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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

1,489 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,489
Hads: 5,219
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 123
Gots: 1,113 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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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Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an cloudy amber with a fluffy white head that held up okay with good lacing

Smell: Hops (piney & floral) nutin' else

Taste: Big hops smack and some peppery notes with faint hints of malt. Alcohol warming on the finish...

MF: Just to damn hoppy; no malts to balance it out

If you are totally into hops this is your beer, but not the worst DIPA you could pick at random

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy neutral amber color. Good off-white head that leaves some lace on the glass.

Nice fresh hop aromas up front, very floral.

A hopper's delight. The dry malt flavors show up only at the beginning of the taste. The rest is hop, and this is also very dry. Full bodied with a slightly low carbonation.

I'm having this beer with Montreal seasoned beef. This beer is the perfect foil for this hearty meal. I'm noticing the alcohol content more as well as the malt flavors in this combination.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Maximus comes in the 650ml brown bottle, with another one of their relatively nondescript labels, with large black and green lettering. The give-you're-head-a-shake stories on the sides of the bottle are always diverting though(and they make more sense after a couple bottles). If it were not for them, the Lagunitas labels would be extremely boring. Maximus pours very agreeably, forming a rich bed of beige-yellowish foam. The underlying bubbles are a little larger, but the consistency of the foam viewed from the top is compact and ice-cream like. Thin lacing, but it clung well and formed paint-like splotches. The beer is dark rust in colouration; equal parts orange and red. Lighter than an amber, but darker than most pale ales. At first the liquid appears quite limpid, but there is a very fine haziness upon closer examination, and as you pour the last bit you can see the sediment clearly floating in the beer. Delightful looking brew. The first sniff after pouring the beer is quite malty, but as the head lessens and the beer breathes a little, the expected dark-wood spicy hops assert themselves. The beer is quite balanced to me though: instead of the hops being dominant in the aroma, the malting holds its own against them, as evidenced by the inescapable sugary sweetness throughout. I will say that the hops DO increase in magnitude the more the beer sits and aerates. The aroma is a little similar to Brown Shugga'. Other aromas include some milkiness, maple syrup, pepper, tree bark, and a great woodiness from the hopping. Raisins, definite dried prunes, figs, and a faint hit of vodka-like alcohol lurking underneath. Plenty of complexity to be had. The west-coast hops add all sorts of earthy vinous notes: spice-filled and warming. Sometimes cinnamon-like, sometimes seasoning salt in nature. As expected, the hops really do define the taste of Maximus. The aroma does not suggest the astringent dryness of the taste. The malt is just as present as the hops in the SMELL, but the taste changes all that: on the tip of the tongue, save a small bit of white-sugar sweetness, the woody hops start to add their bitterness. By the middle the cinnamon and grapefruit and lemon are all there, and the finish is dizzyingly dry, at first. The finish is all about mouth-puckering. After sipping, though, the dryness lessens. The taste is not as filled with nuances as the aroma, but still very tasty and full of flavours like burnt toast, mollasses, pomegranate seeds, honeycomb, toffee, ground coffee, and a strong metallic presence, like copper. The malting, when it can be appreciated, is very syrupy. Everything hides behind the massively bitter finish, though. This is extremely low in carbonation, feeling slick and oily on the tongue. Full bodied and quickly warming. Whilst I love to try these, the inherent problem is the lack of solid drinkability--for me, these Double IPAs will never be good session beers, and will never surpass a good amber or even a balanced IPA for quaffability. These will be the exceptions, not the rules. I love them, but would no more drink them daily than I would eat blue cheese, caviar and roast beef every day. A lovely beer to try though, even if not as jaw-droppingly hoppy as might be expected from the DIPA categorisation. And yes, the dryness stays in the mouth almost endlessly unless you pair Maximus with something like aged cheddar. The sharpness softened the hop-bite, and the cheddar added some new tastes.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good DIPA, obtained from Liquid Solutions. Poured into the glass with a thick fluffy cascading white head over a deep coppery clear amber colored liquid. Doesn't seem to have an active carbonation to keep the head poofed up, but leaves a thick spotty lacing.

Smells very citrusy and piney from the high dosage of hops. Smells like maybe amarillo hops. Very juicy. A bit of a caramel malt aroma can be detected under the hops, but it is truly the hops that carry the bouqet in this beer.

The taste is almost as good as the nose. Starts off with a nice malty sweetness followed by a surge of bubblegummy hop flavors and a bit of that crushed aspirin flavor naysayers of amarillo tend to dislike.

The finish is quite bitter with a metallic and medicinal quality to it. A bit syrupy in the mouthfeel. Still very quenching and drinkable for a DIPA with a somewhat high ABV.

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Photo of grindcore666
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My second Lagunitas bomber today, this one looks delicious: hazy amber, some foggy orange throughout. Sports a milky 2-finger head, like a cloud from heaven. Leaves behind average lacing, appearance was almost perfect.

Smells like you would expect from an IPA, sharp hops alongside some grapefruit. *Takes a drink* Straight to the point, but not as ruthless as some IPA's. Kind of a creamy mouthfeel, though bitter. The grapefruit really comes out. Aftertaste is crisp and remains sharp.

I'm not a huge fan of the style, but I found this more pleasant than most, and would gladly try another.

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Photo of SteveO1231
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a pint of this at Pizza C-Bad.

Poured a dark amber color.
Light tannish head with some good lacing.

Very nice, bitter, with a nice malty, fruity flavor.
I taste citrus, orange or grapefruit.

Complex initial flavor with a mild smooth finish.
Drinkable but nothing to scream about.


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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear orangish yellow color with about a half inch of tight bubbles apparent at first pour. There are quite a few bubbles rising to maintain the head.

Aroma: I get a whole bunch of citrus in this one. I can pick out oranges and grapefruits in particular.

Taste: A lot of citrusy hops noticeable at first, and then you notice a bit of malt in there as it washes over your palate. The profile then fades to a slightly chalky and bitter flavor to carry on well into the finish, only to be disrupted ever slightly by the alcoholic warming.

Opinion: Well, as far as IIPA's go, I think that this one is a bit on the light side. I really like the fresh hop presence, but I feel that it is lacking a bit on the malt bill. I would personally like this beer to have a bit more of a chewy malt presence with some more caramel malts and Dextrines. It's not a bad beer, and one that I would drink again, but if I were to have this beer sitting beside a Stone IPA...I don't think that there would be any comparison.

Review 11-5-05
Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish golden color with an inch of off white bubbles at first pour. He head was made up of different sized bubbles, but it was pretty fluffy and looked like it wasn’t going to be around all that long. The head left quite a bit of lacing after it dropped a bit.

Aroma: Citrusy hops greet the nose right away. There are a few floral notes here also, but the fruity esters are the next major player in the aroma when it is cold.

Taste: A plethora of citrusy and floral hops fade from the aroma into the taste. After the hops start to let go a bit, you can taste the malt. There is a good bit of body here, and I would be so bold to guess that there was mostly Cara-Pils, and Cara Vienne in here. It has a resiny sweet flavor with some definite toasty notes. The final part of the profile yields reservedly to the bittering side of the equation. It really finishes rather balanced for such a hoppy-tasting beer.

Opinion: This is a really tasty beer. I am not much of a hop head, and I prefer a beer that has softer water and less bittering hops. This beer doesn’t have a metallic twang, and the sharp bitterness that many micro’s have as their “signature” finish. This one is much more drinkable in that respect for me.

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Photo of texashammer
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red-orange with thin head. I would like more head.
Smells of bitter hops with some citrus, some floral; also yeast. Mostly clean and floral/herbal. There is a nice hop bite on the tongue but I wish the body were fuller. Slick mouthfeel with hop oil. Kind of dry, not juicy. No alcohol tastes to get in my way; as it warms there's some alcoholic warmth to it, all good, no complaints.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a lovely amber brew with a four finger, rocky head in my 22 oz. pilsner glass. It had a LOT of lace.

Aroma was just what I would expect from a double IPA... hops and more hops. Primarily citrus hops, with a hint of orange flavor... a bit of medium bodied malts underlying everything, but mostly hops.

Taste was therefore surprising when the expected hop bomb did not explode in my mouth. There was a moderate bitterness, which faded quite fast. There was a predominantly tea-like flavor, with a little mild citrus, and some carmel malts thrown in there. Odd... it says double IPA, and it tastes like mildly hopped iced tea.

The mouthfeel was good... it had good body. And it was highly drinkable, also. But a double IPA? Doesn't quite fit my expectations for the style.

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Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

WARNING there is about a 1/4 inch of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, so pour carefully so you don't get it in your glass.

Pours a clear copper colored ale with a puffy white head.

Smell is sweet malt and the odor of tea and spicy hops. Faint scent of brown sugar.

Taste is sweet and sugary tea with lemon at first. Spicy hop flavor but not out of control. Long lasting hop after taste in the throat. Citrus hop flavor appears after the spicy hop flavor fades. Decent bitterness but not real strong. I expected more hops than this, that or hop monsters has screwed up my perspective. Barely qualifies as an IPA in my book. But it does taste good so I can't really give it just a 3.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Easy to drink but I expected more hops from a beer called "Maximus." This beer barely qualifies as an IPA much less than a Double IPA. This is easy to drink though.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pounder glass it had a very lively buttery head that chunked its way down to a solid finger. Lacing was lacking for this style and it was a clear off copper in body. It put off an appealing smell. Floral, fresh cut floral with a nice smooth smelling bitter edge. Its not in your face as much as other double's I've encountered. Tasted more hoppy than the smell and actually delves into the extreme bitter without any balance category. The mouthfeel was soft, but I did have a chalky kind of lacing left on the palate.

This is a tough category of beer to impress with because there are so many huge creative and awesome Double IPA's.... this was good just doesn't stack up.

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Photo of charlatan
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bronze colour with significant head which sticks around for the long haul leaving plenty of lacing. Rather salty take on the standard citrus hop nose suggests more of a citrus flavour than this beer offers. Indeed it reminds me much more of hose water or caramelized sugar, but somehow tastes much better than either. This definitely leans towards sweet and malty rather than acrid and hoppy.

The big bubbles which stick around in the head cause an oddly flaky, mottled feel.

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Photo of weeare138
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a glowing orange amber with a decent off white creamy head that sticks around and fades into a so-so collar. Decent chunks of lacing are left behind in this one. A bit of sediment is in the bottom of the glass, even while on draft.
Smell is of light grapefruit, pine, and herbal notes.
Taste is about the same as above with a decent hop taste during the swallow. Some nice malt balance in there keeps this from being too overkill on one set of flavors.
Mouthfeel is very chewy and nicely carbonated.
Drinkability is good. I actually remembered this one being a little bit better out of the bottle but I still wasn't really let down.

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Photo of taez555
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured an opaque orange body with a slight chill haze. The head was a big fluffy white.

Nose had a strong biscuit malt touch with strong breathes of alcohol and even a mild touch of orange and citrus.

Taste was medium bodied. HUGE hop bitterness. Pine, sticky sweet citrus, but not that black pepper or grapefruit type hop taste. Caramel tasting malt but again with a cracker/biscuit type overtone. A very English style pale ale hop taste combined with an American hop monster style. The more I drink it the more it screams English hop monster.

What an odd but interesting beer. More of an English style hop monster. Huge hop attack but not that piney cascade or Chinook style hops. The biscuit malt really gives me the impression it’s an English style Craft ale. Very cool

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Photo of rowew
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bomber. An "Unlimited Release" according to the label. As usual there is a long story that has little to do with the beer on the label, but it is entertaining. No freshness info.

Appearance: Poured into a New Belgium globe. Nice reddish color with visible sediment. Thin but solid off white head.

Smell: Lots of hops, but some malt sweetness sneaks in there as well.

Taste: Nicely balanced - the hop flavor dominates in the beginning, and it gets a bit sweet from there. The malt certainly isn't a dominant flavor, but it makes its presence known. The mouthfeel is smooth and slighly creamy, with a fairly low level of carbonation.

Overall impression: Nice IPA - very drinkable for the ABV. Well balanced with plenty of variety in the hops flavor.

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Photo of IceAce
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 Oz bottle w/o freshness dating

Hazy orange body with a full finger of dense, creamy foam. The hoppy aroma is first detected from three feet away.

Further examination of the nose reveals a slew of hops...grapefruit rich at first, quickly followed by piney, floral notes.

While this reviewer feels that the grain bill is substantial, this beer is all about thye hops and they're not about to share their place in the sun.

The entry is innocent enough, showing nice support from adequate carbonation.Midtaste arrives and the hop train begins to pick up speed, mowing down taste buds and covering the tongue with a floral blanket.

The finish ia an alpha acid fade, leaving the throat dry and the tongue coated with thick hop juice. Maximus is well named, as it is difficult to polish off a 22oz bottle of this stuff.

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Photo of foamer
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy coppery-orange with a minimal off-white head. Thick pungent hops are detectable immediately upon opening the bottle. Grapefruity, piney with some hints of tangerine and citrus. Not actually that aggressive at the first taste, but the big hop character builds to the finish. Not much malt detectable, there's a little bit there, but the hops seem to reign unopposed. The malt is clearly there in the body, which is nice a heavy, almost syrupy, but I just can't seem to taste too much of it. A nice enough I2PA, but considering my supply of these in limited to what I can carry on the plane back from seeing my Virginian girlfriend, I might reserve that for some tastier examples. Nevertheless, a decent beer.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 22 oz. bomber. Pours out a deep cloudy orange with a big off-white head that leaves a lot of lace as it fades. Quite a bit of floating debris in the glass, much the same appearance as the Lagunitas IPA.

Smells like piney, bitter hops. Little bit of grapefruitiness, too. I'm not reading much maltiness in the scent. A bit subdued for a DIPA.

Taste is hugely hopped and bitter, but fairly complex. The doughy malt plays well off of the citric notes from the hops. The piney flavors are pretty dominant, but that's not all that's going on. Alcohol bites a bit on the back end, but the lingering flavor is mostly just a lot of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation that cuts through the medium body pretty well.

Overall: A bit too hoppy for me. I do love my hop bombs, but this one just tasted a bit like licking a hop bag. It could stand to have the hops either toned down a bit or the malt beefed up some. The malt is there, but it gets lost pretty easily.

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Photo of hansendc
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the glass with nice color, slightly darker than an average IPA. Plenty of head, although not much smell comes out of it. Sticks pretty solidy to the side of the glass.

There is a curiously small amount of aroma coming out of this beer. Even a deep whiff nose-in-glass provides only the brief, fleeting aroma of pine.

The taste is pretty normal for a nice kick-in-the-face IPA. This is likely because this is a summer beer: but there's a bit missing in the malt department. You need something to support all of the hops, which is likely why the taste stays around in your mouth for so long.

It's a decenltly drinkable beer. The 7.5% ABV will guarantee that you enjoy the end of it more than the beginning. But, make sure to drink it cold. If you're working on the 22oz bottle alone, make sure to keep the remainder of it in the freezer while you're working on the top half. Probably best to start with frozen glassware.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shared this one with my buddy James. Pours from the bomber a bright, clear amber orange. Vibrant with a big chunky two finger eggshell head that leaves thick lacing all over the glass. Citric, grapefruity, sticky, sappy hops come foremost with a sweet caramel background. Hints of pine sap float past my nostrils as well. Nice.

First sip brings a nice wash of citrusy, fruity hops along with a mellow caramel malt background. Hop oils and resins abound creating a well balanced bitterness on the way down. A somewhat restrained DIPA, but still enjoyable, carrying a slight alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel is a tad bit thin and quite frankly dissapointing..seemed to not pack enough punch. Mellowed out carbonation left me looking for a bit more. Overall, a fairly easy drinking DIPA that doesn't push things too far. I'm glad I was able to sample it.

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Photo of lostbearbrew
2.8/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Admittedly, I am not a fan of most of Lagunitas products I have already tried. I seriously tried to approach this beer with an open mind, as many have told me it is an excellent DIPA. I poured the 22 oz bomber into my pint glass (most of the bomber, anyway) and noted a light copper color, with reddish hues. Very little lacing after an offwhite 1/2" head.

Aromas wafting up into my nose- major grapefruity smell, not really citrusy - flat out grapefruit, with a little pine to follow, plus a sweet malty smell, way down in there. Not bad as an aroma goes, but wish there was more piney aroma up front.

First sip was a hard hitting hops attack to the tongue, but not to my liking, despite being a hophead and DIPA fan first and foremost. I guess I'm just not a fan of the way Lagunitas does their hopping. The taste seemed like someone dumped grapefruit juice into my beer, just like thier IPA. Only now, it is much more juice, to make it a double. Just not my deal. No real balance in the middle of the sip and the end left my tongue dry, almost scratchy feeling - a grassy ending.

Mouthfeel - well, let's just say it wasn't the best. Thumper's rule, after all. But hell, this is a review, and I should be brutally honest, right. Mouthfeel was really light for a DIPA in body, and flavor was so overly hoppy (and not with hops I care for) that I didn't really enjoy my beer the way I had hoped I would.

Drinkability - As a single IPA it would be ok, although too high in alc%age. Still, not real drinkable for me, as it wasn't my type of DIPA.

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Photo of pootz
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

something special for my 400th. A bomber of this sought after impy IPA. Poured a murkey orange-gold with a creamy off white cap. Moderately carbonated. Aromas of sweet bread and grapefruit. Lots of chewy malts in this like sticky sweet cookie dough meets pine-citrus hopping in near balance...like the ad sez: " a raging mouthful of malt and hops". The finish is slow and erodes into not quite the promised enamel melting bittering but was a pleasant bittering with an astringent- metalic aftertaste. This what Liberaty ale on steroids would taste like....I lile the well balanced hop and malt wallop of this big APA and I’ll buy it often.

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Photo of WesWes
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/orange color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a nice malty scent that is sweet and warm. It boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It also has an intense hop aroma that is quite pleasant and bitter. The taste is great also. It has a well rounded flavor that boasts of pale and light crystal malts as well as loads of hops. It goes down smooth with a slightly warm finish. It has an intense hop character; very nice. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good double IPA. It's not as high in alcohol content as some, but it has excellent flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got my hands on this beer at the venerable Cafe Volo in Toronto. It pours a nice light copper color with an ivory head that sticks around forever. The aroma is of piney, citrusy hops, with a sweet maltiness evident. The taste is awesome. The hops are so complex and at once perfumey, floral, grapefruity and piney. This beer isnt as brashly hoppy as I was expecting, its much smoother than othe DIPAs Ive tried. In the middle some crazy fruitiness emerges (Im guessing another hop characteristic). The mouthfeel is smooth and lusciously carbonated.

This is a great beer, If a little light to be a DIPA (both in ABV and hops). Its still way hoppier than most beers available in Toronto. Ill get it again.

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber orange with a little bit of haze to it, with big head and nice lacing. Smell is all hops, floral, piney, strong and malty. Taste has a nice big malt background, with good floral hop flavour and a clean bitter finish. Mouth is full and chewy, with good carbonation. Not the biggest double IPA but well balanced and pretty tasty. Thanks northyorksammy.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,489 ratings.