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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 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Clear copper with quick off white head. Great lacing.

Smell- Pine, grass, peaches, earthy hops, caramel malts, slight booze.

Taste- Smooth fruity peachy hops, piney earthyness, nice malt balance, no booze.

Mouthfeel- Pretty resinous, not very bitter, quite drinkable at 8.2%. Crisp and clean.

Overall- Solid IPA. It's no Sucks, but it's pretty good.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours clear amber with a two finger bright white head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, pine, and some caramel.

Tastes both bitter and sweet. Has grapefruit, citrus zest, pine sap, some onions and a little caramel. The bitterness is much stronger that the sweetness, and it may be a little too bitter. Still pretty tasty though. The alcohol taste is not well disguised, and is pretty noticeable.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. I wish this was just a little less bitter, and that the alcohol was better hidden. Not bad though.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale fizzy amber with a lumpy eggshell head that crusts when it fades.
Candied orange, resin and powdered sugar with some dank perfumed underneath.
Cheese danish, orange fruit smoothie, and some brown candy sugar then resiny, stewy hops with hints of nectar.
Floral finish and herbal linger.
Medium, chewy, oily.

OK, no date on this so no way of knowing if hops have faded. But 1.080 is kinda high for 8.2% and 59 IBUs is not all that bitter so I'm tempted to think this tastes like it's supposed to.
In which case, it's a mess: swampy, sugary malts with no clean pine or citrus aroma to cut it, but instead exacerbated by - supposedly - Willamette (aka Fuggles spawn) for the peppery herbs and Horizon for all that rose petal.
At a DIPA strength without DIPA hopping, this just ends up syrupy and cloying.

Big letdown from Lagunitas.

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