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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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MaximusMaximus

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BA SCORE
89
very good

4,221 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 4,221
Reviews: 1,398
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 86
Gots: 406 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,221 | Reviews: 1,398 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by PatYoda:
Photo of PatYoda
2.6/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Another pretty poor double IPA. Perhaps I have been spoiled by beers like Dreadnaught, Hop Rod Rye, and 90 Minute. Either way, this is not good.

Appearance is hazy dark peach with a decent head that sticks around for a little while and leaves some lacing. Not impressive for a DIPA though. Smell is alcoholic (at 7.5%?). There are some grapefruity hops and caramel malt in the background.

The taste is very disappointing. At first it isn't bad, simply a little weak. The caramel malt and citrusy hops are there, though they are very subdued. There is a medicinal aspect as well. Then the finish is pure hop bitterness. It lingers for some time and makes the beer very hard to drink as a result. Very harsh. The alcohol is also there, but not nearly as noticeable as in the smell.

The mouthfeel is a tad thin for my liking. Overall, a bomber of this is difficult to finish.

PatYoda, Feb 03, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of Retroman40
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is what a decent DIPA should taste like. A very dark amber with a hint of orange. The smell is dominated by the citrus and pine hops. The taste again is very "hop forward" with the malt taste coming in later with the very good finish. The mouth feel is very rich and the carbonation level is perfect. My only warning is that this beer gives absolutely no warning of the rather high alcohol percentage and after a couple could sneak up on someone unsuspecting. Overall this is a great DIPA worth every penny.

Retroman40, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Super spicy. Super Piney. I've come to love and expect a strong piney, hoppy presence in all their beers. This one hits hard. It's big time. A beer some breweries would put into a 4 pack and charge the same price, $9.99. Not Lags, they give ya 6 for 10 and they all pack a punch like you just dove on a hop grenade to save your comrades. Drink it.

AC-Mivsek, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of NiceTaps
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- Dark orange color with abundant carbonation and a thick 1-plus f head. Lots of web lacing.

S- Bold hop aromas; pine, orange, flower and herb. Some mineral aroma holds it back.

T- More bold hops and big malts. Just a bit of sweets to go with the pine, citrus, and spice.

M- Full and hearty. The sweets on the back end balance the hops.

O- Pretty well balanced and drinkable.

NiceTaps, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have sampled this beer a few times but never had a bottle to myself until now,poured lighter pale golden with a nice tight white one finger fluffy head that stuck nicley leaving a sheet of lace behind as it settled slowly.Mmmm big pine aromas with underlying citrus with just light and I mean light caramel note underneath,piney with a apricot-like edge hop profile pretty big but not overly brash the malt is amped up a little as well in a sweeter caramel note the alcohol shows up a little more as it warms.Not bitter more of a smoother,rounder DIPA nice balance really.

oberon, May 29, 2006
Photo of ddean
4.97/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious.

Has been my firm favorite for at least a couple of years. It tastes best at 50-60 degrees, and loses it hops quickly if stored at room temperature. If you don't have a warmish fridge, buy them warm, cool them slightly in your basement, and get to them quick.

Appearance-
A mellow orange/copper, clear. Steady carbonation, not much foam, but high retention.

Smell-
Fragrant hops dominate if you drink the Maximus at about 50 degrees or higher. This smell almost disappears when fully chilled. I also get the grapefruit and pine that others mention. No malt that I can smell.

Taste-
Truly yummy. First a smooth, slightly sweet maltiness, followed by that same grapefruit and pine (spruce?) that you can smell. Grapefruit and hops pleasantly linger in the aftertaste for some time.

Mouthfeel-
Smooth, smooth, with a steady, gentle stream of carbonation.

Drinkability-
For all its complexity, I am happy to stick to this beer all evening. It is flavorful, not too heavy, cleanses your palate well, but steps back when you take another bite of food, so it goes with pretty much any dish I've had with it, especially Thai or other spicy fare. Highly recommended.

ddean, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of RoyalT
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Deep, cloudy orange in the body with a boatload of sediment. The head was big and frothing and laced the glass. This one was gorgeous.

Smell – Complex mix of hops dominated by pine and floral. This one smells bitter as all get out.

Taste – Definitely one to take note. The noticeable caramel malt balance is the only thing keeping it from the extreme Brutal Bitter category, but this one is bitter as endive.

Mouthfeel – A little bigger than medium-bodied and dry as shit.

Drinkability – After the tasting notes, I chugged half the bottle in about five minutes until the wife grabbed it out of my arms (she loves bitter beer). This one was awesome!

RoyalT, Dec 04, 2003
Photo of pbsmooth
5/5  rDev +25.9%

pbsmooth, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of ExtraStout
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice brew, this one is. Pour produces a medium-golden to light copper colored, clear brew with a very thin, white, fine head.

Some lacing, but not a whole lot. (Some sediment was swirled in near the finish). Aroma is fresh and citrussy, with some mild toastiness.

Body is pleasantly above medium, heading towards fullness, and it is velvety smooth. Flavor has light malt, with a slight bready, toasty aspect to it with a touch of caramel.

More citrussy hops abound here as well, with a refreshing aftertaste sticking in the throat.

ExtraStout, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -24.4%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer delivers a nice, two fingers of head that stays. It has a brilliant orange copper color. The aroma is weak, and of light cascade. The taste of Maximus is very round and light. I get bright ale fruit and alcohol nicely blended into the bitterness. There is a light, resinous hop finish. A touch of spice emerges with warmth.
This is a simple, lovely IPA with no harshness, stickyness, or hefty malt. It has a nice light, grippy, mouthfeel with a fizzy lift from the carbonation and this is about as drinkable as they come. I am very impressed with balance and drinkability achieved here but for a beer claiming double IPA, it just doesn't wiegh in. Theres no oomph. There's not really double anything as far as my mouth is concerned.

JudgeRoughneck, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of jdboudia
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

jdboudia, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice copper pour with a half-finger head that leaves an ok lace throughout. The hop aroma is apparent as well as well as some candyish sweetness. The taste is a pretty nice citrus hoppiness with a sticky malt sweetness. The hop flavor is pretty basic not a whole lot of depth and/or variation. The mouthfeel is sticky and a little slick. I really can't stand a slick on my pallet. The slickness detracts from any potential for crispness and "refreshing or quenching" attributes. Overall this is a good flavored and bodied brew with a slick mouthfeel.

ArrogantDeadGuy, May 25, 2011
Photo of woodchipper
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

woodchipper, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of SanFranJake
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

SanFranJake, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of dmheinz57
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

dmheinz57, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of sgoodship
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear amber with large bubbles suspended on the inside of the glass. Delivered a craggy yellowy white finger head. The craggy cap dissipated and provided instant lacing. Head reduces as the drink progresses but never quite disappears.

S: Nice refreshing citrus hop. Almost like marmalade. Hint of bite but mostly sweetness. Once the cap dissipates, the smell changes to a more sour, bitter malt - nowhere near as appealing as the initial smell.

T: Very clean, fresh. A little grassy and resiny but mostly big orange citrus flavor. Some nice bready malt backbone. Surprisingly well balanced for a very hop forward brew. The aftertaste has some bite but it mostly fades to a delicate aftertaste. Quite subtle. The bite actually became more prominent and carried further into the aftertaste as the beer warmed which I found interesting.

M: Feels like the full side of medium body with the oily hop. Very clean and smooth with a slight bite on swallow. Nice medium to low carbonation that is very soft on the palate.

D: I really enjoyed this brew. It really doesn't feel like an Imperial to me based on it's competitors these days. It's a good IPA though. It's not the hoppiest and it is not removing enamel from teeth (as it claims) but I liked the balance and liked the marmalade type taste and smell - made a change from my usual passion for grapefruit. At it's price ($11 for a 6 at my local market), it's not going to become my Torpedo killer but I'd drink it any day of the week given the opportunity. Lagunitas makes a good brew. It reminded me that I haven't tried enough of their offerings.

sgoodship, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of SkiBum22
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

SkiBum22, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of steelerguy
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a nice deep orange approaching amber color. Formed a nice large, fairly rocky, head that quickly settled to one finger of off white. No haze, very clear, with a good amount of carbonation.

S - The first thing I noticed was a refreshing citrus aroma that was followed with a hint of pine. I thought the smell was quite excellent.

T - Good taste, the hops hit hard and early. Didn't detect as much citrus as I thought I would, although there was a pine like taste. Although I do enjoy a good hop pounding, I felt like this could have been better balanced with a larger malt backbone. Although good, I found myself wanting a little more caramel malt.

M - Good mouthfeel, nothing spectacular. Some nice alcohol warmth, but not at all over powering.

D - This is a one maybe two bottle beer for me. Not only is the 7.5% pretty hefty, but the hop bitterness can get a bit tiring (for me at least).

This is a pretty "doggone good" beer and follows the Imperial IPA style well. I will definitely have again and probably as a good starter or on it's own, but I don't think I will be having more then one at a time. I think this would be a good starter for a couple APA chasers.

steelerguy, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of Dmann
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a beautiful beer! This one poured a gorgeous amber color with a perfectly foamy white head. I must also note, the bottle was very cool indicating not only the ABV but the IBU's and the OG. The beer had a wonderful hoppy citrus scent with a healthy dose of pine and a great malt sweetness. The taste was incredably smoothe and more balanced than I thought it would be. There were a lot of hops for sure, but they were not overberaring and were balanced out wonderfuly by the malt, slight peppery spice and the silky smoothe mouthfeel. At 7.5%, this beer could do some serious dammage, but it is so easy to drink that I just might have to take that risk!

Dmann, Oct 18, 2003
Photo of Cuvie62
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Cuvie62, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shared this one with my buddy James. Pours from the bomber a bright, clear amber orange. Vibrant with a big chunky two finger eggshell head that leaves thick lacing all over the glass. Citric, grapefruity, sticky, sappy hops come foremost with a sweet caramel background. Hints of pine sap float past my nostrils as well. Nice.

First sip brings a nice wash of citrusy, fruity hops along with a mellow caramel malt background. Hop oils and resins abound creating a well balanced bitterness on the way down. A somewhat restrained DIPA, but still enjoyable, carrying a slight alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel is a tad bit thin and quite frankly dissapointing..seemed to not pack enough punch. Mellowed out carbonation left me looking for a bit more. Overall, a fairly easy drinking DIPA that doesn't push things too far. I'm glad I was able to sample it.

orbitalr0x, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of blitz134
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kind of an orange, yellow color. Nice and clear with a little white head. Finished with sporadic bubbles on top with a ring of foam around the edge.

Green hops dominate the aroma. Lots of straw and floral scents. Not too sweet but some hints of caramel type malts mix in with some sweet bread malts.

After tasting, the rest of the remaining rating scores filled out pretty quickly. Just not a whole lot to be found in the taste. Some floral hops show through with some sweet bread malts, but quite subdued. A bit of resin finishes the flavor. Raw sugar comes through too much, diluting the flavor. Okay bitterness overall.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would normally expect. Kinda low carbonation levels. Seems to coat the mouth well but the flavor doesn't linger much at all.

Drinkability is okay. Beer started out okay but the weak flavor and thinner mouthfeel don't make this stand out much. Starts to sit kinda heavy on the stomach after a while. Nothing overtly bad about this one, but a bit understated in the flavor department. Worth a shot though at 3.99/bomber.

blitz134, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of Imaster
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Imaster, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of bulldogg915
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,221 ratings.