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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,794 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,794
Reviews: 1,463
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: 4,794 | Reviews: 1,463
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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz stub bottle; dated 12/02/11 (used my special Julian dating decoder ring). Label banter says something about a nipple piercing. I'm sold. Got two, in fact, one for me and one for the girlfriend in a mix-six. Definitely peaked my interest, owing thanks to the delight that is Lagunitas Sucks.

Got 3/4" of head on the pour. The head is breaking up at the top and peeling to the sides of the glass okay. A few hues darker than orange can describe this perfectly clear brew. Got 'er in a pint glass. The lace is little and almost not worth mentioning.

Some papaya in the nose with a little peach nectar and a slight grassy hint. Tropical fruits, yes. I think I nailed it with fresh papaya. A wee bit of ethanol.

Dank! Those hops have evolved and de-evolved into something much more resinous and nectar-y. Hold up, not entirely in a good way. There's some sweet/syrupy characteristics that lean to the high fructose corn syrup side. The taste is juicy, for sure, maybe a little overripe. They really tried to beef up the malts, and in turn, I'm getting a sweet caramel backbone with some toast. Balance isn't always something I look for in an Imperial IPA, so... this much malt takes away from the tropical fruitiness. Caramel doesn't go too well with the hop flavors, and this one's a bit too sweet to boot. Maybe if they'd have stuck to more pale malts in the bill, this one would shine.

Feels a bit thick and definitely too sweet. The carbonation is on the lower end of medium, but that's entirely to blame.

I'd have this one again, in fact, I wonder if I'm not having this fresh enough. This came out alongside the Sucks... get the Sucks.

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look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in pint glass (xmas in ft myers)
date = 33923210 =>dec 5 or less than a month old

A: Dark gold/copper color with a very thin, off-white head that drops quickly and completely, leaving no lace.
S: Tropical fruit and citrus, very sharp, smells awesome
T: Fruity (lots of citrus) sweetness but not cloying at all. Very sharp bitterness in a good way. On the back of the tongue it almost seems like a candy apple (not sweet, just flavors).
M: Very crisp for the style, almost dry. A combination of oily hops and some astringency makes this no where near sweet.
O: An awesome example of the style, it avoids the DIPA/barleywine issue. A massive hopbomb that is very easy to drink, I have no problem reaching for a second or third. Highly recommended, a truly kickass beer.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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