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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

4,343 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,343
Reviews: 1,404
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 90
Gots: 459 | FT: 0
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 trep
2.83/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Very clear orange, a little carbonation and an off-white head that fades quickly to leave merely a fringe around the outside of the glass.

Damp socks, orange peel, and alcohol. I suspect already that this may be a bad and/or lightstruck bottle.

Very bitter, not really any citrus or floral hops. Just bitter. I think this might be an English IIPA. I know that's not really a style but it's what first comes to mind. Alcohol is there, and some honey.

Mouthfeel is quite good. Medium/Light body and appropriate carbonation. Not super easy drinking. Super bitter and kind of tough to get down tbh.

trep, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of Ryan011235
2.85/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter on 7/11/12

Deep, clear tangerine/orange hue. A two finger head falls quickly, leaving a thinner layer of soapy foam and some drippy lace.

The aroma is grapefruit, pine, sprinkles of lemon zest, doughy sugar cookie and sweet bread. An air of alcohol is present throughout. Tropical notes become more apparent as the beer warms.

Dank hop notes of bitter citrus and pine take hold of the palate. While there is a fair amount of hop grit, overall bitterness is kept in check. Malts are stronger than I prefer, but aren't too distracting because they have a dry cracker flavor as opposed to, say, caramel. Some alcohol, too.

The body isn't particularly heavy; the it's more of a medium feel than a full feel. That said, the oily hops mix with alcohol slickness making the perceived feel dense than it truly is. Carbonation is a hair on the low side of average; it's puffy.

I'm surprised the alcohol is as apparent as it is. Not too shabby overall, but a few tweaks in the appreciable alcohol department could make it considerably better.

Ryan011235, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of ewpgolf2
2.85/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've tried a few Lagunitas' recently but nothing could prepare me for this! I now know why I like the Belgian darks.
This poured an ultra clear beautiful burnt orange tint w/ a dissipating head. Quite odd considering the glass was sterile and the ale was cold-couldn't find a fresh date anywhere.
The smell was almost odoriferous with a tinge hint of machine oil. Hops "a-plentiful" in the bouquet alone.
The taste was extremely sharp and bitter. If you can get through the initial hoppiness, there's a very good taste behind it all. The hops diminish towards the end allowing you to enjoy some of the hidden background flavors. Mouthfeel is difficult to describe but I'll try. Imagine having 10 cotton balls in your mouth soaked in tincture methiolade and crushed aspirin<<best I could do!
Even though I was a little rough on this one I can see myself trying another some day. This is definitely a one bottle/sitting DIPA.
On second thought, after finishing this, I would probably pass on consuming again.
If you can work through the bitters, there's a decent beverage underneath.

ewpgolf2, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of zbuc919
2.85/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a different one...

Poured out and it looked like an IPA, smelled it, didn't smell like an IPA. It kinda smells like raisins or some weird grape-y type smell. The taste is not an IPA taste, it's got some bitter sting to it and an interesting malt backbone. To me it doesn't taste like an IPA, and it's not that tasty of a beer. I appreciate a brewer trying to push the style in a direction different from the norm, but for me this one doesn't get it done.

If you are into more malty less hoppy IPA styles, you might enjoy giving it a whirl.

zbuc919, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of RBorsato
2.88/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy golden color with a large pillowy beige head. This one was overcarbonated and left clumps of lace ... tons of sediment on bottom of bottle. Flowery, piney, sprucey hop aroma dominates and you can tell by the aroma to prepare for bitterness. All hop (pine, spruce) flavor with little malt character to balance -- very bitter! Seems light bodied due to carbonation and has an intense bitter finish.

I've had before and noted then that this one is very bitter all around... not my type of brew but drink fresh if having again (which I prob will since my wife loves it)...

Per label: "Unlimited Release", 72.41 IBU, 1.080 O.G.

Purchased: 02/14/03 ('02' Emb on bottom)
Tasted: 07/27/04

($5.39 / 22 oz. bottle)

RBorsato, Jul 28, 2004
Photo of illidurit
2.88/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Deep golden orange color, with quite a bit of yeast floating around. Big tan head, very sticky. Aroma is sweet and caramel malty, with juicy citrus that tends towards sweet rather than sharp/bitter. As a fan of dry and bitter IPAs, this isn't looking good so far. Flavor confirms my suspicions, as this beer is kind of a gooey mess of crystal malt and candied fruit. Totally disregards the tenets of attenuation and drinkability.

illidurit, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of pao5035
2.88/5  rDev -27.5%

pao5035, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of goodbyeohio
2.9/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

having just tried the incredible lagunitas ipa, i expected something even greater. like a concentrated, more flavorful version of this solid ipa winner..

pours a transparent orange with a healthy head. no carbonation in the body. smells strongly of fresh hops. sweet and similar in nose to the IPA. hoppy and very bitter flavor. light in the mouth though, and too drinkable for a double ipa. for my money, i want more than just bitterness.. i want viscosity, kick, and complexity. its not here.

no aftertaste, seems to be a lagunitas special trait. wont buy again.

goodbyeohio, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of bark
2.9/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The colour is pale amber (15 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head sinks quickly leaving some lacing.

The smell is quite strong. It is smooth and hoppy with dry notes of dried exotic fruits, citric fruits and peels. Some sweet caramel and a touch of leather. Tired bitter flavours in the background.

The taste is medium bitter with fruity hop flavours. Orange juice made from concentrate, some apricots and plums. Medium to full body. The aftertaste is surprisingly dry with dried fruits, thick and sweet malty flavours and some green bananas. The finish is dry and light with some citric fruits, dough and green bananas.

The carbonation is medium to mild, the bubbles small. The liquid is a bit thick.

I got this bottle straight from the Swedish importer two days ago. And although I normally don’t notice tiredness in American hop bombs as my friends tend to do, I must say this one was too tired and old.

bark, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of kennyo
2.9/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

light carbonation, amber/orange color, not much of a head. hoppy aroma, kind of pick some cinnamon? 'flavor, hpos of copurse, bitter but not overly, some malt sweetness. I was looking forward to trying the Lagunitas brand of beers but am pretty dissapointed in this.

kennyo, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of Crotor
2.93/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear and medium-light amber with one finger of head, lowish retention.

A faint and ghostly prick of starthistle wafts up, but is overall far less assertive than I'd expected...

The hop flavor is certainly more present, broader, and more nuanced than the aroma had implied, but it still falls a bit short. Behind that, the malt body is scant and simplistic.

Overall, an underwhelmer of a DIPA. Feels insubstantial in the mouth, and doesn't do much in the way of hop flavor and aroma. Drinkable, but a waste of time when there are so many better beers out there...

Crotor, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of JDV
2.93/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bottles from Beerlando and Liquid solutions. This one from L.S.
Pours clear amber with a nice offwhite and lasting head in a tulip. Smell is caramel mostly and a slighty hoppy twinge to it, but it is very understated for a double IPA. Perhaps the hops have just faded. Flavors of caramel and tea like hops. Mild bitterness, thin, yet syrupy sweet at times. Decent, I guess, but needs more hops, unless this is an old bottle...

JDV, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Guden
2.95/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Slightly coppery gold with a thin almost white head which leaves little lacing.

Smell - Theres a lot going on here. Up front: fruitiness of strawberries and grapefruit with other citrus tones a little more subdued. Further back in the smell is a little caramel sweetness and a hint of alcohol.

Taste - Unfortunately all those great fruit flavors from the nose are lost in this mess. Up front is bitterness and a muddled malt taste, followed by lots of bitterness and a bit of alcohol. Theres really nothing much to say except that the bitterness overwhelms everything except the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Medium-low body with a lot of carbonation, seems a little more carbed than I would have liked and a little thinner than would have benefited the maltiness.

Drinkability - Probably wouldn't want another one of these if I had the chance, its super strong, super bitter and not too exciting. Theres nothing overly bad about it however and I don't mind the bitter levels other than that they overwhelm the others.

Guden, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of Ian_B
2.95/5  rDev -25.7%

Ian_B, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of Mancer
2.98/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear amber with a two finger high off-white head. There was decent lacing visible. The initial smell of the beer was that of citrus and pine hops. The initial taste of the beer were the citrus hops, which paved the way to some earthy tones and pine. It finished with a barley like presence. The brew had a medium body with light carbonation.

Overall this was a decent beer. What threw me off with the flavor was the barley, which I don't like tasting in a DIPA. Also, for a DIPA, this had a rather non present bitterness. I was hoping for something to atleast give my mouth some bite, but this brew lacked. In general, I'd recommend any DIPA lovers out there to try, but that's about it, don't be picking this up again.

Mancer, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Bloodbuzz99
2.98/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Like a lot of lagunitas beers, it sits bitter too long in the after taste. Would rather have a stronger boozy or malt taste. Continue to be surprised they are such a revered brewery...best thing about this beer is the appearance, pours beautifully in a glass.

Bloodbuzz99, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -24.4%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: minimal inch head, cloudy, orange/brown in color

Smell: honey, some hops, and biscuit

Taste: citrus hop-small pine hops, some honey, and biscuit

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, semi-sweet start getting more bitter to the end

Drinkability: This to me is a middle of the road imperial IPA. A drinkable beer, but I have had better in the style. Not one to turn down, but not one to seek as well.

tigg924, May 03, 2010
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

HoptimusPrimal00, Jan 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

bluelynbrewing, Apr 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

ste5venla, Oct 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

thomismydad, Feb 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

atlbravsrno1, Sep 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Jul 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Bighorn, Nov 22, 2012
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,343 ratings.