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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

4,225 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,225
Reviews: 1,398
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 85
Gots: 411 | 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)
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

erlenmeyer, Sep 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

AntLeatherface, Sep 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

thefullpython, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of bmwats
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark, golden brown hue. Pours about a 1 finger, frothy, white head. Settles slowly, leaving a thick blanket. Plenty of persistent spider web lacing.

S: Pine, honey, and raisin.

T: Hoppy and sweet. Great combination, of pine nuts, black licorice, honey, lemon extract, and raisin. Tastes like is smells.

M: Thick and syrupy. Sweet in the front, dry and bitter afterwards. The sweetness works well to balance out the intense hops. Very well done. Bitterness and sweetness remain. There is something of synthetic residual.

D: Sip and enjoy. The hoppiness will demand it.

Atmosphere is great. Golden brown hue, with a frothy head, and plenty of lacing. Nose is a full combination of pine, with sweet notes. Flavor is a well balanced hoppy concoction of bitter and sweet components. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

bmwats, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Tech_Savy
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Tech_Savy, Sep 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Jmick28, Sep 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Pdrufo, Sep 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

phishfoolme, Sep 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

verset, Sep 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Jwillyb, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of BrownNut
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium orangey gold with a pillowy off white head that's soap-foamy around the edges and lasts quite a while and settles down to a low island. Enough lacing to make a doily.

S - Substantial piney hops on top of pungent sweetish malt

T - Pretty much the same as the aroma

M - medium bodied and a little sticky with a hint of abrasion and a faint hint of lingering sting on the lips

O - A pretty classic DIPA in the sense that it's about what you'd expect from the category. It fills the bill when you're craving a DIPA without going off in any odd directions. That also means it's not exactly notable. But it is well done. Hop Stoopid is a good bit better and more unique.

BrownNut, Sep 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

ladyivory, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of vkv822
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz : tulip

Pours an amber/orange with a thick, off white foamy head with nice retention and lacing.

Big resiny and citric hops in the nose. Not sure if they're used but it seems to have some Summit hop characteristic. The palate has the same resiny and citric hops as the nose, with the addition of a faint sweet, tropical fruit finish.

Medium body, medium-light bubbly carbonation.

A well made DIPA, pleasant hop profile.

vkv822, Sep 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

hickmancase, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of rarbring
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The ale is clear amber with small bubbles, a warm off-white head leaving good lacing, medium curtains.

Smelling toffee, pine needles and resin, tropical fruits, very neat.

Starting sweet, sultanas, peaches, mango, pine-apple, bitter orange peel (reminds me of Loranga soda (approx. Fanta)).

Medium carbonation, soft and oily, slightly sticky, a medium body and a slightly dry finish.

A very fruity DIPA, not bad, but no real groove.

rarbring, Sep 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

bbcd, Sep 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

onedogtwodog, Sep 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

TheBishopco, Sep 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

KyleFredricks, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of leaddog
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a medium amber with half a finger width of bubbly head.

Smell- Citrus hops, grapefruit, caramel malts.

Taste- Citrus hops upfront followed by grapefruit. The caramel malts play a supporting role to help balance this DIIPA out.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pleasant creaminess and bitter citrus hops left on the roof of the mouth.

Overall- A nicely balanced DIIPA by Lagunitas. This is not one of the most hoppiest beers that I have sampled but it is still quite enjoyable. Glad I tried this and I will revisit this in the future.

leaddog, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of macrosmatic
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Copper, somewhat hazy but very translucent. Lower amount of visible carbonation, and a two-finger white head that tries to last, but ultimately fades to a layer of foam with good lacing.

S: Caramel malt, grassy and pine hops, a little spiciness in the background.

T: Caramel malt, then orange/grapefruit that is almost tangy & juicy, and grassy hops. Fades to a pine spiciness that lasts to a moderately bitter hang.

M: Medium mouthfeel, lower carbonation. Alcohol just a bit noticeable - fairly well-hidden, but just a bit of boozy flavor near the end.

O: This is OK, less hop-forward than I would prefer. The hop profile could be more fruity & more assertive. However, this beer is at least four months old, so if a fresher example yield a better result, I will update.

macrosmatic, Sep 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

mtnwesdew, Sep 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

benfairbank, Sep 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

brentblack1, Sep 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

nijo1833, Sep 06, 2012
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,225 ratings.