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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: 494 | 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 buschbeer
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to a small head. It is dark amber in color. It smells piney. I get a lot of pine on the taste as well. There is a little malt. I like it. It is not way over the top with bitterness. I could session this beer real easy. I am not a hophead so this is a nice IPA for me.


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

A: Pours a deep translucent amber with a touch of red, with a small amount of eggshell white head. Most of the head dissipates, leaving some clumps of foam on the surface and around the edge of the glass, but it's enough to leave pretty good lacing.

S: Floral hops, with a sweet background and a touch of alcohol warmth.

T: Full flavor, dominated by the floral hops from the nose. There's also some nuttiness, and earthy tones not unlike an English style IPA. Finishes with a thick hop flavor, full of both bitterness and sweetness.

M: Full bodied, medium to low amount of smooth carbonation. Thick aftertaste.

D: Drinks pretty easy for a double IPA. The strong hop bitterness and ABV may put off some people, but such is the nature of the style.

Photo of alysmith4
2.05/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer was recommended to me as one to tide me over until more HopSlam comes available. The beer buyer said they were similar in flavor, so I decided to give it a try. I was not impressesed, and I think it's miscategorized. It tasted much more like an Amber than an IPA (much less a Double or Imperial IPA), and I was so turned off by the amount of malt flavor present. There was almost zero hop flavor. It poured well and has a good appearance and mouthfeel, but for me, that was about it. If I was expecting (or looking forward to) an Amber, then maybe I'd review differently. But I don't like that style, so I won't be having it again.

Photo of Shumista
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a plain pint glass.

Maximus pours a red-orange copper color with a large foamy head. The smell is dominated by citrusy hops and sweetness from the malt. It taste is a bit unbalanced in my opinion. The bitterness is a bit harsh and it is extremely sweet, both turn-offs for me. I found the mouthfeel to be surprisingly on the thin side. Drinkability would be higher if not for the sweetness.

All in all this one isn't so bad. On the one hand I have definitely had much better DIPA's. However on the other in a beer world where DIPA's frequently come in $10 bombers there is something to be said for one the comes in a reasonably priced six pack. For the money a good value for a hop fix.

Photo of Anthony1
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of porterwoobie
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: orangish amber color, clear, thin white head, some lacing

S: very hoppy smell. citrus and piney aromas. a little bit of malt aroma also detected.

T: slightly malty, fairly bitter beer. the bitterness coats your mouth for a long time after the sip. the flavor tends towards the citrusy notes.

MF: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, drinks very smooth for a DIPA

Drinkability: very drinkable DIPA. it doesn't have the alcohol bite like some DIPA's, so this beer could sneak up on you quickly.

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

A- Pours a nice copper color with about a half inch worth of head that recedes pretty quick but leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.
S- The smell is mainly of hops(surprise, surprise) and a little bit of sweet malt. Not as strong as I would have thought with the name
T- Just like it smells, hops and some malt, with a small bit of citrus twang. With a name like maximus I was expecting a bit more hops but its a good amount I guess.
M- This feels just a tad bit thin but still not terrible. The carbonation works well and the bitterness balances it out well.
D- Overall not a bad offering but I was expecting a bit more form this one. Still not bad and pretty drinkable for the abv.

Photo of pmccallum86
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cherry apple color with a small head the dissipates quickly.

The smell is of heavy additions of malt and hop. Smell is a little sweeter, almost like a sugary caramel scent. Floral hop aromas are also present.

Taste is sweet caramel malts with a grapefruit hop flavor that punches you in the mouth. Pretty good, on the sweeter side of DIPAs though.

Mouthfeel is smooth thick and creamy, a heavy bodied beer.

Drinkability is average, not great not terrible. Definitely a worthy DIPA.

Photo of racer2k
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz beer into a pint glass

A - Dark reddish pour with a single finger of cake batter colored head. Some decent retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S - A strong citrus and fruity aroma is present with a moderate hop smell but not overwhelming.

T - There is a nice mix of fruity flavors including apricots, oranges and pears coupled with a strong malt and grain presence which creates a nice balance. There is a distinct citrusy aftertaste which is also present.

M - Medium body with light carbonation and thinner than a traditional DIPA

D - Decent session beer but this beer hides the 7.5% ABV pretty well so be aware.

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

A: Loads of sea foam froth that clings to the side of the glass, a deep golden brown color - 4.50, S: A solid blast of citrusy and piney hops with the slightest hint of bubblegum, light and inviting aroma, I catch smells that remind me of Centennial hops - 4.00, T: Hops step to the plate though to a lesser degree than I'd expect from a double IPA, grapefruit rind and slight pine, pitted fruit sweetness - such as apricot, malts are evident but basically lost in the hops - 4.00, M: Somewhat sticky and resiny - 3.75, D: A very drinkable beer that I will drink again - 4.25

Photo of wordemupg
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass oct15 2009

A clear copper in color with good carbonation and a decent thumbs width of head that left some lace. head settles as a 1/4in film but it left the most lace at the top of the glass

S tangerine and lots of hops mix well with a little pine and caramel

T I like this beer because I get hops before grapefruit unlike many big IPAs I've been drinking lately. I do taste pine, citrus and some caramel, but straight hops is what I love about this beer

M the carbonation gives it a creamy feel and it coats my mouth a little. this beer has some bite and you can still taste it 30 minuets after drinking it so you know you had a real beer

D oh so very easy for the strength, no complaints here I don't like the price of this one here in Alberta but its almost worth the 20$ a 6pack

Its a coin flip between this at 20$ for 6 or the 90minute from dogfish head at 17$ for a 4 pack. tonight Maximus is worth every penny for killing my hop craving

Photo of ddean
4.97/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Has been my firm favorite for at least a couple of years. It tastes best at 50-60 degrees, and loses it hops quickly if stored at room temperature. If you don't have a warmish fridge, buy them warm, cool them slightly in your basement, and get to them quick.

A mellow orange/copper, clear. Steady carbonation, not much foam, but high retention.

Fragrant hops dominate if you drink the Maximus at about 50 degrees or higher. This smell almost disappears when fully chilled. I also get the grapefruit and pine that others mention. No malt that I can smell.

Truly yummy. First a smooth, slightly sweet maltiness, followed by that same grapefruit and pine (spruce?) that you can smell. Grapefruit and hops pleasantly linger in the aftertaste for some time.

Smooth, smooth, with a steady, gentle stream of carbonation.

For all its complexity, I am happy to stick to this beer all evening. It is flavorful, not too heavy, cleanses your palate well, but steps back when you take another bite of food, so it goes with pretty much any dish I've had with it, especially Thai or other spicy fare. Highly recommended.

Photo of jt31914
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle:

A: 1/4 finger head; amber light color - slight rise in carbonation.

S: Hoppy clove smell with slight citrus.

T: Hoppy bitterness with clove barley taste; pleasant and not overdone. It is good but not great. I'm disappointed that the citrus didn't appear in the taste.

M: Remarkably smooth for an IPA.

D: Fairly Drinkable.

Middle of the pack for me; I personally prefer the oracle from Bell's.

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

Pours a clear, light copper with a tiny white head and a terrific nose: a rush of tangy candy aromas, favoring the sweet, caramel-covered apple end of the spectrum. The taste is only slightly less exciting. Flavors a sugary malts and an apple-skin bitterness that lingers long and leafy, like bitter salad greens. A decent choice to have on its own; a choice that's even better with marinated meat or veggies. Yum.

Photo of thain709
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A lot clearer and brighter body than I expected...the body has a copper hint too it but it's pretty light...a 1.5 finger white head forms and sticks around for a while...nice lacing

S - The nose is all hops...they are bright and citrusy...I'm not picking up any malts

T - At first sip I was really disappointed with this...I was overwhelmed by sweet caramel malts...I did not get any hops up front...I swallowed and it was still sweet...then...the citrus hops creep up on you and provide a juicy bitterness that's not too bitter because of the malts...so after I got used to that this beer had decent flavor combination going on

M - Medium bodied...a little sweet...but crisp and refreshing

D - Once I got past the sweetness and realized there was a hop bitterness this beer became more enjoyable...the ABV is well hidden and the flavors are rounded out nicely...another solid beer from Lagunitas

Photo of Thur123
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK so this pours a deep copper color with a thinner head that retains and appears to have little lacing. The carbonation is less than a regular IPA. The smell is big fruity hops with less bitterness than expected, which I like a lot. There is something about the hops used, or the proportions rather, in Lagunitas that's really winning me over.

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Hits with a slight bitterness that soon give way to grapefruit rind and more citrus. The floral bitterness is here but takes a back seat to the sweet hops it seems. The flavor of resin is more prevalent on the back of my tongue toward the end of the flavor. The mouth feel is fine; delivering flavor all over and the flavor is delicious, complex, and quaffable.

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

pours an almost clear copper color with a 1/4 inch white head that quickly fades. aroma is citrus/grapefruity. taste is crisp and refreshing, hoppy (not heavy) slight pine. aftertaste is clean and crisp. i think the regular ipa is better. tastes bitter as it sits for a while. more maltier than hop. still a good beer that is easily drinkable.

Photo of ATPete
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a very transparent light orange color with a small white head that leaves little stickage. Keepin it bitter with this guy, a dose of C hops for some left side aromatics but some intense bittering hops lay fat below. A creeper, this one is very inviting, soft with some bright fruit notes followed by nothing but tongue punching bitterness late on the finish and long into the aftertaste. No boozy heat, although i would argue this here brew as nothing more than a strong-er IPA, rather than a DIPA, but so is life. I miss the bombers but i embrace the six packs, cant believe i never reviewed Maximus, try this one.

Photo of jrw5061
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice gold color with a little bit of head on top that stays for a while. Lots of lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Strong citrus smell coming from this one. I just mostly smell the hops which I expected.

T: Very bitter aftertaste. Not as aromatic as I would have liked.

M: Thick chewey and velvety. Very enjoyable.

D: I couldn't drink more than a couple of these in a night.

Photo of nickd717
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from BevMo in Mountain View.

A - Pours slightly hazy amber with a nice off-white one-finger head and decent retention.

S - Mostly piney hops with light fruits and sweet caramel malt also noticeable.

T - Very sweet malt up front and citrusy hop bitterness. Think I had an old bottle because hops had faded a little bit. Only a little above average for a DIPA as far as overall flavor goes. Good balance but doesn't really wow me in any way.

M - Medium body with hop oils and a fairly bitter finish.

D - Pretty high for the style.

Photo of blackenmn
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance and Smell- Poured a nice bold orange almost copper with a nice 1/4 inch head which stuck around on the glass all the way down. Could spot plenty of carbonation and maybe some particles in the glass. Had a nice citrusy smell with some pine hidden behind it.

Taste and Mouthfeel- Taste was pretty similar to the smell. Initially subtle sweet citrus/grapefruit. Finished piny with a light hop presence, ABV was present but pretty well hidden. Not as carbonated as expected. Torwards the end as it warmed the ABV was a bit more noticeable, but none the less finished nicely with lacing still intact.

Drinkability-I enjoyed it. Was a nice balance between the fruit and pine characteristics. Seemed like a very smooth drink, and would definitely be pleased to have another.

Photo of BeerPhan86
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After really enjoying the Lagunitas IPA, I figured I would give its big brother a try.

A - Pours a dark ruby gold with a one finger tan head, good retention. No chunks of sediment in my bottle as others seem to have noted.

S - Very fruity aroma, no hints of bitterness. Floral hops are not too overwhelming in the aroma as with most DIPAs. Sweet smelling yet not as aromatic as other takes on the style.

T - Wow, I really like this. Initially you get a burst of fruity hops, and then a strong grainy backbone rides it out. Has a nice citrus kick in the aftertaste with very mild bitterness. Tastes somewhat like grapefruit, as did the IPA. Hops here are kicked up a notch and the alcohol is hidden well.

M - Medium bodied, not overly carbonated. Not as sticky feeling as other DIPAs I have had.

D - This is not a style I normally session but this one seems sessionable. The alcohol content is sneaking up on me already though.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy orange, with tiny particles floating around...decent head, retention good, lacing even better.

Initial impression of the nose was Fruit Rollups. Very fruit-juicy aroma akin to Hawaiin Punch. Definite pineapple presence. Extremely alluring, yet no tips on any bitterness.

Taste follows most of the attributes of the smell. Lots of pineapples up front, with other tropical sweetness notes run steady with a decent bitter assault throughout the palate, well into the finish. Slight alcohol warming in the chest. The bitterness pokes through more after each sip with the finish. A constant battle between the bitterness & tropical sweetness.

Mouthfeel is pretty syrupy, decent carbonation, with a dry, steadily astringent finish.

Good beer, but I could only session 2 of these Bad Larrys, tops.

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

Aroma - Floral hops. Not much in the way of sweetness.

Appearence - Clear orange-copper. Nice 1-finger head that dissapears quickly.

Flavor - Sharp bitterness right away. Pretty one sided in the way of hops. I was waiting for balance from the malt, and some finally came through as it warmed.

Mouthfeel - Really like the feel of this one. Thick, syrupy, and smooth. Soft of the palate.

Not a bad IPA but not the best that I've had. Nothing really stood out as amazing.

Photo of crossovert
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a somewhat interesting 12 fluid ounce bottle with some ramblings about its high intensity. apparently it is 72.41 IBU's. Has an indecypherable freshness code.

Pours a clear copper with a 1 and a half finger slightly off white head with large bubbles. Leaves some slightly intricate lacing behind.

Smell is of hops, not that intense though, I expect more from a DIPA. Has a sweet/earthy characteristic.

Body is smooth, with a small amount of carbonation. A bit of biscuity malt and a hint of watermelon and apple. Hops are present in the form of pine sap, honey, a spritz of lemon, and intense bitterness. The aftertaste bittersweet. The alcohol is well hidden. This isn't too pungent considering it is a DIPA, maybe I need to get it fresher.

Overall its a pretty average selection in the DIPA category. It just seems very pedestrian considering the IBU's and the somewhat of hype it gets.

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