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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,165 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,165
Reviews: 1,394
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 83
Gots: 390 | 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 rkuhnel
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bottle. Red and gold color. Not quite amber, not quite orange. Unique color and nice to just look at. White head looked like a small cauliflower. Lots of faint aromas, but hops dominated. Despite the high alcoholic content it drank very well. The last drop was as good as the first drop. This one is a real winner. Since I first rated this I have had a chance to rate many more beers and ales, and so I decided to go back and have another 22 oz bottle. I simply have to raise my rating a little. What makes this so very good in my opinion is great balance.

rkuhnel, May 18, 2007
Photo of Contra
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Fairly clear, but also a nice amber color.

Smell - Excellent floral bouquet mixed with pine.

Taste - Well, it's pretty much everything you DIPA - again, piny with floral notes. Bitter, yes, and perhaps overwhelming for the timid. But that's what you get in this style.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, smooth, with the ideal amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - One 750 mL bottle is enough, but it is enjoyable.

Overall, this beer is a fantastic value. A 22 oz. bottle for $3.50 (at least at my distributor) will keep me coming back when I'm looking to not spend too much. Sure, there are plenty of better IPAs out there, but as far as value, this is a great choice.

Contra, May 05, 2007
Photo of jdoncbus
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

brew date unknown. poured into pint glass - rich amber appearance finger and a 1/2 head. Good amount of lacing.

smell is of citrus and mild malt.

nice firm hop bite with malt presence, alcohol produces a pleasing, mild warmth. pleasant after taste.

an outstanding brew and a good session beer for a hop-head but pay attention to the alcohol content..

jdoncbus, May 05, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big head, but it thins quickly. Color is an orange-y copper. Light and thin catacombs of lace develop.

Aroma offers big crisp hops...fresh, clean and vibrant. A bit of a sugary thing happening too. Smells candylike, sweet.

Flavor is pretty much what the aroma hints at: big hops, crisp and fruity, with a sugary sweetness backing it up. It sizzles in the mouth, and this, along with the vibrant flavors, could make this a pretty aggressive beer, but the thinner mouthfeel and that overriding sugary sweetness give it some balance. After awhile, a grassy bitterness coats the mouth.

Clearly one for the hop connoiseur...not the most extreme of the hoppy beers, but a relatively unique one and one that does something interesting with the mighty flowering vine.

Metalmonk, May 04, 2007
Photo of jj21
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in the Horse & Plow
Pours a blazing orange with a thick, creamy white head. Huge citrus hops on the nose with grapefruit and pine. Great bitterness with the usual West Coast IPA charactoristics. Finishes with a mild alcohol burn. For such a big beer, it's very light and crisp. So heavy on the hops, maybe a one or two maximum for Maximus.

jj21, May 04, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber to auburn brew with a large frothy head. Tons of lacing all down the sides of the glass.

S - HOPS!!! Simcoe notably. A bit of caramel malt is decernable.

T - Hoppy pine flavors with a bit of caramel malt backing. Aftertaste is a pleasant malty finish.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, refreshing.

D - Pretty great. Worth a try. A delicious hoppy beer and it smells amazing. I am going to have to have this again when I live closer to Lagunitas next year.

mrasskicktastic, May 02, 2007
Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper, off-white head, very little retention, some lacing.

S: HOPS! Very piney, with hints of grass, floral & citrus aromas as well.

T: Very hop forward: Pine, grass, citrus. Very bitter (a little rough, plenty of cohumulone from the hops). Slight underlying caramel flavour (but not much else from the malt). Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Moderate full body, creamy, slightly acidic.

D: Surprisingly good for it's strength & IBU's.

A must-try for hop heads.

Derek, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of BWMKappaSig
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice West Coast IPA, it's got a great copper color with a ton of lace after the head settles. The smell is fantastic, and the taste has a really pleasant bitterness. A good beer within a great style. One of my favorites to drink, I'm glad it's now sold in 6 packs here in Connecticut and not just Bombers.

BWMKappaSig, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of cktison
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in pint glass
A: Very slightly cloudy amber/orange, nice head, remains for awhile
S: Metal, pungent, hops and pine and grapefruit... this is going to be strong...
T: STRONG. Take enamel off of your teeth. Hops, hops, hops. Citrus and bitter and very overwhelming. You get some other malts and sugars after a few sips, but at first, all hops.
M: Bitter, carbonated. Ends smooth
D: Great taste, but difficult to do a whole 20 oz. This is sharp and bitter, but still amazing flavor.

cktison, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of Wildman
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Surly Girl:

This beer poured a cloudy dark amber color and formed an off white foamy white head that slowly subsided, leaving laticed lace on the glass. The aroma was of hops, citrus, pine and a touch of caramel. The flavor was of citrus, pine and caramel. It had a medium light body with a slight creamy aspect to the the bittersweet finish. A touch sweeter than I like my ipas, but a very good beer.

Wildman, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of udubdawg
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.
This stuff is, simply put, disappointing. I love their IPA, and expected more. I'll give it another try when I can, as I continue to hope for better things from this beer.
Hazed light amber color, with a thin off-whte head and little retention. I few spots of lace here and there.

Hmm, a bit light in the aroma. Was expecting more of a fresh hop blast. Hops are definitely the dominant part, but they seem muted. I don't think this bottle has been sitting long. Taste is undeniably good, but maybe I've just had too many world class double IPAs lately. Bitterness is right up front. A little too sweet overall, and what's with that medicinal feel? Quite a lot of pale malts, but while the aromas seem melded together, this somehow doesn't quite fit. Bitter returns at the finish with a little alcohol warming - nice.

Nice crisp carbonation and medium body. Decent beer, and of a style I love, so I'm sure I'll have it again. Went down very easily - this is one where though the flavor isn't addictive, I could still drink a lot of it. Probably deserves a slightly higher score, but I can't quite bring myself to give it straight 4's.

udubdawg, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of bosco7
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very attractive ale; copper in color with nice big head. Smells better than it tastes. I dectect some metalic flavors up front. Flavors include: lots of caramel malt, strawberry, and orange rind. I am kind of disappointed that there isn't more hop flavor in this brew (I was expecting maxed out flavor and aroma from something named MAXIMUS). Ends with moderate bitterness for the style. Has a slight carbonation bite.

Overall a nice Double IPA, not amazing though. I have had "single" IPAs that were packed with more hop flavor. Good for a grocery store buy.

bosco7, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of tavernjef
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light coppery gold color with a slight smear to its overall clear body. A small, compact, white head of fluffy foam sits a top briefly before settling to a heavy skim and lots of lacing.

Soft aroma at first of orange peel and pith, some peach and pineapple add some sweeter notions and there's some lurking pine notes to it too. Becomes more pungent as it sits.

Taste is of orangey citrus stuff that's been paled down and slapped around with some pine oils and peach fuzzyness. Starchy and low toned bitterness and some dry notes of wood and citrus pith control a leveled balance as it finishes with a slight toasted edge and a shorter pine draw.

Feel is semi oily and kinda beefy in a middle ground medium to full body. Has a nice balance of citrus flavors and toasty bittered hops of pine. Creamy overall with a subtle dry pull and a gradual grab of toasty bite in the hops.

A decent enough brew to drink a bunch of, but nothing to spectacular when it comes to the Dbl IPA's I tend to favor. Perhaps a little short lived and underwhelming for my tastes. But pretty solid. It won't be a problem drinking more.

tavernjef, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of ericj551
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Maximus pours a slightly hazy light copper with a thick sticky head that leaves a thick ring of lacings marking every sip on the glass. Aroma is light, sweet malt and heavy citrusy hops. Taste is very bitter, but nicely rounded with malty sweetness, more so than I expected at 7.5%. The hops are citrusy, orange and grapefruit with some herbal flavor. I love the simple label and quote on the side of the bottle!

ericj551, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very hazy bright orange with a big billowing white pillow like head and a slow fade leaving a nice lace down the sides. Smel was sweet, with a big citrus hop presence. Lots of orange, pineapple and tangerine flavors, balanced nicely with hints of carameled sugar and a touch of alcohol. The taste was very nice, warm, with lots of hoppy bite. Very smooth, and no real hint of alcohol whatsoever. This was very nice and a definate keeper, good solid IIPA and something I would definatly wanna have again!

mikesgroove, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of AltBock
3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. stubby bottle with a label that has to made out of recycled paper because of the roughness of the paper. It has usual Lagunitas offerings on the label. That means it has "Lagunitas" in red letters, the drunk depressed Lagunitas symbol of Petey the Dog next to that, hop plants in the 4 corners, the name of the beer in big black letters, the rest of the name in small green letters, it's O.G. (1.080), ABV% (7.5%), I.B.U. (72.41) and where the brewery is located. This one is a tad bit different by having a saying around the green square that contains all of the main label in it. It basically says that Xtreme is better than normal and then goes into a short gibberish rant. To the left of the label and to the right of the Government warning is the word "Limited Release" in big red military style letters. To the right of the label is just the refund price, net contents and their saying of "Life is Uncertain. Don't Sip." They list the net contents of hops, malt, hops, hops, yeast, hops water, and hops. Hopefully they can back up that statement on how much hops is in this. No date anywhere, except for that "Limited Release" saying, so I guess this means it's some kind of late winter early spring seasonal. Served in a Snifter.

This Lagunitas brew poured a dark rusted copper color with a glimmer of sunshine yellow at the bottom of the beer. It had a small quarter of an inch head of white foam that quickly dissipated away into a few white and foamy rings and a spatter of fizzy white bubbles that acted as its lace. The aroma was a bit on the light side featuring some citrus hops, a pine tree, a pinch of caramel malts, and some grapefruit that had some orange zest behind it. When it warms up a bit, a slight aroma of sweet juicy fruits emerges from the background. For something they say is brewed with hops, malt, hops, hops, yeast, hops water, and hops, it's actually quite tame in the bitter department. It was hoppy, but not that hoppy. Behind the tame citrus hops is some pine, grapefruit, and some toasted malt. It only had a small aftertaste of citrus hops and pine. This has to be one of lightest DIPA I've had so far. In the massive world of IPAs, this one needs to stick out a little more because it's easily forgettable in that world. In you want to get into the world of DIPAs or any kind of IPAs, then you should start off with this one, due to it being a very mild IPA or DIPA. For me, this one is enough. I doubt I'd buy this Lagunitas brew again.

AltBock, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of wolffman17
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maximus is crystal clear amber-orange. The head falls quickly, but there's plenty of sticky lace left behind.
The aroma is sweet and hoppy. Aromatic and fragrant with plenty of citric and floral hops.
Flavor is all hops. Wonderful grapefruit bitterness. It's a little harsh, though, and slightly metallic. The bitter aftertaste lingers for quite a while.
Easy drinking for a double or a big IPA....maybe it's more of a Double IPA, Jr. Forget styles...it's a fine ale worth your time and money to experience.

wolffman17, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of sopclod
3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lately I have been really jonesing for hops, and strong IPA's are either hard to find or expensive. So I find myself with a bottle of Lagunitas Maximus. Why can't bombers come in 4 or 6 packs??

If you looked up double IPA in the dictionary, you would find this. That's both good and bad. It's exactly what you'd expect; pretty hoppy, some malt sweetness, copper colored body. On the other hand, there is nothing to make this stand out from other, more distinctive double IPA's.

It's a good example of the style, but there's nothing that makes it stand out.

sopclod, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of YankChef
3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter glass.

SMell is piney with subtle aromas of grapefruit and rose water

Tastes literally exactly like the single ipa just a little bit more of the out of balance bitterness that is present in the single.

This is just as mediocre of an Double IPA as the single ipa is. There are much better DIPA's out there, try it out of curiosity but i believe the 3.95 overall is over rated

YankChef, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to say, after a couple other top notch DIPAs, this one just falls a bit short.

The pour was fine and dandy, amber orange and nice sticky laces of ivory. But the aroma and quaff were just a teat above average of citrus and pine, but balanced well with the malts. For the price, the drinkablity was good, but this is more IPA than DIPA, I believe you need to hover around 9% to reach the next step.

Still a solid brew

Vancer, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of Kendo
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A 22 oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Body is a pretty clear orangey-amber with a 1.5 finger foamy, off-white head. Nice rings and clumps of lacing on the way down.

S: First impression on popping the cap and pouring is fresh grapefruit. As it warms it becomes a bit sweeter -- a bit of honey, perhaps. The hops are still there but pine becomes evident along with the grapefruit.

T: Hops dominate, as expected. Florally, fruity hops up front with some (but not much) light caramel or brown sugar sweetness from the malt. Dry, slightly minerally, even metallic hops at the finish leave a dry, bitter, tart citrus peel-like aftertaste that curls the back and sides of the tongue. As it warms that bitter finish becomes a tad bit more muted (either that or my mouth has just gotten accustomed to it) and it tastes more of sappy pine resin at the finish.

M: Feels lighter than your usual DIPA -- not thin or watery, but just lighter in heft. At first I credit/blame a higher level of carbonation than I'm used to with this style, but as it warms that smooths out. I gave my wife a sip and her comment was "too smooth."

D: Very good. That tart minerally finish seems a bit grating at times and slows it down, but all in all this went down pretty nicely.

Notes: I'd say this is on the lighter side of DIPAs, but not by much. Enjoyable, but I prefer a tad bit more malt backbone with this style. Would probably be a good summer-drinking DIPA as it is lighter than others and with an almost lemonade-like bitter/tart finish to it.

Kendo, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of MiScusi
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Balwins in Pasadena, CA. Poured a nice clear orange with a pretty dense head that had some staying power. Smell was very strickly pine. Taste was lots of citrus with a strong pine finish, and a lingering bitter pine aftertaste. This wasn't a syrupy DIPA. Had a good mouthfeel, still around medium but on the lighter side. Drinkability is good except that alcohol gets to ya.

MiScusi, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of jameaterblues
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A- Clear amber color 1/3 inch white head....sticky bubbly lace and good head retention.
S-Big citrus and grassy aroma from the hops....mostly hops....light malts....overall this is what I was expecting...very good.
T-All hops....big citrusy juicy hops....quite refreshing....with a light floral grassy feel....long bitter finish....This beer is some where between a double IPA and a regular IPA...for some reason I tend to be on the fence about these beers that fall in the 7-8% range....overall for the alcohol I think this could quite possibly be a session beer....even with its strength.
M/D- Medium bodied and slightly on the thick side for the style.... I really think that it is easy to drink and does not come off too spicy...I look forward to the six pack release of this one and once again I am very pleased with what Lagunitas has to offer.

jameaterblues, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of 0tt0
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle poured into a Duvel glass...

Pours a faint peach/oraange hur with a boyant head. A few carbonation bubbes drift upward from the bottom of the glass. Light peeks through to form tiny highlights around the bulb of the vessel. Sticky and beautfiul laces forms after each sip.

Now for the nose... pine sap and sweet malt. There is a touch of grapefruit and some other sweet ripe fruit. You can tell there is more than a bit of alcohol floating around in this one.

Man, the piney perfume comes through in spades on the tongue. Sappy, brash bitterness up front, with a sweet creamy middle range. The finish is dry, even pinier, and as long as a yacht. Like sucking on a air freshener at times.

Mouthfeel is decidely medium for the style, IMO. Good carbonation, nice tongue-coating quality. A bit thin, but it works, I suppose. Overall, though, the beer is a bit too much pine and not enough fruit or floral. Don't get me wrong, the hop slam finish is great, but its a bit one note. The beer's got a lot going for it, but it needs some tweaking to bring the whole thing together.

0tt0, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of sloejams
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now that this is available in 6 packs, it has become a near permanent fixture in my refrigerator. Very few double IPAs are available in 6 pack and none are of this quality and relative accessibilty to me.

It has a dark, caramel-like color to it, in fact the aroma kinda follows that as well. There is sweetness in the malt character that is very appealing and balances well with the massive hop presence. The flavor is less balanced, but this is a DIPA – so it wasn’t much expected. Hops all over the place: piney, sweet and citrus flavors shine. The finish is clean, less bitter than I would expect. There’s something very clean about this beer.

For the price and availability here in Southern California- it’s hard to beat.

sloejams, Mar 28, 2007
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,165 ratings.