Tyler*Durden (72) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a good IPA. An orangey colour, it pours with a good head that sticks around awhile. Nice sweet, hoppy nose, which also describes the taste. It is a well balanced IPA, though a bit on the strong side. Overall a good choice if you want to try a new IPA.
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 (641) - 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 (1505) - Charleston, South Carolina, 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 (215) - 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 (1867) - 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 (939) - 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...