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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

4,356 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,356
Reviews: 1,405
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 90
Gots: 466 | 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 Lightbearer2012
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Lightbearer2012, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of abgba121
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

abgba121, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of blaje
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

blaje, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of ggilman
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a Sebago Brewing Co. tulip.

Clear bright caramel orange. One finger of tight bubbled head settles to a wisp. Moderate lacing. Smells malty and sweet. Robust malt, hint of alcohol and vanilla. Butterscotchy. Lingering citrus bitterness and caramelized orange rind.

Mostly this is a malt overload. Possibly due to the unknown age of the bottle. Medium carbonation w. a syrupy medium to heavy body. Drinkable, and the alcohol isn't very present.

Is this hoppier when fresh?

ggilman, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of bretmaverick24
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I not a huge ipa person although now that summer is here they taste much better. For me lagunitas is one of the best at using hops but balancing it out nicely with some sweetest at the start. This beer is the same way it has the sweetest at the start then the bitterness kicks in in full flavor. But since the next sip you get sweetest at the start it doesnt make you cottonmouth halfway threw. Like some dipa or ipa might have. Drank it in a glass by bonfire so didnt notice the color to much but its the taste that matters anyways. If u like sippin ale or undercover or brown sugar u will like this one.

bretmaverick24, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of jman892
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice looking pour into a pint glass, crystal clear amber colored with visible carbonation, with a 1-2 finger foamy, off white head. Good lacing

S - Smell is lagunitis, which to me is a clear citrus aroma. Orange and graprefruit

T - Follows the nose, citrusy hops. There is also a nice malt presence balancing this off. A bitter finish

M - Well carbonated, clean and crisp. Alcohol well hidden

O - Very solid DIPA. So easy to drink and very refreshing. A favorite

jman892, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: I.5 finger head that slowly dissipates to leave a nice lacing. Amber and clear to minimally hazy.

S: Wow! I love the smell... grapefruit, strawberry and hops.

T: Starts with solid hop character and finishes with readily apparent floral notes. Citrus inbetween. A very dynamic.

M: For 8.2% ABV, this drinks like a 6% beer. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: This has climbed to the top as one of my favorite IPAs. Delicious. Will definitely being purchasing many times over in the future.

kylehay2004, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of Brunite
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear, orange-copper body with a nice off-white head. Head says solid and pitting. Nice lacing shows.

S: Grapefruit & orange...some pine...with some maltiness as well. This smells almost as good as fresh Hopslam to me.

T: Great flavors of citrus and pine, but it definitely has a big malt presence as well. Very tasty and balanced.

M: Medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this. More than an IPA but not as much alcohol or in-your-faceness as some bigger DIPA's. I'll have this one in the fridge all the time!

Brunite, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a creamy off white head that sticks around for a while. Leaves ok lacing.

The aroma is of floral and citrus notes. Orange rind and toasted malts with a touch of caramel.

Bitter bite in the front, citrus rinds and grapefruit fade into a sweeter orange zest with a touch of pine. Floral qualities throughout on a toated malt, and caramel backbone. Nicely balanced with a dry finish.

Crisp, nicely carbonated, and smooth. Overall an interesting and enjoyable beer.

JayS2629, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of WillCarrera
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear and bright orange amber color with a finger of creamy, off white head that quickly recedes to a thin film. Good lacing.

S- Floral, citric hops, you can pick up on a bit of lightly toasted malts.

T- Lots of bitter, oily hops and citrus, there's a bit of an orange rind character to it, the malt is sweet and bready with some caramel.

M- Full bodied, smooth slightly chewy feel, good carbonation.

O- A pretty good DIPA and another solid beer from Lagunitas.

WillCarrera, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of portia99
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

A - Pours a beautifully clear and very bright medium orange color. A thick finger of dense and creamy off-white head with excellent staying power. Foam falls slowly to leave behind thick webs of lacing, a loose and foamy collar and a thick skim coat on the surface of the beer.

S - Floral and citrusy hops up front with a healthy dose of caramel malt, burnt sugar and bready malt. Pretty standard stuff, but does smell good.

T - Quite bitter...starts up front and continues throughout with a serious lingering bitterness past the swallow. Lots of hop flavor too, especially fruity and citrusy flavors, but some pine gets into the mix too. Malt presence in the form of caramel making the most impact.

M - Medium bodied, not too heavy...creamy mid-level carbonation. Smooth, goes down very easily...doesn't drink like and 8% beer.

O - I'm generally a fan of Lagunitas beers and this is no exception. This probably won't knock your socks off, but doesn't disappoint either. A very solid, if not memorable DIPA. One to buy a sixer and throw it in the fridge for casual daily drinking. Not likely to become a staple in my fridge, but one worth revisiting every now and then.

portia99, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a orange/gold almost coppery color (perhaps because of the lower light I am in). Had a two finger light "off-white" head that slowly dicipated leaving a large amount of lacing all the way up where the head once was - very nice. The smell didn't come out as much as anticipated this being DIPA but what I did catch was an oily, hoppy bitterness (citrus or tropical hints - not strong though). The taste was much more prominent for me than the aroma, but still subtle for this heavy of an IPA - not disappointed at all but was ready for more. The malt scarcely comes through first followed by a sweet almost tangy hop bite - very refreshing. This beer leaves my mouth watering and wanting more. Overall I am pleased and will enjoy the rest of this beer slowly - even with the label taunting me to chug it down.


antlerwrestler19, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of obrike
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer at Central Market in Austin. Have had this beer many times but my first review of it.

Lovely orange/gold look...clear pour, no clouds here...sudsy head that fades slowly...spider web lacing throughout...nice.

Smells pungent...not in a Ron Burgundy "Sex Panther" kinda of way, but in an oily, hoppy, tasty kind of way. Really like the scent...stings the nostrils..., but in a good way. Tropical fruits, pine...really dig it.

Taste follows scent..but not quite as pronounced. Can taste the oily, tropical hops...but they kind of over-ride the malt a bit. I, however, happen to like that!

Uber smooth...vey easy drinking for a DIPA, and certainly not as strong as a lot of DIPAs on the market today.

Lagunitas hits a triple with this one, nearly knocking it out of the park.

obrike, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of ExtraStout
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice brew, this one is. Pour produces a medium-golden to light copper colored, clear brew with a very thin, white, fine head.

Some lacing, but not a whole lot. (Some sediment was swirled in near the finish). Aroma is fresh and citrussy, with some mild toastiness.

Body is pleasantly above medium, heading towards fullness, and it is velvety smooth. Flavor has light malt, with a slight bready, toasty aspect to it with a touch of caramel.

More citrussy hops abound here as well, with a refreshing aftertaste sticking in the throat.

ExtraStout, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of ummswimmin
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went for a double IPA to cover a disappointing beer that would not leave my pallatte. I started my notes after the first few drinks. It was definitely a step up.

I like the deep orange color and big head that came off the pour. I smelled a lot of citrusy hops coming through and there was a little bit of floral as well.

This beer tastes great. There is still a lot of citrus, but now I get some pineyness as well. Nothing comes over the top too strongly. It is a good balance of hops throughout the glass. And as the beer warms up the bitterness is never very severe.

The flavor is a double IPA, but it feels like a regular IPA. I don't get the residual bitterness, and my mouth didn't dry out.

I really like this beer. My only regret is that now my next shopping list just got one beer longer.

ummswimmin, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lagunitas

A: Intense white head. Really nice cloudy golden orange color.

S: Piney, floral, super sweet caramely citrusy note.

T: Whoa. Hoppy, grapefruity, but finshes smoothly with a nice caramel malt flavor. Alcohol is well hidden which is good but can be dangerous.

M: Thick and syrupy but not cloyingly so. Very enjoyable.

O: Excellent DIPA. Considerably less expensive than PTE so I purchase this one a bit more often. Regardless of price however; I would still pick this one up.

avaldivia, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of HOPPYKC
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this right out of the bottle. 12 oz. So as expected the look rating is a bit skewed. I went right in the middle at average. The smell was pretty good right out front. Lots of citrus and hops. Slightly carbonated. Feels bubbly on the tongue. Nice overall. Has a bit of a strange after taste. Would get a bit old after awhile. Ive got to say through is that the ABV is hidden well, I wouldn't have guessed as to 8%. Overall nice.

HOPPYKC, Jun 29, 2011
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
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,356 ratings.