Nothing like a two hour-delayed flight a couple days before Christmas to really put you in drinking spirits. And—to paraphrase—when in Rome (and/or Santa Barbara), drink Maximus.
I’ve had the California-local Lagunitas before, but never their heftiest offering. Maximus is one of the strongest, hoppiest bastards I’ve come across, and it was damn good. Some folks might find fault with the beer’s inherent roughness, but I think the perks far outweigh the flaws and add some character to quite the solid little Imperial IPA.
So, if you’ve got a couple hours to get toasty in a Podunk airport, grab a Maximus, kids.
Brewed by… Lagunitas Brewing Company (California)
Style… Imperial IPA
Alcohol content… 8.20%
Price range… $$
Johnny’s Rating… 87