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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

4,221 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,221
Reviews: 1,398
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 85
Gots: 406 | 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 OttoBomb
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (March 5, 2010). No freshness/bottling dates that I can find.

Being a hophead and having already tried and enjoyed the Lagunitas Hop Stoopid and Lagunitas IPA, I'm looking forward to this mid-range take on the same style.

Eyes: Pours a crystal clear golden/orangey color. A solid finger head forms. Lacing is moderate to light.

Nose: A bid dose of piney hops, some citrus too but pine dominates. A hint sweet malt and a hint of booze evident also. Decent, but kind of one dimensional, probably the weakest facet of this beer.

Tongue: As a general overview this is very sweet up front and very sharp & bitter in the aftertaste. It's very hoppy, dominated by pine and sweet, sugary fruits, but I'm not sure it is meshed all that well.

Mouth: Medium body and very good carbonation.

Libation: Drinkable? Yes. Overall, Maximus satisfies my hop tooth, but I'm not sure if this is a full bore DIPA. I've had IPAs that compare to the hoppiness here (Great Lakes' Commodore Perry comes to mind), but that's not what my main concern is. I must admit I'm not all that concerned about a "weaker" DIPA as long as the flavor delivers, and unfortunately, the flavor is a bit too one dimensional to be truly great. This is a decent DIPA, but if you are looking for an IPA/DIPA from Lagunitas, go for their Hop Stoopid or the IPA. I guess 2 out of three ain't bad.

OttoBomb, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of Bajasith
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not much into DIPA brews but was convinced by a liquor store owner... Bought a sixer.
A: Poured into a pilsner glass and right of the bat a huge three finger head began to form. Very beautiful clear amber color filled the glass.
S: You can definitely smell the hops in this one. Remanicent of red ruby grapefruit.
T: Wow the bitternes at first but almost sweet at the end with a lingering tangy aftertaste. M: Like bitting into a slice of grapefruit, bitter then sweet. Very nice.
D: Living in the desert southwest, temps hover around 114* in the summer, this brew will quench your thirst. But the bitterness will catch-up in the end.

Bajasith, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of jbone78
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buddy brought this over while we were brewing. Poured a Golden color. Slightly dark for a traditional IPA, but not terrible. Smells malty for an IPA. Well balanced. Hop character wasn't overpowering, but a great malt back ground. I could drink more of these.


jbone78, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy golden orange color with half a finger of fizzy ivory foam. Not bad.

Smell: big sweet malt aroma with a healthy dose of floral hops. It smells good; I'm betting it's deceptively subtle, though.

Taste: actually, the flavor tracks well with the aroma. Malt is big and sweet; hops are floral and ever so slightly citrusy. There is a little grapefruitiness, but it's of the gentler "ruby red" variety. This is actually quite light and refreshing, as DIPAs go. Lagunitas rarely lets me down, and this is no exception.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a relatively low level of carbonation. It still feels pretty good going down, though.

Drinkability: quite drinkable. The flavor and bitterness are not in-your-face, though it's clear you're drinking a DIPA. I find it quite refreshing.

flagmantho, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Big reddish-amber beer, with a giant tower of foam that recedes into patches of lace.

S – This beer is quite hoppy; and quite diversely hoppy, showcasing pine, cedar, citrus, dank and floral. Not so much malt.

T – Very floral hop taste, the malt is pale and pristine in flavor (for Lagunitas), and the floral hop is coupled with piney, dank, resiny impressions; this is a well-rounded hop bomb.

M – Big, rich and full-bodied IPA, well-carbonated.

D – I prefer this to Lagunitas' Hop Stoopid. Pretty nice DIPA

ktrillionaire, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of MeisterBurger
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish amber topped by a bright, white foamy head. A thin film retains throughout and leaves spots of lacing.

The aroma is killer--mangoes, pineapple, grapefruit with some floral notes as well and a surprisingly strong caramel pulling its own weight here. Very nice.

This beer is a full bodied kick of malt and hops in perfect balance. Caramel and grapefruit flesh working together like liquid candy, so full and slick and oily, with the same tropical fruit tastes found in the aroma totally rocking things here, with a grapefruit and pine bitterness, all with a little kick of spice in the finish and some children's aspirin (or whatever those little pink pills my mom gave me when I was a kid were) along for the ride that, while not terrible, I could do without. Still, despite that odd aspirin like chalkiness it's not overly bitter and has a strong caramel backbone which really works for me.

MeisterBurger, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of hophead247
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden-amber color with a slight white head. Aroma is very present, grapefruit/citrus and hops. Flavor is a very fruity, with tart hops and some grapefruit notes. Maximus finishes with a fruity flavor and a hoppy aftertaste. One of the fruitiest IPA's I've had, and I mean that in a good way. This is a very complex brew, something I'd recommend without hesitation.

hophead247, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of logan0203
4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very good! I have a son named Maximus, so I had to try this. It was my first purchase from Lagunitas and I'm impressed! Very hoppy, but still a bit sweet. Not overpowering, but just strong enough. Not too expensive either. Gotta love the creative label as well. I highly recommend this.

logan0203, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of seanbhudson
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with unrecognizable date. Pours a clear orange-amber color with a medium white head. Lots of sticky lacing.
Light sweet malt and pine. More comes out as the beer warms. In particular I pick up the fake lemon flavor of a Arizona Ice Tea.
Pine and citrus. With sweet sugar malt for balance.
Medium body with creamy/syrupy texture. Medium carbonation.
I would consider this mild for a double IPA but still very enjoyable.

seanbhudson, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of chickenflea
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-0z bottle.

Poured a beautiful golden amber with a touch of cloudiness. Thick off-white head. Not billowing but persistent. Left plenty of lacing on the glass.

Bold aroma carried pine and citrus. Rich malty flavor with notes of honey. Hops came on strong but the lingering maltiness balanced it well. LONG finish. The flavor lasted and lasted.

Rich and sticky on the palate, too.

This is an excellent and substantial brew that satisfies those that crave hoppy goodness yet want something creamy and substantial.

Drinkable as far as a double goes! An excellent brew.

chickenflea, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: golden

smell: sublte hop aroma, citrus

taste: light hops flavor for ipa, but goos citurs flavor, balanced ipa

mouthfeel: medium bodied, very carbonated

drinkability: it was an alright beer. solid ipa. the pale ale was actually stonger on the hips flaavor, maybe they'll do this one too

CampusCrew, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of unclejimbay
2.53/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Lagunitas Brewing Company
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 7.50 %

This brew has a nice appearance with a light amber/copper color and textbook head/cap/retention. Smell is grapefruit hoppy goodness with a dash of pine to follow along with some sweet caramel malt notes.
Taste is hoppy with very strange but bitter foundation. The bitterness is quickly dominated by cloying caramel and malt sweetness. The sweet element is too much for me in this brew, I dont enjoy this part in the taste. The assertive sweet element and strange bitterness really was turn off for me. I enoy most IIPAs, but do not dig this one.

This element I dislike seems to remind me of Lagunitas "We Are Only In It For The Money" offering. Same strange turn off that I can not put my finger on.

I will not pursue Maximus again. I prefer a Hop Stoopid or Hairy Eyeball from Lagunitas any day!

unclejimbay, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a clear copper color with a half-finger off-white head. The large bubbles dissipate into a wispy layer on top leaving surprisingly decent lacing.

Smells of bright grapefruit hop aromas with equal parts pale/caramel malts and pine sap.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth malt flavors - part pale and part caramel - kick things off and are joined very quickly by good amounts of citrus flavors. Midway through the sip the hop influence turns toward pine and carries through to a solidly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a slick thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall this came off as one of the more balanced IPA/DIPA/Imperial Reds from Lagunitas. I have to say I like the unbalanced ones a bit more but this is still worth a shot.

glid02, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of Coutastic
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange from a 22oz bottle. Had a one finger head with good retention and great lacing. A nice smell of hops and a peach/orange aroma - also some bready malt there too. Tasted nectarine or peach (sweet fruit) some nice hoppy tones and a little bready in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a little dry at first with a sweet, wet finish. Great carbination, just couldn't wait for the next sip.

This beer got better with every sip until the when it got a little too sweet. Overall, this was a nice change in IPA's I've had. I would glasy have it again!

Coutastic, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of DoesntMatter46
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle, is a hazy, light orange color with a one finger high cream colored head that quickly dissipated.

Smells like caramel and roasted oranges, not a huge hop aroma, slightly maltier.

Does not taste like the freshest IPA I've ever had, there is no bottled on or best by date, but it would have been nice to know. Like the aroma, it seems like this beer had lost some of its hop profile. But there is a very strong, caramely malt backbone balanced by a still present piney bitterness. Fairly well balanced for a West Coast IPA, not quite what I expected.

Well carbonated and slightly syrupy.

Very easy to drink for 7.5% And as the label reads "Life is uncertain. Don't Sip" This is a beer that you can easily take a big swig of it with out regretting the decision to do so.

Overall it seems more like an East Coast IPA, slightly maltier, and in turn, slightly better balanced. Good not great.

DoesntMatter46, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of BB1313
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of this one. Very hoppy, balanced IPA. This is more an IPA rather than a DIPA to me. Nice head and lace! Citrus notes and very hoppy. Grapefruit, orange, pine, resin. Caramel is noticeable; slight amount of malt. Goes down smooth w/ nice drinkability. Lagunitas really comes through w/ this one. Recommended to anyone who likes a nice IPA.

BB1313, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of GreatJob
3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. poured into a cognac snifter.

A - The beer is a gorgeous crystal clear amber with a rather thin white head that I only achieved through a very aggressive pour.

S - The smell is dominated by the malt and accompanied by some slight citrus and pine notes.

T - The taste is similar to the DFH 90 min. in that it is very malty for an IPA, but it is lacking the balance of sweet/bitter that the 90 min. accomplishes so well. The Maximus lacks a the bitter finish that you would expect from any IPA and there is a definite soapiness up front that others have mentioned. I don't think the particular hops they used for this beer pair well with the sweetness.

M - very smooth and syrupy.

D - It's too sweet and soapy to have more than one of these in a single sitting.

GreatJob, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of Gribbs23
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz pour into standard pint glass from F.X. Matt Brewery, Utica NY

aroma was fabulous with a citrus start & a bit of pine finish
Drinkability was good with minimal bitter aftertaste. Have to admit that the initial aroma got me good, & I'm a fan of the citrus/pine hops. Great finish.

As they say on Sportscenter- a "restaurant quality" IPA at a very good price. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this beer to American IPA afficionados across the globe.

Gribbs23, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 14, 2007

22oz. bottle poured into a glass with a tapered stem and large bowl.

Appearance: This glass makes this beer look really nice, very amber in the stem but a beautiful reddish-orange in the bowl. Very little head but quite a bit of nice lacing.

Aroma: Big time grapefruit citrus hops kick.

Flavor: Strong grapefruit flavor with a good amount of hops. Sweet.

Nice mouthfeel.

Good bang-for-your buck with this brew. Not the first time I've bought it and certainly won't be the last.

elgiacomo, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of yippieIPA
2.63/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz're into a pint glass.

A: pours a dark golden/amber color with not much head at all. (May have been a little too conservative of a pour on my behalf)

S: Deep hops and citurs odor,

T: Disappointing. I got a small hit of hops and kept waiting for it to keep coming... but alas, nothing. Then a strong soap taste hit my tongue out of nowhere.

M: Smooth, little carbination, but the soap taste made it oily to me.

D: I'll sit out the next round. The total lack of hops even for a regular IPA and the soapy taste really disappointed me. (I love the regular Lagunitas IPA, go figure)

yippieIPA, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of Amalak
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had out a 12 ounce bottle. IPA's are probably my favorite and this is an outstanding go at it. It's very crisp, and it's a very balanced beer. This has a nice fruitiness to it. Kind of apple-pearish. About as well balanced an IPA as I've had in a long time. Tastes don't get lost, it doesn't go overboard.

Amalak, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of NicholasSchell
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy amber/honey color with little head (possibly due to bad poor).

S- Sweet dried fruits, honey, pine undertones.

T- Hops and malt are pretty well balanced, again there is something honey-ish coming through. Dried apricots. Aftertaste lingers, not very pleasant.

M- Medium carbonation, medium-heavy mouthfeel, a bit sticky.

D- Though not one of the best beers i've had, I could see myself buying this again. ABV is at a pretty good level to be able to have just a few and be happy.

NicholasSchell, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of mikey711
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice coppered hue with a soapy white faom head that leaves nice webs of lace behind

S: Nice lemon hop aroma. Some soapiness. Not really all that in your face but enough to get the palate salivating. Also the caramel is present as well.

T: The initial sip is of lemon soapiness. I wish the soapiness wasnt as present as it deters from the overall taste. Nice buttery biscuit note and some caramel sweetness to balance it all out.

M: Good amount of body on this one and a crisp clean taste. No head present either.

D: The soapiness di get to me a little bit but otherwise an enjoyable beer

mikey711, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of WJVII
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a nice orange glowy color with a 2 finger white head that settles to nearly nothing. The color is deep and nontransparent. The nose is very fruity and citrus with a little floral hops. The taste is fresh and clean with a lot of citrus (orange, lime) in the front and a mild balanced bitter finish. This is a more relaxed IPA. Very clean and crisp. I would recommend to someone just starting the style, as not to over the top bitter, but a nice flavor.

WJVII, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of mightymoksha
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in pint glass.

Pours a translucent, golden-copper. Head is off-white, creamy and retentive.

Very aromatic. Hints of pine, grapefruit and, to a lesser extent, oily hops present, as well as alcohol and a syrupy malt sweetness.

Notes of pine and citrus are very prominent. Notes of a earthy, maple sweetness are also present, albeit playing an obvious second chair to the hop bitterness. Finish is big and full of grapefruit and grassy notes.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a medium body and low carbonation.

It is a very good DIPA, however, the lingering hop astringency/imbalance keeps it from being excellent.

mightymoksha, Jan 03, 2010
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,221 ratings.