Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 09-22-2001

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Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Better than average beer, perhaps the near-room temperature on a very humid day did not do it justice. Had at Volo Cafe. Bomber needed to and was shared. Good retained head. Floral hoppy, initially grapefruity aroma. Smooth and Refreshing, but there are tastier double IPAs around, or even IPAs instead.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: I.5 finger head that slowly dissipates to leave a nice lacing. Amber and clear to minimally hazy.

S: Wow! I love the smell... grapefruit, strawberry and hops.

T: Starts with solid hop character and finishes with readily apparent floral notes. Citrus inbetween. A very dynamic.

M: For 8.2% ABV, this drinks like a 6% beer. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: This has climbed to the top as one of my favorite IPAs. Delicious. Will definitely being purchasing many times over in the future.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another big brutal hoppy offering from lagunitas. pour is surprisingly orange, glowing, but the head is a let down, white but small. the nose is big sweet and bitter fresh hops, some english malts but they are way back. sweet up front, bitter on the back end, just what i like. the taste is the same, maybe a little too sweet for my palate as a big ipa, but it doesnt last long, and its not sugary, just like fresh hop sweetness. could stand a touch more carbonation, but the body is a nice medium, and its pretty drinkable for its abv. for once the yeast in a lagunitas beer seems to be different, my main knock against them has been all the same yeast for everything, but this doesnt appear to be that, which i am thankful for. overall a good beer, a 6er to share, a little sweet, but a nice wintery ipa. cant taste the booze at all, just the hops.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark honey color with a small 1/2 inch bone colored head that fades to a tiny cap. Nicely formed distinct rings of lacing on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt, honey, and citrus/floral hops. Taste is up front with the citrus zest hops, followed by the sweet malt and a honey aftertaste. Very mild citrus juice bitterness on the palate after each sip. Good carbonation makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Hop oils can be felt in the mouth. Overall, a very good DIPA from Lagunitas.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrus hops in the nose along with some hints of pine resin hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of citrusy hops (oranges and grapefruits seem to stand out in particular) along with some hints of pine resin towards the back end. There is a moderate amount of bitterness and faint hints of caramel malts.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and is a little crisp with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is nice and hoppy but doesn't seem as malty and strong compared to other beers in the style. Any traces of alcohol are well masked from the taste.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas continues to churn out these high gravity beers and it seems every time I go to the beer store I find a new style from them to try out.

As I pour this beer from my outstretched arm I can smell the hops a good 3 feet away.. awesome. Pours a light orange color.. a little different than most IPA's I've had, or even DIPA's. Nice head and lacing to it though. Taste was very unexpected... grapefruit bomb for sure. This is the most "fruity" DIPA I've had, a little off but not too bad. I enjoyed but not as much as a lot of other Lagunitas offerings. It's cool they tried to make it different but I would prefer a lot of other breweries DIPA offerings.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 12oz bottle, as opposed to the usual 22oz bombers, which I've found over the past few years to be the best example of American IIPAs available in my part of the world. The alcohol has been increased in this edition (to 8.4% from 7.5%), and the humorous murmurings on the label modified as well. 'Corrupt pirate pastrami burrito vendor' - heh.

This beer pours a nicely clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with two fat fingers of billowy, puffy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which sticks around for quite some time, eventually leaving a decent array of snow rime lacing around the glass.

It smells of pungent grapefruit and orange oil hop essences, pine resin, a solid bready, kind of toffee-like caramel malt, and a low-lying, simmering booze warmth - what an anticipatory aroma! The taste is commensurately big and quite full of blended citrus bitterness up front, subsequently bolstered by some astringent pine hops, a permissive caramel malt influence still evocative of bread pudding and toffee candy, and some mildly metallic alcohol warming.

The carbonation is fairly laid back and seemingly uninvolved, the body a sturdy medium weight, and really quite smooth, given all those hops milling about, causing mayhem. It finishes off-dry, the plucky caramel malt standing firm, while the still bitter hops begin a long, slow wane.

A beer purportedly all about the hops, for sure, but the real star here is the level sweetness from a properly balancing maltiness - a necessity in an IPA and more so in an IIPA. An all around easy-drinker, for the hop-inclined, the elevated ABV a non-issue (for the time being) to boot. Still, though, if you're just looking for a palate cleanser (or wrecker), with a whole lot of peppy hop goodness, you could do a lot worse than this.

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Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired as part of a six pack at Adam's Fine wine and Liquor earlier tonight. It's a couple months old and has been refrigerated the entire time. 8.2% ABV confirmed. 1.080 original gravity. 59 IBUs. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with understated classy label and standard green branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given the brewery.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of nice thickness, decent cream, and generally good (~4-5 minute) retention. Uneven light lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a clear vibrant translucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks pretty solid for an IPA; there's nothing unique or special here but I don't note any flaws.

Sm: Hefty hop bitterness. Floral hop character. Light nectar. Caramalts and pale malts. Some vague grapefruit citrus. It's imbalanced but pleasant and appealing. Brown sugar. A mild to moderate strength aroma. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. Light soap. Some hop extract oil.

T: Hop oil/extract. Floral hops. Some grapefruit hop bite with corresponding untamed hop bitterness - a cardinal sin in a (D)IPA. Pale malts. Some caramalt. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. I do like it, but it's a bit wanting in terms of balance. Good malt and hop mix, but it's rough around the edges. Flavorful and enjoyable, though.

Mf: A bit oily. Smooth and wet. Pretty good carbonation. Good thickness. Suits the flavour profile pretty well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I'd like to have another; I'll happily enjoy the other beers in the sixer. Another good-but-not-great offering from Lagunitas. It's a bit more distinctive than their other hoppy beers - which I like. I'd definitely get this again. Solid work, just not exceptional.

High B-

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle revealed a bit more about the beer than the tap. The beer falls short of D!PA but stands firm as a standard IPA. The aromas leap from the bottle with juicy gapefruit, orange, lemon, pine, and light malts. The pour delivers a strong straw / golden color with airy head retention. The flavors reinforce the citrus aromas and add a lot of peppery spices to the taste. Firm bitterness rises toward the finish. A light metalic note lingers throughout the flavors. Body is light against the flavors; but makes for easy drinking. The beer has an evaporative, chalky effect going into the finish, compounding the alcohols and hop character. Again, good, but no double.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/3/2013. Pours moderately cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, lemon zest, pineapple, tangerine, orange zest, floral, pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and great strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, light pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of citrus/floral hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent DIPA! All around great complexity and balance of hop and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on the for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a small, off-white, soapy head. Some descent lace.

S - It smelled very citrusy (orange and lemon). Also, some roasted malt aromas.

T - It tasted of burnt toast maltiness and had a sweet grassy hop flavor. The citrus flavor was quite nice, too.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good IPA. Nice citrus aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 5,625 ratings