Saturday, September 17, 2016

Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion (Revolution No. 002)


Beer Name: Luponic Distortion Revolution No 002
Brewery: Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (Paso Robles, CA)
ABV: 5.9%
How sold: Six-packs (12 oz. bottles); on draft
Where bought: Johns Marketplace (Portland, OR)
Price: $1.79 for 12 oz. single

Date Bottled: June 13, 2016
Date Purchased: July 9, 2016
Date Opened/Drank: July 29, 2016
IBUs: 59

When brewed? Limited-time beer. Part of its Rotating Hop Series, an ever-evolving mix of experimental hops and will be remixed every 90 days. This is Revolution No. 002 (the second mix), available from July 2016 through September 2016. Learn more here!




Where distributed: Firestone Walker distributes to several states. Find out if Firestone Walker is found in your area (dark grey is where the beers are found!)

What's on the Website: "For Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 002, we switched things up with a new blend of seven different hop varieties. Starting with a couple of our favorite Pacific Northwest varieties, we added a new experimental variety that brings aromas of ripe peaches, berries, and tropical fruit. We then pulled from some of our other favorites from around the world settling on two new school hops from Germany, and two from New Zealand that bring aromas of gooseberry, melon, lemongrass, and tropical flowers. The overall impression leans more toward tropical and ripe stone fruits with an underlying spice. The light malt base of pale and wheat malts let the hops shine for a clean, dry finish." Read more here!

REVIEW:
Appearance (5%): Poured clear light golden into a pint glass, sudsy white head. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Tropical mixed with floral and pine. Light dankness and quite balanced. Reminds me of a lighter version of Block 15 Sticky Hands. 4/5

Taste (40%): Again, a light dankness and hoppiness up front. Getting floral, pine, grapefruit, peaches, and a bit of melon. Light on the flavor as expected, but still a good beer. 4/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-light body, good carbonation. Some bitterness remains on the tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An awesome IPA. I prefer the Revolution No. 001 over this one. The 002 did remind me of a watered-down Sticky Hands and paired wonderfully with some spicy salsa and chips. This is a beer that would be very welcome on a hot day. Looking forward to the next beer in the series! 4/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.038/5

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