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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001

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Ratings: 4,790 | Reviews: 1,462
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3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.
Poured from bottle to pint glass. Love the "Life is Uncertain. Don't Sip" slogan! Also dig the "If some is good; More is better. instant gratification is not fast enough. 42 IBU? Why not 72!" Good stuff.

A - Pours a rich golden orange. Sediment from the pour seems prevalent throughout as it rests suspended within the beer. The 2 finger brilliant white head quickly fades to gobs and gobs of lacing.

S - Citrus hops with a detectable sweetness and a hint of alcohol. Sweeter than I anticipated.

T - To be honest I thought the initial taste was rather bland. It took a seconds or two for the flavors to come rushing in and I was a little disappointed. A sweet biscuit malt flavor was first detected followed by a pleasant variety of citrus and pine. Not as aggressive with the hop flavor as I would have anticipated. The beer finishes with a fruity note. The after taste was the best flavor I experienced.

M - Medium body with adequate carbonation and a dry feel.

D - It's a solid beer at 7.5% abv but isn't overpowering. I found it drinkable but lacking.

Overall, it was a decent beer though I wouldn't have guessed it to be a DIPA. I was disappointed with the flavor until the finish. I am glad I tried it and would recommend a friend to try it but wouldn't go out of my way to grab it again.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-20-2011 02:44:51

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

A - Clear amber with one finger white head minimal lacing

S - Robust blend of hoppy notes, citrus and pine. Wheat and caramel malt as well.

T - Full palate bitterness with nice hoppy tones, especially pine throughout. Decent balance.

M - Medium body, light carbonation

O - Pretty good, not my favorite Double IPA, and didn't really taste like an Imperial.

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

12oz version – pint glass

A: Maximus pours a clear burnished golden amber color with a tiny off-white head. Bubbles out rather quick leaving some stained glass window lacing.

S: Smell hits with pine first and quickly segues to grapefruit, lemon zest, and some fruity esters. Has a slight caramel sweetness to it but comes off rather tropical all together.

T: Tasting damn good! Resinous with pine, citrus, mango, and hemp flavors. Real danky. Has a residual hop bitterness that peppers towards the back of the palate. A strong caramel maltiness carries throughout each sip and finishes just a touch on the sweeter side. Slight tart yeast flavors and some warming alcohol notes. Doesn't detract as flavors are all melded together quite nicely. Fruity and delicious.

M: Lighter to med in body with a nice smooth creamy texture overall. Definite resinous oily hop mouthcoat. Low-med carb. Dry and crisp in finish.

D: A very drinkable and nicely balanced DIPA with caramel malts present yet still playing back note to the hops most of the time. Flavors are all intertwined rather well.

Maybe it’s just been too much time in between my last Maximus but this was tasting damn good. Danky with pine and fruit hops.

Unlimited Release! Why not!

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4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As I explore the world of beer (and my new-found taste for the hops) I thought another double IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company "Maximus" was in order. Plenty of quality bars have this monster on tap and it has been bottled in 22oz bottles in the past, but currently the 12oz bottle in 6-packs has become the standard. At about 8% abv, a 6-pack of Maximus probably has as much alcohol as a 12-pack of the Silver Bullet, so light beer drinkers beware!

The Maximus pours out a nice reddish-orange hue, crystal clear, with a nice full one-finger foam on top. Bright ivory in color, the foam is lively and leaves behind a nice sticky lacing. The aromas are bright and zesty, full of citrus, floral and grapefruity hops. The aromas are bountiful, but very soft in nature; this is one of the sweetest/most pleasant smelling IPAs I've ever put my nose in.

On the palate the Lagunitas Maximus is very similar to the aromas. Very bright and flavorful hops are dominated by a very soft, smooth, and citrusy style of hops. There's a slight hint of spice in the mid-palate, with a touch of malty sweetness on the back-end. Much the same way that DFH 90 Min is a hoppy yet sweeter style IPA than the 60 Min, this Maximus brew is a little bit on the sweet side. Despite being rated at over 70 IBUs, the Lagunitas Maximus DIPA is quite easy to drink, and verges on refreshing.

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

12 oz into tulip glass. Filtered orange/amber body, lots of bubbles and a good foamy head with lacing. Very strong hop scent, pine & citrus, sharp and pungent, musky and herbal characters as well. Taste is bitter and sour but not painfully so. Lots of grapefruit and bitterness dominating a little sweetness peeking through. Overall a great example of the style.

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

Poured from the bottle into my Guinness Imperial Glass. Pours a dark orange with bold aromas of pine and hope, with a sweet presence too, which carries into the tastes.
Knockout hop bitterness, but an underlying sweetness that seems to come from fruits and caramel malts. What great balance this has, even with all the hops.
Overall it represents itself well: there is no doubt it is an Imperial IPA with a top of hops. They have a little fun with the labels too. Among all the fun captions (yes, they do mention nipple piercing) is that they feel that a 42 IBUs are fine, but if so, why not go to a 72?
Lagunitas always has a little California fun with their brewing but still keeping a little organized. Soon I will pick my own six of all different Lagunitas.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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