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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
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
25
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 310 |  Reviews: 91
Photo of facundoCNB
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
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 -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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Photo of Fitzmke
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of amart80
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of GORUM
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of EROCK75
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of robo90124
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
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 twbeecher
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of JohnWaynes44
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of wibrewer
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of bierbrauer
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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."
http://www.thedailypage.com/daily/article.php?article=27607. It may not be an everyday sipper, but it is one to seek out and try.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of eroc360
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mobius387
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass

appearance: golden transparent hue, little to no head

aroma: strong nose with big hop nose, would be great, but theres a hint of onion in there that isn't as pleasant as i was hoping for from a beer with a hop in the bottle

palate: medium body, little carbonation, stingy feel

taste: nice blend of hops and malts, but the onion again keeps this one from getting a higher score

overall: a very tasty dipa from o'so. strong enough hop flavor to satisfy hop heads, but not the best blend of flavors/aromas to make this one one of the bests in the area. still definitely worth a pick up!

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Photo of Grebdioz
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

A - Pours a hazy dark orange with one finger of head, good retention. mild amount of sediment from hop cone in the bottle.

S - sweet malt, lemon and grapefruit, hops, but not as hop forward as it warms.

T - hops followed by more hops! also toffee, malt, citrus.

M - fairly thick and sticky, alcohol comes only in the aftertaste.

D - good drinkability, not in my top DIPAs, but interesting, something different with the hop cone in the bottle, and overall not a bad DIPA on occasion.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden/orange body.

Smells grassy and herbal. There's a hop presence that borders on funky (cheese like). Some light sweet caramel and dried fruit.

Tastes of caramel and subtle dried fruits (pineapple), some coconut too. Biscuity malt. Hops come through as straight bitterness (resin/dank). Hints of papery oxidation on the finish.

Mouthfeel is big, full bodied, well carbonated. Wet, not sticky. Fairly dry finish.

Hop cone in the beer... cool story bro. Unfortunately this bottle tastes like its got a bit of age on it. I'd love to try it fresh sometime.

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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 twiggamortis420
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of FrankenBrew, review from notes. Pours a hazed copper color with a speckled white head. This particular bottle contained 2 hop cones, pretty cool idea if you ask me.

Nose is tropical and gummy with some biscuity and toffee malts.

Taste has a nice range of bittering to flavoring hops. Sweet and tropical flavors come out as it warms a bit. Decent amount of malt backing, but is overall pretty light contributor to the overall flavor. Caramel and toast are kept pretty low. Mouthfeel is fine, neither hurts or helps the brew. Interesting IPA, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a different label traded to me by some guy at dark lord day. he offered this bottle to me after i gave him a pour of something. details are a bit fuzzy. if this was you, thanks! drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- just as the bottle would indicate, there is a hop cone floating in here! pretty gimmicky, but pretty cool also. as far as i know this is the only beer out there like this. the beer itself pours a hazy glowing golden colored body with a small bright white head on top. the head has decent retention and leaves behind small marks of lacing.

S- very hoppy. lots of pine notes coming from my glass. a lesser amount of grapefruit, but it still makes itself known. an even lesser amount of tropical fruits such as pineapple and mango. some caramel malts sneak through towards the end of my whiff and try to offer up some sweetness and a little bit of balance. alcohol is pretty strong also.

T- the taste starts out with some of those sweet caramel malts that i could smell, but theyre no match for the hops this beer has. lots of pine and grapefruit. very fresh tasting. the pineapple i could smell comes through a little, but the mango seems to have vanished. the alcohol isnt as well hidden as i would have liked.

M- the body is full and syrupy. palate coating. the carbonation is very low. a nice level of bitterness. there is moderate warming from the alcohol.

O- too strong to have more than one of in a sitting. the hop cone in the bottle was a nice touch. this is an under appreciated DIPA from a brewery that no one really talks about. check it out if you get the chance.

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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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