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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

4,223 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,223
Reviews: 1,398
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 85
Gots: 408 | 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 fragilemacabre
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas never quite disappoints when it comes to hop bombs. Again, a beer I've had quite a few times over but never jotted down a review for (this isn't from memory, but from the beer before me, just fyi).

A wheaty amber color with a thin film of head that sticks around nearly till you're done with the beer and streams of bubbles rushing from the bottom of the glass. Smells of, well, hops, and not a whole lot else. This particular batch tastes maltier than others I've had, but it isn't a distracting maltiness, underscoring the hops. Other times I've had this I think they are really just punchier versions of the regular Lagunitas IPA (which I wouldn't kick out of my refrigerator either), but this time around I'm definitely placing it firmly within the Imperial IPA box. Easy enough to drink, if pretty bitter.

Maximus is a pretty dependably tasty beer and I'm completely not shocked that it belongs to Lagunitas.

fragilemacabre, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of Arinthos
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Glass : oversized wine glass

A - clear with a reddish orange hue, head quickly dissapered leaving hints of lacing.

S- HOPS !!!! very strong odour of hops

T - over powering hoppy taste but for those who enjoy hops at 70+ IBU's this is great.

M - warms nicely as well as being crisp with light carbonation.

D- This is a great smelling and tasting DIPA pretty much my ultimate beer for that special session.

Arinthos, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of dmamiano
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brassy..polished in color with a nice white head that last the whole way through the drink.
Blend of hops and malts in the nose. Balanced and very nice.
Once again a perfect blend of sweet, earthy maltiness and floral hops.
Bready malts almost win this battle.
Really digging this one.
I want another for sure

dmamiano, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of kdpark
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear orange-amber, off-white head

S: Some sweet malt, nice citrus hop, not really strong, reminds me of Centennial IPA, a bit of alcohol

T: Sweet caramel malt, and full hop bitterness, has a resiny aftertaste - not really sure how to describe it, resiny seems to be the best I can think of right now. Nice warm toast afterward, finishes fairly dry.

M: Fairly thin, mouthcoating hops

D: Pretty high considering, some would consider this a strong IPA not a double IPA. The hops finish a bit harsh, but I like it. Very enjoyable.

kdpark, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of chrisgn
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

A- small head that doesnt quit. Color of honey, well carbonated.

S- wonderful grapefruity citrus on the nose.

T- Big hop character, but balanced well with a lot of malts. Starts hoppy and finishes sweet.

M- A little less mouthfeel than other DIPAs. Could use a little more coating around the palate. Flavors still linger though.

D- I would rather drink this than the regular IPA. This beer has more flavor, but is still not overpowering on the hops. It is a jacked up IPA in nice balance. Like the IPA, Hop Heads will not be satisfied with this. Reach for Hop Stoopid.

chrisgn, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - limited but long-lasting head; yellow-orange color. well carbonated

S- floral and citrusy hops! bittersweet; alcohol evident

T - hops; good complexity [from multiple varieties?]. IBU = 72, but there's a good bit of sweet malt flavor too.

made of "hops, malt, hops, hops, yeast, hops, water and hops" (label) - lol

A brew for hop-heads, although not exceptionally hoppy for an American DIPA.

chinchill, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of Stunner97
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- copper in color with nice white head, small bubbles slowly stream up the glass,

Smell- nice strong citrus hops with slight malt tones,

taste- good balance of maltiness in the beginning of the beer and then a very enjoyable citrus hop presence at the end that last nicely after each sip, the hops though strong in this beer are nicely balanced and do not over dominate your palate

Mouthfeel- low amount of carbonation but very smooth and almost creamy mouthfeel

Drinkability- very drinkable and enjoyable the strong point of this beer to me is its great balance as the malts and hops actually very much intermingle beautifully on your tongue, a rather enjoyable ipa (though not a dipa in my books), to me just another one in the line of very good beers i have tried in the past few months from lagunitas this brewery needs to start getting more attention for really good quality beers

Stunner97, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of KidsDoc
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass

Appearance: golden orange/yellow and sligtly translucent. 1/2-1 finger near pure white head. circumferential rings of lacing left around the glass after each taste - beautiful

Nose: very sweet in the nose and a strong scent that last throughout completion of this beer. Mostly sweet citrus. Malt aroma is at least equal to the citrus scent to me even making it hard to tell what is sweet malt vs the citrus scent. I pick up very little piney hops at the end of the nose. Very mild alcochol scent but nearly undetectable.

Taste: dominated by a nutty taste and sweet malts. Hops are very much in the background and mild at best. This is a very sweet tasting beer. Towards the end of the beer I picked up some orange citrus but still very sweet. Mostly the heavy malt presence and nutty flavor stayed with me. The alcohol content is VERY well hidden in the beer. This was not at all hot - much appreciated.

Mouthfeel: thin but very smooth. Carbonation visible but not noted in the mouthfeel. Again, very smooth. The hops leaves only a little dryness in the feel after each sip but not that big sticky sensation that come with some more bitter DIPAs

Drinkability: very smooth and easy on the stomach. Enjoyable throughout as a sipping beer. The alcohol content limits how many I could have, but this is definitely a great (2) beer night type of beer to just relax and enjoy.

Overall: This was a great beer that I would certainly have again. I purchased a single and though there are few beers I buy as a sixer this is one I might like to keep on hand. I will certainly keeps this on my list of DIPA to revisit.

KidsDoc, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of bundy462
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper with a frothy white head.

S: Floral hops over a toasty body. Hops are pungent.

T: Hop blast all the way through. Malt never breaks through, a little harsh.

M: Prickly hops, medium bodied.

O: Average, the hops were very strong, but the beer isn't very balanced.

bundy462, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of malloyca
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber orange in color, with a tan-to-white head with decent retention, especially for an IPA. Pleasant aromas of orange, other citrus, and some sweet malt. Malt flavors create a smooth, sweet flavor to balance slightly bitter, but not overpowering hops and citrus. I think the citrus flavors tend more toward oranges (combining with the sweet malt for an orange-creme effect), then transition in more bitter grapefruit flavors. Medium bodied, with mild carbonation. Good drinkability for the style, although that means maxing out at two bottles.

malloyca, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of camp0474
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a reddish orange color with a little haziness.

S: Citrus fruity hops. Mostly picking up tart grapefruit smells. Picking up slight malt in the background.

T: Citrus hops hit the tongue. Tart citrus resembling citrus peel. Surprisingly very sweet from the malt backbone. More balanced than the nose would let on.

M/D: Hops leave the tongue a bit dry. Medium body. A bit too strong and one sided for me to be very drinkable.

camp0474, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of meatyard
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a large, fluffy, off-white head that has some decent lace though retention is only average. The color is a clear, medium orange/amber.

The smell is resiny pine and citrus with some sweet, lightly toasted malt at the end.

The taste has less hops than the aroma though it has the same profile of pine & citrus. The malt takes over pretty quickly and relinquishes itself to some bitterness though here too it's not particularly strong.

Mouthfeel is medium to lighter, carbonation is a bit low for me and it ends kind of sweet.

Drinkability: This is the last of a six pack that was in the fridge for a couple of weeks and it may have lost some hop flavor over time but I can't recall it being stronger in the 1st bottle. I would like to try this very fresh in a bottle or on tap because I bet it does have more hops but still I doubt that it's nearly as hoppy as some of my favorite IPAs &IIPAs. It's good and more than worth a try.

meatyard, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of wedge
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It's been awhile since I've had this one. Thought I reviewed it a long time ago, but apparently not...

Pours a fuzzy orange hue with an attractively thick and sticky off-white head. Heavy citrus and pine sap aroma with a hefty dose of near-burnt caramel at its base. Again, the word "sticky" is coming to mind. A whiff of booze. Sugary tangerine hoppiness...pine and light caramel. Almost barleywine-ish, honestly, despite the "modest" ABV. A little syrupy feeling. Medium-full bodied and slightly chewy with a solid bitterness in the finish.

Not completely floating my boat when it comes to DIPAs, but not bad.

wedge, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of kzoobrew
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sunlit orange body capped by a creamy one and a half finger bone white head. Head recedes back slowly leaving thick lacing surrounding the glass. Very nice looking DIPA, maybe the best of the line up I have seen from this brewery.

Aroma is bright and full of citrus hops. Strong orange and grapefruit sit along side more of a tropical fruit smell.
Malt barely breaks the surface revealing a subtle crystal malt offering. Not much pale malt revealed in the nose, just hints of caramel.

Sweet citrus hops explode on the tongue matching perfectly with the caramel malt base. Slightly pithy grapefruit as well as a bright tropical fruit flavor dominate much of the palate. Juicy citric IPA's are one thing Lagunita's does well. The malt is kept primarily in the background, only a slight caramel flavor peaking through. Maximus is tremendously enjoyable but slightly one dimensional. I love citrus hops but there has to be a bit more to push the score up.

Medium bodied brew with a dry finish, slight sweetness does stick around however. Carbonation is moderate, addes a creaminess to the body.

Overall a good beer. The balance is not really there, but certainly not a bitter bomb. The abundance of citrus hops are a treat in moderation. Glad to have tried this beer. In the future will be more of a one and done beer for me.

kzoobrew, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of ludachris
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this beer is very attractive with its hazy, burnt orange body being topped by a finger and a half of sticky egg-white head that has some good hang time before melting down to a solid ring of lace.

The nose is sticky and full. Odd metalic notes attach themselves to the juicy, candied grapefruit and sweet lemon notes. I look at it as being more of a unique feature rather than really taking away from it. On top of the citrus are some fresh floral hops and a touch of bready malt.

Really nice grapefruit notes assert themselves early on in the taste and continue to about midway through. It's a well rounded, sweet, candied grapefruit taste rather than a more bitter, rhine-like grapefruit character that adds to the bitterness. The bitterness quickly follows though and is concentrated at the back of the tongue. The finish is dry, semi-sweet, and floral in character. The lemon notes are still there and seem to help support the pleasantly bitter finish.

Very similar to their Hop Stoopid, the mouthfeel is extremely well balanced with the %7.5 ABV nowhere to be found. The level of carbonation was a bit lower than expected, but that's a minor complaint and it's refreshing nonetheless. With the great balance and successful masking of the higher ABV, this DIPA is a great quaffer.

Overall, this is a very nice, well rounded DIPA. It seems like it would be a good intro to the style with the bitterness being present but not overbearing and the high level of drinkability it possesses. Thumbs up!

ludachris, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of StephenRich
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas was one of the first breweries which introduced me to true India Pale Ales with their standard IPA. The Maximus IPA is a beefed up version with more hops, more body, it is richer, stronger and more bitter at 70 IBUs (International Bitter Units).

The Maximus was originally released for the summer to help quench the heat away from your palate and sooth that need for big fresh hops. Lagunitas even warns that this beer will take the enamel off your teeth! It is 7.5% abv (their regular IPA is 5.7) so relatively strong, but I don't think its going to show up on anyone's dental claim. All I can comment on are the delicious palate quenching effects that I have felt to far.

It comes in with huge hops and crisp bitter mouthfeel, but a perfect balance of rich malts floral aromas.

I've never seen it in Ontario beyond some great beer bars, but it is scattered thoroughly across the United States, along with several other of their yearly and seasonal beers. To me the Maxiumus fits in the category right between IPA and Double IPA. Really it should be the American-Style IPA. The Lagunitas IPA is built more along the lines of a traditional India Pale Ale; a bitter pale ale dry hopped with fresh crisp hops to increase bitter and slightly larger strength. But with time though, when the Americans started producing their IPAs, along the mentality commonplace to much of the country, they got bigger and more powerful. These American-Style IPAs have more than just pale malts creating richer, more complex malt character, as well, the amount of hops used in the boil and dry hopping are typically increased. At 7.5% it is not quite an Imperial or Double IPA, so lets consider it the front runner for American-Style IPAs.

Pour the Maximus preferably in a stemmed tulip around cool at 10C (50F) so you can enjoy both the cold refreshment of the hops, and the warmth of the malts as the beer relaxes. It pours a caramel orange with lots of shinning ambers and light brown peaking through. Its is slightly transparent with a thin and soft off white head which lasts for merely a minute.

The nose gushes at you with malts and hops, it's hard to tell which one comes first, they are both very powerful. The hops do seem like they are the most dominant showing citrus, pine, earth, and hay fields. Caramel and toffee malt character is definitely resting there with some biscuity mellow sweetness also. Overall its very floral and perfume-like.

The flavor beautifully replicates the nose bringing bitter hops and rich malts across your whole palate immediately. After a moment, the caramel and biscuit flavors in the malts bring smooth sweet waves to your cheeks, and warmth over your tongue. The hops bring out more floral and herbal aromas. Really though, grapefruit, mango, lemon peel, grass and earth show rich fresh hops flavors and a crisp rich bitterness.

It is full bodied and has big and wide flavors that are balanced right between huge malts and powerful hops. The mouthfeel is slick and silky with an oil like consistency but still a relatively normal amount of carbonation. The finish is dry and malty with a crisp hop crack at the end. Very quenching and very refreshing. I want spicy food right now while enjoying this beer!

It is certainly not my favorite IPA, but I can't go a summer without a few of them. They are available both in 650ml and 341ml bottles. I do love the big bottles.

StephenRich, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of IronCitySteve
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice orangish copper color. There is a nice creamy head with a decent amount of retention.

S: Lots of big hop flavors pine, citrus followed up with a just wee amount of sweet malts.

T: On the front end, there is a tremendous amount of bitter hops. It mellows in the middle with some caramel and bready malt followed up with more bitter hop flavors.

M: A nice medium body beer that leaves a distinct bitterness on the palate.

D: A very nice and tasty Double. A higher ABV makes me limit the number in a sitting, but a wonderful beer.

IronCitySteve, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of daledeee
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours pretty clear darker amber. The head and lace are good with a white head.

The nose is malty

Taste is low on the citrus or pine or other IPA attributes. Quite a bit of malt with a creamy finish. Good carbonation and quite drinkable. A nice twice on the IPA group.

daledeee, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of SolomonGrundy
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gotta conference call to sit in on in 13 minutes so HURRY....pours a slighty ruddy amber with no real head at all. Almost no carbonation either, means this probably is pretty syrupy, uh oh....Something almost caustic in the nose, like paint thinner. Lots of hops also. And some skunky Mary Jane notes also. Flavor is bright and crisp, and fairly sweet without being cloying. Not sure about this one...Finish is dry and bitter in a good way, but doesn't make up for the overall problems here. Usually pretty well-priced, so if you see it maybe try it.

SolomonGrundy, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think my new beer glasses aren't conducive to head, because this poured with hardly any. It had a nice, cloudy, glowing orange gold colour, though.

Smell was good... pick up grapefruit / orange.

Taste was good, but a little underwhelming after having tried Lagunitas' Hop Stoopid first. This is like a toned-down version of that. The alcohol doesn't come through, and you get a nice taste of citrus pith / peel... same as the smell. Nice taste.

Bitter, but not too bitter. It's pretty smooth and balanced overall.

Overall, quite drinkable. However, I wouldn't get another one of these, whereas I've already bought my second Hop Stoopid.

PEIBeerGuy, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of Elimination
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz into standard pint glass

Look is a copper yellow, foamy thick cotton head, very white. Strung amount of bubbles rising, looks really good actually.

Smell slight hops, citrus, lemon, pine needles.

Taste It is a above average ipa in terms of taste, the hops are very floral, a good bitterness but not over the edge. Very well rounded citrus notes, sort of sweet at the end.

Mouthfeel, not dry at all, I like that. the bubbles have a slight sharpness to them almost striking the tongue, tingles at it goes down.

Drink: it hides the abv very well, great high gravity summer beer really.

Elimination, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a hazy golden orange, creamy light tan retains very long with great lacing up the glass
S - strong piney and citrus hops, light roasty malt aroma, with light notes of florals and hot spices on the finish
T - strong hop notes of pine, citrus, and peppery spice, the malt flavour is light roasted grains, there is some alcohol sweetness with the spicy flavour lingering
M - medium carbonation kick, but the bite of the hop bitter and alcohol takes over, dry's out slightly but with a full mouth feel of bitter and spiciness lingering
D - very robust aromas and flavours, the hops flavours are very enjoyable, the higher ABV is only slightly noticable and not a problem, another great beer from Lagunitas

joemcgrath27, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of UTee28
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first brew from Lagunitas and not disappointed. Pours a clear copper color with a white creamy head. Strong smell of piney citrus aroma. Strong flavorful hops, right down a hopheads alley. A slight piney hop taste with a smooth bite at the finish. Nice after taste. Very drinkable. Highly
recommend to all hop lovers. Very good IPA

UTee28, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of btorsdog
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer to have around the house for them "Maximus" occasions and at $8.99-$9.99 a sixer this is definetly a "Maximus" value!
A VERY solid, VERY tasty, and VERY drinkable well crafted and balanced brew. Nothig really sticking out to mention but somestimes simple is best, never seems to dissapoint or let ya down, very nice stuff!

btorsdog, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to fellow BA joemcgrath for hooking me up with a couple bottles of this stuff!

A - Pours a nice hazy golden orange with a solid thumb of light fluffy off-white head, solid retention and a great amount of lacing.

S - Hop bomb! Woody pine and cedar hops with a fruity, citrus and bubble gum, finish.

T - The bitterness of the hops is tamed nicely, leaving a very floral bouquet of hops on your tongue. Similar to the scent, pine, citrus and bubble gum hops dominate the flavour and linger on the tongue. Some caramel malts also present to balance it out nicely.

M - Surprisingly wet on the tongue given the hop presence, perfectly carbonated, but it does feel a little 'chewy' if that's at all possible.

D - The alcohol is nicely hidden on this one, almost undetectable, making it extremely dangerous! Delicious flavours, nicely balanced, and goes down smooth. I really enjoyed this one and would recommend it to any hop lover.

andrenaline, Aug 15, 2010
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,223 ratings.