Thursday, 25 September 2008

Review: Maximus

Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Rating: A-

Appearance: Slightly hazy, deep honey in color. One finger, off-white, almost yellow-tinted (?) head, which leaves some lacing.

Smell: Resiny hops, sugar cookie, and citrus. The combination is almost Christmas-y, somehow. More floral notes as it warms.

Taste: Quite bitter (citrus, grapefruit rind) but well-balanced. Perhaps a tad on the sweet side, but not in a bad way - the somewhat metallic/astringent finish, is rounded out by that bready sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, somewhat creamy. Lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability: As a double IPA, not something you want to session, but quite drinkable and enjoyable for the style - and at 7.5% abv, more drinkable than most.

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