Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 007
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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American IPA
3.94 | pDev: 6.6%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Revolution No. 007 marks the second time that Luponic Distortion has dipped down into the Southern Hemisphere for its lead hops, following the South African hops that set the tone for Revolution No. 004 last year.

“The hop intensity level on Revolution No. 007 is high,” says Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “The primary Australian hop is loaded with this bright, citrusy Sauvignon Blanc character, and the other two hops round it out with classic Southern Hemisphere qualities.”
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Photo of KTCamm
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/30/18...pale bronze, still after the fact and fizzy white foam. Some lacing. Malty, pilsy smell. Some citrus. Subtle hop bitter open, smooth. Quick black peeper burst. Simple and tasty.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The James Bond edition?

Pours as expected, crystalline clear with a billowy white cap of foam. Light aroma, with a strong bitterness and a long afterfinish. There's some pine sap and a sweet tropical fruit note on this.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can

Pours a big, fluffy finger of white head into my tulip. Slowly fizzing. The body is orange, with a very small amount of bubbles coming up. As per usual with this series, the body is very see through. Head retention is ok. Looks fine so far.

The nose on this is just fantastic. It's bursting with fresh melon. Melon, melon, and more melon. Smells slightly sweet, and a tad sticky - the ladder being primarily from the hops. While a little sticky, it's still smells extremely refreshing. A fantastic nose.

The flavor is certainly more down to earth than the nose, i.e. it's not quite as good. A little fruity, but not even close to what the nose had going on. A pretty noticeable lemon zest coming mid way through the palate. Gets a little bit dank towards the end. Finishes with a mildy unfortunate grainy aftertaste, not a very big deal though. It's certainly more complex than the nose, so it has that going for it. With the exception if a few flavors, it's a pretty smooth, soft IPA, which is not necessarily a good or bad thing. Though, this borders on too little flavor at times. While it's nowhere near as good as the nose, this is still a tasty beer.

The carbonation is about medium here, but overall the beer does not have a very lively mouth to it. Not much of a hop bite or anything of that nature. The body itself is pretty thin, and quite soft and smooth. It's an ok mouthfeel, but for a light IPA light this, I would appreciate a little more action.

The drinkability is very high. It's a light, tasty beer. It goes down with no problem.

Overall a good beer here. The nose was kinda hard to live up to, but it's still a good brew.

The appearance turned out decent I guess. The head retention was ok, but the lacing was hardly there at all.

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Photo of JohnnyQuid76
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Of course trying to guess which hops they've used. Read a few articles lately about a trade they did with a brewery in Australia. Bottle poured nicely with a light golden hue with a slight haze that hung towards the top of the pint. The aroma was light and fruity, but I wouldn't say too much citrus, just the sweetness of an orchard. Once the beer warmed up and hold close, I could easily smell the malt character. The further from the glass was hop and the closer came the malt.
Looking forward to trying #09.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Edging in just under the 90 day line on this one. Light golden color, bit hazy. Light frothy head and good lacing in our chalice glasses. Pleasnt, clean light hop notes, no piney aromas. A well-balanced IPA. We will be on the lookout for the next one.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I purchased a can pack and poured this can chilled in a tulip.

the color is beautiful golden with very good clarity and thick white head with lasting retention. The smell is very tropical with a mild herbal character and slight fruity citrus hop aroma. The feel is very good with smooth hop oils and light sweetness with moderate carbonation and bitternesss with a semi dry finish.

The taste is great - both pineapple and subtle grapefruit with a gentle herbal hop flavor and malt that is present in the taste but not obtrusive. The flavor is more citrus fruit as it warms with a slight mandarin orange quality. This is delicious and I wish I had gotten more a very well made IPA

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Photo of russpowell
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, effervescent gold with 3 fingers of eggshell colored head. Stellar lacing. good head retention

S: Citrus, breadyness

T: Folllows the, a little mango, grassyness & dryness as well up front. More grassyness, dryness , a touch breadyness & tangerine once warm. Funishes dry, grassy & citrussy

MF: Medium body crisp carbonation , decent balance

A solid IPA, would've loved to try this much younger, but this is as quick as it gets to SW Missouri

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottling date of 10/17/17

Appearance - Pours relatively clear and golden in color with a white, two-finger width head. Decent retention results in a thin, broken layer of suds and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Good amount of lacing, mostly broken sheeting with broken lines streaking down below it, interspersed with small spotting.

Smell - Citrus and white grape aroma. Faint green apple tartness. Bready, slightly wheaty undertone.

Taste - Surprisingly a lot of grass upfront. Leafy mint. Fair citrus and a hint of apricot. Mid-taste brings the wheat-like malt earthiness, then a bit of white grape fruitiness emerges, bringing with it a bit of tart lemon and slightly pithy tangerine character as it rounds into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair, bitey carbonation. Slick texture with a crisp, slightly dry finish.

Overall - Odd brew, but it at least presents an interesting and different take for the Luponic Distortion series, which I felt hadn't really broken any molds until now. Regardless of whether you like this or not, I think one thing most can agree on is that this one brings uniqueness, and as a beer geek I can appreciate that.

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Photo of brucefraser
2.36/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12-oz. Can. Pours pale gold, lasting head and good lacing. Smell is faint grassy. Flavor is pleasantly uninspiring, weak hops, mild malt, with good body and moderate carbonation. IMO: at best a session beer if you are thirsty.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer - draw colored with a frothy white head that leaves behind some sticky Laing towards the top of the glass. Grassy aromas with hints of citrus. Taste is somewhat similar - slightly bitter. Feel is medium with medium carbonation. Overall, a drinkable beer worth trying.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A; pale straw yellow color. Clear. Small, off-white Head

S: grains, medicine, apricots, malts, dough

T: some of that medicinal flavor in the aroma follow in the taste. Cardboard, mango, grapefruit rind

M: lighter mouthfeel but a lot of carbonation pushes it a little fuller

O: something in here just isn’t working. It’s bitterness isn’t backed with any real flavor, not even grapefruit really. I’d pass on this next time

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Photo of vinicole
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can. Insipid pale amber. Thick frothy head.
Rich hoppy aroma. Sweet fruitiness with a slight distortion of burnt rubber. Light caramel discerned.
Taste reflects the bouquet culminating in a medium astringency. Wine like qualities noted.
Moderate feel.
Yet again the up front characteristics of the style are somewhat overwhelming for my moderating British palate.

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Photo of IronLover
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright yellow in color with very good clarity. Poured with a short, soapy, bright white foam with good retention. Medium high herbal, light spicy, fruity pear and earthy, resinous hop aromas. Medium malt aromas beneath. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Pleasant creamy smoothness through the middle followed by a warming feel to the finish. Medium high herbal and spicy hop flavors followed by medium high spicy hop bitterness through the middle. Medium malty flavors on the back end along with pear notes. Finished semi-dryly with earthy, spicy hop flavors. Great, unique, hop character with maltiness creating just enough balance to make this very drinkable.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of citrus and pine with hints of toasted caramel. Nice sweet caramel flavor with a citrus hop bite.

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Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead on 11-4-17 for $2.29. Canned on 10-10-17.

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

Nose is nice, light fruits and citrus.

Taste is a soft hop character. Some white wine like notes, with some melon and lemon. No bitterness noted.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall a nice balanced brew that was really easy drinking.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yellow and light gold with great clarity and soft 1/2" white head. Aroma wasn't the most pungent in the series, was mostly citrus, lemon and grapefruit coming off of these South African hops.

Usual barely toasted pale light malt, dry finish, moderate and appropriate carbonation. The hops still lean citrus rind, light not sweet. Easily crushable. Bitterness is also moderate. Body still has plenty of levity. The hopping is more reminiscient of a noble hop at times. You get both the light rind and mild earthiness going on with this one, grape and stem.

You can't beat the price on these.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white and bubbly head that dissipates at a moderate pace but still have a nice presence. The beer itself is a decent golden yellow that is clear. It doesn't have the shine but is a bit of a dull hue.

The smell is great. It has a nice sharp pine note that cuts through a tropical lemon hop note with a sprinkling of grapefruit as well and slight sweet honey malt note.
The taste strongly resembles the smell but with a slightly stronger malt note. The hop bitterness is still the dominant note though.

The feel is pretty good even though it's a bit light bodied. The finish is a bit dry with some light carbonation.

Overall, I think this is one of the better ones in this series and it's definitely as hoppy as people say it is but not overly so. This would be a nice to bring back in the future.

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Photo of beergoot
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice pale yellow body featuring a thick, frothy white head; rings of lacing down the glass. Pungent citrus aroma; lemon. Fair flavors with a low-key light cereal base, a bit citrus, and hop bitterness to the taste. Coarse on the palate; medium body; mostly dry finish with some light tartness.

A decent American IPA, well-balanced yet not overpowering by any stretch of the imagination.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear yellow color with a thin foamy head. Retention is minimal. Lacing is decent. More of a sweeter citrus aroma. Almost candy-like. Some good citrus taste up front with mild bitter hops. The is is more lager like to me. Moderate bitterness overall. Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of argock
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

8/28/17 can although smudged so could be 9/28/17 into a clear glass tulip.

A: Straw gold with 2-finger off-white head with lots of lacing.

S: light aroma with mainly lemon-lime citrus and minty/herbal notes and a little grassy, haylike note with a bit of dankness behind it all.

T: Flavor is also subtle all in all with mainly pleasant but subdued honeysuckle, floral, berry (strawberry/blueberry) and melon notes filling out the main hop flavor contributions. None of the usual citrus and stone fruits. Moderately bitter.

M: Very dry finish without astringency. Light-medium body with higher than average carbonation for the style.

O: A decent beer but not close to the best FW luponic so far.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours gold, clear light orange body, with a short white head that fades quickly. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - When first opened, there is a strong herbal note, pine, with citrus. As it warms, the fruit and malt come forward, producing an orange cream soda aspect that is quite inviting.

T - The front is basil and pine, a bit of orange. The middle is more orange flesh, earthiness, with a close that is zest and bitter bite. Nice ride.

M - Strong drying and resin build, but still surprisingly drinkable.

O - A pleasure to explore a range of Southern Hemisphere hop notes and a delicious melange at that.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a fine two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of pale and mildly caramel malt, citrus and mildly tropical hops, hint of onion. Flavor is quite different, with pale and lightly biscuit malt, melon, subdued mixed citrus and mixed light tropical fruit. Finishes somewhat tame, with mild to moderate grassy and citrus hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A somewhat understated IPA for this series, this reminded me most of an English IPA, but with less biscuit malt and a more unusual hop bill (apparently an Australian variety). A good, drinkable IPA as expected from Firestone Walker, but the hops lack some herbal brightness and the white wine character that is promised for this is not that interesting to me. I have found that New Zealand and Australian hops seemed less bright to me in the past and attributed to the long voyage times from down under breweries, but perhaps the hops themselves do not excite my palate as much. The good news is that, like this IPA, it will still be interesting and satisfying to found out with future beers.

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Photo of brenn79
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz crowler from Growler Guys- Pours clear old golden with a medium white head. Aroma is floral, citrusy, a touch of candy sweetness, herbal. The taste is crisp, lemon, grainy, medium bitterness that lingers. Good beer, but this series seems to no longer be above the average IPA, just another good IPA.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Lots of citrus and tropical fruitiness along with a touch of pine. Malt balances nicely with some sweetness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some nice citrusy hops, light pine, and bready maltiness. Again, very well balanced. Moderate bitterness. Finishes with lingering citrus and fruity hop notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Thi iteration is another solid one, packed with plenty of citrusy hops that are well balanced by the malt base. Can't wait for #8

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, golden amber color. Thin head, minimal lacing. Aroma is light, ripe melon and berries. Citrus and floral notes as well. Flavor is bitter hops with citrus and cracker malt. Hints of white grape and herbal qualities. It is crisp, and has a dry finish. I would say it was my least favorite of the LP series, but still a decent beer overall.

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Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 007 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 157 ratings