Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 1,585 | Ratings: 5,666
Photo of mzwolinski
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, deep gold in color, with a thin, slightly foamy head. Good lacing.

Fruity, citrusy aroma. A very pine-like hop aroma.

Beer has a tingling, floral taste, with just a hint of malt which strengthens as the beer warms, becoming quite well-balanced. Medium-full body with, as you would expect, a very dry finish. Quite nice.

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Photo of bcm119
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy orange-copper color with a nice big head that sticks around. Leafy, lemony hop aroma and a bit of caramel in the nose, otherwise mostly hop-driven. Mouthfeel is thin but delicate. Backbone of mildly citrusy hops are seperate from a slight sweetness that shows up towards the finish. I thought this beer was a little disorganized and not the most complex IPA I've tasted, but it looks great and is pretty drinkable.

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Photo of sinistersteve
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful thick head on the pour never to spill over onto the sides of my glass, even when cresting above the rim. Deep cloudy copper color and hints of citus in the aroma. Great hop taste also. Be warned of the near artistic type lace that will appear on the inside of your drinking vessel. If you don't rinse it out when finished with your drinking session, some elbow grease will probably be needed to remove its beauty. Just one more great IPA for all hopheads to enjoy.

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Photo of marc77
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark orange hue, topped by a fluffy and sticky head. Decent lace is left. Grapefruit and slightly perfumy hop nose upfront, but a wave of slightly tart fruity esters follows. Light caramel malt sweetness is perceptible in the aroma as the brew warms and the hop oils dissapate, but is still overshadowed by the classic citrusy hop nose. Very aromatic. Although assertively bitter, it isn't cloyingly so, and yeast fruitiness, light caramel and biscuit / victory malt is discernible and well - integrated. Tastewise, it is reminecent of a grapefruit w/ brown sugar sprinkles. A touch of butterscotch adds complexity. A tad thin in body, but otherwise a fine IPA. Finishes surprisingly sweet and crisp, almost light on the tongue. Although not quite as good as some other "double" IPAs, Maximus is still a well - crafted and appetizing brew-- it's a bit too drinkable and could catch up to you if you love hops.

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Photo of ZAP
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad DIPA...sweeter...burnt caramel maltiness and a tropical fruit/floral hop aroma and flavor. Body is on the light side for the style but I actually prefer it this way rather than too sticky and heavy.

Just a little hint of bitterness on the finish. More sweetish than bitter. Good solid DIPA

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Photo of Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is golden orange with particles in suspension. Nice puffy white head with bad retention. Nice pungency on the nose. ALso citrus and rind. Nice tasting IPA. Love the rind qualities on the buds. Nice citrus tones. Overall, a very quaffable IPA. Did I say very good IPA?

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Photo of Jordan
4.97/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My hat is off to Venom for capturing the essense of this beer in his review. Maximus has a profound aroma I have never experienced in any other brew. Pine & grapefruit rind backbone, with an unusual malt intermixed. After taking a deep breath in it's aroma I had an impulse to fall to sleep.

Careful when you pour, Maximus is very easily aggitated. Respect this beer and in return it will respect you. Prost.

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Photo of BKotch
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love IPA's, and is this ever an IPA to be reckoned with! Very attractive golden color with a nice rocky white head and good lace down the side of the glass as I slurped it up. Hops are front and center in the nose and palate, but I was surprised that the 72.41 IBU's didn't overwhelm me. Contrary to what someone wrote on this page, I did not find the mouthfeel syrupy -- just crisp and refreshing. The 7.5% abv was well-disguised. I hope this brew is still available in Houston this summer when I'm in need of a serious respite from the heat and humidity.

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Photo of gwfrankpsu
4.76/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ah, Lagunitas. This IPA kicks ass, what is it about west coast IPAs? Some eastern brewers try, but they are not willing or chicken to allow drinkers to taste hops. There is no mistaking, this beer has hops, hops, HOPS! I love this brewery, it's in my top twenty berweries to retire to. Not to live near - But in the brewery. Can't wait to be back in California (existing in Maine) for Christmas. How much can I take on the plane?

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Photo of mattmaples
4.84/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

To me this IPA is one of the best!! It may have a large bitterness at 72.4 IBU but the best hting is it has enough malt to back it up. ALthough bitter it has balance. With a respectable 7.5% one 22oz is just enough. A must try for the Hop-head and non Hop-head alike.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 5,666 ratings