Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

very good
1,536 Reviews

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of cocogan
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Visual: Copper Gold in color. Pours a half finger head that recedes to ever so light froth. spotty lacing

Nose: Floral, citrus, herb.

Mouth: Floral and pine taste, backed with a lot of bready malt. Alcohol and citrus (pineapple) in the middle, bitter earthen finish.

Mouth: Light carbonation, just enough to foam up with a swish and swallow.

Drunkability: Sitting at 8.2 I believe this brew would get me drunk pretty quick. It tastes decent, nothing special, but decent.

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Photo of uustal
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, clear, orange copper with a one finger bright white head. Nice lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and orange, hints of tropical fruits and slight floral notes. Sweeter citrus notes start this flavor profile off. Grapefruit and orange. Sweet bready and sticky sweet caramel malt. Bit life at the finish with some floral hops and hints of fresh pine. Balanced for sure, hops are a bit muted for a freshly dated beer. Solid sweetness, but just an average example of the style.

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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 hophugger
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Re-review on ths one. Tons of fresh citrus goodness and a cool, mouthfeel that is so, so tropical. A very nice tropical IPA that looks good and delivers a refreshing flavor with a nice balance of malt and hops

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a cloudy orange-brown with good carbonation. The head is 3 fingers, off white, with a rocky surface, it fades leaving nice lace.

The smell is light mild citrus hops with a very light toasted caramel tone.

The taste is ok, light caramel malt hopped up just a bit to balance to the style.

The mouthfeel is medium body and the carbonation seem to get a bit spent in the feel.

The drinkability is good, this is sessionable but not something to got seek out. MK

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Photo of Docer
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bomber at a local QFC here...No freshness date...

- Dark rich copper color... no head at all as poured at an angle into a tumbler glass... mild lacing.

- Mild almost green olive smell... rather bitter scent... but not much out of this one.

- Smooth creamy malt flavor with a punch of floral hop notes... bitterness sits in the background but is there. Bit of pine and alcohol..

- Not too dry, bit of a bitter aftertaste.. slightly chewy and sweet..

- Quite drinkable.. but not one I will bask in again anytime soon.

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Photo of gpogo
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear Amber bronze. Beautiful large off-white head with good retention and heavy lacing.

A- Wonderful hops. Citrus and perhaps a slight berry smell.

T- Very bitter, but well versed to the amount of malt. Slight sweet taste of malt. There seems to be more bitterness than hop flavor. Slight bitter aftertaste. At 7.5% ABV I was surprised not to taste alcohol.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation. Goes down surprisingly smooth. Slight alcohol warming after a sip.

D- A wonderful IPA that doesn't seem to be too much of a hop bomb. However at 7.5% ABV you might want to be careful not to have too many.

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Photo of serspecv
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an oversized pilsner glass.

Pours a nice golden brown with a one-finger width head that slowly recedes. Leaves light lacing around the glass.

A nice, piney hop aroma with a hint of toasted barley malt. Not terribly overbearing. The hop aroma is not as accentuated as with most other Lagunitas IPA offerings.

The taste is balanced but almost inconsistent with the IPA branding. It has a lighter ale taste that has an extra kick of hops, but more malt presence than are in most IPAs. The finish is very balanced with a decent amount of hop bitterness. That would explain the 59 I.B.U. rating

Not as crisp as I expected. A bit heavy for an IPA but this is not necessarily a bad thing. Definitely let's you know that this is not your typical IPA. This is a bit more bold.

Overall a great beer, but if you're in the mood for a California-style IPA, keep searching. If you want a decent amount of piney hops and feeling adventurous, try this.

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Photo of Vancer
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to say, after a couple other top notch DIPAs, this one just falls a bit short.

The pour was fine and dandy, amber orange and nice sticky laces of ivory. But the aroma and quaff were just a teat above average of citrus and pine, but balanced well with the malts. For the price, the drinkablity was good, but this is more IPA than DIPA, I believe you need to hover around 9% to reach the next step.

Still a solid brew

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this with me. It pours a hazy orange color with a finger and a half of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is not what I expected. Its almost like there is a grainey quality in there. The hops are secondary to the caramel and grainey malts. The flavor is just okay as well. The dirty, slightly spicey hop and heavy caramel and slightly grainey malts are well balanced. I just don't like it all that much. The feel is very full and slightly creamy. Overall, I would pass this one up in favor of many other outstanding Double IPAs out there. Its not bad, but could definately be improved in my book.

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Photo of jrw5061
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice gold color with a little bit of head on top that stays for a while. Lots of lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Strong citrus smell coming from this one. I just mostly smell the hops which I expected.

T: Very bitter aftertaste. Not as aromatic as I would have liked.

M: Thick chewey and velvety. Very enjoyable.

D: I couldn't drink more than a couple of these in a night.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A lighter orange-amber with a nice head that settles slowly to a foamy topper, leaving some really nice lace patterns on the glass. Maximus is definitely a looker.

S: Some citrus and pine, but also a sweeter cake-like malt aroma, as well as a distinctly peachy aroma. Not as robust as most DIPAs, but still decent.

T&M: The body isn't as full as I'm used to with my DIPAs. Smoothness is there, but it's not sticky, chewy, and bold like it should be. On the taste side, the sweeter malt backbone really outshines the hops. Definitely a more balanced and malty DIPA, but I like the hop-bombs. The finish is too sweet for me--I need that dryness to help encourage another eager sip.

D: It is on the lighter, more mild side of the DIPA spectrum, but Maximus would be easier to drink if it actually *was* hoppier. That bitterness would encourage me to keep sipping on it and taking big gulps. Still, it's a solid beer that "drink pretty good" and should be sampled by anyone looking for a decent DIPA.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no date. Pours a clear pale bronze with an oragne hue. The white head is huge and creamy leaving mucho lace.

It's very fragrant and floral, strong of hops and slight spice. Taste follows, the hops rather piney and a burst of grapefruit, but dry on the end, the alcohol well hidden.

Medium-bodied and shows decent complexity. Never quite gets to overwhelming to drink--but almost. A solid brew for hop-heads.

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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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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 5,455 ratings.
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