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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

4,795 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,795
Reviews: 1,463
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 95
Gots: 717 | 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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A - A fairly active swirling pour with cascading carbonation yields a mere fingers worth of slightly whimsical bone white colored head with a bit of a rocky top... Minimal retention gives way to a rich full veil of lace and a moderate collar... Still with no discernible carbonation... The color is a vibrant yet ale golden copper... There is a light glowing red hue when back lit... A slight bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - The aroma is equal parts sweet tropical fruit / citrus and assertive malt base... Loads of sweet orange... Some pineapple... Even a touch of kiwi... Caramel... Toasted malts... Biscuit... Doughy white bread... Good balance...

T - The hops take on a much more earth and piney character on the palate... The take the forefront while the malt sweetness takes a semi backseat... Lots of bread crust and dough... Just a hint of caramel... The finish has a slightly astringent earthy hop presence...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Good carbonation level with just a slight bite... Clean... Crisp... Even and consistent... Very pleasant...

D - Quite approachable... Doesn't pack a huge punch for a American Double / Imperial IPA... This won't "wow" anybody, but it won't turn anybody off either... Won't be my first choice when I'm in the market for a sixer, but I certainly wouldn't turn it down... A notch down from other Lagunitas offering... HIdes the 8.2% ABV exceptionally well...

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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