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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

4,218 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,218
Reviews: 1,398
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 85
Gots: 405 | 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 Dogbrick
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample at Barley's Smokehouse. This beer is a hazy light amber color with a thin light beige head that diminishes quickly. Spotty lacing. The aroma is hoppy with some caramel malt. Medium-bodied and moderately bitter with hops and spice flavors, along with some sweet malt and grapefruit underneath. The finish is fruity and hoppy with a lightly bitter aftertaste. Does not pack as much punch as I would expect in a IIPA. Slightly above average overall.

Dogbrick, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of cullen0013
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich hopper with an orange hue. Opaque and hazy with bits of sediment floating throughout. Not much nose to speak of, but a deep inhalation is rewarded with the faint scent of citrusy hops. As far as taste, the hop characteristic is very, very mild for an IPA and is more on the fruity side (apricot) than the bitter. Drinks smoothly with mild carbonation.

cullen0013, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of sweetbrew82
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Orange-stained amber with a thick crown of foam that leaves some webs of lace as it sinks relatively quickly to a thin cap on top.

A: Citrusy, piney, and floral hops are noted with a toasted malt underneath. What's there smells pretty good, but this would lack power even for a regular IPA. Where's the power and strength that is expected from a Double/Imperial? Maybe it will make up for it on the palate.

T: Unfortunately, it does not. My taste buds are feeling just as deprived as my nose was. The malt bill feels like it was built to handle a much larger load of hops that is currently present. Citrusy hops are dominant with mostly grapefruit rinds, while the pine needle-flavored hops deliver some spice on the end. Good bitterness here at points, but the sweet malts take a big bite out of it. Seems more like a Pale Ale than a DIPA, to be quite honest. Not impressed at all.

M: Medium-full with a sticky, mouth-coating feel that finishes a bit harsh and leaves a weird aftertaste.

Notes: If you really want an Imperial IPA from Lagunitas, do yourself a favor and pass this one up for some Hop Stoopid. Maximus fell way short of what I was expecting from this great brewery. They don't fail often, as most of their beers are 'hits'. You can mark this one down as a 'miss', though, as far as I'm concerned. Oh well, I guess you can't win 'em all...

sweetbrew82, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of kels
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The beer pours a really great shade of warm coppery orange. It is slightly hazy with light visible carbonation. A 1 finger thick, pillowy, white head retains well after fading from an initial 3-finger depth. Tons of sticky white lace spots the sides of the glass. Looks absolutely great.

Smell: Really great hop presence comes through in a bitter, yet sweetly juicy, citrus aroma. There is a slightly detectable toasty malt undertone anchoring the overall smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Hops and malts are quite a bit bolder in the taste than in the nose. The hops are quite sticky and present slightly citrusy and heavily piny. The malts are quite toasty, caramelly and sweet and even a little heavy-handed. The aftertaste is full of vapor from the alcohol. Feel is a little on the weak and thin side despite a decent amount of carbonation. Tons of stickiness is left behind throughout the drink.

Drinkability: Moderate, but not the highest for the style. The feel kinda bring it down, as well as the alcohol presence. It's decent overall, but I'd probably grab another IPA next time.

kels, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of tj4288
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW. my first PERFECT 5 BEER. poured from bomber into a large tulip glass.

a-Pours a peach/ honey color (very pretty) slightly yellow head about two fingers. Recedes to a small cap but leaves decent lacing. Some visible carbonation. This peach color is amazing me. It's beautiful, I have never seen a beer with this color, and I even left the room to check it under different lightings! Very alive and inviting!
s- Piney hops up front followed by a light burnt caramel or molasses. Some grapefruity citrus notes as well. A very well rounded and very complex beer for the nose. WOW
t- slightly molasses and burnt caramel sweetness. More on the pine and citrus hop side. Fairly weak malt. This beer is amazing. The bitter bite is very enjoyable. Almost like a citrus skin. Grapefruit, slightly grassy and earthy. wow wow wow. very complex, very interesting. Too bad I only bought one 
m- not a "full body" but very close. slightly sticky feel. Carbonation is medium.
d- I always include price in drinkability and this bomber was fairly cheap. Will I but it again?> yes, tomorrow. goes down very easy, very enjoyable and very tasty. I have to admit I was very surprised. I did not expect this from this very plain, very boring labeled bottle. love it, buy it. if you like ipas at all this one is top notch. a great DIPA! cant wait to buy more.

tj4288, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light airy head about 1.5 fingers, very pale amber color with some clarity and lots of bubbles

N: Nose has some American hops but not super hoppy with some citrus and pine and a little tangy sweet malt

T: Taste starts biscuity surprisingly, it has a nice malt base with some lighter hops than expected, the 72 IBUs are not really detectable, its got some citrus and piney hops that tend to build up on the bitterness, some sweet malt adds to the taste, but not nearly as much malt as the regular IPA

M: Light mouth feel but a little bit of viscosity

F: The finish starts sweet but dries off slowly and adds more bitter finishing hops, it also has a slight fruity finish like apricot that is very faint

Final thoughts: It has a strange malt bill that adds some interesting flavors, not their best beer but interesting nonetheless.

jlindros, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of EatsTacos
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a thick frothy head that seems to last. The lacing on the glass is good. I'm drinking this beer from a brandy snifter

The aroma earthy, floral, lots of citrus, sweet sugary malt, toffee, caramel

The flavour begins quite sweet and I'd say this is a very balanced DIPA. By no means is this beer a showcase of hops. The hops are piney, citrusy, not quite the sour grapefruit I was expecting. Lemongrass, lime rind, orange rind come to mind. The finish is still sweet which I don't really appreciate, I'd like this beer to be a lot more dry.

Medium body with a low and soft carbonation.

EatsTacos, Jul 18, 2009
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
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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