Monday, March 14, 2011

Lagunitas Brewing Company - IPA Maximus Ale

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass

This American Double IPA from California-based Lagunitas pours a vibrant glowing copper with a mild visible carbonation. The head is moderately sized with a frothy, off-white consistency. Overall a bit smaller than I was expecting poured into a tulip, but the retention is solid and the beer produces great, thick swathes of lace. The grapefruit is huge in this beer's potent hop nose. Right off the bat it seems quite serious. There's a light toffee sweetness along with a mild astringency and slight alcoholic esters.

The beer's sweet malts are utterly crushed by the hops. The beer is quite hoppy with rounded earthy notes. The hops keep a drying and biting edge going from start to finish that keep the drinker on his/her toes and the palate on alert for the next onslaught. This Imperial's alcohol stays well hidden with only a slight betrayal of the beer's strength at the last second.

Final Verdict: A-

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