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

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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 34
Gots: 17 | 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 SiphonKing
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting is the best way of describing this beer. first off, the beer has a whole hop cone in the bottle. This is a blessing and a curse because it's easy to decant this delicious devil resulting in a chewy experience. If you age this beer a little (not too long, it is an IPA remember?) then you get the nuances from the hop cone.
The hops from this beer have a spicey, floral, piney aroma (Columbus?). A nice kick from the hops, very spicey. A drinkable beer that is unique in presentation and is definitely worth checking out. It comes in four packs but is a MI original.

SiphonKing, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip. In my mad rush to try and locate Vanilla BCS, I overlooked this recently released beauty. Thankfully, a few beers with milwaukeeclassic at Ale Asylum tonight yielded a bottle from his recent purchase. Duane, you are the king of kings!

Amber bleeds orange when held to the light. A thin trickle of frost covers the surface along with two dank sticky hops that float like juicy, bitter, resinous life preservers on the shore of some hoppy lake where we'd all linger given the chance. Gimmicky? Perhaps. Inviting? Damn straight.

Juicy, sticky, sweet bubblegum hops on the nose along with a boatload of brown sugar. Sweetness rides hard against the hops and wins the battle. Wish the hops put up more of a fight on the nose.

Hmm... how to describe this Frankenstein? In theory, a bad ass brew. In execution, a bit of the aforementioned jigsaw of a creature. Monstrous malt base with a nearly overwhelming base of sugar. Fresh from a dental visit, this beer threatens cavities all by itself. Hops present mostly bitter pine and are pummeled down at the finish by the wave of sugary malt sweetness. Seems like the kitchen sink was thrown at this recipe, when some refinement and tweaking would better suit the purpose.

Thick and chewy, this beer drinks like a meal..or more appropriately a dessert. Carbonation is somewhat sluggish.

My excitement was high at the start and became tempered rather quickly. There's possibility here,but in its current incantation this beer remains more pretender than contender. The 2010 Chicago Bears in a glass.

BarrytheBear, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of Wisconsin
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle shared with my friend during his birthday.

A - Poured a hazy yellow body that gave off a solid finger and a half head that slowly receded. Carbonation and plenty of it is visibly racing to the top of this beer. As others have mentioned, the hop cone was present in this bottle as well and sat buried under the fluffy white head. Very impressive.

S - Hops, what else? Aside from the obvious there was a nice citrus zest that was strongly present along with the hop smell. A deeper whiff brought about a slight pinch of vanilla that seemed to be an interesting twist.

T - The taste was more subdued that i was expecting. Big hop flavor which is great along with a good citrus zest, but the flavors aren't as full as I would have hoped. Caramel malts are present along with a slight bitterness.

M - Medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. Entering the mouth there is plenty of hops that don't seem too bitter because of the citrus zest that accompanies the hops. Carbonation arrives and provides a clean palate to work with as the hops continue and the caramel malts arrive. The finish is slightly bitter but nothing too terrible.

D - This a pretty solid IIPA, but there are few things that could be improved. I would like to see how this beer would taste after some extended cellar time, but I will have to wait until I can get my hands on another bottle next year. A very nice offering from O'so though.

Wisconsin, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of billyzoom666
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It pours a beautiful caramel color with sediments floating. Light carbonation, but those sediments go up and down throughout the drink and the lacing on this thing is great. I had a hard time getting past the smell on this beer. It has an almost stagnant hop smell to it with a definite booze scent underneath. Pretty bad. This is really, really sweet for something I thought would be overly hoppy. It's not hoppy enough for my liking to offset the malt. The taste is somewhat redeemed by the mouthfeel. Really creamy mouthfeel, which seems to be a trademark of the O'so beers. There's a sticky feeling across my lips, a nice remembrance of the hops. The drinkability on this is pretty low, three of these might kill you. Not O'so's best, but it could definitely be worse.

billyzoom666, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my duvel tulip the beer is a muddy brown with orange highlights. The light tan head reaches two fingers before settling to leave spotty lace.

The aroma is pure hop goodness. Citruis fruits like grapefruit and oranges shine through. Hints of malt can be picked out as well.

The flavor is not a hoppy as I was expecting. It's got some pine and grapefruit hints but the malt and booze seem to shove their way onto my taste buds. It taste more like a barley wine then a DIPA not that that's a bad thing.

Medium body rather creamy. Dry finish.

Overall a nice beer. The hop cone in the bottle is a bit much but I get the joke. A balaced easy drinker.

beerwolf77, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of CheeseTurds
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Mmmm...O'so. A brewery I didn't even know about until a year ago has really impressed me with a solid lineup and a few exceptional beers. I think this one may be my favorite of theirs.

Poured the bottled directly into a pint glass. It's got a nice reddish color with a bit of haze swirling around. I think that may be residue from the hop cone.

A fruity smell rises and hangs around.

This beer is sweet and malty. There is good head retention while not having a lot of carbonation in the beer itself. It's pretty easy to imagine what this beer would be like on cask. I wonder if O'so has ever done casks of this. It would be great.

The drinkability of this beer is high. Easy going down, great taste, pleasant aftertaste, and an inconspicuous 9% ABV. This beer has some great qualities while not being an "extreme" beer in any way.

Everyone else has noted the inclusion of a whole hop cone in the bottle. My hop palate isn't fine tuned enough to know what the hop flower has added to the beer. I'd like to try the bottle side-by-side with a draft version to see if there's a notable difference.

CheeseTurds, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of darklordlager
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a vibrant chestnut ruby, with a good 1.5" light tan head that promises some retention. The hop cone restricted the flow while pouring it into the glass, which made it take quite a bit longer than usual. Very nice touch though. Nice lacing as it moves down the glass.

S: Layered caramel and pale malt, dark fruit, sweet citrus--reminscient of a Dole fruit cup, pineapple, peach, and orange.

T: Waves of sugary sweet malt wash upon thee--too much sweetness, and lacking depth. The dry hopped flavour is dwarfed by the sweetness in this one. Malt extract, table sugar. Hop bitterness comes in at the end, but there is still an almost overwhelming sweetness to it. Grapefruit is there in the front going head to head with the sweet malt (and bowing to the sweetness).

M: Low carbonation and a slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

D: This one is far too sweet and lacking depth to be considered a good double IPA IMHO. Crank up the bitterness and dry it out, and perhaps this beer would be something to rave about.

darklordlager, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip.

A- Pours a nice dark amber color that has just a little bit of haze to it. Barely transparent with a nice finger's worth of head that recedes nicely and leaves good lacing on the side of the glass. The hop cone in the bottle is a nice little touch.

S- A strong smell of grapefruit and pine with a sweet malty finish. Also some of the alcohol peaks through just a tad. I poured the hop cone in with the beer to catch a nice whiff with it in.

T- The taste is a little more toned down than the nose. The sweetness of the malt is pretty apparent. As the beer warms, the more piney the beer gets but still no where near some DIPA's.

M- The mouthfeel is just a tad bit thin but pretty nice overall. There is hardly any bitterness from this one which is kind of surprising. The alcohol warms the throat on the way down.

D- For being a high ABV, it isn't even noticeable. Pretty smooth and this one doesn't kill the palate allowing for more than one to be consumed but I won't have more than two. The hop cone in the bottle is a nice touch.

Wisconsinality, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of mikereaser
2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle on 12/13/09

A - Pours a hazy chestnut brown with just a layer of foam, the hop nugget was an unexpected kerplunk into the glass

S - strong aroma of cherries and sweet malt

T - definitely cherry taste, malty backbone with a nice bitter finish

M - smooth, creamy, slightly flat but not bad

D - flavor is a bit weird, not what i was expecting, so I probably won't seek this one out again

mikereaser, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of mandoskippy
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got the last two four packs at JR liquor in Stevens Point tonight. I have been reading about this beer and needed to try it. The color is a dark amber with hop cone in it. The hop cone is a nice touch and was even small enough to emerge from the bottle into the glass. Nice. There was a three finger head that slowly receeded to a cap on the beer. Lots of lacing as well.

The smell was good, very descriptive of the taste which was very good. A little sweet but not as syrupy as some DIPAs. I liked that. The mouthfeel was great with a little alcohol burn. I the drinkability was also good, however, I feel like this could get me hammered! All in all a great beer.

mandoskippy, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of ZAP
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Orange colored

S-Very unique...almost like a pinneaple upside down cake...I get a lot of tropical fruits and a white cake batter element....mix em together and I get the pinneaple upside down cake..very fruity aroma with papaya, and pinneaple most prominent..outstanding

T-Very flavorful use of hops...next to zero bitterness at first...just a lot of juicy fruit flavors...then on the finish a nice dose of drying bitterness invades....

M-A little thin for a DIPA but it has a muddied feel like a DIPA....medium bodied and too light bodied for the style

D-Wow. I know my Wisconsin beers but this brewery is new to me. I like what I am tasting so far. Will have to investigate further. This is not an all-time great but it is very good and definitely one I would buy again.

ZAP, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark looking murky auburn body. Deeper color than most DIPAs. Thick and creamy nicotine stained head with a hop cone floating around in it. Nicely done. Big, fresh bouquet of hop flowers and bitter hop resin. First sip brings waves of flavor. From the onset, you can tell this is high quality. Full body and lightly carbonated. Balanced very nicely for a DIPA. This one borders on Barleywine territory and that is high praise in this instance. It's very easy drinking and full of flavor. Caramel malt base with a nice reserved piney and slightly citric hop presence. The bitterness is quite refined. This is a good one. Seek it.

Bighuge, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of beergurujr
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle poured into a standard duvel tulip glass. temp about 55F.


A- pours nicely with good but small head. there's those hop cones- two of 'em. brussels lacing, quite nice.

B- soft hop and malt. very nice balance, nothing too over the top one way or another.

T- great balance between bitter and sweet; full body lets you know this is a strong beer. one of the finest balanced beers out there at this time, considering it's 9% ABV.

F- malt gives way to hops. not harsh however; reminds me a bit of popering's hommel ale from belgium, but bigger.

O- this is a really fine beer. o'so has found it's voice in this ale.

beergurujr, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of brewcrew76
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - My pour came to a screeching halt and then a trickle out of the bottle. What the....the scene from Strange Brew where they claim they find a mouse in the bottle comes to mind. It ended up being a whole hop cone...nice surprise. Hazy reddish copper with a smaller head due to the hop cone restriction. Sticky lacing forms down the side of the glass.

S - Caramel, toffee and fresh baked bread followed by tropical fruits, juicyfruit gum, cantaloupe and hints of pine as it warms.

T - Resiny and juicy hops that slowly burst into tropical fruits, mango, papaya and cantaloupe that lead to lingering bready and toffee flavors. Some pine as it warms.

M - Soft mouthfeel that has almost a whipped feeling on the tongue. Medium carbonation with a lingering dry, resiny finish.

D - Much better than the other O'so offerings I tried. Nice to see them turning things around. The 9% abv is barely noticeable.

brewcrew76, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of Ek0nomik
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured In: Pint Glass
Purchased At: The Coffee Grounds (Eau Claire, WI)

Appearance: Pours a hazy ... what the deuce. At first I thought it was a slimy green monster spilling out of the top of the glass. Nope, it's a hop cone. Why thank you O'so, I appreciate it. I like that the label doesn't have any description of the beer whatsoever. If someone is picking this up and doesn't know about the craving of hops some of us have, they're sure in for a surprise. And probably a drain pour. Anyways, back to the show. It pours a hazy amber color with two fingers of cream colored head sitting at the top. The head disappears quickly, but there's a thin sheet that stays on the top. The beer is slightly effervescent, looks like it will have a medium amount of carbonation. There's not much lace on the side of the glass which I was expecting from the color of the beer. It looks like some sweet sticky malt. After letting the beer sit for just a few minutes, it loses the haze and becomes quite clear.

Smell: The nose isn't as hop loaded as I was expecting. In fact, it's a bit of a let down. The hop profile is there, but it's got more of the IPA feel to it versus the IIPA. It's mostly a blend of earthy hops with malt in the background. Some slightly toasted caramel malt and then pine, grass and soil.

Taste: The palate picks up most of the same notes listed in the nose. As the beer crosses the palate the malt shows up first; it's sweet and sticky malt that has an ever so slight toasted note riding along with it. After the malt comes the bittering earthy hops. And I mean bittering, they destroy any of the sweetness that the malt wanted to uphold. Pine and herbal notes right up front. Once the beer washes away and oxidation in my mouth starts up, it's citrus fruit coating my teeth and tongue. Notes of grapefruit and orange peel are dominant.

Mouthfeel: A medium amount of carbonation. Medium body, just slightly on the more full side of the scale.

Drinkability: This was a good beer, don't get me wrong. It just didn't live up to hop profile that I expected in an IIPA. I'm glad I tried it, but I don't feel that it deserves to get an A rating when there are so many other great IIPA's out there. I hate to give a Wisconsin brewery a rating on the lower side, but I feel that this is a fair rating.

After looking at O'so's website, it makes me want to visit their brewery. I need to get out there sometime.

Ek0nomik, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of blackearth
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Discount Liquors in Milwaukee, WI. Pours a dark copper body with a thick white head that last. Aroma is hay-like hops. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Spicy malt flavors compliment the hops, but overall it is more sweet than necessary. Good, but I think it could be better.

blackearth, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of bound4er
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A gift from cbbrown3 - thanks!

Somewhat cloudy, amber appearance with a fluffy, two finger off white head. I can see a hop cone hanging out where beer and head meet - wow! Smells mostly of malt sweetness - I was expecting a wallop of citrus hops. A bit of soapiness peaks out too. I agree with other reviewers - this has some barley wine characteristics. Either way, it works for me. The taste starts out with a hit of malt sweetness and then turns somewhat bitter from the hops with a lingering citrus aftertaste. Some alcohol is present on the palate but it doesn't detract from the taste at all. In fact, I find it adds to this beer's appeal. Smooth, fairly sticky mouthfeel with good carbonation. I really like this beer - it is a unique DIPA - call it a DIPA hybrid. The 9% ABV and overall "bigness" of this beer will limit its drinkability to one per session. Well done O'so.

bound4er, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of crossovert
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I just have to chuckle a little at this beer, there was a whole hop cone floating in the bottle, that is classic.

Pours a darker looking red/amber. The head is off white and bits of hop can be seen floating around. LAcing is nice.

Smell is hoppy and alcoholic, very floral and piney. Sweet scented malt is in there too.

This is more like a barely wine. Very alcoholic, very sweet, not cloying though. The hop bitterness lies subtly under the alcoholic sweet taste form the malts. The hop taste is very vegetal here and there is almost a milkiness ot the mouthfeel. The alcohol and malts create a sweet, somewhat fruity flavor in the finish, almost like a quad, along with some bitterness.Tastes similar to a more palatable 120 minute IPA.

The alcohol isn't well hidden in this one, that combined with the sweetness makes this one not the most drinkable brew, it is a very good winter-style IPA/Barleywine though.

crossovert, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of kickapoodude
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pow, right in the kisser! This is a very intense brew. They call it a Imperial IPA, but the high alc. and hop content (16 pounds for 156 gallons) makes this taste almost like a barley wine, or, more aptly, a hop wine. The mouth feels satiny like an imperial stout, and the head is strong and sticky and lasts all day long. Tastes of alc., anise, cilontro, and all the fruityness and bitternes of hops across your pallet. I drank the big bottle on an empty stomach. Whoa.

kickapoodude, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of cdkrenz
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The label reads:

'' When you take you first whiff of this hop monster, we hope your reaction is "wow!" or "holy cow" or at least a silent sinister smile because you know you are holding a wicked indulgence.

Only 156 gallons produced, no short cuts were taken during the process. This libation is crafted with 16 pounds of the most obnoxious hops on the planet, yet surprisingly balanced and drinkable. ''

Well, let's find out...

A - Amazing action in the pour. The head is a light-light tan and is frothy and looks to be perfectly sticky. The body is a hard orange color tampering with a hazy copper hue. It's looking me in the "eyePA" and begging to be tasted.

S - Scent is soft and subtle. It has the soapy aroma of which I would normally associate with a wheat brew. There are hints of apricot but not an overwhelming hop aroma.

T - What?... Wow! Not what I had anticipated. It has a very unique hop taste. The flavor seems to cross English hops and Belgian malts but finishes with an array of flavors. I pick up citrus, clove, licorice, and even a smokey finish.

M - The flavor is felt on my roof while the brew flows effortlessly through the rest of my mouth taking stops along the way to tantalize and offer textures varying from soft and light to coarse and grainy.

~ This 1 pint 6 oz bottle is not going to be enough. I'm going to have to get some more. Thanks to Dan's Liquor in Plover, WI I can get some more. Anyone that likes a full flavored, complex feeling, fantastic beer should definitely find this brew while there are still some available. At 9.0% ABV you won't need more than 1 or 2 to fancy a great 'head'. My thanks to O'so Brewing Company for putting this one on the shelf. Nice work!

cdkrenz, Nov 24, 2008
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Lupulin Maximus Imperial IPA from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
87 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.