Luponic Distortion

Tasting Notes

Luponic Distortion 013

June 2019 - October 2019

Luponic Distortion No. 13 features a blend of six hops from the Pacific Northwest and Germany, all combining to offer bright flavors of piña colada, key lime and nectarine.

In the words of Brewmaster Matt Brynildson, “It was worth the wait for this hop to come on line. The coconut aspect of this hop is really crazy. It adds a distinctive dimension to the aroma profile of the beer.”

Luponic Distortion 012

March 2019 - June 2019

Luponic Distortion No. 12 delivers a seemingly impossible array of fruit flavors derived solely through hops, without any flavorings or adjuncts. The lead hops in No. 12 include cultirvars from the Pacific Northwest and Germany, providing explosive flavors of tangerine, honeydew and strawberry gummy. “Simply put, No. 12 is the kind of fruit bomb that Luponic Distortion fans have come to know and love," says Brewmaster Matt Brynildson.

Luponic Distortion 011

Oct. 2018 - Feb. 2019

The lead hops in Luponic Distortion No. 11 include cultivars from three different continents, providing distinct qualities of pineapple, guava and lemon drop. In the words of Brewmaster Matt Brynildson, “No. 11 showcases an emergent new hop from the Pacific Northwest that is loaded with this unique pineapple character. We complemented this with an Australian hop that contributes a distinct guava quality, as well as a German hop that rounds it all out with a candied lemon character. As always, these aromas and flavors are derived solely through hops—no lemon drops or pineapples were killed in the making of this beer.”

Luponic Distortion 010

June 2018 - October 2018

The lead hops in Luponic Distortion No. 10 include new varieties from the Pacific Northwest, Germany and the Southern Hemisphere, which combine to provide distinct qualities of mango creamsicle, peach ring and ruby grapefruit. “Luponic Distortion No. 10 exemplifies everything we’ve learned so far about hop blending,” says Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “It’s not just about getting specific flavors from a specific hop, but also how you can blend and distort these hops together to amplify entirely fresh qualities.”

Luponic Distortion 009

Feb 2018 – June 2018

Revolution No. 009 is a showcase for “public domain” hops from the United States and Germany, offering a fresh twist on some not-so-familiar favorites. “Revolution No. 009 is all about showcasing these unsung hop varieties,” says Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. The lead hops in Revolution No. 009 include two varieties from the Pacific Northwest—one that provides exotic tropical fruit and coconut notes, and another that offers a balance of earthy pine and citrus qualities. The German hops round out the blend with a dimension of bright fruitiness.


Luponic Distortion 008

Nov 2017 - Feb 2018

Revolution No. 008 is a globetrotting iteration of Luponic Distortion, featuring eight hop varieties from four growing regions—Pacific Northwest, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. The lead hops include a punchy, citrusy variety from Washington state’s Moxee Valley; a hop from Hallertau that delivers honeydew and cantaloupe aromas; and a racy variety from New Zealand. In the words of Brewmaster Matt Brynildson, “As we approach the two year anniversary for Luponic Distortion, we were inspired to revisit some of our favorite hops and create a revolution that delivers the best of all worlds.”

Luponic Distortion 007

Sept 2017 - Jan 2018

Revolution No. 007 is a fresh iteration of Luponic Distortion led by three hop varieties from Australia. The hop intensity level is high on Revolution No. 007, with the primary Australian hop driving a bright, citrusy Sauvignon Blanc character on the nose. The two additional hops round out the palate with signature Southern Hemisphere notes of melon, grapefruit and lemon zest. The racy fruit qualities are balanced by a hint of quenching bitterness on the finish.



Luponic Distortion 006

May 2017 - Sept 2017

Revolution No. 006 is driven by a mix of seven different hop varieties, and is the first-ever West Coast beer to focus on Michigan-grown hops. “This beer showcases what happens when you take two familiar Northwest hop varieties and grow them 2,000 miles to the east,” says Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “The typical piney, dank attributes of these hops are transformed into something much brighter, with a racy citrus quality that adds yet another new layer to the lore of Luponic Distortion.” 

Luponic Distortion 005

Feb 2017 - May 2017

Revolution No. 005 is driven by a mix of five different hop varieties, led by an emerging American cultivar from the Yakima region. Together, these hops deliver a complex spectrum of ripe tropical fruit aromas with notes of guava, mango, pineapple, orange, blackberry, green tea and Meyer lemon. In true Luponic Distortion fashion, bitterness is moderate but snappy, with a balance of light malty-bready sweetness and a soft mouthfeel.



Luponic Distortion 004

Nov 2016 - Feb 2017

Four South African hops take the lead in Revolution 004. Two are experimental hops with pronounced tropical fruit qualities, along with distinct white grape and floral notes. The third hop presents a lively passion fruit character, while the fourth is more classically noble in profile. Revolution 004 is a departure from the more citrusy stone fruit personality of Revolution 003, but as always you will sense common threads. And once again, all of these bold fruit aromas and flavors are derived wholly from pure hops.

Luponic Distortion 003

Sept 2016 - Nov 2016

The lead hop in Revolution 003 is a new German variety that Brewmaster Matt Brynildson first encountered in its experimental infancy while traveling through the Hallertau region during the hop harvest three years ago. “I fell in love with it then, and I’ve been following its development ever since,” he says. “It’s just loaded with this juicy mandarin orange character that is so distinctively German, unlike anything you could grow here in the states.” Luponic Distortion Revolution 003 offers a mandarin orange and ripe peach character with ample supporting notes of citrus, stone fruit and pineapple. The overall profile is round and juicy, leaning heavily on ripe fruits with minimal dank or piney edges.

Luponic Distortion 002

July 2016 - Sept 2016

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. 

Luponic Distortion 001

April 2016 - June 2016

Luponic Distortion Revolution No.001 features a blend of six different hop cultivars from the 2015 harvest, with an emphasis on a zesty tropical fruit-driven experimental hop to create something entirely unique. A wheat malt base provides a clean canvas for showcasing a pure hop character. Aromas of pineapple, papaya and citrus creamsicle explode out of the glass. Resinous under tones yield to flavors of candied mango, red grapefruit zest and fresh green tea, all dissipating quickly into a clean, dry finish. 

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