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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company


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very good

3,487 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3487
Reviews: 1347
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.61%

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001)
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Photo of mnrider


4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle.

A: Clear amber with a large off white head. Visible sediment is seen floating around.
Decent head retention with very good lacing.

S: Strong citrus. Grapefruit, orange and a hint of pine.

T/M: Bitter. Pine resin. Citrus. Orange and grapefruit. Smooth and creamy. Warming
alcohol. The finish is dry and hoppy.

O: Alcohol is hidden well in this big well balanced IPA. Not as hop heavy as other west
coast IPA's. Drinkability is great.


Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 18:40:42 | More by mnrider
Photo of Celtics17


4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A -Golden amber color with a thick white head that leaves nice lacing.
S - Nice grapefruit, mango, pineapple, peach with sweet caramel malt in the background.
T - Grapefruit, peach, pineapple, mango,

Overall, very fresh, crisp, but bitter IPA. This brewery always knows how to do an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 08:02:15 | More by Celtics17
Photo of JWU


4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass.

A- perfectly clear orange/gold, with a pillowy white head on top. Laces fantastically.

S- Lots of tangerine, with some tropical and pine notes.

T- Pretty big hit of bitterness up front, retreats quickly into sweet ripe notes of tangerine, mango, guava, with just a touch of pine resin. There's certainly sugar added to this brew, you can really taste the similarities to DFH 90min in that respect. Just a bit of detectable alcohol.

M- Heavy side of medium bodied, and syrupy (again, sugar is certainly added to the brew). Dries well on the finish.

O- This brew is a triumph of cost vs. quality. It's downright cheap for a DIPA, and the quality you get it top notch. I may be in the minority, but I find this more enjoyable than sucks.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 02:17:31 | More by JWU
Photo of TTAmod


3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle poured into pint glass. 341 3 bottling code, so nearly 4 weeks old...not too bad at all.

A: Light, clear copper/orange. One finger white head. Dissipates to about a half finger, but retains from there. Moderate visible carbonation.

S: Smells heavily of marijuana, grapefruit, oranges, raw hop pellets. Very strong herbal/citrus smell going on.

T: More marijuana and orange in the taste. Familiar Simcoe cat pee is also present. There's also a slight bit of hop spiciness, as well. I'm guessing there is Cascade, a lot of Simcoe, and Willamette as far as hops go. This mixture is always good. Sweet malt base underneath. There is also the recognizable Lagunitas yeast signature, as well. Touch of alcohol at the end.

M: Slightly thicker than medium. Moderate to low carbonation. Burns slightly on the way down.

O: Definitive dank DIPA and a classic Lagunitas brew. Very well-priced and widely available. Get this one fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 02:45:06 | More by TTAmod
Photo of santomark


3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice bright vibrant gold, copper, orange. Mild off white head, 2 finger head. Nice retention.

S - Nice fruit tones of mango, pineapple, oranges, very vibrant citrus notes. A very inviting pine dryness. Nice biscuit dryness tones.

T - Bitter up front, sweetness in the middle, dry to finish. A more in depth look will reveal a different taste than what is smelled. Very mild in the dimensions of the hops.

M - Heavy body, carbonation is a bit dense, very dry going down.

O - A good beer. Not the best DIPA out there. Very boozy and Malty at times. I wish the hops shined through more. But all in all, it is very floral, and easy to drink. I will have it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 05:10:46 | More by santomark
Photo of ISmith87


3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - 4 - nice golden amber color with a thick white head that leaves nice lacing.
S - 3.75 - Nice grapefruit, mango, pineapple, peach with sweet caramel malt in the background.
T - 3.75 - Grapefruit, peach, pineapple, mango, papaya. Background is sweet caramel malt.
M - 3.75 - Light-medium mouthfeel. Alc covered. Aftertase is papayo and peach flavors. More sweet/less bitter than most IPAs.
O - 3.75 - It's a good beer, different which is good. I'd have it again for sure, but it's far from the best. Same league as Marble IPA or Four Peaks Hop Knot.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 07:17:03 | More by ISmith87
Photo of JamesShoemaker


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. This bottle is dated sometime in October (285 3), so it's not the freshest, but certainly nothing to pass on. This is one of those beers that I never buy because it's always hanging around. I know that's a mistake, but whatever, everyone does it!

A - big head on the forced pour, dissipates very slowly, leaving nice lacing down the sides of the glass. Good looking residue lingers on the surface. Colors are amber, orange, and red, translucent when held up to the light. Nothing extraordinary for a DIPA.

S - very good nose. Citrus fruits, oranges, pineapples, and kiwi. There's also some of the malt evident behind the initial fruit, a little thickness with some sugary sweetness. I'm especially impressed by this since the bottle is more than two months old.

T - good, but, like most DIPAs, the nose is better than the taste. There're some honied fruits at first, but it's a little too bitter for me, a little richer than I expect. The alcohol is actually surprisingly present, even though it's reasonably low at only 8+%. Despite all of that, I like it a lot, but compared to the nose, it's not as good.

M - meh. Like most Lags beers, including Sucks, it's very syrupy. The alcohol dominates, as does the sugar.

O - I'm glad I tried this, since it's definitely a beer I would get again. Although not sessionable, it's still got a great nose and a comparable taste to make for a good drinking experience. A cheap, year-round alternative to Sucks.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 06:12:39 | More by JamesShoemaker
Photo of Birdmarg741


2.81/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a very nice deep gold clear liquid with a nice head with substantial retention. A very attractive beer in appearance.

S: strong scent. Floral hops with grass and pine wood-chips. Impossible to ignore, it makes you excited for the first sip.

T: falls incredibly far from expectations. A strong soapy taste dominates the whole experience. Sweet and sour flavors taste stale (and this bottle is well within date of freshness) and rancid. It blends right into the bitterness that you want from the hops, but the flavors never separate out, ruining the whole mouth. Not impressed.

M: medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: again, despite the Lagunitas hype- really not impressed. While the alcohol content is well masked, this beer is unbalanced and overpowering in a way that lingers.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 22:47:26 | More by Birdmarg741
Photo of 1sophrosyne1


3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Tasted from a bottle over 15 minutes.
The pour is lovely, with a nice clear orange base and bubbly head that holds on in patches and laces nicely.
Scents are enticing--grapefruit and pine and prominent, as expected. But the kiwi and malt add interesting dimensions.
Unfortunately, I can't agree with others about the flavor. I had a fresh bottle, stored well, with good clarity in the pour, but the stale funk was off putting and detracted from the citrus, floral, and grainy goodness that seem to be holed up in there. It's complex, but the best elements are overshadowed.
Not a bad medium bodied feel, but it is a tad angular and clumsy.
There's so much really good beer out there in this style that I'm sad to report, this brew makes me appreciate the others more. No need for me to go back, especially after having been tempted by the sight and smell and then let down.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 22:37:14 | More by 1sophrosyne1
Photo of Kevin-Wieken


4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas Brewing Company, California
---from bottle to stemmed tulip glass---

Honey gold with a slight haze, thick white head, good lacing.

Lots of citrus, kiwi, blood orange, mango, pineapple, a little bready. Very bright and fresh!

Orange pulp-like bitter, warming alcohol bite, slight piney resin, bread.

Wet, refreshing, good carbonation, medium body. Very smooth.

Really good. Just the right amount of alcohol to bounce of the citrucy hops of this beer. This beer makes up for what Lagunitas IPA lacks. Ill get this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 15:30:20 | More by Kevin-Wieken
Photo of boilermakerbrew


3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a deep, clear golden, almost to an amber. Big head develops in my tulip and sticks around forever. Lacing is very good also. The color on this one is strikingly amber-gold.

S- Bitter hops all the way through here. Hops in this one are mainly piney and sticky smelling. The piney scents are so strong, it makes me think of tree sap almost.

T- Bitter, slight hints of light balancing malts, and more hops bitterness are what you get in this beer's flavor. Hops bitterness is big in the beginning before giving way to some very faint, light malts. Then it moves right back to hops bitterness with some alcohol bitterness mixed in.

M- Thick and sticky on the tongue. This beer's alcohol level can be felt in moderation. Weight on the palate is moderate to heavier, but not too bad. The high hops presence and alcohol presence is the limiting factor in the drinkability of this beer.

Overall, a solid DIPA. Big hops bitterness with very little in the way of a balancing malt act make this a beer for someone that is more of a hop head than me. Still, a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 21:54:49 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of Weisseguy1


3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall a GREAT beer from lagunitas. I feel that Little sumpin is a few maybe two notches better. I am somewhat Biased on these beers since I am a professed Hop Head. Maybe you are too. I f you are not and are aspiring then please disregard this and other reviews and go directly to the Little sumpin reviews. You'll be glad you chose it as your first IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 02:29:18 | More by Weisseguy1
Photo of CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fine looking beer, nice deep amber. Well defined rings to the finish.

Piney hops in the nose with a generous helping of honey-sweet malt.

Sappy bittering hops throughout; pine and just a touch of grapefruit. Heavy malt, between honey and caramel. Pretty hot in the finish.

Medium bodied, satisfying enough.

Hops are a bit heavy, with a lot of bittering and not much in the way of fresh fruit. It's fine, but not something I'd go back to.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 23:20:40 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Re-review. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mostly clear copper color. The head is two fingers high, with an off-white shade. While retention isn't fantastic, it has a great texture, and leaves behind just-as-great lacing on the glass.

S: Pretty malty - notes of caramel, sugar cookie, and toffee are quite prevalent. Hoppiness (and the trademark Lagunitas character, natch) are on the backburner. Still, there are some hints of pine and dankness. Too sweet for me in general, but there are some nice qualities here.

T: The opening sip is quite sweet. But before the palate can really take in the sweetness, a wave of dank bitterness arrives in a ballasting act. It's a bit simple - a lot simple actually - but it works well enough.

M: While it's rather heavy and sluggish on the palate, it's just bitter enough to dry out the palate and give it solid drinkability. The sweetness never quite becomes fatiguing. Could use a bit more carbonation, though.

O: Sweet + generically bitter = not my kind of IPA. But that Lagunitas touch does enough to elevate it into the realm of 'pretty good'. All in all, though, if I'm going to buy a DIPA from Lagunitas, it's going to be Hop Stoopid or Sucks. No exceptions.


Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 23:09:02 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of bnes09


3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent copper color. Half finger of head on the pour. Patchy retention and solid, sticky lace lines.

Malty rye bread aroma. Hints of pine and herbs.

Dense malt backbone, lots of rye character. Spicy, herbal hop character. Pine and cloves. Hint of honey sweetness underneath. For an IPA, the flavor is pretty heavy on malt and spices.

Full bodied. Slightly gritty texture. Highly carbonated. Slightly dry finish.

Not bad but not exactly what I look for in an IPA. It good for something different though.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 04:05:05 | More by bnes09
Photo of brurevu


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my tasting notes: It poured a golden amber with a strong fruity hop aroma. The Maximus had a good grapefruit hopiness with a sweet malt backbone that helped round out the flavor. This is a really nice IIPA that is more on the citrusy hops side. I am having trouble finding a bad Lagunitas beer, and the Maximus may be my favorite so far.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 22:14:13 | More by brurevu
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a standard pint glass with very little head and not much lacing. Very hop forward nose consisting of grapefruit and some tropical notes. The flavor was more of the same with tropical fruits, grapefruit, and some booze standing out. The mouthfeel was syrupy with a hint of carbonation. Overall, this is a good double IPA that was fill in for Sucks.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2013 02:08:14 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of Hops4Pops


4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Aggressive side pour into a 12 oz taster glass. Giant, slightly off-white head very slowly receding. Super sticky lacing. A beautiful golden color with particles seen.

S: Hops, sweet malt, citrus, grapefruit.

T: Very nice hops and sweet malt malt well balanced and upfront. Some serious bitterness on the back end and finally a barely detectable alcohol. I taste some breadiness in there too.

M: Smooth and creamy up front with the hops following up and finally a nice warmth from the alcohols

O: This is a great example of a Double IPA. The alcohol is well hidden and I like the price point. Also I keep on wanting to take another sip even though on the bottle it says "Life is Uncertain. Don't sip. This is a great beer at a nice price point. I need to keep a few around. A very nice and unusually unique example of a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 23:32:21 | More by Hops4Pops
Photo of wgk


4.99/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On 08/04/11 I said...

This is an excellent DIPA with 72 IBUs and it is what I would call a perfectly balanced DIPA. Not too hoppy...is there such a thing? Not too high an ABV.

| Since 08/2012, the IBU label was dropped to 59 because ..."Dearest Loyal Fan,
| There are different IBUs labeled because we used a calculated formula to figure the IBUs | which is listed on the 6pack. We now have a way to physically test the beer so the IBUs
| listed on the actual bottles are the correct. The beer and its recipe have never changed,
| we just finally got the labels right...kinda."
| ...but the cases were labeled 72 for a while longer.

In summer, well all the time really, I prefer my beers just short of forming a few ice crystals when I start them. Good beers can take time to finish and I like to let all their flavors come around as they warm up a bit while I enjoy them.

This baby is top drawer all the way from start to finish and I always find myself checking the bottle more than once for a last drop. Lagunitas is right, though: "Don't sip!". Your second one IS just as good. After several 6 packs and a case, the consistency of this DIPA has been really good, too.

| 11/10/13 - This is still on the top of my affordable, drinkable DIPA list. I regularly buy it | by the case.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 19:51:04 | More by wgk
Photo of USAF77


4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Langnitas comes thru again with this brew. A medium pour to a lovely gold amber, a thin rich head and impressive lacing. A nice malty, grainey smell with a tad of citrus. A smooth smell, very compelling.

Taste-wise its a bit drier then one would expect and that fine by me. A bit complicated and other then the grains and alcohol Im not sure how to explain it. But its smooth. And dry. It leaves the palate happy and satisfied. And most important in a quality ale the after taste is as pleasing as the taste.

This is a damn good Ale.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

11-05-2013 21:04:03 | More by USAF77
Photo of StaveHooks


3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a DFH IPA glass

A - Light and clear amber with a sudsy off-white head. Speckled lacing and the head sinks into a milky cap. Great looking beer.

S - Dank hops, soapy pine, sweet barley with some caramel mixed in, sweet bread, Hawaiian rolls, hints of tropical fruit.

T - Sweet citrus, pine, grapefruit, some lemon, perfume floral, pineapple, pear, caramel malt provides sweetness and mixes well with the hops. Not a lot of bitterness. Finishes dry with semi bitterness.

M - Viscous feel, medium to full body, soft carbonation, dry finish.

This is hop forward in flavor but without the bitterness. Good balance of juicy hops and malt with the hops edging out the malt. A very tasty brew at a good price point.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 02:13:26 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of whitehm

New York

3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance doesn't matter much to me

Smell left anticipating something sweet and malty

Taste was a bit of a let down. I perfer a more dry, hop foward ipa. This is the opposite, very malty and overly sweet. If I had to imagine fermented prunes or raisins, this would be it.

Mouthfeel was heavy

Overall I wouldn't seek this out again. It's just too sweet, but for someone who enjoys this type of beer, it's a good example.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 15:18:35 | More by whitehm
Photo of JG_Pena


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smell is fruit, citrus, hops but not a bomb in any of those smells

piny hops dominate, but not as much as I was expecting from a DIPA called MAXIMUS

not as bitter as I expected either by its name

very smooth mouthfeel

I believe I have come to expect something else from a DIPA than this but it was extremely easy to drink.

This to to me seems to fall somewhere between an IPA and a DIPA.

I prefer Hop Stoopid over this one but I would buy and drink this again if I'm in the mood for a lighter tasting hoppy beer.

Not disappointing

One thumb up, not two.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 02:33:32 | More by JG_Pena
Photo of maxcoinage


4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Agressuve pour from 12oz bottle into a tulip that left a huge 3in head that took it's time to settle down and left some nice lacing on the glass. Color is golden, fairly clear.

Aroma is pine and citrus -- nice dank hops

Taste is dominated by citrus fruits, namely grapefruit, nice malty sweetness hits you a bit before a bitter finish

Mouthfeel - nice strong carbonation and great medium body, so smooth and drinkable

Overall - this has to be one of the best value DIPA's out there, I love this beer

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 21:32:08 | More by maxcoinage
Photo of laglocal


4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle with freshness date poured into Lagunitas mason jar.

A: A darker IPA, honey colored, with a lighter 2 finger off-white head that retains with great lacing.

S: Dank, ripe hops float up my nose and straight into my brain. Great smelling brew. Evergreen, pungent hops, maybe a little breadiness.

T: Hops right off the bat. Smack you in the face strong. Malt in the middle comes through for a great balance and leaves you with a clean but hoppy finish begging you to drink more.

M: Carbonation is medium, but clean and crisp mouthfeel leaves no complaints. About as full-bodied as an IIPA can get.

Overall, Lagunitas is really turning stereotypes upside down by producing a west coast IIPA that is adequately malty and balanced, but still deliciously hoppy. At a slightly lower ABV and price point than other highly touted IIPA's (Dogfish Head 90min, Myrcenary to name two of my favs) this makes a valid argument for being the one I stock regularly in my fridge for its benefits to my wallet and its drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 02:58:12 | More by laglocal
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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