Lupu-Luau IPA
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Lupu-Luau IPALupu-Luau IPA
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American IPA
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3.82 | pDev: 10.21%
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
Very Good
Lupu-Luau IPALupu-Luau IPA
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 123 | Ratings: 400
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Golden colored with a mild haze. Fine bubbled white head retains well a d leaves thin, wispy lacing.

S: Tropical hop scents of pineapple, dragon fruit, apricot, orange. Really not picking up much in the way of coconut actually. Shortbread malt aroma. Very slight hint of alcohol.

T: Potent hop flavors of citrus rind, cantaloupe, apricot. Earthy and leafy dimension too. Unlike the nose, toasted coconut stands out distinctly. Bitterness is firm but gentle. Slight brush of alcohol. Shortbread malt base. Hop oils close out the finish.

M: Medium-light body. Soft and creamy malt texture. Sharp carbonation lends a deeply crisp bite. Mild astringency.

O: Really solid IPA. Nice, focused hopping. Coconut fits nicely. Good crisp texture. And it's nice to actually feel some bitterness in a modern IPA for a change. The name's a little corny, but the people at Dogfish Head don't seem to take themselves too seriously anyway, so it's cool. Good stuff.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium, slightly hazy golden amber with a fine one finger white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of pale malt, lightly citrus hops that are mildly floral, distinct coconut with a light woody note; very interesting and appealing. Flavor is pale malt, coconut, citrus and tropical fruit hops, orange family citrus with a little lemon. Finishes with lightly resinous citrus hops and coconut. Hop bitterness is moderate, more like a pale ale than an IPA, but good hop flavors. Excellent creamy body with great mouth feel. I wasn't sure about this one, but this is very drinkable. The coconut is balanced well with the hops and supported by the light malt flavors; it is very fresh and realistic tasting. Nice hop flavors that meld well with the coconut. I think they pulled off what they promised here and did in a way that is less sweet and gimmicky than it sounded. I like this quite a bit.

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Photo of larryi86
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, dated 7/8/17, poured into a snifter

A- A hazy golden straw color with a two finger white head.

S- Coconat, some tropical fruits, touch of citrus, herbal tea, slightly floral, touch of sweet malts.

T- Toasted coconut, some tropical fruits, hints of melons, herbal tea, oats, some citrus.

M- Smooth, slightly creamy, medium body.

O- A solid IPA with coconut. Very enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of Suds
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love that Dogfish Head is now available in Missouri. This brew is a murky orange color. The aroma is of coconut and pale malt. The taste is slightly sweet...toasted coconut (I swear that I also get a hint of pineapple) and pale malt. Full in body, lightly carbonated. Nice.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Bottle
Bottled On: 07/08/17

Poured into a DFH glass a pretty nice hazy dark orangy color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy two-finger off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, with some coconut, with some citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango). The taste is pretty nice, malty, hoppy, coconut, with some citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, mango). Medium body, ABV hidden fairly well, little dry/bitter finish. Overall, pretty tasty.

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Photo of teromous
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the neck in yellow letters: "BOTTLED ON 07/08/17 0647"

Appearance: The body of the beer is completely opaque with a light orange and gold color. The head is large and creamy textured, white, and it leaves very good lacing. Mild retention.

Aroma: The beer has a bit of a light spicy aroma with a touch of herbal bay leaf. It smells alright but it is very faint.

Taste: Up front there is an interesting sweet flavor that tastes a bit like coconut and burnt sugar cookie. There is a bit of an herbal flavor with bitterness that jars the sweetness. It is an odd mix of flavors.

Mouthfeel: It has a mild bitterness that cuts the sweetness nicely and it has good carbonation. It is a very easy beer to drink. The label lists this beer as "7.3%" but it drinks like a lighter beer.

Overall: It's a pleasant and drinkable beer but it is lacking in aroma and the flavor seems to be a bit off. It might be a bit too sweet for the IPA enthusiast so I would caution those who might fall in that category. I might drink it again or I might not, but it isn't the best coconut beer I've had or even the best coconut IPA.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy yellow gold with a white head. Smells of coconut, oats, hops, and malt. Tastes of coconut water, hops, and some sweetness. Medium in body and carbonation. Overall this is a weird beer, I don't think it's bad, I just don't necessarily like it too much.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11oz pour, snifter, Flying Saucer Fort Worth.

A not hazy lighter yellow beer with a finger of white head. The lacing is more a coating.

Dried coconut, citrus, coconut rum.

Strong coconut essence, a little Malibu like. Moderate orange, grapefruit citrus bitterness.

Creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation, which contributes to a rich beer.

The coconut works great in this IPA. Dogfish Head did a good job infusing a real coconut flavor.

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Photo of lic217
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy light yellow, long lasting white head. Smell at first is typical of an IPA. Mainly get citrus, flowery hop aroma. Taste is coconut, light orange pith citrus flavor, mild tropical flavor as well. Drinks relatively smooth, no alcohol detection, full mouthfeel, medium carbonation level. A solid beer but will likely not buy again.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a bright gold with an average head. The aroma is very bright and fruity. The coconut flesh tones is strong, as is coconut water, along with kiwi, underripe pineapple, mango, black tea, and pine. The flavor is soft and fruity, with kiwi, pineapple, mango, coconut water, cream, coconut, cashew, and something bright and green. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with bright zingy carbonation. Overall this is an awesome beer - I have had an increasing number of coconut IPAs lately, and this is the first that really gets it right - huge tropical fruit and yet the coconut is noticeable, and included the greenness you get with real coconut.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light gold in color with a light haziness that blocks a majority of the light getting through. There's a fingernail of off white around the rim and covering the vast majority of the top. Moderate lacing. The nose is muted coconut, but I'm not smelling hops. The taste is of coconut with a bit of citrus hops in the back of the palate. The mouth offers a light cooling sensation from the coconut and yet finishes a touch resinous from the citrus hops. Truly unique. Think pina colada with a hint of citrus IPA.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy apricot yellow with a moderate white head that dissipates rapidly but leaves nice lacing. The aroma is very little coconut rather mostly tropical fruits. The flavor is where the coconut comes in to join the fruitiness. Slight bitterness in the finish. Well carbonated and overall an enjoyable and fun beer.

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Photo of stakem
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a snifter appears a hazy copper color with a white head.

It smells hoppy with coconut juice making for a strange mix of scents.

It tastes citrus forward with fruity hops sweet coconut and vanilla then grain aspects all through the back.

Its medium in body with modest carbonation. Definitely unique but just doesnt work.

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Photo of avalon07
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, coconut, fruit, malt, and wood.

T: Tasted of a fair shot of malt, lots of hops (a very balanced amount), a kind of oaky tinge, coconut (not quite enough), light fruit (mango, pineapple, among others), and a light floral quality. In general a good flavor, even if the advertised coconut isn't exactly showcased. Light, fruity, and tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: This beer has some minor flaws, but is still pretty well done. Definitely drinkable.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma was of malts, coconut and some hops. The taste was similar to the aroma with more malts, coconut, hops with mild carbonation and a smooth aftertaste.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head curved pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy, unfiltered golden amber in color. Beautiful head retention up and down the glass on this one. Sticky lacing on the inside of the glass, head dies down a bit as it sits but leaves behind some nice white foam. Small bubbles stream through the glass through the cloudiness of this one.

Smell: Big, tropical mango up front on the nose. Really has a soft aroma of citrus, small pine notes, and maybe a slight hint of some coconut, but not much. Really pleasing to say the least, smells like a fruity cocktail you would get at a beachfront resort.

Taste: Wow.. what an amazing concoction of flavors here. First thing I taste is those big mango, papaya, citrusy-juice like flavors. Hops are the start of the show here, giving off a huge explosion of fruitiness. As you hold the beer in your mouth, the back end is where the coconut starts to arrive! Almost pina colada like, the malt backbone is light but the flavor of that dehydrated coconut comes through nicely. I love how Dogfish did the additions of the ingredients on the process of this one. Big hoppy flavor up front that gives away nicely to the start of the show, COCONUT, on the back! Nicely done.

Mouthfeel: Very light in the mouth, which is great for a good summer IPA. Not too heavy, but carbonation is spot on. Refreshing to say the least that the mouthfeel is slightly slick, but not overly bitter from the hops. Sharp and clean.

Overall: I had this first in the Rehoboth Beach brewpub back in 2016 when it was a small batch brewpub exclusive, and instantly, me and my girlfriend had loved it. The coconut character is what sets it apart from anything else you will find on the shelf. This past July, we came back and ended up getting a growler and were so happy it went into full production. I am a huge DFH fan, and this is by far their best IPA on their lineup besides 60/90/120. Flavors are spot on, it's easy to drink, and at 7.3% and $10.99 a six pack, it's well worth the purchase. Hope this becomes a mainstay year round or at least as a summer seasonal.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 7/8/2017. Pours very hazy/cloudy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of coconut, lemon, orange, pineapple, peach, pear, apricot, mango, melon, passion fruit, papaya, citrus peel, light pepper/pine, wheat, cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, wood, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/earthy hops, coconut, and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big coconut, lemon, orange, pineapple, peach, pear, apricot, mango, melon, passion fruit, papaya, citrus peel, light pepper/pine, wheat, cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, wood, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel, woody, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of coconut, lemon, orange, pineapple, peach, pear, apricot, mango, melon, passion fruit, papaya, citrus peel, pepper, pine, wheat, cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, wood, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops, coconut, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 7.3%. Overall this is a very nice fruited IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops, coconut, and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Pretty unique and interesting, but it works really well. The coconut flavors blend nicely against the fruity/earthy hop character; with a nice balancing malt backbone. Never aggressive or overly bitter; but has plenty of nice dryness. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of RandynKirstyn
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Copperhead Grille in Bethlehem, PA.

Poured a hazy tangerine color with a foamy head with a creamy mouthfeel with plenty of lacing.

Nose is limey and tropical. Taste is lemongrassy and citrusy with a natural coconut flavor to round it off. Like a piña colada for beer drinkers.

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Photo of justintcoons
2.45/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Hazy straw blonde. Loose white head. Lively carbonation.

Toasted coconut, melon, sulfur, and mineral water.

Toasted coconut, grapefruit pith, and melon rind. Dry biscuit, onion, and soap. Somewhat sulfuric.

Medium bodied, bitter, off-dry, and overly carbonated.

The hops used and the coconut really aren't meshing for me.

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Photo of brureview
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy honey color with a 3F head in a Spiegelau glass.

Very floral, pineapple, hint of coconut, tropical fruit.

Light carbonated MF, mild bitterness.

Excellent taste. Coconut is stronger in the taste, floral, tropical fruit, pineapple. DFH doesn't say which hops it uses, but the tropical flavors are pronounced.

Overall: excellent, refreshing, mildly hoppy. A perfect beer for a summer night. Underrated.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Pours lightly hazy, gold in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is big coconut, vanilla, grains of paradise and light lemon hops. Makes for a nice mix of sweet and bitter with medium body and high carbonation. Super interesting and one of the most coconut forward beers I have had that was not a stout. Could put down a few of these on a warm day.

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Photo of drtth
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
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 -1%
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 VABA
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 -1.3%
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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