Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 010
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 010Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 010
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IPA - American
4.01 | pDev: 7.48%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 010Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 010
Notes: The lead hops include two varieties from the Pacific Northwest and two from the Southern Hemisphere, providing distinct qualities of mango creamsicle, peach ring, and ruby grapefruit.
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can with a canned on date of 6/26/18; into a pint glass.
Appearance- an oily gold with some floating sediment and just a few bubble streams; thin white head that vanishes quickly and leaves no lacing.
Smell- mango, peach and more orange than grapefruit.
Taste- more of the traditional west coast IPA, but with more of a tropical flavor profile with the mango and peach; there’s also an earthy hop that I generally don’t go for, but it works very well with this particular blend of tropical and citrus!
Feel- coming in just under 6% ABV, this has a nice easy drinking feel that tries to bring some sweet, but is pushed back by a, not so much strong, but definitely fit, bitterness!
Overall- as with most of FW’s IPA’s, I dig this, and considering it promotes more of a creamsicle flavor profile, I didn’t pick up on it, which is good, because not the biggest fan; however, it is lacking enough in appearance and smell to keep it from being outstanding, solid beer though!

Aug 09, 2018
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depechemode1983 from Texas

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark clear gold in color. Head is white with moderate retention. Lacing is good seems to be pretty sticky.

The nose is bitter citrus with a strong grassy/moss note. If I dig I can pick up sweet white flesh peach but not some much the mango. Its a nice fruity IPA and I dig the grass quality.

That bitterness hits you good but its also damn fruity with just the right amount of sweetness. Peach, a little pineapple and bitter orange zest. Its all good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and feels slick/wet. Its damn juicy and has easy carbonation.

Sep 03, 2018
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argock from Virginia

3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

06/19/18 so not as fresh as desired.
Fruity hops with a lot of peach, grapefruit, and lemongrass
Flavor is a little subdued but fruity with a bit of steely bitterness.
Highly drinkable - drinks like an APA.
Good effort but below average for the series.

Sep 03, 2018
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The clear golden yellow beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1” bright white head that recedes slowly leaving lots of nice sheets, patches and legs of lacing on the sides of the glass as it eventually becomes a thin cap of foam and then slowly becomes a thin irregular island of foam on the liquid. Sipping creates a couple of arches and lots of small patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas are mostly about the hops with lots of grapefruit zest, but with some mango and some peach showing. Way in the background there’s just a light bit of malt.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the grapefruit zest up front and the mango and peach noticeable but in a supporting role. A some malt sweetness softens the bitterness and the whole set of flavors is in a nice, complex balance.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly prickly from the persistent carbonation. The fairly long finish begins as the fruit flavors and sweetness begin to fade to that long dry bitter ending that invites another switch.

Overall this is a well made, very enjoyable and drinkable beer. The fruit flavors from the hops blend together in nice balance in which each makes a noticeable contribution.

Sep 03, 2018
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap: a nice, fruity yet fairly clean and dry IPA that might lean thin, but brings out floral/fruit and a countering grapefruit pith bitterness.

Notes of cantaloupe and peach in the nose, with tropical fruit blossom floral aspects.

Taste brings a bit of that slightly oily floral aspect before getting to brass tacks of a slightly grainy malt countered by a grapefruit pithy bitterness. Get a little pine at times, but more pith.

Can (June or August, think June):
A little more straightforward clean malt, less floral, old school grapefruit pithy bitter IPA and well within my wheelhouse of enjoyability.

From can, I’d go a notch less on look and smell, but surprisingly that’s about it.

Sep 25, 2018
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MattBeer from California

4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh man this is everything I want in an IPA, flavor-wise. I love juicy, tropical IPAs. This is like if you took Cigar City Jai Alai and made it better. Wow.

The nose, as it says on the can, is peach-ring candies. Very yes.

The flavor is mango and...guava? There's so many tropical fruits in here that your brain starts telling you there's coconut. But there isn't.

It looks fine and it feels fine, and overall is a beer that I'm eager to buy again. What a treat.

Aug 29, 2018
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Jacob_Hargis from California

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 7.24.18, poured into a snifter glass.

A: darker golden yellow, thick frothy 1" white head with loads of carbonation bubbling up
S: Instant notes of tropical fruit: mango, mangosteen, pineapple, pureed peach
T: Hitting all the stops here: tropical fruit, full body sweetness, slight bit of pine and pleasant hop fresh bitter finish. Continued and bold flavors of grapefruit, peach, bits of piney-citrus and mango fruit
M: carbonated, smooth, flavorful
O: nice west coast style IPA I thought it would bend more on the pale ale side, but it most certainly is an IPA. Juicy sweetness followed by a balanced weight of bitter from the late hop additions. This is a well crafted beer, and probably my favorite distortion series IPA so far. Highly drinkable, sitting at 5.9% ABV.

Sep 22, 2018
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DavidR_9 from California

4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled July 25th. Crystal clear gold copper body. Fine white head. grapefruit, candied peach, malted barley sweetness. Mango creamsicle comes through softly as the beer warms. Otherwise a really simple and crisp ipa with a lasting peach ring and grapefruit pith quality that lingers after every sip.

Aug 21, 2018
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monkist from Hungary

4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What you see is exactly what you get! You feel all of those that is written az “hints of”: the mango, the peach and the red grapefruit - how do they do it? I understand that this is made with special Northwestern hops but the true mastery lies in creating such a fruity beer without any kind of fruits (although this is common in the craft beer world). This one is truly citrusy (really citrusy, my wife loves it for it!) in the aroma and follows in the taste as well, reminds me mostly of grapefruits with the bitter white bits left in the juice. It is truly refreshing and does not get overly bitter with it warming up. Light and carbonated and easy to drink. Would be great for a summer evening but does just as well on this late April night.

Apr 29, 2019
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DOCRW from Washington

4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jun 28, 2020
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BKotch from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 30, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. "Luponic Distortion IPA Series No. 10"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON 06/26/1809:51" and sampled on 12/01/18
$1.83 @ Cherry Hill Liquor, Wine & Beer (Wegmans), Cherry Hill, NJ

So here we are at #10. I'm almost 6 months behind on this one, it seems I never find these fresh, even in cases. Oh well. It's poured a slightly hazy golden body beneath a three finger-thick head of off-white that quickly dropped back to two, and then settled into one. Nice. I'll assume the slight haze is from dry-hopping so I can't fault it there. Am I remembering this correctly, the base beer is always the same? Anyway, the aroma isn't as strong as some. It's fruity, mainly with notes of orange, but also some peach and other tropical fruits. On to the flavor... ahhh, very nice, I wasn't sure what they meant by "peach ring" and "mango creamsicle" on the label but now I get it, there's a kind of soft sweetness to it that resembles fruit mixed with cream or vanilla. It's the opposite of bright and sharp fruitiness although the fruit is still there. It's unusual for sure. I've never had a beer quite like this. Do I like it better than a crisp, bright, seemingly more acidic fruity beer though? I don't know. I'm still mainly getting peach and orange, although I see the mango as well. I'd even say papaya; I don't get a whole lot of grapefruit though, just a splash. It's nice. It somehow seems relaxing. As usual, the bitterness isn't overdone but has a definite presence, coming out in the finish. In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp-then-smooth. Looking back there's some very nice lacing about the glass, and I still have a solid, creamy surface covering. I like it but it's definitely not my favorite out of the series, not that I remember which of them that might have been, but I do prefer a clearer, sharper fruitiness. Still, that's not a fault, just my personal preference. It's really well made and put together. Worth trying!
Review# 6,376

Dec 01, 2018
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RBorsato from Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aug 14, 2018
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arizcards from Arizona

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop cooler 9-7-18 for $1.49. Cold stored since purchase. Canned on 8-15-18; consumed on 12-17-18.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head that has some decent hangtime.

Nose has hints of grapefruit and peach with some orange dreamsickle.

Taste is peach forward initially with grapefruit and orange taking over the front of each sip. Finish is a citrus rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

Overall a nice variant of the Revolution series.

Dec 17, 2018
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Beaver13 from Colorado

2.16/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz can, canned on 6/19/18. Pours clear light straw yellow with a medium frothy white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is very subdued - some spicy stinky hops with a little sweet lemony fruity malt.

The flavor is some sweet cracker malts with a lot of stinky spicy onion hops and some fruity creamsicle. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall, one of my least favorite Luponics.

Aug 27, 2018
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Billolick from New York

3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can....canned 6-26-18

Pours lighter Amber, lightly hazed, quickly departing head and just a few bits of lacing left on the glass.

Minor ripe fruit sniff.

Feels fairly flat with minimal carbonation

Soft assorted fruits on the palate, with perhaps a hint of the advertised "creamsicle" not coming through.
Disappointing, lots of better beer out there.

Aug 19, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | 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! Edit: after this one, I will be ready tom visit Rack City.

From the CAN: "Flavors Through Hops"; "Hints of: Mango Creamsicle[,] Peach Ring[,] Ruby Grapefruit".

I was kinda anxious to get started on this one since I am fading much more rapidly than I realized. The Crack! was quickly followed by a Gussie Busch Glug, all of which resulted in two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with great retention, leaving nice lacing in its wake as it fell. Color was a light Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was loaded with mango & peach, but I found myself hoping that grapefruit would find its way to the party! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste began with a mango-peach sweet fruitiness but slowly blossomed with some welcome bitterness to expose the grapefruit that had been lurking in the background. This beer struck me as an example of the most recent pendulum swing in terms of AIPAs - instead of an emphasis on either PNW hops or southern hemisphere hops, a balance is being attempted to be struck between the two. I like it, plus it hews more closely to the style guidelines. This beer was also mellow, although not as intensely as 008. The IBUs were perceptible, but not over the top. It finished on that semi-dry to dry cusp, but it was fine by me as I was fading fast. They had nailed it in terms of its flavor profile & now, it was off to beddy-bye time. Zzzzz. YMMV.

Aug 06, 2018
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Gagnonsux from Texas

3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sep 01, 2018
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mynie from Maryland

4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is bright yellow and very clear with only the smallest wisp of a head.

The aroma is aggressive with bright citrus fruits and cat pee nodes. The profile is more or less old school but cranked up well beyond what used to be the norm.

Tastes less bitter than the aroma had led me to anticipate. It's downright smooth, actually. It's clean drinking and crisp but honestly a little bit of a letdown after the pleasant aggression of the aroma.

Jul 24, 2018
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GClarkage from California

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 05, 2018
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz canned 6-1-18
Pale golden color with a touch of chill haze. 1/2" white head falls to a cap and leaves behind a nice lace.
Power of suggestion (?) - not sure but I do get the ripe peach, some spicy grapefruit and a weedy note in the background.
Ripe fruits and a big hit of weeds, grassy green late. Definitely a hop vehicle...malt is subservient.
The body is clean and fresh feeling, medium length finish. Bitterness is quick, more fruit flavors and aromas than any bitter build up.
Very good, I had it fresh at the brewery and then it took 2 months for it to get to Texas. A little long, but I'm glad to have it here.

Aug 10, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can
Canned: 06/19/18

Poured into a Trillium glass a pretty nice clean/clear dark orangy color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, peach), piney. The taste is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, mango, grapefruit, peach), nice little pine note. Medium body, ABV is hidden well, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

Jul 30, 2018
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one lives up to the hype with big notes of citrus and sugary grapefruit and wheat notes in both nose and flavor. The texture is a little gritty but ultimately no concern. Not an everyday IPA for me but different and worth a try.

Nov 10, 2018
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a bright gold color with a one-finger white head that retains quite well. There is some spotty lace.
The aroma is tropical fruit and citrus.
Mango taste up front, quickly overtaken and dominated by grapefruit.
I never appreciated the peach ring mentioned on the can.
Light-bodied, pleasant to drink.

Sep 23, 2018
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deereless from Colorado

3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 03, 2019
Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 010 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 214 ratings