Style: American IPA
Firestone Walker Brewing Company Luponic Distortion 006
What the brewers say
“This beer showcases what happens when you take two familiar Northwest hops varieties and grow them 2,000 miles to the east. The typical piney, dank attributes of these hops are transformed into something much brighter, with a racy citrus quality.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Wonderful subtle rose petals and herbal hops up front with orange notes sneaking in and fading to pleasant tangerine, tropical notes, and pine on the finish. Clean, bright, pleasant.”
Flavor: “Well balanced and hops-forward, appropriate for style. Malt is simple and clean with a light touch of toast. Bitterness is forward and lingers, inviting the next sip. Hops flavor is complex: grapefruit, orange, and a really subtle tangerine come through up front. Finishes with a blend of base malt and tropical fruit. Nice pillow-like mouthfeel that dries out nicely.”
Overall: “Super tasty, well-executed IPA with restrained bitterness, but the hops flavor shines through with some big citrus notes and a floral note. Hops dominate this beer, of course, but the cracker malt note really helps balance. Mouthfeel is fantastic!”
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