La Lupulosa
Cerveceria Insurgente

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #959
ABV:
7.3%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,712
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 7.43%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
88
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Cerveceria Insurgente
 
Mexico
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  41
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: Our most coveted beer, La Lupulosa has large amounts of American hops that give it intensely fruity and citrus aromas and flavors.
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The colour is a muddy, gray, brown and it has three fingers of yellowish head.

The smell is of pine, citrus, and pineapple.

The taste is a fresh broken resin is pinecone, citrus, and it ends with a big lingering heavy bitterness.

A medium slightly syrupy body with low carbonation.

I bought this one in a bottle from a bar in Tijuana Mexico today, May 31st, 2019. I’m drinking in San Diego California tonight. This is an amazing brew!

Jun 01, 2019
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deleted_user_1111368 from Delaware

4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 3-8-19
L: Clear copper. 1 minute post pour has an almost flat head, with some nice sticky lacing.
S: Citrus at the front, with some malty, berry, and fruity for the finish.
T: Malts, citrus and fruity.
F: Very smooth.. creamy MF, fairly high bitterness that just blends in with the malts. No carbonation and no bitterness hangover.
O: A great tasting WC IPA. I love the overall flavors, and the bitterness is extremely well done. Also, being over 2 months old.. there has been no hop drop-off. Well done Insurgente!

May 23, 2019
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kylesobrien from Canada (QC)

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I asked the guys at La Belga for two recommendations, and this was suggested to me. I was pretty stunned, far and away the best beer (either on draft or in bottle) I've tried while in Mexico.

Lovely deep golden colour, some haze, good head and lacing. Fresh aroma of bright, citrusy hops.

Plenty of citrusy hops up front, noticeable malt character, followed by a smooth but obvious bitterness. I'm curious if they used Amarillo and Centennial in this one, tastes like it to me. The only downside is that the mouthfeel seems slightly on the thin side, though the flavour is fantastic. This would be a solid craft beer outside of Mexico too, no question. Definitely worth seeking out, or bringing one home to share with friends.

Apr 28, 2019
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gcasher from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a water glass in Tulum Mexico.
Golden not much head, but fizzy
Mid Atlantic style IPA with substantial malt and very bitter.
There were a lot of pleasant flowery hops in the nose and flavor.
Not bad for a Mexican IPA.

Dec 23, 2018
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richdeneault from California

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at a wine and meat bar Romea in Guadalajara. Served in the bottle - I'm suprised by its alcohol content. Quite nice, refreshing aroma - not a west coast IPA by taste (at least to me) but very smooth floral taste.

Mar 14, 2017
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davidperez from Mexico

4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best before 12 20 16

Served in a nonic pint, it pours a hazy yellow, opaque and amber-like.
It forms a three-finger ecru head, creamy and frothy with excellent retention.
Some very strong lacing becomes visible as soon as the head starts to give in, which never actually withers completely, rather, a permanent bubblery froth crowns the beer.

The bouquet is quite nice.
Slightly toasted malts. Caramel, honey-like sweetness, pine resin, subtle citrus zest, fruits as in mango, guayaba, tropical fruit, pineapple, and mild spices
It lacks the strength of some prime examples of the style, though.

Very nice flavor.
Moderate yet pleasing carbonation.
The malty backbone is very strong, it lurks constantly beneath all the hoppy flavors, balancing them and providing a freshening sweetness. Such malty flavors are perfectly intertwined with the pine and fruity flavors, which are mango, tropical fruit, lychees and pineapple. Very complex and freshening.
Afterwards, the bitterness becomes overly strong, and some earthy notes are perceptible.
The finish is long and semi-dry.
Medium to light body, smooth and silky.

Very good beer.

Dec 01, 2016
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle
Best before: Dec-20-2016


Clear light amber color with two fingers of off-white airy head that sticks around well enough, finally drops to healthy thin cap. Stone fruit and pine aroma. Flavor doesn't quite pop like some but is good regardless with sappy bitterness with some light citrus sweetness, peach, and a dirty almost coffee-like bitterness in the finish. Light-medium body, soda-like carbonation, lingering bitter aftertaste, fairly drinkable. The aftertaste really starts to remind me of coffee bitterness after a while, which was an interesting touch. Good beer. I would have it again, little over carbonated for my taste. But solid otherwise. I would love to have it super fresh.

Jun 07, 2016
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DoctorZombies from Florida

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber draught pour with thick off white head, quick cap and some lacing. Grapefruit nose. Dull earthy hops flavor followed by lightly bitter citrus. Medium lite mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Dull, lightly bitter linger. Overall, just ok.

May 31, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on: 8/3/15.

Pours a murky orange- brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, candied citrus zest, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, pine needle, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop and earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is hoppy, but the malt and earth qualities are prominent as well.

Serving type: bottle.

Sep 23, 2015
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vitALEity from California

4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super excited to see this in Ventura, CA.

A - Pours a dark copper/amber which kinda scares me. Head is really nice.

S - Aroma is fantastic. Complex hoppy citrusness , pineness, bitterness, spicyness, maltiness.

T - Earthy and very spicy, bitter grapefruit peel, some guava. Nice light toasty malt.

M - Medium, balanced carbonation.

O - Not a San Diego IPA but a Baja California IPA. More malt backbone (likely rye), spice, earth, dank, citrus. Its interesting and complex and very good.

Sep 23, 2015
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mactrail from Washington

3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Attractive orangey amber color with a long-lasting foam in the St. Bernardus globe. Lovely aroma of orange peel and grilled peaches. Spritzy on the tongue and sharp with hop acidity.

Quite malty and on the sweet side. It tastes more like an Imperial IPA but the alcohol is less obvious. Some mango with a lingering fruity flavor. Quite bitter and more of it in the aftertaste along with a grapefruit peel flavor.

Overall a quite drinkable big IPA with bold hop aromatics. If they'd use some Baja-grown hops it would be even more interesting. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

Sep 21, 2015
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FLima from Brazil

3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy amber orange color with a thick beige head with eternal retention and leaving laces.
Hoppy aroma with notes of pine, caramel, lychees, mango, pineapple and spices.
Bold and hoppy flavor with notes of pine, mango, grapefruit, lots of spices, American yeast, resin, slightly toasted and caramel malts, grass and mint. Dry aftertaste with a long insisting bitterness.
Medium bordering full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.3% is well disguised.
Very balanced American IPA, rather piney, peppery, citric and just slightly tropical (in this order) on a firm malt base. This is actually bordering a DIPA, same body and within the intensity range.

Aug 29, 2015
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LennyOvies from Mexico

4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L- Poured into an American pint. Copper body and beautiful creamy head. Amazing lacing.
S- Fresh floral and hops.
T- Balanced and sharp pine and hops bitterness.
F- Rich, smooth and sharp.
O- One of the best mexican IPA's I've had.

Aug 04, 2015
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cherche from Washington

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: pretty beer; crisp orange, darker than the average IPA. off white, 2 inch head with good retention and very good lacing.
S: sweet malts, honey, sugar, hoppy but lesser than your average IPA - maltier than most
T: in line with the smell - very nice though
M: thicker than average IPA but average carbonation
O: very good IPA - not the crisp, tropical IPA I would reach for on a summer day but would be a great winter beer. the maltiness is not bad - very sweet, reminds me a bit of hopslam but a notch darker.

Jun 28, 2015
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of bready and light caramel malt, tropical fruit, citrus and lightly piney hops. Flavor is hop forward, with resinous piney and citrus hops, nicely floral; orange citrus and mild tropical fruit. Finishes with lingering grapefruit rind and resinous hop bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A very nicely made, hoppy IPA with a dynamite hop blend. The malt is very laid back, supporting the hops without adding a lot of malt flavor. I generally like IPAs better with a flavorful malt component, and to its credit, this tastes great with the light malt support. Someone has a deft touch with hops here; the floral notes are great. So glad to see an excellent IPA coming from south of the border. Well done.

Mar 14, 2015
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Mike_Aguirre from Mexico

4.79/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Orange-bright red looks with mild foam head.

S: Smells awesome like hops and hops and hops with citric and flowery notes.

T: Tastes very good, bitter, citric, no sweetness.

F: Medium body with low carbonation.

O: I Loved this beer, might get some more.

Feb 10, 2015
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MisSigsFan from California

4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber with a bone white head. Leaves some lacing around the glass. Smell is pretty malty. Sweet with some citrus and pine. Taste is huge grapefruit and orange with a toasty malt backbone. Resinous pine and slight tropical fruit. Some malty sweetness with a bitter finish with orange and grapefruit rind. Bitterness doesn't linger too long which gives this beer a really crisp and easy drinking feel. Mouthfeel is a little thick and maybe a bit overcarbonated, but as I said, very easy to drink. Overall, a great IPA that you wouldn't know came from across the border. I've had this once before and thought it was a bit better and less malty last time. It's only 23 days from bottling so I don't think it's an age thing.

Feb 09, 2015
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martini_ramos from Mexico

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Has a medium copper hazy color with a white head that lasted a while, even after I'd had a few sips.

Aroma: Strong, very strong and at times can be overwhelming. It's a sweet peachy smell, with hints of citrus (specifically grapefruit).

Flavor: Intense hop flavor, the malt flavor was barely noticeable (to me). On the second sip I also noticed a peppery aftertaste, it almost stung a little.

Mouthfeel: Strong bodied with barely there carbonation.

Aftertaste: The flavors lingered in my mouth for a while, I had to eat something sweet afterwards to get rid of the bitterness.

Overall: Although I do enjoy a bitter ale once in a while, this one I will leave for special occasions as it was excessively hoppy for my taste. I will serve it to my foreigner friends that enjoy extremely hoppy beers, I'm sure they will be pleasantly surprised.

Mar 19, 2014
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RolandoHH from Mexico

4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy, slightly dark copper, with a white head that doesn't last a whole lot. Very decent lacing, though.

S - Aroma is beautifully hoppy. Fresh, and citric, though there's some tropical flavor in there as well.

T - The hops certainly are on full display in this one. Citric and spicy, but there's a nice balance with the malt that keeps it from being too aggressive. As in the smell, some tropical fruit is in there in the mix, though I can't quite place it.

M - Medium, with excellent carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O - A very well balanced, flavorful beer with lots of hops. An excellent IPA.

Dec 16, 2013
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DeanMoriarty from California

4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On the bottle: OG: 1.071 / IBU: 70 / Malts: Two Row, Crystal 60, Munich, Carapils, and Aromatic Malt. Mucho Lupulo.

The front of the label also warns: "Precaución extrema cantidad de lupulo aroma y sabor intenso" ...or for those who do not speak Spanish: "Caution extreme amount of hop aroma and flavor"

I picked up four 22oz bombers last night down in Tijuana at a new beer bar down there called BCB Tasting Room. They were around $6. each. The one i'm drinking now for the review was poured into a Brouwerij 't IJ branded tulip glass.

Pours a slightly hazed copper hue with a fat white head that sticks around for a few sips giving way to solid amounts of lacing in my glass from start to finish. The smell is sweet and bready, with tropical fruit and strong aromas of pine and citrus. The flavor is big and there is certainly no shortage of tasty hoppiness as the warning on the bottle stated - I can't place the hops - Cascade and Amarillo come to mind. The hop flavor is grapefruit, floral and very spicey...almost peppery. The balance of the malt (and what a great harmony of so many malt varieties) is on point and works harmoniously with the aggressive hoppiness of the beer. Tropical fruit and apricot esters are present with an earthy note that lingers a while blending well with the other flavors and balancing the hop aggression perfectly. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with perfect carbonation for the style - the finish is crisp and clean and the hop oil coats the mouth and leaves a lingering bitterness that makes it difficult to follow up with any other type of ale - a true palate wrecker!

All around very well balanced flavors, yet still hop-forward, which makes this one a little better than a lot of the West Coast IPA's that are popping up on the shelves these days. This one is definitely a cut above your average IPA. I also like that one has to make a journey south of the border to enjoy this little Mexican gem - it's well worth the travel!

May 06, 2013
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 88 ratings