How many times have I passed Lagunitas Brewing Company American craft beers on the shelves of the local beer stores? Too damn many to count. It seems like I get myself all excited about the limited releases (am I a bit of a band wagon jumper?), forgetting about the quality year round or seasonal releases that I have never tried. Lagunitas is probably one of the most affordable American craft beer brewers with most of their bombers in the $5.00 range; can’t beat that.
It was time to give IPA Maximus a try. Maximus is exactly what you would expect from a west coast IPA: pale and crystal malts forming that backbone that a big rush of pine and citrus hops are built on top of. The nose carries well with the flavor carrying a bit. Pine hops in the beginning with the end finding grapefruit hops that linger while bittering in the finish. You can’t wrong with this beer as the it is just as good, if not better, than beers twice or more the price.
After having IPA Maximus, I have decided it is time to frequent Lagunitas brews a bit more over the next 50 days of my 365 American craft beer jaunt. Enjoy!
Aroma: 9 (25%), Taste: 8 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 7 (35%), Overall: 8.1
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