Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,457 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,457
Hads: 5,025
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 106
Gots: 918 | 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 Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Better than average beer, perhaps the near-room temperature on a very humid day did not do it justice. Had at Volo Cafe. Bomber needed to and was shared. Good retained head. Floral hoppy, initially grapefruity aroma. Smooth and Refreshing, but there are tastier double IPAs around, or even IPAs instead. (303 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark honey color with a small 1/2 inch bone colored head that fades to a tiny cap. Nicely formed distinct rings of lacing on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt, honey, and citrus/floral hops. Taste is up front with the citrus zest hops, followed by the sweet malt and a honey aftertaste. Very mild citrus juice bitterness on the palate after each sip. Good carbonation makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Hop oils can be felt in the mouth. Overall, a very good DIPA from Lagunitas. (496 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: I.5 finger head that slowly dissipates to leave a nice lacing. Amber and clear to minimally hazy.

S: Wow! I love the smell... grapefruit, strawberry and hops.

T: Starts with solid hop character and finishes with readily apparent floral notes. Citrus inbetween. A very dynamic.

M: For 8.2% ABV, this drinks like a 6% beer. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: This has climbed to the top as one of my favorite IPAs. Delicious. Will definitely being purchasing many times over in the future. (505 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrus hops in the nose along with some hints of pine resin hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of citrusy hops (oranges and grapefruits seem to stand out in particular) along with some hints of pine resin towards the back end. There is a moderate amount of bitterness and faint hints of caramel malts.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and is a little crisp with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is nice and hoppy but doesn't seem as malty and strong compared to other beers in the style. Any traces of alcohol are well masked from the taste. (970 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a tulip glass. Pours a nice orange color that is just ever-so-slightly darkened by a bit of bronze. Nose is strong citrus hops with loads of orange and grapefruit. A bit of rind. The taste is quite hoppy, but doesn't hit quite the level of the nose. Nice bitter and resinous feel. Drinks quite well and is a solid DIPA. (351 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a gorgeous head that sheets the pint glass with lace

Smell: Nicely balanced between pine and citrus with a solid caramel underpinning

Taste: Balanced, as well, on the opening with the caramel providing a sturdy backdrop to the pine and citrus (tangerine) that appear by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter flavors jump to the fore, but there is a sweetness that lingers from the big malt bill

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, somewhat sticky; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not the most bitter; not the most extreme; but a very nice example of the DIPA style (614 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another big brutal hoppy offering from lagunitas. pour is surprisingly orange, glowing, but the head is a let down, white but small. the nose is big sweet and bitter fresh hops, some english malts but they are way back. sweet up front, bitter on the back end, just what i like. the taste is the same, maybe a little too sweet for my palate as a big ipa, but it doesnt last long, and its not sugary, just like fresh hop sweetness. could stand a touch more carbonation, but the body is a nice medium, and its pretty drinkable for its abv. for once the yeast in a lagunitas beer seems to be different, my main knock against them has been all the same yeast for everything, but this doesnt appear to be that, which i am thankful for. overall a good beer, a 6er to share, a little sweet, but a nice wintery ipa. cant taste the booze at all, just the hops. (850 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle revealed a bit more about the beer than the tap. The beer falls short of D!PA but stands firm as a standard IPA. The aromas leap from the bottle with juicy gapefruit, orange, lemon, pine, and light malts. The pour delivers a strong straw / golden color with airy head retention. The flavors reinforce the citrus aromas and add a lot of peppery spices to the taste. Firm bitterness rises toward the finish. A light metalic note lingers throughout the flavors. Body is light against the flavors; but makes for easy drinking. The beer has an evaporative, chalky effect going into the finish, compounding the alcohols and hop character. Again, good, but no double. (671 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a beige/yellow color ale with a medium bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of C-hops is quite powerful with lots of citrus and floral notes. Taste is quite bitter with huge citrus and floral hops with a big grassy feel. Malt is more subdued then I would have liked it with limited caramel. Body is about average with medium carbonation. Good take on the style but it is missing something (malt?) to make it truly great. (465 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yeasty dark tangerine with a huge, dense cap of lightly orange-accented beige that has a fine-grained, finely pitting surface. It's already an attractive looking beer and I haven't even seen any lace yet. As the head begins its descent, a nearly solid sheet of lace appears on the glass. Splendid.

The nose is aromatic and consists of bright, juicy citrus zest and sweet pine. I would have said IPA rather than DIPA though. It isn't quite assertive enough for the bigger style.

Maximus is hoppy, but not as hoppy as expected after tasting this brewery's IPA. The flavor profile is sweet and rounded rather than bright and pungent. Candied white grapefruit, ripe peaches in heavy syrup and sticky pine sap lead the way. The hop bill is made up of Cascade, Liberty and Emperor. There's plenty of cake-like malt on hand to provide a rock solid structure that could handle a bigger hop load than it has been given.

The finish is less fruity and more piney with a lingering bittersweet sappiness. The body is on the full side of medium, no more. Although this isn't one of the thicker, chewier DIPAs, it feels fine in the mouth all the same. I can appreciate a subtle hint of alcohol once the beer leaves the mouth, but I don't know that I would have noticed without looking for it.

I was expecting great things from Maximus after being impressed by its little brother Minimus (actual name: Lagunitas IPA). Oddly enough, the DIPA tastes less hoppy than the IPA. Since it favors the tamer end of the style spectrum, Maximus is probably a good entry-level Double IPA for those with an interest in the style. (1,604 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 12oz bottle, as opposed to the usual 22oz bombers, which I've found over the past few years to be the best example of American IIPAs available in my part of the world. The alcohol has been increased in this edition (to 8.4% from 7.5%), and the humorous murmurings on the label modified as well. 'Corrupt pirate pastrami burrito vendor' - heh.

This beer pours a nicely clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with two fat fingers of billowy, puffy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which sticks around for quite some time, eventually leaving a decent array of snow rime lacing around the glass.

It smells of pungent grapefruit and orange oil hop essences, pine resin, a solid bready, kind of toffee-like caramel malt, and a low-lying, simmering booze warmth - what an anticipatory aroma! The taste is commensurately big and quite full of blended citrus bitterness up front, subsequently bolstered by some astringent pine hops, a permissive caramel malt influence still evocative of bread pudding and toffee candy, and some mildly metallic alcohol warming.

The carbonation is fairly laid back and seemingly uninvolved, the body a sturdy medium weight, and really quite smooth, given all those hops milling about, causing mayhem. It finishes off-dry, the plucky caramel malt standing firm, while the still bitter hops begin a long, slow wane.

A beer purportedly all about the hops, for sure, but the real star here is the level sweetness from a properly balancing maltiness - a necessity in an IPA and more so in an IIPA. An all around easy-drinker, for the hop-inclined, the elevated ABV a non-issue (for the time being) to boot. Still, though, if you're just looking for a palate cleanser (or wrecker), with a whole lot of peppy hop goodness, you could do a lot worse than this. (1,795 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very hazy bright orange with a big billowing white pillow like head and a slow fade leaving a nice lace down the sides. Smel was sweet, with a big citrus hop presence. Lots of orange, pineapple and tangerine flavors, balanced nicely with hints of carameled sugar and a touch of alcohol. The taste was very nice, warm, with lots of hoppy bite. Very smooth, and no real hint of alcohol whatsoever. This was very nice and a definate keeper, good solid IIPA and something I would definatly wanna have again! (512 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a small, off-white, soapy head. Some descent lace.

S - It smelled very citrusy (orange and lemon). Also, some roasted malt aromas.

T - It tasted of burnt toast maltiness and had a sweet grassy hop flavor. The citrus flavor was quite nice, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good IPA. Nice citrus aroma and flavor. (401 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have sampled this beer a few times but never had a bottle to myself until now,poured lighter pale golden with a nice tight white one finger fluffy head that stuck nicley leaving a sheet of lace behind as it settled slowly.Mmmm big pine aromas with underlying citrus with just light and I mean light caramel note underneath,piney with a apricot-like edge hop profile pretty big but not overly brash the malt is amped up a little as well in a sweeter caramel note the alcohol shows up a little more as it warms.Not bitter more of a smoother,rounder DIPA nice balance really. (574 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, light copper color with a white-colored head.

Smell: Sharp, sweet pine hop aroma with notes of caramel.

Taste: Firm citrus, grapefruit flavors with a small amount of caramel left to balance out the hops. Hints of bread dough. Very dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Thin, but a bit oily, as well.

Drinkability: This one wasn't for me. Thin to a fault, and the malt flavor could be more distinct. (445 characters)

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

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a bright, copper colored body with just a hint of haze. The head settles relatively quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Spicy pine hops with some citrus notes of orange and lemon. Caramel and toffee malts in the background provide some sugary character for balance.

T - Pine hops and sweet caramel malt up front. Some strong citrus notes come around in the middle with lemon and orange notes that blend nicely with the toasty caramel. The beer finishes with more spicy hops and a slightly darker note of caramel malt that is balanced by moderate bitterness. Some lingering tannic notes and a bit of light tobacco in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Interesting, is is quite hoppy and while there is more than enough malt character to balance the bitterness it comes across as a bit disjointed. The pine and orange hop flavors kind of clash with each other and they just don't seem to work well with the caramel malt. It seems like the caramel is too dark to work well with the malt and it covers the hops while also bringing out their harsher qualities. I have had more than a few excellent hoppy beers from Lagunitas and was expecting more of the same from this one, which makes it all the more of a disappointment that Maximus was as unremarkable as it was. I got a six pack of it, and while the rest of the bottles won't go to waste I certainly wouldn't buy it again. (1,491 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A brilliant, crystal-clear amber body reveals deep gold highlights when held to the light. Its short head of creamy off-white foam holds well before dropping to a thin surface covering; and leaves some very nice lace throughout the glass. Perfumey, floral, citrusy (mild grapefruit) and piney hops greet you in the nose over a delicate, caramel-laced malt. It's quite engaging and very welcoming; although not as brash as some of the bolder IPA's tend to be! Nice! The body is medium and it's lightly crisp in the mouth. All of the variety of hops found in the aroma dominate the flavor profile; and it's caramel-laced and biscuity malt acts as support. It's exceptionally well-balanced for such a boldly hopped beer. It boasts a 7.5% alcohol content and it displays a bold, drying bitterness that carries over into the aftertaste with some lingering hop flavor. Overall, it's a very clean and straightforward American IPA that maintains a great deal of balance and offers a clean, fresh, hoppy, and malty character! Impressive! One to try. (1,040 characters)

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

22oz bottle into a Stone IPA Flute.

Pours a clear amber with at least 2 finger widths of off-white creamy foam that retains well into a nice rich covering that left a huge amount of sticky lacing. Aroma is big hoppy bitterness, zesty citrus, pine notes, and a little light sweetness underneath it all.

Much like the aroma, the taste is big on fresh piney hop bitterness, and citrus. This all balanced rather nicely by a beefy yet smooth backbone of caramel malt. Finishes with a mix of hop bitterness, sweetness, and heat. The mouthfeel medium bodied with just enough alcohol, that when mixed with the sweetness, imparts a slighly medicinal feel in the aftertaste.

I was digging the fresh character and balance of this Double IPA right up until the end. Unfortunately I just couldn't shake the medicinal feel and it hurt the taste, mouthfeel, and drinkibility. Tone down the heat a little and this would have been a really solid choice given the price. (958 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours to a deep amber color with an orange tint, with a thick, foamy, off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a little bit of lace on the glass.

S: Heavy hops aroma with a background of citrus and malt.

T: The hops hit you first, then a malty, citrus sweetness. As the beer warms, the two flavors blend together more and the beer becomes very well-balanced. It leaves a nice floral hops after-taste.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: This beer goes down quite easily, there’s no hint of the alcohol (mostly because of the strength of the hops), very tasty and it’s not very filling. This is a beer I could stick with for the whole night. This is an excellent beer and an excellent representation of the style. I liked this beer a lot. (862 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light airy head about 1.5 fingers, very pale amber color with some clarity and lots of bubbles

N: Nose has some American hops but not super hoppy with some citrus and pine and a little tangy sweet malt

T: Taste starts biscuity surprisingly, it has a nice malt base with some lighter hops than expected, the 72 IBUs are not really detectable, its got some citrus and piney hops that tend to build up on the bitterness, some sweet malt adds to the taste, but not nearly as much malt as the regular IPA

M: Light mouth feel but a little bit of viscosity

F: The finish starts sweet but dries off slowly and adds more bitter finishing hops, it also has a slight fruity finish like apricot that is very faint

Final thoughts: It has a strange malt bill that adds some interesting flavors, not their best beer but interesting nonetheless. (837 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas continues to churn out these high gravity beers and it seems every time I go to the beer store I find a new style from them to try out.

As I pour this beer from my outstretched arm I can smell the hops a good 3 feet away.. awesome. Pours a light orange color.. a little different than most IPA's I've had, or even DIPA's. Nice head and lacing to it though. Taste was very unexpected... grapefruit bomb for sure. This is the most "fruity" DIPA I've had, a little off but not too bad. I enjoyed but not as much as a lot of other Lagunitas offerings. It's cool they tried to make it different but I would prefer a lot of other breweries DIPA offerings. (660 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.94/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Lovely dark amber color with a big pile of foam in the Peroni Lager glass. Lacing and froth galore. Peculiar old fruit aroma.

If I am the only person in the BA world who tastes onions in this, I will spank my tongue. This is just the most peculiar DIPA I have ever tasted. Apricot jam and concrete dust. Woody and bitter.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Liticker's Liquor in San Diego. I looked at the Julian date on the neck-- 043 5 1. I hope that's 2015 and not 2011. (474 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this from the 12oz bottle chilled in an oversized wine glass.

The color is dark golden with 2 finger white head with average bead and thick lace sticks w/ visible carbonation, amber highlights give a rosy hue. The smell is strong with citrus and light apricot with a marmalade like sweet yet tropical aroma w/ light spice and mild malt odors. The scent of alcohol is apparent in the aroma with a mild vegetal smell. The feel is very good with dry spicy and mild bitter semi-full entry with elements of earth and light astringency from the hops with moderate alcohol and a semi-dry finish with slight residual sweet flavor.

The flavor has a nice malt balance with tangy yeast and hop dominance which brings tangerine and mild honeyed lemon with a slight spiced grapefruit taste. There is a slight grassy hop with astringent aspect and mild sweet malt following. The hop bitterness is not overly aggressive yet there is a slight acidity in the background which adds to the complexity with some grapefruit juiciness and herbal character that counters the malt sweetness as it finishes with a mild alcohol flavor which only detracts slightly . This is a very good Imperial IPA with nice amount of hop flavor although a bit sweet -in general worth trying and highly drinkable for the style-Solid. (1,305 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A big off white to light tan head ever so slowly settles above a clear rich golden colored beer.

Citrus, piney, and light floral hops aroma with a little bit of caramel malts coming through.

A little grapefruit mixed in the citrus blended with piney hops taste that finishes with some light caramel malts that have a hint of sweetness to it.

A dryish aftertaste with light hops lingering on with this medium bodied IPA.

A solid tasting beer, not as bold as Lagunitas Sucks but a decent drink still the same. (511 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a basically clear orange/brown/amber. Nose is strong piney hops. Flavor is very hopped but let's say it's one step below a hop bomb. Long lasting aftertaste. Strong pine character. Feel is a bit syrupy on the liquid and good on the bubble. Drinkable, yes. But this one is kind of thick and might turn people off a bit with it's unique characteristics. (357 characters)

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,457 ratings.