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

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Lupulin Maximus Imperial IPALupulin Maximus Imperial IPA
BA SCORE
3.9/5
Very Good
310 Ratings
Lupulin Maximus Imperial IPALupulin Maximus Imperial IPA
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
310
pDev:
12.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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Ratings: 310 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big IBU yet still not a palate eraser. Fear and trepidation as I pour the bottle, examining for the pine cone. Liquid hop pellet level of IBU, very craftily malted down and therefore drinkable. Cloudy appearance. Fresh bottle from 20 West Wine and Spirits.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
2.54/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

1-23-13
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.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

I'm thinking about making a stop-motion sword-and-sandal epic using only hop cones... Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy russet-amber topped by over a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises leek, cilantro, caramel, and light pine resin. The taste holds notes of pine resin, light cilantro, toffee, light grapefruit peel, very light orange peel, and honey. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a generally solid DIPA, though the herbaceous scent (to put it lightly) really keeps things from taking off for me.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smartassboiler
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jwc215
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours murky golden amber with a thick, foamy head. Lacing sticks. Two hop cones float it in. The floating, soggy hop cones detract from the appearance, in my opinion.

The smell is of pine and caramel. Robust.

The taste is piney, spicy, citric. Caramel backing balances it. Some alcohol shows in the potent finish.

On the thin side for an imperial, but it holds together well enough for a long, hoppy finish.

Overall, a good Imperial IPA.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of BeerOps
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of MasterSki
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to emerge077 for grabbing a bottle of this in Wisconsin for me. Apparently I missed it at Discount Liquor. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip glass.

A - The hop gets stuck in the neck and acts as a sort of impromptu Randall. Pours with a finger of off-white foam that settles to a thick collar and partial cap, with some patchy lace left behind. The body is a hazed orange-brown collar.

S - The smell reminds me a little of Flossmoor IPAs after a few weeks - fairly malt-forward with a sweet, almost buttered biscuit, character. Jaggery, perhaps? There is a good deal of hoppy tropical fruits, and a bit of dankness and Parmesan character that I get from Columbus hops.

T - The taste, on the other hand, is more herbaceous and leafy. The hop character lies over top of a burnt sugar malt backbone that has a slightly odd oxidized character to it. Some moderate residual bitterness.

M - Smooth medium body, medium-low carbonation. The residual hop resins seem more slimy than oily - perhaps that is due to the hop in the bottle?

D - This was a relatively average DIPA. I was able to drink my pour with relative ease. Based on the reviews it sounds as if the 2009 batch was significantly better. I'd be willing to revisit this if a new batch came out. The hop in the bottle seems like a big gimmick though.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of bigred89
2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stevedore
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. No bottling date. Poured into an O'so snifter 11/10/2014. And yes, there is an actual hop cone in the bottle..

A- Murky, hazy mud-brown-copper body, one finger offwhite head, good retention- drops into a thick collar, some lacing. The muddy nature of the beer kind of throws me off here. And the hop cone... yeah. [3.25]

S- Sweet toffee, a bit of grapefruit, lots of resinous pine. Certainly nothing complicated, but it smells fairly sweet. [3.25]

F- Toffee, pine, caramel, a bit of grapefruit. One of the more slick, resinous IPAs I've had. That's about it. [3.5]

M- Medium bodied, resinous, sticky with a piney, herbal finish that has a bit of an alcohol burn to it. [3.5]

O- Decent DIPA, nothing too surprising or tasty aside from the hop cone. Malt heavy, pine heavy. The hop cone is kind of a novelty, but perhaps it adds a bit to the resin-forward nature of the beer. [3.5]

Final score: 3.44

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Well any bottle with a hop cone in it gets a minor boost in the appearance category, so cool. Other than that, usual copper color, small white head. The aroma would have been better if it was more diverse. Pretty much that standard bitter grapefruit thing going on.

Taste comes around, bitter citrus and grapefruit, malt bill restrained, a little sticky. Best thing it does is hide substantial alcohol.

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

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Lupulin Maximus Imperial IPA from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 310 ratings
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