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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,724
Reviews: 1,448
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 94
Gots: 661 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001

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Photo of Avantyawn
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce pour into a pint glass

A: Almost amber orange like clean and clear look, very thin head and moderate lacing.

S: Caramel malts is about all I smell here.

T: Bitter hops, sweet caramel flavor. The beer is tasty but a bit unbalanced. There is a lingering malt sweetness I find a little off-putting, yet, I like this beer.

M: Medium thick feel to beer, nothing amazing but nice.

O: Overall, this beer has a funky flavor to it that is fun and interesting, not masterful, but I still enjoy it. I wouldn't want to drink more than one of these in a row probably because it is so sweet and intense. A bit malt forward for my taste in a DIPA, but still, a worthwhile beer.

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

Appearance- Clear and golden with a tight white head. Great lacing as it goes down the glass.

Smell- Very piney hop smell. Some malt aroma as well. I don't know why I have passed this up so many times.

Taste- Malt is first in the taste vs the aroma. Good bitterness in the end, though. I may be drinking this a little late. It has been in the fridge for a while.

Mouthfeel - Good for a IIPA. Not very think and sticky as some can be.

Overall- Very good drinking IIPA. I will have to buy more of this next time I am at the store. Good thing it is easily obtainable. Does not at all taste like an 8+% beer.

Photo of goldenmonkey1
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip on 3/19/11, about 5-6 weeks past bottle date

Pours a golden coppery brown with solid one inch head that just hits the top of the glass, and recedes quickly, still leaving a good amount of foam around the top and some lacing on the glass. Bubbles consistently rising to the top throughout drinking

Aroma of piney hops, with some citrus notes as well. Very little to no malt in the aroma.

Taste is similar to the smell, hop forward with a bit of darker caramel malt taste near the finish, but leaves with a lingering piney hop taste. In between, some citrus hops come forward as well.

Medium to full bodied with the proper carbonation. Easy to drink with no alcohol burn present. Overall, it's a very solid IPA, not a 'huge' IPA, which makes it good for drinking anytime.

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

Pint glass: Golden brown 1 inch foam fades fast.

S: Hops, musky with a floral scent.

T: Great hops & ctirus with a bouquet of flowers.

M: Light carbonation, very smooth & a bit tangy.

D: Not a big fan of IPA's but this one is really tasty. Drink up!

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

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a bright, copper colored body with just a hint of haze. The head settles relatively quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Spicy pine hops with some citrus notes of orange and lemon. Caramel and toffee malts in the background provide some sugary character for balance.

T - Pine hops and sweet caramel malt up front. Some strong citrus notes come around in the middle with lemon and orange notes that blend nicely with the toasty caramel. The beer finishes with more spicy hops and a slightly darker note of caramel malt that is balanced by moderate bitterness. Some lingering tannic notes and a bit of light tobacco in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Interesting, is is quite hoppy and while there is more than enough malt character to balance the bitterness it comes across as a bit disjointed. The pine and orange hop flavors kind of clash with each other and they just don't seem to work well with the caramel malt. It seems like the caramel is too dark to work well with the malt and it covers the hops while also bringing out their harsher qualities. I have had more than a few excellent hoppy beers from Lagunitas and was expecting more of the same from this one, which makes it all the more of a disappointment that Maximus was as unremarkable as it was. I got a six pack of it, and while the rest of the bottles won't go to waste I certainly wouldn't buy it again.

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

12oz bottle poured into an oversize nonic.

An aggressive pour yields a ton of rocky off-white head that sticks magnificently to the glass. Appearance is a light honey/golden orange, with a tiny amount of haze in suspension although the beer appears completely clear.

Smell is rich, ripe tropical fruit, orange/orange peel, and I don't detect a ton of malt, but the hops aren't overwhelming. There are some fruity alcohol esters.

There is a tiny bit of bitterness up front but this is a fairly well balanced beer. There is some malt sweetness, some metallic citrus and bitterness, some floral characters as well. Decent taste. None of the flavors jump out but the sweetness, bitterness and breadiness dance together well.

The mouthfeel seems right for this beer, light and a tad oily. Drinkability A+, it feels close to an IPA but its noticeably bigger as well.

Photo of daveo876
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I rank this as my favorite Double/Imperial IPA 6-pack.

Lagunitas Maximus doesn't achieve the level of Dogfishhead 90 Minute but also doesn't resemble the price or hype. The 90 Minute costs $10.99 per 4-pack whereas Maximus costs $9.49 per 6-pack.

I would put Sierra Nevada Torpedo in the same category as Maximus based on price, flavor, and alcohol percentage (Torpedo: $8.99 per 6-pack) but I prefer the Maximus to the Torpedo.

Lagunitas Maximus is now my standard IPA 6-pack selection (3/10/11). Please comment if you feel there is a better selection based on this criteria. -Dave O.

Photo of patreely12
3.39/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass

A - foamy white head, about an inch high. bright amber color. some really nice lacing.

S - something off about the smell. I get soapy pine, like some bath and body works crap. my glass is clean and I even get the same smell straight from the bottle.

T/M - after digging through the smell this isn't too bad. thankfully none of the soapiness is present in the taste. nice strong caramel malts. not really all that bitter, but the piney hops definitely have center stage. very warming.

D - okay drinkability. this would go down a lot smoother if I didn't have to fight through the nose.

Photo of JesteR14
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- I like the look of this beer. Orange, nice foamy head and small bubbles coming from the bottom of my tumbler.

S- Pine, hops, alcohol

T- very hopy and malty, some citrus with a strong boozyness. Strong IPA but plays it off fairly well. Sip this one down but enjoy the great hop flavors!

M- The flavors of this beer just linger on the tongue, and make it an enjoyable yet strong and confident IPA.

D- I'm good on one, but enjoyed sipping on it..

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

pours an amber golden with a finger of head that dissipates quickly.

smell is strong piny hops with some malt.

taste is smoother that expected given the strong smell. starts off sweet and malts but only subtly the bitters are there also but the are not overpowering.

mouth is light-medium with good carbonation.

overall this beer was pretty good. light and enjoyable given the level of alcohol.

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

Pours a burnished amber colour with some odd floaties, but not a lot. Head is off-white and sunk to a thin crown with nice trails of lace. Yeah, looks quite nice; not mind-blowing though.

Smells quite malty and nutty for the most part, but with nice hop aromas backing up. Sweet but with fruity and floral characteristics providing citrus, but also pine resins and crisp apple notes. Quite pleasant and enticing.

Taste is fairly pleasant, again a strong malt base with lots of nutty notes that then develops distinctive hop notes late-mid with touches of citrus, pine and a mild note of some cedar wood. Yeah, fairly pleasant and clean but definitely wants more hopping on there. Not simple, but feels a bit underdeveloped, or perhaps just a bit old?

Quite smooth, with a bit of stickiness and a bit of foamy texture. Yeah, quite decent.

Drinks quite well; it's a pleasant beer. Would love to try this fresh from the brewery but even with a bit of age it's a very enjoyable drop.

Photo of clamper1069
3.42/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure if I got a bad 6 pack from Mo Bev but the smell for some reason reminded me of a wet cat food I opened for my grandmother years ago. The color though is beautiful, a dark amber with a full head. The 8.2 alchol is usually higher than what I shoot for in a 6 pack. Not what I expected from a double/imperial level beer.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours a slightly clouded orange color with a half-finger of dirty white head that recedes quickly to the edges but holds there and laces well.

S: Strong caramel malts, grapefruit, resinous and light floral hoppiness.

T: This is definitely a malt bomb (a bit old perhaps?) but it is still decent. It is certainly heavy on the caramel but some fruitiness and mild hoppiness linger with little or no alcohol presence.

M: It has a medium-thick body with below average carbonation.

D: I plan on re-reviewing this when I find a super fresh bottle.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversized snifter. Pours a bright honey amber with a creme-colored head that quickly reduces to a soapy lid.

Smells like sweet pine boughs, with hints of pepper, honey, and citrus.

Beautifully bitter, with a citrus-heavy taste, it's like sipping white grapefruit nectar. Early sweet, it's round the sides of the tongue and into the back of the throat where the piney-hops and spice reside, puckering and drying the mouth. Very tasty!

Medium bodied, this isn't a swat you in the mouth and knock you on your a** IPA. Rather, it is smoother and sweeter than that, with still plenty of hop to dry out your tongue.

I find this quite drinkable. Maximus was one of the first DIPA's I ever had, and I frequently find myself drawn back to it when I want a flavorful, yet bitter, DIPA. Definitely recommend you try this one!

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer was a bright, clear amber-gold coloring with about a one inch foamy, airy, bubbly head. Green hops and peppery notes on the nose, with some citrusy (orange and grapefruit) highlights. Creamy smooth body, the beer has a sweet malt backbone with heavy pepper and hopped overtones that hit the back of the tongue. Citrus tones again help to balance all of the flavors. Slightly sour and bitter aftertaste, with hops puckering the tip of the tongue. Lingering finish, yet still smooth. Very easy to drink, and pretty tasty on top of that.

Photo of Brooks44
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from the bottle a light copper with a light amber hue with a decent whiteish head that gave more lacing then i expected down the glass.

S. The nose is hop heavy with citrus and pine aroma and some floral in there aswell. A very welcomeing scent that lures you in for your first sip.

T. Taste is absolutley great very well balanced with the hops def at the forefront. Malt balances just enough to give that hop head kick without being overly bitter and not to complex to force this to be a sipper.

M. Nice carbonation and semi-light body to make this a very refreshing and quaffable beer.

D. Probally the tier i would most hand to lagunitas. They always seem to make a very quaffable affordable tastey beer that encourages me to keep thinking, lagunitas will always be a great six pack purchase. Ala Gladiator!!!! Lions Tigers and... Bears? Oh My!! Thats what this beer will be making u say

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

Bottle from a crappy liquor store in Tracy CA

A - Poured a light copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of citrus and pine hops

T - Like the nose this is a very hop centric beer with citrus and pine flavors

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - For a big IPA this is pretty easy to drink its not an overpowering hop bomb but enough hops to keep everyone happy worth getting sometime to try

Photo of jporf911
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*Note- My bottle says 7.5%. Both Lagunitas' website and BeerAdvocate.com claim that Maximas is 8.2%. Since the bottle I'm imbibing was purchased at the end of 2010, this year's version may be stronger in alcohol-- or both the brewers and the other reviewers were drunk and just pressed the wrong number key.

Poured into an oversize snifter from a squat 12oz bottle with no freshness date provided (though the label does have some interesting remarks about why I should get tattoos, have my nipples pierced, and don't sip because the end is near).

Appearance- 4 out of 5. This beer pours a dark burnished orange color much like a tangerine going through an emo phase. The creamy, off-white finger-and-a-half head slowly dissipates into beautiful lacing all across the glass. There are slight bits of sediment moseying their way around the brew, but the beer is clear aside from that.

Smell- 3.5 out of 5. Following an initial blast of floral perfume, sweet citrus (primarily grapefruit and pineapple) and twangy pine hops tickle the nose. The smooth scent of pale malt wafts up afterward, followed by a caramel sugar. Although it smells appealing, this beer isn't nearly as strongly-scented as I expected an DIPA to be.

Taste- 3.5 out of 5. Maximus starts off with a wash of hops reminiscent of grapefruit and zesty citrus, which quickly mellows out into a smooth malty backbone of light caramel. Alcohol is present but not pronounced; in fact, nothing about this beer stands out. Slightly bitter pine sap lingers in the aftertaste. For a beer with the name of a gladiator, I expected a lot more punch out of this one: the gustatory equivalent of lions and tigers fighting nearly-naked muscle-men amped up on adrenaline while being cheered on by thousands of bloody-thirsty Romans; instead, this seems more like Socrates expounding about virtues and metaphysics-- interesting, to be sure, but hardly exciting. It is a well-balanced, fairly mellow DIPA.

Mouthfeel- 4 out of 5. Medium-bodied, wet, and oily. The label wasn't joking when it told me not to sip-- there's no reason to with this beer. It's fairly smooth and goes down much more easily than most DIPAs, which are often heavy and chewy; in fact, I would hardly call this a Double IPA at all.

Drinkability- 4.5 out of 5. Drinkability may be this beer's saving grace. If you want to have a few DIPAs over the course of an evening instead of struggling through one more acerbic exemplar, this is the DIPA for you. Not bad by any means, but it's definitely not what I was expecting with the name and a description that claimed it would "strip the enamel" from my teeth. This would be a good introduction to the style for someone having doubts about whether or not they can handle it. It's like a Double IPA with training wheels.

Photo of Glibber
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow. I really like this beer. Poured great, nike 3/4" head that dissipated after a few minutes. Light colored beer with a slight redish tint and a malt colored foam.
Nice piney aroma that sets up the taste. Up front the beer is very smooth going in, malt flavors and a subtle fruit like plum. while I can smell the hops, there is not bitter bite at the end. I have been drinking some very good beers lately- this is one of the best.

Photo of LukeD23
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear polished Copper. This is a glowing beer, just a wonderful color and so so clear. very nice looking

Aroma is full and clean. Earthy notes of basil and sage with touches of stone fruit, of apricot and peach. Very nice aroma as well, not hugely floral for an imperial ipa, more east coast feel.

Flavor, Good clean hop flavors with a crisp but not overpowering bitterness. There is a nice malt backbone to this beer, slight caramel note with a good but subtle cracker like flavor. finishes with a touch of dried fruit.

The mouthfeel is awesome, medium-full bodied ale but not overly sweet.

Drinkablility is good, but it is 8%+

Overall this is a great beer and even though it is a big one I will have no problem finishing this bomber

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

Pours an almost-clear, light amber color with a medium white head that diminishes quickly. Scent is hoppy with a lot of citrus and some caramel malt. Almost a bit of cat piss as well. As the beer warms a bit, I get a lot of sweet malt in the nose. Taste is not what I was expecting... Considering this is a west coast IPA, I was expecting more hops and more pine notes...but I get a lot of citrus and malt. I get grapefruit and pineapple along with sweet malts. A lot of sweet malty flavors. The bitterness is not "in you face" at all and the hops are there, but not the main attraction. I know this bottle isn't very old either... Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy and full-bodied. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a very tasty beer. I was just expecting something a little more hoppy and bitter. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Photo of shand
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz stubby into my Sierra Nevada imperial pint.

This brew pours a nice hazy straw-amber colour with a finger of head that disappated pretty quickly. Lacing is nice, though. The smell is astringent, slightly soapy hops, grapefruit, and a touch of malt. Not the best smelling IPA I've put my nose under. The taste is much better, though. It's strong on the spicy hops and grapefruit. This bottle is a bit older than I'd like to review, I bet the hops are usually stronger here. But it still tastes quite nice. The hops tingle the mouth very nicely at the end.

The mouthfeel is solid, it's smooth and medium-bodied. The drinkability is exceptional, this goes down super smoothly and doesn't feel anywhere near 8.2%. Another great beer from Lagunitas, they sure know their hops.

Photo of plfahey
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Amber, brilliant clarity. Tall beige head with dense, tiny bubbles, good retention, and some lacing.

Aroma-Floral, citrus, resiny, and piney hops. Light tropical fruits. Very nice toasted malt profile with notes of caramel, golden biscuits, and bread. Slight pungent alcohol.

Flavor-Sweet toasty and biscuit malts hold up a spicy, zesty hop profile, with orange marmalade, lemon, grapefruit, and resin flavors. Hop bitterness goes from moderate to moderately high in the finish. Hop bitterness lingers with a touch of resin and golden molasses.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, moderately high carbonation. No astringency from the hops. Light alcohol warmth.

Delicious and extremely drinkable. Definitely stronger, but not just a fortified version of their IPA, Lagunitas Maximus shows different malt and hop character in both the flavor and aroma.

Photo of projectflam86
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice slightly hazy orange color with a thick white foam head that leaves decent lacing.

S- Lots of citrus hop aroma (grapefruit and orange peel) with some malt and alcohol.

T- A tad musty with some decent bitterness upfront and lots of alcohol in the finish. The hop flavor seems to have faded a bit (old bottle?) and the bitterness has taken on a somewhat resiny flavor.

M- Medium/thick bodied with ok carbonation. Syrupy feel.

D- Overall this was a decent brew but I really want to know how fresh my bottle is! I do see a bottle code but I'm unsure on how to interpret it: 29375014.

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

A very good IPA almost awsome.

A: Deep golden to light amber color, with a slight haze on the brew. Thick pouring looks lovely in the glass.

S: FRESH/grassy with a citrus twist

T: Nice balanced flavor combinatiton of sweets and hops on steroids

M: Tickles the taste buds and makes them smile

D: Yes, could use another.

Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,724 ratings.