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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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1,472 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,472
Hads: 5,110
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 113
Gots: 996 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 22 oz. bomber. Pours out a deep cloudy orange with a big off-white head that leaves a lot of lace as it fades. Quite a bit of floating debris in the glass, much the same appearance as the Lagunitas IPA.

Smells like piney, bitter hops. Little bit of grapefruitiness, too. I'm not reading much maltiness in the scent. A bit subdued for a DIPA.

Taste is hugely hopped and bitter, but fairly complex. The doughy malt plays well off of the citric notes from the hops. The piney flavors are pretty dominant, but that's not all that's going on. Alcohol bites a bit on the back end, but the lingering flavor is mostly just a lot of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation that cuts through the medium body pretty well.

Overall: A bit too hoppy for me. I do love my hop bombs, but this one just tasted a bit like licking a hop bag. It could stand to have the hops either toned down a bit or the malt beefed up some. The malt is there, but it gets lost pretty easily.

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Photo of hansendc
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the glass with nice color, slightly darker than an average IPA. Plenty of head, although not much smell comes out of it. Sticks pretty solidy to the side of the glass.

There is a curiously small amount of aroma coming out of this beer. Even a deep whiff nose-in-glass provides only the brief, fleeting aroma of pine.

The taste is pretty normal for a nice kick-in-the-face IPA. This is likely because this is a summer beer: but there's a bit missing in the malt department. You need something to support all of the hops, which is likely why the taste stays around in your mouth for so long.

It's a decenltly drinkable beer. The 7.5% ABV will guarantee that you enjoy the end of it more than the beginning. But, make sure to drink it cold. If you're working on the 22oz bottle alone, make sure to keep the remainder of it in the freezer while you're working on the top half. Probably best to start with frozen glassware.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shared this one with my buddy James. Pours from the bomber a bright, clear amber orange. Vibrant with a big chunky two finger eggshell head that leaves thick lacing all over the glass. Citric, grapefruity, sticky, sappy hops come foremost with a sweet caramel background. Hints of pine sap float past my nostrils as well. Nice.

First sip brings a nice wash of citrusy, fruity hops along with a mellow caramel malt background. Hop oils and resins abound creating a well balanced bitterness on the way down. A somewhat restrained DIPA, but still enjoyable, carrying a slight alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel is a tad bit thin and quite frankly dissapointing..seemed to not pack enough punch. Mellowed out carbonation left me looking for a bit more. Overall, a fairly easy drinking DIPA that doesn't push things too far. I'm glad I was able to sample it.

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Photo of lostbearbrew
2.8/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Admittedly, I am not a fan of most of Lagunitas products I have already tried. I seriously tried to approach this beer with an open mind, as many have told me it is an excellent DIPA. I poured the 22 oz bomber into my pint glass (most of the bomber, anyway) and noted a light copper color, with reddish hues. Very little lacing after an offwhite 1/2" head.

Aromas wafting up into my nose- major grapefruity smell, not really citrusy - flat out grapefruit, with a little pine to follow, plus a sweet malty smell, way down in there. Not bad as an aroma goes, but wish there was more piney aroma up front.

First sip was a hard hitting hops attack to the tongue, but not to my liking, despite being a hophead and DIPA fan first and foremost. I guess I'm just not a fan of the way Lagunitas does their hopping. The taste seemed like someone dumped grapefruit juice into my beer, just like thier IPA. Only now, it is much more juice, to make it a double. Just not my deal. No real balance in the middle of the sip and the end left my tongue dry, almost scratchy feeling - a grassy ending.

Mouthfeel - well, let's just say it wasn't the best. Thumper's rule, after all. But hell, this is a review, and I should be brutally honest, right. Mouthfeel was really light for a DIPA in body, and flavor was so overly hoppy (and not with hops I care for) that I didn't really enjoy my beer the way I had hoped I would.

Drinkability - As a single IPA it would be ok, although too high in alc%age. Still, not real drinkable for me, as it wasn't my type of DIPA.

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Photo of pootz
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

something special for my 400th. A bomber of this sought after impy IPA. Poured a murkey orange-gold with a creamy off white cap. Moderately carbonated. Aromas of sweet bread and grapefruit. Lots of chewy malts in this like sticky sweet cookie dough meets pine-citrus hopping in near balance...like the ad sez: " a raging mouthful of malt and hops". The finish is slow and erodes into not quite the promised enamel melting bittering but was a pleasant bittering with an astringent- metalic aftertaste. This what Liberaty ale on steroids would taste like....I lile the well balanced hop and malt wallop of this big APA and I’ll buy it often.

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Photo of WesWes
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/orange color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a nice malty scent that is sweet and warm. It boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It also has an intense hop aroma that is quite pleasant and bitter. The taste is great also. It has a well rounded flavor that boasts of pale and light crystal malts as well as loads of hops. It goes down smooth with a slightly warm finish. It has an intense hop character; very nice. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good double IPA. It's not as high in alcohol content as some, but it has excellent flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got my hands on this beer at the venerable Cafe Volo in Toronto. It pours a nice light copper color with an ivory head that sticks around forever. The aroma is of piney, citrusy hops, with a sweet maltiness evident. The taste is awesome. The hops are so complex and at once perfumey, floral, grapefruity and piney. This beer isnt as brashly hoppy as I was expecting, its much smoother than othe DIPAs Ive tried. In the middle some crazy fruitiness emerges (Im guessing another hop characteristic). The mouthfeel is smooth and lusciously carbonated.

This is a great beer, If a little light to be a DIPA (both in ABV and hops). Its still way hoppier than most beers available in Toronto. Ill get it again.

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber orange with a little bit of haze to it, with big head and nice lacing. Smell is all hops, floral, piney, strong and malty. Taste has a nice big malt background, with good floral hop flavour and a clean bitter finish. Mouth is full and chewy, with good carbonation. Not the biggest double IPA but well balanced and pretty tasty. Thanks northyorksammy.

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Photo of DrJay
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear orange colour with a generous, rocky, off-white head. Very floral aroma with just a bit of citrus and pine mixed in. As it warms, the malty sweet aroma combines with the hops to produce a smell very similar to ripe oranges. The flavour is very balanced, not overly bitter, with plenty of citrusy/orange hops. Also a bit doughy, it finishes medium length, off-dry from the hopping, with a light spiciness and a bit of alcohol warming. Full bodied, slightly viscous, and a bit sticky from residual sugar. Not an aggressive beer at all, it strikes a good balance that makes it quite drinkable.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a beautiful reddish-tinted copper with a long-lasting, frothy head of foam and many fine bubbles continuously streaming up through the beer. Absolutely gorgeous. Nose is sharply aromatic and very grassy hops. On first drink, there's a pleasant candyish sweetness, until the beer rolls back across the tongue and instantly dries it out. Hop flavor is strongly herbal & grassy, lightly citrus-like. Esters are restrained. Finishes bitter, lingeringly so. Body is light for the strength, texture crisp and powdery.

A solid American IPA. Doesn't quite live up to the promise of its looks, but it's still quite good.

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Photo of oggg
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this brew is hazy golden orange with a small but pretty head. West coast juicy hop aroma with some caramel notes tells me that this dIPA will follow the lines of Hop15 as opposed to Pliny the Elder. On the tongue the bitterness is single IPA strength. Hop flavor as well. Great maltiness pours in, with strong caramel flavors. Very smooth. Comes to a surprisingly dry finish. Medium to full bodied.

Overall: a fine, caramelly IPA that is on the weaker side of dIPAs.

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Photo of jakester
2.41/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bomber. They have the IBU's (72.4, I doubt it), O.G. 1080,(probably), and ABV 7.5 on the label, but NO DATE! This must have been old; for a DIPA, this was crap.

Sediment on the bottom. Pours a hazy, deep golden/orange. A foamy, cream colored head, @1/2", which fades quickly to a coating on top. Some slight lacing is evident on the glass.

As for smell, there actually is hardly any smell at all. I took off my glasses so I could stick my nose all the way in there, and got a faint metalic, toffee/biscuit smell, and maybe very faint grapefruit. Some alcohol as it warmed. Disappointing.

The first flavor is a sweet malt; caramely/yeasty, followed by a slight level of bitterness. Hardly any hop flavor. There's some kind of metalic taste in there. The aftertaste was short.

The mouthfeel is probably the best character of this beer. Soft carbonation, some resins on the tongue. Malt sweetness seems to kick in after a while.

This sample had to have been old. No hop aroma, minimal hop flavor, floaties on the bottom. Put the freakin' date on the labels, guys!!!

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy orangish-golden, with a nice white head that doesn't last a long time, but more than many IPAs.

Aroma is about as good as I've smelled highly hopped beers. Floral, fruity, grassy, herbal hops provide a lot for the nose to do. The only reason I don't give it a 5 is that it's all hops- I don't get any aroma of anything else. But that's minor here.

Flavor follows through from the aromas, but I think there's actually more here, because some grainy/bready presence of the malt shows through, providing at least some balance. But it's just hding there, it's not holding it's own against the hops.

Mouthfeel is rich and full- gives the mouth a lot to do. Drinkability is where this one lacks- it's so big, that even though the ABV isn't terribly high, I just didn't want any more.

Paired this with some very spicy quesadillas- smple faire, but the spicy black beans and salsa stood up well to the hops in this very big flavored beer.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper in colour with aromas of Cascade and grassy hops. The flavors are mellow for an IIPA, medium bitterness with a whole lot of syrupy malt. The finish is powder dry and has a biscuit quality (which I’ve experienced with some Irish ales). I liked that quality, but I could see others not appreciating it. This is kind of a baby-step IIPA, but still a quality beer.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maximus is a shiny copper color with an above average-sized head. Carbonation is good, as is the retention. The aroma is a very fresh-smelling citric hop with a sizable underlying malt sweetness. The taste also seems very fresh. Very tasty citrisy hops are joined by a delicious malt body. Hops also leave some pine flavor. The bitterness factor seems low, although the label states that this brew is 76 IBU. Mouthfeel is mildly creamy. This is insanely easy to drink, as every sip seems very fresh from start to finish. Recommended.

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Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of baiser
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a vibrant amber/orange colour, with a large, fluffy off white head. Good lacing and retention. Strong and enticing aroma of sweet citrus fruit, pine and malt. Medium bodied, smooth and so drinkable. Sweet, fruity, juicy, thirst quenching, bursting with flavour. Very well balanced. Not as over the top as other double IPA's and that's one of the best parts of this beer.

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Photo of elricorico
2.6/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy copper colour with a thin cream coloured head. The head fades to a couple of puddles on top, but leaves some lacing.

Smell is fairly sweet, almost a molasses type of smell on top of hops and citrus. Not a bad smell.

A subtle sweetness in the beginning of this beers journey through my mouth is fairly pleasant. Maybe a toffee type flavour, nothing big, just semi sweet. Then... a bit of hop with a long alcohol burn, that reminds me of a cheap shot of hard liquor. Aftertaste is a clash of the bitterness and liquor.

Thin mouthfeel. Carbonation isn't bad but this doesn't feel like much of a beer in the mouth. Back of the mouth is left feeling sticky. Unimpressive in that facet.

Well I can't say that I like this one. It's my first Double IPA, but I feel fairly confident in saying that there must be better ones out there.

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Photo of warmstorage
1.86/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Serving: 22 ounce bomber, $2.79 at Safeway, into "beer clean" bell pint glass.

Pours a filtered clear medium orange. A vigorous pour results in some orange-tinted white head, but it quickly dispreses. VERY clear filtered medium orange color, tiny bubbles moving up.

Smell: pretty limited, slightly sweet, hint of metallic/flat smell. No hops noticeable.

Taste: initial taste is of malty sweet amber, hints of honey, present bitterness, like a British bitter. Minimal hop flavor (if this were a blind tasting, I would probably think this was an amber or a strong bitter style, maybe a sweet, slightly hopped Red.) Really, for a beer sold as a Double IPA, this is super disappointing. I wouldn't be happy with it as a single IPA, and would barely even accept it as a basic APA. And it wouldn't be a good beer for any of these styles. Blah!

Where are the label-advertised "72.41" IBUs? Got me. There are almost no hops present here at all.

Mouthfeel: medium to low carbonation, sweet, tangy mouth, most of the mouth is of sweetness and some slight alcohol warmth.

Overall, I'm sad to report that this is another profoundly mediocre offering from Lagunitas, which has great marketing and distribution (here in Northern California, at least), but way less than average beers. Better than macroswill, sure, but not by much, and doesn't hold a candle to many other widely available beers.

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Photo of goschool
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maximus pours a cloudy amber to orange hue with lots of bubbles spouting up from the bottom of my big red wine glass. That being said, the beer is undercarbonated. When I see "Maximus" IPA as the label states in big capital letters, I think hoppy, aggressive and awsome. Sadly this brew is not up to par with its competition. It's far from a hop monster and there is an astringent character to the bitterness that it has. If Lagunitas took the ABV down to 6.5%, this might become a decent single IPA.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of stegmakk
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked this up because I was in the mood for an extremely hopped beer. With a name like Maximus it has to be amazing. Nope. It is good but not as good as I imagined.

Poured a light copper with off white head that left quick and left no (0) lacing.
Aroma was citrusy hops less pine and a hint of malt. ???
Taste was then hoppy but not the typical piney flavor. More citrusy and a touch of pine.
Mouthfeel good. A little thinner than I like in a big IPA.
Drinkability was very good. I finished off the 22oz bottle in record time.

Overall if you want a big IPA, the title is misleading. THis aint it. If you want something different in an IPA (more citrus than pine, but still a decent mix), then this is it.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of pikemark
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper and amber mixture with an amazing amount of yeasties suspended in the liquid. Dull white head with some serious lace on the glass.
Aroma of tea leaves, grass and a citrus hop profile.
Flavor of caramel and toffee with some bready undertones on a bed of citrus, resin and tea-like hops.
Mouthfeel is smooth to start moving to a solid rising bitterness to counteract the sweetness present.
Drinkability is very solid. Excellent flavors and transitions but really somewhat mellower than I expected.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,472 ratings.