Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,459
Hads: 5,034
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 106
Gots: 920 | FT: 0
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Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber.

This beer poured a nice, cupric-orange color with a substantial, off-white head. The aroma of floral, citrusy hops was immediately upon my nose, with wisps of alcohol as well.

I'm prone to liking pretty much every double IPA I taste, so I try to see through my bias a bit. This particular one is fairly astringent on top of the lovely bitterness, with a sharp bite of alcohol. Fairly good body on this one, but the hops and alcohol dominate.

Not bad, but not the best I've had. (501 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Crisp copper tinged amber with a fluffy two fingers of eggshell hued lace that clings briefly, before settling into a lasting veil with light lacing.

Mouthwatering aromas of sweet, scorched malts, honey soaked citrus fruits, bubblegum, light pine, and green herbs make this a pleasure to sniff.

The flavor is equally enjoyable, a hearty malt entrance of scorched caramel and biscuits is countered by a reather complex hop structure of bittersweet fruit, grapefruit, evergreen, and resinous green herbs. Very big flavor in spite of the stylistically "low" 7.5% abv.

Body just touches medium and seems to thin as it warms, it has all the flavor, just not enough body to support it. Mouthfeel clean, creamy, and gently carbonated. Absolutely drinkable for an IIPA. (771 characters)

Photo of Litterbean
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer, albeit a tad bit lighter than I expected. Thin head too, doesn't stick around long.

The smell is full of blistering hop aromas: resinous pine, citrus, raw unchecked aggression. The malts impart a syrupy sweetness to the nose. Alcohol is fairly noticeable.

Taste is full of hops as described above, but the maltiness is creamier than it smelled. A bit candy-like and perhaps a little too much, but still good. Alcohol takes on a spicy, boozy character that I think is slightly out of place, especially with a brew that is 7.5%. Granted, that's fairly high, but it can be easily disguised or blended with the other flavors instead of standing out so much. Still, it's good to drink and it leaves the mouth feeling happy. (744 characters)

Photo of dblinkhorn
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Stone IPA glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy honey orange/amber color. The head is off-white and very creamy. It has good retention and excellent lacing all the way down the glass. The head settles at a half-finger super creamy cap.

Smell - Super fresh, citrusy, and crisp hops aroma right on the nose. I would be hard-pressed to say that this doesn't have a better aroma than even the Stone IPA. A cooked malt character lingers behind the powerful hops aroma. There are some spice notes and a very slight molasses or caramel character as well. There is noticeable alcohol.

Taste - Milder than expected bitter and citrusy hops character come through immediately. Tied into this is a very interesting medley of caramel, some heightened spice notes (maybe clove), and a wonderful sweet fruitiness in the middle. As you swallow and the finish sets in, a very smooth and relaxed, but rich cooked malt character come through nicely, along with a different, but still bitter hops character. The aftertaste is basically a follow-through of the finish. Not a particularly balanced brew, but it has a very nice diversity of flavor. The alcohol is somewhat difficult to isolate due to the powerful hops and other flavors.

Mouthfeel - A medium-bodied brew (I could see this while pouring it, even). The carbonation is what you would expect from this style--slightly above average but nothing unpleasant.

Drinkability - This category suffers, naturally, because of the very high levels of hops flavor. Even if you love hops, a strong-flavored beer does get to you. Still decent drinkability, though.

This is a very good IPA. It has some interesting flavors that come together very well. The hops character in this IPA is very refreshing and clean. The malt is mellow but ties it all together nicely. Recommended. (1,850 characters)

Photo of kimcgolf
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had never heard of Lagunitas, and just picked this up at Green’s. Damn glad I did. Poured to the expected golden orange with thick off-white head that stuck around for the whole glass, and left excellent lacing. Aroma was very hoppy citrus, mostly grapefruit and lemons, and taste was more of the same. Palate was very bitter and dry, but with a hint of sweet malt. I had the bomber, and drank it slowly, so that at the end, I was beginning to feel the effects of the 7.5% alcohol. This was a most excellent beer, and I hope to try more. (538 characters)

Photo of teg8612
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Orange-tinged, amberish color. Large head no matter how you pour. Foamy and just won't lay down.

S- Hops. Grapefruit citrus notes, very floral and pungent. Slight metallic qualities and some light alcohol.

T&M- This has some bite to it. Very bitter hops. Absolutely overpowers the malt though some mild sweetness peaks briefly. Grapefruit is strong but the hops kick you butt until the end. Bitterness builds until I can't finish the bottle. I would say it is medium bodied with some tight carbonation.

D- As one of my first forrays into DIPA's, I didn't think I would ever like them after this one. I have heard some say this is more IPA but I think you guys are nuts and need to give your palate a break. 72 IBU's is damn high. I will have to share my last bottle as I know I couldn't finish it. (809 characters)

Photo of doubleipa
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was pysched that Lagunitas beers finally showed up in Georgia. Kind of a let-down, though. Heavy hop aroma with orange, resin. Creamy head that mostly lasted. Expected much more hoppiness as this is 72 IBU's. This was more like a West Coast IPA, rather than a DIPA. The palate was surprisingly soft. (299 characters)

Photo of HoustonTX
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Maximus take #2.

Pours a orange color, with a bright red hue. Billowing small white head sits gently atop. Slow moving carbonation streams, along with small amount of cling on lace. Nose has grapefruit, a touch of spice, and a load of hops. Taste has a nice reminescent quality about it. Tangy and blasting with citrus up front. Small malt presense helps with balance. Lots of American hops midway, with notes of resin, pine, florals, and herbs. Aftertaste is bitter and most of the citrus quality has faded by this point. For 73IBU's this hits the hop craving perfectly. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, drinkability is great.

A tasty IPA, all the way around. (671 characters)

Photo of dgallina
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce brown bottle without freshness dating.

Pours deep clear copper with slow carbonation. A half inch of creamy thin off-white head that lowers to a small blanket and thin lace. Aromatic with simple but pleasant resins and pine-like hops. Creamy rounded body with light carbonation. Straightforward flavors; toasty biscuit malts, a bit of caramel, piney and leafy hops. Not overwhelming, but well balanced and easy-drinking. (432 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy orange straw color with a minimal white head.

S - Slight malt sweetness with a very dank earthy, citrus, floral grassy, grapefruit hoppiness.

T - Sweet caramel up front dominated by an earthy floral grapefruit like hoppiness. The malt is present in the beginning but the DIPA strength hops definitely take over in the finish. Very earthy floral hop taste in this one.

M - Moderate but still creamy with a nice dry hop finish.

D - Definitely an earthy hoppy resiny DIPA. Very good but I would like to see how this one tastes with some age on it. (572 characters)

Photo of timtheenchanta
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Light orange/copper color with a very large eggshell white head that leaves sheets of foam down the glass. Dissipates a minute or three later.

Floral hoppiness with thin notes of sweet apple malt. Citrusy hints as well.

The taste really lets me down. BA lists this one as a DIPA but I'm definitely not feeling that. There's a bit more warming alcohol but not much more flavor. Spicy hops that have a lemony taste to them. Sweet backbone that is almost a bit citrusy from the hop overflow. A tasty brew but it's a bit thin and could use a little bit more kick.

Not bad but not as wild as Lagunitas will have you believe. (628 characters)

Photo of BlindPig
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an amazing brew.
A- 2" light tan head that leaves a little lacing that sticks to side of glass. It is a cloudy orangey/copper/amber color.
S-Big citrus hops. Nice malt back bone that makes its self very present. Hints of grapefruit and lemon and a few other fruits that can't pin point. Maybe tangerine.
T-Citrus hops attack the taste buds with a nice balanced bitterness. The malt comes through with a hint of alcohol also. The alcohol leaves very little to basically no warming, but is there. Citrus fruits all come into play also. Lemons, orange, grapefruits. The aftertaste gets more bitter and flavors of citrus tastes all over mouth. Has malt in it also.
M- Goes down very smooth, and creamy. Medium/full body and light carbonation.
D-This, like I stated earlier, is an amazing brew. Just perfect blend of flavors. Great bitterness with a good flavor to it. Just great all around. Love it. (910 characters)

Photo of bradybeer
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite beer to have around the house. It pours well and the aroma of resin hits you as soon as you pour it.

The color is a medium orange with a nice white head.

Hops, hops, and more hops-the aroma hits you as soon as you pour the beer following through to the end.

The taste for me is balanced between the malt and the hops and as far as mouth feel goes it is thick and chewy.

This maybe one of the most drinkable double IPAs on the market-it isn't over- powering-allows for drinking more of the Maximus than other Douple IPAs. (552 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow, nice carbonation, nice small head, some lacing afterwards.

S - Could smell the hops right from the get go. Scents of hops, citrus, spices, and sweet malts.

T - The taste is sweet and hoppy, with a nice bitter finish.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. A tasty DIPA from Lagunitas. (332 characters)

Photo of EvilKeith
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the imperial pint glass the color of rich dark caramel. The head was two fingers of biege dense batter-like foam. The lace was a thing of beauty, generously thick and sticky.

The smell was big sweet maltiness, floral and citrus hops and faint molasses.

The taste was suprisingly sweet, full of caramel-like flavor. There is also a peppery spiciness, and the much heralded citrus rind. Suprisingly less bitter than I was expecting, but still came across as well balanced with the malty sweetness.

Medium plus body and moderate carbonation give this a slightly thicker, but still creamy mouthfeel.

I found this to be quite enjoyable. There is nothing to be feared here. Hops are definitely in there, but nothing too overwhelming. Drinkable, hell yes. (776 characters)

Photo of mmmbeer
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. stubby with no freshness date but the label tells me it has 72.41 IBUs. The beer has a clear, dark copper body and a finger of tan head that leaves some lacing. It smells of white grapefruit with a malty background and hints of tropical fruits and apricot. There is a big bitterness with a good malt backing and flavors of leafy/green hops, apricot, biscuity malts, faint tropical fruit, lingering hop oils, and a sweetness that creeps in near the end. It has a sturdy mouthfeel that is lightly numbing and drying, with prickly carbonation that seems almost artificial on top of a medium body that has a fairly long finish. Overall it's tasty enough, but the mouthfeel is a bit awkward, as it took an hour for the carbonation to smooth out enough to be tolerable. (770 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark amber garnet with a moderately sized frothy head that dissipated rather quickly. A mix of piney and herbal hops hit up front first with citrus bringing up the rear in the mix. I get a good balance of malt with caramel aromas doing a good job of keeping the hops in check. Subtle alcohol in the nose. I get similar flavors in the taste with caramel and malt leading off. The citrus from the hops hit first in my mouth and each sip finishes with a lingering of hop bitterness and piney hops. Body is moderate but could be more substantial, I think. I would like this to linger on my tongue a bit longer. A really tasty DIPA that drinks way too quick for the abv. (679 characters)

Photo of bruachan
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber from arrowine

clear dark pilsy gold. rolling bone-colored head sticks to the glass. very malty aroma: bready, pilsy (again)...i think i smell amarillo. big hop flavor, bitterness. malt starts it all off with some sweet up front but then hands the baton to mr. lupulus. it's pretty creamy. each sip surprises me with the level of malt; it's actually fairly balanced's definitely tasty, but i'd be hard pressed to justify drinking it over a bottle of hercules or hop wallop (493 characters)

Photo of phisig137
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light amber color, with a thick two finger head, which leaves behind a good amount of lacing.

The aroma is delightfully hoppy, very floral and citric scented hops, blended with just a touch of caramel. Almost makes the hops smell sweet, like thier candied. Very nice.

The flavor here is awesome. Not outrageously bitter, but massive waves of hop flavor hit you, and change as the beer sits in your mouth. I taste three distinct "waves" of flavor, ranging from citrus hops, to crystal malt, to floral hop finish. Solid malt back bone holds everything together. After a few sips, you can actually taste and feel the hop resin on your teeth. I think this has got to be a "late hop" beer. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel is chewy, full, and smooth. Drinkability is pretty good. (786 characters)

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber to orange color with an off-white head that leaves average lacing. Aroma is piney hops with a strong, biscuity malt presence. Malts are quite as prominant in the taste. Sharp, bitter hop bite in the beginning with a hint of sweetness in the middle before the bitterness from the piney hops takes over again. Long lasting bitter aftertaste that has a flavor not unlike chewing on a piece of hay. Mouthfeel is dry with some slickness...a little different. Almost full bodied with decent carbonation and the ABV is noticed more than in some stronger brews. I could see two bombers of this in a long as you don't want to taste much else afterwards. (670 characters)

Photo of WeisGuy
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - deep golden color, no sediment visible, decent sized head with moderate lacing and retention

s - very floral, slightly piney hops with a strong malt presence as well, alcohol is detectible

t - strong hoppy bitterness at the outset with a slight malty sweetness in the middle, the finish is long, bitter and dry

m - light-bodied with ample carbonation, very dry finish

d - fairly drinkable with the exceptions of the dryness and the strong hop character destroying the palate, I could definitely do more than just a bomber though (536 characters)

Photo of beerphan
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet

Bright almost clear light orange with a nice 2 inch pale tan pillowly head that slowly recesses to a soapy dishwater layer. Fine sticky lacing creeps down the glass.

I could smell this beer as soon as i poured it, a hop bomb scent. Resiny pine and floral come through the most but i thought a got a fruity wiff from somewhere in there.

Taste is hop dominated here with a dry lingering bitter bite, a malt backbone is present just well hidden. Good for the first few sips then becomes a tad overwhelming.

Medium carbonation and thickness make it an easy swallow, its what happens after that may make you catch your breath.

Would be a hard beer for me to session, but a bomber would be just about right on a hot muggy night.

Note: Now that i've finished my two 12oz'ers I'm wishing a had another... (849 characters)

Photo of dfried
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangish amber in color, thin off white head. The aroma is very pine-like, but also very floral, with a decent sweet pale malt backbone. Musty, resinous, earthy hops dominated the flavor, but there was significant orange and citrus rind flavor as well. The malt plays its role well providing a good, solid sweet backdrop. The mouthfeel is a little dry but silky. Easily drinkable. This beer is right on par, a good example of the style, but not a big time standout. (465 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Goldenrod slanted towards bronze with a fluffed beige foam.
The nose is full of orange peels, pineapple, sweetbread, and pine pitch.
Enters with a lemony shortbread maltiness, and then unfold into caramelized pineapples and muskmelons. Hops bring additional pangs of lemon pith, cedar, cloverflowers, and pine tar. A wavering sense of gin & tonic-esque alcohol presence adds quinine and shimmers of heat.
Medium in build with a seemingly form-fitted stunted CO2.
A nice version of a 1.5IPA. Make sure it is fresh, as the hop fade come quicker than some.

The newer 8.4% sixpack model (reviewed 5/8/08):
Fundamentally it is still the same, and the above review almost entirely applies. Though it's somewhat more resinous in the hop department and the body is a small bit more honey-thick. My ratings drop a bit, but that might be a repercussion of a long Winter and Spring spent drinking Hopslam (regardless, my initial 4.5 score seemed a tad high). But I really do like this a lot. And for a big ass IPA/Nearly DIPA this is bargain at $8 something a sixer. (1,057 characters)

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Left a two finger head that gradually receded to a 1/4 inch layer that lasted, and left excellent lacing. Body was an orange amber.

Smell - piney and woodsy hops. Hint of the toasty malt backbone.

Taste - as promised by the smell. A piney hop bomb, dominated throughout with pine and more pine. Deliciously very bitter and drying. A faint taste of caramel from the malt tries to establish itself in the middle before being washed out with piney bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - full, low carbonation, very drying.

Drinkability - this is good, and goes down fairly well. Drying bitterness keeps it from being entirely sessionable, though I can see that that would not neccessarily stop me from having more than one bomber of these on occassion. (789 characters)

Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,459 ratings.