1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

4,219 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,219
Reviews: 1,398
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 85
Gots: 406 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Maximus Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,219 | Reviews: 1,398 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of DAS30
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

DAS30, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Soloveitchik
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Soloveitchik, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Bazaar
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours orange amber with about an inch of head, sticks to glass and many bubbles rise.

N - Malty caramel, some piney notes, grapefruit and lightly toasted bread.

T - Candy-like, malt-dominated. Toffee, some caramel, grapefruit and pine hopinness, but not a whole lot.

M - Chewy, highly carbonated, but not so much that it is atypical of the style. Has the resudial-sugar feel of other Lagunitas brews.

O - Overall, this is a good beer. It's like a few of their beers, which drinks like candy with hops. Would pick up another six pack if I were in the mood for some.

Bazaar, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of TheTinDoor
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

TheTinDoor, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of HEADYdb
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

HEADYdb, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of SlaughteredWolf
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

SlaughteredWolf, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of TonyBaloney
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

TonyBaloney, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Samber79
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into tulip glass

Little to no head, minimal bubbles. Amber color

Smell was piney with some grass. I noticed a slight fishy smell. Since there isn't a date on Lagunitas bottles, it might be old beer.

Taste was bitter and piney, I wasn't able to pick up much diversity here.

Nice mouthfeel, the carbonation opens the palate and the beer has just enough "slickness" for me.

Overall, for me this beer is average for the style. Probably won't buy it again but I'm not upset that I did.

Samber79, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of jamiecoppin
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

jamiecoppin, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of hepcat
4/5  rDev +0.8%

hepcat, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of NateMac13
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

NateMac13, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of microbe7
4/5  rDev +0.8%

microbe7, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of NorthSideSean
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

NorthSideSean, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of PingBob
4/5  rDev +0.8%

PingBob, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a snifter glass

Appearance – Pours a clear orange colored brew with some red highlights giving it a nice shine. Upon pouring there is a very small white head that fades quite fast leaving a bit of patchy foam on the surface of the brew and some very light lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is bready and hoppy with a very light level of sweetness. The bready aromas of are of a biscuit and slightly doughy smell while the sweet are of a light caramel smell. The heaviest of the aromas, the hop, are largely of a grapefruit nature mixed with some lighter noted of a pine hop.

Taste – The taste begins with flavors of a mix of tropical fruits and a pine hop taste. The pine starts the taste rather strongly and lasts to the middle of the taste where it starts to be overwhelmed in strength by a grapefruit hop taste. While this is occurring the breadiness of the brew gets stronger while the fruit fades and its place being taken place by a light caramel flavor. More toward the end, where the grapefruit is rather strong, some more pine hop comes to the tongue and actually competes with the grapefruit in strength. It is accompanied by some more herbal hop flavors with a slight alcohol taste, which in the end, leaves a rather resinous and moderately drier hop flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is average to slightly above average. The thicker body really accentuates the resinous hops and more bready flavors that develop more toward the middle. While the higher carbonation suits the fruit and caramel flavors well these are really not the focus of the beer and a slightly lower carbonation level may have been slightly beer for the style.

Overall – A fairly tasty double IPA. It drinks pretty easy and has a decent drier flavor profile (especially at the end of the taste). Overall it is pretty good.

Darkmagus82, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of darcange
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

darcange, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Martinecu
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Martinecu, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of mttdls
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

mttdls, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of Duvel
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Duvel, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of JALIEN
4/5  rDev +0.8%

JALIEN, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of vipguy814
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

vipguy814, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +0.8%

orangesol, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of Celtics76
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Celtics76, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of ferrettman687
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

ferrettman687, Mar 07, 2013
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,219 ratings.