Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

very good
5,506 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 billab914
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier 2xIPA glass. it poured a very nice looking, bright caramel color with a full and dense white head filling the top inch of the glass.

The aroma has a nice floral hoppiness to it with some citrusy, grapefruit and pineapple fruitiness to it. I get a pretty decent malt base to it that adds some sweet, caramel like tones to it. Pretty nice aroma, but the hops are not quite as pungent as some of my favorites of the style.

The taste has a nice mix of sweet malty and floral, juicy hoppy. The caramel sweetness plays a pretty big role in it and adds some candy like sweetness to the juicy hops. I get some very nice grapefruit and pineapple to the hops as well as some pine lingering after the finish. Very nice flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall it was a very nice beer. The sweetness really went well with the juicy hops. Very easy drinking and flavorful beer overall.

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

Poured an cloudy amber with a fluffy white head that held up okay with good lacing

Smell: Hops (piney & floral) nutin' else

Taste: Big hops smack and some peppery notes with faint hints of malt. Alcohol warming on the finish...

MF: Just to damn hoppy; no malts to balance it out

If you are totally into hops this is your beer, but not the worst DIPA you could pick at random

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

Yeasty dark tangerine with a huge, dense cap of lightly orange-accented beige that has a fine-grained, finely pitting surface. It's already an attractive looking beer and I haven't even seen any lace yet. As the head begins its descent, a nearly solid sheet of lace appears on the glass. Splendid.

The nose is aromatic and consists of bright, juicy citrus zest and sweet pine. I would have said IPA rather than DIPA though. It isn't quite assertive enough for the bigger style.

Maximus is hoppy, but not as hoppy as expected after tasting this brewery's IPA. The flavor profile is sweet and rounded rather than bright and pungent. Candied white grapefruit, ripe peaches in heavy syrup and sticky pine sap lead the way. The hop bill is made up of Cascade, Liberty and Emperor. There's plenty of cake-like malt on hand to provide a rock solid structure that could handle a bigger hop load than it has been given.

The finish is less fruity and more piney with a lingering bittersweet sappiness. The body is on the full side of medium, no more. Although this isn't one of the thicker, chewier DIPAs, it feels fine in the mouth all the same. I can appreciate a subtle hint of alcohol once the beer leaves the mouth, but I don't know that I would have noticed without looking for it.

I was expecting great things from Maximus after being impressed by its little brother Minimus (actual name: Lagunitas IPA). Oddly enough, the DIPA tastes less hoppy than the IPA. Since it favors the tamer end of the style spectrum, Maximus is probably a good entry-level Double IPA for those with an interest in the style.

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

12oz bottle Poured into a DFH snifter glass

A: Pours a ruby/orange color with a one finger head that dissipated quickly leaving a little bit of foam on the top. Decent lacing down the sides.

S: Nice citrusy hops, lots of grapefruit on this one. Get a hint oh booze on the nose as well.

T: Fell a little flat compared to the nose. Not has hopcentric as I was expecting. The hops are still there, but it is a whole lot weaker. Just average imo.

M/D: Medium bodied. Overall it was fine, but nothing special for me.

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy neutral amber color. Good off-white head that leaves some lace on the glass.

Nice fresh hop aromas up front, very floral.

A hopper's delight. The dry malt flavors show up only at the beginning of the taste. The rest is hop, and this is also very dry. Full bodied with a slightly low carbonation.

I'm having this beer with Montreal seasoned beef. This beer is the perfect foil for this hearty meal. I'm noticing the alcohol content more as well as the malt flavors in this combination.

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Photo of drewone
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of duceswild
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Maximus is a shiny copper color with an above average-sized head. Carbonation is good, as is the retention. The aroma is a very fresh-smelling citric hop with a sizable underlying malt sweetness. The taste also seems very fresh. Very tasty citrisy hops are joined by a delicious malt body. Hops also leave some pine flavor. The bitterness factor seems low, although the label states that this brew is 76 IBU. Mouthfeel is mildly creamy. This is insanely easy to drink, as every sip seems very fresh from start to finish. Recommended.

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

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Huge head, semi-clear orangey amber color, great lacing

SMELL: Citrus pulp, grapefruit, mandarin oranges, hemp seeds, pineapple, peppery alcohol, faintly bready

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, bitter, orange pith, blood orange rind, guava, dank, broth, bready, warming alcohol, resin, spicy, bitter semi-dry hoppy finish

This is a big brew, not the biggest but it certainly stand taller and the balance here is not seen much from strong hoppy beers. Drinkability is a big factor for me especially when size is above normal. Glad I revisit this ale when I can.

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

Poured a very hazy bright orange with a big billowing white pillow like head and a slow fade leaving a nice lace down the sides. Smel was sweet, with a big citrus hop presence. Lots of orange, pineapple and tangerine flavors, balanced nicely with hints of carameled sugar and a touch of alcohol. The taste was very nice, warm, with lots of hoppy bite. Very smooth, and no real hint of alcohol whatsoever. This was very nice and a definate keeper, good solid IIPA and something I would definatly wanna have again!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this from the 12oz bottle chilled in an oversized wine glass.

The color is dark golden with 2 finger white head with average bead and thick lace sticks w/ visible carbonation, amber highlights give a rosy hue. The smell is strong with citrus and light apricot with a marmalade like sweet yet tropical aroma w/ light spice and mild malt odors. The scent of alcohol is apparent in the aroma with a mild vegetal smell. The feel is very good with dry spicy and mild bitter semi-full entry with elements of earth and light astringency from the hops with moderate alcohol and a semi-dry finish with slight residual sweet flavor.

The flavor has a nice malt balance with tangy yeast and hop dominance which brings tangerine and mild honeyed lemon with a slight spiced grapefruit taste. There is a slight grassy hop with astringent aspect and mild sweet malt following. The hop bitterness is not overly aggressive yet there is a slight acidity in the background which adds to the complexity with some grapefruit juiciness and herbal character that counters the malt sweetness as it finishes with a mild alcohol flavor which only detracts slightly . This is a very good Imperial IPA with nice amount of hop flavor although a bit sweet -in general worth trying and highly drinkable for the style-Solid.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from harvest market.
Deep golden color. Big pine and resin. Rich caramel maltiness. Nice brew.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 5,506 ratings.
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