They say you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but it’s pretty damn difficult when the cover looks this good. From its pink top and green ring pull, to its raging hop monster, rocketships and ’50s spacemen, illustrator Nick Dwyer has really outdone himself with Beavertown’s newest addition, the Lupuloid IPA. I walked into Mother Kelly’s, Church Street and it was the only thing that caught my eye.
I had to remind myself, I did try the Lupuloid series once before, at the Beavertown Taproom back in May. There were two then; Delta Unda and Uy Scuti, and the trial wave was dubbed The Invasion of the Lupuloids. But this September, the Lupuloid IPA officially joined Beavertown’s tasty range of colourful core beers.
According to the brewery it’s their, “first straight up IPA, no funny business, just malt, yeast, water and hops. Lots of hops.” Specifically, citra, mosaic and equinox hops.
And in this case, less is definitely more; the 6.7 ABV Lupuloid IPA tastes as good as it looks – well, almost. It’s fruity, with a thick, dense, tropical consistency that’s strong and rich, yet refreshing at the same time. Unsurprisingly, it’s less complex than the Gamma Ray, but, perhaps, even tastier – with more punch. Definitely a new favourite. In fact, I went to the Taproom again this Saturday, just to double-check.
Malt: Extra Pale, Wheat, Flaked Oats, Acidulated
Hops: Citra, Mosaic, Equinox