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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: 5,374
Photo of mmmbeer
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. stubby with no freshness date but the label tells me it has 72.41 IBUs. The beer has a clear, dark copper body and a finger of tan head that leaves some lacing. It smells of white grapefruit with a malty background and hints of tropical fruits and apricot. There is a big bitterness with a good malt backing and flavors of leafy/green hops, apricot, biscuity malts, faint tropical fruit, lingering hop oils, and a sweetness that creeps in near the end. It has a sturdy mouthfeel that is lightly numbing and drying, with prickly carbonation that seems almost artificial on top of a medium body that has a fairly long finish. Overall it's tasty enough, but the mouthfeel is a bit awkward, as it took an hour for the carbonation to smooth out enough to be tolerable.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark amber garnet with a moderately sized frothy head that dissipated rather quickly. A mix of piney and herbal hops hit up front first with citrus bringing up the rear in the mix. I get a good balance of malt with caramel aromas doing a good job of keeping the hops in check. Subtle alcohol in the nose. I get similar flavors in the taste with caramel and malt leading off. The citrus from the hops hit first in my mouth and each sip finishes with a lingering of hop bitterness and piney hops. Body is moderate but could be more substantial, I think. I would like this to linger on my tongue a bit longer. A really tasty DIPA that drinks way too quick for the abv.

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Photo of bruachan
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber from arrowine

clear dark pilsy gold. rolling bone-colored head sticks to the glass. very malty aroma: bready, pilsy (again)...i think i smell amarillo. big hop flavor, bitterness. malt starts it all off with some sweet up front but then hands the baton to mr. lupulus. it's pretty creamy. each sip surprises me with the level of malt; it's actually fairly balanced

meh...it's definitely tasty, but i'd be hard pressed to justify drinking it over a bottle of hercules or hop wallop

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Photo of phisig137
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light amber color, with a thick two finger head, which leaves behind a good amount of lacing.

The aroma is delightfully hoppy, very floral and citric scented hops, blended with just a touch of caramel. Almost makes the hops smell sweet, like thier candied. Very nice.

The flavor here is awesome. Not outrageously bitter, but massive waves of hop flavor hit you, and change as the beer sits in your mouth. I taste three distinct "waves" of flavor, ranging from citrus hops, to crystal malt, to floral hop finish. Solid malt back bone holds everything together. After a few sips, you can actually taste and feel the hop resin on your teeth. I think this has got to be a "late hop" beer. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel is chewy, full, and smooth. Drinkability is pretty good.

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

Pours an amber to orange color with an off-white head that leaves average lacing. Aroma is piney hops with a strong, biscuity malt presence. Malts are quite as prominant in the taste. Sharp, bitter hop bite in the beginning with a hint of sweetness in the middle before the bitterness from the piney hops takes over again. Long lasting bitter aftertaste that has a flavor not unlike chewing on a piece of hay. Mouthfeel is dry with some slickness...a little different. Almost full bodied with decent carbonation and the ABV is noticed more than in some stronger brews. I could see two bombers of this in a night...as long as you don't want to taste much else afterwards.

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

a - deep golden color, no sediment visible, decent sized head with moderate lacing and retention

s - very floral, slightly piney hops with a strong malt presence as well, alcohol is detectible

t - strong hoppy bitterness at the outset with a slight malty sweetness in the middle, the finish is long, bitter and dry

m - light-bodied with ample carbonation, very dry finish

d - fairly drinkable with the exceptions of the dryness and the strong hop character destroying the palate, I could definitely do more than just a bomber though

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Photo of beerphan
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet

Bright almost clear light orange with a nice 2 inch pale tan pillowly head that slowly recesses to a soapy dishwater layer. Fine sticky lacing creeps down the glass.

I could smell this beer as soon as i poured it, a hop bomb scent. Resiny pine and floral come through the most but i thought a got a fruity wiff from somewhere in there.

Taste is hop dominated here with a dry lingering bitter bite, a malt backbone is present just well hidden. Good for the first few sips then becomes a tad overwhelming.

Medium carbonation and thickness make it an easy swallow, its what happens after that may make you catch your breath.

Would be a hard beer for me to session, but a bomber would be just about right on a hot muggy night.

Note: Now that i've finished my two 12oz'ers I'm wishing a had another...

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Photo of dfried
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangish amber in color, thin off white head. The aroma is very pine-like, but also very floral, with a decent sweet pale malt backbone. Musty, resinous, earthy hops dominated the flavor, but there was significant orange and citrus rind flavor as well. The malt plays its role well providing a good, solid sweet backdrop. The mouthfeel is a little dry but silky. Easily drinkable. This beer is right on par, a good example of the style, but not a big time standout.

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

Goldenrod slanted towards bronze with a fluffed beige foam.
The nose is full of orange peels, pineapple, sweetbread, and pine pitch.
Enters with a lemony shortbread maltiness, and then unfold into caramelized pineapples and muskmelons. Hops bring additional pangs of lemon pith, cedar, cloverflowers, and pine tar. A wavering sense of gin & tonic-esque alcohol presence adds quinine and shimmers of heat.
Medium in build with a seemingly form-fitted stunted CO2.
A nice version of a 1.5IPA. Make sure it is fresh, as the hop fade come quicker than some.

The newer 8.4% sixpack model (reviewed 5/8/08):
Fundamentally it is still the same, and the above review almost entirely applies. Though it's somewhat more resinous in the hop department and the body is a small bit more honey-thick. My ratings drop a bit, but that might be a repercussion of a long Winter and Spring spent drinking Hopslam (regardless, my initial 4.5 score seemed a tad high). But I really do like this a lot. And for a big ass IPA/Nearly DIPA this is bargain at $8 something a sixer.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Left a two finger head that gradually receded to a 1/4 inch layer that lasted, and left excellent lacing. Body was an orange amber.

Smell - piney and woodsy hops. Hint of the toasty malt backbone.

Taste - as promised by the smell. A piney hop bomb, dominated throughout with pine and more pine. Deliciously very bitter and drying. A faint taste of caramel from the malt tries to establish itself in the middle before being washed out with piney bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - full, low carbonation, very drying.

Drinkability - this is good, and goes down fairly well. Drying bitterness keeps it from being entirely sessionable, though I can see that that would not neccessarily stop me from having more than one bomber of these on occassion.

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Photo of cbl2
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$3.99 22 oz. 7.50% No best by date.


Pours a slightly hazed amber-orange adorned by a quarter inch of pristinely white tightly packed head.


Pine and freshy squeezed grapefruit predominate the senses when inhaling this fine concoction. A subtly sweet malt presence promises a well balanced brew.


Pine-like in nature with only a hint of fresh grapefruit. This sweetens slightly as it warms, but still conveys too much pine bitterness (listed at 72.41 IBU - still low by some DIPA standards).

I have become a hophead of late, but something about the hops used in this one don't agree with me. The flavor characteristics they impart are too harsh and mask the malt flavors that only creep in towards the end. Worth a try, but slightly muddled.

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Photo of hero27
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
7.5% abv.
72.41 IBU's as stated on the bottle.

Clear golden orange. Fluffy eggshell head.
Fresh resiny hops right out of the gate here.. Orange peel and pungent aromas of pine..
Hop flavor is hardly subtle, and jumps all over the tastebuds. Quite a bit of earthy malt thrown into the mix to try and balance this one out also. Very bold flavor and nice smooth mouthfeel to boot.
Fairly low on the abv range for a double IPA, but the usage of hops in this one certainly help it qualify. An IPA definitely worth trying in my book.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a toasted mango hue with a one finger head but great retention of a thick foam and lacing. Light bubbling is visible through the rusty haze. The aroma is of seared hops and bread crust. The taste has hops at the fron meeting with the malt in the middle. Nice nectarine skin mixed with dark citrus and toasty amber malts. Very smooth yet bitter palate. Great beer.

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Photo of soultrain
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into an Ommegang chalice.

A-Hazy orange beer. 1/2" pale yellow head. Appealing. Fades after a while leaving an attractive scum of bubbles. Excellent lacing.
S-Uncloying sweetness of malts, and an ocean of bitter hops.
T-Sweetness of malts, citric biting bitterness of sharp hop attack: delicious! Tremendous lasting hop burps. Some grapefruit, lotsa orange. Juicy. I didn't notice the alcohol until they very end when the beer hit room temp.
M-Well balanced, medium thick, creamy, and nice!
D-Just great!

CRUX: GREAT IPA NECTAR HERE! Would be a regular in the DBF if I could get it around here, but alas....

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Photo of idResponse
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer has a standard cider tone with no sediment. It's definately an IPA!

The smell was unremarkable to me. Nothing very strong to note, very light and crisp.

The taste is a nice rounded smooth taste. There is a pretty perfect balance here. I was expecting it to be far too hoppy or bitter, being a beer boasting how extreme it is. It turned out really tasty and easy to drink!

The mouthfeel is a pretty standard IPA mouthfeel, nothing incredibly remarkable here, but a little more dry than I would like.

The drinkability is excellent. It's so incredibly easy to gulp down without thinking. Before I had thought about it half my glass was gone! :)

This is aa nice all around brew but doesn't compare to some american double ipa's i've had previously.

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

Appearance: good silky head with excellent retention I'm anticipating some sugar light copper in color and fairly clear

Aroma: Just a hint of sweet perfume/citrusy hops very pleasant would make a good cologne wish there was some malt present

Flavor: heavy on the grape fruit not as sweet as I anticipated...very dry strong hop bitterness and good hop flavor

Mouthfeel: crisp dry finish moderate to low carbonation

This is a good beer but it just doesn’t really do it for me.

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Photo of poluti
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle
Pours a rich orange color with a light yellow head. Plenty of carbonation.
I found the aroma to be pleasant. A nice hoppy aroma balanced with a bit of biscuit sensation. Floral scent was noted.
I found this beer to be pretty heavy. Lots of bittering hops were used and I noticed a citrusy taste. The hops hit initially but didn't overwhelm the mildly sweet malt.
The carbonation allowed the beer to flow very cleanly, however, it felt a little too thick on the tongue.
I will be looking forward to next year's release if there is one.

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Photo of barknee
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maximus DIPA pours a beautiful deep copper with a sturdy natural vanilla colored head. Aromatics of sweet malt, marshmallow and well-integrated hops, not particularly over hopped, but tuned like a brew made with a single variety of hops. WOW that's bitter!! And quite dry; don't be fooled by the sweet caramelized nose, this brew is bitter. (man, that was deceiving!). No complaints however, as this is what a new world DIPA should taste like. Perhaps this brew is missing a bit of warmth and fullness, akin to lets say, Arrogant Bastard, but this is in no way a criticism. Well hopped and nicely put together, this is an enjoyable DIPA, albeit running marginally lean in mouthfeel. I would give it a try for its great and unique personality!

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 22oz. to pint glass:

A: Clear amber orange with continuous flow of carb bubbles. Big fluffy 1+ finger head. Nice lingering lace.
S: Pine hops but not overpowering, a very pleasing & fresh smell with some citrus, some grassiness/earthiness, and a noticeable caramel malt smell.
T: I really like a well-balanced IPA that doesn't try to be too punishing with the hops. Bottle lists this at 72.41 IBU's (that's precise!), but I've had IPA's with lower counts that were much more "bitter" tasting. This beer has a nice full flavor where pine/citrus hops nicely give way to sourdough bready malt and slight sweetness.
M: Finish is more sweet than bitter to this beer. Pretty smooth but seems to have high carbonation.
D: Very enjoyable. Pleasing aroma and flavors. Nice aftertaste, too - a well-crafted, easy to drink IPA. One of my favorites.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out a nice orange amber with a slightly tan head. nice lacing.

Smell. Hops are cirtus with grapefruit and small bit of lemon. also has a piney aroma to it. i also get a bit of caramel in there.

Taste. Hops are a more on an earthy spectrum than citrus. Almost a woody taste to it, but not piney. Has a nice caramel character to it, gives it a bit of sweetness. aftertaste keeps the bitterness and warms with the alcohol.

Mouthfeel. Very creamy and full body. good amount of carbonation. nice balance.

Overall. I dont know... its a good beer, but something about it doesnt totally blow up my skirt. I still would recommend it though.

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Photo of SethB2
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours an amberish orange with a nce head and lacing. Looks like an IPA, with one major difference. This beer was transparent, indicating (to me) that there wasn't much dry hopping going on.

S - The smell backs up my original suspicion. Good smell, but not very strong for what is supposed to be a double IPA. A citrisy/grapefruit hoppiness covers a sweet malt.

T - Again, pretty good, but very weak for it's style. Very sweet malty qualities stand out almost moreso than the hops, but it does finish with a familiar west coast bitterness. A heck of a lot sweeter than I was expecting, but that doesnt detract from it, in my opinion.

M - Pretty good, but not outstanding. Medium in both body and carbonation.

D - Easy drinker. Not a problem there.

This beer is better categorized as a strong single IPA. It just lacks the punch that a good double packs.

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Photo of BradBLR
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer out of a 12 oz. bottle and it was great. I wish more Double IPAs came in 12 oz. The color of this beer was a dark amber yellow color with a yellowish head. The head last for about half the beer with medium amount of lacing. The smell was a strong hop aroma with a nice hint of citrus.

The taste was all hops, very smooth with a nice bitter bite at the end. This beer was nicely balanced, but still had a nice hop taste and only 7.5% alcohol. The mounthfeel of this was good, not as thick as some DIPAs, and the carbonization was perfect.

Great beer, and it comes in a 12 oz. bottle.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this a while back and was very underwhelmed. I think it could have possibly been a bad bottle because I LOVE this one. Body looks like equal parts sunshine and honey were mingled and added to water. Gorgeous. One finger's width of head that lasts quite a while.
Nose is like a hops shotgun to the face, mostly grapefruit and pine. Very nicely done. Taste starts with orange, followed by pine and grapefruit, finished with bitterness. The malt is present enough to allow the taste to feel "full" but still lets the hops have top billing. I think this is a really great IPA. This is surely one of the better IPA's to be found here on the west coast. I'd pick up a sixer of this any time I craved some hops, which is quite often.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After reading an insanity ridden label babble, I poured a pellucid orange golden amber hued brew topped with a fluffy dense cratered coating that paints the inside of the glass with layers of fluffy stratus idicating each sip.

Bright woody aroma of citrus orange peel jump out. Nose is all hops with a light balance of malt that is strangled by the hoppiness.

First swigs: Malty profile moves a little farther forward than in the nose. Citrus orange peel flavor with an instant dryness lingering. Fruit component is solid orange mostly complimented by Sweet Tart Acidic bite.

Feel is medium to full bodied. Sticky tacky resinous tongue wrestler.

Last swigs: Maybe a gripe is slightly one dimensional but that doesn't stop this big 2IPA from being bold and tasty.

Beer is good. Hapy hoppy bering.

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Photo of trep
2.79/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Very clear orange, a little carbonation and an off-white head that fades quickly to leave merely a fringe around the outside of the glass.

Damp socks, orange peel, and alcohol. I suspect already that this may be a bad and/or lightstruck bottle.

Very bitter, not really any citrus or floral hops. Just bitter. I think this might be an English IIPA. I know that's not really a style but it's what first comes to mind. Alcohol is there, and some honey.

Mouthfeel is quite good. Medium/Light body and appropriate carbonation. Not super easy drinking. Super bitter and kind of tough to get down tbh.

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