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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,874 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 3,874
Reviews: 1,374
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 66
Gots: 259 | FT: 2
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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MTNboy

Germany

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- The body of this beer is a transparent orange with a golden hue. This beer has serious head every time I have seen and great lacing.

Smell- It has a very bitter aroma for the most part but there are bread like malt tones as well.

Taste- To me I thought it was a citric sour beer there was not much for malt. It has a good bitterness to it with a biscuity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied.

Drinkability- I thought it wasn't bad but I am not sure in what category of me liking it that I would put it in.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2008 12:40:52 | More by MTNboy
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BeenJammin

Kansas

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Transparent light amber in color. There is a great big beige head with spectacular lacing.
4

S - Aroma is citrus and fruit with a hint of piny hops.
4

T - This beer is packed with a sweet peaches and cream or apricot flavor. The hops are a bit more subdued than I would have expected but there is a sufficient citrus hop kick for me.
4

M - It's not as full bodied as other DIPAs that I've had.
3.5

D - At only 7.5% this is much more drinkable than other double digit DIPA bombs. Overall, it is a quite good beer.
4

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 23:53:25 | More by BeenJammin
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BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A lighter orange-amber with a nice head that settles slowly to a foamy topper, leaving some really nice lace patterns on the glass. Maximus is definitely a looker.

S: Some citrus and pine, but also a sweeter cake-like malt aroma, as well as a distinctly peachy aroma. Not as robust as most DIPAs, but still decent.

T&M: The body isn't as full as I'm used to with my DIPAs. Smoothness is there, but it's not sticky, chewy, and bold like it should be. On the taste side, the sweeter malt backbone really outshines the hops. Definitely a more balanced and malty DIPA, but I like the hop-bombs. The finish is too sweet for me--I need that dryness to help encourage another eager sip.

D: It is on the lighter, more mild side of the DIPA spectrum, but Maximus would be easier to drink if it actually *was* hoppier. That bitterness would encourage me to keep sipping on it and taking big gulps. Still, it's a solid beer that "drink pretty good" and should be sampled by anyone looking for a decent DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 02:01:31 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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slayer3604

California

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- FAT white head looks like mozzarella. Left a colossus ring of foam around the entirety of the glass. The beer itself is a mid yellow mixed slightly with orange.

S- Nuances of malt and hop! the hops attack your nose but as you continue to pull air through your face, you get curb stomped by an array of aromas such as molasses, balsa wood and black cherry.

T- A rush of dry hopped goodness that eases into a sticky malt tar pit. this is a sweet beer and you can taste it on the corners of your mouth. I would have preferred it be a tad more dry but who am i?!

M- The mouthfeel can only be explained as 'medium bodied' being kicked from behind into a malt pit. You can honestly find this beer in places you didn't put it if you lick your lips.

D- I actually picked this up tonight because its my go-to IPA. Cheap price and outstanding hop usage means that Maximus is recommended to my customers and is greatly welcomed wherever it is brought, be it a friends house, social occasion, or just to fall asleep on.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 06:12:30 | More by slayer3604
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Chinon01

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Thin head with little lacing. Honeyed color.

Smell - Subdued malt and hoppiness.

Taste - Light maple from malt with light hoppiness. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - High drinkability and wonderful mouthfeel due to tremendous balance.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2008 04:58:53 | More by Chinon01
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arizcards

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from Bevmo in late April for $2.79.

Beer poured an amber orange with a long lasting head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is of citrus hops and bread. Taste is nicely balanced as this starts off bready and finishes with a slam of citrus hops. Mouthfeel is very full for the style and quite smooth. Drinkability is quite nice, abv is manageable, and each sip is very satisfying. Would recommend to those who enjoy the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 01:16:50 | More by arizcards
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argock

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Delicious-appearing hazy sparkling orange with a 1-2 finger thick light tan pitted head with lacing from pour to finish.

S: Highly citrus and pine in character with some sweet malt.

T: Hoppiness is rounded off by a massive malt component. This is not an assaultive DIPA, but rather more subdued and sweetly mellow. The hops are hefty in citrus grapefruit and evergreen flavors and the flavor is rounded out nicely with caramel and pale malts with a light toasting.

M: Body is medium-to-full with a mellow light pine and caramel malt aftertaste.

D: I really enjoyed this DIPA, although, because of its dedication to filling out the malt component, comes off as an APA styling of a DIPA. Very complex and complete in flavor and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 04:34:03 | More by argock
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chileman13

New Mexico

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from bomber into pint glass.
a-amber orange with 1" cream head this brew left good lacing on the glass.
a-citrus hops with minimal spice (pine cone) and some light carmel bottom notes.
t- This is a well balanced IPA. Too often they are not balanced looking for that hops knockout. The hops have a citrus and pine flavor with good bitter aftertaste. Unfortunately I can't ID the hops. There is a fair malt balance. This is a good IPA
m- Medium light with perfect carbonation.
D- I wish I had bought more. Unfortunately I don't have good access to this brew. Thx Lagunitas for a very drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 02:50:36 | More by chileman13
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JEdmund

Kansas

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance
Grapefruit red; small, quickly lost head; clear; little to no carbonation bubbles; no lacing

Smell
Great hops smell of dried pineapple

Taste & Mouthfeel
Awesome oily and full mouth feel--really impressive, though no detectable carbonation; bittering hops are pretty intense, but overall hoppiness is good through and through

Overall
For an absurd amount of hops and malts used to make this beer, it's pretty well balanced and tasty. With no head and carbonation, I have to wonder if this is old or not.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 17:43:09 | More by JEdmund
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pinotboy007

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Goldish-amber with a slighly yellowish head that's a finger deep and leaves traces of lace when cold, and thicker as it warms. Almost no hint of visible carbonation.

S - Piney hops, leather, and a touch of citrus.

T - Cedar, hops, leather, and a slight touch -- and I do mean slight -- of caramel.

M - A touch lighter than I expected given its name, but it's got a nice mouthfeel that's ideal for today's hot Virginia weather. A touch creamy.

D - Absolutely drinkable. Lagunitas has better offerings but this is a nice ale I plan to purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 23:30:37 | More by pinotboy007
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Maximus poured a amber color with a 2 finger foam head with some solid lacing.

The smell was good and strong. It was a hoppy grapefruit aroma.
The taste was bitter all the way through and has a soft malt presence in the middle. In the mouth it was aggressive on the tongue and semi chewy. Overall a middle of road effort in the double ipa world.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 04:33:52 | More by cswhitehorse
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Nickls

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle sampled in a standard pint glass

A - Nice amber/orange color in line with a lot of other DIPAs that I have sampled

S - Piney, cedary strong hop character in the aroma, with not even a hint malt. Sets you up for what you will be tasting

T - Strong hoppy, west coast style taste that really hits the spot

M - Malty texture to let the hops kick in big, but keep the mouthfeel smooth and coating

D - Certainly a strong beer on hops, but a very drinkable DIPA. Very great on the drinkability scale given the sometimes overwhelming nature of other beers in this style.

Really good DIPA, and one that I will certainly return to.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 02:07:34 | More by Nickls
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice gold color. Nose was hops and plenty of it. First taste was HOPS backed up my plenty of malts. A little piney and citrusy. The hops stuck around for a minute or two after leaving a good mouthfeel that wa slightly bitter but not to bitter that it turned me off.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 22:02:18 | More by barleywinefiend
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chilidog

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The max on this double IPA had me concerned with what I was in for, a surprise of drinkability it was.

It pours a nice amber orange. The head faired well though not that large. Carbonation was good though it ate away any chance of lace.

The aroma is IPA hop of citric and pine.

The taste is hop of coarse, citric, pine, grapefruit and pitted peach thats not quit ready to eat yet.
A malt based center of the drink does offer a hint of sweet brown sugar or sugared fruit.

The mouth is left with a hoppy bitter pinch of pepper that lingers.

Drinkability, sure. Its a great sit down sipper. The hops aren't just presant but offer flavor. My bottle offered 8.4% abv. Nice for is beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 14:32:31 | More by chilidog
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. no dating found. poured into shaped pint glass.

classic amber, though on the light side. clear. fluffy head turns rocky, stays around as a thin layer. decent lacing.

aroma has resiny pine, citrus zest, mostly grapefruit. grapefruit juice too. sweet caramel. faint yeastiness.

citrusy and floral sweetness, both hops and toasted malts. hint of peach. very fresh flavors! surprisingly moderate bitterness however. faint resins in the aftertaste.

nice and smooth, not thin at all. mild to moderate carbonation.

very affordable - a great value!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 17:29:16 | More by tai4ji2x
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Goliath

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a one inch slightly yellowed head. Good retention.

A nice hoppy aroma. Some citrus and pine, sweet caramel also present.

Taste is quite nice. A nice hoppiness with some citrus and pine notes. A sweet sticky caramel maltiness is also present. A very low hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is high. Great flavor and although alcohol is a moderate level, it is well hidden. A great brew for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 03:14:29 | More by Goliath
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle:

A: It poured a clear amber with a thick white head that held up for a really long time.

S: Aroma was a lot more malt than hops, perhaps also some other floral hints.

T: Taste was decent. Pretty well followed the smell, heavy on the malt with some hops and some other florals.

M/D: The carbonation level was good and the beer was thick, creamy and smooth, but I think drinkability was where the beer fell down. It left a very bitter and very dry aftertaste that seemed to last for a long time, certainly more than other beers that I have reviewed. Overall, it is an OK beer, but I will reach for others first.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 16:29:37 | More by PhillyStyle
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoyed Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Red so I thought this would be worth a try.

It pours from a 22oz brown bottle into the sam adams glass. Nice golden color with a hint of red. Big foamy head with good retention and some lacing left behind.

Aroma is nice and full of hops with that west coast thing going on, citrus and pine, some floral notes.

Taste is where this one falls a little short. It seems somewhat one-dimentional with lots of hoppy bitterness but not much sweetness to balance it out. It actually occurred to me that this might be it's downfall since the ABV was relatively low for an imperial IPA. More malt would have upped the sweetness and the alcohol and probably made for a more well-rounded beer. Hard to criticise an IIPA for being too hoppy and bitter but that's how I see it.

M+D are both reasonably good and seem fitting for the style. Drinkability suffers slightly due to unbalanced bitterness.

A good over all imperial IPA but not one of my favorite examples. Not my favorite from Lagunitas either... that one still goes to Lucky 13.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 01:42:32 | More by GilGarp
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a gorgeous head that sheets the pint glass with lace

Smell: Nicely balanced between pine and citrus with a solid caramel underpinning

Taste: Balanced, as well, on the opening with the caramel providing a sturdy backdrop to the pine and citrus (tangerine) that appear by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter flavors jump to the fore, but there is a sweetness that lingers from the big malt bill

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, somewhat sticky; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not the most bitter; not the most extreme; but a very nice example of the DIPA style

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 17:03:29 | More by brentk56
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange in color with a thick foamy off white head. Good retention and big foamy rings down the glass.

S - Strong aroma of piney hops. Also a hint of something sweet buried in there.

T - Sweet taste of some caramel up front but quickly overmatched by a blast of piney resinous hops. A touch of citrus as well, but the piney hops are the star here.

M/D - Medium bodied and a little on the creamy side. The bitterness lingers in a very good way. Mouth feels like it is almost coated in hop juice.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 00:36:09 | More by ckeegan04
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep clear amber really almost orange. Head was thick and off-white holding like a dollop of whipped cream through the first two-thirds. Pronounced lce.

S: Very citrusy (orange and lemon). Aroma was very herbal getting ready for a drink - maybe that was the added aroma of roasted malt that brought that out.

T: Burnt toast maltiness and had a sweet grassy hop flavor. The citrus flavor was quite nice, too.

M: It was crisp and smooth. A medium-to-full-bodied beer.

D: Darn good IPA. Nice citrus aroma and flavor. ABV caught up to me a bit by the time I finished the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 01:40:21 | More by Haybeerman
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to Heidi and Tom Morris for the hook-up!

A: Pours a slightly tarnished copper hue with a creamy, off-white, 2 finger plop of meringue-like head that retains for awhile and leaves behind some very sticky lacey rings.

S: Interesting mix of aromas. Biscuit-y/bready malt, pine needle, fresh-cut grass, vanilla, and pineapple. Nicely pungeant hoppy aroma with a chaser of juicy tropical fruit.

T: Initially my tongue was greeted by a wave of sweet caramel malt. Half a step behind that is a hoppy blast of pine and pineapple flavors. Rounding out the bill is some bready malt, vanilla, mango, and the aforementioned fresh-cut grass.

M: Sweet and creamy malt meet juicy, sticky, astringent hops. Oily hoppiness clings, for dear life, to everything in my mouth. Lips, tongue, teeth, everything!

D: Excellent drinkability! This, as far as I'm concerned, is very sessionable. Excellent balance between sweet, bitter, and dry. I really liked this IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 23:01:57 | More by GbVDave
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jjboesen

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very interesting prelude; it begins with a thick head of 1 inch accompanied by heavy, frothy lacing surrounding a body of copper clarity.

The nose, however, did not overwhelm me, possessing a sweet floral aroma. Maximus does have a well balance of hops, but not a powerful presence. Still, I thought it was mild for the style; in fact, it impressed me as more of a session beer than a heavy hitting Imperial IPA.

Smooth, mellow but no bitterness.

While not exceptional, Lagunitas Maximus is a worthy entry from the Left Coast and one worth quaffing where available.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2008 00:45:18 | More by jjboesen
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albern

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a darn good IPA, much better than I anticipated. It pours a nice tawny copper with a thick creamy head that retains and laces. The aroma is very nice piney hops, hop esters, grapefruity astringency, with some bread like grains in the backbone. The aroma is pungent and very enticing.

The taste is just a creamy delight. The beer is a bit bitter, probably from the Amarillo hops. There are plenty of oily and estery hops, a nice astringency, balanced by the creamy malts. There is a bit of a biting and sharp aftertaste, but overall the relatively high ABV is well hidden underneath. The hops are a bit leafy and sharp, but I believe that the creaminess of the beer blends so well with the hoppiness, that it just works well and makes for an enjoyable experience. L'Chaim.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 00:24:46 | More by albern
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a clear gold with a 1 finger head of foam. Not exactly a big head of foam for a vigorous pour but it has some staying power and there's some nice lacing.

The smell is a nice balance of caramel malt and citrus and piney hops. Nice nose.

The taste is also balanced. Plenty of malt for the malt lovers, plenty of hoppiness from flavours of grapefruit and some pine for the hop lovers, and put them together and you have a finely balanced DIPA. There's also some fruitiness here. Very nice.

It borders on a full mouthfeel...silky smooth, and the alcohol is nicely hidden. It finishes on the sweet side but not overly so as there is a good kick of grapefruit right at the very end. Pretty easy drinking as well.

This is a very well made example of the style and I can recommend it with no qualms.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 14:25:25 | More by Bitterbill
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,874 ratings.