Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

very good
5,507 Ratings

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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

Let me just say that I love Lagunitas for putting "Unlimited Release" on this label...classic.

Pours bright orange and looks great with about a half inch of nice, dense fluffy head.

Smells of pineapple, piney, grapefruity, sugary and quite delicious.

Taste is an intense blast of citrusy, piney goodness. The hoppy bitterness interacts well with the malty sweetness that backs this up great. The pineapple smell also comes out in this beer quite a lot, I really do taste a lot of pineapple sweetness. It works well though. Another good hoppy release from Lagunitas.

Mouthfeel is a bit resiny, chewy and dry in the finish.

Drinkability is great as this one comes in a perfect 12 oz. container.

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Photo of hoosier222002
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of imyourhero21
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of AmitC
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Color is golden amber. Head is off white in color with over three fingers thickness. Excellent retention and an awesome lacing on the sides. Very beautiful looking beer. Some suspensions. Dry hops may be. Clear and almost transparent.

Aroma is a little subdued. Not a lot of herbal or spiced up hop aroma. Neither much of grapefruit or citrus notes. Some bland malt with a little backbone.

Taste is awesome. Very delicious. Malt backbone is good. Hops show some bitterness. Good herbal and spicy flavors. A little earthiness to the flavor. Some grapefruit. Finish is slightly bitter.

Mouth feel is medium bodied with some oiliness. Slick and easy to drink IIPA. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of doughanson78
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jooler
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

really great hoppy notes, very flavorful

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Photo of jkball01
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of goodbyeohio
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

having just tried the incredible lagunitas ipa, i expected something even greater. like a concentrated, more flavorful version of this solid ipa winner..

pours a transparent orange with a healthy head. no carbonation in the body. smells strongly of fresh hops. sweet and similar in nose to the IPA. hoppy and very bitter flavor. light in the mouth though, and too drinkable for a double ipa. for my money, i want more than just bitterness.. i want viscosity, kick, and complexity. its not here.

no aftertaste, seems to be a lagunitas special trait. wont buy again.

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

It pours a flashy, clear Goldfinger gold. A finger of loose white head dissolves to globules of froth. Grommets of lacing ring the inside of the glass.

The aroma vists a smooth malt sweetness, flowing caramel, vanilla, and light berry. The hops boast middling pine and mild citrus. A thin sliver of alcohol slips through.

Upon sipping, along comes a rounded caramel malt sweetness with blueberry and melon. Crisp grapefruit and coniferous hops dry the grain and open for a faint stripe of alcohol. A mellow biscuit note cedes to a lingering crisp bitterness. It's a tasty blend of IPA fundamentality.

Medium bodied, the malt is mildly viscous but not cloying, and the hops are fairly oily.

Maybe it's not as maximal as the appelation Maximus might mandate, but it makes a more than marginal foray into the land of hop happiness. It's a well-blended, if quite basic, mix of good, sound elements. The ABV is just big enough to provoke a care, though it's in no way a show-stopper. So it's not as bold as the name might indicate, but it's enjoyable no matter its relative size.

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Photo of abex44
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of younger35
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a bottle of Maximus that I’ve had in my “cellar” for about a year and a half. Love Lagunitas brews quite a bit and this brew is no exception, although I’ve only had fresh. Drank from my Black Butte Porter pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a nice yellow orange with a half finger bright white head. The head quickly recedes to leave a spotty cap and thin collar with little or no lacing.
Smell- Still full of candy sweet citrus hops just like I remember. Loads of pineapple, peach and mango are more than present. A cotton candy like sweetness is detectable, a bit of pine and some sweet caramel malt in the background for good measure.
Taste- The first thing that comes to mind after my first sip is how fruity sweet this brew is. Pineapple juice and grapefruit sprinkled with sugar are plentiful. Soft toffee undertones add the sweetness that I taste. Really not quite enough hop bitterness to cut into the malt but maybe that’s because it’s a year and a half old. Finishes with a lingering candy sweetness and a bit of zesty orange.
Mouthfeel- Very thick but not quite syrupy with a small amount of carbonation.
Drinkability- Although this brew is a little sweet (I’m blaming it on the age because I don’t remember it ever being this sweet) it’s still good. It’s really fruity and approachable. Good beer that should be enjoyed fresh.

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

22oz bomber. no dating found. poured into shaped pint glass.

classic amber, though on the light side. clear. fluffy head turns rocky, stays around as a thin layer. decent lacing.

aroma has resiny pine, citrus zest, mostly grapefruit. grapefruit juice too. sweet caramel. faint yeastiness.

citrusy and floral sweetness, both hops and toasted malts. hint of peach. very fresh flavors! surprisingly moderate bitterness however. faint resins in the aftertaste.

nice and smooth, not thin at all. mild to moderate carbonation.

very affordable - a great value!

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Photo of froghop
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear burnt orange with a large yellowish head, very good lacing.

smell of grapefruit, hops, touch of caramel.

taste is creamy, hoppy, caramel, touch of citrus, a bit sweet, some roasted nuts in the back, end is a little bitter with a thick mouth-feel.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear amber color with a 2 finger width foamy head into a tulip glass. Head retention is good. Lacing is very good. Has a nice deep malty aroma. Resin and caramel with a hint of orange. Nice malty aroma with a great transition to a piney hop, ending in a little sweeter orange flavor. There is some smoothness to it with a little caramel. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very good beer.

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Photo of DustinSWB
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of OUJayhawk1799
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of carrollmel7
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kingmaker
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange with a thick and creamy white head that leaves lots of lace.
The aroma is mainly pineapple and mango, hints of pine.
Tastes is fairly big and bold with pineapple and mango up front, some sweet candied fruit in the middle and a pine resin close accompanied by a bit of sweetness.
Mouthfeel is rather thin.
Tasty brew.

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Photo of Lelampp
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of kimcgolf
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had never heard of Lagunitas, and just picked this up at Green’s. Damn glad I did. Poured to the expected golden orange with thick off-white head that stuck around for the whole glass, and left excellent lacing. Aroma was very hoppy citrus, mostly grapefruit and lemons, and taste was more of the same. Palate was very bitter and dry, but with a hint of sweet malt. I had the bomber, and drank it slowly, so that at the end, I was beginning to feel the effects of the 7.5% alcohol. This was a most excellent beer, and I hope to try more.

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Photo of Radome
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber bottle.

L - Very dark gold color and perfectly clear. Thick, fluffy, off-white head that leaves huge curtains of lace on the glass.

S - The aroma is a huge burst of hops--piney, resiny and with some tropical fruit. Fresh and clean. Light bread and grain from malt, but deeply buried under the hops.

T - Flavors start with tropical fruit hops, followed by warm, bready malt and then a last surge of the tropical fruit. Off-dry finish with some lingering sweetness. Somehow this combines with the Juicy Fruit Gum-like flavors to give a somewhat cloying impression.

F - Medium to heavy body. Full, smooth carbonation. Moderate alcohol burn that blends with the strong hops bitterness.

O - This is a great IPA with no major flaws. I would prefer less body and less sweetness in the finish, but these are nitpicks.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 5,507 ratings.
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