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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company


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very good

3,490 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3490
Reviews: 1348
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.61%

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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


4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear mahogany with white fleeting white head.

Smell: floral hops and sweet malts.

Taste: hops with a great malt backbone. Citrus, caramel,and honey.

Mouthfeel: substantial, good carbonation, nice tingle on the tongue.

Drinkability: a very pleasant beer, very drinkable, great flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 06:11:09 | More by beersheppard
Photo of sls0210


4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly orange, golden hue, nice carbonation. Good sticky lacing. No overwhelming hops, you definitely get some of the citrus/bitter hop scent but for the "Maximus" name and description, not a punchy IPA like I was expecting. Sweet malty backing, which adds a good balance without being too cloying. Really nice bitter following that increases as it warms and the decent carbonation keeps it lively. Not as sweet as DFH 90 minute and not a hop bomb like Ruination, very refreshing and not aggressive on the taste buds at all. At $9 a six pack, a great value from Lagunitas that drinks more like a IPA rather than a DIPA/IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 14:10:51 | More by sls0210
Photo of ditch


4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, with a name like Maximus it's gotta be good right? Perfect no but about as close as you can get without hitting the nail on the head with this one.

Pours a cloudy copper with a nice head that hangs around for a while. I'm almost finished and i still have a bit of original head lingering about. Lacing hanging on but fading.

The aroma is that of a spiced orchard. Very citrus and spice. You can almost smell the sweetness.

Now to the taste! This is what I want from a beer! Like I said it's not perfectly done, but I'm liking this! This is a roller coaster of flavor. First the sweet citrus and spice, followed by the piney bitterness that sticks with you for quite some time. Very drinkable! I could drink this all night. Every sip is slightly different than the last. Very light and refreshing for having so much depth!

Oh, I hope they work on perfecting their hopping of this one. I look forward to trying this again a few months/years up the road! Better than their Hop Stoopid Ale I thought was so good! Lagunitas is moving up my list of best breweries! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 20:17:35 | More by ditch
Photo of plfahey


4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Amber, brilliant clarity. Tall beige head with dense, tiny bubbles, good retention, and some lacing.

Aroma-Floral, citrus, resiny, and piney hops. Light tropical fruits. Very nice toasted malt profile with notes of caramel, golden biscuits, and bread. Slight pungent alcohol.

Flavor-Sweet toasty and biscuit malts hold up a spicy, zesty hop profile, with orange marmalade, lemon, grapefruit, and resin flavors. Hop bitterness goes from moderate to moderately high in the finish. Hop bitterness lingers with a touch of resin and golden molasses.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, moderately high carbonation. No astringency from the hops. Light alcohol warmth.

Delicious and extremely drinkable. Definitely stronger, but not just a fortified version of their IPA, Lagunitas Maximus shows different malt and hop character in both the flavor and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 05:39:25 | More by plfahey
Photo of BBP

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours amber with nice carbonation, head, and lacing. A fairly textbook example of what a DIPA should look like.

S- I smell pine, abrasive and floral notes. Not a trace of malt really. It's a ton of hops yet somewhat refined still.

T- Probably my favorite Lagunitas offering I've had to date from Lagunitas IPA category. A bit more potent than their regular IPA and more refined than Hop Stoopid.

It's hops first and foremost, although, there is a noticable amount of caramel malt. It's really only a hint of caramel. The aftertaste is about 90% pine and 10% caramel.

M- Medium full weight with a medium body. More of a smooth finish. Not really all that dry. Slightly overcarbonated IMO.

D- Wonderfully drinkable, to the point where I should stop and review it before it's all gone.

After picking up this bottle and tasting it, I was impressed. Shortly after I found out that this came from last summer, a little less than a year ago. This actually blows my mind. If there's some lifespan award for IPA's this should be nominated.
Looks fresh, smells fresh, tastes fresh, but isn't.

I wouldn't normally review a near year old beer, but it still held true. I'm really curious as to how this would taste fresh now.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 23:54:47 | More by BBP
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a clear, deep amber with lots of floaties, even after a careful pour. One finger of frothy white head.

Smell. Pine and citrus fruits, mostly grapefruit. Some nice toasty malt.

Taste. Roasty caramel malt to start things off. Hops come through in the end with nice citrus bitterness and a little pine. Where's the alcohol? 8.2%???

Mouthfeel. Medium body with smooth, medium-low carbonation. No booze warmth? Nope, not here.

Overall. Great dipa. Easy drinker. Maybe too easy for the abv.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 03:33:42 | More by Rutager
Photo of JamesMN


4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Translucent copper ale with slowly ascending bubbles of effervescence. The head is off-white and wonderfully frothy leaving a rim of lacing. From the head to the translucence, this is exactly how I like my DIPAs to look.

Aroma: Pine and sugar crusted english malt stick out to me right away. There is also a lovely bouquet of citrus and caramel malt.

Taste: Blast of bitterness right off the bat (almost more than its 72 IBUs would suggest). A true hop bomb with great pine, citrus, and bitter grapefruit character. They're not stingy in the malt department either, a nice caramel malt base with just a bit of toffee flavor. The finish is smooth and slightly dry. The aftertaste switches endlessly between sweetness and bitterness. Just a good honest DIPA. Don't taste any of that 8.2% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body and ever so smooth. Highly drinkable.

Final Thoughts: Lagunitas is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. They know their hops and implement them to perfection. Highly recommend this one to all hop heads. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 02:38:13 | More by JamesMN
Photo of Hopscat


4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pour to Heavy Seas tumbler. Good gold/orange color with slight haze . Nice 2 finger head settles to solid ring with spots of floating lace with attractive lacing on side of glass
S- big malty biscuit and citrus hops aroma - smells delicious.
T- Sweet slap of grain that flows into the middle with good hops bite coming on strong . Citrus and melon flavors are real nice. Complexity is present with the malt and hops fighting for the upper hand with definite alcohol warming present. This one has the expected Lagunitas malt forward taste that I like / along with plenty of bitterness for Hop Heads.
M- medium bodied and balanced carbonation.
O- Really like this DIPA, and I recommend and will look for again. This is my second time with it. Much better than the first which was probably too old and got hot in my car.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 17:05:35 | More by Hopscat
Photo of maxcoinage


4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Agressuve pour from 12oz bottle into a tulip that left a huge 3in head that took it's time to settle down and left some nice lacing on the glass. Color is golden, fairly clear.

Aroma is pine and citrus -- nice dank hops

Taste is dominated by citrus fruits, namely grapefruit, nice malty sweetness hits you a bit before a bitter finish

Mouthfeel - nice strong carbonation and great medium body, so smooth and drinkable

Overall - this has to be one of the best value DIPA's out there, I love this beer

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 21:32:08 | More by maxcoinage
Photo of glass_house


4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a footed tulip

Pours a medium amber-orange with two fingers of dense off-white head which leaves a thin ring and substantial lacing. Smells like fresh pine with floral and citrus accents. Sweet caramel malt also makes its presence known.

Medium bodied with a slick oily mouthfeel and perfect carbonation. No mistaking that this is a DIPA. The rush of bitter citrus (primarily grapefruit) and pine is balanced beautifully with the sweet tropical fruit, floral notes, and rich malts. The smooth synergy of the flavor profile is impressive.

I know Maximus does not get the acclaim some of Lagunitas' other brews do, but for my money, only Sucks surpasses it in their IPA lineup. I suppose personal preference of hop profile plays a big role, and for me this is near perfection. Bitter enough to satisfy my hop itch, but balanced enough to be extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 02:24:27 | More by glass_house
Photo of Bighuge


4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is golden orange with particles in suspension. Nice puffy white head with bad retention. Nice pungency on the nose. ALso citrus and rind. Nice tasting IPA. Love the rind qualities on the buds. Nice citrus tones. Overall, a very quaffable IPA. Did I say very good IPA?

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2002 20:09:49 | More by Bighuge
Photo of mzwolinski


4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, deep gold in color, with a thin, slightly foamy head. Good lacing.

Fruity, citrusy aroma. A very pine-like hop aroma.

Beer has a tingling, floral taste, with just a hint of malt which strengthens as the beer warms, becoming quite well-balanced. Medium-full body with, as you would expect, a very dry finish. Quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2002 07:15:33 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of MAB

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice person brought me a bottle of this. You need friends who bring you beer that you can't normally get...

This was a very bitter IPA, perhaps the bitterest I've ever had. No problem, I like bitter.
I found the head to be too foamy, but it may have been a result of the glass I was forced to use (old).
The alcohol level is true to the style but doesn't add a lot of mouthfeel. A tasty, tasty, brew, but only for true "hopheads".

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2002 12:49:34 | More by MAB
Photo of DrJay


4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear orange colour with a generous, rocky, off-white head. Very floral aroma with just a bit of citrus and pine mixed in. As it warms, the malty sweet aroma combines with the hops to produce a smell very similar to ripe oranges. The flavour is very balanced, not overly bitter, with plenty of citrusy/orange hops. Also a bit doughy, it finishes medium length, off-dry from the hopping, with a light spiciness and a bit of alcohol warming. Full bodied, slightly viscous, and a bit sticky from residual sugar. Not an aggressive beer at all, it strikes a good balance that makes it quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2005 03:07:45 | More by DrJay
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got my hands on this beer at the venerable Cafe Volo in Toronto. It pours a nice light copper color with an ivory head that sticks around forever. The aroma is of piney, citrusy hops, with a sweet maltiness evident. The taste is awesome. The hops are so complex and at once perfumey, floral, grapefruity and piney. This beer isnt as brashly hoppy as I was expecting, its much smoother than othe DIPAs Ive tried. In the middle some crazy fruitiness emerges (Im guessing another hop characteristic). The mouthfeel is smooth and lusciously carbonated.

This is a great beer, If a little light to be a DIPA (both in ABV and hops). Its still way hoppier than most beers available in Toronto. Ill get it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2005 04:12:14 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out bright gold and sits orange-amber in the glass with a creamy off-white head, fading to meager skimming with some light lacings on the glass.

Smells of ripe, round citric hops; grapefruit and orange forward. Tints of pine and spruce meld with gelatinous gobs of caramel and doughy malts, lightly toasted. Specks of white pepper.

Tastes comfortably malty up front, dousings of rich caramel and light toffee colliding with fruity hops flavorings of orange, grapefruit, lemon and pine. Moderate-strong hops bitterness stays through the finish.

Ultra smooth and creamy in the mouth with mild carbonation and a medium-full body.

Super delicious IIPA, quite well rounded and easy to manage the entire 22oz serving. Definately high on the maltiness, but has the hops to back it up.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 20:59:14 | More by Skidz
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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer out of a 12 oz. bottle and it was great. I wish more Double IPAs came in 12 oz. The color of this beer was a dark amber yellow color with a yellowish head. The head last for about half the beer with medium amount of lacing. The smell was a strong hop aroma with a nice hint of citrus.

The taste was all hops, very smooth with a nice bitter bite at the end. This beer was nicely balanced, but still had a nice hop taste and only 7.5% alcohol. The mounthfeel of this was good, not as thick as some DIPAs, and the carbonization was perfect.

Great beer, and it comes in a 12 oz. bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2006 19:13:48 | More by BradBLR
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into an Ommegang chalice.

A-Hazy orange beer. 1/2" pale yellow head. Appealing. Fades after a while leaving an attractive scum of bubbles. Excellent lacing.
S-Uncloying sweetness of malts, and an ocean of bitter hops.
T-Sweetness of malts, citric biting bitterness of sharp hop attack: delicious! Tremendous lasting hop burps. Some grapefruit, lotsa orange. Juicy. I didn't notice the alcohol until they very end when the beer hit room temp.
M-Well balanced, medium thick, creamy, and nice!
D-Just great!

CRUX: GREAT IPA NECTAR HERE! Would be a regular in the DBF if I could get it around here, but alas....

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2006 00:52:20 | More by soultrain
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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally a dbl ipa that has more hops and less malts. I want my tongue to get slapped around, and excited. The nose was nice refreshing sweet citrus and piney smell with a thick foamy head.
The mid palate had hints of grapefruit and just enough malt to have a backbone. If your a hophead this beer is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 18:09:47 | More by athensbeermaster
Photo of mynie


4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red. No head. Am I just pouring things bad today or what?

Smells--whew! Good golly like smells like a breadtruck full of potheads that just caught fire (science tells us, bear in mind, that potheads smells like "dank nugs" when set ablaze).

Tastes juuust about as good as it smells. Big giant breaddough and big giants sticky icky pine/citrus hops all against a wonderfully sweet bread and caramel malt background.

An above average example of an above average style. Kudos to Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 04:41:58 | More by mynie
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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into pint glass.

Clear deep amber hue with an one-inch light tan frothy head that lasts a while. It eventually settles to a thin cap. Stacked solid lacing along the glass.

Sharp piney hops pierce through the sweet bready malts.

Thick cracker flavored malts create the base. Highlights of honey and butterscotch come through in the middle. The hops burst with citrus and bitterness and take over halfway through. The finish is fading bitterness mixed with a little bit of subtle creaminess. Full bodied with good carbonation. The feel is smooth along with the bite of the hops.

This AIPA is relatively complex for the style. The hops are sharp while the malt still shows its characteristics. In other worlds, the hops don't dominate like they normally do. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 03:57:36 | More by BeerSox
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really can't add much to the (positive) descriptions already given. If you like IPA's and like Lagunitas, you will love this. I've had it in the bottle and on tap. The bottle is very good, but when I saw it on tap I knew I'd better partake soon or I wouldn't have my chance.

It has a slight copper color, with a small head. A nice aroma with a hint of citrus. A crisp hops flavor. The after taste is a grapefruit with a slight metallic-ness to it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2007 10:02:48 | More by Mumbly
Photo of Dansting


4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured a clear amber color with a medium white head. Good lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine, with a little caramel to it. Flavor is citrus with a strong bitter finish. A pretty good double IPA, but nothing I need to go out of my way to get. Wish they sold it in Kansas, but I won't call my distributor to have them bring it here.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 02:20:36 | More by Dansting
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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a beautiful golden hue with a white, half-inch head into a 12-oz pilsner glass. A very noticable hop aroma, with pine scent dominating. As expected, a big hop flavor with a fairly dry, slightly sweet finish. Nice lacing down the glass and a long-lasting hop bitterness coating the tongue and mouth - heavenly. A great beer - right up there with Kill Ugly Radio.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 17:51:38 | More by pershan
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North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking sunshine yellow with a creamy, pillowy head. A nice lacing remains on the glass.

Fresh hoppy aromas of fresh cut grass, grapefruit, citrus and pine. I'm not always good at separating out the individual aromas, but this seems to hit them all!

Great taste. Bitter, as expected, but also fresh and slightly sweet to balance.

Creamy mouthfeel. Goes down very easily!

Overall a nice beer, and recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 20:21:25 | More by doppelmeup
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,490 ratings.