Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 014
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 014Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 014
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American IPA
Ranked #3,801
Ranked #22,463
3.85 | pDev: 5.97%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 014Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 014
Notes: Luponic Distortion 14 features a blend of seven new-age hops from South Africa, Australia, Germany and the Pacific Northwest to create bright flavors of white grape, mandarin orange and passionfruit.

“No. 14 represents some of our best finds in the hop world over the past several years, including newer Southern Hemisphere hops that drive these intense tropical fruit and Sauvignon Blanc-like flavors,” says Brewmaster Matt Brynildson.
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Photo of mactrail
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden yellow brew with plenty of foam in the Bacchus glass. So clean and crisp without being acidic. Light body but nicely malty. Interesting fruity flavors that are nothing like the plague of haziness that I have been tasting lately. It's not citrus, maybe papaya with a touch of green melon. There's even a hint of Concord grape.

The bitterness is quite modest, but there is a mineral and twiggy flavor that emerges in the aftertaste. At first couple of tastes, this seems less interesting than the #13 but this is so totally drinkable. In any case I'm sorry I missed the previous 12! From the 12 oz can in the six pack.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Clear 16-oz. Bruges beer glass
From: Vons in La Mesa, Calif.
Price: $10.97 for a mixed 12-pack (w/ Vons Card and Vons digital discount)
Purchased: Nov. 26, 2019
Consumed: Nov. 27, 2019
Reviewed as: American IPA
Misc.: Canned on Sept. 16, 2019 at 2:02 p.m. PT

Picked up a mixed 12-pack of Firestone solely for the Double Jack, but was pleasantly surprised to see a new Luponic one in this pack. For some reason I thought I was getting at No. 013. “Would be my 14th time having the beer in the series, keeping it going. In the past gave No. 001 a 4.09, No. 002 a 4.34, No. 003 a 4.15, No. 004 a 4.15, No. 005 a 4.07, No. 006 a 3.78, No. 007 a 3.68, No. 008 a 3.94; No. 009 a 3.85, No. 010 a 4.17, No. 011 a 3.92, No. 012 a 3.97 and No. 013 a 4.27. Expecting this one to be in the same range (pretending No. 006 and No. 007 never happened). From their website, the description of this beer read, “Luponic Distortion 14 features a blend of seven new-age hops from South Africa, Australia, Germany and the Pacific Northwest to create bright flavors of white grape, mandarin orange and passionfruit. ‘No. 14 represents some of our best finds in the hop world over the past several years, including newer Southern Hemisphere hops that drive these intense tropical fruit and Sauvignon Blanc-like flavors,’ says Brewmaster Matt Brynildson.” Without knowing, would think Galaxy, Hallertau Blanc, Mandarina Bavaria, Southern Hemisphere and African Queen would be in the mix.

Poured a golden clear color with 3-to-4 fingers of frothy white head. Could see a bunch of bubbles coming up from the bottom and sides of the glass at different speeds. Outstanding spotty lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled mandarin orange (Mandarina Bavaria?), white grape, mango, passion fruit, melon, grapefruit rind, tangerine, herbal and green vine. For hops would guess Mandarina Bavaria, Huell Melon and Halltertau Blanc for sure. More white grape and melon from the can with the addition of garlic and onion. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste followed the nose for the most part. Pretty earthy. In order got white grape, green vegetables (think broccoli stem or green beans), herbal, mandarin orange, melon, mango, passion fruit, grapefruit rind and onion. If I had to guess hops (there are seven), I’d say Huell Melon, Hallertau Blanc, Southern Hemisphere and Mandarina Bavaria. Who knows? (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Very good overall, but on the bottom few for me of the series. Big letdown after how good 013 was. (Overall - 3.75)

3.82 | 86 | B+

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Photo of Harrison8
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent golden-straw color with a finger of white foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is mandarin orange, tangerine, passion fruit, resiny hop stick. It's remarkably well balanced and delightful with a little punch of sweetness. Flavor profile is mandarin orange, passion fruit, resiny hops with a little biscuity, crackery malt beyond. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a very soft crispness. Overall, well balanced with a little fruity punch to it. Aroma is a little more favorable than the taste.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz can.

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Photo of EMH73
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a half inch white head that left spotty lacing. Smells of citrus, grapes and peach. Taste follows the nose with additional notes of grass, crackery malts and passionfruit. Light side of medium bodied, medium carbocation, dry finish.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden yellow color with a white head, spicy citrus aromas on the nose, with oranges, grape mist, and passion fruit.

The oranges lead the taste, and the grape mist and passion fruit complement the oranges perfectly. This is a crushable IPA that is executed exceptionally well, like all the others in this series that I’ve tried.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, canned on 09/16/19. Clear golden body with a sticky & frothy off-white head. Fruity aroma of white grape, peach, and citrus. Nice unique IPA flavors of white grape, Mandarin orange, and passion fruit as the label suggests; along with peach, grapefruit, and mild papaya; modest malt presence but a bit of nutty grain comes through in the aftertaste - Munich malt perhaps. Medium body, ample carbonation, finish is moderately bitter and very, very dry. Unique and good but nothing I'd get again.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very intense hop flavor. Grape and citrus flavors come on strong and prolonged. Surprisingly clear deep golden color in this era of hazy juicebombs. No nuance, all sledgehammer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of citrus, white grapes and caramel. Sweet fruitiness with a sharp bitterness and toasted caramel finish.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light golden clear body with a fair head, thick ring, and not much lacing.

Nose of fresh cut grass, grape leaves, and just a little weed and cattiness.

Crackery malt gets a little grassy bitterness early. A tangerine rind and white wine fruit sneaks through the grass, grape leave and spruce notes. Light and clean, fairly dry.

Really enjoy what FW does with this series more times than not. This one is in the top third of the pack to me.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6-pack cans $8.98 Foodland
84 days old
Light clear golden color
Light-medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Light citrus flavors, Light bitterness finish
Overall just ok. Nothing special. Kind of disappointed for #14 in this series. Maybe #15 will be better.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Firestone Walker Brewing Co pint glass

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

S: Nice and fruity, tropical, citrus, stone fruit, and white grape, slight piney herbal notes, crackery malt, and light caramel sweetness.

T: Zesty citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon, nice fruity side, white grape, passion fruit, apricot, and a hint of mango, a little herbal pine, crackery malt, and light caramel sweetness.

M: A bit on the lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Probably my favorite revolution they've done so far. Doesn't seem as dry as I remember previous revolutions being either.

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Photo of Zorro
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold with a medium sized white head.

Smells hoppy as expected with a strong mango scent. Scents of passion fruit, pineapple and mint. Scent of grapefruit rind.

Starts out mildly sweet and strongly of citrus. Sedate bitterness closer to a pale ale than an IPA really.

Mouthfeel is good for a pale ale.

Overall this is really easy to drink. Mild in the mouth and not over hopped.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On this fine CANQuest (tm) afternoon, 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: White Grape[,] Mandarin Orange[,] Passion Fruit".

I was really anxious to Crack! open the vent on this one to CANtinue my little adventure. 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 magnificently deep Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting a visit from The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Croesus & Midas, all clamoring for a taste. It looked like liquefied sunshine in my glass! 8=O I alluded to white wine in No. 013, but this one REALLY smelled of white grapes! 8=O Do not misunderCANd me - I still got mandarin orange & passion fruit, but this was more like a white wine spritzer than either of the other two. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was piquant, very grape-y, quite vinous with just enough offsetting citrusiness to keep me from wondering if I had somehow time warped back to the mid-1980s.

This was how we rolled on the USS Fulton (AS-11) back then - Supply Department was really tight-knit & so were the Snipes (engineers), but unlike when I was in Deck Department, Supply got along with Engineering. We would eat chow, change into civvies, buy several cases of Michelob, a couple/few bottle of Blackberry Brandy (BBB/Trip B) & some B&J wine coolers as chasers at a corner liquor store & head to a nearby park. There, boom boxes would blast everything from R&B to rap to punk to pop to country to metal. Baseballs & gloves were pulled out, frisbees tossed, hacky sacks kicked & footballs thrown & caught. We would to this well past the gloaming & twilight & sometimes, headlights would be turned on to extend into the night, but the drinking continued, unabated until we secured. Man, as a buncha young guys, it was actually encouraged (sans the driving) since we were not on Bank Street looking for a fight & the ship could always find us if they needed us. Wild times!

My, but this was a dry, vinous drink! Phew. Oh, yeah, the mandarin orange & passion fruit were there, but nothing was getting in the way of its grapiness. Those coolers were nice up to a point, but they were no substitute for hops & grain. I know that the flavors in this one were hop-driven, but it sure did not taste like it. I think that is going to be my bugaboo in these scores - it just was not aligned with an AIPA. 8=( YMMV.

MORE 013, please!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – the beer pours a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. The head has a moderate 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 big of a tropical fruit aroma of tangerine, papaya, and pineapple mixed with some other sweet aroma of grape juice and passion fruit. Along with these aromas comes a little bit of grapefruit hop and a bit of cotton candy and sweet fruit punch.
Taste – The taste begins with a much less sweet taste then would have been anticipated from the nose. The taste begins with a nice cracker and light malt taste that has a decent showing of a grapefruit. There are some of the white grape juice taste that were in the nose, along with some tropical fruit tastes as well. As the taste advances the fruitiness decreases in nature all while more grapefruit hop comes to the tongue and is joined by some nice hop flavors of a herbal and pine nature. There tastes take the taste to the end and leave one with a crisp and dank and nicely hopped easy drinking taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thinner and crisper side with a carbonation level that is slightly higher. For the mix of crisp tastes and nice diverse hoppiness the feel is awesome and makes for a crisp and flavorfully hoppy brew all at 5.9 % abv.
Overall – The taste starts sweet and quickly becomes dank and crisp. This is a great drinker overall!! I really like this one as it is dank and crisp and not following the trends of everyone making things "juicy" and sorta thickly abrasive...

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Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz, bottle - Bottled on 09 05 2019

Pours golden with nice clarity. Foamy white head leaves some lacing.

The smell is of grain with some spicy hops. Not getting the "hints of" fruits listed on label. Smells more like a decent, rather generic, IPA.

The taste is subtle (maybe a hint of passionfruit and white grape - though it may be power of suggestion). (Not getting the mandarin orange at all.) Leafy/floral, slightly fruity dry finish.

Not bad at all for a basic IPA, but to me that's what it is. A very dry interpretation.

(I thought I might be off, but I had a second with same result, then awhile later a Union Jack and the characteristics of the Union Jack came out, so I don't think it's my senses.)

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Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 014 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 48 ratings