Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 006
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 006Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 006
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American IPA
3.96 | pDev: 6.82%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 006Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 006
Notes: True to form, Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 006 is driven by a mix of seven different hop varieties, led by two hops grown in the up-and-coming region of Michigan.

Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 006 is the first-ever West Coast production beer to focus on hops grown in the Great Lakes State.

“This beer showcases what happens when you take two familiar Northwest hop varieties and grow them 2,000 miles to the east,” says Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “The typical piney, dank attributes of these hops are transformed into something much brighter, with a racy citrus quality that adds yet another new layer to the lore of Luponic Distortion.”

The result is a beer that detours from Revolution 005’s more tropical tones and into a bright, citrusy grapefruit territory.

As Matt puts it, “Luponic Distortion Revolution 006 is a perfect example of how terroir plays into hop growing, and how it ultimately shapes beer flavor and aroma.”
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Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 221
Photo of teromous
3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the bottom of the can: "CANNED ON 04/18/201812:52"

Appearance: It is a medium gold color with good clarity. It has a short white head with low retention and spotty lacing.

Aroma: There is a light bit of garlic aroma.

Taste: There is a touch of very light herbal hop flavor and a slightly more dominant grain flavor. A bit more of the hop flavor comes through at the end and in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing, crisp, and enjoyable to drink. Low bitterness.

Overall: The beer doesn't have a lot of character at all. There isn't much going on here. It's pleasant enough to drink but there just isn't any defined...anything in this beer. It seems odd because the beer is really well made and it is refreshing to drink but it just doesn't have enough flavor or aroma. There is nothing in this beer that anchors it.

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Photo of drmeto
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

-pours a slightly hazy light golden colour with a medium to big,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-pineapple,mango,grapefruit,lemon,orange zest
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
A wonderful, tropical IPA that loses a few points once it hits the tongue.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, light golden, straw coloration with a medium, fizzy head. Smells is very subdued, faint aromas of floral hops, orange rind and biscuity malt. Taste is similarily unremarkable, but follows the nose with faint floral, citrus hops: orange rind, tangerine and light biscuity malt. As with other reviewers, my bottle was almost 6 months old, so take this review with a grain of salt. Hops seem really faded, not much life left in this one. Rated it slightly higher than I normally would to make up for it. Still drinks pleasantly enough, but hops have obviously faded.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another rotation. This pours a good looking golden tan. I get a bit of an earthy, herbal note as I sniff this. There's a light piney touch to the taste and some citrus, with just a hint of some interesting resiny notes on the back end.

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Photo of Pencible
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear light gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like apples and oranges, with some candied apricots and honey dew melon.
T: It tasted like honey dew melon and tangerines, with some mild citrus zest. It had a clean and light bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a mild but crisp and well balanced IPA with enjoyable tropical scent and taste. The body was solid and the finish was super smooth, so it was really easy to drink. I prefer a bolder IPA, but this was still a really nice drink that's refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.05/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. Bottle
Bottled On: 06/12/17

Way too many months on this bottle.

Poured into a Tree House glass a clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, with a nice small creamy off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, citrusy. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy. Medium body, ABV is hidden very nicely. Overall, unacceptable to have beer this old in a store for sale.

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Photo of -steve-
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The can foamed like crazy when I opened it. Scads of thick, white, creamy head atop a slightly hazy golden colour. Tropical fruit and malty aromas. Orange and sweet caramel taste. Muted piney notes. The can states to drink within 90 days and I am way past that as it was canned 30-May-2017. Wish I'd gotten it for 0.99 like a previous reviewer. Overall I find the malt sweetness a bit of a distraction from the hop profile, which detracts from the enjoyment of this brew.

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

Hazy golden color with creamy off-white head. Aroma is hoppy with floral notes and some slightly caramelized malt, also a bit piney. Taste follows with resiny hops, orange peel, caramel malt, slightly nutty, light grassy bitterness on the finish. Medium body and carbonation, quite soft on the palate. Overall it's a really smooth, easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead on 11-4-17 off the discount rack for $.99 . Bottled on 7-3-17.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is light citrus.

Taste is a nice bright lemon with some orange rind and pine in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and fairly refreshing.

Overall i liked how the lemon stood out in this version!

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Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good IPA even though I tried it in November 2017, way past the freshness date of June 2017. Pours from a 12 oz. can, a hazy yellow color with a big foamy head. The head starts to foam up in the lid of the can as I opened it, Poured into a pint glass with good head retention and bands of lacing on the glass. Aroma and flavor are mildly robust with a mostly piney, resinous hops aroma and flavor up front and some caramel malt to balance things out. Bitterness level is just right. Mouthfeel is crisp and somewhat bitter. Nice balance between malt and hops. Probably would have been even better if closer to canning date, still a good beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a standard pint a slightly hazed light golden with a half finger white head atop.Aromas are lighter with light pine resin showing thru mainly with a faint citric note.Citrusy with a bitter note in the finish on the palate, a sweeter caramel/biscuit malt base is almost as big as the hop profile.Nice to drink a beer made with hops grown in the home state,very easy drinking.

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Photo of spelingchampeon
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pub glass.
Pours light golden. Not a lot of head on this one.
Smells of pine, some easy going GF and light malt.
Tastes of pine and a nice blend of lemon/grapefruit/mango with a malt backbone that keeps things smooth.
Carbonation is light to medium up front, with a hint of bitterness that does not overwhelm.
A very nicely built beer. This is my 1st FW IPA, and I'm rather impressed with some of the aroma's/flavors I pulled. Will definitely revisit whichever REV it is.

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Photo of joedvegas
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold and slightly hazy to the eye. Nice lingering foamy white head. Lots going on with the nose. Heavy scents of pine and citrus. Balanced taste with hints of earth, pine, lemon and biscuit. Malty finish that lingers. Feel is medium weight with a crisp front end.

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Photo of illpass78
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint on draft at Hella Good in Portland.

Appearance: Clear straw with minimal head.

Aroma: Some piny punch, a little herbal character. Tropical fruits in background.

Taste: Bite of hops up front. Lemon, grapefruit, maybe mango or kiwi. IPAish for sure.

Mouthfeel: Pretty easy on palate for a hoppy beer. Oddly pleasant herbal aftertaste.

Overall: Very complicated sounding beer that is really just a pretty solid IPA.

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Photo of beergoot
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden colored body; fine, lively carbonation; thick, sculpted head. Decent spicy, pine aroma. Mild biscuit backbone with a slightly fruity and bitter hop presence. Medium-heavy body; juicy.

This American IPA delivers some solid goods. The flavor is nothing exciting if you're looking for a hop bomb yet delivers a very approachable, easy drinking IPA experience. Interesting if you're looking for Michigan-specific hops.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light golden pour with minimal of white cap (3.75) aromas are fruity and light citrus. (3.75) Flavor is similar with some malt presence. (4.0). Finish is a bit dry and mouth feel slightly watery. (3.75). Okay overall (3.75)

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Photo of gandres
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured to tulip glass
Sight:deep amber liquid, minimal tan foam, clear
Smell: very good slightly hoppy
Taste: medium bitterness
mouthfeel: lively carbonation with good follow through, long finish
Overall: very good beer, ok to repeat, not look for

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Photo of maximum12
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can that was part of a Seattle beer haul that pushed my suitcase to 47.5 lbs. on a Labor Day flight. Dammit. I had another 2.49 lbs. free.

The pour has a huge white head that slips away in about ten minutes, & reminds me of the pattern Dawn leaves on dirty glasses. Crystal clear gold, the view interrupted only by bubbles racing precisely in the vertical. The nose is fairly quiet, boasting softly of citrus, grapefruit, & gritty grains.

Luponic Distortion 006 – that Dawn analogy was unfortunate. Hard grapefruit mingles with moderate bitterness up front, giving way quickly to sharp pine & anti-bacterial handsoap. The latter was not, I believe, intended, & scanning quickly, it might just be me. Finishes with too much dankness for this clean-cut boy. Certainly easy to drink & solidly refreshing.

Despite the one odd, this is still a good, solid IPA.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 5/22/17. Crisp, golden color with a creamy cap that grows convex after a few minutes. It's a fairly firm 1 finger head that stays amazingly stable.

Nose is of bright, fruity citrus notes and floral accents. A polite cereal mash sits behind that.

I'm getting some bright citrus with hints of tangerine pith, with a slight onion flavor due to the hops going southbound. Firm, crackery malt. There's no doubt in my mind the flavor would have been explosive fresh, but after finally getting around to this I'm afraid it's past its prime.

Feel is crisp and carbonated. Very smooth. Nice hoppy dry finish.

Overall, Firestone is right when they say to consume the Luponic series within 90 days. These beers are meant to be consumed fresh and the hops fade fast. I don't think I've had many IPA's where the hops are gone this quickly (maybe Todd or anything Uinta). Consume fresh.

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Photo of matcris
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ultra clear and golden, with a finger of white head that sticks around. Pretty nice lacing down the glass. Aroma is pine, lemon, white bread crust, and a bit of that elusive rubber note you get from some IPA's. Flavor is citrus/lemon, a little pine, white bread crust. Very dry, medium-ish body, which goes with the ABV, on this, and full carbonation. Overall, pretty nice, I haven't had that rubbery scent for quite a while. Not that I've been out searching for it...

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Photo of ovaltine
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden yellow color, slightly off-white head. Aromas are all dank hops, with citrus, passion fruit, and pineapple shining through.

The taste is VERY dank, with the citrus and pineapple dominating, and I'm also detecting a malt flavor - pilsner malt maybe?

Whatever it is, it adds a nice touch to this bright, flavorful IPA.

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Photo of haines710
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a pint glass. Very fizzy and a light yellow color. Fruity nice smell. The taste is surprisingly light and a little peppery with a grapefruit feel. Very interesting beer. Glad I tried it but not sure I would want more than one. It is easy to drink although carbonation is high. Nice lacing and it's kind of growing on me as I drink it. Smell is definitely the highlight. Taste is not as strong.

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can (with date of 6/28 ) into a pint glass. Big foamy head turns into a thin wispy foam with light to moderate carbonation. Smell of pine, lemon. Taste is rather muted as compared to what i thought from the smell. Not bad, just not too much flavor. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side. Decent summer ale but I tend to be swayed by FW's hoppier offerings.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

michigan grown hops! thats pretty cool, i didnt even know they were growing them up there. this might be my favorite in this series so far, although i havent had them all. the hops taste almost wet in here, intensely fresh and vegetal, super highly dosed, but only a little bitter. there is a wonderful fresh cut citrus element to them, a leafy growing summery vibe, and subtle mango, pepper, and grass, really awesome! the malt base seems really light here, dry crackers, simple, so the hops really stand out, and the taste and the nose are mirror images, its great hop scheduling to make it this way, and these hops show a lot of promise i think for something that could stick around in the future. there is so much juicy fruit to them, but not in the classic dry hopped sense, its fresher than that, living still, and as vibrant as they are, they are also sort of soft, less abrasive, lower alpha, more nuanced. this beer is a cool showcase of these hops, and this iteration of it seems more different than the others, more unique and distinct, i really liked this a lot, and hope they keep it around awhile, its the winner of the series so far for my money!

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can

Pours a soapy, fizzy, one and a half finger of white head into my can-style glass. Body looks like a pilsner, crystal clear, and pale yellow in color. A lot of carbonation it would seem. Overall not a very good looking beer so far.

The nose is a juice bomb in my opinion. Fresh, juicy, sweet fruit. A load of mango. The sweetness is not gross, it’s crisp, and well done. Moderate bitter aromas are here, not very big though. Very clean and refreshing on the nose. Well done here, good aroma.

The flavor is a little more conventional than the aroma. Moderate bitterness hits from beginning to end. A tart, citrus is very prominent. Maybe a touch of that sweet fruit, but really not much at all. Pretty well balanced, not very sweet at all, but the bitterness is by no means over the top either. Overall it’s not bad, in this instance I would have preferred the juice bomb I thought I was in store for, rather than the edgy citrus bitterness. It’s a good beer, nothing wrong with it, I’m just not blown away.

Carbonation is about medium, with a somewhat light mouthfeel, not watery though. It’s a pretty good mouthfeel, especially on this lighter, sessionable IPA.

The drinkability is very high, it’s quite light, while still packing a good amount of flavor.

The appearance actually turned out ok. Once again, we have a beer saved by good lacing. Not to mention the head also settled down to a solid half finger of legitimate foam once the fizzing had ended. Still, not a great looking beer due to the aforementioned reasons, but it wasn’t bad either.

Overall this beer is fine, nothing amazing, nothing bad.

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Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 006 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 221 ratings