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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,559 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,559
Reviews: 1,422
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 93
Gots: 494 | 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: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured almost two fingers of head on a clear, bubbly medium straw colored body. Low head retention though.
The smell is amazing. Bright lemon and grapefruit in a big pine forest. Love it.
The taste is nice. Mild lemon bitterness with a stronger pine bitter. Quite a step down from where the smell led me.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It smells incredible, it tastes good.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 05-22-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Globe glass
Purchased: Received from a friend

A: Head is big and white, on top of the amber/orange beer which is mostly clear. Head retention is very good with a crazy amount of lacing.

S: Sharp hop aromas of evergreen and pine, with a hint of some bready malts.

T: Taste is quite hoppy, with a fairly high level of bitterness. Some caramel malts are also there for some balance, but they are fairly subdued. I get some alcohol warmth from the 8.2 abv.

M: Prickly mouthfeel with a high carbonation level. The body is medium with aftertastes that feature more piney hop character and bitterness.

O: All in all an enjoyable beer. I think it could use a bit more in the malts department, however.

Thanks to Kirk for the beer!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a NB globe.

A - Pours translucent copper with a nice thick white head. Moderate amount of splotchy lacing.

S - Hops dominate the aroma, and there is a nice mix of earthy/piney aroma with fruit and citrus aromas. I'm searching for a word to describe the overall effect, and I can't really come up with one. It's almost a...juicy....sort of smell...if that makes any sense.

T - This first thing that jumps out at me about the flavor is how well balanced it is. The hops are definitely big and in your face, but the sweetness of the malt is definitiely noticeable. A lot of IPAs seem to focus on the hops at the expense of other flavors, but this beer lets all the flavors come through, and in a bag way as well. There are some herbal notes in there, so the overall effect is earthy and refreshing.

M - medium bodied, a little syrupy at time, but nothing wrong with it.

O - Overall, this is a great beer, and definitely stands out among the DIPAs I've had. The balance is great and a highlight for me and I would guess for others as well.

Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,559 ratings.