Originally made in 1996 (and continuously) to be a bigger, badder version of our favorite style.
Besides the hop-cloudy perfection that this beer is, there's a neat little story on the side of the label, which goes well with the beer. This is, in my opinion, a 5.
Typically I am not the biggest of IPA fans, but Maximus [and really all of Lagunitas IPAs] tend to air on the side of balance rather than tongue punching harsh bitterness. I took great joy in sharing a bomber with Lagunitas employees in the bottling plant last August for a research trip up to NorCal. My tour took me throughout the entire facility on an all-access journey into the ins and out of Lagunitas Petaluma plant. An absolutely wonderful time that was capped with a few bombers of Maximus directly off of the bottling line.
The bottling workers, my guide, and I all drank directly from the bombers, we had half-poured bottles at first then cracked open labeled bottles. A bright and slightly sharp pine/citrus bitterness gave way to a warm biscuity flavor that lingered long after the sip. The mouthfeel was crisp and mellow at the same time, a great experience and one that was made all the more pleasurable from having it as fresh as it possibly could be.
Always a good DIPA. Toasted hoppy qualities. Smooth with a balanced body.
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