Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Average: 4 | pDev: 10%

Reviews: 1,587 | Ratings: 5,671

Ranked #2,404 American Imperial IPA and #5,658 overall.

ABV: 8.20% | Availability: Year-round

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

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Reviews: 1,587 | Ratings: 5,671
Photo of Charthepirate
3.24/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

An interesting DIPA, but nothing spectacular.

Because of being at my parents house with a lack of glass ware, this beer is being reviewed from a green plastic mug. Colors, and clarity is hard to judge.

Smell is intensly grassy and piney. Thick, pungent, and nearly all hops.

the smellforewarned of this beers lack of balance. Especially while cold, this beer is all hops. As it warms a mild simple sweetness comes out to balance the extreme grassy and piney hops.

The intense mouth flavor, and heavy color bely this beers wonderful viscous mothfeel.

A bit too heavy and thick to drink a lot of. A good DIPA, but not amazing.

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Photo of steinlifter
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: a nice amber, decent head, with decent retention,
smell was floral, and complex,
taste: Ahh! that's what's important! good balance of hops and malt,could taste a floral presence, but not as hoppy as the" bum" had described, I thought it was quite balanced and nice, a bit different, from anything I've had before.
mouthfeel: moderately carbonated, a bit of creaminess!
drinkability: as the "bum" told me, "It's not for "Jessies!" it packs a good punch, not that you taste it, but you FEEL it! but, YEAH! I would want to have it again, and it IS totally drinkable, I really enjoyed it!(by myself) lol, thanks again longbeach!

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Photo of CSquared
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber

Appearance: Pours a clear medium copper with a maximus off-white head. Apparently unfiltered, as there was a fair amount of yeasties suspened and forming little colonies in the head. Huge amounts of lace remain.

Aroma: Not too big of an aroma, but pleasant citrusy hops prevail.

Taste/Mouthfeel: It's strongest attribute, sweet maltiness catches the front of the tongue, but quickly moves out of the way for the hops. A balanced malty/hoppy finish. A very clean piney and citrusy bittering. Medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Although I prefer a more aggressive and assertive bitterness to my IPAs, this is a great beer. Alcohol isn't perceivable, and bitterness is so clean, I could quaff quite a few of these.

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Photo of mudhoney
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh the piney, lemony hoppiness!!!!
This beer is a celebration of aroma and pungent citrusy flavors.
This beer has a definite trance that the thick cloudy orange color signals.
A slight caramel aroma and sweetness blends into the background and compliments the hops nicely.
The taste is hops , hops and sweet jesus more hops.
This hops medley is one of the best assembled I have tasted. With a thick and hearty mouthfeel, and a light citrus aftertaste, this beer qualifies as one of the top contenders in my book.

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Photo of Imbiber
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber with a decent off-white head; little visible carbonation without swirling the beer. Decent, hoppy aroma. Taste is big with hops as would be expected, though not as tongue-stiffening as some double IPAs I've had. Hops, hops, hops all the way through to a pleasant finish which lingers on the palate.

Mmmm, hops...

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maximus was served from a 22 oz bottle. In a pint glass, the beer was a vibrant metallic golden-bronze-copper hue, and was topped by an ample, resiliant, and creamy off-white head. The nose was big, fresh, and juicy with a well-developed grapefruit-lime citric and resinaceous (pine) hop bouquet. A perfumy maltiness backed things up nicely. The taste presented a rich and peppery melon-citrus-brown sugur tinged malt profile that carried aloft a spicy-pine-citric zest hoppiness which increased in intensity into the wonderful and perfectly bittered finish. Some spicy brown sugar flavors was carried through into the lingering notes. Pricks of tartness here and there add extra interest and balance. The body was creamy and very smooth, feeling like a soft down pillow in the mouth...really quite nice for the flavors/character of the beer. Overall this is a great brew, and a fantastic deal at $3 a pop, or $2.50 on sale in my case. This would also make an excellent introduction to the double IPA world, considering its restraint in the bitterness department compared to many others of the style...a tasty stepping stone. Good stuff.

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Photo of RBorsato
2.87/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy golden color with a large pillowy beige head. This one was overcarbonated and left clumps of lace ... tons of sediment on bottom of bottle. Flowery, piney, sprucey hop aroma dominates and you can tell by the aroma to prepare for bitterness. All hop (pine, spruce) flavor with little malt character to balance -- very bitter! Seems light bodied due to carbonation and has an intense bitter finish.

I've had before and noted then that this one is very bitter all around... not my type of brew but drink fresh if having again (which I prob will since my wife loves it)...

Per label: "Unlimited Release", 72.41 IBU, 1.080 O.G.

Purchased: 02/14/03 ('02' Emb on bottom)
Tasted: 07/27/04

($5.39 / 22 oz. bottle)

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Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Maximus pours a cloudy copper-orange with some big floaties in it (tons in the second half of the bomber pour). It has a big pillowy off-white head that has great retention and lacing.

Its aroma is piney, floral hops with some citrus notes and some light malt. Not as strong smelling as I would expect.

Its flavor is strong on the hops (spicy, piney and resiny) with a pretty strong bitter taste throughout. It has some sweet and citrusy malt initially. At first the hops dominated, then the sweetness became a little cloying, but as it warmed it balanced out fairly nicely. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than I expected, with a sticky lingering bitterness.

Overall, this is a nice solid DIPA.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange gold and very inviting with a piney, resinous nose. Big mouthfeel with hops aplenty . The balance is just right making this an imperial IPA that is very drinkable. Compare this with I2PA from Rogue and you will find a certain refinement in the Lagunitas offering.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. This pours a hazy amber orange color with a good sized off-white head that dropped down to a coat of bubbles after a few sips. It left good lacing around the glass as it was consumed. Hops fill the nose of this one as citrus and floral hops pretty much take over the smell. Notes of malt sweetness can also be detected through the hoppiness. The taste is lead with a bit of a sharp bitterness that is balanced of by the malty sweetness soon after. Notes of citrus fruits can be detected and there are also slight traces of alcohol. Mouthfeel is very full and creamy and it is very drinkable. Not as bitter and hoppy as most DIPA’s but a good and balanced beer none the less. Definitely give this one a shot.

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Photo of Lafe
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange color. The first thing to hit me was the hop nose, which is substantial. The first taste is dominated by hops, with a hearty malt backbone and a hint of pine and... caramel? The mouthfeel is formiddable, in a good way.

The balance on this is struck right up my favorite line. It runs a line between IPA and Imperial IPA. The hops are more than present without sacrificing the malt backbone, which is tasty in its own right.

What can I say? It's an excellent, excellent example of my favorite style of beer. I'll be buying more of this.

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Photo of faernt
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

OK...this is a tasty one. I've been drinking it for a while (it's a bomber) and I'm moved to review. It pours with a little head which sticks to the sides of the glass. It smells of hops and when I brew my own I'm sure I'll know by the smell which hops I smell. Until them I'll enjoy whatever they are in my ignorant bliss.

This stuff tastes great. Thanks Jim Morris for the swap. I hit a point where I say "this is a beer drinking night" and after starting out with this one I'm on a course this evening. The mouthfeel is substantial. I like this about double IPAs. This beer tastes like other double IPAs I've had (like the Bastards) and Dreadnaught ( Dreadnaught is the ranking leader by a hop cone)

Drinkability...this is such a silly portion of our judging. I would drink his all night but I'd soon fall asleep. It's seriously drinkable but it's7.5%. You tell me how long you can do this one.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a mostly orange color with a decent head that faded but still lingered in its shrunken state. The lacing this thing is leaving is great.

The taste is potent but fairly balanced for the style. This is a well done beer from all angles. The bite comes through in a very pleasing fashion.

I'm enjoying this much more than the normal Lagunitas IPA.

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Photo of aracauna
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty tasty little beer. Surprisingly pale for a beer ringing in at almost 8%. It’s a light amber, very clear on the first pour, with an excellent eggshell head that’s the perfect consistency. It lingers nicely as well. The aroma is intensely hoppy, as is the flavor, but the beer isn’t overly bitter. In fact, if it’s overly anything, it’s overly sweet. The sweetness definitely turns it into a slow sipper.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice orange amber color with a great head-of which about 1/8" remained the whole way down.Nice full aroma of hops but not overpowering compared to some other double IPAs Ive had.Great big hop flavor up front.Malty flavor lingers in the backround.Nice smooth mouthfeel-not too harsh from the hopiness.A good double IPA-really came thru as it warmed in the glass.Not as "in your face" as some others out there-perhaps a good starting point?

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Photo of Crosling
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rustic Orange. Great Head.

Biscuit malt, spicy sweetness, caramel, pine and grapefruit in the nose.

Pretty delicious. West Coast hoppiness. Juicy. Light fruitiness. Great hop flavor with sharp and pungent pine and citrus notes.

Full in the mouth.

I want another.

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Photo of RootedFool
4.8/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Eureka, California.

I was excited to see this, it's not usually available around here and I'm aching to try it out. So here goes.

Pours luminescent amber with a full, puffy white head that's leaving some thin, detailed patterns of lace on the glass and some pea sized bubbles on the surface of the brew.

The smell is up-front sweet, like warm caramel and fresh cotton candy, and the middle -- through to the finish -- shows off a citrusy hop kick not too far in the background.

Taste opens with a narrow jolt of bitterness that is rapidly worn smooth by sweet, delicious malts. The middle is green apple tart, grapefruit bitter -- the sweet and the bitter conjoin effortlessly. The finish lasts long, beginning with the hop bitterness unleashed and zipping around my palate; the sweet malts still hold it down at the base of the flavor, stable as can be. I can still taste the bitterness tingling around my mouth several minutes after my last sip, and the alcohol warms my throat and gut without butting in on the taste.

Mouthfeel is full, palate embracing, and plenty carbonated.

Awesomely balanced yet wicked enough to satisfy my big masochistic hop head.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy yellow golden hue with a fluffy white head of foam, that lasts and lasts. The aromas are very floral, with citrusy hops, and light bready malts in there as well. The taste is quite hoppy up front but very malty in the middle and finish. For a DIPA this really isnt a very hoppy version, but that's why I like it. This brew pulls you in with its fresh, hoppy aroma, and than it backs it up with a lovely use of malts. The mouthfeel is somewhat thick for a DIPA, but it works, and the drinkability is awesome. Yet another solid brew from a somewhat overlooked brewery who do not dissapoint!

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Photo of Reidrover
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought in the 22 oz brown bomber.
Poured into my pint glass, it appears to be a dark orangey brown, darker than the usual IPA..nice persistent creamy white head, attractive looking carbonation.
The aroma? well two words, spicy and hops!
Taste surprisingly is almost forst there is an exspansive malty sweetness..then the hop monster takes over at the back of the tongue..very dry with hints of alcohol.
Very intresting and nice on the palate.
Quite a drinkable ale..IMO..not bad.

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Photo of sideshowrob
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hadn't heard of this brewery until I spotted it at my local supplier. (He suggested it after seeing my cart-load of Old Gaurdian.) Seems it has been unavailable on the east coast for a number of years, but is now back.

I have to admit, my expectations for big IPAs have been steadily going up month by month. This was a very good beer, but not a standout in this category. It did nothing to offend, I just was hoping for a bit more out of it...

Appearance was good for the category. Lovely light golden amber hue. Smell was somewhat subduded. Hops were definately there, but you had to let them waft up to the nose. Taste was good for an IPA, I found it a little bit lacking for an Imperial IPA though. Not sure exactly how IBUs get measured, but this one seemed to come up short for a 72IBU brew. Easy to drink (for a hop-head!), and good mouthfeel. Overall this beer was well balanced, but just not agressive enough for my tastes.

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Photo of jonnylieberman
4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this after a morning of drinking barleywine (yes, I drink in the mornings). Wow. Shocking good, penetrating, different. Felt heavier in my mouth than the barleywines. Yellow in color (lighter than gold).

Lots and lots of yummy flavor. Everything that should be in a beer was there. Different from other "imperial IPAs" (Can somebody think of a better name, please?!? West Coast Hoppy?). Paler in color, and maltier, but not in an overly sweet way. Just about the perfect antidote to a barelywine or any caramilzed beer.

Jason Brentwood roolz!!!

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 22oz bomber with no freshness date anywhere on the label. A gentle pour yielded a murky orange hued brew with plenty of chunkies floating in suspension, a firm and compact vanilla colored head, and a lot of minute streams of carbonation.
This was one "pull no punches" double IPA. A couple easy, then deeper inhalations resulted in a blast of sinus-clearing grapefruit rind and pine needle aromas. An underlying malt base and the faintest whiff of vanilla also were present in the nose. The taste had a creamy maltiness and a faint vanilla flavor (oral illusion, maybe?) before a powerful clean citrus flavor clamped down on the taste buds. The throat searing continued in the finish as the oily pine-laden bitterness of this brew boiled its down down my gullet, leaving behind a pleasant warmth and a hops-blasted palate. The feel was medium-bodied and rich.
This offering from Lagunitas definitely falls into my personal category of "über-IPA"; big, aggressively hopped and packing a punch. It's got a nice balance and isn't quite as tongue-scorching as, say, Ruination. However, it does get pretty close. A tasty brew worth trying out.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured clear and medium amber golden. The head was large and off-white and everlasting sticking around to lace the glass.

The aroma is malty and hoppy. The hop aroma is both citrusy and earthy and has a slight spiciness.

The flavor is citrusy bitter with a strong malt backbone. The beer balance scale is tipped in favor of bitterness. Plenty of hop flavor in this beer.

The finish is hop resins and goes into dry bitterness. The body is medium-full.

Even with this beer being very bitter, it has a good drinkability and is quite refreshing.

22 ounce bottle. IBU 72.41, OG 1.080.

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Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This IPA always delivers a good, consistent hoppy wallop. It's a bold, in your face hop taste, but very pleasing to the palate, and not over the top like a Stone Ruination. Great color, great pour and aroma. Nice lacing in the glass, and true to the taste of the line-up of outstanding California IPA's. Although it's not my favorite, it certainly is in my top ten of IPA's nationwide.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice brew, this one is. Pour produces a medium-golden to light copper colored, clear brew with a very thin, white, fine head. Some lacing, but not a whole lot. (Some sediment was swirled in near the finish). Aroma is fresh and citrussy, with some mild toastiness. Body is pleasantly above medium, heading towards fullness, and it is velvety smooth. Flavor has light malt, with a slight bready, toasty aspect to it with a touch of caramel. More citrussy hops abound here as well, with a refreshing aftertaste sticking in the throat. Very tasty, with thanks to Drewbage for the sample.

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4


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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 5671 ratings