Lupulin Maximus Imperial IPA - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
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Ratings: 234 | Reviews: 84 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by emerge077:
2.53/5 rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
Best by date: 12-9-12
Sadly this batch is a shell of its former self. No hop aroma, instead it smells very sweetly of caramel/pastry icing. Very solventy taste with oddly astringent off flavors. Something is very wrong here, and seemingly not intentional. I had a 4-pk. this a month or two ago and it seemed less hoppy than previously, but wasn't this bad.
Loved this beer when it first came out, but sadly will have to avoid it in the future.
What the... ? There's a whole hop cone in the bottle... is this a hophead's answer to Cave Creek Chile Beer?
Different label, fairly sure this is the fresh 2009 batch.
edit: Approximate Release Date October 14th 2009
Pours into a Bells tulip a lovely dark reddish copper, very smooth, even surface of sticky foam. After a couple sips it leaves an impressive crown of lacing all around. In goes the cone *plupe*
Huge tropical fruit nose, juicyfruit gum, mango, tangerine, cantaloupe, starfruit. Whoo! On par with Hopslam and Dreadnaught based on the aroma alone.
Catty, resiny hop flavor, some residual pale malt, but basically a hop delivery vehicle. Sweet and tropical with some traces of cantaloupe. Fairly soft feeling and mellow, despite the solid residual bitterness. Alcohol is slightly apparent in the taste, but overall its a minor issue. Supple slick feel that dries out in the end, leaving a leafy green hop bine impression in the aftertaste. I could put back a couple of these... Wish I had more than a single 12 oz. dammit.
Edit: Seems to be issues with inconsistency... unless known to be fresh, I won't take a chance on old bottles after getting burned a couple times.
Serving type: bottle
01-24-2013 15:53:17 | More by emerge077
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4.21/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Was waiting to try this with Ralph. Bought while in Milwaukee.
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Sorry Ralph, I couldn't wait any longer. Beer has a carmel hint with bitter hoppy after taste. The hop cone is a unique touch - adds to the bitterness.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 01:51:59 | More by Trapipa
4.38/5 rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
From a bottle into a tulip glass, it pours a hazy amber, w/ a thin white head.
A reserved aroma. Sweet and grainy, rye bread, molasses. Pine needles, nuts, black pepper, and leather, all overlaying the sweetness. Plus some citrus--lime, actually.
Sweet and bready up front. Some will call this cloying; I love it. It's an adamant sweetness that tugs against the grassy hops all the way through this long, complex ride through flavor land. Brown sugar and biscuit, absolutely, plus some diacetyl that makes for a butterscotch candy delight. Wood and grass shake hands with the sweet notes and introduce the hop bitterness. The sweetness becomes tropical fruit in the presence of the hops, mango, I'd say. Finishes dry and salty, a long finish of simple syrup and oak aging mellowness. The alcohol says hello before it's done. And, yet, there's something not quite great about this flavor. Too busy, perhaps? Still, totally impressive.
Wonderful in the mouth, viscous, syrupy, creamy, despite the moderate, cleansing carbonation. Mouthfeel is the raison d'etre, here.
Massively complex. So many star turns for the various profiles. Will definitely divide audiences due to its uncompromising flavors.
Serving type: bottle
12-10-2013 17:11:46 | More by martyl1000
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap @ Balzac wine bar Brady Street Milwaukee East Side @ 6 a pint pour. Date night but did not feel like wine- to bartender "where is O' SO? Bartender- not sure but great beer our staff go to beer. First view nice honey color and clear but little head- maybe soapy glass. Smell is a stand up and notice, Sculpinesque or Headhunter? Wow and taste is extremely hop forward floral, bitter but with a balanced long clean finish. Great, memorable beer sure to put Plover, WI on the beer map. Maybe best IPA in the whole state and holds court with Headhunter, Selinsgrove, or Perpetual in my current home state of PA. Discount Liquor you better have some in stock for me. Try it if you can find it, particularly on tap and Kudos to Balzac as one of the best wine bars in Milwaukee having such a great beer and overall thoughtful beer list. A+.
Serving type: on-tap
12-01-2013 05:16:59 | More by sublimesipping
Lupulin Maximus Imperial IPA from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
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