Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 1,586 | Ratings: 5,669
Photo of DefenCorps
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Freddies.

A clear copper with a dense, large off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great! The nose is solid. A blend of pine, grapefruit and some citrus, this is quite hoppy. A mild caramel malt character is present. The palate opens moderately bitter with a blend of grapefruit, orange peel and some pine. The grapefruit flavor is mildly candied, pairing nicely with the caramel. A little sweet on the finish, this beer is medium-light in body and moderately carbonated. While sweeter than i typically i like IPAs, this is still quite solid.

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Photo of jurunjulo
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great beer fresh taste and the price is low too bought it for 4 dollars a bomber. says it is an IPA but it has that DIPA punch to it is also smooth compared to other lagunitas ales,my favorite lagunitas beer tastes like a much more expensive beer.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a big mouth wine glass.
L- An orange, bubbly amber, thin head.
S- citrus and pine
Taste follows the nose, rather crisp and malty, with a sour aftertaste. A constant, thunderous rumble of hops upon the tongue, which Feels, Overall, like a stroll on a sunday afternoon. A warm, refreshing pine grove, yet with a chilly sea breeze and a lingering, golden-orange sunset. Aggressive pine: not my cup of tea.

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Photo of Philsadvns
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks good but not great, smells kind of sweet I guess, but also tastes kinda sweet so it makes sense. The malt sort of overpowers the hops in my opinion. Relatively balanced but leans a little malty. Easy to drink though, interesting flavors, nothing crazy but a good beer.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden amber with a medium head that lasts a minute or two. Amazing lacing. Aromas and taste of citrus, apricot and some pine. You can taste the booze as an aftertaste, but it's not too strong. A great DIPA.

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Photo of shiu-chan
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear tea colour on pour with slightly more than an inch thick head. Nice looking head with good lacing.
Honey, apricot, pine and citrus peel.
Great complexity on palate, grapefruit, hops and good amount of bitter astringency.
Overall, a cool IPA that made into my IPA collection list.

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Photo of Schlitz74
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is a hop lovers delight, the hops are definitely at the forefront of this beer. This is a sipping beer do to higher ABV and high IBU. It pours a nice orange color and smell of pine and citrus, and leaves a nice lacing in a tulip glace. Overall a really nice Double IPA.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice golden-amber color
Smell is lovely, clean, apricot. Mild nose, at least at 46F.
Taste is complex, bitter, classic. Evolves a lot in the mouth. Apricot and citrus. A bit malty. Doesn't quite come together as great.
Mouthfeel is very good indeed.
Finish is long, bitter in a slightly astringent way.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber double with nice heading. Great hoppy grapefruit smells which carries into the flavor. Slick texture medium body. Delicious hop feast in this proper double IPA.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

The beer is a clear amber color with lots of carbonation bubbles. There was a mousse-like head that lasted for a long time. The beer had a nice aroma of mild alcohol, floral hops, slight fruit and citrus smells, and maybe a little spice. No noticeable malts. Lots of floral hop flavor and then flavors of citrus fruits. It has a nice sweetness and ends with a nice creamy feeling. The bitterness is not overwhelming and the beer isn't as dry as typical with this style of beer. Great IPA flavors but very smooth and refreshing at the same time.

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Photo of stevoj
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice pungent hop aroma, light amber with foamy beige head. Sticky lacing coats the glass. Taste is sharp and tangy, hops, citrus, caramel. Relatively smooth despite the hops and high %ABV, easy drinker. Nice!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clarity, golden hue. Big, fluffy signature Lagunitas head with tons of diseased lace left behind.

Aromas of oranges, limes, slight onion and oregano.

Flavors of juicy, mellow orange, some grapefruit rind but not overly so, some bready notes, ending on cornbread, cracker, and pink grapefruit.

Feel is thick and juicy, even somewhat creamy, leaving a milky, honey finish on the palate. Nice carbonation level, too.

Overall, Maximus is a very decent IPA. I'd actually have this again. Not bad, not bad at all.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas Brewing is truly one of those brewers that has *it*, and Maximus has *it* as well.

Let me start by noting I am not an IPA aficionado. I enjoy the darker brews and IPAs are those I drink to try something outside the normal for me. But if there were an IPA to make me stop and rethink that approach, this is the IPA to do it. Damn, was it good.

Clear amber color with light carbonation, distinct hues of yellow and orange when you turn the glass for a closer look. Though it doesn't pour a thick head, it has decent staying power with plenty of lacing to speckle the pint. The scent produced is absolutely amazing - a sweet citrusy smell, hints of honey, and all of it mixing perfectly with the perfect touch of hops, artistry at work. Though it was more carbonated than I like and astringent to the tongue, the carbonation dies out quickly and leave a smooth liquid down. The taste matched the smell to perfection, as I was gulping this bad-boy faster than I should and forced myself to slow down to enjoy. In the end, I probably have found what is my most favorite IPA and I think I will be hard pressed to find one better.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tons of sweet fruity, orangy/mango flavors at the beginning, some alcohol heat on the middle, the hops show up on the finish. Sorta sticky, piney hops - nothing off balance. There is a "juicy" sort of taste to the flavor of the hops which makes it very interesting. Lots of malt to hold up the hops but definitely not a Stone or Ballast Point in regards to bitterness levels. Mouth feel is a bit creamy, very nice carbonation. Overall a great double IPA. Some of the double IPAs out there can be a bit overwhelming in terms of alcohol and hops but this one is very balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of TrueOregonian
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- pours 2 fingers length head with lots of carbonation. Amber color

S- orange peel, lemon, grapefruit, floral

T- floral hops taste the most prominent with orange, grape fruit and a piney finish added. Very smooth!


Wow I like the hop stoopid and it has better ratings overall but I honestly like this one better. I think this beer is more well balanced, smoother, and has a better taste profile also.
Both are great though.

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Photo of mpyle
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very pale amber color, brilliantly clear. Pours a biggish white head, quite creamy and long lasting.

Rich malty nose, somewhat gentle fruity hop notes (muted by head?)

Huge hit of malty sweet and fruity hops from the beginning. Not the typical hop bomb DIPA. Stronger malt presence and a softer hop character. Overall skews more heavily sweet than I would like...needs a tweak more fermentation or a bit more bitterness.

Medium-full body, moderate carbonation. Definitely some alcoholic warming.

Not what I expected, but a pleasant big malt, sorta big hop beer. Good aromas and flavors, but skews a little too malty sweet for my liking.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle

Pours deep amber orange with a dense creamy off-white foam head. Smells like dark honey, toffee, caramel, toasted bready malt, brown sugar, mild coconut, pineapple, guava, almost raspberry, some peach, mango, orange, papaya, candied grapefruit, with floral earthy herbal grass and spicy woody pine. Tastes like dark honey malt, some toffee, brown sugar, caramel, toasted bready grain, some orange, candied grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, mango, peach, guava, slight raspberry, with woody floral earthy herbs, dank grass and spicy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice tasting double IPA.

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Photo of taters21
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with about one finger of off white head, some lacing.
Smells mostly of cedar and grapefruit, with some sweetness, and some floral notes.
Hops are almost all up front, and in back, grapefruit is immediate, followed by some pine, then quickly a mlaty sweetness, bitterness at the end is mild, nice.
Mouthfeel is moderate, and viscous, almost syrupy.
Overall, another solid imperial ipa, not one that breaks records in my book, but certainly a good choice, and for the price, lagunitas delivers a lot of bang for your buck, so plus one half star there.

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Photo of woomThomas
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer has a clear golden yellow color. The foam is white with small bubbles. The foam disappears at a leisurely pace, leaving little trace. Aromas of hops, tropical fruit. There are some peach, orange and little flowers. Some sweet notes of syrup. The flavors of the hops, and very little malt. Then comes the passion fruit and pineapple. After that, a fine hops bomb again. Followed by sweet peach, some citrus, orange, a little salt, syrup and pine in the back. Medium body. Moderate carbonated. A little dry and sweet, fresh with just enough bitterness.

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Photo of Squire
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Medium amber gold color with white cap and lacing.

I thought hops would be the most noticeable scent but found malt first. But then hops came thundering after. Malt is medium and hops are sharp spicy green.

Taste is very rewarding. At over 70 IBU I was expecting a hop explosion but that didn't happen, instead the beer showed a truly complex melange of malt/hop mixture. Malt is ever present with an underlying richness to balance the well blended hop recipe. A refreshing hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Full texture.

Overall this one is worth the high marks it receives, just a whopper of an IPA, a biggie size.

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Photo of Erik-P
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

getting a very heavy sweet malt aroma and taste as well. almost smells like a barleywine. None of the hop flavours/smells others are describing. slight bitterness on the back end. No datestamp on the bottle but my guess is this one has a bit of age on it. gonna have to try again fresh!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark orange color, 5/6" white head. Dropped lots of dry hop aroma, nicely done, mostly old school pine and grapefruit.

Taste doesn't impart as much in the way of hops as the aroma did. For whatever reason, I've felt that their pale ale does this better than their ipas. Lagunitas manages to drop a ton of hops without hitting the wallet too hard. This has a little crystal malt, mostly pale malt, stays thankfully out of balance. Hides alcohol nicely.

Like I said, good, but I prefer so many of their other hoppy beers more that impart more than just bitterness for the most part like this one.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- pours a clear Amber color with a two-finger foamy and frothy head that retains long after the pour leaving some lacing behind

S- grainy and malty with notes of fruity hops, as well as some floral and pine notes, toasted grain crackers

T- fruity hops up front with notes of floral and citrus as well, toasted malt mid-palate, more fruitless in the finish

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a crisp finish, high drinkability

O- straight forward DIPA that doesn't really stand out, but drinks just fine for what it is and is highly drinkable

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Photo of portwood
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell: grapefruit, sweet malt, melon, caramel.
Taste: sweet (not syrupy), smooth w/good carbonation, juicy citrus.
Finish: melon, pineapple, caramel, dry grapefruit pith, lemon lingers for a long time
(bottle code 21012017 2)

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Photo of Shroombe
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden amber with a nice thick inch of head into a frozen mug.

Has a very smooth taste with excellent hop flavor.

This makes my list of favorite IPAs. Will be buying again.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 5,669 ratings