Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
5,524 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 09-22-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,524
Reviews:
1,549
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
10.38%
 
 
Wants:
140
Gots:
1,361
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,524 |  Reviews: 1,549
Photo of ImbibingInOmaha
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
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 +9.4%
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 -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eric_T_07
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jsmith313
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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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Photo of Kuges
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LionHeart88
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3

Photo of haines710
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle at grocery near Wilmington, Delaware. Poured with nice head into a pint glass. Smell and taste are very interesting. Smell is malty while taste to me is cloudy with alcohol aftertaste. You can taste the higher alcohol content in this beer. I enjoyed it but prefer Brown Shugga or Undercover from Lagunitas. This beer was nice for sipping and had me relaxed and smiling. I will probably try again.

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Photo of Beerucee
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More hoppi more alcohol....

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Photo of dbauer
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of IckyT2012
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of superfriend
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zzachm18
3.29/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Skrumpy
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangeish amber color with a foamy head which slowly recedes with some lacing. Slight haze. Aroma is citrus, herbs, dank fruit and bread malt. The flavor is pine, grapefruit, tropical notes, and spice. The bread malt smooths it out and makes it quite drinkable. A touch of alcohol vapor, heavy, but not over the top. I do enjoy this beer.

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Photo of Jetlag767
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hopped perfectly with a beautiful balance

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Photo of andrewh995
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great IPA with awesome malt and hops. It has this incredibly apparent sweetness to every sip that makes this IPA really stand out to me. Served on tap at Hillside Spot in Ahwatukee AZ.

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Photo of Hackattack
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I bought this since I liked the high ABV at 8.20.......bad boy me. But it had a nice smooth, yet a bit bitter taste loaded with hops, hops and more hops. You will enjoy this if you are a hops fan.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Freddies.

A clear copper with a dense, large off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great! The nose is solid. A blend of pine, grapefruit and some citrus, this is quite hoppy. A mild caramel malt character is present. The palate opens moderately bitter with a blend of grapefruit, orange peel and some pine. The grapefruit flavor is mildly candied, pairing nicely with the caramel. A little sweet on the finish, this beer is medium-light in body and moderately carbonated. While sweeter than i typically i like IPAs, this is still quite solid.

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Photo of FatsoSvuLLo
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CreedeSon
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

great beer fresh taste and the price is low too bought it for 4 dollars a bomber. says it is an IPA but it has that DIPA punch to it is also smooth compared to other lagunitas ales,my favorite lagunitas beer tastes like a much more expensive beer.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 5,524 ratings.
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