BBB63 (5693) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice reddish/brown hue with a massive white head and great lacing. Aroma is very piney and roasted. Hints of grapefruit, butterscotch, and allspice. Starts slighhty sweet but then the large pine taste rushes to the palate like a Defensive End after a Quarterback on 3 and 20, eyes wide open with a goal of complete domination. To say the finish was bitter would be saying that the Mona Lisa is a nice painting, very understated. A palate destroyer for sure, I'm gone to eat a box of Grape Nuts to clean my palate...Wicked brew for your favorite hophead, but why share?
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper with some sediment and a fully puffy white head. Strong hoppy and caramel malt aroma. Body starts lightly sweet and becomes more bitter and hoppy finishing with a sticky, dry bitterness. Decent, almost syrupy palate brings out some more malt, but in the end fails to balance the tremendous amount of hops.
Indra (2558) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting and hoppy aroma, faintly woodsy and earthy, with some tangerine and pineapple citrus, herbal spice and toasty, caramel malt sweetness. Light orange-amber color, unfiltered and heavily sedimented, with a fine, creamy head. Good dosage of fresh piney, fruity, citrusy and spicy hop bitterness and flavor, blended nicely with toasty, sweet, light caramel malt. Finish is nicely bittering and juicy. Quite tasty.
cAPSLOCK (155) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite a beefy IPA. Something in the Arrogant Bastard realm. It was cloudy amber and somewhat sweet and malty at first... Good hoppiness that finishes very bitter and dry. I like it.
haddon90 (1372) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JUL 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A deep amber color in the pour, a nice head that lingers along the glass. Malty presence in the aroma as well as the hops. Nice taste with a bite on the hops. A very good strong ale. I'll certainly buy it again.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber brown colour with a medium, quickly diminshing head. Fairly large malt presence in the aroma, that mixes well with the pine and hop cone notes. . . Good flavours on the tongue - grapefruit and pine . . but the strong bitter palate could use some finishing and rounding out - some spice or soft fruits would have been nice - this is overhopped without enough accompaniments. Overall still a nice IPA, but a bit too much for me.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2003 great golden amber color with a very small head. Very hoppy with an exceptional after taste. Lagunitas does not make a bad beer and this is no exception. However i prefer thier standard india pale ale and not the Maximus.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUN 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brownish amber, nice healthy head. Piney citrus very familiar IPA aroma. Very familiar IPA flavors, with an extra kick of hops and alcohol pushing this into the low end of the 'Big Beer' category. Very enjoyable, beginning to like this brewery alot.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 Rerate: Lots of different hop flavors abound - full range of pine and citric yumminess. Slight alcohol at the finish. Very enjoyable.
Rich pine aroma. Luscious malty flavor combines with bitter hop resin. Lots of floaties at the end. Delivers what it promises and is very good.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice California IPA but these are beginning to be predictable. Nice fluffy head atop a deep copper ale. First whiff reminded me of grape jelly and I have no idea why. After poured aroma became more hoppy and piney. Smooth and balanced with an adequate hop and malt presence. A litle bitter on the finish but still a decent brew.