Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 013 | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Luponic No. 13 delivers a seemingly impossible array of fruit flavors derived solely through hops, without any flavoring or adjuncts.

The lead hop in No. 13 comes from a three-acre experiment plot planted exclusively for Firestone Walker in Washington's Yakima Valley, creating bright flavors of piña colada, key lime, and nectarine.

59 IBU

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 15
Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.69/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz can poured into Duvel tulip. CANNED ON 05/30/19 printed on bottom of can. So this one is only 2 weeks old. Very fresh. Picked this up at the grocery store for $1.50.

Appearance - Pours a very large, very loose white head with decent retention. Breaks up into very patchy... not even lacing. Just patches. With decent stick. Body is a pristine clear medium to medium-light gold body. Faint carbonation. 3.75

Smell - Moderately hoppy. Has those very American varieties present. Faint honey underneath with a general aura of light citrus peel. 4

Taste - Surprisingly clean finish. Doesn't have a lingering bitterness like others in the style. Actually shockingly approachable. 5

Mouthfeel - Very smooth. Clean finish. Refreshing. Surprisingly little astringency for the style. 5

Overall - One of the best sessions IPAs I've ever had. Massive points awarded for its drinkability. 5

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

Copper filtered with moderate carbonation and a finger of yellowish head.

Smells of pineapples and peaches, and black tea.

Tastes of caramel and black tea, peaches and a dull bitterness.

Medium, syrupy body with moderate carbonation.

Um, well okay.

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Photo of imnodoctorbut
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bought this one because of the can, only to later realize it was a Firestone.

A: pours clear light gold; a high-rising straight white head with low retention that settles almost immediately to a bubbly ring.
S: aroma may have been overly informed by the can advertising, but it’s quite fruity, with a sweet biscuit kicker. Hops are faint but there nonetheless, I guess to remind you that you’re drinking an IPA and not a lager :)
T: wasn’t expecting the hop hit since it’s so low key in the smell but there it is! Adds a welcome shade of lupineous (trademark pending) bitterness to the fruity coconut bomb that was waiting in this curious brew. Biscuit malt is there as well towards the end.
F: mouthfeel is high carbonated, sticks around quite a bit, and rests on the higher end of the “light feeling” spectrum.

Overall: usually I save opinions for this part but couldn’t help peppering them throughout this review. I wasn’t expecting any of this and I wonder if that helped or hurt my first reaction to this brew. Based on previous reviews, I can’t be alone in the slight letdown or confusion. HOWEVER. If you love lagers or pils and want to transition right into an IPA and not get overwhelmed, this would be an excellent transition. Not my first pick, mind you, but could serve to be an interesting intro to the style. Downside? The possible *sigh* of frustration coming from hop-heads that have stumbled upon this one after you bring up how you finally tried for an IPA.

3.25 points for Hufflepuff

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brilliant gold with rich white foam and very good lacing.
N: Lemon/lime, tropical fruit, and some grassy notes.
T: OK, unique profile, the Pina Colada is very present with a burst of lime and tropical fruits. A little dry and light bitterness.
M: Light/Medium with a slight bite.
O: This is a very stand out IPA, flavors are way different than my expectations. Growing on me so pretty tasty.

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Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 013 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 15 ratings