Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 1,581 | Ratings: 5,661
Photo of flyingpig
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle from Morrison’s supermarket (£2.25):
A clear amber with orange tinges & a fluffy head that's foamy & white, it’s quite thick looking too it & has fairly good retention for the strength of the beer. The nose is a hoppy one with some malts & plenty of sugars plus a little alcohol in the early going but it's definitely sweet with citrus, mango &some resinous pine in there as well. The taste is a sweet & malty one, not quite as pronounced as the nose but the mango & citrus both feature, as does a pleasant apricot taste & lots of sugars with caramel following on behind. Again it seems fairly resinous & it is a medium bodied offering with lighter than expected carbonation levels but a sharp, crisp feel & a little bit of warming alcohol right at the end too: brilliant stuff. 

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Photo of HardCider
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber with a significant white head that dissipated rather slowly. Has a strong fruity, hoppy aroma. The taste is bitter with hints of citrus fruit.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a single-serve bottle into a tulip

Pours lighter than amber but darker than gold with a two-finger head and good lacing. Crystal clear.

The aromas are excellent, with hops very forward in multiple ways--floral/citrus/resiny, in that order. However, lacking the solid background mango/pineapple malt typical of the style.

The flavor follows the nose. Excellent hop bitterness. Skewed bitter, however, and not as balanced as a true DIPA. A bit of alcohol bite in the background, but not a burn.

The finish is the best part of the beer. Medium bodied with a nice crisp finish.

A good brew on its own merits. It straddles the line between IPA and DIPA very well. Just a tad out of balance and a bit heavy on the booze note.

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Photo of Beerjunky1776
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My all time favorite beer. Created an account just to review this, great fruity aroma, beautifully pale ale great foamy head with open bubbles, taste is crisp as can be and dry on the finish. Slight citrus notes with a very floral aroma. Everybody I’ve ever gave some to has fallen in love with this beer. Lagunitas hit it out of the park making this beer! Relatively cheap compared to other beers and for an 8.2% beer it goes down smooth and mean!

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Photo of omahawk
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour - brilliantlyear golden light copper with steady carbonation and good head that lingers. Every IPA should look like this. Smell is hop- forward citrus, pine and resinous. Taste is crisp grapefruit supported by bready malt flavor with a touch of caramel sweetness. This is an easy-to- drink 8% IPA. Well-made, just like everything from Lagunitas.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 12/11/11: Pours a nice coppery amber with a full, chunky, eggshell tan head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is floral and oily hops, citrus and cantaloupe, balanced with malt caramel sweetness. Taste is citrus, cantaloupe, pine and floral; sweet caramel malt with a little bread. There is a hop bite in the finish that produces a lingering bitterness.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, refreshing, well-balanced double IPA. Golden color with a little fluffy head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of grapefruit and piney hops with a little dankness. Tastes similarly, along with some caramel, vanilla and malt. The malt-hops balance is outstanding. Smooth thin mouthfeel with just a touch of creaminess. Good carbonation and the higher ABV is well-hidden. Another solid beer from a great brewery!

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Photo of marcbosch
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: pale orange, very transparent. Head is normal to small but quite some lacing.
Smell: Hops is the first thing that comes to your mind, essentially resinous but also fruity. Malty-wheat aromas. Something creamy as well. Very interesting, even for a dull nose like mine.
Taste: Hops party with a good malty backbone. Something spicy/warming as well, perhaps vanilla. However, boozy notes are a bit too high. As well, as someone mentioned before, the hops mixture could've been a bit more complex.
Feel: Generously bodied. Carbonation is medium to low. Nice to sip on an autumn night.
Overall: complex, very interesting beer. If it only burnt a little bit less it would have been fantastic. Otherwise great.

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Photo of Jesterr44
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Great full mouthfeel, lots of strong sweet malt in the flavour to go along with the hops but to me the hops don't have a lot of interesting flavours besides being there. The flavour is dominated by the sweet full malt. A bit of bourbon booze at the end of each sip gives this some characteristic of an imperial. It's a decent beer at 8.2% ABV but I'd rather have a Hop Stoopid.

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Photo of puck1225
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A pretty good beer but a bit too boozey and not hoppy enough for good balance.

Had it from a bottle into a tulip glass. Golden yellow color, decent head and lacing. Sort of a sweet citrus smell. A bit of fruit and vanilla on the taste.

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Photo of PMakowski
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 Oz Bottle poured into a glass
Look - light clear amber with a nice foam head and nice lacing on glass
Smell - sweet grass, tropical fruity hops, malt
Taste - Wow, it's about as smooth as can be. Heavy on the malt, but the bitterness from the hops is there. Not nearly at the level of Hop Stoopid in terms of the bitterness but that is expected. Very mellow but flavorful. Low-medium carbonation. On the sweeter side but it's got a good tropical fruit layer. Fairly easy drinking medium oily body.

Overall it tastes similar to the Lagunitas IPA just a bit more pronounced in the flavor and ABV. Great beer that i would love to have a few times a year. It isn't too sweet or too bitter, nice and smooth, can't detect much alcohol.
Give this beer an A

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Photo of D9sus4
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I wish this was a regular brew instead of a seasonal brew for Lagunitas. This would easily become one of my always in the fridge beers. A nicely balanced DIPA. Not too anything, just right if you are a fan of Imperial or DIPAs.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper filtered with no carbonation and topped with two fingers of white head.

Smells of pine, citrus, clean linen, taffy, and orange drink.

The taste follows the nose. Alcohol and big bitterness as well.

Medium body with moderate carbonation, it’s smooth and covers the ABV.

Got at liquor king in Redding, drinking at the pool house here for the first time, August 16th, 2018.

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Photo of dimwit_flathead
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice dark golden color. Light lacing. A very good IPA for 8%. My local liquor store charged me almost 16 bucks for a six pack. Compared to the $10.99 I could pay for the amazing Hop Stoopid at Ralphs, Maximus just isn't worth the extra money. It might be slightly more flavorful. But only slightly.

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Photo of sabojik
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Standard amber IPA fare. Fair amount of head, lots of lacing.

Smell: Really its only weak point, and hardly one at that. Lots of hop and citrus aroma, with a stronger-than-palatable alcoholic nose.

Taste: An excellent example of how to do an imperial IPA right. Minimal hoppy bitterness despite a high IBU, with notes of orange peel and a strong lemony bite in the finish. Balanced well with some malt and caramel characteristics.

Feel: Far smoother than most imperial/DIPA competitors, even within Lagunitas's own brand. A surprisingly easy drinker, given the ABV, that goes down best on a hot day. Quite nice.

Overall: A delicious summer beer that tastes and drinks better than the vast majority of its similarly-distributed peers. Not world-class, but an outstanding IPA.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Clear amber color. Fairly thick head with ok retention that left very nice lacing.

S---Hops are obvious. Tropical/citrus fruits are in abundance. Orange, grapefruit, pineapple.

T---Sweet & fruity. No real bitterness. There's some maltiness to provide balance.

F---Medium. A bit oily & resinous. Very nice.

O---Another excellent offering by a top quality brewery. I've been picking this up whenever I see it.

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Photo of MittenBreezeMD
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear deep bronze gold, and has a nice head. The aroma carries a good deal of malt with some strong base hops. Taste also carries some malt, which definitely helps to mask some of the sharpness of the high gravity. Hops have a citrusy note, making this a well balanced DIPA that I would drink again.

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Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. Had an amber color and a hazy texture. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, citrus, tropical fruit, malt, and caramel.

T: Tasted of a small amount of malt (mostly in the finish), lots of hops (not too much, though), some citrus notes (orange, lemon, in particular), light caramel, a grassy quality (it disappears over time), and a hint of pine. A super solid flavor that gets better as you go along. It's quite hoppy and sweet, but well-balanced.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This isn't necessarily a perfect DIPA, but it's likable and easy to drink. Worth a look.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

3/22/18: 1 Pint 6 Oz, two pours into pint glass. Golden copper clear pour, one finger white head. Pleasant citrus hops aroma. Firm feel, nice mix of sweet citrus and solid hops. Firm mouth feel, carbonation holds. Overall excellent IPA offering!

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Photo of Taterturnt
4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite imperial IPA, very unique flavor, standard crisp citrusy hop flavors on the first sip but then there’s a sweet malty flavor that hits the pallete in a perfectly balanced way. Not overly pronounced to take away from it being an IPA, but a nice little surprise to distinguish it from the others

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Photo of Vandelay1863
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: thick foamy head of two-finger’s width over even, bubbly golden body. No sediment or haze
Smell: nice, hippy smell- inconspicuous and pleasant
Taste: refreshing, rounded, hoppy flavor
Mouthfeel: very smoothe and medium-bodied. Sits well on the palate
Overall: drinkable, strong IPA.

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Photo of Handsome_Steve
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lovely yellow to copper color; not much foam. You can smell the citrus - mostly orange scent but pleasant. Mouthfeel was quite full and taste is crisp yet bitter at the end. Not bad for an Imperial IPA.

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Photo of gandres
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 Fluid ounce poured to wine glass
Sight: Bright yellow, golden, not a lot of head a bit hazy/cloudy
Smell: slight hoppy smell, sweet and fruity
Taste: well balance flavor specially the bitterness/ alcohol, sweetness really comes out
Mouth feel: nice follow thriough, long finish, sticky, bitter aftertaste
Overall: Excellent beer, specially with the price. Definitely something to look forward to.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hoppy and crisp with a long, lingering bitter finish. There's a characteristic Lagunitas sticky-ness on the finish. Somewhat of an old standby, even after their acquisition.

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Photo of NHBeerSnob
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A little disappointed with carbonation and smaller head , as well as I'd say average amounts of glass lacing. Nothing otherworldly going on in those departments. I don't see a born on or good-by stamp so it's difficult to tell freshness being a factor. Regardless,Great aroma and flavor puts this in the excellent category. A well executed IPA for certain. Have revisited this one and its worthy of a 4.25/5.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 5,661 ratings