Lupu-Luau IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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3.8/5
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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
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#20,766
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
370
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

maybe the beer geeks are over dogfish head, but they are still making some incredibly innovative and delicious beers, and this is right in line with their long history of doing that. a coconut forward ipa that is at the same time very much hop driven, but also exploding with coconut. it sounds like a gimmick, or like at the very least this would have to be pretty sweet, but thats just not the case. they use a nice cerealy pale grain base to build up the body, some oats and wheat i would think, and then they introduce coconut in a few different ways. it ends up tasting far less forced than some of the big coconut stouts do when its all said and done, and way less sweet. it also tastes really natural and authentic, like coconut flesh itself, not some coconut flavored drink or dessert or lotion or something, its honest and robust, i love it. there is a nice floral tropical element to the hops that ramps up too, and it goes great with the coconut, juicy and lightly citrusy, it certainly screams summer to me. i almost swear its sorachi ace hops, that lemon creaminess comes on for a flash, but its tough to say for sure which hops are in here. i could almost swear there are sorachi ace hops though, so distinct, but its not quite all the way there, that finishing hop complexion though seems like it for certain! probably the best integration of coconut into a lighter colored beer i have ever seen, and i commend it for that. i wish it was a little more sessionable for hot weather though. the alcohol is a little high to slam them, and all the grains give it a pretty substantial body. dry and bubbly and frothy though, it hits the feel mark pretty squarely. i like how much this is still an ipa, but the hops taste unique to me, especially with the coconut, and the vibe of this is super hawaiian and fun. good work on this one guys! ill be looking forward to my next one...

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Photo of jaydoc
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is a little hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It it poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer covering the surface, a narrow collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of coconut water are present in the nose along with hints of floral hops.
T: The taste has flavors of toasted coconuts along with notes of floral hops and hints of pine resin. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting IPA, but the aromas and flavors of coconut are somewhat obscured and could have been more prominently showcased.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

Everybody loves the smell of suntan lotion. But we all know that it tastes bad. Dogfish Head Brewery has done the unthinkable. They've turned that scent of suntan lotion into something delicious and it will give you a buzz for extra measure. It's a win-win!

Hazy golden and crowned with a creamy white froth, the beer's scent is chocked full of tropical delicacies. Passionfruit, pineapple and citrus fruit aromas are all dwarfed by the overwhelming presence of coconut and vanilla. To taste, its the pastry-like breadiness, light honey and caramel that offer early introductions to the palate.

As the ale unfolds on the middle palate, its sweetness further drifts and the underlayment of malt adds a mildly toasted and nutty granola character that lies underneath the hops. Strong flavors of pineapple and passionfruit frame the tropical punch impressions but a lighter fare of grapefruit, orange and mango show more of a traditional hop blend that develops into a sharp, grassy and piney bitterness to close. Meanwhile, the strong taste of coconut and vanilla engulf the session but seems to relax as the root IPA takes hold.

Medium bodied and preferring an east coast type of balance, the stab at New England IPA yields only moderate success, but the tropical taste and roundness of the ale proves to be too seductive to discredit. Finishing with the taste of tropical fruit peels and a lemon pepper spice, the aftertaste is long and piquant with hop bitterness.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 7/8/2017. Pours very hazy/cloudy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of coconut, lemon, orange, pineapple, peach, pear, apricot, mango, melon, passion fruit, papaya, citrus peel, light pepper/pine, wheat, cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, wood, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/earthy hops, coconut, and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big coconut, lemon, orange, pineapple, peach, pear, apricot, mango, melon, passion fruit, papaya, citrus peel, light pepper/pine, wheat, cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, wood, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel, woody, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of coconut, lemon, orange, pineapple, peach, pear, apricot, mango, melon, passion fruit, papaya, citrus peel, pepper, pine, wheat, cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, wood, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops, coconut, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 7.3%. Overall this is a very nice fruited IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops, coconut, and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Pretty unique and interesting, but it works really well. The coconut flavors blend nicely against the fruity/earthy hop character; with a nice balancing malt backbone. Never aggressive or overly bitter; but has plenty of nice dryness. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of coconut and wood. Some pine notes, too. Odd coconut flavor with a bitter bite.

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

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3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery "Lupu-Luau IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 06/24/17 1501" and sampled on 10/07/17
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So, a coconut IPA? It sounds interesting at least, so let's try it. It pours a very hazy golden-orange body beneath a thick and fluffy head that settles to a creamy 1/8" cap leaving short walls of lace rising along the rim. The appearance is good except for the clarity, but I see that they were going for a cloudy IPA, which I don't really understand myself, but OK, I see that that's the thing right now so I'll let it go and just say 'whatever'. The aroma displays a touch of coconut, but mainly grainy malt. It's clean, however, so no fault there. Can it be an IPA with out a hoppy nose though? Hmmm. If you swirl it and wait a bit there's some tropical character to it, orange and pineapple perhaps. The head's held up so far, maintaining a solid creamy cap, so it's got that going for it. On to the flavor... The malty character remains, as does the light coconut, and there's much more tropical flavor to it. Perhaps my sample is just a little old and it's lost some of the aromatics over time. The tropical notes include orange, some kind of melon, papaya, apricot, and pineapple. I'm actually surprised that there's so much malt character there, I'd have thought they'd have gone light to get more of that coconut out of it. It's solidly bitter, and there's some alcohol showing, and I guess that's it's link to being an "IPA". In the finish it's quickly fruity, then coconut-y, and then malty - which lingers for a moment, gently sweetish before the bitterness rises as the sugars erode. That's not to say it finishes sweet, it doesn't, but it's not exactly dry either. Ehhh, I don't know. I'm up in the air on this one. I applaud their creativity, and it's certainly a good attempt, but I'm not convinced. I think this would make a better pale ale with less bitterness and alcohol. You could even leave the medium, dextrinous body the same if you wanted, but I also think it might be better with a simpler grain bill. But forget all of that, I'm not the brewer so my thoughts on what it could be aren't pertinent, just my thoughts on what's in front of me. It's OK. It has it's time and place just like any other beer, but it's definitely a niche beer to be sure. Probably worth trying just to see.

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3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Lupu-Luau IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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