Sunday, October 15, 2017

Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion (Revolution No. 007)

Beer Name: Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 007
Brewery: Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (Paso Robles, CA)
ABV: 5.9%
How sold: Six-packs (12 oz. bottles and 12 oz. cans); on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $1.97 for 12 oz. single

Date Canned: September 13, 2017
Date Purchased: October 1, 2017
Date Drank: October 11, 2017
IBUs: 50

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. 007 (the seventh mix), available from September 2017 through about January 2018. 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: "Now in rotation: Revolution No. 007, the latest release in Firestone Walker's Luponic Distortion revolving hop series, featuring yet another trailblazing blend of distinctive hops. True to form, Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 007 represents a fresh iteration of Luponic Distortion led by three hop varieties from Australia. Revolution No. 007 marks the second time that Luponic Distortion has dipped down into the Southern Hemisphere for its lead hops, following the South African hops that set the tone for Revolution No. 004 last year. 'The hop intensity level on Revolution No. 007 is high,' says Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. 'The primary Australian hop is loaded with this bright, citrusy Sauvignon Blanc character, and the other two hops round it out with classic Southern Hemisphere qualities.'" Read more here!

Appearance (5%): Poured clear straw golden into a pint glass. White head. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Blend of grapefruit and slight floral. 4/5

Taste (40%): Balanced at the start, with tropical characteristics. Good wave of tropical citrus peel on the aftertaste. I still could go for a bit more flavor at the end of the day. 4/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, good carbonation. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): A decent IPA. None of the Luponic Distortion beers likely will be extremely memorable, choosing lighter session IPA qualities over the bolder in-your-face flavors. I did like the wave of tropical on the aftertaste here. This one is still good at the end of the day. It's sold at a fairly cheap price and pairs well with some spicy food. 4/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.038/5

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