Lupu-Luau IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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3.79/5
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Lupu-Luau IPALupu-Luau IPA
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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:
#22,246
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
376
pDev:
10.29%
 
 
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8
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Ratings: 376 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of MikeWard
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a tall glass. Canned 9/26/18, so closing in on 3 months old.

Hazy, dull golden yellow body. Big bubbly white head leaving nice lacing.

Given the description of this beer on the can, you would expect a strong aroma, but all I'm getting is a very mild fruitiness.

Taste is good, but flavors very muted. Thee is no coconut flavor at all. It is somewhat fruity and also quite dry. There is a mild hop bite. If I work really hard, I'd say there is a "feel" of the coconut, but perhaps I'm overthinking it.

Mouth is medium and initially a bit tingly. Finish is dry and lightly bitter. It's also a bit warm for the 7.3abv.

Overall, the beer tastes good, but given that the can blares coconut and I couldn't detect any at all, this is a bit disappointing.

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Photo of BosDen07
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a murky, golden amber with a medium head that hangs around. nose; clementine, peach/apricot, wheat, & mild coconut oil. i also keep getting some slight oak character in both the nose and taste. taste; heavy pilsner malt, biscuit (oat?), light oak, orange pith, pineapple, passionfruit, light mango, lemongrass, light coconut, light guava, & floral citrus hops. medium carbonation & slightly oily mouthfeel. i was expecting tanning lotion after reading the label, but this comes off really well and balanced! the malt here is pretty big, but there's a lot of tropical sweets and citrus hops to balance it out. boo on gose, THIS is a great poolside drink!

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nass
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lots of coconut going on here. I agree that this is delicious. Well at least now I can say that I have had an IPA with coconut added to it but I don't think it's as good as the other reviewers on here think it is. Cheers! B

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Photo of tillmac62
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Canned 5/4/18 Light amber pour with a touch of chill haze. World class head volume and lacing. Retention is typical.

Very good nose of pineapple, orange and hints of tangerine. The base is slightly sweet and a mix of bread and cracker. Coconut is almost non-existent in the rather weak aroma intensity.

Light body that is a bit watery but manages to be somewhat slick. Carbonation / body balance is good. Effervescence is subtle but adequate.

Like the nose, the flavor profile is very good. Also like the nose, it lacks intensity and coconut is almost absent. Bitterness is light, less than the typical pale ale, and is a combination of herbal and very light zest. The middle is moderately sweet and allows the citrus to present in a blended fashion. Of this blend, little separation occurs. However, a light touch of mango is observed that wasn't present in the nose. The finish is a slow fade with light astringency.

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Photo of petrusek23
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sparx1100
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamesStreet
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thesidewayz01
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SolarPower36
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of secondtooth
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean golden-amber, with a nice off-white head and bit of lace.

Aroma: Delicious hops here, with coconut. Subtle but effective.

Taste: Unusual. Hoppy as an IPA should be, but there’s plenty of coconut water shining through, too. Actually this is pretty well delicious (if you like coconut or coconut water as I do). Subtle, inventive, and damned worth further tastings. I just wish Dogfish could compete more in price, as I’d support them a shit-ton more…

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Has a hazy bright lime-golden color, has a very large head with good retention and lacing. Some floaters.

Smells mainly of coconut and pineapple, along with notes of other citrus. I don't notice anything too hoppy.

Tastes somewhat piney with the chief subtle supplement of coconut, along with other notes of citrus, vanilla, and cracker. No bitter aftertaste. Feels creamy smooth.

Really easy beer to drink.

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Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Mini review:

Dated 08/21/18, consumed on 10/03/18.

Clear gold with minimal white head.

Smells hoppy, a little dank, and there is some some coconut water as well.

Tastes a lot like a mix of 60 and 90 Minute used to make a light rum cocktail. It isn’t really bad, it just doesn’t really come together as well as I would like. While I generally dislike beers with lactose, Evil Twin’s IPA Kolata was a bit better and more interesting.

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Photo of lrend13
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of howardnss
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Almost has a bourbon barrel flavor

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of shivtim
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of donspublic
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from can into tulip good 2 finger soapy white head, so so retention good lacing. Bright light golden in the glass, slight chill haze. Smells of coconut and pineapple. Taste is cracker malt, slight sweetness, and a burst of coconut. There is some pineapple and vanilla coming thru in the middle. Finish has a mild bitterness and slight dryness. Good mouthfeel, good complexity. Each sip brings some new stuff to the party.
I first had this beer a few weeks ago in Nashville at a Tiki bar, only appropriate that they would serve it there. I remember the coconut being more forward, but then again my palate was shit from a day of drinking. This beer was very welcome. Drinks really well for 7.2 ABV

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

Photo of smcolw
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light gold color. Clear. Lasting head and excellent streaking lace.

A clean IPA without any deviations from the style. That said, it is well made, easy to drink, and delicious.

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Photo of Griffin2
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can dated 5/11/18 into a Willi Becher pint glass..
L - Pours a clear medium orange color with a white head.
S - Smells of citrus with a slight coconut.
T - Tastes like a tropical 60 minute IPA with a nice coconut on the finish.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of einman
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Maznoc
2.92/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes like IPA with some suntan lotion mixed in - fake coconut. Complete sink pour.

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Lupu-Luau IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 376 ratings