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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company


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very good

3,495 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3495
Reviews: 1349
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 jballeng


3.1/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle. Poured a beautiful deep amber with a tiny head. Aroma of oranges. Disappointingly dry and bitter flavor (more so than normal for an IPA) compared to favored IPAs such as Stoudts and Dogfish Head, with accents of oranges and grapefruit. Tangy but dry mouthfeel which finished very bitter. Better than many, not as good as many others.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 19:24:30 | More by jballeng
Photo of sweetbrew82


3.1/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Orange-stained amber with a thick crown of foam that leaves some webs of lace as it sinks relatively quickly to a thin cap on top.

A: Citrusy, piney, and floral hops are noted with a toasted malt underneath. What's there smells pretty good, but this would lack power even for a regular IPA. Where's the power and strength that is expected from a Double/Imperial? Maybe it will make up for it on the palate.

T: Unfortunately, it does not. My taste buds are feeling just as deprived as my nose was. The malt bill feels like it was built to handle a much larger load of hops that is currently present. Citrusy hops are dominant with mostly grapefruit rinds, while the pine needle-flavored hops deliver some spice on the end. Good bitterness here at points, but the sweet malts take a big bite out of it. Seems more like a Pale Ale than a DIPA, to be quite honest. Not impressed at all.

M: Medium-full with a sticky, mouth-coating feel that finishes a bit harsh and leaves a weird aftertaste.

Notes: If you really want an Imperial IPA from Lagunitas, do yourself a favor and pass this one up for some Hop Stoopid. Maximus fell way short of what I was expecting from this great brewery. They don't fail often, as most of their beers are 'hits'. You can mark this one down as a 'miss', though, as far as I'm concerned. Oh well, I guess you can't win 'em all...

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 06:54:52 | More by sweetbrew82
Photo of Blanco


3.1/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

amber with a cream colored head. decent lacing. slight carbonation showing.

smell is hop forward with a malt background.

Slightly bitter, but that's all I get from the hops (no floral or citrus qualities, just bitterness and not a ton of it). Malt is also not very present. Slightly sweet aftertaste.

light bodied no mouth coating.

drinkable, but definitely not amongst the best DIPAs I've had. If I want more hops than malt I could drink this, but I'd probably go for better options.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 02:28:51 | More by Blanco
Photo of umtox


3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Light amber

S: A bit of hops and lime

C: Perhaps a bit of overkill on the lime, with a decent hops

M: Crisp and someone fleeting giving way to sour lime

D: Perhaps one with a very select dish and then on to seomething better

All in all nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2008 03:21:35 | More by umtox
Photo of PDXHops

South Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -21%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 00:46:14 | More by PDXHops
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, light copper color with a white-colored head.

Smell: Sharp, sweet pine hop aroma with notes of caramel.

Taste: Firm citrus, grapefruit flavors with a small amount of caramel left to balance out the hops. Hints of bread dough. Very dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Thin, but a bit oily, as well.

Drinkability: This one wasn't for me. Thin to a fault, and the malt flavor could be more distinct.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 01:44:14 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of sopclod


3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lately I have been really jonesing for hops, and strong IPA's are either hard to find or expensive. So I find myself with a bottle of Lagunitas Maximus. Why can't bombers come in 4 or 6 packs??

If you looked up double IPA in the dictionary, you would find this. That's both good and bad. It's exactly what you'd expect; pretty hoppy, some malt sweetness, copper colored body. On the other hand, there is nothing to make this stand out from other, more distinctive double IPA's.

It's a good example of the style, but there's nothing that makes it stand out.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 16:23:58 | More by sopclod
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours a pale orange color and has a finger or so of white foam on top. Splashes of lace randomly around the glass.

Aroma - heavy sweet malts. Very orangey. More malt than hop to the nose.

Taste - lots of chewy biscuity malts to start, briefly sweet, followed by a rush of piny hops. The bitterness is harsh and quickly goes medicinal and is not all that enjoyable to me. Not enough of the citrusy side of the hops. Finishes with sharp grapefruit rind flavor.

Mouthfeel - moderately smooth and with a full body. The carbonation feels pretty crisp.

Drinkability - I didn't like this beer all that much, but those who really like a bitter profile should enjoy this.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 04:08:47 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of KarlHungus


3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear golden orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes into nice lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit with hints of pine and caramel. The taste is remarkably sweet for a DIPA. There are definitely a lot of hops there, but it seems the sweetness is what strikes me first. It is followed by grapefruit and pine hops. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a lower level of carbonation. Overall, this is a mediocre example of a DIPA. With so many better DIPAs out there I can't see myself drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 03:00:49 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
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)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 18:01:06 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of Shumista


3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a plain pint glass.

Maximus pours a red-orange copper color with a large foamy head. The smell is dominated by citrusy hops and sweetness from the malt. It taste is a bit unbalanced in my opinion. The bitterness is a bit harsh and it is extremely sweet, both turn-offs for me. I found the mouthfeel to be surprisingly on the thin side. Drinkability would be higher if not for the sweetness.

All in all this one isn't so bad. On the one hand I have definitely had much better DIPA's. However on the other in a beer world where DIPA's frequently come in $10 bombers there is something to be said for one the comes in a reasonably priced six pack. For the money a good value for a hop fix.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 01:35:01 | More by Shumista
Photo of beertunes


3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a medium gold-copper color with less than 1/2 inch of just off-white head that had low retention and light lacing.

A nice hop aroma greets the nose, mostly pine with a touch of citrus, and a bit of malt sweetness at the back. Yup, that's the flavor profile as well. There is a bit more malt solidness than the nose suggested and the hops aren't really that distinct.

The body is a bit fuller than average and drinkability is OK, but not special. Overall, a decent but unspectacular example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 20:32:33 | More by beertunes
Photo of wembly13

West Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper and amber color. Lite foam.

S: Hops aroma. Malt and citrus kick.

T: The piney tasting hops and malt hit you hard. Little bit of citrus in there.

M: Medium body, packs a punch.

O: Not my most favorite DIPA. It is average. There’s nothing really wrong with it, but there’s nothing that makes it stand out.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 20:52:24 | More by wembly13
Photo of semihobo


3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks handsome, a dark amber color, more orange than yellow. The story is the head -- great start, great retention, the residue on the sides of the glass is excellent.

Smells of syrupy, thick hop resin, along with sweet malts. Hops are on the resinous, piney end, not so much floral. One dimensional.

Tastes of sugary apricots and peaches along with a resinous bite. Somewhat piney as well as acrid. Pretty sweet as well.

A little bubbly and full-bodied, especially with a very thick finish. Leaves quite a coating on the tongue, if that's your thing you're in luck.

Low alcohol (for the style) makes this guy a little more drinkable, but I'm not too impressed by the hop bill. It's big enough, but not very nuanced... overly bitter and nothing too exciting. Just about average for an I2PA.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 23:21:18 | More by semihobo
Photo of kernalklink


3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew pored nice and smooth with cool hop aromas- slightly citric, with a little less malt than usual. Taste was big and fruity in hop flavors- grapefruit, some sour piney characteristics as well. The flavors are a little flat, but the hops are assertive in their bitterness. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin and the alcohol was hidden but came out as it warmed. There is little intesity within the flavors, the lack of malts to balance and create an interesting interaction is noticeable. This was a run of the mill DIPA, but certainly a good brew

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 01:45:02 | More by kernalklink
Photo of 1sophrosyne1


3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Tasted from a bottle over 15 minutes.
The pour is lovely, with a nice clear orange base and bubbly head that holds on in patches and laces nicely.
Scents are enticing--grapefruit and pine and prominent, as expected. But the kiwi and malt add interesting dimensions.
Unfortunately, I can't agree with others about the flavor. I had a fresh bottle, stored well, with good clarity in the pour, but the stale funk was off putting and detracted from the citrus, floral, and grainy goodness that seem to be holed up in there. It's complex, but the best elements are overshadowed.
Not a bad medium bodied feel, but it is a tad angular and clumsy.
There's so much really good beer out there in this style that I'm sad to report, this brew makes me appreciate the others more. No need for me to go back, especially after having been tempted by the sight and smell and then let down.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 22:37:14 | More by 1sophrosyne1
Photo of Charthepirate

New York

3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

An interesting DIPA, but nothing spectacular.

Because of being at my parents house with a lack of glass ware, this beer is being reviewed from a green plastic mug. Colors, and clarity is hard to judge.

Smell is intensly grassy and piney. Thick, pungent, and nearly all hops.

the smellforewarned of this beers lack of balance. Especially while cold, this beer is all hops. As it warms a mild simple sweetness comes out to balance the extreme grassy and piney hops.

The intense mouth flavor, and heavy color bely this beers wonderful viscous mothfeel.

A bit too heavy and thick to drink a lot of. A good DIPA, but not amazing.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2004 09:33:34 | More by Charthepirate
Photo of Tupperwolf


3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a standard DIPA appearance - bronze, clear, bubbles, eggshell head, massive lacing. Yeah, yeah. As beers go, it's great, but it seems like DIPAs just can't go wrong.

Very floral nose, not a hint of zing or zap or any other hoppy grapefruit scent - very floral indeed. Creamy malts blend very nicely with hops to make a singularly scented nose. Not very intense, but good.

Floral taste, too. Caramelly, oatmeal-y malts and floral, gentle and soft oily hops combine for a hoppy taste that is pretty delicious - this is differerent than any DIPA I've tried so far. The hop flavor is less aggressive and more smooth, definitely an unobtrusive floral flavor.

Oily, but gently carbonated; Pretty good.

Very good IPA, interesting example of a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 08:30:31 | More by Tupperwolf
Photo of cullen0013

South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich hopper with an orange hue. Opaque and hazy with bits of sediment floating throughout. Not much nose to speak of, but a deep inhalation is rewarded with the faint scent of citrusy hops. As far as taste, the hop characteristic is very, very mild for an IPA and is more on the fruity side (apricot) than the bitter. Drinks smoothly with mild carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 12:20:46 | More by cullen0013
Photo of TheJollyHop


3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a deep amber/copper with a quarter finger of head. Everything is fine until you get to the aroma.

Very sweet nose...actually too sweet for this style. Either way a definite malt aroma that is supported, to the smallest degree, by some citrus/pine.

Taste mimics the aroma quite nicely with a malt heaviness that was attempted to be balanced out by hop bitterness, but didn't quite hit the mark. Some nice lemon citrus and bready malts but overall too sweet.

Thin on the tongue, medium carbonated for the style, and mouth coating. As far as wanting another bottle, I could last a while and not have any cravings for this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 16:00:25 | More by TheJollyHop
Photo of gatorbreath


3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

High ABV on an inexpensive single got me jonesin'.

App - Copper, carbonated head of minimal size and dissipating rapidly

Smell - hoppy, piney

Taste - a little hoppy bite but a more than overwhelming caramel biscuity malt taste that i guess balances the offering but not when there are so few hops to begin with..

Mouthfeel - kind of cool and different on this one, kind of coats the mouth in a silky fashion

Overall - not too big on this malty aftertaste, etc. but it was worth a try! the carbonation is more than i prefer

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 02:36:39 | More by gatorbreath
Photo of oneeye


3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A. Pours an orange amber. A little carbonation with a little soapy one fingered head. A little lace left clinging to the pint glass.
S. The aroma of hops and candied sugar. The smell of sweet caramel malts and burnt sugar.
T. The maximus is a little tame for an Imperial IPA. The taste of hop juice and sugary malts. It finishes dry and sweet. Too sweet and not enough hops for a name like Maximus. If you are expecting a hop bomb or a well balanced beer, I do not recommend this beer. The flavors are a little off. It is not a bad tasting beer but nothing special is going on here.
M. The mouthfeel is creamy. A full bodied beer with a dry finish.
D. The drinkability is fair. It's easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden for a beer of a abv. of 7.50%. But I would not drink another. The price is right but I'd rather spend my money on a more balanced more flavorful beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 01:39:22 | More by oneeye
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 01:22:41 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of beertastegood


3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished-copper orangey color with a nice thick meringue-like head on it. Aromas of minty, spicy hops at first, followed by a thick caramelly-sweet smell that really meshed nicely with the hop aroma. The head sticks around for quite some time, doesn't seem to want to go away.

Taste: Amazingly enough, the malt makes its presence known before the hops. Lots of crystal malt in this brew. But soon after the sweet caramel malt hits my tongue, the hops come in with a medium-to-strong punch of citrus, pine and mint (Nugget hops maybe?). Melds into one of the most balanced DIPAs I have ever had. However, it should be made clear that DIPAs are not supposed to be balanced - they should be clearly weighted towards the hop side of the scale.

Mouthfeel is thicker than most DIPAs, and the finish is decidedly sweet, with only a hint of spicy hops left on the tongue. Very drinkable though.

Bump up the gravity of this beer a bit, and it would make one hell of a barleywine. But not quite what I expected for a DIPA. I like this beer, but it is not really a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 17:38:30 | More by beertastegood
Photo of racer2k


3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz beer into a pint glass

A - Dark reddish pour with a single finger of cake batter colored head. Some decent retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S - A strong citrus and fruity aroma is present with a moderate hop smell but not overwhelming.

T - There is a nice mix of fruity flavors including apricots, oranges and pears coupled with a strong malt and grain presence which creates a nice balance. There is a distinct citrusy aftertaste which is also present.

M - Medium body with light carbonation and thinner than a traditional DIPA

D - Decent session beer but this beer hides the 7.5% ABV pretty well so be aware.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 14:54:42 | More by racer2k
Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,495 ratings.