Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
5,525 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,525
Reviews:
1,549
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
10.38%
 
 
Wants:
140
Gots:
1,366
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,525 |  Reviews: 1,549
Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DuncanBishop24
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveCash
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of cambabeer
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hopsonhopsonhops
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bobert84
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A damn good beer!

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Photo of akk14
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SoundZero
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drstalker
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of anthony-s
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ladle69
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear cooper-orange body with a few streams of bubbles supporting a thick, soapy white head that leaves striated lines along the glass. Nose presents a mixture of juicy fruit, bitter piney hops, sweet caramel and bready, toasty malt. It's nicely aromatic, and while it doesn't express detailed notes of any kind, it does offer a balanced potpourri for the sniffer to choose from. Potent pine sap and minimally concealed alcohol are on the tongue, with more bittering flavors like orange peel, grapefruit, and outright alpha acid/resin finishing things up. The body is slick and syrupy, medium-full weight, mild carbonayion. It's less pleasant than a basic brew, but the outrageousness of it is amusing in its own right.
In a world overfilled with beer, and in that vector much more so with IPA's, DIPA's, American Barleywines, Pale Ales, TIPA's, hoppy-takes-on-XXX-style, and beers with a literal hop flowers in each bottle, this one managed to distinguish itself, no small feat. The flavors weren't the clearest, the IBU's weren't the harshest, the alcohol wasn't the highest. But it set a lofty goal, to be good and (kinda) humble, and it achieved that. Which is greater than setting out to be the best and failing. So, Maximus the maximum it was not, but Maximus itself it yet be.

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Photo of MHJeff06
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zach_960
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sjdevel
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Orange / copper and very clear. 2-finger head from a 12oz. bottle. The head recedes a bit after a minute but remains active throughout. Very interesting color.
Smell: Smells very sweet, citrusy, and a bit of mango.
Taste: A nice bite upfront, not overly bitter (72 IBUs?). Sweet caramel malt soon floods the taste buds. Fruit flavors then bounced around. There's mango, orange, grapefruit, and some pineapple. Remains quite sweet and dosn't really dry out that much. Many different and interesting. Very flavorful.
Feel: Medium bodied. Nice feel - a bit oily.
Overall: Very good! Not to omany beers that I would routinely buy 6-packs of, but this is one. Very interesting and full of flavor. I have become a big fan of Languanitas the past couple of years.

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Photo of bkwhoppa66
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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

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

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Barleycorn
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of scumation
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EmeraldMist
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Look - Clear dark orange color, a finger of off white head, a few patches of lacing left behind.
Aroma - Hop resin, faint pine, mango, floral, sugar cookie sweetness. The aroma is good but a little subdued.
Taste - Dried apricot, hint of pine, floral notes, rich bread crust malt body, the sweetness balances out the hops, dry and yeasty finish. Delivers a hop punch without an insane amount of bitterness.
Feel - On the heavier side of medium, no alcohol warmth, slightly oily, nice carbonation, dry. You'll be hard pressed to find an 8.2% Imperial IPA that drinks this easy.

Overall - This is my kind of Double/Imperial IPA. It's hoppy but has a big malt backbone to back it up. The drinkablilty for such a big beer is off the charts.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 5,525 ratings.
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