Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
5,516 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 09-22-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,516
Reviews:
1,547
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
10.38%
 
 
Wants:
139
Gots:
1,353
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of BVukelich
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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Photo of CoCambria
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Antwan66
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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Photo of jbuckley1972
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of paulgarrison
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of lanciloti
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of glass_house
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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Photo of thomseye
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of imyourhero21
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Bushwood
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of corby112
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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Photo of midnitesun11
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of BierJager89
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours copper with a white head.

S: Strawberries (which strike me as odd), citrus and dark fruit in the nose.

T: Berries, citrus fruits and floral notes along with a fair amount of malt and pine.

M: Medium-full bodied, but too carbonated for my taste.

O: Probably my second favorite beer of theirs after Little Sumpin Sumpin, though Sucks is pretty good as well. Definitely worth try if you like DIPAS.

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Photo of jucifer1818
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance
Hazy copper/orange color, frothy head and good lacing
Smell
Tons of clean citrus hop aroma, light pine and medium malt notes.
Taste
Tons of hop flavor, good malt backbone, really bitter. The bitterness lingers for a long while
Overall
This is a good beer, I like this one and get it every once in a while as a more powerful IPA. This is a very good choice for hop heads

-BeerandWhiskeyHQ.com

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Photo of rudabegga9
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of drumenigma
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of WynnO
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of tweezer159
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of MorganH
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 5,516 ratings.
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