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Lupu-Luau IPALupu-Luau IPA

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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

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Ratings: 226 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of DrDemento456
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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 +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of SavageHopHead
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

-Brewed with toasted toasted coconut and coconut water. In spiegelau ipa glass.

A: An extra feverish pitch of effervesce rages within a bright orange peel colored body with a slight haze. A two finger bone white head is strong and steady atop. Really delicious appearance, a heavy thick coating ensures on the vessel afterwards.

S: Freshly cut coconut and a soft toasted tropical sense is of modest manner on the open. Fresh wet green leaves and stems mix with tropical orange maltiness. Being a fan of coconut I only wish there was a bit more here.

T: The flavor had a light tartness of citrus orange and lemon hops combining with a light affair of coconut juice/water. There is a small presence of toasted nature from the coconut and some oat/coconut flakes. Hints of rum-coconut alcohol, think pina-colada, finishes things out.

M: A tingle of carbonation arrives on the mouthful with a thick-medium consistency and creamy build on the tongue.

O: Overall while I love both coconut and DFH's innovative beers, this was a middle of the road offering for me. The appearance was a slam dunk, there-after mediocrity set in. The nose was soft with only minor traces of the coconut and hops, while the body was more coconut eccentric then hoppy ipa. Maybe I'm a bit hard because I expect more from Dogfish head flavor-wise, which their core focus seems to be more on the eccentric nature, rather then the actual flavor. The finish was a warming of coconut alcohol, more mixed drink like then beer.

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Photo of ScottK22
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AirBob
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KShophead
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of walkinginplace
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Shortbox81
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bcsbeer
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of blissfulNemo
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of flagmantho
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a thick haze and a finger of fizzy ivory foam. I like it.

Smell: sweet and fruity, with plenty of melon, citrus and even berry character. The coconut is there, but something about the fruitiness morphs it into almost a strawberry-like character. Quite interesting.

Taste: fruity and sweet, and the coconut is a little bit more itself here. I'm not accustomed to coconut outside the context of a dark beer, and I think it works relatively well here. The beer is still a little bit too sweet for my taste in IPAs, but overall it's interesting and pretty complex.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and creaminess for the style.

Overall: I would not drink a ton of this beer, but I think it gets points for style. It's definitely the best fruity-coconut-IPA I've ever had, for what it's worth.

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Photo of EMV
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Semi-cloudy golden copper pour. 2 fingers of white head... great lacing.

S: Mild on the nose... tropical hops... lightly toasted coconut.

T/F: Nice crackery grain malt backbone... tropical fruits on the hops... pineapple, tangerine, and mid-swig comes the coconut. Not overpowering, but it merges nicely with the hops and grains. Earthy... really works for me. Good bitterness... medium in body.... smooth (oats?) . Finish is toasted coconut and tropicals.

O: In a word... awesome. Great unique flavor... and the combo works better than I'd expected. Crushable, but dangerous to go down that road with the high ABV.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 7/8/17

L - Hazy blond, with 2 full fingers of head and some nice lacing left all over the top of the brew and the glass.

S - Tropical citrus aroma and coconut. Fairly subtle aroma

T - Slightly bitter and grassy taste, with coconut toward the back end of the sip.

F - Medium body and mouthfeel

O - Interesting and creative, but an average IPA in my opinion

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into glass. Stamped bottling date of '06/24/17'.
Hazy golden body, with white head that settles to thick cap, quite a bit of lacing.
Aroma of bready malt, coconut flakes, and citrus/tropical.
Taste of grains, then coconut, ends with very low bitter citrus. Not overly sweet.
Mouth feel is slightly syrupy, but also thinner like coconut water.
I can see this as a summer refresher, reminding one of the tropics.

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Photo of Beer21
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Blackop555
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy gold. Foamy, medium, Whitehead the phage shortly with light lacing.

smells tropical, Citrus, malts and coconut.

Taste citrus peel, pineapple, grapefruit, orange, earthy, bready malt and a hint of coconut. Finishes dry with a citrus peel linger. Medium body and smooth medium carbonation.

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4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DavidST
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ovaltine
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hazy golden pour, frothy light tan head - and some floaties (I LOVE floaties)! Nose has the coconut, but it’s not cloying, and also tropical hop aromas.

Taste is the hops first - guava, pineapple, some other citrus notes, then the coconut closes the show with a smooth finish.

I don’t like coconut in candy or desserts, but I like it in beer. This is no exception. Nicely done by a fantastic brewery.

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Photo of MTKATL
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MisledTitan
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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