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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company


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very good

3,486 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3486
Reviews: 1347
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.61%

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001)
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Photo of Cramletram


4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I can't find anything wrong with this one, personally. I was tempted to give 5/5 on everything, but that would just make me look like the noob that perhaps I am, and to say that I haven't found or won't find a better beer than this - well that's just crazy talk. Call me optimistic.

I poured a Pint 6oz bottle into a tall glass. Maximus has pretty much everything I crave, and then some. My only initial hesitation with the flavor was the slightly stronger maltiness than I'm used to, but I quickly got used to it. The nice alcoholic grapefruit finish feels great in the mouth. The amount of hops is just right. I had the opportunity to compare 5 IPA/DIPA's this week. Anderson's Hop Ottin', Stone Ruination, Stone IPA, Stone Arrogant Bastard (which may or may not technically be an IPA), and this one. This was my favorite of the 5. I went back and purchased another bottle the next day.

This will be a go-to for me from now on.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 07:29:25 | More by Cramletram
Photo of superspak


4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/3/2013. Pours moderately cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, lemon zest, pineapple, tangerine, orange zest, floral, pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and great strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, light pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of citrus/floral hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent DIPA! All around great complexity and balance of hop and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on the for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 04:58:45 | More by superspak
Photo of dwren89


4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: orangey gold with thick , fluffy cream colored head and great clarity

Aroma: very strong pine, with strong biscuit notes as well, definitely hoppy but with a certain balance

Taste: sharp, hoppy explosion, almost searing bitterness and pine flavor. Definite alcohol kick on the finish but a good biscuit flavor to it

Mouthfeel: sharp and crisp with full body and medium carbonation

Overall: A great DIPA, strong pine with noticeable biscuit hop character which is nice in a DIPA. Great hoppy and alcohol finish that is almost searing to the mouth and tongue!


Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 23:59:35 | More by dwren89
Photo of McStagger


3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Last time I had this the bottle was old. Time to try it again!

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange/light amber. Bottle conditioned, with least floaties running around. Carbonation is moderate. Finger+ of khaki foam. Moderate retention, moderate lacing.

S: Lot of piney/leafy hop notes in here. Evergreen, bark, woodsy, etc. Below that is a small amount of tropical fruit. Below that, the malt sweetness comes out to play.

T: Not as much evergreen in the taste. Lighter stone fruit, with a pretty juicy splash of tropical and orange that race across mid palate. Also present is an almost sugary tone in the malt, sorta like brown or raw sugar. Mid palate then picks up an herbal, almost peppermint flavor that carries through into the finish. Aftertaste is more of the pine needles and a touch of floral depth.

M: Medium to full bodied, with a fairly dry, but slightly weighed down finish.

O: This is a pretty good DIPA. If you want real Lagunitas magic, you'll seek out Sucks and Hop Stoopid.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 06:33:55 | More by McStagger
Photo of Belekinbeer

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really enjoyed this. Poured a dark amber with a creamy 1/2 " head. I thought it was very aromatic- sweet malt with a grassy hop. Mouth feel hits heavy but settles quick to medium. Sweet malt fades to a nice grapefruit. Not what I imagined with this DIPA- more sweet then the a typical DIPA but the hops are there in nice force. Finishes smooth bitter.

Would definitely have again. Thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 01:37:42 | More by Belekinbeer
Photo of BeerKangaroo


4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a little old perhaps but thank you anyways Lynn, after smelling and tasting, I'd say a big no to how old it is:

Into a snifter:

A: dark amber/copper colored body with a nice two finger white foamy head that quickly dies and leaves some speckled spider web lacing that fully clings

S: rich considerable amounts of malty goodness with a wonderful allocation of citrus and piney hops embedded within

T: bittersweet all the way through, no if's, and's, or but's about it, this beauty shows a nice complexity of the piney/citrusy goodness wonderfully combined with the malts, I'm not getting any aftertaste whatsoever, but there is a dry finish

M: medium to almost heavy (perhaps) more likely closer to medium, semi-sessionable, carbonation is good for the style and very good to me as there's a nice sharpness, but still shows a decent smoothness

O: gee, what a great DIPA, wishing I would have had this fresh, I'll be sure to look for this next Summer when it comes out as I would definitely have this one again especially if it held out for this long

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 08:29:07 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single from Northbridge Pig (R.I.P.) into a Duvel tulip...

A: Pours a deep copper (nice and clear), with a 3-finger head of creamy, light ecru foam; superb retention leaves a nice mound of foamy goodness topping the amber brew for a while... leaving considerably thick rings and sheets of sugary lace. I originally gave the appearance a 4.75, but I don't think an imperial IPA could look much better. 5 it is!

S: Surprised by the massive whiff of caramel malt... so sweet it almost reminds me of cotton candy - which perhaps comes from a well balanced blend of malt and hop aroma. Hop aroma is subdued, compared to most double IPAs, but pine and citrus rind notes are most definitely present.

T: Light citrus / orange rind hoppiness followed by a chewy caramel, toasted malt sweetness; heavier, piney bitterness on the finish. A very well balanced double IPA - some would probably say too malty, but I think it's pretty delicious.

M: Full-bodied; moderate carbonation; a chewier double IPA with some well brewed texture; has a great mouthfeel that leans toward viscous, yet maintains enough carbonation to keep things snappy.

O: Well, I was definitely caught off guard by this one - in a good way. A superbly well balanced double IPA (although a smaller one at 8.2%). Great mouthfeel and excellent drinkability for the style. Will definitely have this again... wondering how a super fresh bottle would compare?

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 23:17:16 | More by jpro
Photo of Qbdoo


4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I love this beer. I know it's not world-class, and I even have trouble categorizing it as a double IPA. Sure, it's stronger than an IPA, but it seems rather unique to me. Not that hoppy, though the hop presence is unmistakable, and rather malty. I'm a big DIPA drinker and this was my first a while ago, but I hadn't had it in a while. So different from others that are really bitter and aromatic. This almost seems to me to approach a strong ale in style. Not a great DIPA but still a great beer, if that makes sense.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 23:38:53 | More by Qbdoo
Photo of JAFoley

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear light amber with nice retention and lacing

S - Got a cold, can't smell anything...

T - Deep caramel malts, sweet and tangy, dominate. A nice pine hop cuts the sweetness, but overall is not very hoppy. I was surprised to see the Alc. at %8.2, it was not very present.

M - medium body with moderate to light carbonation.

O - This is good but not a great ipa for me. I prefer a hop forward ipa with malts to balance, but this beer takes the opposite route. Maybe this is a good beer as a transition into from summer to fall, but Sierra Nevada Torpedo will remain my go to high ABV sixer.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 00:01:26 | More by JAFoley
Photo of serspecv


3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an oversized pilsner glass.

Pours a nice golden brown with a one-finger width head that slowly recedes. Leaves light lacing around the glass.

A nice, piney hop aroma with a hint of toasted barley malt. Not terribly overbearing. The hop aroma is not as accentuated as with most other Lagunitas IPA offerings.

The taste is balanced but almost inconsistent with the IPA branding. It has a lighter ale taste that has an extra kick of hops, but more malt presence than are in most IPAs. The finish is very balanced with a decent amount of hop bitterness. That would explain the 59 I.B.U. rating

Not as crisp as I expected. A bit heavy for an IPA but this is not necessarily a bad thing. Definitely let's you know that this is not your typical IPA. This is a bit more bold.

Overall a great beer, but if you're in the mood for a California-style IPA, keep searching. If you want a decent amount of piney hops and feeling adventurous, try this.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 09:43:39 | More by serspecv
Photo of AiK

New York

3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured fairly aggressively into a a tulip glass. Golden copper color with less head than anticipated given the pour and the style, about half inch. Foam dissipated quickly with less than average retention. Not much lacing.

S - Strong but not overwhelming piney hop aroma.

T - Strong hops but more malt than others of the same style. Good amount of alcohol up front that lingers for a little bit.

M - This is where this beer shines or doesn't according to your preference. Surprisingly carbonated in the beginning. The beer is thick and almost syrupy.

O - This beer is good if you like the style but I will probably not buy again. I prefer Lagunitas regular IPA.

This is my first attempt at rating a beer so...

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 22:36:00 | More by AiK
Photo of AmishLightning


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not much of a Hop Head but I will try my best with this one.

Appearance: 3-fingered head with an amber orange coloring.

Aroma: Flowery hops perfect for a hot day (California has one season making them focus on crisper beers so it seems). Almost a dandelion scent.

Taste: Light flavors of sweet malts blend well with springy hops to give an excellent balance. I was expecting the hops to overpower the palate, but they were much more contained than I expected.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light. little body with small amounts of carbonation blended well. I was expecting much more carbonation for the head it poured, but still well done.

Overall: As a stout guy I still appreciated this brew. Easy to drink with nice levels of hops balanced it very well.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 18:11:28 | More by AmishLightning
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice burnished copper with about three fingers of off-white foam. Aroma is a pleasant sweet toffee, grapefruit, raspberry, almost a bit of an old wine fermented sweetness. Taste is herbal weedy hops, orange/grapefruit/kumquat citrus bitters, perhaps some green tea, vegetal flavors to go along with the citrus pith, all underlain by a sweet graham cracker backbone. Nice complexity here although the sweet grain orange peel finish is a tad boozy and maybe a bit coarse. There is some pine too but to my palate bitter citrus runs the show. Nice intermediate level IPA, beginners to this style should start smaller but there are bigger hop bombs out there that are also sweeter from a malt standpoint.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 21:09:15 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of retry4z


3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served chilled from a bomber into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

Appears dark orange, very hazy compared to other IPA's. Tan head leaves non-significant lacing as it slowly retreats.

Smells characteristically Lagunitas, with pine, citrus, malt, and mustiness.

Very sweet beer, with some hops in the middle, balanced with mint, grapefruit, and a bittersweet finish.

Syrop-like texture that isn't easy to drink a lot of. medium to high carbonation.

Overall, much sweeter than it's brother, Hop Stoopid. But also much more appealing for an easy-going evening.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 06:45:08 | More by retry4z
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip; clear golden orange with lively carbonation and a HUGE fluffy white head that leaves lots of chunky lacing. Smell is a pretty even mix of tropical fruit, citrus, and pine; some sweet, biscuity malt lies underneath. Taste is surprising; starts off with nice, clean wet sweet malt, almost like a graham cracker; then the hops arrive in force. Slight sweet citrus and fruit, but mostly pine and bitterness. Lots of herbal flavor as well.
Overall, this is a very smooth and drinkable DIPA; drinks like a regular IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 03:37:41 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of Hopscat


4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pour to Heavy Seas tumbler. Good gold/orange color with slight haze . Nice 2 finger head settles to solid ring with spots of floating lace with attractive lacing on side of glass
S- big malty biscuit and citrus hops aroma - smells delicious.
T- Sweet slap of grain that flows into the middle with good hops bite coming on strong . Citrus and melon flavors are real nice. Complexity is present with the malt and hops fighting for the upper hand with definite alcohol warming present. This one has the expected Lagunitas malt forward taste that I like / along with plenty of bitterness for Hop Heads.
M- medium bodied and balanced carbonation.
O- Really like this DIPA, and I recommend and will look for again. This is my second time with it. Much better than the first which was probably too old and got hot in my car.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 17:05:35 | More by Hopscat
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Bottle poured into a Leffe Chalice, results in a photo perfect crowned 1 finger head that lasts and full rings of lace round the glass is it goes down. Clear amber honey color. Great looking.

S: Well developed aromas of citrus and pine resin hops. Some fruit. Slightly sweet, inviting, went well with pizza.

T: The taste follows smell and is dominated by citrus hops with pine resin in the finish. Perhaps not enough malt presence. There's good complexity and suggestions of pepper, spice, fruit, peach?, caramel with strong bitter tingle, and a clean finish with just a bit of alcohol sting. A little hop stink, and a little original metallic zing.

M: Light to medium, rightly carbonated, good finish. Right body weight.

O: Very hoppy DIPA. Tingly, a bit sweet, friendly, not much lost in the stronger style as sometimes happens. Not quite as full bodied or serious as others like STONE, etc.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 02:49:10 | More by Act25
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A : A nice orange amber color with a nice two finger frothy head at the top, leaves a nice sticky lacing around the glass as you drink this one.

S: A nice caramel nose, with hints of grapefruit and brown sugar, nice roasty malts as well.

T: Lots of candy flavors here, caramel is very present, a good mixture of malts and hops, and good amount of grapefruit flavors.

M: Medium bodied, a fair amount of carbonation and slight stickyness as well.

O: This was a unique DIPA, very sweet from what I am normaly used to but not bad at all, nice refreshing taste and well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2013 18:04:14 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of Mongrel


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass. Pale orange/amber with two fingers of head. Standard IPA characteristics with good lace retention.

S - Pine and citrus, baby.

T - First thing I noticed is the taste is more mellow than I expected. You don't get any of the harsh bitterness that you might expect from the hoppy nose. It's well balanced with a honey sweetness coming to the forefront instead. Along with pine, lemon, orange and a little pepper. There's also a subtle herbiness that, combined with the orange notes, makes me think of tea.

M - Nice full, soft mouthfeel with a little alcohol slickness that extends the finish.

O - Very well balanced, high ABV IPA. Hoppy, but not over the top. I'm able to pick out new notes with each sip, as the beer warms. I'm even starting to get a little mango and it's reminiscent of a softer, less hopped Sucks.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 18:58:44 | More by Mongrel
Photo of SportsandJorts


4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: a nice orange color. semi-clear. a finger or slightly more of an off-white head that leaves a lacing behind

Smell: big juicy hops.lots of citrus, orange, grapefruit, some tropical fruit notes as well

Taste: strong hops that come out very wet and juicy. orange, grapefruit, some mango. after the bold hops comes a very slight bready malt back bone and spicy alcohol

Mouthfeel: surprisingly low hop kick, could use a little more

Overall: very tasty DIPA. big hop notes that work out well

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 14:14:03 | More by SportsandJorts
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Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. Pours a dull, burnt orange hue with a slightly hazy clarity and a dense, two-inch, cream-colored head topped with tiny clusters of bubbles concentrated across the center. Head eventually settles into a creamy half inch cap with thick swaths of lacing coating the sides of the glass after each tilt. Nose expresses citrus notes, rind, a hint of toffee, a slight earthiness and perhaps a touch of grapefruit seed. Taste consistent with nose; however, a bit of an herbal character comes out and dulls the toffee sweetness. Finishes with an earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a faint oiliness to the texture, an even carbonation and a light astringency. Overall, a decent balance to the malt profile; however, the flavors come off a bit muddled without really deciding if it wants to be more sweet or more hop forward. It could be an old bottle, but a bit difficult to determine without freshness dating.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 00:51:15 | More by Jwale73
Photo of hopsputin


4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: dark copper and honey. pretty clear, lighter at the bottom of the glass. large 3 finger froth white head

s: passionfruit, dank mango, orange zest, ripe pear, sweet caramel and toffee malts, something bread in here as well. smells dark, sweet, and juicy

t: dank - follows the nose. this is well balanced, but on the sweeter side. mango, pineapple, apricot, grapefruits, sweet citrus zest. big caramel malt presence. subtle bitterness on the backend comes from a grapefruit flavor.

m: medium with a slightly dry finish. medium carbonation

o: head sticks around, as does the lacing. this is an interesting beer. it tastes slightly big, but its not too complex. i'm not sure how old this bottle is, but it is mostly the sweet citrus and malts i'm picking up on - not too bitter, and only at the end of the sip. its above 8% abv is completely hidden, so be careful. even though its sweet, still refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 22:32:33 | More by hopsputin
Photo of nsheehan


4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz to Duvel Tulip
8.2% ABV
Bottled 162_3: June 11, 2013

A – A decently clear and very translucent amber. A quite thin off-white head that manages to look decent. Whenever I put down the glass, I like the way the lacing mostly slides down the side of the glass, leaving little patches of it behind. It almost looks like it’s sparkling as the bubbles move, combine, and shrink.

S – Wood and slight pine. Some citrus, mostly a lemon zest with some subdued orange. I’m getting some grass coming out now, and the wood is gone; I think it evolved into a sweet malty smell. The sweet smell isn’t quite brown sugar, but it’s tending that way.

T – A sweetness up front, followed by some nice hop flavor, then a sweetness on the back end. The first flavor is like a sweet orange with some pine. It then rolls into a soft yet confident pine and grass. Lastly, the sweetness comes back, a little sweeter tasting, and I think I can pick up a tiny bit of vanilla in addition to the sweet orange and pine.

M – Medium bodied, pretty soft but still a nice carbonation level. Hugs pretty close to the tongue. The finish is pretty wet, being the driest in the middle cheeks.

D – I’m digging this beer, it has great hop flavor while not being rough or overly bitter. It has a sweetness that may deter some, but plays into my soft spot for Belgian ales. I get the good hop flavor, some smoothness, and some sweetness, so I think it’s well done and well-balanced, even though it would be valid to say it is a little sweet/malty for a DIPA. It’s quite drinkable although I wouldn’t say it’s very refreshing. If it was a little less sweet, then it would be more so; but after a glass of water, this would be a nice beer to relax to after sweating.
4.5, 4, 4.25/4, 4.25, 4.25; 4.18.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 15:49:38 | More by nsheehan
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Quebec (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, bottling code 135 3 (May 15th).

Appearance: A honey colored body, huge head fills the glass and leaves lacing all over. Top of the foam as a rocky look.

Smell: Sweet, oily hops, strong orange aroma, bit of brown sugar.

Taste: Mix of orange and pine, bit on the sweet side, strong caramel backbone, piney in the middle.

Mouthfeel: Slick, coats the mouth, decent lingering bitterness.

Overall: Not really a DIPA in my book but i found it tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 12:32:50 | More by papat444
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark copper color with a nice head that fads to good lacing.

S: Aroma of grapefruit and pine, some malt sweetness and just a bit of grain.

T: Taste of some pine caramel sweetness and a bit of fruit. Nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, crisp, and smooth with a rich feel.

O: Very enjoyable beer that doesn’t gag you with too much hops. Well worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 20:58:30 | More by soju6
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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