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Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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1,529 Reviews

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

12oz bottle into 12oz Glass. 1 finger off white head leaves lite lacing. Clear lite amber.

Smells floral, fruity, citrus Hops..mild but easy to pick up.

Taste, Hops first, with medium bite, then clean citrus and fruit notes and a decent malt smoothness. alcohol well hidden.

Mouthfeel is lite to med body, good Hop bite and some dryness, moderately zesty carbonation, feels very clean and refreshing.

Overall a good brew, Hops are not as overdone as I expected, drinks clean and refreshing with nice notes of fruit and citrus sweetness and a fair malt balance. I'd buy it again, and again!

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a orange/gold almost coppery color (perhaps because of the lower light I am in). Had a two finger light "off-white" head that slowly dicipated leaving a large amount of lacing all the way up where the head once was - very nice. The smell didn't come out as much as anticipated this being DIPA but what I did catch was an oily, hoppy bitterness (citrus or tropical hints - not strong though). The taste was much more prominent for me than the aroma, but still subtle for this heavy of an IPA - not disappointed at all but was ready for more. The malt scarcely comes through first followed by a sweet almost tangy hop bite - very refreshing. This beer leaves my mouth watering and wanting more. Overall I am pleased and will enjoy the rest of this beer slowly - even with the label taunting me to chug it down.


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

22 oz. bottle purchased locally, ($4.99). Bottle dated day 277, or October 4, 2011, just under 3 mo. ago. Poured into tulip glass.

A: Clear, amber/copper; 1"+ dense, off-white head that leaves a fine, solid coating of lacing; very slight effervescence.

S: Very sweet caramel and spice; earthy pine.

T: Caramel malt forward, sweet; moderate, piney bitterness appears, then subsides.

M: Chewy and smooth; medium body, low/medium carbonation; dry finish; low heat.

O: A malty DIPA? Overall, quite restrained. Perhaps it has passed its peak. As it is, not an entirely convincing trade-off for 8.2% ABV.

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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 BWMKappaSig
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice West Coast IPA, it's got a great copper color with a ton of lace after the head settles. The smell is fantastic, and the taste has a really pleasant bitterness. A good beer within a great style. One of my favorites to drink, I'm glad it's now sold in 6 packs here in Connecticut and not just Bombers.

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Photo of srroos
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Small, short lived head leaving a ring around the glass. Great vibrant dark amber color and clear appearance. Smell wasn't as strong as I expected for a double IPA, but I know the pint glass doesn't capture scents well. Lots of hops obviously, but not overpowering.

Taste is above average, but not quite as nice as the Stone Ruination. I can't really describe it, perhaps is is more of a drinkability issue than a taste issue. They are similar in ABV, so I don't think that is an issue. Again, very hoppy as expected, but not too bitter.

Mouthfeel is slightly above average, along the same lines as the Stone brew. Full bodied with a slight alcohol burn. Well carbonated with bubbles still rising long after the pour.

Drinkability is definitely average at best. While I compare the Maximus favorably with the Stone Ruination in all other characteristics, I think it is lacking the smoothness and drinkability of the Ruination. While this is the last beer of the night, I think even if it were the first I wouldn't be going back for more.

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Photo of Blitzstyle
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured form a 22oz bottle into a SA pint glass. Aggressive pour gave 3 fingers of head, deep golden amber color some laceing.

Nice and citrusy aroma, some sweet bread malts.

Smooth ctirusy hop taste followed by some bready malts. Hints of pine on the way down. Malt really sticks to your lips.

A little syrupy medium body, and the carb levels make it a smooth beer. Would buy it again

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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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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 5,429 ratings.
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