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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

4,654 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,654
Reviews: 1,438
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 91
Gots: 604 | 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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4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While very good, I have to say this beer wasn't what I was expecting. Pours a clean copper orange, not much head, but what there is of it is quite sticky and laces in neat tiers. Nose doesn't pack that hop wallop that I was expecting--it's actually more malty with some fruit going on, something like dried pineapple. The taste follows suit, well-balanced and crisp, maybe a bit woody, no alcohol, fairly spicy hop note. The mouth feel is light leaning to the side of syrupy, with a not unpleasant hop bitterness lingering.

Again, although not what I expected, this one is pretty good and stands out from the crowd of winter offerings. I'd really like to try this on tap and see if it differentiates itself a little more.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a very attractive bright orange, as clean as any beer I have ever seen. A one inch slight off white head, that settles after a minute, to a nice foamy film. Pretty lacing, not in excess. Smell is tons of citrus, pineapple, mango, tangerine, pine, and grass. Taste is all of that, with a wallup of grapefruit in the finish, oh boy. Body is on the thinner side for the style and that makes it so drinkable. This is a great beer and a great price. Plus a freshness on bottle dated 298. Lagunitas rarely fails. DIPA six packs, less than $10, less than a mile way, Merry Christmas to me.

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4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is pours a basic golden orange with a very thin, short lasting head.

S: The beer smells amazing. I am getting a lot of sweetness, lots of hops and some fruit.

T: The beer isnt very strong like I was expecting. It is a lot like the taste with sweetness and hops.

M: This has to be the smoothest Imperial IPA I have ever had in my life. It goes down like water. Just as good as it gets.

O: This is a very solid beer. I was expecting more taste, but that doesnt take that much away from it. It is a very awesome beer and work the money.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a milkshake pilsner glass. There is a date/batch/bottling stamp on the neck, but what the numbers mean is unknown to me.

Appearance: Crystal clear copper ale with golden notes. Pour gave a 1/4" dense off-white foam that died down to a decent ring at the edge of the glass and a thin foam film across the top. Persistent strands and small sheets of lacing noted. Large bubbles coming up consistently through the beer - nice to look at.

Smell: Oh man this smells good. Strong papaya and mango with a hint of pine.

Taste: A hop bomb, but well balanced with malt. Up front immediate hoppiness with the tropical fruit flavors, then moving into a blended sweet/hop bitter flavor, and then a strong piney, but not overpowering, finish. A smooth sipper and the malt is there at each step to temper the bitterness, but not get in the way.

Mouthfeel: Thick, but quite smooth. Carbonation is there on the tongue, but just right - not fizzy, not scouring. Yields a hoppy burp from time to time - not that I'm complaining mind you. Definitely some hop oil residue clinging to the teeth, but I think the carbonation that is here helps to pull some of it off, just not all of it.

Overall / Drinkability: I REALLY enjoyed this beer. Dangerously drinkable (I finished this off fairly quickly and want another), works as a smooth sipper on its own and as a great beer with a meal for washing things down (cinnamon beef stew in this case - would go great with a Burger too I think). Quite good and definitely worth picking up again. This may be my new favorite DIPA.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,654 ratings.