Lupu-Luau IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Lupu-Luau IPALupu-Luau IPA

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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

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Ratings: 370 |  Reviews: 114
Photo of krh
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted refreshing and perfect when sitting on a boat in the sun. When back indoors a few weeks later, a bit too much like hopped up coconut water. Maybe not the best to sit and enjoy, but works OK when outdoors and needing to cool off?

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

Photo of Can_if_you_can
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of entenduintransit
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours a brilliant golden color and is topped with three inches of off white head that leaves little lacing.

The aroma is citrus with hints of coconut.

The taste is citrus up front. The coconut is subtly noticeable in the middle with a slightly bitter finish,

Medium body, well carbonated

It is a tasty, easy drinking IPA. If you are looking for a big coconut presense you will be disappointed.

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

Photo of kevin3046
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale straw color with a little haze. Nice white head and good lacing. Smells of coconut suntan oil, And minimal grassy notes. Very spicy as it hits the tongue, on the thin side but still slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation. There is the sweetness and flavor of coconut milk up front and mild to moderately hopped. Nice clean finish. Very light and drinkable. Maybe a little too much in the sweet side. Not a bad summertime option.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

12oz canned 6-2-18
Not quite crystal clear but not hazy. Bright golden IPA with a 1/3" white head. Retains for a minute and then falls to a cap. Good lacing left behind as the beer disappears.
Coconut and pineapple, maybe a hint of lime. There's a green aroma, hard to name it (floral/woody?)..assuming it's coming from the hops. Bright aroma...smells good.
Flavor is that of English hops in my opinion...more floral and earthy in nature. Coconut is apparent and more so in the finish. Not a coconut water guy but if it tasted like this I could get into it.
Clean and bright entry. Light to medium body and the same as far as carbonation goes.
Very drinkable, nice IPA variant like I haven't tasted to this point. I'm glad I picked this's a refreshing warm weather IPA.

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Photo of Boone757
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chloe_Priss
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Xxambersky89
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fisherbray
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | 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 Pens1967
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It is exciting, to me at least, that DFHCB has deigned to put many of their beers into CANs in support of The CANQuest (tm). It has given me the opportunity to revisit Namaste White & this will be my first foray into this beer.

From the CAN: "Our coconut-centric lupulin party, this IPA is brewed with a tropical trifecta of toasted coconut, experimental hops & coconut water."; "Off-centered ales for off-centered people."

For this one, I Crack!ed open the vent & went with an inverted Glug since I really wanted to get the esters in this one going. It quickly foamed up to form two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with good retention, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was a magnificent Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, enticing a visit from The Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon, all clamoring for a taste. Nose was redolent with coconut & that may have been a good thing in a Fruit/Vegetable Beer, but in an AIPA, it was less than optimal if one is rating to style & not to taste. It smelled great, to me, like summers at the beach, but that would be my personal taste. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was almost fully coconut with some underlying bitterness, identifiable as hops, but beyond that, I CANnot tell you which varieties. Its coconut taste is going to be off-putting for some. I realize that not everyone digs coconut, but I certainly do. To me, this tasted great, but it definitely was not to style. Finish was in that nebulous realm between semi-sweet (coconut) & semi-dry (hoppy bitterness). I have had it previously with Asian food & it works really well. For someone looking for a standard AIPA, they should look elsewhere or risk disappointment.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a hazy amber color. The head is white with excellent retention. Lacing is extremely minimal.
The nose is tropical. Tangerines and lemon zest are apparent. There is a sort of earthiness to it. Coconut notes are faint but they are there. All in all a very aromatic beer.
Definitely more coconut in the taste than nose. Bitter upfront, still getting tangerine although with lots of coconut. When they say water they mean it. It has that light water type coconut flavor more so than the actual fruit. The toasted coconut comes through on the nose more so than the taste. Its good.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Its soft with soft carbonation.

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

Photo of JRed
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Toasted golden in body with large white head. Aroma of lemon cookie, coconut, grass, toasted oats. Tastes of lemon cookie, coconut water, coconut, grass, citrus, papaya aftertaste, light bitterness. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Much better than expected.

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Photo of Krajnyak
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful IPA. The taste pushed this one up for me. Excellent bitters and floral taste. Lingers a bit. I get the coconut as an aftertaste at the end. Really crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of BulletsNBeers
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Don't listen to all the idiots, I don't like all their beers, but Dog Fish Head got this right! Coconut taste blooms late, after a delicious hop bite. SIMPLY FUCKING AMAZING!

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Photo of labisch
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

If you can get past the lack of head, it's a super nice quirky brew. The coconut isn't too overwhelming and it's super refreshing to drink actually. Pick it up if you find it

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Photo of Spellogue
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at dogfish alehouse. I was surprised at how much I liked this quirky beer. The head was a bit disappointing, almost non-existent, probably from the greasiness of the coconut. Nose was coconut and wet dog. Flavor of coconut was nice. Cereal-like. Not too sweet. Just the right hop kiss on this creamy feeling IPA. Weird, but I’d order it again.

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Photo of Dray
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale gold with a bubbly white head.

Tropical and citrus hops with earthy undertones and some floral notes in the nose.

Toasted coconut and toast malt balanced by citrus hops and tropical fruit notes - star fruit - finishes dry with earthy and floral notes.

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