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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 09-22-2001

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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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3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Last time I had this the bottle was old. Time to try it again!

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange/light amber. Bottle conditioned, with least floaties running around. Carbonation is moderate. Finger+ of khaki foam. Moderate retention, moderate lacing.

S: Lot of piney/leafy hop notes in here. Evergreen, bark, woodsy, etc. Below that is a small amount of tropical fruit. Below that, the malt sweetness comes out to play.

T: Not as much evergreen in the taste. Lighter stone fruit, with a pretty juicy splash of tropical and orange that race across mid palate. Also present is an almost sugary tone in the malt, sorta like brown or raw sugar. Mid palate then picks up an herbal, almost peppermint flavor that carries through into the finish. Aftertaste is more of the pine needles and a touch of floral depth.

M: Medium to full bodied, with a fairly dry, but slightly weighed down finish.

O: This is a pretty good DIPA. If you want real Lagunitas magic, you'll seek out Sucks and Hop Stoopid.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really enjoyed this. Poured a dark amber with a creamy 1/2 " head. I thought it was very aromatic- sweet malt with a grassy hop. Mouth feel hits heavy but settles quick to medium. Sweet malt fades to a nice grapefruit. Not what I imagined with this DIPA- more sweet then the a typical DIPA but the hops are there in nice force. Finishes smooth bitter.

Would definitely have again. Thumbs up.

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz single from Northbridge Pig (R.I.P.) into a Duvel tulip...

A: Pours a deep copper (nice and clear), with a 3-finger head of creamy, light ecru foam; superb retention leaves a nice mound of foamy goodness topping the amber brew for a while... leaving considerably thick rings and sheets of sugary lace. I originally gave the appearance a 4.75, but I don't think an imperial IPA could look much better. 5 it is!

S: Surprised by the massive whiff of caramel malt... so sweet it almost reminds me of cotton candy - which perhaps comes from a well balanced blend of malt and hop aroma. Hop aroma is subdued, compared to most double IPAs, but pine and citrus rind notes are most definitely present.

T: Light citrus / orange rind hoppiness followed by a chewy caramel, toasted malt sweetness; heavier, piney bitterness on the finish. A very well balanced double IPA - some would probably say too malty, but I think it's pretty delicious.

M: Full-bodied; moderate carbonation; a chewier double IPA with some well brewed texture; has a great mouthfeel that leans toward viscous, yet maintains enough carbonation to keep things snappy.

O: Well, I was definitely caught off guard by this one - in a good way. A superbly well balanced double IPA (although a smaller one at 8.2%). Great mouthfeel and excellent drinkability for the style. Will definitely have this again... wondering how a super fresh bottle would compare?

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

I love this beer. I know it's not world-class, and I even have trouble categorizing it as a double IPA. Sure, it's stronger than an IPA, but it seems rather unique to me. Not that hoppy, though the hop presence is unmistakable, and rather malty. I'm a big DIPA drinker and this was my first a while ago, but I hadn't had it in a while. So different from others that are really bitter and aromatic. This almost seems to me to approach a strong ale in style. Not a great DIPA but still a great beer, if that makes sense.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82.4% out of 100 with 5,534 ratings
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