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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,559 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,559
Reviews: 1,422
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 93
Gots: 497 | 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 mtbbaboon
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gentle pour into a Unibroue tulip glass. A small head that leaves a thin layer of suds behind. A little bit of lacing but not much. Color is a clear lighter shade of orange. The smell isn't as hoppy as I'd expect. A little more on the malty side for sure. Still, the hops are there. I smell sweet malt, pine, and a bit of citrus. The taste is much the same. Starts off malty, with grass coming in once the malt settles down. A pretty good bitter aftertaste. Not a lot of stick in the mouth and drinks pretty easy. All in all it's a decent beer.

Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from John's Marketplace PDX poured into UCLA shaker pint glass.

One finger white head tiny bubbles, medium slow dissipation with some lacing. Light orange amber clear body, good amount of carbonation rising from bottom of glass, multiple streams. Big citrus hop hit in the nose, balanced nicely with sweet caramel and bready malts. Taste replicates nose, mango, guava, grapefruit, meyer lemon, balanced with firm malt backbone, finish is not very bitter for the style. Mouthfeel is medium not sticky. This is a very well balanced and drinkable DIPA, one of my favorite NoCal versions, and one of my favorite Lagunitas offerings. I wish this was more readily available. Recommended.

EDIT: Picked up a six-pack in PDX. A bit maltier, but more drinkable than I remembered..and the ABV is now listed at 8.2%.

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint...

A: Pours bronze with a 1 1/2finger head of tight foam. fades slowly and leaves lacing in arches and patches. Keeps a thin layer of foam above the beer on the way down the glass.

S: honeyed orange peel, grapefruit, caramel malts balance out the hop aromas, along with a lemony, biscuity aroma

T: again, honeyed-citrus fruits upfront, grassy, with pine sap, and more caramel malt. finishes sweet and bitter with caramelized grapefruit, pine, lemon, and biscuity malt.

M: full body, slick and oily upfront and gains a hoppy astringency. finishes off-dry

Overall, This should be under the American IPA category, not Double IPA. Maximus is an IPA that holds to the sweet side and less of the hop forward. Don't be decieved like I was by the name in expecting this one to be "maximusly" hoppy. It is, however, one of the more drinkable AIPA I have run across.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
Thanks goes out to thehand for this one.

A very clear, orange tinted, amber color. The head of about one finger of beige colored foam recedes rathed quickly. It leaves a surface covering layer of varying thickness. The lacing is strands and spots, and lots of 'em, and very sticky.

A blast of pine hits me, then an abundance of citrus notes soothe and caress me. The big malt bill is not hard to spot. Nice caramel notes blend with oranges, lemon zest, orange peels, even some light notes of pineapple, some berries and a touch of white grapefruit.

This one has a nice backbone of malty sweetness, but it's overpowered by all of the hop notes. They follow the nose quite well. It is mostly the citrus and pine flavors of the hops that dominate. The finish brings out a touch of bitterness.

It's nicely full-bodied. It has a medium-to-high carbonation level, but it's very small bubbles so they don't really get in the way. Medium level of creaminess.

Even though this beer is hop-forward, it has a nice level of balance to it. This helps it maintain a nice level of drinkability.

Photo of IrieJackalope
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet, interrupted by the amazing aroma of citrus and floral notes billowing from the glass. The color is a light tan, almost copper, beautiful to be honest. There's a small layer of foam, but it fades quickly, the lacing however is heavy, almost artful. There's not denying that the aroma on this brew is wonderful. Citrus, berry and floral notes are dominant througout. Taste is wonderful as well. A slight bitter bite surrounded by an otherwise smooth and elegant hop profile. Love this one, another winner from Petaluma's finest.

Photo of femALEist
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on cask at Toronado at Lagunitas Night during SF Beer week.
It poured a orange copper with no head. It smelled of grapefruit, grass and sweet juicy hops. It tasted like bitter grapefruit peel, hint of sweet malt, hops and very wet. It was not too bitter at all.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big dark orange auburn amber pour. Big head. Great hop aroma.

Taste, kind of a let down. Where'd da hops go? Just for aroma? This is bitter, but from a flavor perspective, Lagunitas offers much better alternatives. Good malt bill. Ample roasting.

Mouthfeel, loses any bitter hop edge and morphs slowly into a lack of balance with the malt dominating and a grassy earth feel. Drinkable, relatively cheap, but I'd recommend spending a dollar more and getting a bomber of hop stoopid. For whatever reason, some of these sit out in the room temps, get old etc. . .

Lots of variation in these, but probably not because of anything Lagunitas did wrong.

Photo of teovaldi
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden/amber with a small head, but left quite a bit of lacing.

Smells of citrusy hops and a hint of some sweetness.

Taste starts out caramel sweet with a huge citrus bitterness blast that finishes smooth and bitter. The alcohol isn't noticeable at all. Kind of expected a bit more hops since this is a DIPA.

Medium-bodied, with a sticky lingering bitterness and nice carbonation.

Drinkablility is good but if your looking for a hop-bomb DIPA look elsewhere. Price point is also nice as with all Lagunitas products.

Photo of chicagoish
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice Copper color with a thin lacy head sticking to the side of the glasss.

S: Fruity, citrus aromas.

T: Nice Hoppy taste, what you would expect from a good IPA.

M: Smooth and creamy with a nice Hop bite.

D: You could have a few of these and not regret anything. With a hefty 7.2ABV you don't want to be driving.

Overall, a Hophead delight.

Photo of albertjr21
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Into a pint glass this settled a golden yellow color with a somewhat cloudy haze. A light head of medium density quickly diminished but left enough for a good lacing.

S: Light citrus aromas led the charge with a slightly upfront note of blueberry.

T: Hops liberally delivered a clear overload of sensation with every sip and I even licked away a surprising sweetness under my gums with every after taste.

M: Citrusy light lemon and orange hints. A robust blend of sweetness and bitterness form an extreme yet bearably delicious hoppy mouthfeel.

D: Drinkability was surprisingly smooth for such a full flavored bite.

Photo of climax
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Maximus (I quite enjoy the name) poured a bubbly amber with a fair head. Retention was modest, and left a permanent film atop.

The nose wasn't an absolute bombardment off hoppy goodness, but it was good. Orange pith, some cidery apple, soap and toasty sweet malt made up most of it. It didn't strike me as a hard hitting double IPA.

There was more soapiness and aggressive floral flavor in the taste. I'm not sure it tasted quite right for me. The hop bill was good, but there was a sour astringency that was a bit off-putting. Sweet peaches meet the hop assault and work in a strange harmony.

The body was good and full. The feel was good thick and chewy and had a nice crisp dryness to it. It isn't the greatest out there, but it's worth a try for a hophead.

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy light copper with a faint, yellowish hue. Eighth inch white head that quickly dissolves, becoming patchy.
Smell is heavy on the malts, with a some hops underneath. Faint pineapple and grapefruit. Little bit of sugar.
As with the smell, the malts (which are heavy and sweey) dominate the taste, with the hops being quite subdued. Some brown sugar and mushy, overripe pineapple. Slight citrus touch on the finish.
Mouthfeel is fairly flat & sticky. Medium body, with a little bit of crispness on the finish.
Average drinkability. Too sweet to want more than the one bomber.
Interesting film noir-esque anecdote on the bottle. I hope the narrator wasn't expecting a particularly hoppy beer.

Photo of Bfarr
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Maximus pours a surprisingly translucent brown tinged orange, making it look a lot like a light brown ale. Atop the nectar is a thick golden foam that retreats fairly slowly. Nectar is an accurate description since the aroma is a robust sweet hop aroma. This translates quickly into a very smooth orange and honey flavor. Hop bitterness is almost an afterthought. A syrupy mouthfeel completes this sugary theme.

As I am a bit of a sugar junkie, I'm a sucker for a sweet beer. However, I do miss that quintessential hop bitterness that should come with a DIPA.

Photo of OttoBomb
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (March 5, 2010). No freshness/bottling dates that I can find.

Being a hophead and having already tried and enjoyed the Lagunitas Hop Stoopid and Lagunitas IPA, I'm looking forward to this mid-range take on the same style.

Eyes: Pours a crystal clear golden/orangey color. A solid finger head forms. Lacing is moderate to light.

Nose: A bid dose of piney hops, some citrus too but pine dominates. A hint sweet malt and a hint of booze evident also. Decent, but kind of one dimensional, probably the weakest facet of this beer.

Tongue: As a general overview this is very sweet up front and very sharp & bitter in the aftertaste. It's very hoppy, dominated by pine and sweet, sugary fruits, but I'm not sure it is meshed all that well.

Mouth: Medium body and very good carbonation.

Libation: Drinkable? Yes. Overall, Maximus satisfies my hop tooth, but I'm not sure if this is a full bore DIPA. I've had IPAs that compare to the hoppiness here (Great Lakes' Commodore Perry comes to mind), but that's not what my main concern is. I must admit I'm not all that concerned about a "weaker" DIPA as long as the flavor delivers, and unfortunately, the flavor is a bit too one dimensional to be truly great. This is a decent DIPA, but if you are looking for an IPA/DIPA from Lagunitas, go for their Hop Stoopid or the IPA. I guess 2 out of three ain't bad.

Photo of Bajasith
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not much into DIPA brews but was convinced by a liquor store owner... Bought a sixer.
A: Poured into a pilsner glass and right of the bat a huge three finger head began to form. Very beautiful clear amber color filled the glass.
S: You can definitely smell the hops in this one. Remanicent of red ruby grapefruit.
T: Wow the bitternes at first but almost sweet at the end with a lingering tangy aftertaste. M: Like bitting into a slice of grapefruit, bitter then sweet. Very nice.
D: Living in the desert southwest, temps hover around 114* in the summer, this brew will quench your thirst. But the bitterness will catch-up in the end.

Photo of jbone78
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buddy brought this over while we were brewing. Poured a Golden color. Slightly dark for a traditional IPA, but not terrible. Smells malty for an IPA. Well balanced. Hop character wasn't overpowering, but a great malt back ground. I could drink more of these.


Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy golden orange color with half a finger of fizzy ivory foam. Not bad.

Smell: big sweet malt aroma with a healthy dose of floral hops. It smells good; I'm betting it's deceptively subtle, though.

Taste: actually, the flavor tracks well with the aroma. Malt is big and sweet; hops are floral and ever so slightly citrusy. There is a little grapefruitiness, but it's of the gentler "ruby red" variety. This is actually quite light and refreshing, as DIPAs go. Lagunitas rarely lets me down, and this is no exception.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a relatively low level of carbonation. It still feels pretty good going down, though.

Drinkability: quite drinkable. The flavor and bitterness are not in-your-face, though it's clear you're drinking a DIPA. I find it quite refreshing.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Big reddish-amber beer, with a giant tower of foam that recedes into patches of lace.

S – This beer is quite hoppy; and quite diversely hoppy, showcasing pine, cedar, citrus, dank and floral. Not so much malt.

T – Very floral hop taste, the malt is pale and pristine in flavor (for Lagunitas), and the floral hop is coupled with piney, dank, resiny impressions; this is a well-rounded hop bomb.

M – Big, rich and full-bodied IPA, well-carbonated.

D – I prefer this to Lagunitas' Hop Stoopid. Pretty nice DIPA

Photo of MeisterBurger
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish amber topped by a bright, white foamy head. A thin film retains throughout and leaves spots of lacing.

The aroma is killer--mangoes, pineapple, grapefruit with some floral notes as well and a surprisingly strong caramel pulling its own weight here. Very nice.

This beer is a full bodied kick of malt and hops in perfect balance. Caramel and grapefruit flesh working together like liquid candy, so full and slick and oily, with the same tropical fruit tastes found in the aroma totally rocking things here, with a grapefruit and pine bitterness, all with a little kick of spice in the finish and some children's aspirin (or whatever those little pink pills my mom gave me when I was a kid were) along for the ride that, while not terrible, I could do without. Still, despite that odd aspirin like chalkiness it's not overly bitter and has a strong caramel backbone which really works for me.

Photo of hophead247
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden-amber color with a slight white head. Aroma is very present, grapefruit/citrus and hops. Flavor is a very fruity, with tart hops and some grapefruit notes. Maximus finishes with a fruity flavor and a hoppy aftertaste. One of the fruitiest IPA's I've had, and I mean that in a good way. This is a very complex brew, something I'd recommend without hesitation.

Photo of logan0203
4.83/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very good! I have a son named Maximus, so I had to try this. It was my first purchase from Lagunitas and I'm impressed! Very hoppy, but still a bit sweet. Not overpowering, but just strong enough. Not too expensive either. Gotta love the creative label as well. I highly recommend this.

Photo of seanbhudson
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with unrecognizable date. Pours a clear orange-amber color with a medium white head. Lots of sticky lacing.
Light sweet malt and pine. More comes out as the beer warms. In particular I pick up the fake lemon flavor of a Arizona Ice Tea.
Pine and citrus. With sweet sugar malt for balance.
Medium body with creamy/syrupy texture. Medium carbonation.
I would consider this mild for a double IPA but still very enjoyable.

Photo of chickenflea
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-0z bottle.

Poured a beautiful golden amber with a touch of cloudiness. Thick off-white head. Not billowing but persistent. Left plenty of lacing on the glass.

Bold aroma carried pine and citrus. Rich malty flavor with notes of honey. Hops came on strong but the lingering maltiness balanced it well. LONG finish. The flavor lasted and lasted.

Rich and sticky on the palate, too.

This is an excellent and substantial brew that satisfies those that crave hoppy goodness yet want something creamy and substantial.

Drinkable as far as a double goes! An excellent brew.

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

appearance: golden

smell: sublte hop aroma, citrus

taste: light hops flavor for ipa, but goos citurs flavor, balanced ipa

mouthfeel: medium bodied, very carbonated

drinkability: it was an alright beer. solid ipa. the pale ale was actually stonger on the hips flaavor, maybe they'll do this one too

Photo of unclejimbay
2.53/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Lagunitas Brewing Company
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 7.50 %

This brew has a nice appearance with a light amber/copper color and textbook head/cap/retention. Smell is grapefruit hoppy goodness with a dash of pine to follow along with some sweet caramel malt notes.
Taste is hoppy with very strange but bitter foundation. The bitterness is quickly dominated by cloying caramel and malt sweetness. The sweet element is too much for me in this brew, I dont enjoy this part in the taste. The assertive sweet element and strange bitterness really was turn off for me. I enoy most IIPAs, but do not dig this one.

This element I dislike seems to remind me of Lagunitas "We Are Only In It For The Money" offering. Same strange turn off that I can not put my finger on.

I will not pursue Maximus again. I prefer a Hop Stoopid or Hairy Eyeball from Lagunitas any day!

Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,559 ratings.