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

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262 Ratings
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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 35
Gots: 13 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

12-03-2013 14:05:44 | More by Le_HopHead
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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

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+.

12-01-2013 05:16:59 | More by sublimesipping
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

11-29-2013 05:04:57 | More by RMoeNay
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2/5  rDev -48.5%

11-27-2013 12:21:03 | More by spoonhawk
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-26-2013 00:53:21 | More by Westuh
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-25-2013 13:52:55 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

11-11-2013 00:28:11 | More by pagesofphotographs
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-11-2013 00:12:20 | More by JKV96
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

11-09-2013 02:50:09 | More by brn9000
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2.01/5  rDev -48.2%

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is a peach/amber color with golden highlights. It is capped with a couple inches of off-white head. The bottle contained a hop cone. I guess that is better than a serrano pepper. I'm looking at you Cave Creek Chili beer.

S - It has a sweet birthday cake-like smell. When I poured it I got some grapefruit, but the smell is a lot sweeter in the glass.

T - The initial taste is sweet. Then the bitterness kicks in at the end. The bitterness is intense enough to wipe out any trace of the sweetness up front. It leaves a lingering, bitter aftertaste.

M - Moderate

O - I do not like the sweet smell or taste up front. Thank goodness for the bitter aftertaste to help me forget the sweetness.

11-08-2013 19:47:38 | More by buschbeer
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4.34/5  rDev +11.9%

Really enjoyed this one based on a recommendation from a friend. All of the other reviews are spot-on.

a) cloudy with minimal light coming through

s) wonderful smell -

t) sweet at the onset and a bit bitter/heavier towards the end

m) went in smooth over the palate and seemed to get more robust as it headed towards my gullet

o) loved it - with my stash of Hopslam long gone and no nearby availability of Myrcenary, this is a diamond in the rough.

11-08-2013 01:50:06 | More by Cujo65
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

11-04-2013 23:30:25 | More by 1FatJ
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

10-31-2013 23:27:35 | More by Kevin79
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

10-31-2013 14:44:02 | More by optimator705
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-30-2013 23:51:43 | More by KS1297
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

12oz Bottle
$9.99 4-Pack
Discount Liquors - Milwaukee, Wi

Each bottle of Lupulin Maximus has a hop cone added to the bottle so each pour brings the cone to the neck and your beer basically filters through on the way from bottle to glass. Gimmicky? Absolutely, but fun and unique as well.

A silky but dirty white head sits atop the tarnished copper body, rising to a solid cap and quickly falling to a thick ring that's constantly replenished by creeping carbonation. The body glows pumpkin orange when backlit and the silky head leaves behind drink lines.

There's a robust, sweet hop profile dripping with brown sugared grapefruit, orange marmalade, wildflower honey, and candied citrus peel. Floral characteristics separate from the honey and dank resinous supplement the citrus qualities. The malt base is also pretty substantial bordering on red ale. Lightly toasted grains, crystal malts, and rich caramel all lay down a sturdy base. Depth galore if a little sweet.

The flavor profile isn't as sweet as the smell led me to believe, which is a good thing. The citrus runs hand in hand with the aroma from beginning to end while the wildflower honey, and resinous really stand tall on the finish. Caramel and toasty grains lay a solid base but never interfere with the depth of the hop profile. Pretty damn good!

The body is lighter than expected, weighing in at medium with a surprisingly light feel across the tongue. Bitterness grows and lingers but never extends past moderate. The swallow brings a drying touch of peppery alcohol that adds to, instead of detracts, from the overall quality of the beer.

I've enjoyed this beer since the first year it came out and always pick up at least one 4-pack a year. It's a touch sweeter than my favorite of the style but the hop profile is deep and the overall flavor drips with citric goodness. A sturdy, delicious malt backbone holds everything together.

10-30-2013 00:04:06 | More by joe1510
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-24-2013 23:45:51 | More by RussBeercier
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-23-2013 00:04:29 | More by Fireslayer
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

10-21-2013 12:23:52 | More by ldhughes3
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

10-20-2013 13:04:45 | More by Hallertau
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

10-19-2013 11:51:51 | More by DantheMan75
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4.26/5  rDev +9.8%

A: cloudy rust orange, finger khaki head,
awesome lacing!

S: huge lemon zest/peel, grapefruit, pine, hint of grassy
sweet candy malt

T: lemon peel, candy sweet malt, long oily bitter
fresh pine finish

M: heavy/med mouth, big oily/sticky feel

O: WOW! Truly a hop lovers dream, they
even throw in a whole cone hop to the bottle.
O'so is underrated and this is a mighty
triumph for the brewery.


10-14-2013 22:56:06 | More by BeerLover99
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-14-2013 13:41:52 | More by creepinjeeper
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-11-2013 14:06:15 | More by vikinghorn
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4.51/5  rDev +16.2%

Poured in a New Glarus pint glass

A) cloudy, hazy, orange, amberish, color with a white two finger head that leaves a good amount of lace. Can't see through the beer and not a lot of light passes either. Low amount of nuculation

S) Very aromic, dank, pine, grapefruit, mango, orange, caramel, malt, sweet

T) Sweet candy, pine, citra, caramel malt, bread, lots of flavor and very sweet, Juicy

M) Low carbonation, coats the mouth with sweet nectar a tad syrupy too

O) A pretty damn good DIPA, pure Wisconsin in a bottle. Almost drank the entire four pack in one night. Cheers!

10-02-2013 16:13:35 | More by NewGlarusFan
Lupulin Maximus Imperial IPA from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
87 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.