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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,874 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,874
Reviews: 1,374
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 66
Gots: 259 | 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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New York

1/5  rDev -74.8%

02-16-2012 00:44:45 | More by scottylash
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1/5  rDev -74.8%

11-18-2012 01:05:43 | More by moose757
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1/5  rDev -74.8%

06-12-2012 03:01:58 | More by ekeucsb
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1.83/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Serving: 22 ounce bomber, $2.79 at Safeway, into "beer clean" bell pint glass.

Pours a filtered clear medium orange. A vigorous pour results in some orange-tinted white head, but it quickly dispreses. VERY clear filtered medium orange color, tiny bubbles moving up.

Smell: pretty limited, slightly sweet, hint of metallic/flat smell. No hops noticeable.

Taste: initial taste is of malty sweet amber, hints of honey, present bitterness, like a British bitter. Minimal hop flavor (if this were a blind tasting, I would probably think this was an amber or a strong bitter style, maybe a sweet, slightly hopped Red.) Really, for a beer sold as a Double IPA, this is super disappointing. I wouldn't be happy with it as a single IPA, and would barely even accept it as a basic APA. And it wouldn't be a good beer for any of these styles. Blah!

Where are the label-advertised "72.41" IBUs? Got me. There are almost no hops present here at all.

Mouthfeel: medium to low carbonation, sweet, tangy mouth, most of the mouth is of sweetness and some slight alcohol warmth.

Overall, I'm sad to report that this is another profoundly mediocre offering from Lagunitas, which has great marketing and distribution (here in Northern California, at least), but way less than average beers. Better than macroswill, sure, but not by much, and doesn't hold a candle to many other widely available beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2005 21:17:35 | More by warmstorage
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2/5  rDev -49.6%

05-01-2012 01:18:48 | More by BillRath
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2/5  rDev -49.6%

11-16-2011 21:08:39 | More by spamages
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2/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The beer was served into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a very pleasing clear copper coloration. The head has a fluffy off white coloration. The beer has absolutely no head retention.

Smell: The beer has a good citrus grapefruit and general piney floral hops smell. The beer has a good bready maltyness. There is a astringent vaguely metallic off smell present in this beer.

Taste: The beer has a funky asprin taste up front. This asprin taste combines with citrus flavors and pine cones. The beer has a bit of sweetness towards the middle; however, due to the oilyness of the hops the maltyness never stands out.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a very astringent smell and the taste of asprins. Needless to say, this beer was hard to drink between smell and taste. The beer is medium bodied. The hops are unpleasantly oily and long lasting. This was a very hard beer to finish. This beer needs to go back to the drawing board.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 10:26:35 | More by nlmartin
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2/5  rDev -49.6%

03-12-2012 21:17:49 | More by RonnieRotten
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2/5  rDev -49.6%

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2/5  rDev -49.6%

12-28-2011 19:42:06 | More by thatdirtymick
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District of Columbia

2.05/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer was recommended to me as one to tide me over until more HopSlam comes available. The beer buyer said they were similar in flavor, so I decided to give it a try. I was not impressesed, and I think it's miscategorized. It tasted much more like an Amber than an IPA (much less a Double or Imperial IPA), and I was so turned off by the amount of malt flavor present. There was almost zero hop flavor. It poured well and has a good appearance and mouthfeel, but for me, that was about it. If I was expecting (or looking forward to) an Amber, then maybe I'd review differently. But I don't like that style, so I won't be having it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 01:01:16 | More by alysmith4
Photo of scorched


2.23/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I like IPAs. When offered a choice, I tend to lean towards them because I love the dry-hopped bitterness of this particular style.

Maximus, however, goes a little overboard. The aroma is less than pleasant, almost pungent. The oils from the hops are so overpowering, its almost greasy.

It is fairly drinkable, however, assuming that you've been properly "warming up" beforehand. The head goes away almost immediately after the first sip, but the flavor is still there.

All in all, I would say that if you like IPAs, you should try it. Otherwise, don't even bother.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 03:28:33 | More by scorched
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2.42/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bomber. They have the IBU's (72.4, I doubt it), O.G. 1080,(probably), and ABV 7.5 on the label, but NO DATE! This must have been old; for a DIPA, this was crap.

Sediment on the bottom. Pours a hazy, deep golden/orange. A foamy, cream colored head, @1/2", which fades quickly to a coating on top. Some slight lacing is evident on the glass.

As for smell, there actually is hardly any smell at all. I took off my glasses so I could stick my nose all the way in there, and got a faint metalic, toffee/biscuit smell, and maybe very faint grapefruit. Some alcohol as it warmed. Disappointing.

The first flavor is a sweet malt; caramely/yeasty, followed by a slight level of bitterness. Hardly any hop flavor. There's some kind of metalic taste in there. The aftertaste was short.

The mouthfeel is probably the best character of this beer. Soft carbonation, some resins on the tongue. Malt sweetness seems to kick in after a while.

This sample had to have been old. No hop aroma, minimal hop flavor, floaties on the bottom. Put the freakin' date on the labels, guys!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2005 22:55:12 | More by jakester
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear bright orange glow with lots of visible carbonation but a very thin lace of off white head. Big wet grapefruit hop nose with a slight caramel sweetness lingering somewhere underneath.

Big juicy mouthfeel with lots of tropical fruit and a slightly mint finish. Bitterness is slightly high. Some grassy notes on the finish as well. Flavors are concentrated and well blended but pungent. Nothing new really except a very harsh bite that builds. Worth a try, might be for you. I oddly found more balance on their regular ipa though. Malt backbone isn't as big as the nose leads it on to be. Slightly bigger than their regular ipa but not as big as it should be.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 17:14:08 | More by jtierney89
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2.5/5  rDev -37%

06-24-2012 19:05:43 | More by nathanjohnson
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2.5/5  rDev -37%

03-04-2012 21:09:14 | More by enginero
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2.5/5  rDev -37%

02-18-2012 20:38:43 | More by chrispoint
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2.5/5  rDev -37%

11-10-2013 22:54:35 | More by fishguyac
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2.5/5  rDev -37%

09-21-2013 19:50:00 | More by jp312
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2.5/5  rDev -37%

12-09-2011 02:11:42 | More by jophish17
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2.5/5  rDev -37%

07-07-2014 12:31:26 | More by Rodeoclownbrown
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Alberta (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy copper colour with a thin cream coloured head. The head fades to a couple of puddles on top, but leaves some lacing.

Smell is fairly sweet, almost a molasses type of smell on top of hops and citrus. Not a bad smell.

A subtle sweetness in the beginning of this beers journey through my mouth is fairly pleasant. Maybe a toffee type flavour, nothing big, just semi sweet. Then... a bit of hop with a long alcohol burn, that reminds me of a cheap shot of hard liquor. Aftertaste is a clash of the bitterness and liquor.

Thin mouthfeel. Carbonation isn't bad but this doesn't feel like much of a beer in the mouth. Back of the mouth is left feeling sticky. Unimpressive in that facet.

Well I can't say that I like this one. It's my first Double IPA, but I feel fairly confident in saying that there must be better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2005 02:59:12 | More by elricorico
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2.53/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Lagunitas Brewing Company
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 7.50 %

This brew has a nice appearance with a light amber/copper color and textbook head/cap/retention. Smell is grapefruit hoppy goodness with a dash of pine to follow along with some sweet caramel malt notes.
Taste is hoppy with very strange but bitter foundation. The bitterness is quickly dominated by cloying caramel and malt sweetness. The sweet element is too much for me in this brew, I dont enjoy this part in the taste. The assertive sweet element and strange bitterness really was turn off for me. I enoy most IIPAs, but do not dig this one.

This element I dislike seems to remind me of Lagunitas "We Are Only In It For The Money" offering. Same strange turn off that I can not put my finger on.

I will not pursue Maximus again. I prefer a Hop Stoopid or Hairy Eyeball from Lagunitas any day!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 22:08:31 | More by unclejimbay
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United Kingdom (England)

2.58/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Really dissapointing. Just really tinny, rusty American hops, no length too the flavour. Typical pine/grapefruit. I guess i didn't like the metallic edge that most of the Lagunitas beers i've had seem to have, just really a really dissapointing brewery for me, i expected a bit more with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2005 11:03:43 | More by rastaman
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 23:48:11 | More by PatYoda
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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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