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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,558 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,558
Reviews: 1,422
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 93
Gots: 490 | FT: 0
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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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: I poured from a bottle into a Dogfish IPA glass. The beer pours a wonderful amber color that is crystal clear. The head is ivory colored and thick and leaves great, sticky lacing. Overall a very enticing looking brew.

Smell: What immediately hits my nose are notes of grapefruit and lime rind along with a nice nose of hops (Amarillo, maybe?). There are also some interesting spice notes like cumin. The smell is very pleasing and prepares you for a big IPA.

Taste: A deep sip gives you a blast of bitter hops with a rich, malty note that balances the brew. The brew is certainly hop forward, but has a nice complexity that really rounds it out. There is a significant amount of tropical fruit, grapefruit, mango, and lemon and finishes bitter with a good bit of interesting spiciness. I get cardamom, dry white wine, and a tiny hint of rosemary as well. For an 8.2% ABV beer, it drinks very smoothly but retains complexity and a wonderful depth of flavor.

Mouthfeel: This beer is medium-bodied and smooth with somewhat mild carbonation.

Overall: I have been getting more into the Lagunitas offerings and the Maximus does not disappoint. It's a great double IPA with lots of bitter hops, wonderful fruitiness, and a complex flavor profile. For a big beer, it drinks smoothly and doesn't have a big kick of alcohol. It's not the best West Coast IPA, but it certainly seems to epitomize everything that's good about them.

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A: Amber, very dark for an IPA
S: Very floral and sweet many Lagunitas beers
T: Fruity, piny, malty, bitter
M: Crisp and bitter
O: The fresher the better, this one seems a bit old. Going to college in the north bay area I'm a huge Lagunitas fan. They definitely make a unique IPA and IIPA. Lots of flavor very sweet but lots of hops. Great people!

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,558 ratings.