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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,877 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,877
Reviews: 1,374
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 66
Gots: 260 | 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 BarryMFBurton


3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tripelhops for the bottle; here’s hoping it’s as good the recent rash of IPAs I’ve been tasting.

Brewed about five months before the date of this tasting (according to the batch code, on May 6, 2011).

A: Love this fresh IPA look! It shines a bright orange-amber, with a respectable amount of haze. A thick, white cream smoothes out to two thick fingers; and the lacing is just as epic. Retention is a very light film.

S: Grainy straw scents, with good juicy fruit malts (berry and orange); of the two, the grains are the biggest, coming moderately with pumpkin pie-style spice. The hops have a diminished aroma, with citrus, melon rind, and flowery scents. A little alcoholic on the end. Nice nose, but a little stale.

T: Grains, grains, grains; strawberry-wheat tastes are a pleasant centerpiece. A little syrupy on the later caramel tastes, though it doesn’t last long before a spicy pine-hop bitterness comes out. It’s not incredibly dry, but there’s a nice hop flavor that’s hard to find (even in IPAs). I only wish they were a bit more intense. That’s really all the really noticeable flavor in the palate, though; there’s a little pumpernickel-darkness from what I expect is the yeast, but it’s very intermittent. The finish is thick malt and dry spice, only moderately intense.

M: A smooth, thin body, lacking the carbonation that would really pull the hops out of this palate. Not lively enough to be the entertaining drink it could be.

O: Alright, maybe it was just my expectations after trying Hop Stoopid, but I haven’t been feeling great about my recent adventures with Lagunitas. Maybe it needs to be extra-fresh to be truly impressive, so I’ll keep an open mind about the brewery. In all, this was an agreeable drink, but nothing more.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 07:52:05 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of OtherShoe2


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with an off-white sticky head. Some decent rings, great color.

Big pine nose, with toasted malt and a bit of burnt toast and caramel.

Complex one. Spicy hops and toasted malt intermingle, with some bitter burnt sugars in there for good measure. Malt has some depth, and holds it's own against the hops. Rich depth of flavor, with hops and malt long in the finish. Alcohol is unnoticeable.

Fuller body, with a mouth-coating complexity and some light carbonation prickliness.

Great brew. Loved this one. Rich and bitter, this one could sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 21:55:48 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of minterro


3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Odaes in Lansing

A & S: the smell is a good mix of piney and citrus hops (more so piney at first). Also bits (just bits) of something sugary (either caramel or sweet malts). Poured about 2 fingers of fuzzy yellow head fades fast. Transparent deep stray colored beer with bits of carbonation rising from the bottom. The head fades a decent amount but its not horrible and it also leaves a good amount of lacing.

T & M: pretty decent taste, not an overpowering taste of hops and there is a present of malts. Upfront hoppy but it doesn’t last all that long. The finish is pleasantly bitter and not extremely tongue drying. The middle taste is pretty sweet (a bit too much). Quite smooth great carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. very drinkable

O: above average but I feel like its not as intense as a double should be, I like the company a lot, it seems pretty solid all around, look forward to trying some more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 04:55:35 | More by minterro
Photo of Brent


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

This beer hits the marks for a solid American Pale Ale, but I'm not sure it clears the bar for a double IPA. 7.5% abv is well integrated and no boozy notes emerge. Citric hops, centering on grapefruit, predominate. Moderate hops body with some caramel malt showing through. Finish is clean with the barest touch of tin.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 16:07:59 | More by Brent
Photo of busterwhite


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

Pours a golden orange color with a 2 finger head.

Nice floral scent with some gratefruit/citrus and pine

Smooth grapefruit flavor, citrus rind, with a dry finish.

Medium mouthfeel, medium to low carbonation.

This is a really good beer, but the flavor and bitterness are more like a regular IPA than a double.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 01:36:44 | More by busterwhite
Photo of cjacobsen


3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(A) Pours a clean, orange color with copper hues around the darker edges of the glass. Very little to no head, even given a rough pour. Head subsided quickly.

(S) Smell of grapefruit and honey. Can't put my finger on it, but it smells like a sour sugar, almost like a green apple. There's a lot of light pale malt in there.

(T) Taste is actually really sweet. Kind of like that of a triple. Almost like they used belgian white candi sugar to help up the ABV. There are some definite residual sugars in this brew. It's very malty with a slight topping of hops. There is some orange rind in the back of the taste and it lingers for a bit in the aftertaste.

(M) Slightly grainy and carbonated on the tongue. Light to medium body and oily and thin.

(O) I really enjoy Lagunitas, but there was something off about this beer. Possibly a bad bottle/batch, so I will revisit it at some point. The initial reaction is not a great one though. The aroma was alright, but the flavor was too sweet. Almost like an IPA and an American Triple combined.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 21:46:18 | More by cjacobsen
Photo of jamescain


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

Poured into a Brooklyn tulip glass.

Appearance: Clear copper-orange with bubbles streaming to the top. Covered by a creamy off white head about a finger thick that clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Pungent oily hops that evoke memories of pine, citrus and grapefruit. Hot as "in your face" as I was hoping for based off of the name.

Taste: Grapefruit upfront with a slight citrus edge.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and a dry finish with lingering bitterness, no alcohol perception.

Overall: I liked it and It was a solid DIPA, especially for the price of the 6-pack. I would definitely buy it again, but if I want my pallet to be assaulted by hops, I'll look somewhere else.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 15:33:23 | More by jamescain
Photo of deepchills


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My girlfriend kindly picked up a 6pk of bottles for me at Halls in Grapevine.

Pours a copper color with very little head.

A little sour in the nose along with some floral notes.

Lots of orange fruit dominates this beer up front. A little caramel as well. A small dose of bitter hop throughout.

The beer is easy to drink. I think it’s a little under carbonated. The 8.2% ABV is well concealed. With the name “Maximus” I would have expected more hopiness from the beer. 70 IBUs puts it certainly is enough for any IPA, but they already have an IPA, so I expected this one to be ramped up a little more.

That being said this is a tasty beer that I’ll drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 22:42:29 | More by deepchills
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: A darker copper collor with a hazy orange tint. Head retention was ok with decent lace marks

Smell: A foresty hop aroma with a hint of citrus behind it.

Taste: Smooth blend of hops and sweet aftertaste. Citrus flavors also backing all this up. Mouthfeel is suprisingly not a biting feel on the toungue but more smooth.

Had this one in a clear pint glass. As a IPA enthusiast I enjoyed it. But for those that might be intimidated by the "double" end of things, it was very decent in a different range of hop flavor. Not as potent as I would of expected.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 18:00:03 | More by kdp2011
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber with copper hues. Thick white head that quickly thins out and leaves little more than a film and lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

Sweet malty smell. Caramel and fruit - the hops give it a good scent of citrus and apple. The initial taste is sweet, bready malts but the hops come in full force after this hits the tongue. Sugar, sweet fruits and citrus. Yeast aftertaste.

Light carbonation, alcohol is faint and well-hidden. I thought this would be hoppier, but this is still quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 04:34:22 | More by BDTyre
Photo of MEsoJD


3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[poured into Lagunitas mason jar]

A: Caramel/amber body with a creamy head(moderate dissipation) and decent lacing.

S: Not picking much in there. Sweet bread malt with orange/grapefruit citrus.

T: The grapefruit and sweet bread malt follows with good hop presence. Nothing out of the ordinary.

M: Noticeable alcohol presence, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and creamy/crisp finish.

O: A solid DIPA from Lagunitas. It's good, but it doesn't have any qualities that stand out amongst other DIPAs. I believe their brew "Hop Stoopid" is more satisfying. Despite what was said, Maximus is still worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 22:59:11 | More by MEsoJD
Photo of missingtoes


4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


this could be because i'm drinking from the same glass as my hop stoopid (i did wash it out), but i'm not really detecting much of a scent here. not that it really matters to me. i mean, honestly, how many people walk around food and say, "now sheet, i've got to put that in my mouth!" if that were the case, then no one would have tried oysters. or been intimate with a woman.

anyway, there is a slight scent of honey and something else. not sure i'm picking it up. the head doesn't disappear as some of their other beers. this one just sort of rings about testing you to continue shaking vigorously like an epileptic (i am one, so i can say that).

what's awesome is that in doing so, the beer changes from a slight dark amber color to the same as it was when the head finishes meeting the liquid as it first started settling. it's uncanny, but nice. therefore, for a dblipa this is pretty cool.

the taste is awesome. i've still got a lingering suspect that includes... molasses? is that possible? there is an overwhelming rye characteristic i can't shake either. overall, the flavor is indecently basic, but it's the eveness of the draw that is so tantamountly sexy. it's a smooth, subtle syrup tasting drink. not aftertaste, that's different. the aftertaste is holistic, but not medicinal, just plain cool.

and the buzz is nice and kosher too. it feels warm and cozy unlike others of it's family.

i'd totally recommend this to people who graduate from a basic ipa to something more inviting.


for those of us straight from the bottle, it has different characteristics altogether.

looking into the deep brown bottle we can see the head flourishing at a half an inch. a sharp pull of the bottle releasing the gates open into my mouth has a rush of honey and orange flavor. it's very syrupy, and it leaves a lasting impression on the palate and tongue.

if i were you, i would drink this straight from the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 19:52:51 | More by missingtoes
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,877 ratings.