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

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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 35
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of bman_85
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of 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.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
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.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
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.

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of GringoKid
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of CarolinaKev
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of elcrawl
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of KevBearcat529
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
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.

Photo of Cooper
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of ObiWanKushnobi
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of CWhite
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of MSEGUIN
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of krazybartender
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 16 oz glass.

A- pours a cloudy, burnt orange with a 1'finger off-white head. Minimal lacing resides immediately.

S- sweet citrus, honey, dank, juicy hops.

T- sweet caramel, big juicy orange and grapefruit. Dank bitter piney hops.

M- medium body and carbonation. Creamy, oily feel.

O- nice dipa with big citrus and dank otter hop bitterness.

Photo of JackieTH
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark amber, minimal off white head. minimal lace. Heaps of caramel on the nose, toffee. Some underlying resin, pine. Taste presents resin pine flavored bitterness which is backed by a substantial toffee malt body. Just a bit sweet. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy. Very slight lingering bitterness. Overall is an interesting drink, the ABV becomes a bit too noticeable, and it's just a tad malty for my preferences. Can I eat this hop cone?

Photo of Davit
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

Photo of thagr81us
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.

Photo of lakelouielover
5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Lupulin Maximus Imperial IPA from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
87 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.