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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,554 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,554
Reviews: 1,421
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 93
Gots: 487 | 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 Haybeerman
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep clear amber really almost orange. Head was thick and off-white holding like a dollop of whipped cream through the first two-thirds. Pronounced lce.

S: Very citrusy (orange and lemon). Aroma was very herbal getting ready for a drink - maybe that was the added aroma of roasted malt that brought that out.

T: Burnt toast maltiness and had a sweet grassy hop flavor. The citrus flavor was quite nice, too.

M: It was crisp and smooth. A medium-to-full-bodied beer.

D: Darn good IPA. Nice citrus aroma and flavor. ABV caught up to me a bit by the time I finished the bomber.

Photo of GbVDave
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to Heidi and Tom Morris for the hook-up!

A: Pours a slightly tarnished copper hue with a creamy, off-white, 2 finger plop of meringue-like head that retains for awhile and leaves behind some very sticky lacey rings.

S: Interesting mix of aromas. Biscuit-y/bready malt, pine needle, fresh-cut grass, vanilla, and pineapple. Nicely pungeant hoppy aroma with a chaser of juicy tropical fruit.

T: Initially my tongue was greeted by a wave of sweet caramel malt. Half a step behind that is a hoppy blast of pine and pineapple flavors. Rounding out the bill is some bready malt, vanilla, mango, and the aforementioned fresh-cut grass.

M: Sweet and creamy malt meet juicy, sticky, astringent hops. Oily hoppiness clings, for dear life, to everything in my mouth. Lips, tongue, teeth, everything!

D: Excellent drinkability! This, as far as I'm concerned, is very sessionable. Excellent balance between sweet, bitter, and dry. I really liked this IIPA.

Photo of jjboesen
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very interesting prelude; it begins with a thick head of 1 inch accompanied by heavy, frothy lacing surrounding a body of copper clarity.

The nose, however, did not overwhelm me, possessing a sweet floral aroma. Maximus does have a well balance of hops, but not a powerful presence. Still, I thought it was mild for the style; in fact, it impressed me as more of a session beer than a heavy hitting Imperial IPA.

Smooth, mellow but no bitterness.

While not exceptional, Lagunitas Maximus is a worthy entry from the Left Coast and one worth quaffing where available.

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

This is a darn good IPA, much better than I anticipated. It pours a nice tawny copper with a thick creamy head that retains and laces. The aroma is very nice piney hops, hop esters, grapefruity astringency, with some bread like grains in the backbone. The aroma is pungent and very enticing.

The taste is just a creamy delight. The beer is a bit bitter, probably from the Amarillo hops. There are plenty of oily and estery hops, a nice astringency, balanced by the creamy malts. There is a bit of a biting and sharp aftertaste, but overall the relatively high ABV is well hidden underneath. The hops are a bit leafy and sharp, but I believe that the creaminess of the beer blends so well with the hoppiness, that it just works well and makes for an enjoyable experience. L'Chaim.

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

This pours a clear gold with a 1 finger head of foam. Not exactly a big head of foam for a vigorous pour but it has some staying power and there's some nice lacing.

The smell is a nice balance of caramel malt and citrus and piney hops. Nice nose.

The taste is also balanced. Plenty of malt for the malt lovers, plenty of hoppiness from flavours of grapefruit and some pine for the hop lovers, and put them together and you have a finely balanced DIPA. There's also some fruitiness here. Very nice.

It borders on a full mouthfeel...silky smooth, and the alcohol is nicely hidden. It finishes on the sweet side but not overly so as there is a good kick of grapefruit right at the very end. Pretty easy drinking as well.

This is a very well made example of the style and I can recommend it with no qualms.

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

maximus...yum. i have been so busy sampling other styles of beer that i have been on hiatus from hops...this was a nice welcome home. mmm hops. poured a nice orangish yeller color. very nice fruity hop aroma. nice rich taste with excellent hop flava and finish. good carbonation and head. rich lace down my glass. very nice double ipa.

suckem up and movem out.


Photo of tpd975
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice golden hue with hints of red showing thru. It pours with a big rocky white head that dies down to a half finger. There is nice sheet lace noted.

S: It has a big pine aroma. There are some undertones of malt and grapefruit, but pine is front and center here.

T: Bold hop character which comes at you mostly pine. Some C hops are used as there is some grapefruit as well. There is a nice malt backbone to balance things out a bit and make this one extra enjoyable.

M: Medium in body, smooth with good carbonation.

D: Another great and reasonable priced Lagunitas brew.

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

22oz. bomber into goblet on 7/8/08.

A - Hazy burnt orange body with some grit and short, white head that diminished to a thin film but left a bit of attractive lacing. Mild amount of carbonation.

S - Hefty malt aroma for a DIPA with sweet caramel presiding. Hops are surprisingly secondary, with some perfumy notes and a spicy, peppery aspect. There's also a bit of syrupy sweetness added to the olfactory profile.

T - Definitely a malt-forward DIPA with lots of caramel sweetness and hints of toffee and toasted grains. Hops are primarily spicy with a bit of pepper, mild citrus and some hints of perfume.

M - Medium body with a light syrupy texture and a bit of oily residue. Moderate carbonation. Finish is mildly hoppy with quite a bit of residual sweetness. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

D - Pretty solid DIPA from Lagunitas. Quite surprised by the maltiness of this brew, but there was still a decent hop presence, though nothing compared to the Coronado Idiot IPA that preceded it.

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

A solid copper color with a big white head and lots of lacing. Smells of grapefruit hops and creamy toffee. The taste is smooth, herbal hops and mild malt. Good bitterness throughout. Steady medium carbonation and fairly drinkable. A very solid DIPA worth buying and trying.

Update - On cask (02-13-13) Enjoyed at the Grill Next Door this cask ale shows a pretty golden amber, clear with a generous white head and chunky lacing to spare. The aroma brings a nice blend of citrus and tropical fruit with a nutty malt aspect and a bit of alcohol. The flavor brings on much the same with a pleasant blend including mango, pineapple and banana with subtle grass and lemon hop edges. There's a little woodsy pine and tea bread ideas. All of this presented in a medium bodied brew with modest but decent carbonation for a cask ale and a slick, somewhat heavy feel.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper pale amber with a relatively small head given the style. It's a bit hazy but this is served very cold which can add to the cloudiness. Very sticky lacing up and down the glass.

Smells like grapefruit, lemon, brown sugar, pineapple and other sweet fruit. I also get a teensy bit of pine. Not a big piney beer. I wish I knew what hops are used in this. I know what it has little to none of, and that would be Simcoe variety which gives a huge pine character.

Taste is balanced well and not all that bitter. Sweetness comes through nicely. Not a the biggest IPA but better than many of the mass produced varieties. Taste is similar to the Avery Maharaja DIPA. Could use a bit more malt character. Not the most complex.

Mouthfeel is thin and surprisingly not too syrupy. Good carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I can't isolate a single bad quality in this beer. It's not metallic, or too astringent. Not too sweet. Just an all around good beer. Don't expect this one to really knock your socks off though.

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

Local beer store owner makes good on promise by starting a beer club in the land of coors lite and clam. This is the first offering the July 2008 run.

Certainly looks like a good one with a slight burnt orane hue, somewhat cloudy. Really imprressive head and lacing.

Very nice, balanced aroma. Citrus/pine matched well with sweet maltiness.

Excellent balance between the hoppiness and the malt. Found it to be a tad sweet and a bit overly sticky on the finish..certainly swings more towards it's anglo cousins than some american dipa's i've tried.

The sticky sweet finish would prevent me from wanting more than 2, but very nice and I'll be buying more.

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

Pours a straw-yellow/orange color with a white head. This stuff is fairly drinkable doesn't go down too slow... I think I'm getting pretty used to hoppy IPA's though... Has a slick buttery pale malt backbone (Diacetyl?) and a not too complex moderately bitter hop presence, I'd say leaning more to the citrus than the pine... lotta hop oil though.. I like the oily mouthfeel and flavor. No real detection of alcohol even with 8.4% abv. Medium mouthfeel, fairly carbonated... Could be a little more complex or floral but not a bad DIPA.

By the way these things have twist-off caps, nearly caused a serious mess when I tried too hard to pry the cap off with an opener

Photo of CrellMoset
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Slightly lighter in shade than the Censored which I reviewed just before this - it's more orangey. Is that a word? The head on this beer is also far better, as is the lacing. It's semi-opaque, and what bubbles you can see are slow and lazy. Still not as fierce as I'd expect from a DIPA.

Aroma: Very hoppy, with loads of citrus (grapefruit) and light sprucey pine. There's a good, solid roasted backbone, too. My tasting notes say "sweet and sour chicken???" I can't quite remember why I wrote that.

Taste: Loads of bitterness - really - and plenty of other hop notes. Orange peel predominates, so it's a tart, puckering bitterness, not my favorite. There are a few funky, buttery notes that detract a little from the hoppiness, but what is there is strong enough to cover up the few off-flavors.

Mouthfeel: A little too bubbly, just like the Censored. That seems to be a theme with this brewery - take it easy on the carbonation Lagunitas. Other than that, medium-bodied and oily.

Drinkability: Found this one a little hard to finish, just like the last, although unlike the last one, I couldn't tell you why. Could just be a combination of things. When I can't put my finger on why though, I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

Not a bad beer, but a little one-dimensional. Something needs to be done about the mouthfeel - DIPAs should be smoother and more even-bodied than this. And maybe pull back a little on the tart hop notes, and let the other ones shine through.

Photo of gunnerman
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a flute IPA glass, pours a reddish brown with a serious fluffy head that leaves some insane lace on the glass. Smell is pretty piney with also a bit of sweet nectar like smells. Taste was a bit of a dissapointment for me I was expecitng a cali hop bomb but it was pretty mild and tamed, not sure if it was a fresh bottle or not, overall malty more than hoppy. I was expecting a bit more of a hop character to this one, overall not bad.

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

Pours a slightly hazy bright orange/amber with a one inch cream colored head and a steady stream of bubbles rising up the glass. Good retention. Very little lacing after the first pour, but the second pour left a thick ring at the top and some sticky sheets down the glass.

Smell is sweet caramel, a hint of pine, lots of floral hops and some citrus: orange and grapefruit.

Taste starts off with a solid sweet malt background before some pine and citrus flavors kick in with a moderate bitterness. Finishes dry with some grapefruit flavors and a lingering bitterness.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel that starts creamy, but dries out in the finish. Very smooth.

Great balance, perfect carbonation, and the ABV isn't too high, making this a highly drinkable, enjoyable brew.

Photo of Mryup
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A classic golden copper. A half inch of off color head appears after a vigorous pour. It soon dissipates into a thin sheet. Lacing a phenomenal but not the best I've seen. But still superior.

S: Floral hops dominate. A typical IPA with a floral twist. Very nice. Also sweetness emerges. Hmmm... perhaps caramel malt...let us see.

T: Amazing. Absolutely amazing. Hops dominate... of course. Floral hops with something else mixed in. Carmel malt surprisingly balances this beer quite well. If there is any complaints it is that this beer is too sweet. A bit of maple. But still executed very well. It is the "McGriddles" of beer.

M: Very well done. Everything is spot on. Balance is good. CO2 is good. Nothing spectacular but solid all the way around.

D: For a IPA it is above average in the drinkability scale.

A standout amoung IPA's.

Photo of Dubbercody
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a bottle in the grocery store singles section. Always is a shame the big grocery have one of a beer left over...and it still need a home. Nice amber with orange hues. Good hop nose. Nice sweetness quickly tempered and beat down with a hop awesomeness. I'm so glad I picked this up.

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

A: Pours a beautiful copper orange with a nice frothy white head. The head has very good retention as the beer is consumed and leaves a small amount of lacing as it goes down. The carbonation bubbles constantly bubbling up from the bottom give it a nice in glass look.

S: Floral hops dominate the nose. If you pick up another scent it is citrus hop aroma. Long story short, hops hops and more hops in the smell of this one. It is exactly what I would expect of an Imp IPA. However, to get the top mark I would like something else mixed in with it.

T: The taste holds true to the aroma. It is mouthful of hop bitterness. The aftertaste leaves a tingle in your mouth from the carbonation and hop bitterness. It is a fantastic brew, but there are a lot in this style that are more complex.

M: Heavy in mouth carbonation gives it some in mouth punch. The body is medium in thickness. It is slightly oily from the hops. It leaves your mouth slick and oily as well after it is consumed.

D: The alcohol level and hoppiness of this one make it far from sessionable. The finish is not as clean as others in this style that keep it from being as easily consumed. Thats ok with me though, since I am more than happy to sip on this one.

Photo of Overlord
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright burnished orange ... some color coppering, minimal white head that vanished quickly even with an aggressive pour.

Smells florally, citrusy, and malty. The flavor is nice and robust, and surprisingly sweet. There are some grapefruit and pine bitterness, to be sure, but some nice caramel malt and a lingering hint of tropical complexity.

Surprisingly good. Mouthfeel could stand a bit more heft/carbonation, though.

Photo of gearkraft
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark and golden beer with copious amounts of head, not much lacing. A nice color when lit indirectly.

S: Wafts of hops and floral scents drift from the cup. That always gets me excited.

T: A smash of hops that completely floods your mouth that blends slowly to a malt crisp carbonation finish. There is a reason this beer is called Maximus.

On a side note, the taste of this beer changes when slightly warmer... the malts seem to be more apparent. Maybe just my imagination?

M: A heavier IPA thats not meant for a post sweat-session but more for the sitting down with the boys at the pub. Heavy on the senses.

A great and slightly heavy IPA experience. The more I drink Imperial IPA's the more in love I fall with them. This one comes highly recommended. I scored on the slightly conservative side, even though my taste told me otherwise, simply because I havent tried too many I-IPA's. I definitely recommend.

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

Poured a clear, brown-orange with a rocky head that fell to a thin cap.
Usual IPA aromas, but turned up a notch. Grapefruit/orange rind, pine and grass. Caramel malts with a hint of honey. Pretty strong hop aroma, but good malt balance.
In the taste, the citrus rind is a little more subdued, but it is still the dominant flavor, along with the pine/grass flavors. The caramel/honey malts make themselves known too.
Medium mouthfeel. Finishes mostly dry, the hops linger, but not for long.
Fairly drinkable at 7.5%, the bottle is meant for sharing.
Very good IPA. A hop bomb, but it is more balanced than I thought it would be.

Photo of zeff80
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a small, off-white, soapy head. Some descent lace.

S - It smelled very citrusy (orange and lemon). Also, some roasted malt aromas.

T - It tasted of burnt toast maltiness and had a sweet grassy hop flavor. The citrus flavor was quite nice, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good IPA. Nice citrus aroma and flavor.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark brown/amber color with orange gues. Creamy off white, one finger head. Tons of spider web lacing.

S- Citrus/grapefruit hops, malty backbone, sweet scents.

T- Much maltier than expected. Big caramel presence, bitter citrus piney hops.

M- Sticky and thick. Chewy and medium bodied.

D- Easy drinking DIPA. Maybe like a DIPA junior. Nonetheless, a nice beer from Lagunitas. Good representation of a DIPA.

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

A - Poured a nice deep orange approaching amber color. Formed a nice large, fairly rocky, head that quickly settled to one finger of off white. No haze, very clear, with a good amount of carbonation.

S - The first thing I noticed was a refreshing citrus aroma that was followed with a hint of pine. I thought the smell was quite excellent.

T - Good taste, the hops hit hard and early. Didn't detect as much citrus as I thought I would, although there was a pine like taste. Although I do enjoy a good hop pounding, I felt like this could have been better balanced with a larger malt backbone. Although good, I found myself wanting a little more caramel malt.

M - Good mouthfeel, nothing spectacular. Some nice alcohol warmth, but not at all over powering.

D - This is a one maybe two bottle beer for me. Not only is the 7.5% pretty hefty, but the hop bitterness can get a bit tiring (for me at least).

This is a pretty "doggone good" beer and follows the Imperial IPA style well. I will definitely have again and probably as a good starter or on it's own, but I don't think I will be having more then one at a time. I think this would be a good starter for a couple APA chasers.

Photo of corey0212
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber/orange color with an incredible foamy tan head, and an outrageous amount of lacing on the glass. Really impressive looking. Great balance in the nose...hoppy, piney, but not overpowering, and the malt comes through. Great taste, plenty of citrus flavors, and an almost sugary sweetness to the malt...not cloying, and it really keeps the hops from thrashing the taste buds. This is damn tasty. I've oddly ignored Lagunitas up until now, but I"ll be sure to check out as much of their beer as I can.

Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,554 ratings.