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RATINGS: 2334   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 2, 2006
The Maximus is indeed a beer to be reckoned with. It pours a medium amber color, crested by an average, fizzy off-white head. A mostly diminishing head leaves fair lacing in its wake, as your eyes peer down into the sparkling body below. Aroma is of moderate flowery hops and light yeast, with a presence of alcohol. Initial taste is moderately sweet, which caught us off guard, but we were slapped back into reality with a moderately bitter finish. Medium on the mouth, it has a watery texture with soft carbonation. A moderate alcohol tinge is left behind to remind you that this is not a light beer. Dog gone good!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2008
Orange color with little head. Aroma is dark fruit, hops. Taste is the same with some bitterness. Mouthfeel is good- some lingering. Not as smooth for lower ABV (among DIPAs).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 15, 2009
bottle. Pours a bright, clear light copper color, half inch of tight off white head that sticks around and leaves plenty of lace. Aroma of light, crisp grapefruit and sweet oranges. Flavor starts with sharp grainy bitterness, sharp lemons and grapefruit, some pine needles. Not much malt or sweetness to speak of- some thin grainy sweetness in the background that stays there. Palate is even and full, lightly crisp and dry finish. Solid DIPA, though would be helped by some more depth to the hop character.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cblado (298) - Washington, USA - APR 6, 2008
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden-amber color with a slight white head. Aroma is very present, grapefruit/citrus and hops. Flavor is a very fruity, with tart hops and some grapefruit notes. Maximus finishes with a banana flavor and a hoppy aftertaste. One of the fruitiest IPAís Iíve had, and I mean that in a good way. This is a very complex brew, something Iíd recommend without hesitation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Bottle. Pours a light amber with a nice fluffy head, decent lacing. Aroma of caramel malt and citrus hops. Very citrusy start, has a little more malt sweetness in the middle than I am used to for an IIPA, but it finishes with a nice bit of hoppy dryness. This is a very solid beer, but not quite a Double in my opinion, sort of bigger than an IPA but not big enough to be a Double/Imperial. Semantics of IPA-IIPA aside, it is very enjoyable indeed, growing on me more as I work my way through the 22oz bottle. I see many more in my future.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ahuth (296) - - SEP 26, 2015
Bottled. Orange color nice a fruity and piney taste. Has a big bold hops tastes. Great Ipa

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2004
22 oz. bottle. Nice head over amber, golden color. Aroma is hoppy with hints of citrus and apple (would have liked more aroma though). The flavor is fairly bitter but good amounts of flavor hops are also present. It has enough malt to back up the alcohol content so it is a nicely balanced beer. There is some sort of spicy flavor probably just from the yeast strain. Lagunitas simply makes great beer and has made quite a presence in the microbrew industry. I stocked up on a few bottles of this stuff since it is a seasonal.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sinkas (293) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - JUN 5, 2007
Not being privey to many Yankee IIPAís, comparisons are few and far beetween. This one just seemed a little to soft and restrined compared with other tried in the past. No tounge fuzzing bitterness, and the hop aroma seemed a little one dimensional

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear, amber color with a large, frothy white head. Lacing is strong. Aromas of hops, spruce, grapefruit, and some roasted malts. Nice start on the palate with a smooth initial feel followed by a nice bitter finish. Creamy throughout which is a surprise for an IPA. Flavors of hops, hay, then a nice hoppy finish. Great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 5, 2010
This is a curious beer that is not really big enough to be a dipa, but is a bit too big to be an ipa. I can see why it is classified as a dipa, though, because the malt profile is what really stands out. This gave the beer a pleasant reddish color when poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. It is sufficiently hopped to raise an appetizing aroma even through a 1 1/2 finger head, yet the primary flavor is of caramel complexity. Smooth and light in the mouth, itís much easier to drink 2 (or more!) of these relative to most dipas. The price ($11/6) also helps in that regard. Overall, this is a strong ipa or a weak dipa, as you prefer ... but is tasty and reasonably priced either way.


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