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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,030 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,030
Reviews: 1,381
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 74
Gots: 333 | 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 IrieJackalope


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet, interrupted by the amazing aroma of citrus and floral notes billowing from the glass. The color is a light tan, almost copper, beautiful to be honest. There's a small layer of foam, but it fades quickly, the lacing however is heavy, almost artful. There's not denying that the aroma on this brew is wonderful. Citrus, berry and floral notes are dominant througout. Taste is wonderful as well. A slight bitter bite surrounded by an otherwise smooth and elegant hop profile. Love this one, another winner from Petaluma's finest.

03-29-2010 02:04:20 | More by IrieJackalope
Photo of femALEist


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

Had this on cask at Toronado at Lagunitas Night during SF Beer week.
It poured a orange copper with no head. It smelled of grapefruit, grass and sweet juicy hops. It tasted like bitter grapefruit peel, hint of sweet malt, hops and very wet. It was not too bitter at all.

03-25-2010 19:27:54 | More by femALEist
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.71/5  rDev -6.5%

Big dark orange auburn amber pour. Big head. Great hop aroma.

Taste, kind of a let down. Where'd da hops go? Just for aroma? This is bitter, but from a flavor perspective, Lagunitas offers much better alternatives. Good malt bill. Ample roasting.

Mouthfeel, loses any bitter hop edge and morphs slowly into a lack of balance with the malt dominating and a grassy earth feel. Drinkable, relatively cheap, but I'd recommend spending a dollar more and getting a bomber of hop stoopid. For whatever reason, some of these sit out in the room temps, get old etc. . .

Lots of variation in these, but probably not because of anything Lagunitas did wrong.

03-24-2010 23:02:02 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of teovaldi


3.45/5  rDev -13.1%

Pours a dark golden/amber with a small head, but left quite a bit of lacing.

Smells of citrusy hops and a hint of some sweetness.

Taste starts out caramel sweet with a huge citrus bitterness blast that finishes smooth and bitter. The alcohol isn't noticeable at all. Kind of expected a bit more hops since this is a DIPA.

Medium-bodied, with a sticky lingering bitterness and nice carbonation.

Drinkablility is good but if your looking for a hop-bomb DIPA look elsewhere. Price point is also nice as with all Lagunitas products.

03-24-2010 22:18:02 | More by teovaldi
Photo of chicagoish


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

A: Nice Copper color with a thin lacy head sticking to the side of the glasss.

S: Fruity, citrus aromas.

T: Nice Hoppy taste, what you would expect from a good IPA.

M: Smooth and creamy with a nice Hop bite.

D: You could have a few of these and not regret anything. With a hefty 7.2ABV you don't want to be driving.

Overall, a Hophead delight.

03-20-2010 20:46:05 | More by chicagoish
Photo of albertjr21

New York

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

A: Into a pint glass this settled a golden yellow color with a somewhat cloudy haze. A light head of medium density quickly diminished but left enough for a good lacing.

S: Light citrus aromas led the charge with a slightly upfront note of blueberry.

T: Hops liberally delivered a clear overload of sensation with every sip and I even licked away a surprising sweetness under my gums with every after taste.

M: Citrusy light lemon and orange hints. A robust blend of sweetness and bitterness form an extreme yet bearably delicious hoppy mouthfeel.

D: Drinkability was surprisingly smooth for such a full flavored bite.

03-20-2010 00:42:48 | More by albertjr21
Photo of climax


3.58/5  rDev -9.8%

Maximus (I quite enjoy the name) poured a bubbly amber with a fair head. Retention was modest, and left a permanent film atop.

The nose wasn't an absolute bombardment off hoppy goodness, but it was good. Orange pith, some cidery apple, soap and toasty sweet malt made up most of it. It didn't strike me as a hard hitting double IPA.

There was more soapiness and aggressive floral flavor in the taste. I'm not sure it tasted quite right for me. The hop bill was good, but there was a sour astringency that was a bit off-putting. Sweet peaches meet the hop assault and work in a strange harmony.

The body was good and full. The feel was good thick and chewy and had a nice crisp dryness to it. It isn't the greatest out there, but it's worth a try for a hophead.

03-19-2010 00:33:21 | More by climax
Photo of Parrotbeak


3.08/5  rDev -22.4%

Slightly hazy light copper with a faint, yellowish hue. Eighth inch white head that quickly dissolves, becoming patchy.
Smell is heavy on the malts, with a some hops underneath. Faint pineapple and grapefruit. Little bit of sugar.
As with the smell, the malts (which are heavy and sweey) dominate the taste, with the hops being quite subdued. Some brown sugar and mushy, overripe pineapple. Slight citrus touch on the finish.
Mouthfeel is fairly flat & sticky. Medium body, with a little bit of crispness on the finish.
Average drinkability. Too sweet to want more than the one bomber.
Interesting film noir-esque anecdote on the bottle. I hope the narrator wasn't expecting a particularly hoppy beer.

03-13-2010 00:15:47 | More by Parrotbeak
Photo of Bfarr


4.18/5  rDev +5.3%

Maximus pours a surprisingly translucent brown tinged orange, making it look a lot like a light brown ale. Atop the nectar is a thick golden foam that retreats fairly slowly. Nectar is an accurate description since the aroma is a robust sweet hop aroma. This translates quickly into a very smooth orange and honey flavor. Hop bitterness is almost an afterthought. A syrupy mouthfeel completes this sugary theme.

As I am a bit of a sugar junkie, I'm a sucker for a sweet beer. However, I do miss that quintessential hop bitterness that should come with a DIPA.

03-12-2010 02:15:40 | More by Bfarr
Photo of OttoBomb


3.6/5  rDev -9.3%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (March 5, 2010). No freshness/bottling dates that I can find.

Being a hophead and having already tried and enjoyed the Lagunitas Hop Stoopid and Lagunitas IPA, I'm looking forward to this mid-range take on the same style.

Eyes: Pours a crystal clear golden/orangey color. A solid finger head forms. Lacing is moderate to light.

Nose: A bid dose of piney hops, some citrus too but pine dominates. A hint sweet malt and a hint of booze evident also. Decent, but kind of one dimensional, probably the weakest facet of this beer.

Tongue: As a general overview this is very sweet up front and very sharp & bitter in the aftertaste. It's very hoppy, dominated by pine and sweet, sugary fruits, but I'm not sure it is meshed all that well.

Mouth: Medium body and very good carbonation.

Libation: Drinkable? Yes. Overall, Maximus satisfies my hop tooth, but I'm not sure if this is a full bore DIPA. I've had IPAs that compare to the hoppiness here (Great Lakes' Commodore Perry comes to mind), but that's not what my main concern is. I must admit I'm not all that concerned about a "weaker" DIPA as long as the flavor delivers, and unfortunately, the flavor is a bit too one dimensional to be truly great. This is a decent DIPA, but if you are looking for an IPA/DIPA from Lagunitas, go for their Hop Stoopid or the IPA. I guess 2 out of three ain't bad.

03-08-2010 07:05:20 | More by OttoBomb
Photo of Bajasith


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

I am not much into DIPA brews but was convinced by a liquor store owner... Bought a sixer.
A: Poured into a pilsner glass and right of the bat a huge three finger head began to form. Very beautiful clear amber color filled the glass.
S: You can definitely smell the hops in this one. Remanicent of red ruby grapefruit.
T: Wow the bitternes at first but almost sweet at the end with a lingering tangy aftertaste. M: Like bitting into a slice of grapefruit, bitter then sweet. Very nice.
D: Living in the desert southwest, temps hover around 114* in the summer, this brew will quench your thirst. But the bitterness will catch-up in the end.

03-05-2010 06:00:38 | More by Bajasith
Photo of jbone78


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

Buddy brought this over while we were brewing. Poured a Golden color. Slightly dark for a traditional IPA, but not terrible. Smells malty for an IPA. Well balanced. Hop character wasn't overpowering, but a great malt back ground. I could drink more of these.


03-01-2010 21:45:27 | More by jbone78
Photo of flagmantho


3.85/5  rDev -3%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy golden orange color with half a finger of fizzy ivory foam. Not bad.

Smell: big sweet malt aroma with a healthy dose of floral hops. It smells good; I'm betting it's deceptively subtle, though.

Taste: actually, the flavor tracks well with the aroma. Malt is big and sweet; hops are floral and ever so slightly citrusy. There is a little grapefruitiness, but it's of the gentler "ruby red" variety. This is actually quite light and refreshing, as DIPAs go. Lagunitas rarely lets me down, and this is no exception.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a relatively low level of carbonation. It still feels pretty good going down, though.

Drinkability: quite drinkable. The flavor and bitterness are not in-your-face, though it's clear you're drinking a DIPA. I find it quite refreshing.

02-26-2010 05:00:58 | More by flagmantho
Photo of ktrillionaire


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

A – Big reddish-amber beer, with a giant tower of foam that recedes into patches of lace.

S – This beer is quite hoppy; and quite diversely hoppy, showcasing pine, cedar, citrus, dank and floral. Not so much malt.

T – Very floral hop taste, the malt is pale and pristine in flavor (for Lagunitas), and the floral hop is coupled with piney, dank, resiny impressions; this is a well-rounded hop bomb.

M – Big, rich and full-bodied IPA, well-carbonated.

D – I prefer this to Lagunitas' Hop Stoopid. Pretty nice DIPA

02-25-2010 02:56:05 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

Pours a clear reddish amber topped by a bright, white foamy head. A thin film retains throughout and leaves spots of lacing.

The aroma is killer--mangoes, pineapple, grapefruit with some floral notes as well and a surprisingly strong caramel pulling its own weight here. Very nice.

This beer is a full bodied kick of malt and hops in perfect balance. Caramel and grapefruit flesh working together like liquid candy, so full and slick and oily, with the same tropical fruit tastes found in the aroma totally rocking things here, with a grapefruit and pine bitterness, all with a little kick of spice in the finish and some children's aspirin (or whatever those little pink pills my mom gave me when I was a kid were) along for the ride that, while not terrible, I could do without. Still, despite that odd aspirin like chalkiness it's not overly bitter and has a strong caramel backbone which really works for me.

02-24-2010 03:36:53 | More by MeisterBurger
Photo of hophead247


4/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a clear golden-amber color with a slight white head. Aroma is very present, grapefruit/citrus and hops. Flavor is a very fruity, with tart hops and some grapefruit notes. Maximus finishes with a fruity flavor and a hoppy aftertaste. One of the fruitiest IPA's I've had, and I mean that in a good way. This is a very complex brew, something I'd recommend without hesitation.

02-15-2010 01:02:20 | More by hophead247
Photo of logan0203


4.83/5  rDev +21.7%

Very good! I have a son named Maximus, so I had to try this. It was my first purchase from Lagunitas and I'm impressed! Very hoppy, but still a bit sweet. Not overpowering, but just strong enough. Not too expensive either. Gotta love the creative label as well. I highly recommend this.

02-14-2010 12:46:07 | More by logan0203
Photo of seanbhudson


4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

12 oz bottle with unrecognizable date. Pours a clear orange-amber color with a medium white head. Lots of sticky lacing.
Light sweet malt and pine. More comes out as the beer warms. In particular I pick up the fake lemon flavor of a Arizona Ice Tea.
Pine and citrus. With sweet sugar malt for balance.
Medium body with creamy/syrupy texture. Medium carbonation.
I would consider this mild for a double IPA but still very enjoyable.

02-12-2010 02:48:52 | More by seanbhudson
Photo of chickenflea


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

12-0z bottle.

Poured a beautiful golden amber with a touch of cloudiness. Thick off-white head. Not billowing but persistent. Left plenty of lacing on the glass.

Bold aroma carried pine and citrus. Rich malty flavor with notes of honey. Hops came on strong but the lingering maltiness balanced it well. LONG finish. The flavor lasted and lasted.

Rich and sticky on the palate, too.

This is an excellent and substantial brew that satisfies those that crave hoppy goodness yet want something creamy and substantial.

Drinkable as far as a double goes! An excellent brew.

02-06-2010 21:20:27 | More by chickenflea
Photo of CampusCrew


4/5  rDev +0.8%

appearance: golden

smell: sublte hop aroma, citrus

taste: light hops flavor for ipa, but goos citurs flavor, balanced ipa

mouthfeel: medium bodied, very carbonated

drinkability: it was an alright beer. solid ipa. the pale ale was actually stonger on the hips flaavor, maybe they'll do this one too

02-02-2010 06:23:16 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of unclejimbay


2.53/5  rDev -36.3%

Lagunitas Brewing Company
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 7.50 %

This brew has a nice appearance with a light amber/copper color and textbook head/cap/retention. Smell is grapefruit hoppy goodness with a dash of pine to follow along with some sweet caramel malt notes.
Taste is hoppy with very strange but bitter foundation. The bitterness is quickly dominated by cloying caramel and malt sweetness. The sweet element is too much for me in this brew, I dont enjoy this part in the taste. The assertive sweet element and strange bitterness really was turn off for me. I enoy most IIPAs, but do not dig this one.

This element I dislike seems to remind me of Lagunitas "We Are Only In It For The Money" offering. Same strange turn off that I can not put my finger on.

I will not pursue Maximus again. I prefer a Hop Stoopid or Hairy Eyeball from Lagunitas any day!

02-01-2010 22:08:31 | More by unclejimbay
Photo of glid02


4/5  rDev +0.8%

Cask at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a clear copper color with a half-finger off-white head. The large bubbles dissipate into a wispy layer on top leaving surprisingly decent lacing.

Smells of bright grapefruit hop aromas with equal parts pale/caramel malts and pine sap.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth malt flavors - part pale and part caramel - kick things off and are joined very quickly by good amounts of citrus flavors. Midway through the sip the hop influence turns toward pine and carries through to a solidly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a slick thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall this came off as one of the more balanced IPA/DIPA/Imperial Reds from Lagunitas. I have to say I like the unbalanced ones a bit more but this is still worth a shot.

01-26-2010 23:45:59 | More by glid02
Photo of Coutastic


4/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured a golden orange from a 22oz bottle. Had a one finger head with good retention and great lacing. A nice smell of hops and a peach/orange aroma - also some bready malt there too. Tasted nectarine or peach (sweet fruit) some nice hoppy tones and a little bready in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a little dry at first with a sweet, wet finish. Great carbination, just couldn't wait for the next sip.

This beer got better with every sip until the when it got a little too sweet. Overall, this was a nice change in IPA's I've had. I would glasy have it again!

01-25-2010 05:06:31 | More by Coutastic
Photo of DoesntMatter46


3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle, is a hazy, light orange color with a one finger high cream colored head that quickly dissipated.

Smells like caramel and roasted oranges, not a huge hop aroma, slightly maltier.

Does not taste like the freshest IPA I've ever had, there is no bottled on or best by date, but it would have been nice to know. Like the aroma, it seems like this beer had lost some of its hop profile. But there is a very strong, caramely malt backbone balanced by a still present piney bitterness. Fairly well balanced for a West Coast IPA, not quite what I expected.

Well carbonated and slightly syrupy.

Very easy to drink for 7.5% And as the label reads "Life is uncertain. Don't Sip" This is a beer that you can easily take a big swig of it with out regretting the decision to do so.

Overall it seems more like an East Coast IPA, slightly maltier, and in turn, slightly better balanced. Good not great.

01-23-2010 05:34:49 | More by DoesntMatter46
Photo of BB1313


4/5  rDev +0.8%

I'm a big fan of this one. Very hoppy, balanced IPA. This is more an IPA rather than a DIPA to me. Nice head and lace! Citrus notes and very hoppy. Grapefruit, orange, pine, resin. Caramel is noticeable; slight amount of malt. Goes down smooth w/ nice drinkability. Lagunitas really comes through w/ this one. Recommended to anyone who likes a nice IPA.

01-22-2010 06:53:00 | More by BB1313
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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