foduck (330) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2002
Hops all the way through. Citrus and floral hop aroma, very hoppy flavor, long bitter finish. IBU 72, OG 1.080 a big IPA, I just wish it had a little detectable malt. At the end of this bottle I didn't even want to think about hops anymore. medicinal.
I understand that an IPA is supposed to be hopppy and bitter but this shows no kind of balance. It doesn't take much skill to just dump a bunch of hops in the kettle. austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 2, 2002
Rather bitter, as an IPA should be, but overly so. It's truly a hop-monster, but not for me. 72 IBU. akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 31, 2002
Great orange color and very firm off-white head. there is some alcohol in the aroma, but nothing overwhelming. the true power of the aroma is in the hoppiness. The taste starts out sweet and mellow but then the hops hit and they never quit. It is an all out assault on your taste buds. The medium carbonation dies fairly quickly making this a fairly thick beer that will leave you with hop breath all day long. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 26, 2002
Medium brown color. Medium Head. Extremely hoppy IPA, some maltyness. Very full flavor, nearly chewy. Smooth maltyness. Finish is smooth and crisp. Aftertaste is bitter. High alcohol 7.5%.. A very strong IPA. Not for everyone, but a very interesting beer. Kaya161 (1142) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Golden orange colour. WOnderful floral hop aroma. Bitter, crisp flavour with a little malt underneath. Je l'aime.
stephen (308) - California, USA - MAR 5, 2003
Slightly hazy, dark copper color. Hoppy aroma backed up with a little sweetness. Flavor is the same. Fairly thick and satisfying mouthfeel. Bitterness is somewhat subdued despite 70+ ibus. GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2003 great golden amber color with a very small head. Very hoppy with an exceptional after taste. Lagunitas does not make a bad beer and this is no exception. However i prefer thier standard india pale ale and not the Maximus. iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 20, 2003
Dark amber brown colour with a medium, quickly diminshing head. Fairly large malt presence in the aroma, that mixes well with the pine and hop cone notes. . . Good flavours on the tongue - grapefruit and pine . . but the strong bitter palate could use some finishing and rounding out - some spice or soft fruits would have been nice - this is overhopped without enough accompaniments. Overall still a nice IPA, but a bit too much for me. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2003
Clear copper with some sediment and a fully puffy white head. Strong hoppy and caramel malt aroma. Body starts lightly sweet and becomes more bitter and hoppy finishing with a sticky, dry bitterness. Decent, almost syrupy palate brings out some more malt, but in the end fails to balance the tremendous amount of hops. PorterPounder (8284) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2008 Note If they decide to create a new entry for the 8.4 abv "Limited Release" - 8 5 7 4 16 - more fruitiness, fresher aroma, thicker mouthfeel. Overall a solid strong "IPA" - as it is not really classified as one. Pleasant bright orange appearance with a sticky bubbly, white head with generous lacing. The aroma is citrusy with some floral notes but not quite as fragrant as I would have liked. Solid IPA flavor - grapefruity and tangy but leaves too much of a bitter taste in the aftertaste - I expects some from an IPA this strong - but it is a tad distracting in this one. Still a solid entry in the field of over the top hoppy beers - but needs work and a bit of refinement.