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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,126 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,126
Reviews: 1,390
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 80
Gots: 372 | 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 LauraAlberts
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy orange - decent head rentention

Smell: Cream, Barley - citrus

Taste: Cream, Barley, Vanilla bomb, Hazelnut, roasted nut.

Mouthfeel: Smooth - very smooth

Drinkability: VERY drinkable - very enjoyable - Double IPA? Not as hoppy as the usual - much more of a vanilla pale ale - but none the less a great beer from Lagunitas.

LauraAlberts, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of jdklks
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light amber color with a fluffy off-white head. lots of bubbles. smell is extremely sweet and malty. not a big hop punch in the nose like you expect from a DIPA. Tastes a lot like gnarlywine, only hoppier and not as good. The flavors are all backwards for a DIPA: malt overwhelms the hops, sweetness overwhelms the bitterness. it is light for a DIPA, and a little over-carbonated in my opinion (especially since the emphasis is on the malts and not the hops). Drinkability is great due to its being on the light side, but the beer as a whole does nothing to give it a boost. disappointed with this one, especially since lagunitas has been blowing my mind lately. oh well, if you're not Stone, you can't do everything perfectly can you?

jdklks, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of sgoodship
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear amber with large bubbles suspended on the inside of the glass. Delivered a craggy yellowy white finger head. The craggy cap dissipated and provided instant lacing. Head reduces as the drink progresses but never quite disappears.

S: Nice refreshing citrus hop. Almost like marmalade. Hint of bite but mostly sweetness. Once the cap dissipates, the smell changes to a more sour, bitter malt - nowhere near as appealing as the initial smell.

T: Very clean, fresh. A little grassy and resiny but mostly big orange citrus flavor. Some nice bready malt backbone. Surprisingly well balanced for a very hop forward brew. The aftertaste has some bite but it mostly fades to a delicate aftertaste. Quite subtle. The bite actually became more prominent and carried further into the aftertaste as the beer warmed which I found interesting.

M: Feels like the full side of medium body with the oily hop. Very clean and smooth with a slight bite on swallow. Nice medium to low carbonation that is very soft on the palate.

D: I really enjoyed this brew. It really doesn't feel like an Imperial to me based on it's competitors these days. It's a good IPA though. It's not the hoppiest and it is not removing enamel from teeth (as it claims) but I liked the balance and liked the marmalade type taste and smell - made a change from my usual passion for grapefruit. At it's price ($11 for a 6 at my local market), it's not going to become my Torpedo killer but I'd drink it any day of the week given the opportunity. Lagunitas makes a good brew. It reminded me that I haven't tried enough of their offerings.

sgoodship, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of BenJames1984
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Poured a rich, amber color. Head was thin and white, but left a nice lacing.

Smell- A touch of hops on the nose, backed with a little sweetness.

Taste- Hops are notable. Maybe some cararmel malts? Something that gives it a little sweet kick.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Good stuff; I could definitely drink a sixer of these.

Another great beer from Lagunitas. Keep up the good work.

BenJames1984, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of TheTrevor
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an orangey-copper with a single-finger head and some nice lacing. The smell is fruity and hoppy with some citrus and piney notes. The taste pretty well reflects the smell, starting off with some sweet malt that is quickly cut by grapefruit rind hops with some sticky sweet pine that goes into a pretty clean finish. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and has some moderate carbonation. You can tell you're drinking and IPA with this one, but it isn't nearly as bitter or cloying as some of its brethren.

TheTrevor, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: golden all around the perimeter and a near amber color in the middle. This amber lends itself to burnt orange with faint red highlights. The clouded white cap grew quickly and melted away rather slow leaving a plethora of stringy globs and rings of lace

S: smells of oranges, peaches, and pine sap with a hearty dose of caramel crusted malts. Malts seem in the right spot in the nose; nicely hidden

T: the hop flavors are dominated by sticky pine sap, a rind of orange and lemon peel, with peaches in heavy syrup type of flavor. Things are nice. Still, for an DIPA, and being from Lagunitas, I am finding this brew not as hoppy as expected, or rather as I had hoped. The label of a DIPA is a stretch.
In any event, the flavors meld nice together and the malts lend a good cake batter type of taste. This guy is still a good hop hitter

M: a touch sticky with plenty of smoothness. The body is a tight medium and is very quaffable. The sweet flavors coat the tongue and make sipping nice and gulping easy

D: another solid Lagunitas. I think I will reach for other DIPA's if needed but I am partial, and always will be, to the people in Petaluma, California

Magpie14, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of Norfawkers
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tangy, somewhat sweet IPA but quite drinkable and potentially versatile.

Appearance: Golden brown, scant lacing

Smell: Very faint

Taste: Slightly smokey at first with the hops kicking in towards the middle finishing with a touch of honey

Mouthfeel: Somewhat bitter aftertaste

Drinkability: More of a stand alone but it would go well with a light nasch or appatizer to quell some of the bitterness.

Norfawkers, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of NewGeneric
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My friend gave me a bottle of this and I enjoyed it last night. Poured a slightly hazy, orangeish gold color with thin white head, almost no lacing at all. Smelled of fresh mild earthy hops, with slight citrus and caramel malt notes. Tasted of piney hops, slightly fruity and a little bit of malt to finish it off. Mouthfeel was just a tiny bit oily, and carbed just a hint too much. This beer had some flaws, but went down very easily. Could easily session this if I had more.

NewGeneric, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of jballeng
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle. Poured a beautiful deep amber with a tiny head. Aroma of oranges. Disappointingly dry and bitter flavor (more so than normal for an IPA) compared to favored IPAs such as Stoudts and Dogfish Head, with accents of oranges and grapefruit. Tangy but dry mouthfeel which finished very bitter. Better than many, not as good as many others.

jballeng, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice clear light copper color pour with a big foamy off white head, some soft carbonation,loads of sticky lace left on the glass. Aroma of sweet tangerine with soft piny notes. Flavor is nice , full body, malty sweet ,with some nice orange,and citrus flavors , slightly floral and spicy pretty strait forward. A slightly oily texture but not in a bad way, a long slightly bitter hop aftertaste, very drinkable.

WakeandBake, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me just say that I love Lagunitas for putting "Unlimited Release" on this label...classic.

Pours bright orange and looks great with about a half inch of nice, dense fluffy head.

Smells of pineapple, piney, grapefruity, sugary and quite delicious.

Taste is an intense blast of citrusy, piney goodness. The hoppy bitterness interacts well with the malty sweetness that backs this up great. The pineapple smell also comes out in this beer quite a lot, I really do taste a lot of pineapple sweetness. It works well though. Another good hoppy release from Lagunitas.

Mouthfeel is a bit resiny, chewy and dry in the finish.

Drinkability is great as this one comes in a perfect 12 oz. container.

indiapaleale, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of ZorPrime
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on June 5, 2009.

A: Copper color, very clear. The head is creamy, cloudy looking. Very fine bubbles that cling to the glass.
S: Strong smell of hops. Piny hops. I get nothing else...
T: Strong taste, good taste for a Double IPA. Hops bitterness.
M: Very dry. The resin oil that clings to the teeth is so good. Seems the beer stays in the mouth for a long time. I like it.
D: Only one per session... :) Still good beer 'tho!

I tasted this one after a pale ale. It was interesting to see the stronger taste of hops in this double IPA.

ZorPrime, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of rapidsequence
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12ozer.

Appearance: Really nice. Orangey, clear, nice head with good retention and nice lacing. Can't complain here.

Smell: Not as much as I expected, really. A little pine, citrus.

Taste: WAY better than the nose. Nice and bitter upfront, but not overpowering. Sweet and a little citrus, but more sweet fruitiness like a peach. This is not at all a hop bomb, its almost like candy.

Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy for a DIPA. I like this blurred line between the feel of an American Barley wine and DIPA.

Drinkability: I got a sixpack, but will be drinking one at a time. I love to session a nice hoppy beer, but this is too thick and sweet for that. Delicious though.

rapidsequence, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of hwwty4
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Many thanks to Baconisaveggie for this one.

Poured a 12oz twist off bottle into my Brother Thelonious goblet. This beer pours bright peachy amber with a decent 2 inch white head that leaves ringed lacing as the beer recedes from my glass. Big hops come through in the nose but not the necessarily expected ones from a DIPA. Big notes of Apricot and peach with just a slight bit of citrusy orange peel. Sweet honey and sweets malts also vaguely come through at the finish of the nose. The flavor is much the same with peach and apricot dominating the flavor profile. Sweet malts follow through with just a slight alcohol burn on the finish. I'm surprised that so much boozy flavor comes through in a beer that's only 7.5%. The mouthfeel is surprisingly sweet. Its not dry at all. It leaves a very heavy residual sugar coating on the palate. Despite a decent score, I actually find this beer rather disappointing.

hwwty4, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of kshankar
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with decent carbonation going up to a nice head. Retention is decent. Dissipates quicker than usual, but shows lacing on the side from the onset. There remains a layer of foam at the top.

Aroma has a malt backbone to it, and has floral and fruity hops. Some pine scent comes through as well.

Taste: Starts out with a good deal of bitterness, and the hops come in as well. The malt backbone is also present. This basically follows the aroma fairly well.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with a clean feel to it. Goes down well

Drinkability: Can't tell its 7.5, and that's a good thing. Tastes good and goes down well.


kshankar, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of GarrisWH
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A - Clear golden-amber color; somewhat thin head that diminishes quickly and leaves little to no lacing

S - Citrus hops with sweet bready maltiness in the background

T - Earthy, citrus hop flavors with a heavy bready malt presence. More on the malty side than I generally like in my IPAs.

M - Medium bodied with heavy carbonation. Perhaps a little excess carbonation

D - Not an offensive beer, but really not one I could drink more than one of. I felt like it was out of balance towards the malt side of the spectrum for a DIPA with a little bit too much sweetness.

GarrisWH, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of Lothore
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an clear orange hue with a nice, big 2 finger off white head that leaves a ton of lacing.

S- Smell is predominately floral, piney hops and a bit of indistinct lighter fruit notes.

T- Taste is much sweeter than I was expecting, peach, caramel, floral character followed by a very balanced hop bitterness.

M- Medium body and carbonation.

D- This was an extremely drinkable ipa and for the price it's hard to beat. Not a huge DIPA and very balanced.

Lothore, May 31, 2009
Photo of gameface23
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Copper orange in color with a finger sized white head that fades to a ring around the glass. Lacing is spotted.

S: Peach and floral hops. Slight caramel.

T: Malty sweet with bitterness kicking in at the end of the sip.

M: On the thinner side for a DIPA.

D: Pretty good. Affordable & lower in alcohol than most DIPA's.

gameface23, May 30, 2009
Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Bronze in color. Visible carbonation. pours with a half inch head. Nice sustainable lacing. nearly transparent.
S) Peachy. Floral. Touch of caramel sweetness.
T) Floral with toffee / caramel notes. Just a touch of earthiness. Good balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness.
M) Creamy and smooth with a CO2 crispness. Medium body.
D) A nice brew, very drinkable - pour me another!

u2carew, May 28, 2009
Photo of Pleepleus
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to Duvel tulip a dark copper orange color with a frothy cream colored 1 inch head that held on for quite a while leaving sticky lacing. Smells great. Big Piney Hop aroma dominates with a malty caramel sweetness behind. The piney hop flavor dominates and leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste. The Caramel malts help balance this stuff quite well. 7.5 APV is more evident as it warms but still not a prominent alcohol burn, only a slight warming. I finished this Bomber off solo and look forward to having this again soon.

Pleepleus, May 27, 2009
Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12oz. bottle into pint glass. pours a very clear dark gold, light copper color with a pretty nice head with some good retention and nice lacing.

smells of pine, grapefruit, and citrus hops with a nice caramel malt backing.

very clean tasting ipa. maybe not as hoppy as i would have expected a double to be, but still good for what it is. right off the first sip your hit with some floral citrus like hops with some pale/caramel malt, finishes with a nice pine/citrus hop bitterness. nicely balanced.

medium body, good amount of carbonation. a good oily resiny mouthfeel from the hops. very sessionable ipa, i could definately see myself drinking this again, very clean well balanced ipa, but definately not as good as the hop stoopid.

dogfishandi, May 21, 2009
Photo of colts9016
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle from Jay, thank you.

Poured into a pint glass at 50 degrees.

Appearance: A medium gold amber color with orangish hues. There is a one finger head that is ivory with a creamy and foamy head. There are some effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear with some haziness. There is some lacing on the glass.

Nose: A very pleasant floral and pine aroma with some spicy grapefruit. There is a descent maltiness to the beer with some sweetness.

Taste: There a great malty backbone with some sweetness. Unfortunately the hops lacks greatly. There is a nice grapefruit flavor with some pine and floral esters.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is creamy and smooth. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium also. This DIPA lacks the hoppiness that come with a great DIPA. I like this beer but it is a little sweet for me. I am a little disappointed.

colts9016, May 19, 2009
Photo of aglose45
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my Duvel Tulip.

A: Nice, golden brown color with about a 2 mm, off-white, head that dissipated over the course of about a minute. Great hue for an Imperial IPA.

S: Faint floral smell of hops with a faint smell of sweet maltyness, breadyness. With that being said, there was not as much flavor in the nose as I would have wanted for a DIPA/Imperial IPA.

T: Again, following suit with the nose, not as much flavor as I am accustomed to with this beer style. There is some florally hops up front, being taken over by a sweet bready/ malty backbone. There is maybe a hint of orange in there somewhere, but overall, there is not enough hop flavor in here to be an Imperial IPA/ DIPA.

M: Light to medium bodied. A little high on the carbonation, which may have contributed to some of the lack of flavor. It was also a little light on the oiliness/ stickiness left in the mouth from the hops.

D: This is not the best representation of the style, in my opinion. I've had much better.

aglose45, May 12, 2009
Photo of BeanBone
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A crystal-clear clear, orange-brown body. On top, a finger of fluffy, off-white head that leaves good lacing.

Aroma: A complex hop profile that's hard to pin down: perfumey, floral, earthy, piney, and candied citrus. Underneath it all, a solid dose of caramel malt.

Taste: Much the same combination here: pungent, earthy, and citrusy hops over caramel malt. While the hop character is certainly not as big as you'd expect with the name and marketing, it's still very tasty. With everything going on, the alcohol is masked well. The aftertaste is nicely bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied and almost creamy. Somewhat dry.

Drinkability: With a milder hop profile and alcohol content, this is above average for the style.

Verdict: Despite it's name, Maximus is certainly on the lower end of the Double IPA intensity scale. If you like pungent hops in your beer, this is certainly worth trying - just don't expect a total hop-bomb.

BeanBone, May 07, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is a clear amber with a small head. smell is citrus hop and sweetness but muted by the presents of a wood pulp aroma. gives it a subdued noses. palate is milder citrus than expected with a bitter finish. very soft fruit. grapefruit, some mango. malt tasted better than it smells. had better beers from this brewery though.

rtepiak, May 07, 2009
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,126 ratings.