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Maximus | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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1,528 Reviews

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 1,528 | Ratings: 5,428
Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's tough not compare this to Lagunitas amazing A Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale, and although Maximus is damn good, it's not on that level. A bit more malty and a bit more on the alcohol taste, but still really good.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a clear, pale amber with a persistent eggshell-white head. Initial impression is pine, with slightly sweet tropical fruit with earthy and resinous hop underpinning. Sweetness becomes more pronounced as it warms. Medium mouthfeel -slightly sticky; medium carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden, making this dangerously easy to drink. Bitter finish.
My reviews of Lagunitas' offerings have been all over the board. Some I like; some I despise. This falls in the "kinda like" territory - I wouldn't seek it out, but I wouldn't be upset if somebody bought me a round.....

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchase from the LCBO for about $2.67 per bottle.

Appearance - Pours a slightly cloudy copper colored beer with a rich frothy head that measures over two fingers. Great retention and many swaths of lacing left behind.

Smell - Plenty of citrus with grapefruit, mango and melon being the stars. Lots of caramel malt too to keep things balanced.

Taste - Pretty much like the nose, just even more intense. More than adequate sweetness from the caramel and tropical fruits, yet enough bitterness on the other end to make this enjoyable. Just a really good easy to drink DIPA, that even considering the price and perhaps not being optimally fresh, I may just pick up a another six-pack.

Mouthfeel - Smooth yet well carbonated, robust body, but juicy and easy to repeatedly drink.

Overall- Maximus is simply put one of the most masterful DIPA's I've been fortunate enough to try. I will almost certainly be picking up a second six-pack of this divine treat.

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Photo of peensteen
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper orange colour, 1.5 fingers white head, good lace. Smell is of sugar coated citrus fruit, hop dominant but certainly shows strong sweeter malt underpins. Taste is hoppy and fruity, orange and red grapefruit, mid palate malty sweetness, a little drying on the finish. Lightly carbonated, lightly slick medium body. Not bad but a bit sweet for what I prefer from the style.

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Photo of jmd1978
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange/Amber color with 2 inch creamy head. Plenty of lacing. Nose piney with notes of mango, orange peel, and a little funk. Taste is pine in the front. Notes of orange, caramel, and tropical fruit. Sweet finish that lingers. Pretty good IPA from them.

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

The usual (and well brewed) bitterness introduces the taste of this double IPA, until a surprise sweetness confuses your taste buds. Initially, this is a nice twist but the sweetness eventually becomes somewhat obtrusive.
Regardless, a decent brew. Great colour, nose and head.
Incidentally, this has been brewed in Illinois and not California.

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Photo of MACrist
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Crystal clear, amber/orange. Lots of small bubbles rising. 2+ fingers of white foamy head. Head lasts forever. Major lacing down the glass. Served at about 60 F.
AROMA: Dank, Big pine, big caramel malt. Minor citrus peel.
TASTE: Pine is the big flavor here. Lots of it. Nice caramel malt in the background. Minor grapefruit. Bitterness is pleasant, really builds in the back of the mouth as you drink the beer.
FEEL: Medium full body. A little sticky. Drying on very finish. Carbonation is mild to average on the palate.
OVERALL: Piney up front, some nice sweetness from the malts, sticky. Nice bold flavors.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear orange gold. White head with moderate lacing. Pine, citrus and set malts in the nose. Malty sweet with a little citrus and a lot of pine in the taste. Finishes aggressively bitter. Solid beer.

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Photo of Raidersox
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a mix six at the local market and this was one I was looking forward to trying. As near as I can tell from the code it was bottled on 1/26/16. From a 12 oz. bottle chilled in a 38 degree fridge in the cellar, allowed to sit for 10-15 minutes before opening, poured into a large stemmed wine glass.

Look: Very lively, lots of bubbles. Clear gold/amber color with a creamy 2 finger, off white head. Lots of lacing. Head eventually reduced to a steady thin foam that persisted to the end.

Smell: Initial hints of pine resin and citrus with sweet tones, maybe mango? Caramel?

Taste: First taste to register is the hop/pine followed by sweet flavors of fruit, mango, pineapple. As the glass warmed later the hop flavor became more prevalent.

Mouthfeel: Creamy yet crisp with a medium body, carbonation is evident but not overly so despite the very foamy pour.

Overall: This brew goes down easy like a session IPA but with 8.2% ABV things could get out of hand quickly. This could become one of my favorite go to beers to keep on hand for friends.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I'm guessing that this ale was important in Lagunitas establishing itself in the craft market.
And I like Lagunitas... although more for the courage of its plant in an absolutely desperate neighborhood in Chicago than its brews. (Read my Place review.)
But I also think, that Lagunitas has grown beyond playing to the high-hop, high alcohol market.
So, I would rather review their offerings launched in this century than the last.

This is one of the three brews from Lagunitas listed in the "1001 Beers." I suspect it is there for its role in leading this style, a historical stepping stone to better stuff and a maturing market.

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Photo of Roby923
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This IPA is very very impressive. If it wasn't so high in alcohol, would drink this all night. Perfect from a malt and hops perspective. Bottled from a number of Miami Beach bars.

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Photo of Strix
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear straw-orange with good initial head and some lacing.

Citrus pine and a dank hop note in the nose.

Orange-grapefruit nicely forward in this, with malt, caramel, and a slow pine finish.

Smooth, somewhat light mouthfeel.

Nice flavor and balance here.

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

35cl bottle. Clear orange pour with a tall and sticky white head. Smells of citrus and tropical fruit hops, as well as pine hop dankness and caramel. Super malty body, bitter-sweet and syrupy, with notes of grapefruit, papaya and pine resin. The alcohol is present, but well incorporated. A very malt-forward IPA, not my favourite way of brewing this style, but it has its strong points.

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Photo of vikinggary28
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bottle into my trusty glass mug. Golden/orange/amber colour with a quickly dissipating white head that leaves a nice lacing. This is one pretty beer. Smell is of pleasant hops and slight citrus. Taste has a perfect hops/malts combo, they don't overpower each other, any bitterness quickly dissipates. Grapefruit and maybe caramel candy undercurrents. Goes down smooth. Prost!

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Photo of GrumD
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This drinks beyond its strength. The beer is clear and orange with a small and non retained head. Love the malt and hoppy balance, and both amiably hide the beer's strength. The finish is bitter but not overly so.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours beautiful clear bright golden-orange, thick white head with great retention and coating lace. Tangerine citrusy aroma. Bitter hop taste, tape fruit peel and pine, with a solid clean malt backbone. Medium soft mouthfeel. Like this DIPA, has the mineraly clean feel of the Lag brews with tons of flavor.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Very attractive / picturesque glass presentation: Beautiful goldenrod color with white fluffy

Smell: Floral notes with hops.

Taste: Nice juicy sweetness upfront that's annihilated by over-the-top grapefruit
bitterness in the mid and close. Would say it's not as sweet as Dogfish head's 90,
but is more bitter.

Feel: Decent full/round mouthfeel. Easy drinking.

Overall: This is a nice one; Again, my standard for the style is pretty much
DFH's 90 min and I would say this doesn't quite reach that bar: (Not enough
sweetness and a tad too much citrus.)

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Photo of Hoppy_Time
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Golden amber with moderate head
Smell: Sweet and spicy, some malt makes it through the citrus and pine aroma
Taste: Surprisingly malty at first, caught me totally off guard, then the fresh hoppy bitterness kicks in and lingers with the rich malt
Feel: Mouthfeel seemed pretty light considering this beers malty character, moderate carbonation
Overall: A slightly different IPA with a malt forward flavor, very drinkable, would love to have it again paired with a tasty burger, worth a try especially for those who like malty beers and are on edge with IPA's.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber and copper color with a nice foam head and sticky lace. Tropical fruit in the aroma especially mango. There is also orchard fruit such as apple. There is also lots of toasted biscuity malt. As for the taste, I thought it was sweet on the tongue at first, malt forward and juicy. However, the aggressive hops take over. They are puny and resiny and also moderately to high bitter. The finish is dry. The mouthfeel is medium.
I really liked this IPA. It had a good balance of juicy sweet and bitter. Perhaps one of my favorites from Lagunitas.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a very clear light golden color with limited white head but decent lacing.

S: Reasonably strong aroma, sweet, I would almost call it sweet tarts, caramel, pineapple, pear, awesome.

T: I am telling you, it is like a grapefruitish sweet tart, best description I can give it. A lot of sweet but also a good amount of bitter. Full of flavors.

F: Light mouthfeel with low carbonation. Bitter but not lingering. No cloying despite the sweetness.

O: Pretty interesting beer. A ton of sweet and bitter makes this very interesting.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle.

A: Amber. Clear. 4 fingers high of head and medium retention.
S: Grapefruit. Lemon peel. Somewhat grassy. Hint of spicy notes.
T: Grapefruit. Caramel. Semi-sweet. Medium high bitterness. Finish is long and bitter.
M: Medium- bodied. High carbonation.
O: Great IPA. Easily exceeds I expected.

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Photo of dar482
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a deep gold to pale amber color.

The aroma offers grapefruit peel, sweet sugary malts, chemical dankness, and onion.

The beer follows with that sweet citrus up front, candied grapefruit, more sweetness that helps slightly balance the resinous piney bitterness on the beer, although the bitterness does end up sticking the palate. The mouthfeel is medium minus.

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

Pours a clear orange, fluffy white head settles to a thin ring leaving streaks of lace on the glass. Smell: floral, dried apricot, pine needles, grapefruit, notes of pineapple and mildly biscuity back. Taste: pineapple, sugared grapefruit, a bit rindy, orange, a little yeasty bread and pine in the finish. Medium bodied. A little pop of alcohol. Given the number of Lagunitas d/ipas, I tend to pass this one up, but it's legit!

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter glass. 8.2% abv

Appearance- Pours a bright amber, with lofty white head. Tons of lacing. Good clarity

Smell- Grapefruit abounds. Sweet bready malt

Taste- A dry baked cracker malt with a bit of sugary sweetness. Citric grapefruit pounds the palate. Malt and fruit subside into a bitter, lasting, tingly finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy in body with ample carbonation.

Overall- A fine, sweet, and citric 2xIPA here. Lots of flavor. A great hop bomb to sip at. Appropriately named

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber gold and sudsy, tons of bubbles through and through, even a few minutes after the pour. Aroma is upbeat and tropical, while still maintaining a piney undertone. It's a wonderful combination of pineapple and evergreens. The taste is also first rate, echoing the nose perfectly but adding a rush of aggressive citrus. This is a solid, oily mouthful, yet it doesn't linger too long on the palate. Great balance...This is a perfectly executed brew.

This one is moving way up my shopping list.

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Maximus from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 5,428 ratings.
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