Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 011
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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American IPA
3.88 | pDev: 8.25%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 011Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 011
Notes: No fruits. No flavorings. No shortcuts. Just the magic of 100 percent natural hops, expertly blended to offer mind-blowing flavors with each numbered release.
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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On this fine CANQuest (tm) morning, I have decided NOT to trek out to a book sale as originally intended, having satiated that jones last night in PHL. Just as with beer, my book backlog is stunning & I want to actually read some of them as opposed to simply buying more. Since I am at home for the bulk of the day, I am having some brewery horizontals before a show later this evening involving multiple bands.

From the CAN: "Flavors Through Hops"; "Hints of: Pineapple[,] Guava[,] Lemon Drop".

I was really anxious to Crack! open the vent on this one & to see how it held up. I beCAN with a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass, watching as it foamed up to form two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with great retention. Its color was a magnificent Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, prompting a visit from The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon, all clamoring for a taste. It looked like liquefied sunshine in my glass! 8=O Nose was decidedly tropical with the pineapple-guava CANbo really CANming through with just a hint of lemony citrusiness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was pleasant, not overly sweet, definitely of guava but the lemony citrusiness had become more assertive than on the nose. Mmm. Finish was definitely dry, slightly tart with a pronounced citrusiness. Frankly, I was thankful that it had worked out this way since I am less than enthralled by tropical hops & while this may have been its original orientation, now it was heavily oriented towards the Lemon Drop hops. Mmm. YMMV.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; produced 10/16/18.
A: Pours a very slightly hazy, golden to amber color with a three to four finger, very fluffy, egg shell white head, excellent retention, and sticky, fluffy lacing.
S: Aromas of honeysuckle, tangerine, guava, pineapple, resin, and lemon zest.
T: Semidry to dry. Flavors favor caramel malt, honey, guava, and citrus, but elements of nose persist. Bitterness really offsets malt and leads to a solidly clean finish.
M: Modest carbonation with modest effervescence (after robust pour).
O: Very solid, WCIPA.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Candy yellow, clear filtered with lots of carbonation and a finger of white head.

Smells of lemon candy, dank green leaf, and resinous oils.

Tastes of lemon zest, lemon tea, dank resin, and a hint of mango and tropical fruit.

Medium, slightly resinous body with moderate carbonation. Tannic finish.

I got this at Redding where I am enjoying it, April 14th, 2019. Decent, different brew.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L - Semi-hazy straw yellow with a large white head that sticks around and leaves behind a solid amount of lacing.
S - piney, resinous, bitter hops mixed with notes of lemon and tropical fruits - maybe even strawberry notes
T - follows the nose with piney, resinous, bitter hops up front followed by notes of lemon, tropical fruits with a malt backbone - honestly a little watery on the backend
F - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, refreshing.
O - Honestly, I was hoping for more out of this one, but overall it's just an ok IPA. Good, but I'm not enthusiastic about trying others from the series.

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Photo of Joek201
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can brew date: 10/15/18 Poured slightly hazy yellow with a good head which lasted with some nice lacing. I'm finishing my second can now as I write this review. Very good! I do not like describing an IPA as well balanced because I tend to prefer less malt and I'm not afraid of ample IBUs as long as the hop profile is more aroma and flavor with bitterness that is not trying too hard to be kick-ass stupid. As a small time hop grower, I appreciate the wonder and beauty of the not-so-distorted lupulin interplay. It helps if you have the right hops. No.11 has it.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 20 Nov, purchased at John's marketplace.

A clear light yellow with a dense, white head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is fruity with grapefruit, orange, peach, mango and papaya on a clean cracker malt body. The palate opens mildly bitter with pine, grapefruit zest before a large fruit note takes over. Peach, mild strawberry, melon and papaya are noticeable. Clean, bitter and drying on the finish, this beer is refreshing. It lacks the explosive brightness of some of the better LDs but the clean brightness is excellent.

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Photo of arizcards
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop cooler on 11-7-18 for $1.49. Canned on 9-24-18; consumed on 2-12-19. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured golden with a very nice white head that has some decent hang time.

Nose is lemon and pineapple forward.

Taste also has a nice lemon baseline with some hints of pineapple laced in. Finish is a pretty strong pine prickliness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and refreshing.

Overall a nice variant, i like the lemon impartation!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can
Canned On: 12/07/18

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, with some pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, pineapple, guava, lemon), piney. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, pineapple, guava, lemon), piney. Medium body, ABV is hidden pretty nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Even though these are relatively similar, I always pick up a 6 pack if its around when a new one comes out. $9/6 pack is a good deal in this day and age. Pours a light and slightly cloudy feint yellow, 1/3" white head. The aroma is similar to most of the series, you get a lot of tropical and citrus fruit notes from the hops while malt/grain doesn't peak through in the aroma because its really light.

Taste is much the same way, light body, barely any malt to it, not that its a problem. Hops drop a bunch of tropical fruit notes first, but not super heavy or juicy, just a nice appropriate moderate amount. This one is so light it seems more appropriate to call it a pale ale instead of an india pale ale. They say the base beer remains the same (lightly toasted barely there pale malt/2 row) but I swear its lighter in this one. One of the hops is similar to Galaxy in that it brings some pineapple notes, the lemon I'm told is German.

Its a good pale ale at a great price.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. "Luponic Distortion IPA Series No. 11"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON 10/31/1813:21" and sampled on 02/06/19
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

So here we go again with #11. It's poured a slightly hazy golden body beneath a two finger-thick head of white that's holding quite well. Nice. I'll assume the slight haze is from dry-hopping so I can't fault it there. It's a good looking glass of beer. The aroma offers some citrus fruit, citrus rind, and a mild bit of resin to begin with. It's fruity with orange and pineapple, but also some other tropical fruits as well. On to the flavor, it pretty much follows but it's a little more complicated. I get lemon candy, kind of like "Lemonheads" but without the sour outer shell; and a kind of generic tropical note (papaya, guava, orange, pineapple, etc.) that's also a little candy-like - not sweet, but without the acidity of real fruit. It's nice. The malt is basic, and the bitterness is quite firm without becoming solid or brash. It lingers in the finish with some mild citrus pith. Looking back, the head has held remarkably well, although it's thinner now, and the lacing is pretty decent. I'd call this a winner.
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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Canning date is stamped as '01/15/19'.
Clear, pale gold colored body. Half a finger of white head, ends up as interrupted cap and ring. Leaves behind a few scattered spots of lacing. Features larger rising bubbles as a visual side show.
Aroma of citrus, strawberry, and melon, but relatively subdued in expression.
Taste follows with tangerine and melon, with an addition of strawberry. Quite floral overall, and just a touch of mild bitterness at the end.
Medium plus mouth feel, with some mouth coating. Very good carbonation.
This is a very tasty beer that does shout out loud, but delivers in a balanced and nuanced blend of smells and flavors. The larger bubble rise action is an added treat.

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Photo of jkblr
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned 12/17/18 (6 weeks ago) poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 5.9% ABV. The beer pours bright light honey amber in color with nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is fruit salad. Pineapple, guava & lemon are mentioned on the can and it's not a stretch. The taste is dank and herbal more than fruity with some lemon in the moderately bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, ok for a session strength IPA. I like the hefty bitterness, but some would not.

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Photo of MaltNPeppa
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Uniquely mild fruit flavors and body for an ipa. But very drinkable. Love the experimenting though. They are mad scientists with hop flavor.

Also after a while I'm starting to get a green maybe white tea flavor? Really cool.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.94/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a bright gold with a large head. The aroma is very bright and fruity, with pineapple, passion fruit, lemon peel, melon rind, and just a touch of cannabis. The flavor opens with a sweet seeming flavor pf pineapple, white grapefruit, passion fruit, zesty pine, guava, and mandarin orange, but then the finish is dry and vaguely floral, with lingering dried tropical fruit. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, with some weight mid sip and a dry finish. Overall this is and amazing beer, with hugely vibrant flavors, a crisp, clean feel, and a dry finish. I could not ask for much more.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look-It pours a light golden yellow with a foamy white head.

Smell-It smells of tropical fruit and citrus. I get guava, pineapple, and lemon.

Taste-It tastes like it smells only the guava comes through stronger and you get that minor grain malt base to go along with it. It is on the light side of medium-bodied and is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a clean rinse with each sip.

Overall-This is a good IPA. I’m glad I tried it, but it isn’t like the best in the world. But who’s counting? Cheers.

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Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can - canned on 12/7/18 (stamped on bottom):

Pours clear golden. A foamy head becomes a lasting large wispy island. Lacing sticks, especially as it progresses.

The smell is as advertised - pineapple, guava, lemondrop.

The taste follows the nose, though a bit more subtle. Lemondrop stands out with guava and pineapple also present. Grainy malt backbone.

The feel is adequate for the brew. Very slightly chalky.

A pleasant, more subtle, lighter iPA with a tropical and lemondrop character.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouring from a 12 oz. can into a Willi Becher glass, this beer pours out golden and very clear. Love the clarity. It forms a rocky, one finger, loosely packed white crown.

The smell brings sharp fruit. I would say ripe almost. A prominent lemon presence. Almost like those lemon candies. Other light fruit showing. Grapefruit notes.

The taste brings that sharpness as well. Lemon aspects there with the candy like reminiscence still there. Still getting grapefruit.

The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and almost a thin, watery like body. I wouldn’t say sour or tart, but that lemon presence is definitely there in a dry way. Almost like the after sour dryness.

Overall, I’m not the biggest lemon fan and I think this why it’s not blowing me away. Because that is what I’m picking up the most. It’s still a solid brew thought and I love the clarity.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aggressive pour produces a solid head above a sparkling clear, lightly carbonated ale. Nose is all tropical fruits...pineapple, mango and papaya. The aroma carries over to the taste and expect more goings on with those same fruity themes, approaching a bit too much. It's well made, but a little one-dimensional Body is adequate, could use more of a finish.

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Photo of SABERG
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can dated 11/20/18 into the pint glass.
A - Again with excellent clarity. lemon yellow backdrop, gently carbonated, very little froth, but excellent lacing
S - Lemongrass, orange peel, pineapple.
T - Muted, with the aromatic elements coming through.
M - Soft on the palate, almost creamy. The gentle carbonation is a primary contributor
O - A very good offering, with a focused flavor profile.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pour out a clear straw color with a thin white head. Retention is almost none and leaves no lacing.

Pine apple an other citrus fruits. Maybe get some lemon but I smell no guava.

Fairly bitter. Citrus bitterness mostly but there is a fruit sweetness that pushes through. Pineapple, orange, lemon.

Crisp, well carbonated and refreshing.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beautiful golden yellow beer is as clear as glass and sport a dense, sudsy white head. Pineapple and guava aromas are on point.

The pineapple and guava flavors dominate the taste up front, and the lemon drop flavors are a candy sweetener that really fits with this beer. The mouthfeel is the classic oily FW IPA profile. Love the beer and the series.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden color with a small white head. Good retention.
Smells like pineapple, honey, green tea, grapefruit, guava, lemon candy.
Tastes like lemon and grapefruit peel, pink grapefruit flesh, pineapple, honey, green tea, and green grape. Crisp cracker malt. Dry finish with a hint of light lemon peel bitterness.
Thin mouthfeel, decently carbonated, pretty clean and refreshing.

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Photo of matcris
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

LOOKS: Crystal clear, 14k gold, loads of bubbles, large, soapy, white head. Nice lacing.
AROMA: Lemon drops, melon, and tropical fruit.
TASTE: Sweet lemon drops, tropical fruit, white cracker bread.
FEEL: Well carbed, medium light to medium body, mildly dry.
OA: Light and very refreshing. Mild building bitterness combined with sweet fruit up front.

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Photo of Koppjp
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's OK, not enough other stuff to cancel out the hops which kind of hurts its smoothness. It's decent though, the pineapple and other citrus adds a bit of flavor.

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Photo of hman43
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours golden and clear with a white head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: It has aromas of lemons, tropical fruit, and guava. A healthy does of pineapple supports the other aromas in the background.

Taste: The flavor has multiple tropical fruit flavors that include pineapple, guava, and lemon. The background has a bit of grainy sweetness to it.

Feel: It has a medium body. This initial flavor and finish has a bit of harsh bitterness to it.

Overall, it has an abundance of tropical flavors and aromas with a bit of harshness in the finish.

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Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 011 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 131 ratings