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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,231 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,231
Reviews: 1,399
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 85
Gots: 413 | 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 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
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. The packaging says unlimited.

A - Pours a nice copper color with strong red hues and a nice off-white head about 1.5 inches tall very dense and sticky. leaving some nice lacing and retaining for a long time.

S - Pine needles come up to the nose first with a fresh hop rush that is balanced then by some citric notes. Sweet grapefruit hints are present followed by some candy caramel sweetness as well. Grassy notes try to work their way up as well as some biscuit malt character.

T - The hop and citrus character of the hops are overpowering in a good way, with a nice dry feel on the tongue. Very nice sweet character is felt under the hop character some hints of caramel and sweet candies plus a nice fruity hint almost of pears. At the en you get some nice spicey notes such as ginger and some sour notes as well.

M - Oily, medium-light body CO2 on the lower side but well represented.

D - Higher ABv but not too crazy, might be overpowering on the dryness and citrus hops. Still very delicious.

JoEBoBpr, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of asabreed
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass. This guy's at least three years old, though I don't see a freshness date.

Appearance: A hazy copper color with tangerine highlights, nice floaties -- yeast and hops, or one or the other? -- making their way slowly around the glass. White soapy lacing leaving frothy clumps.

Smell: Now that the hops seem to have dissipated, this has gotten really interesting, and not in a bad way. A lot of IPAs lately that have been cellared have had an aroma like this. It's almost like how a sweet potato tastes and the way good maple syrup smells. Concentrated, rind-like, and very sweet. There's also a bit of sweat sock, and definitely some citrus. Also some maple and vanilla aromas. Oddly enough, and I've never said this about a beer, it gives whiffs of someone's breath the night after they've been drinking heavily. Where it doesn't necessarily smell bad, but it's extremely pungent. There's also an insane combination of garlic and strawberry jam. I don't know if this has held up, technically, but I'm getting some bizarre and fascinating things with each pour, and I'm really liking that a lot.

Taste: There's more hops and citrus in the taste, mostly at the end, which I'm surprised about slightly here. The concentrated sweetness comes on mostly, with some rind-like concentrated orange peel, maple, and garlic. Also some honey, big earthiness, and sourness at the end. Finish is all earthy citrus.

Mouthfeel: This has taken on a great silky and creamy smoothness that's somehow between overly full and nearly right on. Again, the bizarreness continues. Seems like it's going to be syrup, and turns into silk.

Drinkability: A pretty wild beer for an IPA at 7.5% that's been sitting for at least three years. I was pretty nervous, and I imagine this is great fresh (like almost all the Lagunitas stuff I've ever had), and it's a cool experiment to see what kind of bizarre things happen with the yeast, dissipating hops, and malt presence becoming stronger. If you can save a bottle, try it, but I'm going to try another fresh when I can.

asabreed, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of cpetrone84
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a hazy golden amber colored beer that has a good two inches of a relatively thick white head that has decent retention and leaves a solid lacing on the glass

S-big nose, some floral hops come first giving way to a sweet caramel malt aroma accompanied by a fair amount of pine. lots of malt in the nose might be a good thing; but i'm lookin for hops in my imperial ipa

T-there is some nice citrus hops that hit first followed by the sweet caramel malt. the finish brings some pine and lots more citrus hops, a little grapefruit with a hint of bitterness.

M-a nice medium body, very smooth, slightly high in the carbonation department, slick down the throat with a crisp finish

D-very solid imperial ipa, the nose was somewhat misleading with lots of malt, the taste had some balance but really brought hops in a nice and big way. I love lagunitas and they have one of the coolest brew pubs out there!

cpetrone84, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of ffenski
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Light amber tint with about a 1/4 inch head. Intricate lacing throughout glass. Sweet piney grapefruit aroma but not as hop-prevalent as I expected. Wonderful flavors of an IPA with sweet aftertaste, which is indicative of a Lagunitas brew. Hops come out in the initial touch to tongue but move towards sweetness- very little if any bitter aftertastes. I love Lagunitas, but this does not have the domination of hop bitterness over sweetness to be considered a DIPA. Low to average carbonation and slickly drinkable.

ffenski, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of TheJollyHop
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a deep amber/copper with a quarter finger of head. Everything is fine until you get to the aroma.

Very sweet nose...actually too sweet for this style. Either way a definite malt aroma that is supported, to the smallest degree, by some citrus/pine.

Taste mimics the aroma quite nicely with a malt heaviness that was attempted to be balanced out by hop bitterness, but didn't quite hit the mark. Some nice lemon citrus and bready malts but overall too sweet.

Thin on the tongue, medium carbonated for the style, and mouth coating. As far as wanting another bottle, I could last a while and not have any cravings for this one.

TheJollyHop, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of xcrunner78
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a grassy aroma, a little earthy with a mild citrus. It pours beutifully, with a thick head that settles down, clear, copper/orange color. Nothing outstanding with the flavor, aboot a normal IPA, a little grassy. Bitter on the palate and finishes with th grassy flavor. Overall, it is not one of my favorite IPA's, but not bad.

xcrunner78, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of randawakes
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden brown pour, medium light head,

Good balance of carbonation and sweetness. The most bit hoppy that sticks to your mouth for some time. End of the glass turned real sweet, citrus? Forefront signs of piney bitterness. Would prefer the lil' sumpins over this ale, but this is a "try it" class beer.

randawakes, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of HalfFull
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass, this Lagunitas offering shows a hazy golden orange in color with a half inch of white foam. Retention is somewhat brief, surrendering to a light surface film and some light lacing.

Nose is of citrusy malts and some dying hops from what I can ascertain. Is this brew a bit old? I'm not sure as it reminds me of so many an IPA that is from NoCal or Oregon, yet from the same brewery that kicks out Hop Stoopid? Some sweet pine/floral with a spin, otherwise oily Cascade. Notable improvement when refreshing the glass however.

Citric and oily on the tongue and with a lighter than expected carbonation. The beer tastes better after some exposure but the carbonation lessens at the same time. A second pour, again, offers improvement.

Offers a decent feel given that the light carbonation fits the oily feel of the beer. In the end a bit too malty in a bland sense for my tastes as I would prefer the 'unbalanced' Hop Stoopid any time, yet decent nonetheless.

HalfFull, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of Intimidtor
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in trade from farrago. Poured into my Xmas in July Winking Lizard Collectors Snifter. Poured a amber color with two fingers of head. Smells sweet with heavy malt sweetness and little citrus and pine. Taste was about average for an DIPA with little alcohol burn/taste. Pretty sweet overall could use more hop kick. Mouthfeel was a disappointment. The nice lacing and sticky head disolved quickly and there was little to no carbonation in my serving. Drinkability is good overall but for the money I would go with New Holland Imperial Hatter, Stone Ruination, or ST Unearthly.

Intimidtor, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of alkemy
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my default Lagunitas beer, simply due to availability. Then again, there is the taste. It's good. Deep amber/orange color. Yummy citrusy hops with some pine thrown in the mix. There's also a hint of sweetness. A few earlier reviews seemed to indicate that this may be too sweet and hoppy. I'd like to recommend Lagunitas IPA to those folks.

alkemy, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of Blitzstyle
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured form a 22oz bottle into a SA pint glass. Aggressive pour gave 3 fingers of head, deep golden amber color some laceing.

Nice and citrusy aroma, some sweet bread malts.

Smooth ctirusy hop taste followed by some bready malts. Hints of pine on the way down. Malt really sticks to your lips.

A little syrupy medium body, and the carb levels make it a smooth beer. Would buy it again

Blitzstyle, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Maximus purchased at Boo's in Columbus, Ga.
appearance - Orangey brown. Decent head.
smell - Piney hops.
taste - Ditto. Not quite the "raging mouthful of fresh Hops and Malt. Caution: May remove enamel from teeth." advertised on the Lagunitas website.
Still a nice beer. Doesn't strike me as quite a DIPA, maybe a 1.5 IPA.

cindyjeffsmith, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of buschbeer
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to a small head. It is dark amber in color. It smells piney. I get a lot of pine on the taste as well. There is a little malt. I like it. It is not way over the top with bitterness. I could session this beer real easy. I am not a hophead so this is a nice IPA for me.


buschbeer, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of seand
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep translucent amber with a touch of red, with a small amount of eggshell white head. Most of the head dissipates, leaving some clumps of foam on the surface and around the edge of the glass, but it's enough to leave pretty good lacing.

S: Floral hops, with a sweet background and a touch of alcohol warmth.

T: Full flavor, dominated by the floral hops from the nose. There's also some nuttiness, and earthy tones not unlike an English style IPA. Finishes with a thick hop flavor, full of both bitterness and sweetness.

M: Full bodied, medium to low amount of smooth carbonation. Thick aftertaste.

D: Drinks pretty easy for a double IPA. The strong hop bitterness and ABV may put off some people, but such is the nature of the style.

seand, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of alysmith4
2.05/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer was recommended to me as one to tide me over until more HopSlam comes available. The beer buyer said they were similar in flavor, so I decided to give it a try. I was not impressesed, and I think it's miscategorized. It tasted much more like an Amber than an IPA (much less a Double or Imperial IPA), and I was so turned off by the amount of malt flavor present. There was almost zero hop flavor. It poured well and has a good appearance and mouthfeel, but for me, that was about it. If I was expecting (or looking forward to) an Amber, then maybe I'd review differently. But I don't like that style, so I won't be having it again.

alysmith4, Nov 07, 2009
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,231 ratings.