Hopsplosion! | Max Lager's American Grill & Brewery

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Max Lager's American Grill & Brewery
Georgia, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by RustyDiamond on 05-19-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of RandyBoBandy
4.41/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of normanbeats
4.46/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jetlag767
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good high hops smell, little lace and the head dissipates quickly. IBU 90 provides good flavor.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a beautiful clear golden amber - no head, but this is the way it got poured. Hoppy aroma has an undertone of grapefruit and sour orange. Flavor is hoppy with a typical citrus undertone - fair to middlin’ but still enjoyable. Bitterness is minimal. Texture has good fizz if average firmness, leaving a nice hoppy and somewhat greenwood finish. It not great, still worth a try if you like IPAs.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Not a great IPA but not awful either. There's nothing that really stands out about it either. It's just like any other hoppy IPA I have had.

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Photo of bcrossan
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMMillsy
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%

Part of a sampler at Max Lagers in Atlanta. Must note that it was listed as a 9% Imperial IPA when I had it, so maybe that's why it's listed as retired here (now an imperial?). Really nice pine and grass aroma. Flavor follows with light bitter, some lightly sweet malt, beautiful grassy floral hops to balance the malts here. Super drinkable, medium plus carbonation. Actually a really nice brew.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of csoult
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of MrPowell
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of MSL94
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at the source during a friend’s bachelor party! Tick all day, every day! Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, earth, and earth hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, fruit hop, floral hop, earth, and earth hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. While this brew had definite potential it ended up falling a little short of what it could truly have been. This mainly came about from the earthiness going on in here as it covered up quite a bit of citrus. I would have loved to have the citrus pound my face in, but the earthiness wouldn’t let it come through which was rather sad. Worth trying if you go to the brewpub.

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Photo of bassman3660
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of pixieskid
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An excerpt from the Max House beer menu:
"Intensely hoppy India Pale Ale with a toasted malt backbone to back up a citrusy/spicy finish from aggressive hopping with a blend of hops from the Pacific Northwest. IBU 70. OG 14 Plato"

The standard IPA look of medium copper, amber appearances. Froathy ivory foam caps the glass with persistence and lace. A very inviting presentation that's staple of the IPA profile.

Vibrant and citrusy with a nose chocked full of grapefruit, orange zest, fresh cut grasses, spruce, lemon pepper, and with the support of backseat caramel malt. A very inviting aroma that celebrates American hop aroma.

Light caramel sweetness frames the early impression while a build up of white grapefruit, citrus zest, pine resin, and grassy flavor come alive at mid palate along with slight vegital, lemony and apple-like esters. Finishing with the medium clean bitterness of hops, the beer seems a bit safe with hop bite, throwing the balance off just a bit.

Medium-full with an early creamy carbonation that holds onto a bit more malt sweetness than expected. Malty-dry in finish, a minty-grassy alcohol/hop combo makes this ale both refreshing and somewhat savory.

A seemingly safe IPA that showcases hop flavor and aroma over bitterness and dryness. Though the beer balances well, it doesn't explore the level of intensity that make world class examples. But well suited for the pizzas and spicier menu items, this beer makes a welcome complement.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy, light copper-hued body with a whitish head.

Smell: Smells of pale malts, faint sweet-scented caramel, as well as floral and pith notes, though not particularly robust or aromatic.

Taste: Pale malts, a bit of modestly sweet caramel with a hint of toasted French bread. White grapefruit, lemon, and some slight florals, though, as with the aroma, it's not quite bold, more ho-hum, really. Medium-plus bitterness. Very faintly resinous on the back end closing out with a flat, bitterish, lightly pithy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: An acceptable albeit very average IPA. Again with the low carbonation here.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this after the Deamon D’or (a Belgium ale offering from the same micro brewery). It was a welcome change to a style that I like over Belgium ales. It was very good, maybe a little sweet and syrupy. There wasn’t anything spectacular about it, but I do remember enjoying it. It had a good balance of hops and malt, and must have been easy to drink because I had two.

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Hopsplosion! from Max Lager's American Grill & Brewery
3.66 out of 5 based on 30 ratings.
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