Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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

Style: American Double / 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 imagese
2.66/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- hazy golden with minimal head and zero lacing

S- Astringent citrus with sweet malt

T- Very quick bitterness but the malt comes in too fast to distinguish any type of hop flavor

M- By far the best part of this beer. The high IBU is noticeable on the tongue.

D- I can finish the 12oz bottle, but not going to rush to pour another.

This is not the first time I've had this, but either my tastes have changed, or this bottle has started to turn. Wish there was a bottling date. I will try this again down the road to see how I feel about it then

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

Appearance: Golden brown pour, medium light head,

Good balance of carbonation and sweetness. The most bit hoppy that sticks to your mouth for some time. End of the glass turned real sweet, citrus? Forefront signs of piney bitterness. Would prefer the lil' sumpins over this ale, but this is a "try it" class beer.

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Photo of beersheppard
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear mahogany with white fleeting white head.

Smell: floral hops and sweet malts.

Taste: hops with a great malt backbone. Citrus, caramel,and honey.

Mouthfeel: substantial, good carbonation, nice tingle on the tongue.

Drinkability: a very pleasant beer, very drinkable, great flavor.

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Photo of Dansting
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured a clear amber color with a medium white head. Good lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine, with a little caramel to it. Flavor is citrus with a strong bitter finish. A pretty good double IPA, but nothing I need to go out of my way to get. Wish they sold it in Kansas, but I won't call my distributor to have them bring it here.

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Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber in a tulip glass

A - Nearly classic IPA appearance. Brownish orange from afar, medium-cloudy amber under some light. Half-finger head, lingering pockets of bubbles. 2nd pour much more billowous, gooey 2-3 finger head, lots of fascinating bubbles.

S - Not too bitey hop aroma, a little more grain presence than you'd expect. Slightly piney. Bit more spicey notes on 2nd pour, coriander perhaps.

T - Like an IPA? Distinguishing factors are that it's not so aggressively overbearing which is the main criticism of the style. It's something you can drink a little faster than you might anticipate for an DIPA, just not as robust. 2nd pour really comes though, warms up well and then starts to surrender a very faint clove and orange peel under that hoppy piney mix.

M/D - Typical IPA bite, a little more sedate which can be a good thing or a bad thing. Mellows out more as it warms up, nice tongue residue flavor, more malty than hop acidic.

Improves quite a bit as it warms up, as I was sort of bored by the initial hit. Not really crafted to how I enjoy DIPA's, but is clearly well assembled and looks and tastes good if a bit underwhelming from the aroma. Modest complexity but that's not really the hallmark of the style anyway. A very respectable DIPA which the haters will appreciate more than the hop forward DIPA's out there.

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

Poured from the bottle into my Guinness Imperial Glass. Pours a dark orange with bold aromas of pine and hope, with a sweet presence too, which carries into the tastes.
Knockout hop bitterness, but an underlying sweetness that seems to come from fruits and caramel malts. What great balance this has, even with all the hops.
Overall it represents itself well: there is no doubt it is an Imperial IPA with a top of hops. They have a little fun with the labels too. Among all the fun captions (yes, they do mention nipple piercing) is that they feel that a 42 IBUs are fine, but if so, why not go to a 72?
Lagunitas always has a little California fun with their brewing but still keeping a little organized. Soon I will pick my own six of all different Lagunitas.

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Photo of BrewMonkey
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with ruby highlights, fairly dense off-white head about 2 fingers deep recedes leaving dense lacing. Aroma is deep with candied hop flavors, citrus, melon, berries and malt. Alcohol is present, but only in warming the nasal passages slightly.

The taste is heavy, and while decently bitter, the IBU's are checked by the rather sturdy malt backbone. The malty sweetness really coats the hop flavors like candy. Mouthfeel is a bit thick for an IPA, and probably a little light on carbonation, but otherwise pretty nice. The hops really show up in the finish, very dry and bitter.

Very full bodied, and with the residual dryness and bitterness, it's not the most drinkable, ale, but not one to shy away from either.

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Photo of drinkiusmaximus
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours an orange golden with a fingers width head little retention and less lacing.

S-malts booze and subdued hop scents of grapefruit orange rind and some floral notes.

T-Grapefruit and honey slight sweetness from the malt a hit of boozyness.

M-medium to heavy body slightly sticky

D-a decent brew not mind blowing but a solid offering.


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

Just tried one of these at a party. Orange, copper in color with light to moderate lacing. Hoppy smell and taste with some citrus notes thrown in there as well. Excellent mouthfeel for an IPA--just the right amount of carbonation. Very drinkable, especially in warmer weather. Would definitely seek out again.

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Photo of AylwinForbes
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Charlie's, I am assuming this refers to the Unlimited Release Maximus that has just appeared in the store, but I might be wrong here. In fact, is there a difference between Limited and Unlimited Release? Whatever, it's very good stuff, memorable and distinctive flavor.

Nice chestnut color with modest head, full piney aroma and pine on the palate with citrus, some bitterness, full bodied, stand-out flavour and length and value!

Lagunitas makes great beer consistently at very competitive prices.

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Photo of trackstar1043
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a massive rocky light tan head, more than 2 inchs. With fantastic retention and left tons of sticky lace.

S - Big aromas of lively hops, crips bitter citrus, earthy and with a semi-sweet floral hints.

T - Big and hoppy, the amount of hops wakes your taste buds and leaves a strong lasting aftertaste. Although there is a big hoppy character to this beer it never seems overwhelming, just a treat to a IPA fan.

M - Med bodied, good carbonation and lively finish that leave a lasting impression.

D - Surprisingly easy to drink a great follow un to their IPA.

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Photo of Hatzilla
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to tulip, bottled August 7.

A: Clear amber pour with a fluffy, beige one-inch head which hangs around for a couple of minutes. Nice lacing is evident as the beer and foam subsides.

S: Peaches, grapefruit, caramel malts, mint, honey and alcohol.

T: Piney grapefruit hops with caramel malts and some alcohol.

M: Medium carbonation, smooth, finishes dry with a lingering hop aftertaste.

O: A solid DIPA, well-priced (9.99/6 pack) DIPA from Lagunitas, though I prefer Hop Stoopid. Also, the alcohol presence in the nose and taste is a bit of a letdown, but should still be given a chance if you love IPAs/DIPAs like myself. Cheers!

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Photo of jj21
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in the Horse & Plow
Pours a blazing orange with a thick, creamy white head. Huge citrus hops on the nose with grapefruit and pine. Great bitterness with the usual West Coast IPA charactoristics. Finishes with a mild alcohol burn. For such a big beer, it's very light and crisp. So heavy on the hops, maybe a one or two maximum for Maximus.

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Photo of Charthepirate
3.24/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

An interesting DIPA, but nothing spectacular.

Because of being at my parents house with a lack of glass ware, this beer is being reviewed from a green plastic mug. Colors, and clarity is hard to judge.

Smell is intensly grassy and piney. Thick, pungent, and nearly all hops.

the smellforewarned of this beers lack of balance. Especially while cold, this beer is all hops. As it warms a mild simple sweetness comes out to balance the extreme grassy and piney hops.

The intense mouth flavor, and heavy color bely this beers wonderful viscous mothfeel.

A bit too heavy and thick to drink a lot of. A good DIPA, but not amazing.

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Photo of teg8612
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Orange-tinged, amberish color. Large head no matter how you pour. Foamy and just won't lay down.

S- Hops. Grapefruit citrus notes, very floral and pungent. Slight metallic qualities and some light alcohol.

T&M- This has some bite to it. Very bitter hops. Absolutely overpowers the malt though some mild sweetness peaks briefly. Grapefruit is strong but the hops kick you butt until the end. Bitterness builds until I can't finish the bottle. I would say it is medium bodied with some tight carbonation.

D- As one of my first forrays into DIPA's, I didn't think I would ever like them after this one. I have heard some say this is more IPA but I think you guys are nuts and need to give your palate a break. 72 IBU's is damn high. I will have to share my last bottle as I know I couldn't finish it.

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Photo of Samber79
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into tulip glass

Little to no head, minimal bubbles. Amber color

Smell was piney with some grass. I noticed a slight fishy smell. Since there isn't a date on Lagunitas bottles, it might be old beer.

Taste was bitter and piney, I wasn't able to pick up much diversity here.

Nice mouthfeel, the carbonation opens the palate and the beer has just enough "slickness" for me.

Overall, for me this beer is average for the style. Probably won't buy it again but I'm not upset that I did.

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Photo of JToad
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up while in Pittsburgh, at Fatheads bottleshop.

Poured into my Sam Adams pint glass.

It pours a hazy copper. A little bit cloudier than most DIPAs I've had.

Smells of floral hops. Biscuity malt is slightly present. Grapefruit is there also.

Very well balanced flavor. Malts and hops are noticable, however the hops are very understated. I've never had an DIPA that wasn't over the top. This is mellow and smoothe. A little tobacco flavor is coming thru slightly, as well as maybe even some chocolate...

Overall, this is one of the smoothest IIPAs I've ever had. Not at all what I expected. This could be a dangerous session IIPA. And at 8.4% ABV, lookout!

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Photo of mryuk
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an amber golden with a finger of head that dissipates quickly.

smell is strong piny hops with some malt.

taste is smoother that expected given the strong smell. starts off sweet and malts but only subtly the bitters are there also but the are not overpowering.

mouth is light-medium with good carbonation.

overall this beer was pretty good. light and enjoyable given the level of alcohol.

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Photo of adowney523
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an British-style imperial pint glass. Color is amber and clear. The off-white head retains well and leaves decent lacing.

Smells of mostly citrusy hops with touches of English biscuits.

Taste is of doughy malt, biscuits, and lemon. Finishes with grassy and earthy hops.

Rather sweet finish and well-balanced. Solid.

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Photo of tj4288
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW. my first PERFECT 5 BEER. poured from bomber into a large tulip glass.

a-Pours a peach/ honey color (very pretty) slightly yellow head about two fingers. Recedes to a small cap but leaves decent lacing. Some visible carbonation. This peach color is amazing me. It's beautiful, I have never seen a beer with this color, and I even left the room to check it under different lightings! Very alive and inviting!
s- Piney hops up front followed by a light burnt caramel or molasses. Some grapefruity citrus notes as well. A very well rounded and very complex beer for the nose. WOW
t- slightly molasses and burnt caramel sweetness. More on the pine and citrus hop side. Fairly weak malt. This beer is amazing. The bitter bite is very enjoyable. Almost like a citrus skin. Grapefruit, slightly grassy and earthy. wow wow wow. very complex, very interesting. Too bad I only bought one 
m- not a "full body" but very close. slightly sticky feel. Carbonation is medium.
d- I always include price in drinkability and this bomber was fairly cheap. Will I but it again?> yes, tomorrow. goes down very easy, very enjoyable and very tasty. I have to admit I was very surprised. I did not expect this from this very plain, very boring labeled bottle. love it, buy it. if you like ipas at all this one is top notch. a great DIPA! cant wait to buy more.

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Photo of camp0474
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a reddish orange color with a little haziness.

S: Citrus fruity hops. Mostly picking up tart grapefruit smells. Picking up slight malt in the background.

T: Citrus hops hit the tongue. Tart citrus resembling citrus peel. Surprisingly very sweet from the malt backbone. More balanced than the nose would let on.

M/D: Hops leave the tongue a bit dry. Medium body. A bit too strong and one sided for me to be very drinkable.

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

Amber orange in color, with a tan-to-white head with decent retention, especially for an IPA. Pleasant aromas of orange, other citrus, and some sweet malt. Malt flavors create a smooth, sweet flavor to balance slightly bitter, but not overpowering hops and citrus. I think the citrus flavors tend more toward oranges (combining with the sweet malt for an orange-creme effect), then transition in more bitter grapefruit flavors. Medium bodied, with mild carbonation. Good drinkability for the style, although that means maxing out at two bottles.

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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 beerbart
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a chunky boy, sturdy, hardy, willing to be friends.


He won't love you, he'll give you a damn good time.

This is one of those new-ish beers that satisfy deeply and is very tasty to boot.

Sorry I don't speak your beerspeak, but I try.

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Photo of tango22
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice medium amber, with a 2-finger head that lasts.
Aroma is mild citrus, neither hoppy nor malty.
Taste is a pleasantly caramel sweetness. But is this really a DIPA?
Is it possible for a DIPA to be too well balanced? Neither hoppy nor malty? This DIPA is so well balanced that neither hop nor malt dominate. It's just a pleasantly chewy sweet ale.
Damned with faint praise? Yes. I'd much prefer a Marshall Wharf "Cant Dog". Or a Rising Tide "Calcutta Cutter". Or a Weyerbacher "Double Simcoe".

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