Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 Oz Pint glass
A - Pours a light amber color, 1.5-2 finger head, thick, and good lacing.
S - Sweet oily hops and sweeter malt really dominate the aroma followed by a slightly grassy fresh hop aroma.
T - Sweet malt followed by an embodiment of hop flavor, but you can definitely taste the alcohol here. Pine and lingering malt taste afterward. Some lemon and grapefruit in the mix, but not pronounced.
M - A thicker feel to it that one would expect, you feel the presence of the alcohol nearly immediately.
O - Lagunitas is a great brewery, and Maximus is a great, solid go-to IPA thats available year round. While some might be upset at the strong malt backbone in this, I find it to be a great change of pace for most double IPA's. Bought a case and have enjoyed every bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of rringler
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Really clear, dark-amber/light-copper appearance, small head that dissipated quickly. Little to no lacing.

Smell: Smells malty, and hoppy; just how I like it.

Taste: Starts with a medium-roasted malt that is sweet enough (without specific caramel taste) but is balanced well by medium-high hop finish. Alcohol is much higher than the tongue taste (8.2% abv, yet tastes like 5-6%)

Mouth: Like any IPA, it's medium body, and slightly oily. Carbonation is good. This is what I expect of a good/heavy IPA.

Overall: Picked up a sixer based on other good Lagunitas beers, but this is a good IPA! I appreciate the malty balance on a style that can get carried away with hops.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber pour with nice clarity, soapy head reaches maybe half an inch and doesn't stick around long. Streaky lacing on the glass.

Grapefruit, pine and a bit of orange and resin atop a solid caramel and bready malt. Alcohol a bit noticable. Stock IPA aroma, pleasant.

Sweet bread and caramel syrup malt, solid foundation to build upon. Pine and oranges in the hop flavor follows the nose rather closely. A sharp pang of bitterness and alcohol on the finish.

Clean carbonation with an easy drinking body. Malt is rather sticky and sweet but keeps the alcohol at bay.

Solid DIPA with great value. A beer that remains close to standard without much creative flair.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid IPA from Lagunitas. This, along with Ranger from New Belgium, have been sort of gateways to IPA.

Appearance: Good looking ale here, folks. The color is beautiful. Nice lacing. Head retains well, too.

Smell: Citrus and pine with a hint of the 8.2% alcy-hol coming through

Taste: Sweet, not-too-bitter-hoppiness, grapefruity on the finish. I taste something "green" on the finish. Easy drinking.

Mouthfeel: light to medium body. Clean, crisp, carbonated.

Overall: All around nice, easy to drink IPA. Hipster points for this one. Quality one, this one is.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Clear amber with a mammoth, creamy white head.

S - Juicy mango and grapefruit, and sweet caramel. Mild but pleasant.

T - Grapefruit, pine needle, sweet toasted malt, light caramel. Not as hoppy as the nose suggests, but pretty well balanced. Hints of alcohol evident. Finishes earthy and grainy with some hop bitterness.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium bodied. Just the right amount of carbonation. Dry finish.

O - A balanced, enjoyable double IPA. The hops are a bit too subtle in the taste, but that could be due to the age of the bottle (which I don't know). Good drinkability.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 5,584 ratings