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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

4,221 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,221
Reviews: 1,398
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 85
Gots: 406 | FT: 0
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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hefehead12, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa recently as a break from all of the Autumn seasonals that I've had lately. I tend to get the impression that a lot of their offerings are similar and as hoppy as their beers are, that this would stand out a bit from the others. Sure enough, that was the case, as this had a West Coast feel to it without being too sharp or metallic. There's just enough of a British feel to it to make this stand out, without being too dull or warming; and this combines the best characteristics of each style.

This had a nice carrot hue to it and one of the best heads I've seen on a beer in a long time. Not only did it last for a while, but the rings after each sip remained on the edge of my glass throughout the duration of my drinking session. The consistency of this beer was quite oily and the taste was that of an earthy pine. Because the carbonation was so strong, the aftertaste had the strength and crispness of mint but the warming hop bitterness was quite persistent after I finished what was in my glass.

This is a bit strong but I never felt that the alcohol was excessive. No "hop bomb" here but instead, this was well-balanced and quite enjoyable. People new to this style won't be disappointed here as this beer is a great example of this style.

JerzDevl2000, Nov 14, 2011
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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.

BarryMFBurton, Nov 10, 2011
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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.

OtherShoe2, Nov 06, 2011
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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.

minterro, Nov 05, 2011
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.

Brent, Nov 01, 2011
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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.

busterwhite, Oct 31, 2011
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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.

cjacobsen, Oct 21, 2011
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,221 ratings.