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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,727 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,727
Reviews: 1,449
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 94
Gots: 662 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001

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1.86/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Serving: 22 ounce bomber, $2.79 at Safeway, into "beer clean" bell pint glass.

Pours a filtered clear medium orange. A vigorous pour results in some orange-tinted white head, but it quickly dispreses. VERY clear filtered medium orange color, tiny bubbles moving up.

Smell: pretty limited, slightly sweet, hint of metallic/flat smell. No hops noticeable.

Taste: initial taste is of malty sweet amber, hints of honey, present bitterness, like a British bitter. Minimal hop flavor (if this were a blind tasting, I would probably think this was an amber or a strong bitter style, maybe a sweet, slightly hopped Red.) Really, for a beer sold as a Double IPA, this is super disappointing. I wouldn't be happy with it as a single IPA, and would barely even accept it as a basic APA. And it wouldn't be a good beer for any of these styles. Blah!

Where are the label-advertised "72.41" IBUs? Got me. There are almost no hops present here at all.

Mouthfeel: medium to low carbonation, sweet, tangy mouth, most of the mouth is of sweetness and some slight alcohol warmth.

Overall, I'm sad to report that this is another profoundly mediocre offering from Lagunitas, which has great marketing and distribution (here in Northern California, at least), but way less than average beers. Better than macroswill, sure, but not by much, and doesn't hold a candle to many other widely available beers.

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2.09/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer was recommended to me as one to tide me over until more HopSlam comes available. The beer buyer said they were similar in flavor, so I decided to give it a try. I was not impressesed, and I think it's miscategorized. It tasted much more like an Amber than an IPA (much less a Double or Imperial IPA), and I was so turned off by the amount of malt flavor present. There was almost zero hop flavor. It poured well and has a good appearance and mouthfeel, but for me, that was about it. If I was expecting (or looking forward to) an Amber, then maybe I'd review differently. But I don't like that style, so I won't be having it again.

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2.1/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The beer was served into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a very pleasing clear copper coloration. The head has a fluffy off white coloration. The beer has absolutely no head retention.

Smell: The beer has a good citrus grapefruit and general piney floral hops smell. The beer has a good bready maltyness. There is a astringent vaguely metallic off smell present in this beer.

Taste: The beer has a funky asprin taste up front. This asprin taste combines with citrus flavors and pine cones. The beer has a bit of sweetness towards the middle; however, due to the oilyness of the hops the maltyness never stands out.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a very astringent smell and the taste of asprins. Needless to say, this beer was hard to drink between smell and taste. The beer is medium bodied. The hops are unpleasantly oily and long lasting. This was a very hard beer to finish. This beer needs to go back to the drawing board.

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2.25/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I like IPAs. When offered a choice, I tend to lean towards them because I love the dry-hopped bitterness of this particular style.

Maximus, however, goes a little overboard. The aroma is less than pleasant, almost pungent. The oils from the hops are so overpowering, its almost greasy.

It is fairly drinkable, however, assuming that you've been properly "warming up" beforehand. The head goes away almost immediately after the first sip, but the flavor is still there.

All in all, I would say that if you like IPAs, you should try it. Otherwise, don't even bother.

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2.41/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bomber. They have the IBU's (72.4, I doubt it), O.G. 1080,(probably), and ABV 7.5 on the label, but NO DATE! This must have been old; for a DIPA, this was crap.

Sediment on the bottom. Pours a hazy, deep golden/orange. A foamy, cream colored head, @1/2", which fades quickly to a coating on top. Some slight lacing is evident on the glass.

As for smell, there actually is hardly any smell at all. I took off my glasses so I could stick my nose all the way in there, and got a faint metalic, toffee/biscuit smell, and maybe very faint grapefruit. Some alcohol as it warmed. Disappointing.

The first flavor is a sweet malt; caramely/yeasty, followed by a slight level of bitterness. Hardly any hop flavor. There's some kind of metalic taste in there. The aftertaste was short.

The mouthfeel is probably the best character of this beer. Soft carbonation, some resins on the tongue. Malt sweetness seems to kick in after a while.

This sample had to have been old. No hop aroma, minimal hop flavor, floaties on the bottom. Put the freakin' date on the labels, guys!!!

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear bright orange glow with lots of visible carbonation but a very thin lace of off white head. Big wet grapefruit hop nose with a slight caramel sweetness lingering somewhere underneath.

Big juicy mouthfeel with lots of tropical fruit and a slightly mint finish. Bitterness is slightly high. Some grassy notes on the finish as well. Flavors are concentrated and well blended but pungent. Nothing new really except a very harsh bite that builds. Worth a try, might be for you. I oddly found more balance on their regular ipa though. Malt backbone isn't as big as the nose leads it on to be. Slightly bigger than their regular ipa but not as big as it should be.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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