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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,063 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,063
Reviews: 1,384
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 76
Gots: 352 | 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 jmerloni


3.45/5  rDev -13.1%

A -translucent orange appearance. Pretty big off white and sticky head.

S - Fresh west coast hops, citrus, grapefruit, malt.

T- Nice tasting West Coast IPA. Fresh, floral, citrus, IPA malt.

M - Medium bodied. Over carbonated perhaps. Not quite a dry finish.

D - A decent west coast IPA. Does not quite pass as an imperial west coast in my opinion. Probably wouldn't get it again.

07-18-2010 05:29:30 | More by jmerloni
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a thick, fine-bubbled, pale orange-tan head. Aroma is strongly hoppy and somewhat fruity. Strongly hoppy flavor is a little bitter and has tones of banana and apple as well as a whisper of sweetness that complements the bitterness rather than fighting it. Texture is smooth, edgy and tingly.

07-18-2010 00:34:56 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic


3.93/5  rDev -1%

A - Pours golden amber in glass with one finger of head that doesn't stay for long.

S - The aroma of this one is very enticing. Smells of hops, pine, and hints of grapefruit.

T - Taste is of hops, caramel malts, grapefruit, and then finish is a little more bitter than one might expect.

M - Creamy and a little sticky. Would like a little more pop that lingered a little longer.

D - I would drink this beer again, if I can find it that is, got the last 6 pack at my local central market.

07-17-2010 15:13:07 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%

At The Blind Tiger in NYC. Poured copper-amber with expectedly no carbonation, but no head. Smelled very piney with grapefruit and some menthol. The taste revealed a big macintosh apple flavor, with menthol, grapefruit, biscuit, and a dry finish mixed with alcohol burn. The aftertaste was abundant in alcohol burn and dry bitter orange peel. Medium and smooth (no carbonation due to the cask). Nice-tasting ipa, but a little too much alcohol burn for my taste.

07-16-2010 19:08:59 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of TCgoalie


3.55/5  rDev -10.6%

Notes from 6/12/10

Pours a caramel orange with a tint of red. There is no lacing, no head but the thinnest rim of bubbles.

Bready malt funk smell is large in the scent which reminds me of a barleywine. The malt seems to overshadow the pine and grapefruit hop aroma.

There is more balance to this than the smell indicates. The malt is up front and gives way to pine/grass hops with a hint of citrus.

Medium in the mouth with low carbonation, it has a crisp clean aftertaste.

This is drinkable for its ABV but a touch malt heavy. Perhaps this was an old bottle.

07-10-2010 03:10:52 | More by TCgoalie
Photo of jwhancher


3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours a clear light amber with good off white head retention. Smells of strong spicy & pineapple like hops. Malt aroma only slightly present in a caramel like sweetness. This one is dry hopped quite nicely, but I feel like the hop to malt balance is off. Wish there was a better malt profile. For a DIPA, I thought this one would be bigger & bolder; actually I'm surprised this isn't just a regular IPA. Good nonetheless. I'll come back to this one some more.

07-09-2010 22:37:38 | More by jwhancher
Photo of Phocion


3.73/5  rDev -6%

Served in a pint glass. About one finger of foamy, bubbly, and very resilient off-white head topping off a nice golden beer with a hint of red.

Nose is mostly citrus. Grapefruit and a bit of pine aromas mixed with caramel and brown sugar malts.

Taste is a bit sweeter than I expected. Biscuit and caramel malts are, surprisingly, the first tastes encountered. Nice, varied hop bouquet following up; decent choice of floral, herbal, and citrus flavors.

Somewhat syrupy medium-bodied mouthfeel. Overall this could be a great beer, but as is it is surprisingly unremarkable. Maybe my San Diego upbringing has spoiled me when it comes to DIPAs, but this one could definitely use more hops.

07-04-2010 18:33:42 | More by Phocion
Photo of Long813

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Dated: NA
From: Premier Wine & Spirits, 341 ml

A: Dark copper body sporting two fingers of white fully head. Decent retention and leaves good lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malts, some citrus notes and pine notes. Quite pleasant.

T: Follows the aroma's, sweet malts up front with a good amount of piney hops and some citrus.

M: Medium-light bodied and medium carbonation. Frothy texure and leaves a malty bitter finish. No alcohol notes here.

D: Not bad, not bad. I was somewhat disappointed on the last few beers I've had, but this one is quite good. A nice balance between malts and hops. One of the more pleasant IPA's, wouldn't quite match up with other big DIPA's though.

06-23-2010 02:20:45 | More by Long813
Photo of tapman


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

Served from a 12oz. bottle

The appearance to me gives insight to the ingredients in the brew. For example, it is not quite as transparent as other IPAs, but only sightly. A little darker on the orange would mean to me more of the 10-30 Lovibond malts to balance the higher gravity and aggressive hopping. Other than that very small head with a decent lacing. Also some minor opaquness could be due to more hop resins. It makes you think, this brew.

Not as good as green flash, but pretty good. Typical bubblegum-pineapple smell that is popular these days. Also sweetness in the malt aroma smells similar to Oktoberfest beer malt profiles so I would hazard some Munich and maybe Vienna malts in high concentrations in this beer.

Very sweet with a subdued bitterness compared to others of the style. I feel like I definitely taste both munich and vienna malts, but who knows? Yeast is pretty clean, perhaps a little bit of mineral taste. No discernible alcohol astringency at 55 degrees F.

Not as thick as it looked when being poured. Pretty standard for this type of brew; the texture is just more dextrinous than its light counterparts. Could it use a splash more effervescence?

I still prefer their regular IPA. So tasty and sessionable, while Lag. IPA is great,this Imperial IPA is nice once in a while to break up the monotony. If you have the craving for this style you are safe with this brew, though I prefer something alittle more adventurous like Green Flash or Pliny.

06-19-2010 01:50:06 | More by tapman
Photo of appenzeller


4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

Although I've been on the West Coast for a while, I'm fairly new to Lagunitas. Boy, what a surprise.

This beer pours a light amber with copperish hue. Average head that leaves excellent lacing.
Aroma is prdominantly hoppy, fresh. Taste is the same. There are slight notes of caramel, bread for malts but the hops in this beer are epic, not overpowering but dominant and, more importantly, fresh, flowery, and bitter--candidly, this is the first I've had of this and I will be having many, many more.

06-17-2010 08:47:38 | More by appenzeller
Photo of beertunes


3.15/5  rDev -20.7%

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a medium gold-copper color with less than 1/2 inch of just off-white head that had low retention and light lacing.

A nice hop aroma greets the nose, mostly pine with a touch of citrus, and a bit of malt sweetness at the back. Yup, that's the flavor profile as well. There is a bit more malt solidness than the nose suggested and the hops aren't really that distinct.

The body is a bit fuller than average and drinkability is OK, but not special. Overall, a decent but unspectacular example of the style.

06-16-2010 20:32:33 | More by beertunes
Photo of Vonerichs


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Copper color and thin white head. No lacing.

There is a strong caramel malt presence followed but citrus hops.

Hops are orange and grapefruit. It's well balanced with caramel malts. Moderately bitter finish.

Creamy and partly sticky mouthfeel. Fresh and clean.

A very enjoyable ipa with a respectable abv. This is definitely one of the top few beers in Lagunitas's lineup.

06-14-2010 02:36:43 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of caddybuyer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A-Unfiltered bright peach amber wiht a creamy white-eggshell head that laces nicely.

S-Trademark Lagunitas caramel malts play evenly with the citrus hops.

T-The nose carries over onto the palate with creamy sweet trademark malts opening for the citrus hops in a very balanced way with bittering astringent hops in the finish. DIPA, yeah, maybe...or just another cool offbeat beer from the guys who are masters at twisting style.

M-Creamy medium-full mouthfeel with a tad bit of oil in the background. Well balanced carbonation.

D-This is a good drinking beer, and I would buy it again. Lagunitas never fails to please.

06-11-2010 22:22:32 | More by caddybuyer
Photo of Rayek


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy amber with light carbonation. A foamy cream cap has OK retention before falling to a thin film. Leaves a good amount of lace.

S: Pepper, pine and anise dominate the nose. There's a little bit of citrus in the background, plus a light caramel sweetness.

T: Bitterness dominates right out of the gate. Pepper and pine do most of the work. There's a bit of black tea in the back. The malts come through late and bring a mild sweetbread quality. The bitterness lingers through the finish and well into the night.

M: The medium body belies the beer's strength and feels a bit oily. The carbonation could stand being a touch lower.

D: This is a nice IIPA that doesn't fit the grapefruit bomb that I've come to expect from this style. It was a welcome change. A nice beer I'm glad I picked up.

06-11-2010 00:50:42 | More by Rayek
Photo of Nerudamann


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

Look - Very little head, maybe just a few millimeters. Typical IPA's dark copper color.

Smell - Strong fruity/citrus (closer to grapefruit, but I thought I caught a hint of kiwi) smell.

Mouthfeel - Medium heaviness, but still a little creamy feeling.

Taste - Nice bite of an IPA, fairly strong at the entire back of the palate.

06-09-2010 06:04:45 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of BabyBastard

New York

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%

Looks like a nice shade of amber, nice white fluffy head that has good retention.

Smells of a strong maltiness, and an overabundance of hops.

Taste is strong hop bite, followed by a nice caramel like malt backbone that doesn't quit.

Feel spot on with the carbonation. Great stuff. Good drinkability despite the high alcohol content.

06-09-2010 02:48:15 | More by BabyBastard
Photo of ballz50401


4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from 12oz. bottle (no bottle date) into Sam Adams perfect pint. Golden, orange/reddish color with good carbonation and good head retention. Very nice citrus hop aroma. Very good citrusy hop flavor with a hint of carmel in the backround. Medium bodied with a little creaminess to it. Not a bad IPA w/ a high ABV.

06-07-2010 23:46:59 | More by ballz50401
Photo of Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a darker copper/orange color with a finger of head. Visible carbonation. Good lacing left on the glass.

Scent is a somewhat spicey/hoppy/citrus concoction. Some malt smell is also there.

Malt flavor up front, with some hop bitterness at the end. A great earthy character is available at the end as well. Very chewey at the end, with that and the bitter flavor lingering for a while. Minor trace of alcohol is detected. Flavors are pretty big and bold.

This is a beer that makes me take a deep breath in and out after a sip. It does a lot of really interesting things to my taste buds. It is a bit heavy, both in overall feel and alcohol content, so (for me at least) this is less of a session beer and more of something to slowly enjoy as a single glass (with or without a meal).

06-06-2010 16:47:50 | More by Seanstoppable
Photo of garymuchow


4/5  rDev +0.8%

Continuing my little diversion into Double IPA.
Great clean, citrus aroma with some grass and a mild malt backing.
About a one inch head of some density. Very clear darker amber of golds to reds and browns. Dripping lacing and good marking.
Balances for style. The hops are never in doubt but the malt is also constantly evidence. Hops reach point of "cheesiness" but it tend to be mostly in the background and doesn't overpower the most positive and pleasant flavors. The bitterness is always present but the flavor isn't overpowering or excessive. The finish is more dryness than bitterness. No upfront sweetness, which is usually the flavor I most seek out in this style. The malt is more balancing than contributing, in part due to it "blandness" (a kinda' strong word, but the best I can come up with at this moment).
Body is lighter, which absolutely increases the drinkability.
There is nothing to complain about with this beer. Nicely priced ($7.99/6-pack). And a good value.

05-29-2010 01:21:32 | More by garymuchow
Photo of PintOHops


3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

Glass - Tulip

A - Hazy orange with some visible Co2, around lite I'd say. Produced a 1-finger head that didn't stick around long at all. It left a splash of lacing on one side of the glass.

S - Fruity pineapple, kiwi & grapefruit when swirled, very tropical. As it settles I get some peppery notes and cake/biscuit malty notes, brown sugar, candied date kinda thing. Great balance of hops & malts, although pretty damn sweet aroma overall.

T - Very sugary upfront, brown sugar seems to be thrown in everywhere in the profile. Some pineapple & orange are there, but quickly interrupted by sharp alcohol, then smoothed out by soft candied & sugary notes, as well as some date & honey. Finishes with a bit of earthy hop flavors, more candied/sugary flavors, more alcohol and mild-moderate bitterness, lingering only slightly.

M - Lite crispness with a bit of an oily feel, slick, almost chewy, and around medium-full bodied.

D - As this beer warms the alcohol becomes more pronounced, making it less drinkable, which seems typical for the style. That being said I would probable only enjoy 1, maybe 2 bottles of it before I got tired of the alcoholic presence, and the sugary flavor profile. Nice flavor & smell, I would prefer less sugary/candied combo though, I'd pass for a more bitter/sappy DIPA.

05-21-2010 23:50:37 | More by PintOHops
Photo of JosiahS


4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

Served this in a tulip glass. Poured a one finger white head but dissipated to a thin ring. Body is a hazy orange.

Aroma is tremendously earthing and musky up front. Underneath: passion fruit, kiwi, papaya, pineapple are uncovered. Finishing with molasses and candied sugar.

Taste has the same components of the aroma, intense earthiness, almost like mushroom. Then brown sugar and molasses, followed by a bouquet of well blended fruit: pineapple, kiwi, mango. Bitterness is low throughout, which is pleasing. Finishes with just the faintest bit of pine as well as earthiness but clean with little lingering bitterness. There is a little ethanol that peaks through but for the most part, it blends nicely with the beer.

Mouthfeel is a few notches above medium-bodied, smooth and semi-thick with light to medium carbonation.

This is an interesting IPA to say the least. Coming in at 7.5% ABV, it's surprisingly drinkable. With all the amazing varieties of IPAs out there, i couldn't say this would be one to re-buy but definitely holds it's own against the competition.

05-21-2010 23:46:47 | More by JosiahS
Photo of jzeilinger


4/5  rDev +0.8%

A - Pours a crystal clear amber orange color with a nice foamy white head initially that subsides to a thin layer across the top of white foam with minimal carbonation.

S - Has a mild grapefruit presence with moderate acidic orange and light, caramel bready malt. The citrus portion of the nose is somewhat spicy in character and a little bit pungent.

T - More mild than I would have originally thought. Up front there's a spicey, tangy orange and caramel malt flavor that lasts throughout the entire sipe; there's nothing else going on after this. Pretty one dimensional but nicely balanced and definitely not overpowering. The hoppiness is more of a sweet, juicy hop flavor. I always like the tap version better than the bottle so I'm sure this is pretty awesome off the tap.

M - Smooth, medium heavy body, and leaves a mild citric/metallic aftertaste in the mouth.

D - Very high.

I prefer the New Dog Town to this but I'm sure if it were more fresh, this would be an amazing brew.

05-21-2010 03:40:00 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of KickInTheChalice


4/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Somewhat light clear copper color, with a thick, rocky off-white head. Tons of great lacing sticking everywhere on the glass.

Smell: Strong grapefruit and citrus hop notes. A bit of alcohol. Piney hop resin at the finish.

Taste: A strong hop presence, but the balance is what I really like about this beer. Grapefruit citrus up front, and the pale and caramel malt sneaks through midway through. Pine notes blend with more citrus at the end. Wraps up clean, with nearly no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Mostly creamy feel, with the carbonation giving it a slight bubbly pop. Medium body. Slightly sticky and puckering on the finish. Pleasant.

Drinkability: The hop flavor is round and robust, making it a very drinkable brew.

05-18-2010 22:46:22 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of lovindahops

New York

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

so pumped to hit up another west coast DIPA... especially from Lagunitas

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass

A- pours that hazy west coast golden look. Hazy and as orange as can be. Head was good and the lacing grasps at the glass as th brew goes down. When I see these colors and appearance, I expect the assault to come (yup, hop city)

S- grapefruit and pine hops are present. It's that Cali scent that cannot be mistaken. There is sweet malt smell as well. That is expected... and there is some honey as well

T- again... the theme delivers. A tasty west coast tropical approach with some sweet malt that drops by. The exit contains some bitterness on the tongue. It is a bit sweet...and that's ok. However, for a west coast DIPA, I really want the bitterness to overcome the malt

M- medium bodied and carbonated. Good feeling

D- maximus is another good example of a hopped up brew. The craftsmanship that goes behind a Cali DIPA is probably under appreciated. This brew excels in that example. Again, I want to reiterate that the sweetness does pull away from the desired bitterness. However, this is a great brew and I still highly recommend it

05-07-2010 23:39:31 | More by lovindahops
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

Nice hefty (D)IPA, nicely hopped but leaning on its malty side with a distinctive Lagunitas resiny identity.

Presentation: 12 oz brow capped bottle. Offers a batch code but lacks any legible freshness or bottling date. Simple label with typographic design around the name of the brew and Lagunitas mascot, tongue in cheek liners ("unlimited release") and framing narrative with a rambling absurd poetic note reaching a "why not" name justification. Notes O.G. (1.080), IBUs (72.41), and Alc. by Vol. (7.5%) Served on a tulip glass.

A - Medium to deep amber pour with a nice 1" frothy head.

S - Resiny hops, pine, citrus... A malty touch.

T - Nice hoppy range with a sweet resin and malt sense woven with nice citrus touches.

M - Medium-full body with good carbonation and a bit of a sticky finish. Feels a bit thin at one early point but resin and bitterness pick it up rather nicely towards the end rescuing it completely.

D - It´s rather pleasing as a DIPA, although it has something that makes it float in a blurry zone, like a hefty note but not quite reaching the full range common in most DIPAs, but it is not bad at what it does.

Notes: Lagunitas typically does some of the most fantastic and underrated hoppy concoctions, cheap and rich... This is one of them although it feels a bit less accomplished. Maybe I´m spoiled by their big bottles. Nice brew in any case.

05-07-2010 02:34:17 | More by Daniellobo
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