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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,466 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 1,466
Hads: 5,077
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 109
Gots: 952 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001

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Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 1,466 | Hads: 5,077
Photo of Svenson89
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not a big fan of this one. I find it too heavy on the malt with a weird caramel sweetness to it. I'm not a fan of malty ipas and this one confirms that for me. Yes there is a good hop bitterness to it but the sweetness sort of throws it off for me. (251 characters)

Photo of bkkt
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I can drink this all day. Possibly my favorite brew from Lagunitas next to Sumpin' Sumpin'. Smells delicious with classic Lagunitas hops, pines, and troipical fruits. Tastes sweet, malty, with a hint of fruitiness. Again, Lagunitas creates a great beer at the best bang for your buck. (284 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an solid amber and a finger of white foam and good lacing. Smells strongly of pine, citrus, very floral. Taste hop forward, lemon/zest/pine well balanced with sweet malt, honey notes and good clean finish. Characteristic lagunitas flavor - pleasant and reliable
Fair amount of carbonation , medium mouthfeel.

Solid DIPA, well balanced and another solid Lagunitas beer. (375 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick review. I really love the hop bill here & Lagunitas always does a nice job of keeping their bigger beers balanced. To wit, this DIPA is one of the more accessible of the style & really stands out as a nice alternative to all the massive caramelly DIPAs out there right now. (281 characters)

Photo of bluehende
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice DIPA. Not as big as some which is good. Nice sweetness to offset a lot of hops. Overall just under the best out there. Aroma and flavor are great. (160 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a Lagunitas mason jar

A: Pours beautiful deep orange amber with copious amounts of frothy off white to light tan head that settles to a thick layer and laces well.

S: Sweet tropical fruit, big citrus, pine, and caramel malt sweetness.

T: Bright citrus, tangerine, a bit of lemon and grapefruit, some tropical fruit, pine, floral and slight fruity notes, a little herbal and spicy, backed with caramel malt sweetness, finishes clean.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, goes down smooth, really makes you forget it's 8%.

O: Another classic that's pretty much always available in my area, but rarely picked up. Nice to remember how solid it is. (672 characters)

Photo of CraigS119
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yes. Excited for this one. From the bottle. 5/2 on the bottle, today is 4/27. Pours a clear reddish/amber/brownish golden. Smells: Pine, citrus, dank, tropical.. in that order. Tart, sweet citrus bursts fourth at the forefront, then comes the grapefruit pith, pine, resin, and more "C-hop" flavor. Finishes abruptly with a clean bitterness that lingers. A bit of alcohol warmth on the tail-end. I could drink this often. 8.6/10 (427 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.94/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Lovely dark amber color with a big pile of foam in the Peroni Lager glass. Lacing and froth galore. Peculiar old fruit aroma.

If I am the only person in the BA world who tastes onions in this, I will spank my tongue. This is just the most peculiar DIPA I have ever tasted. Apricot jam and concrete dust. Woody and bitter.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Liticker's Liquor in San Diego. I looked at the Julian date on the neck-- 043 5 1. I hope that's 2015 and not 2011. (474 characters)

Photo of Radome
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber bottle.

L - Very dark gold color and perfectly clear. Thick, fluffy, off-white head that leaves huge curtains of lace on the glass.

S - The aroma is a huge burst of hops--piney, resiny and with some tropical fruit. Fresh and clean. Light bread and grain from malt, but deeply buried under the hops.

T - Flavors start with tropical fruit hops, followed by warm, bready malt and then a last surge of the tropical fruit. Off-dry finish with some lingering sweetness. Somehow this combines with the Juicy Fruit Gum-like flavors to give a somewhat cloying impression.

F - Medium to heavy body. Full, smooth carbonation. Moderate alcohol burn that blends with the strong hops bitterness.

O - This is a great IPA with no major flaws. I would prefer less body and less sweetness in the finish, but these are nitpicks. (843 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow, great job by Lagunitas. Here goes:

A: Good enough. Pours a small head and only leaves moderate lacing, but the beer has a crystal-clear orange color. Carbonation is also somewhat lacking, however.

S: Well done. Great piney/resiny character with hints of grapefruit. Also nice caramel malt on the side.

T: Wow, great flavor. Not in league with Sculpin or Union Jack, but still quite good. Could easily pound more than one of these. Hides the alcohol really well, too.

F: Excellent. Glides down the tongue.

O: One of the better ones. Will have again. (573 characters)

Photo of hophead723
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a fresh sixer of this intriguing offering from Lagunitas. Poured into a pint glass.

Look: Classic deep amber with a golden glimmer when held to the light. The head is slightly off-white and sudsy. Lacing is solid.

Smell: Nice dank hoppy pine, citrus, and tropical fruit aroma here. It's definitely well-hopped as the aroma is quite strong.

Taste: Upfront and refreshing bitter punch of citrus, pine, and tropical fruits. It has a carmely malt backbone that balances everything out.

Feel: Perfect amount of carbonation and lingering bitterness. Moist from the juiciness of the hops.

Overall: This is a solid and drinkable IPA that possesses expressive characteristics that make it unique and desirable. Good job, Lagunitas. (739 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear copper/amber color, two finger head, great retention and lacing. Nice aromas of citrus and pine, with a hint of sweet malty smell. Nice citrusy grapefruit taste, but a pretty strong malt flavor. Mouthfeel was rather thin for the style. This is an OK beer, not one of my favorites form Lagunitas, which are normally very hop-forward. (338 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a big two finger ivory head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of caramel and biscuit malt, tropical fruit, citrus and piney hops. Flavor follows with resinous piney hops with lemon and orange citrus, pineapple and mango, light caramel malt, lightly sweet. Finishes with long lingering citrus and piney hop bitterness, moderately resinous. Medium bodied with mild carbonation, despite the aggressive head. A nice caramel based imperial IPA, hitting all the hoped for notes: pine, citrus and good exotic fruit flavors. Hops lean towards resinous than herbal, but still very nicely balanced and the ABV is well covered. Flavorful as expected from Lagunitas. These guys know their IPAs. (772 characters)

Photo of JPowell712
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hopped up beer. You get the hop aromas right off the pour. The smell is amazing. The taste is nice and strong you can pick up that 8.2% ABV. The hops in this beer are nice and citrusy and give a lot of pine notes. I liked the beer a lot and would suggest trying it. (275 characters)

Photo of MarkLinton1
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful amber hue with frothy two finger head that holds nicely. Hop explosion that you expect from a 2X IPA. Grapefruit, pine and somewhat nutty taste. Nice earthy malt balance and very smooth mouthfeel. Lagunitas never disappoints. (243 characters)

Photo of KChristie87
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An amber colored tint to it. Less than a finger head. Smell gives off a little pine, lemon, and grapefruit. Taste wise you get some grapefruit and a hint of lemon. Feels great. Overall a great beer. Lagunitas is hard to not like. (235 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber almost brown with an off white head that trails the glass. The smell was full of grapefruit from the hops, but also a lot of earthy nutty notes from the malt. The taste was surprising with a nice malt backbone up front with a lot of bread flavors slowly coming into the grapefruit and pine from the hops. Was very happy with the amount of balance this beer has given some very intense flavors. (412 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Maximus is a deep gold-copper with a bit of carbonation and a light haze. The head is a creamy tan one that rises to 3/4 finger, holds up well, and throws down pretty good patching followed by spottier lacing.
Overall, I'm a little surprised with this beer's designation as a DIPA. I'd call it a pretty good IPA. It's got the classic pine and citrus blended with lighter malts, and it shows a little bit of a peppery bite. It develops a little pith, particularly as lots of rindy notes come out. The nose puts the hops out a bit more aggressively, and a hint of harshness develops at the back end in the flavor.
The body is medium, plenty of heft to it, and there's a good balance on the palate of both crispness and smoothness. It may lost just a touch, and a little something develops slightly underneath to scrape a bit, but it works well. (848 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again I love Laguitas and this was one that I hadn't tried yet but I knew it would be good.

A - Nice orange color. Crystal clear with a ton of bountiful off-white head and strong lacing.

S - Pleasant and strong hop fragrance with citrus, pine, fresh hops, and some dankness. Not really anything else discernible aside from the hops and a slight fruity ale-yeast character.

T - Great flavor with the strong citrus hop character predominant with some fresh grassy hop tones along with some dank and pine notes in the middle. The hop bitterness are also present but not in contention with the NW hops. There are also sweet malt and yeast character but mostly covered up by the hops. Really tastes a lot like a delicious DIPA should. Maybe some alcohol for an 8% but not bad and could just be me.

M - Medium mouth-feel with moderate carbonation. Pretty typical of Lagunitas DIPAs as far as feel.

Overall, a very good DIPA. If you like nice bitterness, slight booze, and full hop flavor-punch then this is a good one to try. I still prefer their "Lagunitas Sucks" DIPA more but I did very much enjoy this one. I really love Lagunitas' ability to make their beers taste more like amazing homebrew than snooty top-shelf "craft beer."

Glass- Tulip (1,245 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper pour with two fingers of fluffy white head. Great looking. Aromas of pine and grapefruit, with some malty hints of biscuit and bread. Flavors translate from aromas, with a very smooth semi-sweet mouthfeel. Good stuff as always from Lagunitas! (249 characters)

Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on January 2nd, 2015. Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a golden color with a dense head of white foam that caps the beer perfectly. Lots of lacing with excellent head retention.

S: Clean pine with some faint floral and citrus hop aromas coming out. Also a good amount of biscuity malts that stack up fairly well to the hops. Not as aromatic as I would expect for a double IPA, but good nonetheless.

T: Crisp flavors of pine and citrus with biscuity malts. Good balance between malt and hops with only moderate bitterness.

M: Medium body with a medium-high amount of carbonation. The finish is slightly bitter but it is tolerable and doesn't linger.

O: Overall this wasn't outstanding, but it was a solid double IPA. Not as huge as I would expect for a beer of this style, but it was good. It has good balance and is very crisp and refreshing. Personally I liked this a lot more then Hop Stoopid from Lagunitas. I would drink this again. (948 characters)

Photo of Richard_Eckert
4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This IPA is sublimely wonderful. Not overly bright and flowery, nor bitter, it is smooth and rich and buttery- somewhat akin to Dogfish 90 min IPA. No lingering bitterness on the tounge it finishes cleanly. (206 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Excellent clarity, medium gold/light amber in color, visible carbonation, and a steady, frothy white head. this book has a solid cover.

Smell: Pale malt is at the front of the bouquet once poured, smelling of freshly baked white bread. It's not long, however, before the beer warms enough to let loose a semi-strong diverse and well blended hop potpourri. These notes seem to span the entire hop portfolio: They are resinous, floral, citrusy, and earthy, with no one scent dominating the others. A toasted toffee vapor brings some warm sweetness into the mix, as does a hint of pineapple.

Taste: The hop bitterness promised by the label (hops, hops, and hops!) is tamed by a lip smacking butterscotch element. This sweet quality is one I often observe in English IPAs, and I tend to really enjoy it. However, I can imagine that some hop heads would be let down by the lack of bitterness. It's there, but it's not high, not high at all. But more importantly (in my opinion, anyway), is that this beer is deeelicious. The impressive balance in the scent is matched on the tongue. Lightly toasted French bread is a clean, yet flavorful canvas for the overlapping hop flavors, which are again sweetened by a delicate blend of tropical fruit and toasted toffee. Again, no one hop taste stands out in particular, but tea leaves, tangerine rinds, dandelions, and a sprig of mint are all immediately detectable. The one shortcoming other than lack of bitterness is a slight mineral quality to the taste which presents itself as a sulfuric flash in the pan.

Mouthfeel: More creamy than crisp, the mouthfeel lacks the dryness required to boost bitterness to the level anticipated. The finish is smooth and slightly velvety, and the carbonation is merely moderate. These qualities, however, help to highlight the complexity created by the various flavors--a harsher finish would slice off their roots.

Overall: If I were rating this as a beer judge, I would have to dock points for the lack of bitterness and the thickness of the mouthfeel, since both are qualities not typically desirable in an Imperial IPA. But as a simple consumer and beer lover, I am quite enamored by the impeccable balance this beer achieves while still exhibiting great complexity. It is perhaps a little too similar to the rest of the Lagunitas canon, especially for a limited release, but it is one of those beers I would look forward to regardless of my mood, my craving, the season, etc. (2,469 characters)

Photo of DeanWormer
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Way, way underrated on this site. I usually trust The Bros, but they're off on this one. Malty, hoppy, balanced, aromatic, none of the dreaded and unpalatable Simcoe hop - this is the real deal of an IIPA. And it comes in 6-packs at a reasonable price. On my rating scale, Stone RuinTen is a perfect 100; DFH 90-Minute a 97. I'll give Maximus a 94. One of the best values in the IIPA genre! (396 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty hop forward DIPA. Sort of like a toned down Hop Stoopid.

Would purchase and drink again if available. Probably won't seek out though, many other great ones I would want to grab first. (194 characters)

Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,466 ratings.