Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

very good
1,542 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 raynmoon
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

4-Looks nice, like most of their IPAs, which is a nice gold color, crystal clear. Some nice alcohol legs on this one as well.

3-Very interesting smell. It doesn't really smell hop forward actually. It smells like some sweet, roasty, bbq-like malts. Which is what their Kronik tastes like. A decent tangerine smell in there.

3-Tastes more of the same. Very balanced, but there is no way that this is fresh. It justs tastes like malt heaviness, bitterness and some alcohol. I specifically remember this one being a juicy, hop forward beer.

The bottling code is 006, so the 6th day of the year? Might be the 6th day of 2012.

bottled on Apri 17th 2013

Gold/orange color, crystal clear. Looks nice.

I smell some yeast, a hint of tangerine and pine, some biscuity malt. Smells pretty nice, but nothing special.

Malty, bitter, almost tart from the sharpness from the hops. A touch of alcohol helps the weird taste.

Overall, just a strange and very unbalanced beer. I almost feel like pouring this out.

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Photo of YankChef
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter glass.

SMell is piney with subtle aromas of grapefruit and rose water

Tastes literally exactly like the single ipa just a little bit more of the out of balance bitterness that is present in the single.

This is just as mediocre of an Double IPA as the single ipa is. There are much better DIPA's out there, try it out of curiosity but i believe the 3.95 overall is over rated

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Photo of Blanco
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

amber with a cream colored head. decent lacing. slight carbonation showing.

smell is hop forward with a malt background.

Slightly bitter, but that's all I get from the hops (no floral or citrus qualities, just bitterness and not a ton of it). Malt is also not very present. Slightly sweet aftertaste.

light bodied no mouth coating.

drinkable, but definitely not amongst the best DIPAs I've had. If I want more hops than malt I could drink this, but I'd probably go for better options.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I saw some 12oz bottles of Maximus for the first time and thought what the hell. The color was a clear orange with a decent white head. The smell had a caramel aspect to it but no hops that I could detect. The taste was very balanced, almost too balanced for an IPA. I don;t think this beer was hoppy at all. The alcohol was very well hidden. At $9 a sixer I would never purchase this again. I keep buying Lagunitas beers and being disappointed. I think the only one I like is Gnarleywine. Thumbs down on Maximus.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Orange-stained amber with a thick crown of foam that leaves some webs of lace as it sinks relatively quickly to a thin cap on top.

A: Citrusy, piney, and floral hops are noted with a toasted malt underneath. What's there smells pretty good, but this would lack power even for a regular IPA. Where's the power and strength that is expected from a Double/Imperial? Maybe it will make up for it on the palate.

T: Unfortunately, it does not. My taste buds are feeling just as deprived as my nose was. The malt bill feels like it was built to handle a much larger load of hops that is currently present. Citrusy hops are dominant with mostly grapefruit rinds, while the pine needle-flavored hops deliver some spice on the end. Good bitterness here at points, but the sweet malts take a big bite out of it. Seems more like a Pale Ale than a DIPA, to be quite honest. Not impressed at all.

M: Medium-full with a sticky, mouth-coating feel that finishes a bit harsh and leaves a weird aftertaste.

Notes: If you really want an Imperial IPA from Lagunitas, do yourself a favor and pass this one up for some Hop Stoopid. Maximus fell way short of what I was expecting from this great brewery. They don't fail often, as most of their beers are 'hits'. You can mark this one down as a 'miss', though, as far as I'm concerned. Oh well, I guess you can't win 'em all...

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Photo of umtox
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Light amber

S: A bit of hops and lime

C: Perhaps a bit of overkill on the lime, with a decent hops

M: Crisp and someone fleeting giving way to sour lime

D: Perhaps one with a very select dish and then on to seomething better

All in all nothing special.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Murky amber, tons of floaties, nice 1cm head. Big aroma of herbal oranges. Light earth components and something lactic, not unlike meringous. Straightforward malt introduction, sweet, a bit maple-like, but then strikes the unforgiveable, harsh floral/grapefruity citric bitterness. Low to medium carbonation, medium bodied. Extreme stuff and I’m not huge on the style, but still one of lagunitas’ best by my standards.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pour from the bomber into my Duvel tulip unveils a clear orange beer with a finger of off-white head. The head doesn't stick around too long, and the lacing is just OK.

The aromas are fairly subdued for a DIPA. Pleasant hoppiness is accompanied by a bit of caramel.

The hops are much more lively in the mouth There are some nice bready malt and caramel flavors in the background and a bit of a saltine crackerish element in the finish. Carbonation and body are both on the low side of medium.

Although this isn't a great DIPA in my opinion, it's very tasty, finishes pretty clean, and goes down smooth. This wouldn't be a bad beer to use as an intro to the style for a non-hophead.

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Photo of Erik-P
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

getting a very heavy sweet malt aroma and taste as well. almost smells like a barleywine. None of the hop flavours/smells others are describing. slight bitterness on the back end. No datestamp on the bottle but my guess is this one has a bit of age on it. gonna have to try again fresh!

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Photo of beertunes
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a medium gold-copper color with less than 1/2 inch of just off-white head that had low retention and light lacing.

A nice hop aroma greets the nose, mostly pine with a touch of citrus, and a bit of malt sweetness at the back. Yup, that's the flavor profile as well. There is a bit more malt solidness than the nose suggested and the hops aren't really that distinct.

The body is a bit fuller than average and drinkability is OK, but not special. Overall, a decent but unspectacular example of the style.

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Photo of semihobo
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks handsome, a dark amber color, more orange than yellow. The story is the head -- great start, great retention, the residue on the sides of the glass is excellent.

Smells of syrupy, thick hop resin, along with sweet malts. Hops are on the resinous, piney end, not so much floral. One dimensional.

Tastes of sugary apricots and peaches along with a resinous bite. Somewhat piney as well as acrid. Pretty sweet as well.

A little bubbly and full-bodied, especially with a very thick finish. Leaves quite a coating on the tongue, if that's your thing you're in luck.

Low alcohol (for the style) makes this guy a little more drinkable, but I'm not too impressed by the hop bill. It's big enough, but not very nuanced... overly bitter and nothing too exciting. Just about average for an I2PA.

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Photo of wembly13
3.17/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper and amber color. Lite foam.

S: Hops aroma. Malt and citrus kick.

T: The piney tasting hops and malt hit you hard. Little bit of citrus in there.

M: Medium body, packs a punch.

O: Not my most favorite DIPA. It is average. There’s nothing really wrong with it, but there’s nothing that makes it stand out.

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Photo of Shumista
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a plain pint glass.

Maximus pours a red-orange copper color with a large foamy head. The smell is dominated by citrusy hops and sweetness from the malt. It taste is a bit unbalanced in my opinion. The bitterness is a bit harsh and it is extremely sweet, both turn-offs for me. I found the mouthfeel to be surprisingly on the thin side. Drinkability would be higher if not for the sweetness.

All in all this one isn't so bad. On the one hand I have definitely had much better DIPA's. However on the other in a beer world where DIPA's frequently come in $10 bombers there is something to be said for one the comes in a reasonably priced six pack. For the money a good value for a hop fix.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours a pale orange color and has a finger or so of white foam on top. Splashes of lace randomly around the glass.

Aroma - heavy sweet malts. Very orangey. More malt than hop to the nose.

Taste - lots of chewy biscuity malts to start, briefly sweet, followed by a rush of piny hops. The bitterness is harsh and quickly goes medicinal and is not all that enjoyable to me. Not enough of the citrusy side of the hops. Finishes with sharp grapefruit rind flavor.

Mouthfeel - moderately smooth and with a full body. The carbonation feels pretty crisp.

Drinkability - I didn't like this beer all that much, but those who really like a bitter profile should enjoy this.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear golden orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes into nice lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit with hints of pine and caramel. The taste is remarkably sweet for a DIPA. There are definitely a lot of hops there, but it seems the sweetness is what strikes me first. It is followed by grapefruit and pine hops. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a lower level of carbonation. Overall, this is a mediocre example of a DIPA. With so many better DIPAs out there I can't see myself drinking this again.

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Photo of sopclod
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lately I have been really jonesing for hops, and strong IPA's are either hard to find or expensive. So I find myself with a bottle of Lagunitas Maximus. Why can't bombers come in 4 or 6 packs??

If you looked up double IPA in the dictionary, you would find this. That's both good and bad. It's exactly what you'd expect; pretty hoppy, some malt sweetness, copper colored body. On the other hand, there is nothing to make this stand out from other, more distinctive double IPA's.

It's a good example of the style, but there's nothing that makes it stand out.

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Photo of jballeng
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle. Poured a beautiful deep amber with a tiny head. Aroma of oranges. Disappointingly dry and bitter flavor (more so than normal for an IPA) compared to favored IPAs such as Stoudts and Dogfish Head, with accents of oranges and grapefruit. Tangy but dry mouthfeel which finished very bitter. Better than many, not as good as many others.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, light copper color with a white-colored head.

Smell: Sharp, sweet pine hop aroma with notes of caramel.

Taste: Firm citrus, grapefruit flavors with a small amount of caramel left to balance out the hops. Hints of bread dough. Very dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Thin, but a bit oily, as well.

Drinkability: This one wasn't for me. Thin to a fault, and the malt flavor could be more distinct.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 7/6/08. Bottle. Pours orange with a thick white head and leaves nice, thick lacing. Aroma of rich bready/cookie malt and flowery hops. Flavor of lots of hop spices, bitter hops. The flavor is very muddied and it was hard to pick out anything specific. This beer has a spicy bite to it. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy. An ok IIPA but not very well balanced and too heavy for my liking.
7/4/6/3/14 (3.4/5)

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Photo of kernalklink
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew pored nice and smooth with cool hop aromas- slightly citric, with a little less malt than usual. Taste was big and fruity in hop flavors- grapefruit, some sour piney characteristics as well. The flavors are a little flat, but the hops are assertive in their bitterness. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin and the alcohol was hidden but came out as it warmed. There is little intesity within the flavors, the lack of malts to balance and create an interesting interaction is noticeable. This was a run of the mill DIPA, but certainly a good brew

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Photo of gatorbreath
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

High ABV on an inexpensive single got me jonesin'.

App - Copper, carbonated head of minimal size and dissipating rapidly

Smell - hoppy, piney

Taste - a little hoppy bite but a more than overwhelming caramel biscuity malt taste that i guess balances the offering but not when there are so few hops to begin with..

Mouthfeel - kind of cool and different on this one, kind of coats the mouth in a silky fashion

Overall - not too big on this malty aftertaste, etc. but it was worth a try! the carbonation is more than i prefer

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Photo of Svenson89
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not a big fan of this one. I find it too heavy on the malt with a weird caramel sweetness to it. I'm not a fan of malty ipas and this one confirms that for me. Yes there is a good hop bitterness to it but the sweetness sort of throws it off for me.

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3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Medium-copper with off-white head. Lots of pretty lacing.

S - Kinda weak. I smell a little bit of citrus, bitter hops, and a significant amount of sweet malt.

T - Starts out with lots of caramel malt and some tinges of lemon and floral hops around the edges. A little spiciness is present too. Upon swallowing, the hops become a lot more assertive. Very bitter/floral taste that completely washes away the malt. Grapefruitiness is the overall taste that lingers. This may just be me, but I feel like the flavors don't blend quite right. I guess I'm just not a fan of (D)IPAs that are this malty.

M - Solid feel. I can say with confidence that I enjoy having this beer in my mouth.

D - Not where this shines. Though I don't expect too much in the drinkability department when it comes to DIPAs, I definitely couldn't see downing more than 2 in a session.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a deep amber/copper with a quarter finger of head. Everything is fine until you get to the aroma.

Very sweet nose...actually too sweet for this style. Either way a definite malt aroma that is supported, to the smallest degree, by some citrus/pine.

Taste mimics the aroma quite nicely with a malt heaviness that was attempted to be balanced out by hop bitterness, but didn't quite hit the mark. Some nice lemon citrus and bready malts but overall too sweet.

Thin on the tongue, medium carbonated for the style, and mouth coating. As far as wanting another bottle, I could last a while and not have any cravings for this one.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a standard DIPA appearance - bronze, clear, bubbles, eggshell head, massive lacing. Yeah, yeah. As beers go, it's great, but it seems like DIPAs just can't go wrong.

Very floral nose, not a hint of zing or zap or any other hoppy grapefruit scent - very floral indeed. Creamy malts blend very nicely with hops to make a singularly scented nose. Not very intense, but good.

Floral taste, too. Caramelly, oatmeal-y malts and floral, gentle and soft oily hops combine for a hoppy taste that is pretty delicious - this is differerent than any DIPA I've tried so far. The hop flavor is less aggressive and more smooth, definitely an unobtrusive floral flavor.

Oily, but gently carbonated; Pretty good.

Very good IPA, interesting example of a DIPA.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 5,478 ratings.
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