Friday, May 26, 2017

Rip Current Brewing Lupulin Lust Double IPA

Beer Name: Lupulin Lust Double IPA
Brewery: Rip Current Brewing (San Marcos, CA)
ABV: 9.0%

How sold: 12 oz. cans; on draft
Where bought: Craftshack (San Diego, CA)  ****bought online
Price: $2.49 for 12 oz single can

Date Bought: February 6, 2017
Date Received: February 9, 2017
Date Drank: March 23, 2017
When brewed? Rotating beer.
IBUs: 85 (approximate)

What's on the Can: "For those hop thirsty and searching for a big, fruity Double IPA, we bring a flavorful end to your quest. This San Diego-Style IPA pleases all the senses. The citrusy hops hit all the right notes of tangerine, grapefruit and apricot flavor. Its lupulin-induced aroma is something IPA lovers will pine after too. Each taste finishes smooth and clean with a slight bitterness, enticing even the hop weary to crave more and more. Is that lust? Sounds like it.

Established in 2012 after successful homebrewing careers, we followed up by winning the 2015 Very Small Brewing Company of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival. Regardless, we're still a SoCal, local brewery built by a couple of beer-loving friends. Our passion for brewing the highest quality, most flavorful examples of each beer style is reflected in every sip."

What's on the Website: "9% San Diego-style Double India Pale Ale (IPA) features complex grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, and floral character in the aroma and flavor profile. The West Coast hop character is supported by a soft, lightly bready mid-palate and a clean, bitter, dry finish. Beware, this beer is very drinkable (alcohol is well hidden), and the smooth hoppy finish invites you to order several." Read more here!

Where distributed: As of March 2017, Rip Current Brewing distributes only in California, mostly in Southern California. See their account list here!

Appearance (5%): Pours clear blonde/golden into a pint glass. Very frothy white head with trace lacing. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Tropical citrus-grapefruit with complementing sweet malt. 4.25/5

Taste (40%): Combination of malt and tropical grapefruit from the start. More lemony, bready, and bitter in the middle. Citrus (orange and tangerine) on the aftertaste. Lots of flavor. Octane hidden very well, dangerous beer. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium to medium-full bodied, good carbonation. Finishes dry on the tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An excellent Double IPA. I decided to get this after reading a few favorable reviews online and seeing it was only otherwise distributed in California. I'm a huge fan of the tropical explosion here, and the citrus on the back end was a huge bonus. This is a quality Double IPA, a definite recommend. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.413/5

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