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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,026 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,026
Reviews: 1,381
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 74
Gots: 332 | 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 bboven


4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

Very light copper, slightly hazy body with a finger and a half of rocky head that doesn't fade. Leaves a ton of lacing. Perfect.

Aroma is very well balanced with mellow peppery hops and a sweet cereal (think Corn Pops) malt aroma. Really nice.

Very peppery hop flavor upfront, it overtakes the malt a bit, but that's how a lot of double IPAs are. There's a very slight cardboard flavor as well, so there may be some oxidation happening somewhere along the lines. It's not super noticeable, but it might be best to drink this one as fresh as possible.

Medium-high carbonation and a slightly stick residual. The alcohol warms the belly almost instantly, reminding you it's there.

A very very good IPA and a nice hop showcasing. I can't put my finger on the variety, but I know it's a hop profile that doesn't get a whole lot of play in our citrus/grassy hop happy culture.

01-02-2009 21:01:11 | More by bboven
Photo of Wackyfoot


4.38/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours out orangey with a nice citrus smell that hits your sinuses like a freight train. The hops hit you from the first sip and don't stop til the very last drop. A nice malt profile on this one as well though, the balance is very solid. Another winner from Lagunitas.

01-01-2009 03:47:15 | More by Wackyfoot
Photo of umustdrink


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

A - Clear coppery red color. Offwhite head fades to rocky film. A few small bits of lacing.

S - Light citrusy hoppy smell, some brown sugary malts. Aroma is overall pretty faint.

T - Starts out with a nice hit of sweet bitterness, immediately balanced with brown sugary malt. Malt flavor increases in sweetness, too sweet for my liking. Finish leaves a good blend of the aforementioned tastes: sweet hoppy bitterness with a dominating presence of brown sugary malts.

M - Medium carbonation, right where it seems it should be. Consistency is on the thicker side, seems almost syrupy at times.

D - Probably slightly lower ABV than your average DIPA, so drinkability is elevated for the DIPA style. Overall an okay brew, I'd like to try it on-tap.

12-29-2008 03:34:35 | More by umustdrink
Photo of onecrazybreeze


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

Bottle. Pours a dark orange brown. Smelled pretty piney, with floral and malty tints. Tasted mainly hoppy, piney, with definite malt notes, slightly boozy, definitely can taste the high alcohol content. All in all though a really solid double IPA, a personal favorite go to beer when money is tight. A favorite for the price for sure.

12-26-2008 10:30:10 | More by onecrazybreeze
Photo of Voonder

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

Pours copper color with little off-white head. Smell - pine, citrus and lots of hops. Alcohol is not really noticable. Taste is pretty much the same, hoppy with bitter citrusy finish. Very well balnced, medium bodied. Alcohol is very well hidden. Very drinkable. Nice brew.

12-26-2008 01:55:29 | More by Voonder
Photo of illidurit


2.88/5  rDev -27.5%

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Deep golden orange color, with quite a bit of yeast floating around. Big tan head, very sticky. Aroma is sweet and caramel malty, with juicy citrus that tends towards sweet rather than sharp/bitter. As a fan of dry and bitter IPAs, this isn't looking good so far. Flavor confirms my suspicions, as this beer is kind of a gooey mess of crystal malt and candied fruit. Totally disregards the tenets of attenuation and drinkability.

12-21-2008 06:43:07 | More by illidurit
Photo of beersheppard


4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

Appearance: clear mahogany with white fleeting white head.

Smell: floral hops and sweet malts.

Taste: hops with a great malt backbone. Citrus, caramel,and honey.

Mouthfeel: substantial, good carbonation, nice tingle on the tongue.

Drinkability: a very pleasant beer, very drinkable, great flavor.

12-21-2008 06:11:09 | More by beersheppard
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.15/5  rDev -20.7%

Reviewed on 7/6/08. Bottle. Pours orange with a thick white head and leaves nice, thick lacing. Aroma of rich bready/cookie malt and flowery hops. Flavor of lots of hop spices, bitter hops. The flavor is very muddied and it was hard to pick out anything specific. This beer has a spicy bite to it. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy. An ok IIPA but not very well balanced and too heavy for my liking.
7/4/6/3/14 (3.4/5)

12-20-2008 18:01:06 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of bassmantin


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

Pour a bright orange with moderate thick foamy head. The color is a little too transparent, but this head is nice and thick.

Hops dominate the nose, but I detect a bit of delicate sweetness, that could make this one a gem. Let's see.

Tastes much different than I thought. The hops are fierce, and the malts a definitely present, but not as delicate nor satisfying as I had hoped. Hops a relatively strong in the aftertaste and leave you tasting bitterness for quite some time.

Overall: not hoppy enough to be novel for its IBU's and not interesting enough on the malt side to be noteworthy for its balance. If it were on tap at most bars, I would love it. Given my other choices at home, though, it's just a'ight.

12-18-2008 02:54:54 | More by bassmantin
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

Re-review: Poured copper with a small white head, that stuck along for a good while and laced well. Good grapefruit aroma along with pine and flowers, all courtesy of our friend, the hop. Grapefruit and pine is very prominent in the flavour without making it too bitter, and its perfectly balanced by some wonderful caramel malts. There is also a touch of warmth from the alcohol. Medium to full body coats the tongue with hop oil. Decent carbonation.

The drinkability is quite high, and this is a damn decent brew. Not as bitter as I would have expected, but the caramel character of this beer really shines for me and I would get it again. Thanks to Shawn for leaving this in the fridge, and allowing me to re-try this beer!

12-17-2008 04:00:56 | More by bobsy
Photo of Grabbin2nd


3.6/5  rDev -9.3%

From notes 11/1/08: Lagunitas Brewing Co. Maximus 7.5% Abv.

Appearance=Dense, minimal head and carbonation, good looking beer though...

Smell= minimal hops, could be more

Taste= good example of the style, but nothing stands out.

Mouthfeel= see taste comments

Drinkability= It is a good example of the style but nothing special. Could have more of everything.

12-14-2008 23:59:38 | More by Grabbin2nd
Photo of Fatduck


3.83/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured into my new imperial pint glass, a coppery transparent color, with a bit of an oily head... to be expected with this much hop aroma and flavor. Smells and taste like a west coast IIPA, big malty backbone with a strong hop bitterness and flavor all the way to the end. Centennial hops stand out easy enough, probably cascade, maybe some armaillo, This is a beer Id like to try and recreate in him home brewery. Its thick and well carbonated keeps the taste fresh, I think I could drink this all night.

Thanks to my GF for picking this up as a happy exams over present.

12-14-2008 06:59:21 | More by Fatduck
Photo of hoplover82


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%

Wow, the presentation on this one is beautiful.
Pours a clear, deep gold color with a slightly bubbly but creamy medium off white head. The lacing is strong but delicate. The head quikly dissapears though which is my only idea of what the brewers could improve on, (as far as appearance).

The nose is very much floral and very much citrus hops, remeniscence of a bowl of freshly squeezed limes and oranges. No malt aroma at all. The aroma is strong throughout.

The flavor has notes of sweet orange hop juice. Some sweetness from the pale malts, but it is balanced with some dry soft bitterness in the finish.

It is full bodied and very smooth, a little warmth from the alcohol which makes me feel all cozy inside.

And is very drinkable. Could have another bomber I think.

12-13-2008 06:12:44 | More by hoplover82
Photo of KarlHungus


3.15/5  rDev -20.7%

This beer pours a clear golden orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes into nice lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit with hints of pine and caramel. The taste is remarkably sweet for a DIPA. There are definitely a lot of hops there, but it seems the sweetness is what strikes me first. It is followed by grapefruit and pine hops. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a lower level of carbonation. Overall, this is a mediocre example of a DIPA. With so many better DIPAs out there I can't see myself drinking this again.

12-13-2008 03:00:49 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of optiontwo


4/5  rDev +0.8%

22oz. poured into generic pint glass

Appearance: Light orange/copper in color with one and a half inch white head.

Smell: Sweet citrus mixed with slightly bready malts.

Taste: Citrus forefront like most IPAs or IIPAs but what it is really distinct about this one is a kind of caramel banana flavor that comes right after the citrus, which is delicious. Finish is clean and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Slightly syrupy but not too much. Good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Relatively high. If there were anything that would detract from the drinkability it'd be the creamy/syrupy feel.

Overall: Wonderful. This is one I've bought on multiple occasions since it became available in my area, don't know why I didn't review it until now but great beer. Highly recommended along with pretty much every offering from Lagunitas.

12-12-2008 20:02:58 | More by optiontwo
Photo of Brianmerrilyn

New York

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

A: Picked up this bomber at Whole Foods after passing over for years. Poured into a snifter to display a clear light red color with thick two finger frothy head that slow swiss cheeseque lace covering the entire glass...most impressive upon the repeated swirll.

S: While the name may lead one to think this will be a full bore hop blast, the chaps at Lagunitas did a fine job mixing citrus notes along with sweet malt backstop.

T: Perhaps I need to stop telling myself all California IPA's need to sting at first tasting. Following the nose partially but cannot keep up for the entire beer. The addition of several malts works to slacken a bitterness from the hops.

M: Rather creamy to my enjoyment. The carbonation remains and keeps some of the sourness from the hops around.

D: A medium hop IPA with impressive texture and various flavors, perhaps that's what the name means. Starts off sweet and moves towards tart at the end. Interesting take on the style.

12-11-2008 01:05:17 | More by Brianmerrilyn
Photo of magictrokini


3.83/5  rDev -3.5%

Exactly the kind of Imperial I would expect from Lagunitas. Looks and smells like any good IPA. The taste is what separates this brew. Hops are definietly there, but there is a lot of fruits and citrus, with a little malt and possibly mint. This could be in its own category. Highly recommend.

12-10-2008 17:33:01 | More by magictrokini
Photo of NittanyBeerFan


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Pours a hazy brownish amber with an orange hue. Slight head on the pour, but beautiful lacing.

S: Dominant smell is of caramel malt, but there is also some citrusy hop character.

T: The first thing I notice is that the taste has a lot more hop kick to it than the smell did. Mildly hoppy, much more mild than I had imagined, considering the style. There is a definite caramel malt sweetness in the finish. I can also taste some honey-like flavors when I let the beer sit on my tongue for a while. There is also a roasted malty flavor in the finish when you do this.

M/D: Lightly carbonated and astonishingly smooth. The medium-high ABV is masked beautifully and the texture lends itself to leading me to want another one or two. I don't know if I could drink more than 3 of these bombers, but hey, I would definitely try it!

12-10-2008 03:06:07 | More by NittanyBeerFan
Photo of Vendetta

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +4%

Original Rating Date:
August 30, 2008

Pours an enticing dark gold, smells of a bit of hops but not as much as I expected, relatively weak on the nose which surprises me as most IIPAs I've tried have a great nose. Looking down the ratings already here, it seems like I'm the only one who will score this weak on aroma- maybe my nose is too stuffed? Really just a bland bit of hoppy aroma, nothing special. The label lists 72.41 IBUs, pretty low for a 2IPA. First sip... wow, lots of hop punch, but balanced with a citric sweetness and some malt towards the end. Finishes long, honey/malty, and bitter. Perfect mouthfeel- sticky malt with adequate carbonation. Really, really enjoyable IPA, the best new IPA I've tried in months. I want to give this a higher rating but the nose just wasn't there for me. Either way, excellent IIPA, a far better effort than Lagunitas' regular IPA. Recommended for sure.

12-07-2008 23:48:25 | More by Vendetta
Photo of jasonjlewis


3.55/5  rDev -10.6%

This beer pours a 1 finger head with great retention.

Citrusy hop aroma is faint with some weak malts underneath.

Taste is of some pale malts and a decent hop profile. There could be a tad bit more body and more hop flavoring.

The mouthfeel is a little thin, it could use some more body.

This is a middle of the road IPA. It's only 3.49 for a bomber though, so I'm glad I tried it.

12-07-2008 03:23:31 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of iuhophead87


4.53/5  rDev +14.1%

Lagunitas Maximus IPA

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

A-Pours a light amber color with a giant sticky head that lasts quite a while. Much lacing is present even after sipping.

S-Mostly a fresh hop aroma with a good balance between pine and floral aroma. A slight hint of caramel may also be detected.

T- Wow! Much better than I was expecting. This is the first beer by this brewery and I can't wait to try more. A little sweeter than I would have expected. This is a very hoppy beer, but not over done. Very ripe with citrus hops and a light syrupy pine flavor.

MF- A medium bodied beer that is sticky and a little chewy but with a dry finish at the same time.
D- I could drink this beer all day or at least until the alcohol hit me. Very drinkable for a double IPA. If I did not know I wouldn't guess this is a DIPA. Two thumbs up and I would hope I can get this beer again.

12-06-2008 02:10:06 | More by iuhophead87
Photo of khiasmus

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%

Pours with perfect clarity into my glass, a pretty amber with constant bubbling. Head is white and soapy, and though a bit minimal, leaves a decent amount of spiderwall lacing down the sides.

Aroma is the highlight of the brew. With a quick sniff, grapefruit citrus is the main note. After a swirl, a strong resin comes in and the citrus morphs to an almost orange peel note. The malting is so caramelized as to be reminiscent of a bock, and provides excellent balance for the complex hopping.

The flavor is a bit disappointing after the nose... many of the same notes, but with a strange sour/bitter in the very finish that leaves an unappetizing note on the palate. Almost the bitterness of very old brie, or if one were to chew on a hallertau mittelfreuh hop. It's not bad. The notes from the nose are all there, creating an excellent flavor, just with this unfortunate note in the finish that lowers the drinkability.

Mouthfeel department is solid. Creamy but not too chewy as to lower the drinkability. Medium carbonation that compliments the body. The finish is not too clean though, and a light astringency lingers with the aforementioned sourness. Otherwise, the mouthfeel would be perfect.

This is a pretty good example of the style. A little rough around the edges and not quite as complex as I would prefer, but hard to argue with for $3.99/22 oz. I recommend giving this one a shot.

12-05-2008 23:10:44 | More by khiasmus
Photo of mattffrost


3.4/5  rDev -14.4%

Bottle poured into glass.

Appearance Beer is a clear amber orange color. Head is offwhite. Head dissolves pretty quickly. Some lacing.

Smell Sweet malts with some citrus smell.

Taste Sweet carmel tasting with a bit of a bitter finish. A hint of fruity Citrus taste as well. I Have had better and also worst. Not bad not great. In my opinion just a little to sweet with out the fruitness.

Mouthfeel Very low carbonation. The sweetness is nice in the mouth but in my opinion just a little to sweet.

Drinkablity Again sorry for the repeat but just a little to sweet for me. I can drink a 22 oz bottle no problem.

11-24-2008 01:13:01 | More by mattffrost
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

Split a bomber. Into the turbulating power of the Sam Adams super pint glass.

A: Poured with 3 fingers of white head. Excellent lacing. Clear golden color. Not as dark as your typical DIPA.

S: Tons of bitterness in the nose. Some floral hops and a hint of citrus. Not too bad really. A bready malt is buried in the back.

T: Bitter right up front. More of a bitter hoppiness than anything else. There is a slight amount of citrus in there but not enough to balance things out.

M: Just feels good on your tongue. A little bit creamy.

D: For the price this is a great deal. My lady friend grabbed this to try to find some cheaper DIPA options. I think this is a great solution for hopheads who need a fox but find the medicine has become too expensive.

11-22-2008 22:34:32 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of hustlesworth


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

A- poured slightly iridescent like clean motor oil. almost clear persimmon orange/red body with hues of ruby red grapefruit. thick and creamy buff head is an instant lace-maker with remarkable staying power though it's kinda small. looks very hoppy.

S- nothing short of hoptastic (but not quite hoptacular), mainly consists of herbal and citrus oil aromas perhaps cascade or columbus. bitter orange, quinine, pineapple, grapefruit, and some earthy pine and mushroom, 'marhsmallows' plenty dark and toasty too with enough caramel and toffee sweetness to hold everything together. malt aromas vastly increase once warmed a little and really balance things out. volatile alpha acids tingle the nose and mask any alcohol that may be wafting about.

T- at first odd. fuel, crude oil flavors, something i'm unaccustomed to, and i'm unsure whether its fusel alcohol or high alphas from the hops... toasted white grapefruit, burnt caramel, rum soaked orange peels, pine sap, and a less direct fruitiness than the aroma. the toasty sweetness of this one is hard to describe, like spritzing a donut with grapefruit juice and some phenols, then toasting it, then blending it up with pine sap and dark rum. hrm. maybe i should elevate my mind... sugary sweetness lingers in the background as resinous leafy hop flavor takes over until well into the finish when some toasty sweet malt flavor is able to resurface.

MF- carbonation is like fine high grit sandpaper, unable to distinguish individual bubbles, it fuses itself to the weight of the beer, which is sugary and resinous and sticky, and somewhat lightens the consistency temporarily. long term coating of sap and hoppy dryness. i can appreciate how much hops are in there.

D- this bomber went down fast just trying to figure out what the hell it tastes like. its different and its good, but the certain sweet and bitter flavors contrast one another.

11-22-2008 09:01:21 | More by hustlesworth
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,026 ratings.