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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

4,736 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,736
Reviews: 1,451
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 94
Gots: 671 | 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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355ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - Pours with a nice little head of bubbly, off-white foam. The color is a glowing amber-orange hue; looks nice. The head recedes to a thin film and ring, that leaves behind patches of spotty lacing. Gotta love the bottle design too.

S - Big caramel malt sweetness backed with a ton of piney hop presence. A touch of grapefruit, but not a lot of tropical or citrusy character to it. Distinctly West Coast, but nothing particularly exciting.

T - The flavor here is done quite well, with a nice balance of piney hops and caramel malt. The profile really feels well put together, with flavors complimenting one another and not fighting for supremacy. Although I get lots of piney and slightly citrusy hops, there's a lot of toasty caramel malt to add sweetness and balance, with a touch of honey in there too. The finish is a lingering bitterness with minimal alcohol warmth. A very simple but affective West Coast DIPA here.

M - This is where this beer shows a little unique character. The body feels much smoother and much less syrupy than typical DIPAs. The medium body is well carbonated with really fine, smooth carbonation. While a lot of DIPAs feel prickly, syrupy, and a little hot, this one keeps all of these qualities to a minimum.

D - A solid all around DIPA that's easy to drink and tasty to do so. While this brew doesn't exactly reinvent the wheel, it stands as a good reference for exactly what this style represents. Very drinkable and nicely balanced; well done Lagunitas!

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,736 ratings.