Lupu-Luau IPA | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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3.8/5
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350 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:
#19,504
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
350
pDev:
10.53%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
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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

Photo of Ohiovania
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First dogfish head beer I've really liked in a long long time. The coconut adds a hint of sweetness but the hop profile is a wonderful tropical mixture. Semi dry finish and a spot in mouthfeel.

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Photo of Jame515
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of goblue3509
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slight hazed light golden color with a fresh white head. Smell has light tropical fruit with cedar wood, very little coconut or spice. Taste has a light fruit hop with almost zero coconut with a lager wheat and oat finish. Medium carbonation with a malty wheat finish. Another terrible brew from DFH, really a single for most of the brews they make is enough,Dont bother buying this one.

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

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ledouge
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hophugger
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Urk1127
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of q33jeff
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

**
07/24/17

bottle to snifter.

LOOK: Medium hazy yellow. Small white head.
AROMA: very faint coconut, faint citrus. nothing overpowering, so well balanced, but it is tough to make out anything specific.
TASTE: A bit more concrete. You can definitely tell this was made from coconut water; there is a light refreshing coconut taste, mild citrus, passion fruit, wheat or some other non-barley grainy finish. Gets better as you drink it.
FEEL: medium bodied but drinks like a Michelob Ultra; light to medium carbonation. Maybe a touch of "slimy", but not enough to creep you out.

Good summer option.

**
01/31/2018

Glad DFH released this again in cans, but maybe winter is a bad time.
Love this as a light refreshing summer beer.

**

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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 Lucular
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tastes just like a pina colada. The description doesn't say anything about added pineapple, but I got even more pineapple than coconut. The 7.3% alcohol comes across a little bit harsh, but hey, that seems appropriate since pina colada's have rum.

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Lupu-Luau IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 350 ratings