Lupu-Luau IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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3.8/5
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249 Ratings
Lupu-Luau IPALupu-Luau IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The first Hawaiian Luau in 1819 bucked tradition while maintaining respect for a rich legacy, so when we set out to create this namesake IPA, we found our own way to rebel against restrictive limits of known brewing ingredients while honoring Dogfish's brewing tradition.

What began as an exploration of all things hazy and pale, Lupu-Luau morphed into a coconut-centric IPA. We combined Pils malt with flaked barley, rolled oats, and malted and raw wheat to bring the haze. Then we brought coconut to the party in 3 different ways with toasted coconut, dehydrated coconut water and an experimental hop variety that provides a unique coconut & woody aromas.

Added by kell50 on 06-25-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,256
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
249
pDev:
10%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
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Ratings: 249 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of tedho21
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sethcroisant
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lucius10
2.61/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Well, either I got a bad batch or I am missing something...This was just not good and didn't fit well with my nose or palette at all! I wanted it to be good, but was disappointed. Looks great, nice pour, very frothy (almost too much) head, but downhill from there. Nose was bad smelled like a sour IPA gone bad...taste was muddled...I didn't get any hints of Coconut or tropical fruitiness. And there was not enough hoppyness to call this an IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of atr2605
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a clear yellow coloe with a white head with average retention, some lacing
S-coconut, lime, subtle pine, pineapple
T-pine, pineapple. lemon, coconut in the finish with some resin
M-medium bodied with average retention
O-pretty well balanced flavor considering how overpowering coconut can be. Definitely worth trying

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Photo of Zhoxush
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bobv
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can.
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a 1.5 inch creamy white head over a light golden body with some sticky lacing. Nose of coconut, citrus, and tropical fruit. Taste of more coconut with less tropical fruit and citrus. Nice feel and overall, well, it's just me. I've tried a few coconut IPAs and I'm not really a fan. Cheers!

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Photo of chiefz1
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ABabbidge
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thin white head.
Smells like coconut and tropical fruit and tastes pretty much the same. This isn't an IPA with a slight coconut undertone to it, the coconut is very prominent. Up front it is almost all that I taste, but then the fruity notes from the hops become more noticeable in the finish.
I like coconut, so this beer really does it for me. It's unique and definitely worth trying. It has a weird dry finish to it that would make me not want more than 1 in a sitting, despite how much I like it.

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Photo of Bluebird218
3.09/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Hazy gold. Overpowering coconut flavor. Sweet at first, then bitter on the finish. I don’t need another one.

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Photo of BlueKurenai
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Billolick
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Hazed, typical looking almond amber, minor medium khaki cap.

Mild coconut forward sniff.

Tasty IPA with a more then minor coconut character, somebody else noted coconut infused sun tan lotion and thats not far off....tasty n tropical inspired...worth a try...more intriguing brew from old school heavy hitter DFH

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Photo of mike22ne
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can.

Looks good, ever so slightly hazy gold with a thin white head.
Smells hoppy, tropical and pine with a good bit of coconut. Very green and fresh. Like a whiff of opening a jar of coconut oil.
Tastes interesting, the mix of tropical hop resin and toasted coconut and grains is definitely unique.
Feels smooth and full bodied, the oils from the hops and coconut give a slick mouth coating feel, but a good bitterness cuts through and the flavors are green and refreshing.

Im trying to decide if the coconut is a good accent or if it is almost too much. Maybe I'll find out by the time I get to the bottom of the glass.

Definitely a bit weird for an IPA, but it's a tasty beer. Overall, I'm happy to try it.

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Photo of NEGGWA
2.29/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Not enough hop flavor for a beer over 7%. Considering the weak hop flavor and summer like coconut hint, this beer needs to be a session IPA with a 5% ABV. Completely missed the market. Would rate it much higher if the alcohol didn't overwhelm everything.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of golf4collet
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheHexIsReal
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Aj21
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jcarlosv
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IBU 45

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Photo of BenHoppy
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of khargro2
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of trygelski1
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrDemento456
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks quite nice for an ipa in my tulip a full inch of froth erupts from the top the color is actually a hazy yellow with some sediment in the base may have sat on this one for a while. Smell is a mix of IPA bitterness and coconut milk which reminds me a bit of a pina colada. Taste is about as smooth as an ipa can be without being too malty flavors of the coconut milk and ipa are super tasty and balanced. Body is light to medium easy to drink but overall I may have to try this again fresh since this is one of the best coconut beers I ever drank!

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Photo of ChipChaight
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Lupu-Luau IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 249 ratings