Additional Notes 03/18/23 (pictured)
I’m pretty sure that this Maximus Colossal is the same beer as Maximus, just updated with a different hop bill than the original, and being bumped up to 9% from the original 8.2.
Golden orange body with lovely lace.
This is a real, old-school, mid 00s, West Coast DIPA with all of the onion, pine and bitter American hop flavors sitting on the msturdy malt backbone. It’s the kind of beer (still) that I think of as quintessentially American IPA, with all of the associated big, bold flavors. The onion note is strong, and the beer has little pretentious. Simple, aggressive but still balanced with a ton of sweetness, ‘it does what is says on the can’ (bottle).
Short, bitter ending with some extra sugar thrown on top.
Original notes 02/02/2006
Originally purchased and drunk In Philadelphia and then later in early September 2006 when Lagunitas made in to GA for the first time.
Pretty easy drinking beer condsidering it it categorized as a double IPA. Clear, orangey/copper pour with a nice looking ivory head and a little lacing. Nice balanced aroma with hops taking the lead but not grating.
The tastes were certainly citrus based, but not aggressive. A little dry in the finish, and the mouthfeel was slightly thin. Some good sweet fresh pine resinous hops which make for a very tasty brew.
Outside of that it drinks and performs like a quality, crafted IPA, but not like a huge hop bomb. Given the “double” moniker, I was expecting more in the hop department, but still enjoyed the simplicity of this brew.