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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,485 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 3485
Reviews: 1347
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.61%


Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001)
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sweetbrew82

California

3.1/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Orange-stained amber with a thick crown of foam that leaves some webs of lace as it sinks relatively quickly to a thin cap on top.

A: Citrusy, piney, and floral hops are noted with a toasted malt underneath. What's there smells pretty good, but this would lack power even for a regular IPA. Where's the power and strength that is expected from a Double/Imperial? Maybe it will make up for it on the palate.

T: Unfortunately, it does not. My taste buds are feeling just as deprived as my nose was. The malt bill feels like it was built to handle a much larger load of hops that is currently present. Citrusy hops are dominant with mostly grapefruit rinds, while the pine needle-flavored hops deliver some spice on the end. Good bitterness here at points, but the sweet malts take a big bite out of it. Seems more like a Pale Ale than a DIPA, to be quite honest. Not impressed at all.

M: Medium-full with a sticky, mouth-coating feel that finishes a bit harsh and leaves a weird aftertaste.

Notes: If you really want an Imperial IPA from Lagunitas, do yourself a favor and pass this one up for some Hop Stoopid. Maximus fell way short of what I was expecting from this great brewery. They don't fail often, as most of their beers are 'hits'. You can mark this one down as a 'miss', though, as far as I'm concerned. Oh well, I guess you can't win 'em all...

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 06:54:52 | More by sweetbrew82
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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,485 ratings.