Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 09-22-2001

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Reviews:
1,523
Ratings:
5,393
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
19.49%
 
 
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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clarity, golden hue. Big, fluffy signature Lagunitas head with tons of diseased lace left behind.

Aromas of oranges, limes, slight onion and oregano.

Flavors of juicy, mellow orange, some grapefruit rind but not overly so, some bready notes, ending on cornbread, cracker, and pink grapefruit.

Feel is thick and juicy, even somewhat creamy, leaving a milky, honey finish on the palate. Nice carbonation level, too.

Overall, Maximus is a very decent IPA. I'd actually have this again. Not bad, not bad at all.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas Brewing is truly one of those brewers that has *it*, and Maximus has *it* as well.

Let me start by noting I am not an IPA aficionado. I enjoy the darker brews and IPAs are those I drink to try something outside the normal for me. But if there were an IPA to make me stop and rethink that approach, this is the IPA to do it. Damn, was it good.

Clear amber color with light carbonation, distinct hues of yellow and orange when you turn the glass for a closer look. Though it doesn't pour a thick head, it has decent staying power with plenty of lacing to speckle the pint. The scent produced is absolutely amazing - a sweet citrusy smell, hints of honey, and all of it mixing perfectly with the perfect touch of hops, artistry at work. Though it was more carbonated than I like and astringent to the tongue, the carbonation dies out quickly and leave a smooth liquid down. The taste matched the smell to perfection, as I was gulping this bad-boy faster than I should and forced myself to slow down to enjoy. In the end, I probably have found what is my most favorite IPA and I think I will be hard pressed to find one better.

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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. 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 TrueOregonian
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- pours 2 fingers length head with lots of carbonation. Amber color

S- orange peel, lemon, grapefruit, floral

T- floral hops taste the most prominent with orange, grape fruit and a piney finish added. Very smooth!

Overall-

Wow I like the hop stoopid and it has better ratings overall but I honestly like this one better. I think this beer is more well balanced, smoother, and has a better taste profile also.
Both are great though.

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Photo of mpyle
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very pale amber color, brilliantly clear. Pours a biggish white head, quite creamy and long lasting.

Rich malty nose, somewhat gentle fruity hop notes (muted by head?)

Huge hit of malty sweet and fruity hops from the beginning. Not the typical hop bomb DIPA. Stronger malt presence and a softer hop character. Overall skews more heavily sweet than I would like...needs a tweak more fermentation or a bit more bitterness.

Medium-full body, moderate carbonation. Definitely some alcoholic warming.

Not what I expected, but a pleasant big malt, sorta big hop beer. Good aromas and flavors, but skews a little too malty sweet for my liking.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle

Pours deep amber orange with a dense creamy off-white foam head. Smells like dark honey, toffee, caramel, toasted bready malt, brown sugar, mild coconut, pineapple, guava, almost raspberry, some peach, mango, orange, papaya, candied grapefruit, with floral earthy herbal grass and spicy woody pine. Tastes like dark honey malt, some toffee, brown sugar, caramel, toasted bready grain, some orange, candied grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, mango, peach, guava, slight raspberry, with woody floral earthy herbs, dank grass and spicy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice tasting double IPA.

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Photo of taters21
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with about one finger of off white head, some lacing.
Smells mostly of cedar and grapefruit, with some sweetness, and some floral notes.
Hops are almost all up front, and in back, grapefruit is immediate, followed by some pine, then quickly a mlaty sweetness, bitterness at the end is mild, nice.
Mouthfeel is moderate, and viscous, almost syrupy.
Overall, another solid imperial ipa, not one that breaks records in my book, but certainly a good choice, and for the price, lagunitas delivers a lot of bang for your buck, so plus one half star there.

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Photo of woomThomas
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer has a clear golden yellow color. The foam is white with small bubbles. The foam disappears at a leisurely pace, leaving little trace. Aromas of hops, tropical fruit. There are some peach, orange and little flowers. Some sweet notes of syrup. The flavors of the hops, and very little malt. Then comes the passion fruit and pineapple. After that, a fine hops bomb again. Followed by sweet peach, some citrus, orange, a little salt, syrup and pine in the back. Medium body. Moderate carbonated. A little dry and sweet, fresh with just enough bitterness.

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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 rodbeermunch
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark orange color, 5/6" white head. Dropped lots of dry hop aroma, nicely done, mostly old school pine and grapefruit.

Taste doesn't impart as much in the way of hops as the aroma did. For whatever reason, I've felt that their pale ale does this better than their ipas. Lagunitas manages to drop a ton of hops without hitting the wallet too hard. This has a little crystal malt, mostly pale malt, stays thankfully out of balance. Hides alcohol nicely.

Like I said, good, but I prefer so many of their other hoppy beers more that impart more than just bitterness for the most part like this one.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- pours a clear Amber color with a two-finger foamy and frothy head that retains long after the pour leaving some lacing behind

S- grainy and malty with notes of fruity hops, as well as some floral and pine notes, toasted grain crackers

T- fruity hops up front with notes of floral and citrus as well, toasted malt mid-palate, more fruitless in the finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a crisp finish, high drinkability

O- straight forward DIPA that doesn't really stand out, but drinks just fine for what it is and is highly drinkable

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Photo of portwood
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell: grapefruit, sweet malt, melon, caramel.
Taste: sweet (not syrupy), smooth w/good carbonation, juicy citrus.
Finish: melon, pineapple, caramel, dry grapefruit pith, lemon lingers for a long time
(bottle code 21012017 2)

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Photo of Shroombe
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden amber with a nice thick inch of head into a frozen mug.

Has a very smooth taste with excellent hop flavor.

This makes my list of favorite IPAs. Will be buying again.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, orange/gold colour. Heavy alcohol nose, lots of honey, and hops. Tastes of sweet malts, floral hops, butterscotch, balanced, slight bitter hop tang at the end.

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Photo of scooob
4.78/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my go-to beer these days. I love IPAs in general, but lately too much bitterness bothers me, drys out my mouth and throat, and sometimes even gives me a headache. Maximus has a satisfyingly hoppy bite at the end, but that's prefaced by so much creamy malty sweetness that, for my tastes anyway, the overall balance is perfect. It's so drinkable that the 8.2% ABV can easily sneak up on you. In which case, my headache only comes the next morning. It's also a big plus that this beer is pretty easy to find and is usually priced very reasonably. Cheers!

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Photo of cmurkar
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber orange with a two inch white head. Great retention with lots of lacing. Smell is citrus and hop heavy, with fresh pine finish. Taste is malt heavy, with a strong rush of hop and grapefruit. Typical bitter finish of most DIPAs. Dry, yet smooth mouthfeel, with medium carbonation.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bomber, pours a foggy orange with aa foamy off white head which leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is citrus, flavors of tropical fruit with a sweet malt backbone. Alcohol kind of sneaks up on you. Nice beer.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maximus pours a copper color with a small, long lasting and lacing head. Nice fresh floral aroma. Taste is big with strong hoppy flavors, finishes wet and a bit sweet. Good body and feel. Overall very good big, but sweeter IPA.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a 6pk at the LCBO for around $16.00 or so. 341ml bottle served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1/2" high white head that is gone in a minute or tow. Very dark gold colour and unfiltered.

S- Oodles of hops and sweet, sweet malt.

T- Nice hope profile both dry and wet. Nice sweetness that does not get cloy on you like the other DIPA's out there. Nice balance for a hop heavy brew

M- Dry and tart at the end as expected

O- Nice and hoppy. Very enjoyable. Glad it comes in 6's only

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with....... Coconut shrimp!

Enjoy!!

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's tough not compare this to Lagunitas amazing A Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale, and although Maximus is damn good, it's not on that level. A bit more malty and a bit more on the alcohol taste, but still really good.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a clear, pale amber with a persistent eggshell-white head. Initial impression is pine, with slightly sweet tropical fruit with earthy and resinous hop underpinning. Sweetness becomes more pronounced as it warms. Medium mouthfeel -slightly sticky; medium carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden, making this dangerously easy to drink. Bitter finish.
My reviews of Lagunitas' offerings have been all over the board. Some I like; some I despise. This falls in the "kinda like" territory - I wouldn't seek it out, but I wouldn't be upset if somebody bought me a round.....

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchase from the LCBO for about $2.67 per bottle.

Appearance - Pours a slightly cloudy copper colored beer with a rich frothy head that measures over two fingers. Great retention and many swaths of lacing left behind.

Smell - Plenty of citrus with grapefruit, mango and melon being the stars. Lots of caramel malt too to keep things balanced.

Taste - Pretty much like the nose, just even more intense. More than adequate sweetness from the caramel and tropical fruits, yet enough bitterness on the other end to make this enjoyable. Just a really good easy to drink DIPA, that even considering the price and perhaps not being optimally fresh, I may just pick up a another six-pack.

Mouthfeel - Smooth yet well carbonated, robust body, but juicy and easy to repeatedly drink.

Overall- Maximus is simply put one of the most masterful DIPA's I've been fortunate enough to try. I will almost certainly be picking up a second six-pack of this divine treat.

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Photo of peensteen
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper orange colour, 1.5 fingers white head, good lace. Smell is of sugar coated citrus fruit, hop dominant but certainly shows strong sweeter malt underpins. Taste is hoppy and fruity, orange and red grapefruit, mid palate malty sweetness, a little drying on the finish. Lightly carbonated, lightly slick medium body. Not bad but a bit sweet for what I prefer from the style.

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Photo of jmd1978
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange/Amber color with 2 inch creamy head. Plenty of lacing. Nose piney with notes of mango, orange peel, and a little funk. Taste is pine in the front. Notes of orange, caramel, and tropical fruit. Sweet finish that lingers. Pretty good IPA from them.

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

The usual (and well brewed) bitterness introduces the taste of this double IPA, until a surprise sweetness confuses your taste buds. Initially, this is a nice twist but the sweetness eventually becomes somewhat obtrusive.
Regardless, a decent brew. Great colour, nose and head.
Incidentally, this has been brewed in Illinois and not California.

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