Lupu-Luau IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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3.8/5
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370 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:
#20,766
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
370
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
77
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 370 |  Reviews: 114
Photo of Chilmer
1.91/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of TTripp725
2.11/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of ScaryEd
2.25/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a mostly clear bright orange color with a healthy finger and a half of frothy white head. The head is gone rather quickly, leaving a few spots of lace before settling into a halo.

The aroma is basically coconut water with some booze thrown in. Maybe a small hint of pine and citrus. The nose is just overpowered by coconut.

The flavor is overly sweet, nearing a cloying level. It's like a coconut smoothie with an orange zest garnish. There's a hint of malt on the back to remind you that you're actually drinking a beer.

The flavor is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry with a surprising amount of alcohol warmth.

Overall, a weak IPA that really shouldn't be called an IPA. This is more or less a fruit beer and a poor one at that. Way too sweet for my liking. Hard to finish a single can.

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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 justintcoons
2.45/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance
Hazy straw blonde. Loose white head. Lively carbonation.

Nose
Toasted coconut, melon, sulfur, and mineral water.

Taste
Toasted coconut, grapefruit pith, and melon rind. Dry biscuit, onion, and soap. Somewhat sulfuric.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, bitter, off-dry, and overly carbonated.

Overall
The hops used and the coconut really aren't meshing for me.

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Photo of billab914
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 CNoj012
2.63/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a hazy golden color with a two finger, soapy white head. Retention is about average for the style and there are some whispy patches of lacing left on the glass.

Smell is pretty subtle. Some sweet coconut comes through and when the beer is agitated there is some citrus as well.

Taste is gross. So much coconut that is seems artificial. It reminds me of drinking coconut tanning oil with a little bit of a bready malt backbone. Fucking horrendous.

Feel is light and smooth with moderate carbonation. The coconut manages to cling to the palate well into the aftertaste giving it the slightest bit of stickiness.

Overall, no. I swore off buying any new DFH IPAs after the disaster called Flesh and Blood, but my wifey wanted to try this so we got a 6pk. Absolutely disgusting. The worst part is that I love coconut, but this is awful.

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Photo of JonB25
2.65/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

False.

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Photo of Maznoc
2.92/5  rDev -23.2%
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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Photo of yaksurf
2.99/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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

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

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

Photo of CoasterGuy
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 MrOH
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.75

Clear gold, big fluffy white head, good retention and lace
Bit of pineapple, mango, coconut, and orange aromas
Tastes like coconut water, but bitter
Mouthfeel is actually spot on
I don't like it, but mainly because I'm not the biggest coconut fan

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Photo of BergBeer
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BigMike
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of baklo
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rangerred
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Antwon616
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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Lupu-Luau IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 370 ratings