MadTree and Fat Head's got together last year to make General Sherman Rye Pale Ale. The Cincinnati and Middleburg Heights breweries had such a good time that they are collaborating again -- this time on Lupulin Effect, an imperial IPA.

The beer, available in cans, is slated to hit the Ohio market, as well as a bit in Northern Kentucky, on May 7 through Cavalier Distributing. The four-packs will retail for $11.99.

Lupulin Effect was brewed at MadTree.

"We are rolling some of the first shrink sleeved cans we've ever done which felt a little strange at first," MadTree spokesman Mike Stuart said. "But, we got on board with the idea of non-printed cans when we learned about some the different colors and textures we could play with."

The green can features both breweries logos. There's also a circle with a matte finish, while the rest of the can is gloss.

"We also made some of the hop geometric patterns clear so the aluminum can substrate would shine through," Stuart said. "As much as the brewers had fun developing a hop-fueled imperial IPA, the designers from both breweries had fun playing with the artwork.

"Beyond the beautiful packaging, the beer itself will stand on its own as a strong Ohio IPA," he continued. "Both breweries are regarded for their hoppy beers and this is no exception. The hop bill consists of Chinook, Citra and Denali hops. A little unique here was the addition of 30 pounds of whole leaf Denali hops to the mash -- not something we have done before. We are also extending the fermentation tank time a little longer to three weeks to ensure all that lupulin is pulled out of the dry hopping. The finished beer ABV is being targeted at 8 to 8.5 percent to make it robust but not overwhelming."

Stuart added that there's a family connection between MadTree and Fat Head's -- with brothers Patrick and Jacob Stratton working for the breweries.

"Patrick Stratton is the Fat Head's sales rep for southern Ohio and Jacob Stratton is our sales rep for the Dayton and Toledo markets," he said. "To say that these two can be competitive is a bit of an understatement. There is a lot of good-natured jawing going on between those two leading up to the launch and they will be watching sales figures extra close to earn bragging rights."