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RATINGS: 2032   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   IBU: 72   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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At the height of the heat in the heart of the summer, we felt that the only cure was a raging mouthful of fresh hops and malt. Caution: May remove enamel from teeth. This is Lagunitas IPA pumped up by about 30%!
IBU: 72.41


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10408) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2005
Draft at The Ginger Man, NY. Clear amber color with a moderate white head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Good hoppy and pine aroma. Medium body with a dry texture. Full well balanced flavor with a moderate bitter finsh of good duration.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2005
This IPA is definitely different, as someone suggested, from the offerings of Stone. But in it’s own way this one is just as good! It smells sweet, piney and grassy or citrusy. Not a lot of head when poured, but what is there lingers on and on. The color is pretty typical, though a bit more amber and hazy than some. The taste is initially sweet, then hoppy, bitter, and resinous or piney, whichever adjective one prefers. The palate is medium-thick, a bit sticky, but not overpowering. The finish is clean and bitter, with some lingering floral notes. I like it, and I’ll try it again when I find it on the shelf!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Thanks Secret Santa! Pours to a thick frothy white head atop a hazy amber body. Nice lacing. The aroma is resin and lemongrass and something floral but strange. The flavor is lemongrass, caramel, strange yet good floral hops. The palate is fresh and not overly oily. Smooth, medium-light, chewy body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 10, 2005
(Draught - Toronado) Nice amber with a small white head. Lovely pine hops aroma. Abundants hops flavor, but enough malt to balance.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20493) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2005
Bottled. Clear amber coloured with an off white head. Aroma of hops, pine needles and caramel. Flavour of pine needles, hops, fruits and spices.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
GABF ’05. Clear amber body under a thin white head. PNW hop nose. Big, hoppy flavor: resinous pine sap plus grapefruit flesh. Very fresh tasting. Pretty normal caramel backing but the freshness and zipiness make this a winner.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2537) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Golden color white head great lacing. Hoppy aroma grapefruit some lemon grass and very light carmel. Palate is lightly creamy but not big. Flavor is even bitter citrus and grass some lemon rind and carmel. Could be better but pretty good.. a bit small.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Exactly the kind of Imperial I would expect from Lagunitas. Looks and smells like any good IPA. The taste is what separates this brew. Hops are definietly there, but there is a lot of fruits and citrus, with a little malt and possibly mint. This could be in its own category. Highly recommend.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heatwaves (54) - Santa Ana, California, USA - SEP 21, 2005
This doesn’t have the power-punch of hops or intense bitterness as some other double IPA’s like Stone Brewery’s Bastard & Ruination offerings, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. A couple of Stone’s beers are too bitter and a little unrefined for my tastes. Lagunitas Maximus is just a much more balanced double IPA. The hops are readily apparent in flavor, but they don’t overwhelm. Creamy citrus is and some malty sugar is introduced with each sip, but not spoiled by an aftertaste that is too bitter. Essentially, it boils down to individual tastes; this has a lot of character and balance for a double IPA, but not the extreme hoppiness of some competitors.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2005
Aroma had pine, ctirus, graitfruit and caramel. Taste had citrus and graitfruit hops. Very well balanced but kind of one dimensional. Very malty palate. This to me is more like a single IPA. Very nice brew.


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