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RATINGS: 2101   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (1996) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 21, 2005
Dark copper in colour with aromas of Cascade and grassy hops. The flavors are mellow for an IIPA, medium bitterness with a whole lot of syrupy malt. The finish is powder dry and has a biscuit quality (which I’ve experienced with some Irish ales). I liked that quality, but I could see others not appreciating it. This is kind of a baby-step IIPA, but still a quality beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2606) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Bottle Pours a clear copper color with a modest but fine and creamy off-white head. This settles out fairly quickly leaving that thin white ring that produces a thin, sheet of lacing. The aromas are mainly a soft pale grain maltiness and a hopps that is not to sharp of edgy. Flavor is a bit sweet, honey maybe, and again the hops, while prominant are not overly bitter. Very smooth and fairly heavy feel for the style. Pleasantly bitter and slightly chalky aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2005
A strong hoppy opening within the light amber brew. Fairly balanced through the middle but a bit bitter on the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - FEB 15, 2005
pours light amber with a white head. aroma is sub par.. tastes piney, citrusy, pretty much like a regular IPA but a little stronger. I can think of many other ipa’s i’d rather have, but this is still pretty good. far from the "raging mouthfull of hops" that it claims

3.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2005
Aroma is not pleasant. I would probably prefer to take a whiff of a dirty sock. Clear copper in color. Sparse, slow visible carbonation. Excellent lace, but small head. Interesting flavor. Sweet, a little cloying with a solid alcohol profile. Nice overall, but would be hard to drink in quantity due to the cloying quality. A big beer. Hints of being really good, but doesn’t quite cut it.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FrancoisMtl (63) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2005
Pours Golden orange color with nice head that stick to the edge of the glass. Hoppy Aroma. Taste of caramel and alcool rounded with citrus hops. Bitterness ok but not as powerfull as other double IPA I have tasted. Overall it is well balance and pleasent to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Very nice, in fact, it seemed much better than the last time i tried it. Not the most bitter beers in the world, it actually had pretty good balance despite the name. Highlly recomended!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 29, 2005
floral hoppy aroma, pine, also some baking soda. Pours a light copper brown, nice foamy head. Hop bitterness lingers but with a name like Maximus not as hoppy as I expected. Sweetish for the style. Enjoyable but not at the top of the heap.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Pours hazy golden orange color with little head. Aroma of citrus hops but it’s faint.. great malty taste with a hoppy addition and a slight alcohol finish..

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 23, 2005
beer pours a hazy golden-amber with a well-formed white head that laces well. aroma is the usual American, citrusy hops (although a bit less pungent than I would expect in a double IPA), backed up by some toasty malt and, unfortunately, some diacetyl (butter). flavor is more of the same, with the hops again being somewhat understated for the style (especially flavor-wise), and their flavor getting somewhat covered up by the diacetyl. plus, the bitterness carries quite a bit of astringency. even without the "d", this is an underflavored (hop-wise) double IPA at best-hardly a "maximus". back to the drawing board


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