Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

very good
1,539 Reviews

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 1,539 | Ratings: 5,469
Photo of yemenmocha
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Luxurious clear amber color with generous white head. Beautiful.

Nose is mixed citrus and pine, with a clean/sterile component that is nice.

Palate is assertively piney and dry, with citrusy hops and mild toasty malt in the background. Alcohol is apparent.

Finish is quite long.

For the style this is a very, very good beer but a little too much pine & alcohol warmth for my preference, as it interferes some with the drinkability for me.

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Photo of tempest
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a 7.5% DIPA, this is a pretty good one. The hops are big on grapefruit, with a deep perfume tang and hints of less acidic fruit like apricot. The aroma is a bit weak, and the flavor isn't the most complex, but those are only minor defects if you will. This is still a nice, big American DIPA.

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

Bottle. Poured a clear amber color with a medium white head. Good lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine, with a little caramel to it. Flavor is citrus with a strong bitter finish. A pretty good double IPA, but nothing I need to go out of my way to get. Wish they sold it in Kansas, but I won't call my distributor to have them bring it here.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer delivers a nice, two fingers of head that stays. It has a brilliant orange copper color. The aroma is weak, and of light cascade. The taste of Maximus is very round and light. I get bright ale fruit and alcohol nicely blended into the bitterness. There is a light, resinous hop finish. A touch of spice emerges with warmth.
This is a simple, lovely IPA with no harshness, stickyness, or hefty malt. It has a nice light, grippy, mouthfeel with a fizzy lift from the carbonation and this is about as drinkable as they come. I am very impressed with balance and drinkability achieved here but for a beer claiming double IPA, it just doesn't wiegh in. Theres no oomph. There's not really double anything as far as my mouth is concerned.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- straw w/ orange tint, taunt, 2 finger foamy white head, very good retent, thin soapy lace that holds very strongly

S- pine, herbal, buttery, hop oils

T- hop dominant, crisp, leafy hop finish, dry bitter hop after, earthy, tons of hop action, citrus, dry, oily, toasted malts

M- medium body, crisp, wet finish turns into dry after, hop abuse

D- enjoyable, not a session brew, solid 2IPA, seriously a hop bitchslap, recommended for hopheads, probably scare anyone else

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Photo of peabody
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a really clear amber with two fingers of white suds.
Smell is a little weak but can still detect a weak grapefruit and hop aroma. Slight carmel and sugar with just a touch of alcohol finish it up.
Taste is strong grapefruit at first then a slight dirty. The hops come through as does the alcohol. Both are very subdude.
Mouthfeel is low here because of the dirtyness. But the oily hops and sugar do stay with the palate for some time.
There are better tasting IPA's so this one is better left for just the one try and not sessioning.

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

a very nice dipa. had this on-tap at chef paul's in lisle. served in a chalice. this was a nice slightly hazy amber in color with a creamy off-white head and lacing. notable aromas of citrus and resiny pine. taste was a moderate sweetness with a long, bitter finish. medium to full-bodied. drinkability is good as this is on the lower end of abv for a dipa but it delivers as much in flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel as some of the dipa abv monsters.

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Photo of williamherbert
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 22oz bottle...

Pours a gorgeous dark orange color, with a huge amount of head. The look is very hazy and cloudy, which in turn makes it look thick and hearty. Looks perfect actually. Leaves a huge swath of lace.

The scent is a heavy bitter-hop smell. Very very bitter indeed. But there is also a sweet, flowery secondary aroma that comes off. It's nicely balanced by a dry malt, and the pale malt aroma comes in nicely.

Majorly, massively bitter hop flavor. It's halfway between a regular IPA and an Imperial IPA. Quite bitter, with a sweeter, estery aftertaste. Tastes more Imperial as it warms.

It feels thick and even a bit bubbly. Leaves a bitter film at the very end. Boy does that bitterness keep a'comin'. A strong Imperial IPA, yet quite drinkable; a feat in itself.

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Photo of rallison
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a nice 1 1/2 finger white fluffy head. Smells of grapefruity hops with a touch of toffee and pine.

Taste is well...a bit light in the hops for a DIPA. The taste itself is good, I just wouldn't call it double IPA territory. Piny hops play the role here, with a slight nod toward grapefruit. Toffee-ish sweetness helps balance, with an aftertaste that I can't quite place, but enjoy.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with a relatively good creaminess. Drinkability is quite good.

Overall, recommended. However, this beer would have rated higher had they classified this as a single IPA. For the style, it falls a bit short. For an IPA, this is solid.

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

The bottle revealed a bit more about the beer than the tap. The beer falls short of D!PA but stands firm as a standard IPA. The aromas leap from the bottle with juicy gapefruit, orange, lemon, pine, and light malts. The pour delivers a strong straw / golden color with airy head retention. The flavors reinforce the citrus aromas and add a lot of peppery spices to the taste. Firm bitterness rises toward the finish. A light metalic note lingers throughout the flavors. Body is light against the flavors; but makes for easy drinking. The beer has an evaporative, chalky effect going into the finish, compounding the alcohols and hop character. Again, good, but no double.

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Photo of Duster72
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey golden with a big billowing head. Smell is sweet malts and citrus/pine hops. Taste is sweet malts followed by mild bitter hops that lend some citric and earthy tones. Aftertaste is on the bitter side. Taste is fine, but this one doesn't drink easily, it takes some effort. Good DIPA, not great. I would drink it again.

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Photo of semihobo
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks handsome, a dark amber color, more orange than yellow. The story is the head -- great start, great retention, the residue on the sides of the glass is excellent.

Smells of syrupy, thick hop resin, along with sweet malts. Hops are on the resinous, piney end, not so much floral. One dimensional.

Tastes of sugary apricots and peaches along with a resinous bite. Somewhat piney as well as acrid. Pretty sweet as well.

A little bubbly and full-bodied, especially with a very thick finish. Leaves quite a coating on the tongue, if that's your thing you're in luck.

Low alcohol (for the style) makes this guy a little more drinkable, but I'm not too impressed by the hop bill. It's big enough, but not very nuanced... overly bitter and nothing too exciting. Just about average for an I2PA.

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Photo of
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Flying Saucer in Addison.

Clear, dark gold in color. Medium sized, off-white, creamy colored head.

Fruity & sweet aroma. Grass and pine as well. Kinda mild.

Malty taste, initially, caramel and peaches. Hops kick in next and contribute pine and grass. Nice balance overall. Hops don't linger in aftertaste as much as I like.

Medium to full body. Medium carbonation. Pretty dry.

Very tasty, would happily drink again.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear orange-amber with a thick beige head. Generous lacing all around.

Hoppy pine and citrus with a healthy dose of malty goodness.

Similar to the smell, the pine and citrus of the hops balanced nicely by the malty notes. Slightly bitter at the finish. The alcohol is well hidden.

Medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

The folks at Lagunitas have made one very drinkable DIPA. Will definitely have again.

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Photo of Atron67
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 750 ml Bottle

A- poured an orangy hued color with heavy head that stuck around for a long time, and left good lacing as well

S- had a good strong piney hops smell maybe cascade hops? a bit of malt noticable

T- Has a great taste that starts with a smooth malt taste that is immediately overcome by a strong hop flavor with pine/ woody undertones, the bitterness doesnt linger too long but is a very enjoyable

M- has a medium body with medium carbonation, rolls over the tongue well

D- high, the bitterness rolls over the tongue but fades a little quickly making you want to drink it immediately again

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no date. Pours a clear pale bronze with an oragne hue. The white head is huge and creamy leaving mucho lace.

It's very fragrant and floral, strong of hops and slight spice. Taste follows, the hops rather piney and a burst of grapefruit, but dry on the end, the alcohol well hidden.

Medium-bodied and shows decent complexity. Never quite gets to overwhelming to drink--but almost. A solid brew for hop-heads.

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Photo of mdm46410
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This beer pours a clear amber/orange with a thick foamy beige head that lasts. Some nice heavy lacing is left behind. The aroma is very citrusy along with a good dose of toffee and caramel. The flavor is mainly grapefruit and caramel. The are also notes of pine and bread. Flavor is well balanced. Finish is lightly bitter and quick. The mouthfeel is just slightly oily/resiny with a bit of carbonation. Medium-bodied. Very well done. My only complaint might be that it is not quite strong enough to hold up against other doubles.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cool--burnt orange color w/ gold highlights--pretty in the glass. Good lace but head fell flat after a very high pile of off white foam was served. Strong nose--grapefruit in your face--clena and strong. Clearly bitter on the taset but a hint of the oily flavore, light fruit w/ spice, almost like the interplay of sweet and sour sauce, but fruit and spice. Good, fun pint.

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Photo of BeerZack
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Orangish-amber or a dark honey color with a nice soft head.

Some pine and citrus fruit stand out from a malty sweetness.

Soft lightly roasted caramel maltly flavor with pine resin, grapefruit and some earthy spice.

Really soft and smooth mouthfeel that suits the style well.

One of the most drinkable double IPAs around here... but I just call it an IPA.

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Photo of loren01
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours slightly cloudy copper color. Fair sized white head, good lacing
S: Good mix of biscut malt, fruits, caramel and piney hops
T: Taste is pretty well balanced. Sweet and fruity up front. Good strong hop bite aftertaste
M: Medium to full bodied, a little bit thick and syrupy
D: Very good beer, nicely balanced. I think a person who loves hops would love this beer as would a person who leans more toward malty beers.

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Photo of prototypic
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a clear, copper color with a modest one finger head. Retention was a bit short and lacing was decent.

Smell: Grapefruit and other citrus scents (orange and mango) are rolling off the top. Gives it a sweet smell. Hops are piney and very noticeable. A bit of caramel or toffee malts appear to be there, as well.

Taste: Citrusy sweet. Primarily grapefruit with some orange looming underneath. Hops are definitely piney and bitter. Very well balanced by caramel malts. Slight hint of wood chips and vanilla on the tail.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied and lightly carbonated. It's smooth and sessionable in my book. I could drink this all night. Overall, very impressive.

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Photo of Mandrake
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark orange with a large off-white head forming quickly and lasting very well, with some good lacing left behind. Herbal hops dominate, with plenty of pine and citrus showing as well. Light yeasty note. Taste is hoppy, to be sure, but doesn't quite kick me the way a DIPA ought to. Opens with the floral/herbal bouquet, which gives way slowly to a citrus finish, with a long grapefruit kiss lingering on the palate. Malts are pretty nondescript, and don't quite provide the needed depth with a milder DIPA like this one. Mouthfeel is good, nice body and plenty of carbonation, and drinkability is excellent. Good beer, though not quite the over-the-top-hops that the "double" label promises.

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Photo of WAP
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice clear orange with a frothy, off-white head. The smell is quite unique and intriguiing to me - a very piney nose with hints of citrus (lemon?). The taste is almost medicinally sweet up front with a pronounced pine hop finish that is more aromatic than bitter. A nice crispness on the end keeps the beer from being either cloying or harshly bitter. Very well balanced and interesting, but perhaps not my favorite in flavor profile

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Photo of marcobrau
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think this bottle has some age, but the effects are positive. There's the same pine tar sort of hop nose that I recall, but it is muted somewhat -- just a touch. What I really dig about this particular bottle is the tobacco leaf sort of hoppy dryness. This flavor comes on top of the toasted malt that puts the blast of spicy and piney hops in balance. The mouthfeel is smooth and adds to the appeal. There's a good smack of bitterness in the finish. The body isn't as dense as some other strong IPAs. This Lagunitas beer aren't that complicated, but they are tasty.

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Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber orange, head that falls pretty quickly, lots of lacing. S: Piney hops up front, sweet citrus, pineapple, some floral notes. T: Lots of hops, a lot of fruit taste in here...pineapple, grapefruit, strawberry...especially in the finish. The hops are pretty well balanced with the sweeter notes. M: Pretty moderate all around, not too thick, not too thin. Moderate to high carbonation. D: It's a pretty nice beer, though I think the citrus is a litte overpowering. I might buy it again.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 5,469 ratings.
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