Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,563 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,563
Reviews: 1,423
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 93
Gots: 506 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001)
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4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass

A-clear copper with 1/2 inch head that dissipates leaving thick lacing

S-big sweet aroma, bublegum, mango, hops, floral, pineapple

T-follows the nose. sweet and hoppy, juicy, minor pine notes

M- mild carbonation, juciy, oily, creamy, coats the mouth and feels good going down. Flavor is disperse throughout the mouth

V-very refreshing drinkable DIPA

Photo of sprucetip
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't care much about appearance, but this one is a good looker. Amber orange and active, with great clarity and a finger of white foam on top that fades gradually and leaves thick lacing.

Flowery and citrusy hops mainly, with a nip of pine, are joined and balanced by malty sweetness. The booze is detectable. It's not an especially strong aroma, but it is quite pleasant. It seems to be hard to find right after a pour, but gets more prominent after it settles down.

Malty sweet with a big bouquet of floral and citric hop flavor. The bitterness is on the mild side of moderate, and it's a bit boozy. It all works well together, and it finishes clean.

Well carbonated with a rich, full body. Warming is gentle and viscosity is medium. It finishes really nice and smooth without drying out too much.

I hadn't had this one in a while, but I recall it being my favorite Lagunitas years ago. I have had many more Lagunitas since, so I don't think it would hold that throne any longer. But its' a good beer, for sure. I'd say, as DIPAs go, it leans more toward the malty sweet Maharaja type, but without as much body, richness, or caramel malt. It's not a typical Sand Diego style hop bomb at all, but the simpler grain bill gives it a cleaner canvas for the hops to perform upon. But the hops, to me, are more flavor focused than bittering. I'll have it again.

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5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My search for the perfect IPA is over! I have spent a lot of time and money looking for the perfect IPA, and finally I have found it. I seem to always get suckered in by reviews from this site and others about how good an IPA is or isn't, but my search is officially over. This is my go to beer! Unfortunately it is difficult to find.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of TonyC
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from a 12 ounce bottle.

A: A hazy orange-cooper color, with a nice white head, and leaves subtle lacing.

S: A very citrusy/floral hops aroma that jumps right out of the bottle. Very pleasant aroma.

T: A definite citrus hops flavor with slight piney/grassy notes. Very nice malt flavor, but is just a slight too sweet for me.

M: A very hoppy sweetness, crisp, with great carbonation, but the warmth of the alcohol does show through the hops and malt.

O: A very nice DIPA that is definitely enjoyable. The flaws of being a little too sweet, and a little too warm are actually negligible. Another winner from Lagunitas.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of divineaudio
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

tulip glass.

a - pours a standard amber color with a finger thick, sudsy, off white head. retention is good and i get thick legs of lacing as i work my way through the glass.

s - freshly baked bread, hay, faint apple.

t - prominent bready malt up front balanced by pine resin hop character in the back. notes of grass and lighter fruits (not citrus) in there too. bitterness hits the sides of the tongue more than the back. finishes fairly dry, overall on the sweeter side.

m - fuller in body with adequate carbonation, medium co2 profile, faint alcohol warming.

o - quite enjoyable, though i think i'd prefer a little less malt presence in this one. the fuller body is nice but it does make it a bit of a chore to drink, especially in this summer heat. still a fine beer and one i'd gladly return to.

Photo of TheCondor
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with standard vigor from the bottle into my Boulevard tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a nice, fairly dark Looking amber color with a one finger head that goes away with some haste but leaves awesome lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell - Nothing remarkable here, a classic DIPA smell. Citrusy, piney, grapefruit, all the classic hops scents you would expect out of a DIPA. Smells tasty, especially to my hophead friend.

Taste - Follows the nose pretty close. Citrus, grapefruit, and pine dominate the palate, with a malt backbone and some earthy notes. A goods DIPA taste

Mouthfeel - FinIshes with a nice bitterness on top of the citrus. Good carbonation, Booze is well hidden under the taste and mouthfeel. Medium body.

Overall - This is a good DIPA, not great, but certainly good! I would recommend this to anyone who likes hops, IPA's etc. Good hot weather brew, good offering from an excellent brewery in general.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of BostonHops
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

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. being so widely available makes it a nice fall-back.

(originally reviewed: 09-26-2011)

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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

21 Oz bottle poured into a duvel tulip

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange with a one finger off white head, really dense foamy bubbles. Classic looking DIPA.

S- Big citrus like grapefruit and some pineapple as well as apricots. This beer has a bitter sweet malt profile of caramel and some breaddy notes.

T- Nice bitterness up front. Good bits of grapefruit and other citrus notes. Malt flavors are a little bit caramel. A touch of alcohol. Not exactly easy drinking considering its 8.2 but the flavors arent too heavy.

M- This is a good sized brew. Its slightly warming on the way down. Not easy to drink but not difficult either. Sticky aftertaste and slightly bitter.

O- This is a pretty good DIPA, I got a feeling my 6 pack is a bit dated but it doesnt take away from the beer too much. A solid choice.

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4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich and hazy orange copper color. Very short pale white head with great lacing. Strong floral hops, earthy citrus and creamy malts on the aroma. First sip is smooth and malty, hop bitterness, wheat. Bready mouthfeel. Body is balanced, clean and crisp. Medium sized body with medium carbonation.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,563 ratings.