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

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Ratings: 308 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to StayWhatYouAre2 for sharing this one at his own pre-marriage tasting! Thanks Alex! Served from bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, fruit, and floral. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. While this one wasn’t overly complex all of the different components going on here were in great proportions and all worked really well together. I honestly went into this one blind and was quite intrigued with what I found. The fruit and floral aspect going on here definitely carried this brew into an upper tier of the style. A definite must try.

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Photo of lakelouielover
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of soccerfancooch
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jera1350
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out of a 12 oz. bottle with whole hop cone inside a deep dark orange body with a dense cap of creamy tan foam that is sticky as hell and clings in globs to the glass.

Juicy and citrusy hop nose with a touch of pineapple, alcohol and malt sweetness behind. Very fresh hop like scent.

A balanced attack of hops and sweet malt with notes of honey, agave and caramel. The hops deliver a moderate bitterness with tropical and citrus fruits, some pine and earthiness also. Warm alcohol rears its head mildly at the end.

Full body, lower carbonation that is very soft. Alcohol warmness trickles down the chest cavity following consumption. Sticky/resiny feel on the palate.

Really digging this beer. A really great take on a DIPA. This is one that I will certainly grab again.

EDIT: Had a second bottle from the same four pack and it was noticeably less hoppy and the malt was a bit of a muddled mess. Nothing like the one that I reviewed above.

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Photo of Localdrinklax
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of fuzzcherry
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Satan70
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of VonZipper
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of KostyaK
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of smogfood
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of zeledonia
2.43/5  rDev -37.2%
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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Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of SciFritz
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Fibby_McGee
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of gford217
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Pours a deep, hazy amber with a small beige head that recedes to a thin collar.

Aroma is sweeter than I was expecting with candied apples, caramel malts and light fruits - peaches come to mind. There isn't a lot of citrus or pine that I get in the nose.

Taste has a bit more citrus with some oranges up front, but the caramelized sugar and sweet malts are still a big player and the finish is sweet with hints of pine but mostly a lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but low on carbonation and comes across a little syrupy with the heavy sweetness dominating the palate.

In case you hadn't noticed, this is a very sweet DIPA, very light on the hops. It's not bad but it's not one of my favorites.

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Photo of bigred89
2.25/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From from 12 oz bottle into CBS snifter.

A) Pretty dark amber. The hop cone in the bottle does not allow for a real head building pour. Bubbles did linger about on the surface. Really not much lacing.

S) Lots of sweetness on the nose. Ripe peaches and clementine oranges. There is also light pine and a little alcohol.

T) Decent Malt/Hops balance. A little pine prickle with nice tropical fruit. There's a little caramel and a bit of alcohol. A touch of rind on the finish with tingle layover.

M) Medium body with not much carbonation, actually a little flat for my palate. Went down well enough.

O) A solid offering... I found it more enjoyable than Hop Whoopin. I would recommend giving this one a shot. Cheers...

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Photo of Omeganeg1
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of mrebeka
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - poured a beautiful deep amber with a slight amount of head.. and a full hop cone dropped out of the bottle. HOLY FUCK.

S - floral hop smell, lots of sweetness (honey, caramel) .. this smells like no beer i've ever smelled before - but more like a candy

T - pure sweetness. sugary, fruity and bready. bananas, caramel, toffee. a bit of a butterscotch taste. a bit of a rubbery bitterness to even out the sweetness, makes this perfect.

M - very heavy beer - smooth flowing but a bit creamy as well. sweet on the palate, bitter aftertaste.

O - i have NEVER had an IPA this delicious. received it in a trade with a friend as a random throw-in. if this is a run of the mill beer for wisconsin, then i have a LOT to learn and a lot of beers to acquire.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
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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Lupulin Maximus Imperial IPA from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
3.87 out of 5 based on 308 ratings.
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