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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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unionturf

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my DFH pint.

Pours clear with a deep amber color. Smell is very faint and honestly I cannot see how this is a DIPA, smells and taste like a IPA at the most. Taste is ok but again not to the DIPA standard, a little flat versus what I was expecting.

MF and drink is good but if I'm gonna hit a DIPA I would pass on this when Hop Stoopid and others are available. Heck, HS is way better and cheaper...

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 05:06:26 | More by unionturf
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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.

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Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied and moderate carbonation. Light bitterness and a semi-dry finish.

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