Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,456
Hads: 5,019
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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-22-2001

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Photo of ZagZagg
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into snifter

A: Brew holds a hazy brandy color that is slightly copper in the right light. Standard pour generates a one-finger head with little lacing, retention was moderate to weak - Light is able to pass through the elixir, but is in no way translucent.

S: Creamy mango and pineapple aroma, with benevolent peach overtones. Syrup style sugar cane gives the nose a pleasant sweetness that is quite powerful. The sugary esters are almost gelatinous in nature, mixing in light notes of apricot and mandarin orange. Very nice

T: The nose in liquid form, lots of mango up front, producing a full juicy flavor. Aside from a pungent mango, many of the juicy notes blend into a unified sweetness, putting more of an emphasis on well-balanced malt. The malt presence reveals a bit of a bready caramel while flushing out somewhat of a lemon peel zest. Very toned down resinous hop character allows the more luscious elements to dominate the palate. Pinesap, candied tropical fruit, morning dew, and rock candy - The finish ever so malty and rich - The overall flavor is best described as nectar.

M: Just right, medium bodied with medium to light carbonation. Good balance. Very drinkable and pretty light on the aftertaste

O: Fusion of flavors I look for in a DIPA, juicy and sweet. Very similar to Long Trail’s Limbo. Very enjoyable beer, one of the best I’ve had from Lagunitas. Excellent balance, excellent drinkability. I’ll be drinking this more often. (1,478 characters)

Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Opening up another Maximus. Just too hot outside for another stout and it was a rough day at work. A beer I've drank countless times just felt like reviewing.

A: What you can expect from a double/imperial IPA. No frothiness and real light carbonation although decent retention with pretty good lacing for an ipa.

S: I've had this many times and the smell varies. I can tell this is not the freshest but not at the same time not a shelf turd. Bitter hops. Sort of unrefined. Again average considering not the freshest.

T: For an IPA the floral character is there without being offensive. Clean still considering not super fresh. Full bodied light citrus. Hoppiness comes in moderate at the end.

M: Follows through with the taste. Not an easy beer to just session down but at the same time isn't a struggle (particularly if you're not a fan of going into the double-triple IPA realm). The hoppiness isn't all that remarkable during the finish. Freshness like the upper three categories would go a long way.

O: Admittedly I rated this kind of harsh. I've had this beer so many times because for $10 it beats Stone IPA in these parts and let's talk about alcohol content. It's a working man's IPA not the best but at the same time for someone that still appreciates a good double/imperial IPA and doesn't want to throw down $6 a bomber it serves a mighty fine purpose in my monthly rotation. Don't let this review knock you it's just something you shouldn't have to seek out but if it's on the shelf and you haven't tried it yet, it beats most domestic IPAs by a stretch. (1,573 characters)

Photo of fitrock2112
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured Maximus into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a clear dark golden with a two full fingers of white head.

S - Nice aroma on this IPA. I'm getting tropical paradise of pineapple, citrus, orange, maybe slight coconut.

T - Very nice flavor here as well. Getting grapefruit, pineapple, citrus, pine needles.
Mid palate getting a little light toasted malt with more bitter hops. On the aftertaste getting more citrus and hops.

M - Mouthfeel is medium leaning towards a heavy with medium carbonation.

O - I love this brew. I think Lagunitas has the IPA's down. Highly recommended! Cheers!! (589 characters)

Photo of VALIS666
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aroma of stale peaches, something sour, can't quite place it. Sugars as well. Pours a thin gold, little head, no lacing. Taste is medium sweet and bready, a bit of a hot alcohol aftertaste; not unpleasant, not great. Lagunitas makes a lot of great beers and this just isn't one of them -- thin, sweet, oddly sour. (313 characters)

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ba Review #287
Served On: 07/18/2014
Glassware: DFH Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: 8.2%
Date/ Code: None

Got this one from Dewey Beach Liquors in Dewey Beach, DE. $12.99 for a 6-pack of 12 oz. bottles. Not a bad price.

Look: The brew was a fairly clear deep golden color with a healthy head of beige foam that created some crazy lacing throughout the duration. Carbonation level was high with an aggressive storm of bubbles rising up. I wish I could have used my Duvel glass for this one but all our beach house had to offer was a DFH tumbler pint. I’m sure this beer would have been even more brilliant in the proper glassware.

Smell: Smooth pine and some sweet hints of orange sherbet; all made for a complex aroma that was very appropriate for a quality DIPA.

Taste: Upfront was a sweet resinous pine with some tangy orange peel. Notes of grapefruit along with a citrus sourness hit in the middle. The finish was a nice bitterness with the citrus hanging on. The aftertaste was more bitterness and a slight sweetness that seemed to carry through from the initial pine resin.

This is a very nice DIPA. The lack of a date code was disappointing. But judging by the satisfying and pungent palate the brew offered, I would guess this bottle was fairly fresh. (1,259 characters)

Photo of rcairney1
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I'd go through all the motions with you: A,S,T,M- but lets just go with O.

O- This is the best beer readily available. If you like IPA's go for it. If you don't, go for it. Its great. Its my go to, its my wifes go to. There is really nothing about this beer that isn't outstanding. To be honest, it ruins me- I now can't have anyother IPA without thinking it's lacking something... it's just not Maximus. Stone, Founders, even Lagunitas IPA, none of them can compare. I know its all personal preference but damn this is a damn good beer. Its Imperial, its got a citrus, its hoppy, its strong (beware it'll sneak up on you), and its incredibly delicious. (654 characters)

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

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with no dating that I can seem to find anywhere on the bottle or label. Poured into the IPA-specific Speigelau glass in order to coax out the characteristics to the max(imus) from this beer. [rimshot]

Appearance - Pours a a beautifully complex color that is a mix of several different hues--dark copper and brown in the shaded parts, but with a bright tangelo glow where the light passes through the glass, and even some hints of sunny yellow. Head is made up of two fingers of off-white foam that retains for a bit before dissipating and leaving a shallow curtain of lace around the sides of the glass. A lazy stream of carbonation bubbles rises up to the top from the laser etching on the bottom of the glass to replenish the foam.

Smell - Pleasant blend of herbal pine and sweet resin alongside some fragrant notes of light grapefruit and floral orange blossom. I wouldn't describe it as pungent or really powerful, as you might expect from some in the style, but it also lacks that astringency that some DIPAs will have, which is a good thing, imho.

Taste - Delivering on the prelude of the smell, notes of pine and honeycomb hit the tongue initially, followed by aftertaste of bright citrus zest and floral sweetness, reminding me of nectar, but not overpoweringly sweet in any way. The taste also allows a lightly toasted biscuity characteristics to come through where I didn't detect it in the aroma.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-light bodied and moderate carbonation. Light bitterness and a semi-dry finish.

Overall, a well-done take on a double IPA that calls to mind the famed PtE, given it's balance and an ABV level that doesn't smack you across the face. Certainly don't go into this one expecting a substitute, but it's a nice, unassuming DIPA that would be easy to sit back and have a few (or a bomber) on a pleasant weather day. I could also see it pairing with food rather easily. Perhaps it could be called a "starter" Double IPA, if such a thing exists. (2,006 characters)

Photo of Alex-Alkis
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Could not resist to put my teeth in this DIPA, especially since Lagunitas IPA is world class.The beer has a very fine copper color and relinquishes some residue on the glass. The aroma is wonderfully strong. The taste is pretty easy for being an American "hop bomb".

A very easy to drink DIPA. The medium bitterness is perfect and the beer would also have been if it were not for the chemical off-taste in the finish. (419 characters)

Photo of tbowersva
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a frothy, dense, off-white head that has great persistence and laces readily. Bright citrus hop aroma. Golden color. Starts with a huge citrus rind bitterness. Medium-high bitterness with more citrus notes. Lingering citrus rind in the finish.

This is really nice. It's all-hop, but it masterfully balances the bitterness, making it for a really tasty, and very pleasant brew - everything I like about the hops, none of the lingering, unpleasant bitterness. (464 characters)

Photo of RiverCityBeerGuy
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass. Huge head on the beer, a dark orange/amber color, pretty hazy with visible carbonation.

Citrusy hop aroma with orange as the predominant character. Some sweet malt in the background as well.

Taste is milder than I would have expected from the aroma, it's very smooth with a strong citrus hop flavor that's balanced by sweet malt. Finishes with a sweet flavor that's close to honey.

I enjoyed this beer, it hides it's 8.2% ABV well. Not my favorite IIPA but I will come back for this one. (543 characters)

Photo of blordo1685
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a golden orange, very clear 3 finger head. Dense off-white bubbles.

S- Plentiful notes of tropical fruit, also floral and piney notes.

T- Wow! This Imperial IPA has great balance. Sweet up front, tropical beauty, followed by bitter hops, then a well balanced malt backbone with a dry finish.

O- Quite good Imperial IPA. Worth trying, reasonably priced. (364 characters)

Photo of fps_dean
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light copper color with moderate head.

Smells like piney, citrusy hops.

Tastes like piney, citrusy hops and caramel malts. A slight taste of grapefruit, and slightly bitter but not extremely so.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

Overall a very good brew that I would buy again. (296 characters)

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

A: Orange-copper hue with a large persistent head; lacing is great

S: Fresh bouquet of floral, citrus, and pine aromas--lots of hop resin (obviously) is the show here

T: Hop forward obviously with grassy and floral flavors; some citrus and pine but lots of grassy floral notes--even a bit of a pepper spice in the finish; some sweet bready malts in the finish for balance but mostly this beer is about the hops; the booze is masked really well

F: Sticky up front but a bit thin on the finish--especially a beer with an 8% abv

O: A different take on the ubiquitous IPA--refreshing (583 characters)

Photo of TheMarkE
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Copper colored with excellent head and sticky lacing. Quite a bit of carbonation going on.

Smell: Floral hops, citrus hops, pine hops, grassy hops, malt, and hops.

Taste: Citrus hops, pine, caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: On the fuller side of medium bodied, creamy, with a strong hop finish.

The Verdict: Very good. Well balanced despite the massive hops, it’s hard to go wrong with this one. Like they say, “If some is good, more is better.” (459 characters)

Photo of Chris_Carraher
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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 (489 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Maximus has a bright golden color that was capped by a dense white foam. The head is very impressive with thick lacing and constant retention. The color is a bit clear for a big IPA and there was immense carbonation.

The hoppy nose was all things fruit as this had a very citrus tone. I think tangerines were at the forefront, with orange and grapefruit second. There is a bit of lemon and a sweet caramel malt backdrop.

The flavors are intense and quite sweet. This starts with a very tangy orange and a quick sour grapefruit. There's some honey sweetness with the caramel malt for an added sugary character. It ends a bit bitter with a floral hop taste but the residual sweetness lingers.

The feel is very full and thick especially for all the carbonation that can be seen. Not particularly astringent it does have a late on alcohol heat.

The great thing about IPAs is that despite them seemingly overdone you can always find one with a new twist and this was quite different for me. (989 characters)

Photo of RobbDogg
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

An amber clear pour with a thin head but good lacing. Faint grain, floral hops of note on the nose for me. Medium carbonation. A touch of sweet malt, mango and lemon within a well balanced but complex flavor pallet. A bit of pepperiness and spices. A proper amount of bitterness as we'll. A solid offering (305 characters)

Photo of dougbassett
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #48 of the ones I've reviewed here.

This is actually rated a bit higher than I generally feel about it -- it's a faultless Imperial IPA/Double IPA but it doesn't strike me as anything striking or unusual or different in the genre. There are many beers in the style that are about the same level as this, and I would defy anyone, really, to tell them apart in a blind taste test.

That's a first-world problem to have, to be sure -- an embarrassment of riches -- and objectively this is a very well-made beer. I'm just saying there's a lot out there nowadays that taste more or less like this. Bronzish pour with a head that disappears quickly but leaves a few traces that linger on resiliently. A nose that it mainly sweet grain and spices, like if you took your favorite hot cereal and dumped the Xmas spices in it. Very nice mouthfeel -- the one thing here that I think is fairly unique, it's very smooth and creamy and comforting, which are not the kind of adjectives I normally associate with this style. Soft flavors, really kind of muted, tell you the truth, with some layers of hop bitterness especially in the back end.

Not bad at all, if you're in the mood for one and your local sixpack place has it you should get it, why not. But nothing you really need to seek out. I much prefer Lagunitas's Little Sumpin', which fools around a bit with this general concept and is all the better for it. (1,463 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Lowes Foods in Apex, NC. No date. More on that below.

A - Golden and crystal clear with a perfect white head. Great lacing.

S - Huge burst of tropical fruit and citrusy hops.

T - Nice hop complexity with tropical fruit, citrus and floral aspects. Very flavorful yet very drinkable.

M - Slick and creamy with a moderate carbonation.

D - A great IPA with all the hop love that Sucks has. I've had this once or twice before and rated it much lower. They don't seem to have dates on the bottle. I think this is one that's fantastic when fresh but dull and rough after too long on the shelf. (631 characters)

Photo of IKR
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Amber color with a generous-sized, foamy light beige head that slowly faded.

Smell: Piney hop aromas dominate.

Taste:The pine aromas carry over to the taste. The finish ends fairly dry with some mild pine notes.

Mouth-feel: Medium body with a medium level of carbonation.

Overall: Good IPA but I didn't find it that much different from the standard Lagunitas IPA. (379 characters)

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

Poured 12oz Boyle into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a nice clear amber with a big head and great lacing.

S-Nose is a blend of sweet citrus with some grapefruit.

T-Awesome flavor, again on the hoppy side, of well ripe tropical fruits, grapefruit, pine, resin, caramel and a tad too much alcohol. Moderate sweet taste with a heavy bitter long-lasting finish.

M-Medium to full body, oily texture, nice carbonation, well balanced!

O-Overall this was a fantastic surprise but it wasn't because it's lagunitas! (509 characters)

Photo of gr0g
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber, almost copper, in color. The pour yields a two finger head with very good longevity, and it leaves tons of lacing behind. Aroma is primarily floral and fruity with a bit of pungency. Citrus notes of grapefruit and tangerine hit first, followed by an earthy, grassy character.

Hoppy, for sure, but there's a healthy amount of malt sugars, too. While on the sweeter side, it's not out of character for a DIPA. It might not be super-hoppy, there's a solid citric bitterness. The flavor shifts to dry and slightly grassy on the finish. Slick mouthfeel that's hampered by some initial harshness, but this subsides eventually.

I found Maximus to be very similar to Little Sumpin' Sumpin'. The hop profile is very similar while the flavor is maltier, and also like that beer, Maximus is a great pick. (802 characters)

Photo of etownhooligan
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A – Pours a hazy orange with a slight red tint, fitting for the sun going down here on the East Coast.

S - Strong aromatic hops and fresh cut grass with hints of pine. It is followed by a faint citrus scent as you move away from the glass.

T- A subtle sweetness followed by the bitter back bite of the hops. I noticed subtle grapefruit and pine notes followed by a pleasantly bitter finish on the tongue. The bitter finish grew less noticeable with each flavorful taste.

M – A lot more carbonation than I like and it felt a little heavy. Gradually after the initial mouth feel it seems to lighten up and rolls over the mouth nicely.

O – I was expecting to detect onions myself as posted by Apellonious. I was half hoping to take notice of such an interesting scent, but there were none in taste and smell. I will have to try this brew again, it was not bad for a American Double.

I recommend this for you hop lovers out there. (982 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a six pack poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a cloudy ruby red, half finger head.

S - Maximus hops, onion, grapefruit covered in salt.

T- A subtle sweetness is present amongst the grapefruit, citrus and pine. It's interesting that you don't pick up as much of the onion-like qualities as you do in the nose. Bitter finish.

M - Solid, seems a touch watery, but also a little creamy.

O - This had to be fairly fresh (though there is no deciphering the code on the bottle) based on the smell and taste. Seems more potent than the 72 IBUs present. There is some balance, which I think is key for DIPA.

Edit - ok, i went back and deciphered the code...February 6th 2014, so not overly fresh. But the point still stands. Recommended. (751 characters)

Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,456 ratings.