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

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Lupulin Maximus Imperial IPA
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BA SCORE
87
very good

277 Ratings
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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 34
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 WastingFreetime
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out an coppery amber with minimal haziness, mild lacing and a single finger of short lived head... and of course a floating hop flower, the gimmick of this brew. Actually, it *is* kind of fun to pull out the hop flower and suck the delicious essence out of it like some kind of demented beer vampire....but I digress.
Has an excellent blend of spicy, earthy, herbal, grassy, pine, and tropical fruit in just about the same proportion both in the scent and in the flavor, but maintains a large hefty caramel and toffee malt presence to counterbalance. This brew is one of the sweetest IPAs I've ever had that still manages to feel balanced against the bittering included within. (I've had sweeter IPAs but they weren't what I would consider "well balanced") Body is on the hefty side of medium which does well to support the bold flavors, only has a small amount of rising alcohol heat towards the finish... overall this is quite a lovely IPA.

WastingFreetime, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of twbeecher
4/5  rDev +3.4%

twbeecher, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of atone315
4/5  rDev +3.4%

atone315, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of JohnWaynes44
3/5  rDev -22.5%

JohnWaynes44, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of wibrewer
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

wibrewer, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of bierbrauer
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle purchased locally, ($9.99/4). No date on bottle or on 4-pack. Poured into tulip glass.

A: Hazy copper; 1/4" off-white foam that leaves a thin film of lacing; ring of medium-sized bubbles and oil slick left at surface; no effervescence. The hop cone was lodged in the bottle neck and slowed down the pour, much like a wine cork that has been pushed into the bottle.

S: Strong pine hops, spicy & sweet floral.

T: Resinous pine, some caramel malt; slight citrus; moderate, growing bitterness.

M: Low carbonation, heavy body; very thick & chewy, rich and smooth; very dry finish; some warming.

O: It's an interesting idea, to put a hop cone in each bottle, a localized "Randall the Enamel Animal." An intense and informative experience. A search brought up Madison's Isthmus news review citing the hop bill of "Summit, Glacier, Chinook, Simcoe and the inserted Fuggles." Furthermore, the inserted flower was "taken from vines that grew this past summer at the Plover home of O'so Brewery owners Marc and Katina Buttera."
http://www.thedailypage.com/daily/article.php?article=27607. It may not be an everyday sipper, but it is one to seek out and try.

bierbrauer, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +3.4%

whartontallboy, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of eroc360
4/5  rDev +3.4%

eroc360, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of mobius387
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass

appearance: golden transparent hue, little to no head

aroma: strong nose with big hop nose, would be great, but theres a hint of onion in there that isn't as pleasant as i was hoping for from a beer with a hop in the bottle

palate: medium body, little carbonation, stingy feel

taste: nice blend of hops and malts, but the onion again keeps this one from getting a higher score

overall: a very tasty dipa from o'so. strong enough hop flavor to satisfy hop heads, but not the best blend of flavors/aromas to make this one one of the bests in the area. still definitely worth a pick up!

mobius387, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Grebdioz
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Grebdioz, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Exiled, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +3.4%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ncketchum
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy dark orange with one finger of head, good retention. mild amount of sediment from hop cone in the bottle.

S - sweet malt, lemon and grapefruit, hops, but not as hop forward as it warms.

T - hops followed by more hops! also toffee, malt, citrus.

M - fairly thick and sticky, alcohol comes only in the aftertaste.

D - good drinkability, not in my top DIPAs, but interesting, something different with the hop cone in the bottle, and overall not a bad DIPA on occasion.

ncketchum, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of billshmeinke
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden/orange body.

Smells grassy and herbal. There's a hop presence that borders on funky (cheese like). Some light sweet caramel and dried fruit.

Tastes of caramel and subtle dried fruits (pineapple), some coconut too. Biscuity malt. Hops come through as straight bitterness (resin/dank). Hints of papery oxidation on the finish.

Mouthfeel is big, full bodied, well carbonated. Wet, not sticky. Fairly dry finish.

Hop cone in the beer... cool story bro. Unfortunately this bottle tastes like its got a bit of age on it. I'd love to try it fresh sometime.

billshmeinke, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to burnheartsMKE for sending me this one.

Interesting concept off the bat with a whole hop cone floating around in the beer. Reminds me of the infamous and despised chili beer that has the same concept.

Pours a murky dark honey orange color with a 1/2 white head that fades to an oily cap. Thin legs of lacing form on the glass on the drink down. Smells strongly of citrus zest and pine. There are also some tropical fruit notes I am picking up. Taste is of citrus zest and pine tree hops with a sweet malt finish. Very little hop bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. Good carbonation makes for a smooth mouthfeel but there is a coating aspect to this beer. Perhaps it's because of the hop cone floating around in there for who knows how long? I also got a "leaf" in my mouth that broke off the cone that caused me a bit of a gag. There is also an acidic bite with each sip that I can only imagine is from the hops. Both of these elements are not too good in my book. Overall however, this beer is pretty good for what it is. Like I said before the whole hop cone in the beer is an interesting idea but I would have liked less residue and floating debris in my beer.

UCLABrewN84, May 25, 2011
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of FrankenBrew, review from notes. Pours a hazed copper color with a speckled white head. This particular bottle contained 2 hop cones, pretty cool idea if you ask me.

Nose is tropical and gummy with some biscuity and toffee malts.

Taste has a nice range of bittering to flavoring hops. Sweet and tropical flavors come out as it warms a bit. Decent amount of malt backing, but is overall pretty light contributor to the overall flavor. Caramel and toast are kept pretty low. Mouthfeel is fine, neither hurts or helps the brew. Interesting IPA, glad I got to try it.

twiggamortis420, May 18, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a different label traded to me by some guy at dark lord day. he offered this bottle to me after i gave him a pour of something. details are a bit fuzzy. if this was you, thanks! drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- just as the bottle would indicate, there is a hop cone floating in here! pretty gimmicky, but pretty cool also. as far as i know this is the only beer out there like this. the beer itself pours a hazy glowing golden colored body with a small bright white head on top. the head has decent retention and leaves behind small marks of lacing.

S- very hoppy. lots of pine notes coming from my glass. a lesser amount of grapefruit, but it still makes itself known. an even lesser amount of tropical fruits such as pineapple and mango. some caramel malts sneak through towards the end of my whiff and try to offer up some sweetness and a little bit of balance. alcohol is pretty strong also.

T- the taste starts out with some of those sweet caramel malts that i could smell, but theyre no match for the hops this beer has. lots of pine and grapefruit. very fresh tasting. the pineapple i could smell comes through a little, but the mango seems to have vanished. the alcohol isnt as well hidden as i would have liked.

M- the body is full and syrupy. palate coating. the carbonation is very low. a nice level of bitterness. there is moderate warming from the alcohol.

O- too strong to have more than one of in a sitting. the hop cone in the bottle was a nice touch. this is an under appreciated DIPA from a brewery that no one really talks about. check it out if you get the chance.

jwinship83, May 17, 2011
Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a quite cloudy yellow orange in color, with some sediment falling to the bottom of the glass. Forms a thin white head. Leaves minimal lacing. No hop cone.

S: Strong aroma of citrus; orange with some light floral notes. Mild scent of sweet perfume.

T: A sweet malt base with the hoppy flavors of citrus and orange. Mild to moderate bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation.

O: A solid DIPA. While not heavily hopped, it is still more of the hop forward variation, though I did find it a bit sweet for my tastes.

Florida9, May 04, 2011
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.97/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review #50... I just happened to pull this one out of the fridge (Thank you hopscrazy)...

A- Poured into a tulip glass... beautiful blonde foamy head sits atop an orange/yellow brew... wait a minute... somethings floating in my glass! A whole hop cone! Now that's presentation!!!

S- Smells like I just peeled a grapefruit! Tons of fresh citrus flow. Amazing blend of pine, fruit, and a hint, just a hint of sweet malt. Lemon zest and fresh squeezed orange juice! I have never had a IIPA this amazing on the nose! It KILLS Pliny!

T- OMG... this is it! All others can go home and work on their game! The freshness of the citrus, the bitter pine... that hidden malt backbone that brings it all together... Damn!!! I have never had an IPA that had it's shit together like this one does! Not Surly, RR, Troegs, Ithaca, or Southern Tier... This is unreal, and absolutely fabulous! I wonder if it's having the hop cone in the bottle for that long? Awesome idea indeed!

M- Bitter like an Ex... yet loving and caring like your new girl! This is without a doubt an unforgetable beer! One of those life changing beers for me...

O- It's almost perfect! Awesome all the way around! I'm pretty sure this is what Zeus drinks in the summer!!! This brew will make you forget all about Pliny... Move over PtE... Look out PtY... there just might be a new sheriff in town!

Thickfreakness, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of vitrael
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Herr herr herr, may contain hop cones? Mine had two, which I could not avoid pouring into the glass. Unfiltered light-colored and slightly cloudy with minimal head and lacing.

S: Instantaneous huge fresh hop smell when I opened the bottle. Citrus and spice.

T: I am a fan of this kind of IPA that does balances a serious hop bill by pulling no punches on the grain bill. Very big sweet and bready malt flavors alongside a nice hop bitterness and citrus, pine, and spicey hop flavors. A very well-balanced beer that I would compare with DFH 90 minute IPA, although with slightly less sweet and earthy malt characteristics. Extremely praiseworthy and definitely the best part of the beer.

M: Definitely way undercarbed. Thin. A little disappointing.

Cute gimmick, and I'm glad I bought the bottle because the flavor was fantastic, though it came up lacking in a few other ways. Regardless I would buy and drink again.

vitrael, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

O'so Brewing Lupulin Maximus. Imperial Pale Ale. Warning: May Contain Hop Cone.

Cute gimmick. Town Hall does it every year with the Fresh Hop growlers. One problem, though. There's an initial difficulty in pouring, as the cone stops up the bottleneck. It comes loose and dives into the glass, eventually. And there's the matter of it bobbing it up against your lips as you drink. So, just take it out already.

Lovely, hazed orange-ish amber-y coloration, small white head.

Pungent aroma of pine needles, and tropical fruit, some citrus. A little lemon and grapefruit. Bold, hoppy nose.

Tasting it: Vibrant, hoppy flavors jump on the palate, and run amok. Great big bitterness spills all over the mouth. Juicy fruitiness takes charge. Bitterness never ceases. Long, hoppy finish. Fades after a bit, but remains delightful all the way down.

feloniousmonk, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of adman08
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy, unfiltered golden with a nice head that dissipates quickly but a good amount of bubbles.
S-This surprised me, almost no hop aroma, for a beer with a hop cone in the bottle I expected a better hop aroma.
T-I really enjoy the strong malt presence, I prefer an IIPA with lots of body. Very nice citrus hop flavor. I think it could be more balanced with either less malt or more hops.
M-Pretty typical for a big malty IIPA. Slightly sweeter than most.
Overall, I have always really liked this beer. When they first made it even my hop head buddy couldn't handle it, it was like drinking liquid hops and completely overpowering. Now it's nice a malty with good citrus hop flavor. Very drinkable for an unfiltered, 9%abv IIPA. I'll buy this beer every year when it comes out.

adman08, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of drizzam
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy opaque brown in color topped by a thin off-white head. I had one hop cone in this bottle. By the way...I think packing a hop cone (or more than one) in each bottle is really pretty cool...and it must take forever to have to hand pack all of these hops! The brew had some dark chunky sediment, likely a by-product of the hops packaged in the bottle.

S - A very sweet hoppy aroma fills my nostrils as I draw in the beautiful bouquet of this brew. The hop aromas take on a very pineapple like scent. I've had this dessert before...that cake that has a layer of pineapples lining one side of it. It smells exactly like that pineapple cake!

T & M - Oooh, this is a sweet hoppy mutha! Citric hops (with that same pineapple flavor I smelled) play nicely with a heavy sweet malt base. This is very much on the sweet end of the IIPA scale, but it comes across very nicely. There also seems to be an earthy component in there just to add a bit of complexity. Medium bodied, finishes with a bit of an earthy hop aftertaste. The 9% ABV is actually pretty well hidden.

D - A tasty treat that any hop aficionado will surely appreciate. Love the hops packed in the bottle and I hope they never stop doing that, even though it's likely labor intensive. Very nicely done O'so!!

drizzam, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of cokes
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Most of these bottles contain one or more hop cones (I've had as many as 4 in the 4 or so 4packs I've consumed). This is my first bottle without one, and I figure it's the best one to review. Though it is fucking cool to have a couple hop cones floating in the glass as you drink.

Lightly hazy apricot bronze with a low-slung beige head with moderate retention and lacing.
The hop assault is fruity, full of tangerine, grapefruit, mango, and papaya. And a touch of herbal/piney bitterness. The backing malt is honey sweet, heavy fruit syrup. I have a soft spot for a fruit cocktail DIPA like this, and it bears some similarity to Hopslam, at least in the nose.
It brings that heavy fruit syrup into the mouth right away. Apple notes. Cider-y sweetness. A bit of toasted grain, then more sweetness via honey. Hops bring their tropical punch. Mango. Grapefruit. Peach. Pineapple. A little pine needle earthiness. There are bushels of hop flavor, but it veers sweet the whole way.
It's full-ish bodied, and the carbonation is stunted, but it persists, keeping things moving the whole duration. This veers sweet, so that's considerably important. It's never stagnant or clingy.
Yeah, it's too sweet. But I'm a sucker for stuff like this. Though I can't help but to think what a somewhat more abrasive, bitter hop counterpunch would do to compliment/counteract all the fruitiness.

And yeah, it's a gimmick, but drink it with the cones in. And eat 'em if you want, if it's too sweet for you.

cokes, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, scooped a 4pack and this is the last bottle

appearance: goofy o'so label - each bottle complete with 2 hop cones inside, pours into a nonic pint - both cones come racing out - dark copper-amber body, pillowy white head with wavy retention

smell: lots of hops - pineapple, tropical fruit, lots of citrus. punches you right in the nose - really nice

taste: i really like this - smooth with very low bitterness, pungent red grapefruit, touch of pine, small amount of misplaced alcohol. pineapple, sugar, tropical fruit

mouthfeel: medium, low bitterness

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Jan 05, 2011
Lupulin Maximus Imperial IPA from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
87 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.