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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,815 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,815
Reviews: 1,374
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 63
Gots: 239 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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

New York

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle at 45 degrees F into a Nonic glass.

A: Pours a clear orangy-yellow color with a full 2-finger foamy off-white head. Nice lacing.

S: Nice fresh citrus and pine aroma. A solid malt backbone hides in the background.

T: Citrusy hops and sweet malt strike the tongue in a fine balance. Nothing offensive here, nothing aggressive. Just a full-bodied flavor profile that is evenly balanced. A bit sweeter than one might expect from a DIPA, but well-rounded nonetheless.

M: Well-carbonated, yet creamy mouthfeel. A perfect balance between the dryness of the bitter hops and the oiliness of the sweet malts.

O: Not quite as well-rounded as some other DIPAs or Strong Ales, but it can certainly hold its own against other DIPAs on the market. Not overly bitter, but still hoppy enough to satisfy hop-heads. A solid A- or A rated brew all the way.

Frankly, I'm shocked at the relatively low ratings for this brew. Absolutely no way is this a B-rated beer. Lagunitas may not have hit a home run with this one, but it's at least a double or a triple, which brings it clearly up into the A- or A rating. This is now my go-to DIPA, for sure. Just an easy-drinker, yet contains enough punch to satisfy the high-gravity drinker in me.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 03:58:39 | More by DrewV
Photo of Seanibus


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinkable. Musky and pleasant with a little hint of burn on the finish.

Pours clear copper with a big, fluffy, sticky head. The aroma jumps out with a big blast of ripe fruit - pear, apricot, some mango, with a piney hop edge that comes off almost like a musky rosemary. The flavor is sharp and piny with a pungent nutty grain and a citrus bitterness. The mouthfeel is prickly and the finish betrays a hint of alcoholic hear.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 01:13:51 | More by Seanibus
Photo of theboozecruise


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet, its a slightly hazy copper color with a finger or so of white head that fills out the goblet nicely.

The aroma has a nice sweet caramel base with a bitter piney hop note on top.

The taste is nearly identical except that the hop bitterness lingers longer obviously. I really like the balance this beer provides and it's really easy to drink despite being a double IPA.

Another good beer from these guys.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 03:24:33 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orangish copper with half an inch of dense head. Great retention. The nose has floral aromas mixed with notes of pineapple and grapefruit. The taste is bready malt with pineapple and grapefruit notes from the hops; faint alcohol esters are also noticeable. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and mildly carbonated.

Solid beer. In my opinion, better than their regular IPA, but not as good as some other DIPAs on the market.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 22:46:47 | More by tdm168
Photo of videofrog


3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Light amber, clear with medium amount of carbonation bubbles. 2 finger white head that dissipates slowly; no lacing.

S: Piney hops, some sweetness.

T: Again, the piney hops, but not overpowering. Malty sweetness to keep the hops in check. Grapefruit in the finish.

M: Medium and very nice. Makes for a very drinkable DIPA.

O: I liked this one; serves as a good weekly hop fix for a non-hophead.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 01:54:57 | More by videofrog
Photo of BucannonXC5


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a 24-oz. Steeler plastic glass. Color was caramel amber. Maybe ¾ inches of head. Light lacing. Film stayed throughout.

Smell was caramel citrus, along with some hoppy pine.

Nice balance of taste between citrus, caramel and pine. Bitter finish, but not too much of a bite. Smooth taste.

Medium body. Average carbonation. Smooth. Not as much alcohol as I thought.

Thought it would be better, but overall it was decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 04:58:12 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of perrymarcus


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.
listed ABV is 8.2%

pours a clear, golden / medium-amber tone while yielding a 1 and 1/2" foamy off-white head. decent head retention and lacing.

solid though unexceptional nose led primarily by pine and citrus hops; a hint of malt evident in the background.

a strong bitterness emerges in the flavor than i was anticipating. big citric (grapefruit in particular) and pine presences with secondary notes of tropical hops and toasted malt. medium bodied on the palate with average carbonation.

overall i think this is an above-average DIPA, reasonably tasty and enjoyable, though not a world-beater.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 01:12:08 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of FanofHefe


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip; no dating on the bottle or label, BUT after draining the bottle, I found a code stamped in black on the neck of the bottle, 22808518, and have no freaking idea what this means. Deep, amber colored body with a touch of red hue. Darker than I would have expected. One finger tan head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a bit of a cap and a smattering of lacing.

The pine aroma just jumps right out up front. Minor notes of citrus and some sweet bready malt follows.

The flavor surprised me after the aroma. The malt is more forward than I would have expected and the piney hop flavor takes a back seat, but is still present.

Good IIPA, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 01:19:03 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of TheFightfan1


3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper color with a good heading. Not crazy lacing but still some good retention. Decent aroma of pine and citrus hops, a nice toffee and caramel sweetness in the background. The taste however is a bit muted. More of a sappy malt backbone with a decent sting of bitter hops on the tongue but not what the name suggests. Medium bodied kind of chewy,decent carbonation. The ABV stated at 8.2% which is much bigger than the 7.5% which is stated here. An ok IIPA but with the amount of hoppy IPA's in the world this one doesn't stand a chance.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 18:12:12 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Tawney amber in color with a fingers worth of white foam which dissipates quickly to a ring around the edges leaving tiny spots of lacing.

S - nose is full of grapefruit rind, sweet orange peel, ripe fruit (banana peel?) and toasty, caramel malt to hold it all together.

T - toasty malts give a bit of toffee and just a bit of caramel sweetness. as the beer warms on the tongue smooth and even hop bitterness comes into play. Notes of medicinal cherry, and a slight bit of banana become apparent before the finish.

M - medium bodied. smooth, creamy malts with a light but bubbly carbonation.

O - Nice showing from lagunitas. interesting flavors for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 05:12:34 | More by Teleweizen2
Photo of SWMeyer4141


3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint Glass.

Appearance-Dark bronze body with a finger or two off white head. Pretty good retention and lacing.

Smell-Pine, Caramel, and a bit of citrus.

Taste-Hops are there but are taken over by the caramel malts. Pine is the prodominant characteristics of the hops with some bitter grapefruit. Some pepper in there as well.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied w/ medium carbonation.

Overall-Good beer to sip on, not the type of IPA I'm going after on a hot summer day. Still a nice sipping IPA especially at 8.2% would only drink 3 max. Yet another good Lagunitas offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 23:41:15 | More by SWMeyer4141
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Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from IGA in Potsdam.

A - Pours light to medium bold with decent carbonation and a one finger, creamy off white head. Good rings of lacing and good half finger retention.

S - Huge pineapple, grapefruit, orange rind and sweet rich malt blended in with a little pinesol.

T - Much stronger on the pineapple and grapefruit with some more tropical notes that are hard to pin down. The malt is sweeter and not so rich creating a honey type taste.

M - Nice carbonation with a medium to full body and a really smooth feel in the mouth. Medium bitterness that scratches a little to
let you know what's up

O/D - A fairly solid DIPA. A little sweet with the honey note, but the ripe citrus works well with it. The mouthfeel is a big bonus, making
it oh so smooth.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 02:02:35 | More by tbeckett
Photo of vandemonian


4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Maximum is a delicious DIPA that favours dry pine and grapefruit compared to the usual sweeter orange flavours. Very nice.

A: Orange colour and a 5 mm head that fades to decent lacing. 4

S: Malty with some piney aroma from the hops. The combination is lovely. 4.5

T: Malt and pine with some subtler citrus flavours.
Some slight sweet/sour flavours come across as grapefruit. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: This is a very nice DIPA. I love the pine/grapefruit flavours. This is quite a dry IPA. 4

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 01:51:02 | More by vandemonian
Photo of MrKennedy


3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via a Beermasons subscription. Poured into a Blue Betty Brewery tulip style pint glass.

Looks a orange golden colour with a nice haze to it. Has a slightly off-white head of foam that measured two and a half fingers and retained it's depth well. Solid lacing.

Smell is sweet, citric and fruity as well. Plenty there and there is some pineapple and mango as well as a touch of pine itself.

The hops are more restrained on the tastebuds. Decent malt presence is the first thing you notice. Little bit of the said fruits and pine at the end.

Mouthfeel is solid, coating, but not real bitter, certainly not hitting you as 72.41 IBU's should.

Overall, another decent brew from Lagunitas, but while i enjoy hoppy beers and DIPA's, this doesn't seem to have the "it" factor.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 06:40:58 | More by MrKennedy
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Russian River "tion" glass. Couldn't find any dating on the bottle.

Pours a dark honey color and a 1/2 finger head forms, but is gone with the blink of an eye. A nice sporadic lacing is left around the sides of the glass. I smell apricots, bitter hops, grassy notes, and alcohol. I taste notes of malt, malt, and more malt. I catch a bitter backbone from the hops, but this one isn't very balanced. This beer isn't very crisp and the carbonation is just ok. Overall this beer just doesn't do it for me. I would say DIPA is my favorite style and this is trailing way behind the rest of the class.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 16:16:18 | More by brian44556
Photo of MattyG85


3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. No date on bottle.

Appearance: Bright amber orange with lots of rising bubbles and a big four finger white head with good retention. Lots of lacing present.

Smell: Lots of tropical citrus and pine. Picking up a lot of grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. Hops are present but sort of laid back for a double IPA. Sweet and bready caramel malts are also noticable.

Taste: Hop bitterness is considerably stronger in the taste than the smell. A decent mixture of citrus and earthy hops with some grapefruit, pineapple, orange, and mango with some piney bitterness. A good portion of sweet caramel malts balance things out. Also picking up some little hints of pepper.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Not detecting any alcohol.

Overall: This is a decent double IPA that has some good flavors but overall it is not bold enough. As a DIPA it is a far cry from Lagunitas' own Hop Stoopid.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 02:28:00 | More by MattyG85
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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed this solid beer many times. It has a good deal of hops as well as a nice citrus smell and taste. A: nice dark brown with a fair amount of lacing that doesn't last long. S: citrus/fruity smell very appealing. M: thick full feel, flows well very smooth. T: taste has slight hops and a lot of citrus very good combination and the high abv doesn't come through too strong. O: a very drinkable beer will definitely have it again Lagunitas is a solid brewery I've yet to have a bad beer from them.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 02:26:19 | More by Billcr222
Photo of rand


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12 oz bottle to Bruery tulip glass

A: Pours orange-copper in color while forming a tight 1-inch head. Plenty of lacing traces the glass.

S: Really tropical here. Pineapple, maybe a little guava. Sweet, but not bready. Smells almost like a fru fru drink.

T: Tropical for sure, but a lot more piny and bitter than in the nose. Guava, papaya, pineable. Not tasting the grapefruit noticed in the bouquet. There's a lingering sweetness, but it almost taste like it comes from the floral, fruity aspects, not the malts. Finishes bitter-sweet.

M: Surprisingly light for the style. Again, this is a DIPA, so it's far from a crisp lager, but relatively effervescent for the style.

Tasty and unique, overall. I kinda view Lagunitas as the Dogfish Head of the West Coast, and this fits right in with their "off-center" style. I'd definitely hit this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 08:24:47 | More by rand
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4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep amber with a creamy head and plenty of CO2 bubbles.

S- HOPPY. Spicy, floral notes although caramel sweetness is present.

T- Sweet mixed with spice, pine, citrus(grape fruit), and flowers. I almost wonder if there is some rye in the malt bill. Seems to have a touch of that rye spiciness to it.

M- Perfect for the style. Not too thick, not too thin. Not over or under carbonated. For the high IBU and the high alcohol content, I think Lagunitas nailed it on this one.

O- Gotta admit that this is my go to brew when I hit this store in the mood for a hop bomb (which is often). At $9 a half-rack, I can't go wrong and I usually can't justify buying any of the $10-$11 selections. Three of these on a week night patio grill session is perfect. Then off to bed for sweet dreams...

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 22:40:44 | More by SpaceMadness
Photo of iDrinknewglarus


3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden orange. Small IPA head. Very clear and with carbonation streaming. Decent lacing.

S: Big on the tropical fruits. Mango and pineapple dominate. Sweet malts. It isn't super super strong, and it smells a bit faded... I think I may have gotten an older bottle. Despite this, it still has a great aroma.

T: Tastes like it smells. Kind of like taking a big bite of mango and pineapple, yummy! Generic malt sweetness to balance out the hops without taking their presence away. Not massive flavor, again, it tastes like a shell of what it could/should be. The alcohol is somewhat present throughout, and seems to leave a warmth in my throat in the aftertaste. It almost tastes like a fruity cocktail. Finishes pretty clean. Not a whole lot of bitterness. Does not have a dry finish.

M: Kind of thin, actually. Medium-high carbonation, but small bubbles. Thin and boring.

I picked this one up at a grocery store, although it was refrigerated, there is no telling how long it has been there. I've had Lagunitas before and this one just tastes faded. That being said, what flavor was there was very very nice and what I look for in a DIPA. I wish Lagunitas would put a date on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 02:40:15 | More by iDrinknewglarus
Photo of sjverla


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nose: Exceedingly pleasant. Strong, grassy hops and very estery. Piny and sweet, almost syrupy, but just restrained enough. A touch boozy, but mostly fruity.

Appearance: Thin, ivory head atop a copper orb. Good clarity.

Taste: Complex and heavily bitter. Burnt sugar notes. Malts ride the top of the tongue. Almost creamy, the way a macaroon is - no hint of coconut though. Bitterness of grapefruit and singed grass.

Overall: A great offering. Complex, bitter, big.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 01:36:37 | More by sjverla
Photo of sonnmr31


4.95/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep auburn orange with just a touch of haze.

S - Aroma is very citrusy, more like a grapefruit assault mixed with floral hops.

T - This is definitely a hop-heads delight. The bitterness in the finish is very pleasing.

M - Medium bodied and creamy

O - This is one if my favorite IPAs and would buy again

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 02:18:48 | More by sonnmr31
Photo of CaptDavyJones

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark orange/copper color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label.
Nice one finger foamy frothy head that dissipates very slowly.
Aroma is very citrusy, more like a grapefruit assault mixed with floral hops and a slight note of malt.
Taste akin to the aroma is very hoppy. This is definitely a hop-heads delight. The bitterness in the finish is very pleasing.
Excellent lacing all along the insides of the glass.
A very nice, tasty DIPA from Lagunitas. Definitely worth a try, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 01:54:30 | More by CaptDavyJones
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish orange with a fluffy white head that dissipates after a minute or two but leaves behind a white foam on the top. Sweetish malt on the nose with some grapefruit and a bit of an herbal edge. Some alcohol on the nose as well. Slightly sweet on the palate, hops to back it up, but actually not as hop forward as I was anticipating. Medium to light bodied with a nice finely wound carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 02:20:45 | More by BeerAmbassador
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4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden amber colored brew, lots of rising bubbles. Good sized white head. Fair amount of lace. Scent is sweet malt and hop oil and some hop oil. I'll of course have to taste it first, but i think i know where this is going.

Yup, i guessed it. Sweet malt start, hops following it up. Grapefruit, floral, bitter, citrus, somewhat bready. Medium to full bodied.

Coming in at 8.2 is even higher than youd expect, the alcohol is WELL blended. Very nicely done, It says its a limited release, i hope i see it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 03:19:24 | More by Tballz420
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