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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,652 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,652
Reviews: 1,438
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 91
Gots: 602 | FT: 1
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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass, orange honey amber colored with a huge fluffy white head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: citrus hops, grapefruit, lemon, orange

T: delicious balance of huge citrus hops and sweet malt, slight pine, grapefruit, lemon, good caramel malt body to stand up to the bitterness

M: full bodied with good carbonation, excellent aftertaste, alcohol completely hidden

O: Lagunitas knows how to dump some hops into a bottle of beer and make it taste good; this is no exception. A fine DIPA that is as drinkable as an IPA. lighter and less complex than some

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear orange-brown with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a few minutes and left a nice film. Great lacing.

S: Citrus and pine hops. Mild.

T: Light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Fruit and pine. Light citrus. Matches the nose.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp.

O: Good Imperial IPA. Looks great in a snifter. Smells and tastes pretty good. Not the best Imperial IPA I've had, but not bad.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of rdeaton
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had their 'sucks' brew right before this one and I must say that I like it a lot more than Maximus. Maybe my Maximus was old, I don't know. The main thing I noticed about Maximus was that it had a steam beer taste to it, something I noticed in a couple of beers of the largest manufacturer of that style in the US. (Brekle's Brown) This might be the yeast that is used, maybe it is a lager yeast done at ale temperatures. I don't really like this in an IPA, at least not when I am expecting something else.

Lagunitas is opening a shop up in Chicago, so I am excited. All of the beers I have had from the brewery are good, some are high up there on my list ('sucks', little sumpin sumpin). I won't be buying this one in a 6 pack, but will go for 'sucks' and 'sumpin sumpin'. They are awesome and in the same general style.

In my book, if you want a steam beer/IPA go for it. If you want a sweeter IPA, try 'sucks' or 'sumpin sumpin'.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of JamesMN
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Translucent copper ale with slowly ascending bubbles of effervescence. The head is off-white and wonderfully frothy leaving a rim of lacing. From the head to the translucence, this is exactly how I like my DIPAs to look.

Aroma: Pine and sugar crusted english malt stick out to me right away. There is also a lovely bouquet of citrus and caramel malt.

Taste: Blast of bitterness right off the bat (almost more than its 72 IBUs would suggest). A true hop bomb with great pine, citrus, and bitter grapefruit character. They're not stingy in the malt department either, a nice caramel malt base with just a bit of toffee flavor. The finish is smooth and slightly dry. The aftertaste switches endlessly between sweetness and bitterness. Just a good honest DIPA. Don't taste any of that 8.2% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body and ever so smooth. Highly drinkable.

Final Thoughts: Lagunitas is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. They know their hops and implement them to perfection. Highly recommend this one to all hop heads. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice looking, clear and tannish/orange with a nice lasting head and sticky lacing.

Piney Colorado forest type pine aroma, plenty of citrus too. Hops dominate the aroma.

Flavor is pretty nice. A notable light fruity sweetness compliments the piney, grapefruit notes that were so present in the nose. Malt base is merely complimentary, it's again mostly hops.

Body is well carbonated, medium, and a bit slick/sticky on the back end.

Overall it's worthy of the name Lagunitas, which should say enough right there. But I'll add that I'm glad I picked up a sixer of this. The brand name made me non-leary of trying a whole sixer rather than just a single, even tho I could have picked up a single at the large liquor store I found this at (Gabriel's, San Antonio).

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3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

4-Looks nice, like most of their IPAs, which is a nice gold color, crystal clear. Some nice alcohol legs on this one as well.

3-Very interesting smell. It doesn't really smell hop forward actually. It smells like some sweet, roasty, bbq-like malts. Which is what their Kronik tastes like. A decent tangerine smell in there.

3-Tastes more of the same. Very balanced, but there is no way that this is fresh. It justs tastes like malt heaviness, bitterness and some alcohol. I specifically remember this one being a juicy, hop forward beer.

The bottling code is 006, so the 6th day of the year? Might be the 6th day of 2012.

bottled on Apri 17th 2013

Gold/orange color, crystal clear. Looks nice.

I smell some yeast, a hint of tangerine and pine, some biscuity malt. Smells pretty nice, but nothing special.

Malty, bitter, almost tart from the sharpness from the hops. A touch of alcohol helps the weird taste.

Overall, just a strange and very unbalanced beer. I almost feel like pouring this out.

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4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Fluffy, off-white head, high retention on a clear copper body. Soapy, sticky lacing. Aroma is dominated by grassy, fresh hoppiness, with some grapefruit and tangerine. Taste is bitter with some malt balance. Not totally over the top bitterness, but quite satisfying and well put together. No alcohol tasted and certainly delicious.

Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,652 ratings.