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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

4,335 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,335
Reviews: 1,404
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 89
Gots: 453 | 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 BeerEndevour14
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this IPA, it has much of a malt backbone and does not want you to get bored at all, its grapefruit/citrus flavor is balanced well by its sweet flavor masking a bleak oaky like bittnerness i sensed. Not too hoppy for a HOPloco cervesa.

BeerEndevour14, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of kagent777
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle claimed in Tampa Florida for a flight back to SLC, Utah. I poured this one into a goblet. My bottle says only 7.5% ABV.

Appearance: Head dissipates quickly on this nice golden IPA. No haze and leaves a little lacing as I drink it.

Smell: Pine hops smells. I can also pick up some light hints of alcohol, but none of the malt backbone.

Taste: Mirrors the taste very nicely. The bitterness from the hops is not overpowering, even though there is significant pine-herbal hops taste. I can detect a little bisquity maltiness in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Really coats the mouth with flavor long after the beer has been swallowed. Very nice.

Drinkability: A very solid IPA, just not available in Utah. Can I fault Utah for not importing this stuff? I would pick this one up again.

I like the label, it says: "...of Hops, Malt, Hops, Hops, Yeast, Hops, Water, and Hops."

kagent777, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of depechemode1983
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice head on this one. Beer is an orange honey color. Very attractive and inviting. I can see a single string of carbonation.

Smell - Sour, sweet and hoppy. I sense more floral notes than citrus in this one. It has some malts in there as well.

Taste - There is a pronounce acidic hops taste at first but is nicely balanced out by a sweet apricot flavor. It balanced just right. Theres a little sourness from the hops in the after taste.

Mouthfeel - Nice full body. Washes over gently.

Notes - This beer is awesome. They only thing that would hold me back from drinking this all night is the ABV%. I will buy some more of this for sure.

depechemode1983, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of shambeano
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours golden, about 1cm of had that slowly fades but never really leaves. looks pretty good.

S- hoppy, little bit of citrus and grapefruit, some pine. smells pretty good too.

T- a fair bit of sweet malts, but then straight into the hops, Citrus grapefruit and pine really stand out. finish is bitter but it doesnt last too long.

M- tingly malts, and little bit bitter finish, but it fades quicker than a lot of double IPA's.

D- dangerously so, prickly carbonation, alcohol is pretty well hidden, could easily have a couple of these.

shambeano, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of beergod1
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a Hazy copper Orange, Foamy white head and excellent lacing along the side of the glass. Aroma is hoppy with notes of honey, grapefruit and and something else sweet. Flavor is sweet and malty up front and bitter and hoppy on the back end. Nice balance, the sweetness has a taste of fruit....Banana or Pineapple? Whatever it is I like it. I would like to try this fresh next summer, maybe it will have a more "Hop" presence. Solid 2IPA

beergod1, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Orange/copper in color, with a nice, two-inch head of foam.
Aroma-citrussy hop notes
taste-Nice bold, piney hop flavor. Orange marmalade sweetness fights off the hop bitterness but overstays its welcome leaving a bit of a sweetish finish. Not bad overall, but I was expecting more of a hop-forward flavor in a DIPA. Certainly worth the bargain price,however.

hosehead83, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of tetonka4kzoo
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber to orange hue with a 1 finger head. It always seems to have good retention.

This IPA doesn't have a heavy scent, slight citrus and malt smell. Some pine scent too.

Maximus has a tasty balance of sweetness and bitterness. A honey taste blends with the hops' bitter flavor. This IPA delivers good pine and citrus taste.

The beer feels crisp and decent-bodied. Maximus is rather smooth and easy to drink for a beer with a fun ABV.

tetonka4kzoo, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a tulip glass. Pours a nice orange color that is just ever-so-slightly darkened by a bit of bronze. Nose is strong citrus hops with loads of orange and grapefruit. A bit of rind. The taste is quite hoppy, but doesn't hit quite the level of the nose. Nice bitter and resinous feel. Drinks quite well and is a solid DIPA.

Thorpe429, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of WildTurkey
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to snifter.

A: Burnt orange / coppery color. Very clear with some light carbonation. Light head. A little pillowy and creamy looking in this glass. It recedes in about a minute.

S: Nice aroma. Mostly all hops here. Right up front I got some citrusy Grapefruit and fresh Pear & Apricot -- nice. Some grain in the background.

T: Tart hoppiness. Citrus grapefruit is back. Malts recede to the hop character. This is a hop-forward IPA (west coast).

M: Medium to fuller body. Dryness that I would enjoy more with some more carbonation. I'm wishing it was more effervescent.

D: Very enjoyable. Aroma is the strength here and less so for flavor and mouthfeel, but still a very good beer. I had 3 bottles back to back.

WildTurkey, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of dfillius
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger off-white head with good retention. Chill hazy dark amber liquid. Pretty, darn near ideal!
S: Orange rind, pineapple, caramel. Delightful but just slightly less than perfect in diversity.
T: Bitter, but enough malt to balance but not equal the hops. So nice.
M: Very nicely bitter. Kind of warm. Very pleasant.
D: I will buy a sixer of this and would definitely order another. One of the best DIPAs I've had. Far better than I remember it being.

dfillius, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of stingrayvr6
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Showed a clear amber/yellow with a thick white head. Good retention and lacing. Smell of bready malts, sweet honey and some citrus hops in the finish. Taste of citrus hops up front, balanced with some more floral hops. Not much body here, decent IPA, pretty good session brew but high alcohol for that.

stingrayvr6, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of dickroop
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my tumbler, this brew was clear and golden-bronze, with a eggshell head that maintained a good presence and produced lacing. Appealing, but nothing extraordinary. The aroma was rich, hoppy, with an alcohol presence, some earthy, floral, and fruity notes, and suggestive of malty sweetness.

The beer's taste was generally hoppy bitterness, balanced with phenolic sweetness. However, neither malt nor hop flavors were very distinctive. Not impressed. Mouthfeel had a nice pucker, excellent carbonation, medium to heavy body.

Overall, I won't buy it again. Despite Lagunitas other all-star hop bombs, this one fails to deliver in the hop-flavor department. I generally find Imp IPAs and DIPAs overly sweet, and their ABV limits drinkability. So if I'm going to enjoy and rate one highly, it's gotta have some knock-your-socks-off flavor. For me, this brew did nothing to distinguish it from the crowd.

dickroop, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of diamondc
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a six pack for around $10-11. No bottled on date on the label of course, but there is some inkjet print of "0226" on the bottom of the glass.

Brilliant amber color, Belgian-style lacing, decent amount of head that never dissipates. A real winner here. Or maybe it could be that almost every beer looks great in a Duvel glass.

Smells like tangerines, grapefruit, apricot and Sweettart candy.

Aside from the moderate citrus-y hoppiness, there's a lot of sweet flavors that are a bit unusual for an IPA or DIPA. Namely icing. Those sweet flavors actually hide the alcohol well.

A quirky DIPA for sure, the malt sweetness overwhelms the hops. I'd buy a single first before getting a six pack.

diamondc, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle Poured into a DFH snifter glass

A: Pours a ruby/orange color with a one finger head that dissipated quickly leaving a little bit of foam on the top. Decent lacing down the sides.

S: Nice citrusy hops, lots of grapefruit on this one. Get a hint oh booze on the nose as well.

T: Fell a little flat compared to the nose. Not has hopcentric as I was expecting. The hops are still there, but it is a whole lot weaker. Just average imo.

M/D: Medium bodied. Overall it was fine, but nothing special for me.

mdaschaf, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden orange color with a small white head that leaves little lacing.

Smells of citrus hops and some sugary malts.

Tastes of some light hops and sweet malts. Hops are citrus mostly with some grassy notes as well. Hops are pretty light with more emphasis on the malt. Malt is characterized by caramel with notes of brown sugar as well. Overall, it gives off a candied grapefruit vibe.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of MaxBrewell
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pure, amber color with fine, white lacing that lasted the entire glass.

Giant burst of floral and citrus hops in the nose fade to subtle earthy malt aromas.

Perfectly balanced citrus hops and bready malts compete for attention on the tongue. The winner is me. Goes down very smooth for an 8.2% ABV DIPA. Not a session beer by any means, but I'll have another one of these very soon.

MaxBrewell, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of dgilks
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a crystal clear amber colour with a short-lasted fluffy white head.

Mild resinous, piney aroma. Could be better. Slightly dull.

Moderate bitterness with a nice dry malt backbone. Crisp citrussy and piney hops. This really should be more full on to be a DIPA.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Crisp.

A decent beer but it lacks the full-on character I expect in a DIPA.

dgilks, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of confer
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Amber in color. Had to coax a 1/2 finger head out of it. Frothy layer lingers on top. The label is pretty neat.
S- Grapefruit mostly wiht a bit of pine. Smell is not overdone at all.
T- I was a little underwhelmed. The taste is very good, but the hop flavor is suprisingly weak for a DIPA. I am not complaining just trying to rate the beer to the style. It really does taste good.
MD-Because the hoppiness is not overpowering, I believe that makes this beer very drinkable. For me one DIPA every so often is just fine but this is one I could heve more regularly. Lagunitas is a class act, so far I am 3 for 3 on winners from them.

confer, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Liverpool08
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange, nice white head. Aroma is ok, hoppy, pine with some citrus. Flavor is good as well, bitter pine with some sour grapefruit notes. Seems a little more bitter than some other DIPAs, but not terrible. I actually find the bitterness keeps you coming back for another sip. Another solid brew from this brewer.

Liverpool08, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Mancer
2.98/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear amber with a two finger high off-white head. There was decent lacing visible. The initial smell of the beer was that of citrus and pine hops. The initial taste of the beer were the citrus hops, which paved the way to some earthy tones and pine. It finished with a barley like presence. The brew had a medium body with light carbonation.

Overall this was a decent beer. What threw me off with the flavor was the barley, which I don't like tasting in a DIPA. Also, for a DIPA, this had a rather non present bitterness. I was hoping for something to atleast give my mouth some bite, but this brew lacked. In general, I'd recommend any DIPA lovers out there to try, but that's about it, don't be picking this up again.

Mancer, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a DFH Shaped Pint glass

A: Pours a beautiful deep amber color with about an inch of thick head. Leaves a nice amount of lacing

S: Very dulled scent notes that are typical of an IPA, not too impressive

T: Deep and rich hop notes with slight caramel flavors, truly an incredible tasting IPA

M: Very nice mouthfeel that tingles the entire mouth and dries the back of the tongue

D: Really a great drinking beer, incredible taste that actually makes it hard to put down and leave down

I really loved this brew, the scent was the only thing lacking but the rest absolutely blew me away. On a side note, this brews bottle had one of the most unique labels ive ever seen. Superb all around.

BigPlay1824, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of IronLover
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright copper orange with near perfect clarity. Poured with a strong, rocky white head that left behind a rich cap and ample sticky lacings. Mellow floral and citrus hop aromas with a hint of pine and malt beneath. Smooth and pleasant feel with ample carbonation. Floral and citrus grapefruit hop flavors in the beginning with a brief taste of sweet malt. Finishes cleanly with a pine flavor that fades with a bit of alcoholic heat. Lots of complex flavors and a nice clean finish without too much bitter aftertaste. Very easy to drink.

IronLover, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of fourplayed
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into 12oz Glass. 1 finger off white head leaves lite lacing. Clear lite amber.

Smells floral, fruity, citrus Hops..mild but easy to pick up.

Taste, Hops first, with medium bite, then clean citrus and fruit notes and a decent malt smoothness. alcohol well hidden.

Mouthfeel is lite to med body, good Hop bite and some dryness, moderately zesty carbonation, feels very clean and refreshing.

Overall a good brew, Hops are not as overdone as I expected, drinks clean and refreshing with nice notes of fruit and citrus sweetness and a fair malt balance. I'd buy it again, and again!

fourplayed, Oct 28, 2010
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Medium-copper with off-white head. Lots of pretty lacing.

S - Kinda weak. I smell a little bit of citrus, bitter hops, and a significant amount of sweet malt.

T - Starts out with lots of caramel malt and some tinges of lemon and floral hops around the edges. A little spiciness is present too. Upon swallowing, the hops become a lot more assertive. Very bitter/floral taste that completely washes away the malt. Grapefruitiness is the overall taste that lingers. This may just be me, but I feel like the flavors don't blend quite right. I guess I'm just not a fan of (D)IPAs that are this malty.

M - Solid feel. I can say with confidence that I enjoy having this beer in my mouth.

D - Not where this shines. Though I don't expect too much in the drinkability department when it comes to DIPAs, I definitely couldn't see downing more than 2 in a session.

TJBAIHWL, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of jadejaws
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard unchilled beer glass.

Appearance: Orange clear. Not hazy in any way. Swirls of sediment (not bad) linger with a fresh pour.

Smell: Average honestly. Hop smell dominant as expected in an IPA.

Taste: Excellent IPA flavor without the overpowering IPA taste. By far one of the best to deliver the correct interpretation of a modern day IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Obviously depends on your overall care for hops. This one in particular I am stuck on for now. I am certain I will move on, but I am sure I will be back. Very good stronger IPA. If you are not a "hophead" this will immediately be rejected.

Overall: Exceptional IPA. As I have mentioned, I am stuck on this delivery of such a high hop brew. I dont care for beers that force hops such as Schlafly APA. This beer is just an exceptional beer to drink with almost any high protein meal and as a night cap.

jadejaws, Oct 27, 2010
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,335 ratings.