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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,930 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,930
Reviews: 1,377
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 69
Gots: 286 | FT: 1
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-08-2012 19:37:40 | More by KimenTshom
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

03-17-2014 23:43:30 | More by Mplsbrew
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-27-2013 23:09:55 | More by mpayne5
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

12-12-2012 19:28:30 | More by Nerlman
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

03-22-2014 03:49:47 | More by MLaVioletteJr
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.
This stuff is, simply put, disappointing. I love their IPA, and expected more. I'll give it another try when I can, as I continue to hope for better things from this beer.
Hazed light amber color, with a thin off-whte head and little retention. I few spots of lace here and there.

Hmm, a bit light in the aroma. Was expecting more of a fresh hop blast. Hops are definitely the dominant part, but they seem muted. I don't think this bottle has been sitting long. Taste is undeniably good, but maybe I've just had too many world class double IPAs lately. Bitterness is right up front. A little too sweet overall, and what's with that medicinal feel? Quite a lot of pale malts, but while the aromas seem melded together, this somehow doesn't quite fit. Bitter returns at the finish with a little alcohol warming - nice.

Nice crisp carbonation and medium body. Decent beer, and of a style I love, so I'm sure I'll have it again. Went down very easily - this is one where though the flavor isn't addictive, I could still drink a lot of it. Probably deserves a slightly higher score, but I can't quite bring myself to give it straight 4's.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 22:48:26 | More by udubdawg
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New Hampshire

3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on April 18, 2014.

Like so many beers in its class it has a handsome looking copper-amber pour with an off-white head that fades into a ring.

Biscuit malts and floral hops penetrate the nose. It is better than a pale but not quite as hopped as a Double IPA.

Medium body mostly and smooth.

The taste brings out a decent malts-hops balance with the hops leaning toward the floral side. Lingering bitterness at the end. A beer that one can like.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 01:32:42 | More by puboflyons
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3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - 4 - nice golden amber color with a thick white head that leaves nice lacing.
S - 3.75 - Nice grapefruit, mango, pineapple, peach with sweet caramel malt in the background.
T - 3.75 - Grapefruit, peach, pineapple, mango, papaya. Background is sweet caramel malt.
M - 3.75 - Light-medium mouthfeel. Alc covered. Aftertase is papayo and peach flavors. More sweet/less bitter than most IPAs.
O - 3.75 - It's a good beer, different which is good. I'd have it again for sure, but it's far from the best. Same league as Marble IPA or Four Peaks Hop Knot.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 07:17:03 | More by ISmith87
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South Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a fairly clear deep dark amber with a copper tint, has a nice finger of tan head with absolutely fantastic lacing and decent retention.

S - Lots of sweet caramel malts and a nice citrus presence. A slightly resinous aroma as well. A little fainter than I would have liked

T - Not very bitter at all but lots of citrusy flavors and sweet tropical fruits meet sweet but slightly bready malt. Kind of wishing it was more bitter

M - Medium to lighter bodied, appropriate carbonation, very drinkable.

O - Looks fantastic and a really nice mouthfeel. Smell was much too faint, the dominant aroma was caramel malts, and a detectable very citrusy aroma. Tastes quite good but I would have much more of a hop bite. I should also note that this beer was put in an ice cooler as soon as it was purchased, and although it remained cold at all times I'm sure the temperature fluctuated more than I would have liked so I intend to update this after drinking a fresher bottle without the added variables.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 02:31:52 | More by MacQ32
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this from a bomber, brought back from CA by a good friend. Unfortunately this brew found itself stored IN MY FRIDGE for 3+ mo (DIPA heresy). I was tempted not to review, esp b/c I had on tap recently and it was different, yes better. But still I was impressed. Poured into pint glass.

A> brilliantly clear, amber and more amber. just a wisp of cream-colored lace cap.

S> this has mellowed I'm sure... lemon & citrus, wild flowers, cherries. easy soft warm

T> Biscuity dry malt up front, opens into a soft warm citric/piney hop middle, ends dry somewhat assertive alpha hop bitterness. Malt is big up front and still around in the middle, subtle in the end. bitterness doesn't fill my mouth, focused. this does not live up to what I had on tap.

MF> well carbonated, bubbly and easy on the mouth.

D> Easy drinker, big points here. yes very different than what I had on tap, but holds up well. starting to resemble a light body barleywine. NOTE: On tap, Maximus barely held a candle to Hop Stoopid. That stood up with the best I've had. Maximus is a step behind.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 03:32:14 | More by Philabeerphia
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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
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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