Lagunitas Brewing Company

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,487
Ranked #6,209
4 | pDev: 10%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
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Photo of VolatileAgent7744
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful west coast DIPA that you can find anywhere. Not much can top it in the $10 for a sixer price range. Clear, dank, hoppy, and over 8%. Go ahead and hit me with an "Ok, boomer"...but your finest hazy NEIPA can't sniff the jock of a solid west coast IPA like Maximus.

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Photo of SierraNevallagash
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle - no date, but I know for a fact it has been sitting on a shelf for at least a couple months - poured into an IPA glass at 48F.

Pours a couple shades lighter than I was expecting. A filtered honey golden colour with a brilliant clarity that allows a fingerprint to show through the glass. A finger if loose, sticky, off-white head sits atop and slowly deflates and settlesbto a healthy collar and island of foam.

Nose: I can smell this beer in the glass at an easy 3 feet away. Diving in nose-first, we get a firm, though balanced presence of classic caramel malt, along with a big juicy grapefruit note that instantly transports you back to the old school West Coast IPAs of yesteryear. In addition to grapefruit, there's some noticeable notes of pine resin, sandalwood, and lime peel, as well as some more tropical elements of kiwi, mango, lychee, and that big fresh floral note of magnolia blossoms that good West Coast IPAs seem to have. It isn't as complex as all these modern sextuple dry hopped New England IPAs, but it's fragrant and inviting.

Palate: That caramel malt sweetness hits first and foremost, immediately followed by a big slam of lychee and pineapple, as well as tangerine/mandarin orange, white grape, melon, sandalwood, and super floral hops, bringing an almost essential oil/incense note. This shifts more towards that tangerine note, before a firm resinous bitterness shows up, quickly ramping down on that caramel malt sweetness, and bringing resinous pine and pithy grapefruit pith and citrus oil that form the finish before ultimately ending wuth lingering floral potpourri, magnolia, and sandalwood, that remain oily and resinous.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer itself is medium-bodied, with the caramel malt sweetness adding some malty heft and a touch of stickiness, lending some full roundness to the texture. Effervescence is average - medium on the scale, and about where you'd expect an 8+% ABV West Coast IPA to fall. The finish is resinous, contributing a bit of drying, and quite oily from the hops, which allows for a very long finish, and a nice texture.

Overall: This is a fantastic little IPA with very classic roots. It isn't groundbreaking or out of this world in any way. It's a true West Coast IPA. It's a bigger IPA, and it's a bit hopped up compared to the average offering, but it's not trying to reinvent the wheel. The subtle tropical hoppy notes really add a wonderful little touch, and the citrus and floral notes are pungent and invigorating. It actually reminds me a lot of both Pliny The Elder and Lunch. The flowery potpourri notes of lunch, and the bright fruity pop of Pliny. It's an outstanding beer, drinks remarkably fresh given its age and improper storage, and factoring in the extremely attractive pricing and the wide availability, I'm quite surprised that this isn't talked about more. A job well done.

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Photo of egrandfield
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good stuff cheap. Hard to justify buying $20 4-packs when I just copped one of these 6ers for $10. Straight, to-the-point left coast IPA. If this weren't so common, I'd even trade for it.

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Photo of maxarvo
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good IPA. I’ve been surprised recently by just how good Lagunitas’ beers are for the price - they are classic tasting at great prices. They’re not wildly out-there; they’ve nailed the essentials and they sell for great prices.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Six pack of bottles purchased at Total Wine in Lynnwood, Washington.
No freshness dating. Poured in to a pint glass.

Look- Very slightly hazy, dark reddish/gold amber color. Nice little dense off-white head that leaves lots of sticky lacing. Good amount of carbonation is visible in the glass as it sits.

Smell- Large amount of citrus (tangerine, grapefruit, light lemon), tropical fruits (primarily pineapple), sweet malty/bready/caramel goodness, pine, slight melon/dank and berries.. maybe even some juicy fruit gum and stone fruit notes. grassy and floral hops. Wow!

Taste- Much of the same, the tangy tropicals and citrus are great. Pine and bitterness are really masked by the malt.

Feel- Medium bodied. Slightly heavy, and kind of sticky in the mouth. Decent carbonation. Well balanced.

O- This is the 12th beer I have had from Lagunitas and I have a hard time finding a bad beer. Especially considering price point. At $9 a 6 pack this is a great offering.

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Photo of MackT
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle, unable to find date. Saw some cryptic numbers on the neck, couldn’t decode. Nice amberish color. Aroma is typical for this style, nothing overpowering. Mouthfeel is just close enough to bring thick, but stops there. Mildly effervescent. Aftertaste pleasantly lingers, makes you want another. I like it, will visit again.

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Photo of Jacob_Hargis
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Served cold, reviewing as it warms. Dark amber color with decent lacing and a frothy head, dissipating fairly quickly. Dark amber color, crisp, and carbonated. Smells of sweet malt, grapefruit and orange zest. Tastes of sweet biscuit malt, earthy tones and flashes of citrus fruit notes followed by a nice overall bitterness from the hops. Not getting a ton of tropical fruit character though. I’d be interested to know what hops were used in this brew. Slightly alcoholic as expected for an imperial ipa running at 8.25%. Pretty smooth and easy drinking for a medium bodied IIPA beer like this. It’s a delicious and flavorful beer, especially as it warms slightly. For $4.99, it’s a steal. I finally made it up there last month and it was an awesome establishment. Will purchase again!

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Photo of Bsimpson91
4.96/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Very Well done West Coast Double IPA. Stays traditional to the west coast Style in general and doesn't deviate.
Beginning with Look. Gorgeous dark orange amber color, bright highlights and clear. Poured ever so gently into the glass, I got a thin cap that dissipated. Minimal Lacing. Moving along to smell. The aroma is not pungent, sort of minimal. Very citrus and pine quality not much else. Now for Taste; the most important part. Starts off aromatic with a sweetness that builds. Upfront fresh Tangerines and orange pith with a faint hint of vanilla. Beautiful floral notes as the sweetness kicks in along with the bitterness. In the middle a caramelized malt undertone that leads you to a alcohol finish. No burn or warming sensation. As for feel, there could be room for improvement however, its fine. A good crisp Carbonation, slightly creamy on the pallet. light to medium body. Smooth and easy to drink. Overall, Very enjoyable beer. I look forward to drinking the rest.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sticky, hoppy, sweet-ish and piney! 8%abv was well-hidden when cold, but got more pronounced as it warmed! Be warned, three of these will have you very relaxed!

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Photo of GarrettB
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

August 24th, 2015 - An Unlimited Release! Get it now! Or, later. A leather brown ale, it has a soapy scent, but good and fresh. And I also smell unripened grapefruit, bitter and not at all sweet. The flavor is also quite butter, with a fresh, hop forward dimension, and blossoming a little in the middle. On the finish I get some esters, appearing as papaya and lychee and other tropical fruits, but it is a brief glimmer before the bitterness resumes.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 22oz bottle $4.79 Tamuras
Clear amber color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Hop citrus flavors, some bitterness
Overall a nice IPA, but nothing outstanding that would make me buy it again.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Maximus brewed by Lagunitas Brewing Company, with an ABV of 8.20% This American Imperial IPA pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. The color is a deep amber color with the a nice white head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with hop bitterness mixed with spices. You also pick up a nice amount of earthy grains and malts in the smell as well. So far this is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with hop bitterness. The earthy grains and malts claim this American Imperial IPA down. The body of Maximus is a medium to heavy, but not to heavy is not enjoyable. It is really hard to pick up on the 8.20% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. This brew would go nice with dinner or a cool day, due to the higher ABV. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Hoppy, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give Maximus a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Lagunitas Brewing Company,did a super nice job with this American Imperial IPA.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle from Morrison’s supermarket (£2.25):
A clear amber with orange tinges & a fluffy head that's foamy & white, it’s quite thick looking too it & has fairly good retention for the strength of the beer. The nose is a hoppy one with some malts & plenty of sugars plus a little alcohol in the early going but it's definitely sweet with citrus, mango &some resinous pine in there as well. The taste is a sweet & malty one, not quite as pronounced as the nose but the mango & citrus both feature, as does a pleasant apricot taste & lots of sugars with caramel following on behind. Again it seems fairly resinous & it is a medium bodied offering with lighter than expected carbonation levels but a sharp, crisp feel & a little bit of warming alcohol right at the end too: brilliant stuff. 

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Photo of HardCider
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber with a significant white head that dissipated rather slowly. Has a strong fruity, hoppy aroma. The taste is bitter with hints of citrus fruit.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a single-serve bottle into a tulip

Pours lighter than amber but darker than gold with a two-finger head and good lacing. Crystal clear.

The aromas are excellent, with hops very forward in multiple ways--floral/citrus/resiny, in that order. However, lacking the solid background mango/pineapple malt typical of the style.

The flavor follows the nose. Excellent hop bitterness. Skewed bitter, however, and not as balanced as a true DIPA. A bit of alcohol bite in the background, but not a burn.

The finish is the best part of the beer. Medium bodied with a nice crisp finish.

A good brew on its own merits. It straddles the line between IPA and DIPA very well. Just a tad out of balance and a bit heavy on the booze note.

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Photo of Beerjunky1776
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My all time favorite beer. Created an account just to review this, great fruity aroma, beautifully pale ale great foamy head with open bubbles, taste is crisp as can be and dry on the finish. Slight citrus notes with a very floral aroma. Everybody I’ve ever gave some to has fallen in love with this beer. Lagunitas hit it out of the park making this beer! Relatively cheap compared to other beers and for an 8.2% beer it goes down smooth and mean!

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Photo of omahawk
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour - brilliantlyear golden light copper with rocky head and steady carbonation and good head that lingers. Every IPA should look like this. Smell is hop- forward citrus, pine and resinous. Taste is crisp grapefruit and subtle orange supported by bready malt flavor with a touch of caramel sweetness. This is an easy-to- drink 8% IPA. Well-made, just like everything from Lagunitas.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 12/11/11: Pours a nice coppery amber with a full, chunky, eggshell tan head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is floral and oily hops, citrus and cantaloupe, balanced with malt caramel sweetness. Taste is citrus, cantaloupe, pine and floral; sweet caramel malt with a little bread. There is a hop bite in the finish that produces a lingering bitterness.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, refreshing, well-balanced double IPA. Golden color with a little fluffy head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of grapefruit and piney hops with a little dankness. Tastes similarly, along with some caramel, vanilla and malt. The malt-hops balance is outstanding. Smooth thin mouthfeel with just a touch of creaminess. Good carbonation and the higher ABV is well-hidden. Another solid beer from a great brewery!

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Photo of marcbosch
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: pale orange, very transparent. Head is normal to small but quite some lacing.
Smell: Hops is the first thing that comes to your mind, essentially resinous but also fruity. Malty-wheat aromas. Something creamy as well. Very interesting, even for a dull nose like mine.
Taste: Hops party with a good malty backbone. Something spicy/warming as well, perhaps vanilla. However, boozy notes are a bit too high. As well, as someone mentioned before, the hops mixture could've been a bit more complex.
Feel: Generously bodied. Carbonation is medium to low. Nice to sip on an autumn night.
Overall: complex, very interesting beer. If it only burnt a little bit less it would have been fantastic. Otherwise great.

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Photo of Jesterr44
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Great full mouthfeel, lots of strong sweet malt in the flavour to go along with the hops but to me the hops don't have a lot of interesting flavours besides being there. The flavour is dominated by the sweet full malt. A bit of bourbon booze at the end of each sip gives this some characteristic of an imperial. It's a decent beer at 8.2% ABV but I'd rather have a Hop Stoopid.

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Photo of puck1225
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A pretty good beer but a bit too boozey and not hoppy enough for good balance.

Had it from a bottle into a tulip glass. Golden yellow color, decent head and lacing. Sort of a sweet citrus smell. A bit of fruit and vanilla on the taste.

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Photo of PMakowski
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 Oz Bottle poured into a glass
Look - light clear amber with a nice foam head and nice lacing on glass
Smell - sweet grass, tropical fruity hops, malt
Taste - Wow, it's about as smooth as can be. Heavy on the malt, but the bitterness from the hops is there. Not nearly at the level of Hop Stoopid in terms of the bitterness but that is expected. Very mellow but flavorful. Low-medium carbonation. On the sweeter side but it's got a good tropical fruit layer. Fairly easy drinking medium oily body.

Overall it tastes similar to the Lagunitas IPA just a bit more pronounced in the flavor and ABV. Great beer that i would love to have a few times a year. It isn't too sweet or too bitter, nice and smooth, can't detect much alcohol.
Give this beer an A

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Photo of D9sus4
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I wish this was a regular brew instead of a seasonal brew for Lagunitas. This would easily become one of my always in the fridge beers. A nicely balanced DIPA. Not too anything, just right if you are a fan of Imperial or DIPAs.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper filtered with no carbonation and topped with two fingers of white head.

Smells of pine, citrus, clean linen, taffy, and orange drink.

The taste follows the nose. Alcohol and big bitterness as well.

Medium body with moderate carbonation, it’s smooth and covers the ABV.

Got at liquor king in Redding, drinking at the pool house here for the first time, August 16th, 2018.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 5692 ratings