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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

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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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Treebs
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed on tap at Palmer Place. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a dark amber color with some raspberry highlights. A yellowish foam forms on the pour and recedes to a thick ring. Some big splotches of lace are left down the glass.

S: Sweet malt body with some light citrus. Piney with some boozy notes.

T: Boozy alcohol notes up front with some pine and melon. A little citrus peel bitterness, but the alcohol is very in the forefront. Some pine and resinous notes as well.

M: Medium bodied with a little heft to it. Medium low carbonation.

O: Way too boozy, but it wasn't that bad overall. Probably wouldn't have again though.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah another one of the fabled mysterious beer reviews that just disappears down the road. Has a hop cone in the bottle! Pours a copper color, small head on it, white. I'm gonna give it extra points in the appearance category because it is so unique with that hop cone!

Aroma, bitter hops, not really lending itself to anything pine, tropical, I guess citrus, its kind of that generic grapefruit kind of bitter aroma.

Taste, solid, hides alcohol well, even though it does have a warming effect on the belly. Caramel not overdone, enough from making the beer a unbalanced bitter beer that isn't enjoyable. Plenty of hop oil in this one. Good sweet malt undertones. Resin, syrup like at times, but not in a negative way, in a substantial beer way. Cool, novel beer here.

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3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Fairly fresh bottle, was just delivered a week ago in Hudson. Yep, there was a hop cone in there - kind of cool. (2013 vintage on draft notes)

A: Pours a dirty rust color, more brown than orange. Minimal off-white head. Looks like a Flanders red. (Pours a amber-orange with a moderate, creamy off white head. Huge, thick lacing rings)

S: Big blast of sweet oranges is followed by earthy, onion-y hops that just smells sticky and sweet. All of the sweetness seems to come from the hops. Very nice and inviting. (Same)

T: Piney and earthy hops are very sweet and a bit spicy, with that garlic/onion bite. I don't discern much in the way of malt, but despite all the hops presence it seems too sweet and syrupy. I like the hop flavor, but I don't know if I am digging the excess found here. There is some mild alcohol presence as well. (Really sticky, resinous hops are both citrus rind and vegetal)

M: This is a big disappointment. Somewhat heavy and yet also rather watery. Carbonation is very low, almost flat tasting actually. With all the hops you would expect a sticky resinous mouthfeel, but this is not the case. Alcohol is present, and the finish is moderately bitter and dry. (Creamy, full body, slightly buttery feel with a moderately bitter finish that creeps up rather than hits hard. Doesn't really "finish")

O: I really wanted to like this beer, but I just wouldn't drink it again. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't very well put together either. I wasn't a huge fan of the hop profile. The watery, flat mouthfeel was a killer for this beer. (Guess I drank it again, this time on tap. Enjoyed it quite a bit more, seemed less vegetal/onion-y than last review. Still a bit resinous and heavy for more than one)

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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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of Etan
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (hop inside?) into a tulip. O'so just made it into Chicago.

A: Pours a murky orange-amber with a large white head.

S: Sweet citrus, pine, apricot jam. Light caramel and cracker malt underneath.

T: Caramel, heavy oily bitterness, pine and grass, light apricot. The focus is on the bitterness here.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This smelled pretty good, but the taste could have used some more hop character than the bitterness. I think the appearance was affected negatively (murky) because of the hop in the bottle. By no means bad, but not great either.

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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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4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed on January 23rd, 2013 in a standard pint glass.

Beer pours a fairly clear deep honey color. That is, until I turn the bottle upside down at the end of the pour. I was trying to get every drop out of the bottle, but the whole hop cone in the bottle neck was partially obstructing the pour. Resulted in a somewhat cloudy beer. Head is off-white and two fingers tall, subsiding very slowly and leaving a sticky, nearly-uniform sheet of foam on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is... (wait for it)... hoppy! Mainly minty with herbal and fruity (mango, peach, pear) notes.

Sweeter than expected and not as bitter as I would have thought. The taste up front is sweet and indistinct malt. The midtaste is essentially the aroma, dominated by an oily, minty note. The finish is a long, lingering, oily mint note with only a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick, oily (are you getting the idea yet?) and enhanced by creamy carbonation.

This is one hop bomb I can wholeheartedly recommend!

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3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

O’so Lupulin Maximus

Appearance: O’so’s imperial India pale ale pours a very dark copper (even by IIPA standards) color with a solitary finger of bone-white head that does not have the best retention. It does settle into a pleasant looking crust. The beer is very opaque, perhaps due to hop haze, as there is little sediment. The lacing is average and there are alcohol legs present. Additionally, each bottle of this beer as noted on the label, pours out a single hop. It is a bit of a gimmick, but it does well to set the beer apart.

Aroma: The hop included in the bottle does well to give the beer a special, hoppy kick in the nose. That said, the hops really play second fiddle to the overwhelming sweet malts, which take the form of caramel and toffee notes, along with simple syrup. Earthy hops do make a slight appearance in the form of the elusive onion aroma and other vegetal notes. There are also slight tropical fruit notes, mostly mango and pineapple. This is a pleasantly complex, bold smelling beer, but more hop qualities should shine through given the style; as it is, this is pushing towards American barleywine rather than IIPA.

Taste: This mostly follows the nose, but is a bit more of a mess. There is definite malty sweetness dominated by caramel, but the hops definitely come through a lot more. Thick, musty, earthy hops hit hard and bitter, with a strange, vegetal flavor that this palate just cannot place. The onions are definitely there; in fact, this is one of the only beers that this reviewer has noticed onions in. The aftertaste is very bitter, and yet has a toffee sweetness. The beer is a lot hoppier than the nose lets on. The complexity is nice, but it would be nicer if it was not so muddled.

Mouthfeel: This one is a syrup-bomb. Those who do not like that attribute in their beers should steer clear. This one rivals Founders Devil Dancer for mouthfeel stickiness. The carbonation is right on the money, and there is serious astringency from the ridiculous hoppiness. There is slight warming from the alcohol. Sticky sweetness matched with such astringency is odd, but interesting.

Overall: This beer evokes Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA in the sheer complexity of hop flavor that is contained in it. It is sure to be a very divisive beer because of the extreme qualities and the typically undesirable syrupy mouthfeel (to most drinkers, not me). Cleaning up the taste would push this one over the hump and into great beer territory, but as is, this is simply a good IIPA. 16/20

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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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