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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

4,123 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,123
Reviews: 1,389
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 80
Gots: 373 | 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)
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Madskill, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Jparker37
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

zberger, Nov 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

C-Dog, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrus hops in the nose along with some hints of pine resin hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of citrusy hops (oranges and grapefruits seem to stand out in particular) along with some hints of pine resin towards the back end. There is a moderate amount of bitterness and faint hints of caramel malts.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and is a little crisp with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is nice and hoppy but doesn't seem as malty and strong compared to other beers in the style. Any traces of alcohol are well masked from the taste.

metter98, Nov 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

timwardjr, Nov 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

circus_cat, Nov 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

LiquorsInc, Nov 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

blmar311, Nov 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

muchos, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Dave1999
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red amber colour with a small white head.

The smell is sweet, malty,earthy and there are some citrus hops.

The taste is similar to the smell quite sweet, there are citrus hops providing some fresh lemon and grapefruit flavours. There is also a little alcohol warmth in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a pretty good beer but not as good as hop stoopid.

Dave1999, Nov 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

BigTrubble, Nov 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

tankg, Nov 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

MaseFace, Nov 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

TheKOshow, Nov 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

jcarr405, Nov 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

jmdrpi, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of nUgZ
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a somewhat clear amber color with a 1 1/2 finger head and great lacing.

S: Lots of citrus hops and bready malts. Faint aroma of alcohol.

T: Very much like the smell, there are fruity flavors accompanied by a little bit of bready malts. Quite sweet.

M: Nice medium body with good carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

O: Overall, this is a pretty good beer. Sweet and nicely balanced. Easy to drink.

nUgZ, Nov 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

Bighorn, Nov 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Thirstygoat, Nov 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

bman_85, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of rangerred
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pous a clear medium copper with a one finger white head that fades away rather quickly leaving a thin cap and a little bit of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma has the typical Lagunitas tropical fruit character. A touch of pine with a backing of bread and caramel albeit on the light side. Hops really dominate.

The passionfruit and pine carried over into the flavor with Tons of tropical fruit up front. This is followed by a little bit of yeasty banana and a flash of ethanol. Bitterness is moderate to high leading to a dry, almost chalky, mouthfeel. Not much malt in the flavor maybe just a touch of bread. The body is a little bit thin which aids drinkability but somewhat subtracts from the overall experience.

Overall, this is an ok beer but middle of the road as far as IIPA's go. The body is a little too dry and this isn't too much different from their standard IPA. Hop Stoopid is better and I probably won't seek this one out again.

rangerred, Nov 21, 2012
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,123 ratings.