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

Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 008Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 008
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American IPA
3.86 | pDev: 7.77%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 008Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 008
Notes: 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.
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Photo of elNopalero
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

By now you know the drill: crystalline gold with a faint white cap of foam in appearance. Dank with a light honeydewed melon note. Tastes clean and crisp, and ends with a sticky piney hop character that punches above its weight.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Proteus93
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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 -19.2%
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 barnzy78
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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 HappyGuy12345
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
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 SB2017
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%
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 NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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.
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Photo of RozzieBoy
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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 DarkSideOfTheMoon
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
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 DefenCorps
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
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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Photo of puck1225
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Slightly cloudy yellow. Nice initial head and good lacing. Fragrant aroma of citrus and a bit floral. The taste is very bright with orange, grapefruit, and some lime. Very nice beer!

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Photo of dcotom
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Pale golden color, ever so slightly hazy, with a thick three-finger head that won't quit. Nice burst of hops upon opening the can. Aroma in the glass is very malt forward, with notes of citrus and bubblegum in the background. This hits its peak at around cellar temperature. Well balanced on the palate, Good malt presence, not too sweet, with lots of resiny and zesty bitterness and a pleasant floral note. Medium mouthfeel, and a dry finish with lots of bitterness lingering on the tongue. Solid beer, great paired with spicy food.

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Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from craft beer hop stop 12.5.17 for $1.49. Canned on 11.10.17.

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

Nose is a nice blend of floral and citrus hops.

Taste is floral hop forward with some citrus.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and refreshing.

Overall this is a solid beer, glad I tried it.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with a huge lump of white foam leaving layers of lace.

There are light aromas of soft dankness, lemon, grapefruit and cracker, with a hint of veg at the end.

Taste is bready cracker with that hint veg starting off, then shifting to PEZ, orange and a hint of pearl onion.

The medium body has a pillowy froth that turns crisp, finishing semi-dry.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice clear pour, generous, thick head, sticky lacing. The hop selection provides a boquet of floral and pine - a whiff of Christmas. Smooth and well formed, a solid base of malt with a towering hop profile. We are very impressed with this series and look forward to No. 9

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice looking, fluffy and voluminous head that dissipates at a moderate pace. The beer itself is a clear pale gold that looks good but doesn't do much besides that.

The smell is fairly dank and hoppy with a nice grassy pine smell to it as well as a light tropical pineapple to it.

The taste is also very good. The main note is a strong and grassy pine note. The light tropical note is still there but not as prevalent.

The feel is good. It has a nice medium body and a bit of floofines to it.

Overall, pretty good if it is a bit simple. Definitely crushable.

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Photo of beergoot
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Crystal-clear, golden amber body; thick, sticky, fluffy head. Spicy, floral aroma. Mild malt sweetness with a spicy, herbal taste; minty and pepperish; subtle hop bitterness. Medium body; crisp and clean; outstanding balance and complexity.

Rather light in body yet packing an explosive array of flavors, this version of Luponic Distortion delivers the goods.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really enjoy a clear, clean IPA. I'm deep in NE IPA country but the clarity in a well-made IPA still sings to me. I did not know the ABV until just now so it's no longer a surprise why the beer tasted on the lighter side of an IPA.

Nice golden sparkling clarity - like champagne with less bubbles. Huge puffy white head that dimples and sags like a worn crown.

Aroma is pine, light citrus, grass - what's become the standard fair. A nice mix of pine and rind.

Taste is grassy, piney and a little citrusy. Even drinker. Thirst quenching. Clean and lightly bitter. Nice beer under the sun.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a glass at a Firestone Walker beer dinner at Bareburger. From notes. Reviewed 19 February 2019.
Lightly hazy, good white head.
Smells tropical and wheat-malty.
Pretty good body, kinda sweet and malty. A good mix of tropical hops and Northwest pine.
A crushable, serious beer.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a semi-cloudy yellow with three fingers of white head in a Firestone Walker IPA glass. Head retention is marvelous with great lacing left behind. Aroma is herbal, pine, and floral notes that deliver a pungent evergreen forest aroma. A little lemon zest breaks up the piney, floral notes. Flavor profile is herbal, floral, resin and pine. It tastes natural, like chewing on a pine tree in the depths of the Rocky Mountains. Mouth feel is a touch fizzy, but otherwise soft and crisp with a medium thickness. Overall, an evergreen tree lover's IPA.

Served in a 16oz IPA glass from a 12oz can.

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Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent & bright gold with 3+ fingers of eggshell colored head. Super head retention & lacing

S: A little breadyness, some grassyness

T: Green melon, pineapple, a little bready, plus grassyness up front. Pineapple, tangerine & dryness as this warms. Finishes with green melon, mango, & tangerine, plus a little dryness

MF: Medium body, pretty firm carbonation, decent balance

Drinks easy, would love try this much fresher, but that must be a pipe dream for SW Missouri, I suppose

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 11/21/17

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and bright golden yellow with an eggshell white, near finger width head. Fair retention results in a thin, broken layer of suds with a decent amount creating a ring along the edge of the glass. The lacing consists of broken sheeting, some lines and small spotting.

Smell - Hints of citrus, grass, leafy and herbaceous character. Lesser grain, caramel and a faint hint of cardboard. Uh oh.

Taste - Follows the nose. Citrusy and grassy mostly, with hints of leaf, herbs, spice and definite woodiness that hits mid-taste. Grainy malt undertone. Hints of wet cardboard?? Light tea and citrus in the finish with that lingering cardboard character hanging in there.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with fair, tingly carbonation. Slick, easy drinker with a drying finish.

Overall - I wish I'd have snagged this a bit sooner, but I thought I already had, truth be told. A little over 3 months and the age is starting to show. Hints of wet cardboard are a tell-tale sign of a beer on its way out. Despite that, you can definitely taste that they threw the 'kitchen sink' of hops into this thing; there's so much complexity, and it doesn't really fit together all that well. I would normally say that this would be a beer that I should re-review, but as a one-and-done in an ever-evolving series, it's obviously not gonna happen.

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

Raul ain’t mad at this beer; and he ain’t happy either. Red headed step child it is not, but more like the middle child that only gets B’s and C’s and will probably go to a state school.


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Photo of q33jeff
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Can to goblet.

One of the better iterations of this series, but still just OK.

Look: yellow, medium white head...fades.
AROMA: best attribute, fruity with both citrus and tropical notes.
TASTE: grapefruit up front, pine and wood late.
Feel, light body, medium to high carbonation.


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Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 008 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 110 ratings