Calling All Hop Heads and Brown Clowns
A Review of IPA Maximus by Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Posted on 4/29/2011 by Chops
I have always found Lagunitas to be a peculiar brewing company. I say this with a smile on my face because they craft some thought provoking brews and I'm never really sure whether it's by accident or not. Case in point: the IPA Maximus.

This beer tends to confuse my palate because it looks and drinks like a imperial mishmash of brown ale and IPA. But unlike other hybrid brews, this one works, and works really well. When going into an imperial IPA, you tend expect a particular appearance and aroma. This beer is strange right out of the gate, so I didn't know what to expect. It looks more like a sweet brown to my eyes.

Also FYI, look more towards the bottom of the glass in the helpful pic because my awesomely awesome red Manchester United jersey really skews the beer's colorization at the top of the glass. While your at it, say hello to Hueg, one of my BFFs (and fellow brew fanatic) who was kind enough to join me for this experience.

Maximus has a very sweet malty aroma for an IPA, which was odd to me at first, but provided a very pleasant counter the hops. Once I took the first sip, I immediately latched onto the delightful taste of brown sugar. It's all over the flavor train from start to finish, so best to make peace with it. And much to my surprise, it adds so much character to the hop profile. The aggressive hop sting is still there, but it's nicely reigned in and balanced by the sweetness. The mouthfeel is quite big bodied and syrupy, which again I found unusual, but was definitely not a bad thing.

Overall, the Lagunitas IPA Maximus is a very unique brew that is well worth trying. I recommend it to most beer fans, particularly to the hop heads and brown clowns. It should go without saying that this beer is way too big for novices, so they should proceed with caution. Once again I must tip my drinking hat to Lagunitas. They always seem to catch me by surprise with their tasty creations.

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