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

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87
very good

280 Ratings
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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 35
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

(See update, below.) From a bottle into a tulip glass, it pours a hazy amber, w/ a thin white head.

A reserved aroma. Sweet and grainy, rye bread, molasses. Pine needles, nuts, black pepper, and leather, all overlaying the sweetness. Plus some citrus--lime, actually.

Sweet and bready up front. Some will call this cloying; I love it. It's an adamant sweetness that tugs against the grassy hops all the way through this long, complex ride through flavor land. Brown sugar and biscuit, absolutely, plus some diacetyl that makes for a butterscotch candy delight. Wood and grass shake hands with the sweet notes and introduce the hop bitterness. The sweetness becomes tropical fruit in the presence of the hops, mango, I'd say. Finishes dry and salty, a long finish of simple syrup and oak aging mellowness. The alcohol says hello before it's done. And, yet, there's something not quite great about this flavor. Too busy, perhaps? Still, totally impressive.

Wonderful in the mouth, viscous, syrupy, creamy, despite the moderate, cleansing carbonation. Mouthfeel is the raison d'etre, here.

Massively complex. So many star turns for the various profiles. Will definitely divide audiences due to its uncompromising flavors.
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UPDATE: 11/9/2014
After 11 months in the cellar, it's significantly degraded and oxydized. The color definitely shows the damage. The aroma even more than the color.

However, it's still remarkably delish. Wife loves it. The oxidation actually enhances it's flavor profile. IIt reminds me of a sauterne, or of an over-the-hill, oakey chardonnay. The mouthfeel is still totally awesome.

I'm thinking, though, that it's only got a few more months in it. I better drink the other seven bottles in my cellar.

NOTE: Gotta drink the other bottles in your cellar before they degrade too far.

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On tap @ Balzac wine bar Brady Street Milwaukee East Side @ 6 a pint pour. Date night but did not feel like wine- to bartender "where is O' SO? Bartender- not sure but great beer our staff go to beer. First view nice honey color and clear but little head- maybe soapy glass. Smell is a stand up and notice, Sculpinesque or Headhunter? Wow and taste is extremely hop forward floral, bitter but with a balanced long clean finish. Great, memorable beer sure to put Plover, WI on the beer map. Maybe best IPA in the whole state and holds court with Headhunter, Selinsgrove, or Perpetual in my current home state of PA. Discount Liquor you better have some in stock for me. Try it if you can find it, particularly on tap and Kudos to Balzac as one of the best wine bars in Milwaukee having such a great beer and overall thoughtful beer list. A+.

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