Lupulin River
Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #119
ABV:
8%
Score:
95
Ranked #996
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 7.24%
Reviews:
196
Ratings:
856
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Knee Deep Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
95
World-Class
Lupulin RiverLupulin River
Notes: Collaboration with Kern River Brewing Company

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.
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4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was sure I'd reviewed this before, as I've had it multiple times and am a big fan of this beer. Today I'm enjoying a fresh bottle of Pliny the Elder, which reminded me to see where Lupulin River stacked up in rankings. Both are fantastic as many have attested. There is not much to separate them if the freshness is equal. As with any IPA, I've not been as impressed with LR if I got an older bottle, which is reality and not a reflection on the outstanding DIPA this is when it's young.

The pour into a pint glass a thing to behold - yellow/gold with 90% clarity, a fat finger of off-white foam that settles to a thin layer that stays...with a good amount of soapy lacing.

Smell and taste are bursting with pine and tropical fruits that are delightful.

Feel is crisp with a bit of hop oily goodness.

Overall this is superior to most beers anywhere, and for me belongs in the top 25 in the class - it's better in my view than at least 10 of the DIPA's that are higher in the rankings. Don't pass a chance to get this one!

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TryThemAllOnce from California, Apr 20, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

~1 month old bottle, refrigerated.
Great look, kind of dark full amber, dense head that sticks around for days with lacing.
West coast ipa flavors. Citrus, bitter, dry, also some apple/pear I’m picking up. Definite malt presence, but not overpowering. Fairly full mouthfeel.
The only complaint is initially the head/foam has a copper smell. It dissipates and not really in the taste so doesn’t spoil it.
Poor mans pte?

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bret27 from California, Feb 28, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz. can from Piggly Wiggly in Myrtle Beach SC. Came with Boe and Beth. Not as much smell as I would have expected. Taste is strong floral (Leah), pine (Dave).

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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania, Sep 27, 2019
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4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Took a chance on a 5 month old 12 oz can while back in the PNW, and i’m glad I did. This is quite good, though of course i’d love to try it when it was fresher. Pour into a tulip is fine, kind of a dull gold with a little haze and a 1 finger head that subsides. Nose is dank and piney, with a solid malty breadiness. Taste is more piney, though there’s also some bright citrus and a little spice, too. Lively mouthful, chewy, not very heavy.

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Taybeh from Minnesota, Aug 25, 2019
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4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can:

Pours deep golden. A white head lasts. Lacing sticks down the glass.

The smell is of hop goodness - Citrus, pine, black pepper, with a touch of grainy bread.'

The taste is of huge floral notes, grapefruit, pine, caramel. Alcohol well-integrated. Long, hop-forward finish.

Super smooth and chewy, this is an awesome Imperial IPA! Hop-forward - bitter but smooth. Very enjoyable!

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jwc215 from Arizona, Mar 03, 2019
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4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unremarkable appearance. Poured from a bottle dated 7.31.2018

The Aroma is unmistakable. Dank green from the moment the cap was off and remarkable because of the age since bottling. Very drinkable. Not oxidized and not overly harsh hop bites.

Great mouthfeel, oily hops coat the tongue.

Overall, I'm not disappointed to have purchased 3 bottles, later noting the bottle date.
Gelson's needs to get their act together and weed out their older stock on hand.
This comes highly recommended if you enjoy a very drinkable lush hop DIPA.

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dblipajunkie from California, Jan 02, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Stamped on can bottom is canning date of '01/22/2018'.
Slightly cloudy, pale gold colored body. Two finger white head, settles to bubbly cap and ring. Leaves behind partial sheets of lacing.
Big smells of heavy tropical fruit and pine hops.
Taste is bitter biting, with the pine hops, along with sweet touches of the tropical fruit hops. Produces some hop burn on the tongue and throat.
Medium mouth feel. Good carbonation.
This beer is a hop presentation, with heavy doses of hops that result in bitter pine and sweeter tropical fruit aromas and flavors. This can has a bit of age on it, but the hops still present with vigor and potency. Would definitely like to try a more fresh can.

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4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden appearance with a small head. Smells of strong pine, grass and citrus rind. Balanced to the bitter, decent malt body to support. Nice hop flavor of citrus and pine. Great clean malt profiles that lets the hops shine. This is assertive, clean, bursting with hop profile, and very drinkable.

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omahawk from Nebraska, Sep 30, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper filtered with a half finger of white head and moderate carbonation.

Smells of dank, garlic and onion, green leaf, cat pee, caramel and orange.

The taste is extremely dank and fresh, of cat pee and green leaf.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

Got this at Liquor Barn, drinking in Redding Sept 25th, 2018. Excellent brew.

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patre_tim from Thailand, Sep 26, 2018
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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got to give it to these guys its quite smooth and well hidden ABV but with an intense bittering hop flavor which I do not enjoy so much these days. Looking toward more mango fruit sweetness in my DIPA but I can nod to what they are doing and they seem to appease many of hop heads. Not bad!

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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania, Aug 24, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with small, tan head of foam. It smelled of pine, citrus and toasted caramel. Fairly malty with pine notes and a citrusy bite.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Jul 17, 2018
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4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite double IPAs and it’s readily available in my region as well. Was pleasantly surprised the first time I tried this one and always stock up on multiple bottles whenever I come across it.

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danch from California, Jul 16, 2018
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4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear yellow color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is mild hops and fruit. The taste follows the nose.

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ordybill from Georgia, Jun 13, 2018
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3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is gold, a bit of haze (chill?) with a light tan head with fine bubbles that presents at least 1 inch thick.

Smell is equal parts pale malt with hop bitterness, hops are a bit muddled but still work with herbal, citrus, and light pine.

Taste is similar to aroma with a blend of malt and hop bitterness, but hops are a bit more aged; flavors are pale malt with herbal and piney hops, maybe some grass.

Mouthfeel is moderate, a bit minerally or just the aged hop but it works for a 2 year old DIPA.

Overall a good beer that has aged well for the hops, the restrained malt sweetness seems to help restrain potential off notes.

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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania, Jun 12, 2018
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4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass via draft
Light yellow in color..clear
Smell is floral, grassy
Taste has a nice floral pop, light on the malt
Nice light body on this..abv is well hidden
Solid west coast ipa

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Jlabs from New York, May 17, 2018
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4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, this is just excellent...

Loaded with pine tree character, brilliantly hopped...

Big... Not too boozy... Intense with hops... That being said, its still balanced... Extremely well done...

Of all of the beers I had at the Craft Brewers Conference, this one stands out big time... Just everything I look for..

Amazing

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Tilley4 from Tennessee, May 05, 2018
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3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color, minimal head. Aroma is mostly malt and resins. Flavor is malty, plenty of citrusy hops: grapefruit, lemon pith, some bitterness on the finish. Fairly light for an IIPA.

5/4/18
Bomber
3.75 rating

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Tony210 from New Jersey, May 05, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a fluorescent orange with a half-finger of head that leaves light traces of lacing behind. Smells tropical, pineapple and passion fruit, wildflower honey and a bit of malty yeast roll. Tastes more resinous and West Coast, making for an interesting contrast. Good hop bitterness on the tongue.

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4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium-gold color and is very clear with a rocky white head. Big tropical fruit hop aroma with fresh pineapple and mango. The hop character shifts slightly in the flavor, offering pine and resin flavor to the mixed tropical fruit. An assertive hop bitterness emerges and lingers into the medium-dry finish. The higher alcohol is smooth, and the hop character is fresh and bright.

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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a nice clear golden color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has citrus, pine and hoppy hints
T-The taste follows the nose with nice citrus, pine and hoppy flavors
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A very nicely balanced beer with a very smooth bitterness

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VABA from Virginia, Apr 12, 2018
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4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

That’s riiight, Lupulin River... I said I was going to review it after Breaking Bud... guess I got side-tracked by one of the best IPAs I’ve had in recent history: Revision Sparkle Muffin. My deepest apologies dear reader. Well I’m here to make amends with this: Lupulin River IIPA in all its glory. As mentioned in my Breaking Bud review I have actually had this beer before, since reaching 1,000 reviews I’ve come down with a drinking disorder which I’m calling ‘Notwantingtowastemytimeonshitbeeritis’ (yes, it’s a bit of a mouthful). Essentially what it means is I’ll probably be trying out new beers and do what Trump might deem as “extreme vetting” of said beers before reviewing them (separating the wheat from the chaff as it were). From here on out you’ll see higher scoring brews... so yay it is then.

Poured from a 355ml can into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear golden-amber body with a delightful off-white head that crumbles down to a half centimetre covering and leaves blobs of lace on the side of the glass. It’s not the most picturesque IIPA I’ve ever seen, but it is making me hanker for a good old sip, or two, or three, look I’m just going to say it: I want this beer. Now. 8/10.

S: Tropical nose upfront and tap-dancing all over my olfactory senses. Mango primarily with a bit of papaya and lychee hints. Following the hops are more hops - slightly citrus based (think grapefruit but less intense), an earthy tone, and a caramel/cracker malt base lingering in the background like a fan waiting to get an autograph at a rock concert - I see you there, malt. 8/10.

T: The secret I found with this beer last time I had it: let it warm up longer than you normally would for an IPA - it’s a touch muted at first for an IIPA, but when it’s up to temperature it really comes alive. Flavours are as noted above, only difference is that grapefruit comes across more as a fresh orange note in the flavour. The malt/hop balance is quite precise, the finish is a light to medium bitterness and it’s really really well crafted, just go out and get it already! 9/10.

M: Medium bodied and smooth with a light/dense carbonation and enough sticky hop resin to keep a bearded hipster happy for days. 9/10.

D: Wow, such a well-balanced beer, it’s no surprise this won a silver at GABF - such a smooth rider for an IIPA, that 8% ABV really doesn’t come across at all, in fact when I first tried it I thought it was a 6% IPA! I can only imagine how nice a fresh can of this would be, this is a rip-snorter brew from Knee Deep. 10/10.

Food match: Anything SE Asian and curry related - Laksa would be my pick here.

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doktorhops from Australia, Mar 26, 2018
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4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One month old can poured into a Teku glass, served a touch warmer than I normally drink my IPAs.

Absolutely crystal clear, light copper body with a two finger, off-white head of soapy bubbles. Head dissipates very quickly, and there are only a few sporadic bubbles climbing up the side of the glass. In a world awash with haze, this is a beautiful representation of the other end of the spectrum.

Sweet, bready malt is the first note I get on the nose, followed very closely by dank tropical fruit, citrus peal, pine resin, berry jam, wet grass clippings, and a little herbal greenness. Very west coast, very clean, appropriate amount of balance between the pronounced hops and malt backbone. Little bit of booze on the nose.

Taste is right in line. Really nice balance of sweet and bitter. There's certainly some grainy, cereal sweetness in the mix, but I'm also getting stone fruit, tangerine sweetness, some candied tropical fruit, and a ton of sugar-sprinkled grapefruit. That sweetness gets matched by a strong wave of piney bitterness that turns to grapefruit rind pithiness on the back end. Each sip ends pretty dry with pronounced and last bitterness, again very grapefruity. I expected the aroma profile to blow me away and the taste to be a be of a drop off, but I'm actually experiencing the opposite: kind of a subdued (for a IIPA), generic West Coast IIPA nose (though still very nice) but a really wonderful and lively combination of flavors and balance on the tongue. And I'm liking it more and more with each sip. Tastes like an 8% beer, but not boozy in any way.

Feel is a soft and a tad sticky, but medium-thin for a big IIPA. Makes it very, very drinkable.

My first Knee Deep beer, as they just hit the Nashville market this week. I've been looking to take a break from the haze craze and get back to some dank, raw, bitter west coast IPAs, and this one hit the spot. Not the best I've ever had, but a really solid offering that I'll happily drink again in the future.

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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee, Mar 22, 2018
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4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4-pack from EOX... poured into an IPA glass. Pours gold / light copper, with a nice and frothy white head of foam. Aroma is dominated by tropical fruit hops and some light dank pine notes. Taste follows suit - papaya, mango, grapefruit... peppery, herbal finish. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation - feels a touch flat, but perhaps that’s due to age (12-13-17). Overall, a really nice IPA... much better than the growing suite of trub cans out there these days.

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jpro from Colorado, Feb 27, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden orange with two fingers of foamy white head.
Smell is tropical fruits, citrus, and pine.
Tastes follows, pineapple, grapefruit, citrus pith, mint, resinous pine balanced really well.
Medium bodied.
Overall a tasty Mosaic/Simcoe Imp IPA that I could see being a regular staple in my fridge.

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4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz can 4 pack $12.99 12/14/17 opened on 2/7/18

A clear and solid gold color. Healthy beast of white foam 3" high, recedes, ever so slowly.lots of bubbly, foamy coverage over the liquid with excellent lacing.

The nose is just filled with tropical/citrus/piney earth style aroma's from the hops. Pineapple juice! Sweet, buttery, honey tinged malt thing underneath. Very, very....very nice. Bold and sweet! Super deep and complex...just explodes off the chalice.

The layers and depth of crystal clean tasting hops just made me happy. It's full of light citrus, sweet fruits, pineapple and 98 ibu's worth of earthy bitterness. New England style all the way, but not cloudy or hazy. Crystal clear color with clear tones of light but tasty malty backbone that handles the multiple layers of scrumptious hops. Mociac and Simcoe are an excellent combo....each one seems to shine like the queen of diamonds. New England style drinkability, even among the 8 % abv. Crushability is ridiculous for an ipa soo complex. It's this factor that allows for major bonus points. The bonus is sweet, fruity, earthy, bitter, tropical, juicy and piney , just perfect. All hop aspects seem to be maximized within this crazy ass ipa.

My first sip....was something like...."DAMN, no freakin way..."

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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire, Feb 07, 2018
Lupulin River from Knee Deep Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 856 ratings