Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

very good
1,539 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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Photo of SwillBilly
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a nice dark golden hue with light shades of amber. A creamy, 1" head tops the pour and slowly dissipates. Ample lacing rings the glass.

Smell: Citrusy hops dominate the nose as well as a sweetness that reminds me of molasses or brown sugar. Fruity and herbal aromas are present as well. A nicely fragrant beer.

Taste: Piney/citrusy hops make their appearance in the beginning with an initial bitterness that I like. The middle is where the malt makes its self known with a fruity sweetness of apricots or other such fruits that balances out the hops nicely. Not overly sweet like some DIPA. The finish, hops show up again with a grapefruit pith bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated with a medium mouthfeel, not slick or oily.

Drinkability: Maximus is a highly drinkable DIPA. A really nice hop bitterness that is balanced out by a fruity maltiness. The 7.5% abv doesn't even show its head. A truly balanced DIPA that I would drink again and again. Seek out and enjoy. One of the better DIPA's I've had.

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Photo of ChillMike
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice burnt orange color with a creamy head that does disappear sort of quickly but leaves a lot of nice lacing. Really nice smell of sweet malts, piney hops and a light scent of citrus. Lots of hop filled goodness in the taste factor. A bit of the earthen flavored hops upon first taste, it gives way to a piney followed by a nice citrus/grapefruit taste and ending with that bitter kick I2PAs are special for. Mouth-feel is about the same as most I2PAs, very drinkable beer, I still hold Maharaja and Ruination over this one but it’s still pretty good bang for the buck.

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

I have sampled this beer a few times but never had a bottle to myself until now,poured lighter pale golden with a nice tight white one finger fluffy head that stuck nicley leaving a sheet of lace behind as it settled slowly.Mmmm big pine aromas with underlying citrus with just light and I mean light caramel note underneath,piney with a apricot-like edge hop profile pretty big but not overly brash the malt is amped up a little as well in a sweeter caramel note the alcohol shows up a little more as it warms.Not bitter more of a smoother,rounder DIPA nice balance really.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours to a deep amber color with an orange tint, with a thick, foamy, off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a little bit of lace on the glass.

S: Heavy hops aroma with a background of citrus and malt.

T: The hops hit you first, then a malty, citrus sweetness. As the beer warms, the two flavors blend together more and the beer becomes very well-balanced. It leaves a nice floral hops after-taste.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: This beer goes down quite easily, there’s no hint of the alcohol (mostly because of the strength of the hops), very tasty and it’s not very filling. This is a beer I could stick with for the whole night. This is an excellent beer and an excellent representation of the style. I liked this beer a lot.

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

Poured from a Double Deuce into a weizen glass, hey it's all I had around. A clean amber beer settles into the glass, a thick off white head head fades into a sticky lacing. Pine resin and earthy aromas, the taste is at first subtle caramel and tree fruits which is then taken over by the aggressive hoppiness, Pine, orange rind, and finally aspirin. The mouthfeel is very slick and oily, but not unpleasantly so. An in your face beer for sure, but good drinkin' nonetheless.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Maximus is my first DIPA, and I was pleasantly surprised it isn't the one-dimensional hop-bomb I was expecting.

It poured a hazy orange from a 650 mL bomber with a large foamy head that reduced to a resilient bubbly ring. There was a lot going on aroma-wise: citric, grapefruit hops, along with a bit of pine and alcoholic esters.

The first sip is surprisingly assertive maltiness before the hops took over again for a sharp, bitter finish. It went down smooth and the enduring head gave even later sips a bit of creaminess to go with the medium-bodied carbonation.

As the beer warmed up, the 7.5% ABV became more apparent in the taste and the hops became a little harder to take. A well-done beer, I don't think I would enjoy more than one or two in a row.

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Photo of scorched
2.25/5  rDev -43%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I like IPAs. When offered a choice, I tend to lean towards them because I love the dry-hopped bitterness of this particular style.

Maximus, however, goes a little overboard. The aroma is less than pleasant, almost pungent. The oils from the hops are so overpowering, its almost greasy.

It is fairly drinkable, however, assuming that you've been properly "warming up" beforehand. The head goes away almost immediately after the first sip, but the flavor is still there.

All in all, I would say that if you like IPAs, you should try it. Otherwise, don't even bother.

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Photo of nlmartin
2.1/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The beer was served into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a very pleasing clear copper coloration. The head has a fluffy off white coloration. The beer has absolutely no head retention.

Smell: The beer has a good citrus grapefruit and general piney floral hops smell. The beer has a good bready maltyness. There is a astringent vaguely metallic off smell present in this beer.

Taste: The beer has a funky asprin taste up front. This asprin taste combines with citrus flavors and pine cones. The beer has a bit of sweetness towards the middle; however, due to the oilyness of the hops the maltyness never stands out.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a very astringent smell and the taste of asprins. Needless to say, this beer was hard to drink between smell and taste. The beer is medium bodied. The hops are unpleasantly oily and long lasting. This was a very hard beer to finish. This beer needs to go back to the drawing board.

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

Lovely dark translucent caramel color. A never ending 2 inch fluffy cloud rests upon the top of this beer. Great head retention and thick sticky lacing.

Big piney aromas with a flowery earthy background.

Tastes like eating a christmas tree. Bold pine flavors, thick malt, and chewy palate coating hop oil. 30 to 40 second finish. Seems to be lacking in way of carbonation. Hurting both the mouthfeel and drinkability.

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

A - Bright copper color with thin off-white head virtually no lacing.

S - Fresh wild fowers and clover.

T- Assertive malt backbone hits first, a tea-like hop bitterness fights through. The overall effect was kind of like sweet (but not too sweet) tea (for y'all Southern folks), so it might go PFG with BBQ. Detected a hint of oak on the finish adding to the uniqueness.

M- Medium body, smooth MF.

D- Smooth and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One sniff and you know you are dealing with a west coast IPA. Light yellowish orange, standard IPA color. Decent brussels lace with a remaining light head down to the bottom of the beer. Alcoholic, you can taste it on the sides of your tongue. Obvious cascade hops linger and linger. Tastay beer but not breathtaking.

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

22 oz. bomber bottle. Thanks to BeerBeing for the opportunity.

Appearance: Clear bronze body, a stead slow strem of bubbles rises from the bottom. Medium off-white color, slow fading head, with good lace.

Smell: Fresh piney and citric hops, lightly fruity, with some bready malts to go around. Nice.

Taste: Hops from the outset, but not overwhelming. Bitterness end with a little metallic element. Carmel malts proide a fine backbone and a little balance. Not an over the top DIPA, but a good one.

Drinkability: It does a good job giving you hops, but doesn't have the hops concentration that the style and my preference dictates.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber for a reasonable $4.69 at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours vibrant amber/orange with a few fingers of off-white foam. Nose and taste are a fine balance of sweet and bitter with notes of candied mango and passion fruit, caramel malt, countered by 72.14 IBUs of tangy/piney hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth yet substantial, well carbonated. A well put-together DIPA here. Hoppy enough for the hopheads without the cloying malt bomb that often rears its head as the ABV rises. Glad to see Lagunitas make its way out to WI.

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

This is a 22 oz bomber served in a Three Philosophers goblet. The ale is slightly chilled.

Appearance: The ale is a brilliant amber-orange color. There is a slight head, nothing impressive, but that color is nice.

Smell: The ale has a delicious floral, citrus aroma. The hops grab hold of you early.

Taste: A grapefruit explosion. The NW US hops provide a strong, in-your-face citrus taste that lingers. And I swear that I taste a bit of orangey sweetness in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: The beer's hoppy concentration is quite good and tasty.

Drinkability: The drinkability is hurt a bit as the hops numb the mouth. Overall though, this is a top notch DIPA.

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

Pours a golden orange with only a slight head which keeps a slight lacing. Smell is somewhat diminished by current allergies, but I can make out the grassy, pine hop aroma as well as bready malt.

This brew wields a medium body and carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, juicy, slick... whatever it is not bad. Taste is not intruded by extreme hop bitterness. There is a solid backbone of yeasty malt to add balance to the obviously predominate hop notes. Some grapefruit notes and pine, although again not overly bitter. Alcohol content is only barely perceived once the beverage warms. Not the most in-your-face IPA but that is fine by me. I think I'd gladly make a return trip to this drinkable beer

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

This big beer pours a dark, clear amber with a substantial head and constant stream of bubbles streaming up in the center of the glass. The aroma is quite piney with hops, but there are some other notes in there as well, maybe some metals and certainly some doughy smells. The taste of this beer is mostly what you'd expect -- loads of sweet malts, some bitter hops, and then a few miscellaneous sensations, like nickel and peppery alcohol. Mouthfeel is quite full, almost chewy. That fact detracts from the beer's drinkability, along with the hops content. Lagunitas Maxiumus is a big beer, for which a 22 oz. serving is plenty.

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Photo of plaid75
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a creamy two finger head. The retention was pretty good as was the lacing.

The aroma was strong with hops and a nice grapefruit presence.

The taste was consistent with the aroma and in-line with what an DIPA should be. A nice spicy aftertaste was evident as well - perhaps coriander.

The mouthfeel was clean and finished dry. Not too full but by no means thin.

A very drinkable DIPA. Very smooth considering the ABV.

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

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours crystal clear amber, with a half inch off-white head. Good retention, settling into decent lacing.

Aroma is hoppy...piney with citrus (mostly orange) notes evident.

Taste is hoppy as well. Slightly sweet with some orange toward the front, moving to grapefruit bitterness more towards the back. Good malt balance. Finishes with a nice lingereing hop bitterness.

Medium body...low carbonation. Pretty crisp, very drinkable beer even though it rings in at 7.5% ABV...and that's probably the only thing holding it back from being a session beer.

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

12 oz bottle, pours a nice copper with a finger of off-white head which reduces to a spotty cap that leaves a little lace behind. Smell is full of piney and grapefruit hops, little else going on, but it's nice. Taste has a rather sweet malt upfront giving way to a big grapefruit and citrus hoppiness, and finishing with a grassy, slightly bitter, aftertaste. This is a pretty tame DIPA, I'd say it taste like an IPA if I didn't know better, but that being said it's a good, easy drinking, medium hoppy IPA.

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Photo of bignick
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bigdan and bigdave for this 22 oz bottle. Poured into an Ommegang glass.

I liked this beer, even though it wasn't really what I was expecting. The smell is pretty one dimensional: all hop oil. The taste is a very consistent hoppiness, that doesn't dissipate, not even for the sweetness that characterizes many of Lagunitas' beers. I get some apple on the back of the tongue which smoothes the beer into a nice clean finish. Overall a pretty drinkable beer. While the hops are sizeable, they are not as aggresive as many West Coast DIPAs.

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Photo of audiojon
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am noticing a trend with every Lagunitas brew I try- too sweet! I'm not sure if it's the type of malt they use, but every one of their beers tastes a bit sugary to me. This is definitely not what I look for in a DIPA. The hops are there, but they are muted by the malt. I can't recommend this when there are so many better DIPAs out there. Lagunitas, I'm not sure I can try another beer from you...

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

A: slightly hazy coppery brown with a nice, bubbly head.
S: hints of wheat and mildly hoppy
T: mildly bitter, fruity, somewhat hoppy with a tasty burnt toast finish. not sweet.
M: average to good mouthfeel, extremely bubbly
D: a good beer to sit around and drink when you want a solid, hoppy beer but don't want to be distracted by overwhelming flavor or character. could drink one after the other and I imagine it would feel nice.

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Photo of Rezzin
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Somewhat hazy amber / copper color with lots of sediment. Oops, should I have left a little behind? 1" white foamy head.

S - Smells almost sherry like. Sweet with lots of hops and a slight alcohol aroma.

T - First several sips were great - sweet malt and a great hoppy bite but the more I drank the more it seemed overly sherry like. My wife liked it more than I did.

M - The sherry like flavor also feels as if it coats the back of your throat. Not something I particularly care for. Carbonation is moderate.

D - I finished the beer and could probably have another. Not something I'd probably get again as there are better DIPA's out there.

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

This beer pours a clear golden color with a thick creamy white head with light orange tints to it. The head fades slowly, leaving a ton of laces.

This beer has a citrus hop aroma. It is slightly piney. It is also slightly grassy. None of the hop flavors are overbearing at all.

This beer has a grassy flavor to it. I can taste some pine also. It is a little more malty than I had thought. It has a slight grapefruit finnish to it.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a grassy hop aftertaste. It is carbonated well.

I think this beer would make a decent session beer. It is a tad high in alcohol, but not overly. Also, the flavor is not too overbearing.

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Photo of Applesauce1
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got the Double IPA at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH.

Pours a copper color with about a half inch head. Looks pretty good.
Smell: HOPS, lots of them
Taste: good, a very strong hop presence, almost too much for me, nonetheless, a good flavor
Mouthfeel: good, could use a little more carbonation
Drinkability: good for being 7.5% alcohol, could drink two of these in a night

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