Lagunitas Maximus IPA

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Lagunitas Maximus IPA

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Originally made in 1996 (and continuously) to be a bigger, badder version of our favorite style.

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Lagunitas Maximus IPA
I call this one the 'Dr. Pepper Cameo'
The first Half pour
A view of the bottling line

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Overall rating 
 
4.6
Appearance 
 
4.7  (3)
Aroma 
 
4.7  (3)
Taste 
 
4.3  (3)
Palate Feel 
 
5.0  (3)
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Overall rating 
 
5.0
Appearance 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Taste 
 
5.0
Palate Feel 
 
5.0

Maximus IPA

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.

Beer Review Details

Vessel
Bottle
Standout Qualities
  • Cloudy
  • Hoppy
  • Herbal
  • Malty
Confidence
I'd buy this again.
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Overall rating 
 
4.5
Appearance 
 
4.0
Aroma 
 
5.0
Taste 
 
4.0
Palate Feel 
 
5.0

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.

Beer Review Details

Vessel
Bottle
Standout Qualities
  • Citrus Fruit
  • Hoppy
  • Floral
  • Malty
  • Bitter
  • Linger
Confidence
I'd buy this again.
I call this one the 'Dr. Pepper Cameo'
The first Half pour
A view of the bottling line
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Overall rating 
 
4.3
Appearance 
 
5.0
Aroma 
 
4.0
Taste 
 
4.0
Palate Feel 
 
5.0

Always good.

Always a good DIPA. Toasted hoppy qualities. Smooth with a balanced body.

Beer Review Details

Standout Qualities
  • Hoppy
  • Burnt
  • Bitter
Confidence
I'd buy this again.
Lagunitas Maximus IPA
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