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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

3,831 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,831
Reviews: 1,374
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 64
Gots: 248 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001)
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Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark orange/copper color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label.
Nice one finger foamy frothy head that dissipates very slowly.
Aroma is very citrusy, more like a grapefruit assault mixed with floral hops and a slight note of malt.
Taste akin to the aroma is very hoppy. This is definitely a hop-heads delight. The bitterness in the finish is very pleasing.
Excellent lacing all along the insides of the glass.
A very nice, tasty DIPA from Lagunitas. Definitely worth a try, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 01:54:30 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red amber colour with a small white head.

The smell is sweet, malty,earthy and there are some citrus hops.

The taste is similar to the smell quite sweet, there are citrus hops providing some fresh lemon and grapefruit flavours. There is also a little alcohol warmth in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a pretty good beer but not as good as hop stoopid.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 01:27:12 | More by Dave1999
Photo of Gagnonsux


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maximus is a shiny copper color with an above average-sized head. Carbonation is good, as is the retention. The aroma is a very fresh-smelling citric hop with a sizable underlying malt sweetness. The taste also seems very fresh. Very tasty citrisy hops are joined by a delicious malt body. Hops also leave some pine flavor. The bitterness factor seems low, although the label states that this brew is 76 IBU. Mouthfeel is mildly creamy. This is insanely easy to drink, as every sip seems very fresh from start to finish. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2005 15:22:28 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of deepchills


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My girlfriend kindly picked up a 6pk of bottles for me at Halls in Grapevine.

Pours a copper color with very little head.

A little sour in the nose along with some floral notes.

Lots of orange fruit dominates this beer up front. A little caramel as well. A small dose of bitter hop throughout.

The beer is easy to drink. I think it’s a little under carbonated. The 8.2% ABV is well concealed. With the name “Maximus” I would have expected more hopiness from the beer. 70 IBUs puts it certainly is enough for any IPA, but they already have an IPA, so I expected this one to be ramped up a little more.

That being said this is a tasty beer that I’ll drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 22:42:29 | More by deepchills
Photo of Halcyondays


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Amber coloured, with a thick, white head, which leaves average lacing.

S: Quite malty for a Double IPA, with lots of pine hop bitterness, and fragrance in the smell to back it up.

T: Malty for a Double IPA, great pine hop taste to go with it, some grapefruit, very balanced and restrained, but tasty.

M: Smooth and robust, resiny, typical Double IPA characteristics.

D: A great drinkable Double IPA, Lagunitas makes great stuff, a company I will continue to buy from in the future, I have not been disappointed by them thus far.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2007 23:32:44 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of thespaceman


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful orange/amber in color, nice frothy head emits and lacing is excellent on this one.

Smell: Citrus elements from the hops is right on point, a good dose of hop oil here, and even some esters creeping through. This DIPA smells a bit like fresh oranges and some raw honey as well.

Taste: An excellent array of citrus notes crushes the palate, followed by a good dose of some maltiness that blends the hops together nicely. I love the bite on this one, the esters really let you know they are there.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, nicely carbonated, and medium bodied. A nice chewy bitterness here, very strong on the tongue, doesn't seem to get wet like a regular IPA.

Drinkability: A nice offering from a brewery that is starting to become a favorite of mine, this is a very sessionable DIPA thats perfectly balanced and executed.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 04:10:28 | More by thespaceman
Photo of BucannonXC5


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a 24-oz. Steeler plastic glass. Color was caramel amber. Maybe ¾ inches of head. Light lacing. Film stayed throughout.

Smell was caramel citrus, along with some hoppy pine.

Nice balance of taste between citrus, caramel and pine. Bitter finish, but not too much of a bite. Smooth taste.

Medium body. Average carbonation. Smooth. Not as much alcohol as I thought.

Thought it would be better, but overall it was decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 04:58:12 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Bottle poured into a Leffe Chalice, results in a photo perfect crowned 1 finger head that lasts and full rings of lace round the glass is it goes down. Clear amber honey color. Great looking.

S: Well developed aromas of citrus and pine resin hops. Some fruit. Slightly sweet, inviting, went well with pizza.

T: The taste follows smell and is dominated by citrus hops with pine resin in the finish. Perhaps not enough malt presence. There's good complexity and suggestions of pepper, spice, fruit, peach?, caramel with strong bitter tingle, and a clean finish with just a bit of alcohol sting. A little hop stink, and a little original metallic zing.

M: Light to medium, rightly carbonated, good finish. Right body weight.

O: Very hoppy DIPA. Tingly, a bit sweet, friendly, not much lost in the stronger style as sometimes happens. Not quite as full bodied or serious as others like STONE, etc.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 02:49:10 | More by Act25
Photo of jdense


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from John's Marketplace PDX poured into UCLA shaker pint glass.

One finger white head tiny bubbles, medium slow dissipation with some lacing. Light orange amber clear body, good amount of carbonation rising from bottom of glass, multiple streams. Big citrus hop hit in the nose, balanced nicely with sweet caramel and bready malts. Taste replicates nose, mango, guava, grapefruit, meyer lemon, balanced with firm malt backbone, finish is not very bitter for the style. Mouthfeel is medium not sticky. This is a very well balanced and drinkable DIPA, one of my favorite NoCal versions, and one of my favorite Lagunitas offerings. I wish this was more readily available. Recommended.

EDIT: Picked up a six-pack in PDX. A bit maltier, but more drinkable than I remembered..and the ABV is now listed at 8.2%.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 04:24:52 | More by jdense
Photo of BenJames1984


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Poured a rich, amber color. Head was thin and white, but left a nice lacing.

Smell- A touch of hops on the nose, backed with a little sweetness.

Taste- Hops are notable. Maybe some cararmel malts? Something that gives it a little sweet kick.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Good stuff; I could definitely drink a sixer of these.

Another great beer from Lagunitas. Keep up the good work.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 04:05:56 | More by BenJames1984
Photo of Brooks44


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from the bottle a light copper with a light amber hue with a decent whiteish head that gave more lacing then i expected down the glass.

S. The nose is hop heavy with citrus and pine aroma and some floral in there aswell. A very welcomeing scent that lures you in for your first sip.

T. Taste is absolutley great very well balanced with the hops def at the forefront. Malt balances just enough to give that hop head kick without being overly bitter and not to complex to force this to be a sipper.

M. Nice carbonation and semi-light body to make this a very refreshing and quaffable beer.

D. Probally the tier i would most hand to lagunitas. They always seem to make a very quaffable affordable tastey beer that encourages me to keep thinking, lagunitas will always be a great six pack purchase. Ala Gladiator!!!! Lions Tigers and... Bears? Oh My!! Thats what this beer will be making u say

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 23:47:16 | More by Brooks44
Photo of sinistermadman


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange with only a slight head which keeps a slight lacing. Smell is somewhat diminished by current allergies, but I can make out the grassy, pine hop aroma as well as bready malt.

This brew wields a medium body and carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, juicy, slick... whatever it is not bad. Taste is not intruded by extreme hop bitterness. There is a solid backbone of yeasty malt to add balance to the obviously predominate hop notes. Some grapefruit notes and pine, although again not overly bitter. Alcohol content is only barely perceived once the beverage warms. Not the most in-your-face IPA but that is fine by me. I think I'd gladly make a return trip to this drinkable beer

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 22:41:11 | More by sinistermadman
Photo of Bosoxfan20


4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- light copper with a creamy, off white head of about a finger. Terrific lacing.

S- No surprise here...Lagunitas brews another west coast style IPA that awakes the olfactory with intoxicating stimulus of fresh pine, grapefruit pith, and lemon grass. Accompanied by a strong bready malt base.

T- Quintessential, classic, hop forward, big, west coast DIPA. Serious hop profile from the get go makes for a juicy, yet spicy start. A true NW profile with the C hops. Healthy dose of crystal malts take on the role of the referee to break things up and give you a timely break from the IBU pounding you are taking.

M- Crisp, big bodied, and bitter.

O- My second fav IPA from this brewery. Just a notch below Sucks. Well done. This one probably flies under the radar due to the ease of which it can be found. One of the better IPA values.

$4 for a 22oz bomber

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 03:39:54 | More by Bosoxfan20
Photo of Qbdoo


4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I love this beer. I know it's not world-class, and I even have trouble categorizing it as a double IPA. Sure, it's stronger than an IPA, but it seems rather unique to me. Not that hoppy, though the hop presence is unmistakable, and rather malty. I'm a big DIPA drinker and this was my first a while ago, but I hadn't had it in a while. So different from others that are really bitter and aromatic. This almost seems to me to approach a strong ale in style. Not a great DIPA but still a great beer, if that makes sense.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 23:38:53 | More by Qbdoo
Photo of Alex-Alkis


4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Could not resist to put my teeth in this DIPA, especially since Lagunitas IPA is world class.The beer has a very fine copper color and relinquishes some residue on the glass. The aroma is wonderfully strong. The taste is pretty easy for being an American "hop bomb".

A very easy to drink DIPA. The medium bitterness is perfect and the beer would also have been if it were not for the chemical off-taste in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2014 21:32:55 | More by Alex-Alkis
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass. Bottled dated 06/12, served March 4th, 2013.

Pours your natural amber color with heavy tiny bubbles on the body with somewhat subtle head maybe half an inch. Slightly off-white with sticking even lacing settling quick after two sips.

Smell: Malty scent, light but very likeable.

Taste: A complexity to it that should not be taken for granted. Comes off with grapefruit skin, rich caramel and a rough pine feel that makes you feel you are consuming raw pine. You feel the "sweetness" that is oh so bitter and yummy.

Mouth: A real nice malty finish that is a slight step above the norm. Medium and beyond easy to lust.

Overall: I have had this before and yes I will be buying it again and again. Malty and rich of a light caramel texture becomes addicting. After reviewing a sub-par DIPA this is what it at minimum should all be tasting like. Grab a snifter and a piece of cheddar and treat yourself to quality. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 03:17:11 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of beerbart


4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a chunky boy, sturdy, hardy, willing to be friends.


He won't love you, he'll give you a damn good time.

This is one of those new-ish beers that satisfy deeply and is very tasty to boot.

Sorry I don't speak your beerspeak, but I try.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 00:36:51 | More by beerbart
Photo of Beaver13


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 05:10:09 | More by Beaver13
Photo of laughatdanger11


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: 22oz. Pours an attractive burnt orange color. I was expecting haze for some reason. Crystal clear. Nice head on the pour, off white, retreats to the sides of the glass as I get into it, but sticks around nicely for the duration. Super fine bubbles.

This beer absolutely reeks of hops: piney, sappy, citrusy hops . I can definitely smell the alcohol in this one. A little waft of sweetness as the beer sits. I can’t emphasize the stench of hops, I can smell it a few feet away.

Huge punch of hops on the sip (as expected), super piney. A bit of a grapefruit zest. Tingles my tongue with hops all over, there’s no escaping them, not that you’d want to in a double IPA. Clove-like sweetness as it goes down. Actually, the malt back bone in this beer really comes out as it warms.

A fairly thin consistency, mouth feel is oily with a just little stick in the cheek up by teeth. Rounds itself out nicely as it goes down. The beer lets it sweeter side come out as it comes up to temp, gives it a whole different dimension on the feel.

Not too hard to put down. The sappy-ness encourages the process. All 22oz of this beer packs a wallop of an alcohol kick. Wow. Yeah. This beer will put you in a good place in a hurry. Definitely tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 07:17:19 | More by laughatdanger11
Photo of ChopperSmith


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12 oz. brown bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Clear and Amber with a nice foamy two-finger head that receded to a nice frothy cap and left nice sticky lacing behind.

Smell: Fantastic. Big blast of citrus and floral hops and a warm bready aroma. Smells clean and masculine...like a good men's soap or cologne.

Taste: Delicious! Lagunitas IPA is my favorite America IPA out there, and this is that IPA with more of everything. More hops up front, more roasted malts to balance and more alcohol. Slight hops bitterness up front, but none on the aftertaste. For a beer this hoppy, it's very smooth to drink.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied and well carbonated.

Drinkability: What's not to love? I mean, other than the fact that this is harder to find in stores in my area than the standard Lagunitas IPA. This one is a winner!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 22:12:39 | More by ChopperSmith
Photo of C3likesbeer


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours perfectly in a glass and has a nice reddish golden color with very mild opacity. The head is medium and dissipates quickly due to ABV. Very nice lace. Nice manly looking beer in a glass.

Smell - Hops out front some herbal and spice but definitely hoppy.

Taste - Aggressive bubbly IPA with some spicy hops and astringent citrus grapefruit flavor. Bitterness throughout but not overpowering.

Overall - Very nice IPA. I would definitely drink again but it seems to be missing something that would make this a super duper IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 02:01:20 | More by C3likesbeer
Photo of danny013


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a imperial pint glass. Rich orange body topped with an off-white head. Head is thick, hangs out and lingers for most of the brew, very nice retention, light lacing. Body is slightly hazy, clears up a bit as the brew warms, but overall inviting.

Nice hop aroma up front on the smell, dominated by citrusy hops and a bit of a piney aroma in there as well. Faint hints of malts, little bit of toast, nothing much else. Very light and simple, but very crisp. Aroma is maybe a little subdued for a DIPA.

Taste is pleasant. Nice leafy hops up front hit the palate immediately, some grapefruit, gentle pine. Hop presence stays, hints of toasted grains pull through, some biscuit, very faint malt sweetness. Hops linger on the tongue and leave a lasting bitterness, slight alcohol burn in the finish, just to let you know it's there. Not too overpowering on the bitterness; slight malt sweetness hanging around in back to keep everything in check.

Mouthfeel is great, nice creamy body paired with a perfect amount of carbonation to match the hoppiness.

Drinkability is nice, a smooth, creamy DIPA that doesn't knock your socks off with the bitterness. Does down almost too smooth, and a bomber will leave ya feelin' nice.

Overall, a good choice for a West Coast DIPA. Very well made and balanced, don't hesitate to try one out.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 20:56:06 | More by danny013
Photo of buschbeer


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to a small head. It is dark amber in color. It smells piney. I get a lot of pine on the taste as well. There is a little malt. I like it. It is not way over the top with bitterness. I could session this beer real easy. I am not a hophead so this is a nice IPA for me.


Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 00:38:24 | More by buschbeer
Photo of weeare138


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a glowing orange amber with a decent off white creamy head that sticks around and fades into a so-so collar. Decent chunks of lacing are left behind in this one. A bit of sediment is in the bottom of the glass, even while on draft.
Smell is of light grapefruit, pine, and herbal notes.
Taste is about the same as above with a decent hop taste during the swallow. Some nice malt balance in there keeps this from being too overkill on one set of flavors.
Mouthfeel is very chewy and nicely carbonated.
Drinkability is good. I actually remembered this one being a little bit better out of the bottle but I still wasn't really let down.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2005 15:01:10 | More by weeare138
Photo of sjverla


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nose: Exceedingly pleasant. Strong, grassy hops and very estery. Piny and sweet, almost syrupy, but just restrained enough. A touch boozy, but mostly fruity.

Appearance: Thin, ivory head atop a copper orb. Good clarity.

Taste: Complex and heavily bitter. Burnt sugar notes. Malts ride the top of the tongue. Almost creamy, the way a macaroon is - no hint of coconut though. Bitterness of grapefruit and singed grass.

Overall: A great offering. Complex, bitter, big.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 01:36:37 | More by sjverla
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