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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,818 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 3,818
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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uberabr

California

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Appearance is great. Big fluffy two finger head that wafts the hop aromas well, tons of lace and excellent carbonation. Color is a kind of murky dark amber.

Smells great. I love it, the quintessential California hop heaven. Tons of grapefruit Cascade, melon, guava, apples, cherries- all with a subtle fresh-cut woodsy pine backbone and soothing aroma of fresh mountain air. This is how all Cali IPA's should smell. It's not refined, the bill is probably not all that complex, but it certainly does the trick- at least for a hophead.

Taste is a sharp bitter bite with crisp green apples and and a slight citrus malt. Some pine and butter. It might be a too bitter for some. Mouthfeel is bubbly and lush. Drinkability is very good- while I can't taste the booze, it's definitely moderating the uber-bitterness, as I could easily down this bomber without much thought.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 06:16:35 | More by uberabr
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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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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.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,818 ratings.