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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,782 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,782
Reviews: 1,460
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 95
Gots: 709 | FT: 3
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Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001

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Ratings: 4,782 | Reviews: 1,460
Photo of mentaltraveller
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer struck me as kind of sweet. It is very drinkable; the hops did not overpower me. It does not have too much carbonation.It has a good clean finish. The alcohol is masked by the sweetness and hops. It is less intense than one might anticipate a double ipa to be. One gripe I have with Lagunitas is that all of their beers taste the same; this is like a slightly less intense Brown Shugga. I probably wouldn't buy this again; however, I wouldn't avoid it either

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

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Pours very clear, gold, with a fingers worth of off white foam that has decent retention that produces some good lacing.

S - A good mix of pine and citrus in there with a good malt backbone. Subtle nose, not overpowering but its there

T - Wow. I must say I'm surprised! First off, its balanced. The malts are much stronger than I would have guessed from the nose. Hops towards the back but never really take over. Really was guessing it'd be more hoppy than it is.

M - It put it in the thin to medium bodied range. Moderately carbonated. Has a smooth finish, just a hint of lingering bitterness. Very drinkable.

O - This one confounds me a bit. Looks lighter than my idea of a DIPA, nose is fainter, taste really surprised me too. I'm all over the place with this but all in all, solid. Not great, solid.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

- 12 ounce bottle had yesterday (with notes)
A - Decent head that hung around for a bit. Fairly clear light copper ale.
S - hops hit right away but not like some of the hop bombs out there.
T - clean hops with more malt then I expected.
M - The ABV is not too prevalent but therre is some stickiness.
D - quite drinkable for IPA fans.
A straightforward clean/filtered IPA with a nice balance.

Photo of Rutager
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a clear, deep amber with lots of floaties, even after a careful pour. One finger of frothy white head.

Smell. Pine and citrus fruits, mostly grapefruit. Some nice toasty malt.

Taste. Roasty caramel malt to start things off. Hops come through in the end with nice citrus bitterness and a little pine. Where's the alcohol? 8.2%???

Mouthfeel. Medium body with smooth, medium-low carbonation. No booze warmth? Nope, not here.

Overall. Great dipa. Easy drinker. Maybe too easy for the abv.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled date of 4/4/11. Was orange amber in color with tons of floaters. It had a good sized head that settled into a good collar and thin film covering most of the surface. Good, quick sliding lace with none sticking.

The aroma was heavy on grapefruit and other citrus with pine and caramel malt filling it out. Good aroma but have had better. The taste had a solid low level bitter that was partially offset by the caramel malt. Was just something about the hop mix that kept me from really loving it though. Medium to full mouthfeel with good carbonation and mild bitter aftertaste.

Overall, a good but not great ADIPA for me. Do recommend though as it's a worthy player in the field and I really like Lagunitas. Avail here in TX. Rotation - bought a 6 pack this time but probably wouldn't do that again. However, I would put in the ADIPA mix 6 rotation. [O;O]

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap @ Lagunitas
A: Copper color with amber hints. Clear.
S: Standard citrusy cascade hops, but restrained and balanced.
T: Same cites taste.
M: Syrupy texture from hops which detracts from drinkability.
O: Balanced IPA that is pleasant on tap, though might seem a tad too syrupy.

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

Lagunitas : Maximus

Pours a copperish amber. Aroma strong of malt sweetness and citrus hops. In the flavor, barleywine style malt body with alot of syrupy sweetness. Grapefruity hops with a hint of pine, solidly bitter but finishes alittle sweet. Syrupy feel with alittle booze in the finish. Overall, a solid double IPA good go to beer in a pinch.

Photo of zbuc919
2.82/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a different one...

Poured out and it looked like an IPA, smelled it, didn't smell like an IPA. It kinda smells like raisins or some weird grape-y type smell. The taste is not an IPA taste, it's got some bitter sting to it and an interesting malt backbone. To me it doesn't taste like an IPA, and it's not that tasty of a beer. I appreciate a brewer trying to push the style in a direction different from the norm, but for me this one doesn't get it done.

If you are into more malty less hoppy IPA styles, you might enjoy giving it a whirl.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Russian River snifter. No bottle date present.

A: Clear, deep copper color. Lots of floaters in there. One finger, off white, fluffy white head. Good carbonation. Sticky lacing and nice alcohol legs with this 8+% beer.

S: Some over ripe peach and other fruity notes in there. Maltiness as well.

T: Strong pine hops on the front of the tongue. Again, the carbonation is good to clear the palate. This one has a nice balance! Not a hop bomb DIPA by any means.

M: Medium bodied beer. Coats the mouth, but not over bearing by any means.

O: This is another solid brew from Lagunitas. Seems like almost everything I try from them is delicious. Good work boys!

Photo of kjyost
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341 mL bottle received from BBrianBoogie, thanks! Served at ~7C in a sleeve. Undated bottle, marked 7.5% and 72.41 IBUs.

A: Rich amber with a light white head.
S: Very interesting nose, with alcoholic heat, dried fruit, and a good deal of sweet malt. Not nearly as much hop aroma as I expected from an IPA or DIPA.
T: Sweet malt couples well with bitterness. The only real hop flavours are earthy. Enjoyable, though once again a little lighter in all respects for a high ABV IPA.
M: Good carbonation pops well, finishes with light lingering bitterness.
O: Yeah, for a high ABV IPA / DIPA? Not so much. Enjoyable for what I had, though I was expecting much, much more.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. About two weeks old according to the bottling date. From notes.

A: Pours a clear, orange-amber body with a finger of well-retaining off-white head. It doesn't leave tons of sticky lace, but there are nice register marks when I let it sit for a while between sips.

S: Grapefruit zest, orange peel, even a touch of tangerine. Wow, citrus in a California DIPA? Who would have guessed? ;) A smattering of pine is detected amidst the citrus notes. It's a good, solid nose, though it lacks the pungency of Elder or other greats of the style.

T: Oddly, this reminds me of the straight IPA from Lagunitas. Great flavors of citrus and pine, but it has more malt presence (lending a fuller body with some slight sweetness) relative to the hop bill. I find it tasty, especially since it's fresh, but it's nothing remarkable against what Lagunitas CAN do.

M: Medium-plus bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Low-to-medium perceived bitterness, offset by some sweetness.

O: I enjoy it, and I'll pick it up again as a fairly priced DIPA sixer. But I won't rank it as a great of the style.

Photo of colt45n
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark hazy orange/amber with a slight white head, nothing to sticky here.

S: getting some sweet pine smells upfront, maybe a little grapefruit in there as well.

T: Slightly carbonated mouthful, getting some sweat pine hops upfront, bitter grapefruit on the backend.

Overall I do enjoy this beer, its nothing over the top but def something that can be a regular go to in the fridge.

Photo of LtCracker20
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an orange/amber body with a good 2-finger off white head that shows some staying power before falling to a thick cap with some serious lacing.

S- Actually, not too much going on here. Some slight hints of citrus and piney aroma, but very weak.

T- This is much better than the smell. The hops stand out very well with a nice bitter kick to it. Much of the normal piney and grapefruit hop flavors here. The malt sweetness plays a backing role here. There's almost a lemony-sour flavor on your lips after the sip...

MF- Nice medium bodied beer that has a slightly slick feel to. Good carbonation level and has flavors that stay for a little while on the palate.

O- Once again, a very nice beer from Lagunitas. Solid flavors, but the aroma was a big miss for them (even though better than some beers I've had). The flavors, although good, were a little meek, and not as bold as I would've expected. Not sure if this really is a DIPA though.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice copper pour with a half-finger head that leaves an ok lace throughout. The hop aroma is apparent as well as well as some candyish sweetness. The taste is a pretty nice citrus hoppiness with a sticky malt sweetness. The hop flavor is pretty basic not a whole lot of depth and/or variation. The mouthfeel is sticky and a little slick. I really can't stand a slick on my pallet. The slickness detracts from any potential for crispness and "refreshing or quenching" attributes. Overall this is a good flavored and bodied brew with a slick mouthfeel.

Photo of danmcg62
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep golden color with minimal head that sticks to the glass.

S-Mild hop aroma, would expect a bit more from a DIPA. Citrusy smell with mild floral notes as well.

T-Spicy hops at the forefront with pine and grapefruit flavors.

M-Nice feel in the mouth. Not too overpowering, bitter taste at the back of the mouth, very drinkable.

O-Overall a decent DIPA. Not great, but very good. Would definitely reach for this again.

Photo of crewfan16
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a- nice dark golden color. poured into a pint glass, makes a good 1/2 inch frothy white head that fades in a minute or so with some nice lacing

s-typical wet hoppy smell of a DIPA with quite a bit of malt. Smells a little off balance already. A little caramel or dark sugar smell as well.

t-starts a bit malty and sweet, then the hops come out and give the palate some bitter tingle. Seems a bit over-powered by the malt though. the hops that does show through is nice, with some grapefruit and pine.

m-nice mouthfeel as it slides down quite well. Not a real boozy taste, give then 8.2 abv. There is a nice linger of piny hops at the end.

overall, not a bad brew. I have had so many DIPAs that you really have to stand out for me to rate you high and this one doesnt really jump out at me. Good price for a sixer (about $9-10) so its not bad. Some of Lagunitas specialty DIPAs have seemed better than this one, but its a very drinkable malty DIPA

Photo of aval89
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep golden amber color.. carbonation clinging to the glasss after initial pour.. 2 finger head..

S: citrus hops with some floral tones.. overall fruitiness, almost phenolic.. good dose of sweet caramel malt..

T: hop bitterness upfront.. mild citrus flavors.. floral hops & fruity hops come through more.. the caramel malt plays a big role in balancing out.. there is some pine on the aftertaste along with some booze detection & a lingering toasty malt..

Mf: prickly carbonation with a medium body.. a little too carbonated..

O: I expected a bit more from Lagunitas.. maybe a bit too balanced for an DIPA.

Photo of DannyDan
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark orange with a thin white head that does not have much retention or lacing. Has moderate carbonation. The smell consists of floral hops, some pungent earthy hops, and a hint of citrus. The taste starts out with a grassy pine taste that follows with a grapefruit taste and finishes off with floral hops. This beer has a nice smooth creamy mouth feel that makes it easy to drink. Overall, a decent DIPA that is worth a try since it is a nice flavorful well balanced brew.

Photo of bobhits
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received in a trade from UCLABrewN84, great extra!

Pours rather flat, a touch of carbonation with far better lacing than a millimeter of foam should form. Darker orange with a hint of ruby in the color. A bit of carbonation in the body as well with modest clarity.

Sweet caramel malt with hops well in the background. This comes off as a really well aged IPA or you know…anything dogfish head calls and IPA.

A very complex fruity and floral hop and malt profile. Bitter hops to bite well here but the malt over powers the hops. I can’t really describe the fruit flavors here so I won’t bother. The malt is too thick and given 8% I wouldn’t have expected it.

A really thick mouth feel with a bit of carbonation.

A good double IPA. A bit more malt forward than I’d prefer but still a solid and enjoyable double IPA.

Photo of gregshead
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank on 4/7/11. Reviewed from notes:

A: Amber hue, not a lot of head. Dissipates quickly

S: Lots of caramel on the nose. Some grapefruit smell in the background.

T: Lots of malt through. Some astringency. Hop presence is much lower than most other West Coast DIPAs. Some grassy aftertaste.

M: Some good carb. Caramel flavors give it a little heavier of a feel

O: Nothing bad, just average in most every way which is not what I expect from Lagunitas beers. Typically they hit the spot. This one, I'm not sure I'll go back for it. Plenty of other DIPAs that I prefer to retry before this one.

Photo of cocogan
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Visual: Copper Gold in color. Pours a half finger head that recedes to ever so light froth. spotty lacing

Nose: Floral, citrus, herb.

Mouth: Floral and pine taste, backed with a lot of bready malt. Alcohol and citrus (pineapple) in the middle, bitter earthen finish.

Mouth: Light carbonation, just enough to foam up with a swish and swallow.

Drunkability: Sitting at 8.2 I believe this brew would get me drunk pretty quick. It tastes decent, nothing special, but decent.

Photo of shaunb81
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured a nice copper body and had a really nice 2 finger head. Lacing was pretty nice and left some nice webbing around the glass.

Smell - Grapefruit accompanies the sweet and toasted malts. Hops are spicy and dry.

Taste - You get some sweetness of some fruit followed by vigorous bitterness. Citrus notes are also there.

Mouthfeel - This beer is semi-creamy after some swishing and the carbonation is on the medium side.

Overall - This beer is pretty drinkable which is a little scary considering it's alcohol content. It holds up to many other IPAs that I've had and I would come back to this in a heartbeat.

Photo of marc956
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly more bitter than I had expected but one needs to remember it's a double IPA .. very easy drinking considering it's 8.2% .. high quality, like all other Lagunitas beers I have drunk over the years. Highly recommended (I enjoyed it with ribs)

Photo of colforbin73
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an aggressive pour into an english pint glass yields a huge white head -- a million bubbles rush to the surface -- leaves a clean fresh lace on the glass.

the smell is good and hoppy but also points to the sweet hit you get -- a good rich malt along with grapefruit and slight pine.

the taste is good and bitter as promised by the suspect label touting 74ibus. but you get such a rich malt bade -- the brew is good and translucent and clear -- very well made pure beer. water, malt, yeast, and hops all put together right.

if anything this beer is a tad over the top, VERY bitter sweet and boosey all at the same time. NOT A TIMID BEER. LAGUNITAS! #1 workhorse CALI brewery.

Photo of BBP
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours amber with nice carbonation, head, and lacing. A fairly textbook example of what a DIPA should look like.

S- I smell pine, abrasive and floral notes. Not a trace of malt really. It's a ton of hops yet somewhat refined still.

T- Probably my favorite Lagunitas offering I've had to date from Lagunitas IPA category. A bit more potent than their regular IPA and more refined than Hop Stoopid.

It's hops first and foremost, although, there is a noticable amount of caramel malt. It's really only a hint of caramel. The aftertaste is about 90% pine and 10% caramel.

M- Medium full weight with a medium body. More of a smooth finish. Not really all that dry. Slightly overcarbonated IMO.

D- Wonderfully drinkable, to the point where I should stop and review it before it's all gone.

After picking up this bottle and tasting it, I was impressed. Shortly after I found out that this came from last summer, a little less than a year ago. This actually blows my mind. If there's some lifespan award for IPA's this should be nominated.
Looks fresh, smells fresh, tastes fresh, but isn't.

I wouldn't normally review a near year old beer, but it still held true. I'm really curious as to how this would taste fresh now.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,782 ratings.