Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 09-22-2001

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Very nice.... As I pour a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, it develops a nice 2-inch head which trails very nicely as I drink it.... It has a hoppy (not too hoppy) taste with citrusy, fruity, and caramel like notes to match the nose of the beer.... I smell caramel, peach, and citrus.... It has a wonderful aftertaste that lingers.... I enjoy a few brews out of the Lagunitas Brewery, but this is amongst my favorites from them.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Brownish golden tan with a 1 inch foamy head, and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Citric fruity hops, orange, pineapple, peach, pear. Malts, caramel and borwn sugars, a little alcohol also.

Taste - Sweet, west coast style, lots of citric fruits and a nice caramel backbone. Light sweet sugars and a little alcohol warmth in each sip. Pretty smooth and not overly bitter. Some added spices add a little pepper and almost a tyme like bold spice. More alcohol warmth in the finish.

Mouthfeel - A nice one two punch of hoppy fruits and caramel malts. Tounge gets the hops first, then the malts come in on the tounge and continue to the palate, with some more hoppy citric fruits. Aftertaste is mildly bitter, spice influnced and dry.

Overall - A nice dipa. Moreso a west coast style, good balance, a nice example of a hoppy beer with a malt backbone. Good price for a 6'er, good avaibilty and good taste makes this a winner and worth a try for sure.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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Photo of Hatzilla
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to tulip, bottled August 7.

A: Clear amber pour with a fluffy, beige one-inch head which hangs around for a couple of minutes. Nice lacing is evident as the beer and foam subsides.

S: Peaches, grapefruit, caramel malts, mint, honey and alcohol.

T: Piney grapefruit hops with caramel malts and some alcohol.

M: Medium carbonation, smooth, finishes dry with a lingering hop aftertaste.

O: A solid DIPA, well-priced (9.99/6 pack) DIPA from Lagunitas, though I prefer Hop Stoopid. Also, the alcohol presence in the nose and taste is a bit of a letdown, but should still be given a chance if you love IPAs/DIPAs like myself. Cheers!

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2.9/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The colour is pale amber (15 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head sinks quickly leaving some lacing.

The smell is quite strong. It is smooth and hoppy with dry notes of dried exotic fruits, citric fruits and peels. Some sweet caramel and a touch of leather. Tired bitter flavours in the background.

The taste is medium bitter with fruity hop flavours. Orange juice made from concentrate, some apricots and plums. Medium to full body. The aftertaste is surprisingly dry with dried fruits, thick and sweet malty flavours and some green bananas. The finish is dry and light with some citric fruits, dough and green bananas.

The carbonation is medium to mild, the bubbles small. The liquid is a bit thick.

I got this bottle straight from the Swedish importer two days ago. And although I normally don’t notice tiredness in American hop bombs as my friends tend to do, I must say this one was too tired and old.

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4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I discovered the Lagunitas Brewery at the Atlantic City Beer Festival last year. I vaguely remember voting this beer as my choice for best in show. Upon returning home I knew I had to true review in much a less inebriated state. Suffice to say, it was just as splendid as I remembered.

Where to begin? Maximus is probably my favorite beer of all time. It is everything I enjoy in a beer. A delightfully cloudy amber color. Aggressively hopped without overstepping it's bounds. Surprisingly refreshing, yet devilishly complex. Not to mention an ABV that will knock you on your butt after 2-3 servings.

Give it a try. If you are a "hop-head" like myself you certainly will enjoy yourself.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 5,596 ratings