pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a rich brownish gold with a thin though smooth and dense white head. A tiny whirlwind of bubbles coming up to the surface of the beer from the dimple at the bottom of my glass. The nose is really remarkable. Big juicy citrus/ grapefruit hops and light sweet malt with hints of peach and bootleather. The mouthfeel is soft and gentle, reminding me of a beer on cask more than a bottle. Still obvious small bubbles. A good bit of light viscosity as well, with a slight alcohol warming. The flavors are more subdued and rounded than the aroma, though still rather bold. A big sweet wall of malt up front with light sweetness and more brown sugar and even slightly caramel-like flavors coming through. As the beer warmed these flavors became closer to molasses at the dark end. The hops are certainly assertive and blend in a very nice way, though it comes off as slightly soapy at first. Predominantly floral, with that grapefruit seed-like bitterness and something a bit piney. There’s something slightly spicey or peppery about this beer, accentuated by the taste of alcohol. The lingering bitterness comes on quick with the first flavors leaving the mouth rather quickly. Big bitterness of the grapefruit seed sort with spicy overtones. Really well executed IPA. I thought this was a bit too sweet and rich at first, but now I’m sure this is a well balanced beer indeed.
westcoastbias (12) - panama city, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A quality IPA. DIPA may be a little stretch. Color is a light orange and the beer has lasting aroma. No noticeable head. First sip explodes of hoppy bitterness, nice tingle. Long lasting bitterness and very drinkable.......careful. Excellent IPA.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 22 oz. brown bomber bottle with a humorous(?) blurb along the right side of front label, no bottled/freshness date.
Made a good appearance, poured a slightly hazy reddish amber hued orange with a foamy head that settled into a thin lacing, good carbonation.
Had a hoppy nose, pine, grapefruit and floral, fruity esters and a very light caramel maltiness.
Crisp, softly slick and hop textured, smooth medium bodied mouthfeel, good DIPA drinkability.
Nice hop taste, piney, grapefruit zest and a tad bit spicy oily, a sweet maltiness that lies underneath the hops, a vague carameliness as well, and a hop resiny finish.
A nice summer seasonal from Lagunitas, tasty and balanced, not the taste bud killer one might except from a DIPA, very enjoyable on a hot summer evening.
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma was hppy, some caramel. Flavor was nice typical double IPA, some citrus, pine etc. Nice looking, orange, with nice lacing. IIPA’s are almost never bad, this wasn’t the best I’ve had, but still a pretty good beer.
fiulijn (17990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber color; generous and creamy head. Nice aroma of malt and hops, some fruits and resins. Good malty body, with a light liquorice taste, and an interesting bitterness, without being exaggerated; the hops are quite resiny; in the final the bitterness raisies. Mild emotions.
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 (643) - 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.