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 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 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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Photo of Dools9
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter, dated Julian 312, or 11/7/12. Nice and fresh baby.

A: Very nice looking brew, pours a clear sunset orange amber, two finger egg shell head, moderate retention, good lace, some alcohol legs.

S: Sweet, juicy citrus fruits, grapefruit, pineapple. Nicely balanced with a bready, caramel malt backbone. Touch of alcohol but not anything distracting or offputting at all. Very tropical, has the adult fruit juice thing like a lot of Lagunitas beers. Also getting a very slight dank onion smell.

T: Sweet malt upfront followed by a big juicy citrus hop punch, lots of pineapple, tangerine and grapefruit, apricots, lighter piney notes. Not overly bitter, but packs a good punch and finishes dry. Lingering hoppy finish.

M: Medium feel, carbonation on the lower side and smooth. Touch of alcohol heat as it warms.

O: Very nice, easy drinking DIPA, found myself slugging this one back fairly quickly for a big beer. Heavy on the sweet tropical fruits, and nicely balanced with the toasty sweet malt, yet another solid beer from Petaluma.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

12oz Brown bottle with pry-off cap poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden amber with 1 finger of head

Smell: Citrus hops with some pepper and fresh baked bread

Taste: Bitter up front with a mix of citrus hops with some spice notes and well balanced with a caramel malt

Mouthfeel: Moderately carbonated with a clean finish relative to the amount of hop flavor

Overall: This was one of the last of Lagunitas' offerings for me to try. There is a good amount of hop flavor and is well balanced by the malt. This might one of the best balanced DIPAs for the amount of hop flavor.

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Photo of Sinfull
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Orange-amber color, nice white head .Aroma of citrus hops. Great balanced taste with malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness in finish. Grapefruits bitterness in aftertaste. Decent ABV , but easy to drink.

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

This pours a clear gold with a 1 finger head of foam. Not exactly a big head of foam for a vigorous pour but it has some staying power and there's some nice lacing.

The smell is a nice balance of caramel malt and citrus and piney hops. Nice nose.

The taste is also balanced. Plenty of malt for the malt lovers, plenty of hoppiness from flavours of grapefruit and some pine for the hop lovers, and put them together and you have a finely balanced DIPA. There's also some fruitiness here. Very nice.

It borders on a full mouthfeel...silky smooth, and the alcohol is nicely hidden. It finishes on the sweet side but not overly so as there is a good kick of grapefruit right at the very end. Pretty easy drinking as well.

This is a very well made example of the style and I can recommend it with no qualms.

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

A cloudy yellow golden hue with a fluffy white head of foam, that lasts and lasts. The aromas are very floral, with citrusy hops, and light bready malts in there as well. The taste is quite hoppy up front but very malty in the middle and finish. For a DIPA this really isnt a very hoppy version, but that's why I like it. This brew pulls you in with its fresh, hoppy aroma, and than it backs it up with a lovely use of malts. The mouthfeel is somewhat thick for a DIPA, but it works, and the drinkability is awesome. Yet another solid brew from a somewhat overlooked brewery who do not dissapoint!

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa recently as a break from all of the Autumn seasonals that I've had lately. I tend to get the impression that a lot of their offerings are similar and as hoppy as their beers are, that this would stand out a bit from the others. Sure enough, that was the case, as this had a West Coast feel to it without being too sharp or metallic. There's just enough of a British feel to it to make this stand out, without being too dull or warming; and this combines the best characteristics of each style.

This had a nice carrot hue to it and one of the best heads I've seen on a beer in a long time. Not only did it last for a while, but the rings after each sip remained on the edge of my glass throughout the duration of my drinking session. The consistency of this beer was quite oily and the taste was that of an earthy pine. Because the carbonation was so strong, the aftertaste had the strength and crispness of mint but the warming hop bitterness was quite persistent after I finished what was in my glass.

This is a bit strong but I never felt that the alcohol was excessive. No "hop bomb" here but instead, this was well-balanced and quite enjoyable. People new to this style won't be disappointed here as this beer is a great example of this style.

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

Rustic Orange. Great Head.

Biscuit malt, spicy sweetness, caramel, pine and grapefruit in the nose.

Pretty delicious. West Coast hoppiness. Juicy. Light fruitiness. Great hop flavor with sharp and pungent pine and citrus notes.

Full in the mouth.

I want another.

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Photo of Strix
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear straw-orange with good initial head and some lacing.

Citrus pine and a dank hop note in the nose.

Orange-grapefruit nicely forward in this, with malt, caramel, and a slow pine finish.

Smooth, somewhat light mouthfeel.

Nice flavor and balance here.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a standard pint glass with very little head and not much lacing. Very hop forward nose consisting of grapefruit and some tropical notes. The flavor was more of the same with tropical fruits, grapefruit, and some booze standing out. The mouthfeel was syrupy with a hint of carbonation. Overall, this is a good double IPA that was fill in for Sucks.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured to tulip snifter

Appearance is a clear medium gold (surprisingly light for 1.080 OG), 1 finger and a half of light gold head. Head lays down to a film rather quickly, leaves some nice lacing. Very pretty beer,

Aroma has light floral, pine and citrus notes, some faint biscuit and honey.

Flavor has a nice sweetness with loads of hop flavor: pine, juniper berries, orange peel and black pepper jump out, but none annoyingly so. Less bitter than expected.

Mouthfeel is very nice, drinks far lighter than 1.080 OG suggests

Overall: less aggressive than the name and numbers might suggest, a good looking brew, nearly a big beer, that drinks like a PA. This one will be making frequent appearance in my fridge, for certain.

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Photo of codyRU
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I discovered the Lagunitas Brewery at the Atlantic City Beer Festival last year. I vaguely remember voting this beer as my choice for best in show. Upon returning home I knew I had to true review in much a less inebriated state. Suffice to say, it was just as splendid as I remembered.

Where to begin? Maximus is probably my favorite beer of all time. It is everything I enjoy in a beer. A delightfully cloudy amber color. Aggressively hopped without overstepping it's bounds. Surprisingly refreshing, yet devilishly complex. Not to mention an ABV that will knock you on your butt after 2-3 servings.

Give it a try. If you are a "hop-head" like myself you certainly will enjoy yourself.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice brew, this one is. Pour produces a medium-golden to light copper colored, clear brew with a very thin, white, fine head.

Some lacing, but not a whole lot. (Some sediment was swirled in near the finish). Aroma is fresh and citrussy, with some mild toastiness.

Body is pleasantly above medium, heading towards fullness, and it is velvety smooth. Flavor has light malt, with a slight bready, toasty aspect to it with a touch of caramel.

More citrussy hops abound here as well, with a refreshing aftertaste sticking in the throat.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,523 ratings.
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