Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Reviews by DrinkMoreBigBeers:
4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
No date on this bottle or any other Lagunitas that I could tell. Correction, there is a date on the neck of the bottle that is hard to see. So if you buy, pay extra close attention to make sure its fresh.
A - This is a really good looking beer which is clear dark and copper. The head was off white and did not die off totally. Did not get much of a head but its probably from my lousy poor.
S - It Has a nice distinct mango, citrus, pine smell. It smells sweet, with smooth caramel malts. Really a pleasure to smell.
T - There is a nice citrus hop flavor in the beginning of this one. The flavor seems to last and coats your mouth with a residual oily hop-resin flavor. The sweetness of this beer balances out the bitterness of the hops very well. The taste makes you think of citrus resin the more I drink it. Very unique and well done.
M - While drinking it makes my mouth water for more. It's a medium bodied beer that can tax your taste buds from the bitterness; and becomes more pleasant the warmer/longer I drink it.
O - This is a nice IPA that I can regularly get from the west coast here in Michigan. Its to bad they do not date this one. It is my favorite from Lagunitas to date. Really nice for any hop head that likes there beers a little sweeter. Enjoy and cheers!
Serving type: bottle
10-04-2012 22:33:28 | More by DrinkMoreBigBeers
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4.63/5 rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
I'd go through all the motions with you: A,S,T,M- but lets just go with O.
O- This is the best beer readily available. If you like IPA's go for it. If you don't, go for it. Its great. Its my go to, its my wifes go to. There is really nothing about this beer that isn't outstanding. To be honest, it ruins me- I now can't have anyother IPA without thinking it's lacking something... it's just not Maximus. Stone, Founders, even Lagunitas IPA, none of them can compare. I know its all personal preference but damn this is a damn good beer. Its Imperial, its got a citrus, its hoppy, its strong (beware it'll sneak up on you), and its incredibly delicious.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 15:22:30 | More by rcairney1
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no dating that I can seem to find anywhere on the bottle or label. Poured into the IPA-specific Speigelau glass in order to coax out the characteristics to the max(imus) from this beer. [rimshot]
Appearance - Pours a a beautifully complex color that is a mix of several different hues--dark copper and brown in the shaded parts, but with a bright tangelo glow where the light passes through the glass, and even some hints of sunny yellow. Head is made up of two fingers of off-white foam that retains for a bit before dissipating and leaving a shallow curtain of lace around the sides of the glass. A lazy stream of carbonation bubbles rises up to the top from the laser etching on the bottom of the glass to replenish the foam.
Smell - Pleasant blend of herbal pine and sweet resin alongside some fragrant notes of light grapefruit and floral orange blossom. I wouldn't describe it as pungent or really powerful, as you might expect from some in the style, but it also lacks that astringency that some DIPAs will have, which is a good thing, imho.
Taste - Delivering on the prelude of the smell, notes of pine and honeycomb hit the tongue initially, followed by aftertaste of bright citrus zest and floral sweetness, reminding me of nectar, but not overpoweringly sweet in any way. The taste also allows a lightly toasted biscuity characteristics to come through where I didn't detect it in the aroma.
Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied and moderate carbonation. Light bitterness and a semi-dry finish.
Overall, a well-done take on a double IPA that calls to mind the famed PtE, given it's balance and an ABV level that doesn't smack you across the face. Certainly don't go into this one expecting a substitute, but it's a nice, unassuming DIPA that would be easy to sit back and have a few (or a bomber) on a pleasant weather day. I could also see it pairing with food rather easily. Perhaps it could be called a "starter" Double IPA, if such a thing exists.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2014 06:15:53 | More by LambicPentameter
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,816 ratings.