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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company


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very good

3,490 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3490
Reviews: 1348
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.61%

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001)
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Photo of soju6


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark copper color with a nice head that fads to good lacing.

S: Aroma of grapefruit and pine, some malt sweetness and just a bit of grain.

T: Taste of some pine caramel sweetness and a bit of fruit. Nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, crisp, and smooth with a rich feel.

O: Very enjoyable beer that doesn’t gag you with too much hops. Well worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 20:58:30 | More by soju6
Photo of stephenjmoore


3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Crystal clear pale amber body with lots of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Foamy slightly off white head that lingers around.

S- Piney hops with a hint of fruit sweetness. Lots of sweet bready malt in the nose.

T- Similar to the aroma. Hints of pine with some sweet fruit and lots of sweet malts.

M- Medium-full bodied, medium carbonation, pretty easy drinking.

O- It's no hop stoopid and is more balanced than most other lagunitas offerings. Not bad, but wouldn't seek out.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 19:08:36 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of scotorum


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: A clear medium amber grew an inch tall head which receded slowly to a heavy white surface foam.. Moderate lacing towards the end. Excellent!

s: Tangerine notes.

t: Piney hops with citrus undertones. Hop presence is strong but not unpleasantly bitter.

m: Light to medium heft with lots of carbonation. Refreshing.

o: Tasty and easy drinking medium IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 06:00:16 | More by scotorum
Photo of Sark


4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- exploding with carbonation, big 2 finger head forming a plateau even after the lightest of pours, looks as creamy as a scoop of ice cream, orange-amber hue

Smell- hops of centennial, citrus notes of lemon peel and tangerine, light hint of caramel and florals too

Taste- You expect hops but get a good malt dose, sweet and grain forward with some hop attack and lingering maltiness on the finish

Mouthfeel- medium/full bodied, smooth and milky yet enough kick to keep you reminded it's an IPA

Overall- An IIPA that hasn't succumbed to the fad of over-hopping

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 02:21:33 | More by Sark
Photo of Bear1964


3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Pint glass, nice golden orange color with a 2 finger head that reduced to a half finger but left wonderful lace with every sip. Aroma is straight up IIPA with hops leading the way, citrus and sugar show up as well. Taste starts sweet and goes from bitter to tang as it moves over the tongue, good citrus going on and you keep wanting another sip. A nice crisp mouthfeel with a slightly oily finish that holds the bitter tang on the back of the throat. Overall a good IIPA from Lagunitas that is easy to drink and full of flavor, easy to find as well...at least in Lincoln, Neb.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 18:43:37 | More by Bear1964
Photo of Direx


3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light, pumpkin color. Great, thick, persistent head.

S: Really different smell compared to most IPAs; Orange, Pineapple and Banana? Hoppy, but that's not it's strongest point--it's the high quality, subtle fruit smells.

T: Well it sure doesn't taste like Pineapple, Orange or Banana. Woody, light IPA. First taste: This is minor leagues. There just isn't the same hoppy intensity in this brew that is really needed to compete in this segment. Second taste: It's starting to liven up a bit, a little more hoppy, but it is still light for an IPA. I wouldn't call it watered down, just not very intense.

M: Sourness to flavor ratio is a little unbalanced. Still a full mouth-feel, not watered down.

O: Good effort at an IPA, but it's just too light. A light IPA is perfectly fine, but it still needs to taste complicated and interesting if it's going to take this route--and this one has not. It tastes refined, but it just isn't very interesting. Plain (but a still pleasant) basic IPA.

EDIT: This was my full review during a blind taste test.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 06:45:26 | More by Direx
Photo of microbrewlover


3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew pours a semi-opaque copper color with a three finger head which lasts for some time and thick lacing which remains on the glass until the end.

The smell is strong with citrus and floral hops; mostly grapefruit and orange but also lemon and pine. The smell of caramel malts is also present.

The hops dominate the taste in the front and back, mostly grapefruit and orange taste. Caramel and roasted malts come in a little in the middle and then the taste finishes with oily hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is relatively thick, slightly oily, there is also a tang which is probably due to the carbonation. I would not say the feel is "chewy" but it is close.

Overall this is what the label says it is; a hoppy beer which comes close to tearing your tongue off but not quite. Hopheads should give this one a try. This is another winner from Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 22:00:19 | More by microbrewlover
Photo of righthereisay


4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light amber/clear color,1/2 inch head at most, nice lacing.

Smell -Grassy / citrus fresh hops. Sweeter than expected.

Tastes - Nice and malty, not bitter, but with a sweet grapefruit hop flavor. I cannot taste any alcohol.

Mouthfeel - A little thicker than I prefer, but not too shabby. Somewhat full bodied.

Overall - Lagunitas does it again. I'm starting to like this brewery, and will start purchasing more and more from them. Love their Brown Shugga and Undercover Shutdown. I am not a bitter IPA fan. I guess Lagunitas is doing it right in my opinion. Don't just make it bitter, make it taste good.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 18:10:27 | More by righthereisay
Photo of Kuaff


4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I poured this bomber into a snifter at cellar temperature.

It's a transparent golden amber with a dense, two-and-a-half-finger, off-white head.

This beer smells like tropical fruit! I think I pick up mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. A little bit of honey and hops, too. Very nice.

I must say, this is one of the sweeter DIPAs I've had. A prominent, robust, honey-like maltiness compliments delicious, lip-smacking, juicy hops. And this bitterness is toned down compared to most other DIPAs. It's kind of like the taste of hops WITHOUT intense bitterness. I do not descriminate beers for their IBUs, so I'm good with this. I might add that there's a pleasant, tart yeastiness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is thick and substantial with somewhat calm carbonation. Feels just right.

Like every other Lagunitas beer I've tried, Maximus didn't disappoint me. It's definitely a delicious and distinctive DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 10:29:52 | More by Kuaff
Photo of FreshHawk


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light bronze color with a large, foamy, sticky, light, white head. Great retention leaving behind a thick layer of lacing.

S - Sweet candied orange and notes of grapefruit. Fair amount of caramel and toffee malt. Hints of pine resin. Balanced aroma,

T - Again fairly strong on the citrus although it isn't quite as sweet as the nose suggested. Hints of pine with a slight bitter finish. A bit more malty than the nose suggested with sticky caramel flavors being more than an afterthought.

M - Medium to light body with above average carbonation. Somewhat spritzy and somewhat sticky.

D - Balanced beer that drinks like a 1.5 IPA (not quite double). I had no problem finishing my glass and enjoyed sipping it, but it didn't wow me. Alcohol well hidden.

Notes: Solid beer. Was somewhere in between a regular IPA and a DIPA. I couldn't really find any flaws, but it didn't really stand out. Balanced and solid, especially for the price, but don't expect anything amazing or in your face as far as DIPAs go.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 00:23:24 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of Roman5150


3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

bottle into tulip

appearance: orange/red with amber hues, 1 finger white head

smell: sugary citrusy pine, some grapefruit

taste: Sweet, sugary, floral, sweet caramel malt backbone, sweet malty finish with some bitterness but not dominant on the palate. It almost has a cherry like medicinal sweet aftertaste

mouthfeel: medium carbonation, thin yet syrupy feel

overall: too sweet, could use more alcohol and more dominant hop notes, instead this beer is very sweet, sugary, and malt heavy for a DIPA. May be a stylistic choice, as I prefer grapefruit and citrus dominant IPAs where the malt takes the backseat in the flavor profile, the finish is just too sweet for me. Most Lagunitas beer's I think are on the sweet side, but I usually like most of them, this one was just average at best. I would much prefer Hop Stoopid, Lucky 13, Undercover, or Lil Sumpin Sumpin.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 00:03:51 | More by Roman5150
Photo of C3likesbeer


4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours perfectly in a glass and has a nice reddish golden color with very mild opacity. The head is medium and dissipates quickly due to ABV. Very nice lace. Nice manly looking beer in a glass.

Smell - Hops out front some herbal and spice but definitely hoppy.

Taste - Aggressive bubbly IPA with some spicy hops and astringent citrus grapefruit flavor. Bitterness throughout but not overpowering.

Overall - Very nice IPA. I would definitely drink again but it seems to be missing something that would make this a super duper IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 02:01:20 | More by C3likesbeer
Photo of FLima


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber copper color with a thick head with medium retention and lots of lacing.
Delicious hoppy and herbal aroma with medium strength, predominating grapefruit with resin and piney notes and hints of slightly toasted malts.
Very assertive taste of grapefruits, honey and spices. Notes of caramel and piney resin. It has a sweet honey sticky hint. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium to full body with good carbonation. 8.2% ABV is really well hidden.
Interesting that at first it did not feel that bitter but then increased overtime, normally I get the opposite. Malt sweetness and high ABV are what is driving this to be a DIPA. Some IPAs are more bitter and heavier on the nose than this one.
I tend to prefer DIPA that are bitter and less sweet, on the other hand this one finds easier its balance.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 01:51:47 | More by FLima
Photo of mvanaskie13


4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is copper, transparent, head is off white, pretty dense and frothy, about 1/2" thick at pour then laces very well.

Smell is a great blend of hop bitterness, floral, pineyness and then some solid malt toast and sweetness - not oversweet but a nice backing to the strong hop presence.

Taste is similar to the scent, strong hop bitterness, good notes of malt and floral flavors, maltiness is present but not too sweet.

Mouthfeel has a nice lighter malt sweetness, that helps counterbalance the hop bitterness.

Overall, a very tasty, drinkable DIPA - love the stronger hop and malt flavors with a light sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 02:45:48 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of Tonmeister


3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Served in a 16oz Goose Island Glass

Appearance: Amber, with a solid white head

Smell: Piney, hoppy, sweet,

Taste: Sweet, Caramel, Sugary. The hops are not cutting through on this one. It reminds of the Undercover Investigation Ale.

Mouthfeel: slight to moderate carbonation and thin bodied.

Overall: I wouldn't consider this a DIPA. I would characterize this as a flavorful Amber ale. The hops are not cutting through on this. It is very sweet and malty. The sweetness overpowers the hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 04:44:18 | More by Tonmeister
Photo of Murrhey


4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a tulip glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Purchased for $5.99 at Brix in Kalispell. Reviewed live.

A- Three-finger foamy white head with long retention. Sticky see-through lacing. Orange colored body with high clarity. Fine looking ale.

S- Heavy alpha hops, floral hops and a touch of alcohol. Lemon, brown sugar. Appealing smell for sure.

T- Very sweet with a metallic bitter twinge in the finish. Floral and citrusy hops, a caramel malt backbone. Some alcoholic content makes itself known without being overpowering. Very tasty DIPA, the only downside as I see it is the bitter kick from the hops in the aftertaste.

M- Smooth, medium bodied and really delightful.

O- Really a nice beer. Not the best DIPA I've ever had, but tasty, and feels very nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 04:56:22 | More by Murrhey
Photo of JMScowcroft


4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas - Maximus

Look - Pours a hazy amber with a hint of red to it. Nice soapy head, lots of sticky lacing. Great looking brew.

Smell - Aroma is rich deep caramel malts with juicy citrus and bitter resin hops on top. Killer aroma, quite mouth-watering. Some pepper and spice throughout.

Taste - Caramel malts are rich and then blasted out of the way by big juicy citrus and eventually settles down as piney hop resin. Yum.

Mouthfeel - Bitter piney hop resin and sticky malts rest here. A tad hot and a little boozy, warms the mouth, throat, and tummy. Light carbonation. Good drinkability.

Overall - Another excellent Lagunitas offering, damn they are good!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 18:12:03 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of flooshmander


3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed all aspects of this brew. Nothing particularly stands out with this one, just an overall good beer. The beer stacks up great against others but compared to Lagunitas' flagship IPA it falls a bit short. Seldom do all beers from the same brewery score high, but Lagunitas doesn't brew any bad beer; all are above average.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 09:58:11 | More by flooshmander
Photo of J_Dub


4.69/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- Clear copper pour. Decent head with lots of lacing

S- Good balance between hops and pine aroma. Slight grapefruit citrus notes in the background. Superb smelling IPA

T- Follows the smell. Hoppy pine right of the bat. Spicy floral flavors are present as well. I don't taste much citrus as the spice, hop and pine dominate but that's a good thing in this beer. Extremely well balanced. All around a great traditional IPA flavor. One of the better IPA's I've had.

M- Not a lot of carbonation. Very smooth, drinkable beer. Very balanced again.

I have to say this is another rockstar Lagunitas IPA. I am in love with Sucks and now Maximus. I actually like Lagunitas Imperial and Double IPAs much better than the their regular. Maximus is perfectly balanced. Tons of great hop/pine/spice flavors that are in perfect proportion. This brew also has very little bitterness so perhaps it would be a good IPA for people looking to expand their tastes. A definite go-to IPA for me now. I would buy this over pretty much any other IPA out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 00:15:48 | More by J_Dub
Photo of Fatehunter


3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured almost two fingers of head on a clear, bubbly medium straw colored body. Low head retention though.
The smell is amazing. Bright lemon and grapefruit in a big pine forest. Love it.
The taste is nice. Mild lemon bitterness with a stronger pine bitter. Quite a step down from where the smell led me.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It smells incredible, it tastes good.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 23:42:53 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of sommersb


3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 05-22-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Globe glass
Purchased: Received from a friend

A: Head is big and white, on top of the amber/orange beer which is mostly clear. Head retention is very good with a crazy amount of lacing.

S: Sharp hop aromas of evergreen and pine, with a hint of some bready malts.

T: Taste is quite hoppy, with a fairly high level of bitterness. Some caramel malts are also there for some balance, but they are fairly subdued. I get some alcohol warmth from the 8.2 abv.

M: Prickly mouthfeel with a high carbonation level. The body is medium with aftertastes that feature more piney hop character and bitterness.

O: All in all an enjoyable beer. I think it could use a bit more in the malts department, however.

Thanks to Kirk for the beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 03:55:25 | More by sommersb
Photo of lawlerj


4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a NB globe.

A - Pours translucent copper with a nice thick white head. Moderate amount of splotchy lacing.

S - Hops dominate the aroma, and there is a nice mix of earthy/piney aroma with fruit and citrus aromas. I'm searching for a word to describe the overall effect, and I can't really come up with one. It's almost a...juicy....sort of smell...if that makes any sense.

T - This first thing that jumps out at me about the flavor is how well balanced it is. The hops are definitely big and in your face, but the sweetness of the malt is definitiely noticeable. A lot of IPAs seem to focus on the hops at the expense of other flavors, but this beer lets all the flavors come through, and in a bag way as well. There are some herbal notes in there, so the overall effect is earthy and refreshing.

M - medium bodied, a little syrupy at time, but nothing wrong with it.

O - Overall, this is a great beer, and definitely stands out among the DIPAs I've had. The balance is great and a highlight for me and I would guess for others as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 00:23:47 | More by lawlerj
Photo of mindlucent2007


3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rather clear, gold-copper color with a nice head and retention. Lacing is tough and resilient. Aroma is hoppy and boozy. Taste is rich with a good citrusy and bitter bite. Notes of lemon and pine. This is an IPA that not only has the hoppy blast but the malty blast right up there with it. Strong mouthfeel but no booziness detected and aftertaste is mild. A well balanced work from Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 23:11:55 | More by mindlucent2007
Photo of BierStein711


3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance, beige off-white head, moderate carbonation

Smells: Pine, grapefruit, apricot, and hop

Taste: Medicinal, Resin, Pine, grapefruit, odd funky finish

Mouthfeel: Perfect

Overall, not bad but I expected better.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 03:28:19 | More by BierStein711
Photo of alex_hart


4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

appearance: a burnt orange with nice carbonation and a thin white head. good lacing as well.

smell: classic IPA smell. citrus, grapefruit, and hopps. nothing special, but still nice.

taste: wayyy different than i expected from the nose. I was just expecting another bitter hop bomb like many others, but there is a caramel sweetness to it that balances so perfectly with the hopps. this is brilliantly done. some bready notes, still some grapefruit, citrus, that caramel that I just spoke of, and malt.

mouthfeel: medium bodied with good carbonation.

overall: i rated this 4.25 because of how much the taste surprised me after the "uniform IPA" appearance and smell. The taste was just fantastic. Must get.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 00:29:57 | More by alex_hart
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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