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

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Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 006Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 006

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:
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.”

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 221 |  Reviews: 70
Reviews by Buster:
Photo of Buster
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of dream
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from a can 2 weeks old.

Look: Straw to pale yellow. Super clear and crisp looking.

Smell: Pine, grass, green tea leaf, a hint of bubblegum, very very faint hints of orange. However the smell is not extremely pungent.

Taste: Same as the smell, although I'll say this is the "greenest" beer of the series so far. This is beer is a no frills refreshing crisp green treat. Don't come into this beer looking for any fruity vibe or pillow mouthfeel. This is a west coast green crusher that leaves an evergreen forest lingering on the palate. Very enjoyable. Absolutely no sweetness dominating the flavor profile. Green green green.

Feel: Same as the base beer has always been, but I'm liking the lingering forest in my mouth.

Overall, I enjoyed this more than Revolution #4, which I felt was going for the same vibe.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz short bottle into Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled on May 30th 2017.

L: Impeccably clear pale gold with a finger and half off-white head with excellent retention and awesome stick to the glass.

S: Fruity hop aroma, pretty dank pine over shadowed slightly by citrus.

T: Really an extremely tasty brew, mostly citrus in the flavor with some slight pine. Flavors are lighter.

F: Light, crisp, semi-dry.

O: Really impressed with this. I have been trying quite a few IPAs lately and none have really caught my attention strongly like this one has.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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 Brent_B
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavidR_9
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spongebob2
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dcbeers
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WickedBeer
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Can. Canned on : 6/7/17 opened on 7/4/17

A bright, mostly clear sparkling gold color has some nice amber hues.

Some extremely bright and florap hop aroma's are just bursting out from the glass. "Racy citrus" as quoted from the brewer is a spot-on description of this aroma (and flavor). Earthy citrus, light tropicals, floral and sweet is thr impression I get. Maybe some sweet n sour notes from the malt.

The hop complexity here is very high, interesting and unique in it's qualities. A bright, lively mouthfeel and jazzy (swing) flavor from both hops and malt. Classic Northwest grown hops, slightly transformed from the soil of Michigan. I can tadte the differances and effect from a different growing region(like wine grapes!). Multiple layers of brigh, earthy-citrus and tropical tones are just magic. A fresh, bright and lively hop bite brings in low level earth notes with white pepper and tangy, grapefruit flourishes. The "drinkability" here is through the roof. Multiple levels of hop flavor seem both wet and dry hopped. Amazing balance with a slightly sweet but very crispy malt that allows these hops to shine.

The overall experience, is pretty epic. Almost in the realm of New England style IPA but also falls into the bigger Pale Ale category. High quality hop experience and endless drinkability.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on date of 05/01/17

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and golden yellow in color with a white, finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Fair lacing, with thin, broken webbing and some spotting.

Smell - Faint notes of citrus and leafy character. Faint hints of cracker?

Taste - Soft, light notes of citrus, floral character and a bit of leafiness. Malt is lightly sweet and non-descript. Finishes much the same as it begins; light and with delicate hop character.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with low, velvety carbonation.

Overall - This is a soft, hoppy brew, but in a good way. Something to drink and reflect on a summer evening in your backyard, hanging out by the fire pit, or something akin to that.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hreb
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Revolution No. 006 of Firestone's Luponic Distortion. Beer pours from 12oz can, canned on 06/13/17, into pint glass and is clear yellow golden with significant bubbling and a moderate white head. Thick piney aroma. Flavor is hoppy and assertive with pine needles and sharp carbonation on the center of my tongue. Definitely a West coast IPA, but in single IPA proportions and relatively balanced for the style.

For a " a mix of seven different hop varieties" the hop flavor is very clear, not muddled or vague. Impressive in that regard, if not all that exciting.

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Photo of Montanabeerz
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. "Luponic Distortion - Revolution No. 006"
12 fl. oz. can, "DRINK WITHIN 90 DAYS OF CANNED ON DATE", "CANNED ON 05-26-17", sampled on 07-10-17
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

I've enjoyed this experiment so far, let's see where No. 006 takes us.

The appearance is similar as expected with a slightly hazy golden body beneath a finger-thick head of dense white foam. It holds well and leaves some very nice lacing behind. Very nice appearance.

The aroma is a little like hard citrus candy, and floral. I'm thinking pink grapefruit as the 'flavor'. Perhaps it's the combination of floral and citrus that gave me the candy impression. There's some pine there as well. Hmmm... am I actually thinking of a citrusy cough drop? Perhaps. Regardless, the aroma isn't that bold but it's pleasant enough. Just a waft of golden malt comes through. Absolutely clean as expected.

The flavor is similar to the aroma. I'm finding some peach as well, and a kind of generic "tropical" flavor that includes some orange. The malt is lightly bready, offering a touch of sweetness that's balanced by a very firm bitterness, and it doesn't really seem bitter until the finish.

The body seems a little different on this one. It seems a little sharper, or more bristling with carbonation, and perhaps just a touch lighter than previous examples with a light-medium body. In fact, it seems a little lighter overall, with a softer hop aroma and flavor and bitterness - it's quite drinkable and "summery".

Conclusion? I'm not sure I have one. It's a lot like Revolution No. 005, and perhaps 003 or 004, I don't recall, but there does seem to have been a movement towards tropical flavors. It's softer and more accessible, which is good, and the hop experiment that it is, is educational and entertaining. I'd love to know what the hops were but I couldn't find any information anywhere. So, really nice, along the lines of the other beers in the series, and very drinkable but not much of an expedition, more of an excursion.

4.25/4/4/4/4 = 4.02

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 let8it8grow
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of breadwinner
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best of the Luponic series so far, methinks. It's more classic West Coast in nature, citrus/grapefruit + something green (neither overly piney nor overly herbal, but certainly a mixture of both), with just the lightest hints of something sweetly tropical (I say papaya, though I can dig the reviewer below's note of bubble gum). I know the malt base is the same on all of these, but somehow this one just felt a touch more filled out, which has been one of my qualms with the series. I still don't necessarily love these, and would more quickly reach either for classic Firestone hop bangers like Union Jack/Pale 31 or the Leo vs. Ursus series, but Rev. 006 is a winner for sure.

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Photo of DaveCash
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hophugger
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 006 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 221 ratings