Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

very good
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 09-22-2001

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Photo of Gajo74
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber and copper color with a nice foam head and sticky lace. Tropical fruit in the aroma especially mango. There is also orchard fruit such as apple. There is also lots of toasted biscuity malt. As for the taste, I thought it was sweet on the tongue at first, malt forward and juicy. However, the aggressive hops take over. They are puny and resiny and also moderately to high bitter. The finish is dry. The mouthfeel is medium.
I really liked this IPA. It had a good balance of juicy sweet and bitter. Perhaps one of my favorites from Lagunitas.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a very clear light golden color with limited white head but decent lacing.

S: Reasonably strong aroma, sweet, I would almost call it sweet tarts, caramel, pineapple, pear, awesome.

T: I am telling you, it is like a grapefruitish sweet tart, best description I can give it. A lot of sweet but also a good amount of bitter. Full of flavors.

F: Light mouthfeel with low carbonation. Bitter but not lingering. No cloying despite the sweetness.

O: Pretty interesting beer. A ton of sweet and bitter makes this very interesting.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle.

A: Amber. Clear. 4 fingers high of head and medium retention.
S: Grapefruit. Lemon peel. Somewhat grassy. Hint of spicy notes.
T: Grapefruit. Caramel. Semi-sweet. Medium high bitterness. Finish is long and bitter.
M: Medium- bodied. High carbonation.
O: Great IPA. Easily exceeds I expected.

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Photo of dar482
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a deep gold to pale amber color.

The aroma offers grapefruit peel, sweet sugary malts, chemical dankness, and onion.

The beer follows with that sweet citrus up front, candied grapefruit, more sweetness that helps slightly balance the resinous piney bitterness on the beer, although the bitterness does end up sticking the palate. The mouthfeel is medium minus.

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

Pours a clear orange, fluffy white head settles to a thin ring leaving streaks of lace on the glass. Smell: floral, dried apricot, pine needles, grapefruit, notes of pineapple and mildly biscuity back. Taste: pineapple, sugared grapefruit, a bit rindy, orange, a little yeasty bread and pine in the finish. Medium bodied. A little pop of alcohol. Given the number of Lagunitas d/ipas, I tend to pass this one up, but it's legit!

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter glass. 8.2% abv

Appearance- Pours a bright amber, with lofty white head. Tons of lacing. Good clarity

Smell- Grapefruit abounds. Sweet bready malt

Taste- A dry baked cracker malt with a bit of sugary sweetness. Citric grapefruit pounds the palate. Malt and fruit subside into a bitter, lasting, tingly finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy in body with ample carbonation.

Overall- A fine, sweet, and citric 2xIPA here. Lots of flavor. A great hop bomb to sip at. Appropriately named

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber gold and sudsy, tons of bubbles through and through, even a few minutes after the pour. Aroma is upbeat and tropical, while still maintaining a piney undertone. It's a wonderful combination of pineapple and evergreens. The taste is also first rate, echoing the nose perfectly but adding a rush of aggressive citrus. This is a solid, oily mouthful, yet it doesn't linger too long on the palate. Great balance...This is a perfectly executed brew.

This one is moving way up my shopping list.

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maximus by Lagunitas Brewing Co. is an American Double/Imperial. It is a rich example of this variety of brew, with a light amount of froth on a scale of light/medium/thick. Its body is of a very tasty medium variety. Its smell is rich and sweetish. Its color is one of those sort of effervescent sort of reddish harvest golds one occasionally comes across in the American Double/Imperial IPA variety.

Maximus is one of those Doubles/Imperials that I knew I would like from the moment I smelt/tasted it. It isn't of the wild-hop variety even though those fall into the same category, but it is one of those well crafted American Double/Imperials, that you can just tell is going to taste really good. Its a complex beer; for suggested similar beers, I would try the "Shipwrecked" American Double, and the Anchor Steam Argonaut variety of Doubles. The taste is somewhere in between and very satisfying. The hoppyness one might expect from the beer is there. However, it is very smoothe, and one gets the sense that a lot of time and retries per se went into this beer because the taste takes one on such a smoothe journey over the land of hops that one barely notices that one has begun said journey. Its like a sleigh ride from rich bitter, to not quite bitter to smoothe.

As one takes one's more slow sort of sip, one can almost sense that it is picking up steam as it uniquely bubbles on the edge of ones palate almost asking to be let inside of one's mouth so one can sample the full rounded taste of the beer for all of its subtle glory.

Overall this is really a great beer, it reminds one of the the perhaps subtly rounded after-taste of DuClaw's Serum "writ large" if one will, and it really is an excellent blend of hop flavoring, so subtle that one almost barely notices that one is sampling a good hoppy beer in every taste. Its after taste, contrary to the approach of some American Double/Imperials, maintains that hoppy flavor curve, and one can sample that same sweet yet hoppy flavor lingering on one's palate if one takes a a moment between sips.

Overall, a really satisfying and refreshing American Double/Imperial brew, a very good blend of hoppy textures in a subtle and really masterful way.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lagunitas Maximus has a thick, frothy, bone-colored head, a clear, somewhat bubbly, orange appearance, and splotchy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of piney (but, not so piney) hop oil, and sweet bread. Taste is the same, and the bitterness is there, but not at all harsh. Mouthfeel is high medium and oily, and Lagunitas Maximus finishes on the dry side.


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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange with a thick and creamy white head that leaves lots of lace.
The aroma is mainly pineapple and mango, hints of pine.
Tastes is fairly big and bold with pineapple and mango up front, some sweet candied fruit in the middle and a pine resin close accompanied by a bit of sweetness.
Mouthfeel is rather thin.
Tasty brew.

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

From Bottle. Pours a clear golden body with a fairly large offwhite head. Aroma of pine, citrus and loads of malty caramel. Taste is grapefruit, mango and pine. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - copper colored body with white head

Smell - grapefruit, mango, pine

Taste - grapefruit, mango, pine

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, citrus sweetness upfront, pine/hop bitterness that lingers on the back end

Overall - very nice IPA. Good value, Recommended

Price point - $1.99/ 12 ounce single

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A maltier IPA. That's what I think upon first drink. However, I enjoy this type of IPA as long as the sweetness from the heavy malt doesn't overpower. Maximus ticks that box. In fact the hop profile is nice on this beer. A bit of spicy hops! Its a nice combo. What's also nice is the price.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An exceptional beer from the great Lagunitas brewery. The beer is highly complex with a great hoppiness flavor. At 8% ABV it is very drinkable. Highly recommended!

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Photo of wumpshire
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a $3.99 22 oz! Lots of malt, but thats what you'd expect from a double, almost hints at being a barley wine but more refreshing. Good choice of hops for this style, pretty standard for Lagunitas though. A good standard, double IPA. With a nice smooth malt that hides the alcohol. Smoooth!

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Photo of ANIMOUL
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For my pesos, this should be the DIPA standard.

A nice balance of citrusy pine coupled with a decent malt backing. Not overpowering strong with the alchohol but enough to let you know that you're drankin' a DIPA.

Sturdy DIPA.

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Photo of someguyinohio
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Six pack 12 oz. beer. Poured in my tall beer glass.
Alcohol content: 8.2%

A rich light copper color with high transparency. Plenty of foam, if desired, on a hard pour, and lacing is strong on the side of the glass.

Crisp, clean and citrus with soft notes of grapefruit, malt and an ale-like alcohol.

Lots of carbonation of both large, medium and small bubbles. Yes, carb has many facets and dimensions and this beer has them with an excellent range of carbonation and suds. Viscosity is perfect for an IPA. Not thin like a Pilsner, nor thick like a Porter. Refreshing but creamy with all those hops and malt.

LAGUNITAS MAXIMUS walks that tight rope between hops and malt and does it so well. I find the some IPA's that are in the so called west-coast style, are too heavily biased towards citrus and become too astringent for my taste. Those beers such as Palate Wrecker by Green Flash are too heavily biased towards the fruit stand and for me, one-dimensional. Not sure why they called it MAXIMUS as it doesn't come across to me as an overtly citrus or pucker your mouth grapefruit IPA. I like it for NOT doing that.

I prefer the style of IPA's such as Two Hearted by Bells, Centennial by Founders and Breckenridge Brewing Special Edition 471 as striking that ideal balance (for me) between citrus and biscuit. I also like a slight alcohol finish. After all I am drinking a BEER and not some nancy-boy's Coors!

The LAGUNITAS MAXIMUS strikes that ideal balance of malt, hops, complex IPA notes of citrus and biscuit with a terrific mouthfeel and refreshing carbonation in a superb IPA.

For me, it's been a great find, and its now on my list of reference IPA's.

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautifiul color. Frothy and sticky head. Very heavy hoppy aroma. Very bitter, hoppy, piny, grassy. Quite earthy for an ipa. The aftertaste is just as good as the initial flavor. Magnificent. Another fantastic ipa from Lagunitas. Top notch and exactaly what I expect from them. Will buy again.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle

Everything I've had from Lagunitas has been solid and this is no exception. Signature funky Lagunitas taste, with a good balance of hops, malt, bitter, balance, etc. Great price point, too. Lagunitas has to be the best value in the beer aisle.

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Photo of rjd722
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into one of my standard pint glasses. Beautiful golden-copper color with a thinner head that lasted throughout the duration of the drinking experience. Malty goodness with a hop explosion ensues upon tasting the great Maximus, although I can tolerate a some extreme hops I would consider this a rather easy to drink Imperial with an alkaline feel. Hoppy and malty smell, slightly roasted.

Glad I went back to this Imperial after so long, a must-try!

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance 4.25: Pours out a coppery golden color. Excellent lacing and decent (1/4") head.

Smell 4.75: Wow! Huge bouquet on this brew. Apricot, pine, pineapple upside down cake...just amazing aromas from the hop blend.

Taste 4.5: Front is all alkaline bitterness. Middle is where a huge wave of mid-sweetness malt and the 101st airborne of hop blends invades your palate and takes no prisoners. Pine, grapefruit rind, rye...just amazing flavors at this level. Finish is tangy, slightly dry and very satisfying. Finish is a delightfully malty alkaline hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Great mouthfeel, but a little too much on the CO2 for this style, IMHO. Also missing a certain "creamy" middle feel of the palate which so many Imperial IPAs feature.

Overall 4.5: Excellent beer and another hop masterpiece from lagunitas. Great with greasy food, but fantastic for sessioning, this monster "Imperial" (that means a high ABV, BTW) is a must have for all the hop-heads out there. Definitely worth tracking down. A certain Roman Gladiator would be proud.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A sweet orangey type citrus nose with a hint of pine. Good smelling beer. The taste follows the nose well. You immediately get hit with sweet orangey / light citrus notes. A little pine comes thru and a whole lot of sweet caramel malts. A delicious DIPA in my opinion.

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Photo of South2NW
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color, with an ample, frothy, off white head.

smell is mostly pine and orange, with a little bite of caramel malts.

Pretty tasty IPA. As in the nose, pine and citrus are the main players here. But, they are balanced out nicely by the malts.

carbonation is near perfect, and this drinks very easily for 8+%...which will certainly sneak up on you.

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Photo of lastmango
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice pour into pint glass with a medium amber color and 2 finger thick head. Nose was weak but I was outdoors, which could have affected it. Thin head remained until finished. This surprised me because it was hop and malt forward with a lingering hop finish. For some reason it had a medium oily feel.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am an avid Lagunitas fan so I am a bit sad to mention that it took me awhile to finally try this variety. I enjoyed this beer and you should know that although it has 8.2% ABV, it drinks like a 7% ABV.

Look-It has the epitome of a copper amber color and a decent clarity. The head comes in thick yet only a finger or two deep, but quickly dissipates into a fine lacing that remains all the way down.

Smell-The smell is definitely pine, grapefruit, grassy hops, and some sea-salt mixed in there somehow. The malts are mildly sweet and show up at the end.

Taste-The taste is just like the smell, but with a stronger pine flavor and a caramel malt backbone. I also get some floral and clover notes that are very pleasant and play well with the malts and alcohol content.

Mouthfeel-The feel is zingy at first from the citrus and carbonation, but the malts produce a creamy syrup feel that isn’t overwhelming. The alcohol content is almost amplified by the perfect timing of the carbonation and citrus zest. It also leaves a pleasant resinous coating on the tongue that lingers.

Overall-It is a pleasant brew with a medium-bodied and creamy texture that is not overly sweet. I would have liked to see a little bit more variety from the hops in terms of oils and flavors, but I definitely was not disappointed.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,510 ratings.