Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

very good
5,505 Ratings

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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Added by kbub6f on 09-22-2001

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Revision based on a new impression. This was one of the beers that made me a fully committed beer geek. For a while it was the beer I named as my favorite. On recently revisiting it, I found it not as impressive as I had thought, though still brilliant. The beer poured a pale gold with a solid head. The aroma was citrus forward, with a little of the characteristic Lagunitas funk in there. The flavor was bitter, but not as much as I had remembered. It is citrus forward, with a pleasant pine background. Despite my mild disappointment on revisiting, I still love this beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Try pronouncing it with a Sean Connery accent. Sounds like a beer you don't want to mess with. Glad I did! Nice copper color with an off-white head. Lace that stuck like glue to the glass. Incredible citrus and floral hop aromas. It's a DIPA but is really well balanced. Also higher on the ABV but no bite from the alcohol content. Medium+ carbonation and less than average viscosity. This is a very sessionable DIPA in my opinion. Next time I'm going for the growler fill. PS - I paired it with some roast antelope which is a bit gamey, they both worked well together.

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4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer to stock in the fridge! Has good malt balance with hop balance. My every day IPA! Golden amber color with nice weight. If you want a bit more body to the regular IPA you must try.Just got a 1/6 keg to go in the Kegerator and cant wait to tap into.

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4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a footed tulip

Pours a medium amber-orange with two fingers of dense off-white head which leaves a thin ring and substantial lacing. Smells like fresh pine with floral and citrus accents. Sweet caramel malt also there.

Medium bodied with a slick oily mouthfeel and perfect carbonation. No mistaking that this is a DIPA. The rush of bitter citrus (primarily grapefruit) and pine is balanced beautifully with the sweet tropical fruit, floral notes, and rich malts. The smooth synergy of the flavor profile is impressive.

I know Maximus does not get the acclaim some of Lagunitas' other brews do, but for my money, only Sucks surpasses it in their IPA lineup. I suppose personal preference of hop profile plays a big role, and for me this is right on the money. Bitter, yet balanced enough to be extremely drinkable.

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3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with apricot edges and a one finger, white foam head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Rings and spots of soapy left behind.

Earthy, floral hop aroma with some grassy pine and oily resins countered by a faint citrus fruit presence and a sweet malt backbone. The malt presence is a bit stronger than I expect/prefer with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit and cracker hindering the grassy hop character.

Medium body with a blast of dank, earthy hop bitterness that lingers over hints of sweet tropical/citrus fruit and a caramel malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Better balanced and more complex than the aroma suggests. Dry and sticky with grassy pine, spruce tip and resinous hop oils followed by hints of juicy grapefruit, orange pith, pineapple and mango. The intense hop profile is countered by a malt backbone with strong caramel sweetness, toffee and toasted bread. The malt presence is stronger than I usually prefer but in this beer it provides excellent balance without hindering the complex hop flavors. The high ABV is excellently masked with a touch off boozy sweetness in the finish but there's no heat to speak of. Complex, flavorful and dangerously drinkable. Another very solid beer from Lagunitas.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 5,505 ratings.
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