Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JUL 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Maximus is a pretty standard, solid hoppy IPA. This is so much better than the regular IPA. But, to call this an imperial IPA is a bit of a stretch in my opinion. Still, this is one of Lagunitas’ better offerings and a solid west coast IPA.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Maximus is a nice IPA. As others have noted, it is not over the top--especially in this style. The hop aromas are wonderful--as with most IPA’s. The head is very good, hanging around for awhile. The flavor is less hoppy than most IPA’s out there--which makes this an interesting change of pace in the style. The sweetness of this beer is the suprise in my opinion. A slight hint of sweetness peaks through the hop flavor to catch you off guard--in a good way. The finish is nice and clean. A very easy to drink IPA. "
Metalhead (632) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber poured light copper with a 2 finger head. Nice lacing to the end. Sweet hoppy aroma. Hop taste with a hint of pine. I wasn’t getting the citrus/grapefruit that others were. Very good but not mind blowing. Also not enough balls for a IIPA.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
65 cl bottle. Yeast at the bottom. Cloudy orange colour with a nice creamy head. Very pleasant hoppy citrus aroma. Nice tasty flavour of a lot of hops, speciely citrus and grapefruit, ends up warming from the alcohol. Very nice.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 26, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Extremely sweet aroma of citrus hops and molasses. Fairly well balanced with bitter hop finish and malty undertones. Extremely hoppy on several levels. Good example of a West Coast IPA though not strong enough for an Imperial.
Zeswaft (1397) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I liked this a lot. Lots of citrus hops and some sweet swedish fish flavor. Good beer and i think it was like $4 for a bomber.
FlagstoneHill (214) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber .. Citusry, apricot, light malts, (very slight aroma - head’s in the way) Clear copper. Nice long lasting head, lots of small bubbles, good lacing Malty start w/ a long hoppy(bitter) finish. Good balance Medium-full body, medium carbonation, a bit sticky at the end A tasty, big beer. A nice balance with an emphasis on hops. Good beer
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle from BeerandBlues2. Poured into my Duvel tulip. Poured on the lighter side of copper with a billowing, resinous, slightly darker than white head. Very nice lacing. Gobs and gobs of pine and citrus in the aroma. If you get your nose deep enough you get friggin’ Pine-Sol. The flavor is pretty underwhelming. Not really imperial at all. Yeah there’s citrus and pine and its a great drink, just not what I look for. I guess its the price you pay for being a style guy. The palate is fine. Sweet and resinous. I’d really drink this any time, but its not imperial.
agl108 (794) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark copper with virtually no head and minimal lacing. Nose is hoppy; dominated by west coat hops (cascade?). Flavor is pretty boring for an IIPA. Not much going on here...
KUEric (886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 15, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz Bottle: Pours a deep golden color with an off white head that remains atop for most of the whole beer and leaves sticky foamy residue all along the side of my shaker glass. Lemon, other citrus, pine, grass, citrus, caramel, wheat ... with the pine and lemon really jumping out at you. The flavor is sweet initially with a hop power bomb in the middle another sweet malt flavor and hop bitterness to finish off. An interesting balance. Some grapefruit, pine, citrus/lemon, caramel flavors. The caramel is suprisingly strong in the flavor. Some bitterness as it warms in standard IIPA fashion, although it gives the impression of a heavily carbonated beer (although there are some seriously small bubbles floating to the top, its not an overly carbonated beer).