1. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $14.99 (US/print only). Offer ends April 30. Subscribe now! (Because great beer deserves great stories AND readers.)

Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Not Rated.
MaximusMaximus

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

4,858 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,858
Reviews: 1,476
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 97
Gots: 773 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 4,858 | Reviews: 1,476
Photo of WunderLlama
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good pine aroma

Nice hop forward taste

Photo of randomhero68
2.31/5  rDev -42%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Too hoppy way to much

Photo of mactrail
2.94/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Lovely dark amber color with a big pile of foam in the Peroni Lager glass. Lacing and froth galore. Peculiar old fruit aroma.

If I am the only person in the BA world who tastes onions in this, I will spank my tongue. This is just the most peculiar DIPA I have ever tasted. Apricot jam and concrete dust. Woody and bitter.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Liticker's Liquor in San Diego. I looked at the Julian date on the neck-- 043 5 1. I hope that's 2015 and not 2011.

Photo of Radome
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber bottle.

L - Very dark gold color and perfectly clear. Thick, fluffy, off-white head that leaves huge curtains of lace on the glass.

S - The aroma is a huge burst of hops--piney, resiny and with some tropical fruit. Fresh and clean. Light bread and grain from malt, but deeply buried under the hops.

T - Flavors start with tropical fruit hops, followed by warm, bready malt and then a last surge of the tropical fruit. Off-dry finish with some lingering sweetness. Somehow this combines with the Juicy Fruit Gum-like flavors to give a somewhat cloying impression.

F - Medium to heavy body. Full, smooth carbonation. Moderate alcohol burn that blends with the strong hops bitterness.

O - This is a great IPA with no major flaws. I would prefer less body and less sweetness in the finish, but these are nitpicks.

Photo of leantom
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow, great job by Lagunitas. Here goes:

A: Good enough. Pours a small head and only leaves moderate lacing, but the beer has a crystal-clear orange color. Carbonation is also somewhat lacking, however.

S: Well done. Great piney/resiny character with hints of grapefruit. Also nice caramel malt on the side.

T: Wow, great flavor. Not in league with Sculpin or Union Jack, but still quite good. Could easily pound more than one of these. Hides the alcohol really well, too.

F: Excellent. Glides down the tongue.

O: One of the better ones. Will have again.

Photo of hophead723
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a fresh sixer of this intriguing offering from Lagunitas. Poured into a pint glass.

Look: Classic deep amber with a golden glimmer when held to the light. The head is slightly off-white and sudsy. Lacing is solid.

Smell: Nice dank hoppy pine, citrus, and tropical fruit aroma here. It's definitely well-hopped as the aroma is quite strong.

Taste: Upfront and refreshing bitter punch of citrus, pine, and tropical fruits. It has a carmely malt backbone that balances everything out.

Feel: Perfect amount of carbonation and lingering bitterness. Moist from the juiciness of the hops.

Overall: This is a solid and drinkable IPA that possesses expressive characteristics that make it unique and desirable. Good job, Lagunitas.

Photo of timontheroad
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear copper/amber color, two finger head, great retention and lacing. Nice aromas of citrus and pine, with a hint of sweet malty smell. Nice citrusy grapefruit taste, but a pretty strong malt flavor. Mouthfeel was rather thin for the style. This is an OK beer, not one of my favorites form Lagunitas, which are normally very hop-forward.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a big two finger ivory head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of caramel and biscuit malt, tropical fruit, citrus and piney hops. Flavor follows with resinous piney hops with lemon and orange citrus, pineapple and mango, light caramel malt, lightly sweet. Finishes with long lingering citrus and piney hop bitterness, moderately resinous. Medium bodied with mild carbonation, despite the aggressive head. A nice caramel based imperial IPA, hitting all the hoped for notes: pine, citrus and good exotic fruit flavors. Hops lean towards resinous than herbal, but still very nicely balanced and the ABV is well covered. Flavorful as expected from Lagunitas. These guys know their IPAs.

Photo of JPowell712
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hopped up beer. You get the hop aromas right off the pour. The smell is amazing. The taste is nice and strong you can pick up that 8.2% ABV. The hops in this beer are nice and citrusy and give a lot of pine notes. I liked the beer a lot and would suggest trying it.

Photo of spacecake9
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a really solid IPA, very drinkable. The flavor has a little twist that makes it different from others. Just a solid brew.

Photo of Bobraines
4.92/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

When it's fresh, right from the brewery, nothing is better.

Photo of bmwiser84
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely amazing! This is quickly becoming my favorite beer!

Photo of NapOnTap
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer. Great amber color. Easy drinker.

Photo of beeraholico
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my go to daily drinker. If I was stuck on a desert island I'd want Maximus for the summers and Old Rasputin for the winter. Super yummy!

Photo of Hammerhead18
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Great taste and feel for an ipa.

Photo of MarkLinton1
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful amber hue with frothy two finger head that holds nicely. Hop explosion that you expect from a 2X IPA. Grapefruit, pine and somewhat nutty taste. Nice earthy malt balance and very smooth mouthfeel. Lagunitas never disappoints.

Photo of DKMII
4.69/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very hoppy and smooth. A palate wrecker of hops.

Photo of Nevbo
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Typical Lagunitas hop explosion. Could use more maltiness to balance this out. Good for the price and availability though.

Photo of KChristie87
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An amber colored tint to it. Less than a finger head. Smell gives off a little pine, lemon, and grapefruit. Taste wise you get some grapefruit and a hint of lemon. Feels great. Overall a great beer. Lagunitas is hard to not like.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from harvest market.
Deep golden color. Big pine and resin. Rich caramel maltiness. Nice brew.

Photo of Stevenloures0
4.69/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Definitely one of my favorites

Photo of rjs246
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was pretty delicious. Not the best of the best, but a very drinkable DIPA and would happily drink again.

Photo of raiderob
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber like with a creamy foamy head.oh man.goes down smooth..Prost

Photo of Jbrew22
2.61/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Its pretty good beer try it

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber almost brown with an off white head that trails the glass. The smell was full of grapefruit from the hops, but also a lot of earthy nutty notes from the malt. The taste was surprising with a nice malt backbone up front with a lot of bread flavors slowly coming into the grapefruit and pine from the hops. Was very happy with the amount of balance this beer has given some very intense flavors.

to view more.
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,858 ratings.