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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,468 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 1,468
Hads: 5,087
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 110
Gots: 960 | 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 pootz
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of oggg
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of jakester
2.41/5  rDev -38.7%
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!!! (1,084 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (967 characters)

Photo of fisherman34
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (533 characters)

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 baiser
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of elricorico
2.6/5  rDev -33.8%
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. (850 characters)

Photo of warmstorage
1.86/5  rDev -52.7%
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. (1,404 characters)

Photo of goschool
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (500 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 stegmakk
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (850 characters)

Photo of pikemark
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From warriorsoul, this came in a 22 oz. brown bomber with a paragraph of musings on the edge of the label. The beer was poured into my trusty tulip, and looked very nice, with an orange body that contained a touch of haze. The head was perfectly proportioned at two fingers thick with a rocky, foamy, creamy appearance. Patches of clumpy lace clung to the side of the glass as the beer was consumed.

The aroma was grassy and herbal, and not as overwhelmingly hoppy as I had presumed it would be. The alcohol was poking its head through the hops as well.

The taste was where the hops showed up in a more assertive way. The bitterness was up front and center, but as the tongue adjusted, biscuit like caramel malt made an appearance. The finish was grapefruit and floral with a peppery tang.

Medium mouthfeel was closer to a single IPA than a DIPA I think. The body lacked the heft that other beers from the style typically possess. Nonetheless, the beer was mouth coating and satisfying. Aftertaste was bitter and dry, but a little short lived. Definitely a notch above the run of the mill IPA, and very drinkable, but not quite a DIPA (1,143 characters)

Photo of Hunter
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper-colored brew, thick head of dense tan bubbles. Scant carbonation. Nice lacing effects.

Hops are in the nose, as well as...latex paint? It's crisp but there's an unpleasant undertone to this.

Taste is potent, that's for sure. Hoppy with alcoholic heat. Think SN Pale with a pinch of Everclear. Can't find much beyond the hops and the heat.

Slightly oily mouthfeel and an aftertaste that smacks of leftover hops and alcohol. Not bad but my money's on Stone's representation of this style. (507 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hazy coppery amber with a thick, sticky light tan head that laces well. very flowery sweet hop aroma. a little bit of pine lies under a malty slightly caramel aroma. the overall smell is a little weak, despite what i pick up being rather good. lots of herbal hop flavor, with a building grapefruit and pine character as the beer warms. sweet caramel malts show up most strongly in the aftertaste. there is a very faint taste of something almsot like cotton candy as well. lots of carbonation and a medium mouthfeel. good drinkability, it's pretty easy to pour the last drops out of the bomber and say "already?" given the current state of american IPAs and double IPAs, this beer would make a very good IPA, but only makes for a pretty good double. (748 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

having just tried the incredible lagunitas ipa, i expected something even greater. like a concentrated, more flavorful version of this solid ipa winner..

pours a transparent orange with a healthy head. no carbonation in the body. smells strongly of fresh hops. sweet and similar in nose to the IPA. hoppy and very bitter flavor. light in the mouth though, and too drinkable for a double ipa. for my money, i want more than just bitterness.. i want viscosity, kick, and complexity. its not here.

no aftertaste, seems to be a lagunitas special trait. wont buy again. (570 characters)

Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,468 ratings.