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
BEER INFO

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:
77
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Photo of DMcGirr
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of muchos
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MGoeltz
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GinDC
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
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 -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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 -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lambdon
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmg480
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of braker649er
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
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 -44.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of pubscout
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
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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Photo of aufie
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Buck89
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Fairly hazy and golden in color, with a medium-sized white head that left quickly, leaving scant laces. Tropical aromas of fresh coconut, pineapple, and mango. The taste followed closely. Plenty of fruit- papaya and pineapple with a smooth non-toasted coconut that actually melded nicely. A faint IPA-like bitter citrus hung in the back but was there throughout. Overall an interesting beer that I appreciate, but it's not my thing.

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

Photo of hozersr
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BergBeer
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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 deonreds
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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