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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company


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very good

3,489 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3489
Reviews: 1348
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 NicholasSchell


3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy amber/honey color with little head (possibly due to bad poor).

S- Sweet dried fruits, honey, pine undertones.

T- Hops and malt are pretty well balanced, again there is something honey-ish coming through. Dried apricots. Aftertaste lingers, not very pleasant.

M- Medium carbonation, medium-heavy mouthfeel, a bit sticky.

D- Though not one of the best beers i've had, I could see myself buying this again. ABV is at a pretty good level to be able to have just a few and be happy.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 01:26:03 | More by NicholasSchell
Photo of C3likesbeer


4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours perfectly in a glass and has a nice reddish golden color with very mild opacity. The head is medium and dissipates quickly due to ABV. Very nice lace. Nice manly looking beer in a glass.

Smell - Hops out front some herbal and spice but definitely hoppy.

Taste - Aggressive bubbly IPA with some spicy hops and astringent citrus grapefruit flavor. Bitterness throughout but not overpowering.

Overall - Very nice IPA. I would definitely drink again but it seems to be missing something that would make this a super duper IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 02:01:20 | More by C3likesbeer
Photo of jmacdaddy2008


3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this in 22oz. bottle before but don't remember it standing out. I had it on tap recently and wanted to write down my impression.

Poured copper with off white head

Aroma was faint, smelled a little like metal. Floral hops began to come out slightly but not strong like most IPAS
Taste the alcohol, flavor didn't match up. You can taste some hops with spices. Flavor tasted watered down.

Entry level IPA in my opinion. I hope this was from a bad tap because I like most lagunitas beers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2008 12:33:51 | More by jmacdaddy2008
Photo of pearljam118


4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper orange with one finger of head

S - smells great, grapefruit and sweet fruity notes

T - grapefruit not huge on hops

M - Light mouthfeel, sort of light on carbonation

Overall - Not a bad showing for a DIPA but nothing I'd go out of my way to get again. Could use a little more hops to give that overkill hoppyness that I expect form a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 03:03:40 | More by pearljam118
Photo of USAF77


4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Langnitas comes thru again with this brew. A medium pour to a lovely gold amber, a thin rich head and impressive lacing. A nice malty, grainey smell with a tad of citrus. A smooth smell, very compelling.

Taste-wise its a bit drier then one would expect and that fine by me. A bit complicated and other then the grains and alcohol Im not sure how to explain it. But its smooth. And dry. It leaves the palate happy and satisfied. And most important in a quality ale the after taste is as pleasing as the taste.

This is a damn good Ale.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

11-05-2013 21:04:03 | More by USAF77
Photo of Arinthos

New York

4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Glass : oversized wine glass

A - clear with a reddish orange hue, head quickly dissapered leaving hints of lacing.

S- HOPS !!!! very strong odour of hops

T - over powering hoppy taste but for those who enjoy hops at 70+ IBU's this is great.

M - warms nicely as well as being crisp with light carbonation.

D- This is a great smelling and tasting DIPA pretty much my ultimate beer for that special session.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 20:24:04 | More by Arinthos
Photo of brodericksloth


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

70 IBU’s hit you at first but mellow quickly
Spicy light; alcohol well hidden; Citrus orange and grapefruit; malts are subtle; drinks like a lawnmower beer. Not filling
One finger head, nice amber/red clear color very little lacing
Light not DIPA type; enough hops to carry alcohol; good value

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 02:18:43 | More by brodericksloth
Photo of jballeng


3.1/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle. Poured a beautiful deep amber with a tiny head. Aroma of oranges. Disappointingly dry and bitter flavor (more so than normal for an IPA) compared to favored IPAs such as Stoudts and Dogfish Head, with accents of oranges and grapefruit. Tangy but dry mouthfeel which finished very bitter. Better than many, not as good as many others.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 19:24:30 | More by jballeng
Photo of ddean


4.97/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Has been my firm favorite for at least a couple of years. It tastes best at 50-60 degrees, and loses it hops quickly if stored at room temperature. If you don't have a warmish fridge, buy them warm, cool them slightly in your basement, and get to them quick.

A mellow orange/copper, clear. Steady carbonation, not much foam, but high retention.

Fragrant hops dominate if you drink the Maximus at about 50 degrees or higher. This smell almost disappears when fully chilled. I also get the grapefruit and pine that others mention. No malt that I can smell.

Truly yummy. First a smooth, slightly sweet maltiness, followed by that same grapefruit and pine (spruce?) that you can smell. Grapefruit and hops pleasantly linger in the aftertaste for some time.

Smooth, smooth, with a steady, gentle stream of carbonation.

For all its complexity, I am happy to stick to this beer all evening. It is flavorful, not too heavy, cleanses your palate well, but steps back when you take another bite of food, so it goes with pretty much any dish I've had with it, especially Thai or other spicy fare. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 21:26:13 | More by ddean
Photo of AmishLightning


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not much of a Hop Head but I will try my best with this one.

Appearance: 3-fingered head with an amber orange coloring.

Aroma: Flowery hops perfect for a hot day (California has one season making them focus on crisper beers so it seems). Almost a dandelion scent.

Taste: Light flavors of sweet malts blend well with springy hops to give an excellent balance. I was expecting the hops to overpower the palate, but they were much more contained than I expected.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light. little body with small amounts of carbonation blended well. I was expecting much more carbonation for the head it poured, but still well done.

Overall: As a stout guy I still appreciated this brew. Easy to drink with nice levels of hops balanced it very well.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 18:11:28 | More by AmishLightning
Photo of Birdmarg741


2.81/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a very nice deep gold clear liquid with a nice head with substantial retention. A very attractive beer in appearance.

S: strong scent. Floral hops with grass and pine wood-chips. Impossible to ignore, it makes you excited for the first sip.

T: falls incredibly far from expectations. A strong soapy taste dominates the whole experience. Sweet and sour flavors taste stale (and this bottle is well within date of freshness) and rancid. It blends right into the bitterness that you want from the hops, but the flavors never separate out, ruining the whole mouth. Not impressed.

M: medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: again, despite the Lagunitas hype- really not impressed. While the alcohol content is well masked, this beer is unbalanced and overpowering in a way that lingers.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 22:47:26 | More by Birdmarg741
Photo of mightymoksha


3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in pint glass.

Pours a translucent, golden-copper. Head is off-white, creamy and retentive.

Very aromatic. Hints of pine, grapefruit and, to a lesser extent, oily hops present, as well as alcohol and a syrupy malt sweetness.

Notes of pine and citrus are very prominent. Notes of a earthy, maple sweetness are also present, albeit playing an obvious second chair to the hop bitterness. Finish is big and full of grapefruit and grassy notes.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a medium body and low carbonation.

It is a very good DIPA, however, the lingering hop astringency/imbalance keeps it from being excellent.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 05:29:46 | More by mightymoksha
Photo of Lafe


4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange color. The first thing to hit me was the hop nose, which is substantial. The first taste is dominated by hops, with a hearty malt backbone and a hint of pine and... caramel? The mouthfeel is formiddable, in a good way.

The balance on this is struck right up my favorite line. It runs a line between IPA and Imperial IPA. The hops are more than present without sacrificing the malt backbone, which is tasty in its own right.

What can I say? It's an excellent, excellent example of my favorite style of beer. I'll be buying more of this.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2004 04:56:57 | More by Lafe
Photo of pikemark


4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this growler up at St. Mark's Market in New york along with some others. Was excited to taste an IPA to the max.

The color was amazing, autumn in a glass, orange copper color. Thick head that was very chunky. Great lacing. stuck to the glass til the way down.

The smell was very citrusy, almost apricot.

Tasted pumped up. Super hops and great clean finish. Only bad thing was that it knocked me out at 7.5%

A little tough to drink because of the high alcohol content but all and all a strong IPA. Definitely a bit of a different approach to IPA- stronger and very bitter IBU 72.41. If you like IPA,s you should try this one out. Doggone Good.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2005 09:35:01 | More by pikemark
Photo of travloh


3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked open bomber on a lazy sunday afternoon watching some football.

Semi-aggressive pour into tulip glass reveals brown tinted very clear liquid. Looks like weak iced tea. Pretty decent head forms, 2 to 3 fingers but it is all bark and no bite. Dissipates quickly. Leaves a cap along with somewhat respectable lacing.

Smell is bitter and caramelly. Nothing overpowering, just like you'd expect it to be.

The first taste is a bit deceptive. At first it has the telltale signs of a hop bomb, but it kinda fades and cowers in the corner. What it leaves behind is not offensive, but not great either. Malts, alcohol. The hops are still there, but now they are trying to buy you a drink, like the guy in the bar who is tough until he sees you really wanna fight. Ever present but non threatening. Weak, sweet citrus qualities.

After 5 minutes in the glass it sits ever so still. The foam cap remains but the bubbles are few and far between. The aftertaste it leaves is pleasant. Has a sweet character to it.

This stuff is decent. Reminds me of a good summer IPA.

Not gonna blow your mind but quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 23:19:32 | More by travloh
Photo of BenJames1984


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Poured a rich, amber color. Head was thin and white, but left a nice lacing.

Smell- A touch of hops on the nose, backed with a little sweetness.

Taste- Hops are notable. Maybe some cararmel malts? Something that gives it a little sweet kick.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Good stuff; I could definitely drink a sixer of these.

Another great beer from Lagunitas. Keep up the good work.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 04:05:56 | More by BenJames1984
Photo of russwaddell


4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A crisp, drinkable IPA. That is a good thing.

Big head bordering on creamy with loads of lacing, clear brassy color.

Great nose. Fruity, slightly spicy, maybe a bit meaty. Oh crap I just snorted it by accident.

Good balance, not that bitter or sweet, some sour notes, spiciness is really in the background.

Refreshing carbonation is tingly without being fizzy. Thick enough to give it some body but not overwhelming.

Goes down easy. Alcohol is noticeable up front but really lingers in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 01:15:03 | More by russwaddell
Photo of CSquared

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber

Appearance: Pours a clear medium copper with a maximus off-white head. Apparently unfiltered, as there was a fair amount of yeasties suspened and forming little colonies in the head. Huge amounts of lace remain.

Aroma: Not too big of an aroma, but pleasant citrusy hops prevail.

Taste/Mouthfeel: It's strongest attribute, sweet maltiness catches the front of the tongue, but quickly moves out of the way for the hops. A balanced malty/hoppy finish. A very clean piney and citrusy bittering. Medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Although I prefer a more aggressive and assertive bitterness to my IPAs, this is a great beer. Alcohol isn't perceivable, and bitterness is so clean, I could quaff quite a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2004 01:52:10 | More by CSquared
Photo of douggoodavage


3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving: A 22 oz twist top bottle poured hard into a large mug at 45-50 degrees F.

Appearance: Very decent 4 finger head. Awesome lacing stratified waves. A light amber / copper color very clear.

Smell: Sweet hops rule yeast follows. Grapefruit, pine, orange peel, some alcohol. Aromatic and comforting.

Taste: Label says 72.41 I.B.U.s and 7.5% ABV. A nice hoppy inital assaut followed by sweet malt. A slightly bitter orange peel like after taste that makes you pucker. If you like hop bitterness you should try this.

Mouthfeel: Blam Pow! Pucker up! Nice bitterness from the hops. Medium light body, & foamy.

Drinkability: Great if you are a hop head like me. Cheese and fresh bread makes this brew very enjoyable. I had it with an extra sharp vermont cheddar cheese and loved it. If your not crazy about bitter beer then make sure you serve with food.

Overall: This beer is full of a bitter strain of hops but with minimum amounts of other strains including mild & aromatic floral styles. This brew is nicely balanced with sweet malts. I enjoyed this nice creation from Lagunitas in the lovely Sonoma Co. CA. It currently only costs $3.99 in Va. and is more than worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 17:36:15 | More by douggoodavage
Photo of Hopalong29


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

Light golden with minimal head and light lacing in glass
Nice floral with definite hints of hops. Not overpowering.
Not overly bitter. A little let down with lack of citrus associated with most IPA's.
Light creamy syrupy feel.
Very drinkable will definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 04:10:55 | More by Hopalong29
Photo of gearkraft


3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark and golden beer with copious amounts of head, not much lacing. A nice color when lit indirectly.

S: Wafts of hops and floral scents drift from the cup. That always gets me excited.

T: A smash of hops that completely floods your mouth that blends slowly to a malt crisp carbonation finish. There is a reason this beer is called Maximus.

On a side note, the taste of this beer changes when slightly warmer... the malts seem to be more apparent. Maybe just my imagination?

M: A heavier IPA thats not meant for a post sweat-session but more for the sitting down with the boys at the pub. Heavy on the senses.

A great and slightly heavy IPA experience. The more I drink Imperial IPA's the more in love I fall with them. This one comes highly recommended. I scored on the slightly conservative side, even though my taste told me otherwise, simply because I havent tried too many I-IPA's. I definitely recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2008 00:54:11 | More by gearkraft


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass: Golden brown 1 inch foam fades fast.

S: Hops, musky with a floral scent.

T: Great hops & ctirus with a bouquet of flowers.

M: Light carbonation, very smooth & a bit tangy.

D: Not a big fan of IPA's but this one is really tasty. Drink up!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 21:53:53 | More by SQUIDPORT
Photo of jojoluvsbeer

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

Pours a clear copper color with a good sized white head and decent lacing. Aroma of orange peel, citrus, grapefruit and fruity notes. Taste is of citrus hops blended well with a nice malty sweet back bone. A bit of pine bitterness comes through late. Finishes on the dry side and body is moderately full.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 20:15:05 | More by jojoluvsbeer
Photo of xcrunner78


3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a grassy aroma, a little earthy with a mild citrus. It pours beutifully, with a thick head that settles down, clear, copper/orange color. Nothing outstanding with the flavor, aboot a normal IPA, a little grassy. Bitter on the palate and finishes with th grassy flavor. Overall, it is not one of my favorite IPA's, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 01:00:37 | More by xcrunner78
Photo of J_Dub


4.69/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- Clear copper pour. Decent head with lots of lacing

S- Good balance between hops and pine aroma. Slight grapefruit citrus notes in the background. Superb smelling IPA

T- Follows the smell. Hoppy pine right of the bat. Spicy floral flavors are present as well. I don't taste much citrus as the spice, hop and pine dominate but that's a good thing in this beer. Extremely well balanced. All around a great traditional IPA flavor. One of the better IPA's I've had.

M- Not a lot of carbonation. Very smooth, drinkable beer. Very balanced again.

I have to say this is another rockstar Lagunitas IPA. I am in love with Sucks and now Maximus. I actually like Lagunitas Imperial and Double IPAs much better than the their regular. Maximus is perfectly balanced. Tons of great hop/pine/spice flavors that are in perfect proportion. This brew also has very little bitterness so perhaps it would be a good IPA for people looking to expand their tastes. A definite go-to IPA for me now. I would buy this over pretty much any other IPA out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 00:15:48 | More by J_Dub
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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