Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,563 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,563
Reviews: 1,423
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 93
Gots: 506 | FT: 1
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

Bout time I reviewed this one...

Dark copper/amber color with a thick off-white head. A thin but full cap retains with some decent lacing.

Scent brings intense earthy hops, citrus and grapefruit hops with sweet candy caramel malts there as well.

Taste mostly follows suit, still quite hoppy but the malts are more present. Lots of sweet, buttery bready caramel battles some intensified pine and earthiness, grassy and citrus hops. Sweeter than your average DIPA for sure, you can't ignore the malts here, but well-balanced.

Thick mouthfeel with carbonation a bit on the low side. Some alcohol noticeable. Big malts+hops make this a bit of a sipper.

The sweet+hoppy combo is very well done here. This is what I've come to know as a "classic 6-pack". Tough to beat this for $10. Yet another Lagunitas beer makes it to my regular rotation...

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep orange with a slight copper tone. Seems lighter in color than their regular IPA. Although this one is thicker and more cloudy. Head is off white, one finger, and frothy. Recedes to a nice mocha like froth that sits ontop.

Smells right away of orange and grapefruit. Almost a creaminess. Reminds me of orange sherbert mixed with a touch of pine and subtle crackers. Still a bit of bitterness showing though, surprisingly little for a DIPA though.

Taste is very balanced. The creamy orange and citrus notes come through straight away. Touch of caramel, cracker, malts. I'm very surprised by the balance of the bitter hops with the sweet malts. It's got a slight bit of an acidic note that isn't necessarily detracting. A touch of the alcohol does show, however very, very subtle towards the back end. This is a fairly easy drinking DIPA.

Mouthfeel is mildly carbonated. Sticky and sweet. Slight bit of viscous nature.

Overall, this is an excellent DIPA to try. I could easily see this as being a favorite for some. For me, it's drinkable and balanced. But there's some slight astringent characters that pull me away from thinking it's the perfect DIPA for me.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,563 ratings.