unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
This IPA is definitely different, as someone suggested, from the offerings of Stone. But in it’s own way this one is just as good! It smells sweet, piney and grassy or citrusy. Not a lot of head when poured, but what is there lingers on and on. The color is pretty typical, though a bit more amber and hazy than some. The taste is initially sweet, then hoppy, bitter, and resinous or piney, whichever adjective one prefers. The palate is medium-thick, a bit sticky, but not overpowering. The finish is clean and bitter, with some lingering floral notes. I like it, and I’ll try it again when I find it on the shelf!
1FastSTi (3357) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Secret Santa! Pours to a thick frothy white head atop a hazy amber body. Nice lacing. The aroma is resin and lemongrass and something floral but strange. The flavor is lemongrass, caramel, strange yet good floral hops. The palate is fresh and not overly oily. Smooth, medium-light, chewy body.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught - Toronado) Nice amber with a small white head. Lovely pine hops aroma. Abundants hops flavor, but enough malt to balance.
joergen (24402) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber coloured with an off white head.
Aroma of hops, pine needles and caramel.
Flavour of pine needles, hops, fruits and spices.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF ’05. Clear amber body under a thin white head. PNW hop nose. Big, hoppy flavor: resinous pine sap plus grapefruit flesh. Very fresh tasting. Pretty normal caramel backing but the freshness and zipiness make this a winner.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden color white head great lacing. Hoppy aroma grapefruit some lemon grass and very light carmel. Palate is lightly creamy but not big. Flavor is even bitter citrus and grass some lemon rind and carmel. Could be better but pretty good.. a bit small.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Exactly the kind of Imperial I would expect from Lagunitas. Looks and smells like any good IPA. The taste is what separates this brew. Hops are definietly there, but there is a lot of fruits and citrus, with a little malt and possibly mint. This could be in its own category. Highly recommend.
Heatwaves (54) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 21, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This doesn’t have the power-punch of hops or intense bitterness as some other double IPA’s like Stone Brewery’s Bastard & Ruination offerings, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. A couple of Stone’s beers are too bitter and a little unrefined for my tastes. Lagunitas Maximus is just a much more balanced double IPA. The hops are readily apparent in flavor, but they don’t overwhelm. Creamy citrus is and some malty sugar is introduced with each sip, but not spoiled by an aftertaste that is too bitter. Essentially, it boils down to individual tastes; this has a lot of character and balance for a double IPA, but not the extreme hoppiness of some competitors.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma had pine, ctirus, graitfruit and caramel. Taste had citrus and graitfruit hops. Very well balanced but kind of one dimensional. Very malty palate. This to me is more like a single IPA. Very nice brew.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
All the IPA aromas floral, pine and also some sweet malts. Copper color body and small off white head and lot of lacing. Citrus hop flavor that IPA’s are known for along with some sweetness. Dry fruity aftertaste on palate a good brew.