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

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87
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288 Ratings
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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 35
Gots: 21 | 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:
Beer added by: cdkrenz on 11-24-2008

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
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Ratings: 288 | Reviews: 88
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.92/5  rDev +1%
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.

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