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: 308 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of foolishus
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't sure what to expect with the concentration on coconut but this IPA balances out the hops for those of you that aren't into India Pale Ales due to their naturally hoppy taste. Pleasantly surprised; not sure why but this beer hits hard in the sleepiness department. A bit higher priced than I would typically pay for an IPA given the 7.3% ABV but it's definitely a beer I will try again.

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

Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3



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Photo of JoeyJellico
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ScaryEd
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a mostly clear bright orange color with a healthy finger and a half of frothy white head. The head is gone rather quickly, leaving a few spots of lace before settling into a halo.

The aroma is basically coconut water with some booze thrown in. Maybe a small hint of pine and citrus. The nose is just overpowered by coconut.

The flavor is overly sweet, nearing a cloying level. It's like a coconut smoothie with an orange zest garnish. There's a hint of malt on the back to remind you that you're actually drinking a beer.

The flavor is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry with a surprising amount of alcohol warmth.

Overall, a weak IPA that really shouldn't be called an IPA. This is more or less a fruit beer and a poor one at that. Way too sweet for my liking. Hard to finish a single can.

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Photo of km02600
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jakea
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of dcotom
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12-ounce can into a tulip glass. Very nice appearance. A slightly hazy yellowish-orange colored body rests beneath a two-finger head of fluffy white foam that leaves a bit of lacing as it settles. Aromas and flavors of coconut water, as expected. Caramel malt, citrusy and herbal hops. Understated bitterness. There is quite a bit of alcohol warmth at cellar temperature. Finish is sweet and a little cloying. Overall, I'd consider this to be a very good beer. The coconut flavors are not overpowering and mesh well with the other flavors.

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Photo of tedho21
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sethcroisant
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lucius10
2.61/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Well, either I got a bad batch or I am missing something...This was just not good and didn't fit well with my nose or palette at all! I wanted it to be good, but was disappointed. Looks great, nice pour, very frothy (almost too much) head, but downhill from there. Nose was bad smelled like a sour IPA gone bad...taste was muddled...I didn't get any hints of Coconut or tropical fruitiness. And there was not enough hoppyness to call this an IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of atr2605
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a clear yellow coloe with a white head with average retention, some lacing
S-coconut, lime, subtle pine, pineapple
T-pine, pineapple. lemon, coconut in the finish with some resin
M-medium bodied with average retention
O-pretty well balanced flavor considering how overpowering coconut can be. Definitely worth trying

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Photo of Zhoxush
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bobv
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can.
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a 1.5 inch creamy white head over a light golden body with some sticky lacing. Nose of coconut, citrus, and tropical fruit. Taste of more coconut with less tropical fruit and citrus. Nice feel and overall, well, it's just me. I've tried a few coconut IPAs and I'm not really a fan. Cheers!

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Photo of chiefz1
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ABabbidge
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thin white head.
Smells like coconut and tropical fruit and tastes pretty much the same. This isn't an IPA with a slight coconut undertone to it, the coconut is very prominent. Up front it is almost all that I taste, but then the fruity notes from the hops become more noticeable in the finish.
I like coconut, so this beer really does it for me. It's unique and definitely worth trying. It has a weird dry finish to it that would make me not want more than 1 in a sitting, despite how much I like it.

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Photo of Bluebird218
3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Hazy gold. Overpowering coconut flavor. Sweet at first, then bitter on the finish. I don’t need another one.

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Photo of BlueKurenai
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

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

12 oz bottle

Hazed, typical looking almond amber, minor medium khaki cap.

Mild coconut forward sniff.

Tasty IPA with a more then minor coconut character, somebody else noted coconut infused sun tan lotion and thats not far off....tasty n tropical inspired...worth a try...more intriguing brew from old school heavy hitter DFH

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Photo of mike22ne
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can.

Looks good, ever so slightly hazy gold with a thin white head.
Smells hoppy, tropical and pine with a good bit of coconut. Very green and fresh. Like a whiff of opening a jar of coconut oil.
Tastes interesting, the mix of tropical hop resin and toasted coconut and grains is definitely unique.
Feels smooth and full bodied, the oils from the hops and coconut give a slick mouth coating feel, but a good bitterness cuts through and the flavors are green and refreshing.

Im trying to decide if the coconut is a good accent or if it is almost too much. Maybe I'll find out by the time I get to the bottom of the glass.

Definitely a bit weird for an IPA, but it's a tasty beer. Overall, I'm happy to try it.

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Photo of NEGGWA
2.29/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Not enough hop flavor for a beer over 7%. Considering the weak hop flavor and summer like coconut hint, this beer needs to be a session IPA with a 5% ABV. Completely missed the market. Would rate it much higher if the alcohol didn't overwhelm everything.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of golf4collet
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lupu-Luau IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 308 ratings