Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

4,904 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 4,904
Reviews: 1,488
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 105
Gots: 826 | FT: 0
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

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Ratings: 4,904 | Reviews: 1,488
Photo of drewdal
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best brewery in the business. Great taste

Photo of guityler83
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Light copper to orange color with excellent clarity - no sediment or haze. Long lasting head retention with bright white soapy looking bubbles that leaves lacing on the side of the glass as it slides down.

S: Moderate pine, grapefruit and peach hop aroma. Light toasty, bread crust malt aroma. Clean fermentation profile with no esters or alcohol detected. As it warms a bit a more strawberry and grasssy hop aroma is revealed.

T: Moderate, high hop bitterness with lots of pine, grapefruit and dank hop flavor covering the beginning and middle. The malt flavor has mild-moderate bread crust flavors and comes through in the middle. Balance is on the hops. Clean fermentation. The finish is loaded with evergreen and pine hops. The hops seem a touch dull and caramely like flavors are coming through as the beer opens up - I don’t see a date on the bottle so it might be a bit older.

M: Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation with low alcohol warming. Hop oils stick on the tongue after a few sips giving a nice hop reisin flavor after the beer is swallowed.

O: A pine / grapefruit forward IPA with a decent malt profile to give it more character. I would have liked a fresher bottle (im guessing) to get more aroma. Also a fan of dryer IPAs but this wasn’t bad by any means.

Photo of Svenson89
3.21/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not a big fan of this one. I find it too heavy on the malt with a weird caramel sweetness to it. I'm not a fan of malty ipas and this one confirms that for me. Yes there is a good hop bitterness to it but the sweetness sort of throws it off for me.

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an solid amber and a finger of white foam and good lacing. Smells strongly of pine, citrus, very floral. Taste hop forward, lemon/zest/pine well balanced with sweet malt, honey notes and good clean finish. Characteristic lagunitas flavor - pleasant and reliable
Fair amount of carbonation , medium mouthfeel.

Solid DIPA, well balanced and another solid Lagunitas beer.

Photo of WineGuy3000
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick review. I really love the hop bill here & Lagunitas always does a nice job of keeping their bigger beers balanced. To wit, this DIPA is one of the more accessible of the style & really stands out as a nice alternative to all the massive caramelly DIPAs out there right now.

Photo of Gibby077
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the better DIPA I tried

Photo of gjohns1212
4.91/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I don't normally care for DIPA's but this one is absolutely delicious. This beer is drinkable anytime, anyplace, for any occasion.

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

Very nice DIPA. Not as big as some which is good. Nice sweetness to offset a lot of hops. Overall just under the best out there. Aroma and flavor are great.

Photo of Ace1490
4.96/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is my second favorite beer it's floral and bitter and delicious

Photo of buzzy_mannion2
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good IPA. A lot of caramel flavor with strong hops at the back of mouth. Tastes like a strong beer. Good balanced beer.

Photo of RyanK252
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a Lagunitas mason jar

A: Pours beautiful deep orange amber with copious amounts of frothy off white to light tan head that settles to a thick layer and laces well.

S: Sweet tropical fruit, big citrus, pine, and caramel malt sweetness.

T: Bright citrus, tangerine, a bit of lemon and grapefruit, some tropical fruit, pine, floral and slight fruity notes, a little herbal and spicy, backed with caramel malt sweetness, finishes clean.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, goes down smooth, really makes you forget it's 8%.

O: Another classic that's pretty much always available in my area, but rarely picked up. Nice to remember how solid it is.

Photo of CraigS119
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yes. Excited for this one. From the bottle. 5/2 on the bottle, today is 4/27. Pours a clear reddish/amber/brownish golden. Smells: Pine, citrus, dank, tropical.. in that order. Tart citrus bursts fourth in the taste, then grapefruit pith, pine, resin, and hops, ending abruptly with a clean bitterness that lingers. A bit of alcohol warmth on the tail-end. I could drink this often. 8.6/10

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.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,904 ratings.