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

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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 35
Gots: 11 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

07-29-2012 22:31:17 | More by aasher
Photo of SykDoc


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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a translucent dark orange color. A 1/8 inch eggshell colored head forms and leaves a nice lacing. One hop cone is present that I pulled out.

The aroma is started with a pineapple and straight up pine mixture that is followed by a caramel malty sweetness.

The taste is familiar to the nose with a solid pine presence and some spiciness. The caramel sweetness seems to lurk a little more in the background, but present. Somewhat earthiness and floral tones are also present.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and thick with a uniquely creamy feel. Carbonation is a bit light. A mild dryness lingers at the finish along with a stickiness.

Overall, this beer is solid with the strong hops presence expected and a nice malt backbone. It is fairly drinkable although much more than one is likely to reduce palate sensitivity for the night.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 01:26:07 | More by SykDoc
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to StayWhatYouAre2 for sharing this one at his own pre-marriage tasting! Thanks Alex! Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, fruit, and floral. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. While this one wasn’t overly complex all of the different components going on here were in great proportions and all worked really well together. I honestly went into this one blind and was quite intrigued with what I found. The fruit and floral aspect going on here definitely carried this brew into an upper tier of the style. A definite must try.

Serving type: can

07-06-2012 10:52:15 | More by thagr81us
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

07-01-2012 21:13:48 | More by lakelouielover
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

06-25-2012 17:24:59 | More by FreshmanPour77
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-15-2012 20:14:00 | More by soccerfancooch
Photo of jera1350


4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out of a 12 oz. bottle with whole hop cone inside a deep dark orange body with a dense cap of creamy tan foam that is sticky as hell and clings in globs to the glass.

Juicy and citrusy hop nose with a touch of pineapple, alcohol and malt sweetness behind. Very fresh hop like scent.

A balanced attack of hops and sweet malt with notes of honey, agave and caramel. The hops deliver a moderate bitterness with tropical and citrus fruits, some pine and earthiness also. Warm alcohol rears its head mildly at the end.

Full body, lower carbonation that is very soft. Alcohol warmness trickles down the chest cavity following consumption. Sticky/resiny feel on the palate.

Really digging this beer. A really great take on a DIPA. This is one that I will certainly grab again.

EDIT: Had a second bottle from the same four pack and it was noticeably less hoppy and the malt was a bit of a muddled mess. Nothing like the one that I reviewed above.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 01:56:56 | More by jera1350
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

06-07-2012 05:10:17 | More by Localdrinklax
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

06-06-2012 06:53:38 | More by fuzzcherry
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

05-30-2012 01:19:15 | More by hoppymcgee
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

05-28-2012 14:35:08 | More by Satan70
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New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-28-2012 01:39:48 | More by VonZipper
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-30-2012 22:41:39 | More by SnatchyMcPants
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

04-29-2012 00:28:32 | More by KostyaK
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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

04-26-2012 19:22:49 | More by JDbullodg
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

04-24-2012 16:41:22 | More by smogfood
Photo of zeledonia


2.33/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pretty fresh, bottled in the last month I'd guess. My bottle has two hop cones in it!

Pours medium amber, almost completely clear but with a touch of haze. Half finger of yellowish head, decent retention and nice little islands of lacing.

Smell starts out pretty good, but shifts into something stranger. At the beginning, it's quite malty, with hefty amounts of sweet caramel. Big pine needle hops tickle my nostrils. But then it drifts into weird territory, slightly pungent and fruity in a way I don't like. Infected?

Ugh. I do not like this. Once again, it starts out in familiar territory, but then some strange stuff comes flying in from right field. Malty-hoppy-tasty to begin, and quite sweet for an IPA; pine once again dominant amongst the hoppy hops. But then some bad bitterness (alcohol) and off flavors come in. Like rotten fruit. Yum. I can't drink this.

Mouthfeel is fine. On the sticky side, as I want it to be, but with enough carbonation. No problem here.

I was thinking about sending this out as an extra in an upcoming trade. Boy, am I happy I tried it first. Did I get a bad bottle? Perhaps.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 03:18:54 | More by zeledonia
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

04-15-2012 12:38:54 | More by eawolff99
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

04-12-2012 18:01:14 | More by SciFritz
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-12-2012 14:44:19 | More by Fibby_McGee
Photo of gford217


3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Pours a deep, hazy amber with a small beige head that recedes to a thin collar.

Aroma is sweeter than I was expecting with candied apples, caramel malts and light fruits - peaches come to mind. There isn't a lot of citrus or pine that I get in the nose.

Taste has a bit more citrus with some oranges up front, but the caramelized sugar and sweet malts are still a big player and the finish is sweet with hints of pine but mostly a lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but low on carbonation and comes across a little syrupy with the heavy sweetness dominating the palate.

In case you hadn't noticed, this is a very sweet DIPA, very light on the hops. It's not bad but it's not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 23:51:11 | More by gford217
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2.25/5  rDev -42%

04-03-2012 15:32:59 | More by bigred89
Photo of RoamingGnome


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From from 12 oz bottle into CBS snifter.

A) Pretty dark amber. The hop cone in the bottle does not allow for a real head building pour. Bubbles did linger about on the surface. Really not much lacing.

S) Lots of sweetness on the nose. Ripe peaches and clementine oranges. There is also light pine and a little alcohol.

T) Decent Malt/Hops balance. A little pine prickle with nice tropical fruit. There's a little caramel and a bit of alcohol. A touch of rind on the finish with tingle layover.

M) Medium body with not much carbonation, actually a little flat for my palate. Went down well enough.

O) A solid offering... I found it more enjoyable than Hop Whoopin. I would recommend giving this one a shot. Cheers...

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 23:23:27 | More by RoamingGnome
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

03-21-2012 02:20:44 | More by Omeganeg1
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

03-20-2012 02:09:06 | More by mrebeka
Lupulin Maximus Imperial IPA from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
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