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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

4,165 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,165
Reviews: 1,394
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 83
Gots: 390 | 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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Photo of tripelhops
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

puored into a tulip glass. The color is beautiful, a copper orage with a small off-white head and lacing that sticks to the sides. Aroma is very sweet, just a touch of piney-ness to it (not sure how old this bottle is). I've had aquite a few of these but this one I'm reviewing seems to have lost some of it's zine. It's really sweet, not much bitterness to it.

tripelhops, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of jizfiasco
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have had this beer many times but finally have some time to review it. To get a decent head you have to get aggressive with the pour but when done right the look of the beer is excellent. Smell is soapy then sweet and finally piney, smells like it is gonna be spectacular. The taste is exactly like the nose with a hint of citrus that is not noticeable in the scent only not as forward as you would expect. It's a bit less powerful than the smell suggests but I really like this beer as I have returned to it many times. I would rate the beer higher if it was classified as a a regular IPA but it need a bit more to be concidered a DIPA. Regardleas most of lagunitas stuff is A or higher IMO.

jizfiasco, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of jrenihan
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange-tinted amber colour, with two finger widths of white head which starts to dissipate at a moderate pace.

Lots of pine in the nose, along with grapefruity citrus. The malt is present as well, giving a biscuity scent to the beer.

Taste is a bit of a let-down compared to the nose, which I quite liked. The pine is pretty strongly present, but overall the taste is fairly muted. The malt accompanies the hops throughout, lending a touch of caramel to the flavour. Finish is quite dry.

Moderate to high carbonation, medium bodied. Nice feel, but not remarkable.

Overall, enjoyable but not notable. I expected more from the taste after the scent, but it is a good beer regardless.

jrenihan, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce glass into a chilled pint glass (it was that or styrofoam, apparently). From notes. Reviewed 14 June 2011.

A: Light, pitted head atop an orangey-clear beer. Some bubbles. Scattered lacing.

S: Huge hops. Grapefruit. Pine.

T: Great! Big, alcoholic, piney-bitter with a strong malty-sweet maintaste. The aftertaste is brief. Honestly, the maintaste is great, but far too brief.

M: Malty-bready, big and strong.

O: I really like double IPAs and this is no exception. Not the best of them though. Still, would like to have again.

AgentMunky, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of chodinheaven
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent clarity from the amber colored beer with a modest off-white cap on top. seems moderately carbonated as a few streams of bubbles make their way from the bottom to the top. The aroma is fantastic: a nice blend of citrus and pine hops come together into a wonderfully smelling west coast IPA. Light notes of orange juice in there as well. A small and easy-going malt character rounds out the nose nicely.

Bitter and malty, certainly more aggressive with the hops and more easy-going with the malts, but the point is that the two balance out nicely. Citrus hops take the main stage for this one, backed by a mild orange taste too. The bitterness from the hops seems to build upon itself until it rescinds into nothing more than a reminder of the pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. At 8.2% ABV, there is virtually no alcohol taste, making this a dangerous beer to drink a lot of since it would be easy. It finishes easily, not too dry or crisp or creamy, but balanced between the three, creating a nice tie-in of all the flavors.

Overall, this isn't the most exciting DIPA I've ever had, but it is smooth and well-balanced and very good all around. This, plus its availability, make it a good go-to beer when you really just want a nice and easy DIPA.

chodinheaven, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of IrishEyes32250
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To begin I have to say I love this brewery. A lot. I'm rarely disappointed with their beers and this one is no exception. And if you look closely they always have some cool story (Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale) or in some cases (Maximus) non sensible stuff they put on the label. It's entertainment in a bottle. Even the ingredients list is interesting: Hops, Malt, Hops, Hops, Yeast, Hops, Water, and Hops. You can tell they love brewing because they have fun with it. They aren't all serious and stuff. So, let's get to it.

Appearance: This beer poured into my tulip a gorgeous copper color with less than half a finger of head and some decent lacing. At 8.2% ABV, and it being a DIPA, that's not surprising. And you can always tell when your glass is cleaned properly by the lacing. Mine is definitely clean. Overall, a very attractive beer.

Smell: Right off the bat you get grapefruit and citrus peel. Two things I love. Swirl your glass a bit and it punches you right in the face. Its a citrus fruit street fight and you just got dragged into it by the nostrils. You do get floral and piny hops in the nose pretty good, too. But, as with most WC DIPA's you get the citrus. I also detect a teeny bit of pineapple in there. It's got a super sweet smell to it.

Taste: This is a damn good DIPA. To me this is like an alcoholic ruby red grapefruit juice. SUPER juicy, bitter, and sweet all at the same time. It's got a sweet caramel maltiness right in the middle of the taste profile that helps to balance the hops. It's sweet, juicy and bitter. Alcoholic ruby red grapefruit juice with some pine cone garnish. And a weee bit of pineapple. So we have citrus punching you in the face, whilst caramel malts are working your torso area and pine stomps you in the crotch. You will get a beat down from this beer.

Mouthfeel: (In a Russian accent) Slick like oil or snake with medium bodies. The carbonation is also mediums. It work like Russian housewife to refreshings your palates. Strong like bull.

Overall: This is a regular in my fridge and it will probably always be. I'm a huge fan of ruby red grapefruit juice and if I ever want to get drunk off of it, I'll just reach for this. Again, Lagunitas doesn't disappoint.

IrishEyes32250, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of robbrandes
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

pours crystal-clear copper; minimal head that barely covers the surface within seconds, a bit underwhelming, but nice lacing.

smell is not bad, but nothing i'll remember in a day or two. a bit of spicy/peppery hops, but quite undersold for an IIPA.

taste - big pepper and spicy hops up front, middling malt profile, pretty dry finish. in spite of the less-than-optimal head, this beer has great mouthfeel.

very similar to lagunitas' regular IPA, but i do enjoy this one quite a bit more. this is a crazy-drinkable IIPA, and great taste-for-the-buck as usual with lagunitas.

robbrandes, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of mentaltraveller
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer struck me as kind of sweet. It is very drinkable; the hops did not overpower me. It does not have too much carbonation.It has a good clean finish. The alcohol is masked by the sweetness and hops. It is less intense than one might anticipate a double ipa to be. One gripe I have with Lagunitas is that all of their beers taste the same; this is like a slightly less intense Brown Shugga. I probably wouldn't buy this again; however, I wouldn't avoid it either

mentaltraveller, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of mooselvlt
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Pours very clear, gold, with a fingers worth of off white foam that has decent retention that produces some good lacing.

S - A good mix of pine and citrus in there with a good malt backbone. Subtle nose, not overpowering but its there

T - Wow. I must say I'm surprised! First off, its balanced. The malts are much stronger than I would have guessed from the nose. Hops towards the back but never really take over. Really was guessing it'd be more hoppy than it is.

M - It put it in the thin to medium bodied range. Moderately carbonated. Has a smooth finish, just a hint of lingering bitterness. Very drinkable.

O - This one confounds me a bit. Looks lighter than my idea of a DIPA, nose is fainter, taste really surprised me too. I'm all over the place with this but all in all, solid. Not great, solid.

mooselvlt, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

- 12 ounce bottle had yesterday (with notes)
A - Decent head that hung around for a bit. Fairly clear light copper ale.
S - hops hit right away but not like some of the hop bombs out there.
T - clean hops with more malt then I expected.
M - The ABV is not too prevalent but therre is some stickiness.
D - quite drinkable for IPA fans.
A straightforward clean/filtered IPA with a nice balance.

Beer4Baltimore, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of Rutager
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a clear, deep amber with lots of floaties, even after a careful pour. One finger of frothy white head.

Smell. Pine and citrus fruits, mostly grapefruit. Some nice toasty malt.

Taste. Roasty caramel malt to start things off. Hops come through in the end with nice citrus bitterness and a little pine. Where's the alcohol? 8.2%???

Mouthfeel. Medium body with smooth, medium-low carbonation. No booze warmth? Nope, not here.

Overall. Great dipa. Easy drinker. Maybe too easy for the abv.

Rutager, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled date of 4/4/11. Was orange amber in color with tons of floaters. It had a good sized head that settled into a good collar and thin film covering most of the surface. Good, quick sliding lace with none sticking.

The aroma was heavy on grapefruit and other citrus with pine and caramel malt filling it out. Good aroma but have had better. The taste had a solid low level bitter that was partially offset by the caramel malt. Was just something about the hop mix that kept me from really loving it though. Medium to full mouthfeel with good carbonation and mild bitter aftertaste.

Overall, a good but not great ADIPA for me. Do recommend though as it's a worthy player in the field and I really like Lagunitas. Avail here in TX. Rotation - bought a 6 pack this time but probably wouldn't do that again. However, I would put in the ADIPA mix 6 rotation. [O;O]

TexIndy, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap @ Lagunitas
A: Copper color with amber hints. Clear.
S: Standard citrusy cascade hops, but restrained and balanced.
T: Same cites taste.
M: Syrupy texture from hops which detracts from drinkability.
O: Balanced IPA that is pleasant on tap, though might seem a tad too syrupy.

jibbyvonjibb, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lagunitas : Maximus

Pours a copperish amber. Aroma strong of malt sweetness and citrus hops. In the flavor, barleywine style malt body with alot of syrupy sweetness. Grapefruity hops with a hint of pine, solidly bitter but finishes alittle sweet. Syrupy feel with alittle booze in the finish. Overall, a solid double IPA good go to beer in a pinch.

Stinkypuss, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of zbuc919
2.85/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a different one...

Poured out and it looked like an IPA, smelled it, didn't smell like an IPA. It kinda smells like raisins or some weird grape-y type smell. The taste is not an IPA taste, it's got some bitter sting to it and an interesting malt backbone. To me it doesn't taste like an IPA, and it's not that tasty of a beer. I appreciate a brewer trying to push the style in a direction different from the norm, but for me this one doesn't get it done.

If you are into more malty less hoppy IPA styles, you might enjoy giving it a whirl.

zbuc919, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Russian River snifter. No bottle date present.

A: Clear, deep copper color. Lots of floaters in there. One finger, off white, fluffy white head. Good carbonation. Sticky lacing and nice alcohol legs with this 8+% beer.

S: Some over ripe peach and other fruity notes in there. Maltiness as well.

T: Strong pine hops on the front of the tongue. Again, the carbonation is good to clear the palate. This one has a nice balance! Not a hop bomb DIPA by any means.

M: Medium bodied beer. Coats the mouth, but not over bearing by any means.

O: This is another solid brew from Lagunitas. Seems like almost everything I try from them is delicious. Good work boys!

inlimbo77, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of kjyost
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341 mL bottle received from BBrianBoogie, thanks! Served at ~7C in a sleeve. Undated bottle, marked 7.5% and 72.41 IBUs.

A: Rich amber with a light white head.
S: Very interesting nose, with alcoholic heat, dried fruit, and a good deal of sweet malt. Not nearly as much hop aroma as I expected from an IPA or DIPA.
T: Sweet malt couples well with bitterness. The only real hop flavours are earthy. Enjoyable, though once again a little lighter in all respects for a high ABV IPA.
M: Good carbonation pops well, finishes with light lingering bitterness.
O: Yeah, for a high ABV IPA / DIPA? Not so much. Enjoyable for what I had, though I was expecting much, much more.

kjyost, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of Arbitrator
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. About two weeks old according to the bottling date. From notes.

A: Pours a clear, orange-amber body with a finger of well-retaining off-white head. It doesn't leave tons of sticky lace, but there are nice register marks when I let it sit for a while between sips.

S: Grapefruit zest, orange peel, even a touch of tangerine. Wow, citrus in a California DIPA? Who would have guessed? ;) A smattering of pine is detected amidst the citrus notes. It's a good, solid nose, though it lacks the pungency of Elder or other greats of the style.

T: Oddly, this reminds me of the straight IPA from Lagunitas. Great flavors of citrus and pine, but it has more malt presence (lending a fuller body with some slight sweetness) relative to the hop bill. I find it tasty, especially since it's fresh, but it's nothing remarkable against what Lagunitas CAN do.

M: Medium-plus bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Low-to-medium perceived bitterness, offset by some sweetness.

O: I enjoy it, and I'll pick it up again as a fairly priced DIPA sixer. But I won't rank it as a great of the style.

Arbitrator, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of colt45n
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark hazy orange/amber with a slight white head, nothing to sticky here.

S: getting some sweet pine smells upfront, maybe a little grapefruit in there as well.

T: Slightly carbonated mouthful, getting some sweat pine hops upfront, bitter grapefruit on the backend.

Overall I do enjoy this beer, its nothing over the top but def something that can be a regular go to in the fridge.

colt45n, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of LtCracker20
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an orange/amber body with a good 2-finger off white head that shows some staying power before falling to a thick cap with some serious lacing.

S- Actually, not too much going on here. Some slight hints of citrus and piney aroma, but very weak.

T- This is much better than the smell. The hops stand out very well with a nice bitter kick to it. Much of the normal piney and grapefruit hop flavors here. The malt sweetness plays a backing role here. There's almost a lemony-sour flavor on your lips after the sip...

MF- Nice medium bodied beer that has a slightly slick feel to. Good carbonation level and has flavors that stay for a little while on the palate.

O- Once again, a very nice beer from Lagunitas. Solid flavors, but the aroma was a big miss for them (even though better than some beers I've had). The flavors, although good, were a little meek, and not as bold as I would've expected. Not sure if this really is a DIPA though.

LtCracker20, May 26, 2011
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice copper pour with a half-finger head that leaves an ok lace throughout. The hop aroma is apparent as well as well as some candyish sweetness. The taste is a pretty nice citrus hoppiness with a sticky malt sweetness. The hop flavor is pretty basic not a whole lot of depth and/or variation. The mouthfeel is sticky and a little slick. I really can't stand a slick on my pallet. The slickness detracts from any potential for crispness and "refreshing or quenching" attributes. Overall this is a good flavored and bodied brew with a slick mouthfeel.

ArrogantDeadGuy, May 25, 2011
Photo of danmcg62
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep golden color with minimal head that sticks to the glass.

S-Mild hop aroma, would expect a bit more from a DIPA. Citrusy smell with mild floral notes as well.

T-Spicy hops at the forefront with pine and grapefruit flavors.

M-Nice feel in the mouth. Not too overpowering, bitter taste at the back of the mouth, very drinkable.

O-Overall a decent DIPA. Not great, but very good. Would definitely reach for this again.

danmcg62, May 24, 2011
Photo of crewfan16
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a- nice dark golden color. poured into a pint glass, makes a good 1/2 inch frothy white head that fades in a minute or so with some nice lacing

s-typical wet hoppy smell of a DIPA with quite a bit of malt. Smells a little off balance already. A little caramel or dark sugar smell as well.

t-starts a bit malty and sweet, then the hops come out and give the palate some bitter tingle. Seems a bit over-powered by the malt though. the hops that does show through is nice, with some grapefruit and pine.

m-nice mouthfeel as it slides down quite well. Not a real boozy taste, give then 8.2 abv. There is a nice linger of piny hops at the end.

overall, not a bad brew. I have had so many DIPAs that you really have to stand out for me to rate you high and this one doesnt really jump out at me. Good price for a sixer (about $9-10) so its not bad. Some of Lagunitas specialty DIPAs have seemed better than this one, but its a very drinkable malty DIPA

crewfan16, May 22, 2011
Photo of aval89
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep golden amber color.. carbonation clinging to the glasss after initial pour.. 2 finger head..

S: citrus hops with some floral tones.. overall fruitiness, almost phenolic.. good dose of sweet caramel malt..

T: hop bitterness upfront.. mild citrus flavors.. floral hops & fruity hops come through more.. the caramel malt plays a big role in balancing out.. there is some pine on the aftertaste along with some booze detection & a lingering toasty malt..

Mf: prickly carbonation with a medium body.. a little too carbonated..

O: I expected a bit more from Lagunitas.. maybe a bit too balanced for an DIPA.

aval89, May 20, 2011
Photo of DannyDan
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark orange with a thin white head that does not have much retention or lacing. Has moderate carbonation. The smell consists of floral hops, some pungent earthy hops, and a hint of citrus. The taste starts out with a grassy pine taste that follows with a grapefruit taste and finishes off with floral hops. This beer has a nice smooth creamy mouth feel that makes it easy to drink. Overall, a decent DIPA that is worth a try since it is a nice flavorful well balanced brew.

DannyDan, May 15, 2011
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,165 ratings.