Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

very good
1,542 Reviews

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 1,542 | Ratings: 5,479
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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Photo of yemenmocha
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Luxurious clear amber color with generous white head. Beautiful.

Nose is mixed citrus and pine, with a clean/sterile component that is nice.

Palate is assertively piney and dry, with citrusy hops and mild toasty malt in the background. Alcohol is apparent.

Finish is quite long.

For the style this is a very, very good beer but a little too much pine & alcohol warmth for my preference, as it interferes some with the drinkability for me.

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Photo of tempest
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a 7.5% DIPA, this is a pretty good one. The hops are big on grapefruit, with a deep perfume tang and hints of less acidic fruit like apricot. The aroma is a bit weak, and the flavor isn't the most complex, but those are only minor defects if you will. This is still a nice, big American DIPA.

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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 JudgeRoughneck
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer delivers a nice, two fingers of head that stays. It has a brilliant orange copper color. The aroma is weak, and of light cascade. The taste of Maximus is very round and light. I get bright ale fruit and alcohol nicely blended into the bitterness. There is a light, resinous hop finish. A touch of spice emerges with warmth.
This is a simple, lovely IPA with no harshness, stickyness, or hefty malt. It has a nice light, grippy, mouthfeel with a fizzy lift from the carbonation and this is about as drinkable as they come. I am very impressed with balance and drinkability achieved here but for a beer claiming double IPA, it just doesn't wiegh in. Theres no oomph. There's not really double anything as far as my mouth is concerned.

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

A- straw w/ orange tint, taunt, 2 finger foamy white head, very good retent, thin soapy lace that holds very strongly

S- pine, herbal, buttery, hop oils

T- hop dominant, crisp, leafy hop finish, dry bitter hop after, earthy, tons of hop action, citrus, dry, oily, toasted malts

M- medium body, crisp, wet finish turns into dry after, hop abuse

D- enjoyable, not a session brew, solid 2IPA, seriously a hop bitchslap, recommended for hopheads, probably scare anyone else

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Photo of peabody
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a really clear amber with two fingers of white suds.
Smell is a little weak but can still detect a weak grapefruit and hop aroma. Slight carmel and sugar with just a touch of alcohol finish it up.
Taste is strong grapefruit at first then a slight dirty. The hops come through as does the alcohol. Both are very subdude.
Mouthfeel is low here because of the dirtyness. But the oily hops and sugar do stay with the palate for some time.
There are better tasting IPA's so this one is better left for just the one try and not sessioning.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very nice dipa. had this on-tap at chef paul's in lisle. served in a chalice. this was a nice slightly hazy amber in color with a creamy off-white head and lacing. notable aromas of citrus and resiny pine. taste was a moderate sweetness with a long, bitter finish. medium to full-bodied. drinkability is good as this is on the lower end of abv for a dipa but it delivers as much in flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel as some of the dipa abv monsters.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 22oz bottle...

Pours a gorgeous dark orange color, with a huge amount of head. The look is very hazy and cloudy, which in turn makes it look thick and hearty. Looks perfect actually. Leaves a huge swath of lace.

The scent is a heavy bitter-hop smell. Very very bitter indeed. But there is also a sweet, flowery secondary aroma that comes off. It's nicely balanced by a dry malt, and the pale malt aroma comes in nicely.

Majorly, massively bitter hop flavor. It's halfway between a regular IPA and an Imperial IPA. Quite bitter, with a sweeter, estery aftertaste. Tastes more Imperial as it warms.

It feels thick and even a bit bubbly. Leaves a bitter film at the very end. Boy does that bitterness keep a'comin'. A strong Imperial IPA, yet quite drinkable; a feat in itself.

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

Pours a clear amber color with a nice 1 1/2 finger white fluffy head. Smells of grapefruity hops with a touch of toffee and pine.

Taste is well...a bit light in the hops for a DIPA. The taste itself is good, I just wouldn't call it double IPA territory. Piny hops play the role here, with a slight nod toward grapefruit. Toffee-ish sweetness helps balance, with an aftertaste that I can't quite place, but enjoy.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with a relatively good creaminess. Drinkability is quite good.

Overall, recommended. However, this beer would have rated higher had they classified this as a single IPA. For the style, it falls a bit short. For an IPA, this is solid.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle revealed a bit more about the beer than the tap. The beer falls short of D!PA but stands firm as a standard IPA. The aromas leap from the bottle with juicy gapefruit, orange, lemon, pine, and light malts. The pour delivers a strong straw / golden color with airy head retention. The flavors reinforce the citrus aromas and add a lot of peppery spices to the taste. Firm bitterness rises toward the finish. A light metalic note lingers throughout the flavors. Body is light against the flavors; but makes for easy drinking. The beer has an evaporative, chalky effect going into the finish, compounding the alcohols and hop character. Again, good, but no double.

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Photo of Duster72
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey golden with a big billowing head. Smell is sweet malts and citrus/pine hops. Taste is sweet malts followed by mild bitter hops that lend some citric and earthy tones. Aftertaste is on the bitter side. Taste is fine, but this one doesn't drink easily, it takes some effort. Good DIPA, not great. I would drink it again.

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Photo of semihobo
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks handsome, a dark amber color, more orange than yellow. The story is the head -- great start, great retention, the residue on the sides of the glass is excellent.

Smells of syrupy, thick hop resin, along with sweet malts. Hops are on the resinous, piney end, not so much floral. One dimensional.

Tastes of sugary apricots and peaches along with a resinous bite. Somewhat piney as well as acrid. Pretty sweet as well.

A little bubbly and full-bodied, especially with a very thick finish. Leaves quite a coating on the tongue, if that's your thing you're in luck.

Low alcohol (for the style) makes this guy a little more drinkable, but I'm not too impressed by the hop bill. It's big enough, but not very nuanced... overly bitter and nothing too exciting. Just about average for an I2PA.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 5,479 ratings.
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