Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,005
Ranked #11,348
3.99 | pDev: 10.03%
Aug 11, 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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Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Aug 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

4.81/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Amber with a 1" cream colored head, which lasts. Heavy lacing to the end.

Aroma of toffee, raisins, citrus, pine.

Taste is toffee, caramel, orange zest, tangerine, pine, spices, earthy.

Medium body, lively carbonation. Dry, resinous finish.

Outstanding! One of the best IPA's I've had.
Jul 30, 2022
Rated: 3.99 by Rhetion from Florida

Jul 15, 2022
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
19.2oz can stamped 060322 poured into a nonic pint glass at fridge temp 9% ABV. The beer pours bright light copper in color with creamy khaki colored head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves some light lacing. The aroma is mild with burnt sugar caramel and pine resin. The taste is bittersweet caramel and pine with a hint of citrus. Heavy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a semi dry finish. The abv is well hidden. Overall, very good old school west coast DIPA.
Jul 14, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

Jul 03, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by bkwagie

Jun 28, 2022
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Reviewed by JokersAce

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A solid double IPA. More resinous than citrus with a heat that builds up as you continue drinking. Plentiful pine notes with the resin. There is some citrus, but this is definitely a resin type of DIPA. Dry finish with plenty of bitterness. There's some malt character here but it is easily overshadowed by the hops. It feels a bit on the heavier end of IPAs and does tend to stick around. As I continue to sip on it, notes of pineapple, savory notes, and even candied dried fruit.
Jun 18, 2022
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Reviewed by DrOfGolf from Delaware

4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Love the hoppy smell when the bottle is opened. Tastes great and you really don't notice the higher ABV, especially on a warm summer day. Very drinkable anytime but iced cold is the best.

Lagunitas did a great nice job on this one. Definitely recommend this beer to my friends and family.
Jun 17, 2022
Rated: 4 by Techichi from Texas

Jun 05, 2022
Rated: 4.05 by Sparty1965

Jun 05, 2022
Rated: 4.07 by DMarlinJ from Michigan

May 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Valdez_Mescalito from Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Unlimited Release - 6 pack
12 oz. bottle dated 104 2 (4/14/22) - 9.0% ABV / 60 IBU
Brewed and bottled in Chicago, IL
Poured into a Bell's branded nonic pint glass

Look - Pours a dense off-white head that leaves lacing. Crystal clear, golden amber appearance with a small amount of streaming bubbles.
Smell - The scent is very floral. Also picking up a lot of citrus like orange juice, and some berry scents.
Taste - The taste follows the nose with the floral and citrus flavors blending together and creating a pleasant taste. Bitterness is very minimal, and alcohol taste is non-existent.
Feel - Medium bodied mouthfeel and finishes with almost no dryness.
Overall - A dangerously drinkable brew that has great citrus and floral flavors, and you know it.
May 25, 2022
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Rated by edthehead from New York

4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Ahhh, that west coast pine, and malt backbone. So nice!
May 22, 2022
Rated: 4.05 by JHeard79 from North Carolina

May 17, 2022
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
I got a 6pck of bottles of this beer from my local meijer store. It poured a clear copper with thin white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had bitter citrus and pine hop notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with sweet malt base and bitter citrus and pine presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body and had good carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.
May 11, 2022
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Reviewed by hreb from Washington

3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz Lagunitas bottle served in a pint glass. Beer is brilliant golden in color, with great clarity, and a nice fat orange-tinged head. Aroma doesn't have me jumping up and down, but there's big alpha hop flavor, complemented with a very slightly syrupy golden caramelized malt body. An oldschool IIPA that doesn't go overboard on alpha. The result is bitter but still quite drinkable. Super Cluster is obviously way more modern and interesting, but balance never goes out of style.
May 03, 2022
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Reviewed by Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Clear copper in appearance with more than a finger's worth of tan head, good retention and lacing.

Aroma: lemon rind, grapefruit, orange, resin, pine, herbal hops, cooked grains, brown sugar, honey.

Taste: Tasting the grapefruit upfront, some sweet and spicy notes to the side, quite earthy, bitter aftertaste. Bready malts. Essentially follows the nose. Body is medium-light.
May 02, 2022
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 1/22/22. A thin, tight white head with a few rocks sits atop a pale amber liquid with excellent clarity; good cap retention; heavy ring; bands of medium sticky lace. Sweet caramel malt; grapefruit, orange and a whiff of pine; some earthy hop aroma as beer warms. Taste is sweet malt base followed by bitter grapefruit peel hops; orange peel middle; very little pine with some earthy hop dullness on backend. Medium light body, moderate minus carbonation; no warmth from 9% abv; no astringency; smooth malty/sticky feel. Overall, the beer verges on sweet vs. bitter; it reminds me of The Waldo’s but less sweet and less phenolic; admittedly, this is my DIPA wheelhouse - West Coast baby!
Apr 23, 2022
Rated: 3.35 by CruzinCooler from New Jersey

Apr 22, 2022
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Rated by KT3418 from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Not the malt bomb I was expecting. Overall pretty decent beer but probably a one and done for me for now
Apr 19, 2022
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Rated by frankdatank1337 from California

3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
This is the modern day 40z beer. Its cheap, good enough, and will get you buzzed. Its better than Old-E but worse then other WC IPAs.
Apr 17, 2022
Rated: 4.04 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Apr 01, 2022
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Reviewed by TurboMon_911 from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a beautifuly clear copper color with a finger high head that is slow to recede leaving strong lacing 'til the end
Smell is earthy and predictably hoppy
Has a well balanced flavor between the hops & malts
Mouth is full bodied with a semi bitter finish
LaGunitas is always a good go to brand and they don't disappoint here
Life is uncertain. Don't sip!
Mar 31, 2022
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Rated by GStone899 from Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Super hoppy, really dank. Damn solid double IPA. Lagunitas has the recipe for awesome IPAs and this one is more of the same.
Mar 27, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by soarinsteven from Illinois

Mar 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Bigdikkus

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I was nervous to try something called a "colossal" IPA, but Lagunitas has not let me down yet. Glad I tried it. Pours a lovely amber, I didn't get much of a head but the lacing is there. Smells wonderful, like grapefruit, lemon, malt and a nice vegetal essence. The taste is definitely balanced, in an impressive way with sweet malt as a backbone and sharp citrus notes with bitter hops all dancing in harmony. Slightly quick and clean finish. Each sip makes me want more, but at 9.0% abv this one is dangerous.
Mar 16, 2022
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Reviewed by vickersspitfire from Texas

4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
This has a nice semi dark amber color to it, perfectly clear and very effervescent. The head is thick, about two and half fingers and very bubbly and long lasting.
Nice citrus smells, lemon rind and grapefruit rind mixed in with a mild wheat grass and pine aromas and a bit of a pungent smell follows that.
Smooth and very tasty, the grapefruit flavor hits you first, followed by a semi sweet pine and spicy/herbal mix, very earthy. It leaves a nice bitter aftertaste in your mouth.
The body feels a bit light for the style, but that being said, the flavor is right on and more than makes up for the feel, overall this is a fun beer to drink.
Mar 11, 2022
Rated: 2.65 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Mar 04, 2022
Rated: 3.97 by peachy-tay from California

Mar 02, 2022
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Reviewed by KenjiN from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Clear orange-colored brew with thick, enduring off-white head. Pungent piney aroma. Medium-heavy-bodied. There's reasonable balance between the malty sweetness & bitterness of hops. Warming, though the 9% ABV isn't apparent in the beer's aroma and taste.

I'm burned out on IPAs at the moment and took this because it was offered as a freebie. If I were in an IPA phase, I'd like it quite a bit. It s drinkable for its weight and well-executed.
Feb 27, 2022
Rated: 4.07 by ScottyB515 from Ohio

Feb 15, 2022
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Rated by RJLarse from Washington

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a gold color with a creamy white head. Sweet tasting and well-balanced with a pine bitterness. A very nice beer.
Jan 30, 2022
Rated: 4.13 by Bitburger from Vermont

Jan 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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
Rated: 4.1 by Winzlow from Florida

Nov 27, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by vheissu15 from North Dakota

Nov 26, 2021
Rated: 4.82 by dtykira

Nov 04, 2021
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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