Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,457
Hads: 5,023
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 106
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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 soulgrowl
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A glowing, bronzed orange with a soft, foamy, tan-yellow head.

Smell: Floral/citric hops, probably Cascades, with a bit of peanut in the malt character. Although it is not particularly complex, I find the aroma fairly delicious. Perhaps its allure lies in its simplicity. Rummy alcohol becomes apparent as it warms.

Taste: This is a good IPA - not great, but quite good. It is quite hoppy, but I wouldn't call it a Double IPA; Hop Ottin' IPA and Racer 5 both have a more forceful hop taste, in my opinion. The malts are where they should be, in the background, lending a soft honey-caramel undertone. There's also a bit of saltiness, which helps to enliven some of the sweet flavors along the sides of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: A slight cloy in the finish makes this a less-than-refreshing IPA.

Drinkability: This is a nice, simple beer with a delectable hop profile and light body. Very drinkable. I dig it. (929 characters)

Photo of Tupperwolf
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of jmz62565
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a clear reddish orange with a large tan foamy head. The smell is a very strong citrus aroma,grapefruit?, that is very nice. The taste is very hoppy with a citrus flavor,but it's not harsh, the alcohol is mellowed by abit of malt sweetness. The m/f is light and well balanced. This is a very good brew and I would love to have this again. (348 characters)

Photo of jwff
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a very clear brown/red/orange with a few carbonation streams to light up the glass. Mild white head that decays but leaves just enough to cling to the sides of the glass on the way down. Smell is very citrusy and grassy, and I'm picking up some salt too.

If you've had Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA (which is the closest thing I can compare this to) or any other DIPA then you know the deal. Hops balanced by malt with a gin pine and salt on the tongue aftertaste. Mouthfeel and drinkability rate high with this beer, because while the balance of malts to hops doesn't produce amazing tastes it is amazingly smooth.

I wish there was more to this beer, but it seems pretty in tune to DIPA style. I've had a few recently and am coming to terms that it's really not my style. (787 characters)

Photo of Matthew
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice golden to orangish type color with a nice white whipped head to top it off.
Yup, lots of hops. Very strong hop aromas, slightly citrusy but almost a bitter citrus smell. Almost burns my nose hairs out.
Big bitter hop flavors that include that citrus type flavor found in the nose but it really tastes more like the peel than the sweet meat of the fruit. There is a sturdy malt backbone in this beer but no matter how sturdy it is the hops still make it take a backseat.
This is a pretty good example of a hopped up beer that is ok to drink but I dont really consider it to be the best crafted or the best use of hops in a beer, still if you like hops you will drink it and wont dislike it. (701 characters)

Photo of scooter231
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reminds me of a pretty sunset- lots of orange, red, and golden hues, and very clear- quite pretty. Nose is surprisingly mild- hoppy, yes, but mild. Hops are sweet and floral, light. Taste is a bit odd... hoppy, sorta; malty, sorta; grapefruit? Rotten grapefruit. Mouthfeel is okay, sudsy and medium bodied. Drinkability is... meh... that something odd in the taste just throws me off. Otherwise, a very nice beverage. (417 characters)

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

22oz brown bomber, poured into a ½ liter stein.

This DIPA pours with a big easy fluffy white head with good retention. It is a nice golden to copper color with good clarity.

The bouquet is strong, pine hops.

Very hopy, some good malt balance in the middle.

Alcohol is balanced well, full soft mouth fell and quite drinkable. (338 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ohhhh the hopidity of this.
Makes for a very impressive pour; the off white head is foamy, doesn't want to go away, mutates into a cavernous mess that you could write your name in if you want. Said foam sticks to the side of the glass in a gravity defying way. The color of the beer itself is a clear copper; if the color was slightly more vibrant I'd give the appearance a perfect score.
The sharpness of the hops dives into your nostrils and fish-hooks right in there. Sharply pungent... impressive... invites curiosity. I likey.
The taste isn't quite as impressive as the appearance or smell but it's pretty good. More well balanced than the scent would lead you to believe, but make no mistake, hops is king of the hill here. The malts to a decent job of keeping the hops honest.
I've found that Lagunitas offers great bang for your buck brews and this one lives up to that tradition with dignity. $3-$5 for a bomber? sign me up. (939 characters)

Photo of orfeu
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystalline golden orange with a yellowish-white head, thick and fluffy. Citrusy pine hop aroma is much more subdued than I expected. Taste begins citrusy sweet -- candied orange rinds and red grapefruit juice, but enough pine bitterness to keep it astringent. The pleasant surprise is the nutty malt flavor that rides out through the aftertaste. Juicy and smooth mouthfeel. A solid, sessionable DIPA -- in fact, it seems to be just barely on the "double" side of the IPA camp. In any case, a recommended selection. (515 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber with a slight orange taste. Slighty cloudy with a thin head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S: Aromas of grapefruit and orange hops. Definatley a very good smelling beer. Very fresh smelling. Slight yasty malt if you swirl the glass a bit.

T: Tastes of orange and grapefruit explode in your mouth with a very a slight caramel malty background thats noticeable when you take a big gulp. Not a very bitter aftertaste but one of the grapefruit or tangerine. Wonderfully tasting DIPA.

M & D: Mouthfeel on this offering from Lagunitas is very good. Nice and smooth beer that has a refreshing aftertaste. Makes you feel like you just had a very fresh grapefruit or orange. Not very carbonated. Drinkability of this DIPA is very high. The mid level abv allows you to savor a couple of these 22oz. bombers if you please. Overall a very well balanced and full bodied beer. I will have another soon! (920 characters)

Photo of PatYoda
2.63/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Another pretty poor double IPA. Perhaps I have been spoiled by beers like Dreadnaught, Hop Rod Rye, and 90 Minute. Either way, this is not good.

Appearance is hazy dark peach with a decent head that sticks around for a little while and leaves some lacing. Not impressive for a DIPA though. Smell is alcoholic (at 7.5%?). There are some grapefruity hops and caramel malt in the background.

The taste is very disappointing. At first it isn't bad, simply a little weak. The caramel malt and citrusy hops are there, though they are very subdued. There is a medicinal aspect as well. Then the finish is pure hop bitterness. It lingers for some time and makes the beer very hard to drink as a result. Very harsh. The alcohol is also there, but not nearly as noticeable as in the smell.

The mouthfeel is a tad thin for my liking. Overall, a bomber of this is difficult to finish. (881 characters)

Photo of masikon
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a honey color with a fuzzy head which lasted well. Nose was straightforward with some mild citrus notes but very little in terms of malt suggestions. Taste was obviously very hoppy with just a slight bit of oily texture, pretty good although just a little harsh with less hop taste and more hop bite than the truly top notch DIPA's. This is a good offering but is outshined by some others in the genre. (409 characters)

Photo of far333
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

72.41 IBU’s. Crystal clear faded apricot colored with a thick and frothy head of off-white meringue. Crisp and inviting aroma of citrus hops flecked with pine tar. Flavor is sweet tangerine hops upfront, morphing nearly immediately to bitter citrus peel, and slowly evolving to crunchy pine tips. A light malt sweetness rides beneath, but is nearly eclipsed by the bite of the hops. Throat and stomach are warmed as I sip. Mouthfeel is thin and tingly, finishes crisp. Not overly complex, but pretty drinkable. (511 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (1,096 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery golden color topped by a good two-finger creamy white head. Head doesn't last for too long, but settles into a nice wispy coating on top. Aroma of spicy, fruity hops, with notes of pine and grass and a whiff of alcohol. Palate is well-balanced between assertive fruity hops and a light honey-sweet malt character. Some sweet fruit come through mid-palate, yielding to a powerful bitterness on the finish. Body is full, creamy, and slightly sticky, holding the flavor very well. Very tasty, and not overwhelmingly strong like some double IPAs. (558 characters)

Photo of beertastegood
3.26/5  rDev -17%
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. (1,077 characters)

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

This is amber/orange in color with a very frothy white head that provides good retention and lacing.
The aroma is dominated by hops, but has a toasty malt backbone.
The flavor a bit sweeter than most double IPA’s, but remains hopy. The bitterness is strongest near the finish.
Mouth feel is medium bodied and slightly oily. (328 characters)

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

I tried this from a 22oz bomber. I am gonna give this one 4's across the board, I really like this one and would like to find it in 12oz bottles if they were to package them. I went shopping the other day and picked up about a a half dozen ipa/iipas and this one if definetly on the gonna pick up again list. Appearance is a golden brown with a giant head due to a bit of a rough pour. Smells of fruits and hops are abundant in this one and I love every bit of it as it gives a hint of what the taste will be. This is my first lagunitas purchase and i will buy more in the future (579 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an cloudy amber with a fluffy white head that held up okay with good lacing

Smell: Hops (piney & floral) nutin' else

Taste: Big hops smack and some peppery notes with faint hints of malt. Alcohol warming on the finish...

MF: Just to damn hoppy; no malts to balance it out

If you are totally into hops this is your beer, but not the worst DIPA you could pick at random (378 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy neutral amber color. Good off-white head that leaves some lace on the glass.

Nice fresh hop aromas up front, very floral.

A hopper's delight. The dry malt flavors show up only at the beginning of the taste. The rest is hop, and this is also very dry. Full bodied with a slightly low carbonation.

I'm having this beer with Montreal seasoned beef. This beer is the perfect foil for this hearty meal. I'm noticing the alcohol content more as well as the malt flavors in this combination. (501 characters)

Photo of Cwrw
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Maximus comes in the 650ml brown bottle, with another one of their relatively nondescript labels, with large black and green lettering. The give-you're-head-a-shake stories on the sides of the bottle are always diverting though(and they make more sense after a couple bottles). If it were not for them, the Lagunitas labels would be extremely boring. Maximus pours very agreeably, forming a rich bed of beige-yellowish foam. The underlying bubbles are a little larger, but the consistency of the foam viewed from the top is compact and ice-cream like. Thin lacing, but it clung well and formed paint-like splotches. The beer is dark rust in colouration; equal parts orange and red. Lighter than an amber, but darker than most pale ales. At first the liquid appears quite limpid, but there is a very fine haziness upon closer examination, and as you pour the last bit you can see the sediment clearly floating in the beer. Delightful looking brew. The first sniff after pouring the beer is quite malty, but as the head lessens and the beer breathes a little, the expected dark-wood spicy hops assert themselves. The beer is quite balanced to me though: instead of the hops being dominant in the aroma, the malting holds its own against them, as evidenced by the inescapable sugary sweetness throughout. I will say that the hops DO increase in magnitude the more the beer sits and aerates. The aroma is a little similar to Brown Shugga'. Other aromas include some milkiness, maple syrup, pepper, tree bark, and a great woodiness from the hopping. Raisins, definite dried prunes, figs, and a faint hit of vodka-like alcohol lurking underneath. Plenty of complexity to be had. The west-coast hops add all sorts of earthy vinous notes: spice-filled and warming. Sometimes cinnamon-like, sometimes seasoning salt in nature. As expected, the hops really do define the taste of Maximus. The aroma does not suggest the astringent dryness of the taste. The malt is just as present as the hops in the SMELL, but the taste changes all that: on the tip of the tongue, save a small bit of white-sugar sweetness, the woody hops start to add their bitterness. By the middle the cinnamon and grapefruit and lemon are all there, and the finish is dizzyingly dry, at first. The finish is all about mouth-puckering. After sipping, though, the dryness lessens. The taste is not as filled with nuances as the aroma, but still very tasty and full of flavours like burnt toast, mollasses, pomegranate seeds, honeycomb, toffee, ground coffee, and a strong metallic presence, like copper. The malting, when it can be appreciated, is very syrupy. Everything hides behind the massively bitter finish, though. This is extremely low in carbonation, feeling slick and oily on the tongue. Full bodied and quickly warming. Whilst I love to try these, the inherent problem is the lack of solid drinkability--for me, these Double IPAs will never be good session beers, and will never surpass a good amber or even a balanced IPA for quaffability. These will be the exceptions, not the rules. I love them, but would no more drink them daily than I would eat blue cheese, caviar and roast beef every day. A lovely beer to try though, even if not as jaw-droppingly hoppy as might be expected from the DIPA categorisation. And yes, the dryness stays in the mouth almost endlessly unless you pair Maximus with something like aged cheddar. The sharpness softened the hop-bite, and the cheddar added some new tastes. (3,473 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good DIPA, obtained from Liquid Solutions. Poured into the glass with a thick fluffy cascading white head over a deep coppery clear amber colored liquid. Doesn't seem to have an active carbonation to keep the head poofed up, but leaves a thick spotty lacing.

Smells very citrusy and piney from the high dosage of hops. Smells like maybe amarillo hops. Very juicy. A bit of a caramel malt aroma can be detected under the hops, but it is truly the hops that carry the bouqet in this beer.

The taste is almost as good as the nose. Starts off with a nice malty sweetness followed by a surge of bubblegummy hop flavors and a bit of that crushed aspirin flavor naysayers of amarillo tend to dislike.

The finish is quite bitter with a metallic and medicinal quality to it. A bit syrupy in the mouthfeel. Still very quenching and drinkable for a DIPA with a somewhat high ABV. (887 characters)

Photo of grindcore666
3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My second Lagunitas bomber today, this one looks delicious: hazy amber, some foggy orange throughout. Sports a milky 2-finger head, like a cloud from heaven. Leaves behind average lacing, appearance was almost perfect.

Smells like you would expect from an IPA, sharp hops alongside some grapefruit. *Takes a drink* Straight to the point, but not as ruthless as some IPA's. Kind of a creamy mouthfeel, though bitter. The grapefruit really comes out. Aftertaste is crisp and remains sharp.

I'm not a huge fan of the style, but I found this more pleasant than most, and would gladly try another. (600 characters)

Photo of SteveO1231
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a pint of this at Pizza C-Bad.

Poured a dark amber color.
Light tannish head with some good lacing.

Very nice, bitter, with a nice malty, fruity flavor.
I taste citrus, orange or grapefruit.

Complex initial flavor with a mild smooth finish.
Drinkable but nothing to scream about.

Cheers! (307 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear orangish yellow color with about a half inch of tight bubbles apparent at first pour. There are quite a few bubbles rising to maintain the head.

Aroma: I get a whole bunch of citrus in this one. I can pick out oranges and grapefruits in particular.

Taste: A lot of citrusy hops noticeable at first, and then you notice a bit of malt in there as it washes over your palate. The profile then fades to a slightly chalky and bitter flavor to carry on well into the finish, only to be disrupted ever slightly by the alcoholic warming.

Opinion: Well, as far as IIPA's go, I think that this one is a bit on the light side. I really like the fresh hop presence, but I feel that it is lacking a bit on the malt bill. I would personally like this beer to have a bit more of a chewy malt presence with some more caramel malts and Dextrines. It's not a bad beer, and one that I would drink again, but if I were to have this beer sitting beside a Stone IPA...I don't think that there would be any comparison.

Review 11-5-05
Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish golden color with an inch of off white bubbles at first pour. He head was made up of different sized bubbles, but it was pretty fluffy and looked like it wasn’t going to be around all that long. The head left quite a bit of lacing after it dropped a bit.

Aroma: Citrusy hops greet the nose right away. There are a few floral notes here also, but the fruity esters are the next major player in the aroma when it is cold.

Taste: A plethora of citrusy and floral hops fade from the aroma into the taste. After the hops start to let go a bit, you can taste the malt. There is a good bit of body here, and I would be so bold to guess that there was mostly Cara-Pils, and Cara Vienne in here. It has a resiny sweet flavor with some definite toasty notes. The final part of the profile yields reservedly to the bittering side of the equation. It really finishes rather balanced for such a hoppy-tasting beer.

Opinion: This is a really tasty beer. I am not much of a hop head, and I prefer a beer that has softer water and less bittering hops. This beer doesn’t have a metallic twang, and the sharp bitterness that many micro’s have as their “signature” finish. This one is much more drinkable in that respect for me. (2,309 characters)

Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,457 ratings.