Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,968 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,968
Reviews: 1,502
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 104
Gots: 883 | 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 nperrier
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Flowery, up-front flavor. Very complex. Grapefruit and apricot. Not terribly overpowering for an IPA. Excellent brew.

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a standard pint glass with very little head and not much lacing. Very hop forward nose consisting of grapefruit and some tropical notes. The flavor was more of the same with tropical fruits, grapefruit, and some booze standing out. The mouthfeel was syrupy with a hint of carbonation. Overall, this is a good double IPA that was fill in for Sucks.

Photo of ryannosaurus
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured to tulip snifter

Appearance is a clear medium gold (surprisingly light for 1.080 OG), 1 finger and a half of light gold head. Head lays down to a film rather quickly, leaves some nice lacing. Very pretty beer,

Aroma has light floral, pine and citrus notes, some faint biscuit and honey.

Flavor has a nice sweetness with loads of hop flavor: pine, juniper berries, orange peel and black pepper jump out, but none annoyingly so. Less bitter than expected.

Mouthfeel is very nice, drinks far lighter than 1.080 OG suggests

Overall: less aggressive than the name and numbers might suggest, a good looking brew, nearly a big beer, that drinks like a PA. This one will be making frequent appearance in my fridge, for certain.

Photo of codyRU
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I discovered the Lagunitas Brewery at the Atlantic City Beer Festival last year. I vaguely remember voting this beer as my choice for best in show. Upon returning home I knew I had to true review in much a less inebriated state. Suffice to say, it was just as splendid as I remembered.

Where to begin? Maximus is probably my favorite beer of all time. It is everything I enjoy in a beer. A delightfully cloudy amber color. Aggressively hopped without overstepping it's bounds. Surprisingly refreshing, yet devilishly complex. Not to mention an ABV that will knock you on your butt after 2-3 servings.

Give it a try. If you are a "hop-head" like myself you certainly will enjoy yourself.

Photo of ExtraStout
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice brew, this one is. Pour produces a medium-golden to light copper colored, clear brew with a very thin, white, fine head.

Some lacing, but not a whole lot. (Some sediment was swirled in near the finish). Aroma is fresh and citrussy, with some mild toastiness.

Body is pleasantly above medium, heading towards fullness, and it is velvety smooth. Flavor has light malt, with a slight bready, toasty aspect to it with a touch of caramel.

More citrussy hops abound here as well, with a refreshing aftertaste sticking in the throat.

Photo of moundbz
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

citrus scent and taste, easy bitter end

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber for a reasonable $4.69 at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours vibrant amber/orange with a few fingers of off-white foam. Nose and taste are a fine balance of sweet and bitter with notes of candied mango and passion fruit, caramel malt, countered by 72.14 IBUs of tangy/piney hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth yet substantial, well carbonated. A well put-together DIPA here. Hoppy enough for the hopheads without the cloying malt bomb that often rears its head as the ABV rises. Glad to see Lagunitas make its way out to WI.

Photo of uberabr
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Appearance is great. Big fluffy two finger head that wafts the hop aromas well, tons of lace and excellent carbonation. Color is a kind of murky dark amber.

Smells great. I love it, the quintessential California hop heaven. Tons of grapefruit Cascade, melon, guava, apples, cherries- all with a subtle fresh-cut woodsy pine backbone and soothing aroma of fresh mountain air. This is how all Cali IPA's should smell. It's not refined, the bill is probably not all that complex, but it certainly does the trick- at least for a hophead.

Taste is a sharp bitter bite with crisp green apples and and a slight citrus malt. Some pine and butter. It might be a too bitter for some. Mouthfeel is bubbly and lush. Drinkability is very good- while I can't taste the booze, it's definitely moderating the uber-bitterness, as I could easily down this bomber without much thought.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy orangish-golden, with a nice white head that doesn't last a long time, but more than many IPAs.

Aroma is about as good as I've smelled highly hopped beers. Floral, fruity, grassy, herbal hops provide a lot for the nose to do. The only reason I don't give it a 5 is that it's all hops- I don't get any aroma of anything else. But that's minor here.

Flavor follows through from the aromas, but I think there's actually more here, because some grainy/bready presence of the malt shows through, providing at least some balance. But it's just hding there, it's not holding it's own against the hops.

Mouthfeel is rich and full- gives the mouth a lot to do. Drinkability is where this one lacks- it's so big, that even though the ABV isn't terribly high, I just didn't want any more.

Paired this with some very spicy quesadillas- smple faire, but the spicy black beans and salsa stood up well to the hops in this very big flavored beer.

Photo of Gusler
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another “Big Bad Boy” from Lagunitas, and a challenger to Stone’s great line of IPA’s. The color of the beer as it breathes away in the glass is a murky golden amber and the head preposterous in size, frothy in its texture as it degrades; it leaves a thick sheet of lace to cover the glass. Hops dominate the nose, with the underlying malt and citrus crispness I so admire in quality IPA’s, what a pleasure for the senses. It starts sweet and the top middling in mouth feel and the finish all “Hops”, with a moderate carbonation and a droughty aftertaste, another winner in my humble opinion from a great brewery.

Photo of Globetrotter
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the Whole Foods Market in Arlington, VA in August, then cellared in Vienna for a couple months. Opened in honor of Columbus Day. Brown bomber with a plain label displaying only the name, plus the frontal image of a dog's head at the bottom, with "Doggone good" written under that. An interesting mood piece on the side in the style of Mickey Spillane detective novels. No ingredient or freshness information.

Pours a cloudy orange under a one finger pale tan head that fades slowly but manages only a few spots of lace. Fairly mild coniferous hops nose at first, but growing as it warms. Floral notes emerge later, making it more enticing. The mouth is well-carbonated and quite heavy, although not sticky. Solid espresso and pine bitter opening, moderated by a bit of sweet malt, which grew as the session continued. The pine and espresso dominate throughout, however, lasting well into the aftertaste, which is dry as the desert. Very pleasant and inviting.

Photo of dsa7783
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle copped for $3.99 from Bottle King in Livingston...
Absolutely loved Lagunitas' IPA, so had high hopes for their Imperial version...
Pours a hazy and slightly cloudy orange-colored appearance with a minimal frothy head that soon receded, leaving a decent amount of lacing around the glass...
Smell was very much on-point for an Imperial IPA - bursting with fresh hops, florals, caramel, and slight vanilla...
Taste paid homage to the aroma, with noticeable bursting hops, honey, citrus, lemons, fresh florals, caramel, vanilla, and a sugar-laden aftertaste that was much more sweet than bitter...
Nice, creamy, rich, thick mouthfeel bursting with style, quality, and flavor...
Equally high-level of drinkablity without the slightest hint of the lingering 7.5% ABV - all you tasted was a rich combination of pure IPA flavors...
Good stuff...

Photo of RickSawyer
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mahogany cherry with a pillowy, tightly wound creamy head that grabs the side of the glass and leaves a nice and pretty lace across the glass. Smell is piney hops, french bread, orange zest and some white peppery alcohol spiciness. Taste is sweet, short bread, carmel malted sweetness, balanced by a solid hoprageous attack on the end of the palate. Solid citrus hops, some floral mango/tangerine and orange zest drizzled with sugar. A nicely balanced, bittersweet double IPA. The drinkablity is off the chart. I drank this one after mowing the lawn and had absolutely no trouble putting 2 down. Very nice!

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date: 22 April 2011
Glass: Nonstandard highball
Type: 12fl oz bottle

Poured gently, good retention for a small head, good lacing, clear copper orange in color.

Aroma fills the room with a balance of both pine and citrus hops. The taste is the same, but more intense. Speaking for both taste and aroma, there are few other flavors other than an excellent hop profile and slightly pale malt backbone. Sweet yet pale malts invade the palate and stick around for a long time. I can't stay much more. You CANNOT resist sipping....this IPA is super tasty and finishes quickly.

Photo of IrieJackalope
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet, interrupted by the amazing aroma of citrus and floral notes billowing from the glass. The color is a light tan, almost copper, beautiful to be honest. There's a small layer of foam, but it fades quickly, the lacing however is heavy, almost artful. There's not denying that the aroma on this brew is wonderful. Citrus, berry and floral notes are dominant througout. Taste is wonderful as well. A slight bitter bite surrounded by an otherwise smooth and elegant hop profile. Love this one, another winner from Petaluma's finest.

Photo of godlessape
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great copper color body with an off white head that sinks down real fast, but never leaves.

The nose is all citrus--no pine--with an incredible caramel sweetness that begs to be gulped down.

The taste is somewhat complex balance of rich caramel malt with an almost baby aspirin orange flavor lurking about, all pinned down in the end with West Coast hops.

The mouthfeel is what I expect with this style, and the high ABV is well hidden.

Overall, this is a great example of a West Coast IPA.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a DFH Shaped Pint glass

A: Pours a beautiful deep amber color with about an inch of thick head. Leaves a nice amount of lacing

S: Very dulled scent notes that are typical of an IPA, not too impressive

T: Deep and rich hop notes with slight caramel flavors, truly an incredible tasting IPA

M: Very nice mouthfeel that tingles the entire mouth and dries the back of the tongue

D: Really a great drinking beer, incredible taste that actually makes it hard to put down and leave down

I really loved this brew, the scent was the only thing lacking but the rest absolutely blew me away. On a side note, this brews bottle had one of the most unique labels ive ever seen. Superb all around.

Photo of tbowersva
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas does great once again. Another tasty beer with tons of hops flavor, plus significant amounts of kick with the higher alcohol content. I had a couple with fried chicken and a kale salad with poppy seed dressing on my last night of a beach vacation - the beers provided a great finale.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A brilliant, crystal-clear amber body reveals deep gold highlights when held to the light. Its short head of creamy off-white foam holds well before dropping to a thin surface covering; and leaves some very nice lace throughout the glass. Perfumey, floral, citrusy (mild grapefruit) and piney hops greet you in the nose over a delicate, caramel-laced malt. It's quite engaging and very welcoming; although not as brash as some of the bolder IPA's tend to be! Nice! The body is medium and it's lightly crisp in the mouth. All of the variety of hops found in the aroma dominate the flavor profile; and it's caramel-laced and biscuity malt acts as support. It's exceptionally well-balanced for such a boldly hopped beer. It boasts a 7.5% alcohol content and it displays a bold, drying bitterness that carries over into the aftertaste with some lingering hop flavor. Overall, it's a very clean and straightforward American IPA that maintains a great deal of balance and offers a clean, fresh, hoppy, and malty character! Impressive! One to try.

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

This beer poured a cider/honey honey color with a nice off white head that fell to a incredibly uneven film that left some very nice lace. Smells of dry, sour cherries and plumb skin along with a musky, earthy hop. Upon my first sip a powerful rush of pine zipped in around the base of my tongue. That was unique. In the remainder of the flavor, the pine flavors really dominate right into the smooth finish. Hop-burps reiterate the same fantastic pungent pine. The hops also lend a nice sweeter orange to the overall flavor. The malt supporting this pine maelstrom is very subtle with just the slightest hint of caramel and smoky marshmallow that leaves my mouth just a bit sticky in the finish. The mouth feel is medium bodied with a smooth, almost creamy carbonation that leaves the tip of my tongue tingling. If you are enthralled by the piney elements of hops, this beer is a must. I’m not a card carrying “hop-head”, but I thought this beer was original and very well crafted. Also, I must say I’m getting some of the best hop-burps I’ve ever had. I’ll definitely have this one again.

Photo of CraigS119
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yes. Excited for this one. From the bottle. 5/2 on the bottle, today is 4/27. Pours a clear reddish/amber/brownish golden. Smells: Pine, citrus, dank, tropical.. in that order. Tart citrus bursts fourth in the taste, then grapefruit pith, pine, resin, and hops, ending abruptly with a clean bitterness that lingers. A bit of alcohol warmth on the tail-end. I could drink this often. 8.6/10

Photo of Earpe
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really like this beer... Heck I like most IPAs, however this one was on my list to try, and at first taste has become one of my top five IPAs, maybe top three. I am not the most educated lingo guy, and for the most part and I look for the all important taste aspect of the brew. i could care less about lacing and head as it does nothing for me.

As for most IPAs, Maximus has the strong hint of floral/citrus/pine smell and flavor. it pours a bronze color. the ABV is at the right level for me, a two to three beer drinker per sitting. If you like IPAs, you will find it here. This is a very tasty beer from beginning to end, you will not be disappointed.

Photo of Chris_Carraher
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What a great brew!

A- Poured into a short beer snifter, results in a nice off white frothy head. Head diminishes quickly leaving behind nice lacing.

S- Fruity, light pine, a nice hint of lemon zest.

T- Great bitter hop arrival finished off with a floral, delicious after taste

M- Starts off creamy, end of the glass it thins out. Moderate carbonation

O- Really enjoyed this beer. It was a impulse buy and was well worth it. The 8.2abv is pretty sneaky but the 72 IBUs are not. Enjoy

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas- Maximus

Appearance- Light golden brown with a huge frothy white head.
Smell- Pine hops and malt.
Taste- An even blend of pine hops and caramel malt.
Mouthfeel- Nice even flavor with a slight crisp bitterness. A smooth IPA!!

Overall- for a double IPA this was soo smooth. No strong alcohol to ruin it. The flavor stayed solid throughout. Delicious!!

Photo of gtermi
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is pours a basic golden orange with a very thin, short lasting head.

S: The beer smells amazing. I am getting a lot of sweetness, lots of hops and some fruit.

T: The beer isnt very strong like I was expecting. It is a lot like the taste with sweetness and hops.

M: This has to be the smoothest Imperial IPA I have ever had in my life. It goes down like water. Just as good as it gets.

O: This is a very solid beer. I was expecting more taste, but that doesnt take that much away from it. It is a very awesome beer and work the money.

Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,968 ratings.