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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

4,790 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,790
Reviews: 1,462
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 95
Gots: 716 | 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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Ratings: 4,790 | Reviews: 1,462
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12 oz bottle, poured into tulip glass

Little to no head, minimal bubbles. Amber color

Smell was piney with some grass. I noticed a slight fishy smell. Since there isn't a date on Lagunitas bottles, it might be old beer.

Taste was bitter and piney, I wasn't able to pick up much diversity here.

Nice mouthfeel, the carbonation opens the palate and the beer has just enough "slickness" for me.

Overall, for me this beer is average for the style. Probably won't buy it again but I'm not upset that I did.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a snifter glass

Appearance – Pours a clear orange colored brew with some red highlights giving it a nice shine. Upon pouring there is a very small white head that fades quite fast leaving a bit of patchy foam on the surface of the brew and some very light lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is bready and hoppy with a very light level of sweetness. The bready aromas of are of a biscuit and slightly doughy smell while the sweet are of a light caramel smell. The heaviest of the aromas, the hop, are largely of a grapefruit nature mixed with some lighter noted of a pine hop.

Taste – The taste begins with flavors of a mix of tropical fruits and a pine hop taste. The pine starts the taste rather strongly and lasts to the middle of the taste where it starts to be overwhelmed in strength by a grapefruit hop taste. While this is occurring the breadiness of the brew gets stronger while the fruit fades and its place being taken place by a light caramel flavor. More toward the end, where the grapefruit is rather strong, some more pine hop comes to the tongue and actually competes with the grapefruit in strength. It is accompanied by some more herbal hop flavors with a slight alcohol taste, which in the end, leaves a rather resinous and moderately drier hop flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is average to slightly above average. The thicker body really accentuates the resinous hops and more bready flavors that develop more toward the middle. While the higher carbonation suits the fruit and caramel flavors well these are really not the focus of the beer and a slightly lower carbonation level may have been slightly beer for the style.

Overall – A fairly tasty double IPA. It drinks pretty easy and has a decent drier flavor profile (especially at the end of the taste). Overall it is pretty good.

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Served in a snifter glass. Bottled dated 06/12, served March 4th, 2013.

Pours your natural amber color with heavy tiny bubbles on the body with somewhat subtle head maybe half an inch. Slightly off-white with sticking even lacing settling quick after two sips.

Smell: Malty scent, light but very likeable.

Taste: A complexity to it that should not be taken for granted. Comes off with grapefruit skin, rich caramel and a rough pine feel that makes you feel you are consuming raw pine. You feel the "sweetness" that is oh so bitter and yummy.

Mouth: A real nice malty finish that is a slight step above the norm. Medium and beyond easy to lust.

Overall: I have had this before and yes I will be buying it again and again. Malty and rich of a light caramel texture becomes addicting. After reviewing a sub-par DIPA this is what it at minimum should all be tasting like. Grab a snifter and a piece of cheddar and treat yourself to quality. Salud!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance-huge white head when poured aggressively,wonderful copper color, great lacing. 4.5

Aroma-pine, grapefruit, orange peel, watermelon, fresh cut grass, nothing stands out everything balanced. 4

Taste-creamy orange, lemon drop, apricot, pineapple, hint of strawberry, a little honey, nothing spectacular. 4

Feel-medium bodied, coats palate well, very little bitterness for a double, easy to drink at first but begins to get heavy as it warms. 3.5

Overall-for the price this is a wonderful value double. It's not a ball buster like a lot of doubles out there, this one goes in the opposite direction being very drinkable. Lagunitas is slowing becoming one of my new favorite breweries simply because they make good beer for a value price. I'm looking forward to trying their other offerings. 4

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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