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Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

very good
1,514 Reviews
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Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 09-22-2001

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Reviews: 1,514 | Ratings: 5,327
Photo of Mumbly
4.42/5  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.

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Photo of Ricochet
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost no head on the pour, no lace, almost glowing amber orange, and the grapefruit smell above all, almost like a candy with the alcohol at the end, like this is going to be a hard beverage to consume, hop heads rejoice.

Oh man, the mouth cannot be described properly. It gives all the taste secrets away. What you taste is what you get times two! It was energized bitter, like you could put two electrodes in this and power the sun. Over the top, under the road, in your face and waving over your drunken soul is this beverage. With the alcohol, it actually toned down the hops in this, but pine, grapefruit, acidic rafts of hoppy goodness. What more can I say. The first beer I've ever had where it was like drinking distilled hops syrup in water.

I don't know what to think about this. You can tell by my above review that I found this hard to finish and wonderfully bitter slugger all in one. An experience to say the least, like High Gravity Malt Liquors only at the other end. If I could rate with question marks, I would.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden copper hue with slight haze. Dense three finger head shows outstanding retention and leaves beautiful spiderweb lacing. The hop aroma is a blend of fruity Cascade and Chinook; with matching Simcoe pine needle. Some crystal and pilsener malt aromas loom in the background. Toasty pale malt and light caramel make up the sweet side of a very hoppy beer and for a brief moment the malt commands the flavor, then a barrage of american hops storm the taste buds - abrasively balancing the overall charater. Lemon, orange, and grapefruit-rind tones meet pine sap and grass clippings. But it never overwhelms; the aftertaste is drying- but more of a showcase of hop character than senseless IBU's. Medium-body and mild carbonation accentuate the oily mouthfeel and allow a residual sweetness to accompany the delicious hop resins that coat the tounge. The drinkability of this beer really shines; a Barleywine-caliber complexity that you can knock back like a session IPA.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - $2.99

Poured in to a pint glass it appears "Longhorn Orange" with a fluffy white head that diminished quickly leaving a fair amount of lacing.

It smells kind of piney, earthy, northwest hops!

It has a well balanced taste of piney hops and caramel malt.

It has a decent mouthfeel, right on the carbonation end and goes down smooth. I liked the first sip tickle of foam before the head went away.

It is a drinkable beer... 7.5%abv?.. very well hidden, hops and malt blended nicely, right bite in the finish, I knocked off the bomber and could of had more.

For the price it's a darn good beer, as are most of the Lagunitas brews.

I've always thought of Lagunitas as a "sleeper" brewery - decent craft beers at macro prices, or less!

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I saw some 12oz bottles of Maximus for the first time and thought what the hell. The color was a clear orange with a decent white head. The smell had a caramel aspect to it but no hops that I could detect. The taste was very balanced, almost too balanced for an IPA. I don;t think this beer was hoppy at all. The alcohol was very well hidden. At $9 a sixer I would never purchase this again. I keep buying Lagunitas beers and being disappointed. I think the only one I like is Gnarleywine. Thumbs down on Maximus.

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Photo of vtfan77
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear orange with a big, fluffy white head and plenty of lacing.

S- Initial dose of hops provides the expected aromas of tart oranges and pine needles, which are backed by a substantial caramel malt sweetness. Or perhaps I should say that the malts are backed by the hops. On the malty side, but not bad.

T- Caramel malt is perceived first and provides a more than adequate backing for the pine and grapefruit hop flavors, which are fairly mellow for a DIPA. A sweet tea-like sweetness also makes an appearance along with a hint of alcohol. Finishes dry with a strong but pleasant bitterness.

M- Pretty full-bodied, smooth and with just the right amount of carbonation.

D- Pretty good for a beer of its strength. No problems finishing the bomber.

It is only now that I see that this is a summer release and could therefore be up to nine months removed from its freshest state. That would account for the surprisingly mellow hop profile. I considered not reviewing it for this reason, but declined because A) I feel I was deceived (there's no date and the bottle says "unlimited release") and B) It's pretty good. It's no hop monster at this stage in its life, but instead is a well-balanced and drinkable IPA. Big time hopheads should wait until summer for the fresh stuff (as I indeed plan on doing), but otherwise, I'd definitely recommend it now.

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Photo of mmcave
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured aggressively into a tulip glass, one finger of fluffy off white head developed with good retention and leaving cumpy lacing. The body is a glowing red amber with shades of peach, gold, rust and a hint of blood. Smells is at first hops right in the kettle, grape fruit, grass, pine, sour orange juice, the underlying hints of malt are there as it warms, but they are completely overshadowed by hop aroma. Taste is slightly astringent with light citrus notes not unsimilar to bitter orange juice from concentrate. Malt is present but only in that it provides for the grounds for hop to work, although I’d personally like a bit more fruit complexity from the hops. The flavor coats the tongue and lingering on the side of the cheeks. I enjoy this, but I find it just another in the long line of enjoyable IPA/ double IPA. Personally I need a little more to woo me. Good beer, very solid, just not quite what I hoped for, but worth a try.

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Photo of kkosmoski
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Duvel tulip:

A - Poured a hazy coppery orange with a large fluffy cream-colored head that died down to a half inch and stayed there - some good stick to the sides. Haze could be from the cold temperature this beer is currently at (just came out of the fridge - 42F). Not much active CO2 rising to the top.
S - Lots of pine, resin, and grapefruit pith.
T - Citrusy to start off, followed by some piney bitterness, lemon, a light toastiness from the malt, and grapefruity, resinous stick in the finish. There is some extra sweetness left over in this beer, which is probably one of the qualities that helps identify it as a DIPA.
M - Medium to medium-full body. Carbonation definately not overdone.
D - Considering the class this is in (DIPA), I would say this has excellent drinkability. This is about at the bare minimum for ABV in the DIPA class, and the hops don't absolutely blow you away even though they do have a big presence.

Notes - The temperature was the cause for the haze first noticed in this beer. Sitting with it for about an hour in front of the TV cleared it up very nicely - enough so that I could read through it. If a good, strong, highly-hopped beer is what you are looking for, Maximus will do the trick. A bomber of this is much more easily put down than some of the higher octane DIPA's out there. There was something about the hop flavor that threw me off a little bit tonight though, maybe a little bit of a lemony sourness? It could have just been that my taste was off tonight though - this was a good, highly-hopped, bitter Northwest IPA.

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Photo of EPseja
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a 22oz bomber in a pint glass at cellar temperature.

A - Bright, clear, vibrant copper-orange, pushing up a huge, uniformly bubbled cream colored head. Staying power of the head is fantastic, and the lacing is chunky and sticky, forming rings as the pint is drained. How YOU doin'?

S - Fresh CA hops dominate the nose; crisply sappy and piney, with only a touch of citrus. Candy/caramel malt character can be discerned beneath, but the hops are definitely sitting on it's head. Undercomplicated but pleasant.

T - Unassuming malt sweetness up front that provides the honey drizzled atop the half-grapefruit hops. Bitterness is mild compared to so many of the "uber" DIPAs that try to kick your palette's proverbial ass, and lingers only slightly after the swallow. Aftertaste is refreshing and bright with hops. Very nice.

M - Creamy and smooth. Carbonation is just above what one might get out of a cask -- and that scores huge points for me, especially since DIPAs can easily suffer from overcarbonation, resulting in acridity. Round and balanced in the mouth with a seafoam roll that sends it straight down the pipes. Wow. I'm already halfway done with my pint... The alcohol is very well hidden and the low(er) carbonation makes it super slick. Fantastic!

D - In the land of DIPAs, this beer is the jack of all trades. Great look. Great smell. Great taste and balance. Great mouthfeel. Great resultant drinkability. A definite example of how *not* to overdo the style.

[insert sigh of relief and contentment here]

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Photo of stephendr
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle- color of Honey, with a lingering off white head - nose of hopps , grapefruit , some lemon / lime , and floral – taste of bitter hops , citrus , sweet , and malts – not that hoppy for a double but a good taste for a ipa - body is silky , low acidity , and medium to low carbonation – aftertaste of citrus , grapefruit , and semi sweet

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Photo of dwvarner77
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Advertised as an imperial IPA, I can see where it has a few shortcomings. But given the relative cost for its flavor, i'd rate it very highly. The hop is not as aggressive as i'd like for an 'imperial,' but it is quite flavorful; good citrus hop with a strong malt balance. It might be more appropriate in the IPA category, but I challenge anyone (at least based on Chicagoland beer prices) to find a comparable flavor for its price. Highly recommended as a good value.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.42/5  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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer. I bought a 6-pack for $9.00 (cheap for a good DIPA) and hoped for the best based on previous good experience with Lagunitas beers. I wasn't disappointed, this was a near masterpiece.

The beer was brilliantly clear, copper orange color, with a thick foamy head. The aroma was way hoppy, but included some malt tones so it wasn't 1-sided. The flavor was also dominated by hops (duh) but with a thick mouthfeel and strong malty backbone. There was a slightly sweet component to the flavor, but only slight (nothing like DFH DIPA sweetness) and more than compensated for by the puckering bitterness.

I highly recommend this for hops lovers.

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Photo of Stoneman78
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Large, white, frothy head that sustains; fair lacing throughout; clear body with an orange/amber hue; small, lively particles

S- Nose is full of citrus hoppiness; strong grapefruit tones; subtle malt aroma; light bread smell gradually appears

T- Citrus hops initially, lightly acidic; quickly dissipates and leaves a malty feel followed by a short bitter finish

M- Medium body; watery texture; good carbonation

D- Strong but short hoppy finish makes this quite a drinkable ale; I join with other reviewers' doubts of this being a true DIPA, it just is a little too simple with rather underwhelming hops compared to other DIPAs

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful looking brew, with a pillowy head, and lacing all the way through. Doesn't smell like much, is a golden color. The first sip produces some nice, almost caramely malts up front, very pleasant, then it gets harsh. Seems a tad bit unbalanced. The hops linger in the aftertaste, making it hard for me to drink. But it tastes good and is worth a try, for sure.

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Photo of Dizzy
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased this in a 22oz bottle, poured into imperial pint glass. Pours a very clear copper color with a fluffy white head. Leaves lots of lacing on the glass as it slowly recedes. Aroma is initially very hoppy, with a vague citrusy flavor and malty sweetness follows. Not a lot of hop flavor, but this one is very bitter. This beer is medium bodied. Overall, I think the perceived bitterness really takes away from the drinkibility. The doesn't seem to be enought malt to balance it out, or flavor to keep it interesting.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange amber color with less than a full finger off white head that fades to surface. Plenty of lacing present.

Smells a lot like some of my favorite DIPAs do. A citrus hop aroma with balanced sweet malty notes.

The mouth feel is smooth and medium bodied with a slight ting from the hop and carbonation.

The flavor is nice too. Smooth, sweet and creamy with a hop malt balance that is complemented quite well by the mouth feel

I'm a big fan here. I'm drawn to the balance. I enjoy a fresh hopped IPA too, but i could imagine spending a Saturday afternoon with a couple of these guys. The other draw to me is the price. The fact that Lagunitas can pull this off the what i paid is attractive to me. I'm comforted by the fact that i might be able to afford to enjoy their products for a while. That looks like it's taking this one to the top of my list too.

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a taster at the Strong Beer festival. Poured a deep gold color. Plenty of cascade hops, grapefruit aroma. Little head but could have been because of dirty glass. Probably not the most refreshing beer to drink on an 80 degree warm winter day but I am sure that a fresh pint or two would go down nicely in the evening. Body was pretty good. It was one of the few beers at the fest that made a lasting impression on me.

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3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of uberabr
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Appearance is great. Big fluffy two finger head that wafts the hop aromas well, tons of lace and excellent carbonation. Color is a kind of murky dark amber.

Smells great. I love it, the quintessential California hop heaven. Tons of grapefruit Cascade, melon, guava, apples, cherries- all with a subtle fresh-cut woodsy pine backbone and soothing aroma of fresh mountain air. This is how all Cali IPA's should smell. It's not refined, the bill is probably not all that complex, but it certainly does the trick- at least for a hophead.

Taste is a sharp bitter bite with crisp green apples and and a slight citrus malt. Some pine and butter. It might be a too bitter for some. Mouthfeel is bubbly and lush. Drinkability is very good- while I can't taste the booze, it's definitely moderating the uber-bitterness, as I could easily down this bomber without much thought.

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Photo of Celt44
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass - Appearance is a medium/light amber. Little head and less lacing.
Floral and fruity aroma is heavy on the grapefruit and malt. Sugary finish - like warm bread.
Definitely a lighter hop character than most IPAs. Malt is present along with a hint of the warm bread.
Mouthfeel is smooth - a short bitter bite at the end.
Overall a good beer - not as hoppy as I'd like my IPAs.

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Photo of DrMalt
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz growler during an IPA/DIPA tasting.

Poured a dark golden body with a white 2 1/2 finger head. Head retention was good.

Aroma was very pronounced with smells of grapefruit, orange & an perfumy piney smell.

Taste was definitely in favour of hop bitterness yet lots of balancing malt.

I really liked the mouthfeel this beer created. It was well balanced in its body. Not too thin yet not overwhelming.

Again the drinkability was similar to the mouthfeel in that it offerred loads of hops, was well matched by the maltiness but not too chewy.

Had this many times before & got to sample against some other similar DIPA's. It was my 2nd of 6 offerrings. A very drinkable DIPA.

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Photo of tboom29
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bubbly, frothy head on this one. Light brown/copper in color.

Lots of hops in the aroma. Very floral with a citrusy bite too.

This is ver hoppy to begin with, as you'd expect from a DIPA. Slight alcohol finish. Bit of a sweet, candied taste, orange taste. The orange taste reminded me of the peel from orange chicken you might get at a Chinese restuarant. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth, after the initial onslaught of hops in the beginning. Although there is a bit of maltiness towards the end, the citrusy hops win out. Maybe a bit heavy on the hops overall, but a decent DIPA in the end.

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Photo of Mdog
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark gold with a nice head, good lacing.

Smell: Tasty citrus aroma.

Taste: This is mostly dominated by citrus hops but a little sweetness comes through here and there. Unfortunately a little metallic bite does too which knocks this down a little.

Mouthfeel: Coating, lasting bitterness.

Drinkability: Pretty good, but there are better DIPAs out there.

Ordered some of this over the internet. It's a decent DIPA but there are plenty of other ones out there better than this one.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, clear golden-amber body, topped by a thick three finger slab of oatmeal colored micro bubbles. Lacing ? More like curtains draping the entire glass.

Clean, aggressive citrus aroma coupled with some pine.

Solid malt foundation lays a thick slather of caramel across the tongue.Juicy fruity bits slide on down the base, before a big bitter hop bite at the swallow. Hop tingle lightly mingled with citrus continues through the aftertaste. The kind of aftertaste that if you have this as a nightcap, you'll be tasting hops in the morning.

Mediumish mouthfeel is good for the style, unlike some DIPAs that don't seem fully integrated.

Drinkability is more than fine, goes down easily but respectfully.

While not an "oh my God" in today's beer world, a solidly well done big IPA.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,514 ratings.