piscator34 (1996) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
IndianaRed (2606) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A strong hoppy opening within the light amber brew. Fairly balanced through the middle but a bit bitter on the finish.
jackamackson (127) - USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2005
3.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
FrancoisMtl (63) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - FEB 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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..
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 23, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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