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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Not Rated.

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very good

1,479 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,479
Hads: 5,158
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 115
Gots: 1,047 | 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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Photo of atomicbeer
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Bottle poured into straight pint glass. Pours a clear light gold with a small creamy white head. Orange and pine aromas billow out. Behind these are melon and a sharp lemon dishwasher powder essence. The orange and pine are dominant with a good malt backbone. Becomes more phenolic with warming. Hides the alcohol. Well made double IPA, best cold. Thanks for the recommendation John.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%

Note to self: yes, you really do like this well-priced brew ($9.99/6-pk) more than most of the expensive 4-pk-only double IPA's out there, like Hoptimum, Heelcho Hops, and .

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: Clear copper body with a thick film of cream colored head. Thick sospy lacing.

Aroma: Cedar, pine, hops.

Taste: Cedar, pine, grapefruit with a fruity apricot finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium weight.

Overall: This reminds me of any number of other hoppy Lagunitas brews. It's good, but nothing sets it apart from anything else in their lineup.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Solid DIPA from an otherwise solid contributor. The name is a bit overstated as there are DIPA/IIPAs out there with more hop punch to them, but his ranks nicely as a solid DIPA. Darker apricot color, with an aroma that promises more pine than citrus. Nice piney hop flavor up front with some smooth, but properly understated malt in the middle, with a nice spicy finish. Good stuff.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; copper colored; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 2 finger pillowy white head with some big bubbles that receded slowly to a thin, uneven cap; very nice, thick lacing;

S: Pine with flora hops and caramel malt behind; a touch of grapefruit way in the background;

T: pine and floral hops up front; ripe, sweet orange from mid-palate through the finish; mild bitterness after the swallow;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: a great looking and great tasting beer;

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a beer can glass on 06.03.14.

A: See through amber/orange body. 2 1/2 finger white head. Fantastic lacing.

S: Lots of grapefruit as usual with Lagunitas beers. It also has burnt caramel/brown sugar.

T: Grapefruit and burnt caramel dominate. Flower and hop resin are subtle.

O: This was good, but it was more malt forward than I like. Maybe the bottle was old and the hops died though.

Rating: B

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Photo of xxxcjbcxxx
5/5  rDev +26.6%

One word: DELICIOUS.

High in alcohol content.

Color is deep orange, with a good head (not extremely thick and creamy, and not too thin and soda like).

Full of flavor, which ranges from bitter to honey sweet.

It's amazing how they managed to make something taste so bitter yet so sweet. It tastes extremely hoppy at first, like most IPAs, and then the after taste is of a very flowery honey.

This is a five star beer, hands down.

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Photo of bman13
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

delicious!!!!!! VERY VERY VERY excellent example of a double IPA. very hoppy and straight forward. This (thankfully) isn't a malt bomb like Southern Tier Un Earthly or 2xIPA. you can actually taste the hops (unlike southern tier malt bombs) not to hate on southern tier however, it's just that their beers I mentioned are extremely sweet and malty. This one however is very hoppy and bitter. Just how I like :) . Extremely smooth. (Just had a whole 6 pack because I couldn't help myself and I rarely do this). It really is that easy and smooth to drink. Thanks Lagunatis, for making every beer I have drank from you just as delicious as the last one I've tasted. This one some what reminds me of Undercover Investigation Shutdown DIPA, but is a bit more bitter. (In a good way)

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Photo of Retroman40
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is what a decent DIPA should taste like. A very dark amber with a hint of orange. The smell is dominated by the citrus and pine hops. The taste again is very "hop forward" with the malt taste coming in later with the very good finish. The mouth feel is very rich and the carbonation level is perfect. My only warning is that this beer gives absolutely no warning of the rather high alcohol percentage and after a couple could sneak up on someone unsuspecting. Overall this is a great DIPA worth every penny.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- Dark orange color with abundant carbonation and a thick 1-plus f head. Lots of web lacing.

S- Bold hop aromas; pine, orange, flower and herb. Some mineral aroma holds it back.

T- More bold hops and big malts. Just a bit of sweets to go with the pine, citrus, and spice.

M- Full and hearty. The sweets on the back end balance the hops.

O- Pretty well balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of Sinfull
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Orange-amber color, nice white head .Aroma of citrus hops. Great balanced taste with malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness in finish. Grapefruits bitterness in aftertaste. Decent ABV , but easy to drink.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Super spicy. Super Piney. I've come to love and expect a strong piney, hoppy presence in all their beers. This one hits hard. It's big time. A beer some breweries would put into a 4 pack and charge the same price, $9.99. Not Lags, they give ya 6 for 10 and they all pack a punch like you just dove on a hop grenade to save your comrades. Drink it.

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Photo of samtrillo
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%

Big piney hop presence in the nose and taste, what you'd expect from a Lagunitas DIPA.

A tasty malt backbone matches up to the powerhouse hops of this one to make it a really delicious and surprisingly drinkable for an %8.2 DIPA. The hops have a bit of citrus fruity thing that matches up well.

Lagunitas does it again with their IPAs.

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Photo of BreakfastStout
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

A delicious DIPA, that gets better with every sip. It's right in the mix of top tier DIPA's with Pliny the Elder and Hopslam, among other. What really sets this one apart is that it is so balanced, so smooth. Far too many DIPA's kick you in the teeth with hop overload. The color is excellent and the nose is a fantastic subtle piney/floral aroma. head and lacing are what exactly what one would expect of a quality brew, it paints my Founders tulip and stays there through the end. Nice! It's great out of the bottle in Michigan and even better out of the tap in No Cal.

I love this beer and despite the fact that I have to drive to Chicago (hate that city) am excited to make a trip to taste this again fresh from the tap.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

12oz Brown bottle with pry-off cap poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden amber with 1 finger of head

Smell: Citrus hops with some pepper and fresh baked bread

Taste: Bitter up front with a mix of citrus hops with some spice notes and well balanced with a caramel malt

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated with a clean finish relative to the amount of hop flavor

Overall: This was one of the last of Lagunitas' offerings for me to try. There is a good amount of hop flavor and is well balanced by the malt. This might one of the best balanced DIPAs for the amount of hop flavor.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Picked up a 22, poured into a mug. Third Lagunitas review. The color is incredibly inviting, a copperish-amber. Decent amount of head, maybe quarter inch on the poor. Aroma was big on hops, taste not so much. Flavor was more citrus and boozy than hops. Good stuff, but for how much I like Lagunitas, was hoping for better.

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Photo of Beric
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Served: 14 Aug 2014

Appearance: Looks great- pours a nice deep amberish color and a decent one finger head that sticks around forever before eventually succumbing to the high ABV (which kills the head).

Smell: Huge floral and citrus hop notes, some malt sweetness.

Taste: This is where the beer falls apart- the hoppiness is not as prominent in the taste as it is in the nose, and the beer is dominated by a boozy cloying sweetness. The beer is so sweet it is offputting. The relatively high ABV is extremely evident in the taste, as some sips tasted like boozy alcohol. Really unimpressed and very disappointed.

Mouthfeel: Very thick on the tongue with light carbonation.

Overall: A hot boozy mess of a cloying sweet DIPA. One of the worst I've had.

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Photo of CarlosRuizsChauffeur
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I pretty much like all of Lagunitas' beers because they are so well balanced and drinkable even for the ABV +8% brews.

A: A nice dark golden beer with a slight amber hue
S: Smells fairly hoppy, but overall nothing too overpowering
T: Great balance of malts and hops. While there are definitely a great deal of hops in this beer the bitter bite is not overwhelming, just like the other Lagunitas choices
M: Very crisp and refreshing. Perfect for the Summer or any humid day because it is very smooth
O: Another great beer by Lagunitas. As drinkable as a beachy Summer Ale, but with all of the hops you love in an IPA. Definitely worth getting

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant amber in color with excellent clarity. A quarter inch of white head is visible. Brussels lacing. A powerful aroma of citrus hops greets my nose. Mango and pineapple notes are distinct. The citrus hops are fairly bitter on the front of the palate. There's plenty of light malt to back it up,but in the fade the hops make their presence known. The mouth is a bit sticky and chalky.

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Photo of ZagZagg
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
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!!

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Photo of VALIS666
3/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of rcairney1
4.62/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,479 ratings.