Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,455 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 1,455
Hads: 5,018
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 106
Gots: 911 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001

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Reviews: 1,455 | Hads: 5,018
Photo of leantom
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow, great job by Lagunitas. Here goes:

A: Good enough. Pours a small head and only leaves moderate lacing, but the beer has a crystal-clear orange color. Carbonation is also somewhat lacking, however.

S: Well done. Great piney/resiny character with hints of grapefruit. Also nice caramel malt on the side.

T: Wow, great flavor. Not in league with Sculpin or Union Jack, but still quite good. Could easily pound more than one of these. Hides the alcohol really well, too.

F: Excellent. Glides down the tongue.

O: One of the better ones. Will have again. (573 characters)

Photo of hophead723
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a fresh sixer of this intriguing offering from Lagunitas. Poured into a pint glass.

Look: Classic deep amber with a golden glimmer when held to the light. The head is slightly off-white and sudsy. Lacing is solid.

Smell: Nice dank hoppy pine, citrus, and tropical fruit aroma here. It's definitely well-hopped as the aroma is quite strong.

Taste: Upfront and refreshing bitter punch of citrus, pine, and tropical fruits. It has a carmely malt backbone that balances everything out.

Feel: Perfect amount of carbonation and lingering bitterness. Moist from the juiciness of the hops.

Overall: This is a solid and drinkable IPA that possesses expressive characteristics that make it unique and desirable. Good job, Lagunitas. (739 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear copper/amber color, two finger head, great retention and lacing. Nice aromas of citrus and pine, with a hint of sweet malty smell. Nice citrusy grapefruit taste, but a pretty strong malt flavor. Mouthfeel was rather thin for the style. This is an OK beer, not one of my favorites form Lagunitas, which are normally very hop-forward. (338 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a big two finger ivory head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of caramel and biscuit malt, tropical fruit, citrus and piney hops. Flavor follows with resinous piney hops with lemon and orange citrus, pineapple and mango, light caramel malt, lightly sweet. Finishes with long lingering citrus and piney hop bitterness, moderately resinous. Medium bodied with mild carbonation, despite the aggressive head. A nice caramel based imperial IPA, hitting all the hoped for notes: pine, citrus and good exotic fruit flavors. Hops lean towards resinous than herbal, but still very nicely balanced and the ABV is well covered. Flavorful as expected from Lagunitas. These guys know their IPAs. (772 characters)

Photo of JPowell712
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hopped up beer. You get the hop aromas right off the pour. The smell is amazing. The taste is nice and strong you can pick up that 8.2% ABV. The hops in this beer are nice and citrusy and give a lot of pine notes. I liked the beer a lot and would suggest trying it. (275 characters)

Photo of MarkLinton1
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful amber hue with frothy two finger head that holds nicely. Hop explosion that you expect from a 2X IPA. Grapefruit, pine and somewhat nutty taste. Nice earthy malt balance and very smooth mouthfeel. Lagunitas never disappoints. (243 characters)

Photo of KChristie87
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An amber colored tint to it. Less than a finger head. Smell gives off a little pine, lemon, and grapefruit. Taste wise you get some grapefruit and a hint of lemon. Feels great. Overall a great beer. Lagunitas is hard to not like. (235 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber almost brown with an off white head that trails the glass. The smell was full of grapefruit from the hops, but also a lot of earthy nutty notes from the malt. The taste was surprising with a nice malt backbone up front with a lot of bread flavors slowly coming into the grapefruit and pine from the hops. Was very happy with the amount of balance this beer has given some very intense flavors. (412 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Maximus is a deep gold-copper with a bit of carbonation and a light haze. The head is a creamy tan one that rises to 3/4 finger, holds up well, and throws down pretty good patching followed by spottier lacing.
Overall, I'm a little surprised with this beer's designation as a DIPA. I'd call it a pretty good IPA. It's got the classic pine and citrus blended with lighter malts, and it shows a little bit of a peppery bite. It develops a little pith, particularly as lots of rindy notes come out. The nose puts the hops out a bit more aggressively, and a hint of harshness develops at the back end in the flavor.
The body is medium, plenty of heft to it, and there's a good balance on the palate of both crispness and smoothness. It may lost just a touch, and a little something develops slightly underneath to scrape a bit, but it works well. (848 characters)

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

Again I love Laguitas and this was one that I hadn't tried yet but I knew it would be good.

A - Nice orange color. Crystal clear with a ton of bountiful off-white head and strong lacing.

S - Pleasant and strong hop fragrance with citrus, pine, fresh hops, and some dankness. Not really anything else discernible aside from the hops and a slight fruity ale-yeast character.

T - Great flavor with the strong citrus hop character predominant with some fresh grassy hop tones along with some dank and pine notes in the middle. The hop bitterness are also present but not in contention with the NW hops. There are also sweet malt and yeast character but mostly covered up by the hops. Really tastes a lot like a delicious DIPA should. Maybe some alcohol for an 8% but not bad and could just be me.

M - Medium mouth-feel with moderate carbonation. Pretty typical of Lagunitas DIPAs as far as feel.

Overall, a very good DIPA. If you like nice bitterness, slight booze, and full hop flavor-punch then this is a good one to try. I still prefer their "Lagunitas Sucks" DIPA more but I did very much enjoy this one. I really love Lagunitas' ability to make their beers taste more like amazing homebrew than snooty top-shelf "craft beer."

Glass- Tulip (1,245 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper pour with two fingers of fluffy white head. Great looking. Aromas of pine and grapefruit, with some malty hints of biscuit and bread. Flavors translate from aromas, with a very smooth semi-sweet mouthfeel. Good stuff as always from Lagunitas! (249 characters)

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

Bottled on January 2nd, 2015. Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a golden color with a dense head of white foam that caps the beer perfectly. Lots of lacing with excellent head retention.

S: Clean pine with some faint floral and citrus hop aromas coming out. Also a good amount of biscuity malts that stack up fairly well to the hops. Not as aromatic as I would expect for a double IPA, but good nonetheless.

T: Crisp flavors of pine and citrus with biscuity malts. Good balance between malt and hops with only moderate bitterness.

M: Medium body with a medium-high amount of carbonation. The finish is slightly bitter but it is tolerable and doesn't linger.

O: Overall this wasn't outstanding, but it was a solid double IPA. Not as huge as I would expect for a beer of this style, but it was good. It has good balance and is very crisp and refreshing. Personally I liked this a lot more then Hop Stoopid from Lagunitas. I would drink this again. (948 characters)

Photo of Richard_Eckert
4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This IPA is sublimely wonderful. Not overly bright and flowery, nor bitter, it is smooth and rich and buttery- somewhat akin to Dogfish 90 min IPA. No lingering bitterness on the tounge it finishes cleanly. (206 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Excellent clarity, medium gold/light amber in color, visible carbonation, and a steady, frothy white head. this book has a solid cover.

Smell: Pale malt is at the front of the bouquet once poured, smelling of freshly baked white bread. It's not long, however, before the beer warms enough to let loose a semi-strong diverse and well blended hop potpourri. These notes seem to span the entire hop portfolio: They are resinous, floral, citrusy, and earthy, with no one scent dominating the others. A toasted toffee vapor brings some warm sweetness into the mix, as does a hint of pineapple.

Taste: The hop bitterness promised by the label (hops, hops, and hops!) is tamed by a lip smacking butterscotch element. This sweet quality is one I often observe in English IPAs, and I tend to really enjoy it. However, I can imagine that some hop heads would be let down by the lack of bitterness. It's there, but it's not high, not high at all. But more importantly (in my opinion, anyway), is that this beer is deeelicious. The impressive balance in the scent is matched on the tongue. Lightly toasted French bread is a clean, yet flavorful canvas for the overlapping hop flavors, which are again sweetened by a delicate blend of tropical fruit and toasted toffee. Again, no one hop taste stands out in particular, but tea leaves, tangerine rinds, dandelions, and a sprig of mint are all immediately detectable. The one shortcoming other than lack of bitterness is a slight mineral quality to the taste which presents itself as a sulfuric flash in the pan.

Mouthfeel: More creamy than crisp, the mouthfeel lacks the dryness required to boost bitterness to the level anticipated. The finish is smooth and slightly velvety, and the carbonation is merely moderate. These qualities, however, help to highlight the complexity created by the various flavors--a harsher finish would slice off their roots.

Overall: If I were rating this as a beer judge, I would have to dock points for the lack of bitterness and the thickness of the mouthfeel, since both are qualities not typically desirable in an Imperial IPA. But as a simple consumer and beer lover, I am quite enamored by the impeccable balance this beer achieves while still exhibiting great complexity. It is perhaps a little too similar to the rest of the Lagunitas canon, especially for a limited release, but it is one of those beers I would look forward to regardless of my mood, my craving, the season, etc. (2,469 characters)

Photo of DeanWormer
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Way, way underrated on this site. I usually trust The Bros, but they're off on this one. Malty, hoppy, balanced, aromatic, none of the dreaded and unpalatable Simcoe hop - this is the real deal of an IIPA. And it comes in 6-packs at a reasonable price. On my rating scale, Stone RuinTen is a perfect 100; DFH 90-Minute a 97. I'll give Maximus a 94. One of the best values in the IIPA genre! (396 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty hop forward DIPA. Sort of like a toned down Hop Stoopid.

Would purchase and drink again if available. Probably won't seek out though, many other great ones I would want to grab first. (194 characters)

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoy this more than Eyeball/Brown Shugga...less than Hop Stoopid and Imperial Stout (as far as Lagunitas)

prefer this to SN Torpedo as well

Color nothing extraordinary...Smell is phenomenal piney-hop blast, overall feel is not special but the taste is one of the better in terms of what i like in an IPA (initial tongue better than aftertaste in terms of strength of flavor) (379 characters)

Photo of greyghost86
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a orangish amber into a IPA glass from SA with a beautiful frothy off white head that left a nice lacy trail. Aroma was excellent with citrus piney scent with a bit of grassy smell and a touch of carmel. Taste was same as the nose, with a wonderful bitterness that lingered a full minute after the taste. Would love to try this straight up fresh! (353 characters)

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

Pours clear dark orange Amber with lots of off white head that lingers and leaves plenty of lacing.

Nose has pine, grapefruit citrus, grass, sweet malty caramel.

Taste follows nose closely. There an almost brown sugar sweetness underneath it all.

Good beer. Not as good as Sucks but still good. (300 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange, a bit dark, small messy off-white, sticky and leaving quite a bit of lacing.
Fruity hops on the nose, lots of peach, overripe orange, more than mild caramel, very light biscuit. A bit of pine, faint spicy leafiness, honey, a faint tropical hint.
Bitter citrus up front, like grapefruit concentrate, quickly sweetened by a big gulp of sticky caramel maltiness. Some juicy peach, apricot, faint white grapes, honey glaze. Light biscuity toastiness, covered up by the sweet malt. A bit of crispness in the finish to liven things up, pine and grassy hop, nice and bitter.
Finish isn't dry enough to cut off the sweetness, leaving caramel and some generic (in a good way) orange/stone fruit flavors in the aftertaste, faint tropical fruit too. Medium body, a bit sticky, medium carbonation to help lift everything up.
Really nice, but coming after Hop Stoopid it seems to lack some stuff (might be a bit old, too). Sweeter, fruitier, lacking that nice stinky dankness. (976 characters)

Photo of hoagzzz
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

Amazing to me. Lagunitas' widespread availability absolutely causes beer lovers to over look them. I M guilty of it myself. Just had a super fresh Maximus and it's one damn fine brew, and it so happens u can get it anywhere. If this were seasonal or in low supply it would be rated 95. (285 characters)

Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. It has a great hop profile and enough malt behind it to back it up. I love that lagunitas IPA flavor. The more lagunitas brews I drink, the more I am impressed with what they do. (203 characters)

Photo of TownieBrewer
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle
Snifter
Five Days Old!

Look: Off-white, very tight head. The body is tangerine with very little evidence of hop residue. Overall this beer is very aesthetically pleasing and typical of Lagunitas.

Smell: More tangerine and orange citrus, some pine and a lot of dankness. Booziness is noticeable and a very faint biscuit note hiding under the booze bomb. I can't find the yeast which fits the style profile. This nose is awesome due to freshness, but I don't like the boozy quality it has.

Taste: I get a bit tropical fruit right away and C hop flavors after swallowing. Bitterness is very high in this beer, but it is hidden reasonably well from the malt body. I'm still getting booziness which is a bit of a turn off. The hops and the alcohol are fighting for their spot on my palate which is unfortunate.

Feel: Tight carbonation, medium to low viscosity, the bitterness and alcohol dry everything out, but not overwhelmingly

Overall: This beer has some individual characteristics that really work well, but overall it was a bit of a disappointment. This seems like Lagunita's answer to the demand for big ipas, which they deliver on at an affordable price tag. Unfortunately, this beer is a little too over the top on the booze and if toned down a bit with the same hop profile, I would have given a higher rating. (1,338 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Pine, citrus, and floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with hop resin, bitterness, and some sweetness. Well done DIPA. (185 characters)

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)

Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,455 ratings.