Lupu-Luau IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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3.79/5
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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
Ranking:
#20,084
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
311
pDev:
10.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
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Photo of juicebox
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of swierczt
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KTCamm
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

2/4/18....pours clear light gold, very little foam. Tropical fruit nose, definitely coconut backed. Milky smooth mouthfeel, coconut flavored, creamy. Light mouthfeel, thin. Minty hop bitter. Creative take on an IPA.

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

Photo of russpowell
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent gold with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Nice head retention & lacing

S: Pineapple, coconut once warm

T: Coconut, a little pineapple, plus dryness up front. More coconut, a little passion fruit, some orange juice as this warms, plus dryness. Finishes like a pina-coloda

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, okay balance

I was hoping for some bitterness to balance this out. It delivers what it promises, but not my jam

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Photo of robebo44
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear, slightly hazed bright gold, with a huge foamy white head. Good retention, and tons of lacing.

S: Pineapple, coconut water, Pina Colada, pink grapefruit, lemon peel, toasted coconut, cracker malt.

T: Juicy with pineapple, pink grapefruit and lemon upfront. Gentle crackery malt. Tons of toasted coconut and coconut water. Flavors reminiscent of Pina Colada. Hints of grass on the back end. Fairly sweet but with just enough balancing bitterness.

F: Medium with lots of carbonation, slick and oily in sensation but dries out enough on the finish.

O: A really nice experimental coconut IPA. A tropical treat!

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Photo of CoasterGuy
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of grue_soda
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edthehead
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of matcris
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

LOOKS: A slightly hazy golden to amber with a finger of white foam that lasts. Slight lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Mild coconut and white bread.
TASTE: See above. Maybe I should let this warm a bit. Bit of an astringent quality in the flavor, citrus in the background.
FEEL: Well carbonated, medium body, and dry.
OVERALL: The can is 2 months old. The overall flavor is mild coconut, and again that Simcoe astringency that I never go back for, twice.

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Photo of OregonGrown7
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck_Jones
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Pretty murky dark straw yellow with hues of light tangerine under a white soapy head that doesn’t recede for a long time. Lacing is random splotches and lines.

Aroma: An immediate detection of woody, sweet coconut with lighter hop notes on the backside.

Taste: The IPA-ness comes out first with sharp citrus and tropical fruit notes up front but soon after a delicate sweet light coconut note chases away the hops in the finish. Lightly woody.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, pretty smooth.

Overall: I think coconut lovers will really appreciate this beer, it’s a damn good IPA with the right amount of coconut.

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

Photo of mrfrancis
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of szmnnl99
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of andrewjraab
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was intrigued to try this brew as I love coconuts and especially coconut water. Overall, this fell short for me. The smell and look offered more intrigue, but the beer drank more like a summer cocktail gone wrong. Really a bad almost boozy after taste ruined this one.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- a loud hiss predicted that this one is over-carbonated, which was proven from the huge foamy white head that came from a slow pour. It eventually settled into a two-finger frothy head that stays around long after the pour

S- tropical and piney hop aroma with soft undertones of coconut. Toasted malt with some grainy notes

T- tropical hop notes up front with highlights of passionfruit and guava. Mid-palate brings out a soft, slightly sweet coconut note. The finish is slightly malty with a piney linger

M- medium body with heavy carbonation leads to a big foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- nice tropical notes and was actually able to pick out the coconut

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Photo of Mikexw
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

L) Pours an ever so slightly hazy straw/amber color. Decent white head with great retention and lacing.

S) There are tropical notes to the nose, but it is dominated by roasty coconut, resin, and a bit of wood.

T) The coconut is definitely present, and the hoppiness is both floral and sappy. I will say you do get both the toasted coconut and the coconut water, and the hops are definitely bringing a "woodiness" to the table as Sam intended. There is a slight, honey like sweetness that lingers as well and blends it all together.

F) The beer is a bit creamier than anticipated, with a medium-high carbonation.

O) I enjoy this one. It isn't a coconut bomb, but it is a recommendation to anyone who hasn't tried it yet.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can. This was pretty good. Nose was not something I'd ever harp back on but the flavor resonated. Hops, coconut husk and coconut water. Strangely satisfying like several beers from Dogfish Head. I am a coconut junkie, though.

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