Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,457
Hads: 5,025
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 106
Gots: 918 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001

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Photo of Apellonious
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a six pack poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a cloudy ruby red, half finger head.

S - Maximus hops, onion, grapefruit covered in salt.

T- A subtle sweetness is present amongst the grapefruit, citrus and pine. It's interesting that you don't pick up as much of the onion-like qualities as you do in the nose. Bitter finish.

M - Solid, seems a touch watery, but also a little creamy.

O - This had to be fairly fresh (though there is no deciphering the code on the bottle) based on the smell and taste. Seems more potent than the 72 IBUs present. There is some balance, which I think is key for DIPA.

Edit - ok, i went back and deciphered the code...February 6th 2014, so not overly fresh. But the point still stands. Recommended. (751 characters)

Photo of donmonkey1
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark golden color with a thick white head that laces beautifully. The beer could use a lot more carbonation though.

Smell: Strong pine.

Taste: Strong pine and fruity flavors.

Overall: This will take care of your hop craving, but I feel there was a clash in the type of hops used. The fruit and pine didn't mix right. It made what would have been awesome into a slightly better than average beer. (418 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into standard pint
Aroma of slightly piney hops
Head average (4 cm), off white, creamy, mostly diminishing to 1 -2 mm layer
Lacing good, covering most of the glass
Body light orange, clear
Flavor bitter with both pine and citrus fruit overtones; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl; finishes with hop bitterness but not flavor
Palate medium, slightly oily, soft carbonation

It’s possible this undated IPA is old because the hoppiness is pretty weak. Otherwise, this is a tasty IPA. (510 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one has me a bit confused. It tastes really good, but as it warmed it had a very odd odor too it, like an underarm sweaty odor. I have had beers that have had this thing going on before, and maybe this one was past its prime. I could not find a date anywhere on the label and I am just too damn lazy to search for some bottling code. Just put a drink by or bottled on date and we are good. I really wish it was standard that all breweries would put the date bottled on the label and leave it up to us to decide if we want to chance it.

Appearance: Golden hazy color, some head that dissipated fairly quickly, not bad.

Smell: This one had me perplexed, it smelled alright in the beginning, a little sweet, not a lot of hops but as it warmed it was like smelling some sweaty dudes underarm. I pressed onward.

Taste: Taste was great, I really enjoyed this offering from Lagunitas, I am enjoying California beers this Spring. If the smell were better this one would get a much better review, I don't know what the hell was up with that.

Overall: Not a bad beer, it was on sale for a really good deal, maybe that was why it had that smell going on, run a sell and get rid of the aging inventory, anyway, I still like Lagunitas and would drink this one again. It was much better when it was around 40 degrees rather than, say room temperature. (1,347 characters)

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale cooper with a white head - decent retention and some lacing.

Smells of resinous earthy hops with some floral anf citrus notes backing.

Taste is sweet citrus and bitter resinous hops. There is some interplay of the flavors, but overall this one is largely harmonious. A solid beer that drinks big without being obnoxious. (337 characters)

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into tulip glass.

A: Pours a murky gold, with a very thin head that dissipates very quickly.

S: Piney, dank and resiny, with some grapefruit notes lingering in the background and adding a light finish.

T: Malty and floral, but with a mild and bitter bite at the end that really adds some character to it.

M: Warm and lightly carbonated, and very light to drink (especially for a DIPA).

O: Cool beer by Lagunitas, bringing some malt flavor to the forefront over typical hop focus. Flavor is a big part of this one, which is what makes it incredibly enjoyable with each and every sip. (601 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Apricot in color, with only the slightest amount of haze. The white head has just a tint of yellow, and is fairly fluffy with some fish eyes in there.

S: Grapefruit, pine, and 'dank' come to mind. Some nice caramel aroma in the finish. Smells like a big hoppy American Style IIPA.

T: Sweetness comes of first, oddly enough. After the initial sweetness, pine and grapefruit take over, the hoppiness fades out with a touch of onion flavor. The 'dank' smell comes back into the flavor, and provides underscoring for the rest of the tasting experience.

M: Medium to medium thick in mouthfeel, the carbonation seems a tad low. The finish is slightly dry.

O: Pretty good beer, full of west coast IPA flavors. Pretty bang on for style, very enjoyable. (754 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (483 characters)

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

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass. A moderate pour gives an off-white, frothy and sticky head that settles down fairly quickly into some chunky lace. The beer is a pale burnt-orange golden color, with moderate carbonation.

The aroma is strong with floral hops, but not overwhelming. There's a tad of some unique aroma that I can't put my finger on- reminds me of seaweed or something- and maybe something a little basic, i.e. "soapy-milky". These aromas sound weird, but they're subtle and blend in well with the mild and sweet citrus and pine aroma-flavors. Underlying everything is a full-bodied, semi-sweet malt backbone that yields some caramel flavors, apricots and maybe a little dark fruit.

I was craving a big beer for celebrating the end of Tax Day, and this fit the bill. I appreciate the big body and balance of flavors- this is a very tasty and satisfying brew. It was also cheap for a bomber of strong ale- I only paid something like $4.19 for it at Albertson's. (989 characters)

Photo of Jay_Ulreich
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Cheers! (737 characters)

Photo of HopintheSouth
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A-golden dark yellow, almost pale yellow with a thin white suttle head.

S-citrus fruits, pine and loads of sweet almost clementine.

T- Hop bite on the tongue, very slight alcohol forward and aftertaste. Mildy sweet malt profile with tastes of biscuit and slight spice. Very subtle DIPA and extremely drinkable.

M-very light on the palate and great bitterness that lingers with a very mild alcohol taste. Very good in my opinion, a well-balanced DIPA.

Again another great showing of an IPA by Lagunitas. They have really grown on me, and this being my first Maximus I definitely would drink it again. It's not the smack-your-face hop attack that I like when really wanting a DIPA, but it's one where you can easily have 2 or 3 and really feel great about life! (795 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of BTodd
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of BWED
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of Bone53
3.94/5  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. (700 characters)

Photo of ryannosaurus
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (737 characters)

Photo of threeviews
4.97/5  rDev +26.5%
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 should too. (5.0)

Drink up and enjoy! (1,678 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 (859 characters)

Photo of EricTKole
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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.* (1,823 characters)

Photo of Emnmarko
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of Flopjack
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (709 characters)

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