Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 1,581 | Ratings: 5,661
Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is hop juice. It smells like a tropical island. It reminds me of their Hop Stoopid ale except I was able to get this in a 6 pack. It smells like sweet tropical fruits citrus grapefruit. The taste is just as awesome. What a slick oily smooth mouthfeel with those tropical hops sweeping across the tongue to leave a dry bitterness on the back like an IPA should. The slick oily mouthfeel and the ridiculous tropical hop flavor and smell accounts to the hop extracting method they use. Where they drain all the hops of their natural oils and alpha acids until its all into a thick syrupy liquid then they put in the beer. You can tell too because this doesn't taste like a typical IPA and its really a unique method for making an outstanding smell and tasting IPA.

I can tell this is pretty fresh too so definitely buy this fresh and warm it up for about 5 or 10 minutes out of the fridge to get that hop bitterness this is capable of. When its too cold you can taste the alcohol a bit and the bitterness is kind of subdued from the coldness. This beer warmed just a tad is amazing. Sweet thick malts mix in with the tropical, grapefruit, flowery and fruity loop type hops. I'm glad the store next to me just started offering this so I know it'll be fresh for a couple months now. Definitely get this beer if you like Double IPA's its fantastic.

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Photo of tj4288
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW. my first PERFECT 5 BEER. poured from bomber into a large tulip glass.

a-Pours a peach/ honey color (very pretty) slightly yellow head about two fingers. Recedes to a small cap but leaves decent lacing. Some visible carbonation. This peach color is amazing me. It's beautiful, I have never seen a beer with this color, and I even left the room to check it under different lightings! Very alive and inviting!
s- Piney hops up front followed by a light burnt caramel or molasses. Some grapefruity citrus notes as well. A very well rounded and very complex beer for the nose. WOW
t- slightly molasses and burnt caramel sweetness. More on the pine and citrus hop side. Fairly weak malt. This beer is amazing. The bitter bite is very enjoyable. Almost like a citrus skin. Grapefruit, slightly grassy and earthy. wow wow wow. very complex, very interesting. Too bad I only bought one 
m- not a "full body" but very close. slightly sticky feel. Carbonation is medium.
d- I always include price in drinkability and this bomber was fairly cheap. Will I but it again?> yes, tomorrow. goes down very easy, very enjoyable and very tasty. I have to admit I was very surprised. I did not expect this from this very plain, very boring labeled bottle. love it, buy it. if you like ipas at all this one is top notch. a great DIPA! cant wait to buy more.

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Photo of Beerjunky1776
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My all time favorite beer. Created an account just to review this, great fruity aroma, beautifully pale ale great foamy head with open bubbles, taste is crisp as can be and dry on the finish. Slight citrus notes with a very floral aroma. Everybody I’ve ever gave some to has fallen in love with this beer. Lagunitas hit it out of the park making this beer! Relatively cheap compared to other beers and for an 8.2% beer it goes down smooth and mean!

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Photo of GreenPea
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can not believe this beer has received anything but a solid A+.

The appearance is drop dead gorgeous. A beautiful amber copper colored clear brew. The lacing sticks around and a foamy head tells you it's time to enjoy.

The smell is solid Pineapple, resin, tropical fruit, and everything that makes hoppy...hoppy.

The taste is spicy clean and refreshing. Period.

Mouth feel is spot on with a clean, well balanced carbonated feel tells you everything is in check.

Overall this one works coast to coast. The alcohol is hidden well, it's fresh, clean and extremely balanced.

I'm OK with this being the only beer in my fridge.

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Photo of Canslammer
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My search for the perfect IPA is over! I have spent a lot of time and money looking for the perfect IPA, and finally I have found it. I seem to always get suckered in by reviews from this site and others about how good an IPA is or isn't, but my search is officially over. This is my go to beer! Unfortunately it is difficult to find.

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Photo of Raime
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a clear orange-ish white with a massive three finger off-white head. Leaves great amount of large spiderweb-like lacing.

S - Banana, Mango, slight grapefruit, kiwi, lemon. Smells very tropical and delicious.

T - Mango upfront, small amounts of grapefruit, mango in the middle, and more mango in the finish. Slight amounts of malt also makes it's way through. Exactly the taste I want in an IPA.

M - Light bodied with heavy, cold carbonation. Sits perfectly.

O - Overall, a fucking delicious IPA. Seriously great. Holy shit is this wonderul. I will definitely have this one again. Best , most perfectly balanced beer I've ever had. Hands down a Heavyweight champ right here. I've been advocating beer for the past 8 months to find something this great and I finaly have. Thank you Lagunitas!.

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Photo of xxxcjbcxxx
5/5  rDev +25.3%

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 DavidS333
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maximus by Lagunitas Brewing Co. is an American Double/Imperial. It is a rich example of this variety of brew, with a light amount of froth on a scale of light/medium/thick. Its body is of a very tasty medium variety. Its smell is rich and sweetish. Its color is one of those sort of effervescent sort of reddish harvest golds one occasionally comes across in the American Double/Imperial IPA variety.

Maximus is one of those Doubles/Imperials that I knew I would like from the moment I smelt/tasted it. It isn't of the wild-hop variety even though those fall into the same category, but it is one of those well crafted American Double/Imperials, that you can just tell is going to taste really good. Its a complex beer; for suggested similar beers, I would try the "Shipwrecked" American Double, and the Anchor Steam Argonaut variety of Doubles. The taste is somewhere in between and very satisfying. The hoppyness one might expect from the beer is there. However, it is very smoothe, and one gets the sense that a lot of time and retries per se went into this beer because the taste takes one on such a smoothe journey over the land of hops that one barely notices that one has begun said journey. Its like a sleigh ride from rich bitter, to not quite bitter to smoothe.

As one takes one's more slow sort of sip, one can almost sense that it is picking up steam as it uniquely bubbles on the edge of ones palate almost asking to be let inside of one's mouth so one can sample the full rounded taste of the beer for all of its subtle glory.

Overall this is really a great beer, it reminds one of the the perhaps subtly rounded after-taste of DuClaw's Serum "writ large" if one will, and it really is an excellent blend of hop flavoring, so subtle that one almost barely notices that one is sampling a good hoppy beer in every taste. Its after taste, contrary to the approach of some American Double/Imperials, maintains that hoppy flavor curve, and one can sample that same sweet yet hoppy flavor lingering on one's palate if one takes a a moment between sips.

Overall, a really satisfying and refreshing American Double/Imperial brew, a very good blend of hoppy textures in a subtle and really masterful way.

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Photo of wgk
4.99/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On 08/04/11 I said...

This is an excellent DIPA with 72 IBUs and it is what I would call a perfectly balanced DIPA. Not too there such a thing? Not too high an ABV.

| Since 08/2012, the IBU label was dropped to 59 because ..."Dearest Loyal Fan,
| There are different IBUs labeled because we used a calculated formula to figure the IBUs | which is listed on the 6pack. We now have a way to physically test the beer so the IBUs
| listed on the actual bottles are the correct. The beer and its recipe have never changed,
| we just finally got the labels right...kinda."
| ...but the cases were labeled 72 for a while longer.

In summer, well all the time really, I prefer my beers just short of forming a few ice crystals when I start them. Good beers can take time to finish and I like to let all their flavors come around as they warm up a bit while I enjoy them.

This baby is top drawer all the way from start to finish and I always find myself checking the bottle more than once for a last drop. Lagunitas is right, though: "Don't sip!". Your second one IS just as good. After several 6 packs and a case, the consistency of this DIPA has been really good, too.

| 11/10/13 - This is still on the top of my affordable, drinkable DIPA list. I regularly buy it | by the case.

| 08/16/2015 - Lagunitas Maximus is STILL my first choice, the balance is outstanding between the malts and hops. Reliable from case to case and even survived, intact, well balanced, and perfectly brewed with the introduction of the Chicago Brewery. The price point is acceptable and the Lagunitas folks have an interesting and high quality set of regular and occasional alternates to Maximus that are worthy and appreciated, some similar and also reasonable in price. What is the story about the dog logo? BTW - my wife thinks she would buy a perfume that smells like Maximus. Think about it.

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Photo of Jordan
4.97/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My hat is off to Venom for capturing the essense of this beer in his review. Maximus has a profound aroma I have never experienced in any other brew. Pine & grapefruit rind backbone, with an unusual malt intermixed. After taking a deep breath in it's aroma I had an impulse to fall to sleep.

Careful when you pour, Maximus is very easily aggitated. Respect this beer and in return it will respect you. Prost.

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Photo of ddean
4.97/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Has been my firm favorite for at least a couple of years. It tastes best at 50-60 degrees, and loses it hops quickly if stored at room temperature. If you don't have a warmish fridge, buy them warm, cool them slightly in your basement, and get to them quick.

A mellow orange/copper, clear. Steady carbonation, not much foam, but high retention.

Fragrant hops dominate if you drink the Maximus at about 50 degrees or higher. This smell almost disappears when fully chilled. I also get the grapefruit and pine that others mention. No malt that I can smell.

Truly yummy. First a smooth, slightly sweet maltiness, followed by that same grapefruit and pine (spruce?) that you can smell. Grapefruit and hops pleasantly linger in the aftertaste for some time.

Smooth, smooth, with a steady, gentle stream of carbonation.

For all its complexity, I am happy to stick to this beer all evening. It is flavorful, not too heavy, cleanses your palate well, but steps back when you take another bite of food, so it goes with pretty much any dish I've had with it, especially Thai or other spicy fare. Highly recommended.

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Photo of CAcreeks
4.97/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am surprised this beer has such a low rating. Perhaps Lagunitas changed the recipe before making it an all-year brew. With double IPAs currently high-priced and hard to obtain, this one stands out as memorably scrumptious, a repeat buy. Despite its lower IBU rating, I like Maximus better than Hop Stoopid, also from Lagunitas.

Amber color with foamy head. Floral and citrus aromas, not as pronounced as Pliny or Green Flash, but very well balanced. Taste is bitter but with underlying sweetness. Thicker than average, which with 8% alcohol, are the only reasons it might be labeled a double IPA.

For $10 a 6-pack, I don't think there is a better IPA value in California. Green Flash IPA is good but costs $9 a 4-pack. Stone IPA is somewhat wimpier, and Ranger IPA is a good deal wimpier, although both are totally respectable in their own way.

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Photo of threeviews
4.97/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle(Bottled on January 09, 2014) into a 12oz Rastal tulip glass.

A-Despite some sediment (D.E.?) left in suspension, Maximus pours a mostly clear and deep sunset orange sporting a 1-finger frothy white head. (4.25)

S- You are immediately assaulted with citrus notes: sweet orange/tangerine and grapefruit notes followed by hints of tropical fruit. As the head dissipates, the orange begins to dominate as well as some ruby red grapefruit and a hint of pine comes out of hiding...the malt refuses to play second (or third) fiddle and its sweetness is also present in the nose. (5.0)

T- The taste is a perfect amalgamation of malt sweetness and citrus pucker. Neither component is overpowering which makes for a well balanced recipe. The malt backbone hits the palate first and then is quickly quelled by the significant hop presence. However, the flavor is lingering, but not overwhelming. (5.0)

M- Medium bodied without being cloying. Moderate carbonation does just enough to open the tastebuds and allow all of the flavors to mingle on the palate in perfect harmony. (5.0)

O- This is the beer that initially pulled me into the world of hoppy beers. This also stands to be my 3rd review of this beer, as I feel (as my palate has since developed over the years) stands to be the more accurate. As such, Maximus is In essence a less tropical (and more piney) version of Sucks (another favorite of mine). Fortunately, I still remain nothing short of impressed with Maximus and it will remain a staple in my 'fridge. Fortunately for me, this is an "Unlimited Release" and therefore am able to get it should too. (5.0)

Drink up and enjoy!

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Photo of sonnmr31
4.95/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep auburn orange with just a touch of haze.

S - Aroma is very citrusy, more like a grapefruit assault mixed with floral hops.

T - This is definitely a hop-heads delight. The bitterness in the finish is very pleasing.

M - Medium bodied and creamy

O - This is one if my favorite IPAs and would buy again

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.87/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a copper color with a half finger of a off white head, really good looking stuff.

Smell is huge tropical and citrus, almost a honey like sweetness in there, a little floral in the back.

Taste is dank citrus and tropical fruits, caramel sweetness, bitter grapefruit, finishes with a bite of bitter pine.

Mouthfeel is medium full with the perfect amout of carbonation for the style, very drying at the end.

As I have said many times I do prefer this to Sucks slightly, to me the hops are just as good but it has a bigger malt backbone that gives it a sweet complexity just not found in Sucks... Probably my second favorite DIPA.

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Photo of MisterNic
4.84/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a copper orange color with a 2-finger white head that sticks around until the last sip. I noticed that this beer has some floaters in it (Lagunitas doesn’t filter their beers), but that doesn’t bother me. It also has some alcohol legs, which doesn’t surprise me for an 8.2% beer.

S - The aroma is pine and BIG sweet citrus and pineapple. It also has a bit of resinous hop aroma in there as well.

T - The flavor is pine, sweet caramel maltiness with a nice hop bitterness to balance it out. I also pick up a little bit of a bready maltiness as well.

M - Mouthfeel is nice. Full bodied, sticky.

O - Overall, this is one of my favorite IPA’s. It’s in the top five for sure. Massive hop flavor and aroma and a big malt backbone to balance it out makes this beer one of my favorites.

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Photo of mattmaples
4.84/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

To me this IPA is one of the best!! It may have a large bitterness at 72.4 IBU but the best hting is it has enough malt to back it up. ALthough bitter it has balance. With a respectable 7.5% one 22oz is just enough. A must try for the Hop-head and non Hop-head alike.

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Photo of cbavera
4.83/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is usually at the local sixer. And if im not in the mood to try anything new this is my go to. Good ABV, good taste. Good all around beer. Not to hoppy but not easy drinking.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an amazing brew.
A- 2" light tan head that leaves a little lacing that sticks to side of glass. It is a cloudy orangey/copper/amber color.
S-Big citrus hops. Nice malt back bone that makes its self very present. Hints of grapefruit and lemon and a few other fruits that can't pin point. Maybe tangerine.
T-Citrus hops attack the taste buds with a nice balanced bitterness. The malt comes through with a hint of alcohol also. The alcohol leaves very little to basically no warming, but is there. Citrus fruits all come into play also. Lemons, orange, grapefruits. The aftertaste gets more bitter and flavors of citrus tastes all over mouth. Has malt in it also.
M- Goes down very smooth, and creamy. Medium/full body and light carbonation.
D-This, like I stated earlier, is an amazing brew. Just perfect blend of flavors. Great bitterness with a good flavor to it. Just great all around. Love it.

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Photo of bargerking
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a pretty golden hue. Smell was like butterscotch with a hint of hops. Taste was sweet and buttery. Very litle hops at all. Very smooth. Too me this tasted like an aged barleywine. Couldnt taste the alcohol at all. This beer is definatly on my try again list.

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Photo of RootedFool
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Eureka, California.

I was excited to see this, it's not usually available around here and I'm aching to try it out. So here goes.

Pours luminescent amber with a full, puffy white head that's leaving some thin, detailed patterns of lace on the glass and some pea sized bubbles on the surface of the brew.

The smell is up-front sweet, like warm caramel and fresh cotton candy, and the middle -- through to the finish -- shows off a citrusy hop kick not too far in the background.

Taste opens with a narrow jolt of bitterness that is rapidly worn smooth by sweet, delicious malts. The middle is green apple tart, grapefruit bitter -- the sweet and the bitter conjoin effortlessly. The finish lasts long, beginning with the hop bitterness unleashed and zipping around my palate; the sweet malts still hold it down at the base of the flavor, stable as can be. I can still taste the bitterness tingling around my mouth several minutes after my last sip, and the alcohol warms my throat and gut without butting in on the taste.

Mouthfeel is full, palate embracing, and plenty carbonated.

Awesomely balanced yet wicked enough to satisfy my big masochistic hop head.

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Photo of logan0203
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very good! I have a son named Maximus, so I had to try this. It was my first purchase from Lagunitas and I'm impressed! Very hoppy, but still a bit sweet. Not overpowering, but just strong enough. Not too expensive either. Gotta love the creative label as well. I highly recommend this.

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Photo of scooob
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my go-to beer these days. I love IPAs in general, but lately too much bitterness bothers me, drys out my mouth and throat, and sometimes even gives me a headache. Maximus has a satisfyingly hoppy bite at the end, but that's prefaced by so much creamy malty sweetness that, for my tastes anyway, the overall balance is perfect. It's so drinkable that the 8.2% ABV can easily sneak up on you. In which case, my headache only comes the next morning. It's also a big plus that this beer is pretty easy to find and is usually priced very reasonably. Cheers!

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Photo of Richard_Eckert
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This IPA is sublimely wonderful. Not overly bright and flowery, nor bitter, it is smooth and rich and buttery- somewhat akin to Dogfish 90 min IPA. No lingering bitterness on the tounge it finishes cleanly.

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Photo of gwfrankpsu
4.76/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ah, Lagunitas. This IPA kicks ass, what is it about west coast IPAs? Some eastern brewers try, but they are not willing or chicken to allow drinkers to taste hops. There is no mistaking, this beer has hops, hops, HOPS! I love this brewery, it's in my top twenty berweries to retire to. Not to live near - But in the brewery. Can't wait to be back in California (existing in Maine) for Christmas. How much can I take on the plane?

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 5,661 ratings