Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 009
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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American IPA
3.95 | pDev: 8.61%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Revolution No. 009 is a showcase for “public domain” hops from the United States and Germany, offering a fresh twist on some not-so-familiar favorites. The lead hops in Revolution No. 009 include two varieties from the Pacific Northwest—one that provides exotic tropical fruit and coconut notes, and another that offers a balance of earthy pine and citrus qualities. The German hops round out the blend with a dimension of bright fruitiness.
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Photo of elNopalero
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this fresh, poured from a can into a nonic pint.

It pours a clear crystal gold. Lemony hops, lemony aroma, lemony finish. Easy drinker. I love it.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: brilliant gold pour supports a 15" white cap with fair to good retention

S: Melon aromas dominate seasoned by wet forest floor with resin, fruit, citrus and cantaloupe

T: The flavors start with a fruit cocktail feel featuring fruit, citrus, berry, lemon and melon with a hint of tart and as these flavors start to settle in, the beer dries out leaving a very pleasant lingering bitter

F: body is just under medium and the carbonation is medium plus

O: This is not a heavy beer but it is packed with fruit and a nicely balancing bitterness

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Photo of ClintGoodman
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall, I love this series. That being said, this version was very subtle to me
I understand the utilization of European hops, however u thunk this can was old and retained almost no hop aromas. Drank more like a pale lager. Number 10 had a much more tropical feel and was generally more hop forward.

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Photo of Act25
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I liked this brewer and this series esp when I can add to a mix six at wegmans at 10.99 per.
a) Slightly hazed light golden with energetic head and scads of lace.
s) Too subtle and more of an APA. Yes, I get the coconut and the grass.
t) More pine, tropical fruit, yellow fruits (pineapple and grapefruit, with a dusting of coconut and pine.
f) Clean bitter finish, bright, prickly feel, and upper beer. Good first beer of the evening.
o) Providing these hop glimpses in the series is great - none of them a mainstay but all delicious test pours, this leaning more toward APA like Dales. Nice. Try 1 of each.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Straw with a hint of haze, majorly carbonated, and topped with a finger of white head.

Smells of catnip, dill pickle, a dankness and a slightly pear like fruitiness.

Tastes of yellow jello, a big dankness, and green leaf.

Light body, very dry, puckering and tannic body with moderate carbonation.

Got at World Market in Redding, CA, drinking here Aug 7th, 2018. Nicely hoppy variation.

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Photo of Mandpasbury
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very clean, clear light yellow color with small amount of eggshell foam, minimal lacing. The aroma has a nice blend of hops & pine with fruit. This beer has a good hop-forward taste without being a palate-wrecker, along with a fruitiness that I cannot quite out my finger on....lemon and watermelon maybe(?). It finishes very clean and crsip, almost bearing resemblance to a lager, that was very refreshing on a hot summer day. I have become a believer in the Luponic Distortion series and cannot wait to try the other offerings in this series. Yet another great offering from Firestone Walker.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm impressed. These are not my favorite hop flavors but the package is quite good. Very pale for style. Almost lager looking in it's clarity and large white head of many pils type lagers. The aroma is clearly no a pils. Wonderful hop mix of earthy herbal and fruit. Fresh and pleasant.
Taste resembles the aroma with a hop forward earthy herbal mixed with fruit (mostly non-citrus, but not without that too). Fine streak of bitterness blends and mixes well. Neutral malt flavor balances. A little light on the feel but buttress with carbonation.
Just a nice solid drinking IPA with interesting hop mix and good bitterness balance.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this off the single shelf at my local Giant Eagle. It poured a clear yellow with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had faint fruit notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with tropical and coconut hints. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. "Luponic Distortion - Revolution No. 009"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON 02/19/18 11:28" and sampled on 07/07/18
$1.99 @ Cherry Hill Liquor, Wine & Beer (Wegmans), Cherry Hill, NJ

Number 9... number 9, number 9... ... OK, #9, let's go. The base beer is always the same and I've reviewed 8 of these already so I think we can dispense with the basics and just go to the hops. I think they're a touch more piney in the nose than some of the previous versions, but also tropical with some mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. It's not a bold aroma though, which is disappointing. I wish they were all a little bit stronger in the nose given that it's a beer all about the character of the hops. Or is it because this sample is a little bit old? The label used to read "DRINK WITHIN 90 DAYS OF CANNED ON DATE" but this is almost two months beyond that. Of course that's not on the label anymore, I'm guessing because they've had trouble with it. My retailer, for example, won't bring a new one in until they've sold out of the one currently on hand. Blame that on them for not ordering the right amount, or one the specific version if it's not that good, It doesn't matter, it's been leading to them sitting in the shelves longer. Back to the No. 009, I'm still finding the pine, pineapple, and grapefruit but no mango. I wish I knew what hops were in there. Let me look it up... well it doesn't say on their website, but it does mention a note of coconut, which is interesting, and that i can now see knowing that it's there. They also mention some German hops with a "dimension of bright fruitiness" but I'm not particularly getting that. Ahhh, I'm getting an almost chocolate note... are these the experimental "Chocolate Coconut" hops? I've heard of them but never with anything really good said about them; and now it seems almost minty in the finish, which is another interesting layer - chocolate mint. Overall it's a decent APA/IPA that is a little unusual, but doesn't knock it out of the park. I'd take another one, and I am about to head off to the beer shop in just a minute so maybe I'll even buy a six or 12-pack, but I'll just consider it as a regular drinking beer. It's worth trying though, and it's at least more interesting than some of the more recent versions. Nicely done.
Review# 6,122

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.88/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bought a 6-pack cans $8.49 Times Supermarket
Clear golden color
Light-medium mouthfeel
High carbonation
Some biterness, sour taste.
Overall not that great. Doesn't really make me think of an IPA when drinking it. Would not buy again

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Photo of MacBrewin
1.82/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

My first luponic distortion beer. Canned 5/08/18. Consumed 6/25/18.
Smell is muted. Mouthfeel is thin. Tastes slightly of lemon. For a beer named luponic distortion i was expecting a hop forward flavor, and this did not deliver. If you're looking for something quaffable like a lemon shandy you may enjoy this one, but if you're looking for an ipa...well i was disappointed.

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Photo of ThePold
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Extreme Pizza in Arlington. I've had this beer many times. Is an almost lager like yellow with no head to speak of and a sharp taste that is a bit more happy than some.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass, golden colored with a large wispy white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: hop bomb of grapefruit with a bit of pine

T: surprisingly less bitter than expected by the nose, grapefruit hop is there but balanced with biscuity malt

M: lighter and crisp

O: good dose of bitter without overpowering

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Photo of secondtooth
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clean golden, with a huge off-white head and brilliant lace.

Aroma: Superb nose of tropical fruit and zesty citrus. I get lemon, pineapple, etc.

Taste: Wickedly fruity and smooth, with a touch of malts coming in under the tongue. This is a really strong modern American IPA. Top!

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Photo of arizcards
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop cooler on 2-10-18. Canned on 1-25-18; cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured a pale gold with a nice white head with the initial pour.

Nose was earthy and spicy hops that seemed fairly fresh.

Taste was grassy and vegetal with a bit of citrus. Fairly well balanced with a touch of vegetation in the finish.

Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall not a bad brew but not my favorite in the Revolution series.

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Photo of Mdog
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Clear yellow, good head.

Smell: Melon aroma.

Taste: Balanced flavor, bready with mild fruitiness and melon. Low bitterness.

Overall: Firestone Walker is in MN now so I picked up a 6er of this. Turns out it was a few months old so it wasn't super bright. Decent enough IPA but more balanced than hop forward in my opinion. Interesting melon smell and taste.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i like the idea for this one, using the public domain hops for an ipa all together, but the beer just doesnt taste that good. assuming this was brewed once, freshness may be an issue, or a less than perfectly clean tap line, so i cant exactly blame it all on the beer itself, but there is a tired and generic vibe to this that doesnt line up with the other luponic beers i have had from this series, most of them super fresh, distinctive, and of fine quality. i get a lot of grassiness to the hops here, noble type but without the earthy spiciness, i get some light lime and lemongrass, but its not overly fruity. the malt base stands out here a little more than in others and it seems to me now like a more balanced beer overall, although i am pretty sure the rest of the recipe remains the same aside from the hops from batch to batch on these. traces of lemon jell-o and light pine, a little less than perfectly fresh, but with great carbonation and finishing bitterness, more robust than some of the others have been. i would have liked to get this when it was brand new, hard to really appreciate much nuance in the hops at this point...

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Photo of ZAP
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Kind of an old school earthy hop aroma to this...touch of lemons

Nice hop flavor to this...very nice fresh floral flavor along with a touch of tropical fruit flavor as well. Coconut is there but subtle...perhaps a hint of vanilla as well. I like the way this tastes.

Body is light side of medium. Clean and crisp as it seems all these Firestone Walker beers are.

Overall I really like the flavor of this. Nothing tremendously bold or assertive but this has a nice taste and a clean, easy drinking medium body.

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Photo of matcris
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

LOOKS: Crystal clear, straw/golden, with a small white cap that fades quickly. Very mild lacing.
AROMA: Lemon, a little dank, white toast.
TASTE: Same thing.
FEEL: Well carbonated, medium dry, medium-ish body.
OVERALL: Standard fare.

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Photo of TOrnelas383
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks very light, not much aroma, the hip flavor is very basic and not bold but overall well rounded. Not as much hoppiness as I would expect from an ipa.

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can. Clear gold color. White head.

Earthy and floral. Crisp, clean ipa with some bitterness and hip oil. Much more old school ipa/west coast. Nice for a change of pace. Some grapefruit citrus.

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Photo of seedyone
4.77/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From bottle at home. My, oh my, oh my. I thought the beauty in the glass would be just a glamours flirtation, I could not have been more wrong. I am in love.

Please do yourself a flavor favor & give this a try. Of all the Firestone revolving entries, this is outstanding.

I need to stop here so you go find some & see for yourself why we all do this.

This is one outstanding brew.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz can into Spiegelau IPA glass. Canned on March 29th, 2018.

L: Clear straw yellow with a gold glint. Three finger off-white head. Great retention.

S: Fruity, with a touch of pine and grass.

T: Follows the nose closely but with a honeyed biscuit malt presence that is very nice. Wonderfully simple.

F: Light, crisp, lingering malt.

O: This series is excellent.

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Photo of Beers-es
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a can that's just a couple weeks old, pours an extremely clear, pale yellow. Soapy white suds, a little lacing. Smell is the best part of this beer—tropical fruit, resin and some earthy notes. Very little flavor to speak of—just north of water. Feel is thinnish. Meh.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

5/2/18: $5.75 16 oz draft pour in pint glass at The Garage. Thin clear straw yellow pour, light head, thin white lacing. Sweet citrus and pine aroma. Taste lighter than aroma would lead, pine and citrus offsetting mild hops, nominal bitterness for IPA. Mouth feel is light and creamy, minimal carbonation. OK offering.

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Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 009 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 184 ratings