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

*12 oz. Bottle* Checking out a Californian DIPA, just for fun. I'm going to keep this review simple because this beer is pretty simple. The appearance on this brew is: A nice bright crystal clear orange body with a towering white frothy head. This beer gives amazing Head! Ok time to for the fragrance: This has the aroma of rose peddles wrapped around some silly citrus air freshener. Hints of dense earthy hops. Like that of wet resinous wood... Heh wood. The malt smells like that of caramel and wheat. Smells simple enough for a DIPA. Tasting this should be a treat, since the aroma isn't telling too much. This tastes like sweetened grapefruit and pineapple juice with hints of white grapes. There is some cedar sawdust flavor in here as well. Hints of herbal tea as the finish comes forth. This is on almost syrupy quality maltiness. This finishes semi-dry with a subtle amount of citrus acidity and bitterness. Not a tongue scorcher. Pleasant from all the "palate wreckers" out there ;). While this beer warms some alcohol is present but not on "oh my god" status. The mouthfeel on this bad boy is medium bodied with cola like carbonation.

Overall: Yeah it is what it is. This beer is neat and clean, just not on the adventurous side. It has components of being World Class, but just doesn't seem to catch that threshold. I'm from the southern side of the Mid-west I like my beverages balanced and sweet. The aroma is decent but lacks the punch in the face that I accept from West Coast DIPAs. This seems more like it was from a brewer that came from the East Coast. That's not a complaint, but this brew is a little more malt forward than normal. I can clearly state that yeah this brew is worthy.
*edit: If I get a fresher bottle I will re-review it. This tastes damn good for being two almost three months old.*

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 5,552 ratings
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