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

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Lupulin Maximus Imperial IPALupulin Maximus Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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

Added by cdkrenz on 11-24-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 310 |  Reviews: 91
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1.99/5  rDev -49%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.75

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.

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2/5  rDev -48.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

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2.41/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Alex for pulling this oddity out.

A - There's a hop cone in here, and they warn you that it "may" be in there on the bottle. It's an orangish, brownish color, with some distinct, thick, and pronounced lacing. Kind of a nice look, not super intricate, but noticable. Few hop leaves fell into my glass.

S - Tropical fruits, although somewhat strange, pine and citrus are there, but not super citrusy. Sweeter smelling IPA.

T - I don't really like this, taste of strange butter, almost tropical fruits, and sugar that's more sweet, but somehow not sugary sweet. With the amount of sweetness in it, I was expecting some burn from the alcohol, but that was thankfully not present. Still, this tastes bizzare and not good.

M - Medium bodied, a little jammy, moderate carbonation.

D - This beer doesn't taste repulsive, but somehow I couldn't bring myself to get through more than about 1/2 my glass. I just flat out didn't like the taste. Would not drink this again.

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2.43/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pretty fresh, bottled in the last month I'd guess. My bottle has two hop cones in it!

Pours medium amber, almost completely clear but with a touch of haze. Half finger of yellowish head, decent retention and nice little islands of lacing.

Smell starts out pretty good, but shifts into something stranger. At the beginning, it's quite malty, with hefty amounts of sweet caramel. Big pine needle hops tickle my nostrils. But then it drifts into weird territory, slightly pungent and fruity in a way I don't like. Infected?

Ugh. I do not like this. Once again, it starts out in familiar territory, but then some strange stuff comes flying in from right field. Malty-hoppy-tasty to begin, and quite sweet for an IPA; pine once again dominant amongst the hoppy hops. But then some bad bitterness (alcohol) and off flavors come in. Like rotten fruit. Yum. I can't drink this.

Mouthfeel is fine. On the sticky side, as I want it to be, but with enough carbonation. No problem here.

I was thinking about sending this out as an extra in an upcoming trade. Boy, am I happy I tried it first. Did I get a bad bottle? Perhaps.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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2.54/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Best by date: 12-9-12
Sadly this batch is a shell of its former self. No hop aroma, instead it smells very sweetly of caramel/pastry icing. Very solventy taste with oddly astringent off flavors. Something is very wrong here, and seemingly not intentional. I had a 4-pk. this a month or two ago and it seemed less hoppy than previously, but wasn't this bad.

Loved this beer when it first came out, but sadly will have to avoid it in the future.


12-01-2009 4.33/5
What the... ? There's a whole hop cone in the bottle... is this a hophead's answer to Cave Creek Chile Beer?

Different label, fairly sure this is the fresh 2009 batch.
edit: Approximate Release Date October 14th 2009

Pours into a Bells tulip a lovely dark reddish copper, very smooth, even surface of sticky foam. After a couple sips it leaves an impressive crown of lacing all around. In goes the cone *plupe*

Huge tropical fruit nose, juicyfruit gum, mango, tangerine, cantaloupe, starfruit. Whoo! On par with Hopslam and Dreadnaught based on the aroma alone.

Catty, resiny hop flavor, some residual pale malt, but basically a hop delivery vehicle. Sweet and tropical with some traces of cantaloupe. Fairly soft feeling and mellow, despite the solid residual bitterness. Alcohol is slightly apparent in the taste, but overall its a minor issue. Supple slick feel that dries out in the end, leaving a leafy green hop bine impression in the aftertaste. I could put back a couple of these... Wish I had more than a single 12 oz. dammit.

Edit: Seems to be issues with inconsistency... unless known to be fresh, I won't take a chance on old bottles after getting burned a couple times.

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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

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2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
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

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.2/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Yep, there's a whole hop cone...not sure how this makes me feel.

Murky red with 1 1/2 finger foamy off-white head.

Off scented aroma, a lot of sugary aroma present.

Bready, creamy, thick, sweet and sugary, drinkable, slightly dank, dry, lower carbonation, missing bitterness and bite..

Not sure how I feel about this brew... It's mixed on too many levels for me to quite make up my mind.

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3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Schlafly snifter.

Pours a nice hazy strong copper color with some nice amber hues. No head to speak off. A heavy swirl picks up a slight white film. Aroma is slightly sweet and piney and some nice citrus notes are present in there as well. Nose is a bit mild for a DIPA. Flavor starts off a bit mild but then again I don't think this brew is very fresh. However there is still some good hop juice notes in there and some nice slight citrus notes. Piney resinous notes as well as some sweet caramel malt notes. Pretty well balanced brew. Mouthfeel is light and the lack of carbonation is a bit off putting but not too much.

The brew is not bad but I don't think I would have it again. Maybe if I try a fresher bottle.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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