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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

3,819 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,819
Reviews: 1,374
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 64
Gots: 243 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001)
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Reviews by Duke:
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(From a hollow-stemmed chalice)

Appearance: Maximus pours a slightly hazy rubiginous, with no visible bubbles in the body. The head is a healthy white one, and it collapses down into a thin cap, leaving a bit of lacing.

Smell: Straight into the nose are the piney hops with a touch of sweetness that might be caramel. Grapefruit is in there too, along with citrus fruit rinds and even more of the hops. As the beer warms, onion comes through, and this knocks my score down a touch.

Taste: The grapefruit is more prominent in the mouth than in the nose. The hops are sharp, and they're pleasantly cut off by the sweet citrus.

Mouthfeel: The beer is very smooth, and quite thick too and this heft holds the carbonation down to an enjoyable level. Maximus imparts on the mouth a filmy coating, and that makes sense given the sweetness consistent throughout the beer.

Overall: As always seems to be the case with Lagunitas, I thoroughly enjoyed this very well rounded beer. All those hops, all that sweetness, all that ABV and yet Maximus is still a beautifully balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 07:46:58 | More by Duke
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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.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,819 ratings.