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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,811 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 3,811
Reviews: 1,373
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 63
Gots: 239 | 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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mjurney

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Amber-golden color, slight hazy. Good amount of carbonation. Head looks fluffy.

Aroma:
Sweet malts, a little citrus and pine.

Taste/Body:
Malty up front, sweet, biscuity, slight caramelly. Hop is not too aggressive like most DIPA, but I get lots of citrus and piney. There some fruitiness I could detect, peach-apricot like. Medium bodied, almost creamy.

Finish/Aftertaste:
Smooth finish, clean malty aftertaste.

Overall Impressions:
It's more like an IPA than DIPA, this beer kinda reminds me of Dogfish Head 60 Minutes. I was expecting aggressive hop character. Otherwise, it's a good tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 03:20:00 | More by mjurney
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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.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,811 ratings.