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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

4,130 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,130
Reviews: 1,392
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 81
Gots: 375 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001)
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Photo of BHansen214
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

BHansen214, Feb 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

thomismydad, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of msarver16
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

msarver16, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle dated last week of Dec 11.

A: filtered dark golden Amber color. 1 finger of offwhite frothy head after a pretty aggressive pour.

S: sweet sticky caramel malt, piney, citrus, and sweet tropical fruit hops.

T: well balanced strong hop flavors and sweet bready malt. Hop flavor follows the nose; citrusy and fruity.

M: medium bodied, creamier than most lagunitas pale ales.

O: tastier than I remember this beer being. Lagunitas does not disappoint!

ReelBigwigFish, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of BlakeMatt
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

BlakeMatt, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of warnerry
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful clear burnt orange with one finger of off-white head. Nice amount of lacing.

S - Lots of citrus, both orange and grapefruit, and some biscuit malt. Faint alcohol aroma.

T - Quite a bit of citrus bitterness up front, but it fades pretty quickly. There is also some juicy orange pulp. Biscuit malt dominates the middle. Faint amount of aspirin in the middle as well, unfortunately.

M - Medium mouthfeel, not at all oily or resinous. Finishes with a nice bitter bite.

O - Pretty good DIPA that has a nice mix of bitter and sweet. I'd have this again, but there are a number of DIPAs I enjoy more.

warnerry, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of edfinn
4/5  rDev +0.8%

edfinn, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of MonkeymooTJ
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


A medium copper/amber with an ample carbonation level. One finger head quickly recedes to a bubbly, slightly foamy top


A mix of grapefruit citrus and pine with a good dose of biscuity malt.


A bitter citrus is noticeable up front with pine making a follow up effort. A slight alcohol burn is paired with a biscuit and caramel backbone


A medium body is evident on the palate with an ample carbonation level that tingles the tip of the tongue


Brewed in the spirit of a DIPA. Bitterness level is noticeable but not overwhelmingly so. Overall a good beer, however, it lacks a little bit of a crisp hop flavor profile. Though I prefer Hop Stoopid, this is a good alternative

MonkeymooTJ, Feb 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Fitzmke, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev +0.8%

jwat, Feb 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

stairwell2811bre, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of stercomm
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A - Light copper almost honey in color, a very slight head with little lacing

S - Strong profile of citrus and biscuits, with some carmel.

T - Lots of citrusy hops, a biscuity backbone, a very strong finishes with a slight sweetness.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

O - I like this beer a lot , distinctive flavor very nice

stercomm, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

dczernic, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Kenai4, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

bpackertx, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of godlessape
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great copper color body with an off white head that sinks down real fast, but never leaves.

The nose is all citrus--no pine--with an incredible caramel sweetness that begs to be gulped down.

The taste is somewhat complex balance of rich caramel malt with an almost baby aspirin orange flavor lurking about, all pinned down in the end with West Coast hops.

The mouthfeel is what I expect with this style, and the high ABV is well hidden.

Overall, this is a great example of a West Coast IPA.

godlessape, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of lovebeer777
4/5  rDev +0.8%

lovebeer777, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of PacNWDad
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber-copper color. Head dissipates quickly. Very little lace on the side, perhaps due to the large amount of hops.

S: Very floral and piney notes, with some butterscotch.

T: First apparent is the sweetness of the malt. Honey and some licorice. Nice bitter finish from the hops.

M: Solid beer. Not much carbonation. Oily and resiny due to the hops.

O: Very enjoyable beer. It's really a pleasure to drink and remarkably refreshing given the amount of hops.

PacNWDad, Feb 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

PintPal, Feb 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

minnemts, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

XicanoBeerRun, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Kinsman
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice bright and clear copper color with a nice crown of semi-sticky white lace on top. Nothing wrong with this pour but nothing spectacular either.

Surprisingly sweet aroma upfront with a nice blend of grapefruit and orange citrus notes and a healthy dose of biscuity malts. Well balanced on the palate with the hops giving a nice dose of citrusy goodness but not quite the bitterness that was expected. Not much to suggest this is a Double IPA other than the rather heavy malt character.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with a nice smooth and well-rounded character. Overall, Maximus is quite a tasty beverage but it doesn't quite stand out as a Double IPA. Either way, it's not bad for a nice refreshing drink after a long day.

Kinsman, Feb 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

dmorgan310, Feb 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

AndrewMichael, Feb 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

JazzIPA55, Feb 02, 2012
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,130 ratings.