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

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drtth
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The lightly hazy golden-amber beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1 1/4" slightly off white head that slowly but visibly recedes leaving lots of nice lacing on the sides. The head finally becomes an irregular thin layer of film over most of the surface. Sipping creates lots of patches and bits of lacing, many of which cling to the sides of the glass.

The aromas include some light coconut, a bit of citric zest and an almost woody character.

The flavors feature the coconut but it doesn't dominate. Rather, the coconut integrates well with some light citric bitterness that is softened by the almost hidden sweetness from the malt and grains. In the background there is that bit of woody character.

The mouth feel is a bit on the light side of medium bodied but soft and smooth with some soft, gentle, persistent carbonation. The moderately long finish begins as much of the flavors begin to fade. But through out there's a persistent background of coconut and light woody flavored bitterness that drys in the back of the palate.

Overall, this beer is a win for me since the coconut is present but not dominating or concealing the other flavors and aromas. Rather they all play nicely together. I'll be happy to have another, but, that said, I'll not be going out of my way to find more since it seems more of an occasional change of pace rather than a regular in the fridge.

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

Appears light yellow-golden, slightly hazy with a white head & some nice lacing visible.
Smell is sweet malts and a hint of coconut/ citrus.
Taste is certainly a coconut IPA. Nicely balanced with lightly candied, vanilla-tinged malt flavor and coconut water-like flavor meshed in with light tropical-pineapple hops.
Feels creamy-smooth, with medium carbonation.
Nice flavor and balance, nothing at all complex, drinkable IPA. DFH usually comes through well on their experiments, as it seems here. Solid as usual.

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Photo of Amedlin18
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

A nice tropical golden yellow color with a slight head. Aroma is a nice hoppy freshness with slight coconut hints. The taste followed the aroma, vry refreshing hoppy beer with coconut notes. A very refreshing, light, clean and crisp with good carbonation. A very well balanced and very drinkable summer beer!

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: light amber color, thin white lacing head
S: trop fruit, some sweetness from the coconut
T: follows the nose, nice mix of hops and nutty sweetness
F: good mouthfeel
O: interesting, glad I tried it

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Photo of JamesLeung
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DavidR_9
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle (bottled 6/24/17) into wine glass. Consumed 8/5/17

Pretty hazy yellow golden body, not much head and quickly disappears into a thin layer. But this beer smells and tastes great! Yellow golden hazy body, clear citrus and almost tangerine aromas with hints of coconut. Taste has a clear cocout presence that actually works really well with the hoppy bitterness and sweetness/citrusy notes. Finishes medium dry and lingers with a bit of hop and coconut oily feel. Very refreshing

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

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

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

L. Light-orange with a slight haze, small sudsy head leaves a frothy ring.
S. First whiff is tropical - pineapple, orange, apricot. Second inhale is coconut right away with some over-ripe citrus. Fruity sweet.
T. Much sweeter than I expected right up front with coconut; dried apricots and bright citrus mix in, sweet coconut blasts back in before a bitter orange peel on the finish.
F. Medium body, slick feel, prickly carbonation, slowly drying finish.
O. Interesting idea, I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but it's pretty good. Cheers!

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Photo of tdm168
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MGoeltz
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GinDC
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Points for effort and not making a coconut beer awful, but it's short of tasty.

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

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves streaky, spotty lacing

S: Tropical and earthy hops up front along with the toasted coconut and some bready maltiness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some tropical hops and goes into the coconut. Slightly toasted and bready notes in there from both the coconut and malt. Finishes with lingering coconut and some earthiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. On the smoother, juicer side

O: A solid IPA that definitely highlights the coconut. Easy to drink. Worth checking out, especially if you like tropical and coconut flavors

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Photo of Wizzle32
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lambdon
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmg480
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of braker649er
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Well, I lupu-liked it!

I can take or leave coconut water, generally, so I think it's to Dogfish's credit that they succeed adding dehydrated coconut water to the mix here. I think that's the biggest distinguishing ingredient, though the toasted coconut must've brought something, and the hop mix seems pretty interesting, too. And even the malt blend of pilsner and wheat--wth oats bringing smoothness--pull in intriguing aspects. Overall, though, this could've been hit or miss, and I won't be surprised by mixed reviews for the polarizing aspect of coco water's subtle saltiness. But it hit for me, not only due to originality.

L - a good hazy pale, pours with some head but disippates to look juicy. Apt.
S - I thought pineapple juice from the smell, and maybe even some hefe-spiciness something like clove. Interesting there's not much coconut on the smell--and also not power-hop. Just mostly juicy.
T - the coconut leads here. I've had other brews with coconut, and what stands out here is how this suggests the coconut water--subtle saltiness, and still balanced by tropical juice--some kind of pineapple-passionfruit flavor.
F - smooth enough. balanced.
O - It does stand out. What you'd kind of expect from a Dogfish brew--pushing boundaries that could backfire, but done with such apparent skill and eye toward refreshment that it turns out well and distinguished.

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Photo of TTripp725
2.11/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of pubscout
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lupu-Luau is a very interesting beer, and, though others in my group rejected it out of hand, I found it wonderfully refreshing, very flavorful and enjoyably complex. An array of tropical fruits are present, both in the nose and on the palate, and the pilsner malt is nicely balanced by an ever present hop bitterness. Though I'm not a "coco-nut," this coconut infused creation is done with a very deft hand and just a faint hint of sweetness. I'd buy a Lupu-Luau sixer in a heartbeat.

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Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 379 ratings