Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
1,539 Reviews
MaximusMaximus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 09-22-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,539
Ratings:
5,469
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
10.38%
 
 
Wants:
135
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1,324
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,539 | Ratings: 5,469
Photo of gwood
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark copper. Head doesn't have much to it, what was there didn't stay that long. A bit of lacing on the tulip along with an oilslick like film that remained through the course of the bottle.

More malt in the nose than expected, hops are well accounted for with a bite to the nose. Citrus and very slight pine are present. More subtle than others in the style.

Hops up front but not the full frontal attack that was expected. Malts are very present, mostly sweet, slightly bread-like at times. This brew is more balanced in that respect than others in the style. Finish is peppered with hops but sweet and syrupy.

Mouthfeel doesn't stand out much one way or another for me. Med body seems to fit right in line. Quite drinkable relative to abv. I expected more from the brew the first time I had it and decided to give it another shot and was reminded of the fact that it's a really good beer that has some great counterparts.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beauty poured a nice cloudy amber with a quickly subsiding head, lots of lacing. Smell is very hoppy, with some slight malt aroma. This stuff tastes pretty damn good, Strong and aggressive hop bitterness with a slightly citrusy aftertaste.

Another excellent offering from Lagunitas. Definitely looking forward to more from this brewery.

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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 kernalklink
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew pored nice and smooth with cool hop aromas- slightly citric, with a little less malt than usual. Taste was big and fruity in hop flavors- grapefruit, some sour piney characteristics as well. The flavors are a little flat, but the hops are assertive in their bitterness. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin and the alcohol was hidden but came out as it warmed. There is little intesity within the flavors, the lack of malts to balance and create an interesting interaction is noticeable. This was a run of the mill DIPA, but certainly a good brew

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Photo of Floydster
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle from Cooke's

I am glad they made this a year round release rather than a limited one like it used to be

Lots of tamarok hops in this one with a super smoky flavor

Way better than their standard IPA

Nice double IPA that tastes a little like Pliny the Elder, but still missing something that has

Recommended

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a nice tangerine color with a slight head. Leaves a good bit of lace.

Smell is sweet pineapple slightly solvent.

Taste starts with sweet pineapple and becomes increasingly tart. Some hop bitterness in the finish but not as much as I would like.

Too thin, not quite watery, but definetly lacking.

Overall, a solid beer. Taste is what I expect from a DIPA minus the hop intensity. Mouthfeel needs to be fuller.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this offering from Lagunitas. It pours with a fluffy white head that holds up well and leaves behind great lacing. Has a clear light orange color.

The nose is very appealing with a hoppy piny citrus front, followed by a good portion of malt.

The taste does not let me down. Has a hoppy grapefruit like bite and a sweet malty flavour with a clean but bitter lingering finish. A great beer I cant wait to go and by more.

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Photo of markaberrant
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - hazy orange, thin white cap, no lacing.

S - classic american ipa, nice grapefruit presence, basic malt

T - hops are right out in front, but not overpowering, american all the way, solid grapefruit, there may be a touch of breadiness to the malt, but it is very subdued. Finish is bitter, but again, not too bitter.

M - wet on the tongue, dry finish, not a heavy body, average carbonation

D - I find this beer quite refreshing, and I'm drinking it quickly, so it must be good.

This is what I think of when I think American IPA. A simple, yet solid malt profile, combined with tons of grapefruit hoppiness ( (assuming cascades), makes it a powerful, yet dangerously drinkable beer. Done to perfection.

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Photo of Budro
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A rich, creamy, lightly cinnamon-colored head bubbles up briskly and retains well. It tops a brew the color of peach jelly with dark cinnamon hues, cloudy with a medium-fine dusting of yeast. Lacing sticks in strata all the way down the glass, calling to mind ribbons of salty foam strung along the shore. Impressive.

S: Nothing surprising in the nose. You've got the sharp, pithy citrus aroma characteristic of the style, but no distinct notes emerge. The aroma is powerful, but so is a one-note trumpet blast.

T: Again, nothing surprising. This beer is engineered to attack the palate's bitter zones to the point that it sacrifices any subtlety or complexity. It's a good hop flavor, but that's about it. The syrupy sweetness characteristic of doubles and imperials emerges in the back. The sharp cheddar aftertaste emerges as well, but not as prominently as in some high-hop brews.

M: Bracing but unexceptional. Leaves a little burn, a little scorched-earth feel on the tongue. The head's nice and creamy.

D: That high ABV packs a wallop, so you don't want to commit to too many of these. The beer compliments sweet, spicy barbecue rather nicely.

Although I found this beer disappointing, I must note that I finished every last swallow even though a mosquito kamikazied into my glass as I neared the end. I did get a new glass for #2, however.

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

A: Pours a hazy orange-copper with a half-finger layer of foam. Decent lacing.

S: Citrus hops hit you up front with a little bit of pine and resin behind them. Not much else.

T: Bitter hoppy goodness, punctuated by heavy notes of citrus, and a little bit of pine. A faint amount of malt forms a backbone, but this one could be a bit better balanced. Alcohol warms a little at the end.

M: Full bodied with good carbonation.

D: At 7.5, it's not sessionable, but it's a bit easier than some other DIPAs to put back with some other beers. Not my favorite, but a decent example of the style. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of dickieb
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy golden brown, with a initial thick head that leaves some good lacing. The smell is mostly citrus bittering hops, with some doughy yeast. The taste mimics the smell with a good dose of citrus hops, with some piney and yeastiness worked into it. Drinable for the style at 7.5%. Overall, a pretty good Dipa, defiantly good for the $4.50 a bomber price however, not my favorite of the highly populated style

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Photo of indy169
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour on this IPA is a rich amber-copper and is clear with a generous amount of lacing. Holds together nicely. Smell is also rich, with ample hops of floral and citrus. Taste fills the mouth and stays a while with definition a bit on the undefined side.
A nice IPA with classic Lagunitas quality.

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Photo of Drew966
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maximus pours a light copper color with a white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is all hops, grapefruit and citrus come to mind. A similar flavor profile emerges, hops, particularly citrus and grapefruit like flavors dominate. Not bad for an IPA, a little wimpy for a double IPA.

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Photo of adowney523
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an British-style imperial pint glass. Color is amber and clear. The off-white head retains well and leaves decent lacing.

Smells of mostly citrusy hops with touches of English biscuits.

Taste is of doughy malt, biscuits, and lemon. Finishes with grassy and earthy hops.

Rather sweet finish and well-balanced. Solid.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, no freshness date.

Clear amber with tight, sticky, tan head. Thick lace.

Grapefruit hops and caramel aroma.

Flavor mirors aroma, light citrus, light pine, sweet caramel.

Nicely balanced, but I expected more, doesn't quite stand up to other DIPAs.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with a white head. The aroma is sweet malt with a good dose of American hops. The taste is malt up front with a nice punch from the hops that deliver a nice long bitter finish. Overall, this is a really nice DIPA that is recommended for any hop heads.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Verily a fine looking brew; from the deep amber with blood orange highlights to the multiple inch white head with long lasting stickiness and lacing. After several minutes, naught but a ring of lace is to be found on top, but there is much hop-resin lace coating all sides of the glass.

Pleasant, steely aroma: hops are all over it, but hint at fruity esters and a bit of caramelized sugar.

Grapefruit and citric peel once again in the flavor. I thought that overall it was a bit weaker - as in, 'not strong' - than I would have expected, and that the nose would have indicated. It would certainly be a big and bitter IPA, but I don't know that it would be entirely out of line. The sweetness is a nice offset, and tastefully done.

I think these would be Amarillo hops, but certainly there is room for one or more of the 4 C's, esp. Cascade.

The mouthfeel is just fine, medium to full and with a fine smooth nature. Very respectable for the amount of hops.

I would return to this in a second - if I couldn't get a hoppy beer that i like more. Bottom line is that it's decent, but there are other fish in this sea.

Btw., I would have probably been more favorably impressed by Lagunitas' IPA, Undercover seasonal, and Maximus, if the website hadn't been so effusive in the hopping descriptions. I do understand marketing, etc., but I didn't think that the Double IPA was particularly menacing, much less the IPA. Stick to the facts, report the IBUs, and let folks draw their own conclusions.

That said, I enjoyed all three ales, and will doubtlessly return to the brewery. Next up: The Kronic. I mean, ... Censored.

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Photo of sstackho
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with noticeable carbonation. Bountiful aroma of hops. Really nice smell. First taste is a feel of that carbonation, which quickly gives way to some nice hoppiness, though it doesn't stack up to some of the best IIPAs (e.g. Ruination). It was a nice beer all the way through, but I was left hoping for a wee bit more.

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Photo of TechMyst
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bomber from Binny's. Ended up trying this at a little warmer that what I would like, but I don't think it will affect my rating. Quite a bit of head, hazy copper color. Full bodied, leaving a slick palate. High malt profile, nice bittering on the back end; no bee-sting nectar but still good. Tons of lacing which caked in rings down the glass. Faint aroma on this. This is good for sipping or slamming, so the drinkability is high on this. High alcohol content is not noticable. I actually thought this was their IPA (first offering I've tried from these guys.) But it is thier IIPA, they state it's their IPA upgraded about 30%. Good but not overwhelming. Then I thought why does it have to be big; it's very smooth, so my criticalness ended up melting away.

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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 OWSLEY069
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangeish copper color with an off-white head. In the aroma was grapefruity hops, but very suttle. In the taste, again grapefruity hops, yet small, and a sweet malt. It has a hoppy dry end, and a smooth feel to it. Very easy to drink, hoppy, yet nicely balanced.

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Photo of Daehpoh
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my new SA glass. Amber orange color with two fingers of fluffy head. Lots of chunks floating around. Smell of floral and citrus hops with some sweetness underneath. Slight apricot in the background. Citrus hop flavors, grapefuit juice. Pale malt flavors, slightly bready. Fairly good balance. Medium body, finishes with a tangy dryness. Good brew, but mild in comparison to many of its peers.

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

Tasted at a beerfest.

The color was great. Too many light colored IPAs that day and this was quite striking. The fragrance was quite nice and floral/citrus. This is always my favorite part of a DIPA. Strong bitter flavor, with a lighter floral that I demand from a DIPA. Also no sweet finish as I have come to expect form the style.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Citric/floral hops medium-high. Toasty malt medium-light.

Rusty copper. Clear. High head with pretty good retention. Impressive head.

Full bodied smooth thick. High+ bitterness. Spicy alcohol. Clean strong malt medium-high. Quite dry. Clean and crisp hop. Finishes lightly dry. Better if hops were later perhaps.

Thick smooth alcohol/malt base with medium-high carbonation. Quite thick, in fact.

Pleasantly surprised with Lagunitas. Not the best big IPA, but definitely worth the price.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 5,469 ratings.
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