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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Reviews by Fremont897:
Photo of Fremont897
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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 Snowcrash000
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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 BluntedKid
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I HAVE HAD BETTER IPAs. Surprised it’s only brewed once a year! Still strong!

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

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

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 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 arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ah, the joys of The CANQuest (tm)! I am inundated with beer here at Chez Woody & I recently became inspired to take a break from the eradication of The Bottle Backlog to sift through some of the on-deck CANs. I am finding old friends & forgotten treasures as I go & so the next step may be to waffle back & forth between bottles & CANs in the hopes of finally getting caught up.

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

At last, I am current! I preformed my first Crack! & inverted Glug in quite some time in getting this one started. This created two fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head with good retention. Color was solid Gold (SRM = 5) with NE-quality clarity & brought The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus running in from my living room, where they were watching The Tour de France on television. Nose was unquestionably citrusy, but I was not getting grapefruit, nor was I getting orange/tangerine, either. It was very fruity and citrusy, but nothing to which I could lay my hand. Mouthfeel was medium, very soft for an AIPA. The taste was a bright citrusy blend of grapefruit, blood orange and even sweet cherry! There was NO way that I would have guessed that PNW hops had been used. If the previous entries in the series had been drinkable, this was dangerously crushable! I swear that I got a lingering taste of sweet (Maraschino?) cherry juice on the extreme finish. Man, was this tasty!

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GClarkage
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wasatch
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
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 JayQue
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RJLarse
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Downriver Grill.

Crystal clear pale gold color with a creamy white head

Smell is a sweet fruity aroma

Taste is a mild citrus flavor.

Very crisp and clean feel.

Overall a good IPA. Very nice appearance, aroma and flavor. Maybe a little thin and watery.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of grapefruit and pine. It tasted of sweet, toasted caramel with nice grapefruit notes.

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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 Pencible
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Bouleboubier
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

(12 oz can, canned on 05/05/17... poured into a nonic)

L: crystal-clear, pale yellow-gold liquid... two-finger tall, open, loose, spongy white foam which breaks apart into a messy froth... a few smattered bands of lace

S: oily, orange-y citrus, densely fruity... subtle background pine and floral essence... little bit of zesty hot pepper perhaps... very intensely resiny and fruity with little-to-no malt poking through with a delicate hint of sharp ethanol, but nothing unique as far as the hop character

T: grapefruit pulp with an underbelly of lightly-toasted pale malt and a piney chaser in the finish... quite dry aftertaste with some lingering pine and menthol... second healthy sip shows lemon zest and a burgeoning green-leafy hop flavor and herbal bitterness... by the third sip, perception of bitterness increases, while the malt character remains clouded by the dense yet elegant hopping

F: light and tight body, soft and subtly velvety flow... little bubble action, so perhaps marginally too flat... mellow heat and thinly resinous in the finish... very light and lovely drinking overall

O: excellent beer... despite it's tight construct and the intensity in its limited depth in flavor, the taste offers little unique character and, with its expertly executed texture and flow, lends more to sessioning than savoring

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Photo of argock
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a clear glass tulip. Canned on 05/22/17 on bottom of can.

A: Slightly hazy honey-gold with 1-2 fingers of off-white head with decent retention but wispy lacing.

S: Candied grapefruit and pineapple, medium caramel, soft pine and resin

T: Flavor is slightly sweet overall, too sweet for my taste but not unpleasant with a nice toasted medium caramel but a bit too much sweetness overall, not dry or bitter enough. Hop flavors are nice wth grapefruit, pineapple, light lemon, pine, and resin. Low-medium bitterness. No yeast esters.

M: Medium body with not a dry enough finish, may be helped by higher carbonation.

O: Enjoyable but beneath the other LD offerings.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can.

A clear light golden yellow with a large, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is a melange of tropical fruit, starting with guava, kiwi, some passionfruit, peach and mango. A touch of earth and mint are also present. Malt is nonexistent. The palate opens with a blend of hp bitterness and hop flavor. The bitterness is mildly medicinal, with an aspirin-like character. Flavor is excellent - bright, fruity, clean and refreshing with guava and mango pairing nicely with the kiwi notes. Drying, bitter and mildly resiny on the finish, this beer is medium-light in body and softly carbonated. Quite excellent, apart from the tinge of medicinal bitterness.

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