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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

3,816 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,816
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 Neecee513

New York

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

A: Copper color, not crystal clear but clear, slight head

S: Very pleasant, cross b/ grapefruit citrus and piney, some hop bitterness aroma

T: Very nice balance b/ malt and hops, slight citrus sweetness w/ some bready hop

M: Low/moderate carb, smooth, medium body, slightly dry on finish

D: Good balance between malts and hops. The name would imply an overly hoppy beer for an IPA, but hop bitterness is by no means overwhelming. Very enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 23:42:01 | More by Neecee513
Photo of greenmonstah

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - A light clear copper color with half a finger of off-white head. Decent lacing.

S - Grapefruit hops and a background of pine. A bit of malty caramel sweetness too. The grapefruit dominates and is very nice.

T - Grapefruit hop bitterness. Some caramel malt sweetness. Very much a hop show. Quite bitter.

M - Medium body and a bit wet. Really quite good.

D - Goes down easy and is very tasty. Easy to drink and no boozyness, not that I'd expect any at this ABV. Could have a few in a night and it wouldn't get old.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 01:44:56 | More by greenmonstah
Photo of alleykatking


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

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to Supernova777 for this pleasure. You are finally learning the ways Josh..haha.

A- Pours a darker amber color. One and a half finger creamy white head pops up shows medium retention and then is back down. Light web lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Citrus nose right from the get go. I love west coast IPA's for this sheer reason. There was some pine in there as well but it was more toward the backing of the overall aroma. Sweet bready caramel malts in the middle of the aroma balance everything out well. Light alcohol on the backend let me know I'm in for a surprise.

T- Citrus hops rigth off the get go like in the aroma. This comes off with a little more orange/grapefruit blend rather than just one hop flavor. Middle of the beer is rather basic with caramel malts giving a nice backbone for the rest of the beer to shine on. Backend is light piney notes with a touch of alcohol that ends up balancing everything out but still letting you know you are drinking a well crafted IPA.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Hop resin coats the palate and a little on the teeth. Citrus and pine hops both left on the palate with a hint of caramel malt. Aftertaste is fading alcohol, pine hops, and a caramel malt. Flavors were well put together and balanced well for the style. No off flavors at all leaving this crisp and clean. Medium alcohol drying on the palate after each sip.

D- This beer is a well crafted IPA. It might be my favorite out of most of the things that Lagunitas does. ABV is well hidden which makes this a little dangerous but I could enjoy this beer all night long while watching T.V. or hanging out with friends.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 17:06:16 | More by alleykatking
Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove


3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber color with 1 1/2 fingers of off white head that faded quickly to leave a light film.

S - Honey, Citrus, and Greenery.

T - Tastes of Honey, Caramel, and Citrus.

M - Mouthfeel is very creamy, good bitterness, and the Alcohol is quite hidden.

D - I can't drink a whole lot of these but it is still very good.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 05:08:41 | More by SanDiegoBeerLove
Photo of AdamBear


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- slightly dark translucent amber with a thick cream colored head. lots of bubbles rising. a little bit of lacing lasts.

S-i could smell this one as i started pouring it, i always love that! i smell citrusy hops and a bit of aged wood in there as well. this IPA smells wonderful, its very pronounced.

T-comes in with a delayed taste of aged hoppiness., it then fades in to a stale grassiness. there's a good bitterness at the end. the after-taste has some good hoppiness in it, i just wish that this hoppiness was more present through out the experience. my initial reaction to this: good but it just doesn't stand up to the "super" IPAs of today

M-a good creamy medium carbonation with a fantastic creamy finish. this one feels good!

D-honestly, the IPA seems to get better as the drink goes on. I feel that the taste gets sweeter and sweeter. there's just a nice sweet after-taste that develops that'll keep you asking for more. i wouldn't mind having a case of this. it goes down easily as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 04:14:10 | More by AdamBear
Photo of mjurney


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber-golden color, slight hazy. Good amount of carbonation. Head looks fluffy.

Sweet malts, a little citrus and pine.

Malty up front, sweet, biscuity, slight caramelly. Hop is not too aggressive like most DIPA, but I get lots of citrus and piney. There some fruitiness I could detect, peach-apricot like. Medium bodied, almost creamy.

Smooth finish, clean malty aftertaste.

Overall Impressions:
It's more like an IPA than DIPA, this beer kinda reminds me of Dogfish Head 60 Minutes. I was expecting aggressive hop character. Otherwise, it's a good tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 03:20:00 | More by mjurney
Photo of Jaguar


3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was checking out the local beer cooler, looking for something I hadn't tried before, and after seeing the words Maximus and IPA, I figured those two words together might mean something good was in that bottle.

So I read the bottle, and saw 8.2 ABV. and 72.41 IBU.
I started to think twice about anyone that would label something 72.41 IBU's as "Maximus", but I was in a charitable mood, and they wanted $7.99 for a 22 oz. Arrogant Bastard, Sooo....I gave the guy 9 bucks for the six pack, and off I went with the Lagunitas.

Good move on my part. This is a tasty IPA.
Orange amber with a small head, nice citrus nose, slightly thick oily mouth feel, and a sweet hoppyness that finishes surprisingly clean for an IPA.

Most of the IPA's I try seem to me to have a long bitter finish, but this one tends more to sweet, making it very drinkable. Maybe too drinkable. I could go deep into these and regret it in the morning.

If you like IPA's and Dogfishhead 120 is too much of a jump, you probably would like this one as a step up to the real hop bombs.

All around, a really nice glass of beer, but truthfully if I'm only having a couple, and I want something special, I like 'em with a bit more punch.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 21:01:51 | More by Jaguar
Photo of GrainDamaged


4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Firstly, as with any Lagunitas brew, the bottle must be read .
Deep pumpkin tinged amber, clear as a bitter winter morning. Perfect symetry in the bubbles, consistent and rhythmic. Generous tight foamy head, subsiding at a snails pace, leaving behind a mural of evidence.
Pungent and yeasty, compressed hops pellets, and malt. The ingredients speak equally and fully of themselves. Perfect concoction of olfactory amusement.
It has a voice as I taste, mild granny smith, bread-like malts, and a none too subtle blast of bitter sweet pine. Finishes after a time with lemony pine resin and points of sugar. Viscous and smoothe, very little distraction from the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 23:38:31 | More by GrainDamaged
Photo of TheTippler


3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big head when poured into a pint glass. Beer had a wonderful grapefruit hoppy smell. The taste wasn't quite as enjoyable, unfortunately. The sharp bitterness was nice, but the metallic flavors weren't quite as enjoyable. Bit of maltiness on the finish. Very hoppy and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 01:46:40 | More by TheTippler
Photo of phantomwyse


3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Cream soda with a finger and a half, off-white head.

S: Going pine needle bobbing in a vat of pine water. Oh, and some buttered toast, too.

T: Pine tar, sap, a bed of pine needles. Honey sweetness. Some malty backbone to it, slightly buttery crackers.

M: Medium bodied, relatively dry.

D: Bitter and piney, yes, but a little bland. Nice if you want a sour rush.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 23:18:43 | More by phantomwyse
Photo of Hopalong29


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

Light golden with minimal head and light lacing in glass
Nice floral with definite hints of hops. Not overpowering.
Not overly bitter. A little let down with lack of citrus associated with most IPA's.
Light creamy syrupy feel.
Very drinkable will definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 04:10:55 | More by Hopalong29
Photo of imagese


2.68/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- hazy golden with minimal head and zero lacing

S- Astringent citrus with sweet malt

T- Very quick bitterness but the malt comes in too fast to distinguish any type of hop flavor

M- By far the best part of this beer. The high IBU is noticeable on the tongue.

D- I can finish the 12oz bottle, but not going to rush to pour another.

This is not the first time I've had this, but either my tastes have changed, or this bottle has started to turn. Wish there was a bottling date. I will try this again down the road to see how I feel about it then

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 07:12:42 | More by imagese
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover


3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Wegman's in Warrington, PA. Purchase price: $10.99/6pk
Served and enjoyed in a Dogfish Head Signature Glass (goblet)

A - Pours a nice, golden honey color. Little to no head. After 1-2 minutes, no head remains but a ring of foam remains along the edges. Carbonation bubbles rising from the laser-etching on the bottom of the DFH glass. Leaves a nice lacing as I drink it down.

S - Sweet smell. Light floral smell also. I'm smelling the hops but not as intense as I would have expected from a name like "Maximus".

T - Ah, there's the hops! Nice, strong hoppy taste. Has a really good backbone of malt also. Floral and citrus flavors mixed with a sweet aftertaste. A slight bitterness remains after drinking.

M - Nicely carbonated. Slighty syrupy feeling in the mouth.

D - A nice DIPA. The alcohol is well disguised. Although I liked this beer , I felt it was a bit too sweet and slightly heavy to be considered a sessional beer. One or two would be my max on this one. I'll have no problem finishing the 6pk but I prefer a slighlty less sweet taste. Recommended to those that love a hoppy and slighty more sweet taste to their beer.


Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 00:56:49 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
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3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Honey in color with great clarity. The bottle poured perfectly and a thick foamy head on top.

Smell of a traditional IPA. Slightly more hoppy aroma but not huge.

Taste: One of the most hoppy beers I have every drank. I am not the biggest IPA fan and i was surprised how much I enjoyed this beer.

Mouthfeel: The body of this beer is was great. I feel that it was neither too thin or too thick. It did not over or under carbinate in the mouth.

Drinkability: Easy to drink beer. I couldn't.... nor would I want to slam a few of these beers but i could definately drink a few in a row over the course of a couple hours

I would recommend this to the IPA lover.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 11:56:30 | More by LanceW
Photo of BudWizeMan


4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Quite pale with slight orange hue,nice creamy head with decent retention.

S- Sweet grapefruit/citrus rind hop notes,quite pleasant indeed

T- Mmm...Sweet grapefruit with citrus rind indicated by aroma with sufficient caramel malt backing,quite delicious with good pleasant hop caracter,never bitter or harsh.

M-Creamy mouthfeel with near perfect body.

D- Above average either sip it or knock'em back

I really enjoy hoppy beers so I often reach for big America IPA's and DIPA's.This was a most pleasant revisit to A DIPA I did not fully appreciate the first time around.If you like IPA's and DIPA's check this one out I find it very enjoyable.Hoppy Holidays.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 06:37:21 | More by BudWizeMan
Photo of JizackFH

New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a nice golden orange color, and has a nice sized off-white head that never seems to fall. The head left good lacing behind.

S - This smells of floral and citrus hops. There is also some sweetness, fruitiness, and a touch of booze.

T - It's hoppy. Not as hoppy as I thought it would be, but it still has a good amount. This is a very well balanced beer, and it hides it alcohol content very well.

M - It has a medium body with a good amount of carbonation. It's crisp and it goes down very smooth.

D - The drinkability of this beer is very good. This is a really good beer, and I could drink it all the time. Another fine beer by Lagunitas. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 07:27:53 | More by JizackFH
Photo of champ103


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

On cask at the Anvil in Houston.

A: Pours a hazy amber orange color. A tow finger white head forms with good retention. Rings of sticky lace are left behind.
S: Soft citrus and piny hops. Grapefruit and a light bitterness. A nice caramel and soft buttery aroma as well.
T: Follows the nose. Mostly soft and subtle. Citrus, pine, grapefruit, and a light bitterness. Good balance with caramel and light buttery malts.
M/D: A medium body that is well carbonated, creamy, and smooth. Easy to drink. I could have several on cask without a problem.

This is very nice on cask. Mellow, soft, and smooth. Three things I don't usually say about a Lagunitas beer. Though this is very good. I don't know what this is like on tap or bottle, but on cask this is very enjoyable.

Serving type: cask

12-16-2010 02:19:02 | More by champ103
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3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I noticed another reviewer used the word aspirin to describe some of the flavour in this beer and that's what it was that was bothering me with this beer. Aspirin like bitterness. Aromas are OK, more nutty and pine tha any fruit. Dry minerally, aspirin finish. Perhaps not the most balanced IIPA around. Aspirin. that's all I can think about.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 09:45:26 | More by juju7
Photo of tzieser


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

served in a standard pint glass.

pours a slightly darker than golden color with slight haze. thick white head that sticks pretty well. looks nice.

beautiful hop aroma. big cirtus and pine notes with a malty backbone.

great hop flavor. citrus seems to be the primary flavor at first quickly followed by the piney notes i just mentioned. not too bitter at all and finishes nice and clean. alcohol is well hidden too. fantastic west coast ipa for the price.

smooth mouthfeel; good drinkability.

definitely an upper-echelon IPA. paired well with some chicken curry and garlic naan bread. well worth trying. i look forward to getting this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 23:31:04 | More by tzieser
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New York

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Decent foamy head, clinging meniscus, decent bubbles, slightly orange amber
S: Pine hops, touch of bitterness
T: Subdued front palate with a hint grapefruit, full-bodied hops flavor, bitingly bitter in the mid-palate, malt finish
M: Medium-full body, nice roll on the tongue with good carbonation
D: Pretty filling, and 72IBUs tend to hit you over the head, without drying out your throat

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 03:33:22 | More by ozzyCobblepot
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4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a small head.
Nose shows rich caramel, hoppy resin and orange marmalde.
Flavours are very similar; huge amounts of malt, lots of caramel and golden syrup with more marmalade, pine and grassy hops. Bitterness is hardly aggressive for a DIPA, or even an IPA for that matter. Or maybe its just that insane malt overshadowing it.
Carbonation should be higher to cut through the sweetness.
Very easy to drink, especially for a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 03:21:05 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of drabmuh


3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a Russian River wine glass. Beer is orange with a little haze and a decent one finger head of small white bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is quite malt forward with a complex mixture of hop flavors including grapefruit and a lot of pine.

Beer is sweet and thick in the front and quite bitter in the back, its a little heavy, even for a DIPA. The midpalate is weak and spotty, the finish is good. Appropriately bitter and flavorful but not as good as others I've had. It is just a decent DIPA, I would have it again but without excitement.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 16:23:15 | More by drabmuh
Photo of JohnnyChicago


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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint.

A: Your typical IPA honey/amber with a nice head and good lacing.

S: Smells like a Lagunitas beer, you know? Lots and Lots of hops.

T: Follows the nose perfectly; just a big hoppy IPA. You get citrus and grass and a hint of honey in the finish.

D: Decent drinkability. Alcohol is well covered and the beer is refreshing.

Overall: A nice, simple IPA. Really, this is just a toned down version of Hop Stoopid. Its got all those great hops that you (and Lagunitas) know and love. Its just in a lower ABV package.

P.S. Despite the ABV listed here, the beer I had was 7.50. Not quite a DIPA, but definitely big for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 05:51:37 | More by JohnnyChicago
Photo of stephens101


3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours orange with pink hues throughout. The slight tan head leaves quickly, but find enough time to drop off some capricious lines of lace. Notes of grapefruit, orange sour apples and sweet bread at the nose. Tastes biscuity and malty up front with some light fruits and citrus in the middle and an indirect hop bitterness at the very end. Medium bodied with little carbonation as expected. Goes down a bit chalky and dry, but has a slightly creamy core. Lagunitas can do better than this, so I'm not sure why they feel the need to do another DIPA when they've already got that style down pat.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 00:56:41 | More by stephens101
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from Ryan's Party Store in Port Huron, Michigan. Pours a dark amber bronze with copper hues, a sliver of eggshell white head, and strands of lacing on the tulip. Smell is piny and floral hops, barley, a touch of toast, citrus fruit (lime?), liquor, butter, and toffee. Pretty standard DIPA aroma, albeit a little malt-forward. Taste follows the nose with some taffy and caramel sweetness upfront, burnt sugar, pineapple, and bubblegum mid-palate, and a grassy, citric hop bitterness to end. A small trace of acidic tartness accompanies the aftertaste. Simple flavour for the style but still very appealing. Mouthfeel is creamy-smooth, fuller than medium bodied, silky middle with a boldly bitter spiciness on the tongue and semi-dry finish. A respectable Imperial India Pale Ale, and fairly enjoyable overall, even if it's not a world beater. Worth a try if you ask me.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 06:46:38 | More by cratez
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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