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Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 09-22-2001

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Photo of Applesauce1
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got the Double IPA at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH.

Pours a copper color with about a half inch head. Looks pretty good.
Smell: HOPS, lots of them
Taste: good, a very strong hop presence, almost too much for me, nonetheless, a good flavor
Mouthfeel: good, could use a little more carbonation
Drinkability: good for being 7.5% alcohol, could drink two of these in a night

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Photo of jaluria
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Spotted this in my local store and found out it had just been added to the collection; good news for me!
Poured a lovely orange-rust color with a high level of carbonation with a thick, white head that left behind full rings of lacing in my pint glass. The surface of the beer seemed to be coated with small, soapy bubbles once the head began to dissipate. Aromas of pine, hops, grassy earth, grapefruit, and papaya. The taste followed the scents with a very bitter overall taste that had a nice bite to it. Grapefruit-like hops seem to dominate with a floral accent. Slightly chewy texture in my mouth with a lingering bitter finish. Biggest flaw with this beer is the lack of complexity. I think more malt (pale perhaps) would add depth and layers to the flavor and bring more the surface than just hops. When in the mood for a DIPA, this is a good one to go to, but I wouldn't want more than a pint or two of it.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing translucent amber/orange color with some forceful carbonation with little to no head retention. Evidently not bottle conditioned and possibly filtered. Floral, coniferous, oily, candied hop bouquet and some dulled, white bread maltiness. Herbal and mellow in taste, with a bready, light malt sweetness upfront leading to a more pronounced drier, bitter finish. Nicely balanced and "soft". I thought, tastewise, I was going to be let down simply by the lackluster appearance of the beer. Certainly drinkable; but I could see getting too bored with this beer to consider it being a great sessioner.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy, glowing peach in color. Creamy, bright white head that slowly slides to the goblet's sides creating lots of strong, whispy lacing.

Citrus-filled hop oils with hints of pine. A creamsicle-like fruitiness and creaminess; orange, pear, and grapefruit aromas.

An unexpected, alcohol-filled sweetness up front followed by a burnt, yet juicy hop oil burst. Pine, citrus, and slightly astringent fruity-esters. A musty floral hop flavor that leads to a perfume-laden bitterness.

Medium bodied; soupy, creamy, but rather perfumey on the palate.

Lots of hops; slightly unbalanced. The alcohol presence is slick and right up front. A big IPA; flavorwise, seems a little sloppy.

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Photo of PeatReek
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours IPA-color: amber/dark gold body, slight haze. Head is slightly orangy, retains well. Cold, clean, grassy hop smell with hints of lemon and pine; I'm thinking Centennial here. Flavor is a stinging hoppiness, supported by a nice round robust malt profile with a substantial sweetness. Finish is quite bitter, but also a bit tangy/sour in a metallic way. I'm finding this to be quite like "hop rod", which I dearly love, but the alcohol is just slightly more stick-outish here and that kills the drinkability a bit.

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Photo of ReDave
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What i have come to expect in a strong IPA. Very full bodied. Very nice, in fact, it seemed much better than the last time i tried it. Not quite in the same category as say Ruination, but still a good strong IPA
Not the most bitter beers in the world, it actually had pretty good balance despite the name.
Highlly recomended!

Recently they have come out with 6-paks of Maximus Super!!
just finished a 12 oz.... YUM!

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

Piney, grassy hops are on the nose of this reddish-copper brew, with a little juicy sweetness to go along with it. A palate-coating bitterness immediately grabs hold. In the middle some citric sweetness freshens things up a bit before being chased away by a strongly bitter, and partly astringent finish.The aftertaste consists of hops and a touch of alcohol.

As far as Double IPAs go, this is a solid entry, quite enjoyable to drink, and pretty easy at 7.5%.

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Photo of murrayswine
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this beer up on a business trip to Arizona.
It pours a dark orange/amber with a solid head and steady lacing.
The smell is good and balanced hops. Not over the top at all, but delicate and citrusy. It's got a subtle yeastiness in the smell that's like a good fresh bread.
The taste is subtle at first, light green hops, a good bit of sweet/sour bitters. Nothing mind blowing, but a beer doesn't need to be "huge" to be damn good. I would put this in the just write catagory. Not a landmark beer, but if you see one out and about, dont hesitate to pick one up!

Amended: I let this big bitch warm up...HOLY DAMN this is a different beer! drink at 55-60 degrees and this beer is awesome!

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Photo of Crotor
2.91/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear and medium-light amber with one finger of head, lowish retention.

A faint and ghostly prick of starthistle wafts up, but is overall far less assertive than I'd expected...

The hop flavor is certainly more present, broader, and more nuanced than the aroma had implied, but it still falls a bit short. Behind that, the malt body is scant and simplistic.

Overall, an underwhelmer of a DIPA. Feels insubstantial in the mouth, and doesn't do much in the way of hop flavor and aroma. Drinkable, but a waste of time when there are so many better beers out there...

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A glowing, bronzed orange with a soft, foamy, tan-yellow head.

Smell: Floral/citric hops, probably Cascades, with a bit of peanut in the malt character. Although it is not particularly complex, I find the aroma fairly delicious. Perhaps its allure lies in its simplicity. Rummy alcohol becomes apparent as it warms.

Taste: This is a good IPA - not great, but quite good. It is quite hoppy, but I wouldn't call it a Double IPA; Hop Ottin' IPA and Racer 5 both have a more forceful hop taste, in my opinion. The malts are where they should be, in the background, lending a soft honey-caramel undertone. There's also a bit of saltiness, which helps to enliven some of the sweet flavors along the sides of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: A slight cloy in the finish makes this a less-than-refreshing IPA.

Drinkability: This is a nice, simple beer with a delectable hop profile and light body. Very drinkable. I dig it.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a standard DIPA appearance - bronze, clear, bubbles, eggshell head, massive lacing. Yeah, yeah. As beers go, it's great, but it seems like DIPAs just can't go wrong.

Very floral nose, not a hint of zing or zap or any other hoppy grapefruit scent - very floral indeed. Creamy malts blend very nicely with hops to make a singularly scented nose. Not very intense, but good.

Floral taste, too. Caramelly, oatmeal-y malts and floral, gentle and soft oily hops combine for a hoppy taste that is pretty delicious - this is differerent than any DIPA I've tried so far. The hop flavor is less aggressive and more smooth, definitely an unobtrusive floral flavor.

Oily, but gently carbonated; Pretty good.

Very good IPA, interesting example of a DIPA.

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Photo of jmz62565
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a clear reddish orange with a large tan foamy head. The smell is a very strong citrus aroma,grapefruit?, that is very nice. The taste is very hoppy with a citrus flavor,but it's not harsh, the alcohol is mellowed by abit of malt sweetness. The m/f is light and well balanced. This is a very good brew and I would love to have this again.

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Photo of jwff
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a very clear brown/red/orange with a few carbonation streams to light up the glass. Mild white head that decays but leaves just enough to cling to the sides of the glass on the way down. Smell is very citrusy and grassy, and I'm picking up some salt too.

If you've had Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA (which is the closest thing I can compare this to) or any other DIPA then you know the deal. Hops balanced by malt with a gin pine and salt on the tongue aftertaste. Mouthfeel and drinkability rate high with this beer, because while the balance of malts to hops doesn't produce amazing tastes it is amazingly smooth.

I wish there was more to this beer, but it seems pretty in tune to DIPA style. I've had a few recently and am coming to terms that it's really not my style.

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Photo of Matthew
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice golden to orangish type color with a nice white whipped head to top it off.
Yup, lots of hops. Very strong hop aromas, slightly citrusy but almost a bitter citrus smell. Almost burns my nose hairs out.
Big bitter hop flavors that include that citrus type flavor found in the nose but it really tastes more like the peel than the sweet meat of the fruit. There is a sturdy malt backbone in this beer but no matter how sturdy it is the hops still make it take a backseat.
This is a pretty good example of a hopped up beer that is ok to drink but I dont really consider it to be the best crafted or the best use of hops in a beer, still if you like hops you will drink it and wont dislike it.

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Photo of scooter231
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reminds me of a pretty sunset- lots of orange, red, and golden hues, and very clear- quite pretty. Nose is surprisingly mild- hoppy, yes, but mild. Hops are sweet and floral, light. Taste is a bit odd... hoppy, sorta; malty, sorta; grapefruit? Rotten grapefruit. Mouthfeel is okay, sudsy and medium bodied. Drinkability is... meh... that something odd in the taste just throws me off. Otherwise, a very nice beverage.

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Photo of Bcant
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber, poured into a ½ liter stein.

This DIPA pours with a big easy fluffy white head with good retention. It is a nice golden to copper color with good clarity.

The bouquet is strong, pine hops.

Very hopy, some good malt balance in the middle.

Alcohol is balanced well, full soft mouth fell and quite drinkable.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ohhhh the hopidity of this.
Makes for a very impressive pour; the off white head is foamy, doesn't want to go away, mutates into a cavernous mess that you could write your name in if you want. Said foam sticks to the side of the glass in a gravity defying way. The color of the beer itself is a clear copper; if the color was slightly more vibrant I'd give the appearance a perfect score.
The sharpness of the hops dives into your nostrils and fish-hooks right in there. Sharply pungent... impressive... invites curiosity. I likey.
The taste isn't quite as impressive as the appearance or smell but it's pretty good. More well balanced than the scent would lead you to believe, but make no mistake, hops is king of the hill here. The malts to a decent job of keeping the hops honest.
I've found that Lagunitas offers great bang for your buck brews and this one lives up to that tradition with dignity. $3-$5 for a bomber? sign me up.

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Photo of orfeu
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystalline golden orange with a yellowish-white head, thick and fluffy. Citrusy pine hop aroma is much more subdued than I expected. Taste begins citrusy sweet -- candied orange rinds and red grapefruit juice, but enough pine bitterness to keep it astringent. The pleasant surprise is the nutty malt flavor that rides out through the aftertaste. Juicy and smooth mouthfeel. A solid, sessionable DIPA -- in fact, it seems to be just barely on the "double" side of the IPA camp. In any case, a recommended selection.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber with a slight orange taste. Slighty cloudy with a thin head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S: Aromas of grapefruit and orange hops. Definatley a very good smelling beer. Very fresh smelling. Slight yasty malt if you swirl the glass a bit.

T: Tastes of orange and grapefruit explode in your mouth with a very a slight caramel malty background thats noticeable when you take a big gulp. Not a very bitter aftertaste but one of the grapefruit or tangerine. Wonderfully tasting DIPA.

M & D: Mouthfeel on this offering from Lagunitas is very good. Nice and smooth beer that has a refreshing aftertaste. Makes you feel like you just had a very fresh grapefruit or orange. Not very carbonated. Drinkability of this DIPA is very high. The mid level abv allows you to savor a couple of these 22oz. bombers if you please. Overall a very well balanced and full bodied beer. I will have another soon!

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Photo of PatYoda
2.63/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Another pretty poor double IPA. Perhaps I have been spoiled by beers like Dreadnaught, Hop Rod Rye, and 90 Minute. Either way, this is not good.

Appearance is hazy dark peach with a decent head that sticks around for a little while and leaves some lacing. Not impressive for a DIPA though. Smell is alcoholic (at 7.5%?). There are some grapefruity hops and caramel malt in the background.

The taste is very disappointing. At first it isn't bad, simply a little weak. The caramel malt and citrusy hops are there, though they are very subdued. There is a medicinal aspect as well. Then the finish is pure hop bitterness. It lingers for some time and makes the beer very hard to drink as a result. Very harsh. The alcohol is also there, but not nearly as noticeable as in the smell.

The mouthfeel is a tad thin for my liking. Overall, a bomber of this is difficult to finish.

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Photo of masikon
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a honey color with a fuzzy head which lasted well. Nose was straightforward with some mild citrus notes but very little in terms of malt suggestions. Taste was obviously very hoppy with just a slight bit of oily texture, pretty good although just a little harsh with less hop taste and more hop bite than the truly top notch DIPA's. This is a good offering but is outshined by some others in the genre.

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Photo of far333
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

72.41 IBU’s. Crystal clear faded apricot colored with a thick and frothy head of off-white meringue. Crisp and inviting aroma of citrus hops flecked with pine tar. Flavor is sweet tangerine hops upfront, morphing nearly immediately to bitter citrus peel, and slowly evolving to crunchy pine tips. A light malt sweetness rides beneath, but is nearly eclipsed by the bite of the hops. Throat and stomach are warmed as I sip. Mouthfeel is thin and tingly, finishes crisp. Not overly complex, but pretty drinkable.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cider/honey honey color with a nice off white head that fell to a incredibly uneven film that left some very nice lace. Smells of dry, sour cherries and plumb skin along with a musky, earthy hop. Upon my first sip a powerful rush of pine zipped in around the base of my tongue. That was unique. In the remainder of the flavor, the pine flavors really dominate right into the smooth finish. Hop-burps reiterate the same fantastic pungent pine. The hops also lend a nice sweeter orange to the overall flavor. The malt supporting this pine maelstrom is very subtle with just the slightest hint of caramel and smoky marshmallow that leaves my mouth just a bit sticky in the finish. The mouth feel is medium bodied with a smooth, almost creamy carbonation that leaves the tip of my tongue tingling. If you are enthralled by the piney elements of hops, this beer is a must. I’m not a card carrying “hop-head”, but I thought this beer was original and very well crafted. Also, I must say I’m getting some of the best hop-burps I’ve ever had. I’ll definitely have this one again.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery golden color topped by a good two-finger creamy white head. Head doesn't last for too long, but settles into a nice wispy coating on top. Aroma of spicy, fruity hops, with notes of pine and grass and a whiff of alcohol. Palate is well-balanced between assertive fruity hops and a light honey-sweet malt character. Some sweet fruit come through mid-palate, yielding to a powerful bitterness on the finish. Body is full, creamy, and slightly sticky, holding the flavor very well. Very tasty, and not overwhelmingly strong like some double IPAs.

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Photo of beertastegood
3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished-copper orangey color with a nice thick meringue-like head on it. Aromas of minty, spicy hops at first, followed by a thick caramelly-sweet smell that really meshed nicely with the hop aroma. The head sticks around for quite some time, doesn't seem to want to go away.

Taste: Amazingly enough, the malt makes its presence known before the hops. Lots of crystal malt in this brew. But soon after the sweet caramel malt hits my tongue, the hops come in with a medium-to-strong punch of citrus, pine and mint (Nugget hops maybe?). Melds into one of the most balanced DIPAs I have ever had. However, it should be made clear that DIPAs are not supposed to be balanced - they should be clearly weighted towards the hop side of the scale.

Mouthfeel is thicker than most DIPAs, and the finish is decidedly sweet, with only a hint of spicy hops left on the tongue. Very drinkable though.

Bump up the gravity of this beer a bit, and it would make one hell of a barleywine. But not quite what I expected for a DIPA. I like this beer, but it is not really a DIPA.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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