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

Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 013Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 013
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American IPA
Ranked #3,133
Ranked #17,726
3.88 | pDev: 8.76%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 013Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 013
Notes: 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: 30 | Ratings: 87
Reviews by imnodoctorbut:
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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 aasher
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GatorCoop
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sd123
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Psg5062
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DerwinWentworth
2/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

i have missed a few of these in a row now i think, nice to be back on the horse with this one, its really good, drinkable and distinct, perfect for this time of year too. i rarely appreciate when a brewery or a label tries to tell me what to taste in a beer, like, its mine, ill taste what i taste, not what you taste, but in this case, i totally agree with the neck of the can that suggests coconut. these hops are cool, no clue what they are, but they definitely deliver the tropics in a less overtly fruity way, and the coconut really is there. maybe not less overtly, how about less conventionally. its not the pineapple hint we all get from mosaic or the obvious citra thing, its different, its own. definite orchard fruit on this too, apricot and even red apple, with the coconut layer its a pretty complex and compelling profile, and its the same in the nose as it is in the taste. the thing is though, is that the hops are kind of muted to me, like this almost drinks more like a pale than an ipa, the intensity isnt there, as much as i love the sensory experience. they arent covered up by malt or faded by extended time in the can or anything, they just seem under dosed in the recipe to me. maybe its because they are new and sexy that i just want a whole heap of them in my face, especially this fleshy raw coconut element, but it seems like more would make this better, at least for my palate. i like how light the whole thing drinks though, and i guess the mellow hops help with that, its dry and has nice carbonation too. a great series of beers continues, i really enjoyed this, and would love to know more about these coconut forward hops!

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of QuakeAttack
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a point glass
Appearance – The beer is served a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a tangerine and tropical fruit smell mixed with a little bit of a cracker smell and some hints of grain. Along with these aromas comes some lighter notes of pine and a bit of herb.
Taste – While the nose is quite big of a tropical fruit and citrus smell, the taste does not follow. The taste begins with a cracker base that has a hint of caramel mixed within. Right from the start there is a rather decent showing of an herbal and pine hop, with both of these increasing as the taste moves forward. All the while, the cracker gets just a tough more doughy in nature, the herbal hop gets even stronger, and with a hint of very light grapefruit, one is left with a rather dankly hopped and quite flavorful and crisp taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thinner side for a brew of its abv with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. For the crisp and dank taste the feel is great, producing a very flavorful and refreshing brew.
Overall – I rather enjoyed this version of luponic. Less citrus and sweet with a better dank hit.

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Photo of ChuckTom
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RyanK252
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Firestone Walker Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours crystal clear golden straw yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and laces nicely.

S: Light tropical and stone fruit, citrus zest, slightly grassy, crackery malt, and a touch of sweetness.

T: Zesty citrus, grapefruit, lime, and lemon, fruity notes, peach/nectarine, apricot, pineapple, passion fruit, and mango, floral notes, a little pine, hints of coconut, crackery malt, and a touch of sweetness.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: These are always fun to try. Was hoping there would be a little stronger coconut, but still a tasty brew for a warm summer day.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

7/4/19 (Chicago): $6.67 12 oz six pack w/ tax purchased at Binny's Niles 7/1/19. Can canned 6/6/19 (14:47) poured into pint glass. Light clear golden straw pour, carbonation fades quickly , soapy head lingers. Faint fruity hops aroma. Very strong and pleasant taste, slightly bitter hops balanced by fruity mix of melon and lime. I like this pour! Firm mouth feel, bitter, slight carbonation fizz lasts, crisp smooth drinking. Overall very good offering.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: light straw yellow with a hint of darker yellow towards the center. Large 2-3 finger solid white head

S: huge pineapple, strawberry, passionfruit, guava, dragonfruit, papaya, and tangerine. Very very juicy tropical hop aroma

T: pineapple, grapefruit, pine, mango, and passionfruit upfront. Dragonfruit, doughy biscuits, clementines, and orange zest bitterness at the end

M: lighter side of medium with some moderate carbonation. A touch light on the mouthfeel for an IPA

O: nice showcase of some West Coast hops here. Juicy, but a nice bitterness that is harmonized well

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

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4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It smelled fruity and sweet with hints of pine. Sweet toasted caramel with a fruity bite and sharp bitterness.

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3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

$ 11.65 (Including tax and deposit)/six pack of 12 oz cans ($ 0.162/oz) at Oneonta Beer Depot, Oneonta, NY. Reviewed 8/7/19.
Stamped on can bottom “CANNED ON 06/06/19.” Stored on shelf in store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.25.
First pour – Light yellow, clear.
Body – Light yellow, hazy.
Head – Large (Maximum 6.3 cm, aggressive center pour.), white, medium density, average retention. Head retraction leaves an irregular seven to twenty-two mm frothy crown and a complete cap. A small amount of three-dimensional lacing remains on the glass.
Lacing – Wide partial rings of tiny to medium bubbles. See also above.
Aroma – 4 – Basically fruity with nectarine leading the way.
Flavor – 4 – Initially tastes “fresh” before settling into a dank, near-onion experience. No alcohol taste or aroma (5.9 % ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4 – Looks good, smells good, but after the initial burst of “freshness” descends into a rather “blah” dankness. No coconut. Key lime – maybe, but pretty weak. Overall, a decent IPA but nothing special.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 013 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 87 ratings