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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,912 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,912
Reviews: 1,376
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 68
Gots: 279 | FT: 2
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 kernalklink


3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew pored nice and smooth with cool hop aromas- slightly citric, with a little less malt than usual. Taste was big and fruity in hop flavors- grapefruit, some sour piney characteristics as well. The flavors are a little flat, but the hops are assertive in their bitterness. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin and the alcohol was hidden but came out as it warmed. There is little intesity within the flavors, the lack of malts to balance and create an interesting interaction is noticeable. This was a run of the mill DIPA, but certainly a good brew

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 01:45:02 | More by kernalklink
Photo of Floydster


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle from Cooke's

I am glad they made this a year round release rather than a limited one like it used to be

Lots of tamarok hops in this one with a super smoky flavor

Way better than their standard IPA

Nice double IPA that tastes a little like Pliny the Elder, but still missing something that has


Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 20:44:03 | More by Floydster
Photo of bluegrassbrew


3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a nice tangerine color with a slight head. Leaves a good bit of lace.

Smell is sweet pineapple slightly solvent.

Taste starts with sweet pineapple and becomes increasingly tart. Some hop bitterness in the finish but not as much as I would like.

Too thin, not quite watery, but definetly lacking.

Overall, a solid beer. Taste is what I expect from a DIPA minus the hop intensity. Mouthfeel needs to be fuller.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 02:06:45 | More by bluegrassbrew
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this offering from Lagunitas. It pours with a fluffy white head that holds up well and leaves behind great lacing. Has a clear light orange color.

The nose is very appealing with a hoppy piny citrus front, followed by a good portion of malt.

The taste does not let me down. Has a hoppy grapefruit like bite and a sweet malty flavour with a clean but bitter lingering finish. A great beer I cant wait to go and by more.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 05:56:37 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy orange, thin white cap, no lacing.

S - classic american ipa, nice grapefruit presence, basic malt

T - hops are right out in front, but not overpowering, american all the way, solid grapefruit, there may be a touch of breadiness to the malt, but it is very subdued. Finish is bitter, but again, not too bitter.

M - wet on the tongue, dry finish, not a heavy body, average carbonation

D - I find this beer quite refreshing, and I'm drinking it quickly, so it must be good.

This is what I think of when I think American IPA. A simple, yet solid malt profile, combined with tons of grapefruit hoppiness ( (assuming cascades), makes it a powerful, yet dangerously drinkable beer. Done to perfection.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 21:20:54 | More by markaberrant
Photo of Budro


3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A rich, creamy, lightly cinnamon-colored head bubbles up briskly and retains well. It tops a brew the color of peach jelly with dark cinnamon hues, cloudy with a medium-fine dusting of yeast. Lacing sticks in strata all the way down the glass, calling to mind ribbons of salty foam strung along the shore. Impressive.

S: Nothing surprising in the nose. You've got the sharp, pithy citrus aroma characteristic of the style, but no distinct notes emerge. The aroma is powerful, but so is a one-note trumpet blast.

T: Again, nothing surprising. This beer is engineered to attack the palate's bitter zones to the point that it sacrifices any subtlety or complexity. It's a good hop flavor, but that's about it. The syrupy sweetness characteristic of doubles and imperials emerges in the back. The sharp cheddar aftertaste emerges as well, but not as prominently as in some high-hop brews.

M: Bracing but unexceptional. Leaves a little burn, a little scorched-earth feel on the tongue. The head's nice and creamy.

D: That high ABV packs a wallop, so you don't want to commit to too many of these. The beer compliments sweet, spicy barbecue rather nicely.

Although I found this beer disappointing, I must note that I finished every last swallow even though a mosquito kamikazied into my glass as I neared the end. I did get a new glass for #2, however.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 14:45:23 | More by Budro
Photo of YonderWanderer


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange-copper with a half-finger layer of foam. Decent lacing.

S: Citrus hops hit you up front with a little bit of pine and resin behind them. Not much else.

T: Bitter hoppy goodness, punctuated by heavy notes of citrus, and a little bit of pine. A faint amount of malt forms a backbone, but this one could be a bit better balanced. Alcohol warms a little at the end.

M: Full bodied with good carbonation.

D: At 7.5, it's not sessionable, but it's a bit easier than some other DIPAs to put back with some other beers. Not my favorite, but a decent example of the style. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 00:07:06 | More by YonderWanderer
Photo of dickieb

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy golden brown, with a initial thick head that leaves some good lacing. The smell is mostly citrus bittering hops, with some doughy yeast. The taste mimics the smell with a good dose of citrus hops, with some piney and yeastiness worked into it. Drinable for the style at 7.5%. Overall, a pretty good Dipa, defiantly good for the $4.50 a bomber price however, not my favorite of the highly populated style

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 00:43:18 | More by dickieb
Photo of indy169


4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour on this IPA is a rich amber-copper and is clear with a generous amount of lacing. Holds together nicely. Smell is also rich, with ample hops of floral and citrus. Taste fills the mouth and stays a while with definition a bit on the undefined side.
A nice IPA with classic Lagunitas quality.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 19:11:57 | More by indy169
Photo of Drew966


3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maximus pours a light copper color with a white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is all hops, grapefruit and citrus come to mind. A similar flavor profile emerges, hops, particularly citrus and grapefruit like flavors dominate. Not bad for an IPA, a little wimpy for a double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 00:45:33 | More by Drew966
Photo of adowney523


3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an British-style imperial pint glass. Color is amber and clear. The off-white head retains well and leaves decent lacing.

Smells of mostly citrusy hops with touches of English biscuits.

Taste is of doughy malt, biscuits, and lemon. Finishes with grassy and earthy hops.

Rather sweet finish and well-balanced. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2007 01:01:15 | More by adowney523
Photo of Padron4KM


3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, no freshness date.

Clear amber with tight, sticky, tan head. Thick lace.

Grapefruit hops and caramel aroma.

Flavor mirors aroma, light citrus, light pine, sweet caramel.

Nicely balanced, but I expected more, doesn't quite stand up to other DIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 05:14:28 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of cjgator3


4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with a white head. The aroma is sweet malt with a good dose of American hops. The taste is malt up front with a nice punch from the hops that deliver a nice long bitter finish. Overall, this is a really nice DIPA that is recommended for any hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 14:47:37 | More by cjgator3
Photo of BretSikkink


3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Verily a fine looking brew; from the deep amber with blood orange highlights to the multiple inch white head with long lasting stickiness and lacing. After several minutes, naught but a ring of lace is to be found on top, but there is much hop-resin lace coating all sides of the glass.

Pleasant, steely aroma: hops are all over it, but hint at fruity esters and a bit of caramelized sugar.

Grapefruit and citric peel once again in the flavor. I thought that overall it was a bit weaker - as in, 'not strong' - than I would have expected, and that the nose would have indicated. It would certainly be a big and bitter IPA, but I don't know that it would be entirely out of line. The sweetness is a nice offset, and tastefully done.

I think these would be Amarillo hops, but certainly there is room for one or more of the 4 C's, esp. Cascade.

The mouthfeel is just fine, medium to full and with a fine smooth nature. Very respectable for the amount of hops.

I would return to this in a second - if I couldn't get a hoppy beer that i like more. Bottom line is that it's decent, but there are other fish in this sea.

Btw., I would have probably been more favorably impressed by Lagunitas' IPA, Undercover seasonal, and Maximus, if the website hadn't been so effusive in the hopping descriptions. I do understand marketing, etc., but I didn't think that the Double IPA was particularly menacing, much less the IPA. Stick to the facts, report the IBUs, and let folks draw their own conclusions.

That said, I enjoyed all three ales, and will doubtlessly return to the brewery. Next up: The Kronic. I mean, ... Censored.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 05:02:45 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with noticeable carbonation. Bountiful aroma of hops. Really nice smell. First taste is a feel of that carbonation, which quickly gives way to some nice hoppiness, though it doesn't stack up to some of the best IIPAs (e.g. Ruination). It was a nice beer all the way through, but I was left hoping for a wee bit more.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 02:39:15 | More by sstackho
Photo of TechMyst


3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bomber from Binny's. Ended up trying this at a little warmer that what I would like, but I don't think it will affect my rating. Quite a bit of head, hazy copper color. Full bodied, leaving a slick palate. High malt profile, nice bittering on the back end; no bee-sting nectar but still good. Tons of lacing which caked in rings down the glass. Faint aroma on this. This is good for sipping or slamming, so the drinkability is high on this. High alcohol content is not noticable. I actually thought this was their IPA (first offering I've tried from these guys.) But it is thier IIPA, they state it's their IPA upgraded about 30%. Good but not overwhelming. Then I thought why does it have to be big; it's very smooth, so my criticalness ended up melting away.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 10:41:16 | More by TechMyst
Photo of Halcyondays


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Amber coloured, with a thick, white head, which leaves average lacing.

S: Quite malty for a Double IPA, with lots of pine hop bitterness, and fragrance in the smell to back it up.

T: Malty for a Double IPA, great pine hop taste to go with it, some grapefruit, very balanced and restrained, but tasty.

M: Smooth and robust, resiny, typical Double IPA characteristics.

D: A great drinkable Double IPA, Lagunitas makes great stuff, a company I will continue to buy from in the future, I have not been disappointed by them thus far.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2007 23:32:44 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangeish copper color with an off-white head. In the aroma was grapefruity hops, but very suttle. In the taste, again grapefruity hops, yet small, and a sweet malt. It has a hoppy dry end, and a smooth feel to it. Very easy to drink, hoppy, yet nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 17:10:20 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Daehpoh


3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my new SA glass. Amber orange color with two fingers of fluffy head. Lots of chunks floating around. Smell of floral and citrus hops with some sweetness underneath. Slight apricot in the background. Citrus hop flavors, grapefuit juice. Pale malt flavors, slightly bready. Fairly good balance. Medium body, finishes with a tangy dryness. Good brew, but mild in comparison to many of its peers.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 00:18:23 | More by Daehpoh
Photo of DoubleJ


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas. Maximus. Strengthimus. Hoppious. On to the beerious:

Deep orange color with a nice little head. This brew's flavors are focused on citrusy tropical fruits more than in-your-face bitter hops.
There's your standard grapefruit, but also I found some cantelope and mango, which I found a tad interesting. It was firm and warm feeling. Pretty standard DIPA, and that's not a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 05:38:18 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of mhaugan


3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at a beerfest.

The color was great. Too many light colored IPAs that day and this was quite striking. The fragrance was quite nice and floral/citrus. This is always my favorite part of a DIPA. Strong bitter flavor, with a lighter floral that I demand from a DIPA. Also no sweet finish as I have come to expect form the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2007 00:24:21 | More by mhaugan
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Citric/floral hops medium-high. Toasty malt medium-light.

Rusty copper. Clear. High head with pretty good retention. Impressive head.

Full bodied smooth thick. High+ bitterness. Spicy alcohol. Clean strong malt medium-high. Quite dry. Clean and crisp hop. Finishes lightly dry. Better if hops were later perhaps.

Thick smooth alcohol/malt base with medium-high carbonation. Quite thick, in fact.

Pleasantly surprised with Lagunitas. Not the best big IPA, but definitely worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 01:55:11 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of yemenmocha


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Luxurious clear amber color with generous white head. Beautiful.

Nose is mixed citrus and pine, with a clean/sterile component that is nice.

Palate is assertively piney and dry, with citrusy hops and mild toasty malt in the background. Alcohol is apparent.

Finish is quite long.

For the style this is a very, very good beer but a little too much pine & alcohol warmth for my preference, as it interferes some with the drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 02:03:00 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of tempest


3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a 7.5% DIPA, this is a pretty good one. The hops are big on grapefruit, with a deep perfume tang and hints of less acidic fruit like apricot. The aroma is a bit weak, and the flavor isn't the most complex, but those are only minor defects if you will. This is still a nice, big American DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 00:15:57 | More by tempest
Photo of Dansting


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured a clear amber color with a medium white head. Good lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine, with a little caramel to it. Flavor is citrus with a strong bitter finish. A pretty good double IPA, but nothing I need to go out of my way to get. Wish they sold it in Kansas, but I won't call my distributor to have them bring it here.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 02:20:36 | More by Dansting
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,912 ratings.