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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,639 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,639
Reviews: 1,438
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 88
Gots: 588 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001

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Photo of rgore
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a standard mug.

A - pours a very light orange/copper color that is very clear with about an inch and a half of head that remains throughout. Great lacing all the way down.

S - Boom, hops! A nice floral/pine with some citrus mixed in. A great smelling beer.

T - A strong hop bitterness. The bitterness tastes like a subtle grapefruit bitterness. If you like cirtus bitterness in a dipa you should really enjoy the taste of this one.

M - The beer has a fairly light body. The predominant mouth feel is the bitterness from the hops.

D - I finished the 22oz. and was satisfied. Like a lot of dipas (hop wallop from victory comes to mind) this beer has so much character and flavor that it isn't suitable to session. Plus at 7.5% you will start to lose your ability to really appreciate what is going on. I had some saltines while drinking it, which helped wipe out some of the lingering bitterness before the next sip.

Overall a very good beer from Langunitas.

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

Serving: A 22 oz twist top bottle poured hard into a large mug at 45-50 degrees F.

Appearance: Very decent 4 finger head. Awesome lacing stratified waves. A light amber / copper color very clear.

Smell: Sweet hops rule yeast follows. Grapefruit, pine, orange peel, some alcohol. Aromatic and comforting.

Taste: Label says 72.41 I.B.U.s and 7.5% ABV. A nice hoppy inital assaut followed by sweet malt. A slightly bitter orange peel like after taste that makes you pucker. If you like hop bitterness you should try this.

Mouthfeel: Blam Pow! Pucker up! Nice bitterness from the hops. Medium light body, & foamy.

Drinkability: Great if you are a hop head like me. Cheese and fresh bread makes this brew very enjoyable. I had it with an extra sharp vermont cheddar cheese and loved it. If your not crazy about bitter beer then make sure you serve with food.

Overall: This beer is full of a bitter strain of hops but with minimum amounts of other strains including mild & aromatic floral styles. This brew is nicely balanced with sweet malts. I enjoyed this nice creation from Lagunitas in the lovely Sonoma Co. CA. It currently only costs $3.99 in Va. and is more than worth the price.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dispensed from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear orange amber color with a beautiful, dense and rocky white head of about two fingers in size. Plenty of retention and lacing so deep I can barely see through the glass.

Aroma is actually a bit like smelling a raw mash; grainy and biscuity and bready. Of course, there are some hops in there as well but this one seems not sweet or caramelly, but just malty and bready.

Disappointed in the flavor in this one. Raw grain with a slight acrid fruitiness. Metallic.

Overall, not please with this one. Very low carbonation and a thin body makes this one a bit tough to get down and there is some sweetness that is cloying in the finish as well. Not Lagunitas's best effort, for sure.

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

This beer looks so nice, almost amber color, a ton of foamy head with waterfalls of lacing all the way down the glass. Smell is piney hops with a bit of chewy malt coming through as well. Taste is strong on the malt as well. I'd like a bit more hops on this one. Bitterness is pretty solid but it's lacking that nice citrusy hop presence that I love so much. That said it's still a solid beer, just not a standout in the genre. I'd gladly drink it again but It's not gonna be at the top of my list.

Photo of JonathanL7890
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pulled this out of my DBF, of unknown age-- I would say six months or so.
A significant dense, rocky head.
Light amber color. Very clear.
Smell: sweet, very malty, piney hops not too prevalent.
Taste: medium bitterness. Fairly sweet almost cloying. spicy, a little alcohol burn.
M&D: Nice rich mouthfeel. One and done.
This is a pretty good DIPA. I remember it being better. Perhaps the age weakened the hoppiness. I'll edit the review next time I have a fresh one.

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

Nice amber color, strong orange around the rims, small beads and thin foam along the surface which swiftly evaporates. Sweet nose of orange peel, lemon peel, pinch of baking spices, malty but not roasted, tightens up well as the scents dissolve. Medium-bodied, heaviest during the attack, here adds in some bitter hoppiness to counterbalance the malt, chocolate sweetness alongside the orange/tangerine citrus, ginger, brioche breadiness. Never gets too dry, clings to your cheeks even as the weight relieves. Acts as if consciously wants to avoid being too complex. A very good beer.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured straight-up and slowly into a Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Bright, clear amber body with tons of active carbonation visible within. Head is roughly 1/4 inch in height, sticky, soapy, and off-white in color. High carbonation feeds the head for a while - nice retention. Nice lacing as well.

Smell: This reminds me a lot of Lagunitas Imperial Red. Big-time candied-apple aroma, along with sweet, moist pine, and other candied components. Oily hops reside (somewhat hidden) in the back. Not a bad smell at all, but I'd like something a little more hoppy and herbal than this. Too many sugary notes.

Taste: Again, a good deal of sweetness presents itself upfront: candied-apples, tart citrus, and rain-soaked pine, among others. Caramel malt is next, followed by bitter, herbal hops. Finishes dry and bitter with a touch of alcohol as well.

Mouthfeel: Very sticky and full. Medium carbonation. Pretty syrupy. Finish is dry and bit numbing.

Drinkability: Eh. Wish I woulda opened one of the better brews in my fridge. Nothing special stands out about this IIPA. I've had quite a bit of Lagunitas lately, and I'm getting a little tired of all the sugar. As said above, this reminds me of a more bitter (not necessarily hoppier) Imperial Red. Kind of a boring drink. Not bad, just... bleh.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 5/12/2006 (22oz bottle):

Pours a golden amber brownish colored body, with big bubbles. A big white head, somewhat lasting. Has a strong hop aroma - some citrus, bitter, and sweetness. Semi-bitter, semi-sweet taste, small sour hops aftertaste, pretty smooth.

Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber orange. Great fluffy head leaving behind massive lacing. Smells of grapefruit, beautiful floral notes, some apple, a little rasberry and pinapple and mango . Tastes of sweet grapefruit with a very pronounced hop aroma. Finishes a little bitter with the alcohol very nicely hidden. A very sweet beer which when combined with the strong hops aroma, makes it taste even sweeter. Despite that, very hop centered beer and follows the west coast tradition of IPAs by being quite dry on the finish.

A nice DIPA from Cali. Not my favorite, i think the hops combo they use just doesn't work for me. Regardless, a well crafted brew.

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

pours a clear burnt orange with a large yellowish head, very good lacing.

smell of grapefruit, hops, touch of caramel.

taste is creamy, hoppy, caramel, touch of citrus, a bit sweet, some roasted nuts in the back, end is a little bitter with a thick mouth-feel.

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

22oz bomber, poured into a pint glass.

A - Copper color. Very clear. Not a whole lot of bubbles. 3/4" head settles to a thin bone white film on the top, leaving nice lacing around the rim.

S - Has a rich orange-citrus to it. A bit of a bread smell. It is very nice and enticing. Smells thick.

T - A bit of sweetness up front, followed by a fresh citrus hope taste and ending with a moderate, but pleasant bitterness. Very well balanced. It is tart, tangy more than bitter. Nice combination of hops.

MF - Smooth with good substance and body. A bit of alcohol burn on the first taste (more than expected on a 7.5% ABV) Finish is clean and dry, not over the top dryness. Again, nice balance

D - Very nice experience, moderate ABV (for IIPA), and reasonably priced these days (hops shortage of late 2008).

This is a good, reliable IIPA to go to. It's not an extreme example, but never the less a very good example of IIPA.

Photo of Spikester
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear amber with a huge off white head. Good amount of sticky lacings. Aroma is caramel and floral hops.
Taste is sweet rich malts with some earthy bitterness. Many sips later all I can taste is an overpowering sweetness. Judging by the date on the bottle this brew is about 100 days old. Maybe too long and poorly stored to be good. This is the first Lagunitas product that has been a disappointment. If I ever visit the brewery or find this on tap somewhere I will have a taste to see if I had an non typical pour. This was a 22 ounce bottle I it was difficult to finish the second half. Hard to believe this could be 72 IBUs, tasted more like 35.

12-13-2013 Edit: Fresher version about 3 months old is much better can't wait to find a really fresh version. Adjusted numbers to reflect newer experience. Hops are more prominent and color is better.

Photo of PDXHops
3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pour from the bomber into my Duvel tulip unveils a clear orange beer with a finger of off-white head. The head doesn't stick around too long, and the lacing is just OK.

The aromas are fairly subdued for a DIPA. Pleasant hoppiness is accompanied by a bit of caramel.

The hops are much more lively in the mouth There are some nice bready malt and caramel flavors in the background and a bit of a saltine crackerish element in the finish. Carbonation and body are both on the low side of medium.

Although this isn't a great DIPA in my opinion, it's very tasty, finishes pretty clean, and goes down smooth. This wouldn't be a bad beer to use as an intro to the style for a non-hophead.

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

Very light copper, slightly hazy body with a finger and a half of rocky head that doesn't fade. Leaves a ton of lacing. Perfect.

Aroma is very well balanced with mellow peppery hops and a sweet cereal (think Corn Pops) malt aroma. Really nice.

Very peppery hop flavor upfront, it overtakes the malt a bit, but that's how a lot of double IPAs are. There's a very slight cardboard flavor as well, so there may be some oxidation happening somewhere along the lines. It's not super noticeable, but it might be best to drink this one as fresh as possible.

Medium-high carbonation and a slightly stick residual. The alcohol warms the belly almost instantly, reminding you it's there.

A very very good IPA and a nice hop showcasing. I can't put my finger on the variety, but I know it's a hop profile that doesn't get a whole lot of play in our citrus/grassy hop happy culture.

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

Pours out orangey with a nice citrus smell that hits your sinuses like a freight train. The hops hit you from the first sip and don't stop til the very last drop. A nice malt profile on this one as well though, the balance is very solid. Another winner from Lagunitas.

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

A - Clear coppery red color. Offwhite head fades to rocky film. A few small bits of lacing.

S - Light citrusy hoppy smell, some brown sugary malts. Aroma is overall pretty faint.

T - Starts out with a nice hit of sweet bitterness, immediately balanced with brown sugary malt. Malt flavor increases in sweetness, too sweet for my liking. Finish leaves a good blend of the aforementioned tastes: sweet hoppy bitterness with a dominating presence of brown sugary malts.

M - Medium carbonation, right where it seems it should be. Consistency is on the thicker side, seems almost syrupy at times.

D - Probably slightly lower ABV than your average DIPA, so drinkability is elevated for the DIPA style. Overall an okay brew, I'd like to try it on-tap.

Photo of onecrazybreeze
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a dark orange brown. Smelled pretty piney, with floral and malty tints. Tasted mainly hoppy, piney, with definite malt notes, slightly boozy, definitely can taste the high alcohol content. All in all though a really solid double IPA, a personal favorite go to beer when money is tight. A favorite for the price for sure.

Photo of Voonder
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper color with little off-white head. Smell - pine, citrus and lots of hops. Alcohol is not really noticable. Taste is pretty much the same, hoppy with bitter citrusy finish. Very well balnced, medium bodied. Alcohol is very well hidden. Very drinkable. Nice brew.

Photo of illidurit
2.88/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Deep golden orange color, with quite a bit of yeast floating around. Big tan head, very sticky. Aroma is sweet and caramel malty, with juicy citrus that tends towards sweet rather than sharp/bitter. As a fan of dry and bitter IPAs, this isn't looking good so far. Flavor confirms my suspicions, as this beer is kind of a gooey mess of crystal malt and candied fruit. Totally disregards the tenets of attenuation and drinkability.

Photo of beersheppard
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear mahogany with white fleeting white head.

Smell: floral hops and sweet malts.

Taste: hops with a great malt backbone. Citrus, caramel,and honey.

Mouthfeel: substantial, good carbonation, nice tingle on the tongue.

Drinkability: a very pleasant beer, very drinkable, great flavor.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 7/6/08. Bottle. Pours orange with a thick white head and leaves nice, thick lacing. Aroma of rich bready/cookie malt and flowery hops. Flavor of lots of hop spices, bitter hops. The flavor is very muddied and it was hard to pick out anything specific. This beer has a spicy bite to it. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy. An ok IIPA but not very well balanced and too heavy for my liking.
7/4/6/3/14 (3.4/5)

Photo of bassmantin
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a bright orange with moderate thick foamy head. The color is a little too transparent, but this head is nice and thick.

Hops dominate the nose, but I detect a bit of delicate sweetness, that could make this one a gem. Let's see.

Tastes much different than I thought. The hops are fierce, and the malts a definitely present, but not as delicate nor satisfying as I had hoped. Hops a relatively strong in the aftertaste and leave you tasting bitterness for quite some time.

Overall: not hoppy enough to be novel for its IBU's and not interesting enough on the malt side to be noteworthy for its balance. If it were on tap at most bars, I would love it. Given my other choices at home, though, it's just a'ight.

Photo of bobsy
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-review: Poured copper with a small white head, that stuck along for a good while and laced well. Good grapefruit aroma along with pine and flowers, all courtesy of our friend, the hop. Grapefruit and pine is very prominent in the flavour without making it too bitter, and its perfectly balanced by some wonderful caramel malts. There is also a touch of warmth from the alcohol. Medium to full body coats the tongue with hop oil. Decent carbonation.

The drinkability is quite high, and this is a damn decent brew. Not as bitter as I would have expected, but the caramel character of this beer really shines for me and I would get it again. Thanks to Shawn for leaving this in the fridge, and allowing me to re-try this beer!

Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes 11/1/08: Lagunitas Brewing Co. Maximus 7.5% Abv.

Appearance=Dense, minimal head and carbonation, good looking beer though...

Smell= minimal hops, could be more

Taste= good example of the style, but nothing stands out.

Mouthfeel= see taste comments

Drinkability= It is a good example of the style but nothing special. Could have more of everything.

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

Poured into my new imperial pint glass, a coppery transparent color, with a bit of an oily head... to be expected with this much hop aroma and flavor. Smells and taste like a west coast IIPA, big malty backbone with a strong hop bitterness and flavor all the way to the end. Centennial hops stand out easy enough, probably cascade, maybe some armaillo, This is a beer Id like to try and recreate in him home brewery. Its thick and well carbonated keeps the taste fresh, I think I could drink this all night.

Thanks to my GF for picking this up as a happy exams over present.

Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,639 ratings.