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

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of doucmehu
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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 Etan
3.6/5  rDev -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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Photo of emerge077
2.54/5  rDev -34.4%
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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Photo of charlzm
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
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 +1.3%
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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Photo of herman77
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep hazy amber, dark copper with a small beige head. Very nice lacing for a double IPA.

S: Lots of sweet carmel and toffee. Some tropical fruits, mainly ripe pineapple. A bit of butterscotch. A slight resinous, pine hops in the background.

T: Carmel and toffee malts and some earthy hops. Some pine and a bit of citrus as well. Vegetal flavors come through pretty strong, probably from the hop cone. Fairly mild, bitter finish. Almost american barleywine like.

M: Fuller body. Thick for the style. Average carbonation. Different, but I like it.

O: Decent drinkability. ABV is somewhat hidden. Kind of thought it would be a gimmick with the hop cone, but I think it does change the flavor of this beer. Not the most bitter or tastiest double IPA out there, but it's worth trying.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present, but I'm pretty sure it's as fresh as can be.

A - Beautiful cloudy orange color, with a short thick and foamy white head, that disappears quickly. That hop cone plopped itself into the glass, and it just makes it look even more gorgeous.

S - Smells amazing. Irresponsibly hoppy, which is just what I want out of a double IPA.

T - Fresh, juicy, citrus hops. Extremely potent fresh grapefruit taste, this IPA is so fresh and hoppy you'd think someone had just whipped it up in the kitchen for you. A friend of mine tried eating the hop cone, and he said it tasted like a crumpled up receipt. Needless to say, I didn't try the hop cone.

M - Extra dry, bitter finish. Lovely, everything one could expect from an IPA. And the presence of the hop cone definitely helps to make it a novelty experience as well.

Overall, this was my delicious first introduction to O'so Brewing, and I'm looking forward to trying more.

O'so Brewing Lupulin Maximus Imperial IPA ---4.5/5

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Photo of BudzandSudz
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Gorgeous light brown with 1.5 fingers worth of thick, golden head that never settled and left monstrous curtains of lace down the glass.

S - Citrus and Pine hop notes are predominant, but a nice malt subtlety and some sort of almost raisin smell that I can't quite pick out. This is basically what Christmas SHOULD smell like.

T - Fairly dry, and extremely hoppy. Not much to say beyond that. Nice warmth from the hops and alcohol upfront with a nice malty backbone, and a serious bitter bite and dry finish on the way down. Love it.

M - Feels like an IPA. Not cloying, not too dry, just nice carbonated deliciousness.

O - Excellent IPA. It's no Pliny the Elder or anything, but I love it and will definitely choose it over most other IPA options at my local beer store.

The biggest downside is the hop in the bottle. I think it's a clever idea and guarantees a serious dry-hop flavor to the beer, but it's obnoxious to pour and I keep getting bits of hops in my teeth as I drink.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: murky amber bodied beer with a thin white cap. This beer actually has 3 whole hop cones that are floating in the beer! This is awesome!

Smell: syrupy sweet and concentrated oily hoppiness. This smell like hop syrup if there is such a thing. Really leafy hops and almost a mustiness.

Taste: Big malts caramel, toffee, and fruity notes. This is really not all that bitter compaired to what I was thinking this might be. Citrusy hops and tropical fruits. Slightly resinous as well. It resembles an aged american barleywine.

Mouthfeel: medium full bodied beer with low carbonation. Its needing some carbonation and its got a syrupy mouthfeel.

Overall: I am going to call this a novelity beer because I really dont know of another beer thats actually bottled with whole hop cones inside the bottle! Its a really cool idea that Oso's has got here. Oso's did just what they promised on the bottle label...there is a side note that says: warning whole hop cones in this beer. I was expecting the beer to be more hoppy, but that okay it was still a decent beer.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a super burnt deep goldish orange. Whole hop cone ended up wedged in the neck created a sweet hopbackish thing. Head is white, tight, and drops to a thin cap in short order. Bubbly collar. Hazed, but some of the chill haze drops as the beer warms.

Smell: Tropical fruit snacks. Loaded with mango and pineapple. Fresh fruit flesh. Some nice punches of grapefruit and orange with some ripe banana thrown in for good measure. Super fresh and fruity. Big bready malts coupled with an earthy yeastiness. Tons of sweet caramel malt as well. Almost pushes caramel candy at a certain point. Some deep resin.

Taste: Big, bready, and hoppy as can be. Pine needles, resin. loads of tropical fruit and more grapefruit than anything else. Pith. zest, juice, and flesh, it's all there. Nice roasted profile backing the big caramel sweetness. Biscuit dough and even some hints of toffee, but just barely. Oily, slick hops.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation on a medium body. Smooth and oily.

Overall: A bit malty in the long run, but solid.

The whole hop cone was a nice addition. Nice fresh, clean, and big flavors. Ultimately hit closer to a hoppy barleywine with all the layers of malt sweetness.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange and very cloudy with a fair head and decent sticky lacing that lasted.

Aroma is earthy, perhaps a little of the onion that some people say certain hops gives beer, plenty of citrus and pine needle hops, and lots of earthy malts.

Taste is similar to the smell but the sensations seem to come in a different order... first up is almost malt-bomb amounts of maltiness, followed by sweet fruits and sticky, oily, pungent hops. Earthy and syrupy, with a little obvious alcohol.

Body is very thick, slick, oily with a sweet, slick, heavy finish.

Overall it's quite interesting but is perhaps a little over the top. The hop cone in the bottle probably adds some nice aroma, but appearance may have suffered because of this. It's a bit gimmicky and probably unnecessary.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 16 oz glass.

A- pours a cloudy, burnt orange with a 1'finger off-white head. Minimal lacing resides immediately.

S- sweet citrus, honey, dank, juicy hops.

T- sweet caramel, big juicy orange and grapefruit. Dank bitter piney hops.

M- medium body and carbonation. Creamy, oily feel.

O- nice dipa with big citrus and dank otter hop bitterness.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark amber, minimal off white head. minimal lace. Heaps of caramel on the nose, toffee. Some underlying resin, pine. Taste presents resin pine flavored bitterness which is backed by a substantial toffee malt body. Just a bit sweet. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy. Very slight lingering bitterness. Overall is an interesting drink, the ABV becomes a bit too noticeable, and it's just a tad malty for my preferences. Can I eat this hop cone?

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Photo of SykDoc
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a translucent dark orange color. A 1/8 inch eggshell colored head forms and leaves a nice lacing. One hop cone is present that I pulled out.

The aroma is started with a pineapple and straight up pine mixture that is followed by a caramel malty sweetness.

The taste is familiar to the nose with a solid pine presence and some spiciness. The caramel sweetness seems to lurk a little more in the background, but present. Somewhat earthiness and floral tones are also present.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and thick with a uniquely creamy feel. Carbonation is a bit light. A mild dryness lingers at the finish along with a stickiness.

Overall, this beer is solid with the strong hops presence expected and a nice malt backbone. It is fairly drinkable although much more than one is likely to reduce palate sensitivity for the night.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out an coppery amber with minimal haziness, mild lacing and a single finger of short lived head... and of course a floating hop flower, the gimmick of this brew. Actually, it *is* kind of fun to pull out the hop flower and suck the delicious essence out of it like some kind of demented beer vampire....but I digress.
Has an excellent blend of spicy, earthy, herbal, grassy, pine, and tropical fruit in just about the same proportion both in the scent and in the flavor, but maintains a large hefty caramel and toffee malt presence to counterbalance. This brew is one of the sweetest IPAs I've ever had that still manages to feel balanced against the bittering included within. (I've had sweeter IPAs but they weren't what I would consider "well balanced") Body is on the hefty side of medium which does well to support the bold flavors, only has a small amount of rising alcohol heat towards the finish... overall this is quite a lovely IPA.

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Photo of bierbrauer
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle purchased locally, ($9.99/4). No date on bottle or on 4-pack. Poured into tulip glass.

A: Hazy copper; 1/4" off-white foam that leaves a thin film of lacing; ring of medium-sized bubbles and oil slick left at surface; no effervescence. The hop cone was lodged in the bottle neck and slowed down the pour, much like a wine cork that has been pushed into the bottle.

S: Strong pine hops, spicy & sweet floral.

T: Resinous pine, some caramel malt; slight citrus; moderate, growing bitterness.

M: Low carbonation, heavy body; very thick & chewy, rich and smooth; very dry finish; some warming.

O: It's an interesting idea, to put a hop cone in each bottle, a localized "Randall the Enamel Animal." An intense and informative experience. A search brought up Madison's Isthmus news review citing the hop bill of "Summit, Glacier, Chinook, Simcoe and the inserted Fuggles." Furthermore, the inserted flower was "taken from vines that grew this past summer at the Plover home of O'so Brewery owners Marc and Katina Buttera." It may not be an everyday sipper, but it is one to seek out and try.

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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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