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Lupulin Maximus Imperial IPA - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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87
very good

266 Ratings
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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 33
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
This brew is 9% and may contain a hop cone in every bottle (2009 & 2010 vintages) ! We want to make sure to repeat this reminder that we put a hop cone in the bottle. Always pour into a glass to release the essence from the bottle.

2008 Edition: 22-oz bottle
2009 Edition: 12-oz bottles w/hop cone in bottle
2010 - 2013 Editions: 12-oz bottles w/Hop Warning label

(Beer added by: cdkrenz on 11-24-2008)
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

lakelouielover, Jul 01, 2012
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KC9LDB, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.97/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review #50... I just happened to pull this one out of the fridge (Thank you hopscrazy)...

A- Poured into a tulip glass... beautiful blonde foamy head sits atop an orange/yellow brew... wait a minute... somethings floating in my glass! A whole hop cone! Now that's presentation!!!

S- Smells like I just peeled a grapefruit! Tons of fresh citrus flow. Amazing blend of pine, fruit, and a hint, just a hint of sweet malt. Lemon zest and fresh squeezed orange juice! I have never had a IIPA this amazing on the nose! It KILLS Pliny!

T- OMG... this is it! All others can go home and work on their game! The freshness of the citrus, the bitter pine... that hidden malt backbone that brings it all together... Damn!!! I have never had an IPA that had it's shit together like this one does! Not Surly, RR, Troegs, Ithaca, or Southern Tier... This is unreal, and absolutely fabulous! I wonder if it's having the hop cone in the bottle for that long? Awesome idea indeed!

M- Bitter like an Ex... yet loving and caring like your new girl! This is without a doubt an unforgetable beer! One of those life changing beers for me...

O- It's almost perfect! Awesome all the way around! I'm pretty sure this is what Zeus drinks in the summer!!! This brew will make you forget all about Pliny... Move over PtE... Look out PtY... there just might be a new sheriff in town!

Thickfreakness, Apr 15, 2011
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4.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - poured a beautiful deep amber with a slight amount of head.. and a full hop cone dropped out of the bottle. HOLY FUCK.

S - floral hop smell, lots of sweetness (honey, caramel) .. this smells like no beer i've ever smelled before - but more like a candy

T - pure sweetness. sugary, fruity and bready. bananas, caramel, toffee. a bit of a butterscotch taste. a bit of a rubbery bitterness to even out the sweetness, makes this perfect.

M - very heavy beer - smooth flowing but a bit creamy as well. sweet on the palate, bitter aftertaste.

O - i have NEVER had an IPA this delicious. received it in a trade with a friend as a random throw-in. if this is a run of the mill beer for wisconsin, then i have a LOT to learn and a lot of beers to acquire.

facundoCNB, Mar 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

DrGonzoDDS, Mar 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

dragomni, Jan 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Le_HopHead, Dec 03, 2013
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4.74/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Lupulin Maximus Imperial IPA pours a dark copper color with a nice small lacing head, and the best part a whole hop cone floating in the top. Very hoppy floral aroma. The taste is very bold and strong hoppy flavors. Good full flavor, could use just a hint more carbonation. Overall a fantastic IPA, love the hop in each bottle.

vette2006c5r, Mar 03, 2013
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4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle poured into a standard duvel tulip glass. temp about 55F.

terms:
A=appearance
B=bouquet
T=taste
F=finish
O=opinion

A- pours nicely with good but small head. there's those hop cones- two of 'em. brussels lacing, quite nice.

B- soft hop and malt. very nice balance, nothing too over the top one way or another.

T- great balance between bitter and sweet; full body lets you know this is a strong beer. one of the finest balanced beers out there at this time, considering it's 9% ABV.

F- malt gives way to hops. not harsh however; reminds me a bit of popering's hommel ale from belgium, but bigger.

O- this is a really fine beer. o'so has found it's voice in this ale.

beergurujr, Dec 16, 2009
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4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Mmmm...O'so. A brewery I didn't even know about until a year ago has really impressed me with a solid lineup and a few exceptional beers. I think this one may be my favorite of theirs.

Poured the bottled directly into a pint glass. It's got a nice reddish color with a bit of haze swirling around. I think that may be residue from the hop cone.

A fruity smell rises and hangs around.

This beer is sweet and malty. There is good head retention while not having a lot of carbonation in the beer itself. It's pretty easy to imagine what this beer would be like on cask. I wonder if O'so has ever done casks of this. It would be great.

The drinkability of this beer is high. Easy going down, great taste, pleasant aftertaste, and an inconspicuous 9% ABV. This beer has some great qualities while not being an "extreme" beer in any way.

Everyone else has noted the inclusion of a whole hop cone in the bottle. My hop palate isn't fine tuned enough to know what the hop flower has added to the beer. I'd like to try the bottle side-by-side with a draft version to see if there's a notable difference.

CheeseTurds, Feb 05, 2010
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4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a New Glarus pint glass

A) cloudy, hazy, orange, amberish, color with a white two finger head that leaves a good amount of lace. Can't see through the beer and not a lot of light passes either. Low amount of nuculation

S) Very aromic, dank, pine, grapefruit, mango, orange, caramel, malt, sweet

T) Sweet candy, pine, citra, caramel malt, bread, lots of flavor and very sweet, Juicy

M) Low carbonation, coats the mouth with sweet nectar a tad syrupy too

O) A pretty damn good DIPA, pure Wisconsin in a bottle. Almost drank the entire four pack in one night. Cheers!

NewGlarusFan, Oct 02, 2013
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FreshmanPour77, Jun 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pow, right in the kisser! This is a very intense brew. They call it a Imperial IPA, but the high alc. and hop content (16 pounds for 156 gallons) makes this taste almost like a barley wine, or, more aptly, a hop wine. The mouth feels satiny like an imperial stout, and the head is strong and sticky and lasts all day long. Tastes of alc., anise, cilontro, and all the fruityness and bitternes of hops across your pallet. I drank the big bottle on an empty stomach. Whoa.

kickapoodude, Dec 03, 2008
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Lupulin Maximus Imperial IPA from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
87 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.