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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,118 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,118
Reviews: 1,389
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 80
Gots: 372 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001)
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Photo of rkhaze
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

Pours a hazy bright copper color. Big creamy off white head. Great retention and lace.
Sweet and hoppy aromas. Malt, a bit of fruit and all kinds of hop smells. Mainly flowery, grassy and citrus.
Flavor is about the same with the addition of sweet, rich caramel and an orange/tangerine nuance. Bitter and sweet with a big malt backbone countered with a well rounded hop attack. Slightly sharp and peppery and a smidge cloying. Well done nonetheless.
Medium bodied with a rich, creamy, yet slightly thin mouthfeel. Good amount of carbonation.
Alcohol is hidden well. Good drinkability. Have'nt had this one in a while...won't let that happen again.

rkhaze, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%

Murky amber, tons of floaties, nice 1cm head. Big aroma of herbal oranges. Light earth components and something lactic, not unlike meringous. Straightforward malt introduction, sweet, a bit maple-like, but then strikes the unforgiveable, harsh floral/grapefruity citric bitterness. Low to medium carbonation, medium bodied. Extreme stuff and I’m not huge on the style, but still one of lagunitas’ best by my standards.

Rastacouere, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%

22oz bottle purchased somewhere in VA, one of many things gathered at either Vienna Whole Foods, Norm's, or Westpark Wine & Beer.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head over the orangey amber brew. Head is long-lasting, with heavy foam lacing. Aroma is oddly enough, reminding me of lemonade. Have to give it props for just being interesting. Taste gives you a shot of some nice malt, but quicky gets to the point of the DIPA, piney hops, with a slight citrus character. Mouthfeel is and drinkability are both good for the style. I find this more drinkable than their regular IPA which I had awhile back. Nice DIPA.

ppoitras, Sep 05, 2004
Photo of elmocoso
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%

1 1/2 - 3/4 finger of cream colored head. Tight knit foamy goodness. Soon, nothing but a thin blanket, but clinging to the edge of the glass like a drowning pedestrian. Rust colored brew, golder in the thinner areas. The nose screams NW coast IPA - citrus and candied malt. Beautiful. A little roasty maltyness. Candied hops.
Interesting taste. sweet in the front. I have aged this beer 1 year and much bitterness has been subdued in the initial taste. Pleanty of hop taste, though. And a long lingering bitterness that begs for another drink. I easely submit. This is a very rich drink and the mouthfeel reflects it. Drinkabiblity is hi, but stifled a bit by the pure richness of the brew.

elmocoso, Sep 01, 2004
Photo of WetCoaster
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

Appearance: A really pretty clear, deep orange/copper with a thin, slightly off-white head. Fine, mild carbonation. Thick lacing.

Smell: Very nice. An excellent balance of sweet vanilla malts, flowery, citrusy hops, a slightly resinous woodiness and a bit of alcohol. There's a trace of butterscotch diacetyl. There's a lot going on, and it's all good.

Taste: Absolutely delicious. Surprisingly sweet and malty, with hints of vanilla, cherry and cake batter. The hops come through at the end, particularly as it warms, but not with the vengence you'd expect from a double IPA. The hops have a slightly metallic, orange rind bitterness, but really come through as more tongue-coating than boldly flavorful. The mouthfeel is smooth and soft, but a bit more on the light end of medium than I'd expect from a DIPA. A bit of alcohol heat and white pepper lingers.

Drinkability: Great; relatively light and quite tasty, with little to hint at its 7.5%

This is a somewhat unique, but really delicious DIPA. I think it's a bit malt heavy/hop light for an IPA, but it's a beer I enjoyed.

WetCoaster, Sep 01, 2004
Photo of kennyo
2.9/5  rDev -27%

light carbonation, amber/orange color, not much of a head. hoppy aroma, kind of pick some cinnamon? 'flavor, hpos of copurse, bitter but not overly, some malt sweetness. I was looking forward to trying the Lagunitas brand of beers but am pretty dissapointed in this.

kennyo, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of Charthepirate
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%

An interesting DIPA, but nothing spectacular.

Because of being at my parents house with a lack of glass ware, this beer is being reviewed from a green plastic mug. Colors, and clarity is hard to judge.

Smell is intensly grassy and piney. Thick, pungent, and nearly all hops.

the smellforewarned of this beers lack of balance. Especially while cold, this beer is all hops. As it warms a mild simple sweetness comes out to balance the extreme grassy and piney hops.

The intense mouth flavor, and heavy color bely this beers wonderful viscous mothfeel.

A bit too heavy and thick to drink a lot of. A good DIPA, but not amazing.

Charthepirate, Aug 26, 2004
Photo of steinlifter
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%

Pour: a nice amber, decent head, with decent retention,
smell was floral, and complex,
taste: Ahh! that's what's important! good balance of hops and malt,could taste a floral presence, but not as hoppy as the" bum" had described, I thought it was quite balanced and nice, a bit different, from anything I've had before.
mouthfeel: moderately carbonated, a bit of creaminess!
drinkability: as the "bum" told me, "It's not for "Jessies!" it packs a good punch, not that you taste it, but you FEEL it! but, YEAH! I would want to have it again, and it IS totally drinkable, I really enjoyed it!(by myself) lol, thanks again longbeach!

steinlifter, Aug 22, 2004
Photo of CSquared
4/5  rDev +0.8%

22 oz bomber

Appearance: Pours a clear medium copper with a maximus off-white head. Apparently unfiltered, as there was a fair amount of yeasties suspened and forming little colonies in the head. Huge amounts of lace remain.

Aroma: Not too big of an aroma, but pleasant citrusy hops prevail.

Taste/Mouthfeel: It's strongest attribute, sweet maltiness catches the front of the tongue, but quickly moves out of the way for the hops. A balanced malty/hoppy finish. A very clean piney and citrusy bittering. Medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Although I prefer a more aggressive and assertive bitterness to my IPAs, this is a great beer. Alcohol isn't perceivable, and bitterness is so clean, I could quaff quite a few of these.

CSquared, Aug 13, 2004
Photo of mudhoney
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%

Oh the piney, lemony hoppiness!!!!
This beer is a celebration of aroma and pungent citrusy flavors.
This beer has a definite trance that the thick cloudy orange color signals.
A slight caramel aroma and sweetness blends into the background and compliments the hops nicely.
The taste is hops , hops and sweet jesus more hops.
This hops medley is one of the best assembled I have tasted. With a thick and hearty mouthfeel, and a light citrus aftertaste, this beer qualifies as one of the top contenders in my book.

mudhoney, Aug 10, 2004
Photo of Imbiber
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%

Cloudy amber with a decent off-white head; little visible carbonation without swirling the beer. Decent, hoppy aroma. Taste is big with hops as would be expected, though not as tongue-stiffening as some double IPAs I've had. Hops, hops, hops all the way through to a pleasant finish which lingers on the palate.

Mmmm, hops...

Imbiber, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

Maximus was served from a 22 oz bottle. In a pint glass, the beer was a vibrant metallic golden-bronze-copper hue, and was topped by an ample, resiliant, and creamy off-white head. The nose was big, fresh, and juicy with a well-developed grapefruit-lime citric and resinaceous (pine) hop bouquet. A perfumy maltiness backed things up nicely. The taste presented a rich and peppery melon-citrus-brown sugur tinged malt profile that carried aloft a spicy-pine-citric zest hoppiness which increased in intensity into the wonderful and perfectly bittered finish. Some spicy brown sugar flavors was carried through into the lingering notes. Pricks of tartness here and there add extra interest and balance. The body was creamy and very smooth, feeling like a soft down pillow in the mouth...really quite nice for the flavors/character of the beer. Overall this is a great brew, and a fantastic deal at $3 a pop, or $2.50 on sale in my case. This would also make an excellent introduction to the double IPA world, considering its restraint in the bitterness department compared to many others of the style...a tasty stepping stone. Good stuff.

HiroProtagonist, Aug 07, 2004
Photo of RBorsato
2.88/5  rDev -27.5%

Hazy golden color with a large pillowy beige head. This one was overcarbonated and left clumps of lace ... tons of sediment on bottom of bottle. Flowery, piney, sprucey hop aroma dominates and you can tell by the aroma to prepare for bitterness. All hop (pine, spruce) flavor with little malt character to balance -- very bitter! Seems light bodied due to carbonation and has an intense bitter finish.

I've had before and noted then that this one is very bitter all around... not my type of brew but drink fresh if having again (which I prob will since my wife loves it)...

Per label: "Unlimited Release", 72.41 IBU, 1.080 O.G.

Purchased: 02/14/03 ('02' Emb on bottom)
Tasted: 07/27/04

($5.39 / 22 oz. bottle)

RBorsato, Jul 28, 2004
Photo of Beaver13
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

The Maximus pours a cloudy copper-orange with some big floaties in it (tons in the second half of the bomber pour). It has a big pillowy off-white head that has great retention and lacing.

Its aroma is piney, floral hops with some citrus notes and some light malt. Not as strong smelling as I would expect.

Its flavor is strong on the hops (spicy, piney and resiny) with a pretty strong bitter taste throughout. It has some sweet and citrusy malt initially. At first the hops dominated, then the sweetness became a little cloying, but as it warmed it balanced out fairly nicely. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than I expected, with a sticky lingering bitterness.

Overall, this is a nice solid DIPA.

Beaver13, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of canucklehead
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%

Orange gold and very inviting with a piney, resinous nose. Big mouthfeel with hops aplenty . The balance is just right making this an imperial IPA that is very drinkable. Compare this with I2PA from Rogue and you will find a certain refinement in the Lagunitas offering.

canucklehead, Jul 13, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

22oz bomber. This pours a hazy amber orange color with a good sized off-white head that dropped down to a coat of bubbles after a few sips. It left good lacing around the glass as it was consumed. Hops fill the nose of this one as citrus and floral hops pretty much take over the smell. Notes of malt sweetness can also be detected through the hoppiness. The taste is lead with a bit of a sharp bitterness that is balanced of by the malty sweetness soon after. Notes of citrus fruits can be detected and there are also slight traces of alcohol. Mouthfeel is very full and creamy and it is very drinkable. Not as bitter and hoppy as most DIPA’s but a good and balanced beer none the less. Definitely give this one a shot.

meathookjones, Jun 27, 2004
Photo of Lafe
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%

Poured a hazy orange color. The first thing to hit me was the hop nose, which is substantial. The first taste is dominated by hops, with a hearty malt backbone and a hint of pine and... caramel? The mouthfeel is formiddable, in a good way.

The balance on this is struck right up my favorite line. It runs a line between IPA and Imperial IPA. The hops are more than present without sacrificing the malt backbone, which is tasty in its own right.

What can I say? It's an excellent, excellent example of my favorite style of beer. I'll be buying more of this.

Lafe, Jun 27, 2004
Photo of faernt
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%

OK...this is a tasty one. I've been drinking it for a while (it's a bomber) and I'm moved to review. It pours with a little head which sticks to the sides of the glass. It smells of hops and when I brew my own I'm sure I'll know by the smell which hops I smell. Until them I'll enjoy whatever they are in my ignorant bliss.

This stuff tastes great. Thanks Jim Morris for the swap. I hit a point where I say "this is a beer drinking night" and after starting out with this one I'm on a course this evening. The mouthfeel is substantial. I like this about double IPAs. This beer tastes like other double IPAs I've had (like the Bastards) and Dreadnaught ( Dreadnaught is the ranking leader by a hop cone)

Drinkability...this is such a silly portion of our judging. I would drink his all night but I'd soon fall asleep. It's seriously drinkable but it's7.5%. You tell me how long you can do this one.

faernt, May 20, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

This poured to a mostly orange color with a decent head that faded but still lingered in its shrunken state. The lacing this thing is leaving is great.

The taste is potent but fairly balanced for the style. This is a well done beer from all angles. The bite comes through in a very pleasing fashion.

I'm enjoying this much more than the normal Lagunitas IPA.

watermelonman, May 13, 2004
Photo of aracauna
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%

Pretty tasty little beer. Surprisingly pale for a beer ringing in at almost 8%. It’s a light amber, very clear on the first pour, with an excellent eggshell head that’s the perfect consistency. It lingers nicely as well. The aroma is intensely hoppy, as is the flavor, but the beer isn’t overly bitter. In fact, if it’s overly anything, it’s overly sweet. The sweetness definitely turns it into a slow sipper.

aracauna, May 08, 2004
Photo of lackenhauser
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured a nice orange amber color with a great head-of which about 1/8" remained the whole way down.Nice full aroma of hops but not overpowering compared to some other double IPAs Ive had.Great big hop flavor up front.Malty flavor lingers in the backround.Nice smooth mouthfeel-not too harsh from the hopiness.A good double IPA-really came thru as it warmed in the glass.Not as "in your face" as some others out there-perhaps a good starting point?

lackenhauser, May 03, 2004
Photo of Crosling
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%

Rustic Orange. Great Head.

Biscuit malt, spicy sweetness, caramel, pine and grapefruit in the nose.

Pretty delicious. West Coast hoppiness. Juicy. Light fruitiness. Great hop flavor with sharp and pungent pine and citrus notes.

Full in the mouth.

I want another.

Crosling, Apr 29, 2004
Photo of RootedFool
4.83/5  rDev +21.7%

Bomber purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Eureka, California.

I was excited to see this, it's not usually available around here and I'm aching to try it out. So here goes.

Pours luminescent amber with a full, puffy white head that's leaving some thin, detailed patterns of lace on the glass and some pea sized bubbles on the surface of the brew.

The smell is up-front sweet, like warm caramel and fresh cotton candy, and the middle -- through to the finish -- shows off a citrusy hop kick not too far in the background.

Taste opens with a narrow jolt of bitterness that is rapidly worn smooth by sweet, delicious malts. The middle is green apple tart, grapefruit bitter -- the sweet and the bitter conjoin effortlessly. The finish lasts long, beginning with the hop bitterness unleashed and zipping around my palate; the sweet malts still hold it down at the base of the flavor, stable as can be. I can still taste the bitterness tingling around my mouth several minutes after my last sip, and the alcohol warms my throat and gut without butting in on the taste.

Mouthfeel is full, palate embracing, and plenty carbonated.

Awesomely balanced yet wicked enough to satisfy my big masochistic hop head.

RootedFool, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%

A cloudy yellow golden hue with a fluffy white head of foam, that lasts and lasts. The aromas are very floral, with citrusy hops, and light bready malts in there as well. The taste is quite hoppy up front but very malty in the middle and finish. For a DIPA this really isnt a very hoppy version, but that's why I like it. This brew pulls you in with its fresh, hoppy aroma, and than it backs it up with a lovely use of malts. The mouthfeel is somewhat thick for a DIPA, but it works, and the drinkability is awesome. Yet another solid brew from a somewhat overlooked brewery who do not dissapoint!

francisweizen, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of Reidrover
4.05/5  rDev +2%

Bought in the 22 oz brown bomber.
Poured into my pint glass, it appears to be a dark orangey brown, darker than the usual IPA..nice persistent creamy white head, attractive looking carbonation.
The aroma? well two words, spicy and hops!
Taste surprisingly is almost balanced..at forst there is an exspansive malty sweetness..then the hop monster takes over at the back of the tongue..very dry with hints of alcohol.
Very intresting and nice on the palate.
Quite a drinkable ale..IMO..not bad.

Reidrover, Apr 13, 2004
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,118 ratings.