Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,981 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,981
Reviews: 1,506
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 105
Gots: 888 | 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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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,981 | Reviews: 1,506
Reviews by foogerd:
Photo of foogerd
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- copper orange clear body thin eggshell colored head with plenty of lacing
S- tons of floral hops in here along with a really sweet malt bill, grapefruit hop aroma
T- at first i get a buttery smooth almost caramel sweetness and light floral hoppiness and an almost candy like sweet finish, then the hops seemed to have taken a sharp metallic like turn for me, the same sweetness that i thought i initially perceived seemed to vacillate between sweet and metallic which was really odd to me, never seen that before.
M- a bit on the thin side for a dipa but didnt take away from the enjoyment
D- very sessionable
Overall a tasty brew just sometimes the slight metallic flavor was distracting

More User Reviews:
Photo of Retroman40
4.09/5  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.

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 AC-Mivsek
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

Photo of NiceTaps
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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 buzzarooski
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

LOOK: Clear Orange Amber Color with 1/2 Inch Beige Head that Lingers Through Out, Excellent Lacing that Coats the Glass.

SMELL: Nice Mild Hoppy Aromas mixed with Stronger Malt and Bready Grain Scents, Burnt Carmel is also Noted.

TASTE: Strong Full-Bodied Hoppy Taste, the Higher ABV (8.2%) is Evident with each Sip and a Moderate Bitterness is noted, more so after the Swallow.

FEEL: Mild Carbonation, Moderate Pallet Dryness

OVERALL: Quality Full Bodied IPA that some could describe as "Slightly Harsh" because of the Obvious ABV%. Great Ale if you are planning on having just One or Two.

Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of ddean
4.97/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

Photo of ExtraStout
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of ynalak
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think it tastes like Dogfish head 90 minute IPA. Probably couldn't drink more than 1 or 2 in a sitting.

Photo of sgoodship
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of steelerguy
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of Dmann
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of blitz134
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of nickadams2
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pale amber color with a thin white head that quickly dissipates into a thick ring. Lots of lacing.

S_Hops, grapefruit and alcohol presence. Medicinal almost.

T_Grapefruit,bitter,earthy hops,sweet malt backbone and a slight alcohol burn.

M_Full bodied , moderately carbonated and sticky on the lips.

D_Could drink a few of these.

Photo of warnerry
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful clear burnt orange with one finger of off-white head. Nice amount of lacing.

S - Lots of citrus, both orange and grapefruit, and some biscuit malt. Faint alcohol aroma.

T - Quite a bit of citrus bitterness up front, but it fades pretty quickly. There is also some juicy orange pulp. Biscuit malt dominates the middle. Faint amount of aspirin in the middle as well, unfortunately.

M - Medium mouthfeel, not at all oily or resinous. Finishes with a nice bitter bite.

O - Pretty good DIPA that has a nice mix of bitter and sweet. I'd have this again, but there are a number of DIPAs I enjoy more.

Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Maximus pours a cloudy copper-orange with some big floaties in it (tons in the second half of the bomber pour). It has a big pillowy off-white head that has great retention and lacing.

Its aroma is piney, floral hops with some citrus notes and some light malt. Not as strong smelling as I would expect.

Its flavor is strong on the hops (spicy, piney and resiny) with a pretty strong bitter taste throughout. It has some sweet and citrusy malt initially. At first the hops dominated, then the sweetness became a little cloying, but as it warmed it balanced out fairly nicely. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than I expected, with a sticky lingering bitterness.

Overall, this is a nice solid DIPA.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy orange, with tiny particles floating around...decent head, retention good, lacing even better.

Initial impression of the nose was Fruit Rollups. Very fruit-juicy aroma akin to Hawaiin Punch. Definite pineapple presence. Extremely alluring, yet no tips on any bitterness.

Taste follows most of the attributes of the smell. Lots of pineapples up front, with other tropical sweetness notes run steady with a decent bitter assault throughout the palate, well into the finish. Slight alcohol warming in the chest. The bitterness pokes through more after each sip with the finish. A constant battle between the bitterness & tropical sweetness.

Mouthfeel is pretty syrupy, decent carbonation, with a dry, steadily astringent finish.

Good beer, but I could only session 2 of these Bad Larrys, tops.

Photo of Guden
3.07/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Slightly coppery gold with a thin almost white head which leaves little lacing.

Smell - Theres a lot going on here. Up front: fruitiness of strawberries and grapefruit with other citrus tones a little more subdued. Further back in the smell is a little caramel sweetness and a hint of alcohol.

Taste - Unfortunately all those great fruit flavors from the nose are lost in this mess. Up front is bitterness and a muddled malt taste, followed by lots of bitterness and a bit of alcohol. Theres really nothing much to say except that the bitterness overwhelms everything except the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Medium-low body with a lot of carbonation, seems a little more carbed than I would have liked and a little thinner than would have benefited the maltiness.

Drinkability - Probably wouldn't want another one of these if I had the chance, its super strong, super bitter and not too exciting. Theres nothing overly bad about it however and I don't mind the bitter levels other than that they overwhelm the others.

Photo of Duster72
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey golden with a big billowing head. Smell is sweet malts and citrus/pine hops. Taste is sweet malts followed by mild bitter hops that lend some citric and earthy tones. Aftertaste is on the bitter side. Taste is fine, but this one doesn't drink easily, it takes some effort. Good DIPA, not great. I would drink it again.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,981 ratings.