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Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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1,514 Reviews
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 09-22-2001

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Reviews: 1,514 | Ratings: 5,335
Photo of Beginner2
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I'm guessing that this ale was important in Lagunitas establishing itself in the craft market.
And I like Lagunitas... although more for the courage of its plant in an absolutely desperate neighborhood in Chicago than its brews. (Read my Place review.)
But I also think, that Lagunitas has grown beyond playing to the high-hop, high alcohol market.
So, I would rather review their offerings launched in this century than the last.

This is one of the three brews from Lagunitas listed in the "1001 Beers." I suspect it is there for its role in leading this style, a historical stepping stone to better stuff and a maturing market.

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Photo of Roby923
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This IPA is very very impressive. If it wasn't so high in alcohol, would drink this all night. Perfect from a malt and hops perspective. Bottled from a number of Miami Beach bars.

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Photo of Strix
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear straw-orange with good initial head and some lacing.

Citrus pine and a dank hop note in the nose.

Orange-grapefruit nicely forward in this, with malt, caramel, and a slow pine finish.

Smooth, somewhat light mouthfeel.

Nice flavor and balance here.

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

35cl bottle. Clear orange pour with a tall and sticky white head. Smells of citrus and tropical fruit hops, as well as pine hop dankness and caramel. Super malty body, bitter-sweet and syrupy, with notes of grapefruit, papaya and pine resin. The alcohol is present, but well incorporated. A very malt-forward IPA, not my favourite way of brewing this style, but it has its strong points.

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Photo of vikinggary28
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bottle into my trusty glass mug. Golden/orange/amber colour with a quickly dissipating white head that leaves a nice lacing. This is one pretty beer. Smell is of pleasant hops and slight citrus. Taste has a perfect hops/malts combo, they don't overpower each other, any bitterness quickly dissipates. Grapefruit and maybe caramel candy undercurrents. Goes down smooth. Prost!

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Photo of GrumD
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This drinks beyond its strength. The beer is clear and orange with a small and non retained head. Love the malt and hoppy balance, and both amiably hide the beer's strength. The finish is bitter but not overly so.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours beautiful clear bright golden-orange, thick white head with great retention and coating lace. Tangerine citrusy aroma. Bitter hop taste, tape fruit peel and pine, with a solid clean malt backbone. Medium soft mouthfeel. Like this DIPA, has the mineraly clean feel of the Lag brews with tons of flavor.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Very attractive / picturesque glass presentation: Beautiful goldenrod color with white fluffy

Smell: Floral notes with hops.

Taste: Nice juicy sweetness upfront that's annihilated by over-the-top grapefruit
bitterness in the mid and close. Would say it's not as sweet as Dogfish head's 90,
but is more bitter.

Feel: Decent full/round mouthfeel. Easy drinking.

Overall: This is a nice one; Again, my standard for the style is pretty much
DFH's 90 min and I would say this doesn't quite reach that bar: (Not enough
sweetness and a tad too much citrus.)

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Photo of Hoppy_Time
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Golden amber with moderate head
Smell: Sweet and spicy, some malt makes it through the citrus and pine aroma
Taste: Surprisingly malty at first, caught me totally off guard, then the fresh hoppy bitterness kicks in and lingers with the rich malt
Feel: Mouthfeel seemed pretty light considering this beers malty character, moderate carbonation
Overall: A slightly different IPA with a malt forward flavor, very drinkable, would love to have it again paired with a tasty burger, worth a try especially for those who like malty beers and are on edge with IPA's.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber and copper color with a nice foam head and sticky lace. Tropical fruit in the aroma especially mango. There is also orchard fruit such as apple. There is also lots of toasted biscuity malt. As for the taste, I thought it was sweet on the tongue at first, malt forward and juicy. However, the aggressive hops take over. They are puny and resiny and also moderately to high bitter. The finish is dry. The mouthfeel is medium.
I really liked this IPA. It had a good balance of juicy sweet and bitter. Perhaps one of my favorites from Lagunitas.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a very clear light golden color with limited white head but decent lacing.

S: Reasonably strong aroma, sweet, I would almost call it sweet tarts, caramel, pineapple, pear, awesome.

T: I am telling you, it is like a grapefruitish sweet tart, best description I can give it. A lot of sweet but also a good amount of bitter. Full of flavors.

F: Light mouthfeel with low carbonation. Bitter but not lingering. No cloying despite the sweetness.

O: Pretty interesting beer. A ton of sweet and bitter makes this very interesting.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle.

A: Amber. Clear. 4 fingers high of head and medium retention.
S: Grapefruit. Lemon peel. Somewhat grassy. Hint of spicy notes.
T: Grapefruit. Caramel. Semi-sweet. Medium high bitterness. Finish is long and bitter.
M: Medium- bodied. High carbonation.
O: Great IPA. Easily exceeds I expected.

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Photo of dar482
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a deep gold to pale amber color.

The aroma offers grapefruit peel, sweet sugary malts, chemical dankness, and onion.

The beer follows with that sweet citrus up front, candied grapefruit, more sweetness that helps slightly balance the resinous piney bitterness on the beer, although the bitterness does end up sticking the palate. The mouthfeel is medium minus.

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

Pours a clear orange, fluffy white head settles to a thin ring leaving streaks of lace on the glass. Smell: floral, dried apricot, pine needles, grapefruit, notes of pineapple and mildly biscuity back. Taste: pineapple, sugared grapefruit, a bit rindy, orange, a little yeasty bread and pine in the finish. Medium bodied. A little pop of alcohol. Given the number of Lagunitas d/ipas, I tend to pass this one up, but it's legit!

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter glass. 8.2% abv

Appearance- Pours a bright amber, with lofty white head. Tons of lacing. Good clarity

Smell- Grapefruit abounds. Sweet bready malt

Taste- A dry baked cracker malt with a bit of sugary sweetness. Citric grapefruit pounds the palate. Malt and fruit subside into a bitter, lasting, tingly finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy in body with ample carbonation.

Overall- A fine, sweet, and citric 2xIPA here. Lots of flavor. A great hop bomb to sip at. Appropriately named

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber gold and sudsy, tons of bubbles through and through, even a few minutes after the pour. Aroma is upbeat and tropical, while still maintaining a piney undertone. It's a wonderful combination of pineapple and evergreens. The taste is also first rate, echoing the nose perfectly but adding a rush of aggressive citrus. This is a solid, oily mouthful, yet it doesn't linger too long on the palate. Great balance...This is a perfectly executed brew.

This one is moving way up my shopping list.

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maximus by Lagunitas Brewing Co. is an American Double/Imperial. It is a rich example of this variety of brew, with a light amount of froth on a scale of light/medium/thick. Its body is of a very tasty medium variety. Its smell is rich and sweetish. Its color is one of those sort of effervescent sort of reddish harvest golds one occasionally comes across in the American Double/Imperial IPA variety.

Maximus is one of those Doubles/Imperials that I knew I would like from the moment I smelt/tasted it. It isn't of the wild-hop variety even though those fall into the same category, but it is one of those well crafted American Double/Imperials, that you can just tell is going to taste really good. Its a complex beer; for suggested similar beers, I would try the "Shipwrecked" American Double, and the Anchor Steam Argonaut variety of Doubles. The taste is somewhere in between and very satisfying. The hoppyness one might expect from the beer is there. However, it is very smoothe, and one gets the sense that a lot of time and retries per se went into this beer because the taste takes one on such a smoothe journey over the land of hops that one barely notices that one has begun said journey. Its like a sleigh ride from rich bitter, to not quite bitter to smoothe.

As one takes one's more slow sort of sip, one can almost sense that it is picking up steam as it uniquely bubbles on the edge of ones palate almost asking to be let inside of one's mouth so one can sample the full rounded taste of the beer for all of its subtle glory.

Overall this is really a great beer, it reminds one of the the perhaps subtly rounded after-taste of DuClaw's Serum "writ large" if one will, and it really is an excellent blend of hop flavoring, so subtle that one almost barely notices that one is sampling a good hoppy beer in every taste. Its after taste, contrary to the approach of some American Double/Imperials, maintains that hoppy flavor curve, and one can sample that same sweet yet hoppy flavor lingering on one's palate if one takes a a moment between sips.

Overall, a really satisfying and refreshing American Double/Imperial brew, a very good blend of hoppy textures in a subtle and really masterful way.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lagunitas Maximus has a thick, frothy, bone-colored head, a clear, somewhat bubbly, orange appearance, and splotchy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of piney (but, not so piney) hop oil, and sweet bread. Taste is the same, and the bitterness is there, but not at all harsh. Mouthfeel is high medium and oily, and Lagunitas Maximus finishes on the dry side.


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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange with a thick and creamy white head that leaves lots of lace.
The aroma is mainly pineapple and mango, hints of pine.
Tastes is fairly big and bold with pineapple and mango up front, some sweet candied fruit in the middle and a pine resin close accompanied by a bit of sweetness.
Mouthfeel is rather thin.
Tasty brew.

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

From Bottle. Pours a clear golden body with a fairly large offwhite head. Aroma of pine, citrus and loads of malty caramel. Taste is grapefruit, mango and pine. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - copper colored body with white head

Smell - grapefruit, mango, pine

Taste - grapefruit, mango, pine

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, citrus sweetness upfront, pine/hop bitterness that lingers on the back end

Overall - very nice IPA. Good value, Recommended

Price point - $1.99/ 12 ounce single

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A maltier IPA. That's what I think upon first drink. However, I enjoy this type of IPA as long as the sweetness from the heavy malt doesn't overpower. Maximus ticks that box. In fact the hop profile is nice on this beer. A bit of spicy hops! Its a nice combo. What's also nice is the price.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional beer from the great Lagunitas brewery. The beer is highly complex with a great hoppiness flavor. At 8% ABV it is very drinkable. Highly recommended!

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Photo of wumpshire
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a $3.99 22 oz! Lots of malt, but thats what you'd expect from a double, almost hints at being a barley wine but more refreshing. Good choice of hops for this style, pretty standard for Lagunitas though. A good standard, double IPA. With a nice smooth malt that hides the alcohol. Smoooth!

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Photo of ANIMOUL
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For my pesos, this should be the DIPA standard.

A nice balance of citrusy pine coupled with a decent malt backing. Not overpowering strong with the alchohol but enough to let you know that you're drankin' a DIPA.

Sturdy DIPA.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,514 ratings.