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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,885 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 3,885
Reviews: 1,374
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 66
Gots: 264 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001)
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magictrokini

California

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Exactly the kind of Imperial I would expect from Lagunitas. Looks and smells like any good IPA. The taste is what separates this brew. Hops are definietly there, but there is a lot of fruits and citrus, with a little malt and possibly mint. This could be in its own category. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 17:33:01 | More by magictrokini
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy brownish amber with an orange hue. Slight head on the pour, but beautiful lacing.

S: Dominant smell is of caramel malt, but there is also some citrusy hop character.

T: The first thing I notice is that the taste has a lot more hop kick to it than the smell did. Mildly hoppy, much more mild than I had imagined, considering the style. There is a definite caramel malt sweetness in the finish. I can also taste some honey-like flavors when I let the beer sit on my tongue for a while. There is also a roasted malty flavor in the finish when you do this.

M/D: Lightly carbonated and astonishingly smooth. The medium-high ABV is masked beautifully and the texture lends itself to leading me to want another one or two. I don't know if I could drink more than 3 of these bombers, but hey, I would definitely try it!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 03:06:07 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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Vendetta

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Original Rating Date:
August 30, 2008

Pours an enticing dark gold, smells of a bit of hops but not as much as I expected, relatively weak on the nose which surprises me as most IIPAs I've tried have a great nose. Looking down the ratings already here, it seems like I'm the only one who will score this weak on aroma- maybe my nose is too stuffed? Really just a bland bit of hoppy aroma, nothing special. The label lists 72.41 IBUs, pretty low for a 2IPA. First sip... wow, lots of hop punch, but balanced with a citric sweetness and some malt towards the end. Finishes long, honey/malty, and bitter. Perfect mouthfeel- sticky malt with adequate carbonation. Really, really enjoyable IPA, the best new IPA I've tried in months. I want to give this a higher rating but the nose just wasn't there for me. Either way, excellent IIPA, a far better effort than Lagunitas' regular IPA. Recommended for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 23:48:25 | More by Vendetta
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a 1 finger head with great retention.

Citrusy hop aroma is faint with some weak malts underneath.

Taste is of some pale malts and a decent hop profile. There could be a tad bit more body and more hop flavoring.

The mouthfeel is a little thin, it could use some more body.

This is a middle of the road IPA. It's only 3.49 for a bomber though, so I'm glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 03:23:31 | More by jasonjlewis
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iuhophead87

Indiana

4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lagunitas Maximus IPA

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

A-Pours a light amber color with a giant sticky head that lasts quite a while. Much lacing is present even after sipping.

S-Mostly a fresh hop aroma with a good balance between pine and floral aroma. A slight hint of caramel may also be detected.

T- Wow! Much better than I was expecting. This is the first beer by this brewery and I can't wait to try more. A little sweeter than I would have expected. This is a very hoppy beer, but not over done. Very ripe with citrus hops and a light syrupy pine flavor.

MF- A medium bodied beer that is sticky and a little chewy but with a dry finish at the same time.
D- I could drink this beer all day or at least until the alcohol hit me. Very drinkable for a double IPA. If I did not know I wouldn't guess this is a DIPA. Two thumbs up and I would hope I can get this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 02:10:06 | More by iuhophead87
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khiasmus

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with perfect clarity into my glass, a pretty amber with constant bubbling. Head is white and soapy, and though a bit minimal, leaves a decent amount of spiderwall lacing down the sides.

Aroma is the highlight of the brew. With a quick sniff, grapefruit citrus is the main note. After a swirl, a strong resin comes in and the citrus morphs to an almost orange peel note. The malting is so caramelized as to be reminiscent of a bock, and provides excellent balance for the complex hopping.

The flavor is a bit disappointing after the nose... many of the same notes, but with a strange sour/bitter in the very finish that leaves an unappetizing note on the palate. Almost the bitterness of very old brie, or if one were to chew on a hallertau mittelfreuh hop. It's not bad. The notes from the nose are all there, creating an excellent flavor, just with this unfortunate note in the finish that lowers the drinkability.

Mouthfeel department is solid. Creamy but not too chewy as to lower the drinkability. Medium carbonation that compliments the body. The finish is not too clean though, and a light astringency lingers with the aforementioned sourness. Otherwise, the mouthfeel would be perfect.

This is a pretty good example of the style. A little rough around the edges and not quite as complex as I would prefer, but hard to argue with for $3.99/22 oz. I recommend giving this one a shot.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 23:10:44 | More by khiasmus
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mattffrost

California

3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into glass.

Appearance Beer is a clear amber orange color. Head is offwhite. Head dissolves pretty quickly. Some lacing.

Smell Sweet malts with some citrus smell.

Taste Sweet carmel tasting with a bit of a bitter finish. A hint of fruity Citrus taste as well. I Have had better and also worst. Not bad not great. In my opinion just a little to sweet with out the fruitness.

Mouthfeel Very low carbonation. The sweetness is nice in the mouth but in my opinion just a little to sweet.

Drinkablity Again sorry for the repeat but just a little to sweet for me. I can drink a 22 oz bottle no problem.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 01:13:01 | More by mattffrost
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aerozeppl

New York

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bomber. Into the turbulating power of the Sam Adams super pint glass.

A: Poured with 3 fingers of white head. Excellent lacing. Clear golden color. Not as dark as your typical DIPA.

S: Tons of bitterness in the nose. Some floral hops and a hint of citrus. Not too bad really. A bready malt is buried in the back.

T: Bitter right up front. More of a bitter hoppiness than anything else. There is a slight amount of citrus in there but not enough to balance things out.

M: Just feels good on your tongue. A little bit creamy.

D: For the price this is a great deal. My lady friend grabbed this to try to find some cheaper DIPA options. I think this is a great solution for hopheads who need a fox but find the medicine has become too expensive.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 22:34:32 | More by aerozeppl
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hustlesworth

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- poured slightly iridescent like clean motor oil. almost clear persimmon orange/red body with hues of ruby red grapefruit. thick and creamy buff head is an instant lace-maker with remarkable staying power though it's kinda small. looks very hoppy.

S- nothing short of hoptastic (but not quite hoptacular), mainly consists of herbal and citrus oil aromas perhaps cascade or columbus. bitter orange, quinine, pineapple, grapefruit, and some earthy pine and mushroom, 'marhsmallows' plenty dark and toasty too with enough caramel and toffee sweetness to hold everything together. malt aromas vastly increase once warmed a little and really balance things out. volatile alpha acids tingle the nose and mask any alcohol that may be wafting about.

T- at first odd. fuel, crude oil flavors, something i'm unaccustomed to, and i'm unsure whether its fusel alcohol or high alphas from the hops... toasted white grapefruit, burnt caramel, rum soaked orange peels, pine sap, and a less direct fruitiness than the aroma. the toasty sweetness of this one is hard to describe, like spritzing a donut with grapefruit juice and some phenols, then toasting it, then blending it up with pine sap and dark rum. hrm. maybe i should elevate my mind... sugary sweetness lingers in the background as resinous leafy hop flavor takes over until well into the finish when some toasty sweet malt flavor is able to resurface.

MF- carbonation is like fine high grit sandpaper, unable to distinguish individual bubbles, it fuses itself to the weight of the beer, which is sugary and resinous and sticky, and somewhat lightens the consistency temporarily. long term coating of sap and hoppy dryness. i can appreciate how much hops are in there.

D- this bomber went down fast just trying to figure out what the hell it tastes like. its different and its good, but the certain sweet and bitter flavors contrast one another.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 09:01:21 | More by hustlesworth
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denflyr

Texas

3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall a descent beer...

Poured an orange/copper color with a little bit of haze that has cleared with some time. A lot of head on this beer even with a not avery agresive pour. A little lacing as well.

A slight pine aspect on the nose, but otherwise not a terribly aromatic beer.

A good taste overall. Creamy malts and a nice hop biterness. The balance was nice, but compared to some other DIPA's, something was missing here....I just cannot point out what. Some others have mentioned a sweet malt character...I get that, but it does not make the brew off balance in my opinion.

The mouthfeel was nice. I liked the carbonation level and the finish of the beer. Not a palate killed and also a fairly medium bodied beer.

I could drink more, but would probably not seek
to buy this one again. This is one to drink and compare for me, but now one to have as a standby brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 03:33:56 | More by denflyr
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Very clear, orange/amber. A finger of off white head rises with moderate retention, settling to a thin collar. Moderate lacing. Really not what I'd expect from a DIPA.

S - Very malty upfront with a lot of brown sugar and some sweet fruits going on. Grapefruit and pine from the hops pull through also.

T - Lots of brown sugar/butterscotch sweetness early on. Mild grapefruit along with pine, grass, and floral elements come through mid palate but the caramel-like sweetness nearly overwhelms the flavors. Finish is earthy with a tangerine note, and only slightly bitter. Good flavor, but not exactly what I'd expect from the style.

M - Medium to full bodied with minimal carbonation. Fitting for the flavors at hand but the mouthfeel is also catering to the huge malt sweetness inherent in this brew.

D - For the most part an easy drinking beer, but the huge sweetness drops it a point or so. I think it is easier to view this beer as a malty IPA or even a well-hopped amber rather than an imperial IPA. Though I'm thoroughly enjoying the brew, it's not a great represenation of a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 07:14:08 | More by PatrickJR
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CHSLBrew

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Pristine, clear amber to deep amber beer with a smallish off-white head. Head reduced quickly to almost nothing.

S-Strong aromas of flower and piney/resiny hops. Clean and refreshing, making my mouth water. No perceptible hop aromas.

T-Initial citrusy and resiny hop flavors bashed me in the face, which faded nicely to a nicely balanced citrus-bitterness with toasty and toffee malts. Ends with a bitter and sweet malt, semi-dry finish.

M-Moderate carbonation, on what I would consider the high end of appropriate carbonation for this style. Medium-heavy body. Almost some enjoyable warming feel on the way down.

D-Great drinkability! This one is very enjoyable to drink down slowly and enjoy how the flavors progress. It's got some very refreshing hoppiness that keeps me wanting more. Will be on my guard to get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 02:25:02 | More by CHSLBrew
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tadowdaddy

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very clear amber color with little head and limited lacing.

S: Very delicious smell. Citrus hops and caramel malt. The smell was the best part of this beer for me.

T: Small citrus taste followed by caramel malts. Tastes just like it smells. Not overly impressed by the taste nor the hops which were lacking for a DIPA.

M: Missed the hop bite and the aftertaste. Decent tingle on the tongue from the citrus and the malts really make this feel thicker than the beer really is.

D: Drank this really fast. Didn't feel at all like a 7.5% beer. May drink it again, but not my favorite beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 03:56:44 | More by tadowdaddy
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travloh

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked open bomber on a lazy sunday afternoon watching some football.

Semi-aggressive pour into tulip glass reveals brown tinted very clear liquid. Looks like weak iced tea. Pretty decent head forms, 2 to 3 fingers but it is all bark and no bite. Dissipates quickly. Leaves a cap along with somewhat respectable lacing.

Smell is bitter and caramelly. Nothing overpowering, just like you'd expect it to be.

The first taste is a bit deceptive. At first it has the telltale signs of a hop bomb, but it kinda fades and cowers in the corner. What it leaves behind is not offensive, but not great either. Malts, alcohol. The hops are still there, but now they are trying to buy you a drink, like the guy in the bar who is tough until he sees you really wanna fight. Ever present but non threatening. Weak, sweet citrus qualities.

After 5 minutes in the glass it sits ever so still. The foam cap remains but the bubbles are few and far between. The aftertaste it leaves is pleasant. Has a sweet character to it.

This stuff is decent. Reminds me of a good summer IPA.

Not gonna blow your mind but quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 23:19:32 | More by travloh
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22-ounce bomber bottle with a twist-off top, poured into a large goblet yields a bright, clear copper body capped with two fingers of silky ivory foam. The head very slowly recedes to a creamy sheet that leaves lots of fine lacing on the glass.

The smell is a big blast of citrus and a bit of floral alcohol, like grapefruit rind marinated in light rum, plus a toasty, rich caramel malt note buried deep under a cloud of zippy hop aromatics.

The taste allows the toasted caramel element take the lead of the parade, with plenty of balancing hop bitterness keeping a tight rein on the malty drum major. Mild fruity hop notes of orange zest and lemon rind and a juicy note of sweet golden apples work well in concert. A drying effect kicks in at the finish and a bit of piney resin lingers in the aftertaste, but all-in-all, the hop profile is pretty light in weight for a DIPA.

Crisp and medium-bodied, Maximus isn't anything earth-shattering, but like almost all the Lagunitas offerings I've enjoyed so far, it is a fine, well-made brew and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 19:09:24 | More by cvstrickland
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mj001jk

California

3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber color with the slightest hints of hazel-colored foam.

Immediately I am surprised at the low-level of hop aromas from this beer. It is there but not as pronounced as I would have imagined. The hops have a slight mineral or metallic aspect that is buffered by a sweet malted and doughy smell, not unpleasant, just different. It is an attractive nose, but if you are looking for a hop monster, this is not it.

A medium to light malt character hits the palate and mingle nicely with hops that barely tickle my IPA taste buds. The amber malt character, mixed with a little apple and ocean is pleasant but not entirely satisfying. It comes up a little weak on the finish and doesn't leave me with that classic IPA sensation.

All in all it is a nice beer for someone who has never had an IPA before and want to wet their feet (or palate), but it doesn't stand out for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 01:31:46 | More by mj001jk
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Buebie

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a brandy snifter.
No freshness date on the bottle.
Golden orange in color, 1 finger foamy cream colored head. Spotty thin lace, just a thin layer of retention.

The aroma is big juicy grapefruit hop aroma. Sweet malt, doughy bread, burnt caramel.

Sweet up front with hops mixing well with the rest of the flavors. Butterscotch, grapefruit, citricy acidic flavors.
Finish has an out of place metalicy chalk like flavor. Aspirin was mentioned bfore, and thats basically what it tastes like.
That undesirable flavor lingers and dominates after the swallow.
Carbonation is medium, mouthfeel has a slight syrupy texture.

Overal good beer, but that metalic flavor droped the rateing some.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 23:43:46 | More by Buebie
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 12oz bottle, as opposed to the usual 22oz bombers, which I've found over the past few years to be the best example of American IIPAs available in my part of the world. The alcohol has been increased in this edition (to 8.4% from 7.5%), and the humorous murmurings on the label modified as well. 'Corrupt pirate pastrami burrito vendor' - heh.

This beer pours a nicely clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with two fat fingers of billowy, puffy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which sticks around for quite some time, eventually leaving a decent array of snow rime lacing around the glass.

It smells of pungent grapefruit and orange oil hop essences, pine resin, a solid bready, kind of toffee-like caramel malt, and a low-lying, simmering booze warmth - what an anticipatory aroma! The taste is commensurately big and quite full of blended citrus bitterness up front, subsequently bolstered by some astringent pine hops, a permissive caramel malt influence still evocative of bread pudding and toffee candy, and some mildly metallic alcohol warming.

The carbonation is fairly laid back and seemingly uninvolved, the body a sturdy medium weight, and really quite smooth, given all those hops milling about, causing mayhem. It finishes off-dry, the plucky caramel malt standing firm, while the still bitter hops begin a long, slow wane.

A beer purportedly all about the hops, for sure, but the real star here is the level sweetness from a properly balancing maltiness - a necessity in an IPA and more so in an IIPA. An all around easy-drinker, for the hop-inclined, the elevated ABV a non-issue (for the time being) to boot. Still, though, if you're just looking for a palate cleanser (or wrecker), with a whole lot of peppy hop goodness, you could do a lot worse than this.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 02:19:38 | More by biboergosum
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mjryan

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange colour, with a thick head that leaves lots and lots of lace on the glass. Aroma is pungent, resinous grapefuit, with nice floral overtones. The flovour is awesome. Very hoppy with a nice delicate malt background. Bitterness is smooth, but very present. Medium bodied, with a medium carbonation level. Has a nice dry and bitter finish. At 7.5% ABV this is a smaller, more sessionable DIPA and I like that. One of the better examples Ive ever had.
"sessionable DIPA, is that an oxymoron?"

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 21:22:08 | More by mjryan
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andylipp

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smell - Burnt sugar, caramel, with resiny hops and a hint of alcohol.

Taste -Malty, sticky sweet. Piney and resiny hops, some floral hop character with a long piney finish. A nice balane between malt and hops.

Mouthfeel - Good viscosity with near perfect carbonation.

Drinkability- I could easily gulp this one down but know better with the 7%+ abv. Not as drinkable as some, but pretty good.

Comments- I'll get this one again, but it is far from my favorite of the style. Still, I'm sad that this is the last bottle in my 6-pack. And while at 7.5% abv it is not exactly a session beer, it's nice that this beer (unlike some 9-10%+ DIPA/IIPAs) doesn't knock you on your ass.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 22:20:35 | More by andylipp
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popery

California

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While I enjoyed this beer, it's not all that great for a DIPA. After a few other Lagunitas beers, I had high hopes for this beer, which might have hurt its rating ultimately.

The beer pours a nice color, bright, dark amber with good highlights. It's a good looking beer with a good head. It smells of some good hops, but it's a little underwhelming as a DIPA. Lagunitas makes some good beers, but a DIPA should be bigger than this, especially with some nearby brewers making incredible pale ales, like Russian River and Bear Republic. The hops are a bit tart, which is enjoyable, with citrus and pine flavors. There's some balancing malt, but it's just not strong enough. Otherwise, the beer is good. Don't get me wrong; I enjoyed this beer. I always appreciate a new DIPA. It's just with a name like Maximus and coming from Lagunitas, I was prepared to be blown away and that didn't happen.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 04:50:45 | More by popery
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maddogruss

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this from Cloverleaf Tavern as my reward beer for reaching 40 beers on their PhD list.

I would like to start by asking: When did Lagunitas start using twist-offs for their bombers?

A: Pours an orange-amber body with a decent, thick (about two fingers, but slows to one) white head with nice retention and lacing along the glass until the finish.

S: A spicy, earthy, and slightly bitter, hop smell with some sweet, citrus-grapefruit undertones.

T: A sweet, grapefruit, initial taste with some spicy, smooth hop notes. Hops were not overbearing and spicier than bitter, which worked well I think. There was a sweeter, citrus-grapefruit aftertaste to it with some earthiness, but not too much. The alcohol was slightly evident in the aftertaste and was quite warming.

M: A pretty full-bodied and smooth mouthfeel that was quite complimenting of the style.

D: A pretty drinkable beer. A nice mouthfeel and taste combination. While the alcohol was warming, I feel that it did not take away from the overall beer experience with this one. Well-crafted brew. Definitely worth a try if you can pick it up.

A very good brew, as are most that come out of Lagunita's!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 20:32:48 | More by maddogruss
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choyhosoi

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass

A-Nice color of brown/red comes thru with a nice head. This already looks like a tatsy brew.

S-Picked up some sweet scents like caramel along with the usual hopp scents you would expect to find.

TMD-Very smooth taste that had hardly any bitterness to it.Very good drinkable IPA I myself don't usually seek these out but this one was good. I would definetly try another.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 16:58:33 | More by choyhosoi
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, i'd consider this a 1.5x ipa actually!

A big almost viscous looking brew with an offwhite head. Glowy yellow orange.

It's got some big malty sweetness in the aroma, like crazy big.

The taste brings out the super crispy hops. Great orange sweetness and chewy malt. Some thick grainy malts, but a really nice floral and herbal hops.

The aftertaste is long and chewy like a Stone brew. It's a really nice taste and flavor, and great full body. If anything, it's just a bit to thick and chewy.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 01:59:11 | More by SurlyDuff
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hunteraw

China

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy, deep honey in color. One finger, off-white, almost yellow-tinted (?) head, which leaves some lacing.

Smell: Resiny hops, sugar cookie, and citrus. The combination is almost Christmas-y, somehow. More floral notes as it warms.

Taste: Quite bitter (citrus, grapefruit rind) but well-balanced. Perhaps a tad on the sweet side, but not in a bad way - the somewhat metallic/astringent finish, is rounded out by that bready sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, somewhat creamy. Lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability: As a double IPA, not something you want to session, but quite drinkable and enjoyable for the style - and at 7.5% abv, more drinkable than most.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 22:30:38 | More by hunteraw
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,885 ratings.