Beer-A-Day #1 - Lagunitas "Maximus"

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Today (tonight, really), will be Lagunitas Maximus, an India Pale Ale from Petaluma, CA. First off — can you call it an IPA when it's 7.5% alcohol? This modern devotion to making a monster out of normal beer through the wonders of fermentation can go a bit far.

This particular beast is a pleasant red-gold color, with fine carbonation and a fruity, malty nose. As expected, that big alcohol fills my mouth, pushing malt and caramel flavors along with a resiny hit of bitter hops. Not bad, but not especially distinctive. At this alcohol level, the big 22oz bottle should make for a nice pre-nighty-night sedative.

Lagunitus "Maximus" IPA - 3 stars.

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