Lupu-Luau IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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3.79/5
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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:
#20,075
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
311
pDev:
10.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
62
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Ratings: 311 |  Reviews: 90
Photo of Billybrewer
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really love this beer for a lot of reasons. First, I do like ipas that are balanced well for this time of year. This beer is not overly bitter, yet it tastes like and ipa with coconut. The coconut is not overbearing, but it is noticeable and nice. You still feel like it’s a beer versus some of the more potent watermelon or spiced pumpkin beers. It affords some amazing food and wine pairing especially ham, pork, and seafoods because it is unassuming. At over 7 percent, it’s a really nice party beverage for guys or gals. Generally, I can only have one maybe two beers that are pumpkin or watermelon or sours. This is a great crossover ipa, not a sour. If are looking for just another very bitter ipa, don’t buy this one. There are a lot of other beers that fit that bill. This one is Great for the beach or backyard on a summer day. It’s hard to find beers like this in a world with a lot of beer. Full disclosure. I am a home brewer, from Delaware. I am not affiliated with DFH. In fact, the only case of beer I ever returned was a dfh beer, lol. So, I don’t have any issue ripping them. In the case of the above beer, if you find it....suggest you buy it. I definitely drink too much beer, but it’s a passion of mine.

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

Photo of FriedSlug
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden beer with an orange tint. Two finger white head that leaves a few scattered bands of lacing on the glass. Smell is like coconut water. Just a faint hint of coconut. There are also some herbal, grassy and citrusy scents. Taste is citrus and a little sweet up front with the coconut in the middle. It finishes with sweeter coconut flavors and a moderate bitterness. Overall it is a pretty tasty beer but seems a bit light on flavors and ends up tasting like an IPA that was watered down with coconut water.

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Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly smooth for an IPA. I didn't get much hoppiness in my singular can of this IPA. But I'm not sure if that's a bad thing necessarily. I do taste a hint of coconut - more akin to a coconut water flavor vs. candy.

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Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dpgoblejr
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slatetank
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chilmer
1.91/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nitty703
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TooGood
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pacioli1445
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a fantastic deviation from your bitter forward ipas. Smells like a pina-colada. Descent mouth feel as the flavor of coconut dissipates on your palate.

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Brew_42
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy gold with a dense, frothy, white head that leaves heavy lacing.

Smell is tropical. Pineapple, lime, coconut.

Taste-Taste follows the nose. Cononut is easily detectable. The coconut water, in particular, is present. Hints of pineapple and citrus close it out. Not super hoppy, but that's not a bad thing IMO.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and bubbly.

Overall- This almost doesn't seem like an IPA. I always thought of hoppiness as the defining feature of an IPA, and this has very little of that. IT is super refreshing though. I am glad I picked up a few on the first nice day of spring. The coconut and tropical fruit is super refreshing. Definitely a really good summer beer.

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Photo of psmith161
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass

A: Pours hazy golden yellow with a frothy of white head that settles to a firm layer that hangs around and laces quite nicely.

S: Fruity, tropical, a nice touch of coconut, citrus, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

T: Tropical and orchard fruit, peach and pineapple, some citrus, lemon and orange, pleasant hit of coconut, biscuity malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy.

O: Fun take on an IPA. Wouldn't mind a couple of these on the beach.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy gold with rich foamy head and very nice lacing.
N: Coconut, malty sweetness, minor hops, and grainy tones.
T: Follows the nose, you get a sweetness up front with coconut muting the hops and a mild grain feel.
M: Light/Medium
O: I was not very impressed. The coconut came off as chemical to me and muted the hops. It was a little sweet also. I would probably not buy this again because it was a mess in my view, nothing stood out but off flavored coconut.

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Photo of Lampro
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very bubbly, large head, light body. Coconut is certainly there, but not too strong and slowly fades as I drink more. Slightly sweet, not too bitter for an IPA. Malty nose.

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Lupu-Luau IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 311 ratings