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 JLaw55
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty hop forward DIPA. Sort of like a toned down Hop Stoopid. Keeps a fairly fruity hop profile with a nice assertive hop bite to finish.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoy this more than Eyeball/Brown Shugga...less than Hop Stoopid and Imperial Stout (as far as Lagunitas)

prefer this to SN Torpedo as well

Color nothing extraordinary...Smell is phenomenal piney-hop blast, overall feel is not special but the taste is one of the better in terms of what i like in an IPA (initial tongue better than aftertaste in terms of strength of flavor)

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Photo of greyghost86
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a orangish amber into a IPA glass from SA with a beautiful frothy off white head that left a nice lacy trail. Aroma was excellent with citrus piney scent with a bit of grassy smell and a touch of carmel. Taste was same as the nose, with a wonderful bitterness that lingered a full minute after the taste. Would love to try this straight up fresh!

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear dark orange Amber with lots of off white head that lingers and leaves plenty of lacing.

Nose has pine, grapefruit citrus, grass, sweet malty caramel.

Taste follows nose closely. There an almost brown sugar sweetness underneath it all.

Good beer. Not as good as Sucks but still good.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange, a bit dark, small messy off-white, sticky and leaving quite a bit of lacing.
Fruity hops on the nose, lots of peach, overripe orange, more than mild caramel, very light biscuit. A bit of pine, faint spicy leafiness, honey, a faint tropical hint.
Bitter citrus up front, like grapefruit concentrate, quickly sweetened by a big gulp of sticky caramel maltiness. Some juicy peach, apricot, faint white grapes, honey glaze. Light biscuity toastiness, covered up by the sweet malt. A bit of crispness in the finish to liven things up, pine and grassy hop, nice and bitter.
Finish isn't dry enough to cut off the sweetness, leaving caramel and some generic (in a good way) orange/stone fruit flavors in the aftertaste, faint tropical fruit too. Medium body, a bit sticky, medium carbonation to help lift everything up.
Really nice, but coming after Hop Stoopid it seems to lack some stuff (might be a bit old, too). Sweeter, fruitier, lacking that nice stinky dankness.

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Photo of hoagzzz
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

Amazing to me. Lagunitas' widespread availability absolutely causes beer lovers to over look them. I M guilty of it myself. Just had a super fresh Maximus and it's one damn fine brew, and it so happens u can get it anywhere. If this were seasonal or in low supply it would be rated 95.

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4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. It has a great hop profile and enough malt behind it to back it up. I love that lagunitas IPA flavor. The more lagunitas brews I drink, the more I am impressed with what they do.

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Photo of TownieBrewer
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle
Five Days Old!

Look: Off-white, very tight head. The body is tangerine with very little evidence of hop residue. Overall this beer is very aesthetically pleasing and typical of Lagunitas.

Smell: More tangerine and orange citrus, some pine and a lot of dankness. Booziness is noticeable and a very faint biscuit note hiding under the booze bomb. I can't find the yeast which fits the style profile. This nose is awesome due to freshness, but I don't like the boozy quality it has.

Taste: I get a bit tropical fruit right away and C hop flavors after swallowing. Bitterness is very high in this beer, but it is hidden reasonably well from the malt body. I'm still getting booziness which is a bit of a turn off. The hops and the alcohol are fighting for their spot on my palate which is unfortunate.

Feel: Tight carbonation, medium to low viscosity, the bitterness and alcohol dry everything out, but not overwhelmingly

Overall: This beer has some individual characteristics that really work well, but overall it was a bit of a disappointment. This seems like Lagunita's answer to the demand for big ipas, which they deliver on at an affordable price tag. Unfortunately, this beer is a little too over the top on the booze and if toned down a bit with the same hop profile, I would have given a higher rating.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Pine, citrus, and floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with hop resin, bitterness, and some sweetness. Well done DIPA.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
4/5  rDev +1.3%

A: Pours a nice, clear amber - orange with a good foamy head that hangs on for a long time.

S: Bold hops and fruit (lemons/citrus, apricot). It's malty, and the alcohol is already making it's presence known.

T: The high quality hops jump out immediately, and hold strong throughout. The fruity apricot note is breaking through at times. Again, the alcohol is super prevalent, and a nice peppery finish compliments it all.

F: This well rounded, heavy (for the style) beer holds a great level of carbonation and is satisfying throughout.

O: I really enjoy this beer every time. It's a great, drinkable version of what a big IPA should be. If you like a nice, hoppy IPA, the this is a must try.

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Photo of stewart124
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Golden orange with a whisp of white head.

Tangerine and pineapple in the nose.

Easy to sip. Plenty of hops with a touch of light caramel sweetness. More pineapple esters and some juicy fruit to chew on. Leaves a bit pine on the tip of my tongue and bite in the back. Light bready characters and no traces of alcohol.

Smooth and chewy mouthfeel without being overally cloying. Doesn't drink like 8.5% which is scary.

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

LOOK: Clear Orange Amber Color with 1/2 Inch Beige Head that Lingers Through Out, Excellent Lacing that Coats the Glass.

SMELL: Nice Mild Hoppy Aromas mixed with Stronger Malt and Bready Grain Scents, Burnt Carmel is also Noted.

TASTE: Strong Full-Bodied Hoppy Taste, the Higher ABV (8.2%) is Evident with each Sip and a Moderate Bitterness is noted, more so after the Swallow.

FEEL: Mild Carbonation, Moderate Pallet Dryness

OVERALL: Quality Full Bodied IPA that some could describe as "Slightly Harsh" because of the Obvious ABV%. Great Ale if you are planning on having just One or Two.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear and golden with a finger & a half high, almost white head which drops relatively evenly to a thick film of foam. Mostly solid rings of lacing left behind after every sip.
Smell is solid DIPA: hops, grass, malt with the unusual and quite intriguing addition of sweet pineapple. It works extremely well. Balance is extremely good.
Taste is all that. Malt, hops, grass, pineapple (yeah!), alcohol. Great balance. The pineapple is more subtle on the tongue than in the nose but I like its presence. Not as subtle overall as most DIPA's I've had, though.
Body is a bit over medium while the effervescence is well restrained. A heavy coating of the upper palate occurs. Warming as expected and a touch of dry to the finish.

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Photo of PAW111
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

I've read other positive reviews about this and I completely agree. I'm a big fan of Lagunitas and this has to be one of their best. Deliciously hoppy with a wave of citrus and heavy pine notes. The carbonation is perfect. What a wonderful example of a double IPA. I think I'll have another!

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Photo of hophugger
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Re-review on ths one. Tons of fresh citrus goodness and a cool, mouthfeel that is so, so tropical. A very nice tropical IPA that looks good and delivers a refreshing flavor with a nice balance of malt and hops

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Photo of atomicbeer
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Bottle poured into straight pint glass. Pours a clear light gold with a small creamy white head. Orange and pine aromas billow out. Behind these are melon and a sharp lemon dishwasher powder essence. The orange and pine are dominant with a good malt backbone. Becomes more phenolic with warming. Hides the alcohol. Well made double IPA, best cold. Thanks for the recommendation John.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%

Note to self: yes, you really do like this well-priced brew ($9.99/6-pk) more than most of the expensive 4-pk-only double IPA's out there, like Hoptimum, Heelcho Hops, and .

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: Clear copper body with a thick film of cream colored head. Thick sospy lacing.

Aroma: Cedar, pine, hops.

Taste: Cedar, pine, grapefruit with a fruity apricot finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium weight.

Overall: This reminds me of any number of other hoppy Lagunitas brews. It's good, but nothing sets it apart from anything else in their lineup.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Solid DIPA from an otherwise solid contributor. The name is a bit overstated as there are DIPA/IIPAs out there with more hop punch to them, but his ranks nicely as a solid DIPA. Darker apricot color, with an aroma that promises more pine than citrus. Nice piney hop flavor up front with some smooth, but properly understated malt in the middle, with a nice spicy finish. Good stuff.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; copper colored; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 2 finger pillowy white head with some big bubbles that receded slowly to a thin, uneven cap; very nice, thick lacing;

S: Pine with flora hops and caramel malt behind; a touch of grapefruit way in the background;

T: pine and floral hops up front; ripe, sweet orange from mid-palate through the finish; mild bitterness after the swallow;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: a great looking and great tasting beer;

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a beer can glass on 06.03.14.

A: See through amber/orange body. 2 1/2 finger white head. Fantastic lacing.

S: Lots of grapefruit as usual with Lagunitas beers. It also has burnt caramel/brown sugar.

T: Grapefruit and burnt caramel dominate. Flower and hop resin are subtle.

O: This was good, but it was more malt forward than I like. Maybe the bottle was old and the hops died though.

Rating: B

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Photo of xxxcjbcxxx
5/5  rDev +26.6%

One word: DELICIOUS.

High in alcohol content.

Color is deep orange, with a good head (not extremely thick and creamy, and not too thin and soda like).

Full of flavor, which ranges from bitter to honey sweet.

It's amazing how they managed to make something taste so bitter yet so sweet. It tastes extremely hoppy at first, like most IPAs, and then the after taste is of a very flowery honey.

This is a five star beer, hands down.

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Photo of bman13
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

delicious!!!!!! VERY VERY VERY excellent example of a double IPA. very hoppy and straight forward. This (thankfully) isn't a malt bomb like Southern Tier Un Earthly or 2xIPA. you can actually taste the hops (unlike southern tier malt bombs) not to hate on southern tier however, it's just that their beers I mentioned are extremely sweet and malty. This one however is very hoppy and bitter. Just how I like :) . Extremely smooth. (Just had a whole 6 pack because I couldn't help myself and I rarely do this). It really is that easy and smooth to drink. Thanks Lagunatis, for making every beer I have drank from you just as delicious as the last one I've tasted. This one some what reminds me of Undercover Investigation Shutdown DIPA, but is a bit more bitter. (In a good way)

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Photo of Retroman40
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is what a decent DIPA should taste like. A very dark amber with a hint of orange. The smell is dominated by the citrus and pine hops. The taste again is very "hop forward" with the malt taste coming in later with the very good finish. The mouth feel is very rich and the carbonation level is perfect. My only warning is that this beer gives absolutely no warning of the rather high alcohol percentage and after a couple could sneak up on someone unsuspecting. Overall this is a great DIPA worth every penny.

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