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Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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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Added by kbub6f on 09-22-2001

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Photo of AmitC
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Color is golden amber. Head is off white in color with over three fingers thickness. Excellent retention and an awesome lacing on the sides. Very beautiful looking beer. Some suspensions. Dry hops may be. Clear and almost transparent.

Aroma is a little subdued. Not a lot of herbal or spiced up hop aroma. Neither much of grapefruit or citrus notes. Some bland malt with a little backbone.

Taste is awesome. Very delicious. Malt backbone is good. Hops show some bitterness. Good herbal and spicy flavors. A little earthiness to the flavor. Some grapefruit. Finish is slightly bitter.

Mouth feel is medium bodied with some oiliness. Slick and easy to drink IIPA. Moderate carbonation.

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4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass. This guy's at least three years old, though I don't see a freshness date.

Appearance: A hazy copper color with tangerine highlights, nice floaties -- yeast and hops, or one or the other? -- making their way slowly around the glass. White soapy lacing leaving frothy clumps.

Smell: Now that the hops seem to have dissipated, this has gotten really interesting, and not in a bad way. A lot of IPAs lately that have been cellared have had an aroma like this. It's almost like how a sweet potato tastes and the way good maple syrup smells. Concentrated, rind-like, and very sweet. There's also a bit of sweat sock, and definitely some citrus. Also some maple and vanilla aromas. Oddly enough, and I've never said this about a beer, it gives whiffs of someone's breath the night after they've been drinking heavily. Where it doesn't necessarily smell bad, but it's extremely pungent. There's also an insane combination of garlic and strawberry jam. I don't know if this has held up, technically, but I'm getting some bizarre and fascinating things with each pour, and I'm really liking that a lot.

Taste: There's more hops and citrus in the taste, mostly at the end, which I'm surprised about slightly here. The concentrated sweetness comes on mostly, with some rind-like concentrated orange peel, maple, and garlic. Also some honey, big earthiness, and sourness at the end. Finish is all earthy citrus.

Mouthfeel: This has taken on a great silky and creamy smoothness that's somehow between overly full and nearly right on. Again, the bizarreness continues. Seems like it's going to be syrup, and turns into silk.

Drinkability: A pretty wild beer for an IPA at 7.5% that's been sitting for at least three years. I was pretty nervous, and I imagine this is great fresh (like almost all the Lagunitas stuff I've ever had), and it's a cool experiment to see what kind of bizarre things happen with the yeast, dissipating hops, and malt presence becoming stronger. If you can save a bottle, try it, but I'm going to try another fresh when I can.

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4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a Lagunitas mason jar

A: Pours beautiful deep orange amber with copious amounts of frothy off white to light tan head that settles to a thick layer and laces well.

S: Sweet tropical fruit, big citrus, pine, and caramel malt sweetness.

T: Bright citrus, tangerine, a bit of lemon and grapefruit, some tropical fruit, pine, floral and slight fruity notes, a little herbal and spicy, backed with caramel malt sweetness, finishes clean.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, goes down smooth, really makes you forget it's 8%.

O: Another classic that's pretty much always available in my area, but rarely picked up. Nice to remember how solid it is.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled date of 4/4/11. Was orange amber in color with tons of floaters. It had a good sized head that settled into a good collar and thin film covering most of the surface. Good, quick sliding lace with none sticking.

The aroma was heavy on grapefruit and other citrus with pine and caramel malt filling it out. Good aroma but have had better. The taste had a solid low level bitter that was partially offset by the caramel malt. Was just something about the hop mix that kept me from really loving it though. Medium to full mouthfeel with good carbonation and mild bitter aftertaste.

Overall, a good but not great ADIPA for me. Do recommend though as it's a worthy player in the field and I really like Lagunitas. Avail here in TX. Rotation - bought a 6 pack this time but probably wouldn't do that again. However, I would put in the ADIPA mix 6 rotation. [O;O]

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. stubby with no freshness date but the label tells me it has 72.41 IBUs. The beer has a clear, dark copper body and a finger of tan head that leaves some lacing. It smells of white grapefruit with a malty background and hints of tropical fruits and apricot. There is a big bitterness with a good malt backing and flavors of leafy/green hops, apricot, biscuity malts, faint tropical fruit, lingering hop oils, and a sweetness that creeps in near the end. It has a sturdy mouthfeel that is lightly numbing and drying, with prickly carbonation that seems almost artificial on top of a medium body that has a fairly long finish. Overall it's tasty enough, but the mouthfeel is a bit awkward, as it took an hour for the carbonation to smooth out enough to be tolerable.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One sniff and you know you are dealing with a west coast IPA. Light yellowish orange, standard IPA color. Decent brussels lace with a remaining light head down to the bottom of the beer. Alcoholic, you can taste it on the sides of your tongue. Obvious cascade hops linger and linger. Tastay beer but not breathtaking.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a whole bunch of head which looks to have pretty good retention. The head is off white with light hints of beige and khaki while the body is a medium amber that appears as a pale amber in the light. Leaves behind a good amount of lacing that sometimes tends toward sheeting.

Nose- The first thing I get is freshly sliced peaches with a slight undertone of pear underneath. This a delicate and fruity IPA on the nose and has light notes of orange and lemon in the background. Faint hints of pine, resin, maybe pepper. Maybe some light cherry. Maybe slices of melon as well, some cantaloupe.

Taste- Has a very Lagunitas profile. Starts of with a sticky sweetness that runs from citrus (orange and lemon) to syrupy notes of cherry and maybe peach blended with some caramel. A definite rise of pine, resin, ash, maybe even leather, and matchstick near the end. However, unlike many IPA's, the sweetness of the front and the middle also appears near the end canceling out any real linger. Fairly solid beer that ranges to from good to very good but closer to good. It doesn't do anything outstanding and may be a little much if you don't like the typical Lagunitas flavor profile. I like it fine enough but I can't drink it all the time. Maybe a little too bitter on the end for my tastes but it will add some character for the hophead.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with some stickiness and syrup to the texture. Works well with the overall flavor profile.

Drinkability- Goes down fairly easily but also doesn't get boring. Pretty much the standard Lagunitas price which means it will be a beer that I will purchase in the future. I love that with many of Lagunitas' beers, a six pack may be all you need.

Overall- Solid, good beer with some hints at being a really good beer. Not a DIPA for hopheads though there is enough hop presence to keep them somewhat interested. Worth a try and a beer I will be buying again in the future.

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3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice Copper color with a thin lacy head sticking to the side of the glasss.

S: Fruity, citrus aromas.

T: Nice Hoppy taste, what you would expect from a good IPA.

M: Smooth and creamy with a nice Hop bite.

D: You could have a few of these and not regret anything. With a hefty 7.2ABV you don't want to be driving.

Overall, a Hophead delight.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 5,543 ratings
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