Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Ratings: 3,925 | Reviews: 1,376 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by sweetbrew82:
3.1/5 rDev -21.9%
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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4.54/5 rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Poured Maximus into a Belgian Tulip.
A - Pours a clear dark golden with a two full fingers of white head.
S - Nice aroma on this IPA. I'm getting tropical paradise of pineapple, citrus, orange, maybe slight coconut.
T - Very nice flavor here as well. Getting grapefruit, pineapple, citrus, pine needles.
Mid palate getting a little light toasted malt with more bitter hops. On the aftertaste getting more citrus and hops.
M - Mouthfeel is medium leaning towards a heavy with medium carbonation.
O - I love this brew. I think Lagunitas has the IPA's down. Highly recommended! Cheers!!
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2014 00:45:22 | More by fitrock2112
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,925 ratings.