Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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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Photo of Mora2000
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mar for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is not near as strong as I remembered it being. I get some pine and citrus notes, as well as a little bit of toffee. Still, it is not the big strong aroma that I remember from this beer. The flavor is similar, but more pronounced. I get some tropical fruit and pine hop notes, as well as some alcohol. There is also some toffee. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas. Maximus. Strengthimus. Hoppious. On to the beerious:

Deep orange color with a nice little head. This brew's flavors are focused on citrusy tropical fruits more than in-your-face bitter hops.
There's your standard grapefruit, but also I found some cantelope and mango, which I found a tad interesting. It was firm and warm feeling. Pretty standard DIPA, and that's not a bad thing.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a big two finger ivory head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of caramel and biscuit malt, tropical fruit, citrus and piney hops. Flavor follows with resinous piney hops with lemon and orange citrus, pineapple and mango, light caramel malt, lightly sweet. Finishes with long lingering citrus and piney hop bitterness, moderately resinous. Medium bodied with mild carbonation, despite the aggressive head. A nice caramel based imperial IPA, hitting all the hoped for notes: pine, citrus and good exotic fruit flavors. Hops lean towards resinous than herbal, but still very nicely balanced and the ABV is well covered. Flavorful as expected from Lagunitas. These guys know their IPAs.

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

A - Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow, nice carbonation, nice small head, some lacing afterwards.

S - Could smell the hops right from the get go. Scents of hops, citrus, spices, and sweet malts.

T - The taste is sweet and hoppy, with a nice bitter finish.

M - Medium body.

D - Drinkable. A tasty DIPA from Lagunitas.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On Tap at The Side Car Bar in Philly. 10oz Tulip.

Maximus comes in the glass looking a bright golden color with some faint yellow mixed in. Very pale looking with a small little cap of white foam that does not stick. Not much life to the bubbles. Smell is all citrus, with some bubblegum and some underlining biscuit malt scent spewing outward. A lot of grapefruit with mango. Taste is pretty subdued. The malt takes forth and takes over what looks to be a nice citrus bomb. I get it, but not the citrus burst i crave. Some mango, orange and grapefruit mixed in with malt and a hit of alcohol toward the end of the glass. Feel is medium and not as syrupy as some other DIPA's that I have had. A small amount of alcohol is in the aftertaste with biscuit flavor, A nice attempt at this beer, but not on the top tier list. I will find a fresh ass bottle and review that when I get a chance to compare.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A hazy copper color, pours a bit on the thick side with an off cream to tan colored head that is fairly thick and lasting. A hoppy aroma with notes of fruit and citrus, perhaps some aromas of a blooming field of some type of flower. A full mouth-feel, quite thick for an IPA, even for a strong one. This was yester-years American Barley-Wine. The hops are there, but not as up front as I was expecting. A sort of orange-nectar hop flavor. This beer is quite malty as well. Lightly sweet, which gives this beer a hop nectar type taste. This beer was not as bitter or hoppy as I was expecting. It is pretty good though. I is a bit too thick for my taste though.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 from the Coop for about $3.75... shared with my fiancee... my share poured into a shaker pint.

Very clear honey gold... big head that drops to sheets of lacy rings.. looks very nice.

Aroma is obviously hops.. pine and candied citrus rind... toasted malts thrown into the mix.

Flavor has big bitterness to balance a pretty heavy malt profile ... good medium body... hop flavors are citrus pine and Flintstone vitamins ... the Flintstones linger (Amarillos???).

This is my kind of IIPA, bigger malt profile to really bring out the hop nuances... I like alot and a great value in my opinion... This another brew that I always look over even though, I've had it dozens of times... I will try and enjoy it more often.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lagunitas : Maximus

Pours a copperish amber. Aroma strong of malt sweetness and citrus hops. In the flavor, barleywine style malt body with alot of syrupy sweetness. Grapefruity hops with a hint of pine, solidly bitter but finishes alittle sweet. Syrupy feel with alittle booze in the finish. Overall, a solid double IPA good go to beer in a pinch.

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Photo of stevoj
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice pungent hop aroma, light amber with foamy beige head. Sticky lacing coats the glass. Taste is sharp and tangy, hops, citrus, caramel. Relatively smooth despite the hops and high %ABV, easy drinker. Nice!

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

12 oz. bottle,

A: Amber coloured, with a thick, white head, which leaves average lacing.

S: Quite malty for a Double IPA, with lots of pine hop bitterness, and fragrance in the smell to back it up.

T: Malty for a Double IPA, great pine hop taste to go with it, some grapefruit, very balanced and restrained, but tasty.

M: Smooth and robust, resiny, typical Double IPA characteristics.

D: A great drinkable Double IPA, Lagunitas makes great stuff, a company I will continue to buy from in the future, I have not been disappointed by them thus far.

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Photo of biegaman
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Maximus looks indeed like a bulked-up version of a pale ale; the normally bright golden colour has turned a sheeny copper that appears as dense as, well, actual copper. It's like a melted fragment of a Roman warrior's shield. And speaking of shields, there's hardly any foam shielding the surface and none the sides of the glass.

The aroma is certainly impressionable, emitting a potent, bitter smell that has the pungency of onions, the acidity of citrus and the herbal mustiness of marijuana smoke. It's a distinct and arresting smell, like that of singed hair (except, of course, much more agreeable). I'm sure somewhere there's an incense that smells something like this.

While the maltiness is surely in there - biscuity and bready, with a firm candy sweetness - the hops throw up a pithy, bitter visor over which no maltiness can really be observed. The taste of grapefruit, lychee and other tropical fruits meld with leafy, weedy flavours to asphyxiate much of the palate. But something, rest assured, is keeping those hops afloat.

This hop bill is so wickedly pithy and earthy that I start to imagine that it has a mind of its own. For some reason I picture it as Krang from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series; like the brain, they sit in the cockpit of a bulky, powerful mechanical body that they've hardwired for scathing bitterness and gratifying refreshment. Evil geniuses.

Lagunitas lavishly hop all their beers as if they have an axe to grind with every brewer who doesn't. With a lineup that includes not only Maximus but New Dogtown Pale, Censored, IPA, Little Sumpin' Sumpin' and Hop Stoopid (as just the year-round brands!!!) it's no surprise we've been experiencing hop shortages. Now that they're America's 17th largest brewery (by volume, as of 2011), I'll bet we can expect to see lots more.

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Photo of plaid75
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a creamy two finger head. The retention was pretty good as was the lacing.

The aroma was strong with hops and a nice grapefruit presence.

The taste was consistent with the aroma and in-line with what an DIPA should be. A nice spicy aftertaste was evident as well - perhaps coriander.

The mouthfeel was clean and finished dry. Not too full but by no means thin.

A very drinkable DIPA. Very smooth considering the ABV.

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

WARNING there is about a 1/4 inch of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, so pour carefully so you don't get it in your glass.

Pours a clear copper colored ale with a puffy white head.

Smell is sweet malt and the odor of tea and spicy hops. Faint scent of brown sugar.

Taste is sweet and sugary tea with lemon at first. Spicy hop flavor but not out of control. Long lasting hop after taste in the throat. Citrus hop flavor appears after the spicy hop flavor fades. Decent bitterness but not real strong. I expected more hops than this, that or hop monsters has screwed up my perspective. Barely qualifies as an IPA in my book. But it does taste good so I can't really give it just a 3.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Easy to drink but I expected more hops from a beer called "Maximus." This beer barely qualifies as an IPA much less than a Double IPA. This is easy to drink though.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy golden orange color with half a finger of fizzy ivory foam. Not bad.

Smell: big sweet malt aroma with a healthy dose of floral hops. It smells good; I'm betting it's deceptively subtle, though.

Taste: actually, the flavor tracks well with the aroma. Malt is big and sweet; hops are floral and ever so slightly citrusy. There is a little grapefruitiness, but it's of the gentler "ruby red" variety. This is actually quite light and refreshing, as DIPAs go. Lagunitas rarely lets me down, and this is no exception.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a relatively low level of carbonation. It still feels pretty good going down, though.

Drinkability: quite drinkable. The flavor and bitterness are not in-your-face, though it's clear you're drinking a DIPA. I find it quite refreshing.

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

Pours a nice dark amber with a light tan head that starts out thick and leaves decent lacing. The smell is of spicy and fruity hops with stone fruit predominating. The taste is grainy with a good malt background and with a pronounced grapefruit pith bitterness thats balanced by all the malt. Definitely a maltier version than most dipas. The mouthfeel is a little thick and grainy, it feels substantial in your mouth. This hurts the drinkability a bit, as it definitely fills you up. Still a solid beer, and for the price a great value.

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Photo of weeare138
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a glowing orange amber with a decent off white creamy head that sticks around and fades into a so-so collar. Decent chunks of lacing are left behind in this one. A bit of sediment is in the bottom of the glass, even while on draft.
Smell is of light grapefruit, pine, and herbal notes.
Taste is about the same as above with a decent hop taste during the swallow. Some nice malt balance in there keeps this from being too overkill on one set of flavors.
Mouthfeel is very chewy and nicely carbonated.
Drinkability is good. I actually remembered this one being a little bit better out of the bottle but I still wasn't really let down.

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

Pours a very clear, but burnished copper colour, with a fine bubbled head off orange-white. Body looks surprisingly light, although when swirled, it leaves some good static carbonation. Minimal lacing. Looks pretty decent.

Nose is sharp with organic hops, but a lot of malt sweetness, which turns what would normally probably be pretty citric and fruity into something a bit darker and earthier. It's an interesting balance.

Lots of brittle toffee on the palate. Some sharp bitterness on the front, which lends itself to a pleasant organic earthiness and slight nutty characters overall. Smooth finish, and smooth in the feel overall.

It's a nicely balanced beer, and the 7.5% is well hidden, although 7.5% isn't necessarily that strong for an IPA, let alone for a double IPA. It's a decent brew all up, though.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on April 18, 2014.

Like so many beers in its class it has a handsome looking copper-amber pour with an off-white head that fades into a ring.

Biscuit malts and floral hops penetrate the nose. It is better than a pale but not quite as hopped as a Double IPA.

Medium body mostly and smooth.

The taste brings out a decent malts-hops balance with the hops leaning toward the floral side. Lingering bitterness at the end. A beer that one can like.

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

A: Copper, off-white head, very little retention, some lacing.

S: HOPS! Very piney, with hints of grass, floral & citrus aromas as well.

T: Very hop forward: Pine, grass, citrus. Very bitter (a little rough, plenty of cohumulone from the hops). Slight underlying caramel flavour (but not much else from the malt). Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Moderate full body, creamy, slightly acidic.

D: Surprisingly good for it's strength & IBU's.

A must-try for hop heads.

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Photo of corby112
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with apricot edges and a one finger, white foam head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Rings and spots of soapy left behind.

Earthy, floral hop aroma with some grassy pine and oily resins countered by a faint citrus fruit presence and a sweet malt backbone. The malt presence is a bit stronger than I expect/prefer with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit and cracker hindering the grassy hop character.

Medium body with a blast of dank, earthy hop bitterness that lingers over hints of sweet tropical/citrus fruit and a caramel malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Better balanced and more complex than the aroma suggests. Dry and sticky with grassy pine, spruce tip and resinous hop oils followed by hints of juicy grapefruit, orange pith, pineapple and mango. The intense hop profile is countered by a malt backbone with strong caramel sweetness, toffee and toasted bread. The malt presence is stronger than I usually prefer but in this beer it provides excellent balance without hindering the complex hop flavors. The high ABV is excellently masked with a touch off boozy sweetness in the finish but there's no heat to speak of. Complex, flavorful and dangerously drinkable. Another very solid beer from Lagunitas.

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

Poured a nice gold color. Nose was hops and plenty of it. First taste was HOPS backed up my plenty of malts. A little piney and citrusy. The hops stuck around for a minute or two after leaving a good mouthfeel that wa slightly bitter but not to bitter that it turned me off.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a thin white film of a head that last a good while and sits on a body of golden light copper beer. There is a slight hazy but it is pretty light.

S- The smell of caramel malt was dry with a fresh grain note to it and a light citrus hop smell.

T- the slightly sweet light toasted malt was fresh and crisp before the big green dry grapefruit hop finish. As it warmed notes of honey malt and biscuit come through in the malt flavors. The nice green bitterness hangs on the tongue for a while after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium full mouthfeel

D- This beer has a good complex malty flavor with a nice hop flavor and bitterness. More layers of the malt came through as it warmed.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a slightly burnt coppery orange with a bone white 1 finger head.

S: a big floral aroma, sweet citrus, pine with some dry malt and dried flowers in the end.

T: The initial flavor was dry and malty with a big floral hop bite of pine and citrus. There was some dry oranges as well detected. The beer finished very dry and bitter.

M: The mouthful was light per style, bitter, with a light carbonation factor.

D: Good drinkability, well hopped, dry and moderately enjoyable.

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Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 22 oz bomber served in a Three Philosophers goblet. The ale is slightly chilled.

Appearance: The ale is a brilliant amber-orange color. There is a slight head, nothing impressive, but that color is nice.

Smell: The ale has a delicious floral, citrus aroma. The hops grab hold of you early.

Taste: A grapefruit explosion. The NW US hops provide a strong, in-your-face citrus taste that lingers. And I swear that I taste a bit of orangey sweetness in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: The beer's hoppy concentration is quite good and tasty.

Drinkability: The drinkability is hurt a bit as the hops numb the mouth. Overall though, this is a top notch DIPA.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orange body that left a slow dieing 1-finger head. Earthy, fruity and spicy is how I would describe the different smells from the hops; hops are about the only thing you'll really pick up. For a DIPA this is a very smooth beer. Contains sharp, floral, citric hops with some spices in it and some type of malt (coffee, cocoa?) that led to a dryness and flavor punch in the middle. Still finished with a semi-dry backbite that some sweetness to it. I will recommend this brew to IPA fans and have it again, but I couldn't session this.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,524 ratings.
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