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Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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1,529 Reviews

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

Pours a coppery amber color, with a finger high head that yields to a nice lacing. Nice presentation.

Smells of pine, woods, hops – very earthy, almost musky, but hints at the flavor to come.

Mouthfeel is full with a nice amount of carbonation – a little different than what some have observed, but this bottle somehow seems fresher than others I’ve had in the past.

Taste is super hopped, with smoky, woodsy undertones and a nice maltiness to boot. Aggressively hopped, this DIPA is not coy about what it is…I like that in an IPA!

Definitely drinkable!

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Photo of pmatz2
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium-dark copper with a nice fluffy white head that disappears quickly. Nice lacing around the glass.

It has a predominantly Pine Hop's smell that is not overpowering. There is a subtle malt sweetness. An overall very pleasant smell.

Starts off with a good balance between sweet malt and fresh hops up front but quickly changes to a strong but not overpowering bitterness. I'm surprised at the bitterness based upon the aroma.

Mouth feel is full - thick and syrupy with a very low carbonation.

Overall this is a very drinkable DIPA

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliant clear copper-orange with a frothy white head that leaves excellent lacing. Very nice.

Smell is juicy citrus hop. Malty base adds a brown sugar sweetness. Crisp and resinous.

Taste is initially dominated by the wonderful citrus and floral hop character. Bitter, but not harsh. Then the generous caramel malt brings balance. Very citrusy and fruity. Finish is sweet and spicy.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Chewy with the addition of resinous hop oil.

This is a very nice IPA. Complex hop profile is well matched with a solid malty base that is just as interesting. I will have this one again.

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

Pretty good DIPA. Poured a wonderful chestnut colour with a lovely looking snow white head. Thick sticky lacing stuck like glue to the edges of the glass. Moderate level of CO2 bubbles streaming skyward. Looks nice. Smell was very citrusy with powerful hops dominating. Taste, too, was all hops with colossal bitterness!! Almost no malt detectable at all. Mouthfeel was a little better than average. All in all, a very nice DIPA, though still not my favourite.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into Imperial Pint Glass

A - Beautiful cloudy amber orange color with an immense rocky head. Head lightens but lasts for the extent of the beer. Looks deliciously drinkable.

S - Smell is sweet but tart without the intense floral scents of the best double IPAs. Hops are quite intense and followed up by a nice malt addition.

T - Nice hop bomb without the floral pleasantries. Malt sweetness is a strong contender but doesn't overpower the hops in the slightest. Alcohol is well disguised behind the wall of hops, even as the beer warms.

M - Nice mild carbonation that mellows as an intense bitter aftertaste emerges. The bitterness is not too cloying, however.

D - Nice flavor without a highly alcoholic taste or effect. Could probably enjoy another bomber without growing tired of this brew.

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

It pours a flashy, clear Goldfinger gold. A finger of loose white head dissolves to globules of froth. Grommets of lacing ring the inside of the glass.

The aroma vists a smooth malt sweetness, flowing caramel, vanilla, and light berry. The hops boast middling pine and mild citrus. A thin sliver of alcohol slips through.

Upon sipping, along comes a rounded caramel malt sweetness with blueberry and melon. Crisp grapefruit and coniferous hops dry the grain and open for a faint stripe of alcohol. A mellow biscuit note cedes to a lingering crisp bitterness. It's a tasty blend of IPA fundamentality.

Medium bodied, the malt is mildly viscous but not cloying, and the hops are fairly oily.

Maybe it's not as maximal as the appelation Maximus might mandate, but it makes a more than marginal foray into the land of hop happiness. It's a well-blended, if quite basic, mix of good, sound elements. The ABV is just big enough to provoke a care, though it's in no way a show-stopper. So it's not as bold as the name might indicate, but it's enjoyable no matter its relative size.

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

Poured a nice copper color with a long lasting thin white head, good lacing.

Smell was very fresh green hops with a touch of grapefruit.

Has a suprisingly strong malt taste with a nice breadiness to it, has a decent grapefruity hop flavor, but not all overwhelming. Very balanced for a Double IPA.

Mouthfeel is thick with the classic hop oilyness.

A Very drinkable and good Double, just a little less intense than most.

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

Light amber color, a finger of egg shell color head. Head recedes slowly. Good lacing.

Hoppy smell, pine and citrus, but also herbal. Alpine herbs, like green Chartreuse. Also some bready malt and a little spice, sort of like ginger cookies. Slightly medicinal.

Big hop flavor, grapefruit, citrus rind, pine, flowers and herbs muddled up. Bitterness and sweet malt. Medicinal, particualrly in the aftertaste - I think it's from the hops, not phenols, but I'm not sure. Fairly long finish, with sweetness fading and bitterness coming in to dominate.

Slightly sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation is well moderated. Not remarkably drinkable, but a good and interesting beer.

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Photo of johnbonham1980
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Quite a bit different on cask than in the bottle. Hops are subdued and the flavor profile differs quite a bit. Gotta say I prefer it in bottle but this was an interesting drink.

Poured with tons of head which lasts... and lasts... and lasts. Typical w/ cask ales in my experience. Chunky sediment in this one, very cloudy orange colour.

Taste was quite a bit different than in the bottle. A good amount of sourness, with a little sweetness to balance it out... hops are there but aren't dominant like the bottled version. Interesting, hard to identify fruity esters. Raspberry flavors definitely noticeable.

Finishes normally, very drinkable stuff.

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Photo of mynie
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red. No head. Am I just pouring things bad today or what?

Smells--whew! Good golly like smells like a breadtruck full of potheads that just caught fire (science tells us, bear in mind, that potheads smells like "dank nugs" when set ablaze).

Tastes juuust about as good as it smells. Big giant breaddough and big giants sticky icky pine/citrus hops all against a wonderfully sweet bread and caramel malt background.

An above average example of an above average style. Kudos to Lagunitas.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas- Maximus

Appearance- Light golden brown with a huge frothy white head.
Smell- Pine hops and malt.
Taste- An even blend of pine hops and caramel malt.
Mouthfeel- Nice even flavor with a slight crisp bitterness. A smooth IPA!!

Overall- for a double IPA this was soo smooth. No strong alcohol to ruin it. The flavor stayed solid throughout. Delicious!!

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Photo of RedChrome
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The body of this beer was a murky orange color. A fluffy white one inch head shrank slowly to a thin coating on top. A handfull of tiny carbonation bubbles.

Pine needles and citrus dominated the first whiff. Very nice aroma in the style. Nothing hidden in the scent other then the citrus blend. Light tangeringe with a hint of lime finish.

A nice flavor of hop citrus. Pine quality develops and brings a slight alcohol taste. Overall a decent taste, but doesn't have perfect balance. Each of the flavors is trying to win instead of working together.

A decent body. Light carbonation burst helped the flavor to tingle on all the surfaces.

A nice beer overall. Very nice with a chedder cheese plate. Flavor of pine is not for everyone but if you are a fan then pick one up and enjoy a very decent offering.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Beautiful copper body with sticky white head.

S-Very piney and resinous. Awesome intro for hopheads!

T-Soft bitterness spreads to a harsher citrus taste. Nice blend of hops to the malt

M-Sharp at first but not too intese. Nice hop bill of choice

D-Easy and deceptively smooth. Easy session pint for a rocker night.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally a dbl ipa that has more hops and less malts. I want my tongue to get slapped around, and excited. The nose was nice refreshing sweet citrus and piney smell with a thick foamy head.
The mid palate had hints of grapefruit and just enough malt to have a backbone. If your a hophead this beer is a must try.

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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 flexabull
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice clean appearance. Orange / Amber color, clear, and with a nice white bubbly head.

Smells of citrus and hops. Aromas aren't overpowering, but they are nice.

Taste seemed a bit off for a double IPA. Tastes almost a bit chalky and slightly sour. But it did have a bit of a hoppy bite and a tad of the citrus flavors are there, but certainly not what I was hoping for, or remember the last time I tried this beer a few years ago.

Overall, it seems like this beer may have slipped, or maybe I got an old poorly stored version.

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Photo of gonzo138
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear amber color, with a white head that holds its own, laced well and hung on the side of the glass

S- floral citrusy hoppy bitter pine aroma

T- citrusy hop bite, bitter at first, with a hint of sweetness at finish

M- moderate carbonation, medium body, taste lingers for a while

D- a very drinkable DIPA, goes down easily, a good introductory DIPA (at least for me it was) have bought/drank a few times, an enjoyable brew

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass,light coppery color,cloudy.A lasting white creamy head,with very tiney bubbles,looked good.
The aroma was very citrusy,grapefruity.slight piney notes.A sweet honey-like,light chocolate and burnt malt aromas.A very nice and complex aroma.
The taste was sweet.citrusy,grapefruity,slightly piney,honey-like,with chocolate and a burnt tasting finish.
Mouthfeel was cloying,syrupy,a thick velvety feel on the tounge.
A sharp,tongue swelling finish.
Complex,a bit on the filling side,couldn't drink a lot of these.
A very tastey beer,a must try double IPA.

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Photo of blitz134
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kind of an orange, yellow color. Nice and clear with a little white head. Finished with sporadic bubbles on top with a ring of foam around the edge.

Green hops dominate the aroma. Lots of straw and floral scents. Not too sweet but some hints of caramel type malts mix in with some sweet bread malts.

After tasting, the rest of the remaining rating scores filled out pretty quickly. Just not a whole lot to be found in the taste. Some floral hops show through with some sweet bread malts, but quite subdued. A bit of resin finishes the flavor. Raw sugar comes through too much, diluting the flavor. Okay bitterness overall.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would normally expect. Kinda low carbonation levels. Seems to coat the mouth well but the flavor doesn't linger much at all.

Drinkability is okay. Beer started out okay but the weak flavor and thinner mouthfeel don't make this stand out much. Starts to sit kinda heavy on the stomach after a while. Nothing overtly bad about this one, but a bit understated in the flavor department. Worth a shot though at 3.99/bomber.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the Whole Foods Market in Arlington, VA in August, then cellared in Vienna for a couple months. Opened in honor of Columbus Day. Brown bomber with a plain label displaying only the name, plus the frontal image of a dog's head at the bottom, with "Doggone good" written under that. An interesting mood piece on the side in the style of Mickey Spillane detective novels. No ingredient or freshness information.

Pours a cloudy orange under a one finger pale tan head that fades slowly but manages only a few spots of lace. Fairly mild coniferous hops nose at first, but growing as it warms. Floral notes emerge later, making it more enticing. The mouth is well-carbonated and quite heavy, although not sticky. Solid espresso and pine bitter opening, moderated by a bit of sweet malt, which grew as the session continued. The pine and espresso dominate throughout, however, lasting well into the aftertaste, which is dry as the desert. Very pleasant and inviting.

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

I purchased this at Downtown Wine a & Spirits last week. I let this warm to around 50º F and served it in one of my Duvel tulips.

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish copper with a sudsy, beige head that thins to a persistent film, coating the inside of the glass.

Smell: A mix of sugary caramel and resiny, floral hops.

Taste: Toasty and sweet malts are evident upfront, but remain present throughout. There are hints of raw sugar, but little of the caramel that I noticed in the aroma. The finish is significantly bitter with resiny and citrusy hop flavors. There's also a peppery and alcoholic spiciness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, tingly carbonation, with a slick oiliness.

Drinkability: Very hoppy with evident alcohol.

Overall: A decent Double IPA. It's definitely very hoppy, which I sometimes find to be overpowered by malts in DIPAs. Not the best, but good nonetheless.

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

22 oz. bomber.

This beer poured a nice, cupric-orange color with a substantial, off-white head. The aroma of floral, citrusy hops was immediately upon my nose, with wisps of alcohol as well.

I'm prone to liking pretty much every double IPA I taste, so I try to see through my bias a bit. This particular one is fairly astringent on top of the lovely bitterness, with a sharp bite of alcohol. Fairly good body on this one, but the hops and alcohol dominate.

Not bad, but not the best I've had.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Crisp copper tinged amber with a fluffy two fingers of eggshell hued lace that clings briefly, before settling into a lasting veil with light lacing.

Mouthwatering aromas of sweet, scorched malts, honey soaked citrus fruits, bubblegum, light pine, and green herbs make this a pleasure to sniff.

The flavor is equally enjoyable, a hearty malt entrance of scorched caramel and biscuits is countered by a reather complex hop structure of bittersweet fruit, grapefruit, evergreen, and resinous green herbs. Very big flavor in spite of the stylistically "low" 7.5% abv.

Body just touches medium and seems to thin as it warms, it has all the flavor, just not enough body to support it. Mouthfeel clean, creamy, and gently carbonated. Absolutely drinkable for an IIPA.

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

Nice looking beer, albeit a tad bit lighter than I expected. Thin head too, doesn't stick around long.

The smell is full of blistering hop aromas: resinous pine, citrus, raw unchecked aggression. The malts impart a syrupy sweetness to the nose. Alcohol is fairly noticeable.

Taste is full of hops as described above, but the maltiness is creamier than it smelled. A bit candy-like and perhaps a little too much, but still good. Alcohol takes on a spicy, boozy character that I think is slightly out of place, especially with a brew that is 7.5%. Granted, that's fairly high, but it can be easily disguised or blended with the other flavors instead of standing out so much. Still, it's good to drink and it leaves the mouth feeling happy.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Stone IPA glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy honey orange/amber color. The head is off-white and very creamy. It has good retention and excellent lacing all the way down the glass. The head settles at a half-finger super creamy cap.

Smell - Super fresh, citrusy, and crisp hops aroma right on the nose. I would be hard-pressed to say that this doesn't have a better aroma than even the Stone IPA. A cooked malt character lingers behind the powerful hops aroma. There are some spice notes and a very slight molasses or caramel character as well. There is noticeable alcohol.

Taste - Milder than expected bitter and citrusy hops character come through immediately. Tied into this is a very interesting medley of caramel, some heightened spice notes (maybe clove), and a wonderful sweet fruitiness in the middle. As you swallow and the finish sets in, a very smooth and relaxed, but rich cooked malt character come through nicely, along with a different, but still bitter hops character. The aftertaste is basically a follow-through of the finish. Not a particularly balanced brew, but it has a very nice diversity of flavor. The alcohol is somewhat difficult to isolate due to the powerful hops and other flavors.

Mouthfeel - A medium-bodied brew (I could see this while pouring it, even). The carbonation is what you would expect from this style--slightly above average but nothing unpleasant.

Drinkability - This category suffers, naturally, because of the very high levels of hops flavor. Even if you love hops, a strong-flavored beer does get to you. Still decent drinkability, though.

This is a very good IPA. It has some interesting flavors that come together very well. The hops character in this IPA is very refreshing and clean. The malt is mellow but ties it all together nicely. Recommended.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 5,429 ratings.
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