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

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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 1,586 | Ratings: 5,669
Photo of RoyalT
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Deep, cloudy orange in the body with a boatload of sediment. The head was big and frothing and laced the glass. This one was gorgeous.

Smell – Complex mix of hops dominated by pine and floral. This one smells bitter as all get out.

Taste – Definitely one to take note. The noticeable caramel malt balance is the only thing keeping it from the extreme Brutal Bitter category, but this one is bitter as endive.

Mouthfeel – A little bigger than medium-bodied and dry as shit.

Drinkability – After the tasting notes, I chugged half the bottle in about five minutes until the wife grabbed it out of my arms (she loves bitter beer). This one was awesome!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A hazy copper color, pours a bit on the thick side with an off cream to tan colored head that is fairly thick and lasting. A hoppy aroma with notes of fruit and citrus, perhaps some aromas of a blooming field of some type of flower. A full mouth-feel, quite thick for an IPA, even for a strong one. This was yester-years American Barley-Wine. The hops are there, but not as up front as I was expecting. A sort of orange-nectar hop flavor. This beer is quite malty as well. Lightly sweet, which gives this beer a hop nectar type taste. This beer was not as bitter or hoppy as I was expecting. It is pretty good though. I is a bit too thick for my taste though.

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Photo of Dmann
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a beautiful beer! This one poured a gorgeous amber color with a perfectly foamy white head. I must also note, the bottle was very cool indicating not only the ABV but the IBU's and the OG. The beer had a wonderful hoppy citrus scent with a healthy dose of pine and a great malt sweetness. The taste was incredably smoothe and more balanced than I thought it would be. There were a lot of hops for sure, but they were not overberaring and were balanced out wonderfuly by the malt, slight peppery spice and the silky smoothe mouthfeel. At 7.5%, this beer could do some serious dammage, but it is so easy to drink that I just might have to take that risk!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Now this is truly foam and this is one of the most difficult pours had my pint at a complete 30 degree angle at the beginning of the pour I have four fingers of head on it, well it appears a wonderful copper orange hue with massive copious amounts of off white frothy head, did I mention the loads and loads of hop particles floating in my pint I love it. These west coasters sure do know how to hop a beer! Aroma: Huge citrus and pine tones flood the senses but the just as massive amount of malt in this beer is prevalent in the scent very rich and fulfilling on all levels what a beer. This beer is as heavenly as the ocean breeze it's just way to nice, a smell that is all by itself a must try. Taste: Honey syrup tones lie beneath a wave of juicy hop citrus and pine and earthy goodness what a friggin beer we have here. So many layers of hops within the beer yet so complex with malt sweetness and don't get me started on the texture. Mouthfeel: Full bodied as they come with chewy texture gelatinou head adds to this experience there are proteins and texture in the foam by itself whenn blended with the beer, all I can say is wow. Drinkability: Despite all of these huge massive tones of flavor, aroma, appearance, this beers drinkability is increased by the complexity alone and once you taste and fully enjoy this cherished beer than you'll be able to relate to this review seek this one out yet this is an original experience from beginning to end of the beer.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big, cream-colored, dense head on a slightly hazy, dark orange beer. Clumpy, sticky lacing. The smell is grapefruit/citrus hoppy. Sweetish too. Holy hops, Batman! Tons of grapefruit hoppiness in the front. But then the middle gets nicely sweet and malty... almost candy-like. There are some nice nuts in the hopperrific finish. Major bitter aftertaste. Yum.

This is just a big, hoppy, sugary IPA. Like candied grapefruit peel. Sometimes Lagunitas is hit-or-miss for me. This one's definitely a hit.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown color. Medium Head. Extremely hoppy IPA, some maltyness. Very full flavor, nearly chewy. Smooth maltyness. Finish is smooth and crisp. Aftertaste is bitter. High alcohol 7.5%.. A very strong IPA. Not for everyone, but a very interesting beer.

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Photo of beerinator
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish golden, off-white rocky head. Retention is slight.

Aroma: Very sweet malty aroma at first, with the hop smell dominating.

Taste: Sweet caramelly malt up front, citrusy bitterness blasts in on the middle of the tongue, and the finish is quite smooth. Alcohol content is deceiving. Seems fairly balanced. The mouthfeel feels nice.

Notes: Even though this shouldn't be considered a session beer, this one is quite drinkable. The alcohol content is a little high, but I could see myself drinking quite a few of these.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A brilliant, crystal-clear amber body reveals deep gold highlights when held to the light. Its short head of creamy off-white foam holds well before dropping to a thin surface covering; and leaves some very nice lace throughout the glass. Perfumey, floral, citrusy (mild grapefruit) and piney hops greet you in the nose over a delicate, caramel-laced malt. It's quite engaging and very welcoming; although not as brash as some of the bolder IPA's tend to be! Nice! The body is medium and it's lightly crisp in the mouth. All of the variety of hops found in the aroma dominate the flavor profile; and it's caramel-laced and biscuity malt acts as support. It's exceptionally well-balanced for such a boldly hopped beer. It boasts a 7.5% alcohol content and it displays a bold, drying bitterness that carries over into the aftertaste with some lingering hop flavor. Overall, it's a very clean and straightforward American IPA that maintains a great deal of balance and offers a clean, fresh, hoppy, and malty character! Impressive! One to try.

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Photo of StevieW
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber bottle. Hazy dark copper color. Fluffy tan head. Sticky hop bubbles on the side of the glass. Rich fresh hop aromas, full rich Cascade snap. Fresh squeezed grapefruit. Taste and smell are spot on for a west coast IPA. Sticky, resiny, and earthy bitter hop flavor and slightly toasted malt undertones. A touch less hoppy, but more full malt backbone than the Bear Republic version I had last night. Not sure if that's either good or bad. Hop freshness cleanses the palate and leaves a bitter, crisp finish on the tongue. Puckering hole on the tongue. Crisp and clean, medium bodied, and very tasty. I had this with grilled chicken spinich salad with grated horseradish cheese. Very good taste and well worth the effort to track down.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle
An IPA for hop heads and nobody else. Pours a cloudy golden orange. The head disappears quickly and there is not much lacing. The scent is citrus and hoppy. A tiniy bit of malt is apparent.

The flavor is huge citrus grapefruit. A bit of a hop bite and not much malt. There is a slight malt flavor at the finish where the IPA smooths out a bit. A very nice bitterness if one is a hop head.

Non hop heads stay clear of this IPA. Stand down I say to non hop heads.

It has a bite and a crispness to the finish. Hop heads will say it drinks well, people who favor other beers will not.

I enjoyed this IPA. It gave me a real kick. I could not drink it on a regular basis though.

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Photo of TPoling
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Maximus is back! This brew pours a bright and deep golden with impressive head retention and lace. The malt is not very upfront, but definitely a polite and sweet presence beneath an abundance of glorious hops. A little grassiness and a big, big finish. The aftertaste lingers like an old friend that you don't mind if he sleeps on your couch and raids the refrigerator.

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Photo of ecoboy
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delightful. IMO, how strong AND hoppy should be done, all the way around.

Big bubbles in the head atop a reddish golden ale.

Very fruity aroma with appropriate grass notes. "Clean" in aroma and taste, while still remaining complex in the numerous hop charachteristics. Pronounced bite masks the alcohol warmth. Delicious and even refreshing for something so strong.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.82/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

OK, if a bottle has a picture of a dog on it, it automatically gets a point taken off. Thankfully, Lagunitas opted to go for the plain white label with this one, though I am about willing to take a point off for the stupid, wanna-be clever diatribe on the back of the bottle.
OG=1.080, 72.41 IBU, 7.5% ABV.

Slightly cloudy orange brew forms a nice-sized white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is pungent with grapefruit, sharp citric hops, with cloaked, faint suggestions of oranges, apples, and toasty grains. Carbonation is moderate. Taste begins with over the top citric hops with semisweet pale and crystal malts, followed by a lightly toasted, intensely bitter dry finish. This is an example of dumping a ton of hops into a brew and calling it an IPA, throwing balance and drinkability to the wind. The dry mouthfeel and overzealous acidity give me a bad case of reflux, but at least the zesty burps make up for it. Typical West-Coast over the top hop taste, but absolutely horrible drinkability.

If they spent as much time on their brewing as they did on their prose, they might be able to eek a winner out of this train-wreck of a beer.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
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 BierReise
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice California IPA but these are beginning to be predictable. Nice fluffy head atop a deep copper ale. First whiff reminded me of grape jelly and I have no idea why. After poured aroma became more hoppy and piney. Smooth and balanced with an adequate hop and malt presence. A litle bitter on the finish but still a decent brew.

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

Beer Bargain! $2.99 for a Bomber of IPA Maximus. A high quality thick parchment type paper label proudly pronounces the contents as Lagunitas IPA Maximus. Specifications neatly included (& very much appreciated) on the front label, these are; I.B.U. 72.41, O.G. 1.080, ALC. 7.5% ABV. It also proudly states that it is an “Unlimited Release” and “Doggone Good!” It also has a rambling diatribe monologue on the right hand side of the label. WTF? This reminded me of learning about Computational Fluid Dynamics – it is complete bollocks unless you understand what the hell is going on in the mind of the creator. Label Translator please!?!?

Appearance: Hazy amber color that has a look like orange barley sugar boiled sweets that I used to buy as a child in England. A slightly off-white head retains a collar-like presence, and laces the glass with a crusty shot-blasted lace.

Nose: All I get is ‘just’ fresh hops, a rather restrained nasal attendance overall though.

Taste: A great “Saturday night at home watching the TV” beer. No way will you fall asleep halfway through this beauty, Oh no, it won’t let you!! Marvelous entrance is dominated by fresh hops; the bitterness builds in strength, and lingers in the finish, as does the citric aspect of the beer. Maltiness is rather one-dimensional throughout, but it fights to get through and occasionally does. The Malt and Hops continually and secretly plotting against each other, yet neither dominate, they seem to work together well.

Mouthfeel: Increases proportionally with time. A slowly building, solid, swirling, smooth, but well-defined bitterness encapsulates the cheeks. The tongue lashes out in an effort to capture the remnants of the beer once swallowed. Quite something!

Drinkability: Maybe I am becoming alcoholic, but this one slipped down with little problem. Enticing hop bitterness & a balanced presentation, all aid the Drinkability. This is definitely a beer that is more than the sum of its components.

Overall: Another great IPA, I suppose you could even call this a Double-IPA. Whatever you want to call it, or label, or pigeon hole it as, I like this offering from Lagunitas, and given its bargain for quality/strength price – it is well worth it!!!

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Photo of beernut7
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This goes into the book as a moderate IPA. Pours a clear light amber color with an impressive creamy head. The aroma is mild and floral with a small rounded malt to it. Initially light body with a quick smooth malt flavor followed by a decent floral hop spice. The body barely helps emphasize the malt by the light texture creates an easy drinking ale. Not a bad amount of bitterness, but not a beast by any means.

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Photo of DarthMalt
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Note: I popped this one a little early, so it was quite warm and fuzzy for this review]

Cali bombers RULE!

Pours "real-beer," regal amber with a "real-beer," rock-of-ages head. Super nose reveals strong, full, dextrine body, with hops solely playing the role of understudy for balance--which is quite signifigant, to hold up a body like this one. Floral/oaky notes give a full-frontal flash for shock value, and then quickly tuck away, leaving the receiver in wait for the next peek.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After spending Saturday night drinking Stone IPA on tap in San Diego, I popped a bomber of Maximus in the comfort of my own home on a late Sunday afternoon and was quite pleasantly surprised. It pours more or less standard issue IPA color: golden with a hint of orange. The head is white and foamy and leaves a little layer on top of the beer to the bottom of the glass. The smell is aggressively hoppy but not overwhelmingly so. Aromas of grapefruit and pine float over the glass. In the first few drinks, the hops really seemed to dominate, but things come together nicely after that. Underlying the hop bitterness is a nice sweetness that becomes a bit more pronounced as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is good, and it goes down well for a beer if its ABV and IBU. This is my favorite Lagunitas so far.

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

From a 22oz bottle, this IPA pours a rich and almost ruddy golden color. The head retention was nice, and the head itself was really tight, small bubbles. cool.

The aroma was a bit green. The smell is that of barn, or like the tractor pulling the hop bails. Maybe its they use Nuggets. The maltines compliments the hops well. The sweetness matches well with the bitterness. The body (it is 7+%) is significant, and makes for its own beer session.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big white head, dark orange color. Aroma: fresh, floral, fruity, hoppy. This is self-hyped as highly hopped, hence the boastful name, but on first sip, I'm not overwhelmed. First impression: a more alcoholic extra pale ale, but not the hoppiest of IPAs by a long shot. Smooth palate, medium body, easy-drinking.But overall, a disappointment.

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Photo of Gusler
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another “Big Bad Boy” from Lagunitas, and a challenger to Stone’s great line of IPA’s. The color of the beer as it breathes away in the glass is a murky golden amber and the head preposterous in size, frothy in its texture as it degrades; it leaves a thick sheet of lace to cover the glass. Hops dominate the nose, with the underlying malt and citrus crispness I so admire in quality IPA’s, what a pleasure for the senses. It starts sweet and the top middling in mouth feel and the finish all “Hops”, with a moderate carbonation and a droughty aftertaste, another winner in my humble opinion from a great brewery.

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Photo of ADR
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy bright oxidized copper color with a gusher of a head. Tames in about a minute to 1/4 of an inch and foam laces respectably. Hoppy aroma, oily and gravelly citrus rinds that set the nose hairs off. Hopped-up flavor, but not four alarm burning -- more of a sense of candied orange rinds that sit at one high level of bitterness. There is an underpinning of brown sugar malts in this beer that is more noticeable on warming. Finishes slightly thin, but refreshing...a nice bomber, here.

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Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange copper color with a thick and creamy white head that does a great job of clinging to the sides of the glass while drinking. Strong floral hops in the aroma with notes of lemon and orange peel. The I.B.U. is a 72.41, so as you might expect, it’s quite bitter. Hop resins dominate the flavor with notes of tart, fresh grapefruit. A definite treat for hopheads out there. I don’t necessarily consider myself to be a hophead, but I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of MAB
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice person brought me a bottle of this. You need friends who bring you beer that you can't normally get...

This was a very bitter IPA, perhaps the bitterest I've ever had. No problem, I like bitter.
I found the head to be too foamy, but it may have been a result of the glass I was forced to use (old).
The alcohol level is true to the style but doesn't add a lot of mouthfeel. A tasty, tasty, brew, but only for true "hopheads".

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 5,669 ratings