Welcome to Tap Talk, the beer review blog from White Horse Wine & Spirits in Absecon, NJ. Here you will find reviews on various beers that we sell in the store. We hope our reviews will help to educate you, and more importantly, aid you in selecting a great tasting beer. The world of craft beer is immense; there are over 100 different styles of beer in the world. Knowing what flavors to expect before purchasing can help you quickly discover your favorite style.
We will first rate the beers on our personal taste, 1-10, 10 being the highest. Then we will give another rating out of 10, based on the style. This will help you to see through any bias towards certain styles (....we love HOPS!!!).
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Lagunitas | Maximus IPA
Lagunitas Maximus IPA, essentially, it's their standard Double IPA. As they put it, "At the height of the heat in the heart of the summer, we felt the only cure was a raging mouthful of fresh Hops and Malt. Caution: May remove enamel from teeth."
Poured into a pint glass, Maximus has a crystal clear deep orange color, and a frothy off-white head. The head recedes pretty fast but leaves nice bits of sticky lacing all around.
The aroma is the first indication that you are drinking a Lagunitas beer. I don't know what they do differently, but all of their hoppy beers have a distinct aroma that is just freakin awesome. Maximus in particular has that trademark Lagunitas tropical fruit/mango aroma, but also has a boozy sweetness, and some spice added. Definitely hints at how beastly this inexpensive beer is.
The taste is no different, with a whopping blast of citrus, floral, and tropical fruit hop flavor. Pineapple, peppery spice, and sweet boozy alcohol warmth come into play nicely. The malt is definitely bumped up quite a bit compared to other hoppy beers from Lagunitas, but it still only plays a supporting role here. Which in my opinion, makes it perfectly balanced for an IPA; noticeable malt character, but only enhances the hop showcase. With a somewhat heavy mouthfeel, Maximus finishes semi-dry with lots of resinous hop bitterness.
This isn't my first time drinking Maximus, but it is the first time in a while, since I've been purchasing Lil' Sumpin Sumpin from Lagunitas as of late. That being said, I forgot just how delicious this beer is. It's strong, amazingly hoppy, viscous, and (as with all Lagunitas beer) very cheap!