Beer Review: Lagunitas Maximus IPA

By Derek Lyndes

First in the “Mad Hops” series of outstanding IPAs is Lagunitas Brewing Co.’s Maximus IPA. As a double IPA (simply meaning more hop character in terms of flavor and aroma) it is unlike any IPA I have ever tasted and is thus far my most pleasantly surprising beer of the semester. This beer stands out from the crowded IPA field because the geniuses at Lagunitas are so concerned with creating new flavor and aroma combinations. With its darker golden hue and negligible foam top, Lagunitas draws attention to the strongest, most long lasting aspects of the beer. Its remarkably complex aroma evokes more of a feeling than a definite flavor. Although hinting of honey, licorice and pumpkin, it smells and tastes more like an unexpected but wonderfully gratifying liquid embodiment of Thanksgiving. It lacks the expected hop punch, but its overall balance of a variety of floral and citrus hops results in a clean, satisfying finish. The sweet but spicy flavor medley is best shared with your holiday “spice” near the fireplace (#emilyneigel). For those who think no beer can be too hoppy, this is the near perfect place to start in search of the ultimate hop badass of a beer.

Appearance – 4/5
Aroma – 4.5/5
Taste – 4/5
Desirability – 4/5
Overall – 4/5
Stats: 8.2% ABV, 72
IBUs, $9.99/6 pack



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