1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

4,235 Ratings
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,235
Reviews: 1,399
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 85
Gots: 414 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Maximus Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,235 | Reviews: 1,399 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of umtox
3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Light amber

S: A bit of hops and lime

C: Perhaps a bit of overkill on the lime, with a decent hops

M: Crisp and someone fleeting giving way to sour lime

D: Perhaps one with a very select dish and then on to seomething better

All in all nothing special.

umtox, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of m1ked
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Orangey, coppery clear and bright. 1.5 inch white foamy head, that is regenerated by multiple streamers.

S- Light citrus, caramelized sugar, pancake syrup (Aunt Jemima style)

T- This one is not a hop bomb surprisingly. Starts off with sweet biscuit flavor that blends into some piney resin flavor that lingers lightly.

M- Medium bodied. I can't tell if it is a little thick, or if it is the syrup-like flavor that is tricking me.

D- This is a nice DIPA, that is not over the top hops to me. The etoh doesn't punch me in the face either. I am on my second, going strong.

m1ked, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of trackstar1043
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a massive rocky light tan head, more than 2 inchs. With fantastic retention and left tons of sticky lace.

S - Big aromas of lively hops, crips bitter citrus, earthy and with a semi-sweet floral hints.

T - Big and hoppy, the amount of hops wakes your taste buds and leaves a strong lasting aftertaste. Although there is a big hoppy character to this beer it never seems overwhelming, just a treat to a IPA fan.

M - Med bodied, good carbonation and lively finish that leave a lasting impression.

D - Surprisingly easy to drink a great follow un to their IPA.

trackstar1043, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a plain pint glass.

A: Split the pour with someone, theirs turned out a slightly hazy orange amber with a rocky white head; mine turned out a very yeast-laden clouded amber with noticeable sediment. Strange.

S: Smells slightly cloven with a spicy hop aroma and sweet malt.

T: Taste is quite bitter, with a strong hop finish and lots of chewy caramel malt through the middle. The grapefruit and citric peel flavors are accentuated by some vinous grape skin notes.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit harsh and cloying, but perhaps it's just from all the resin and sediment I got.

D: Not the smoothest or tastiest IPA I've had. It's alright in the hop department, but could use some more malted balance, or a kick in the ABV pants, at least.

As a hop fan, this is a pretty decent DIPA, but not the best. The ABV isn't even that impressive, given the slightly troublesome drinkability. Great story on the side of the bottle though.

Gambrinus1184, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of ewpgolf2
2.85/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've tried a few Lagunitas' recently but nothing could prepare me for this! I now know why I like the Belgian darks.
This poured an ultra clear beautiful burnt orange tint w/ a dissipating head. Quite odd considering the glass was sterile and the ale was cold-couldn't find a fresh date anywhere.
The smell was almost odoriferous with a tinge hint of machine oil. Hops "a-plentiful" in the bouquet alone.
The taste was extremely sharp and bitter. If you can get through the initial hoppiness, there's a very good taste behind it all. The hops diminish towards the end allowing you to enjoy some of the hidden background flavors. Mouthfeel is difficult to describe but I'll try. Imagine having 10 cotton balls in your mouth soaked in tincture methiolade and crushed aspirin<<best I could do!
Even though I was a little rough on this one I can see myself trying another some day. This is definitely a one bottle/sitting DIPA.
On second thought, after finishing this, I would probably pass on consuming again.
If you can work through the bitters, there's a decent beverage underneath.

ewpgolf2, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of Gtreid
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured two fingers of tannish cream color head, nice retention, and thick lacing. Color was a very vibrant burnt copper.

A: Smelled of citrus hops, grapfruit and lemon stood out.

T: Hoppy and refreshing with a slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium to light body beer.

D: Very drinkable at 7.5% ABV, I would say this has more of a single IPA feel, rather than a double. But none the less a very nice selection.

Gtreid, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of Philabeerphia
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this from a bomber, brought back from CA by a good friend. Unfortunately this brew found itself stored IN MY FRIDGE for 3+ mo (DIPA heresy). I was tempted not to review, esp b/c I had on tap recently and it was different, yes better. But still I was impressed. Poured into pint glass.

A> brilliantly clear, amber and more amber. just a wisp of cream-colored lace cap.

S> this has mellowed I'm sure... lemon & citrus, wild flowers, cherries. easy soft warm

T> Biscuity dry malt up front, opens into a soft warm citric/piney hop middle, ends dry somewhat assertive alpha hop bitterness. Malt is big up front and still around in the middle, subtle in the end. bitterness doesn't fill my mouth, focused. this does not live up to what I had on tap.

MF> well carbonated, bubbly and easy on the mouth.

D> Easy drinker, big points here. yes very different than what I had on tap, but holds up well. starting to resemble a light body barleywine. NOTE: On tap, Maximus barely held a candle to Hop Stoopid. That stood up with the best I've had. Maximus is a step behind.

Philabeerphia, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of jp62099
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

One would expect this beer to come out slash the head off a macro then scream, "Are you not entertained!!!", not so much.
It pours very clear looking amber, very clear, almost to clear. Looks a lot like the IPA, and the Censored, hmmm?
Smell is sort of perfumy, a bit weak, expected more in your face hops.
I maybe don't have a good understanding of IBU's but at 72 you would expect your tongue to recoil, but again, not so much. Maybe my bottle has been around a while, not sure.
This beer is drinkable, at least my sample is. It's a good beer, but a double? The price is good so I'll try another sometime, maybe mine was not so fresh.

jp62099, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours a pale orange color and has a finger or so of white foam on top. Splashes of lace randomly around the glass.

Aroma - heavy sweet malts. Very orangey. More malt than hop to the nose.

Taste - lots of chewy biscuity malts to start, briefly sweet, followed by a rush of piny hops. The bitterness is harsh and quickly goes medicinal and is not all that enjoyable to me. Not enough of the citrusy side of the hops. Finishes with sharp grapefruit rind flavor.

Mouthfeel - moderately smooth and with a full body. The carbonation feels pretty crisp.

Drinkability - I didn't like this beer all that much, but those who really like a bitter profile should enjoy this.

brewdlyhooked13, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of ccrida
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into my Lagunitas shaker, Maximus is clear bubbly bronze with a tight ivory head that leaves very heavy lace.

Smell is sweet, floral hops with a resiny backbone.

Taste is on the sweeter side, initially demerara sugar before a big blast of piny hops providing a firm bitterness before a clean finish. Not as over the top hoppy as some of their special release DIPAs, though it still gives nice hop burps.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a drier, crisp finish.

Drinkability is pretty good, being less over the top then some of their other DIPAs helps the sessionability, as does the clean finish. The alcohol's a bit high (8.4% on my bottle), which becomes more noticable as it warms, as does the pungency of the hops.

ccrida, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.93/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bottles from Beerlando and Liquid solutions. This one from L.S.
Pours clear amber with a nice offwhite and lasting head in a tulip. Smell is caramel mostly and a slighty hoppy twinge to it, but it is very understated for a double IPA. Perhaps the hops have just faded. Flavors of caramel and tea like hops. Mild bitterness, thin, yet syrupy sweet at times. Decent, I guess, but needs more hops, unless this is an old bottle...

JDV, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of galleech
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle

Pours a copper color with an off with moderate off-white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is mainly pine, but not as strong as others in the style. Taste starts sweet with pine flavors that grow mid palate and finish. The overall hop flavor is stronger than a regular IPA, but not as strong as some of the bigger IIPAs. The mouthfeel is creamy with the right amount of carbonation. I found the beer to be very drinkable and I had no problem consuming the bomber very quickly. Overall its a very solid beer and definately an IIPA I'll be picking up again in the future.

galleech, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of 1fastz28
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very pretty light golden copper color with a big white frothy head. smell is wonderful, floral and bitter hops dominate the nose. taste is equally as good, has a nice pungent hop flavor, a very mild malt presence. but just enough malty sweetness to balance the hops. mouthfeel is good as is drinkability. pretty darn good beer all around

1fastz28, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of kwakwhore
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange pour from a 22 oz. bomber. Cream colored head lasts quite a while and leaves an impressive amount lacing on the glass.
Grapefruit hops in the aroma and some sweet malt.
Good shot of hop bitterness up front in the flavor, but very smooth as well. Nice balance of sweet malt and a nice reinforcement of bitter hops in a long finish.
Typical DIPA syrupy mouthfeel.
Very easy to drink. Alcohol is evident, but this beer goes down real easy. If I had another one I'd be drinking it right now.

kwakwhore, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of Cakanator
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from the haus, poured a nice copper head with a very nice citrus mango aroma. Great balance hops with a medium body and a lip smacking finish. One of the better IPA's I've had recently but still not my favorite Lagunitas which shows you how good these guys are.

Cakanator, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of Pencible
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear copper with a little bit of white head. It smelled like roasted malt and pine hops with a bit of alcohol. It tasted like both citrus and pine hops blended nicely together, with a good malt balance as well. The texture was oily, slightly thicker than water, with a bit of carbonation. It had a mildly bitter aftertaste at first, but it built with time. Overall this was a very tasty beer, reminiscent to me of the Dogfish 90 Min (one of my all-time favorites).

Pencible, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of sinistrsam
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper wiht a huge white head adn excellent lacing. A decent ammount of carbonation.
Grapefruit and very piney hops, mild sweet and toasted malt.
The first thing thats obvious is a serious piney hop presence, but its balanced very well with a nice smooth sweet malt presence and mild sweet fruits and citrus. A lot of hops but a lot of sweetness to balance; very well done.
The biting hop bitterness up front is opposed nicely by the sweetness I mentioned before; unfortuantely it fades into a ratehr weak aftertaste for an IIPA. Still very good adn well balanced.
Overall very drinkable and another great beer from Lagunitas.

sinistrsam, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of Lothar666
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured an orange amber body with a thick creamy off white head. Retention was decent; sticky lacing was exceptional.

S- Strong hops and citrus, mostly lemon and grapefruit with a hint of orange and fresh pine.

T- Different from most IPA's I have had... this one is a bit sweeter with a much stronger malt presence and a flavor of pine with a bit of sweet citrus. Not a hop bomb by any stretch of the imagination when compared to most imperial IPA's, what we have here is instead a delicious session IPA whose uncommon flavor puts it in a class by itself.

M- The bitterness from the hops is just enough to give this one the bare minimum tingle it needs to be considered a great IPA. Otherwise very smooth and creamy, not at all astringent.

D- Goes down very easy and with much pleasure. The mid range ABV makes this an excellent session beer while the wonderfully different flavors make each sip better than the last.

Lothar666, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of doppelmeup
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking sunshine yellow with a creamy, pillowy head. A nice lacing remains on the glass.

Fresh hoppy aromas of fresh cut grass, grapefruit, citrus and pine. I'm not always good at separating out the individual aromas, but this seems to hit them all!

Great taste. Bitter, as expected, but also fresh and slightly sweet to balance.

Creamy mouthfeel. Goes down very easily!

Overall a nice beer, and recommended.

doppelmeup, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of montageman
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A: Cloudy, deep amber with some carbonation bubbles floating to the top. 1 finger head quickly dissipates and leaves a lot of lacing.

S: Strong dried fruit - maybe prune and citrus presence. There is some pine here, too.

T: Not balanced at all. Strong bitter grapefruit rind/hop taste up front, but bitterness is relentless. This isn't a bad thing necessarily, but some balance would be nice.

M: The carbonation lends itself well here to the citrus and offers a strong crispness.

D: Aside from the heavy bitterness (which I kind of enjoy), this is a well made DIPA, but should be sipped and allowed to warm. Recommended.

montageman, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of callmemickey
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange-amber body with a thick lasting offwhite head.. not much lacing..

S: Mostly citric and piney hops.. standard western ipa aroma.. not too strong of a malt background comes through the nose..

T: Suprisingly the malt seems to outshine the hops... a bit soft for a dIPA.. bready malts are tasty though.

M: Nice medium body.. smooth consistancy.. moderate carbonation..

D: Good all around.. just not quite as much of a hop barrage one would expect... might be a great introduction to the dIPA for someone who is a bit hesitant with the hoppy hops :)

callmemickey, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nabbed this afternoon at the sterling Sun Singer, Maximus pitches a clear orange body with two generous fingers of off-white froth, a head that won't quit, and lacing all over the DAB mug which by this time of the week has its tongue hanging out from overwork. Nice citrus aroma with hops blending in. While good, that the aroma does not exude a typical DIPA nose is a tell on Maximus. Good beer, but not exactly a DIPA.

The taste confirms this. It's delicious, to be certain. Lots of fruit--apple, pear, pineapple--but the hops are more indicative of an IPA--a good IPA to be clear, but an IPA. I don't need to be able to fish out the hops with a fork to clear DIPAs with me. Yet this is too understated to be an Imperial. It's a "tweener"--between a really good IPA and a DIPA.

But there's lot to enjoy about Maximus--the citrus is really good, the texture is smooth with a bit of hopped-up crunchiness, and it's tasty. Not a big, brash DIPA, but one can do far worse than Maximus. Grab end enjoy, just don't expect your big ol' hopped-up DIPA.

Gehrig, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of Hophead101
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tasted on march 7, 2008 while watching $1M price is right (how exciting).

poured into wide mouth chalice type glass. hadn't been in the fridge too long - so i didn't need to let it warm up.

appearance: poured a nice frothy head very crisp and clean, golden brown. head left pretty quickly but left decent lacing on the glass.

aroma: nothing extravagant. mild malt with decent hop smell - citrus undertones.

taste: a little dissapointed. very soft taste. most of the hop is in the aroma and not in the taste. flavor leaves mouth quickly but leaves a little hop flavor on the back of the tongue.

drinkability and mouthfeel were average. nice beer overall - but nothing to write home about.

Hophead101, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of srobertson59
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber (Belmont Party Supply, Dayton OH) into a snifter:

A - Poured a dark orange with ruby highlights. Clear liquid with a two finger + head that lasted a bit, but left little lacing once gone. Extra small bubbles quickly rise to the top of the glass.

S - Pine and citrus hit the nose, followed closely by an extra sweet biscuity malt aroma; reminding me of sugar biscuits.

T - Malt takes center stage, but still leaves room for the hops. Sweetness is present, but nowhere near the intensity of the smell.

M - Smooth and somewhat resiny from the hops. Malty sweetness follows with very little bitterness on the exhale.

D - Overall a very good IPA...just doesn't seem to be up to the IIPA status.

Hops may have been lost as this one aged in the bottle. I see from the description that this is a summer brew that I'm sampling in March. I will definitely search this one out fresh to resample.

srobertson59, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle copped for $3.99 from Bottle King in Livingston...
Absolutely loved Lagunitas' IPA, so had high hopes for their Imperial version...
Pours a hazy and slightly cloudy orange-colored appearance with a minimal frothy head that soon receded, leaving a decent amount of lacing around the glass...
Smell was very much on-point for an Imperial IPA - bursting with fresh hops, florals, caramel, and slight vanilla...
Taste paid homage to the aroma, with noticeable bursting hops, honey, citrus, lemons, fresh florals, caramel, vanilla, and a sugar-laden aftertaste that was much more sweet than bitter...
Nice, creamy, rich, thick mouthfeel bursting with style, quality, and flavor...
Equally high-level of drinkablity without the slightest hint of the lingering 7.5% ABV - all you tasted was a rich combination of pure IPA flavors...
Good stuff...

dsa7783, Feb 27, 2008
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,235 ratings.