Lupulin River
Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #264
Ranked #1,550
4.28 | pDev: 7.24%
Dec 01, 2022
Feb 24, 2015
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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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle from On The Fly. Mellow but rich citrus hop aroma. Medium weight body with light silky head, slightly dry on the tail end. Hard to believe this is an IIPA. Smooth, nice hop/malt balance
Dec 01, 2022
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Reviewed by TheWaySheGoes from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
What stands out is the feel. Very rare that you get a chewiness type of feel in an imperial west coast style IPA at this ABV and with this clarity. This is up there with Pliny the Elder IMO, in it's own way. Very underrated for the style. A bonus is how well it holds up even at warmer temperatures.
Jul 21, 2022
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Reviewed by zman1974 from Florida

4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Very fruity on the nose along with a minerality and pine. Very enticing. Palate is more of the same; exceptional. Slightly bitter on the aftertaste is its only fault, but it's exceedingly minor. A benchmark West Coast IPA.
Jun 27, 2022
Rated: 4.92 by LA2ED7

Jan 24, 2022
Rated: 4.04 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Feb 07, 2021
Rated: 4.04 by robebo44 from Virginia

Dec 16, 2020
Rated: 4.04 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Oct 17, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 18, 2020
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Reviewed by TryThemAllOnce from California

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!
Apr 20, 2020
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Reviewed by bret27 from California

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?
Feb 28, 2020
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Reviewed by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

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).
Sep 27, 2019
Rated: 3.2 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Sep 14, 2019
Rated: 4.12 by Boone757 from Virginia

Sep 07, 2019
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Reviewed by Taybeh from Minnesota

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.
Aug 25, 2019
Rated: 4.43 by Wrigfen from South Carolina

Jul 12, 2019
Rated: 4.34 by sunnovgoat from California

Jun 28, 2019
Rated: 3.6 by PatrickCT from Connecticut

May 22, 2019
Rated: 3.92 by Amb3do from Mississippi

Apr 01, 2019
Rated: 4.38 by davidsonte2 from Washington

Mar 25, 2019
Rated: 4.27 by oberon from North Carolina

Mar 20, 2019
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Reviewed by jwc215 from Arizona

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!
Mar 03, 2019
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Reviewed by jjholmes from Australia

5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
The perfect beer. Exceptional in every way.

EDIT: Three years, and countless cloyingly sweet hazy and NE IPAs later, and this tastes as amazing as ever. Lip-smackingly crisp, bone dry, with a whole football field of fresh cut grass, a tube or two of toothpaste, and a face punch of fruity flavours -- I get passionfruit first, a bit of mango, pineapple, some banana. The slightest hint of malty chewiness to hold it all up.

Is it really inferior to Pliny?
Jan 23, 2019
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jan 22, 2019
Rated: 3.97 by Unclevince from West Virginia

Jan 18, 2019
Rated: 4.43 by CB2maltygoodness from District of Columbia

Jan 16, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by Bmarkalan1970 from South Carolina

Jan 13, 2019
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Reviewed by dblipajunkie from California

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.
Jan 02, 2019
Rated: 4.22 by SonOfKyuss from Virginia

Dec 30, 2018
Rated: 4 by travelguy from Ohio

Dec 22, 2018
Rated: 4.29 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Nov 28, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Nov 19, 2018
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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.
Oct 16, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by DangerDawg from Ohio

Oct 05, 2018
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Reviewed by omahawk from Nebraska

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.
Sep 30, 2018
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

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.
Sep 26, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Sep 20, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by Bluescooter from North Carolina

Sep 08, 2018
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Reviewed by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

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!
Aug 24, 2018
Rated: 4 by tbeer40 from New Jersey

Aug 04, 2018
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

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.
Jul 17, 2018
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