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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

3,933 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,933
Reviews: 1,377
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 69
Gots: 286 | 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 SkeeterHawk


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear orangish yellow color with about a half inch of tight bubbles apparent at first pour. There are quite a few bubbles rising to maintain the head.

Aroma: I get a whole bunch of citrus in this one. I can pick out oranges and grapefruits in particular.

Taste: A lot of citrusy hops noticeable at first, and then you notice a bit of malt in there as it washes over your palate. The profile then fades to a slightly chalky and bitter flavor to carry on well into the finish, only to be disrupted ever slightly by the alcoholic warming.

Opinion: Well, as far as IIPA's go, I think that this one is a bit on the light side. I really like the fresh hop presence, but I feel that it is lacking a bit on the malt bill. I would personally like this beer to have a bit more of a chewy malt presence with some more caramel malts and Dextrines. It's not a bad beer, and one that I would drink again, but if I were to have this beer sitting beside a Stone IPA...I don't think that there would be any comparison.

Review 11-5-05
Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish golden color with an inch of off white bubbles at first pour. He head was made up of different sized bubbles, but it was pretty fluffy and looked like it wasn’t going to be around all that long. The head left quite a bit of lacing after it dropped a bit.

Aroma: Citrusy hops greet the nose right away. There are a few floral notes here also, but the fruity esters are the next major player in the aroma when it is cold.

Taste: A plethora of citrusy and floral hops fade from the aroma into the taste. After the hops start to let go a bit, you can taste the malt. There is a good bit of body here, and I would be so bold to guess that there was mostly Cara-Pils, and Cara Vienne in here. It has a resiny sweet flavor with some definite toasty notes. The final part of the profile yields reservedly to the bittering side of the equation. It really finishes rather balanced for such a hoppy-tasting beer.

Opinion: This is a really tasty beer. I am not much of a hop head, and I prefer a beer that has softer water and less bittering hops. This beer doesn’t have a metallic twang, and the sharp bitterness that many micro’s have as their “signature” finish. This one is much more drinkable in that respect for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2005 02:47:26 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of texashammer


3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red-orange with thin head. I would like more head.
Smells of bitter hops with some citrus, some floral; also yeast. Mostly clean and floral/herbal. There is a nice hop bite on the tongue but I wish the body were fuller. Slick mouthfeel with hop oil. Kind of dry, not juicy. No alcohol tastes to get in my way; as it warms there's some alcoholic warmth to it, all good, no complaints.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2005 22:27:06 | More by texashammer
Photo of connecticutpoet


3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a lovely amber brew with a four finger, rocky head in my 22 oz. pilsner glass. It had a LOT of lace.

Aroma was just what I would expect from a double IPA... hops and more hops. Primarily citrus hops, with a hint of orange flavor... a bit of medium bodied malts underlying everything, but mostly hops.

Taste was therefore surprising when the expected hop bomb did not explode in my mouth. There was a moderate bitterness, which faded quite fast. There was a predominantly tea-like flavor, with a little mild citrus, and some carmel malts thrown in there. Odd... it says double IPA, and it tastes like mildly hopped iced tea.

The mouthfeel was good... it had good body. And it was highly drinkable, also. But a double IPA? Doesn't quite fit my expectations for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2005 02:42:58 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of Zorro


3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

WARNING there is about a 1/4 inch of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, so pour carefully so you don't get it in your glass.

Pours a clear copper colored ale with a puffy white head.

Smell is sweet malt and the odor of tea and spicy hops. Faint scent of brown sugar.

Taste is sweet and sugary tea with lemon at first. Spicy hop flavor but not out of control. Long lasting hop after taste in the throat. Citrus hop flavor appears after the spicy hop flavor fades. Decent bitterness but not real strong. I expected more hops than this, that or hop monsters has screwed up my perspective. Barely qualifies as an IPA in my book. But it does taste good so I can't really give it just a 3.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Easy to drink but I expected more hops from a beer called "Maximus." This beer barely qualifies as an IPA much less than a Double IPA. This is easy to drink though.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 04:06:31 | More by Zorro
Photo of DogFood11


3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pounder glass it had a very lively buttery head that chunked its way down to a solid finger. Lacing was lacking for this style and it was a clear off copper in body. It put off an appealing smell. Floral, fresh cut floral with a nice smooth smelling bitter edge. Its not in your face as much as other double's I've encountered. Tasted more hoppy than the smell and actually delves into the extreme bitter without any balance category. The mouthfeel was soft, but I did have a chalky kind of lacing left on the palate.

This is a tough category of beer to impress with because there are so many huge creative and awesome Double IPA's.... this was good just doesn't stack up.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 04:40:52 | More by DogFood11
Photo of charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bronze colour with significant head which sticks around for the long haul leaving plenty of lacing. Rather salty take on the standard citrus hop nose suggests more of a citrus flavour than this beer offers. Indeed it reminds me much more of hose water or caramelized sugar, but somehow tastes much better than either. This definitely leans towards sweet and malty rather than acrid and hoppy.

The big bubbles which stick around in the head cause an oddly flaky, mottled feel.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2005 03:39:02 | More by charlatan
Photo of weeare138


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a glowing orange amber with a decent off white creamy head that sticks around and fades into a so-so collar. Decent chunks of lacing are left behind in this one. A bit of sediment is in the bottom of the glass, even while on draft.
Smell is of light grapefruit, pine, and herbal notes.
Taste is about the same as above with a decent hop taste during the swallow. Some nice malt balance in there keeps this from being too overkill on one set of flavors.
Mouthfeel is very chewy and nicely carbonated.
Drinkability is good. I actually remembered this one being a little bit better out of the bottle but I still wasn't really let down.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2005 15:01:10 | More by weeare138
Photo of taez555


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured an opaque orange body with a slight chill haze. The head was a big fluffy white.

Nose had a strong biscuit malt touch with strong breathes of alcohol and even a mild touch of orange and citrus.

Taste was medium bodied. HUGE hop bitterness. Pine, sticky sweet citrus, but not that black pepper or grapefruit type hop taste. Caramel tasting malt but again with a cracker/biscuit type overtone. A very English style pale ale hop taste combined with an American hop monster style. The more I drink it the more it screams English hop monster.

What an odd but interesting beer. More of an English style hop monster. Huge hop attack but not that piney cascade or Chinook style hops. The biscuit malt really gives me the impression it’s an English style Craft ale. Very cool

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2005 19:22:33 | More by taez555
Photo of rowew


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bomber. An "Unlimited Release" according to the label. As usual there is a long story that has little to do with the beer on the label, but it is entertaining. No freshness info.

Appearance: Poured into a New Belgium globe. Nice reddish color with visible sediment. Thin but solid off white head.

Smell: Lots of hops, but some malt sweetness sneaks in there as well.

Taste: Nicely balanced - the hop flavor dominates in the beginning, and it gets a bit sweet from there. The malt certainly isn't a dominant flavor, but it makes its presence known. The mouthfeel is smooth and slighly creamy, with a fairly low level of carbonation.

Overall impression: Nice IPA - very drinkable for the ABV. Well balanced with plenty of variety in the hops flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2005 23:36:43 | More by rowew
Photo of IceAce


3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 Oz bottle w/o freshness dating

Hazy orange body with a full finger of dense, creamy foam. The hoppy aroma is first detected from three feet away.

Further examination of the nose reveals a slew of hops...grapefruit rich at first, quickly followed by piney, floral notes.

While this reviewer feels that the grain bill is substantial, this beer is all about thye hops and they're not about to share their place in the sun.

The entry is innocent enough, showing nice support from adequate carbonation.Midtaste arrives and the hop train begins to pick up speed, mowing down taste buds and covering the tongue with a floral blanket.

The finish ia an alpha acid fade, leaving the throat dry and the tongue coated with thick hop juice. Maximus is well named, as it is difficult to polish off a 22oz bottle of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 06:17:51 | More by IceAce
Photo of foamer


3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy coppery-orange with a minimal off-white head. Thick pungent hops are detectable immediately upon opening the bottle. Grapefruity, piney with some hints of tangerine and citrus. Not actually that aggressive at the first taste, but the big hop character builds to the finish. Not much malt detectable, there's a little bit there, but the hops seem to reign unopposed. The malt is clearly there in the body, which is nice a heavy, almost syrupy, but I just can't seem to taste too much of it. A nice enough I2PA, but considering my supply of these in limited to what I can carry on the plane back from seeing my Virginian girlfriend, I might reserve that for some tastier examples. Nevertheless, a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2005 01:46:23 | More by foamer
Photo of whartontallboy

New York

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 22 oz. bomber. Pours out a deep cloudy orange with a big off-white head that leaves a lot of lace as it fades. Quite a bit of floating debris in the glass, much the same appearance as the Lagunitas IPA.

Smells like piney, bitter hops. Little bit of grapefruitiness, too. I'm not reading much maltiness in the scent. A bit subdued for a DIPA.

Taste is hugely hopped and bitter, but fairly complex. The doughy malt plays well off of the citric notes from the hops. The piney flavors are pretty dominant, but that's not all that's going on. Alcohol bites a bit on the back end, but the lingering flavor is mostly just a lot of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation that cuts through the medium body pretty well.

Overall: A bit too hoppy for me. I do love my hop bombs, but this one just tasted a bit like licking a hop bag. It could stand to have the hops either toned down a bit or the malt beefed up some. The malt is there, but it gets lost pretty easily.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2005 23:41:17 | More by whartontallboy
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3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the glass with nice color, slightly darker than an average IPA. Plenty of head, although not much smell comes out of it. Sticks pretty solidy to the side of the glass.

There is a curiously small amount of aroma coming out of this beer. Even a deep whiff nose-in-glass provides only the brief, fleeting aroma of pine.

The taste is pretty normal for a nice kick-in-the-face IPA. This is likely because this is a summer beer: but there's a bit missing in the malt department. You need something to support all of the hops, which is likely why the taste stays around in your mouth for so long.

It's a decenltly drinkable beer. The 7.5% ABV will guarantee that you enjoy the end of it more than the beginning. But, make sure to drink it cold. If you're working on the 22oz bottle alone, make sure to keep the remainder of it in the freezer while you're working on the top half. Probably best to start with frozen glassware.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2005 23:35:54 | More by hansendc
Photo of orbitalr0x


3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shared this one with my buddy James. Pours from the bomber a bright, clear amber orange. Vibrant with a big chunky two finger eggshell head that leaves thick lacing all over the glass. Citric, grapefruity, sticky, sappy hops come foremost with a sweet caramel background. Hints of pine sap float past my nostrils as well. Nice.

First sip brings a nice wash of citrusy, fruity hops along with a mellow caramel malt background. Hop oils and resins abound creating a well balanced bitterness on the way down. A somewhat restrained DIPA, but still enjoyable, carrying a slight alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel is a tad bit thin and quite frankly dissapointing..seemed to not pack enough punch. Mellowed out carbonation left me looking for a bit more. Overall, a fairly easy drinking DIPA that doesn't push things too far. I'm glad I was able to sample it.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2005 01:18:05 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of lostbearbrew


2.75/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Admittedly, I am not a fan of most of Lagunitas products I have already tried. I seriously tried to approach this beer with an open mind, as many have told me it is an excellent DIPA. I poured the 22 oz bomber into my pint glass (most of the bomber, anyway) and noted a light copper color, with reddish hues. Very little lacing after an offwhite 1/2" head.

Aromas wafting up into my nose- major grapefruity smell, not really citrusy - flat out grapefruit, with a little pine to follow, plus a sweet malty smell, way down in there. Not bad as an aroma goes, but wish there was more piney aroma up front.

First sip was a hard hitting hops attack to the tongue, but not to my liking, despite being a hophead and DIPA fan first and foremost. I guess I'm just not a fan of the way Lagunitas does their hopping. The taste seemed like someone dumped grapefruit juice into my beer, just like thier IPA. Only now, it is much more juice, to make it a double. Just not my deal. No real balance in the middle of the sip and the end left my tongue dry, almost scratchy feeling - a grassy ending.

Mouthfeel - well, let's just say it wasn't the best. Thumper's rule, after all. But hell, this is a review, and I should be brutally honest, right. Mouthfeel was really light for a DIPA in body, and flavor was so overly hoppy (and not with hops I care for) that I didn't really enjoy my beer the way I had hoped I would.

Drinkability - As a single IPA it would be ok, although too high in alc%age. Still, not real drinkable for me, as it wasn't my type of DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2005 17:39:59 | More by lostbearbrew
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Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

something special for my 400th. A bomber of this sought after impy IPA. Poured a murkey orange-gold with a creamy off white cap. Moderately carbonated. Aromas of sweet bread and grapefruit. Lots of chewy malts in this like sticky sweet cookie dough meets pine-citrus hopping in near balance...like the ad sez: " a raging mouthful of malt and hops". The finish is slow and erodes into not quite the promised enamel melting bittering but was a pleasant bittering with an astringent- metalic aftertaste. This what Liberaty ale on steroids would taste like....I lile the well balanced hop and malt wallop of this big APA and I’ll buy it often.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 21:49:14 | More by pootz
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/orange color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a nice malty scent that is sweet and warm. It boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It also has an intense hop aroma that is quite pleasant and bitter. The taste is great also. It has a well rounded flavor that boasts of pale and light crystal malts as well as loads of hops. It goes down smooth with a slightly warm finish. It has an intense hop character; very nice. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good double IPA. It's not as high in alcohol content as some, but it has excellent flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 21:54:32 | More by WesWes
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Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got my hands on this beer at the venerable Cafe Volo in Toronto. It pours a nice light copper color with an ivory head that sticks around forever. The aroma is of piney, citrusy hops, with a sweet maltiness evident. The taste is awesome. The hops are so complex and at once perfumey, floral, grapefruity and piney. This beer isnt as brashly hoppy as I was expecting, its much smoother than othe DIPAs Ive tried. In the middle some crazy fruitiness emerges (Im guessing another hop characteristic). The mouthfeel is smooth and lusciously carbonated.

This is a great beer, If a little light to be a DIPA (both in ABV and hops). Its still way hoppier than most beers available in Toronto. Ill get it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2005 04:12:14 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber orange with a little bit of haze to it, with big head and nice lacing. Smell is all hops, floral, piney, strong and malty. Taste has a nice big malt background, with good floral hop flavour and a clean bitter finish. Mouth is full and chewy, with good carbonation. Not the biggest double IPA but well balanced and pretty tasty. Thanks northyorksammy.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2005 17:38:26 | More by Viggo
Photo of DrJay


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear orange colour with a generous, rocky, off-white head. Very floral aroma with just a bit of citrus and pine mixed in. As it warms, the malty sweet aroma combines with the hops to produce a smell very similar to ripe oranges. The flavour is very balanced, not overly bitter, with plenty of citrusy/orange hops. Also a bit doughy, it finishes medium length, off-dry from the hopping, with a light spiciness and a bit of alcohol warming. Full bodied, slightly viscous, and a bit sticky from residual sugar. Not an aggressive beer at all, it strikes a good balance that makes it quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2005 03:07:45 | More by DrJay
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a beautiful reddish-tinted copper with a long-lasting, frothy head of foam and many fine bubbles continuously streaming up through the beer. Absolutely gorgeous. Nose is sharply aromatic and very grassy hops. On first drink, there's a pleasant candyish sweetness, until the beer rolls back across the tongue and instantly dries it out. Hop flavor is strongly herbal & grassy, lightly citrus-like. Esters are restrained. Finishes bitter, lingeringly so. Body is light for the strength, texture crisp and powdery.

A solid American IPA. Doesn't quite live up to the promise of its looks, but it's still quite good.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2005 01:59:00 | More by allengarvin
Photo of oggg


4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this brew is hazy golden orange with a small but pretty head. West coast juicy hop aroma with some caramel notes tells me that this dIPA will follow the lines of Hop15 as opposed to Pliny the Elder. On the tongue the bitterness is single IPA strength. Hop flavor as well. Great maltiness pours in, with strong caramel flavors. Very smooth. Comes to a surprisingly dry finish. Medium to full bodied.

Overall: a fine, caramelly IPA that is on the weaker side of dIPAs.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 06:09:11 | More by oggg
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2.42/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bomber. They have the IBU's (72.4, I doubt it), O.G. 1080,(probably), and ABV 7.5 on the label, but NO DATE! This must have been old; for a DIPA, this was crap.

Sediment on the bottom. Pours a hazy, deep golden/orange. A foamy, cream colored head, @1/2", which fades quickly to a coating on top. Some slight lacing is evident on the glass.

As for smell, there actually is hardly any smell at all. I took off my glasses so I could stick my nose all the way in there, and got a faint metalic, toffee/biscuit smell, and maybe very faint grapefruit. Some alcohol as it warmed. Disappointing.

The first flavor is a sweet malt; caramely/yeasty, followed by a slight level of bitterness. Hardly any hop flavor. There's some kind of metalic taste in there. The aftertaste was short.

The mouthfeel is probably the best character of this beer. Soft carbonation, some resins on the tongue. Malt sweetness seems to kick in after a while.

This sample had to have been old. No hop aroma, minimal hop flavor, floaties on the bottom. Put the freakin' date on the labels, guys!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2005 22:55:12 | More by jakester
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4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy orangish-golden, with a nice white head that doesn't last a long time, but more than many IPAs.

Aroma is about as good as I've smelled highly hopped beers. Floral, fruity, grassy, herbal hops provide a lot for the nose to do. The only reason I don't give it a 5 is that it's all hops- I don't get any aroma of anything else. But that's minor here.

Flavor follows through from the aromas, but I think there's actually more here, because some grainy/bready presence of the malt shows through, providing at least some balance. But it's just hding there, it's not holding it's own against the hops.

Mouthfeel is rich and full- gives the mouth a lot to do. Drinkability is where this one lacks- it's so big, that even though the ABV isn't terribly high, I just didn't want any more.

Paired this with some very spicy quesadillas- smple faire, but the spicy black beans and salsa stood up well to the hops in this very big flavored beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2005 03:09:38 | More by Dukeofearl
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper in colour with aromas of Cascade and grassy hops. The flavors are mellow for an IIPA, medium bitterness with a whole lot of syrupy malt. The finish is powder dry and has a biscuit quality (which I’ve experienced with some Irish ales). I liked that quality, but I could see others not appreciating it. This is kind of a baby-step IIPA, but still a quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2005 21:04:42 | More by fisherman34
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,933 ratings.