Lupulin River Imperial India Pale Ale | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Lupulin River Imperial India Pale AleLupulin River Imperial India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Double IPA includes Mosaic and Simcoe hops, South American specialty malt, and tons of tastiness. Looks like liquid gold, smells like a bright tropical fruit pine forest, and tastes like all that and more.

Added by Leftofthedial on 02-24-2015

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Photo of kuhndog
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RAFH
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hoponit
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StormAles
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of biboergosum
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle - the power's out in my neighborhood, so better not let the beer warm up, eh?

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat creamy eggshell white head, which leaves some broadly splattered lace around the glass as it is slowly devoured by the various forces of nature.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy and doughy caramel malt, resinous pine, a flinty chalkiness, mixed domestic citrus peel, and more leafy, weedy, and gently perfumed floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and grainy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee sweetness, pine tree detritus, some orange, red grapefruit, and lemon citrus rind, wet stones after the rain, and a further weedy, grassy, and floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its palate-assuring frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with a thin airy creaminess arising as things warm up a tad around here. It finishes off-dry, still skewed towards the citrus and pine side of things.

Overall - wow, it sure is nice to revisit the sort of IPA that got me into the whole deal in the first place, West Coast all the way. Big, brash, and yet easy to drink, I could sip on this all day long, while I enjoy the relative quiet and simplicity of an electricity-free house (I can't even get my car out of the garage, so screw it - at least until my phone dies).

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Photo of wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of goalie35
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hophugger
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am now going back-and-forth between The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody & The CANQuest (tm), which many felt was getting short shrift. Hey, I listen to my fan base, if nothing else. Thus begins a short brewery horizontal.

From the bottle: "76 IBU".

I Pop!ped the cap & began a very slow, gentle pour since I have been going at it for a while & a subsequent mess to clean up is the last thing that I want. An in-glass swirl raised two fingers of dense, rocky, eggshell-white head with good retention, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like strong hop tea, very minty, lots of pine, sticky, dense, pungent with just a smidge of caramel malt. Phew! I also got a hot blast of fusel alcohol, just to help me on my way. Mouthfeel was medium, but smooooth, oh, so smooooth. I had sucked away a good half of it without thinking. Phew! The taste was incredibly minty & very mellow. It had the pine mintiness & coolness without the resinous bite & stickiness of others of its ilk. I could drink this all day, although it might be detrimental. Finish was cool, dry & even slightly peppery. Wow!

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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an orange/beige color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pine, resin. Taste is bitter, pine, resin, minty, more bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, not bad, but I found it to be unbalanced. If you are looking for a hop bomb, this is it.

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Photo of philbe311
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a golden-amber color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A nice, very likable aroma of pine (noticeable even when you open the bottle), hops, malt, and some citrus.

T: Tasted of a little bit of malt, a good shot of hops (especially in the finish), lots of pine, citrus (orange), grapefruit, a peppery quality, and a light dank quality. An incredibly well-balanced flavor with a good amount of complexity. Very much a West Coast flavor. Quite tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Lupulin River is an exceptionally well made, easy to drink DIPA. Drinkable.

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Photo of GrumD
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. 300ml in Shibuya. Clear, amber and inviting. Nose points to the fact that this will be a classic, with piney notes and citrus pops combining impressively. There is soft spice in the taste that melds well with the stong flavours of grapefruit. The aftertaste lingers well, but needs a tad more bitterness.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jagada
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FLima
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled a couple of months ago.
Amber golden color with a thick head with great retention.
Aroma with predominant notes of fresh grass and pine with hints of grapefruit citrusy. Good, but not strongly dry hopped.
Flavor with predominant notes of piney resin and grapefruit, lots of garlic and white pepper, toasted malts, lemon and drops of mandarin. Dry aftertaste with a persistent bitterness out of its 76 IBUs.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 8% is well disguised.
By its name and resiny power, I am assuming this was made with lupulin. Clean and persistent hop punch.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour a lovely, slightly hazy golden orange with a beautiful foamy white head. Aromas of grapefruit & pine. Slightly salty & sweet to balance the bitterness. Flavor consists of grapefruit & blood orange ( complete with rind), a hint of honey & a good dose of piney hops. Plenty of carbonation. An excellent IPA.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a burnt amber to golden orange color with a nice glossy transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a decent pace to fill a one finger white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Moderate foamy white lace. The aroma bleeds big bitter citrus rind, bold enough to grip my nosehairs and beat them into submission. Assertive pine coming in nicely as it warms. Underlying malts for the balance. The flavor is dry with a balancing bitter to sweet, but not fully combined. Strong bitter rind grips the aftertaste and finish. But a touch of mineral sweetness also seems to hit the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation seems to hit appropriately. Overall, well, it’s a good DIPA for the most part and nice to try.

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Photo of XavierBenitez
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Resiny, hoppy and malty but doesn't feel heavy. Great smoking companion!

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Photo of Csikic93
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold. Thick white head, smells of fruit and pine. Was really surprised that the taste wasn't overwhelmed with pine since it's a double IPA. Crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of Steve78
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VeganUndead
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit chalky on the finish from the powder, but the overall showcase is excellent, great balance and easy drinking for an elevated ABV double ipa. Enjoyable

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Photo of glf60
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Lupulin River Imperial India Pale Ale from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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