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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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into DFH shaped pint glass. Bottled on January 12, 2013.

A - Pours a perfectly clear golden copper color. A one finger pillow of cream colored head shows great retention. Amorphous lacing clings to the walls of the glass.

S - Smells of toffee and pine primarily. Various spices couple with tropical fruits to give this beer a delicate underbelly. Just a touch of booze on the nose.

T - Sweet caramel and pineapple from the tip of my tongue through midpalate. Pine hits pretty hard on the back end with some big hop linger. The flavor is unique, with many good components that almost work together. I say almost, because the raw hop linger doesn't perfectly meld with the sweeter malts and tropical fruit flavors.

M - Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Dry finish.

O - This is a solid DIPA for a very good price. It showcases pine and tropical fruit hop flavors and aromas with a solid caramel malt backbone. There is nothing wrong with this beer, but there are too many other great DIPAs for me to revisit this one too often.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark golden color with a small white head. Head disappears leaving some lacing. Alcohol legs, and lots of evidence of bottle conditioning...This beer sits very still.

Some decent hop notes upfront, mild tropics, sweet citrus, plenty of caramel.

Malty DIPA. Solid balance, good bit of sweetness, straight up bitterness, more sappy pine notes in flavor, some fruit notes. Restrained alcohol

Smooth, sticky feel keeps this one in check

Try this and don't be disappointed.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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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%

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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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3.85/5  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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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 5,596 ratings