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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,022 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,022
Reviews: 1,381
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 74
Gots: 332 | 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 jessecarr

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

Lagunitas does it right. I like reading the bottles and sixer packaging. This beer offers a commentary on American indulgence, and damn if I'm not a sucker for proselytizing. It's all very tongue-in-cheek, of course, and the beer is a great example of American west coast DIPA indulgence.

I drank the first bottle at a byob Thai restaurant, and it paired superbly with my spicy dish. It made all the nuances pop well.

I'm reviewing my second bottle, with a bit more time to reflect on the beer. First off, the appearance is tremendous. It has a deep amber color, more like an English ale (ESB) than a DIPA. The pour yields a nice thick, foamy, wonderful head of foam. The lacing is quite impressive as well.

The taste is not, as the label and sixer packaging is quick to point out, as monstrous as one may think. This is a GOOD THING. The DIPA hops are certainly there, but the malt is the winner here. It's sticky in the mouth, leaving sticky lips that almost stick together.

It's quite rich, but in a bit of a smoother, more refined sense. The hops take a back seat to the sweet and deep malts. The citrus notes are also not primary.

I could only have two of these, as they pack a punch that one can feel. This is one to sip and savor. Enjoy!!

06-02-2008 03:40:44 | More by jessecarr
Photo of ewright

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%

I split a 22 oz bomber of this with the dear wife.

A: Brilliantly clear, amber in color with a finger of sticky, fluffy head. This is one of the clearest beers I've seen.

S: There's hops there, but they're struggling to be noticed. What I can find is a faint note of grapefruit.

T: Moderate bitterness throughout that is almost, but not quite completely balanced by the malt. Grapefruit dominates the bitter notes, with faint hints of pine. Undertones of toasty malt peek through from time to time.

M: Medium body with just enough carbonation. A bit of bitterness is left on the tongue in the aftertaste.

D: There's nothing wrong with this beer, but it's a pretty weak version of a DIPA. I'd rather consider this a strong IPA and judge it on those criteria.

06-01-2008 23:50:29 | More by ewright
Photo of loosey

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%

12 oz bottle

poured into a snifter a beautiful copper gold with ruby outline, very clear.. small off-white head lasted for a bit... i actually said out loud 'now thats a pretty sight'

i smell hops i smell flowers i smell hops i smell alcohol i smell hops i smell pine i smell hops

bitter, not in a bad way but a very obvious one... there is strong citrus rind, maybe some nuts ... a nice wave of flowers, then the hoppiness - one time i sucked a handful of advils because i was out of tic tacs and, like the daredevil i am, didn't spit them out quick enough... i had a flashback of acetaminophen mouth that would be my only complaint here, but as far as complaints go its legitimate

i was thinking, when would i want this? and instead of the typical 'oh, i had a hard day at the office, beer me' type situation, i was thinking if i was in some sunny yet breezy climate like northern california, and i was driving home say mid-afternoon (an early day at the office) and accidentally ran over a homeless man who was traversing the shoulder in a blind curve, and i panic and decide to drive the body to a secluded yet rocky grove and spend all afternoon into early evening burying him... when i left and i was exhausted, sweaty and dirty and had skin scraped from my knuckles... then i would love one, two, three, four or five of these

05-28-2008 23:12:21 | More by loosey
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

Bottle says 8.4%

My first beer since drinking nothing but lager (except the occasional castle milk stout) for two weeks in africa

Pours a clear amber/red glow with good fluffy off white head with good lace. Nose is defenitely west coast hops, but the malt presence is pretty big. Taste is dissapointingly weak (relatively speaking) malts a nice and sugary. Mouthfeel is good, maybe a bit on the thick side. Drinkability is good enough, pretty good for the abv. Overall an average west coast IPA, probably wont buy it again, but would choose it over many others. Not a bad choice.

05-26-2008 08:57:44 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of GPHarris


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

thanks to bonhoeffer

12oz. bottle limited release

a - poured a two-fingers thick light tan head into a snifter. the body was a clear bright copper color with a few floaties in it. billows nicely and leaves thick sheeting and lacing throughout.
s - very balanced with sweet, malty and a floral hop aroma. smells great.
t - sweet with a citrusy hop aftertaste.
m - medium thickness.
d - incredibly well-balanced and for 8.5% ABV the alcohol is not evident at all. this goes down so smooth and it's delicious.

05-25-2008 17:29:52 | More by GPHarris
Photo of Murchmac


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

I drank this one out of a bottle damn it. Dont know how it looks, but it cant be lower than a 3.5

Smells like hops, Some sweetness coing out of the mouth of the bottle.

Tastes spicy, like most lagunitas beers do.

This says limited release maximus ale, and there normal maximus says unlimited relase. Im confused.

Leaves a nice hoppy aftertaste. You know what you're going to get with lagunitas, and it's usually good.

05-24-2008 03:58:10 | More by Murchmac
Photo of cichief


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A- Pours a beautiful gold-copper color with a nice off-white head.

S- Smells of pine and grapefruit, very hoppy, inviting.

T- Lots of pine and citrus, the beer coats the tongue and envelopes the nose.

M- Thin to medium body, somewhat oily, but overpowers the tongue with pine and citrus.

D- For hopheads and IPA fans this is a good option, with so many West Coast hoppy beers though, this doesn't stand out from the bunch.

05-23-2008 04:27:36 | More by cichief
Photo of objectivemonkey


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

A 22 oz bottle into a nonic glass, pours a pretty clear copper amber with a very generous and everlasting off-white head and a whole ton of lacing. About as good as an IPA gets. The aroma has floral notes and grapefruits, but plays a second string to what is to come.

And as I quaff this thing down, I know that on the back end of this first perfect week of summer, this beer is exactly what I needed. With a moderately full mouth with good carbonation and smoothness, the pines and oils and grapefruits and caramels just meander around the palate, with the bitterness growing as it warms, the alcohol warmth soothing and non-obtrusive.

Basically, this is a surprisingly easy to drink DIPA. 70-odd IBU's, 7-odd alcohol... meh. No prob. I'm not calling this a lawn-mowing beer by any means, but indeed a great beer for drinking any time. But particularly, for this slice of summer heaven.

05-22-2008 21:58:48 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

3.85/5  rDev -3%

Pours golden amber with a large fluffy head and a tight lace.
The aroma is captivating with passion fruit,citrus,malts and floral notes. The taste is hops,bitter and it balances well with the citrus and caramel malts. The overall feel is that of a very hoppy beer that has a bitter,tart and dry finish. The tinge of spice is fine with medium carbonation and a balanced smoothness.

Notes: I found that this beer tasted even better as it warmed,the bitterness calmed and even the hops took a break.
Initially, the hops were a bit much for my tastes yet the only thing I can say negative is that this is not highly drinkable in a session manner and even in a regular sitting I was good with one.

My bottle stated 8.4 ABV and I felt it. Good bang for the buck. I guess I will have this from time to time and when I am in a hop crazy mood.

05-22-2008 03:10:53 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of PhageLab


4.13/5  rDev +4%

Poured into the Stone IPA glass.

A - Slightly hazy copperish coloration, thick pillowy head that rode the whole way down, beautiful lacing.

S - Bouquet of floral notes permeates the nose while hints of grapefruit, cinnamon, and other spices dance about.

T - Bitter and spicy body, generously hopped, decent malt backing, well balanced. Pine and spruces carry into the aftertaste.

M - Light to medium body, oily feel, pine residue coats the palate.

D - Absolutely awesome, especially factoring in the $4 price tag. I'd recommend this to all IPA lovers, and I can certainly see this becoming a staple in my collection.

05-21-2008 14:55:46 | More by PhageLab
Photo of CaptainIPA


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

Hand-pulled, cask-conditioned goodness @ Romans' Pub on 5-20-08.

Pours a bright copper amber with a one-finger head. Superior head retention and lacing throughout.

Floral, hoppy nose with essences of grapefruit and grass.

Complex taste profile: Piney citrus hops balanced with caramel malts and spicy weightings of earthy peat and nutty wood tones. Subtle hints of herbal rose water.

Super smooth, cask-conditioned mouthfeel. Hand-pulled silk.

People mumble. Beer speaks. Maximus roars.

05-21-2008 02:08:23 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of willjschmidt


4/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours a beautiful bright orange color with a fluffy white head.

S: As to be expected lots of citrus, pine and some floral accents.

T: A pretty good DIPA, not as hoppy as some west coast versions of the style you won't go wanting for hops. Leans a bit towards the piney side of the pine/citrus flavor balance. The hops overwhelm the malt so I wouldn't call it balanced.

M: Smooth and oily due to all the hops.

D: A pretty good DIPA, but unfortunately not near the top of this absolutely loaded field.

05-19-2008 18:32:28 | More by willjschmidt
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%

Appearance: Poured from the 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. The beer is a clear dark orange color. Head was slightly off white with good retention, and stuck to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Piney with hints of ornage and grapefruit. Average and typical for an IPA.

Taste: Nicely balanced in the introduction with a light malt to counter the big hop flavor. Hop profile is mostyl leafy and piney with some citrus coming through. Finishes extremely dry and alcoholic, leaving a tingling sensation on the tongue.

Drinkability: Somewhat overpowering, and one was good for me. I don't know if I'll be coming back to this one...

05-18-2008 23:34:21 | More by BucBasil
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Poured a slightly burnt coppery orange with a bone white 1 finger head.

S: a big floral aroma, sweet citrus, pine with some dry malt and dried flowers in the end.

T: The initial flavor was dry and malty with a big floral hop bite of pine and citrus. There was some dry oranges as well detected. The beer finished very dry and bitter.

M: The mouthful was light per style, bitter, with a light carbonation factor.

D: Good drinkability, well hopped, dry and moderately enjoyable.

05-18-2008 14:21:14 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of TasteTester


4.47/5  rDev +12.6%

What can I say but I love this beer! It hits the spot when I'm looking for a DIPA/Imperial.

22-oz bomber in a 20-oz mug.

A-Beautiful amber/goldenrod color. 1 finger head on initial pour. Lacing top to bottom on my mug.

S-Sweet, floral, hoppy. Not overpowering...the way it should smell.

T-Resiny, piney, hoppy. Can't really put a finger on the underlying flavors.

M-Tingles. Warm.

D-Could drink this out of bottles or on tap all day long...as long as I had a ride home.

05-18-2008 03:31:59 | More by TasteTester
Photo of USCTrojanBrian


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

22 oz bomber in a tulip glass

A - Nearly classic IPA appearance. Brownish orange from afar, medium-cloudy amber under some light. Half-finger head, lingering pockets of bubbles. 2nd pour much more billowous, gooey 2-3 finger head, lots of fascinating bubbles.

S - Not too bitey hop aroma, a little more grain presence than you'd expect. Slightly piney. Bit more spicey notes on 2nd pour, coriander perhaps.

T - Like an IPA? Distinguishing factors are that it's not so aggressively overbearing which is the main criticism of the style. It's something you can drink a little faster than you might anticipate for an DIPA, just not as robust. 2nd pour really comes though, warms up well and then starts to surrender a very faint clove and orange peel under that hoppy piney mix.

M/D - Typical IPA bite, a little more sedate which can be a good thing or a bad thing. Mellows out more as it warms up, nice tongue residue flavor, more malty than hop acidic.

Improves quite a bit as it warms up, as I was sort of bored by the initial hit. Not really crafted to how I enjoy DIPA's, but is clearly well assembled and looks and tastes good if a bit underwhelming from the aroma. Modest complexity but that's not really the hallmark of the style anyway. A very respectable DIPA which the haters will appreciate more than the hop forward DIPA's out there.

05-18-2008 01:38:32 | More by USCTrojanBrian
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours a picture-perfect clear amber with a big foamy and creamy head. Piney hop oils dominate the scent, with a thick maple syrup sweetness also present. Taste is very bitter, floral and piney but not a lot of sweetness to counteract the brew. A little unbalanced, but perfect for hopheads. Finishes smooth with a nice alcohol kick that comes out of nowhere.

A very solid brew that is worth the try, but their regular IPA is better in my opinion.

05-16-2008 06:20:12 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of everetends


4/5  rDev +0.8%

I got this at Cheers in Carrollton, GA. 22oz bomber poured into a tumbler.

A: Came out a beautiful golden amber. Nice thick white head, disipates, but leaves sticky residue where it once was.

S: Actually the first thing you smell is the malt. Strange, followed by floral hops, citrus, grapefruit.

T: Yet again the caramel malt hits you first, then slowly the hops mingle in and the finish is a bitter/sour grapefruit. All in a good way.

M: A nice medium carbonation. The brew is bitter with some acidity but all works well.

D: All in all, this a good beer. Nothing exceptional but it is full of suprises. Very good considering a bomber cost me less than $3. Can and will drink again.

05-11-2008 06:32:35 | More by everetends
Photo of ScottUCF84


3.85/5  rDev -3%

Had this on tap at the New World brewery in Tampa (ybor). Poured into a Chimay goblet.

A- Transparent golden amber... A nice white, creamy head with random, oversized bubbles. Glorious lacing throughout the experience.

S- Cirtusy, sweet hops. This one definitely smelled potent in terms of alcohol and flavor.

T- Bittersweet fruits and hops, a bit of alcohol, and a bitter finish. Nice.

M-Medium body, medium carbonation. Slightly oily over the tongue.

D- I wouldn't have more than one, but the single serving goes down with no problem. The alcohol isn't too bad either, compared to others of the style.

05-11-2008 01:04:19 | More by ScottUCF84
Photo of Redwood21


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

I was really surprised, this is a great beer,

A: nice amber color with a sticky white head, what more could you ask for.

S: the aroma definitely tells the tale, it smells of a sweet malty caramel which leads me to...

T: same as above. i would have liked more bitter hop flavor but this is a great beer, the caramel sweetness is a roasted nut type that is really good.

a very enjoyable beer

05-09-2008 02:54:32 | More by Redwood21
Photo of RickSawyer


4.3/5  rDev +8.3%

Pours a mahogany cherry with a pillowy, tightly wound creamy head that grabs the side of the glass and leaves a nice and pretty lace across the glass. Smell is piney hops, french bread, orange zest and some white peppery alcohol spiciness. Taste is sweet, short bread, carmel malted sweetness, balanced by a solid hoprageous attack on the end of the palate. Solid citrus hops, some floral mango/tangerine and orange zest drizzled with sugar. A nicely balanced, bittersweet double IPA. The drinkablity is off the chart. I drank this one after mowing the lawn and had absolutely no trouble putting 2 down. Very nice!

05-09-2008 00:56:08 | More by RickSawyer
Photo of babaracas


3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

From a bomber pours a clear orange with fine white head and clingy lacing. Smell: citrusy and earthy hops, pale/crystal malt in the background and a touch of diacetyl. Taste: hops upfront, citric and medicinal, touch of alcohol, thin but quite sweet maltiness. Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a puckering finish. There are several other DIPAs I would pick over this one.

05-07-2008 02:06:34 | More by babaracas
Photo of jmacdaddy2008


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

I had this in 22oz. bottle before but don't remember it standing out. I had it on tap recently and wanted to write down my impression.

Poured copper with off white head

Aroma was faint, smelled a little like metal. Floral hops began to come out slightly but not strong like most IPAS
Taste the alcohol, flavor didn't match up. You can taste some hops with spices. Flavor tasted watered down.

Entry level IPA in my opinion. I hope this was from a bad tap because I like most lagunitas beers.

05-06-2008 12:33:51 | More by jmacdaddy2008
Photo of beachbum1975


4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

Thanks for this one drewOSU.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber with anice big and aggressive head. Looks delicious!

Smell: Fresh, floral hops - smells like its gonna kick me in the head with hops. Pine + citrus. If the taste is anything like the smell, I'm gonna love this one.

Taste: Good, balanced amount of hops. Beautiful flavor, this is the kind of beers I want to share this with friends. Thick, but not over-powering.

Mouthfeel: Just the right amount of carbonation. Medium to thick body and slightly creamy on the way down. Yum.

Overall: Great beer. I love Langunita's beer - it's quality through and through. Never had a bad one, to date.

04-30-2008 22:23:26 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of soundbarrier


4.38/5  rDev +10.3%

Poured from Bottle into pint. Good amber color. Hoppy smell. Very clean tasting with nice hop.

Pour: Poured into pint glass with a nice off white head. A little lacing.

Smell: Great bouquet with good hoppyness. If you like IPA's you will not be disappointed.

Taste: Hoppy taste with a smooth finish. Slight bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Great taste. Good Dbl IPA. Very drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 22:22:13 | More by soundbarrier
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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