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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

4,638 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,638
Reviews: 1,437
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 88
Gots: 586 | FT: 1
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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3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company.
Score: 83

Appearance: Pours a translucent golden copper color with a finger of foamy head that settles into a foamy ring around the glass and clump in the middle. Average lacing. 3.5/5

Smell: Earthy pine resin. Slight spiced hop aroma. Faint citrus and a little maltiness. 3.5/5

Taste: Extremely earthy hop flavor in front and finish. Very bitter. Peppery spice on the midpalate. Alcohol warmth on the mid-palate as the beer layers. Very subtle notes of stainless steel sweetness at points. Finish is dry, bitter and a little sour. The bitterness in the finish really lingers. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly under-carbonated. Dry, bitter finish. 2.5/5

Overall: A very extreme, one-dimensional imperial IPA. It's not bad, but it is very unbalanced and quite bitter. IPA Maxiumus lacks most of the sweetness and citrus flavors of most IPAs. I love my hops, so I certainly enjoyed this one, but I could see others regretting the fact that they have five more bottles in their six pack.

Recommendation: Beer geeks should enjoy this one, but casual beer drinkers should avoid.

Pairings: Pho (it's a basil-forward Vietnamese "meat soup").

Cost: $9.49 for a six pack.

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I am not an IPA fan...at least until now. I am now a convert. The beer poured straw colored and had a healthy head (about two fingers)...thick and creamy. The tast was refreshing...had a nice hoppy bite but not pucker-up bitter. It tasted like a pine forest smells. Unlike other IPAs I've had this one was even a bit sweet - probably due to the 8.2% Alc. The action swirled around the back of my tongue and throat and descended all the way to my toes with warmth rebounding to the top of my head. I've drank a 22oz bottle during this review...time to go get another!

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,638 ratings.