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Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

very good
1,519 Reviews

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 09-22-2001

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Reviews: 1,519 | Ratings: 5,378
Photo of illidurit
2.9/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Deep golden orange color, with quite a bit of yeast floating around. Big tan head, very sticky. Aroma is sweet and caramel malty, with juicy citrus that tends towards sweet rather than sharp/bitter. As a fan of dry and bitter IPAs, this isn't looking good so far. Flavor confirms my suspicions, as this beer is kind of a gooey mess of crystal malt and candied fruit. Totally disregards the tenets of attenuation and drinkability.

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Photo of kennyo
2.9/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

light carbonation, amber/orange color, not much of a head. hoppy aroma, kind of pick some cinnamon? 'flavor, hpos of copurse, bitter but not overly, some malt sweetness. I was looking forward to trying the Lagunitas brand of beers but am pretty dissapointed in this.

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Photo of Crotor
2.91/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear and medium-light amber with one finger of head, lowish retention.

A faint and ghostly prick of starthistle wafts up, but is overall far less assertive than I'd expected...

The hop flavor is certainly more present, broader, and more nuanced than the aroma had implied, but it still falls a bit short. Behind that, the malt body is scant and simplistic.

Overall, an underwhelmer of a DIPA. Feels insubstantial in the mouth, and doesn't do much in the way of hop flavor and aroma. Drinkable, but a waste of time when there are so many better beers out there...

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Photo of Birdmarg741
2.91/5  rDev -26.3%
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 JDV
2.93/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bottles from Beerlando and Liquid solutions. This one from L.S.
Pours clear amber with a nice offwhite and lasting head in a tulip. Smell is caramel mostly and a slighty hoppy twinge to it, but it is very understated for a double IPA. Perhaps the hops have just faded. Flavors of caramel and tea like hops. Mild bitterness, thin, yet syrupy sweet at times. Decent, I guess, but needs more hops, unless this is an old bottle...

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Photo of mactrail
2.94/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Lovely dark amber color with a big pile of foam in the Peroni Lager glass. Lacing and froth galore. Peculiar old fruit aroma.

If I am the only person in the BA world who tastes onions in this, I will spank my tongue. This is just the most peculiar DIPA I have ever tasted. Apricot jam and concrete dust. Woody and bitter.

From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Liticker's Liquor in San Diego. I looked at the Julian date on the neck-- 043 5 1. I hope that's 2015 and not 2011.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.95/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gotta conference call to sit in on in 13 minutes so HURRY....pours a slighty ruddy amber with no real head at all. Almost no carbonation either, means this probably is pretty syrupy, uh oh....Something almost caustic in the nose, like paint thinner. Lots of hops also. And some skunky Mary Jane notes also. Flavor is bright and crisp, and fairly sweet without being cloying. Not sure about this one...Finish is dry and bitter in a good way, but doesn't make up for the overall problems here. Usually pretty well-priced, so if you see it maybe try it.

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
2.97/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Like a lot of lagunitas beers, it sits bitter too long in the after taste. Would rather have a stronger boozy or malt taste. Continue to be surprised they are such a revered brewery...best thing about this beer is the appearance, pours beautifully in a glass.

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Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: minimal inch head, cloudy, orange/brown in color

Smell: honey, some hops, and biscuit

Taste: citrus hop-small pine hops, some honey, and biscuit

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation, semi-sweet start getting more bitter to the end

Drinkability: This to me is a middle of the road imperial IPA. A drinkable beer, but I have had better in the style. Not one to turn down, but not one to seek as well.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

having just tried the incredible lagunitas ipa, i expected something even greater. like a concentrated, more flavorful version of this solid ipa winner..

pours a transparent orange with a healthy head. no carbonation in the body. smells strongly of fresh hops. sweet and similar in nose to the IPA. hoppy and very bitter flavor. light in the mouth though, and too drinkable for a double ipa. for my money, i want more than just bitterness.. i want viscosity, kick, and complexity. its not here.

no aftertaste, seems to be a lagunitas special trait. wont buy again.

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Photo of VALIS666
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aroma of stale peaches, something sour, can't quite place it. Sugars as well. Pours a thin gold, little head, no lacing. Taste is medium sweet and bready, a bit of a hot alcohol aftertaste; not unpleasant, not great. Lagunitas makes a lot of great beers and this just isn't one of them -- thin, sweet, oddly sour.

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

Look: Maximus had an average appearance with light foam.
Smell: Maximus had an aroma of molasses and malt.
Taste: Maximus had a light bitter burnt taste of both hops and wheat.
Feel: Maximus had low carbonation.
Overall: Maximus had a good amount of alcohol content. People who seek a low-carbonation/high-alcohol type beer will enjoy Maximus.
I purchased a bottle of Maximus for $3.99 USD in Glendale, CA/USA.

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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 audiojon
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am noticing a trend with every Lagunitas brew I try- too sweet! I'm not sure if it's the type of malt they use, but every one of their beers tastes a bit sugary to me. This is definitely not what I look for in a DIPA. The hops are there, but they are muted by the malt. I can't recommend this when there are so many better DIPAs out there. Lagunitas, I'm not sure I can try another beer from you...

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Photo of jcalabre
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Originally sampled on 23 June 2002. The head is white & frothy & the beer is cloudy, w/ a dark golden color. A nice hoppy flavor, but it's not as well balanced as some others I've had. You can definitely taste the alcohol; I prefer a beer where the alcohol flavor is hidden. What I didn't like was that it did not have a very clean finish.

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Photo of Mancer
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear amber with a two finger high off-white head. There was decent lacing visible. The initial smell of the beer was that of citrus and pine hops. The initial taste of the beer were the citrus hops, which paved the way to some earthy tones and pine. It finished with a barley like presence. The brew had a medium body with light carbonation.

Overall this was a decent beer. What threw me off with the flavor was the barley, which I don't like tasting in a DIPA. Also, for a DIPA, this had a rather non present bitterness. I was hoping for something to atleast give my mouth some bite, but this brew lacked. In general, I'd recommend any DIPA lovers out there to try, but that's about it, don't be picking this up again.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a Stone pint glass

A-Clear light copper color, small head for vigorous pour that disappeared in no time.

S-Not getting a whole lot here. For a DIPA (really?) where are the hops? I'm picking up some malts and citrus, though.

T-A bit of piney hops, nice bitterness but this is certainly no ibu monster. Citrus, with much more maltiness than I prefer in an IPA. I'm not enjoying it a whole lot.

M-Medium body, the carbonation is a touch heavy for my tastes.

D-I'm sure there are some that can and do use this as a session beer, but not for me. Can't see myself drinking more than one. It was too much of an effort to get through.

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Photo of gregshead
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank on 4/7/11. Reviewed from notes:

A: Amber hue, not a lot of head. Dissipates quickly

S: Lots of caramel on the nose. Some grapefruit smell in the background.

T: Lots of malt through. Some astringency. Hop presence is much lower than most other West Coast DIPAs. Some grassy aftertaste.

M: Some good carb. Caramel flavors give it a little heavier of a feel

O: Nothing bad, just average in most every way which is not what I expect from Lagunitas beers. Typically they hit the spot. This one, I'm not sure I'll go back for it. Plenty of other DIPAs that I prefer to retry before this one.

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Photo of BillyBroas
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma - Floral hops. Not much in the way of sweetness.

Appearence - Clear orange-copper. Nice 1-finger head that dissapears quickly.

Flavor - Sharp bitterness right away. Pretty one sided in the way of hops. I was waiting for balance from the malt, and some finally came through as it warmed.

Mouthfeel - Really like the feel of this one. Thick, syrupy, and smooth. Soft of the palate.

Not a bad IPA but not the best that I've had. Nothing really stood out as amazing.

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Photo of Guden
3.07/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Slightly coppery gold with a thin almost white head which leaves little lacing.

Smell - Theres a lot going on here. Up front: fruitiness of strawberries and grapefruit with other citrus tones a little more subdued. Further back in the smell is a little caramel sweetness and a hint of alcohol.

Taste - Unfortunately all those great fruit flavors from the nose are lost in this mess. Up front is bitterness and a muddled malt taste, followed by lots of bitterness and a bit of alcohol. Theres really nothing much to say except that the bitterness overwhelms everything except the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Medium-low body with a lot of carbonation, seems a little more carbed than I would have liked and a little thinner than would have benefited the maltiness.

Drinkability - Probably wouldn't want another one of these if I had the chance, its super strong, super bitter and not too exciting. Theres nothing overly bad about it however and I don't mind the bitter levels other than that they overwhelm the others.

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Photo of joshuadlight
3.07/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a goblet.
I was very let down by this beer. For a brewery that makes a DIPA as outstanding as Hop Stoopid, this one is just as much of a disappointment.
Big chunks of sediment float throughout the liquid and I got no foam even from a generous pour. The lack of bubbles no doubt stunted the smell which was little more than faint malt notes and some resiny floral notes. I sipped on it a while but never got into the flavor. It was like a watered down old ipa. I was just frustrated by it the whole time.
I won't absolutely murder it in this review, since it has pretty good overall reviews and there is a chance that I had an off bottle. Otherwise, I was not impressed.

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Photo of epicness
3.07/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper colored. Pretty close to a light brown. Some nice foam and lacing.

S - Pine and citrus. Caramel also. Smells pretty good. Definitely like the smell and this isn't my normal style of beer.

T - Pretty much follows the smell. Hops and malt up front with pine. The citrus takes a major backseat, it's hard to even taste. I like the smell better than the taste.

M - Light to medium bodied with a bitter finish. Pretty high carbonation. Can totally feel the bubbles that are rising up to the top consistently in the glass on my tongue with the entire taste of this brew.

D - It's a pretty drinkable taste. If I was a huge fan of the taste I could definitely drink it a bunch. I can totally see how some people would LOVE this beer though.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer looks better then it tastes. It is a nice apricot color with a small head that fades quick. It is lightly carbonated which is kind of nice. It smells of citrus and is kind of earthy. It tastes like it smells, and is kind of unimpressive. I can barely make out the hops in this IPA. It is good for those who like ales and want to start down the path to real IPA's.

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Photo of rjp217
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Overly malty, not very balanced. It is highly drinkable for the ABV though. Just not one of my favorites with all the great hoppy offerings out there.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy light copper with a faint, yellowish hue. Eighth inch white head that quickly dissolves, becoming patchy.
Smell is heavy on the malts, with a some hops underneath. Faint pineapple and grapefruit. Little bit of sugar.
As with the smell, the malts (which are heavy and sweey) dominate the taste, with the hops being quite subdued. Some brown sugar and mushy, overripe pineapple. Slight citrus touch on the finish.
Mouthfeel is fairly flat & sticky. Medium body, with a little bit of crispness on the finish.
Average drinkability. Too sweet to want more than the one bomber.
Interesting film noir-esque anecdote on the bottle. I hope the narrator wasn't expecting a particularly hoppy beer.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,519 ratings.
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