Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

very good
1,539 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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Reviews: 1,539 | Ratings: 5,469
Photo of MeanMotaScootah
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tons of sweet fruity, orangy/mango flavors at the beginning, some alcohol heat on the middle, the hops show up on the finish. Sorta sticky, piney hops - nothing off balance. There is a "juicy" sort of taste to the flavor of the hops which makes it very interesting. Lots of malt to hold up the hops but definitely not a Stone or Ballast Point in regards to bitterness levels. Mouth feel is a bit creamy, very nice carbonation. Overall a great double IPA. Some of the double IPAs out there can be a bit overwhelming in terms of alcohol and hops but this one is very balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of fartmaster
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- slight red-orange and see through with a about an inch head that dissipates quickly

s- i love this smell. very citrusy grapefruit maybe some oranges

taste- again citrus with a lingering bitterness that stick to the tongue

m- not a lot of carbonation, but very smooth

overall- i would buy this beer in a heartbeat...another solid one from lagunitas for all us hopheads.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Lagunitas Brewing Company mason jar-style glass

Pours golden amber with orangish accents capped by a huge bright white; great retention with gobs of splotchy lacing. Huge citrus notes; pineapple, mandarin orange blossoms, some pine sap. Pineapple, orange pulp, resin, dank, grapefruit rind, hints of lemon zest, some hints of sweet malt and flora. Moderate carbonation, full-bodied with a substantial malt presence. A very solid, well-balanced DIPA.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Clear copper with quick off white head. Great lacing.

Smell- Pine, grass, peaches, earthy hops, caramel malts, slight booze.

Taste- Smooth fruity peachy hops, piney earthyness, nice malt balance, no booze.

Mouthfeel- Pretty resinous, not very bitter, quite drinkable at 8.2%. Crisp and clean.

Overall- Solid IPA. It's no Sucks, but it's pretty good.

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Photo of JPowell712
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hopped up beer. You get the hop aromas right off the pour. The smell is amazing. The taste is nice and strong you can pick up that 8.2% ABV. The hops in this beer are nice and citrusy and give a lot of pine notes. I liked the beer a lot and would suggest trying it.

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Photo of markaberrant
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy orange, thin white cap, no lacing.

S - classic american ipa, nice grapefruit presence, basic malt

T - hops are right out in front, but not overpowering, american all the way, solid grapefruit, there may be a touch of breadiness to the malt, but it is very subdued. Finish is bitter, but again, not too bitter.

M - wet on the tongue, dry finish, not a heavy body, average carbonation

D - I find this beer quite refreshing, and I'm drinking it quickly, so it must be good.

This is what I think of when I think American IPA. A simple, yet solid malt profile, combined with tons of grapefruit hoppiness ( (assuming cascades), makes it a powerful, yet dangerously drinkable beer. Done to perfection.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz Boyle into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a nice clear amber with a big head and great lacing.

S-Nose is a blend of sweet citrus with some grapefruit.

T-Awesome flavor, again on the hoppy side, of well ripe tropical fruits, grapefruit, pine, resin, caramel and a tad too much alcohol. Moderate sweet taste with a heavy bitter long-lasting finish.

M-Medium to full body, oily texture, nice carbonation, well balanced!

O-Overall this was a fantastic surprise but it wasn't because it's lagunitas!

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Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Large bomber bottle, mising any sort of freshness indicator. Pours a rich orangey amber, fairly cloudy, white tiny bubble head,dissolving to a slick sheen and leaving oodles of sheets of light lacing. Moderate amount of floating mini chunks also noted. Nose is of oily pine needles. Great gobs of grainy, piney hops up front flow over a solid and substantial malt base. Tasty, strong, bold and satisfying. Went great with some spicy sausages and onions. Fine brew, my favorite so far from Lagunits. seek out and enjoy.

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Photo of JamesTurkey
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours amber, and gives a thick off-white-to-amber head that dissolves to generous lacing. Be careful with the head... My glass overfloweth on my first pour.

S: There's some fruit and pine, which combine to give a pineapple-type scent, and a sweet honey aroma.

T: There's a bitterness zap, then a bountiful fruit explosion of apple, orange, and pineapple. Pine undertone gives way to a slight malt and lingering bitterness. Outstanding.

M: Surprisingly creamy and full-bodied.

This was my first introduction to Lagunitas and to the Double IPA style, and I was not disappointed in the slightest.

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Photo of dwren89
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: orangey gold with thick , fluffy cream colored head and great clarity

Aroma: very strong pine, with strong biscuit notes as well, definitely hoppy but with a certain balance

Taste: sharp, hoppy explosion, almost searing bitterness and pine flavor. Definite alcohol kick on the finish but a good biscuit flavor to it

Mouthfeel: sharp and crisp with full body and medium carbonation

Overall: A great DIPA, strong pine with noticeable biscuit hop character which is nice in a DIPA. Great hoppy and alcohol finish that is almost searing to the mouth and tongue!


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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 ANIMOUL
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For my pesos, this should be the DIPA standard.

A nice balance of citrusy pine coupled with a decent malt backing. Not overpowering strong with the alchohol but enough to let you know that you're drankin' a DIPA.

Sturdy DIPA.

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Photo of Schlitz74
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is a hop lovers delight, the hops are definitely at the forefront of this beer. This is a sipping beer do to higher ABV and high IBU. It pours a nice orange color and smell of pine and citrus, and leaves a nice lacing in a tulip glace. Overall a really nice Double IPA.

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Photo of beernut
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours an almost clear copper color with a 1/4 inch white head that quickly fades. aroma is citrus/grapefruity. taste is crisp and refreshing, hoppy (not heavy) slight pine. aftertaste is clean and crisp. i think the regular ipa is better. tastes bitter as it sits for a while. more maltier than hop. still a good beer that is easily drinkable.

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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 SHDoyle
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle

Everything I've had from Lagunitas has been solid and this is no exception. Signature funky Lagunitas taste, with a good balance of hops, malt, bitter, balance, etc. Great price point, too. Lagunitas has to be the best value in the beer aisle.

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Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This IPA always delivers a good, consistent hoppy wallop. It's a bold, in your face hop taste, but very pleasing to the palate, and not over the top like a Stone Ruination. Great color, great pour and aroma. Nice lacing in the glass, and true to the taste of the line-up of outstanding California IPA's. Although it's not my favorite, it certainly is in my top ten of IPA's nationwide.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer Bargain! $2.99 for a Bomber of IPA Maximus. A high quality thick parchment type paper label proudly pronounces the contents as Lagunitas IPA Maximus. Specifications neatly included (& very much appreciated) on the front label, these are; I.B.U. 72.41, O.G. 1.080, ALC. 7.5% ABV. It also proudly states that it is an “Unlimited Release” and “Doggone Good!” It also has a rambling diatribe monologue on the right hand side of the label. WTF? This reminded me of learning about Computational Fluid Dynamics – it is complete bollocks unless you understand what the hell is going on in the mind of the creator. Label Translator please!?!?

Appearance: Hazy amber color that has a look like orange barley sugar boiled sweets that I used to buy as a child in England. A slightly off-white head retains a collar-like presence, and laces the glass with a crusty shot-blasted lace.

Nose: All I get is ‘just’ fresh hops, a rather restrained nasal attendance overall though.

Taste: A great “Saturday night at home watching the TV” beer. No way will you fall asleep halfway through this beauty, Oh no, it won’t let you!! Marvelous entrance is dominated by fresh hops; the bitterness builds in strength, and lingers in the finish, as does the citric aspect of the beer. Maltiness is rather one-dimensional throughout, but it fights to get through and occasionally does. The Malt and Hops continually and secretly plotting against each other, yet neither dominate, they seem to work together well.

Mouthfeel: Increases proportionally with time. A slowly building, solid, swirling, smooth, but well-defined bitterness encapsulates the cheeks. The tongue lashes out in an effort to capture the remnants of the beer once swallowed. Quite something!

Drinkability: Maybe I am becoming alcoholic, but this one slipped down with little problem. Enticing hop bitterness & a balanced presentation, all aid the Drinkability. This is definitely a beer that is more than the sum of its components.

Overall: Another great IPA, I suppose you could even call this a Double-IPA. Whatever you want to call it, or label, or pigeon hole it as, I like this offering from Lagunitas, and given its bargain for quality/strength price – it is well worth it!!!

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Photo of elmocoso
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 1/2 - 3/4 finger of cream colored head. Tight knit foamy goodness. Soon, nothing but a thin blanket, but clinging to the edge of the glass like a drowning pedestrian. Rust colored brew, golder in the thinner areas. The nose screams NW coast IPA - citrus and candied malt. Beautiful. A little roasty maltyness. Candied hops.
Interesting taste. sweet in the front. I have aged this beer 1 year and much bitterness has been subdued in the initial taste. Pleanty of hop taste, though. And a long lingering bitterness that begs for another drink. I easely submit. This is a very rich drink and the mouthfeel reflects it. Drinkabiblity is hi, but stifled a bit by the pure richness of the brew.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber and copper color with a nice foam head and sticky lace. Tropical fruit in the aroma especially mango. There is also orchard fruit such as apple. There is also lots of toasted biscuity malt. As for the taste, I thought it was sweet on the tongue at first, malt forward and juicy. However, the aggressive hops take over. They are puny and resiny and also moderately to high bitter. The finish is dry. The mouthfeel is medium.
I really liked this IPA. It had a good balance of juicy sweet and bitter. Perhaps one of my favorites from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Wildman
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Surly Girl:

This beer poured a cloudy dark amber color and formed an off white foamy white head that slowly subsided, leaving laticed lace on the glass. The aroma was of hops, citrus, pine and a touch of caramel. The flavor was of citrus, pine and caramel. It had a medium light body with a slight creamy aspect to the the bittersweet finish. A touch sweeter than I like my ipas, but a very good beer.

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Photo of midnite2sixman
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper orange in the glass with big time lacing, chunky globs remain stuck to the glass.

Smells like a big freakin Sitka Spruce. Hops almost feel stick in the nose. Big time pine and barely any citrus, in my nose at least.

Biscuits and malts along with a nice blend of hoppy. Not nearly as piney tasting as it smells.

Incredibly smooth, tapers off in a watery (but good) way. Not a harsh hop aftertaste at all.


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Photo of stewart124
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Golden orange with a whisp of white head.

Tangerine and pineapple in the nose.

Easy to sip. Plenty of hops with a touch of light caramel sweetness. More pineapple esters and some juicy fruit to chew on. Leaves a bit pine on the tip of my tongue and bite in the back. Light bready characters and no traces of alcohol.

Smooth and chewy mouthfeel without being overally cloying. Doesn't drink like 8.5% which is scary.

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Photo of BVukelich
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Try pronouncing it with a Sean Connery accent. Sounds like a beer you don't want to mess with. Glad I did! Nice copper color with an off-white head. Lace that stuck like glue to the glass. Incredible citrus and floral hop aromas. It's a DIPA but is really well balanced. Also higher on the ABV but no bite from the alcohol content. Medium+ carbonation and less than average viscosity. This is a very sessionable DIPA in my opinion. Next time I'm going for the growler fill. PS - I paired it with some roast antelope which is a bit gamey, they both worked well together.

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Photo of JToad
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up while in Pittsburgh, at Fatheads bottleshop.

Poured into my Sam Adams pint glass.

It pours a hazy copper. A little bit cloudier than most DIPAs I've had.

Smells of floral hops. Biscuity malt is slightly present. Grapefruit is there also.

Very well balanced flavor. Malts and hops are noticable, however the hops are very understated. I've never had an DIPA that wasn't over the top. This is mellow and smoothe. A little tobacco flavor is coming thru slightly, as well as maybe even some chocolate...

Overall, this is one of the smoothest IIPAs I've ever had. Not at all what I expected. This could be a dangerous session IIPA. And at 8.4% ABV, lookout!

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 5,469 ratings.
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