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RATINGS: 2345   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   IBU: 72   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

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3.9
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Bottle. Pours a transparent golden copper with a lasting pale head with some decent lacing. The aroma is heavy in grapefruit and pine. Lots of botanic notes mixed in as well as some subtle sweet carmelly notes. Hops instantly bites your tongue as the brew enters the mouth with pine, grapefruit, and tons of grass as its initial flavours. The mouth feel is light and citrusy which adds to the slight sourness noticeable as the brew sits on the tongue. Some mild sweetness is barely noticeable. As the brew passes, bitterness explodes along with the pine flavours. Other flavours become a bit subdued. Surprisingly enough, the caramelly notes, even though subtle, still are pretty noticeable even with the intensification of the hops qualities. It’s pretty balanced up until the finish. The hops are pretty overwhelming. However, I actually enjoy the blast of hoppy bitterness.

3.4
Aurelius (5651) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2008
Initially a very hoppy aroma and not much else - as it warmed the malt came through with caramel and vanilla. Bright rusty orange, not much head. Really well balanced within the style. Big hops, not very sweet, crackery. Not as much mouthfeel as I was expecting, in fact a little thin. No complexity in the palate or aftertaste, but it’s pretty crisp. My bottle said "Limited Release" and it was 8.4% ABV, which was well masked. I’m appealing to the sysadmins regarding the bundling of Limited v. Unlimited Release. Market Square Liquors.

3.9
morrdt (715) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2008
12 oz bottle from Total Wine in Jacksonville, FL. Pours a nice golden copper color with a white head. Nice aromas of hops and pine. Flavor is hoppy with plenty of malt. Bitter hops finish, but a great beer none the less.

3.8
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 30, 2008
Lovely C hop aroma. Underbalanced with big grapefruit hops. Big bitter finish. Malt just doesn’t stand up, but I don’t really care. Love it.

3.2
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2008
hazy apricot color, fluffy head. aroma of pine and grapefruit. creamy grapefruit flavor, with a nicely hoppy bitterness in the palate. medium bodied. overall, a decent beer, if a bit mild for my idea of a double ipa.

4.1
kiefdog (1827) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2008
50cl bottle from Carrollwood Liquors (Florida). Pours a hazy amber color with a thick, creamy white head. Smells strongly o ripe citrus and grapefruit, hints of lemon and spice. Strong citrus and grapefruit overtimes, hoppy with a slight spicey flavor. Notes of apricot and other fruits. Seems a little watery throughout and especially on the finish, but overall a nice Imperial IPA.

3.6
DragonsHead (142) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2008
kick ass!! I love the Lagunitas Maximus. Incredibly crisp and citric. reall strong finish

3.7
Oak (4) - NYC, New York, USA - APR 28, 2008 does not count
Poured a dark orange with a small head. A bit watery if that is the right way to describe it for a IIPA but the flavor was very good. Tasted very citrusy with lemons and oranges and some other sweet flavors I couldn’t quite make out. Pretty good beer would definitely drink it again, but doesn’t have anything that makes it special.

3.5
Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2008
Sampled in the presentation tent at WBF Raleigh. Light amber color with medium head. Nicely balanced sweet citrus hop aroma. Nice hop malt balance in the taste, though it falls short a bit at the back end before making one final comeback. Interesting.

3.6
Grovlam (4257) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 27, 2008
Bottle 65 cl. Average beige bubbly head that mostly lasted. Clear sparkling body with a pale amber looking color. Good display of lacework. Aromas of sweet flower, pine, citrus, grapefruit, apricot and light malt. Over the palate came nice sweet fruity notes with well balanced hoppy crisp and fresh feel. Medium bodied with an average carbonation and dry mild oily texture. Moderated bitter and sweet in a very balanced way. Dry bitter flowery finish. Quit different notes of hops and very drinkable.


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