Brew Review: Lagunitas Maximus

by Kelli H. on October 1, 2013

Beer: Lagunitas Maximus
Date: 9-20-13
Type: IPA
Location: Petaluma, CA
Price: Usually $9.99/six pack
Alcohol: 8.2%
IBU: 59

Appearance: Golden, somewhat clear, great head retention

Aroma: Hoppy but not too much

Body & Texture: Not too carbonated, sits in mouth very easily, but also a little hop bite

Aftertaste: Holy Hops! This is definitely a hoppy beer, but also has a little sweetness to it

Overall Impression:
Oh, Maximus…there once was a time when David loved Maximus to the max. He’d constantly buy six packs and considered it his favorite. While he was all hopped up on Maximus, I was not feelin’ it. Then came time to do our engagement pictures. We knew we wanted to include our love for beer in our photos, but we didn’t know what to pick! We decided on picking a Lagunitas beer since it’s local and obviously one of our favorite breweries. I remember that morning I went to Whole Foods and was determined to pick a Lagunitas 22 oz but I didn’t know which one! I didn’t want Hop Stoopid, so I went with one of David’s old classics, Maximus. During the engagement photos session, David open the bottle, and we shared the beer. I was surprised! I didn’t mind Maximus at all. In fact, I was appreciative of the higher alcohol percentage that helped me relax, somewhat…
After the engagement session, we didn’t buy Maximus again until very recently. My thoughts on Maximus are that it’s a very hoppy beer, so you better be into hops, but it’s also somewhat sweet, which I’m not really a fan of. There’s times when I appreciate a higher alcohol beer (i.e. engagement photos), but usually on a Friday night after work, I don’t want or need that high of alcohol. So, it looks like I’ve discovered why I’m not a huge fan of Maximus. I definitely think that it’s a good beer, and I can see why it’s a good ol’ standby for David, but sadly, Maximus is not a beer I’d buy for myself. It’s one we keep stocked (on occasion) for David. Last week was David’s birthday and he asked for a six pack of Maximus. Luckily, my parents made that one happen for him.
Have you ever tried Maximus? What are your thoughts on it?

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah Cook October 2, 2013 at 4:04 am

Haha- I love that picture from your engagement shoot. Apparently, Ryder is a fan of Maximus too! 🙂


Made in Sonoma October 3, 2013 at 2:47 am

Beer makes him sneeze, but he still tries it every time.


Marin mama cooks October 2, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Ok, that picture is adorable! I love that Ryder is sipping the beer! I’m not a big fan of high alcohol in my beer or wine. Honestly, California wines are too high in alcohol for me. I love the taste of wine but don’t always want the buzz that comes with one glass. I guess you could say that I’m a lightweight. 🙂 xoxo, Jackie


Made in Sonoma October 2, 2013 at 6:25 pm

I’m such a light weight, too.


Tara October 2, 2013 at 11:54 pm

I just wanted to stop in and say that I love that picture with you and your man! Such a great shot. 🙂


Made in Sonoma October 3, 2013 at 2:47 am

Thanks, Tara!


natalie @ once upon a cutting board October 3, 2013 at 3:10 am

That’s such a great picture! Ryan loves getting Maximus when we can find it on a beer trip to the States, but Little Sumpin is still his favourite. You’re lucky to live near their brewery!


Kelly October 3, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I haven’t tried this one but I’ll look for it….and whaaaat? Friday night after a long busy work week, to me, is the perfect opportunity for a higher alcohol beer!!


Made in Sonoma October 3, 2013 at 2:53 pm

haha, I suppose that makes sense…it just makes me so lazy I can’t move.


Janine Ryan October 4, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Mmmmm one of my favorites! And holy heck, what a cute pic with you guys sharing your beer with your dog!


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