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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

4,161 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,161
Reviews: 1,393
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 83
Gots: 389 | 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 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
Photo of Gish
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pours amber with good lacing and a smallish head.

S - Smells of toffee and brown sugar.

T - Fairly malty for a DIPA but the hops do rear the head eventually. I really think this beer could finish cleaner, I didn't particularly enjoy the aftertaste.

M - A bit sticky, medium-bodied.

D - This is a tasty beer, but the sweetness would prevent me from drinking more than a couple.

I did enjoy this beer, but I felt that it could be improved substantially. It is one to seek out if you are looking for a more balanced DIPA though.

Gish, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of erosier
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice orangey-yellow color with a medium sized but thicker bodied white colored head that laces the glass quite nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted and lighter toasted malts, a nice bitter hop aroma - piney/citrusy/floral that rounds up the nose.
T: Tastes of mainly hops, but a nice mix of piney hops, citrusy hops, and floral hops that actually aren't as harsh on the palatte as I was expecting, especially with a name like 'Maximus'. There was a lot of the malt presence in this one which I really liked.
M: Very crisp, refreshing, prefect amount of carbonation, and a bit warming as it has a decent amount of alcohol.
D: Very drinkable DIPA, don't let the name fool you, this is a good one that has all of the flavors and isn't just a hop bomb.

erosier, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of Lerxst
3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a Stone pint glass

A-Clear light copper color, small head for vigorous pour that disappeared in no time.

S-Not getting a whole lot here. For a DIPA (really?) where are the hops? I'm picking up some malts and citrus, though.

T-A bit of piney hops, nice bitterness but this is certainly no ibu monster. Citrus, with much more maltiness than I prefer in an IPA. I'm not enjoying it a whole lot.

M-Medium body, the carbonation is a touch heavy for my tastes.

D-I'm sure there are some that can and do use this as a session beer, but not for me. Can't see myself drinking more than one. It was too much of an effort to get through.

Lerxst, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of UDbeernut
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle, poured into a tulip glass

a: clear orangy amber color with a silkey 1/2" head. Ok retention does reduce to a light lacing cap and rings around the glass

s: floral and citrus aroma profile, nice

t: Malt sweetness quickly dominated by citrus hops, mostly orange and grapefruit hop profile.

m&d: medium body and dryness, One of the more drinkable DIPA's on the ABV scale.

UDbeernut, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of schmitter
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a nice strong IPA, just the way I like them. Poured a light amber with a flowing head and fair carbonation. There was a biting, spicy floral smell to it right off the bat. Strong hop taste, slightly bitter, and a spicy finish. Definite citrus tast and smell as well. Honestly the bitterness is the only detractor here.

schmitter, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled and served in a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a clear almost tangerine color with 1" dense cap of light tan head. The head recedes slowly leaving lots of thick lacing on the side of the glass. On sipping the lacing is thick and persistent but eventually the foam caps the liquid and sipping continues to leave nice lacing.

Smell: The aroma is definitely of hops, with some floral, citrus (mostly grapefruit and maybe some orange) and piney character.

Taste: The flavor begins sweet and well rounded as the grapefruit and orange of the hops slide in. There is a nice light caramel malt backbone to carry the hops and the alcohol is almost in-detectable. While I like a nice balance between hops and malt, I'd prefer them a bit more separate.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some reasonable on-going carbonation. The finish is long and bittersweet but ends on dry, hoppy notes.

Drinkability: The drinkability here is just fine for one or two and the beer is a good illustration of how a highly hopped beer (if the label is to be believed) can still display some malt sweetness to provide relief from the hops On the other hand I prefer a DIPA where the hops and the malt take turns in being dominant. Nonetheless, this good solid well made DIPA and definitely worth trying.

drtth, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of mattcrill
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-review but from the tap.

Aroma: Fresh citrus, lemon zest, and orange notes up front. Clean fermentation chracter. Just a hint of carmel sweetness. A little alcohol warmth as the beer warms.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy amber colored pour with a sticky white medium head. Head retention is good.

Flavor: Fresh citrus hop character up front. Lots of lemon zest, grapefruit notes, a little pine resin, and a nice carmelly malt backbone. Balance it toward the hop bitterness. Finish is bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, just a touch oily, and a little touch of alcohol heat.

Overall impression: This is not the beer I had 4 years ago. That was from a bomber and I don't think it was fresh. This beer is a little light for an Imperial IPA but it's a nice beer from Lagunitas.

mattcrill, Jun 29, 2009
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 15, 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 10, 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
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,161 ratings.