Beer IPAs

Maximus IPA Lagunitas Brewing Review

Overall Score: 5.4. Maximus IPA is the superior to the original Lagunitas in every way. It has a higher ABV and IBU…but the taste is only slightly superior.


The long running Maximus IPA received a makeover in 2021 as the brewery introduced Maximus Colossal IPA. Colossal increases the ABV from 8.2% to 9.0%. Maximus has always been described as the brewery’s IPA ‘on steroids’ due to the elevated ABV and higher IBU. This review focuses on the original Maximus IPA, which is 8.2%.


Overall Score: 5.4

Maximus has a medium color that leaves you guessing what to expect. The flavors match the color as the experience is pretty average. This is a drinkable IPA that leans into the west coast style of California beers. Maximus is a decent option for a higher ABV IPA, but most consumers are seeking bolder, hoppier flavors at this percentage. This is a good choice when you have a limited selection (i.e. small store/town), but a beer to avoid if the options are abundant. Lagunitas is a highly profitable brewery as they turned craft beer into a domestic, but you also lose flavor and personality with higher production volume. You get what you expect in this beer. Cheers Degenerates!


You can find Maximus IPA on the following Degenerate listings:

  • California Beer Reviews
  • IPA Reviews
  • Lagunitas Beer Reviews

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