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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,054 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,054
Reviews: 1,383
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 75
Gots: 347 | 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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Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

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


4.38/5  rDev +10.3%

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

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


3.4/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

09-02-2011 06:40:58 | More by MrKennedy
Photo of brian44556


2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

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.

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


3.7/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

08-26-2011 02:28:00 | More by MattyG85
Photo of Billcr222


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

08-24-2011 08:24:47 | More by rand
Photo of SpaceMadness


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

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...

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


3.58/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

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


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

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


4.95/5  rDev +24.7%

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

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

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

08-16-2011 01:54:30 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of BeerAmbassador


4/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

08-03-2011 02:20:45 | More by BeerAmbassador
Photo of Tballz420


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

Nice copper look to the pour, but head dissipates rather quickly. Nice aroma of hops to it, but not overwhelming. Taste is malty with melon undertones and a hint of Coriander (??) Coats your mouth on the way down, leaves with a malty taste. Some may think its too malty, I prefer a tad bit less malts. Decent strong beer, but alcohol is masked by flavor of malts. Overall pretty decent beer!

08-01-2011 00:41:06 | More by DonnieNarco
Photo of gatorbreath


3.2/5  rDev -19.4%

High ABV on an inexpensive single got me jonesin'.

App - Copper, carbonated head of minimal size and dissipating rapidly

Smell - hoppy, piney

Taste - a little hoppy bite but a more than overwhelming caramel biscuity malt taste that i guess balances the offering but not when there are so few hops to begin with..

Mouthfeel - kind of cool and different on this one, kind of coats the mouth in a silky fashion

Overall - not too big on this malty aftertaste, etc. but it was worth a try! the carbonation is more than i prefer

07-29-2011 02:36:39 | More by gatorbreath
Photo of THECPJ


3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange brown with an 1 finger off white head

smell: hops, caramel, malts, bready,

taste: caramel, some hop action, malts

mouthfeel: mild carboation, medium body,

overall: this just didn't have enough hop bite for my liking.


07-27-2011 18:12:38 | More by THECPJ
Photo of DavidST


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter, no freshness date.

Pours a nice dark copper color with an okay head which quickly dissipates, but leaves a nice lacing. The smell is mostly of hops and some malts. Feel is medium, I actually more sweetness on the tongue than bitter hops. The taste is far sweeter than expected and I'm not sure if the beer is older but the hops aren't very predominate, I get a load of malty sweetness, the after taste is a little grapefruit hops which is nice and it lingers for a while. This is pretty standard for the IIPA, a good beer but I think I'm starting to prefer regular IPAs which don't have the extra malts.

07-26-2011 02:41:27 | More by DavidST
Photo of Transatlantic


4/5  rDev +0.8%

A - Pours a clear light copper color, nearly crystal clear. Head is about one finger in width, doesn't stick around for long but leaves moderate lacing.

S - Smells very strongly of melon, perhaps canaloupe? And is also strong in a yeasty, bready cracker like smell.

T - Remarkably balanced. The bitterness is there but it's not overwhelming by any means. The taste of canaloupe is there and the taste of bread/cracker is there as well.

M - Medium bodied and creamy as well.

O - After getting home on a hot, humid and awful day at work. This beer was the answer to my prayers. It was incredibly refreshing and the alcohol was well masked by the great taste.

07-23-2011 21:52:34 | More by Transatlantic
Photo of ehammond1

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Bottle (2011)

Windmill Farms
San Diego, CA

Deep auburn orange with just a touch of haze. Thick off-white head. Dots of lacing down the glass.

An incredibly sweet, though pungent, nearly syrupy, aroma. Some orange and pineapple, but the sweetness is overpowering much of anything else.

An incredibly sweet and syrupy DIPA, which is to say, there's nothing bad or wrong with this, it's just not all that good. An unbalanced, super sweet beer...

...though the mouthfeel is actually pretty nice. It's a bit thick, a touch chewy, and a little oily.

An above average DIPA. I've certainly had far, far worse. This one is just far too sweet and one dimensional--a surprising miss from the brewers that make Hop Stoopid.

07-21-2011 23:58:31 | More by ehammond1
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges/tangerines, grapefruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and a decent amount of hops. There is also quite a bit of citrus fruitiness going on. Lots of orange/tangerine and grapefruit notes. I could also pick up on a pineapple taste as the beer got a little warmer. The beer finishes with a citrusy sweet aftertaste with a lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - Loved it! This is exactly how I like my IPA/DIPA's to taste. It's packed full of flavour and the alcohol is very well hidden. It's got lots of fruit juiciness that leaves me wanting to take my next sip as soon as I've finished the last. I'll buy more of this for sure.

07-20-2011 17:38:24 | More by spinrsx
Photo of azdback


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured into a Surly pint glass. A very clear, medium dark orange color. Quite a lot of carbonation bubbles lead to a small two finger, soapy, bright white head. Lace looks like it's gonna be as sticky as it is right now.

Smell is sweet malts and some bread yeast.

Taste pretty sweet citrus flavors. Light orange or tangerine flavors. Malts are very sweet. Kind of like surgar topped citrus. Just a bit of yeast flavors.

Mouth is great for the style. Nicely carbonated and full. All the flavors stay to the end.

Overall I am really enjoying this. Not the greatest representation of the style but an easy to acquire one. I have had this in the past and remembered it to be brighter and have more of a bitter wallop. I have no idea how old this bottle is so maybe that explains the taste difference. Very enjoyable though!!

07-20-2011 06:16:15 | More by azdback
Photo of Lightbearer2012


3.93/5  rDev -1%

First off, I love every one of the Lagunitas offerings I have tried (7) and Maximus is one of them. On to the review.

Appearance- 12 oz bottle poured into a Guinness pint glass. Rich, deep amber color with nice head retention. Above average lacing with a steady stream of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell- surprisingly enough, I only smell sweet malt. (Let my try again..) nope, that is all I smell, which for a DIPA is surprising to me but I suspect the hops may have faded a bit. The only problem I have with Lagunitas is they don't date their bottles.

Taste- ok, here is the problem with not dating the bottles. The flavor of this one is super malty with the hops feebly trying to establish themselves so I call a foul on freshness. That being said this beer still tastes great. I prefer more hop flavor especially in my DIPA's but I still think this is tasty.

Mouthfeel- lightly carbonated and smooth. As high as the abv is, I don't notice it at all.

Overall- this wasn't the freshest bottle of Maximus I have ever had but I still enjoyed it. Lagunitas beers are always a safe bet and a great value but I think the name Maximus sets people up to expect a hoppy bomb and it doesn't fit the profile of this beer.

07-19-2011 23:45:04 | More by Lightbearer2012
Photo of abgba121


4.55/5  rDev +14.6%

A: pours a deep golden color with a finger of head with perfect staying power. A fine lace remains down the entire glass as the beer goes down, and goes down smooth.

S: Terrific hop aroma, floral, sweet, citrus all at once.

T: Amazing taste, an awesome double. Sweet on the start, hop bitterness to follow and a dry, floral, citrus/grapefruit finish to round it out.

M: Perfect feel, carbonation, couldn't be better.

O: A great beer, I honestly can not find any flaws. Love it.

07-18-2011 05:19:30 | More by abgba121
Photo of blaje

Quebec (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours orange-amber in colour with a very nice fluffy/creamy whitish head.
N: grapefruit, peach as sweet nose, alcohol is faintly present.
M: nice carbonation and matching my taste forma DIPA. Somewhat a bit thin. No domination of the hops. Malt is well present and certaintly tampering down the hops caracter of this brew. Not too malty though witch I like and give this DIPA a look of an IPA. Pleasant!

07-17-2011 02:02:29 | More by blaje
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,054 ratings.