Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

4,972 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 4,972
Reviews: 1,503
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 105
Gots: 884 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001

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Ratings: 4,972 | Reviews: 1,503
Photo of IanOsea
3.22/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Maximus has am awesome amount of alcohol content. It's a somewhat strong flavor. It definitely packs a punch.

Photo of Tebuken
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bit burnt taste that is not so pleasant

Photo of Gear54
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a snifter

Dark yellow or light amber in color. 1/2 finger of thin off white foam leaving no lace on the glass

Smell is piney hops with floral notes and faint yeasty malts.

Taste is very hop forward with pine being the main flavor. With the pine are citrus and floral notes. Very crisp and clean. Flavors get deeper as beer warms to temp.

Overall an easy drinking beer. Quite mild for a DIPA. No boozyness at all.

Photo of THoff94
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flavorful and delicious IPA. Slightly metallic.

Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Maximus had an average appearance with light foam.
Smell: Maximus had an aroma of molasses and malt.
Taste: Maximus had a light bitter burnt taste of both hops and wheat.
Feel: Maximus had low carbonation.
Overall: Maximus had a good amount of alcohol content. People who seek a low-carbonation/high-alcohol type beer will enjoy Maximus.
I purchased a bottle of Maximus for $3.99 USD in Glendale, CA/USA.

Photo of joe12pk
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one's very fruity and malty. Delicious!

Photo of jackb112
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Loved it. Nothing starts the night like a Maximus.

Photo of LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lagunitas Brewing 'Maximus IPA' @ 8.2% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6
A-pour is a light gold from the bottle to a clear dark gold in the glass with a medium size off-white head leaving a streaky lace along the pint
S-floral & pine
T-for a DIPA , mild tasting , crisp & clean just no wow factor , dry finish
MF-ok/decent carbonation , big body
Ov-ok beer , slightly dissapointing DIPA ,
prost LampertLand

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant gold copper amber under a 1” cream colored clingy foam cap.
S: Pine forest hop aromas.
T: Attacks with a solid malt background with some traces of caramel culminating in a big citrus rind bitterness.
F: Exceptionally creamy texture, soft medium low carbonation, medium to medium high body.
O: This is a beer where big malt tangles with big hops and the result is pretty much a draw.

Photo of MikeCross
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

a little too much of a bite for me

Photo of digitalflood
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish amber with good frothy head and excellent lacing retention. Smells of pine tar and raw sugar cookies. Thick syrup like mouthfeel. On the tongue, bread dough and uncooked pasta. Mid-palate is pancake batter and some stale sugar cookies. Back palate is hop bite and skunk cabbage. A strange malt to the level of near undrinkable limits. So why the 3.75 out of 5? From a technical standpoint this is a trainwreck. From pure taste it's a WTF!? But from a creative genius and pushing the limits of what beer is: This is breakthrough in taste and mouthfeel. The bottle claims 72 IBUs... I actually think it might be around 90. I'm not sure I could drink two back to back. Be warned. This is decisive in taste and not for the unadventurous. The kim chi of beer. 3.75 out of 5.

Photo of ynalak
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think it tastes like Dogfish head 90 minute IPA. Probably couldn't drink more than 1 or 2 in a sitting.

Photo of cjgiant
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated early February:
Pours yellowish golden, quite clear and with a fluffy white head, nice lacing
Nose seems a tad tropical, but is a bit weak, perhaps due to age. There is a light hay/grain note, but as the beer warms, the fruits come out more: pineapple, mango, maybe some peach as well.

Taste also benefits from coming to temperature. The taste starts off just a tad tartly fruity. Pineapple, orange, mango I get up front. The end taste is lightly minty or piney, but also just a tad astringent, something I get with a less-than-fresh beer. There is a lightness in this brew, carbonation is decent. Full flavor lasts into taste, and the pine doesn't really dry out the palate.

Some decent flavors here that don't appear to suffer too much from 3+ months in the bottle. That being said, this beer shows some minor signs of age. I can see it being quite enjoyable and maybe leaning towards the juicy end a bit if I were to have it fresh.

Photo of ECV1846
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pretty good. i get this when there out of little sumpn sumpn

Photo of maedhros09
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Transparent dark gold with lots of tan head that retains really well and leaves lots of lacing
Smell: sweet, citrus
Taste: Pretty sweet with grapefruit and pine hops
Feel: Medium to full bodied, very smooth

Overall: An enjoyable thick malty IPA, but too sweet for my taste.

Photo of drewdal
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best brewery in the business. Great taste

Photo of guityler83
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Light copper to orange color with excellent clarity - no sediment or haze. Long lasting head retention with bright white soapy looking bubbles that leaves lacing on the side of the glass as it slides down.

S: Moderate pine, grapefruit and peach hop aroma. Light toasty, bread crust malt aroma. Clean fermentation profile with no esters or alcohol detected. As it warms a bit a more strawberry and grasssy hop aroma is revealed.

T: Moderate, high hop bitterness with lots of pine, grapefruit and dank hop flavor covering the beginning and middle. The malt flavor has mild-moderate bread crust flavors and comes through in the middle. Balance is on the hops. Clean fermentation. The finish is loaded with evergreen and pine hops. The hops seem a touch dull and caramely like flavors are coming through as the beer opens up - I don’t see a date on the bottle so it might be a bit older.

M: Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation with low alcohol warming. Hop oils stick on the tongue after a few sips giving a nice hop reisin flavor after the beer is swallowed.

O: A pine / grapefruit forward IPA with a decent malt profile to give it more character. I would have liked a fresher bottle (im guessing) to get more aroma. Also a fan of dryer IPAs but this wasn’t bad by any means.

Photo of Svenson89
3.21/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not a big fan of this one. I find it too heavy on the malt with a weird caramel sweetness to it. I'm not a fan of malty ipas and this one confirms that for me. Yes there is a good hop bitterness to it but the sweetness sort of throws it off for me.

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an solid amber and a finger of white foam and good lacing. Smells strongly of pine, citrus, very floral. Taste hop forward, lemon/zest/pine well balanced with sweet malt, honey notes and good clean finish. Characteristic lagunitas flavor - pleasant and reliable
Fair amount of carbonation , medium mouthfeel.

Solid DIPA, well balanced and another solid Lagunitas beer.

Photo of WineGuy3000
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick review. I really love the hop bill here & Lagunitas always does a nice job of keeping their bigger beers balanced. To wit, this DIPA is one of the more accessible of the style & really stands out as a nice alternative to all the massive caramelly DIPAs out there right now.

Photo of Gibby077
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the better DIPA I tried

Photo of gjohns1212
4.91/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I don't normally care for DIPA's but this one is absolutely delicious. This beer is drinkable anytime, anyplace, for any occasion.

Photo of bluehende
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice DIPA. Not as big as some which is good. Nice sweetness to offset a lot of hops. Overall just under the best out there. Aroma and flavor are great.

Photo of Ace1490
4.96/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is my second favorite beer it's floral and bitter and delicious

Photo of buzzy_mannion2
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good IPA. A lot of caramel flavor with strong hops at the back of mouth. Tastes like a strong beer. Good balanced beer.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,972 ratings.