Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of AltBock
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. stubby bottle with a label that has to made out of recycled paper because of the roughness of the paper. It has usual Lagunitas offerings on the label. That means it has "Lagunitas" in red letters, the drunk depressed Lagunitas symbol of Petey the Dog next to that, hop plants in the 4 corners, the name of the beer in big black letters, the rest of the name in small green letters, it's O.G. (1.080), ABV% (7.5%), I.B.U. (72.41) and where the brewery is located. This one is a tad bit different by having a saying around the green square that contains all of the main label in it. It basically says that Xtreme is better than normal and then goes into a short gibberish rant. To the left of the label and to the right of the Government warning is the word "Limited Release" in big red military style letters. To the right of the label is just the refund price, net contents and their saying of "Life is Uncertain. Don't Sip." They list the net contents of hops, malt, hops, hops, yeast, hops water, and hops. Hopefully they can back up that statement on how much hops is in this. No date anywhere, except for that "Limited Release" saying, so I guess this means it's some kind of late winter early spring seasonal. Served in a Snifter.

This Lagunitas brew poured a dark rusted copper color with a glimmer of sunshine yellow at the bottom of the beer. It had a small quarter of an inch head of white foam that quickly dissipated away into a few white and foamy rings and a spatter of fizzy white bubbles that acted as its lace. The aroma was a bit on the light side featuring some citrus hops, a pine tree, a pinch of caramel malts, and some grapefruit that had some orange zest behind it. When it warms up a bit, a slight aroma of sweet juicy fruits emerges from the background. For something they say is brewed with hops, malt, hops, hops, yeast, hops water, and hops, it's actually quite tame in the bitter department. It was hoppy, but not that hoppy. Behind the tame citrus hops is some pine, grapefruit, and some toasted malt. It only had a small aftertaste of citrus hops and pine. This has to be one of lightest DIPA I've had so far. In the massive world of IPAs, this one needs to stick out a little more because it's easily forgettable in that world. In you want to get into the world of DIPAs or any kind of IPAs, then you should start off with this one, due to it being a very mild IPA or DIPA. For me, this one is enough. I doubt I'd buy this Lagunitas brew again.

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Photo of wolffman17
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maximus is crystal clear amber-orange. The head falls quickly, but there's plenty of sticky lace left behind.
The aroma is sweet and hoppy. Aromatic and fragrant with plenty of citric and floral hops.
Flavor is all hops. Wonderful grapefruit bitterness. It's a little harsh, though, and slightly metallic. The bitter aftertaste lingers for quite a while.
Easy drinking for a double or a big IPA....maybe it's more of a Double IPA, Jr. Forget's a fine ale worth your time and money to experience.

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Photo of sopclod
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lately I have been really jonesing for hops, and strong IPA's are either hard to find or expensive. So I find myself with a bottle of Lagunitas Maximus. Why can't bombers come in 4 or 6 packs??

If you looked up double IPA in the dictionary, you would find this. That's both good and bad. It's exactly what you'd expect; pretty hoppy, some malt sweetness, copper colored body. On the other hand, there is nothing to make this stand out from other, more distinctive double IPA's.

It's a good example of the style, but there's nothing that makes it stand out.

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Photo of YankChef
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter glass.

SMell is piney with subtle aromas of grapefruit and rose water

Tastes literally exactly like the single ipa just a little bit more of the out of balance bitterness that is present in the single.

This is just as mediocre of an Double IPA as the single ipa is. There are much better DIPA's out there, try it out of curiosity but i believe the 3.95 overall is over rated

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Photo of Vancer
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to say, after a couple other top notch DIPAs, this one just falls a bit short.

The pour was fine and dandy, amber orange and nice sticky laces of ivory. But the aroma and quaff were just a teat above average of citrus and pine, but balanced well with the malts. For the price, the drinkablity was good, but this is more IPA than DIPA, I believe you need to hover around 9% to reach the next step.

Still a solid brew

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Photo of Kendo
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A 22 oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is a pretty clear orangey-amber with a 1.5 finger foamy, off-white head. Nice rings and clumps of lacing on the way down.

S: First impression on popping the cap and pouring is fresh grapefruit. As it warms it becomes a bit sweeter -- a bit of honey, perhaps. The hops are still there but pine becomes evident along with the grapefruit.

T: Hops dominate, as expected. Florally, fruity hops up front with some (but not much) light caramel or brown sugar sweetness from the malt. Dry, slightly minerally, even metallic hops at the finish leave a dry, bitter, tart citrus peel-like aftertaste that curls the back and sides of the tongue. As it warms that bitter finish becomes a tad bit more muted (either that or my mouth has just gotten accustomed to it) and it tastes more of sappy pine resin at the finish.

M: Feels lighter than your usual DIPA -- not thin or watery, but just lighter in heft. At first I credit/blame a higher level of carbonation than I'm used to with this style, but as it warms that smooths out. I gave my wife a sip and her comment was "too smooth."

D: Very good. That tart minerally finish seems a bit grating at times and slows it down, but all in all this went down pretty nicely.

Notes: I'd say this is on the lighter side of DIPAs, but not by much. Enjoyable, but I prefer a tad bit more malt backbone with this style. Would probably be a good summer-drinking DIPA as it is lighter than others and with an almost lemonade-like bitter/tart finish to it.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Balwins in Pasadena, CA. Poured a nice clear orange with a pretty dense head that had some staying power. Smell was very strickly pine. Taste was lots of citrus with a strong pine finish, and a lingering bitter pine aftertaste. This wasn't a syrupy DIPA. Had a good mouthfeel, still around medium but on the lighter side. Drinkability is good except that alcohol gets to ya.

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Photo of jameaterblues
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- Clear amber color 1/3 inch white head....sticky bubbly lace and good head retention.
S-Big citrus and grassy aroma from the hops....mostly hops....light malts....overall this is what I was expecting...very good.
T-All hops....big citrusy juicy hops....quite refreshing....with a light floral grassy feel....long bitter finish....This beer is some where between a double IPA and a regular IPA...for some reason I tend to be on the fence about these beers that fall in the 7-8% range....overall for the alcohol I think this could quite possibly be a session beer....even with its strength.
M/D- Medium bodied and slightly on the thick side for the style.... I really think that it is easy to drink and does not come off too spicy...I look forward to the six pack release of this one and once again I am very pleased with what Lagunitas has to offer.

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Photo of 0tt0
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle poured into a Duvel glass...

Pours a faint peach/oraange hur with a boyant head. A few carbonation bubbes drift upward from the bottom of the glass. Light peeks through to form tiny highlights around the bulb of the vessel. Sticky and beautfiul laces forms after each sip.

Now for the nose... pine sap and sweet malt. There is a touch of grapefruit and some other sweet ripe fruit. You can tell there is more than a bit of alcohol floating around in this one.

Man, the piney perfume comes through in spades on the tongue. Sappy, brash bitterness up front, with a sweet creamy middle range. The finish is dry, even pinier, and as long as a yacht. Like sucking on a air freshener at times.

Mouthfeel is decidely medium for the style, IMO. Good carbonation, nice tongue-coating quality. A bit thin, but it works, I suppose. Overall, though, the beer is a bit too much pine and not enough fruit or floral. Don't get me wrong, the hop slam finish is great, but its a bit one note. The beer's got a lot going for it, but it needs some tweaking to bring the whole thing together.

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Photo of sloejams
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now that this is available in 6 packs, it has become a near permanent fixture in my refrigerator. Very few double IPAs are available in 6 pack and none are of this quality and relative accessibilty to me.

It has a dark, caramel-like color to it, in fact the aroma kinda follows that as well. There is sweetness in the malt character that is very appealing and balances well with the massive hop presence. The flavor is less balanced, but this is a DIPA – so it wasn’t much expected. Hops all over the place: piney, sweet and citrus flavors shine. The finish is clean, less bitter than I would expect. There’s something very clean about this beer.

For the price and availability here in Southern California- it’s hard to beat.

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Photo of jwc215
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours copper with a thin head.

The smell is of grapefruit, orange, some pine.

The taste is of sharp, almost metaliic hops. Some peppery alcohol that becomes more assertive as the drink progresses. Grapefruit, orange - citric. Where is the malt? MIA - almost - it does almost peek through at times, but subtle when it does.

Some chewiness to it. Firm, medium body.

I like hops, but this one borders metallic and lopsided. Between that and the sharp alcohol, it is somewhat of a chore to drink. Not bad, but not nearly one of my favorite DIPA's.

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Photo of Mumbly
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really can't add much to the (positive) descriptions already given. If you like IPA's and like Lagunitas, you will love this. I've had it in the bottle and on tap. The bottle is very good, but when I saw it on tap I knew I'd better partake soon or I wouldn't have my chance.

It has a slight copper color, with a small head. A nice aroma with a hint of citrus. A crisp hops flavor. The after taste is a grapefruit with a slight metallic-ness to it.

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

Almost no head on the pour, no lace, almost glowing amber orange, and the grapefruit smell above all, almost like a candy with the alcohol at the end, like this is going to be a hard beverage to consume, hop heads rejoice.

Oh man, the mouth cannot be described properly. It gives all the taste secrets away. What you taste is what you get times two! It was energized bitter, like you could put two electrodes in this and power the sun. Over the top, under the road, in your face and waving over your drunken soul is this beverage. With the alcohol, it actually toned down the hops in this, but pine, grapefruit, acidic rafts of hoppy goodness. What more can I say. The first beer I've ever had where it was like drinking distilled hops syrup in water.

I don't know what to think about this. You can tell by my above review that I found this hard to finish and wonderfully bitter slugger all in one. An experience to say the least, like High Gravity Malt Liquors only at the other end. If I could rate with question marks, I would.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden copper hue with slight haze. Dense three finger head shows outstanding retention and leaves beautiful spiderweb lacing. The hop aroma is a blend of fruity Cascade and Chinook; with matching Simcoe pine needle. Some crystal and pilsener malt aromas loom in the background. Toasty pale malt and light caramel make up the sweet side of a very hoppy beer and for a brief moment the malt commands the flavor, then a barrage of american hops storm the taste buds - abrasively balancing the overall charater. Lemon, orange, and grapefruit-rind tones meet pine sap and grass clippings. But it never overwhelms; the aftertaste is drying- but more of a showcase of hop character than senseless IBU's. Medium-body and mild carbonation accentuate the oily mouthfeel and allow a residual sweetness to accompany the delicious hop resins that coat the tounge. The drinkability of this beer really shines; a Barleywine-caliber complexity that you can knock back like a session IPA.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - $2.99

Poured in to a pint glass it appears "Longhorn Orange" with a fluffy white head that diminished quickly leaving a fair amount of lacing.

It smells kind of piney, earthy, northwest hops!

It has a well balanced taste of piney hops and caramel malt.

It has a decent mouthfeel, right on the carbonation end and goes down smooth. I liked the first sip tickle of foam before the head went away.

It is a drinkable beer... 7.5%abv?.. very well hidden, hops and malt blended nicely, right bite in the finish, I knocked off the bomber and could of had more.

For the price it's a darn good beer, as are most of the Lagunitas brews.

I've always thought of Lagunitas as a "sleeper" brewery - decent craft beers at macro prices, or less!

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I saw some 12oz bottles of Maximus for the first time and thought what the hell. The color was a clear orange with a decent white head. The smell had a caramel aspect to it but no hops that I could detect. The taste was very balanced, almost too balanced for an IPA. I don;t think this beer was hoppy at all. The alcohol was very well hidden. At $9 a sixer I would never purchase this again. I keep buying Lagunitas beers and being disappointed. I think the only one I like is Gnarleywine. Thumbs down on Maximus.

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Photo of vtfan77
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear orange with a big, fluffy white head and plenty of lacing.

S- Initial dose of hops provides the expected aromas of tart oranges and pine needles, which are backed by a substantial caramel malt sweetness. Or perhaps I should say that the malts are backed by the hops. On the malty side, but not bad.

T- Caramel malt is perceived first and provides a more than adequate backing for the pine and grapefruit hop flavors, which are fairly mellow for a DIPA. A sweet tea-like sweetness also makes an appearance along with a hint of alcohol. Finishes dry with a strong but pleasant bitterness.

M- Pretty full-bodied, smooth and with just the right amount of carbonation.

D- Pretty good for a beer of its strength. No problems finishing the bomber.

It is only now that I see that this is a summer release and could therefore be up to nine months removed from its freshest state. That would account for the surprisingly mellow hop profile. I considered not reviewing it for this reason, but declined because A) I feel I was deceived (there's no date and the bottle says "unlimited release") and B) It's pretty good. It's no hop monster at this stage in its life, but instead is a well-balanced and drinkable IPA. Big time hopheads should wait until summer for the fresh stuff (as I indeed plan on doing), but otherwise, I'd definitely recommend it now.

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Photo of mmcave
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured aggressively into a tulip glass, one finger of fluffy off white head developed with good retention and leaving cumpy lacing. The body is a glowing red amber with shades of peach, gold, rust and a hint of blood. Smells is at first hops right in the kettle, grape fruit, grass, pine, sour orange juice, the underlying hints of malt are there as it warms, but they are completely overshadowed by hop aroma. Taste is slightly astringent with light citrus notes not unsimilar to bitter orange juice from concentrate. Malt is present but only in that it provides for the grounds for hop to work, although I’d personally like a bit more fruit complexity from the hops. The flavor coats the tongue and lingering on the side of the cheeks. I enjoy this, but I find it just another in the long line of enjoyable IPA/ double IPA. Personally I need a little more to woo me. Good beer, very solid, just not quite what I hoped for, but worth a try.

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Photo of kkosmoski
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Duvel tulip:

A - Poured a hazy coppery orange with a large fluffy cream-colored head that died down to a half inch and stayed there - some good stick to the sides. Haze could be from the cold temperature this beer is currently at (just came out of the fridge - 42F). Not much active CO2 rising to the top.
S - Lots of pine, resin, and grapefruit pith.
T - Citrusy to start off, followed by some piney bitterness, lemon, a light toastiness from the malt, and grapefruity, resinous stick in the finish. There is some extra sweetness left over in this beer, which is probably one of the qualities that helps identify it as a DIPA.
M - Medium to medium-full body. Carbonation definately not overdone.
D - Considering the class this is in (DIPA), I would say this has excellent drinkability. This is about at the bare minimum for ABV in the DIPA class, and the hops don't absolutely blow you away even though they do have a big presence.

Notes - The temperature was the cause for the haze first noticed in this beer. Sitting with it for about an hour in front of the TV cleared it up very nicely - enough so that I could read through it. If a good, strong, highly-hopped beer is what you are looking for, Maximus will do the trick. A bomber of this is much more easily put down than some of the higher octane DIPA's out there. There was something about the hop flavor that threw me off a little bit tonight though, maybe a little bit of a lemony sourness? It could have just been that my taste was off tonight though - this was a good, highly-hopped, bitter Northwest IPA.

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Photo of EPseja
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a 22oz bomber in a pint glass at cellar temperature.

A - Bright, clear, vibrant copper-orange, pushing up a huge, uniformly bubbled cream colored head. Staying power of the head is fantastic, and the lacing is chunky and sticky, forming rings as the pint is drained. How YOU doin'?

S - Fresh CA hops dominate the nose; crisply sappy and piney, with only a touch of citrus. Candy/caramel malt character can be discerned beneath, but the hops are definitely sitting on it's head. Undercomplicated but pleasant.

T - Unassuming malt sweetness up front that provides the honey drizzled atop the half-grapefruit hops. Bitterness is mild compared to so many of the "uber" DIPAs that try to kick your palette's proverbial ass, and lingers only slightly after the swallow. Aftertaste is refreshing and bright with hops. Very nice.

M - Creamy and smooth. Carbonation is just above what one might get out of a cask -- and that scores huge points for me, especially since DIPAs can easily suffer from overcarbonation, resulting in acridity. Round and balanced in the mouth with a seafoam roll that sends it straight down the pipes. Wow. I'm already halfway done with my pint... The alcohol is very well hidden and the low(er) carbonation makes it super slick. Fantastic!

D - In the land of DIPAs, this beer is the jack of all trades. Great look. Great smell. Great taste and balance. Great mouthfeel. Great resultant drinkability. A definite example of how *not* to overdo the style.

[insert sigh of relief and contentment here]

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Photo of stephendr
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle- color of Honey, with a lingering off white head - nose of hopps , grapefruit , some lemon / lime , and floral – taste of bitter hops , citrus , sweet , and malts – not that hoppy for a double but a good taste for a ipa - body is silky , low acidity , and medium to low carbonation – aftertaste of citrus , grapefruit , and semi sweet

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Photo of dwvarner77
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Advertised as an imperial IPA, I can see where it has a few shortcomings. But given the relative cost for its flavor, i'd rate it very highly. The hop is not as aggressive as i'd like for an 'imperial,' but it is quite flavorful; good citrus hop with a strong malt balance. It might be more appropriate in the IPA category, but I challenge anyone (at least based on Chicagoland beer prices) to find a comparable flavor for its price. Highly recommended as a good value.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into pint glass.

Clear deep amber hue with an one-inch light tan frothy head that lasts a while. It eventually settles to a thin cap. Stacked solid lacing along the glass.

Sharp piney hops pierce through the sweet bready malts.

Thick cracker flavored malts create the base. Highlights of honey and butterscotch come through in the middle. The hops burst with citrus and bitterness and take over halfway through. The finish is fading bitterness mixed with a little bit of subtle creaminess. Full bodied with good carbonation. The feel is smooth along with the bite of the hops.

This AIPA is relatively complex for the style. The hops are sharp while the malt still shows its characteristics. In other worlds, the hops don't dominate like they normally do. Highly recommended.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer. I bought a 6-pack for $9.00 (cheap for a good DIPA) and hoped for the best based on previous good experience with Lagunitas beers. I wasn't disappointed, this was a near masterpiece.

The beer was brilliantly clear, copper orange color, with a thick foamy head. The aroma was way hoppy, but included some malt tones so it wasn't 1-sided. The flavor was also dominated by hops (duh) but with a thick mouthfeel and strong malty backbone. There was a slightly sweet component to the flavor, but only slight (nothing like DFH DIPA sweetness) and more than compensated for by the puckering bitterness.

I highly recommend this for hops lovers.

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Photo of Stoneman78
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Large, white, frothy head that sustains; fair lacing throughout; clear body with an orange/amber hue; small, lively particles

S- Nose is full of citrus hoppiness; strong grapefruit tones; subtle malt aroma; light bread smell gradually appears

T- Citrus hops initially, lightly acidic; quickly dissipates and leaves a malty feel followed by a short bitter finish

M- Medium body; watery texture; good carbonation

D- Strong but short hoppy finish makes this quite a drinkable ale; I join with other reviewers' doubts of this being a true DIPA, it just is a little too simple with rather underwhelming hops compared to other DIPAs

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 5,406 ratings.
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