Style: American Imperial IPA
ABV: 8.2 IBU: 72
Lagunitas Brewing Company Maximus
What the brewers say
“Kind of like our IPA on steroids. Flavor so hoppy it threatens to remove the enamel from one’s teeth.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Really nice herbal hops notes (pine, juniper berry) come up front with a citrus note (orange, grapefruit) on the back. All clean and bright and neither overwhelming or underwhelming (just whelming). Light medium toasted malt hides in the background.”
Flavor: “Wonderful, complex pine and citrus hops character blends nicely with just enough malt sweetness to balance and give it a soft body. Beer is slightly sweet for the style until the very finish which is nice and dry.”
Overall: “Easy drinking, fun, and boozy with all of the classic pieces for the style: a hops profile that isn’t overly dank and resinous, but with some malt body and presence to balance. Maybe just a touch too much sweetness mid-palate. Overall, a great beer that offers all that I would want in an IIPA.”
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