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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

4,354 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,354
Reviews: 1,404
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 90
Gots: 463 | 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 mattffrost
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into glass.

Appearance Beer is a clear amber orange color. Head is offwhite. Head dissolves pretty quickly. Some lacing.

Smell Sweet malts with some citrus smell.

Taste Sweet carmel tasting with a bit of a bitter finish. A hint of fruity Citrus taste as well. I Have had better and also worst. Not bad not great. In my opinion just a little to sweet with out the fruitness.

Mouthfeel Very low carbonation. The sweetness is nice in the mouth but in my opinion just a little to sweet.

Drinkablity Again sorry for the repeat but just a little to sweet for me. I can drink a 22 oz bottle no problem.

mattffrost, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bomber. Into the turbulating power of the Sam Adams super pint glass.

A: Poured with 3 fingers of white head. Excellent lacing. Clear golden color. Not as dark as your typical DIPA.

S: Tons of bitterness in the nose. Some floral hops and a hint of citrus. Not too bad really. A bready malt is buried in the back.

T: Bitter right up front. More of a bitter hoppiness than anything else. There is a slight amount of citrus in there but not enough to balance things out.

M: Just feels good on your tongue. A little bit creamy.

D: For the price this is a great deal. My lady friend grabbed this to try to find some cheaper DIPA options. I think this is a great solution for hopheads who need a fox but find the medicine has become too expensive.

aerozeppl, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- poured slightly iridescent like clean motor oil. almost clear persimmon orange/red body with hues of ruby red grapefruit. thick and creamy buff head is an instant lace-maker with remarkable staying power though it's kinda small. looks very hoppy.

S- nothing short of hoptastic (but not quite hoptacular), mainly consists of herbal and citrus oil aromas perhaps cascade or columbus. bitter orange, quinine, pineapple, grapefruit, and some earthy pine and mushroom, 'marhsmallows' plenty dark and toasty too with enough caramel and toffee sweetness to hold everything together. malt aromas vastly increase once warmed a little and really balance things out. volatile alpha acids tingle the nose and mask any alcohol that may be wafting about.

T- at first odd. fuel, crude oil flavors, something i'm unaccustomed to, and i'm unsure whether its fusel alcohol or high alphas from the hops... toasted white grapefruit, burnt caramel, rum soaked orange peels, pine sap, and a less direct fruitiness than the aroma. the toasty sweetness of this one is hard to describe, like spritzing a donut with grapefruit juice and some phenols, then toasting it, then blending it up with pine sap and dark rum. hrm. maybe i should elevate my mind... sugary sweetness lingers in the background as resinous leafy hop flavor takes over until well into the finish when some toasty sweet malt flavor is able to resurface.

MF- carbonation is like fine high grit sandpaper, unable to distinguish individual bubbles, it fuses itself to the weight of the beer, which is sugary and resinous and sticky, and somewhat lightens the consistency temporarily. long term coating of sap and hoppy dryness. i can appreciate how much hops are in there.

D- this bomber went down fast just trying to figure out what the hell it tastes like. its different and its good, but the certain sweet and bitter flavors contrast one another.

hustlesworth, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of denflyr
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall a descent beer...

Poured an orange/copper color with a little bit of haze that has cleared with some time. A lot of head on this beer even with a not avery agresive pour. A little lacing as well.

A slight pine aspect on the nose, but otherwise not a terribly aromatic beer.

A good taste overall. Creamy malts and a nice hop biterness. The balance was nice, but compared to some other DIPA's, something was missing here....I just cannot point out what. Some others have mentioned a sweet malt character...I get that, but it does not make the brew off balance in my opinion.

The mouthfeel was nice. I liked the carbonation level and the finish of the beer. Not a palate killed and also a fairly medium bodied beer.

I could drink more, but would probably not seek
to buy this one again. This is one to drink and compare for me, but now one to have as a standby brew.

denflyr, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Very clear, orange/amber. A finger of off white head rises with moderate retention, settling to a thin collar. Moderate lacing. Really not what I'd expect from a DIPA.

S - Very malty upfront with a lot of brown sugar and some sweet fruits going on. Grapefruit and pine from the hops pull through also.

T - Lots of brown sugar/butterscotch sweetness early on. Mild grapefruit along with pine, grass, and floral elements come through mid palate but the caramel-like sweetness nearly overwhelms the flavors. Finish is earthy with a tangerine note, and only slightly bitter. Good flavor, but not exactly what I'd expect from the style.

M - Medium to full bodied with minimal carbonation. Fitting for the flavors at hand but the mouthfeel is also catering to the huge malt sweetness inherent in this brew.

D - For the most part an easy drinking beer, but the huge sweetness drops it a point or so. I think it is easier to view this beer as a malty IPA or even a well-hopped amber rather than an imperial IPA. Though I'm thoroughly enjoying the brew, it's not a great represenation of a DIPA.

PatrickJR, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of CHSLBrew
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Pristine, clear amber to deep amber beer with a smallish off-white head. Head reduced quickly to almost nothing.

S-Strong aromas of flower and piney/resiny hops. Clean and refreshing, making my mouth water. No perceptible hop aromas.

T-Initial citrusy and resiny hop flavors bashed me in the face, which faded nicely to a nicely balanced citrus-bitterness with toasty and toffee malts. Ends with a bitter and sweet malt, semi-dry finish.

M-Moderate carbonation, on what I would consider the high end of appropriate carbonation for this style. Medium-heavy body. Almost some enjoyable warming feel on the way down.

D-Great drinkability! This one is very enjoyable to drink down slowly and enjoy how the flavors progress. It's got some very refreshing hoppiness that keeps me wanting more. Will be on my guard to get this one again.

CHSLBrew, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of tadowdaddy
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very clear amber color with little head and limited lacing.

S: Very delicious smell. Citrus hops and caramel malt. The smell was the best part of this beer for me.

T: Small citrus taste followed by caramel malts. Tastes just like it smells. Not overly impressed by the taste nor the hops which were lacking for a DIPA.

M: Missed the hop bite and the aftertaste. Decent tingle on the tongue from the citrus and the malts really make this feel thicker than the beer really is.

D: Drank this really fast. Didn't feel at all like a 7.5% beer. May drink it again, but not my favorite beer.

tadowdaddy, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of travloh
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked open bomber on a lazy sunday afternoon watching some football.

Semi-aggressive pour into tulip glass reveals brown tinted very clear liquid. Looks like weak iced tea. Pretty decent head forms, 2 to 3 fingers but it is all bark and no bite. Dissipates quickly. Leaves a cap along with somewhat respectable lacing.

Smell is bitter and caramelly. Nothing overpowering, just like you'd expect it to be.

The first taste is a bit deceptive. At first it has the telltale signs of a hop bomb, but it kinda fades and cowers in the corner. What it leaves behind is not offensive, but not great either. Malts, alcohol. The hops are still there, but now they are trying to buy you a drink, like the guy in the bar who is tough until he sees you really wanna fight. Ever present but non threatening. Weak, sweet citrus qualities.

After 5 minutes in the glass it sits ever so still. The foam cap remains but the bubbles are few and far between. The aftertaste it leaves is pleasant. Has a sweet character to it.

This stuff is decent. Reminds me of a good summer IPA.

Not gonna blow your mind but quite drinkable.

travloh, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22-ounce bomber bottle with a twist-off top, poured into a large goblet yields a bright, clear copper body capped with two fingers of silky ivory foam. The head very slowly recedes to a creamy sheet that leaves lots of fine lacing on the glass.

The smell is a big blast of citrus and a bit of floral alcohol, like grapefruit rind marinated in light rum, plus a toasty, rich caramel malt note buried deep under a cloud of zippy hop aromatics.

The taste allows the toasted caramel element take the lead of the parade, with plenty of balancing hop bitterness keeping a tight rein on the malty drum major. Mild fruity hop notes of orange zest and lemon rind and a juicy note of sweet golden apples work well in concert. A drying effect kicks in at the finish and a bit of piney resin lingers in the aftertaste, but all-in-all, the hop profile is pretty light in weight for a DIPA.

Crisp and medium-bodied, Maximus isn't anything earth-shattering, but like almost all the Lagunitas offerings I've enjoyed so far, it is a fine, well-made brew and very drinkable.

cvstrickland, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of mj001jk
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber color with the slightest hints of hazel-colored foam.

Immediately I am surprised at the low-level of hop aromas from this beer. It is there but not as pronounced as I would have imagined. The hops have a slight mineral or metallic aspect that is buffered by a sweet malted and doughy smell, not unpleasant, just different. It is an attractive nose, but if you are looking for a hop monster, this is not it.

A medium to light malt character hits the palate and mingle nicely with hops that barely tickle my IPA taste buds. The amber malt character, mixed with a little apple and ocean is pleasant but not entirely satisfying. It comes up a little weak on the finish and doesn't leave me with that classic IPA sensation.

All in all it is a nice beer for someone who has never had an IPA before and want to wet their feet (or palate), but it doesn't stand out for me.

mj001jk, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of Buebie
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a brandy snifter.
No freshness date on the bottle.
Golden orange in color, 1 finger foamy cream colored head. Spotty thin lace, just a thin layer of retention.

The aroma is big juicy grapefruit hop aroma. Sweet malt, doughy bread, burnt caramel.

Sweet up front with hops mixing well with the rest of the flavors. Butterscotch, grapefruit, citricy acidic flavors.
Finish has an out of place metalicy chalk like flavor. Aspirin was mentioned bfore, and thats basically what it tastes like.
That undesirable flavor lingers and dominates after the swallow.
Carbonation is medium, mouthfeel has a slight syrupy texture.

Overal good beer, but that metalic flavor droped the rateing some.

Buebie, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 12oz bottle, as opposed to the usual 22oz bombers, which I've found over the past few years to be the best example of American IIPAs available in my part of the world. The alcohol has been increased in this edition (to 8.4% from 7.5%), and the humorous murmurings on the label modified as well. 'Corrupt pirate pastrami burrito vendor' - heh.

This beer pours a nicely clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with two fat fingers of billowy, puffy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which sticks around for quite some time, eventually leaving a decent array of snow rime lacing around the glass.

It smells of pungent grapefruit and orange oil hop essences, pine resin, a solid bready, kind of toffee-like caramel malt, and a low-lying, simmering booze warmth - what an anticipatory aroma! The taste is commensurately big and quite full of blended citrus bitterness up front, subsequently bolstered by some astringent pine hops, a permissive caramel malt influence still evocative of bread pudding and toffee candy, and some mildly metallic alcohol warming.

The carbonation is fairly laid back and seemingly uninvolved, the body a sturdy medium weight, and really quite smooth, given all those hops milling about, causing mayhem. It finishes off-dry, the plucky caramel malt standing firm, while the still bitter hops begin a long, slow wane.

A beer purportedly all about the hops, for sure, but the real star here is the level sweetness from a properly balancing maltiness - a necessity in an IPA and more so in an IIPA. An all around easy-drinker, for the hop-inclined, the elevated ABV a non-issue (for the time being) to boot. Still, though, if you're just looking for a palate cleanser (or wrecker), with a whole lot of peppy hop goodness, you could do a lot worse than this.

biboergosum, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of mjryan
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange colour, with a thick head that leaves lots and lots of lace on the glass. Aroma is pungent, resinous grapefuit, with nice floral overtones. The flovour is awesome. Very hoppy with a nice delicate malt background. Bitterness is smooth, but very present. Medium bodied, with a medium carbonation level. Has a nice dry and bitter finish. At 7.5% ABV this is a smaller, more sessionable DIPA and I like that. One of the better examples Ive ever had.
"sessionable DIPA, is that an oxymoron?"

mjryan, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of andylipp
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smell - Burnt sugar, caramel, with resiny hops and a hint of alcohol.

Taste -Malty, sticky sweet. Piney and resiny hops, some floral hop character with a long piney finish. A nice balane between malt and hops.

Mouthfeel - Good viscosity with near perfect carbonation.

Drinkability- I could easily gulp this one down but know better with the 7%+ abv. Not as drinkable as some, but pretty good.

Comments- I'll get this one again, but it is far from my favorite of the style. Still, I'm sad that this is the last bottle in my 6-pack. And while at 7.5% abv it is not exactly a session beer, it's nice that this beer (unlike some 9-10%+ DIPA/IIPAs) doesn't knock you on your ass.

andylipp, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of popery
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While I enjoyed this beer, it's not all that great for a DIPA. After a few other Lagunitas beers, I had high hopes for this beer, which might have hurt its rating ultimately.

The beer pours a nice color, bright, dark amber with good highlights. It's a good looking beer with a good head. It smells of some good hops, but it's a little underwhelming as a DIPA. Lagunitas makes some good beers, but a DIPA should be bigger than this, especially with some nearby brewers making incredible pale ales, like Russian River and Bear Republic. The hops are a bit tart, which is enjoyable, with citrus and pine flavors. There's some balancing malt, but it's just not strong enough. Otherwise, the beer is good. Don't get me wrong; I enjoyed this beer. I always appreciate a new DIPA. It's just with a name like Maximus and coming from Lagunitas, I was prepared to be blown away and that didn't happen.

popery, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this from Cloverleaf Tavern as my reward beer for reaching 40 beers on their PhD list.

I would like to start by asking: When did Lagunitas start using twist-offs for their bombers?

A: Pours an orange-amber body with a decent, thick (about two fingers, but slows to one) white head with nice retention and lacing along the glass until the finish.

S: A spicy, earthy, and slightly bitter, hop smell with some sweet, citrus-grapefruit undertones.

T: A sweet, grapefruit, initial taste with some spicy, smooth hop notes. Hops were not overbearing and spicier than bitter, which worked well I think. There was a sweeter, citrus-grapefruit aftertaste to it with some earthiness, but not too much. The alcohol was slightly evident in the aftertaste and was quite warming.

M: A pretty full-bodied and smooth mouthfeel that was quite complimenting of the style.

D: A pretty drinkable beer. A nice mouthfeel and taste combination. While the alcohol was warming, I feel that it did not take away from the overall beer experience with this one. Well-crafted brew. Definitely worth a try if you can pick it up.

A very good brew, as are most that come out of Lagunita's!

maddogruss, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of choyhosoi
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass

A-Nice color of brown/red comes thru with a nice head. This already looks like a tatsy brew.

S-Picked up some sweet scents like caramel along with the usual hopp scents you would expect to find.

TMD-Very smooth taste that had hardly any bitterness to it.Very good drinkable IPA I myself don't usually seek these out but this one was good. I would definetly try another.

choyhosoi, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, i'd consider this a 1.5x ipa actually!

A big almost viscous looking brew with an offwhite head. Glowy yellow orange.

It's got some big malty sweetness in the aroma, like crazy big.

The taste brings out the super crispy hops. Great orange sweetness and chewy malt. Some thick grainy malts, but a really nice floral and herbal hops.

The aftertaste is long and chewy like a Stone brew. It's a really nice taste and flavor, and great full body. If anything, it's just a bit to thick and chewy.

SurlyDuff, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of hunteraw
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy, deep honey in color. One finger, off-white, almost yellow-tinted (?) head, which leaves some lacing.

Smell: Resiny hops, sugar cookie, and citrus. The combination is almost Christmas-y, somehow. More floral notes as it warms.

Taste: Quite bitter (citrus, grapefruit rind) but well-balanced. Perhaps a tad on the sweet side, but not in a bad way - the somewhat metallic/astringent finish, is rounded out by that bready sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, somewhat creamy. Lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability: As a double IPA, not something you want to session, but quite drinkable and enjoyable for the style - and at 7.5% abv, more drinkable than most.

hunteraw, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of ndekke39
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap, served in a snifter. Poured a clear orange, with a white head and lots of lacing. Really beautiful.

Aromas of mostly sweet, citrusy hops.

Taste has a sweet, bready center, complemented by more citrusy, pine hops.

Good carbonation - a bit of effervescence plus a good thickness that goes with the sweet side.

Excellent beer, one of the best I've had recently. Will definitely return to it.

ndekke39, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of stevecee2003
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this 22 oz. bottle at a local beer seller for only $3.99. My first thought was "cheap beer" = cheap taste. Well, its not a Hercules but it certainly is worth the price!

A- Rusty amber color. Nice head as well. Thick and frothy, but settles quickly.

S- Even in the smell you can detect the metallic hints inside the strong hoppy smell.

T- Many flavors come through. Of course the hops. But as some have mentioned there is an unmistakable metalic taste. There is citric peel, and certain harshness. Not as smooth as higher rated IPA's.

M- Feels OK. Not a detriment.

D- While it is interesting, and for the price it is fantastic(!), it may only serve as a novel way to start a session, leading to another beer for the evening.

stevecee2003, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of GRPunk
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- 1 finger light tan head with a golden-amber body. The carbonation was pretty heavy. The head drops to a full lace fairly quickly, leaving really nice sticky rings on the side of the glass.

S- Initially, I was met with a punch of hops, somewhere between pine-like and floral. The malty balance comes on a little later, but the hops keep up a nice clean presence throughout.

T- There was a really nice balance between caramel malts and piney hops. While it packs a pretty good punch of flavor, there really isn't anything overwhelming about this beer due to its balance. The alcohol becomes more present as the beer warmed.

M- It was actually quite mellow due to the balance between malts and hops. There was a somewhat oily feel with just the slightest of hop tingle.

D- It's on the stronger side for a traditional IPA, yet not so strong that it really fits the Double billing in terms of ABV. I could see drinking more than 1 in a sittig. However, the alcohol seems present enough that I wouldn't let myself go overboard.

GRPunk, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear copper with a solid, creamy head and good lacing.

S - Floral, malty and grapefruity, in that order.

T - Malty-sweet with pine-and-grapefruit hops. A hint of apple and a touch of alcohol comes through.

M - Solid mouthfeel. Slick, substantial body.

D- Hoppy, as expected, but the malt also holds its own. Well balanced IMO.

allergictomacros, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of oneeye
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A. Pours an orange amber. A little carbonation with a little soapy one fingered head. A little lace left clinging to the pint glass.
S. The aroma of hops and candied sugar. The smell of sweet caramel malts and burnt sugar.
T. The maximus is a little tame for an Imperial IPA. The taste of hop juice and sugary malts. It finishes dry and sweet. Too sweet and not enough hops for a name like Maximus. If you are expecting a hop bomb or a well balanced beer, I do not recommend this beer. The flavors are a little off. It is not a bad tasting beer but nothing special is going on here.
M. The mouthfeel is creamy. A full bodied beer with a dry finish.
D. The drinkability is fair. It's easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden for a beer of a abv. of 7.50%. But I would not drink another. The price is right but I'd rather spend my money on a more balanced more flavorful beer.

oneeye, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of JToad
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up while in Pittsburgh, at Fatheads bottleshop.

Poured into my Sam Adams pint glass.

It pours a hazy copper. A little bit cloudier than most DIPAs I've had.

Smells of floral hops. Biscuity malt is slightly present. Grapefruit is there also.

Very well balanced flavor. Malts and hops are noticable, however the hops are very understated. I've never had an DIPA that wasn't over the top. This is mellow and smoothe. A little tobacco flavor is coming thru slightly, as well as maybe even some chocolate...

Overall, this is one of the smoothest IIPAs I've ever had. Not at all what I expected. This could be a dangerous session IIPA. And at 8.4% ABV, lookout!

JToad, Sep 17, 2008
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,354 ratings.