-9-17 but stored in the beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured golden with a pretty white head that had some great hang time.

Nose is very tropical, quite nice.

Taste was mango and guava with a touch of citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel was light and refreshing.

Overall a nice high quality almost sessionable brew from a very nice series of brews!

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Photo of generallee
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz can into a standard pint glass. It has the abv listed at 5.9% and it has "canned on" date of 01/31/17.

Appearance: The body has a light yellow color with good clarity and a nice bright white cap of foam. The head hangs on well and lacing is good.

Smell: The aroma is very inviting brings loads of nice lemony citrus and pineapple notes.

Taste / Palate: Loads of pineapple, lemon rind and unripe peach hop flavor. Malt flavor is light and crisp with kind of a cracker/biscuity taste that allows the hops to really shine.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, it might be slightly more than 90+ days per the instructions (CANned 04/18/17), but I am not about to turn up my nose at the opportunity to review this one! I was dahntahn on Friday, sauntering home, when I saw that a corner restaurant was advertising craft beer for sale. Never one to pass up an opportunity, I decided to have a look & here was this bad boy! The CANQuest abides.

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

I Crack!ed it open & briefly CANtemplated an inverted Glug, but being that it was already two weeks out-of-date, I went with a light, slow Glug, instead. It was fine! The carbonation naturally brought forth two fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head with great retention, negating the need for an in-glass swirl. Color was like liquid Gold (SRM = 5) in the glass & this time, it was ME fighting with The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon to get a taste! Their greedy guts would have sucked down the whole thing in an instant. Nose smelled like Tropical Fruit Salad with mango, papaya, guava, pineapple and tangerine/orange! Mmmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was equal to the nose with a healthy dose of tropical fruits to enjoy. I agree with the notes that "bitterness is moderate but snappy" & for those who shy away from AIPAs because they CAN be too bitter, this would be the beer for you. I thought that the malt was drier than "bready", more biscuity, but I am not one to quibble. It really was quite fruity throughout, causing me to reminisce about Tropical Fruit Life Savers when I was a kid. They were my seCANd favorite, behind Clove, both of which have been discontinued. 8=( Finish was dry & I would have it no other way. Man, this would be worth filling my cooler when headed to the beach!

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz short bottle into IPA glass. Bottled on March 21st 2107 so old but let's give it a try.

L: Light gold, clear, three finger off-white head has phenomenal retention and great stick.

S: Definitely full of tropical fruit, nice and sweet, mango, guava, pineapple, lemon, and an herbal tea.

T: Light biscuity malt backbone, with the tropical fruit shining over top, very light flavors, but I am sure that is because of the age on this. Still good but wish I had tried it new.

F: Light, crisp, dry.

O: Not bad but the No.006 takes the cake.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Always a nice look from this series. Wonderful fruity aroma, sweet and citrus and tropical fruits galore on the nose. Love the fruit translation to the flavor with mostly citrus elements shining but a good mix of hops and malt here. Might be over carbonated a bit on the finish.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a variety 12-pack $15.99 Foodland
Citrus floral smell
Clear golden color
Medium-high carbonation
Medium-light mouthfeel
Tart, some bitterness
Overall nothing really exciting. Probably won't buy again.

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Photo of HenryPorter7777
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This Luponic Distortion has an excellent mouthfeel with a slightly creamy finish.
Meyer lemon on the nose and front end, but balanced with other tropical/citrus fruit. Malt forward. This is a very smooth beer, and highly drinkable. 5.9% ABV

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Photo of dsarkozi
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light straw colored and clear, light head with a little lace. Fruity on the nose. Crisp taste of apricot and light peach. Moderate bitter on the Middle with a light bitter finish. An excellent balance beer that leave the hop wars behind.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can dated 4/4/17

L - The beer pours a light amber color with a soapy white head leaving lots of lacing.

S - There is a lot of hops up front with mostly lemon and mango.

T - There is a malt backbone sitting on nice tropical hops with a small lingering piney after taste.

M - A nice, oily, full feel with medium carbonation and lingering bitterness.

O - I'm guessing the hops have faded a bit bringing the malt forward, bit it's very enjoyable.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, "Canned on" date 2-1-17.

APPEARANCE; pours a hazy, straw color with one-finger white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: bread and tropical fruit, very pleasant to the nose.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially bread then sweet tropical fruit like pineapple and orange.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation, somewhat creamy.

OVERALL: this is an outstanding beer, I rated it highly in every area, I will be seeking this one out again for sure and would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style, Firestone Walker is an excellent brewer and I can't wait to try their other beers.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the cool things I enjoy about this series of beer is that it kind of pokes fun at the trend in IPA these days. I mean, all the hot breweries make like 30 versions of the slightly different pale ale/ipa/dipa realm. Take those dozen proprietary hops and see how many combinations of them you can make over the same light malt bill. That's ok, because they're almost always awesome, and this series is no different. They just decided not to give them unique names each time and just stick with 001, 002 etc. . .

Pours golden and yellow like the others with some clarity obscured, white head 1/2". Aroma smacking of tropical fruit.

Light bitterness, light body, bursting hops. They all do the same thing. Can format rules. Keep on banging these all day. Just don't expect someone to pick thme out blind if they are ever drank blindly and somehow fresh together.

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful tropical notes of pineapple on the nose with a slight dankness at the end. Flavour is similar with a light bready malt backbone. Finishes with a slight tea like astringency

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. "Luponic Distortion - Revolution No. 005"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON 02/24/17" and sampled on 06/05/17
$9.99/six-pack @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

I'm a little late on picking up the No. 005 but I think it'll be OK.

The appearance is similar as expected. I assume they're just changing the hops each time.

Big, floral and tropical aroma. I can't recall the name of the specific flower that I'm thinking of but it's soft, it's not a sharp or very distinctive flower (I know that's not very helpful at all, sorry, it will come to me later). Initially I also got what I thought of as peach but I'm not finding that so clearly now. Ah, it's still there. Papaya, mango, soft pineapple, and some grass, pine, and earth round it out. Are there berries? I think yes, and some apple.

The flavor follows but it's bigger and more complex as usual. I'm getting papaya, guava, some orange, and soft lemon zest. The balance remains as it has in the previous incarnations, and it finishes with some lingering pine once the tropical fruits have mostly faded.

I'm sure I could tell them apart if you gave them to me side by side, but at this point I couldn't really tell you how numbers 003 through 005 truly differ without looking up my notes as they seem to be very much in the same vein. Despite having said that, I really like this one, and I'm glad I bought a six-pack. It's a little softer and smoother than the others if I recall correctly, and more floral. It's really nicely rounded, and incredibly easy to drink - or is that a fault? Should it have more edge? Nah, I'll take it as it is, and I'm looking forward to number 006 which should be out any day.

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Photo of CTHomer
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A; crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1+ finger ivory head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: tropical fruit with dank pine in the background;

T: tropical fruit and dank pine are balanced from start to finish; moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: very nice;

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Photo of ovaltine
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the third in the series I've tried, and probably my favorite. Gorgeous golden yellow color, nearly whit head, aromas are citrus and a spicy something lurking in the background. Almost peppery.

The taste is citrus, but more so big fruit flavors - not astringent like many IPA's, but berry flavors. Reminds me of the Idaho 7 fresh hop IPA from SN, which is a good thing.

What's really nice is that this has loads of flavor, and is only 5.9% ABV. I'd like to have a case of this in my beer fridge, because it would make a great lawnmower beer.

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Photo of beergoot
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold hued body topped with a thick, creamy, white head; rings of lacing down the glass. Spicy, citrus and pine aroma. Light ester flavors followed with an intense hop bitterness, almost peppery; light citrus notes. Full-bodied; smooth with an almost fiery aftertaste.

A nifty blend of light grain flavors infused with a tropical fruit sweetness and an interesting hop bitterness bite at the finish.

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Photo of dcotom
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Gorgeous crystal-clear pale golden color, with three fingers of thick white foam that left tons of what I can only describe as petroglyphic lacing. Aroma is malt forward, with some tropical fruit, lemon, and citrus zest in the background. The hops take center stage on the palate, again with notes of tropical fruit, orange, lemon, and pithy bitterness. Lots of very pleasant zesty bitterness clings to the tongue on the finish, which is dry and a little astringent. There is just enough sweetness to keep it interesting, and yet to allow the unique hop character to shine. Overall, an outstanding beer.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light citrus. A hint of peppery spice and some malt. Tastes very citrusy and some woody undertones and bready notes. Finish is balanced with lingering citrus sweetness.

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Photo of Ahypercube
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Revolution No. 005 here, got this one in a can with a mixed 12-pack. Pouring one into a chalice...

L: Two fingers of soapy white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves nice lacing. Looks exactly like the previous three.

S: This one's a bit more floral up front, with rosewater, lemon rind and faint apricot following a dominant ripe peach note. Malt is a gentle bed of nutty whole grain. Almost unnoticeable.

T: Like the last one, this beer opens with the apricot, peach, then white grape combo, but the floral note takes over rather quickly this time, drowning out the comforting doughy malt and juicy sweet honeydew melon notes that follow with a bitter herbal tone that is very reminiscent of roses. It's so close to being the model of a perfect West Coast Pale Ale.

F: Super smooth, a tad thin for my preference, but clean and refreshing. This is what I would take to the beach, or maybe No. 004... If I can still find one...

O: Another great rotation. They're all very similar, honestly. This one strikes me as a bit more typical. But perhaps it is because I have been drinking their Pale 31 lately... the palate is fluid.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had a bright yellow color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of hops, light citrus fruit, malt, and tropical fruit.

T: Tasted of some mild bready malt, a good shot of hops, some citrus (grapefruit, lemon), a bit of tropical fruit (passion fruit, mango), and a light grassy quality. A sweet and fruity flavor that's definitely easy on your palate. Not as much of a hop-forward beer as you'd expect, but it's still pretty flavorful.

F: A solid amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is definitely a drinkable IPA, one that's light and fruity. Not the greatest IPA ever, but worth a try.

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Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 005 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 258 ratings