Luponic Distortion: IPA Series No. 017
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Luponic Distortion: IPA Series No. 017Luponic Distortion: IPA Series No. 017
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IPA - American
Ranked #4,455
Ranked #27,771
3.82 | pDev: 6.02%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Luponic Distortion: IPA Series No. 017Luponic Distortion: IPA Series No. 017
Notes: Flavors of blueberry, lime and pomelo derived exclusively from 100% natural hops.
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. can
Reviewed as: American IPA
Glass: Melvin 14-oz. Spiegelau IPA glass
Price: $10.99
From: 5 Star Market & Liquor in La Mesa, Calif.
Purchased: Nov. 21, 2020
Consumed: Nov. 21, 2020
Misc.: Canned on Oct. 21, 2020 at 1:37 p.m. PT

Nice seeing this in stores already just a month after the last one. I had each of the first 16 in the series. 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, No. 013 a 4.27, No. 014 a 3.82, No. 015 a 3.69 and No. 016 at 3.87. Expecting this one to be in the same range (pretending No. 006, No. 007 and No. 015 never happened). Deep online description read, “One centerpiece of the latest Luponic Distortion is a hop that Firestone Walker first co-sponsored four years ago in an experimental plot cultivated by grower Jason Perrault in the Yakima Valley. “We helped push this hop forward, and we got the first crack at brewing with it,” Brynildson said. “It’s super pungent, and I liken the flavor to the pomelo fruit, which is also known as ‘citrus maxima.’” Another focal point of the latest blend is an emerging hop from the Willamette Valley with a distinct berry character. The remainder of the blend is composed of three classic American “C-hops” to round out the beer’s citrus notes, which include suggestions of lime peel and grapefruit. “We found that when we blended these hops together, there’s a certain alchemy—a luscious blueberry aroma that is reminiscent of a blueberry-basil cocktail,” Brynildson said. He added, “We work closely with breeders and growers so that we can be a part of bringing new hop flavors to the beer drinker. Luponic Distortion is the perfect canvas for this effort, which is really evident in this latest edition.” Hops mentioned were Kettle: CTZ, Simcoe, Chinook, Mandarina. Dry hops were not mentioned.

Poured a pale clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy off-white head. Could see some sporadic bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Decent watery lacing. Below average retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled blueberry, lime, coconut, grapefruit, mandarin orange, tangerine, white grape and woody pine. Probably some Chinook and Mandarina. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted almost as good as the nose. In order got grapefruit rind, coconut, blueberry, lime, woody pine, Chinook, spicy Simcoe, black pepper, mandarin orange, tangerine and papaya. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, slightly finish. (Feel - 4.25)

For sure one of the better ones I’ve had. (Actually eighth out of 17). Outstanding overall. (Overall - 4.00)

4.01 | 90 | A-

Feb 07, 2021
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RyanK252 from California

3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Firestone Walker Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden straw yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and leaves a little nice lacing.

S: Zesty citrus leads the way, grassy, slightly floral, slight peppery spice, faint underlying fruity notes, and crackery malt.

T: Bright citrus, grapefruit/pomelo, orange, lime, and lemon, actually getting a little blueberry (wasn't expecting that), floral, subtle underlying fruit, apricot and mango, a bit grassy, a touch of peppery spice, crackery malt, and a rather dry finish.

M: Light to medium body, moderately lively carbonation.

O: Never sure what I'm gonna get with this series, but this one hits the marks for me. Nice flavor profile, bright, refreshing... Never gonna be a world beater, but not gonna be disappointed when you pull this one out of the fridge.

Jan 09, 2021
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

L---Crystal clear, golden color. Fairly small head with minimal retention and very nice lacing.

S---Sweet, fruity. There's some of the advertised blueberry. I'm not getting the lime, and I have zero freaking clue what pomelo is.

T---Again, fruity, with blueberry plenty apparent. Strong hop a are upfront.

F---Medium bodied. Stangely, there's a bit of pucker there. Maybe that's what the pomelo does.

O---I was expecting more, but it's still a perfectly cromulent IPA.

Jan 07, 2021
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle - Part of a mixed variety twelve pack:

Pours yellow with a wispy white lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of fruity hops - subtle lime and blueberry. I don't know what pomelo is, but I take it that that is the other fruity character.

The taste is of fruity hops with a spicy dryness in the finish. Light blueberry lingers.

Easy to drink. Could be fuller but it hits medium and works well here.

A pleasant brew. Pretty amazing what they do with the hops.

Dec 29, 2020
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Added picture you see
Bought a 6-pack cans $9.99 Whole Foods
74 days old
Smell of citrus, faint smell of blueberries
Clear golden color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Citrus flavors, some bitterness, very faint taste of blueberries
Overall a nice beer. If no one told you of the flavors the can lists you would think this is a regular IPA. Wish they would go back to numbering this series as I missed the last one because I thought I had it already.

Dec 14, 2020
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz can (dated 9/30/20) poured into 14oz teku. Poured a hazy medium-dark yellow with a half-inch of white head that had moderate retention and lacing.

Sweet, frooty-ish hops at the front of the nose, with some light grain in the background.

Similar on the tongue, with the hops having a general fruit aspect, a bit of grain, and just enough bite on the finish to keep it from being boring.

The body was on the light side of medium, smooth, and had a medium-dry finish.

Drinkability was OK, but t he frooty hops were a bore by the end.

Overall, not terrible, but not FWs best work.

Dec 13, 2020
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mactrail from Washington

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear bright yellow with plenty of foam in the Aventinus Weizen glass. This is the batch that says "Lime - Blueberry - Pomelo" on the blue label. Highly fragrant with lime peel, melon, and fruits I don't know how to describe. Flavor is fruity all the way with a less-sweet finish.

Bright and light bodied, but the substantial hops and malty taste give it a lively mouthfeel. Rather bitter aftertaste, but in the West Coast IPA vein, and pleasant enough with the lingering aromatics. Another intriguing entry in the Luponic series. I'm liking this as my regular IPA in the fridge, while it lasts. From the box of 12 oz cans purchased at Bine Y Vine. "Canned on 10/21/20" on the bottom.

Dec 12, 2020
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TheSixthRing from California

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/14/20

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and a light, brilliant golden color. White, half finger width head that hangs in there briefly, before dying to a thin, broken layer of suds. A handful of broken lines and small spotting make up a minimal lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit, faint tropical fruitiness and a light grain malt.

Taste - Taste is a prominent, mild grapefruit kick throughout. Maybe a trace of brighter citrus in there, sitting beneath. There is very faint berry note as well, but too faint to discern it as blueberry. Mild pith bitterness emerges as it reaches the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with lightly tingly carbonation. Smooth, slick drinker before a mostly crisp, dry finish.

Overall - Another really solid addition to the Luponic Distortion series. With the UJ, DJ, Mandarina Propagator and now this, that's a really nice mixed 12-pack that I may have to pick up again.

Nov 28, 2020
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BKotch from Texas

4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always enjoyed the Luponic Distortion series. Very well-made, and this one's no exception. I actually do get a hint of blueberry, both in aroma and flavor.

Nov 17, 2020
Luponic Distortion: IPA Series No. 017 from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 26 ratings