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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

4,732 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,732
Reviews: 1,450
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 94
Gots: 667 | 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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Photo of pearljam118
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper orange with one finger of head

S - smells great, grapefruit and sweet fruity notes

T - grapefruit not huge on hops

M - Light mouthfeel, sort of light on carbonation

Overall - Not a bad showing for a DIPA but nothing I'd go out of my way to get again. Could use a little more hops to give that overkill hoppyness that I expect form a DIPA.

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3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for the hookup on the bottle.

Appearance: Perfectly clear dark goldish copper. Head is bright-white and drops to a thin cap in short order. Some lacing, but it's minimal.

Smell: Floral and tons of orange zest. Some fleshy orange flavor mixed with raw biscuit dough and some caramel undertones. Sweetness is present. Hops are upfront, but the malts play through in good measure.

Taste: So much orange. Zest and flesh. Raw biscuit dough with a juicy orange center smeared with a thin veneer of caramel sweetness. Touches of floral and pine round out the back of the sip. Lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with a stronger than average carbonation. Easy drinking and smooth on the sip. Carbonation adds a touch of dryness.

Overall: Decent, but lacks some of the depth and punch I would expect from the style. Hops are heavy on the orange and it gets distracting from time to time. Nice level of malts. Solid, and a good notch in the Lagunitas belt.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer is a nice copper color with 3 fingers of head in my Allagash goblet. For a while I had a nice pillow of off-white head rising a half inch above my glass. That's started to dissipate now, but there is lots of lacing. Crystal clear clarity and some good action from the carbonation.

S: It's big on citrus but there's a fair amount of malt to back it up. Mostly caramel from what I can tell. Very floral. Not as huge as I'd like it to smell though.

T: The taste is excellent. There's a nice amount of citrus and other hops on this baby. This is followed by a nice caramel malt. The two are the primary flavors battling for supremacy in this beer. But the caramel malt sweetness never had a chance. The sharp bitterness definitely wins in the finish. Not incredibly bright or balanced but still tasty.

M: Great carbonation, which is a requirement when the hop bitterness is this high. Medium body.

O: I seem to remember liking this beer more than I do now. I still like it, but I used to hold it in high esteems. Still very drinkable for a hophead but it does have some major balancing issues. Luckily I still have a lot of that hophead in me and I enjoy it.

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2.64/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I must have gotten a bad bottle here, but gotta rate it. This was a real step back from their standard IPA. A strange beer without much bite and just not very good. Could mistake this for a poor pilsner.

This pours a hazy light gold with a medium sized white head. Aroma of hay and stale hops, not much sweetness. Flavor follows with dry, stale hops, a good bit of hay, nearly no sweetness, and an unpleasant finish. I'm not sure what happened with this one, and will have to revisit in the future.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,732 ratings.