Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,566 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,566
Reviews: 1,425
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 93
Gots: 512 | 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 BeerAmbassador
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish orange with a fluffy white head that dissipates after a minute or two but leaves behind a white foam on the top. Sweetish malt on the nose with some grapefruit and a bit of an herbal edge. Some alcohol on the nose as well. Slightly sweet on the palate, hops to back it up, but actually not as hop forward as I was anticipating. Medium to light bodied with a nice finely wound carbonation.

Photo of Tballz420
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden amber colored brew, lots of rising bubbles. Good sized white head. Fair amount of lace. Scent is sweet malt and hop oil and some hop oil. I'll of course have to taste it first, but i think i know where this is going.

Yup, i guessed it. Sweet malt start, hops following it up. Grapefruit, floral, bitter, citrus, somewhat bready. Medium to full bodied.

Coming in at 8.2 is even higher than youd expect, the alcohol is WELL blended. Very nicely done, It says its a limited release, i hope i see it again.

Photo of DonnieNarco
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice copper look to the pour, but head dissipates rather quickly. Nice aroma of hops to it, but not overwhelming. Taste is malty with melon undertones and a hint of Coriander (??) Coats your mouth on the way down, leaves with a malty taste. Some may think its too malty, I prefer a tad bit less malts. Decent strong beer, but alcohol is masked by flavor of malts. Overall pretty decent beer!

Photo of gatorbreath
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

High ABV on an inexpensive single got me jonesin'.

App - Copper, carbonated head of minimal size and dissipating rapidly

Smell - hoppy, piney

Taste - a little hoppy bite but a more than overwhelming caramel biscuity malt taste that i guess balances the offering but not when there are so few hops to begin with..

Mouthfeel - kind of cool and different on this one, kind of coats the mouth in a silky fashion

Overall - not too big on this malty aftertaste, etc. but it was worth a try! the carbonation is more than i prefer

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange brown with an 1 finger off white head

smell: hops, caramel, malts, bready,

taste: caramel, some hop action, malts

mouthfeel: mild carboation, medium body,

overall: this just didn't have enough hop bite for my liking.


Photo of DavidST
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter, no freshness date.

Pours a nice dark copper color with an okay head which quickly dissipates, but leaves a nice lacing. The smell is mostly of hops and some malts. Feel is medium, I actually more sweetness on the tongue than bitter hops. The taste is far sweeter than expected and I'm not sure if the beer is older but the hops aren't very predominate, I get a load of malty sweetness, the after taste is a little grapefruit hops which is nice and it lingers for a while. This is pretty standard for the IIPA, a good beer but I think I'm starting to prefer regular IPAs which don't have the extra malts.

Photo of Transatlantic
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear light copper color, nearly crystal clear. Head is about one finger in width, doesn't stick around for long but leaves moderate lacing.

S - Smells very strongly of melon, perhaps canaloupe? And is also strong in a yeasty, bready cracker like smell.

T - Remarkably balanced. The bitterness is there but it's not overwhelming by any means. The taste of canaloupe is there and the taste of bread/cracker is there as well.

M - Medium bodied and creamy as well.

O - After getting home on a hot, humid and awful day at work. This beer was the answer to my prayers. It was incredibly refreshing and the alcohol was well masked by the great taste.

Photo of ehammond1
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Windmill Farms
San Diego, CA

Deep auburn orange with just a touch of haze. Thick off-white head. Dots of lacing down the glass.

An incredibly sweet, though pungent, nearly syrupy, aroma. Some orange and pineapple, but the sweetness is overpowering much of anything else.

An incredibly sweet and syrupy DIPA, which is to say, there's nothing bad or wrong with this, it's just not all that good. An unbalanced, super sweet beer...

...though the mouthfeel is actually pretty nice. It's a bit thick, a touch chewy, and a little oily.

An above average DIPA. I've certainly had far, far worse. This one is just far too sweet and one dimensional--a surprising miss from the brewers that make Hop Stoopid.

Photo of spinrsx
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges/tangerines, grapefruits

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and a decent amount of hops. There is also quite a bit of citrus fruitiness going on. Lots of orange/tangerine and grapefruit notes. I could also pick up on a pineapple taste as the beer got a little warmer. The beer finishes with a citrusy sweet aftertaste with a lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - Loved it! This is exactly how I like my IPA/DIPA's to taste. It's packed full of flavour and the alcohol is very well hidden. It's got lots of fruit juiciness that leaves me wanting to take my next sip as soon as I've finished the last. I'll buy more of this for sure.

Photo of azdback
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Surly pint glass. A very clear, medium dark orange color. Quite a lot of carbonation bubbles lead to a small two finger, soapy, bright white head. Lace looks like it's gonna be as sticky as it is right now.

Smell is sweet malts and some bread yeast.

Taste pretty sweet citrus flavors. Light orange or tangerine flavors. Malts are very sweet. Kind of like surgar topped citrus. Just a bit of yeast flavors.

Mouth is great for the style. Nicely carbonated and full. All the flavors stay to the end.

Overall I am really enjoying this. Not the greatest representation of the style but an easy to acquire one. I have had this in the past and remembered it to be brighter and have more of a bitter wallop. I have no idea how old this bottle is so maybe that explains the taste difference. Very enjoyable though!!

Photo of Lightbearer2012
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I love every one of the Lagunitas offerings I have tried (7) and Maximus is one of them. On to the review.

Appearance- 12 oz bottle poured into a Guinness pint glass. Rich, deep amber color with nice head retention. Above average lacing with a steady stream of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell- surprisingly enough, I only smell sweet malt. (Let my try again..) nope, that is all I smell, which for a DIPA is surprising to me but I suspect the hops may have faded a bit. The only problem I have with Lagunitas is they don't date their bottles.

Taste- ok, here is the problem with not dating the bottles. The flavor of this one is super malty with the hops feebly trying to establish themselves so I call a foul on freshness. That being said this beer still tastes great. I prefer more hop flavor especially in my DIPA's but I still think this is tasty.

Mouthfeel- lightly carbonated and smooth. As high as the abv is, I don't notice it at all.

Overall- this wasn't the freshest bottle of Maximus I have ever had but I still enjoyed it. Lagunitas beers are always a safe bet and a great value but I think the name Maximus sets people up to expect a hoppy bomb and it doesn't fit the profile of this beer.

Photo of abgba121
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep golden color with a finger of head with perfect staying power. A fine lace remains down the entire glass as the beer goes down, and goes down smooth.

S: Terrific hop aroma, floral, sweet, citrus all at once.

T: Amazing taste, an awesome double. Sweet on the start, hop bitterness to follow and a dry, floral, citrus/grapefruit finish to round it out.

M: Perfect feel, carbonation, couldn't be better.

O: A great beer, I honestly can not find any flaws. Love it.

Photo of blaje
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange-amber in colour with a very nice fluffy/creamy whitish head.
N: grapefruit, peach as sweet nose, alcohol is faintly present.
M: nice carbonation and matching my taste forma DIPA. Somewhat a bit thin. No domination of the hops. Malt is well present and certaintly tampering down the hops caracter of this brew. Not too malty though witch I like and give this DIPA a look of an IPA. Pleasant!

Photo of ggilman
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a Sebago Brewing Co. tulip.

Clear bright caramel orange. One finger of tight bubbled head settles to a wisp. Moderate lacing. Smells malty and sweet. Robust malt, hint of alcohol and vanilla. Butterscotchy. Lingering citrus bitterness and caramelized orange rind.

Mostly this is a malt overload. Possibly due to the unknown age of the bottle. Medium carbonation w. a syrupy medium to heavy body. Drinkable, and the alcohol isn't very present.

Is this hoppier when fresh?

Photo of bretmaverick24
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I not a huge ipa person although now that summer is here they taste much better. For me lagunitas is one of the best at using hops but balancing it out nicely with some sweetest at the start. This beer is the same way it has the sweetest at the start then the bitterness kicks in in full flavor. But since the next sip you get sweetest at the start it doesnt make you cottonmouth halfway threw. Like some dipa or ipa might have. Drank it in a glass by bonfire so didnt notice the color to much but its the taste that matters anyways. If u like sippin ale or undercover or brown sugar u will like this one.

Photo of jman892
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice looking pour into a pint glass, crystal clear amber colored with visible carbonation, with a 1-2 finger foamy, off white head. Good lacing

S - Smell is lagunitis, which to me is a clear citrus aroma. Orange and graprefruit

T - Follows the nose, citrusy hops. There is also a nice malt presence balancing this off. A bitter finish

M - Well carbonated, clean and crisp. Alcohol well hidden

O - Very solid DIPA. So easy to drink and very refreshing. A favorite

Photo of kylehay2004
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: I.5 finger head that slowly dissipates to leave a nice lacing. Amber and clear to minimally hazy.

S: Wow! I love the smell... grapefruit, strawberry and hops.

T: Starts with solid hop character and finishes with readily apparent floral notes. Citrus inbetween. A very dynamic.

M: For 8.2% ABV, this drinks like a 6% beer. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: This has climbed to the top as one of my favorite IPAs. Delicious. Will definitely being purchasing many times over in the future.

Photo of Brunite
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear, orange-copper body with a nice off-white head. Head says solid and pitting. Nice lacing shows.

S: Grapefruit & orange...some pine...with some maltiness as well. This smells almost as good as fresh Hopslam to me.

T: Great flavors of citrus and pine, but it definitely has a big malt presence as well. Very tasty and balanced.

M: Medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this. More than an IPA but not as much alcohol or in-your-faceness as some bigger DIPA's. I'll have this one in the fridge all the time!

Photo of JayS2629
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a creamy off white head that sticks around for a while. Leaves ok lacing.

The aroma is of floral and citrus notes. Orange rind and toasted malts with a touch of caramel.

Bitter bite in the front, citrus rinds and grapefruit fade into a sweeter orange zest with a touch of pine. Floral qualities throughout on a toated malt, and caramel backbone. Nicely balanced with a dry finish.

Crisp, nicely carbonated, and smooth. Overall an interesting and enjoyable beer.

Photo of WillCarrera
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear and bright orange amber color with a finger of creamy, off white head that quickly recedes to a thin film. Good lacing.

S- Floral, citric hops, you can pick up on a bit of lightly toasted malts.

T- Lots of bitter, oily hops and citrus, there's a bit of an orange rind character to it, the malt is sweet and bready with some caramel.

M- Full bodied, smooth slightly chewy feel, good carbonation.

O- A pretty good DIPA and another solid beer from Lagunitas.

Photo of portia99
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

A - Pours a beautifully clear and very bright medium orange color. A thick finger of dense and creamy off-white head with excellent staying power. Foam falls slowly to leave behind thick webs of lacing, a loose and foamy collar and a thick skim coat on the surface of the beer.

S - Floral and citrusy hops up front with a healthy dose of caramel malt, burnt sugar and bready malt. Pretty standard stuff, but does smell good.

T - Quite bitter...starts up front and continues throughout with a serious lingering bitterness past the swallow. Lots of hop flavor too, especially fruity and citrusy flavors, but some pine gets into the mix too. Malt presence in the form of caramel making the most impact.

M - Medium bodied, not too heavy...creamy mid-level carbonation. Smooth, goes down very easily...doesn't drink like and 8% beer.

O - I'm generally a fan of Lagunitas beers and this is no exception. This probably won't knock your socks off, but doesn't disappoint either. A very solid, if not memorable DIPA. One to buy a sixer and throw it in the fridge for casual daily drinking. Not likely to become a staple in my fridge, but one worth revisiting every now and then.

Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a orange/gold almost coppery color (perhaps because of the lower light I am in). Had a two finger light "off-white" head that slowly dicipated leaving a large amount of lacing all the way up where the head once was - very nice. The smell didn't come out as much as anticipated this being DIPA but what I did catch was an oily, hoppy bitterness (citrus or tropical hints - not strong though). The taste was much more prominent for me than the aroma, but still subtle for this heavy of an IPA - not disappointed at all but was ready for more. The malt scarcely comes through first followed by a sweet almost tangy hop bite - very refreshing. This beer leaves my mouth watering and wanting more. Overall I am pleased and will enjoy the rest of this beer slowly - even with the label taunting me to chug it down.


Photo of obrike
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer at Central Market in Austin. Have had this beer many times but my first review of it.

Lovely orange/gold look...clear pour, no clouds here...sudsy head that fades slowly...spider web lacing throughout...nice.

Smells pungent...not in a Ron Burgundy "Sex Panther" kinda of way, but in an oily, hoppy, tasty kind of way. Really like the scent...stings the nostrils..., but in a good way. Tropical fruits, pine...really dig it.

Taste follows scent..but not quite as pronounced. Can taste the oily, tropical hops...but they kind of over-ride the malt a bit. I, however, happen to like that!

Uber smooth...vey easy drinking for a DIPA, and certainly not as strong as a lot of DIPAs on the market today.

Lagunitas hits a triple with this one, nearly knocking it out of the park.

Photo of ExtraStout
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice brew, this one is. Pour produces a medium-golden to light copper colored, clear brew with a very thin, white, fine head.

Some lacing, but not a whole lot. (Some sediment was swirled in near the finish). Aroma is fresh and citrussy, with some mild toastiness.

Body is pleasantly above medium, heading towards fullness, and it is velvety smooth. Flavor has light malt, with a slight bready, toasty aspect to it with a touch of caramel.

More citrussy hops abound here as well, with a refreshing aftertaste sticking in the throat.

Photo of ummswimmin
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went for a double IPA to cover a disappointing beer that would not leave my pallatte. I started my notes after the first few drinks. It was definitely a step up.

I like the deep orange color and big head that came off the pour. I smelled a lot of citrusy hops coming through and there was a little bit of floral as well.

This beer tastes great. There is still a lot of citrus, but now I get some pineyness as well. Nothing comes over the top too strongly. It is a good balance of hops throughout the glass. And as the beer warms up the bitterness is never very severe.

The flavor is a double IPA, but it feels like a regular IPA. I don't get the residual bitterness, and my mouth didn't dry out.

I really like this beer. My only regret is that now my next shopping list just got one beer longer.

Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,566 ratings.