Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Brenden
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Maximus is a deep gold-copper with a bit of carbonation and a light haze. The head is a creamy tan one that rises to 3/4 finger, holds up well, and throws down pretty good patching followed by spottier lacing.
Overall, I'm a little surprised with this beer's designation as a DIPA. I'd call it a pretty good IPA. It's got the classic pine and citrus blended with lighter malts, and it shows a little bit of a peppery bite. It develops a little pith, particularly as lots of rindy notes come out. The nose puts the hops out a bit more aggressively, and a hint of harshness develops at the back end in the flavor.
The body is medium, plenty of heft to it, and there's a good balance on the palate of both crispness and smoothness. It may lost just a touch, and a little something develops slightly underneath to scrape a bit, but it works well.

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Photo of aval89
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep golden amber color.. carbonation clinging to the glasss after initial pour.. 2 finger head..

S: citrus hops with some floral tones.. overall fruitiness, almost phenolic.. good dose of sweet caramel malt..

T: hop bitterness upfront.. mild citrus flavors.. floral hops & fruity hops come through more.. the caramel malt plays a big role in balancing out.. there is some pine on the aftertaste along with some booze detection & a lingering toasty malt..

Mf: prickly carbonation with a medium body.. a little too carbonated..

O: I expected a bit more from Lagunitas.. maybe a bit too balanced for an DIPA.

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

22oz bottle into a Stone IPA Flute.

Pours a clear amber with at least 2 finger widths of off-white creamy foam that retains well into a nice rich covering that left a huge amount of sticky lacing. Aroma is big hoppy bitterness, zesty citrus, pine notes, and a little light sweetness underneath it all.

Much like the aroma, the taste is big on fresh piney hop bitterness, and citrus. This all balanced rather nicely by a beefy yet smooth backbone of caramel malt. Finishes with a mix of hop bitterness, sweetness, and heat. The mouthfeel medium bodied with just enough alcohol, that when mixed with the sweetness, imparts a slighly medicinal feel in the aftertaste.

I was digging the fresh character and balance of this Double IPA right up until the end. Unfortunately I just couldn't shake the medicinal feel and it hurt the taste, mouthfeel, and drinkibility. Tone down the heat a little and this would have been a really solid choice given the price.

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

22 ounce brown bottle without freshness dating.

Pours deep clear copper with slow carbonation. A half inch of creamy thin off-white head that lowers to a small blanket and thin lace. Aromatic with simple but pleasant resins and pine-like hops. Creamy rounded body with light carbonation. Straightforward flavors; toasty biscuit malts, a bit of caramel, piney and leafy hops. Not overwhelming, but well balanced and easy-drinking.

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

Consumed 1/30/12

Appearance: Dark orange, amber - very clear - small, white head - fades to some spotty lacing

Smell: Moderately hoppy - wet, oily pine - orange and grapefruit flesh - some toasted and caramel malts - some sweetness in here, too, kind of smells like brown sugar - nothing too exciting, but solid

Taste: Juicy hops and sugar - pine, with juicy citrus - like orange juice - some lingering pith - grapefruit, too - malts are caramel, toasted, just like the aroma suggests - nicely bitter - unfortunately, there is way too much sweetness - it's like brown sugar and orange juice (which, for me, equals ham glaze - and as a result, I think this beer tastes like ham)

Mouthfeel: Medium body, oily and sticky, nicely carbonated - too sticky for my taste

Overall: Certainly unique

Despite the aroma, I can't seem to convince my brain that this doesn't taste like a well-glazed ham. This actually makes me hungry. Regardless, this would be a great DIPA, but it loses some points because it's too sweet.

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

Pours a straw-yellow/orange color with a white head. This stuff is fairly drinkable doesn't go down too slow... I think I'm getting pretty used to hoppy IPA's though... Has a slick buttery pale malt backbone (Diacetyl?) and a not too complex moderately bitter hop presence, I'd say leaning more to the citrus than the pine... lotta hop oil though.. I like the oily mouthfeel and flavor. No real detection of alcohol even with 8.4% abv. Medium mouthfeel, fairly carbonated... Could be a little more complex or floral but not a bad DIPA.

By the way these things have twist-off caps, nearly caused a serious mess when I tried too hard to pry the cap off with an opener

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

Poured vigorously into a sniffer. The beer is hazy copper with a thick off-white head and thin lacing.

The hop aroma is really great and smells very fresh - grass and lemon. The taste is very well balanced. Flavor begins with pleasant hop bitterness, pine and grapefruit qualities. Malt flavor is thick and sweet and a bit bready. Carbonation is low and pleasant.

Overall this is a well balanced DIPA that is also not particularly interesting.

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

WARNING there is about a 1/4 inch of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, so pour carefully so you don't get it in your glass.

Pours a clear copper colored ale with a puffy white head.

Smell is sweet malt and the odor of tea and spicy hops. Faint scent of brown sugar.

Taste is sweet and sugary tea with lemon at first. Spicy hop flavor but not out of control. Long lasting hop after taste in the throat. Citrus hop flavor appears after the spicy hop flavor fades. Decent bitterness but not real strong. I expected more hops than this, that or hop monsters has screwed up my perspective. Barely qualifies as an IPA in my book. But it does taste good so I can't really give it just a 3.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Easy to drink but I expected more hops from a beer called "Maximus." This beer barely qualifies as an IPA much less than a Double IPA. This is easy to drink though.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper color with a good heading. Not crazy lacing but still some good retention. Decent aroma of pine and citrus hops, a nice toffee and caramel sweetness in the background. The taste however is a bit muted. More of a sappy malt backbone with a decent sting of bitter hops on the tongue but not what the name suggests. Medium bodied kind of chewy,decent carbonation. The ABV stated at 8.2% which is much bigger than the 7.5% which is stated here. An ok IIPA but with the amount of hoppy IPA's in the world this one doesn't stand a chance.

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Photo of bosco7
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very attractive ale; copper in color with nice big head. Smells better than it tastes. I dectect some metalic flavors up front. Flavors include: lots of caramel malt, strawberry, and orange rind. I am kind of disappointed that there isn't more hop flavor in this brew (I was expecting maxed out flavor and aroma from something named MAXIMUS). Ends with moderate bitterness for the style. Has a slight carbonation bite.

Overall a nice Double IPA, not amazing though. I have had "single" IPAs that were packed with more hop flavor. Good for a grocery store buy.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice slightly hazy orange color with a thick white foam head that leaves decent lacing.

S- Lots of citrus hop aroma (grapefruit and orange peel) with some malt and alcohol.

T- A tad musty with some decent bitterness upfront and lots of alcohol in the finish. The hop flavor seems to have faded a bit (old bottle?) and the bitterness has taken on a somewhat resiny flavor.

M- Medium/thick bodied with ok carbonation. Syrupy feel.

D- Overall this was a decent brew but I really want to know how fresh my bottle is! I do see a bottle code but I'm unsure on how to interpret it: 29375014.

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

Pours an orange-tinted amber colour, with two finger widths of white head which starts to dissipate at a moderate pace.

Lots of pine in the nose, along with grapefruity citrus. The malt is present as well, giving a biscuity scent to the beer.

Taste is a bit of a let-down compared to the nose, which I quite liked. The pine is pretty strongly present, but overall the taste is fairly muted. The malt accompanies the hops throughout, lending a touch of caramel to the flavour. Finish is quite dry.

Moderate to high carbonation, medium bodied. Nice feel, but not remarkable.

Overall, enjoyable but not notable. I expected more from the taste after the scent, but it is a good beer regardless.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Glass - Tulip

A - Hazy orange with some visible Co2, around lite I'd say. Produced a 1-finger head that didn't stick around long at all. It left a splash of lacing on one side of the glass.

S - Fruity pineapple, kiwi & grapefruit when swirled, very tropical. As it settles I get some peppery notes and cake/biscuit malty notes, brown sugar, candied date kinda thing. Great balance of hops & malts, although pretty damn sweet aroma overall.

T - Very sugary upfront, brown sugar seems to be thrown in everywhere in the profile. Some pineapple & orange are there, but quickly interrupted by sharp alcohol, then smoothed out by soft candied & sugary notes, as well as some date & honey. Finishes with a bit of earthy hop flavors, more candied/sugary flavors, more alcohol and mild-moderate bitterness, lingering only slightly.

M - Lite crispness with a bit of an oily feel, slick, almost chewy, and around medium-full bodied.

D - As this beer warms the alcohol becomes more pronounced, making it less drinkable, which seems typical for the style. That being said I would probable only enjoy 1, maybe 2 bottles of it before I got tired of the alcoholic presence, and the sugary flavor profile. Nice flavor & smell, I would prefer less sugary/candied combo though, I'd pass for a more bitter/sappy DIPA.

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

Lovely dark translucent caramel color. A never ending 2 inch fluffy cloud rests upon the top of this beer. Great head retention and thick sticky lacing.

Big piney aromas with a flowery earthy background.

Tastes like eating a christmas tree. Bold pine flavors, thick malt, and chewy palate coating hop oil. 30 to 40 second finish. Seems to be lacking in way of carbonation. Hurting both the mouthfeel and drinkability.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip
A: Transparent orange with a one-finger lingering head
S: Tons of pine, but with a roasted malt backbone and citrus notes.
T: A bit overly sweet; the butterscotch/malt comes through quite readily, and underneath that the pine/citrus from the hops. Long finish.
M: Creamy, full-bodied; a bit of booze & a bit thick from the sweetness.
O: I really want to like this but at the end of the day I feel it's too unbalanced- it needs less sweetness and more of the hops that show on the nose to come through on the palate.
As others have mentioned this does not have a freshness date (shame shame) so it may have seen a bit of time sitting on the shelf, but either way that leaves room for improvement- either more hops/less sweetness to begin with or put on a freshness date so we know if it's past prime.

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Copper, somewhat hazy but very translucent. Lower amount of visible carbonation, and a two-finger white head that tries to last, but ultimately fades to a layer of foam with good lacing.

S: Caramel malt, grassy and pine hops, a little spiciness in the background.

T: Caramel malt, then orange/grapefruit that is almost tangy & juicy, and grassy hops. Fades to a pine spiciness that lasts to a moderately bitter hang.

M: Medium mouthfeel, lower carbonation. Alcohol just a bit noticeable - fairly well-hidden, but just a bit of boozy flavor near the end.

O: This is OK, less hop-forward than I would prefer. The hop profile could be more fruity & more assertive. However, this beer is at least four months old, so if a fresher example yield a better result, I will update.

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

Slightly hazy, glowing peach in color. Creamy, bright white head that slowly slides to the goblet's sides creating lots of strong, whispy lacing.

Citrus-filled hop oils with hints of pine. A creamsicle-like fruitiness and creaminess; orange, pear, and grapefruit aromas.

An unexpected, alcohol-filled sweetness up front followed by a burnt, yet juicy hop oil burst. Pine, citrus, and slightly astringent fruity-esters. A musty floral hop flavor that leads to a perfume-laden bitterness.

Medium bodied; soupy, creamy, but rather perfumey on the palate.

Lots of hops; slightly unbalanced. The alcohol presence is slick and right up front. A big IPA; flavorwise, seems a little sloppy.

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Photo of cbl2
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$3.99 22 oz. 7.50% No best by date.


Pours a slightly hazed amber-orange adorned by a quarter inch of pristinely white tightly packed head.


Pine and freshy squeezed grapefruit predominate the senses when inhaling this fine concoction. A subtly sweet malt presence promises a well balanced brew.


Pine-like in nature with only a hint of fresh grapefruit. This sweetens slightly as it warms, but still conveys too much pine bitterness (listed at 72.41 IBU - still low by some DIPA standards).

I have become a hophead of late, but something about the hops used in this one don't agree with me. The flavor characteristics they impart are too harsh and mask the malt flavors that only creep in towards the end. Worth a try, but slightly muddled.

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

Pours an amber color with decent carbonation going up to a nice head. Retention is decent. Dissipates quicker than usual, but shows lacing on the side from the onset. There remains a layer of foam at the top.

Aroma has a malt backbone to it, and has floral and fruity hops. Some pine scent comes through as well.

Taste: Starts out with a good deal of bitterness, and the hops come in as well. The malt backbone is also present. This basically follows the aroma fairly well.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with a clean feel to it. Goes down well

Drinkability: Can't tell its 7.5, and that's a good thing. Tastes good and goes down well.


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

Pours a transparent golden amber with a nice frothy white head that kept around for the entire glass with good lacing. It smells delicious, with strong citrus notes, grapefruit, delicious hoppy joy. The taste was great as well. It's bitterness is extremely apparent and it slams you in the face with citrus goodness. The bitterness stays with you for some time, making the enjoyment of this beer a prolonged experience and a lot of enjoyment. Low carbonation and a decent body on this one.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at room temperature.

A - Pours a clear deep amber color with strong carbonation and a 1-inch off-white head that took its time settling down to a small ring. Good head retention and eventual lacing.

S - Pine and malt dominate the aroma with lingering hops.

T - More bitter than I expected, with a nice balance of pine and citrus notes, but the sweet malt tips the balance a bit; tastes like it might have sat around just a tad too long before I enjoyed it. Just a little to bready and sweet for me.

M - Medium body with a juicy finish; would have liked more bitterness.

D - I'd like to try another to see if my opinion changes...I'll re-review if I notice a difference.

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

Nice looking beer, albeit a tad bit lighter than I expected. Thin head too, doesn't stick around long.

The smell is full of blistering hop aromas: resinous pine, citrus, raw unchecked aggression. The malts impart a syrupy sweetness to the nose. Alcohol is fairly noticeable.

Taste is full of hops as described above, but the maltiness is creamier than it smelled. A bit candy-like and perhaps a little too much, but still good. Alcohol takes on a spicy, boozy character that I think is slightly out of place, especially with a brew that is 7.5%. Granted, that's fairly high, but it can be easily disguised or blended with the other flavors instead of standing out so much. Still, it's good to drink and it leaves the mouth feeling happy.

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

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a bright, copper colored body with just a hint of haze. The head settles relatively quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Spicy pine hops with some citrus notes of orange and lemon. Caramel and toffee malts in the background provide some sugary character for balance.

T - Pine hops and sweet caramel malt up front. Some strong citrus notes come around in the middle with lemon and orange notes that blend nicely with the toasty caramel. The beer finishes with more spicy hops and a slightly darker note of caramel malt that is balanced by moderate bitterness. Some lingering tannic notes and a bit of light tobacco in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Interesting, is is quite hoppy and while there is more than enough malt character to balance the bitterness it comes across as a bit disjointed. The pine and orange hop flavors kind of clash with each other and they just don't seem to work well with the caramel malt. It seems like the caramel is too dark to work well with the malt and it covers the hops while also bringing out their harsher qualities. I have had more than a few excellent hoppy beers from Lagunitas and was expecting more of the same from this one, which makes it all the more of a disappointment that Maximus was as unremarkable as it was. I got a six pack of it, and while the rest of the bottles won't go to waste I certainly wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of xcrunner78
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a grassy aroma, a little earthy with a mild citrus. It pours beutifully, with a thick head that settles down, clear, copper/orange color. Nothing outstanding with the flavor, aboot a normal IPA, a little grassy. Bitter on the palate and finishes with th grassy flavor. Overall, it is not one of my favorite IPA's, but not bad.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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