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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

4,739 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,739
Reviews: 1,453
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 94
Gots: 672 | 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 Cresant
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass. No date but coded 23710218. The body was a deep orange color with a cream head.

The smell was citrus hard candy. Floral and fresh grain. Alcohol.

The taste was rich, dense, bitter, oily hops. Pretty strong malts presence too. Alcohol too. Bold and flavorful.

The mouthfeel was medium to full. Slick texture but adequate carbonation. Classic California DIPA.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear burnt orange with a two finger off white head falling with lace into a ring and island. On the nose there is a big sweetbread backbone with orange and floral notes on top. In the mouth there is a big sweet malt component that almost dominates beyond a little citric buzz at the tip of the tongue. As the caramel dies out the hops come out on the long finish. The body is medium and perfectly drinkable, and as the lady says it isn't overly goopy like some other DIPAs, some of which I happen to enjoy a good deal.

Overall, this is a decent brew, but it's in the maltier realm of DIPAs without being really interesting enough to stand apart. We'll probably buy this again because it's competent and inexpensive and available everywhere, but this isn't in the upper echelon of the style.

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3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle purchased locally, ($4.99). Bottle dated day 277, or October 4, 2011, just under 3 mo. ago. Poured into tulip glass.

A: Clear, amber/copper; 1"+ dense, off-white head that leaves a fine, solid coating of lacing; very slight effervescence.

S: Very sweet caramel and spice; earthy pine.

T: Caramel malt forward, sweet; moderate, piney bitterness appears, then subsides.

M: Chewy and smooth; medium body, low/medium carbonation; dry finish; low heat.

O: A malty DIPA? Overall, quite restrained. Perhaps it has passed its peak. As it is, not an entirely convincing trade-off for 8.2% ABV.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,739 ratings.