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: 379 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of depechemode1983
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
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 -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JRed
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
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 +12.9%
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 +31.9%
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 +3.7%
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 +9.5%
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 +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Photo of Keith27614
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gatch
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Root Down in Five Points, Jax. This was better than I expected. I’m not the biggest coconut fan but the subtle coconut flavor and the effervescent body and feel made this a winner on a very warm and humid summer Florida night. Not sure it qualifies as an IPA bc there wasn’t much of a hop presence but hey, they brewed it!

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Photo of Antwon616
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of nickfl
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrOH
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.75

Clear gold, big fluffy white head, good retention and lace
Bit of pineapple, mango, coconut, and orange aromas
Tastes like coconut water, but bitter
Mouthfeel is actually spot on
I don't like it, but mainly because I'm not the biggest coconut fan

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

Photo of Yeldarb92
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gangstabobangsta
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tulip

Pours a rather unremarkable golden hue, rather clear for the style, and pretty unspectacular in the "head" department.

The aromas meet the promise on the label: plenty of tropical fruitiness with hints of coconut and citrus hop notes in the background. A nice bouquet.

The flavor falls flat compared with the nose. Pineapple, mandarin orange, and coconut skew this offering rather sweet, and there is not enough hop--citrus or otherwise--to bring this back to center.

The mouthfeel is a bit lacking for the style--a little sticky, and missing characteristic crispness.

Overall, an interesting mix of flavors, but not really an IPA, and certainly far from par for this brewer.

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Photo of Billybrewer
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really love this beer for a lot of reasons. First, I do like ipas that are balanced well for this time of year. This beer is not overly bitter, yet it tastes like and ipa with coconut. The coconut is not overbearing, but it is noticeable and nice. You still feel like it’s a beer versus some of the more potent watermelon or spiced pumpkin beers. It affords some amazing food and wine pairing especially ham, pork, and seafoods because it is unassuming. At over 7 percent, it’s a really nice party beverage for guys or gals. Generally, I can only have one maybe two beers that are pumpkin or watermelon or sours. This is a great crossover ipa, not a sour. If are looking for just another very bitter ipa, don’t buy this one. There are a lot of other beers that fit that bill. This one is Great for the beach or backyard on a summer day. It’s hard to find beers like this in a world with a lot of beer. Full disclosure. I am a home brewer, from Delaware. I am not affiliated with DFH. In fact, the only case of beer I ever returned was a dfh beer, lol. So, I don’t have any issue ripping them. In the case of the above beer, if you find it....suggest you buy it. I definitely drink too much beer, but it’s a passion of mine.

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Photo of billbeers
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of FriedSlug
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden beer with an orange tint. Two finger white head that leaves a few scattered bands of lacing on the glass. Smell is like coconut water. Just a faint hint of coconut. There are also some herbal, grassy and citrusy scents. Taste is citrus and a little sweet up front with the coconut in the middle. It finishes with sweeter coconut flavors and a moderate bitterness. Overall it is a pretty tasty beer but seems a bit light on flavors and ends up tasting like an IPA that was watered down with coconut water.

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Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly smooth for an IPA. I didn't get much hoppiness in my singular can of this IPA. But I'm not sure if that's a bad thing necessarily. I do taste a hint of coconut - more akin to a coconut water flavor vs. candy.

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Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lupu-Luau IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 379 ratings