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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

4,739 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,739
Reviews: 1,453
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 94
Gots: 672 | FT: 2
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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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear light amber with a white head. Nice lace. Bubbly.

S - soft aroma for the style. Grapefruit, soft pine and faint diesel.

T - similar to the aroma. Sweet grapefruit with a soft piney finish. Slightly bready.

M - medium-full body. Oily. Low-medium bitterness with a short sustain.

O - conservative for the style. Malty sweet and weak on the hops. Decent flavor, but a little too sweet for me.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of jimmah120
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with no date. On sale at Blue Max

Looks like a standard IPA. Smell is on point; skunky pine, lemon, musk. Taste is sweeter and more malty than expected. It strikes a good balance with the honey-like malt and the citrus/pine of the hops. Still, It's almost too buttery and/or sweet.

Another solid hoppy Lagunitas brew. Hop Stoopid's better, tho.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of rickyleepotts
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the last Lagunitas beer on the list, which is sad. I like this brewing company. I am a HUGE fan of their IPA, and their Cappuccino Stout is really nice. For $3.99 for 22 ounces, you can't beat it. Their seasonal WTF release is pretty nice, too. I have had Maximus before, but love the flavor… being a hop head, I can appreciate an affordable double IPA. There should be more beers from them on the list, but there is a lot more to look forward to. Excited to drink another bottle of Maximus! Cool story on where they got the name, too. I bet dogs are welcome in the tasting room!

In the Glass: This seems a little light for a typical double IPA, but I know this beer has a lot of citrus aromas and a nice flavor, so maybe that is why my mind thinks it looks more like orange juice than it does beer. The head is nice and thin, but the beer is producing a thick and juicy lace that is just clinging to the side of the glass. I told myself, after visiting the Old World Brewery last night, that I wasn't going to drink today. Oh well, cheers!

Nose: For being a double IPA, you expect more hops. Think about the 90 Minute IPA from Dogfish head. You smell that, and can taste the hops. This has a load of hoppy goodness, but it is not overwhelming. That is a good thing, because from what I remember, that balance carries over to the flavor. The beer almost smells fruity and fun.

Flavor: Those same fruity flavors DO carry over, and the flavor is actually more balanced than I remember. It is also more carbonated than what I remember, bit the carbonation shows up and is gone as fast as it arrived. The initial flavor explodes on the front of your palate, and is (considering the ABV) well balanced to a smooth and somewhat drying finish. The citrus flavors are obvious, and the hops are so mellow, you would never know you were drinking a DIPA. It's good, and scary drinkable.

Mouthfeel: At first, the mouthfeel is boring and smooth, then bubbles attack your palate about halfway back, then it mellows again as you begin to swallow. The mouthfeel is almost like a roller coaster as it changes two or three times with each drink. This provides a fun, and unexpected experience while drinking this beer. (The burp is nice, bringing those fruity flavors back to the center of your palate.)

Aftertaste: At first, there are some subtle hop flavors hanging around, and then the drying begins. From there, you are taken to a nice, mellow finish that lingers for a few minutes. You lose flavor every time you swallow, but the beer is so drinkable, I bet you don't wait to see how long it lasts before you take another sip.

I am sad this is our last Lagunitas bottle, as they have such a good line of beers… but all three we did were good, and I love their expected hop profile. They are like Stone in that regard, providing you a consistent and enjoyable experience regardless of the beer you pick. If there is a bar in the Valley that has this on tap, I need to try this on draft. It would be good nitro, too.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

70 IBU’s hit you at first but mellow quickly
Spicy light; alcohol well hidden; Citrus orange and grapefruit; malts are subtle; drinks like a lawnmower beer. Not filling
One finger head, nice amber/red clear color very little lacing
Light not DIPA type; enough hops to carry alcohol; good value

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
2.97/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Like a lot of lagunitas beers, it sits bitter too long in the after taste. Would rather have a stronger boozy or malt taste. Continue to be surprised they are such a revered brewery...best thing about this beer is the appearance, pours beautifully in a glass.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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