Friday, September 15, 2017

Cerveceria Insurgente La Lupulosa IPA

Beer Name: La Lupulosa
Brewery: Cerveceria Insurgente (Tijuana, Mexico)
ABV: 7.3%
How sold: 22 oz bottles
Where bought: Craft Shack (San Diego, CA)  ****bought online
Price: $7.49 for 22 oz bottle

Date Bottled: April 11, 2017
Date Purchased: May 3, 2017
Date Received: May 9, 2017
Date Opened: May 25, 2017
When brewed/released? Year-round beer.
IBU: 70

What's on the Bottle: "Thought all Mexican beers were watered down lagers? Think again! La Lupulosa (The Hoppy One), packs a ton of hops into this refreshing west coast style, Baja California IPA. Please enjoy Insurgente responsibly."

What's on the Website: "Nuestra cerveza mas codiciada, La Lupulosa cuenta con grandes cantidades de lúpulo americano que le dan aromas y sabores intensamente frutales y cítricos." Read more here!

(Translation: "Our most coveted beer, La Lupulosa has large quantities of American hops that give it intensely fruity and citrus aromas and flavors.")

Where distributed: Cerveceria Insurgente can be found in California. Unknown if they currently distribute anywhere else.

Appearance (5%): Poured clear golden into a pint glass. Very frothy white head and good lacing on the glass. Lots of sediment at the bottom of the bottle, so the final pour will be cloudy. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Tropical citrus and complementing malt. Also some pine in there. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Hop-forward with mostly balanced pine and citrus. Definitely on the bitter side; you'll feel every bit of those 70 IBUs. Aftertaste is a faint citrus. Wishing for just slightly more oomph of flavor on the back end. Feels like a straightforward IPA at the end of the day. 4/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, good carbonation. Gets fairly dry on the tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): A solid IPA. A Men's Journal article touted La Lupulosa as one of the best Mexican beers. When placed among some of the more memorable ones I've had, this one is unlikely to stand out (as I said above, it's a straightforward, stereotypical IPA). But make no mistake, it's still very drinkable. I drank the entire bottle, so these guys have to be doing something right. 4/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.175/5

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