Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

very good
1,536 Reviews

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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 +13.7%
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 UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
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 metter98
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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 +1%
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 BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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 biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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 brentk56
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a gorgeous head that sheets the pint glass with lace

Smell: Nicely balanced between pine and citrus with a solid caramel underpinning

Taste: Balanced, as well, on the opening with the caramel providing a sturdy backdrop to the pine and citrus (tangerine) that appear by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter flavors jump to the fore, but there is a sweetness that lingers from the big malt bill

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, somewhat sticky; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not the most bitter; not the most extreme; but a very nice example of the DIPA style

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a beige/yellow color ale with a medium bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of C-hops is quite powerful with lots of citrus and floral notes. Taste is quite bitter with huge citrus and floral hops with a big grassy feel. Malt is more subdued then I would have liked it with limited caramel. Body is about average with medium carbonation. Good take on the style but it is missing something (malt?) to make it truly great.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
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 LXIXME
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A big off white to light tan head ever so slowly settles above a clear rich golden colored beer.

Citrus, piney, and light floral hops aroma with a little bit of caramel malts coming through.

A little grapefruit mixed in the citrus blended with piney hops taste that finishes with some light caramel malts that have a hint of sweetness to it.

A dryish aftertaste with light hops lingering on with this medium bodied IPA.

A solid tasting beer, not as bold as Lagunitas Sucks but a decent drink still the same.

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Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a tulip glass. Pours a nice orange color that is just ever-so-slightly darkened by a bit of bronze. Nose is strong citrus hops with loads of orange and grapefruit. A bit of rind. The taste is quite hoppy, but doesn't hit quite the level of the nose. Nice bitter and resinous feel. Drinks quite well and is a solid DIPA.

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Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a bright, copper colored body with just a hint of haze. The head settles relatively quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Spicy pine hops with some citrus notes of orange and lemon. Caramel and toffee malts in the background provide some sugary character for balance.

T - Pine hops and sweet caramel malt up front. Some strong citrus notes come around in the middle with lemon and orange notes that blend nicely with the toasty caramel. The beer finishes with more spicy hops and a slightly darker note of caramel malt that is balanced by moderate bitterness. Some lingering tannic notes and a bit of light tobacco in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Interesting, is is quite hoppy and while there is more than enough malt character to balance the bitterness it comes across as a bit disjointed. The pine and orange hop flavors kind of clash with each other and they just don't seem to work well with the caramel malt. It seems like the caramel is too dark to work well with the malt and it covers the hops while also bringing out their harsher qualities. I have had more than a few excellent hoppy beers from Lagunitas and was expecting more of the same from this one, which makes it all the more of a disappointment that Maximus was as unremarkable as it was. I got a six pack of it, and while the rest of the bottles won't go to waste I certainly wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have sampled this beer a few times but never had a bottle to myself until now,poured lighter pale golden with a nice tight white one finger fluffy head that stuck nicley leaving a sheet of lace behind as it settled slowly.Mmmm big pine aromas with underlying citrus with just light and I mean light caramel note underneath,piney with a apricot-like edge hop profile pretty big but not overly brash the malt is amped up a little as well in a sweeter caramel note the alcohol shows up a little more as it warms.Not bitter more of a smoother,rounder DIPA nice balance really.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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 jlindros
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light airy head about 1.5 fingers, very pale amber color with some clarity and lots of bubbles

N: Nose has some American hops but not super hoppy with some citrus and pine and a little tangy sweet malt

T: Taste starts biscuity surprisingly, it has a nice malt base with some lighter hops than expected, the 72 IBUs are not really detectable, its got some citrus and piney hops that tend to build up on the bitterness, some sweet malt adds to the taste, but not nearly as much malt as the regular IPA

M: Light mouth feel but a little bit of viscosity

F: The finish starts sweet but dries off slowly and adds more bitter finishing hops, it also has a slight fruity finish like apricot that is very faint

Final thoughts: It has a strange malt bill that adds some interesting flavors, not their best beer but interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A brilliant, crystal-clear amber body reveals deep gold highlights when held to the light. Its short head of creamy off-white foam holds well before dropping to a thin surface covering; and leaves some very nice lace throughout the glass. Perfumey, floral, citrusy (mild grapefruit) and piney hops greet you in the nose over a delicate, caramel-laced malt. It's quite engaging and very welcoming; although not as brash as some of the bolder IPA's tend to be! Nice! The body is medium and it's lightly crisp in the mouth. All of the variety of hops found in the aroma dominate the flavor profile; and it's caramel-laced and biscuity malt acts as support. It's exceptionally well-balanced for such a boldly hopped beer. It boasts a 7.5% alcohol content and it displays a bold, drying bitterness that carries over into the aftertaste with some lingering hop flavor. Overall, it's a very clean and straightforward American IPA that maintains a great deal of balance and offers a clean, fresh, hoppy, and malty character! Impressive! One to try.

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

A - limited but long-lasting head; yellow-orange color. well carbonated

S- floral and citrusy hops! bittersweet; alcohol evident

T - hops; good complexity [from multiple varieties?]. IBU = 72, but there's a good bit of sweet malt flavor too.

made of "hops, malt, hops, hops, yeast, hops, water and hops" (label) - lol

A brew for hop-heads, although not exceptionally hoppy for an American DIPA.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a Stone IPA Flute.

Pours a clear amber with at least 2 finger widths of off-white creamy foam that retains well into a nice rich covering that left a huge amount of sticky lacing. Aroma is big hoppy bitterness, zesty citrus, pine notes, and a little light sweetness underneath it all.

Much like the aroma, the taste is big on fresh piney hop bitterness, and citrus. This all balanced rather nicely by a beefy yet smooth backbone of caramel malt. Finishes with a mix of hop bitterness, sweetness, and heat. The mouthfeel medium bodied with just enough alcohol, that when mixed with the sweetness, imparts a slighly medicinal feel in the aftertaste.

I was digging the fresh character and balance of this Double IPA right up until the end. Unfortunately I just couldn't shake the medicinal feel and it hurt the taste, mouthfeel, and drinkibility. Tone down the heat a little and this would have been a really solid choice given the price.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours to a deep amber color with an orange tint, with a thick, foamy, off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a little bit of lace on the glass.

S: Heavy hops aroma with a background of citrus and malt.

T: The hops hit you first, then a malty, citrus sweetness. As the beer warms, the two flavors blend together more and the beer becomes very well-balanced. It leaves a nice floral hops after-taste.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: This beer goes down quite easily, there’s no hint of the alcohol (mostly because of the strength of the hops), very tasty and it’s not very filling. This is a beer I could stick with for the whole night. This is an excellent beer and an excellent representation of the style. I liked this beer a lot.

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Photo of mactrail
2.94/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Lovely dark amber color with a big pile of foam in the Peroni Lager glass. Lacing and froth galore. Peculiar old fruit aroma.

If I am the only person in the BA world who tastes onions in this, I will spank my tongue. This is just the most peculiar DIPA I have ever tasted. Apricot jam and concrete dust. Woody and bitter.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Liticker's Liquor in San Diego. I looked at the Julian date on the neck-- 043 5 1. I hope that's 2015 and not 2011.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, light copper color with a white-colored head.

Smell: Sharp, sweet pine hop aroma with notes of caramel.

Taste: Firm citrus, grapefruit flavors with a small amount of caramel left to balance out the hops. Hints of bread dough. Very dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Thin, but a bit oily, as well.

Drinkability: This one wasn't for me. Thin to a fault, and the malt flavor could be more distinct.

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

A: Pours a crystal clear deep copper in color with some dark golden yellow highlights and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense beige head that slowly reduces to a quarter finger thick layer covering the surface with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass - showing great retention properties. Huge amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit hops as well as a lighter amount of pine hops.

T: The beer starts out with a moderate amount of caramel malt sweetness then is then overtaken by the flavors of the hops - first you get the strong citrus/grapefruit/orange and then the light pine. Moderate amounts of biting bitterness in the finish which lingers but not for too long.

M: Just shy od medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with just a hint of alcohol heat and dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is very enjoyable with a nice combination of hop flavors and aromas and a decent amount of balance to it. Fairly easy to drink with a pretty decent ABV that is well hidden from the taste and smell.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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