Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

very good
5,495 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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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I can't find anything wrong with this one, personally. I was tempted to give 5/5 on everything, but that would just make me look like the noob that perhaps I am, and to say that I haven't found or won't find a better beer than this - well that's just crazy talk. Call me optimistic.

I poured a Pint 6oz bottle into a tall glass. Maximus has pretty much everything I crave, and then some. My only initial hesitation with the flavor was the slightly stronger maltiness than I'm used to, but I quickly got used to it. The nice alcoholic grapefruit finish feels great in the mouth. The amount of hops is just right. I had the opportunity to compare 5 IPA/DIPA's this week. Anderson's Hop Ottin', Stone Ruination, Stone IPA, Stone Arrogant Bastard (which may or may not technically be an IPA), and this one. This was my favorite of the 5. I went back and purchased another bottle the next day.

This will be a go-to for me from now on.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/3/2013. Pours moderately cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, lemon zest, pineapple, tangerine, orange zest, floral, pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of hop notes with a moderate malt balance; and great strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, light pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of citrus/floral hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent DIPA! All around great complexity and balance of hop and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on the for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of dwren89
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: orangey gold with thick , fluffy cream colored head and great clarity

Aroma: very strong pine, with strong biscuit notes as well, definitely hoppy but with a certain balance

Taste: sharp, hoppy explosion, almost searing bitterness and pine flavor. Definite alcohol kick on the finish but a good biscuit flavor to it

Mouthfeel: sharp and crisp with full body and medium carbonation

Overall: A great DIPA, strong pine with noticeable biscuit hop character which is nice in a DIPA. Great hoppy and alcohol finish that is almost searing to the mouth and tongue!


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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Last time I had this the bottle was old. Time to try it again!

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange/light amber. Bottle conditioned, with least floaties running around. Carbonation is moderate. Finger+ of khaki foam. Moderate retention, moderate lacing.

S: Lot of piney/leafy hop notes in here. Evergreen, bark, woodsy, etc. Below that is a small amount of tropical fruit. Below that, the malt sweetness comes out to play.

T: Not as much evergreen in the taste. Lighter stone fruit, with a pretty juicy splash of tropical and orange that race across mid palate. Also present is an almost sugary tone in the malt, sorta like brown or raw sugar. Mid palate then picks up an herbal, almost peppermint flavor that carries through into the finish. Aftertaste is more of the pine needles and a touch of floral depth.

M: Medium to full bodied, with a fairly dry, but slightly weighed down finish.

O: This is a pretty good DIPA. If you want real Lagunitas magic, you'll seek out Sucks and Hop Stoopid.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really enjoyed this. Poured a dark amber with a creamy 1/2 " head. I thought it was very aromatic- sweet malt with a grassy hop. Mouth feel hits heavy but settles quick to medium. Sweet malt fades to a nice grapefruit. Not what I imagined with this DIPA- more sweet then the a typical DIPA but the hops are there in nice force. Finishes smooth bitter.

Would definitely have again. Thumbs up.

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 5,495 ratings.
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