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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,890 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,890
Reviews: 1,374
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 66
Gots: 267 | 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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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*Note- My bottle says 7.5%. Both Lagunitas' website and BeerAdvocate.com claim that Maximas is 8.2%. Since the bottle I'm imbibing was purchased at the end of 2010, this year's version may be stronger in alcohol-- or both the brewers and the other reviewers were drunk and just pressed the wrong number key.

Poured into an oversize snifter from a squat 12oz bottle with no freshness date provided (though the label does have some interesting remarks about why I should get tattoos, have my nipples pierced, and don't sip because the end is near).

Appearance- 4 out of 5. This beer pours a dark burnished orange color much like a tangerine going through an emo phase. The creamy, off-white finger-and-a-half head slowly dissipates into beautiful lacing all across the glass. There are slight bits of sediment moseying their way around the brew, but the beer is clear aside from that.

Smell- 3.5 out of 5. Following an initial blast of floral perfume, sweet citrus (primarily grapefruit and pineapple) and twangy pine hops tickle the nose. The smooth scent of pale malt wafts up afterward, followed by a caramel sugar. Although it smells appealing, this beer isn't nearly as strongly-scented as I expected an DIPA to be.

Taste- 3.5 out of 5. Maximus starts off with a wash of hops reminiscent of grapefruit and zesty citrus, which quickly mellows out into a smooth malty backbone of light caramel. Alcohol is present but not pronounced; in fact, nothing about this beer stands out. Slightly bitter pine sap lingers in the aftertaste. For a beer with the name of a gladiator, I expected a lot more punch out of this one: the gustatory equivalent of lions and tigers fighting nearly-naked muscle-men amped up on adrenaline while being cheered on by thousands of bloody-thirsty Romans; instead, this seems more like Socrates expounding about virtues and metaphysics-- interesting, to be sure, but hardly exciting. It is a well-balanced, fairly mellow DIPA.

Mouthfeel- 4 out of 5. Medium-bodied, wet, and oily. The label wasn't joking when it told me not to sip-- there's no reason to with this beer. It's fairly smooth and goes down much more easily than most DIPAs, which are often heavy and chewy; in fact, I would hardly call this a Double IPA at all.

Drinkability- 4.5 out of 5. Drinkability may be this beer's saving grace. If you want to have a few DIPAs over the course of an evening instead of struggling through one more acerbic exemplar, this is the DIPA for you. Not bad by any means, but it's definitely not what I was expecting with the name and a description that claimed it would "strip the enamel" from my teeth. This would be a good introduction to the style for someone having doubts about whether or not they can handle it. It's like a Double IPA with training wheels.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 22:50:36 | More by jporf911
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like me some Lagunitas and Whole Foods over in Raleigh had some titles I hadn't tried before so here we are. It was 64 degrees today after two months of cold and snow. Bring on the summer beers!

Golden color with reddish tint crowned with a sold inch of white head that caps in about five minutes. Lace is everywhere. The expected citrus and pine colors the aroma but not as overpowering as I would have expected.

This one has some opening balance before being blasted by pine flavors. the alcohol isn't pronouced but the texture fits the whole package. This isn't particularly distinctive but it tastes good and is spot on for the style if not a hop monster. Almost sessionable for a DIPA, for what its worth.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 04:06:07 | More by daliandragon
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Food N'Fermentation on 7/11/10.

A-Nice,rusty orange appearance.Fleeting,off-white head that leaves some lacing.

S-Apricot,Key lime and lightly toasted malt on the nose.Some floral,perfumey qualities.

T-Ripe summer fruit and pine with that malt toastiness and some grassy,herbal notes.Good hop bitterness in the end.

M-This beer was clean,crisp and pleasantly resinous.Slightly dry with isolated carbonation.

D-Excellent for a moderately high ABV beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 17:42:41 | More by StlHopHead77
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber to orange hue with a 1 finger head. It always seems to have good retention.

This IPA doesn't have a heavy scent, slight citrus and malt smell. Some pine scent too.

Maximus has a tasty balance of sweetness and bitterness. A honey taste blends with the hops' bitter flavor. This IPA delivers good pine and citrus taste.

The beer feels crisp and decent-bodied. Maximus is rather smooth and easy to drink for a beer with a fun ABV.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 14:47:32 | More by tetonka4kzoo
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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one from CBA. thanks chris!

12oz bottle. sampled aug 24/08.

pours a nice deep copper colour with a small dense tan head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves some spotty lace on the way down.

aroma is good. big biscuit and bready malts. bit of alcohol. pine and grapefruit. caramel. light orange and tangerine. touch of grain.

taste is nice. just over medium bitterness level. pine and grapefruit up front, then the malt takes over. biscuit, lightly toasted whole wheat bread. cracker. hops are a bit powdery. faint orange and tangerine. alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. medium body with a pretty dry finish from the hops. the bitterness is fairly clingy and lingers long after the swallow.

drinkability is good. pretty nice balance, but i'd have liked more hops in the flavour/aroma. still, a solid offering overall that i'm enjoying.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 17:47:36 | More by grub
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz version – pint glass

A: Maximus pours a clear burnished golden amber color with a tiny off-white head. Bubbles out rather quick leaving some stained glass window lacing.

S: Smell hits with pine first and quickly segues to grapefruit, lemon zest, and some fruity esters. Has a slight caramel sweetness to it but comes off rather tropical all together.

T: Tasting damn good! Resinous with pine, citrus, mango, and hemp flavors. Real danky. Has a residual hop bitterness that peppers towards the back of the palate. A strong caramel maltiness carries throughout each sip and finishes just a touch on the sweeter side. Slight tart yeast flavors and some warming alcohol notes. Doesn't detract as flavors are all melded together quite nicely. Fruity and delicious.

M: Lighter to med in body with a nice smooth creamy texture overall. Definite resinous oily hop mouthcoat. Low-med carb. Dry and crisp in finish.

D: A very drinkable and nicely balanced DIPA with caramel malts present yet still playing back note to the hops most of the time. Flavors are all intertwined rather well.

Maybe it’s just been too much time in between my last Maximus but this was tasting damn good. Danky with pine and fruit hops.

Unlimited Release! Why not!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 19:14:50 | More by Nugganooch
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber in color and pours a thick egg shell colored head. Amazing head retention that leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S - Lots of tropical fruits that blend well together. Nose is a little stuffy today so might not be getting a good read on the smell.

T - Lots of citrus and hops up front. No bitter bite to speak of, mostly sweet tropical fruits like pineapple, orange, etc.. Bready malts in the back that do an amazing job of evening out the sweetness from the hops.

M - Average mouth feel for the style. I expected a little more oil from the hops to stick around, but this goes down pretty smooth. Decent carbonation.

O - For the ABV this is a great beer and pretty reasonable priced for the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 05:57:24 | More by ThePaleRider
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden with minimal head and light lacing in glass
Nice floral with definite hints of hops. Not overpowering.
Not overly bitter. A little let down with lack of citrus associated with most IPA's.
Light creamy syrupy feel.
Very drinkable will definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 04:10:55 | More by Hopalong29
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Picked up this bomber at Whole Foods after passing over for years. Poured into a snifter to display a clear light red color with thick two finger frothy head that slow swiss cheeseque lace covering the entire glass...most impressive upon the repeated swirll.

S: While the name may lead one to think this will be a full bore hop blast, the chaps at Lagunitas did a fine job mixing citrus notes along with sweet malt backstop.

T: Perhaps I need to stop telling myself all California IPA's need to sting at first tasting. Following the nose partially but cannot keep up for the entire beer. The addition of several malts works to slacken a bitterness from the hops.

M: Rather creamy to my enjoyment. The carbonation remains and keeps some of the sourness from the hops around.

D: A medium hop IPA with impressive texture and various flavors, perhaps that's what the name means. Starts off sweet and moves towards tart at the end. Interesting take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 01:05:17 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- Clear amber color 1/3 inch white head....sticky bubbly lace and good head retention.
S-Big citrus and grassy aroma from the hops....mostly hops....light malts....overall this is what I was expecting...very good.
T-All hops....big citrusy juicy hops....quite refreshing....with a light floral grassy feel....long bitter finish....This beer is some where between a double IPA and a regular IPA...for some reason I tend to be on the fence about these beers that fall in the 7-8% range....overall for the alcohol I think this could quite possibly be a session beer....even with its strength.
M/D- Medium bodied and slightly on the thick side for the style.... I really think that it is easy to drink and does not come off too spicy...I look forward to the six pack release of this one and once again I am very pleased with what Lagunitas has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2007 03:14:21 | More by jameaterblues
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle poured into a Duvel glass...

Pours a faint peach/oraange hur with a boyant head. A few carbonation bubbes drift upward from the bottom of the glass. Light peeks through to form tiny highlights around the bulb of the vessel. Sticky and beautfiul laces forms after each sip.

Now for the nose... pine sap and sweet malt. There is a touch of grapefruit and some other sweet ripe fruit. You can tell there is more than a bit of alcohol floating around in this one.

Man, the piney perfume comes through in spades on the tongue. Sappy, brash bitterness up front, with a sweet creamy middle range. The finish is dry, even pinier, and as long as a yacht. Like sucking on a air freshener at times.

Mouthfeel is decidely medium for the style, IMO. Good carbonation, nice tongue-coating quality. A bit thin, but it works, I suppose. Overall, though, the beer is a bit too much pine and not enough fruit or floral. Don't get me wrong, the hop slam finish is great, but its a bit one note. The beer's got a lot going for it, but it needs some tweaking to bring the whole thing together.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 21:03:38 | More by 0tt0
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This goes into the book as a moderate IPA. Pours a clear light amber color with an impressive creamy head. The aroma is mild and floral with a small rounded malt to it. Initially light body with a quick smooth malt flavor followed by a decent floral hop spice. The body barely helps emphasize the malt by the light texture creates an easy drinking ale. Not a bad amount of bitterness, but not a beast by any means.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2003 08:47:19 | More by beernut7
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from session notes.

Pours out golden-orange color with two fingers of fluffy head that lasts for a minute and a half, medium levels of lacing left behind on the glass. The nose has a medium amount of tropical fruit bowl, but the flavor remains deeply resinous from start to finish and filled with sweet caramel and orange / lemon peel. The tropical fruits from the nose only appear in the flavor at a muted level once the brew has been given a chance to warm up for a while. ABV is perceptible as a medium-light hotness in the finish and a slight booziness in the nose. Thicker side of medium body, medium carbonation.

Better than average but not quite exceptional. I wish the tropical fruit was just as strong in the flavor as it was in the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 22:40:05 | More by WastingFreetime
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. There is a one finger's worth of foam that quickly dies down. There is nice lacing on the side of the glass. Smells of ctirus fruit a bit of pine with a little sweet malt.
The taste is of their I.P.A. with a little extra. Little more sweetness, little more bitter, little more alcohol and a little more hops. Pretty good overall. I would say it's in the middle of the I.P.A. and the hop stoopid.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 02:42:34 | More by waterintobeer
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Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. Pours a dull, burnt orange hue with a slightly hazy clarity and a dense, two-inch, cream-colored head topped with tiny clusters of bubbles concentrated across the center. Head eventually settles into a creamy half inch cap with thick swaths of lacing coating the sides of the glass after each tilt. Nose expresses citrus notes, rind, a hint of toffee, a slight earthiness and perhaps a touch of grapefruit seed. Taste consistent with nose; however, a bit of an herbal character comes out and dulls the toffee sweetness. Finishes with an earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a faint oiliness to the texture, an even carbonation and a light astringency. Overall, a decent balance to the malt profile; however, the flavors come off a bit muddled without really deciding if it wants to be more sweet or more hop forward. It could be an old bottle, but a bit difficult to determine without freshness dating.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 00:51:15 | More by Jwale73
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an orangey-copper with a single-finger head and some nice lacing. The smell is fruity and hoppy with some citrus and piney notes. The taste pretty well reflects the smell, starting off with some sweet malt that is quickly cut by grapefruit rind hops with some sticky sweet pine that goes into a pretty clean finish. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and has some moderate carbonation. You can tell you're drinking and IPA with this one, but it isn't nearly as bitter or cloying as some of its brethren.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 21:17:15 | More by TheTrevor
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber with copper hues. Thick white head that quickly thins out and leaves little more than a film and lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

Sweet malty smell. Caramel and fruit - the hops give it a good scent of citrus and apple. The initial taste is sweet, bready malts but the hops come in full force after this hits the tongue. Sugar, sweet fruits and citrus. Yeast aftertaste.

Light carbonation, alcohol is faint and well-hidden. I thought this would be hoppier, but this is still quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 04:34:22 | More by BDTyre
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. A pint glass, golden color with small amount of tan head. Smell is slight hops and grapefruit. Taste is pretty typical of an IPA: hops, grapefruit, pine. I thought this beer had some "earthiness" about it.. maybe a mossy/grassy flavor mixed in with the more typical IPA flavors.

Pretty drinkable, I didn't really think of it as a DIPA when drinking it. Alcohol is not that noticeable and doesn't have many of the heavier characteristics I associate with other DIPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2009 00:27:57 | More by webmanspidey
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber in color. Had to coax a 1/2 finger head out of it. Frothy layer lingers on top. The label is pretty neat.
S- Grapefruit mostly wiht a bit of pine. Smell is not overdone at all.
T- I was a little underwhelmed. The taste is very good, but the hop flavor is suprisingly weak for a DIPA. I am not complaining just trying to rate the beer to the style. It really does taste good.
MD-Because the hoppiness is not overpowering, I believe that makes this beer very drinkable. For me one DIPA every so often is just fine but this is one I could heve more regularly. Lagunitas is a class act, so far I am 3 for 3 on winners from them.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 22:00:14 | More by confer
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, this is called Maximus and has IPA on the lable, so I was really expecting more in the hoppy range of IPA's

It is a dark amber with decent sized head that left a little spiderweb retention.

Smell, for an IPA permeates Malt, yip malt. Caramel malt, then the hops, pine that you would expect in a MAXIMUS IPA. I mean, this isn't a bad IPA infact it is very enjoyable, but I think Lagunitas' very own IPA is a better offering.

Tastes like it smells malt, caramle upfront...and then a little bit of hops in the background. Quite sweet and not as bitter as you'd expect.

feels good, and drinks well, but if you are expecting a hop bomb, this isn't it.


Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 03:08:45 | More by Chelsea1905
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber/orange color with an incredible foamy tan head, and an outrageous amount of lacing on the glass. Really impressive looking. Great balance in the nose...hoppy, piney, but not overpowering, and the malt comes through. Great taste, plenty of citrus flavors, and an almost sugary sweetness to the malt...not cloying, and it really keeps the hops from thrashing the taste buds. This is damn tasty. I've oddly ignored Lagunitas up until now, but I"ll be sure to check out as much of their beer as I can.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 02:20:01 | More by corey0212
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/4" tan coloured head made up of large carbonated bubbles that dissipated quickly over amber liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Honey, sweet caramel malt and some floral hops.

T: I'm not sure if it is a matter of freshness, but the sweet malt overpowers everything in this IPA. There is a faint hop presence on the back end with floral, citrus and some pine flavours.

M: Medium to thick viscosity and a low to medium level of carbonation.

O: Not the best offering from this brewery, it is still quite drinkable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 03:27:07 | More by DaftCaskBC


3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear bronze colored IPA. 1" off-white head. Great lacing.

S - Citrus. Tropical fruit. Underlying malt. The aroma does what it should....it makes me want to drink it!

T - Nicely balanced with citrus up front, sweet malt in the middle followed by a nice bitter citrus peel finish.

M - Full bodied with low to mid carbonation. A little overly sweet in the finish.

D - Good drinkability. Tasty IPA -- I am not to sure about it being a Double IPA though.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 20:02:25 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber color. Completely translucent with no sediment or haze. Very little head. Good, classic double-ipa appearance (although a little dark).

S: Orangey citrus. Upon closer inspection, probably closer to blood orange (thank my wife for that pointer). Very nice, sultry sweet scent.

T: Totally lets me down from the scent that it enticed me with. Not bad at all, but not wonderful. Still the blood orange element, but a bitterness that starts at the front of the tongue and follows through all the way to the aftertaste that just isn't as balanced as I'd hoped.

M: Good body. Medium to low carbonation. Not particularly syrupy.

D: More challenging than I'd expect for a relatively low ABV DIPA. I guess it's the carbonation? Or the bitterness? Still drinkable overall, though.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 01:37:58 | More by jnn4v
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured a nice copper body and had a really nice 2 finger head. Lacing was pretty nice and left some nice webbing around the glass.

Smell - Grapefruit accompanies the sweet and toasted malts. Hops are spicy and dry.

Taste - You get some sweetness of some fruit followed by vigorous bitterness. Citrus notes are also there.

Mouthfeel - This beer is semi-creamy after some swishing and the carbonation is on the medium side.

Overall - This beer is pretty drinkable which is a little scary considering it's alcohol content. It holds up to many other IPAs that I've had and I would come back to this in a heartbeat.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 00:42:46 | More by shaunb81
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,890 ratings.