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

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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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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

THANAT0PSIS, Jan 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

wesley14, Jan 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

JamesShoemaker, Dec 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

teamwiggum, Dec 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

KC9LDB, Dec 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

RWNay, Dec 20, 2012
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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.

herman77, Dec 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

oldvines, Dec 16, 2012
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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

mfnmbvp, Dec 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

mkennedy119, Dec 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

gir02021, Dec 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

bman_85, Dec 08, 2012
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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.

BudzandSudz, Nov 26, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: murky amber bodied beer with a thin white cap. This beer actually has 3 whole hop cones that are floating in the beer! This is awesome!

Smell: syrupy sweet and concentrated oily hoppiness. This smell like hop syrup if there is such a thing. Really leafy hops and almost a mustiness.

Taste: Big malts caramel, toffee, and fruity notes. This is really not all that bitter compaired to what I was thinking this might be. Citrusy hops and tropical fruits. Slightly resinous as well. It resembles an aged american barleywine.

Mouthfeel: medium full bodied beer with low carbonation. Its needing some carbonation and its got a syrupy mouthfeel.

Overall: I am going to call this a novelity beer because I really dont know of another beer thats actually bottled with whole hop cones inside the bottle! Its a really cool idea that Oso's has got here. Oso's did just what they promised on the bottle label...there is a side note that says: warning whole hop cones in this beer. I was expecting the beer to be more hoppy, but that okay it was still a decent beer.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Nov 11, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a super burnt deep goldish orange. Whole hop cone ended up wedged in the neck created a sweet hopbackish thing. Head is white, tight, and drops to a thin cap in short order. Bubbly collar. Hazed, but some of the chill haze drops as the beer warms.

Smell: Tropical fruit snacks. Loaded with mango and pineapple. Fresh fruit flesh. Some nice punches of grapefruit and orange with some ripe banana thrown in for good measure. Super fresh and fruity. Big bready malts coupled with an earthy yeastiness. Tons of sweet caramel malt as well. Almost pushes caramel candy at a certain point. Some deep resin.

Taste: Big, bready, and hoppy as can be. Pine needles, resin. loads of tropical fruit and more grapefruit than anything else. Pith. zest, juice, and flesh, it's all there. Nice roasted profile backing the big caramel sweetness. Biscuit dough and even some hints of toffee, but just barely. Oily, slick hops.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation on a medium body. Smooth and oily.

Overall: A bit malty in the long run, but solid.

The whole hop cone was a nice addition. Nice fresh, clean, and big flavors. Ultimately hit closer to a hoppy barleywine with all the layers of malt sweetness.

Goblinmunkey7, Nov 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

richkrull, Nov 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Duff27, Oct 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

GringoKid, Oct 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

CarolinaKev, Oct 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

elcrawl, Oct 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

KevBearcat529, Oct 12, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange and very cloudy with a fair head and decent sticky lacing that lasted.

Aroma is earthy, perhaps a little of the onion that some people say certain hops gives beer, plenty of citrus and pine needle hops, and lots of earthy malts.

Taste is similar to the smell but the sensations seem to come in a different order... first up is almost malt-bomb amounts of maltiness, followed by sweet fruits and sticky, oily, pungent hops. Earthy and syrupy, with a little obvious alcohol.

Body is very thick, slick, oily with a sweet, slick, heavy finish.

Overall it's quite interesting but is perhaps a little over the top. The hop cone in the bottle probably adds some nice aroma, but appearance may have suffered because of this. It's a bit gimmicky and probably unnecessary.

AlCaponeJunior, Oct 11, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Cooper, Sep 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

ObiWanKushnobi, Sep 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

TastyIsBeer, Sep 11, 2012
Lupulin Maximus Imperial IPA from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
87 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.