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

Lupulin Maximus Imperial IPA
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BA SCORE
87
very good

242 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%


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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Trapipa

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
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
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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
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buschbeer

Ohio

2.01/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.75

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is a peach/amber color with golden highlights. It is capped with a couple inches of off-white head. The bottle contained a hop cone. I guess that is better than a serrano pepper. I'm looking at you Cave Creek Chili beer.

S - It has a sweet birthday cake-like smell. When I poured it I got some grapefruit, but the smell is a lot sweeter in the glass.

T - The initial taste is sweet. Then the bitterness kicks in at the end. The bitterness is intense enough to wipe out any trace of the sweetness up front. It leaves a lingering, bitter aftertaste.

M - Moderate

O - I do not like the sweet smell or taste up front. Thank goodness for the bitter aftertaste to help me forget the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 19:47:38 | More by buschbeer
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Cujo65

Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this one based on a recommendation from a friend. All of the other reviews are spot-on.

a) cloudy with minimal light coming through

s) wonderful smell -

t) sweet at the onset and a bit bitter/heavier towards the end

m) went in smooth over the palate and seemed to get more robust as it headed towards my gullet

o) loved it - with my stash of Hopslam long gone and no nearby availability of Myrcenary, this is a diamond in the rough.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 01:50:06 | More by Cujo65
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joe1510

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$9.99 4-Pack
Discount Liquors - Milwaukee, Wi

Each bottle of Lupulin Maximus has a hop cone added to the bottle so each pour brings the cone to the neck and your beer basically filters through on the way from bottle to glass. Gimmicky? Absolutely, but fun and unique as well.

A silky but dirty white head sits atop the tarnished copper body, rising to a solid cap and quickly falling to a thick ring that's constantly replenished by creeping carbonation. The body glows pumpkin orange when backlit and the silky head leaves behind drink lines.

There's a robust, sweet hop profile dripping with brown sugared grapefruit, orange marmalade, wildflower honey, and candied citrus peel. Floral characteristics separate from the honey and dank resinous supplement the citrus qualities. The malt base is also pretty substantial bordering on red ale. Lightly toasted grains, crystal malts, and rich caramel all lay down a sturdy base. Depth galore if a little sweet.

The flavor profile isn't as sweet as the smell led me to believe, which is a good thing. The citrus runs hand in hand with the aroma from beginning to end while the wildflower honey, and resinous really stand tall on the finish. Caramel and toasty grains lay a solid base but never interfere with the depth of the hop profile. Pretty damn good!

The body is lighter than expected, weighing in at medium with a surprisingly light feel across the tongue. Bitterness grows and lingers but never extends past moderate. The swallow brings a drying touch of peppery alcohol that adds to, instead of detracts, from the overall quality of the beer.

I've enjoyed this beer since the first year it came out and always pick up at least one 4-pack a year. It's a touch sweeter than my favorite of the style but the hop profile is deep and the overall flavor drips with citric goodness. A sturdy, delicious malt backbone holds everything together.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 00:04:06 | More by joe1510
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy rust orange, finger khaki head,
awesome lacing!

S: huge lemon zest/peel, grapefruit, pine, hint of grassy
sweet candy malt

T: lemon peel, candy sweet malt, long oily bitter
fresh pine finish

M: heavy/med mouth, big oily/sticky feel

O: WOW! Truly a hop lovers dream, they
even throw in a whole cone hop to the bottle.
O'so is underrated and this is a mighty
triumph for the brewery.

DELICIOUS; MUST HAVE FOR HOP HEADS!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 22:56:06 | More by BeerLover99
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NewGlarusFan

Illinois

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 16:13:35 | More by NewGlarusFan
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big IBU yet still not a palate eraser. Fear and trepidation as I pour the bottle, examining for the pine cone. Liquid hop pellet level of IBU, very craftily malted down and therefore drinkable. Cloudy appearance. Fresh bottle from 20 West Wine and Spirits.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 03:44:20 | More by Sammy
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours a hazy, rusty-tangerine color with a frothy, off-white head that holds good retention, and leaves nice, thick lacing on the glass. Aromas are fresh pine & citric hops, earthy, sweet bread; caramel malt noticeable on the nose as well. Huge bready malt backbone with loads of caramel, followed by fresh, dank, piny hops with pungent grapefruit pith. Super creamy, maybe a little too full, but the creaminess is nice. Finishes bitter with lingering pine. Overall, it's a nice unique DIPA. Not sure that I'd get it again, but I did enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 12:13:01 | More by barnzy78
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TheSSG

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a HUGE, dense, frothy off-white head oozing in hop resin that has insane persistence and clings desperately to my glass. A WHOLE HOP CONE IS IN MY GLASS! Nice, resiny hop aroma blends with the sweet malt to make for a candied citrus rind aroma (but not that sweet). Straw and a slight burnt sienna color. Starts off bitter and bright with HUGE notes of hop resin. As the bitterness builds, it becomes dry and notes of grapefruit and citrus rind. The bitterness lingers and lingers. This almost tastes sticky it is so resiny.

Overall, I like this. It's very hop-resiny, which I don't typically like, but this works pretty well.
If you like your hops RESINY and sappy, then this is for you!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 02:16:24 | More by TheSSG
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SerialHiker

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy caramel brown with a touch of golden orange…a thin layer of off white head did form and remains…could be more…(3.5/5)

Smell: Tons of bitterness…strong dank, woodsy, piney hops aroma…this thing is very much a hops driven wagon…caramel malt balance out things a bit with some nice sweetness and borderline creaminess…a very strong, almost intoxicating hops explosion…(4.25/5)

Taste: Whoa, this is heavy handed with hops! Tons of fresh woodsy/dank/earthy hops up front…it’s not overly bitter, just strong (and powerful) with hops flavor…bitterness does come in after I swallow, but again, not as strong as I would expect with all this hops flavor…there is a noticeable sweet caramel presence that rounds out the overall flavor and sweetens this runaway hops freight train…robust, rich, mildly creamy and flavorful…Yum! (4.25/5)

Moutfeel: Medium to full body with tons of carbonation…fluffs up bringing woodsy/dank hops flavor and slight bitterness to the palate…it’s got a bite to it that touches the outside of my tongue and a heavy hops feel on the back of my tongue…chewy, mildly creamy and somewhat smooth for such a strong brew…(4.25/5)

Overall: This is a wonderful brew…I’ve been delving deep into the imperial india pale ales lately and this one is stands out in strength and flavor categories…it doesn’t rely on any of the citrus or floral fluff to stand on, it’s straight up robust earthy/dank hops hitting the palate…a true palate wrecker…one thing I loved about this beer is that there was a hop cone in the bottle! I’ve never seen that done before…it was floating at the top of the bottle when I bought it, a sign of freshness I presume…I have to admit, I was excited to try this brew and it hasn’t disappointed…if I see this again, I will definitely buy it again…(4.5/5)

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Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 01:36:49 | More by SerialHiker
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Yep, there's a whole hop cone...not sure how this makes me feel.

Murky red with 1 1/2 finger foamy off-white head.

Off scented aroma, a lot of sugary aroma present.

Bready, creamy, thick, sweet and sugary, drinkable, slightly dank, dry, lower carbonation, missing bitterness and bite..

Not sure how I feel about this brew... It's mixed on too many levels for me to quite make up my mind.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 03:24:16 | More by chugalug06
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden yellow with a slightly hazy body. Outstanding frothy and dense white head, leaving considerable patchy lacing.

Pine tree and floral hop aromas with bready malt.

Resinous pine tree, tea leaf, and floral hops with a nice balance from bready and caramel malt. It's bitter, but still has great balance to it.

Mouthfeel is soft and medium body. Slight alcohol burn and a little bit astringent.

I was expecting this to be a decent IPA, but found it to be pretty damn good. I'd definitely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 02:12:56 | More by Vonerichs
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 04:29:09 | More by vette2006c5r
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass.

A - Tall and tight off-white head holds beautifully. The pour goes right through a whole cone hop in the neck of the bottle resulting in a hazy amber beer. Tons of sticky lacing all the way down.

S - Splendid wet feel to these hops. I get nice citrus and pine but an underlying flower like bouquet. Toasty malts also sit in the background.

T - Malt plays an important role in this beer. It comes across as very toasty with a dry feel to it. The malt carries through nearly the entirety of the flavor. Hops show up early and are citrusy here as well. The flavor finished up with a melon/pine hop note and some spicy alcohol. The bitterness is present throughout the whole flavor and although it finishes with a strong bitterness it never becomes overly sharp.

M - Semi-dry, medium to medium-full bodied, medium carbonation.

O - Excellent looking beer and also a cool perk having a hop cone in the bottle. Great freshness to the beer. Balanced yet hop forward and spread out bitterness instead of all at the backend.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 02:11:41 | More by Jparker37
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jsulko

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Slightly hazy dark orange color with a decent slightly off white head.

Smell is sweet and citrus with hints of dark pine.

Taste is flilled with a strong bitter grapefruit with a decent bite on the finish. Alcohol is slightly there on the finish. Some piney hops come through on the finish.

A decent DIPA but not a game changer. Not one I would seek out.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 00:55:37 | More by jsulko
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah another one of the fabled mysterious beer reviews that just disappears down the road. Has a hop cone in the bottle! Pours a copper color, small head on it, white. I'm gonna give it extra points in the appearance category because it is so unique with that hop cone!

Aroma, bitter hops, not really lending itself to anything pine, tropical, I guess citrus, its kind of that generic grapefruit kind of bitter aroma.

Taste, solid, hides alcohol well, even though it does have a warming effect on the belly. Caramel not overdone, enough from making the beer a unbalanced bitter beer that isn't enjoyable. Plenty of hop oil in this one. Good sweet malt undertones. Resin, syrup like at times, but not in a negative way, in a substantial beer way. Cool, novel beer here.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 01:15:25 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Fairly fresh bottle, was just delivered a week ago in Hudson. Yep, there was a hop cone in there - kind of cool. (2013 vintage on draft notes)

A: Pours a dirty rust color, more brown than orange. Minimal off-white head. Looks like a Flanders red. (Pours a amber-orange with a moderate, creamy off white head. Huge, thick lacing rings)

S: Big blast of sweet oranges is followed by earthy, onion-y hops that just smells sticky and sweet. All of the sweetness seems to come from the hops. Very nice and inviting. (Same)

T: Piney and earthy hops are very sweet and a bit spicy, with that garlic/onion bite. I don't discern much in the way of malt, but despite all the hops presence it seems too sweet and syrupy. I like the hop flavor, but I don't know if I am digging the excess found here. There is some mild alcohol presence as well. (Really sticky, resinous hops are both citrus rind and vegetal)

M: This is a big disappointment. Somewhat heavy and yet also rather watery. Carbonation is very low, almost flat tasting actually. With all the hops you would expect a sticky resinous mouthfeel, but this is not the case. Alcohol is present, and the finish is moderately bitter and dry. (Creamy, full body, slightly buttery feel with a moderately bitter finish that creeps up rather than hits hard. Doesn't really "finish")

O: I really wanted to like this beer, but I just wouldn't drink it again. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't very well put together either. I wasn't a huge fan of the hop profile. The watery, flat mouthfeel was a killer for this beer. (Guess I drank it again, this time on tap. Enjoyed it quite a bit more, seemed less vegetal/onion-y than last review. Still a bit resinous and heavy for more than one)

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 00:44:55 | More by doucmehu
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (hop inside?) into a tulip. O'so just made it into Chicago.

A: Pours a murky orange-amber with a large white head.

S: Sweet citrus, pine, apricot jam. Light caramel and cracker malt underneath.

T: Caramel, heavy oily bitterness, pine and grass, light apricot. The focus is on the bitterness here.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This smelled pretty good, but the taste could have used some more hop character than the bitterness. I think the appearance was affected negatively (murky) because of the hop in the bottle. By no means bad, but not great either.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 22:47:31 | More by Etan
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emerge077

Illinois

2.53/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

1-23-13
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.

***

12-01-2009 4.33/5
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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charlzm

California

4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed on January 23rd, 2013 in a standard pint glass.

Beer pours a fairly clear deep honey color. That is, until I turn the bottle upside down at the end of the pour. I was trying to get every drop out of the bottle, but the whole hop cone in the bottle neck was partially obstructing the pour. Resulted in a somewhat cloudy beer. Head is off-white and two fingers tall, subsiding very slowly and leaving a sticky, nearly-uniform sheet of foam on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is... (wait for it)... hoppy! Mainly minty with herbal and fruity (mango, peach, pear) notes.

Sweeter than expected and not as bitter as I would have thought. The taste up front is sweet and indistinct malt. The midtaste is essentially the aroma, dominated by an oily, minty note. The finish is a long, lingering, oily mint note with only a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick, oily (are you getting the idea yet?) and enhanced by creamy carbonation.

This is one hop bomb I can wholeheartedly recommend!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 02:18:55 | More by charlzm
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THANAT0PSIS

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

O’so Lupulin Maximus

Appearance: O’so’s imperial India pale ale pours a very dark copper (even by IIPA standards) color with a solitary finger of bone-white head that does not have the best retention. It does settle into a pleasant looking crust. The beer is very opaque, perhaps due to hop haze, as there is little sediment. The lacing is average and there are alcohol legs present. Additionally, each bottle of this beer as noted on the label, pours out a single hop. It is a bit of a gimmick, but it does well to set the beer apart.

Aroma: The hop included in the bottle does well to give the beer a special, hoppy kick in the nose. That said, the hops really play second fiddle to the overwhelming sweet malts, which take the form of caramel and toffee notes, along with simple syrup. Earthy hops do make a slight appearance in the form of the elusive onion aroma and other vegetal notes. There are also slight tropical fruit notes, mostly mango and pineapple. This is a pleasantly complex, bold smelling beer, but more hop qualities should shine through given the style; as it is, this is pushing towards American barleywine rather than IIPA.

Taste: This mostly follows the nose, but is a bit more of a mess. There is definite malty sweetness dominated by caramel, but the hops definitely come through a lot more. Thick, musty, earthy hops hit hard and bitter, with a strange, vegetal flavor that this palate just cannot place. The onions are definitely there; in fact, this is one of the only beers that this reviewer has noticed onions in. The aftertaste is very bitter, and yet has a toffee sweetness. The beer is a lot hoppier than the nose lets on. The complexity is nice, but it would be nicer if it was not so muddled.

Mouthfeel: This one is a syrup-bomb. Those who do not like that attribute in their beers should steer clear. This one rivals Founders Devil Dancer for mouthfeel stickiness. The carbonation is right on the money, and there is serious astringency from the ridiculous hoppiness. There is slight warming from the alcohol. Sticky sweetness matched with such astringency is odd, but interesting.

Overall: This beer evokes Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA in the sheer complexity of hop flavor that is contained in it. It is sure to be a very divisive beer because of the extreme qualities and the typically undesirable syrupy mouthfeel (to most drinkers, not me). Cleaning up the taste would push this one over the hump and into great beer territory, but as is, this is simply a good IIPA. 16/20

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 03:09:14 | More by THANAT0PSIS
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herman77

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep hazy amber, dark copper with a small beige head. Very nice lacing for a double IPA.

S: Lots of sweet carmel and toffee. Some tropical fruits, mainly ripe pineapple. A bit of butterscotch. A slight resinous, pine hops in the background.

T: Carmel and toffee malts and some earthy hops. Some pine and a bit of citrus as well. Vegetal flavors come through pretty strong, probably from the hop cone. Fairly mild, bitter finish. Almost american barleywine like.

M: Fuller body. Thick for the style. Average carbonation. Different, but I like it.

O: Decent drinkability. ABV is somewhat hidden. Kind of thought it would be a gimmick with the hop cone, but I think it does change the flavor of this beer. Not the most bitter or tastiest double IPA out there, but it's worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 00:20:41 | More by herman77
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present, but I'm pretty sure it's as fresh as can be.

A - Beautiful cloudy orange color, with a short thick and foamy white head, that disappears quickly. That hop cone plopped itself into the glass, and it just makes it look even more gorgeous.

S - Smells amazing. Irresponsibly hoppy, which is just what I want out of a double IPA.

T - Fresh, juicy, citrus hops. Extremely potent fresh grapefruit taste, this IPA is so fresh and hoppy you'd think someone had just whipped it up in the kitchen for you. A friend of mine tried eating the hop cone, and he said it tasted like a crumpled up receipt. Needless to say, I didn't try the hop cone.

M - Extra dry, bitter finish. Lovely, everything one could expect from an IPA. And the presence of the hop cone definitely helps to make it a novelty experience as well.

Overall, this was my delicious first introduction to O'so Brewing, and I'm looking forward to trying more.

O'so Brewing Lupulin Maximus Imperial IPA ---4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 16:41:55 | More by mfnmbvp
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BudzandSudz


4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Gorgeous light brown with 1.5 fingers worth of thick, golden head that never settled and left monstrous curtains of lace down the glass.

S - Citrus and Pine hop notes are predominant, but a nice malt subtlety and some sort of almost raisin smell that I can't quite pick out. This is basically what Christmas SHOULD smell like.

T - Fairly dry, and extremely hoppy. Not much to say beyond that. Nice warmth from the hops and alcohol upfront with a nice malty backbone, and a serious bitter bite and dry finish on the way down. Love it.

M - Feels like an IPA. Not cloying, not too dry, just nice carbonated deliciousness.

O - Excellent IPA. It's no Pliny the Elder or anything, but I love it and will definitely choose it over most other IPA options at my local beer store.

The biggest downside is the hop in the bottle. I think it's a clever idea and guarantees a serious dry-hop flavor to the beer, but it's obnoxious to pour and I keep getting bits of hops in my teeth as I drink.

Serving type: bottle

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