On the docket: 12 oz. bottle of Firestone Walker’s Luponic Distortion Revolution #001, bottled on 2/20/16
Poured into: Firestone Walker Pint Glass
S: Pale straw with a slight golden hue dazzles in the early morning sun. The head, off-white, builds to a dense quarter-inch and sticks around for a long while before relaxing into a tight ring. Lacing is consistent and bandy. Lazy bubbles rise to the surface from the base of the glass. They seem to sense it’s a Saturday, and take their time.
A: A zesty blend of citrus, pine, mango, lime. A touch of peach and a light candy sweetness. Malt took the day off. There’s a mild spice note that I want to call… cinnamon and brown sugar. This one you really have to look for, adding a bit of nuance to a very fruit/pine driven aroma.
T: Pine resin meets your palate first, followed by subtle water-cracker malt and a wheat-y twang. The finish reminds me of tonic water (quinine) with a bit of lime thrown in for flavor. This is not a bad thing, as American IPAs should be hoppy, dry, and bitter. A great lingering taste of pine, too. I will agree with some opinions that this gets a little sweeter over time, the malt emerging a bit more, adding balance, but not interfering with the star of the show.
F: Long, drying finish; a touch oily and coating on the tongue. Bitter, resinous end.
O: I’ve read reviews calling this “hop water.” Nonsense. Though the malt is a little sparse, this brew is meant to showcase the hops, whatever they may be. The varietals are undisclosed, adding to its mystique and allure. Fans of a gin and tonic would enjoy this, as would fans of IPAs that are aromatic, flavorful, and on the gentler side of the abv spectrum (this one weighs in at 5.9%) making this one, dare I say it and sound like a Hipster… crushable?
Suggested food pairing: Arugula salad with mandarin oranges on top, honey mustard chicken wings/tenders/strips, tropical fruit tart, Monterey jack cheese