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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,133 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,133
Reviews: 1,392
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 81
Gots: 378 | 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 after5
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

after5, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of joshuadlight
3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

joshuadlight, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

yesyouam, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of ralree
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

ralree, Aug 19, 2009
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

CHILLINDYLAN, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

beerwolf77, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of sls0210
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

sls0210, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of bargerking
4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

bargerking, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of parkeak0
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

parkeak0, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of epicness
3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

epicness, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

david18, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of kaseydad
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

kaseydad, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of JohnPecod
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

JohnPecod, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of cpone
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to tulip

A: Deep, rich cooper body with a 2 finger creamy head that reduces to a thin coating. Leaves some lacing. This is a great looking beer.

S: Pine with some grapefruit and a little honey and banana. Floral notes and some mild bread yeast.

T: Hops up front and remain the dominant flavor throughout although a strong malt flavor makes an appearance midway through. Get that citrus and honey.

M: Very medium-light body and a slightly bitter but almost watery finish. Not bad, but doesn't quite keep pace with the rest of this beer.

D: It's very tasty and drinkable. Not bad - it's no Hop Stoopid, but it's another fine Lagunitas brew.

cpone, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of webmanspidey
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. A pint glass, golden color with small amount of tan head. Smell is slight hops and grapefruit. Taste is pretty typical of an IPA: hops, grapefruit, pine. I thought this beer had some "earthiness" about it.. maybe a mossy/grassy flavor mixed in with the more typical IPA flavors.

Pretty drinkable, I didn't really think of it as a DIPA when drinking it. Alcohol is not that noticeable and doesn't have many of the heavier characteristics I associate with other DIPAs.

webmanspidey, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of Dogbrick
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample at Barley's Smokehouse. This beer is a hazy light amber color with a thin light beige head that diminishes quickly. Spotty lacing. The aroma is hoppy with some caramel malt. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with hops and spice flavors, along with some sweet malt and grapefruit underneath. The finish is fruity and hoppy with a lightly bitter aftertaste. Does not pack as much punch as I would expect in a IIPA. Slightly above average overall.

Dogbrick, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of cullen0013
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich hopper with an orange hue. Opaque and hazy with bits of sediment floating throughout. Not much nose to speak of, but a deep inhalation is rewarded with the faint scent of citrusy hops. As far as taste, the hop characteristic is very, very mild for an IPA and is more on the fruity side (apricot) than the bitter. Drinks smoothly with mild carbonation.

cullen0013, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of sweetbrew82
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Orange-stained amber with a thick crown of foam that leaves some webs of lace as it sinks relatively quickly to a thin cap on top.

A: Citrusy, piney, and floral hops are noted with a toasted malt underneath. What's there smells pretty good, but this would lack power even for a regular IPA. Where's the power and strength that is expected from a Double/Imperial? Maybe it will make up for it on the palate.

T: Unfortunately, it does not. My taste buds are feeling just as deprived as my nose was. The malt bill feels like it was built to handle a much larger load of hops that is currently present. Citrusy hops are dominant with mostly grapefruit rinds, while the pine needle-flavored hops deliver some spice on the end. Good bitterness here at points, but the sweet malts take a big bite out of it. Seems more like a Pale Ale than a DIPA, to be quite honest. Not impressed at all.

M: Medium-full with a sticky, mouth-coating feel that finishes a bit harsh and leaves a weird aftertaste.

Notes: If you really want an Imperial IPA from Lagunitas, do yourself a favor and pass this one up for some Hop Stoopid. Maximus fell way short of what I was expecting from this great brewery. They don't fail often, as most of their beers are 'hits'. You can mark this one down as a 'miss', though, as far as I'm concerned. Oh well, I guess you can't win 'em all...

sweetbrew82, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of kels
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The beer pours a really great shade of warm coppery orange. It is slightly hazy with light visible carbonation. A 1 finger thick, pillowy, white head retains well after fading from an initial 3-finger depth. Tons of sticky white lace spots the sides of the glass. Looks absolutely great.

Smell: Really great hop presence comes through in a bitter, yet sweetly juicy, citrus aroma. There is a slightly detectable toasty malt undertone anchoring the overall smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Hops and malts are quite a bit bolder in the taste than in the nose. The hops are quite sticky and present slightly citrusy and heavily piny. The malts are quite toasty, caramelly and sweet and even a little heavy-handed. The aftertaste is full of vapor from the alcohol. Feel is a little on the weak and thin side despite a decent amount of carbonation. Tons of stickiness is left behind throughout the drink.

Drinkability: Moderate, but not the highest for the style. The feel kinda bring it down, as well as the alcohol presence. It's decent overall, but I'd probably grab another IPA next time.

kels, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of tj4288
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW. my first PERFECT 5 BEER. poured from bomber into a large tulip glass.

a-Pours a peach/ honey color (very pretty) slightly yellow head about two fingers. Recedes to a small cap but leaves decent lacing. Some visible carbonation. This peach color is amazing me. It's beautiful, I have never seen a beer with this color, and I even left the room to check it under different lightings! Very alive and inviting!
s- Piney hops up front followed by a light burnt caramel or molasses. Some grapefruity citrus notes as well. A very well rounded and very complex beer for the nose. WOW
t- slightly molasses and burnt caramel sweetness. More on the pine and citrus hop side. Fairly weak malt. This beer is amazing. The bitter bite is very enjoyable. Almost like a citrus skin. Grapefruit, slightly grassy and earthy. wow wow wow. very complex, very interesting. Too bad I only bought one 
m- not a "full body" but very close. slightly sticky feel. Carbonation is medium.
d- I always include price in drinkability and this bomber was fairly cheap. Will I but it again?> yes, tomorrow. goes down very easy, very enjoyable and very tasty. I have to admit I was very surprised. I did not expect this from this very plain, very boring labeled bottle. love it, buy it. if you like ipas at all this one is top notch. a great DIPA! cant wait to buy more.

tj4288, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light airy head about 1.5 fingers, very pale amber color with some clarity and lots of bubbles

N: Nose has some American hops but not super hoppy with some citrus and pine and a little tangy sweet malt

T: Taste starts biscuity surprisingly, it has a nice malt base with some lighter hops than expected, the 72 IBUs are not really detectable, its got some citrus and piney hops that tend to build up on the bitterness, some sweet malt adds to the taste, but not nearly as much malt as the regular IPA

M: Light mouth feel but a little bit of viscosity

F: The finish starts sweet but dries off slowly and adds more bitter finishing hops, it also has a slight fruity finish like apricot that is very faint

Final thoughts: It has a strange malt bill that adds some interesting flavors, not their best beer but interesting nonetheless.

jlindros, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of EatsTacos
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a thick frothy head that seems to last. The lacing on the glass is good. I'm drinking this beer from a brandy snifter

The aroma earthy, floral, lots of citrus, sweet sugary malt, toffee, caramel

The flavour begins quite sweet and I'd say this is a very balanced DIPA. By no means is this beer a showcase of hops. The hops are piney, citrusy, not quite the sour grapefruit I was expecting. Lemongrass, lime rind, orange rind come to mind. The finish is still sweet which I don't really appreciate, I'd like this beer to be a lot more dry.

Medium body with a low and soft carbonation.

EatsTacos, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle that I believe is a year or two old but held in my cellar at 60 for the past year or so.

Unibroue tulip glass. Pours a hazy dark peach color with 1.5 finger light tan head the drops leaving random lacing.

Aroma is a light apricot malt. Taking into account age on the lack of a punch on aroma. Still has a pleasant mild nature to it.

Age has certainly been kind on this IIPA. Mouthfeel is very light with a punch of flavor prior to a smooth, clean finish. Apricot fruit from the aroma comes through well on flavor.

Yetiman420, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of cvaypai
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to 22oz snifter.

Appearance - Very nice orange-amber. Transparent. Less than one finger of head. Frothy head.

Smell - Grapefruit and cotton candy. It smells so different but I like it. Small sniffs of grapefruit hops and sweet malts.

Taste - Tastes like it smells, grapefruit, sweet candy, and bitter citrus hops. Very different but pretty refreshing i must say. EDIT - As it gets warmer I am getting more soil and earth taste from it, but I like it, haven't changed the taste grade.

Mouthfeel - Quite nice, this is surprisingly very smooth. Has a nice bitter finish but in the mouth it is pretty perfect.

Drinkability - Very good, I will finish this bomber in no time. Since I only have one bomber I am limited, but a very nice beer I wouldn't mind trying to drink 2 of.

cvaypai, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark orange in color with some noticeable head and some pretty stellar lacing.

S: Grapefruit, tangerine, earth tones of soil, pomegranate.

T: Hops are in the presents of a deep citrus flavor with a pungent presence of malt in the mix. Has a yeasty aspect to is as well.

M: Slightly past medium in body, carbonation is right on, ABV is too. Nothing out of wack in this department.

D: I would pick another over this one if given the choice. There are other IPA's that would come recommended before this one, this beer just don't pack the punch that I'm looking for. That is mostly hop bombs, in which for the most part come out of the WC.

BuffaloTapHugger, Jul 07, 2009
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,133 ratings.