1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. 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

4,117 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,117
Reviews: 1,389
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 80
Gots: 372 | FT: 1
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: 4,117 | Reviews: 1,389 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of benjada
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

benjada, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of GRinCH
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

GRinCH, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Hellyeahimdrinking
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Hellyeahimdrinking, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Toadhopper
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Toadhopper, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Damian74Shensky
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of OCdrummer7271
5/5  rDev +25.9%

OCdrummer7271, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev +0.8%

ssimpson89, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present on the bottle.

A - Pours a nice standard burnt sienna orange color with a nice fat three finger head, which may or may not have been my bad. Ring of lacing around the top of the glass.

S - Grapefruit. Citrus fruit peel. Wet juicy hops. That's about it. Smells like a big IPA.

T - Extremely bitter hop bite up front. Grapefruit, again. The 8.2% alcohol is masked expertly well. This does not taste like an imperial IPA to me at all. There is a lot more sweetness present than I thought there would be, but balanced with the bitterness nicely. Although this beer is on the older side, the hop bite hasn't diminished at all.

M - The mouthfeel is nice, not too watery, the resinous hops stick around for a minute. The little bit of warm booze taste doesn't overstay it's welcome, either.

Overall, this is a good beer, but I am not the biggest Lagunitas fan, and I personally feel that a lot of these beers taste eerily similar to another. To me, Hop Stoopid is definitely their best beer, and the Wilco Tango Foxtrot is pretty good as well, but the Lagunitas Maximus IPA is definitely worth a try if you are a fan.

Lagunitas Maximus IPA ---3.5/5.

mfnmbvp, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of JLapadura
4/5  rDev +0.8%

JLapadura, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of chippo33
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

chippo33, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Coldsnack
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Coldsnack, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of DougRFlowers
4/5  rDev +0.8%

DougRFlowers, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Orange
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Orange, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Hardy_Brew
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Hardy_Brew, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of 2neardead
4/5  rDev +0.8%

2neardead, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of BYOFB
4/5  rDev +0.8%

BYOFB, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of freduardo
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

freduardo, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Dools9
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%

Bottle poured into a snifter, dated Julian 312, or 11/7/12. Nice and fresh baby.

A: Very nice looking brew, pours a clear sunset orange amber, two finger egg shell head, moderate retention, good lace, some alcohol legs.

S: Sweet, juicy citrus fruits, grapefruit, pineapple. Nicely balanced with a bready, caramel malt backbone. Touch of alcohol but not anything distracting or offputting at all. Very tropical, has the adult fruit juice thing like a lot of Lagunitas beers. Also getting a very slight dank onion smell.

T: Sweet malt upfront followed by a big juicy citrus hop punch, lots of pineapple, tangerine and grapefruit, apricots, lighter piney notes. Not overly bitter, but packs a good punch and finishes dry. Lingering hoppy finish.

M: Medium feel, carbonation on the lower side and smooth. Touch of alcohol heat as it warms.

O: Very nice, easy drinking DIPA, found myself slugging this one back fairly quickly for a big beer. Heavy on the sweet tropical fruits, and nicely balanced with the toasty sweet malt, yet another solid beer from Petaluma.

Dools9, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Rupert50
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Rupert50, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of e30todamax
4/5  rDev +0.8%

e30todamax, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Madskill
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Madskill, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Jparker37
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

Poured into an Imperial pint.

A - Nice medium sized white head packed with small tight bubbles. Good clarity to its orangish golden color. Left a nice bit of lacing on the glass.

S - Fresh citrus hops, a little tropical. Some piney smells as well. Very wet, fresh smell. Touch of graininess in the background. I can pick up some alcohol after it warms a little bit.

T - Has a solid grainy/biscuity malt backbone. Bright citrus/pine hop flavors mid-palette. Rounded impact of bitterness near the end. Finishes nice and dry. Hop flavor lasts long into the aftertaste.

M - Medium to medium-full bodied, medium carbonation, dry.

O - Great lighter look to this beer for a double IPA. Smell is fresh and bright. Malt holds up well, bitterness doesn't overwhelm nor is sharp. Perfectly dry. Great feel. Excellent example of a double IPA. No wonder why I guzzled the first 5 in the pack down before I took the time to review the final one.

Jparker37, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev -1%

another big brutal hoppy offering from lagunitas. pour is surprisingly orange, glowing, but the head is a let down, white but small. the nose is big sweet and bitter fresh hops, some english malts but they are way back. sweet up front, bitter on the back end, just what i like. the taste is the same, maybe a little too sweet for my palate as a big ipa, but it doesnt last long, and its not sugary, just like fresh hop sweetness. could stand a touch more carbonation, but the body is a nice medium, and its pretty drinkable for its abv. for once the yeast in a lagunitas beer seems to be different, my main knock against them has been all the same yeast for everything, but this doesnt appear to be that, which i am thankful for. overall a good beer, a 6er to share, a little sweet, but a nice wintery ipa. cant taste the booze at all, just the hops.

StonedTrippin, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of zberger
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

zberger, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of C-Dog
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

C-Dog, Nov 27, 2012
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,117 ratings.