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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

4,345 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,345
Reviews: 1,404
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 90
Gots: 459 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001)
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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

oriolesfan4, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A hazy copper color, pours a bit on the thick side with an off cream to tan colored head that is fairly thick and lasting. A hoppy aroma with notes of fruit and citrus, perhaps some aromas of a blooming field of some type of flower. A full mouth-feel, quite thick for an IPA, even for a strong one. This was yester-years American Barley-Wine. The hops are there, but not as up front as I was expecting. A sort of orange-nectar hop flavor. This beer is quite malty as well. Lightly sweet, which gives this beer a hop nectar type taste. This beer was not as bitter or hoppy as I was expecting. It is pretty good though. I is a bit too thick for my taste though.

Gueuzedude, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired as part of a six pack at Adam's Fine wine and Liquor earlier tonight. It's a couple months old and has been refrigerated the entire time. 8.2% ABV confirmed. 1.080 original gravity. 59 IBUs. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with understated classy label and standard green branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given the brewery.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of nice thickness, decent cream, and generally good (~4-5 minute) retention. Uneven light lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a clear vibrant translucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks pretty solid for an IPA; there's nothing unique or special here but I don't note any flaws.

Sm: Hefty hop bitterness. Floral hop character. Light nectar. Caramalts and pale malts. Some vague grapefruit citrus. It's imbalanced but pleasant and appealing. Brown sugar. A mild to moderate strength aroma. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. Light soap. Some hop extract oil.

T: Hop oil/extract. Floral hops. Some grapefruit hop bite with corresponding untamed hop bitterness - a cardinal sin in a (D)IPA. Pale malts. Some caramalt. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. I do like it, but it's a bit wanting in terms of balance. Good malt and hop mix, but it's rough around the edges. Flavorful and enjoyable, though.

Mf: A bit oily. Smooth and wet. Pretty good carbonation. Good thickness. Suits the flavour profile pretty well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I'd like to have another; I'll happily enjoy the other beers in the sixer. Another good-but-not-great offering from Lagunitas. It's a bit more distinctive than their other hoppy beers - which I like. I'd definitely get this again. Solid work, just not exceptional.

High B-

kojevergas, May 07, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +0.8%

InspectorBob, May 27, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

05/07/05- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 22oz bomber with no dates, poured into my Stone IPA tulip.

Appearance- Great orange-yellow color with a huge while chunky head with tons of sticky lacing.

Smell- Sweet hoppy smell mostly. A pine of pine, but lots of grapefruit.

Taste- This one is mostly fruity hops rather than resinous pine hops. Bitter, but in a sweeter fruity way. Hefty grapefruit taste, with a decent malt base. Well balanced brew.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation and a heavier mouthfeel due to the sweetness of the beer.

Drinkability- Polished off a bomber over half a movie last night. Extremely tasty beer and a great one if you like your bitterness from a fruity side rather than a pine needle forest. Definitely the best value for a bomber I have had to date ($2.99). Go out and grab some today.

GClarkage, May 08, 2005
Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Amber coloured, with a thick, white head, which leaves average lacing.

S: Quite malty for a Double IPA, with lots of pine hop bitterness, and fragrance in the smell to back it up.

T: Malty for a Double IPA, great pine hop taste to go with it, some grapefruit, very balanced and restrained, but tasty.

M: Smooth and robust, resiny, typical Double IPA characteristics.

D: A great drinkable Double IPA, Lagunitas makes great stuff, a company I will continue to buy from in the future, I have not been disappointed by them thus far.

Halcyondays, Jul 31, 2007
Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange in color with a two finger head. The lasted a bit, but reduced to a surface foam with large bubbles. Light lacing developed. The aroma was weaker than expected as only some mellow pine and sweetness were detected.The flavor of a decent balance of malt and piney bitterness, but the citrus tones were too sour. Alcohol was slightly noticeable too.

The mouthfeel crisp at the start and finish. The syrupy texture of the malt last on the tongue after swallowing. Medium bodied. Not a bad brew, but the citric sourness knocked this down a bit.

Gavage, Jan 10, 2005
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +0.8%

orangesol, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

corby112, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of weeare138
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a glowing orange amber with a decent off white creamy head that sticks around and fades into a so-so collar. Decent chunks of lacing are left behind in this one. A bit of sediment is in the bottom of the glass, even while on draft.
Smell is of light grapefruit, pine, and herbal notes.
Taste is about the same as above with a decent hop taste during the swallow. Some nice malt balance in there keeps this from being too overkill on one set of flavors.
Mouthfeel is very chewy and nicely carbonated.
Drinkability is good. I actually remembered this one being a little bit better out of the bottle but I still wasn't really let down.

weeare138, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear deep copper in color with some dark golden yellow highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense beige head that slowly reduces to a quarter finger thick layer covering the surface with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass - showing great retention properties. Huge amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops as well as a lighter amount of pine hops.

T: The beer starts out with a moderate amount of caramel malt sweetness then is then overtaken by the flavors of the hops - first you get the strong citrus/grapefruit/orange and then the light pine. Moderate amounts of biting bitterness in the finish which lingers but not for too long.

M: Just shy od medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with just a hint of alcohol heat and dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is very enjoyable with a nice combination of hop flavors and aromas and a decent amount of balance to it. Fairly easy to drink with a pretty decent ABV that is well hidden from the taste and smell.

dbrauneis, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear, but burnished copper colour, with a fine bubbled head off orange-white. Body looks surprisingly light, although when swirled, it leaves some good static carbonation. Minimal lacing. Looks pretty decent.

Nose is sharp with organic hops, but a lot of malt sweetness, which turns what would normally probably be pretty citric and fruity into something a bit darker and earthier. It's an interesting balance.

Lots of brittle toffee on the palate. Some sharp bitterness on the front, which lends itself to a pleasant organic earthiness and slight nutty characters overall. Smooth finish, and smooth in the feel overall.

It's a nicely balanced beer, and the 7.5% is well hidden, although 7.5% isn't necessarily that strong for an IPA, let alone for a double IPA. It's a decent brew all up, though.

lacqueredmouse, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Large bomber bottle, mising any sort of freshness indicator. Pours a rich orangey amber, fairly cloudy, white tiny bubble head,dissolving to a slick sheen and leaving oodles of sheets of light lacing. Moderate amount of floating mini chunks also noted. Nose is of oily pine needles. Great gobs of grainy, piney hops up front flow over a solid and substantial malt base. Tasty, strong, bold and satisfying. Went great with some spicy sausages and onions. Fine brew, my favorite so far from Lagunits. seek out and enjoy.

Billolick, Oct 02, 2004
Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a 7.5% DIPA, this is a pretty good one. The hops are big on grapefruit, with a deep perfume tang and hints of less acidic fruit like apricot. The aroma is a bit weak, and the flavor isn't the most complex, but those are only minor defects if you will. This is still a nice, big American DIPA.

tempest, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber with a light tan head that starts out thick and leaves decent lacing. The smell is of spicy and fruity hops with stone fruit predominating. The taste is grainy with a good malt background and with a pronounced grapefruit pith bitterness thats balanced by all the malt. Definitely a maltier version than most dipas. The mouthfeel is a little thick and grainy, it feels substantial in your mouth. This hurts the drinkability a bit, as it definitely fills you up. Still a solid beer, and for the price a great value.

Georgiabeer, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice gold color. Nose was hops and plenty of it. First taste was HOPS backed up my plenty of malts. A little piney and citrusy. The hops stuck around for a minute or two after leaving a good mouthfeel that wa slightly bitter but not to bitter that it turned me off.

barleywinefiend, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/3/2013. Pours moderately cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, lemon zest, pineapple, tangerine, orange zest, floral, pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and great strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, light pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of citrus/floral hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent DIPA! All around great complexity and balance of hop and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on the for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

mothman, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

LXIXME, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of akorsak
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 22 oz bomber served in a Three Philosophers goblet. The ale is slightly chilled.

Appearance: The ale is a brilliant amber-orange color. There is a slight head, nothing impressive, but that color is nice.

Smell: The ale has a delicious floral, citrus aroma. The hops grab hold of you early.

Taste: A grapefruit explosion. The NW US hops provide a strong, in-your-face citrus taste that lingers. And I swear that I taste a bit of orangey sweetness in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: The beer's hoppy concentration is quite good and tasty.

Drinkability: The drinkability is hurt a bit as the hops numb the mouth. Overall though, this is a top notch DIPA.

akorsak, May 08, 2006
Photo of DoubleJ
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas. Maximus. Strengthimus. Hoppious. On to the beerious:

Deep orange color with a nice little head. This brew's flavors are focused on citrusy tropical fruits more than in-your-face bitter hops.
There's your standard grapefruit, but also I found some cantelope and mango, which I found a tad interesting. It was firm and warm feeling. Pretty standard DIPA, and that's not a bad thing.

DoubleJ, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of BARFLYB
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On Tap at The Side Car Bar in Philly. 10oz Tulip.

Maximus comes in the glass looking a bright golden color with some faint yellow mixed in. Very pale looking with a small little cap of white foam that does not stick. Not much life to the bubbles. Smell is all citrus, with some bubblegum and some underlining biscuit malt scent spewing outward. A lot of grapefruit with mango. Taste is pretty subdued. The malt takes forth and takes over what looks to be a nice citrus bomb. I get it, but not the citrus burst i crave. Some mango, orange and grapefruit mixed in with malt and a hit of alcohol toward the end of the glass. Feel is medium and not as syrupy as some other DIPA's that I have had. A small amount of alcohol is in the aftertaste with biscuit flavor, A nice attempt at this beer, but not on the top tier list. I will find a fresh ass bottle and review that when I get a chance to compare.

BARFLYB, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle Poured into a DFH snifter glass

A: Pours a ruby/orange color with a one finger head that dissipated quickly leaving a little bit of foam on the top. Decent lacing down the sides.

S: Nice citrusy hops, lots of grapefruit on this one. Get a hint oh booze on the nose as well.

T: Fell a little flat compared to the nose. Not has hopcentric as I was expecting. The hops are still there, but it is a whole lot weaker. Just average imo.

M/D: Medium bodied. Overall it was fine, but nothing special for me.

mdaschaf, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a thin white film of a head that last a good while and sits on a body of golden light copper beer. There is a slight hazy but it is pretty light.

S- The smell of caramel malt was dry with a fresh grain note to it and a light citrus hop smell.

T- the slightly sweet light toasted malt was fresh and crisp before the big green dry grapefruit hop finish. As it warmed notes of honey malt and biscuit come through in the malt flavors. The nice green bitterness hangs on the tongue for a while after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium full mouthfeel

D- This beer has a good complex malty flavor with a nice hop flavor and bitterness. More layers of the malt came through as it warmed.

rhoadsrage, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of Zorro
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

WARNING there is about a 1/4 inch of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, so pour carefully so you don't get it in your glass.

Pours a clear copper colored ale with a puffy white head.

Smell is sweet malt and the odor of tea and spicy hops. Faint scent of brown sugar.

Taste is sweet and sugary tea with lemon at first. Spicy hop flavor but not out of control. Long lasting hop after taste in the throat. Citrus hop flavor appears after the spicy hop flavor fades. Decent bitterness but not real strong. I expected more hops than this, that or hop monsters has screwed up my perspective. Barely qualifies as an IPA in my book. But it does taste good so I can't really give it just a 3.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Easy to drink but I expected more hops from a beer called "Maximus." This beer barely qualifies as an IPA much less than a Double IPA. This is easy to drink though.

Zorro, Sep 18, 2005
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,345 ratings.