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
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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:
#20,766
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
370
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
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Ratings: 370 |  Reviews: 114
Photo of sparx1100
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamesStreet
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thesidewayz01
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SolarPower36
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of secondtooth
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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 +6.1%
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 -12.9%
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 +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of howardnss
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
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 +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of shivtim
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of donspublic
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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 +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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 -0.8%
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 +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 IckyT2012
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Greywulfken
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold beer with just a hint of haze under a few fingers of bright white head... Aromas of coconut and mild citrus on the nose supported by more of the same on the sip... Has a mildly sweet, vaguely earthy undercurrent and brighter tropical citrus highpoints... Bitterness is also very mild... Smooth and very drinkable... The coconut elements make me think of suntan lotion at the beach... Good but nothing crazy...

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Photo of Trboley
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of epterina
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FrancisM12
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: Hazy Golden. Whitish head and soapy lacing.
smell: Truth in advertising. Coconut to be sure, though not a one trick pony. Tropical citrus.
taste: As the nose goes. Tasty coconut. Nailed it.

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