Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3.99 w/ 5,536 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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. This bottle is dated sometime in October (285 3), so it's not the freshest, but certainly nothing to pass on. This is one of those beers that I never buy because it's always hanging around. I know that's a mistake, but whatever, everyone does it!

A - big head on the forced pour, dissipates very slowly, leaving nice lacing down the sides of the glass. Good looking residue lingers on the surface. Colors are amber, orange, and red, translucent when held up to the light. Nothing extraordinary for a DIPA.

S - very good nose. Citrus fruits, oranges, pineapples, and kiwi. There's also some of the malt evident behind the initial fruit, a little thickness with some sugary sweetness. I'm especially impressed by this since the bottle is more than two months old.

T - good, but, like most DIPAs, the nose is better than the taste. There're some honied fruits at first, but it's a little too bitter for me, a little richer than I expect. The alcohol is actually surprisingly present, even though it's reasonably low at only 8+%. Despite all of that, I like it a lot, but compared to the nose, it's not as good.

M - meh. Like most Lags beers, including Sucks, it's very syrupy. The alcohol dominates, as does the sugar.

O - I'm glad I tried this, since it's definitely a beer I would get again. Although not sessionable, it's still got a great nose and a comparable taste to make for a good drinking experience. A cheap, year-round alternative to Sucks.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Birdmarg741
2.91/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a very nice deep gold clear liquid with a nice head with substantial retention. A very attractive beer in appearance.

S: strong scent. Floral hops with grass and pine wood-chips. Impossible to ignore, it makes you excited for the first sip.

T: falls incredibly far from expectations. A strong soapy taste dominates the whole experience. Sweet and sour flavors taste stale (and this bottle is well within date of freshness) and rancid. It blends right into the bitterness that you want from the hops, but the flavors never separate out, ruining the whole mouth. Not impressed.

M: medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: again, despite the Lagunitas hype- really not impressed. While the alcohol content is well masked, this beer is unbalanced and overpowering in a way that lingers.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Tasted from a bottle over 15 minutes.
The pour is lovely, with a nice clear orange base and bubbly head that holds on in patches and laces nicely.
Scents are enticing--grapefruit and pine and prominent, as expected. But the kiwi and malt add interesting dimensions.
Unfortunately, I can't agree with others about the flavor. I had a fresh bottle, stored well, with good clarity in the pour, but the stale funk was off putting and detracted from the citrus, floral, and grainy goodness that seem to be holed up in there. It's complex, but the best elements are overshadowed.
Not a bad medium bodied feel, but it is a tad angular and clumsy.
There's so much really good beer out there in this style that I'm sad to report, this brew makes me appreciate the others more. No need for me to go back, especially after having been tempted by the sight and smell and then let down.

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Photo of Kevin-Wieken
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas Brewing Company, California
---from bottle to stemmed tulip glass---

Honey gold with a slight haze, thick white head, good lacing.

Lots of citrus, kiwi, blood orange, mango, pineapple, a little bready. Very bright and fresh!

Orange pulp-like bitter, warming alcohol bite, slight piney resin, bread.

Wet, refreshing, good carbonation, medium body. Very smooth.

Really good. Just the right amount of alcohol to bounce of the citrucy hops of this beer. This beer makes up for what Lagunitas IPA lacks. Ill get this again.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a deep, clear golden, almost to an amber. Big head develops in my tulip and sticks around forever. Lacing is very good also. The color on this one is strikingly amber-gold.

S- Bitter hops all the way through here. Hops in this one are mainly piney and sticky smelling. The piney scents are so strong, it makes me think of tree sap almost.

T- Bitter, slight hints of light balancing malts, and more hops bitterness are what you get in this beer's flavor. Hops bitterness is big in the beginning before giving way to some very faint, light malts. Then it moves right back to hops bitterness with some alcohol bitterness mixed in.

M- Thick and sticky on the tongue. This beer's alcohol level can be felt in moderation. Weight on the palate is moderate to heavier, but not too bad. The high hops presence and alcohol presence is the limiting factor in the drinkability of this beer.

Overall, a solid DIPA. Big hops bitterness with very little in the way of a balancing malt act make this a beer for someone that is more of a hop head than me. Still, a good beer.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82.4% out of 100 with 5,536 ratings
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