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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company


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very good

3,494 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3494
Reviews: 1349
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.61%

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001)
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Photo of DrMalt

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-04-2007 20:08:32 | More by DrMalt
Photo of barczar


4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant golden with a billowing cream head that slowly dissipates leaving sticky lacing.

Tropical fruit notes of mango and pineapple accompany citrusy tangerine, contrasted by resin. Very fruity hop aroma.

Flavor reveals tart lime, lemon, and peach underpinnings, with mango and a touch of resin surfacing late. The toasted malt backbone is subtle, but surfaces mid palate to carry into a lightly bitter finish. Bitterness is more pronounced as it warms.

Body is on the full side, with moderate carbonation and noted alcohol warmth. It kind of coats the tongue in an odd way.

Great hop flavoring, albeit somewhat muddled. Not overly bitter or overly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 15:19:45 | More by barczar
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
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
Photo of Jay_Ulreich


4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this and Sucks. Like this better. Yeah, I said it.
A- gave it a 4.25 cuz the head retention and color is awesome. Little floaty goodies in there too, but its still clear. Just a great looking brew.
S- Balance. Hops bite you with the bitterness. Malt holds its own.
T- Balance. I love how malty it is. Bitterness is clear and crisp. You can taste the craftsmanship.
M- beautiful. Its dry, but just the right amount. Its almost got a chewy feeling to it, but its just got the perfect amount of body.
Over this beer is fantastic, Id get it over Sucks any day. Yeah, I said that again.

I put just a splash of this in my sauteed mushrooms with garlic and oregano, basil, black pepper and olive oil. It was awesome over steak.


Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 23:37:05 | More by Jay_Ulreich
Photo of gonzo000


4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a. Golden orangy color, clear. Good 2 inch head which lasts. Good lacing.

s. Only pine. Does not seem very complex in the nose.

t. Oh, there we go! A non existent taste up front (kind of like heady, but not as pronounced a length of time). A quick burst of citrus in the middle and better and pine in the finish. On the sweeter side.

m. Nice - smooth - plenty of carbonation - well balanced.

o. Another great beer by the outstanding brewer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 00:05:10 | More by gonzo000
Photo of BTodd


4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

A-lively, larger bubbles, 2 fingers of foam. Dissipated slowly. Great clear, golden color.

S-Pine, citrus, orange peel, some tropical fruit aroma.

T-nice bitterness balance with light malty sweetness. Pine and tropical fruit notes here.

M-medium bodied, carbonation. Lingering bitterness.

O-Been a while since I've had this one. I'm not sure why. Fantastic! This beer has loads of the strong aromatic and taste profile that I've been missing in other IPAs lately.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 17:13:02 | More by BTodd
Photo of BWED


4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A- Clear golden brass. Yellow, pilsner style highlights. A little lumpy white head. 1/2 finger retention. Great sticky lacing.

S- Juicy citrus, pineapple. A hint of evergreen. Malt character is sweet, and just a little bready.

T- Hop forward, of course. Dry citrus peel. Juicy citrus- orange and lemon. Bread sweetness is mild in the background.

M- Nice medium body. Bitter finish, but not awfully strong.

O- Great juicy beer. I use "juicy" a lot, describing Lagunitas brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 11:59:12 | More by BWED
Photo of 57md


3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper with over two fingers of head that dissipated surprisingly fast but left really nice lacing behind. The nose has both hoppy and citrus notes. The flavor profile has touch of sweetness along with a mild maltiness. The hoppiness is pleasant, but not up to the quality of a top-tier version of the style. There is a touch of alcohol sourness on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 04:31:49 | More by 57md
Photo of tillmac62

South Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BOD 345/13. Pours a clear amber with a massive head and lacing that retains well. The nose is a blend of sweet citrus (orange and mango) coupled with notes of grapefruit and pine over a sweet caramel background. Almost full bodied with a rich creamy texture. The carbonation level is normal with a touch of effervescence on the finish. The complex, yet balanced, flavor profile is outstanding. It begins with a tart burst of citrus hop flavor like the nose, flows to a mild sweet citric bitterness which recedes into a caramel sweetness. The finish is smooth with a burst of sweetness and lingering light tart bitterness. A complex brewer's masterpiece of balance, flavor and bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 19:35:09 | More by tillmac62
Photo of Bone53


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at around 45°F

Appearance: Medium orange-ish gold color and because of an aggressive pour, an enormous off white head, which quickly dissipated.

Smell: Tropical fruits, pine, along with some spice that I can't put my finger on.

Taste: Tropical fruits and pine balanced with sweet malts. A bit too sweet for my liking, and the flavors are mild for what I prefer in a DIPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Smooth and easy drinking for 8.2%. Not much bitterness

Overall: I prefer more body and character for the style. A mellow DIPA to be sure. I prefer Hop Stoopid in every aspect, but if Im in the mood for a sweet and lighter tasting double, ill grab this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 03:34:48 | More by Bone53
Photo of ryannosaurus


4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured to tulip snifter

Appearance is a clear medium gold (surprisingly light for 1.080 OG), 1 finger and a half of light gold head. Head lays down to a film rather quickly, leaves some nice lacing. Very pretty beer,

Aroma has light floral, pine and citrus notes, some faint biscuit and honey.

Flavor has a nice sweetness with loads of hop flavor: pine, juniper berries, orange peel and black pepper jump out, but none annoyingly so. Less bitter than expected.

Mouthfeel is very nice, drinks far lighter than 1.080 OG suggests

Overall: less aggressive than the name and numbers might suggest, a good looking brew, nearly a big beer, that drinks like a PA. This one will be making frequent appearance in my fridge, for certain.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 00:58:45 | More by ryannosaurus
Photo of threeviews

New Jersey

4.98/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle(Bottled on January 09, 2014) into a 12oz Rastal tulip glass.

A-Despite some sediment (D.E.?) left in suspension, Maximus pours a mostly clear and deep sunset orange sporting a 1-finger frothy white head. (4.25)

S- You are immediately assaulted with citrus notes: sweet orange/tangerine and grapefruit notes followed by hints of tropical fruit. As the head dissipates, the orange begins to dominate as well as some ruby red grapefruit and a hint of pine comes out of hiding...the malt refuses to play second (or third) fiddle and its sweetness is also present in the nose. (5.0)

T- The taste is a perfect amalgamation of malt sweetness and citrus pucker. Neither component is overpowering which makes for a well balanced recipe. The malt backbone hits the palate first and then is quickly quelled by the significant hop presence. However, the flavor is lingering, but not overwhelming. (5.0)

M- Medium bodied without being cloying. Moderate carbonation does just enough to open the tastebuds and allow all of the flavors to mingle on the palate in perfect harmony. (5.0)

O- This is the beer that initially pulled me into the world of hoppy beers. This also stands to be my 3rd review of this beer, as I feel (as my palate has since developed over the years) stands to be the more accurate. As such, Maximus is In essence a less tropical (and more piney) version of Sucks (another favorite of mine). Fortunately, I still remain nothing short of impressed with Maximus and it will remain a staple in my 'fridge. Fortunately for me, this is an "Unlimited Release" and therefore am able to get it year-round...you should too. (5.0)

Drink up and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 23:41:31 | More by threeviews
Photo of Bosoxfan20


4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- light copper with a creamy, off white head of about a finger. Terrific lacing.

S- No surprise here...Lagunitas brews another west coast style IPA that awakes the olfactory with intoxicating stimulus of fresh pine, grapefruit pith, and lemon grass. Accompanied by a strong bready malt base.

T- Quintessential, classic, hop forward, big, west coast DIPA. Serious hop profile from the get go makes for a juicy, yet spicy start. A true NW profile with the C hops. Healthy dose of crystal malts take on the role of the referee to break things up and give you a timely break from the IBU pounding you are taking.

M- Crisp, big bodied, and bitter.

O- My second fav IPA from this brewery. Just a notch below Sucks. Well done. This one probably flies under the radar due to the ease of which it can be found. One of the better IPA values.

$4 for a 22oz bomber

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 03:39:54 | More by Bosoxfan20
Photo of EricTKolekamp


3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice clean straight forward double IPA. Doesn't seem to be slanted towards an east coast or west coast bias of the style more like a good representation of what you'd expect. Very floral on the nose with a nice head for an IPA. A little more on the orangy-brown color than most with a solid body. It finishes rather smooth and sweet then ends with a slight not overly bitter after taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 01:21:09 | More by EricTKolekamp
Photo of Shroud0fdoom


3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*12 oz. Bottle* Checking out a Californian DIPA, just for fun. I'm going to keep this review simple because this beer is pretty simple. The appearance on this brew is: A nice bright crystal clear orange body with a towering white frothy head. This beer gives amazing Head! Ok time to for the fragrance: This has the aroma of rose peddles wrapped around some silly citrus air freshener. Hints of dense earthy hops. Like that of wet resinous wood... Heh wood. The malt smells like that of caramel and wheat. Smells simple enough for a DIPA. Tasting this should be a treat, since the aroma isn't telling too much. This tastes like sweetened grapefruit and pineapple juice with hints of white grapes. There is some cedar sawdust flavor in here as well. Hints of herbal tea as the finish comes forth. This is on almost syrupy quality maltiness. This finishes semi-dry with a subtle amount of citrus acidity and bitterness. Not a tongue scorcher. Pleasant from all the "palate wreckers" out there ;). While this beer warms some alcohol is present but not on "oh my god" status. The mouthfeel on this bad boy is medium bodied with cola like carbonation.

Overall: Yeah it is what it is. This beer is neat and clean, just not on the adventurous side. It has components of being World Class, but just doesn't seem to catch that threshold. I'm from the southern side of the Mid-west I like my beverages balanced and sweet. The aroma is decent but lacks the punch in the face that I accept from West Coast DIPAs. This seems more like it was from a brewer that came from the East Coast. That's not a complaint, but this brew is a little more malt forward than normal. I can clearly state that yeah this brew is worthy.
*edit: If I get a fresher bottle I will re-review it. This tastes damn good for being two almost three months old.*

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 01:58:55 | More by Shroud0fdoom
Photo of Emnmarko


3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- No glass available so the bottle must do.

S- Not much nose from a short neck but citrus hops with grapefruit come through.

T- Strong hop bitterness in the way of grapefruit comes on first. Orange and lemon too. A mild malt flavor tries to balance but is underpowered for such an aggressive adversary. Fortunately the hops do the job on their own.

M- Medium bodied and easy to drink for 8.2%. Good carbonation and feel.

O- Outstanding brew. Wonderful flavor. Can't go wrong with one. Try it if you haven't.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 21:59:32 | More by Emnmarko
Photo of Flopjack


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Golden and orange tones, about 1 finger white head, nice intricate lacing

Smell - Big hop characteristics detectable, tropical fruits, grapefruit, mango, orange, tangerine, light pine, nice floral aromas.

Taste - Spicy tropical fruit, starts with a citrus fruit flavor that leads you into a peppery spiciness that is quite pleasant, not overwhelming. The taste settles with a resinous pine type bitterness but still carries citrusy characteristics as well as the pepper notes.

Mouthfeel - Medium/full bodied, medium carbonation, refreshing.

Overall - Good beer. Very well rounded in all categories, looks good, smells nice, full flavor, and definitely refreshing. Enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 03:17:52 | More by Flopjack
Photo of BVukelich


4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Try pronouncing it with a Sean Connery accent. Sounds like a beer you don't want to mess with. Glad I did! Nice copper color with an off-white head. Lace that stuck like glue to the glass. Incredible citrus and floral hop aromas. It's a DIPA but is really well balanced. Also higher on the ABV but no bite from the alcohol content. Medium+ carbonation and less than average viscosity. This is a very sessionable DIPA in my opinion. Next time I'm going for the growler fill. PS - I paired it with some roast antelope which is a bit gamey, they both worked well together.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 22:47:53 | More by BVukelich
Photo of Antwan66


4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer to stock in the fridge! Has good malt balance with hop balance. My every day IPA! Golden amber color with nice weight. If you want a bit more body to the regular IPA you must try.Just got a 1/6 keg to go in the Kegerator and cant wait to tap into.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 06:13:01 | More by Antwan66
Photo of glass_house


4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a footed tulip

Pours a medium amber-orange with two fingers of dense off-white head which leaves a thin ring and substantial lacing. Smells like fresh pine with floral and citrus accents. Sweet caramel malt also makes its presence known.

Medium bodied with a slick oily mouthfeel and perfect carbonation. No mistaking that this is a DIPA. The rush of bitter citrus (primarily grapefruit) and pine is balanced beautifully with the sweet tropical fruit, floral notes, and rich malts. The smooth synergy of the flavor profile is impressive.

I know Maximus does not get the acclaim some of Lagunitas' other brews do, but for my money, only Sucks surpasses it in their IPA lineup. I suppose personal preference of hop profile plays a big role, and for me this is near perfection. Bitter enough to satisfy my hop itch, but balanced enough to be extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 02:24:27 | More by glass_house
Photo of corby112


3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with apricot edges and a one finger, white foam head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Rings and spots of soapy left behind.

Earthy, floral hop aroma with some grassy pine and oily resins countered by a faint citrus fruit presence and a sweet malt backbone. The malt presence is a bit stronger than I expect/prefer with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit and cracker hindering the grassy hop character.

Medium body with a blast of dank, earthy hop bitterness that lingers over hints of sweet tropical/citrus fruit and a caramel malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Better balanced and more complex than the aroma suggests. Dry and sticky with grassy pine, spruce tip and resinous hop oils followed by hints of juicy grapefruit, orange pith, pineapple and mango. The intense hop profile is countered by a malt backbone with strong caramel sweetness, toffee and toasted bread. The malt presence is stronger than I usually prefer but in this beer it provides excellent balance without hindering the complex hop flavors. The high ABV is excellently masked with a touch off boozy sweetness in the finish but there's no heat to speak of. Complex, flavorful and dangerously drinkable. Another very solid beer from Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 06:07:09 | More by corby112
Photo of BierJager89


4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours copper with a white head.

S: Strawberries (which strike me as odd), citrus and dark fruit in the nose.

T: Berries, citrus fruits and floral notes along with a fair amount of malt and pine.

M: Medium-full bodied, but too carbonated for my taste.

O: Probably my second favorite beer of theirs after Little Sumpin Sumpin, though Sucks is pretty good as well. Definitely worth try if you like DIPAS.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2014 23:41:25 | More by BierJager89
Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ


4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy copper/orange color, frothy head and good lacing
Tons of clean citrus hop aroma, light pine and medium malt notes.
Tons of hop flavor, good malt backbone, really bitter. The bitterness lingers for a long while
This is a good beer, I like this one and get it every once in a while as a more powerful IPA. This is a very good choice for hop heads


Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 17:59:47 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
Photo of theteleman


3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amberish in color with a nice white head. Smells fruity and hoppy, very pleasent aroma. Mouthfeel is light and bitter. Taste is very hop prevalent along with citrusy fruit. Bitter, hoppy and bitter. This is one of my go to beers, lots of hops but not real heavy. High ABV on this one so tread cautiously.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 03:54:48 | More by theteleman
Photo of HookerBrews


3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: I poured from a bottle into a Dogfish IPA glass. The beer pours a wonderful amber color that is crystal clear. The head is ivory colored and thick and leaves great, sticky lacing. Overall a very enticing looking brew.

Smell: What immediately hits my nose are notes of grapefruit and lime rind along with a nice nose of hops (Amarillo, maybe?). There are also some interesting spice notes like cumin. The smell is very pleasing and prepares you for a big IPA.

Taste: A deep sip gives you a blast of bitter hops with a rich, malty note that balances the brew. The brew is certainly hop forward, but has a nice complexity that really rounds it out. There is a significant amount of tropical fruit, grapefruit, mango, and lemon and finishes bitter with a good bit of interesting spiciness. I get cardamom, dry white wine, and a tiny hint of rosemary as well. For an 8.2% ABV beer, it drinks very smoothly but retains complexity and a wonderful depth of flavor.

Mouthfeel: This beer is medium-bodied and smooth with somewhat mild carbonation.

Overall: I have been getting more into the Lagunitas offerings and the Maximus does not disappoint. It's a great double IPA with lots of bitter hops, wonderful fruitiness, and a complex flavor profile. For a big beer, it drinks smoothly and doesn't have a big kick of alcohol. It's not the best West Coast IPA, but it certainly seems to epitomize everything that's good about them.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 01:17:17 | More by HookerBrews
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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,494 ratings.