Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,108
Ranked #11,519
3.99 | pDev: 10.03%
Jan 01, 2022
Sep 22, 2001
Very Good
Notes: Our Colossal take on a Double IPA, full of Simcoe, Cascade & Centennial hops balanced against tons of rich malted barley.

There is a tide in the affairs of big IPAs which posits that a flood of hops leads to a fortune in liquid. In our XXV+ years of brewing big IPAs we've learned this to be mostly true, with one big caveat: balance is everything. We believe Maximus to be exactly that. Et tu?

60.5 IBU
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4.13 by Bitburger from Vermont on Jan 01, 2022
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3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a foggy copper that seems to glow against the light. Head is two fingers of off-white foam. Aroma is pine, resin, dank, and heavy herbal hops create a old school medicine bomb. Incredibly sticky. Flavor profile is resin, dank, herbal, pine, and medicinal hops. It's a sticky combo that resembles old school cough syrup. Incredibly sticky. Some hop burn at the back adds to the abrasiveness. Mild bready malts add a tiny touch of balance to the hop profile. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with an initial smoothness that turns to a watery, still finish. It stalls out at the finish. Overall, a sticky, old school style IPA that doesn't shy away from abrasive and loud hop notes.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

Dec 05, 2021
4.1 by Winzlow from Florida on Nov 27, 2021
3.75 by archero from Texas on Nov 04, 2021
3.55 by Zopiac from Michigan on Oct 24, 2021
3.86 by QuintusHorace from California on Oct 22, 2021
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4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by ale1 from Florida

Poured into a Sierra Nevada Pint glass at about 70° , not chilled or warm. Looking for those malt flavors after the nice first aromatic hop nose, taste, and they were there! What a great ale, just right. And I cellared 3 today.
Light amber, carbonation up to 1" small Bubble head, no sign of artificial carbo.
Lacing ? Yep .
About halfway to a Thomas Hardy Ale pre 1990's ..notes are there, keep trying. Overall ?good stuff.

Oct 17, 2021
4.25 by wafers from New York on Oct 16, 2021
4.03 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 14, 2021
5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Oct 05, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by BubbaGuppy from Colorado

Well balanced toward the bitter (as opposed to fruity) hops end. Even from start to finish. Friends of the brand will welcome it as the next logical step.

Oct 01, 2021
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4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by AccipiterofBeer from New York

Poured into a Belgian snulip style glass

L: 4.5 Very enticing. Deep bronzish with a lingering white head. Classic Imperial IPA.
S: 4. Very malty with a decent hop presence. Bready. Sweet.
T: 4. I was expecting more of a malt bomb but there is plenty of hop character. Nice and bitter. A close comparison is Dogfish 90 Minute.
F: 3.75. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. A slow goer.
O: 4.25. Classic West Coast DIPA. Lagunitas did not disappoint here.

Sep 22, 2021
3.75 by blackcloud from Alaska on Sep 16, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by RedBalloon from Washington

12oz bottle dated 6/21/21 poured into a Teku on 7/1/21.

Pours 1" of creamy head. Slightly translucent amber color.

Aromas of pine, cannabis, and lemon.

Tastes of fresh pine, dank cannabis, and citrus. Strong malt sweetness balances out well with the hoppy notes. Bitter.

Astringent and effervescent mouthfeel. Not much drying in the finish.

A very well balanced Double IPA. Not overly assertive, but a good malt balance. Very good.

Sep 12, 2021
3.97 by Idahoman from Minnesota on Sep 03, 2021
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4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Shiredave from New York

Indecipherable code on can bottom. $2.99 for a big can at the gas station.
Near perfect looking in the goblet. Crystal clear, medium amber with a tall peach hued head that fell quickly leaving behind drapes of lace and sticky smears around the rim.
Aroma is mildly malty, cooked grains and brown sugar with a side of earthy hop spice. Big C hop aromas of pine forest floor and freshly mowed hay.
The flavor is well balanced and bold - lots of malt sugars here and a solid hop bitterness that blend well from start to finish. Rich malt swaddles the resinous hop acids to gently scrape, not bite the tongue.
The body is full-lite, with good heft without being heavy.
Finish is long and hoppy with a slightly tinny astringency in the aftertaste. Alcohol only peeks in at the end with a smoldering in the back of the throat.
Nothing unique or remarkable but spot on classic Dbl IPA flavors. Ultra -filtering large batches has not hurt this beer like it has others in it's class, and from this brewery.

Aug 31, 2021
4.29 by cwd from Kentucky on Aug 15, 2021
3.93 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Aug 12, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

Look: Semi clear amber brown with a very thick white head

Aroma: malty/bready, orange, floral/pine

Flavor: malty/bready, slightly fruity, orange maybe, some honey, then significant pine resin bitterness.

Body/Overall: medium body, pretty good

Aug 11, 2021
4.21 by Wrigfen from South Carolina on Aug 08, 2021
4.07 by DrewTheBrew from Ohio on Aug 07, 2021
5 by Gubblecote from New York on Jul 29, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by highdesertdrinker from Arizona

Pours copper gold with a little head. This bottle is about two and a half months old but it’s still fine. Smells a little like grapes and wine,and some alcohol is present. It’s bitter, malty, dark fruit, grapes, a little peppery and hot but this is a bad boy @ 9%. It’s an interesting combo and it works here. Another good beer in a long line of IPA’s and certainly worth a sixer at a good price, cheers!

Jul 19, 2021
4 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Jul 17, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by NeilSilber1 from California

Pours copper clear with big bold foamy cap from bottle. Notes of bready malt and lively hops. Cascade & Centennial hops balanced against tons of rich malted barley make this a really nice and power packed DIPA @ 9% ABV.

Jul 15, 2021
4.21 by Danzifer from Ohio on Jul 14, 2021
4.25 by AndrewFord666 from Illinois on Jul 03, 2021
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3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by AJM_Beers from California

Look: closer to golden than amber. good pale ale color.
Smell: good complexity in the smell. sticky and resinous.
Taste: follows the smell a little but not especially exciting for my taste buds.
Feel: goes down smooth. nothing wrong with that.
Overall: very good iimpa. great value.

Jun 28, 2021
4.49 by hotwired from New Jersey on Jun 20, 2021
3.69 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on Jun 20, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Clean, deep amber appearance with an average size white head and good lacing. Understated aroma dominated by malts with a bit of orchard fruit poking through. Taste is more expressive as the hops come riding in, both resinous and fruity. Earthy, rounded, warming, full bodied, nicely carbonated mouthfeel.

Jun 14, 2021
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BalancingBrooms from Illinois

Clear rich copper with thin white head with nice lacing. Nose with pine, caramel, and grapefruit. Opens with sugar dipped grapefruit thats folds into a thin pine, and soft white bread, and ends with a mix of pine and citrus oil. Body is medium with medium carbonation. Ends dry. Overall a nice IIPA, arguably nothing special but easy to access much like the rest of lagunitas.

Jun 09, 2021
4.27 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia on Jun 08, 2021
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4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Rogerlb from California

The man said pancake-batter head. That's it! NIce quarter inch head that takes its time going away. Bubbly and not overwhelming. Orange-ish clear finish to a nice glass of beer.

Aroma is very juicy and fruity. Melon, apple, with the dank hoppiness of many stronger Lagunitas only in the b.g. And the taste is along those lines. You'd suspect a "maximus" beer would be pretty hoppy or bitter but that's not the case: instead comes in hot but not sweet. Caramel, bread, leather, and all those hops are more grassy than pine-y, tasting (but not looking) more like a hazy than a DIPA. Fruit doesn't tip into juiciness, body resolves with a bit of bitter but at a reported 60.5 IBU this is no Stone double IPA.

Note the 9% takes expected effect after one and a half but this supposed "max" and "colossal" beer is surprisingly easy to drink, very good balance between malt and hops. Lagunitas isn't asking for an endurance test. Their Waldo is excessive I feel intentionally, this one seems to be trying to sneak through the side door at a 9% and it does.

Booziness is well hidden and not at all harsh.

Jun 04, 2021
4.07 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on May 30, 2021
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3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by ZenAgnostic from Texas

24oz can poured into Duvel tulip. Picked from from liquor store for around 3 bucks? Some numbers printed on bottom of can but not sure if any of it is a best by date.

Appearance - Pours massive 3 finger offwhite pancake batter head with decent lacing, stick, and retention. Clear medium amber body with an extremely even, immobile distribution of fine particulates suspended. 4

Smell - Typical Imperial IPA. Has a round and robust malt and dark fruit character with apples and honey and maple syrup, though the grassy hop is wet and very subdued. This is very malt-forward. Faint tones of alcohol under it are barely detectable despite the 9% ABV. Shocking actually. Alcohol peeks through as it warms. 4.25

Taste - Strong grassy hop and alcohol. Not much of that malt or any of the other complexcites in those nose shows up on the tongue. Maybe it's just there underneath it all, balancing out the harshness, but it doesn't stand to the front by any means. 3.75

Mouthfeel - Has some upfront intensity that quickly melts away into a medium bodied slow sipper with alcoholic warmth. A bit of a bitter astringency in the finish but nothing bad. 4.25

Overall - If you want a strong beer but have it not taste like a nasty high gravity malt liquor, then this should is an excellent alternative. Wouldn't go out of my to get one for any other reason, but it certainly has its niche. The getting hammered beer for those with finer tastes lol. 4

May 29, 2021
4.27 by Derptiluderp from Indiana on May 26, 2021
4 by hester7 from Texas on May 26, 2021
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4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BFCarr from New Jersey

Pours clear golden with a thin white head that fades. Aroma is dank and floral, pleasant. Taste is a good balance of hoppy and sweet, with a touch of dankness too. Feel is decent, nothing to remember, but not an issue. Overall it's a easy drinking 9%, so that's a good thing.

May 22, 2021
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