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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

4,742 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,742
Reviews: 1,454
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 94
Gots: 672 | 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: A clear medium amber grew an inch tall head which receded slowly to a heavy white surface foam.. Moderate lacing towards the end. Excellent!

s: Tangerine notes.

t: Piney hops with citrus undertones. Hop presence is strong but not unpleasantly bitter.

m: Light to medium heft with lots of carbonation. Refreshing.

o: Tasty and easy drinking medium IPA.

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

Appearance- exploding with carbonation, big 2 finger head forming a plateau even after the lightest of pours, looks as creamy as a scoop of ice cream, orange-amber hue

Smell- hops of centennial, citrus notes of lemon peel and tangerine, light hint of caramel and florals too

Taste- You expect hops but get a good malt dose, sweet and grain forward with some hop attack and lingering maltiness on the finish

Mouthfeel- medium/full bodied, smooth and milky yet enough kick to keep you reminded it's an IPA

Overall- An IIPA that hasn't succumbed to the fad of over-hopping

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

Poured from a bottle into a Pint glass, nice golden orange color with a 2 finger head that reduced to a half finger but left wonderful lace with every sip. Aroma is straight up IIPA with hops leading the way, citrus and sugar show up as well. Taste starts sweet and goes from bitter to tang as it moves over the tongue, good citrus going on and you keep wanting another sip. A nice crisp mouthfeel with a slightly oily finish that holds the bitter tang on the back of the throat. Overall a good IIPA from Lagunitas that is easy to drink and full of flavor, easy to find as well...at least in Lincoln, Neb.

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

A: Light, pumpkin color. Great, thick, persistent head.

S: Really different smell compared to most IPAs; Orange, Pineapple and Banana? Hoppy, but that's not it's strongest point--it's the high quality, subtle fruit smells.

T: Well it sure doesn't taste like Pineapple, Orange or Banana. Woody, light IPA. First taste: This is minor leagues. There just isn't the same hoppy intensity in this brew that is really needed to compete in this segment. Second taste: It's starting to liven up a bit, a little more hoppy, but it is still light for an IPA. I wouldn't call it watered down, just not very intense.

M: Sourness to flavor ratio is a little unbalanced. Still a full mouth-feel, not watered down.

O: Good effort at an IPA, but it's just too light. A light IPA is perfectly fine, but it still needs to taste complicated and interesting if it's going to take this route--and this one has not. It tastes refined, but it just isn't very interesting. Plain (but a still pleasant) basic IPA.

EDIT: This was my full review during a blind taste test.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,742 ratings.