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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,045 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,045
Reviews: 1,382
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 75
Gots: 342 | 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 thain709


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

A - A lot clearer and brighter body than I expected...the body has a copper hint too it but it's pretty light...a 1.5 finger white head forms and sticks around for a while...nice lacing

S - The nose is all hops...they are bright and citrusy...I'm not picking up any malts

T - At first sip I was really disappointed with this...I was overwhelmed by sweet caramel malts...I did not get any hops up front...I swallowed and it was still sweet...then...the citrus hops creep up on you and provide a juicy bitterness that's not too bitter because of the malts...so after I got used to that this beer had decent flavor combination going on

M - Medium bodied...a little sweet...but crisp and refreshing

D - Once I got past the sweetness and realized there was a hop bitterness this beer became more enjoyable...the ABV is well hidden and the flavors are rounded out nicely...another solid beer from Lagunitas

10-02-2009 21:16:03 | More by thain709
Photo of Thur123


4.65/5  rDev +17.1%

OK so this pours a deep copper color with a thinner head that retains and appears to have little lacing. The carbonation is less than a regular IPA. The smell is big fruity hops with less bitterness than expected, which I like a lot. There is something about the hops used, or the proportions rather, in Lagunitas that's really winning me over.

Glug glug glug

Hits with a slight bitterness that soon give way to grapefruit rind and more citrus. The floral bitterness is here but takes a back seat to the sweet hops it seems. The flavor of resin is more prevalent on the back of my tongue toward the end of the flavor. The mouth feel is fine; delivering flavor all over and the flavor is delicious, complex, and quaffable.

09-30-2009 01:09:00 | More by Thur123
Photo of beernut

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%

pours an almost clear copper color with a 1/4 inch white head that quickly fades. aroma is citrus/grapefruity. taste is crisp and refreshing, hoppy (not heavy) slight pine. aftertaste is clean and crisp. i think the regular ipa is better. tastes bitter as it sits for a while. more maltier than hop. still a good beer that is easily drinkable.

09-30-2009 00:39:28 | More by beernut
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

12oz bottle

Pours a very transparent light orange color with a small white head that leaves little stickage. Keepin it bitter with this guy, a dose of C hops for some left side aromatics but some intense bittering hops lay fat below. A creeper, this one is very inviting, soft with some bright fruit notes followed by nothing but tongue punching bitterness late on the finish and long into the aftertaste. No boozy heat, although i would argue this here brew as nothing more than a strong-er IPA, rather than a DIPA, but so is life. I miss the bombers but i embrace the six packs, cant believe i never reviewed Maximus, try this one.

09-22-2009 23:40:53 | More by ATPete
Photo of jrw5061


3.65/5  rDev -8.1%

A: Pours a nice gold color with a little bit of head on top that stays for a while. Lots of lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Strong citrus smell coming from this one. I just mostly smell the hops which I expected.

T: Very bitter aftertaste. Not as aromatic as I would have liked.

M: Thick chewey and velvety. Very enjoyable.

D: I couldn't drink more than a couple of these in a night.

09-22-2009 01:44:04 | More by jrw5061
Photo of nickd717


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

12oz bottle from BevMo in Mountain View.

A - Pours slightly hazy amber with a nice off-white one-finger head and decent retention.

S - Mostly piney hops with light fruits and sweet caramel malt also noticeable.

T - Very sweet malt up front and citrusy hop bitterness. Think I had an old bottle because hops had faded a little bit. Only a little above average for a DIPA as far as overall flavor goes. Good balance but doesn't really wow me in any way.

M - Medium body with hop oils and a fairly bitter finish.

D - Pretty high for the style.

09-18-2009 17:47:05 | More by nickd717
Photo of blackenmn


3.43/5  rDev -13.6%

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

Appearance and Smell- Poured a nice bold orange almost copper with a nice 1/4 inch head which stuck around on the glass all the way down. Could spot plenty of carbonation and maybe some particles in the glass. Had a nice citrusy smell with some pine hidden behind it.

Taste and Mouthfeel- Taste was pretty similar to the smell. Initially subtle sweet citrus/grapefruit. Finished piny with a light hop presence, ABV was present but pretty well hidden. Not as carbonated as expected. Torwards the end as it warmed the ABV was a bit more noticeable, but none the less finished nicely with lacing still intact.

Drinkability-I enjoyed it. Was a nice balance between the fruit and pine characteristics. Seemed like a very smooth drink, and would definitely be pleased to have another.

09-17-2009 03:16:27 | More by blackenmn
Photo of BeerPhan86

New York

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

After really enjoying the Lagunitas IPA, I figured I would give its big brother a try.

A - Pours a dark ruby gold with a one finger tan head, good retention. No chunks of sediment in my bottle as others seem to have noted.

S - Very fruity aroma, no hints of bitterness. Floral hops are not too overwhelming in the aroma as with most DIPAs. Sweet smelling yet not as aromatic as other takes on the style.

T - Wow, I really like this. Initially you get a burst of fruity hops, and then a strong grainy backbone rides it out. Has a nice citrus kick in the aftertaste with very mild bitterness. Tastes somewhat like grapefruit, as did the IPA. Hops here are kicked up a notch and the alcohol is hidden well.

M - Medium bodied, not overly carbonated. Not as sticky feeling as other DIPAs I have had.

D - This is not a style I normally session but this one seems sessionable. The alcohol content is sneaking up on me already though.

09-17-2009 01:40:09 | More by BeerPhan86
Photo of Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%

Pours a hazy orange, with tiny particles floating around...decent head, retention good, lacing even better.

Initial impression of the nose was Fruit Rollups. Very fruit-juicy aroma akin to Hawaiin Punch. Definite pineapple presence. Extremely alluring, yet no tips on any bitterness.

Taste follows most of the attributes of the smell. Lots of pineapples up front, with other tropical sweetness notes run steady with a decent bitter assault throughout the palate, well into the finish. Slight alcohol warming in the chest. The bitterness pokes through more after each sip with the finish. A constant battle between the bitterness & tropical sweetness.

Mouthfeel is pretty syrupy, decent carbonation, with a dry, steadily astringent finish.

Good beer, but I could only session 2 of these Bad Larrys, tops.

08-28-2009 03:39:12 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of BillyBroas


3.05/5  rDev -23.2%

Aroma - Floral hops. Not much in the way of sweetness.

Appearence - Clear orange-copper. Nice 1-finger head that dissapears quickly.

Flavor - Sharp bitterness right away. Pretty one sided in the way of hops. I was waiting for balance from the malt, and some finally came through as it warmed.

Mouthfeel - Really like the feel of this one. Thick, syrupy, and smooth. Soft of the palate.

Not a bad IPA but not the best that I've had. Nothing really stood out as amazing.

08-27-2009 00:51:16 | More by BillyBroas
Photo of crossovert


3.58/5  rDev -9.8%

Comes in a somewhat interesting 12 fluid ounce bottle with some ramblings about its high intensity. apparently it is 72.41 IBU's. Has an indecypherable freshness code.

Pours a clear copper with a 1 and a half finger slightly off white head with large bubbles. Leaves some slightly intricate lacing behind.

Smell is of hops, not that intense though, I expect more from a DIPA. Has a sweet/earthy characteristic.

Body is smooth, with a small amount of carbonation. A bit of biscuity malt and a hint of watermelon and apple. Hops are present in the form of pine sap, honey, a spritz of lemon, and intense bitterness. The aftertaste bittersweet. The alcohol is well hidden. This isn't too pungent considering it is a DIPA, maybe I need to get it fresher.

Overall its a pretty average selection in the DIPA category. It just seems very pedestrian considering the IBU's and the somewhat of hype it gets.

08-25-2009 23:22:43 | More by crossovert
Photo of ditch


4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

Man, with a name like Maximus it's gotta be good right? Perfect no but about as close as you can get without hitting the nail on the head with this one.

Pours a cloudy copper with a nice head that hangs around for a while. I'm almost finished and i still have a bit of original head lingering about. Lacing hanging on but fading.

The aroma is that of a spiced orchard. Very citrus and spice. You can almost smell the sweetness.

Now to the taste! This is what I want from a beer! Like I said it's not perfectly done, but I'm liking this! This is a roller coaster of flavor. First the sweet citrus and spice, followed by the piney bitterness that sticks with you for quite some time. Very drinkable! I could drink this all night. Every sip is slightly different than the last. Very light and refreshing for having so much depth!

Oh, I hope they work on perfecting their hopping of this one. I look forward to trying this again a few months/years up the road! Better than their Hop Stoopid Ale I thought was so good! Lagunitas is moving up my list of best breweries! Cheers!

08-24-2009 20:17:35 | More by ditch
Photo of after5


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

Picked up a bottle in Detroit and I thought this was going to be another over hopped attempt to over flavor crappy beer.

It rang everyone of my senses and left a lingering taste that I thought was right on target.

While I would consider Torpedo IPA was the tops of this category, this would make the top5 in that over hopped IPA beer hitting the market.

08-20-2009 22:27:09 | More by after5
Photo of joshuadlight


3.08/5  rDev -22.4%

12oz bottle into a goblet.
I was very let down by this beer. For a brewery that makes a DIPA as outstanding as Hop Stoopid, this one is just as much of a disappointment.
Big chunks of sediment float throughout the liquid and I got no foam even from a generous pour. The lack of bubbles no doubt stunted the smell which was little more than faint malt notes and some resiny floral notes. I sipped on it a while but never got into the flavor. It was like a watered down old ipa. I was just frustrated by it the whole time.
I won't absolutely murder it in this review, since it has pretty good overall reviews and there is a chance that I had an off bottle. Otherwise, I was not impressed.

08-20-2009 13:18:45 | More by joshuadlight
Photo of yesyouam

New York

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

Lagunitas Maximus is a hazy deep golden ale with a lot of particles floating in it. It has a huge, dense, creamy, lumpy off-white head that shows outstanding retention and lacing. It has a resinous, citrus aroma that's fruity and spicy. It's medium bodied, creamy and smooth with a clean finish. There's something lightly syrupy about it all the way through. It's pretty well balanced and quite sweet. There's a resiny and citrusy bitterness that keeps it in balance, but it's still just a touch too sweet. I'm pretty certain I got an old bottle.

08-19-2009 12:19:05 | More by yesyouam
Photo of ralree


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Slightly cloudy gold with golden-white head of 1.5 fingers. Decent lacing, good retention.

S: Strong hop and light fruit smell with honey and wheat in the background.

T: Honey almost like mead, hops are strong and fresh, fruit esters are smooth and not cloying, and barley malt gives this a nice strong grain kick. Bitter enough to get one's IPA on, but sweet enough to keep one from cringing. Alcohol is covered up nicely until aftertaste, where it shows a little.

M: Medium body, non-astringent, good carbonation. Oily and creamy.

D: Alcohol is warming, and the beer goes down nicely. Don't drink it on an empty stomach or you'll be on your ass!

08-18-2009 23:58:08 | More by ralree


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

Clear copper with red highlights. Good foamy ivory head that dissipated into an oily foam. Nice laces.

Big hoppy citrus: grapefruit, orange peel, and spicy resinous pine. A small hint of toasted biscuit behind the barrage of hops.

Big juicy citrus. Fresh orange tang bite. Caramel biscuit that holds up adequately to the hops. A juicy Grapefruit bitterness. and a sticky spicy piney resinous aftertaste. small alcohol in the finish.

medium bodied. fresh and juicy. sticky, slightly astringent. average carbonation

Very drinkable. Awesome juicy hoppy IPA. great hop profile. somewhat balanced with an emphasis on the hops for sure. Definately a step up from their IPA.

08-15-2009 16:32:01 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
Photo of beerwolf77


3.58/5  rDev -9.8%

Poured into my pint glass the beer is orange with an inch of creamy off white head. After it recedes it leaves a nice sticky lace around the glass. The aroma is hops with a slight earthy dirt hint. The flavor is mild hops. Not to bitter. Fruity sweetness is there as well. Sort of a sweet grapefruit if you will. A hint of caramel malt is noted in the finish. Typical medium body moderate carb. This is a fine IPA. Not a blow your doors off one but, easily drinkable.

08-13-2009 22:27:37 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of sls0210


4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

Slightly orange, golden hue, nice carbonation. Good sticky lacing. No overwhelming hops, you definitely get some of the citrus/bitter hop scent but for the "Maximus" name and description, not a punchy IPA like I was expecting. Sweet malty backing, which adds a good balance without being too cloying. Really nice bitter following that increases as it warms and the decent carbonation keeps it lively. Not as sweet as DFH 90 minute and not a hop bomb like Ruination, very refreshing and not aggressive on the taste buds at all. At $9 a six pack, a great value from Lagunitas that drinks more like a IPA rather than a DIPA/IIPA.

08-12-2009 14:10:51 | More by sls0210
Photo of bargerking


4.83/5  rDev +21.7%

Poured a pretty golden hue. Smell was like butterscotch with a hint of hops. Taste was sweet and buttery. Very litle hops at all. Very smooth. Too me this tasted like an aged barleywine. Couldnt taste the alcohol at all. This beer is definatly on my try again list.

08-10-2009 03:47:20 | More by bargerking
Photo of parkeak0

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +2%

Poured into my Delirium snifter.

A: Pours a deep reddish orange, with some floating sediment. Not much head, quickly dissipates into a nice creamy white lace.

S: Big, sweet tropical fruit jumps out at the nose immediately, pine is not quite as pronounced but definitely still there. I'm not an ace at identifying hop varieties, but this smells similar to Simcoe to me.

T: Akin to the smell, lots of sweet fruit, understated bitterness, some malty sweetness as well. This is a sweet, but not cloying (e.g., DFH 90 min) DIPA.

M: Medium body, perhaps a bit less sticky and syrupy as some of the DIPAs out there. Carbonation is medium to medium-high.

D: This is certainly a more drinkable DIPA than most, in part thanks to its relatively low ABV of 7.5%. I could definitely have more than one of these.

This is a tasty DIPA that I could put back on a regular basis. Nothing mind-blowing, but a nice beer that's worth trying if for no other reason than the unique aromatic/flavor profile of the hops in here.

08-06-2009 03:38:21 | More by parkeak0
Photo of epicness

New York

3.03/5  rDev -23.7%

A - Copper colored. Pretty close to a light brown. Some nice foam and lacing.

S - Pine and citrus. Caramel also. Smells pretty good. Definitely like the smell and this isn't my normal style of beer.

T - Pretty much follows the smell. Hops and malt up front with pine. The citrus takes a major backseat, it's hard to even taste. I like the smell better than the taste.

M - Light to medium bodied with a bitter finish. Pretty high carbonation. Can totally feel the bubbles that are rising up to the top consistently in the glass on my tongue with the entire taste of this brew.

D - It's a pretty drinkable taste. If I was a huge fan of the taste I could definitely drink it a bunch. I can totally see how some people would LOVE this beer though.

07-31-2009 01:29:29 | More by epicness
Photo of david18

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

This brewery has about four or more double ipas, a few ipas, a number of strong or old ales so it's hard to keep them all apart. I think Maximus is the best of the bunch. Very balanced flavor, not too strong, good price. One of the better beers from this brewery.

07-30-2009 22:24:49 | More by david18
Photo of kaseydad


4/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a caramel color with a nice eggnog colored head which slowly dissolves.

Smells hoppy and has some candy aspects to it. A little grapefruit as well.

Sticky sweet taste with a little hoppy on the mouthfeel and some grapefruit kick on the swallow.

Way to easy to drink as I just put back three with no problem whatsoever.

There is much more sweetness than I remembered but in this case it works. For an Imperial IPA, this is another style if you are looking for the sweet style rather than the bitter.

Another nice beer from the Petaluma crew.

07-28-2009 03:35:30 | More by kaseydad
Photo of JohnPecod


3.73/5  rDev -6%

A - A light golden brown. Not stunning in the color department but very respectable. The carbonation looks active as bubbles were steadily launching to the surface a solid minute after the initial pour. There was really no head to speak of.

S - Caramel malts are in the driver's seat with some hops underneath. I could tell immediately from the odor this was going be leaning to the malt side of things.

T - Follows the odor for the most part. Caramel malts infused with a restrained hop presence. Everything is woven nicely together ending with a slight hop bitterness and some alcohol dryness.

M - a little sticky because of the malts but all in all solid. The carbonation could be ramped up a bit but I'm nitpicking here.

O - While this beer classifies itself as a DIPA it's debatable in my mind because of the malt dominance and the 7.5% abv. Calling yourself a DIPA means you're playing with the Maharaja's and Pliny's of the world. Would I put this in that category? Absolutely not, but still this is a nicely designed beer that I would drink again. It's sweetness prevents it from being sessionable but if you like your IPA's on the malty side then you'll be pleased with this one.

07-28-2009 03:17:31 | More by JohnPecod
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,045 ratings.