Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cool--burnt orange color w/ gold highlights--pretty in the glass. Good lace but head fell flat after a very high pile of off white foam was served. Strong nose--grapefruit in your face--clena and strong. Clearly bitter on the taset but a hint of the oily flavore, light fruit w/ spice, almost like the interplay of sweet and sour sauce, but fruit and spice. Good, fun pint.

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Photo of BeerZack
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Orangish-amber or a dark honey color with a nice soft head.

Some pine and citrus fruit stand out from a malty sweetness.

Soft lightly roasted caramel maltly flavor with pine resin, grapefruit and some earthy spice.

Really soft and smooth mouthfeel that suits the style well.

One of the most drinkable double IPAs around here... but I just call it an IPA.

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Photo of loren01
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours slightly cloudy copper color. Fair sized white head, good lacing
S: Good mix of biscut malt, fruits, caramel and piney hops
T: Taste is pretty well balanced. Sweet and fruity up front. Good strong hop bite aftertaste
M: Medium to full bodied, a little bit thick and syrupy
D: Very good beer, nicely balanced. I think a person who loves hops would love this beer as would a person who leans more toward malty beers.

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Photo of prototypic
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a clear, copper color with a modest one finger head. Retention was a bit short and lacing was decent.

Smell: Grapefruit and other citrus scents (orange and mango) are rolling off the top. Gives it a sweet smell. Hops are piney and very noticeable. A bit of caramel or toffee malts appear to be there, as well.

Taste: Citrusy sweet. Primarily grapefruit with some orange looming underneath. Hops are definitely piney and bitter. Very well balanced by caramel malts. Slight hint of wood chips and vanilla on the tail.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied and lightly carbonated. It's smooth and sessionable in my book. I could drink this all night. Overall, very impressive.

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Photo of Mandrake
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark orange with a large off-white head forming quickly and lasting very well, with some good lacing left behind. Herbal hops dominate, with plenty of pine and citrus showing as well. Light yeasty note. Taste is hoppy, to be sure, but doesn't quite kick me the way a DIPA ought to. Opens with the floral/herbal bouquet, which gives way slowly to a citrus finish, with a long grapefruit kiss lingering on the palate. Malts are pretty nondescript, and don't quite provide the needed depth with a milder DIPA like this one. Mouthfeel is good, nice body and plenty of carbonation, and drinkability is excellent. Good beer, though not quite the over-the-top-hops that the "double" label promises.

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Photo of WAP
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice clear orange with a frothy, off-white head. The smell is quite unique and intriguiing to me - a very piney nose with hints of citrus (lemon?). The taste is almost medicinally sweet up front with a pronounced pine hop finish that is more aromatic than bitter. A nice crispness on the end keeps the beer from being either cloying or harshly bitter. Very well balanced and interesting, but perhaps not my favorite in flavor profile

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Photo of marcobrau
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think this bottle has some age, but the effects are positive. There's the same pine tar sort of hop nose that I recall, but it is muted somewhat -- just a touch. What I really dig about this particular bottle is the tobacco leaf sort of hoppy dryness. This flavor comes on top of the toasted malt that puts the blast of spicy and piney hops in balance. The mouthfeel is smooth and adds to the appeal. There's a good smack of bitterness in the finish. The body isn't as dense as some other strong IPAs. This Lagunitas beer aren't that complicated, but they are tasty.

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Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber orange, head that falls pretty quickly, lots of lacing. S: Piney hops up front, sweet citrus, pineapple, some floral notes. T: Lots of hops, a lot of fruit taste in here...pineapple, grapefruit, strawberry...especially in the finish. The hops are pretty well balanced with the sweeter notes. M: Pretty moderate all around, not too thick, not too thin. Moderate to high carbonation. D: It's a pretty nice beer, though I think the citrus is a litte overpowering. I might buy it again.

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Photo of rkuhnel
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bottle. Red and gold color. Not quite amber, not quite orange. Unique color and nice to just look at. White head looked like a small cauliflower. Lots of faint aromas, but hops dominated. Despite the high alcoholic content it drank very well. The last drop was as good as the first drop. This one is a real winner. Since I first rated this I have had a chance to rate many more beers and ales, and so I decided to go back and have another 22 oz bottle. I simply have to raise my rating a little. What makes this so very good in my opinion is great balance.

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Photo of Contra
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Fairly clear, but also a nice amber color.

Smell - Excellent floral bouquet mixed with pine.

Taste - Well, it's pretty much everything you DIPA - again, piny with floral notes. Bitter, yes, and perhaps overwhelming for the timid. But that's what you get in this style.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, smooth, with the ideal amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - One 750 mL bottle is enough, but it is enjoyable.

Overall, this beer is a fantastic value. A 22 oz. bottle for $3.50 (at least at my distributor) will keep me coming back when I'm looking to not spend too much. Sure, there are plenty of better IPAs out there, but as far as value, this is a great choice.

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Photo of jdoncbus
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

brew date unknown. poured into pint glass - rich amber appearance finger and a 1/2 head. Good amount of lacing.

smell is of citrus and mild malt.

nice firm hop bite with malt presence, alcohol produces a pleasing, mild warmth. pleasant after taste.

an outstanding brew and a good session beer for a hop-head but pay attention to the alcohol content..

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big head, but it thins quickly. Color is an orange-y copper. Light and thin catacombs of lace develop.

Aroma offers big crisp hops...fresh, clean and vibrant. A bit of a sugary thing happening too. Smells candylike, sweet.

Flavor is pretty much what the aroma hints at: big hops, crisp and fruity, with a sugary sweetness backing it up. It sizzles in the mouth, and this, along with the vibrant flavors, could make this a pretty aggressive beer, but the thinner mouthfeel and that overriding sugary sweetness give it some balance. After awhile, a grassy bitterness coats the mouth.

Clearly one for the hop connoiseur...not the most extreme of the hoppy beers, but a relatively unique one and one that does something interesting with the mighty flowering vine.

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Photo of jj21
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in the Horse & Plow
Pours a blazing orange with a thick, creamy white head. Huge citrus hops on the nose with grapefruit and pine. Great bitterness with the usual West Coast IPA charactoristics. Finishes with a mild alcohol burn. For such a big beer, it's very light and crisp. So heavy on the hops, maybe a one or two maximum for Maximus.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber to auburn brew with a large frothy head. Tons of lacing all down the sides of the glass.

S - HOPS!!! Simcoe notably. A bit of caramel malt is decernable.

T - Hoppy pine flavors with a bit of caramel malt backing. Aftertaste is a pleasant malty finish.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, refreshing.

D - Pretty great. Worth a try. A delicious hoppy beer and it smells amazing. I am going to have to have this again when I live closer to Lagunitas next year.

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Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper, off-white head, very little retention, some lacing.

S: HOPS! Very piney, with hints of grass, floral & citrus aromas as well.

T: Very hop forward: Pine, grass, citrus. Very bitter (a little rough, plenty of cohumulone from the hops). Slight underlying caramel flavour (but not much else from the malt). Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Moderate full body, creamy, slightly acidic.

D: Surprisingly good for it's strength & IBU's.

A must-try for hop heads.

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Photo of BWMKappaSig
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice West Coast IPA, it's got a great copper color with a ton of lace after the head settles. The smell is fantastic, and the taste has a really pleasant bitterness. A good beer within a great style. One of my favorites to drink, I'm glad it's now sold in 6 packs here in Connecticut and not just Bombers.

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Photo of cktison
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in pint glass
A: Very slightly cloudy amber/orange, nice head, remains for awhile
S: Metal, pungent, hops and pine and grapefruit... this is going to be strong...
T: STRONG. Take enamel off of your teeth. Hops, hops, hops. Citrus and bitter and very overwhelming. You get some other malts and sugars after a few sips, but at first, all hops.
M: Bitter, carbonated. Ends smooth
D: Great taste, but difficult to do a whole 20 oz. This is sharp and bitter, but still amazing flavor.

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Photo of Wildman
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Surly Girl:

This beer poured a cloudy dark amber color and formed an off white foamy white head that slowly subsided, leaving laticed lace on the glass. The aroma was of hops, citrus, pine and a touch of caramel. The flavor was of citrus, pine and caramel. It had a medium light body with a slight creamy aspect to the the bittersweet finish. A touch sweeter than I like my ipas, but a very good beer.

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Photo of udubdawg
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.
This stuff is, simply put, disappointing. I love their IPA, and expected more. I'll give it another try when I can, as I continue to hope for better things from this beer.
Hazed light amber color, with a thin off-whte head and little retention. I few spots of lace here and there.

Hmm, a bit light in the aroma. Was expecting more of a fresh hop blast. Hops are definitely the dominant part, but they seem muted. I don't think this bottle has been sitting long. Taste is undeniably good, but maybe I've just had too many world class double IPAs lately. Bitterness is right up front. A little too sweet overall, and what's with that medicinal feel? Quite a lot of pale malts, but while the aromas seem melded together, this somehow doesn't quite fit. Bitter returns at the finish with a little alcohol warming - nice.

Nice crisp carbonation and medium body. Decent beer, and of a style I love, so I'm sure I'll have it again. Went down very easily - this is one where though the flavor isn't addictive, I could still drink a lot of it. Probably deserves a slightly higher score, but I can't quite bring myself to give it straight 4's.

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Photo of bosco7
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very attractive ale; copper in color with nice big head. Smells better than it tastes. I dectect some metalic flavors up front. Flavors include: lots of caramel malt, strawberry, and orange rind. I am kind of disappointed that there isn't more hop flavor in this brew (I was expecting maxed out flavor and aroma from something named MAXIMUS). Ends with moderate bitterness for the style. Has a slight carbonation bite.

Overall a nice Double IPA, not amazing though. I have had "single" IPAs that were packed with more hop flavor. Good for a grocery store buy.

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Photo of tavernjef
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light coppery gold color with a slight smear to its overall clear body. A small, compact, white head of fluffy foam sits a top briefly before settling to a heavy skim and lots of lacing.

Soft aroma at first of orange peel and pith, some peach and pineapple add some sweeter notions and there's some lurking pine notes to it too. Becomes more pungent as it sits.

Taste is of orangey citrus stuff that's been paled down and slapped around with some pine oils and peach fuzzyness. Starchy and low toned bitterness and some dry notes of wood and citrus pith control a leveled balance as it finishes with a slight toasted edge and a shorter pine draw.

Feel is semi oily and kinda beefy in a middle ground medium to full body. Has a nice balance of citrus flavors and toasty bittered hops of pine. Creamy overall with a subtle dry pull and a gradual grab of toasty bite in the hops.

A decent enough brew to drink a bunch of, but nothing to spectacular when it comes to the Dbl IPA's I tend to favor. Perhaps a little short lived and underwhelming for my tastes. But pretty solid. It won't be a problem drinking more.

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Photo of ericj551
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Maximus pours a slightly hazy light copper with a thick sticky head that leaves a thick ring of lacings marking every sip on the glass. Aroma is light, sweet malt and heavy citrusy hops. Taste is very bitter, but nicely rounded with malty sweetness, more so than I expected at 7.5%. The hops are citrusy, orange and grapefruit with some herbal flavor. I love the simple label and quote on the side of the bottle!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very hazy bright orange with a big billowing white pillow like head and a slow fade leaving a nice lace down the sides. Smel was sweet, with a big citrus hop presence. Lots of orange, pineapple and tangerine flavors, balanced nicely with hints of carameled sugar and a touch of alcohol. The taste was very nice, warm, with lots of hoppy bite. Very smooth, and no real hint of alcohol whatsoever. This was very nice and a definate keeper, good solid IIPA and something I would definatly wanna have again!

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Photo of AltBock
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. stubby bottle with a label that has to made out of recycled paper because of the roughness of the paper. It has usual Lagunitas offerings on the label. That means it has "Lagunitas" in red letters, the drunk depressed Lagunitas symbol of Petey the Dog next to that, hop plants in the 4 corners, the name of the beer in big black letters, the rest of the name in small green letters, it's O.G. (1.080), ABV% (7.5%), I.B.U. (72.41) and where the brewery is located. This one is a tad bit different by having a saying around the green square that contains all of the main label in it. It basically says that Xtreme is better than normal and then goes into a short gibberish rant. To the left of the label and to the right of the Government warning is the word "Limited Release" in big red military style letters. To the right of the label is just the refund price, net contents and their saying of "Life is Uncertain. Don't Sip." They list the net contents of hops, malt, hops, hops, yeast, hops water, and hops. Hopefully they can back up that statement on how much hops is in this. No date anywhere, except for that "Limited Release" saying, so I guess this means it's some kind of late winter early spring seasonal. Served in a Snifter.

This Lagunitas brew poured a dark rusted copper color with a glimmer of sunshine yellow at the bottom of the beer. It had a small quarter of an inch head of white foam that quickly dissipated away into a few white and foamy rings and a spatter of fizzy white bubbles that acted as its lace. The aroma was a bit on the light side featuring some citrus hops, a pine tree, a pinch of caramel malts, and some grapefruit that had some orange zest behind it. When it warms up a bit, a slight aroma of sweet juicy fruits emerges from the background. For something they say is brewed with hops, malt, hops, hops, yeast, hops water, and hops, it's actually quite tame in the bitter department. It was hoppy, but not that hoppy. Behind the tame citrus hops is some pine, grapefruit, and some toasted malt. It only had a small aftertaste of citrus hops and pine. This has to be one of lightest DIPA I've had so far. In the massive world of IPAs, this one needs to stick out a little more because it's easily forgettable in that world. In you want to get into the world of DIPAs or any kind of IPAs, then you should start off with this one, due to it being a very mild IPA or DIPA. For me, this one is enough. I doubt I'd buy this Lagunitas brew again.

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Photo of wolffman17
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maximus is crystal clear amber-orange. The head falls quickly, but there's plenty of sticky lace left behind.
The aroma is sweet and hoppy. Aromatic and fragrant with plenty of citric and floral hops.
Flavor is all hops. Wonderful grapefruit bitterness. It's a little harsh, though, and slightly metallic. The bitter aftertaste lingers for quite a while.
Easy drinking for a double or a big IPA....maybe it's more of a Double IPA, Jr. Forget's a fine ale worth your time and money to experience.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,523 ratings.
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