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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,010 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,010
Reviews: 1,381
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 74
Gots: 326 | 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 ultralarry2006


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Left a two finger head that gradually receded to a 1/4 inch layer that lasted, and left excellent lacing. Body was an orange amber.

Smell - piney and woodsy hops. Hint of the toasty malt backbone.

Taste - as promised by the smell. A piney hop bomb, dominated throughout with pine and more pine. Deliciously very bitter and drying. A faint taste of caramel from the malt tries to establish itself in the middle before being washed out with piney bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - full, low carbonation, very drying.

Drinkability - this is good, and goes down fairly well. Drying bitterness keeps it from being entirely sessionable, though I can see that that would not neccessarily stop me from having more than one bomber of these on occassion.

07-30-2006 17:29:09 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of cbl2

New York

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%

$3.99 22 oz. 7.50% No best by date.


Pours a slightly hazed amber-orange adorned by a quarter inch of pristinely white tightly packed head.


Pine and freshy squeezed grapefruit predominate the senses when inhaling this fine concoction. A subtly sweet malt presence promises a well balanced brew.


Pine-like in nature with only a hint of fresh grapefruit. This sweetens slightly as it warms, but still conveys too much pine bitterness (listed at 72.41 IBU - still low by some DIPA standards).

I have become a hophead of late, but something about the hops used in this one don't agree with me. The flavor characteristics they impart are too harsh and mask the malt flavors that only creep in towards the end. Worth a try, but slightly muddled.

07-29-2006 16:53:59 | More by cbl2
Photo of hero27


4.18/5  rDev +5.3%

12 oz bottle.
7.5% abv.
72.41 IBU's as stated on the bottle.

Clear golden orange. Fluffy eggshell head.
Fresh resiny hops right out of the gate here.. Orange peel and pungent aromas of pine..
Hop flavor is hardly subtle, and jumps all over the tastebuds. Quite a bit of earthy malt thrown into the mix to try and balance this one out also. Very bold flavor and nice smooth mouthfeel to boot.
Fairly low on the abv range for a double IPA, but the usage of hops in this one certainly help it qualify. An IPA definitely worth trying in my book.

07-28-2006 03:25:29 | More by hero27
Photo of scruffwhor


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours a toasted mango hue with a one finger head but great retention of a thick foam and lacing. Light bubbling is visible through the rusty haze. The aroma is of seared hops and bread crust. The taste has hops at the fron meeting with the malt in the middle. Nice nectarine skin mixed with dark citrus and toasty amber malts. Very smooth yet bitter palate. Great beer.

07-26-2006 00:52:02 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of soultrain

New York

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

Poured into an Ommegang chalice.

A-Hazy orange beer. 1/2" pale yellow head. Appealing. Fades after a while leaving an attractive scum of bubbles. Excellent lacing.
S-Uncloying sweetness of malts, and an ocean of bitter hops.
T-Sweetness of malts, citric biting bitterness of sharp hop attack: delicious! Tremendous lasting hop burps. Some grapefruit, lotsa orange. Juicy. I didn't notice the alcohol until they very end when the beer hit room temp.
M-Well balanced, medium thick, creamy, and nice!
D-Just great!

CRUX: GREAT IPA NECTAR HERE! Would be a regular in the DBF if I could get it around here, but alas....

07-19-2006 00:52:20 | More by soultrain
Photo of idResponse

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -3%

Poured this beer has a standard cider tone with no sediment. It's definately an IPA!

The smell was unremarkable to me. Nothing very strong to note, very light and crisp.

The taste is a nice rounded smooth taste. There is a pretty perfect balance here. I was expecting it to be far too hoppy or bitter, being a beer boasting how extreme it is. It turned out really tasty and easy to drink!

The mouthfeel is a pretty standard IPA mouthfeel, nothing incredibly remarkable here, but a little more dry than I would like.

The drinkability is excellent. It's so incredibly easy to gulp down without thinking. Before I had thought about it half my glass was gone! :)

This is aa nice all around brew but doesn't compare to some american double ipa's i've had previously.

07-13-2006 17:27:13 | More by idResponse
Photo of acoatley


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: good silky head with excellent retention I'm anticipating some sugar light copper in color and fairly clear

Aroma: Just a hint of sweet perfume/citrusy hops very pleasant would make a good cologne wish there was some malt present

Flavor: heavy on the grape fruit not as sweet as I anticipated...very dry strong hop bitterness and good hop flavor

Mouthfeel: crisp dry finish moderate to low carbonation

This is a good beer but it just doesn’t really do it for me.

07-12-2006 01:58:25 | More by acoatley
Photo of poluti


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

22oz bottle
Pours a rich orange color with a light yellow head. Plenty of carbonation.
I found the aroma to be pleasant. A nice hoppy aroma balanced with a bit of biscuit sensation. Floral scent was noted.
I found this beer to be pretty heavy. Lots of bittering hops were used and I noticed a citrusy taste. The hops hit initially but didn't overwhelm the mildly sweet malt.
The carbonation allowed the beer to flow very cleanly, however, it felt a little too thick on the tongue.
I will be looking forward to next year's release if there is one.

07-12-2006 00:30:42 | More by poluti
Photo of barknee

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Maximus DIPA pours a beautiful deep copper with a sturdy natural vanilla colored head. Aromatics of sweet malt, marshmallow and well-integrated hops, not particularly over hopped, but tuned like a brew made with a single variety of hops. WOW that's bitter!! And quite dry; don't be fooled by the sweet caramelized nose, this brew is bitter. (man, that was deceiving!). No complaints however, as this is what a new world DIPA should taste like. Perhaps this brew is missing a bit of warmth and fullness, akin to lets say, Arrogant Bastard, but this is in no way a criticism. Well hopped and nicely put together, this is an enjoyable DIPA, albeit running marginally lean in mouthfeel. I would give it a try for its great and unique personality!

07-11-2006 03:02:24 | More by barknee
Photo of msubulldog25


4.38/5  rDev +10.3%

poured from 22oz. to pint glass:

A: Clear amber orange with continuous flow of carb bubbles. Big fluffy 1+ finger head. Nice lingering lace.
S: Pine hops but not overpowering, a very pleasing & fresh smell with some citrus, some grassiness/earthiness, and a noticeable caramel malt smell.
T: I really like a well-balanced IPA that doesn't try to be too punishing with the hops. Bottle lists this at 72.41 IBU's (that's precise!), but I've had IPA's with lower counts that were much more "bitter" tasting. This beer has a nice full flavor where pine/citrus hops nicely give way to sourdough bready malt and slight sweetness.
M: Finish is more sweet than bitter to this beer. Pretty smooth but seems to have high carbonation.
D: Very enjoyable. Pleasing aroma and flavors. Nice aftertaste, too - a well-crafted, easy to drink IPA. One of my favorites.

07-11-2006 01:43:19 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of acrawf6


3.73/5  rDev -6%

pours out a nice orange amber with a slightly tan head. nice lacing.

Smell. Hops are cirtus with grapefruit and small bit of lemon. also has a piney aroma to it. i also get a bit of caramel in there.

Taste. Hops are a more on an earthy spectrum than citrus. Almost a woody taste to it, but not piney. Has a nice caramel character to it, gives it a bit of sweetness. aftertaste keeps the bitterness and warms with the alcohol.

Mouthfeel. Very creamy and full body. good amount of carbonation. nice balance.

Overall. I dont know... its a good beer, but something about it doesnt totally blow up my skirt. I still would recommend it though.

07-07-2006 01:09:11 | More by acrawf6
Photo of SethB2


3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours an amberish orange with a nce head and lacing. Looks like an IPA, with one major difference. This beer was transparent, indicating (to me) that there wasn't much dry hopping going on.

S - The smell backs up my original suspicion. Good smell, but not very strong for what is supposed to be a double IPA. A citrisy/grapefruit hoppiness covers a sweet malt.

T - Again, pretty good, but very weak for it's style. Very sweet malty qualities stand out almost moreso than the hops, but it does finish with a familiar west coast bitterness. A heck of a lot sweeter than I was expecting, but that doesnt detract from it, in my opinion.

M - Pretty good, but not outstanding. Medium in both body and carbonation.

D - Easy drinker. Not a problem there.

This beer is better categorized as a strong single IPA. It just lacks the punch that a good double packs.

07-06-2006 02:53:18 | More by SethB2
Photo of BradBLR


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

I had this beer out of a 12 oz. bottle and it was great. I wish more Double IPAs came in 12 oz. The color of this beer was a dark amber yellow color with a yellowish head. The head last for about half the beer with medium amount of lacing. The smell was a strong hop aroma with a nice hint of citrus.

The taste was all hops, very smooth with a nice bitter bite at the end. This beer was nicely balanced, but still had a nice hop taste and only 7.5% alcohol. The mounthfeel of this was good, not as thick as some DIPAs, and the carbonization was perfect.

Great beer, and it comes in a 12 oz. bottle.

07-05-2006 19:13:48 | More by BradBLR
Photo of TheBungyo


4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

I had this a while back and was very underwhelmed. I think it could have possibly been a bad bottle because I LOVE this one. Body looks like equal parts sunshine and honey were mingled and added to water. Gorgeous. One finger's width of head that lasts quite a while.
Nose is like a hops shotgun to the face, mostly grapefruit and pine. Very nicely done. Taste starts with orange, followed by pine and grapefruit, finished with bitterness. The malt is present enough to allow the taste to feel "full" but still lets the hops have top billing. I think this is a really great IPA. This is surely one of the better IPA's to be found here on the west coast. I'd pick up a sixer of this any time I craved some hops, which is quite often.

07-02-2006 07:05:13 | More by TheBungyo
Photo of blitheringidiot


4.38/5  rDev +10.3%

After reading an insanity ridden label babble, I poured a pellucid orange golden amber hued brew topped with a fluffy dense cratered coating that paints the inside of the glass with layers of fluffy stratus idicating each sip.

Bright woody aroma of citrus orange peel jump out. Nose is all hops with a light balance of malt that is strangled by the hoppiness.

First swigs: Malty profile moves a little farther forward than in the nose. Citrus orange peel flavor with an instant dryness lingering. Fruit component is solid orange mostly complimented by Sweet Tart Acidic bite.

Feel is medium to full bodied. Sticky tacky resinous tongue wrestler.

Last swigs: Maybe a gripe is slightly one dimensional but that doesn't stop this big 2IPA from being bold and tasty.

Beer is good. Hapy hoppy bering.

06-30-2006 06:22:30 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of trep

West Virginia

2.83/5  rDev -28.7%

Very clear orange, a little carbonation and an off-white head that fades quickly to leave merely a fringe around the outside of the glass.

Damp socks, orange peel, and alcohol. I suspect already that this may be a bad and/or lightstruck bottle.

Very bitter, not really any citrus or floral hops. Just bitter. I think this might be an English IIPA. I know that's not really a style but it's what first comes to mind. Alcohol is there, and some honey.

Mouthfeel is quite good. Medium/Light body and appropriate carbonation. Not super easy drinking. Super bitter and kind of tough to get down tbh.

06-30-2006 05:40:07 | More by trep
Photo of Bierguy5


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

12 oz. bottle, label indicates 7.5% ABV. Pours a hazy orange color. A thin off-white foamy head rises, but disappears rather quick. Floral and citrusy aroma, smells like hops covered in sugar. Floral hop flavor, good amount of bitterness. Malt seems to be soft spoken, however the juicy hop flavor and bitterness does not completely take the wheel. Finishes a bit dry with a hint of aspirin. Good mouthfeel, not too much carbonation. A few patches of laces are left clinging to the sides of the glass. Overall, a pretty good DIPA.

06-29-2006 16:34:36 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.18/5  rDev +5.3%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a thin white film of a head that last a good while and sits on a body of golden light copper beer. There is a slight hazy but it is pretty light.

S- The smell of caramel malt was dry with a fresh grain note to it and a light citrus hop smell.

T- the slightly sweet light toasted malt was fresh and crisp before the big green dry grapefruit hop finish. As it warmed notes of honey malt and biscuit come through in the malt flavors. The nice green bitterness hangs on the tongue for a while after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium full mouthfeel

D- This beer has a good complex malty flavor with a nice hop flavor and bitterness. More layers of the malt came through as it warmed.

06-20-2006 20:42:00 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of flood

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

For a higher alcohol brew this is very enjoyable. Usually the higher % tend toward a sweeter side - but his brew exhibits a hoppiness of a good bitter IPA w/o the sweetness to go with it. Kinda of similar to the DFH 90-minute IPA except not quite as strong. I would say between the 60-minute and 90 minute. Like a 75-minute? I drank a couple of this these and both left me wanting more...

06-09-2006 04:16:38 | More by flood
Photo of Skidz


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

Pours out bright gold and sits orange-amber in the glass with a creamy off-white head, fading to meager skimming with some light lacings on the glass.

Smells of ripe, round citric hops; grapefruit and orange forward. Tints of pine and spruce meld with gelatinous gobs of caramel and doughy malts, lightly toasted. Specks of white pepper.

Tastes comfortably malty up front, dousings of rich caramel and light toffee colliding with fruity hops flavorings of orange, grapefruit, lemon and pine. Moderate-strong hops bitterness stays through the finish.

Ultra smooth and creamy in the mouth with mild carbonation and a medium-full body.

Super delicious IIPA, quite well rounded and easy to manage the entire 22oz serving. Definately high on the maltiness, but has the hops to back it up.

06-08-2006 20:59:14 | More by Skidz
Photo of SwillBilly


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

22 oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a nice dark golden hue with light shades of amber. A creamy, 1" head tops the pour and slowly dissipates. Ample lacing rings the glass.

Smell: Citrusy hops dominate the nose as well as a sweetness that reminds me of molasses or brown sugar. Fruity and herbal aromas are present as well. A nicely fragrant beer.

Taste: Piney/citrusy hops make their appearance in the beginning with an initial bitterness that I like. The middle is where the malt makes its self known with a fruity sweetness of apricots or other such fruits that balances out the hops nicely. Not overly sweet like some DIPA. The finish, hops show up again with a grapefruit pith bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated with a medium mouthfeel, not slick or oily.

Drinkability: Maximus is a highly drinkable DIPA. A really nice hop bitterness that is balanced out by a fruity maltiness. The 7.5% abv doesn't even show its head. A truly balanced DIPA that I would drink again and again. Seek out and enjoy. One of the better DIPA's I've had.

06-03-2006 18:57:47 | More by SwillBilly
Photo of ChillMike


4.13/5  rDev +4%

Pours a nice burnt orange color with a creamy head that does disappear sort of quickly but leaves a lot of nice lacing. Really nice smell of sweet malts, piney hops and a light scent of citrus. Lots of hop filled goodness in the taste factor. A bit of the earthen flavored hops upon first taste, it gives way to a piney followed by a nice citrus/grapefruit taste and ending with that bitter kick I2PAs are special for. Mouth-feel is about the same as most I2PAs, very drinkable beer, I still hold Maharaja and Ruination over this one but it’s still pretty good bang for the buck.

06-03-2006 06:44:18 | More by ChillMike
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

I have sampled this beer a few times but never had a bottle to myself until now,poured lighter pale golden with a nice tight white one finger fluffy head that stuck nicley leaving a sheet of lace behind as it settled slowly.Mmmm big pine aromas with underlying citrus with just light and I mean light caramel note underneath,piney with a apricot-like edge hop profile pretty big but not overly brash the malt is amped up a little as well in a sweeter caramel note the alcohol shows up a little more as it warms.Not bitter more of a smoother,rounder DIPA nice balance really.

05-29-2006 20:10:37 | More by oberon
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.78/5  rDev +20.4%

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

A: The beer pours to a deep amber color with an orange tint, with a thick, foamy, off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a little bit of lace on the glass.

S: Heavy hops aroma with a background of citrus and malt.

T: The hops hit you first, then a malty, citrus sweetness. As the beer warms, the two flavors blend together more and the beer becomes very well-balanced. It leaves a nice floral hops after-taste.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: This beer goes down quite easily, there’s no hint of the alcohol (mostly because of the strength of the hops), very tasty and it’s not very filling. This is a beer I could stick with for the whole night. This is an excellent beer and an excellent representation of the style. I liked this beer a lot.

05-28-2006 04:43:53 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Hefe


4.05/5  rDev +2%

Poured from a Double Deuce into a weizen glass, hey it's all I had around. A clean amber beer settles into the glass, a thick off white head head fades into a sticky lacing. Pine resin and earthy aromas, the taste is at first subtle caramel and tree fruits which is then taken over by the aggressive hoppiness, Pine, orange rind, and finally aspirin. The mouthfeel is very slick and oily, but not unpleasantly so. An in your face beer for sure, but good drinkin' nonetheless.

05-25-2006 00:49:41 | More by Hefe
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,010 ratings.