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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States
kneedeepbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#744
Reviews:
177
Ratings:
810
pDev:
7.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
244
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 810 |  Reviews: 177
Photo of FrancisM12
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of craigbelly
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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Photo of reggie3025
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of OKCNittany
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VABA
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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Photo of morrowd3
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrJuengling
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChuckTom
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewDawg1123
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bloodsnot77
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of patrickm2002
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

Photo of DioS
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of trygelski1
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rangerred
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Lupulin River Imperial India Pale Ale from Knee Deep Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 810 ratings