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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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very good

4,225 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,225
Reviews: 1,398
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 85
Gots: 411 | 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 david131
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A slightly hazy orange beer with a nice white head that forms. The head eventually settles down to a splotchy covering. There liquid itself looks flat, but there is some decent lacing.

S- Lots of pine and citrus and a great malt backing. A little bit of funk to keep things from being too clean. Not outstanding, but just right.

T- Pine and citrus with a good malt backing. Not too bitter. The grapefruit is great.

M- Very dry and clean. This will get you your hop fix.

D- I can't really say anything bad about this, but it is not really a stand-out beer. For the price, I can definitely see myself getting this again. Check this out.

david131, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours an orange/copper color with a half inch off-white head. Very nice citrusy, grapefruity hoppy aroma stands out, with some malt noticable too. Taste is mostly citrus and piney hops, and some bready malt. There's a also good lingering hoppy bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit oily and dry. Drinkability is good, it goes down easy and the alcohol isn't very noticable. Overall I think it's a good, solid DIPA. It's not the best in the style, but for the price it's a pretty good deal. I'd definitely pick this up again.

bluejacket74, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of jbphoto88
3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer looks better then it tastes. It is a nice apricot color with a small head that fades quick. It is lightly carbonated which is kind of nice. It smells of citrus and is kind of earthy. It tastes like it smells, and is kind of unimpressive. I can barely make out the hops in this IPA. It is good for those who like ales and want to start down the path to real IPA's.

jbphoto88, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of macster
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright, clear copper-orange color. Created a tight and dense 1/2" white head with decent retention and some wispy lacing.

Slightly muted but pleasant aromatic notes of feshly cut oranges, grapefruit and pineapple. Smells of pine, biscuits and malts linger in the bcakground.

Palate is fairly full and fluffy with a slight oily texture.

Taste starts out with a nice citrus peel blast of bitter high alpha acid hops; crisp and lip-smacking. Soon to follow is a smooth tongue coating of subtly sweet caramel candy malt and tropical fruits to balance things out.

Finish is slightly dry and bittersweet. Alcohol is faintly perceived in the background. Overall a solid and sessionable DIPA.

macster, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of Patrick999
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a shiny copper into my Duvel tulip with good head. Bubbles faithfully rose from the etched "D." Lacing pretty good - not DFH 90 Minute-esque, but I can't complain.

Smell is that of a credible IIPA - grapefruit with some pleasing cake-malts.

Lots of grapefruit-y hops over a decent sweet malt backbone. No surprises....tasty. Some spicy alcohol sneaks through.

Good oily-hop feeling in the mouth; goes down bitter and easy

Drinkability is good at 7.5%, though it at times tastes like a stronger beer than it is. To me, this is the epitome of a straight 4 beer. A good drinker. It doesn't wow me, but I find little fault with it either. Plus, it's a little cheaper than comparable quantities of DFH 90 Minute or Great Divide Hercules. That said, it lacks the complexity and depth of 90 Minute, and the tongue-scraping hop character of Hercules or Ruination. Still, a good simple IIPA that I'll reach for again.

Patrick999, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of nortmand
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear and light amber with a nice fluffy white head that leaves good lace.

Huge ruby red grapefruit aromas fill the room upon pairing. Tropical fruity esters there as well.

Bright citrus hoppiness up front. Some astringency midtongue. Leaves a bit too much alcoholic burn in the chest. Evenhanded bitterness.

Light bodied and smooth. The refreshing hops constantly battle with th apparent alcohol. Otherwise a pretty nice beer.

nortmand, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of dwarvenspirits
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice thick white head that laces up the glass really nice. Has a soft copper/amber hue to it, a little rusty in color and hazy, too.

Smells great. Lots of hop aroma with citrus in the forefront and some malt sweetness coming in at the very end.

Tastes pretty good. Lots of hop bitterness that assaults the palate bringing on strong citrus flavor and then some kind of cloying sweetness. Not sure what the sweetness is but it certainly doesn't taste like any kind of stand out malt. The sweetness is really what I got hung up on with this beer. It came in the aftertaste and just lingered there for a long time, thick on the tongue. It balances out the beer to some degree but it's not a good malt sweetness. Can't put my finger on it.

Overall, not a bad beer but at $8.50 a bomber, I won't be bothering with it again.

dwarvenspirits, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of IPAcraig
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber that I picked up in Nashville into a pint glass that I picked up there as well (Yazoo Pale Ale)

The beer pours a hazy, muddy brownish amber. It has a decent off white head with some lacing.

The smell is fairly faint for an IPA. Dry smelling with a bit of citrus hops. Decent.

This beer is bitter without having a big hop aroma or flavor. I like my IPAs unbalanced, but this one is too dry and too bitter. It could use a bigger body and more hop flavor to balance the harsh bitterness.

A decent DIPA. I am glad i tried it, but it is not my favorite. I'm not struggling to get this bomber down, but I dont want another Maximus. I hope Lagunitas' other IPAs are better as I have 2 more in my fridge.

IPAcraig, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of Trueant1
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No date.

Pours a nice golden/orange brown color with a big thick head. Exelecent lacing on the side of glass. Some carbonation bubbles.

Smells spicy and of floral hops. Smells dry. Secondary smells of some pine.

Drinks an oily, hoppy, bitterish as an ipa should be. Some malt sweetness comes through this highly bitter and fragrant brew.
Oils,resins and bitterness come through on the aftertaste.

Moutfeel is not as dry as the smell would lead it to be. The bitter hops linger on and on. (not a bad thing).

This is a good classic IPA. Love the floral hops in the nose. I wish it had more distinguisable flavors along with the bitter hops. Maybe they are hidden?

A good ipa worth a try!

Trueant1, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of NitroGen
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was scanning the beer section of “Sprouts”, a produce/grocery store in Phoenix, when I spotted the 1 Pint 6 Oz bottle of Lagunitas Maximus’s India Pale Ale ALC 7.5% in a dark brown bottle. When I read ‘Unlimited Release’ at the top of the label I burst out laughing and decided to give it a go.

A – A dark orange/copper pour with a robust head that soon dissipates leaving a thin layer of foam and lace after each sip.

S- Thin fruity with a big nose full of hops

T- Crisp, bitter with a pucker reflex from the huge taste of grapefruit.

M- Bitter, thin and slightly slick with a huge aftertaste of grapefruit pith.

D – Would enjoy this at a sitting for a few bottles at a sitting but would soon want an alternative after tiring of the grapefruit aftertaste

NitroGen, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of gwood
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark copper. Head doesn't have much to it, what was there didn't stay that long. A bit of lacing on the tulip along with an oilslick like film that remained through the course of the bottle.

More malt in the nose than expected, hops are well accounted for with a bite to the nose. Citrus and very slight pine are present. More subtle than others in the style.

Hops up front but not the full frontal attack that was expected. Malts are very present, mostly sweet, slightly bread-like at times. This brew is more balanced in that respect than others in the style. Finish is peppered with hops but sweet and syrupy.

Mouthfeel doesn't stand out much one way or another for me. Med body seems to fit right in line. Quite drinkable relative to abv. I expected more from the brew the first time I had it and decided to give it another shot and was reminded of the fact that it's a really good beer that has some great counterparts.

gwood, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of funkengruven
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beauty poured a nice cloudy amber with a quickly subsiding head, lots of lacing. Smell is very hoppy, with some slight malt aroma. This stuff tastes pretty damn good, Strong and aggressive hop bitterness with a slightly citrusy aftertaste.

Another excellent offering from Lagunitas. Definitely looking forward to more from this brewery.

funkengruven, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of srroos
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Small, short lived head leaving a ring around the glass. Great vibrant dark amber color and clear appearance. Smell wasn't as strong as I expected for a double IPA, but I know the pint glass doesn't capture scents well. Lots of hops obviously, but not overpowering.

Taste is above average, but not quite as nice as the Stone Ruination. I can't really describe it, perhaps is is more of a drinkability issue than a taste issue. They are similar in ABV, so I don't think that is an issue. Again, very hoppy as expected, but not too bitter.

Mouthfeel is slightly above average, along the same lines as the Stone brew. Full bodied with a slight alcohol burn. Well carbonated with bubbles still rising long after the pour.

Drinkability is definitely average at best. While I compare the Maximus favorably with the Stone Ruination in all other characteristics, I think it is lacking the smoothness and drinkability of the Ruination. While this is the last beer of the night, I think even if it were the first I wouldn't be going back for more.

srroos, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of kernalklink
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew pored nice and smooth with cool hop aromas- slightly citric, with a little less malt than usual. Taste was big and fruity in hop flavors- grapefruit, some sour piney characteristics as well. The flavors are a little flat, but the hops are assertive in their bitterness. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin and the alcohol was hidden but came out as it warmed. There is little intesity within the flavors, the lack of malts to balance and create an interesting interaction is noticeable. This was a run of the mill DIPA, but certainly a good brew

kernalklink, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of Floydster
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle from Cooke's

I am glad they made this a year round release rather than a limited one like it used to be

Lots of tamarok hops in this one with a super smoky flavor

Way better than their standard IPA

Nice double IPA that tastes a little like Pliny the Elder, but still missing something that has


Floydster, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a nice tangerine color with a slight head. Leaves a good bit of lace.

Smell is sweet pineapple slightly solvent.

Taste starts with sweet pineapple and becomes increasingly tart. Some hop bitterness in the finish but not as much as I would like.

Too thin, not quite watery, but definetly lacking.

Overall, a solid beer. Taste is what I expect from a DIPA minus the hop intensity. Mouthfeel needs to be fuller.

bluegrassbrew, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of irishkyle21
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this offering from Lagunitas. It pours with a fluffy white head that holds up well and leaves behind great lacing. Has a clear light orange color.

The nose is very appealing with a hoppy piny citrus front, followed by a good portion of malt.

The taste does not let me down. Has a hoppy grapefruit like bite and a sweet malty flavour with a clean but bitter lingering finish. A great beer I cant wait to go and by more.

irishkyle21, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of markaberrant
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy orange, thin white cap, no lacing.

S - classic american ipa, nice grapefruit presence, basic malt

T - hops are right out in front, but not overpowering, american all the way, solid grapefruit, there may be a touch of breadiness to the malt, but it is very subdued. Finish is bitter, but again, not too bitter.

M - wet on the tongue, dry finish, not a heavy body, average carbonation

D - I find this beer quite refreshing, and I'm drinking it quickly, so it must be good.

This is what I think of when I think American IPA. A simple, yet solid malt profile, combined with tons of grapefruit hoppiness ( (assuming cascades), makes it a powerful, yet dangerously drinkable beer. Done to perfection.

markaberrant, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of Budro
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A rich, creamy, lightly cinnamon-colored head bubbles up briskly and retains well. It tops a brew the color of peach jelly with dark cinnamon hues, cloudy with a medium-fine dusting of yeast. Lacing sticks in strata all the way down the glass, calling to mind ribbons of salty foam strung along the shore. Impressive.

S: Nothing surprising in the nose. You've got the sharp, pithy citrus aroma characteristic of the style, but no distinct notes emerge. The aroma is powerful, but so is a one-note trumpet blast.

T: Again, nothing surprising. This beer is engineered to attack the palate's bitter zones to the point that it sacrifices any subtlety or complexity. It's a good hop flavor, but that's about it. The syrupy sweetness characteristic of doubles and imperials emerges in the back. The sharp cheddar aftertaste emerges as well, but not as prominently as in some high-hop brews.

M: Bracing but unexceptional. Leaves a little burn, a little scorched-earth feel on the tongue. The head's nice and creamy.

D: That high ABV packs a wallop, so you don't want to commit to too many of these. The beer compliments sweet, spicy barbecue rather nicely.

Although I found this beer disappointing, I must note that I finished every last swallow even though a mosquito kamikazied into my glass as I neared the end. I did get a new glass for #2, however.

Budro, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of YonderWanderer
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange-copper with a half-finger layer of foam. Decent lacing.

S: Citrus hops hit you up front with a little bit of pine and resin behind them. Not much else.

T: Bitter hoppy goodness, punctuated by heavy notes of citrus, and a little bit of pine. A faint amount of malt forms a backbone, but this one could be a bit better balanced. Alcohol warms a little at the end.

M: Full bodied with good carbonation.

D: At 7.5, it's not sessionable, but it's a bit easier than some other DIPAs to put back with some other beers. Not my favorite, but a decent example of the style. Definitely worth a try.

YonderWanderer, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of dickieb
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy golden brown, with a initial thick head that leaves some good lacing. The smell is mostly citrus bittering hops, with some doughy yeast. The taste mimics the smell with a good dose of citrus hops, with some piney and yeastiness worked into it. Drinable for the style at 7.5%. Overall, a pretty good Dipa, defiantly good for the $4.50 a bomber price however, not my favorite of the highly populated style

dickieb, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of indy169
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour on this IPA is a rich amber-copper and is clear with a generous amount of lacing. Holds together nicely. Smell is also rich, with ample hops of floral and citrus. Taste fills the mouth and stays a while with definition a bit on the undefined side.
A nice IPA with classic Lagunitas quality.

indy169, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of Drew966
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maximus pours a light copper color with a white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is all hops, grapefruit and citrus come to mind. A similar flavor profile emerges, hops, particularly citrus and grapefruit like flavors dominate. Not bad for an IPA, a little wimpy for a double IPA.

Drew966, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of adowney523
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an British-style imperial pint glass. Color is amber and clear. The off-white head retains well and leaves decent lacing.

Smells of mostly citrusy hops with touches of English biscuits.

Taste is of doughy malt, biscuits, and lemon. Finishes with grassy and earthy hops.

Rather sweet finish and well-balanced. Solid.

adowney523, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of Padron4KM
3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, no freshness date.

Clear amber with tight, sticky, tan head. Thick lace.

Grapefruit hops and caramel aroma.

Flavor mirors aroma, light citrus, light pine, sweet caramel.

Nicely balanced, but I expected more, doesn't quite stand up to other DIPAs.

Padron4KM, Aug 16, 2007
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,225 ratings.