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Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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MaximusMaximus
BA SCORE
3.99/5
Very Good
5,543 Ratings
MaximusMaximus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,814
Reviews:
1,553
Ratings:
5,543
pDev:
10.03%
Bros Score:
4.03
 
 
Wants:
140
Gots:
1,378
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 5,543 |  Reviews: 1,553
Photo of akk14
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SoundZero
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drstalker
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of anthony-s
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ladle69
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear cooper-orange body with a few streams of bubbles supporting a thick, soapy white head that leaves striated lines along the glass. Nose presents a mixture of juicy fruit, bitter piney hops, sweet caramel and bready, toasty malt. It's nicely aromatic, and while it doesn't express detailed notes of any kind, it does offer a balanced potpourri for the sniffer to choose from. Potent pine sap and minimally concealed alcohol are on the tongue, with more bittering flavors like orange peel, grapefruit, and outright alpha acid/resin finishing things up. The body is slick and syrupy, medium-full weight, mild carbonayion. It's less pleasant than a basic brew, but the outrageousness of it is amusing in its own right.
In a world overfilled with beer, and in that vector much more so with IPA's, DIPA's, American Barleywines, Pale Ales, TIPA's, hoppy-takes-on-XXX-style, and beers with a literal hop flowers in each bottle, this one managed to distinguish itself, no small feat. The flavors weren't the clearest, the IBU's weren't the harshest, the alcohol wasn't the highest. But it set a lofty goal, to be good and (kinda) humble, and it achieved that. Which is greater than setting out to be the best and failing. So, Maximus the maximum it was not, but Maximus itself it yet be.

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Photo of MHJeff06
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zach_960
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sjdevel
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Orange / copper and very clear. 2-finger head from a 12oz. bottle. The head recedes a bit after a minute but remains active throughout. Very interesting color.
Smell: Smells very sweet, citrusy, and a bit of mango.
Taste: A nice bite upfront, not overly bitter (72 IBUs?). Sweet caramel malt soon floods the taste buds. Fruit flavors then bounced around. There's mango, orange, grapefruit, and some pineapple. Remains quite sweet and dosn't really dry out that much. Many different and interesting. Very flavorful.
Feel: Medium bodied. Nice feel - a bit oily.
Overall: Very good! Not to omany beers that I would routinely buy 6-packs of, but this is one. Very interesting and full of flavor. I have become a big fan of Languanitas the past couple of years.

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Photo of bkwhoppa66
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of fthegiants
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kinggimp
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of soundaurora
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Barleycorn
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of scumation
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EmeraldMist
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Look - Clear dark orange color, a finger of off white head, a few patches of lacing left behind.
Aroma - Hop resin, faint pine, mango, floral, sugar cookie sweetness. The aroma is good but a little subdued.
Taste - Dried apricot, hint of pine, floral notes, rich bread crust malt body, the sweetness balances out the hops, dry and yeasty finish. Delivers a hop punch without an insane amount of bitterness.
Feel - On the heavier side of medium, no alcohol warmth, slightly oily, nice carbonation, dry. You'll be hard pressed to find an 8.2% Imperial IPA that drinks this easy.

Overall - This is my kind of Double/Imperial IPA. It's hoppy but has a big malt backbone to back it up. The drinkablilty for such a big beer is off the charts.

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

Photo of ImbibingInOmaha
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look - Clear orange color with thin head, but substantial legs that never really disappear.

Smell - Overwhelming hops, but upon further examination there is also a clear metallic smell with just a hint of citrus. I suppose there is some malt smell, but it is hard to parse from the pine.

Taste - This is a hops heavy beer. The flavors seem to hit in an order - grapefruit, pine, a bit of nickel and then clearly the hops. The combination of warming from the 8.2% and the hop punch it packs is honestly quite nice, but not extraordinary. Incredibly bitter / dry aftertaste, this is where the grapefruit becomes obvious.

Feel - Definitely a full body, reminiscent of pine resin. Sharp the entire way down.

Overall - This is a fine Double IPA. Something I wouldn't mind drinking at a barbecue with a burger. Honestly it almost falls out of the category of summer beer and closer to a winter warmer, which should be drank exclusively while skiing or curled up reading poetry with a cat. Strong beer, good taste.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz bottle, coded 357 6 2... poured into a teku)

L: orange-amber liquid, slight (hop?) haze... tall, bouncy, messy dollop of foam... suds sink slowly, and it does leave some crusty swaths of lace

S: dried mango and fragrant flowers most prominent; orange and lemon highlights with a hard sniff... alcohol does cut through a little, bit of medicinal edge, maybe some bubblegum phenols as well... the depth and density of the hop aromas are powerful and inviting

T: spice and tropical fruit cream initially, supported by a somewhat sweetish, biscuity malt underbelly... little bit of toast and smoke in the finish... soft, intensely herbal/menthol bitterness rises in the aftertaste, along with a latent notes of black pepper and citrus oils

F: oily, resiny up front through the finish... slow, viscous roll across the palate... lasting bitter twang and tongue numbness... despite the thick-ish, resiny body to start, it virtually disappears midway through each sip - subdued flare of esophageal warmth after it goes down... damn disgustingly drinkable

O: bold beer all around... what it lacks in definition, it sort of makes up for by invigorating the palate and being curiously quite moreish with its remarkable mouthfeel

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

Photo of Eric_T_07
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jsmith313
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is pine, malts. Taste is well balanced, piney hops and caramel malts, some herbal notes, mild bitterness for a DIPA. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but I was expecting a bit more.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 5,543 ratings
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