Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,456
Hads: 5,022
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 106
Gots: 915 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001

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Photo of ZebraCakez
4/5  rDev +1.8%

A: Pours a nice, clear amber - orange with a good foamy head that hangs on for a long time.

S: Bold hops and fruit (lemons/citrus, apricot). It's malty, and the alcohol is already making it's presence known.

T: The high quality hops jump out immediately, and hold strong throughout. The fruity apricot note is breaking through at times. Again, the alcohol is super prevalent, and a nice peppery finish compliments it all.

F: This well rounded, heavy (for the style) beer holds a great level of carbonation and is satisfying throughout.

O: I really enjoy this beer every time. It's a great, drinkable version of what a big IPA should be. If you like a nice, hoppy IPA, the this is a must try. (697 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Golden orange with a whisp of white head.

Tangerine and pineapple in the nose.

Easy to sip. Plenty of hops with a touch of light caramel sweetness. More pineapple esters and some juicy fruit to chew on. Leaves a bit pine on the tip of my tongue and bite in the back. Light bready characters and no traces of alcohol.

Smooth and chewy mouthfeel without being overally cloying. Doesn't drink like 8.5% which is scary. (420 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this from the 12oz bottle chilled in an oversized wine glass.

The color is dark golden with 2 finger white head with average bead and thick lace sticks w/ visible carbonation, amber highlights give a rosy hue. The smell is strong with citrus and light apricot with a marmalade like sweet yet tropical aroma w/ light spice and mild malt odors. The scent of alcohol is apparent in the aroma with a mild vegetal smell. The feel is very good with dry spicy and mild bitter semi-full entry with elements of earth and light astringency from the hops with moderate alcohol and a semi-dry finish with slight residual sweet flavor.

The flavor has a nice malt balance with tangy yeast and hop dominance which brings tangerine and mild honeyed lemon with a slight spiced grapefruit taste. There is a slight grassy hop with astringent aspect and mild sweet malt following. The hop bitterness is not overly aggressive yet there is a slight acidity in the background which adds to the complexity with some grapefruit juiciness and herbal character that counters the malt sweetness as it finishes with a mild alcohol flavor which only detracts slightly . This is a very good Imperial IPA with nice amount of hop flavor although a bit sweet -in general worth trying and highly drinkable for the style-Solid. (1,305 characters)

Photo of buzzarooski
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

LOOK: Clear Orange Amber Color with 1/2 Inch Beige Head that Lingers Through Out, Excellent Lacing that Coats the Glass.

SMELL: Nice Mild Hoppy Aromas mixed with Stronger Malt and Bready Grain Scents, Burnt Carmel is also Noted.

TASTE: Strong Full-Bodied Hoppy Taste, the Higher ABV (8.2%) is Evident with each Sip and a Moderate Bitterness is noted, more so after the Swallow.

FEEL: Mild Carbonation, Moderate Pallet Dryness

OVERALL: Quality Full Bodied IPA that some could describe as "Slightly Harsh" because of the Obvious ABV%. Great Ale if you are planning on having just One or Two. (598 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear and golden with a finger & a half high, almost white head which drops relatively evenly to a thick film of foam. Mostly solid rings of lacing left behind after every sip.
Smell is solid DIPA: hops, grass, malt with the unusual and quite intriguing addition of sweet pineapple. It works extremely well. Balance is extremely good.
Taste is all that. Malt, hops, grass, pineapple (yeah!), alcohol. Great balance. The pineapple is more subtle on the tongue than in the nose but I like its presence. Not as subtle overall as most DIPA's I've had, though.
Body is a bit over medium while the effervescence is well restrained. A heavy coating of the upper palate occurs. Warming as expected and a touch of dry to the finish. (729 characters)

Photo of PAW111
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

I've read other positive reviews about this and I completely agree. I'm a big fan of Lagunitas and this has to be one of their best. Deliciously hoppy with a wave of citrus and heavy pine notes. The carbonation is perfect. What a wonderful example of a double IPA. I think I'll have another! (291 characters)

Photo of atomicbeer
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Bottle poured into straight pint glass. Pours a clear light gold with a small creamy white head. Orange and pine aromas billow out. Behind these are melon and a sharp lemon dishwasher powder essence. The orange and pine are dominant with a good malt backbone. Becomes more phenolic with warming. Hides the alcohol. Well made double IPA, best cold. Thanks for the recommendation John. (391 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%

Note to self: yes, you really do like this well-priced brew ($9.99/6-pk) more than most of the expensive 4-pk-only double IPA's out there, like Hoptimum, Heelcho Hops, and . (174 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: Clear copper body with a thick film of cream colored head. Thick sospy lacing.

Aroma: Cedar, pine, hops.

Taste: Cedar, pine, grapefruit with a fruity apricot finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium weight.

Overall: This reminds me of any number of other hoppy Lagunitas brews. It's good, but nothing sets it apart from anything else in their lineup. (377 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Solid DIPA from an otherwise solid contributor. The name is a bit overstated as there are DIPA/IIPAs out there with more hop punch to them, but his ranks nicely as a solid DIPA. Darker apricot color, with an aroma that promises more pine than citrus. Nice piney hop flavor up front with some smooth, but properly understated malt in the middle, with a nice spicy finish. Good stuff. (383 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; copper colored; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 2 finger pillowy white head with some big bubbles that receded slowly to a thin, uneven cap; very nice, thick lacing;

S: Pine with flora hops and caramel malt behind; a touch of grapefruit way in the background;

T: pine and floral hops up front; ripe, sweet orange from mid-palate through the finish; mild bitterness after the swallow;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: a great looking and great tasting beer; (489 characters)

Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a beer can glass on 06.03.14.

A: See through amber/orange body. 2 1/2 finger white head. Fantastic lacing.

S: Lots of grapefruit as usual with Lagunitas beers. It also has burnt caramel/brown sugar.

T: Grapefruit and burnt caramel dominate. Flower and hop resin are subtle.

O: This was good, but it was more malt forward than I like. Maybe the bottle was old and the hops died though.

Rating: B (432 characters)

Photo of xxxcjbcxxx
5/5  rDev +27.2%

One word: DELICIOUS.

High in alcohol content.

Color is deep orange, with a good head (not extremely thick and creamy, and not too thin and soda like).

Full of flavor, which ranges from bitter to honey sweet.

It's amazing how they managed to make something taste so bitter yet so sweet. It tastes extremely hoppy at first, like most IPAs, and then the after taste is of a very flowery honey.

This is a five star beer, hands down. (433 characters)

Photo of bman13
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

delicious!!!!!! VERY VERY VERY excellent example of a double IPA. very hoppy and straight forward. This (thankfully) isn't a malt bomb like Southern Tier Un Earthly or 2xIPA. you can actually taste the hops (unlike southern tier malt bombs) not to hate on southern tier however, it's just that their beers I mentioned are extremely sweet and malty. This one however is very hoppy and bitter. Just how I like :) . Extremely smooth. (Just had a whole 6 pack because I couldn't help myself and I rarely do this). It really is that easy and smooth to drink. Thanks Lagunatis, for making every beer I have drank from you just as delicious as the last one I've tasted. This one some what reminds me of Undercover Investigation Shutdown DIPA, but is a bit more bitter. (In a good way) (780 characters)

Photo of Retroman40
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is what a decent DIPA should taste like. A very dark amber with a hint of orange. The smell is dominated by the citrus and pine hops. The taste again is very "hop forward" with the malt taste coming in later with the very good finish. The mouth feel is very rich and the carbonation level is perfect. My only warning is that this beer gives absolutely no warning of the rather high alcohol percentage and after a couple could sneak up on someone unsuspecting. Overall this is a great DIPA worth every penny. (518 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- Dark orange color with abundant carbonation and a thick 1-plus f head. Lots of web lacing.

S- Bold hop aromas; pine, orange, flower and herb. Some mineral aroma holds it back.

T- More bold hops and big malts. Just a bit of sweets to go with the pine, citrus, and spice.

M- Full and hearty. The sweets on the back end balance the hops.

O- Pretty well balanced and drinkable. (413 characters)

Photo of Sinfull
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Orange-amber color, nice white head .Aroma of citrus hops. Great balanced taste with malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness in finish. Grapefruits bitterness in aftertaste. Decent ABV , but easy to drink. (202 characters)

Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Super spicy. Super Piney. I've come to love and expect a strong piney, hoppy presence in all their beers. This one hits hard. It's big time. A beer some breweries would put into a 4 pack and charge the same price, $9.99. Not Lags, they give ya 6 for 10 and they all pack a punch like you just dove on a hop grenade to save your comrades. Drink it. (347 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%

Big piney hop presence in the nose and taste, what you'd expect from a Lagunitas DIPA.

A tasty malt backbone matches up to the powerhouse hops of this one to make it a really delicious and surprisingly drinkable for an %8.2 DIPA. The hops have a bit of citrus fruity thing that matches up well.

Lagunitas does it again with their IPAs. (339 characters)

Photo of BreakfastStout
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

A delicious DIPA, that gets better with every sip. It's right in the mix of top tier DIPA's with Pliny the Elder and Hopslam, among other. What really sets this one apart is that it is so balanced, so smooth. Far too many DIPA's kick you in the teeth with hop overload. The color is excellent and the nose is a fantastic subtle piney/floral aroma. head and lacing are what exactly what one would expect of a quality brew, it paints my Founders tulip and stays there through the end. Nice! It's great out of the bottle in Michigan and even better out of the tap in No Cal.

I love this beer and despite the fact that I have to drive to Chicago (hate that city) am excited to make a trip to taste this again fresh from the tap. (725 characters)

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

12oz Brown bottle with pry-off cap poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden amber with 1 finger of head

Smell: Citrus hops with some pepper and fresh baked bread

Taste: Bitter up front with a mix of citrus hops with some spice notes and well balanced with a caramel malt

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated with a clean finish relative to the amount of hop flavor

Overall: This was one of the last of Lagunitas' offerings for me to try. There is a good amount of hop flavor and is well balanced by the malt. This might one of the best balanced DIPAs for the amount of hop flavor. (601 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Picked up a 22, poured into a mug. Third Lagunitas review. The color is incredibly inviting, a copperish-amber. Decent amount of head, maybe quarter inch on the poor. Aroma was big on hops, taste not so much. Flavor was more citrus and boozy than hops. Good stuff, but for how much I like Lagunitas, was hoping for better. (322 characters)

Photo of Beric
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Served: 14 Aug 2014

Appearance: Looks great- pours a nice deep amberish color and a decent one finger head that sticks around forever before eventually succumbing to the high ABV (which kills the head).

Smell: Huge floral and citrus hop notes, some malt sweetness.

Taste: This is where the beer falls apart- the hoppiness is not as prominent in the taste as it is in the nose, and the beer is dominated by a boozy cloying sweetness. The beer is so sweet it is offputting. The relatively high ABV is extremely evident in the taste, as some sips tasted like boozy alcohol. Really unimpressed and very disappointed.

Mouthfeel: Very thick on the tongue with light carbonation.

Overall: A hot boozy mess of a cloying sweet DIPA. One of the worst I've had. (782 characters)

Photo of CarlosRuizsChauffeur
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I pretty much like all of Lagunitas' beers because they are so well balanced and drinkable even for the ABV +8% brews.

A: A nice dark golden beer with a slight amber hue
S: Smells fairly hoppy, but overall nothing too overpowering
T: Great balance of malts and hops. While there are definitely a great deal of hops in this beer the bitter bite is not overwhelming, just like the other Lagunitas choices
M: Very crisp and refreshing. Perfect for the Summer or any humid day because it is very smooth
O: Another great beer by Lagunitas. As drinkable as a beachy Summer Ale, but with all of the hops you love in an IPA. Definitely worth getting (642 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant amber in color with excellent clarity. A quarter inch of white head is visible. Brussels lacing. A powerful aroma of citrus hops greets my nose. Mango and pineapple notes are distinct. The citrus hops are fairly bitter on the front of the palate. There's plenty of light malt to back it up,but in the fade the hops make their presence known. The mouth is a bit sticky and chalky. (389 characters)

Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,456 ratings.