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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Day 27 Drink: Lagunitas Maximus

Lagunitas Brewing Co. was founded in 1993 in Lagunitas, Calif., moving a few years later to Petaluma to a larger production facility. The brewery likes to foster the image of an outsider, fighting the man. It named a brew "Censored" after the original name -- Kronik -- was rejected by regulators. Another brew is called Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale.

The fact is that Lagunitas is part of the west coast's big beer elite. Hops and malt are pumped into their beers like gasoline goes into an older model Chevy Suburban. The results can be quite pleasing if you want a fuller flavored ale.

Lagunitas Maximus calls itself "IPA Maximus Ale" on the label. At 7.5 percent alcohol by volume and 72.41 IBUs, its not the strongest IPA you will ever encounter, but it is packed with plenty of punch. Bright copper color, with a head that reduces down to a thin white covering. Nice citrus hop nose and the immediate flavor gives off plenty of grapefruit, pine and floral notes. This brew is not a one note song, there is good body from the malt that really balances off the brew.

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