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Maximus - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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1,472 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,472
Hads: 5,114
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 113
Gots: 999 | 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 bigbelcher
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a taster at the Strong Beer festival. Poured a deep gold color. Plenty of cascade hops, grapefruit aroma. Little head but could have been because of dirty glass. Probably not the most refreshing beer to drink on an 80 degree warm winter day but I am sure that a fresh pint or two would go down nicely in the evening. Body was pretty good. It was one of the few beers at the fest that made a lasting impression on me.

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3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear bronze colored IPA. 1" off-white head. Great lacing.

S - Citrus. Tropical fruit. Underlying malt. The aroma does what it should....it makes me want to drink it!

T - Nicely balanced with citrus up front, sweet malt in the middle followed by a nice bitter citrus peel finish.

M - Full bodied with low to mid carbonation. A little overly sweet in the finish.

D - Good drinkability. Tasty IPA -- I am not to sure about it being a Double IPA though.

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Photo of uberabr
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Celt44
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass - Appearance is a medium/light amber. Little head and less lacing.
Floral and fruity aroma is heavy on the grapefruit and malt. Sugary finish - like warm bread.
Definitely a lighter hop character than most IPAs. Malt is present along with a hint of the warm bread.
Mouthfeel is smooth - a short bitter bite at the end.
Overall a good beer - not as hoppy as I'd like my IPAs.

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Photo of DrMalt
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz growler during an IPA/DIPA tasting.

Poured a dark golden body with a white 2 1/2 finger head. Head retention was good.

Aroma was very pronounced with smells of grapefruit, orange & an perfumy piney smell.

Taste was definitely in favour of hop bitterness yet lots of balancing malt.

I really liked the mouthfeel this beer created. It was well balanced in its body. Not too thin yet not overwhelming.

Again the drinkability was similar to the mouthfeel in that it offerred loads of hops, was well matched by the maltiness but not too chewy.

Had this many times before & got to sample against some other similar DIPA's. It was my 2nd of 6 offerrings. A very drinkable DIPA.

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Photo of tboom29
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bubbly, frothy head on this one. Light brown/copper in color.

Lots of hops in the aroma. Very floral with a citrusy bite too.

This is ver hoppy to begin with, as you'd expect from a DIPA. Slight alcohol finish. Bit of a sweet, candied taste, orange taste. The orange taste reminded me of the peel from orange chicken you might get at a Chinese restuarant. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth, after the initial onslaught of hops in the beginning. Although there is a bit of maltiness towards the end, the citrusy hops win out. Maybe a bit heavy on the hops overall, but a decent DIPA in the end.

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Photo of Mdog
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark gold with a nice head, good lacing.

Smell: Tasty citrus aroma.

Taste: This is mostly dominated by citrus hops but a little sweetness comes through here and there. Unfortunately a little metallic bite does too which knocks this down a little.

Mouthfeel: Coating, lasting bitterness.

Drinkability: Pretty good, but there are better DIPAs out there.

Ordered some of this over the internet. It's a decent DIPA but there are plenty of other ones out there better than this one.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, clear golden-amber body, topped by a thick three finger slab of oatmeal colored micro bubbles. Lacing ? More like curtains draping the entire glass.

Clean, aggressive citrus aroma coupled with some pine.

Solid malt foundation lays a thick slather of caramel across the tongue.Juicy fruity bits slide on down the base, before a big bitter hop bite at the swallow. Hop tingle lightly mingled with citrus continues through the aftertaste. The kind of aftertaste that if you have this as a nightcap, you'll be tasting hops in the morning.

Mediumish mouthfeel is good for the style, unlike some DIPAs that don't seem fully integrated.

Drinkability is more than fine, goes down easily but respectfully.

While not an "oh my God" in today's beer world, a solidly well done big IPA.

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Photo of ChazMania
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle. When I first had this, maybe a year or so ago, it was one of my early entree's into DIPA. I have been through many of the best of the best and utterly love DIPA. Coming back to this for a sampling, it's good but not up there with the best of them. Mild aroma and much more mild hop. I have been turning alot of my friends on to DIPA and I find this a good entry step.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden orange yellow with a full finger white head that melts to a very, very sticky lace.
Aroma is pungent floral and citrus with a bit of malt sweetness.
Taste is thick citrus...grapefruit peel mostly..hops with a sticky sweet malt back.
Aftertaste is mostly the hops.
Something about this DIPA seems 'over-the-top'....and I don't mean merely too hoppy (I love hops) or too malty....it's as if the heavy hand used in brewing this big brew failed to blend the flavors as well. It lacks any subtlety..
Pity...Lagunitas is a wonderful big brewer and this one is close, but it misses the mark, IMHO

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed amber color with a cream colored head that leaves some nice sheets of lacing on my glass. Aroma is of citrusy hops, fruit, and a little malt. Taste is sharp citrus and a little fruity and caramelly. Mouthfeel is medium to full, pretty smooth, but finishes extremely dry making me want a glass of water to go alongside. Ok Double IPA.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter--crystal clear copper that maintains a 1/2 inch white head, cap-sized bubbles with sticky lacing. The nose is subtle--your a-typical juicy hops, grapefruit and some biscuity malts. An oily sliding affect of bitter hops, very laid back for the style. Tender malt-based backbone with some carbonation. Come and go orange peel and lemon zestiness; creamy hopped-up palated. I am a hops-head, my name is Geoff. And this failed to live up to the reputation of a DIPA. Call it an IPA and you're fine.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber with a light tan head that starts out thick and leaves decent lacing. The smell is of spicy and fruity hops with stone fruit predominating. The taste is grainy with a good malt background and with a pronounced grapefruit pith bitterness thats balanced by all the malt. Definitely a maltier version than most dipas. The mouthfeel is a little thick and grainy, it feels substantial in your mouth. This hurts the drinkability a bit, as it definitely fills you up. Still a solid beer, and for the price a great value.

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Photo of jackorain
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Copper with a slighht chill haze, 2 inch head, with decent retention and nice lace

S- Citrus and green hops a little biscuity malt

T-bitter green hops with a mild malt middle and a serious bitter grapefruit hop finish, really hoppy

M-Smooth meduim body, a little creamy, hop oils coat mouth and residual sticky sugars coat the l;ips as it drys

D-pretty good but a little hoppy to drink more than 2. 7.5%, low for a double could help this along to a 3rd if the taste buds get deadened after the fisrt 2

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a beige/yellow color ale with a medium bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of C-hops is quite powerful with lots of citrus and floral notes. Taste is quite bitter with huge citrus and floral hops with a big grassy feel. Malt is more subdued then I would have liked it with limited caramel. Body is about average with medium carbonation. Good take on the style but it is missing something (malt?) to make it truly great.

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Photo of Alkey
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly hazed orangish gold color with very little head and lacing. Smells of brown sugar with some light hop aroma. Taste of thick syrup malts with some citrus hop bitterness. Not as bitter as thought it would be and a bit too sweet and syrupy for me to drink more than one. The second Lagunitas brew I've found to be a unique and some what of an acquired taste.

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Photo of dedrinker
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 1 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance was aweful because all I could see was brown glass as I walked this one home in the upright position. Smells like a fresh bag of kind hops. Tastes green, summerlike, an afternoon in the woods behind my parents house as a teenager. This is the beer that got me into hoppy beers about five years ago. I was more of a Belgian/ German beer guy then. This beer can cure a bad day at work if you pair it up with a Ford F150 and REO Speedwagon.

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Photo of TheLiterati
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery amber color, with a finger high head that yields to a nice lacing. Nice presentation.

Smells of pine, woods, hops – very earthy, almost musky, but hints at the flavor to come.

Mouthfeel is full with a nice amount of carbonation – a little different than what some have observed, but this bottle somehow seems fresher than others I’ve had in the past.

Taste is super hopped, with smoky, woodsy undertones and a nice maltiness to boot. Aggressively hopped, this DIPA is not coy about what it is…I like that in an IPA!

Definitely drinkable!

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Photo of pmatz2
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium-dark copper with a nice fluffy white head that disappears quickly. Nice lacing around the glass.

It has a predominantly Pine Hop's smell that is not overpowering. There is a subtle malt sweetness. An overall very pleasant smell.

Starts off with a good balance between sweet malt and fresh hops up front but quickly changes to a strong but not overpowering bitterness. I'm surprised at the bitterness based upon the aroma.

Mouth feel is full - thick and syrupy with a very low carbonation.

Overall this is a very drinkable DIPA

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliant clear copper-orange with a frothy white head that leaves excellent lacing. Very nice.

Smell is juicy citrus hop. Malty base adds a brown sugar sweetness. Crisp and resinous.

Taste is initially dominated by the wonderful citrus and floral hop character. Bitter, but not harsh. Then the generous caramel malt brings balance. Very citrusy and fruity. Finish is sweet and spicy.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Chewy with the addition of resinous hop oil.

This is a very nice IPA. Complex hop profile is well matched with a solid malty base that is just as interesting. I will have this one again.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good DIPA. Poured a wonderful chestnut colour with a lovely looking snow white head. Thick sticky lacing stuck like glue to the edges of the glass. Moderate level of CO2 bubbles streaming skyward. Looks nice. Smell was very citrusy with powerful hops dominating. Taste, too, was all hops with colossal bitterness!! Almost no malt detectable at all. Mouthfeel was a little better than average. All in all, a very nice DIPA, though still not my favourite.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into Imperial Pint Glass

A - Beautiful cloudy amber orange color with an immense rocky head. Head lightens but lasts for the extent of the beer. Looks deliciously drinkable.

S - Smell is sweet but tart without the intense floral scents of the best double IPAs. Hops are quite intense and followed up by a nice malt addition.

T - Nice hop bomb without the floral pleasantries. Malt sweetness is a strong contender but doesn't overpower the hops in the slightest. Alcohol is well disguised behind the wall of hops, even as the beer warms.

M - Nice mild carbonation that mellows as an intense bitter aftertaste emerges. The bitterness is not too cloying, however.

D - Nice flavor without a highly alcoholic taste or effect. Could probably enjoy another bomber without growing tired of this brew.

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Photo of Foxman
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a flashy, clear Goldfinger gold. A finger of loose white head dissolves to globules of froth. Grommets of lacing ring the inside of the glass.

The aroma vists a smooth malt sweetness, flowing caramel, vanilla, and light berry. The hops boast middling pine and mild citrus. A thin sliver of alcohol slips through.

Upon sipping, along comes a rounded caramel malt sweetness with blueberry and melon. Crisp grapefruit and coniferous hops dry the grain and open for a faint stripe of alcohol. A mellow biscuit note cedes to a lingering crisp bitterness. It's a tasty blend of IPA fundamentality.

Medium bodied, the malt is mildly viscous but not cloying, and the hops are fairly oily.

Maybe it's not as maximal as the appelation Maximus might mandate, but it makes a more than marginal foray into the land of hop happiness. It's a well-blended, if quite basic, mix of good, sound elements. The ABV is just big enough to provoke a care, though it's in no way a show-stopper. So it's not as bold as the name might indicate, but it's enjoyable no matter its relative size.

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Photo of bashiba
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper color with a long lasting thin white head, good lacing.

Smell was very fresh green hops with a touch of grapefruit.

Has a suprisingly strong malt taste with a nice breadiness to it, has a decent grapefruity hop flavor, but not all overwhelming. Very balanced for a Double IPA.

Mouthfeel is thick with the classic hop oilyness.

A Very drinkable and good Double, just a little less intense than most.

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Photo of Beerzebub
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color, a finger of egg shell color head. Head recedes slowly. Good lacing.

Hoppy smell, pine and citrus, but also herbal. Alpine herbs, like green Chartreuse. Also some bready malt and a little spice, sort of like ginger cookies. Slightly medicinal.

Big hop flavor, grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, flowers and herbs muddled up. Bitterness and sweet malt. Medicinal, particualrly in the aftertaste - I think it's from the hops, not phenols, but I'm not sure. Fairly long finish, with sweetness fading and bitterness coming in to dominate.

Slightly sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation is well moderated. Not remarkably drinkable, but a good and interesting beer.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,472 ratings.