The featured beer painting for the day is of Maximus India Pale Ale by Lagunitas Brewing Company. I was wondering why Lagunitas has two different strong IPAs in its lineup: Hop Stoopid and now Maximus. The percentage may be similar, but when you look at the IBU rating, it becomes clear that Maximus is a different animal with nearly half the IBU rating of Hop Stoopid. The verbiage on the bottle is kind of strange, because I expected to see notes on the hop, or grain bill, but instead, I read a mysterious message about what I imagine to be a private eye slipping out of his office and walking to a seedy pub and ordering this beer. I had a hard time relating to that while I am here in McCarthy, Alaska. Hardly anybody hangs out in offices with their names etched on the door here. And there is certainly no need for a private eye. You could just ask the town gossip if you wanted to know something about anyone.
I have a different story in mind, about Magnus Maximus who earned his seat of power by wielding this sword to victory. The sword of power was the sword of kings and was lost in history for nearly 700 years until another mysterious man received it from the lady of the lake. This man was Merlin the Magician. Merlin sank it into a stone until his pupil Arthur could pull it forth uniting England under one king, creating the golden age of Arthurian legend. Now if I were Arthur, I would want a beer fit for a king, and I think I would want it to be an IPA. I would like to believe that this beer is what would be served at the round table. This was a kingly beverage. I shared this one with my wife and then we sampled a couple of other IPAs that I won’t mention, because they paled in comparison to Maximus and tasted watery in comparison. This is a truly amazing IPA!
Three cheers for Lagunitas! Hooray for the malt! Hooray for the hops! And hooray for the brewers who make Maximus! A kingly beer for sure!