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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
Brewed by:
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 jhtipton
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Bierkraft. Poured into my weeping radish 4 oz sampler. Nice rich gold color with small head and mild lacing. Ver carbonated. Thrbubbles keep coming. Smell is citrus pines and a tad hoppy. Taste is not overly cOmplex It does have the attributes o desire on a dipa. The alcohol is masked. The mouthfeel is medium nodded and effervescent. Overall a good ne'er and I will drink at least 5 mote times

Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

Leaves a very large 4 finger head that is soapy. Body is a very clear nice amber with big bubbles of carbonation coming up, some very fast. Real good cap on the head also. Real solid looking beer.

Bouquet is a bready hop, small fruit citrus. Kind of small feels more malty than hoppy for a Double Imperial. Still quite enjoyable and good.

Taste is kind of a let down. Very soft feel in the mouth and palatable but doesn't give way to much flavor. Flavor is slow to come through of small hop and kind of supermarket bread. This beer feels like it is all aftertaste cause that's where it seems like all the flavor is. That aftertaste is a small sugar citrus but it's kind of hiding. The citrus feels very muted, I can't pinpoint it distinctly cause it's too small.

This isn't to bad overall, I'd score it slightly better than average and you could do worse. However, I think I'd grab something else.

Photo of whatthehull
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium Snifter

A - Beautiful bright copper/red, half finger off white head and little lacing

S - The alcohol is up front, it's a beautiful note though. Very sweet smelling. The hops, malt, barley, wheat and everything smells sweet. Citrus and pine hops, dandelions, maybe some melon and papaya. A bit toasty, a light molasses note. The yeast comes off as a fresh baked sweet bread

T - The taste is just as sweet as the smell. Balances out with nice toasted malt and hops. The floral and fruit come out in the middle. The bready yeast is interesting. Finish isn't very long

M - Sticky, a bit carbonated, sits really sweet and turns a nice bitter. The taste doesn't hang around for long

D - At 8%+ this IPA drinks nice, sweet and not so balanced but nice

Final thought - If you are a fan of the original but want more ABV, this beer is for you. Or if you just love IPA try this beer

Photo of Dawkfan
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This is a rather clear DIPA. Light golden in color, much lighter than most for this style. Small white head after an aggressive pour, scarce lacing.

S- Unmistakable Lagunitas aroma as soon as the cap is popped. A lot of hops on the nose, mainly citrusy with some pine right there as well. Faint aroma of pineapple too. There's definitely some malt sweetness trying it's best to balance this out.

T- The hops are right there, mainly grapefruit. turns slightly soapy and boozy in the middle. Good amount of pine bitterness in the aftertaste. Somewhere lost in this is the caramel malt.

M- A little light for the style, brassy carbonation. Slick, oily, and sticky.

D- It drinks more like an IPA, but the hops are bigger than that. One of my go to beers when I need a quick hop fix.

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

APPEARANCE: Pours from a 12 oz. bottle into a 16 oz. pint glass a mostly clear copper color with a thin head. Hundreds of bubbles continue to rise to the top a few minutes after the pour, giving Maximus a lively look to it. Lacing is thin and sporadic.

SMELL: Strong floral notes hit the nose right away, but a faint hint of the hops lurks in the background, seemingly ready to pounce.

TASTE: That floral aroma transitions smoothly into a straight forward, delicious floral taste and that slowly fades into a strong, and once again straight forward, bitter and hoppy finish. By no means is this a complex interpretation of an IPA, but it is an accurate one - just what a West Coast IPA should be. As a side note, it pairs very well with the Maytag Blue Cheese and Triscuits I'm enjoying along with it.

FEEL: Quick burst of bubbles hit the tongue up front and the carbonation stays strong throughout the whole sip. Lively, full-bodied, happy (not hoppy) feeling beer.

OVERALL: Just like it's little brother, Lagunitas IPA, the Maximus isn't terribly complex. Instead it is just a strong, spot-on example of what an American IPA should be.

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

Cellared below 45 degrees since April 2010.

A - Nice copper body with light graying a white head at less than a half inch tall. Good looker with decent lacing too.

S - Nice combination of citrusy hops and rich sweet malt.

T - Rich in malt with the hops having had faded a bit over the course of the past year.

M - Sticky and smooth with no real coarse feel. It goes down easy and thick.

~ I recommend drinking this one early on. It is still good after the cellaring but I think it was better early in its life.

Photo of Brianjames16
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark golden color with beautiful two finger fluffy head. Some thin lacing sticks around.

S- Big hop aroma with citrus, pines, earthy flowery smells and a bit of alcohol. Smells like it's going to be a big IPA.

T- Not as big and powerful as I was anticipating. Definitely has the hop presence and bit of a boozy taste but I was expecting something very different. Very good IPA overall.

M- Normal amount of carbonation for this style with a bitter finish from the malts and hops. Quite refreshing for my taste.

O- The alcohol is decently hidden and I think that makes the drinkability good.

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

I am surprised this beer has such a low rating. Perhaps Lagunitas changed the recipe before making it an all-year brew. With double IPAs currently high-priced and hard to obtain, this one stands out as memorably scrumptious, a repeat buy. Despite its lower IBU rating, I like Maximus better than Hop Stoopid, also from Lagunitas.

Amber color with foamy head. Floral and citrus aromas, not as pronounced as Pliny or Green Flash, but very well balanced. Taste is bitter but with underlying sweetness. Thicker than average, which with 8% alcohol, are the only reasons it might be labeled a double IPA.

For $10 a 6-pack, I don't think there is a better IPA value in California. Green Flash IPA is good but costs $9 a 4-pack. Stone IPA is somewhat wimpier, and Ranger IPA is a good deal wimpier, although both are totally respectable in their own way.

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

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