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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

4,734 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,734
Reviews: 1,451
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 94
Gots: 669 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001

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Photo of jtierney89
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear bright orange glow with lots of visible carbonation but a very thin lace of off white head. Big wet grapefruit hop nose with a slight caramel sweetness lingering somewhere underneath.

Big juicy mouthfeel with lots of tropical fruit and a slightly mint finish. Bitterness is slightly high. Some grassy notes on the finish as well. Flavors are concentrated and well blended but pungent. Nothing new really except a very harsh bite that builds. Worth a try, might be for you. I oddly found more balance on their regular ipa though. Malt backbone isn't as big as the nose leads it on to be. Slightly bigger than their regular ipa but not as big as it should be.

Photo of jayhawk73
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Huhzubendah for sharing this bottle- Thanks Matt!

Pours an orange-ish color w/ a slight off white head. Average lacing on my snifter glass. The nose is mainly citrus, orange, grapefruit, and some hops. Fairly sweet, and very balanced. Taste is a little bit of a step up. Same profile as the nose, but better. Very little of the 8.2% ABV in the taste. A little on the sweet side, and I could use more hops bite... Still- it's solid. Feel is medium with a nice hops/malt thing happening. Average carbonation. Overall, a very nice DIPA- not world class, but a great accessible beer.

Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Pintofbrown
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this from a bomber into a shaker pint.

Apperance- The pour does not yield much foam at all. There is some slight fizzing and a white ring around the edge of the glass.

The body is a nice golden-copper with almost no carbonation crawling to the top.

Smell- Whoa! Was not expecting candied peaches or mango coming through. That is a sticky-sweet citrus bouquet, maybe almost too sweet! I am not getting much bite from the hops. No malt character is noticed either.

Taste- Peaches, pink grapefruit, mango, and some orange dominate this drink. And it is just as sweet as the nose led me to believe it was.

Honestly, this is like a mimosa with hop kick. And I do not care that I am not a mom sitting poolside at 9:30 in the morning. If there is any malt it gets buried under the very long and sweet, orange finish with a little pine kicked in for good measure.

Very memorable, and wholly original. Outstanding!

Mouth feel- It is a little watery, not really sticking to the cheeks. And it is not as medium bodied as some examples of the style have been.

However, it is a "smooth" drink that glides over the tongue, without becoming causitc, and that is important in an IPA.

Overall- This hop profile is outrageously appetizing. It is not like my own experience with IPA's have run the gamut, but as of now, this is the most original, straight citrus-fruity profile I have encountered. It totally makes the beer. If you are a hop head, give it a go.

Photo of Immortale25
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Evolution Brewing pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with 3/4 of an inch of head that retains well, lowering only to a 1/4 inch of head that has splotchy bubbles on the surface and a considerable amount of lacing which gets better and better the emptier the glass gets.

S- Smells of pungent, grassy hops as per the signature Lagunitas aroma. A bit of grapefruit, orange, lemon. The whole citrus gang is there with maybe even a visit from lime who's usually the odd man out. Some malt sweetness in the background.

T- A bit more sharp unlike the Undercover Investigation, Lagunitas Sucks or standard Lagunitas IPA. This one leans more toward the Lucky 13 or Censored Ale as far as the overall profile goes. That being said, there's intense bitterness (as expected with an IBU of 72.41) that's surrounded by some malts and some alcohol bite in a complimentary fashion. Not much else, besides the aforementioned citrus notes.

M- Prickly due to the excessive amount of hops. Medium-high carbonation.

O- A little extreme for my tastes but I guess that's why it's called Maximus. Just have to be in the mood for a hop bomb.

Photo of uziangis
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of coldriver
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of rob9802
5/5  rDev +25.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dav
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of maltlikker
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of Maltus
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Yabev15
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of GreenPea
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can not believe this beer has received anything but a solid A+.

The appearance is drop dead gorgeous. A beautiful amber copper colored clear brew. The lacing sticks around and a foamy head tells you it's time to enjoy.

The smell is solid Pineapple, resin, tropical fruit, and everything that makes hoppy...hoppy.

The taste is spicy clean and refreshing. Period.

Mouth feel is spot on with a clean, well balanced carbonated feel tells you everything is in check.

Overall this one works coast to coast. The alcohol is hidden well, it's fresh, clean and extremely balanced.

I'm OK with this being the only beer in my fridge.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of leprakhan
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of krause316
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jegross2
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company.
Score: 83

Appearance: Pours a translucent golden copper color with a finger of foamy head that settles into a foamy ring around the glass and clump in the middle. Average lacing. 3.5/5

Smell: Earthy pine resin. Slight spiced hop aroma. Faint citrus and a little maltiness. 3.5/5

Taste: Extremely earthy hop flavor in front and finish. Very bitter. Peppery spice on the midpalate. Alcohol warmth on the mid-palate as the beer layers. Very subtle notes of stainless steel sweetness at points. Finish is dry, bitter and a little sour. The bitterness in the finish really lingers. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly under-carbonated. Dry, bitter finish. 2.5/5

Overall: A very extreme, one-dimensional imperial IPA. It's not bad, but it is very unbalanced and quite bitter. IPA Maxiumus lacks most of the sweetness and citrus flavors of most IPAs. I love my hops, so I certainly enjoyed this one, but I could see others regretting the fact that they have five more bottles in their six pack.

Recommendation: Beer geeks should enjoy this one, but casual beer drinkers should avoid.

Pairings: Pho (it's a basil-forward Vietnamese "meat soup").

Cost: $9.49 for a six pack.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,734 ratings.