Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 008 | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3.85/5
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109 Ratings
Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 008Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 008
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Revolution No. 008 is a globetrotting iteration of Luponic Distortion, fittingly featuring eight hop varieties from four growing regions—Pacific Northwest, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. The lead hops include a punchy, citrusy variety from Washington state’s Moxee Valley; a hop from Hallertau that delivers honeydew and cantaloupe aromas; and a brisk, racy variety from New Zealand. The result is a Luponic Distortion revolution that deftly delivers the best of all worlds.

Added by wethorseblanket on 11-24-2017

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Reviews:
42
Ratings:
109
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
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Photo of JohnDon
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigMustyElbows
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OMFG, but my Hoppy New AmeriCAN India Pale Ale Sunday (Week 702) has been moving EXTREMELY slowly as a result of my being part of the Lancaster Homebrewers' Homebrew Hang today! Three batches of wort were brewed up as we sat, drank, talked & read over the course of the afternoon. Now, I am ready for a beer!

From the CAN: "New Hop Distortion Each Release".

I beCAN with the new standard Crack! & Gussie Busch Glug, pouring right into the C of the glass, NOT gently down the side. It acCANplishes the same as an inverted Glug, but with a greatly reduced ChANce of a mess. Once again, it paid off with just over two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with very good retention that slowly fell, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was a pretty Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, summoning forth The Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon, all greedily vying for a taste. Nose was absolutely honeydew & CANtaloupe & my mouth was watering unCANtrollably! I generally prefer high IBUs, but Evil Twin's Molotov Heavy has left me satiated for a least today & probably several days to come. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach & definitely big for the style. The taste was a very pleasant CANbination of melon, pine/mint, mown grass & tea. In fact, it had the mellowness of hop tea. I was recounting some of my early exbeeriences as a budding hophead nearly twenty years ago, including putting pellets under my tongue to dissolve & brewing hop tea. The latter, as long as you do not allow it to become undrinkably bitter, is a VERY mellow drink. If you have ever had Celestial Seasonings' Sleepytime Tea, you will have an idea of the effects of hop tea. Zzzzz. This beer had that same mellowness. It was like being swaddled in a blanket, suckling on a nipple & being readied for bed. Hey, after what I imbibed today, this was just what the doctor ordered. Not too big in terms of ABV, not too big in terms of IBUs, but all-around just right. Does this mark me as being Baby Bear? I am definitely NOT Goldilocks as a ginger. Finish was just over the line from semi-dry into dry. The mélange of hops flavors was really pleasant and the low IBUs made it extremely easy to drink while still maintaining an AIPA dryness. Mmm. Zzzz. YMMV.

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Photo of BKotch
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Proteus93
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pale-golden hue, topped with a frothy, sea-foam like head with great retention.

S + T: An interesting hop profile that stands out, as expected. Floral, melon-skin, resinous, and some grapefruit zest. Tasting becomes more difficult to separate into such individual flavours--pine and citrus, paired with an almost spicy floral taste. Some modest, toasty malts wrap bring it all together.

M + O: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and a fairly smooth finish--not slick or sticky. It drinks easily and makes for a pleasant experience--perhaps not quite outstanding, but good.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow with a short head. Smell is pure pine, literally like smelling a pine tree. Mild citrus flavors. Bit of cantaloupe. Lightly bittered for an ipa.

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Photo of bundy462
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Duffman79
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barnzy78
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, golden body with an off-white head slowly fades leaving some sticky lacing on the glass. Lemongrass and herbal hop aromas. Flavors are hop forward with notes of lemongrass, grapefruit, and a hit of herbalness; malt profile is very modest. Medium body, a bit resinous with sticky hops, moderate bitterness on the finish. Overall, it's similar to some of the others I've had in the series; quite refreshing, but good not great.

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Photo of deansellers
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass.
Look: Cloudy orange with 1.5 fingers of head.
Smell: Pleasant aroma of citrus and hops.
Taste: Extremely smooth for an IPA. Definitely plenty of hops, but there was no unpleasant aftertaste. This beer goes down very easily.
Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation. Medium-bodied.
Overall: I am thoroughly impressed with this IPA, and I'm surprised with the relatively low rating here on Beeradvocate. I definitely put this one up on the list by Ballast Point's Sculpin.

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Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5/17/18 can

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Photo of SB2017
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Utterly average IPA. It looks quite urine-like, offputtingly. Thin foamy head. Not very impressive. It smells, get this, like an IPA. Tastes very mass market, without much jumping out besides malt on the front and bitter hops on the back. It's really just a bitter aftertaste. I'm not impressed with this beer, but it is quite drinkable on a warm afternoon.

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Photo of Dsimenson
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenjaGrif
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WOLFGANG
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught: Expectations were higher than they should have been. Nice flavor, but underwhelming.

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Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ristaccia
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. "Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 008"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON 11/28/17 15:37" and sampled on 04/03/18
$1.83 @ Cherry Hill Liquor, Wine & Beer (Wegmans), Cherry Hill. NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: And so on to #008 we go. I almost missed it, and I hope it hasn't lost too much character over the past 4 months. It's poured a hazy deep golden body beneath a creamy head of white foam. The aroma suggests pineapple, melon, citrus, and flowers. Let's see if the flavor follows... yes, I'd say so. I think I'm getting even more of a floral character. It's very soft and rounded though, there are no bright notes that pop out, no sharp citrus or distinct melon - a true melange. The malt is lightly sweetish, bready and grainy malt. I assume that the base malt is the same for all of the "revolutions" but I'm not sure. Medium bodied and gently crisp then smooth across the palate. The head has dropped but it's maintained a solid surface covering and there's some very nice lacing left behind. A median bitterness balances it and it finishes earthy and dry with less fruit lingering than you might expect. Overall it's a pretty decent beer that combines some nice hops but I don't really understand what they are. Of course, this is not a single hop beer, or even a double hop beer, so I understand that but it is a little disappointing. Still, it's certainly worth trying.
Review# 5,924

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Photo of RozzieBoy
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Semi-Hazy golden with a 1-finger carbonated head. Nice lacing.
S - Lemon and citrus. Pretty nice.
T - Hop bang!
F - Crisp and carbonated with a light mouthfeel.
O - A really nice beer that was very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of ADKbeerguy
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy, straw yellow. Lots of carbonation. Thin lacing of foam. Decent amount of dank hops on the nose - not as much as some other FW offerings though. Nice taste but there's something subdued on the back end. Lots of grassy notes up front but then lacking. Not much follow through. Very drinkable however. Decent brew but not something i'd seek out.

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Photo of BirdsandHops
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DefenCorps
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Finally getting around to this one. Can from ABV.

A clear golden orange with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is surprisingly dull, a blend of lemon, grapefruit and a little malt. A touch chalky. The palate opens moderately bitter with grapefruit, pine. Moderately herbal with thyme and a little pine needles. Drying, grassy on the finish, this is a little disappointing.

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Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 008 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 109 ratings