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Hoppus Maximus - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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351 Ratings

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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mattcrill on 01-16-2006)
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Photo of tillmac62

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear medium amber with a slight red hue. Nice head with ample lacing that retains well. Nose is of mild pine and citrus hops over caramel. Light medium body with a somewhat smooth texture. Above average carbonation level with a nice bit of effervescence. The flavor profile is well balanced, but not very complex. It begins with citric and pine hop flavor, then flows to a bitterness with citrus zest aspects against a slight pine background. The crisp finish effervesces with a touch of caramel sweetness in the background of a grapefruit zest bitterness. Quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 19:35:42 | More by tillmac62
Photo of superspak


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly cloudy orange copper color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, caramel, toast, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, caramel, toast, bread, pine, and floral earthiness. Moderate pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange/lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, caramel, toast, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hoppy amber ale style. All around good balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 00:35:32 | More by superspak
Photo of BenCrazy3474


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I loved the taste of hops in this beer. At the same time, this beer was missing something. When I drank it, it was like I was only tasting part of a recipe. But there was nothing more to it. I like a lot of hops, but I like other flavors to give the drink more character. This drink was pretty simple and straight forward. But the beer lives up to the name Hoppus Maximus. Pure hops -nothing more, nothing less.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 18:43:22 | More by BenCrazy3474
Photo of Mojo


3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> Westbrook Brewing snifter

A - Medium amber to red semi-cloudy pour with a small off white head, a thin retention ring and lots of lacing.

S - The nose is very weak. What is there is pleasant enough. It is sort of an earthy smell with some bready qualities.

T - Sweet and malty on the initial taste followed by a decent hop profile with some spiciness to it.

M - a bit of an aftertaste.

O - okay beer with no truly outstanding qualities.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 04:27:08 | More by Mojo
Photo of thegodfather1076


3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Very cool label in the traditional Thirsty Dog fashion with a K-9 Theme. Eye-catching graphics and font. Label gives a short description of the beer, ABV and IBU info, brewery info, web info, Also states “2001 GABF Silver Medal Winner and 2003 + 2005 GABF Bronze Medal Winner”.

Appearance: Poured form its 12oz bottle into a 16oz English Pint after 10min warming period. Pours out a clear copper color with a 2 ½ finger white fluffy foam head of an airy medium density. Head retention was 4min 12sec before fading to fluffy foam coating and very thick ring. Excellent lacing!

Smell/Aroma: Smell is very hoppy with slight hints of pine, sweet citrus and bready caramel malt sweetness. Smells like an IPA.

Flavor/Taste: Taste starts out with a sweet citrus hop character that quickly turns pine bitter with hints of a bready caramel maltiness. This turns slightly toasty on the back-end with the pine hop lingering through in the aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied and crisp with a smooth carbonation. Very tasty and drinkable.

Overall/Comments: This one surprised me with the flavor profile and could easily pass for a pale ale if not an IPA. Very hoppy with a nice malt backbone that has a low enough ABV to be very session-able!! Classified as an American Amber/Red Ale @ 5.1% ABV. Consumed 4-15-13

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 18:54:46 | More by thegodfather1076
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber in color with a creamy 1 finger tan head that lasted a while; decent sticky lacing that slides down the glass.

Smells of floral hops, orange peel, grapefruit, piney hops, sweet malt and caramel; a very nice and potent aroma with a nice hop blast, especially for an ale.

Tastes like it smells, with floral hops, piney hops, orange peel, grapefruit, light lemon, sweet malt, sweet caramel, some brown sugar and some trailing spices. Very nice balance with the strong hops and malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy, with little to no carbonation, and a medium body. Highly drinkable and quite smooth, an overall very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 04:27:16 | More by CHickman
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep orange or light amber body. Light caramel head that looks pretty good actually.

I know its a bit old (i can smell and taste it), but its honestly not the worst thing in the world. Its lost any touch of hoppiness. I do get a good look at the malt base. Light caramel feeling, with a faint hint of pine hops, but nothing specatcular. Id love to try it against a fresh one.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 19:23:39 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of stercomm


3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Nice golden ligt amber, very clear, slight thin white head which recedes very quickly leaving a thin layer. Good lacing

S - Very balanced scent, getting some toasty biscuit, floral notes, some slight citrus.

T - A very crisp beer, works as a session beer for me. Starts out with some toasted maltiness and then gets slighty hoppy before finishing dry with a little bite.

M - Medium bodied, goos carbonation.

O - Very nice brew, very dry finish

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 19:57:05 | More by stercomm
Photo of ChrisPratz


3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is awesome and the cap is one of the best i've seen so I had to pick it up.

A: Very nice deep rich hazy mahoganey/amber color with 2 thick rich fingers of head that dissipates down to a very nice veil around that lingers. This is what i'd like a beer to look like.

S: Very aromatic. Some loral hops notes floating around with biscuit like maltyness. Catching some caramel and brown sugar sweetness too. Everything here is balanced very well.

T: Maltyness right up from with some light caramel and as well leading into citrusy hops flavors. Get some citrus bitters and rind in there as well and then the bitterness of the hops. Very very hoppy/bitter. After taste is like your chewing on grapefruit rind.

M: Moderate carbonation works with the bitterness. After taste lingers around for awhile.

O: Appearance and smell were really great but the taste wasn't quite what I liked. Very hoppy and very bitter. Would like to try this on tap to compare.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 00:24:40 | More by ChrisPratz
Photo of Slatetank


3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Quick 6, enjoyed from a tulip chilled.

The color is a brilliant golden amber with mild haze and thick cream cap which settles to a ring of tiny beads. Lace collects and holds on the glass as it presents a beautiful look when held to the light. The smell is very piney on first whiff and has a light floral tinge with mild fruit accent and a gentle sweet tinge. The feel is bitter up front with mild sweetness and subtle tanginess of yeast with moderate carbonation and mostly dry finish which has a lingering bitter texture.

The flavor is moderately high in bitterness up front with slight piney taste and spicy hop leads to a mild tinge of caramel with moderately grassy and slightly astringent tea-like herbal hop which is still there after the swallow with gentle tangy citrus. The taste has a slight sugary elemnt as it warms, but not much in the way of malt flavor with the bitterness almost salty as it sits on the palate. The overall impression is good for me but it pushes the style toward India pale with the dry and bitter qualities. I recommend it for those who like hoppy ambers or pale ales.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 18:34:37 | More by Slatetank
Photo of sprucetip


3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange/amber, slightly hazy, minimal activity and head.

Bright, citrusy hoppy punch dancing with a similarly assertive sweet caramel maltyness. Not super complex, but really well balanced and composed of the right elements.

Hoppier than the nose. Surprisingly medium level of bitterness combines with piny and citrusy hops to lead the way. The sweet caramel maltyness is more in the background, and doesn’t balance as well as in the nose. Some harsh grapefruity bitterness in the finish. Pretty tasty, but more caramel malt and sweetness would make it better (to me).

Carbonation is about right, thinnish/medium body, and the aforementioned grapefruit rind bitterness on the end.

Interesting that this is called an amber. To me it’s really a pretty decent single IPA. I’d have it again. Thirsty Dog impressed me again.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 18:32:40 | More by sprucetip
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent amber with an orange hue. There's a thin, soft layer of head that rests on top. The layer fades after a minute or so. The nose is incredibly bready with faint earthy hop aromas and some mustiness. The flavor is bready up front followed by a caramel sweetness and finishes with a citrusy hop character. The mouthfeel is a little thin with mild carbonation.

This isn't a bad amber ale, but it's not great either. The nose is probably the best part. The flavor is good, but mild, thin, and simplistic. I've had this a few times before, but I would never go out of my way for it.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 03:16:02 | More by tdm168
Photo of BeerBuckeye


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden clear copper color with a tinge of rusty reddish-brown. 1 finger head that leaves a decent amount of lacing along the sides.

S - Good malt bill, grainy and biscuity with just a bit of floral hops and a touch of citrus

T - Actually a decent hop profile here. Starts out a bit bitter and floral before the caramel malts take over and produces a nice full taste that finishes clean. Aftertaste leaves a little bit of lingering hop.

M - It's fairly dry, but crisp. Medium body, full amount of carbonation.

Overall - A solid amber ale here. Certainly one of the better ones I've had. It goes beyond bland, but still sticks to a mostly malt bill. Solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 01:23:11 | More by BeerBuckeye
Photo of WoodBrew


4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In Cleveland last weeekend for a hockey tourney and was abbunch of beers from Thirsty Dog out of Akron. This beer poured a coppery orange appearance. The very pointed hoppy smell is inviting. Very aromatic grapefruit and pine notes punch through. Full of hoppy flavors and sticky mouthfeel. More fruity hops flavors than pine. It would be very easy to make a session of this brew. I hope this is not the last time I enjoy this.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 15:22:31 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of BrewStoutMagic


3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nicely amber colored ale,with solid carbonation. This beer had a hoppy robust smell as soon as I popped the top.I liked the smell of it right away.TASTE is sweetly hoppy and very enjoyable. Reminds me of what great beer taste like.I'd be happy pick up six of these next time.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 23:12:38 | More by BrewStoutMagic
Photo of jmarsh123


2.28/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear gold with just a tinge of orange. Nowhere close to amber appearance. Ample 2 finger white head with good lacing.

Strong citrus aroma with a little bit of caramel. Smells pretty sweet.

Starts out with a little bit of caramel malt. A huge buttered popcorn off flavor overpowers things. Finishes somewhat earthy/piney bitter and dry. This is all over the place and not in a good way.

Mouthfeel and carb are ok.

I like hoppy reds. This fails to live up in a big way. Flavors are all over the place and the buttery flavor is way off-putting. Will not be having this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 21:55:54 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of barleyroad


4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark gold with some cloudy hints. Smell has lots of hints of hops, much more than an american amber ale as this is claimed. Mouth feel is bitter up front with a smooth finish. Taste is good if this was a India Pale Ale, so we think. Overall a very drinkable beer that we feel is on the edge of a amber ale and more toward a India Pale Ale. And what is in a name, who cares this is a good drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 00:18:05 | More by barleyroad
Photo of jkrich


3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date: poured a slightly hazy, deep golden to amber with a quickly dissipating off-white head.

The aroma was largely absent when I opened the bottle but came forth after the pour - sharp, piney bitterness tempered by caramel sweetness. It all seemed unbalanced.

The flavor followed the aroma closely. Upon the thirst sip there was a hint of malt that was quickly overtaken by a somewhat harsh bitter blast. On a good note, the ale calms down to a malty, faintly buttery taste. This one is all over the place in one quick sip.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin and watery with a light body, yet also abrasive and slick. The carbonation is moderate.

The hop profile places this one in the American IPA territory. This is a "mixed-breed" of an Amber style ale, which I suppose goes along with their canine theme. When it comes to an Amber ale, I prefer a more balanced, maltier and fulled bodied ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 23:02:19 | More by jkrich
Photo of bum732


2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

S: Caramel malt, some faint hops, quite perfumy.

L: Hazy burnt orange, huge carbonated head that dissipates to 1/4 inch. Great lacing.

T: Dark caramel malt with a bouquet of soft oranges and underpened mango. Medium bitterness with a slight grassy edge to the hoppiness. Ends quite dry and resiny. Quite dry beer overall.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Dry, hoppy amber ale. Nothing special and a little too dry for me. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 01:54:38 | More by bum732
Photo of Alieniloquium


2.55/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Light amber, if it's even amber. More gold than amber. Very clear and a huge head. Like overflowing head. I am briefly worried.

Smell - Hops and a musty smell. The malt aroma is kinda stale and dry. Not very inviting.

Taste - About as exciting as the smell. Hop flavor throughout, but not a lot of malt backbone. It's there, just not very flavorful. It finishes with a lingering bitterness that also carries that musty flavor from the aroma. Throughout the drink there is the slightest lactic twinge. Not enough to make me think it's infected, but enough to make me wonder.

Mouthfeel - Light and quite dry. I almost wonder if there's some critter in here eating away what used to be malt. The only flavor that remains is bitterness and it isn't very nice.

Overall - I question what's wrong with this or if it's just not very good. A below-average amber. Not something I'd like to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 18:37:53 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of tgorgz


3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Into a pint glass from 12 oz bottle. Head a little smaller than expected, but still pretty good.

A: Copper-coloured, no haze/cloudiness, with smaller bubbles (not much in terms of carbonation here)

S: Hops are the first thing that hit the nose-perhaps Golding? This is followed sweeter caramel malt and a good finish. Looking forward to it.

T: Definitely hoppier than expected for a an amber. But for the colour (and caramel malt), I would have actually called it a pale ale. However, I love the subtle bite of the hops that first hits you, followed by the sweeter caramel malt. Good balance; solid work.

M: As for the mouthfeel, it's crisp (not especially light) on the palate. It makes for a drinkable beer. Well balanced throughout as well.

O: Give it a solid B- Well balanced and I really do the love the subtle sweetness. Impressive work for one of my first Thirsty Dogs. I'll certainly go back to the brewer again.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 22:10:32 | More by tgorgz
Photo of Tone


3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, citrus hops, piny hops, and hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, slight caramel malt, slight citrus hops, and hint of piny hops. Overall, good appearance, body, and blend.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 19:05:01 | More by Tone
Photo of CFHMagnet


3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A steady pour landed a finger of nearly white head. Body is a translucent pale copper tone. Head shrinks to and holds about a quarter finger.

Citrus and piney hops backed up with sweet sweet malty goodness.

The bottle lies. It said that the name "would not disappoint," but it sure did for those looking for heavy hops. Don't get me wrong, they are there. I get light tangerine and grapefruit, with a hint of pine, and very well balanced with the malt that tastes like it was perfectly roasted. But the hops are not worthy of a "maximus" denomination. That said, it does taste good.

Medium bodied. Clean, maybe a bit watery on flavor and substance.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 00:23:58 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of shanblur


3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in Cincinatti, OH. No freshness date. Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Clear light orange with small white head. Minimal lacing.

S - Caramel malts dominate the smell, with some hops noted.

T - Hops show through more on the taste, but this is balanced well with a caramel malt flavor.

M - Slick feel with light to medium body.

Not a bad beer. Well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 19:06:59 | More by shanblur
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ight amber color, with the tiniest hint of an orange hue. Deep carbonation came up from the bottom of the glass only to reinforce the large head of white stick and foamy lace that formed on the top. Great retention finally gave way to copious side glass lace and a nice little film across the top. The smell was deeply hopped. Very nice bouquet of floral hops, lots of pine and citrus notes =, nicely malted with large hints of grains. The flavor was so much hoppier then I had thought it would be. There was a huge citrus hop punch from the very first sip and a very nice resin like taste that followed you throughout the session leaving behind a great dry and bitter finish. Great use of the hops here as the typical amber will have more of the malty character, which was still evident in the underlying base here, however the big hop presence not only balanced it well, but pushed it over to the lighter side and gave it much more of a bright feel

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 02:02:39 | More by mikesgroove
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Hoppus Maximus from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.