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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,651 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,651
Reviews: 1,438
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 90
Gots: 602 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001

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Photo of UTee28
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first brew from Lagunitas and not disappointed. Pours a clear copper color with a white creamy head. Strong smell of piney citrus aroma. Strong flavorful hops, right down a hopheads alley. A slight piney hop taste with a smooth bite at the finish. Nice after taste. Very drinkable. Highly
recommend to all hop lovers. Very good IPA

Photo of btorsdog
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer to have around the house for them "Maximus" occasions and at $8.99-$9.99 a sixer this is definetly a "Maximus" value!
A VERY solid, VERY tasty, and VERY drinkable well crafted and balanced brew. Nothig really sticking out to mention but somestimes simple is best, never seems to dissapoint or let ya down, very nice stuff!

Photo of andrenaline
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Props to fellow BA joemcgrath for hooking me up with a couple bottles of this stuff!

A - Pours a nice hazy golden orange with a solid thumb of light fluffy off-white head, solid retention and a great amount of lacing.

S - Hop bomb! Woody pine and cedar hops with a fruity, citrus and bubble gum, finish.

T - The bitterness of the hops is tamed nicely, leaving a very floral bouquet of hops on your tongue. Similar to the scent, pine, citrus and bubble gum hops dominate the flavour and linger on the tongue. Some caramel malts also present to balance it out nicely.

M - Surprisingly wet on the tongue given the hop presence, perfectly carbonated, but it does feel a little 'chewy' if that's at all possible.

D - The alcohol is nicely hidden on this one, almost undetectable, making it extremely dangerous! Delicious flavours, nicely balanced, and goes down smooth. I really enjoyed this one and would recommend it to any hop lover.

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

Poured vigorously into a sniffer. The beer is hazy copper with a thick off-white head and thin lacing.

The hop aroma is really great and smells very fresh - grass and lemon. The taste is very well balanced. Flavor begins with pleasant hop bitterness, pine and grapefruit qualities. Malt flavor is thick and sweet and a bit bready. Carbonation is low and pleasant.

Overall this is a well balanced DIPA that is also not particularly interesting.

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

A-Copper with a thick head and good retention. Looks good.

S-Big fruity hop flavors kick in. Pine hop is very evident as well. Both hop aromas work well together and are nicely balanced.

T-Like the nose, good blend of hop flavors. Juicy citrus combines with a mildly assertive pine hop taste. Hoppy but not abrasive. Not mild but not super strong.

M-Slick, medium bodied. Creamy, taste lasts. A bit resinous and oily pretty nice.

D-Like most Lagunitas brews alcohol is hidden well.

Have had this one before and I like it better this time. Better than I remembered. Not spectacular but no slouch by any means.

Photo of tchenery
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice light orange color with frothy, creamy head. It smells fantastic. Very grapefruit and bubblegummy.

Grapefruit taste all the way that mellows out into a malt taste for a while and finishes with a crisp bitterness. The beer as a whole is pretty heavy, almost chewy.

Great for the West Coast IPA fan. Intense hoppiness. Not the most drinkable as in having a few but worth a try.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up yesterday so my uncle and aunt from Canada could try it.

Appearance- amber color, thin head

Smell- citrus hops

Taste- very nice hops flavor, citrus

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was really good. Lagunitas always does really well. This is no exception.

Photo of hopheadjuice
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, no freshness date.

Pours a rich, dark copper color with a 2 finger off white head that holds its grounds and laces like a fiend.

Smells deep and dank. Earthy musty astringent hops enter my nose followed by a dark presence of grainy malts.

Well balanced but still steering towards the hoppy side. Bittersweet hops with a touch of toasty malts. Best aspect of this brew for sure.

Interesting mouthfeel being kind of thick and thin at the same time. Bitter finish being slightly dry and acidic.

Easy drinker and very tasty. Going out to get a six pack now!

Photo of silver0rlead
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a moderate beige head that retains pretty well. The aroma has big piney and resiny hops upfront, along with caramel, citrus fruit, toasted bread, esters, and some alcohol. The flavor is similar to the aroma with citrus and piney hops upfront, along with some biscuit, fruity esters, caramel and alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium, and drinkability is good for a strong IPA. Solid IPA from Lagunitas, and at a very reasonable price. Alot of the hoppy Lagunitas beers do little to distinguish themselves but they're always tasty and inexpensive.

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

This beer comes with a very signature Lagunitas flavor. However, the signature part of this beer's flavor is what I appreciate most about Lagunitas. It's just not quite as good as the Little Sumpin Extra.
This beer looks beautiful in a clear glass and smells full, hoppy, and strong. The taste is truly moreish. I deeply appreciate the full flavor, abv, and pure drinkability. The price is also good for the quality. In Virginia I can get it for about $10 for a 6pack.

Photo of cbutova
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Orange amber with a one finger fizzy white head that has decent retention. Leaves fine lace in good amounts from a nice looking ring.

S- Hops right off the bat, can smell it from several feet away. Mostly fruit notes like peach, apricot and citrus. Very slight pine as well as some caramel malt. Very good strength overall.

T- Noticeably different from the nose. Very hard to describe. There is a lot of fruit flavor from hops but it is hard to put my finger on exactly what type, more citrus filled than peach or apricot. A moderately high bitterness from the hops. Definitely some more pine here. I do notice a fairly high level of sweetness which is somewhat disappointing. The malt backbone is more noticeable as well, caramel and sweet.

MF- Light body that is pretty creamy. High carbonation stings the tongue ever so slightly. Bitterness attacks the palate which is coated with hop flavors. Slightly warming.

DB- The aroma got me thinking this could be one of my new favorites but the taste did not stand up to it, although it was still good. A high level of sweetness and bitterness mask what could be a great flavor and fatigue the palate. Certainly worth the money they are charging as Lagunitas always has great prices.

Photo of russwaddell
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A crisp, drinkable IPA. That is a good thing.

Big head bordering on creamy with loads of lacing, clear brassy color.

Great nose. Fruity, slightly spicy, maybe a bit meaty. Oh crap I just snorted it by accident.

Good balance, not that bitter or sweet, some sour notes, spiciness is really in the background.

Refreshing carbonation is tingly without being fizzy. Thick enough to give it some body but not overwhelming.

Goes down easy. Alcohol is noticeable up front but really lingers in the finish.

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Food N'Fermentation on 7/11/10.

A-Nice,rusty orange appearance.Fleeting,off-white head that leaves some lacing.

S-Apricot,Key lime and lightly toasted malt on the nose.Some floral,perfumey qualities.

T-Ripe summer fruit and pine with that malt toastiness and some grassy,herbal notes.Good hop bitterness in the end.

M-This beer was clean,crisp and pleasantly resinous.Slightly dry with isolated carbonation.

D-Excellent for a moderately high ABV beer.

Photo of jmerloni
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A -translucent orange appearance. Pretty big off white and sticky head.

S - Fresh west coast hops, citrus, grapefruit, malt.

T- Nice tasting West Coast IPA. Fresh, floral, citrus, IPA malt.

M - Medium bodied. Over carbonated perhaps. Not quite a dry finish.

D - A decent west coast IPA. Does not quite pass as an imperial west coast in my opinion. Probably wouldn't get it again.

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

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a thick, fine-bubbled, pale orange-tan head. Aroma is strongly hoppy and somewhat fruity. Strongly hoppy flavor is a little bitter and has tones of banana and apple as well as a whisper of sweetness that complements the bitterness rather than fighting it. Texture is smooth, edgy and tingly.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours golden amber in glass with one finger of head that doesn't stay for long.

S - The aroma of this one is very enticing. Smells of hops, pine, and hints of grapefruit.

T - Taste is of hops, caramel malts, grapefruit, and then finish is a little more bitter than one might expect.

M - Creamy and a little sticky. Would like a little more pop that lingered a little longer.

D - I would drink this beer again, if I can find it that is, got the last 6 pack at my local central market.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At The Blind Tiger in NYC. Poured copper-amber with expectedly no carbonation, but no head. Smelled very piney with grapefruit and some menthol. The taste revealed a big macintosh apple flavor, with menthol, grapefruit, biscuit, and a dry finish mixed with alcohol burn. The aftertaste was abundant in alcohol burn and dry bitter orange peel. Medium and smooth (no carbonation due to the cask). Nice-tasting ipa, but a little too much alcohol burn for my taste.

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

Notes from 6/12/10

Pours a caramel orange with a tint of red. There is no lacing, no head but the thinnest rim of bubbles.

Bready malt funk smell is large in the scent which reminds me of a barleywine. The malt seems to overshadow the pine and grapefruit hop aroma.

There is more balance to this than the smell indicates. The malt is up front and gives way to pine/grass hops with a hint of citrus.

Medium in the mouth with low carbonation, it has a crisp clean aftertaste.

This is drinkable for its ABV but a touch malt heavy. Perhaps this was an old bottle.

Photo of jwhancher
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light amber with good off white head retention. Smells of strong spicy & pineapple like hops. Malt aroma only slightly present in a caramel like sweetness. This one is dry hopped quite nicely, but I feel like the hop to malt balance is off. Wish there was a better malt profile. For a DIPA, I thought this one would be bigger & bolder; actually I'm surprised this isn't just a regular IPA. Good nonetheless. I'll come back to this one some more.

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

Served in a pint glass. About one finger of foamy, bubbly, and very resilient off-white head topping off a nice golden beer with a hint of red.

Nose is mostly citrus. Grapefruit and a bit of pine aromas mixed with caramel and brown sugar malts.

Taste is a bit sweeter than I expected. Biscuit and caramel malts are, surprisingly, the first tastes encountered. Nice, varied hop bouquet following up; decent choice of floral, herbal, and citrus flavors.

Somewhat syrupy medium-bodied mouthfeel. Overall this could be a great beer, but as is it is surprisingly unremarkable. Maybe my San Diego upbringing has spoiled me when it comes to DIPAs, but this one could definitely use more hops.

Photo of Long813
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated: NA
From: Premier Wine & Spirits, 341 ml

A: Dark copper body sporting two fingers of white fully head. Decent retention and leaves good lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malts, some citrus notes and pine notes. Quite pleasant.

T: Follows the aroma's, sweet malts up front with a good amount of piney hops and some citrus.

M: Medium-light bodied and medium carbonation. Frothy texure and leaves a malty bitter finish. No alcohol notes here.

D: Not bad, not bad. I was somewhat disappointed on the last few beers I've had, but this one is quite good. A nice balance between malts and hops. One of the more pleasant IPA's, wouldn't quite match up with other big DIPA's though.

Photo of tapman
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle

The appearance to me gives insight to the ingredients in the brew. For example, it is not quite as transparent as other IPAs, but only sightly. A little darker on the orange would mean to me more of the 10-30 Lovibond malts to balance the higher gravity and aggressive hopping. Other than that very small head with a decent lacing. Also some minor opaquness could be due to more hop resins. It makes you think, this brew.

Not as good as green flash, but pretty good. Typical bubblegum-pineapple smell that is popular these days. Also sweetness in the malt aroma smells similar to Oktoberfest beer malt profiles so I would hazard some Munich and maybe Vienna malts in high concentrations in this beer.

Very sweet with a subdued bitterness compared to others of the style. I feel like I definitely taste both munich and vienna malts, but who knows? Yeast is pretty clean, perhaps a little bit of mineral taste. No discernible alcohol astringency at 55 degrees F.

Not as thick as it looked when being poured. Pretty standard for this type of brew; the texture is just more dextrinous than its light counterparts. Could it use a splash more effervescence?

I still prefer their regular IPA. So tasty and sessionable, while Lag. IPA is great,this Imperial IPA is nice once in a while to break up the monotony. If you have the craving for this style you are safe with this brew, though I prefer something alittle more adventurous like Green Flash or Pliny.

Photo of appenzeller
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Although I've been on the West Coast for a while, I'm fairly new to Lagunitas. Boy, what a surprise.

This beer pours a light amber with copperish hue. Average head that leaves excellent lacing.
Aroma is prdominantly hoppy, fresh. Taste is the same. There are slight notes of caramel, bread for malts but the hops in this beer are epic, not overpowering but dominant and, more importantly, fresh, flowery, and bitter--candidly, this is the first I've had of this and I will be having many, many more.

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

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a medium gold-copper color with less than 1/2 inch of just off-white head that had low retention and light lacing.

A nice hop aroma greets the nose, mostly pine with a touch of citrus, and a bit of malt sweetness at the back. Yup, that's the flavor profile as well. There is a bit more malt solidness than the nose suggested and the hops aren't really that distinct.

The body is a bit fuller than average and drinkability is OK, but not special. Overall, a decent but unspectacular example of the style.

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

Copper color and thin white head. No lacing.

There is a strong caramel malt presence followed but citrus hops.

Hops are orange and grapefruit. It's well balanced with caramel malts. Moderately bitter finish.

Creamy and partly sticky mouthfeel. Fresh and clean.

A very enjoyable ipa with a respectable abv. This is definitely one of the top few beers in Lagunitas's lineup.

Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,651 ratings.