Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

very good
5,525 Ratings

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My search for the perfect IPA is over! I have spent a lot of time and money looking for the perfect IPA, and finally I have found it. I seem to always get suckered in by reviews from this site and others about how good an IPA is or isn't, but my search is officially over. This is my go to beer! Unfortunately it is difficult to find.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One if my favorite Lagunitas beers

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is just banging.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maximus by Lagunitas Brewing Co. is an American Double/Imperial. It is a rich example of this variety of brew, with a light amount of froth on a scale of light/medium/thick. Its body is of a very tasty medium variety. Its smell is rich and sweetish. Its color is one of those sort of effervescent sort of reddish harvest golds one occasionally comes across in the American Double/Imperial IPA variety.

Maximus is one of those Doubles/Imperials that I knew I would like from the moment I smelt/tasted it. It isn't of the wild-hop variety even though those fall into the same category, but it is one of those well crafted American Double/Imperials, that you can just tell is going to taste really good. Its a complex beer; for suggested similar beers, I would try the "Shipwrecked" American Double, and the Anchor Steam Argonaut variety of Doubles. The taste is somewhere in between and very satisfying. The hoppyness one might expect from the beer is there. However, it is very smoothe, and one gets the sense that a lot of time and retries per se went into this beer because the taste takes one on such a smoothe journey over the land of hops that one barely notices that one has begun said journey. Its like a sleigh ride from rich bitter, to not quite bitter to smoothe.

As one takes one's more slow sort of sip, one can almost sense that it is picking up steam as it uniquely bubbles on the edge of ones palate almost asking to be let inside of one's mouth so one can sample the full rounded taste of the beer for all of its subtle glory.

Overall this is really a great beer, it reminds one of the the perhaps subtly rounded after-taste of DuClaw's Serum "writ large" if one will, and it really is an excellent blend of hop flavoring, so subtle that one almost barely notices that one is sampling a good hoppy beer in every taste. Its after taste, contrary to the approach of some American Double/Imperials, maintains that hoppy flavor curve, and one can sample that same sweet yet hoppy flavor lingering on one's palate if one takes a a moment between sips.

Overall, a really satisfying and refreshing American Double/Imperial brew, a very good blend of hoppy textures in a subtle and really masterful way.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 5,525 ratings.
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