Hoppus Maximus - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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400 Ratings
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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 4
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: AtLagerHeads on 04-24-2003

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Ratings: 400 | Reviews: 238
Reviews by erz316:
Photo of erz316
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into old spec pint glass. my goodness is that an ugly design for a beer: a fat guy wearing some leather with some dogs? really?

A - off white head due to the body, which is a darker amber/ orange colour. body is wholly clear, and has a good lot of bubbles coming up from the bottom. head is rich and creamy, leaving much lace behind; the time for the foam to settle is a good while, and the abundant lacing gives the slight illusion that the foam is still quite high.

S - nose is basically different iterations of hops. the most noticeable incarnation is the grapefruity, citric bitter nose. the next is, well a bit difficult to figure out, but it seems to be a bit of pine, none of the herbals that go with it though. the nose is fairly one sided, but the way the grapefruit hops come across is quite strong and marvelous smelling. the malts make a faint appearance at the way back of the nose, they pretty much keep the hops in (moderate) check. malts are pretty sweet, when noticeable, and have a bit of a caramel character.

T - its bitter, but not what one would expect from the nose. the hops come out in full force again, and pretty much dominate the mouth. initial taste bitter hops on the tip of the tongue, a good grapefruit profile, and slight piney sentiments. the initial is indeed a wide profile many hop tastes. some malts are noticeable if one swished the brew in mouth.the finish is no where near as strong, it is slightly bitter, but the malts begin to catch up. the aftertaste is slightly bitter, the malts are working hard to keep their sweetness up and the overall bitterness down; the bitterness is just a plain of hop bitter.

MF&D - the feel is a tad bit watery at moments. the carbonation is pretty ample and gives some good belches. the drinkability is great if one likes bitter beers; its goes down easy when cold, but the cold doesnt sacrifice any of the flavours.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light amber color with a thinner 1/2 finger white head that didnt stick around to long,very nice balance aromas leaning towards the piney hop with a touch of citrus over top of caramal malt and biscuit.Flavors start out lightly sweet but soon becomes hit with a nice dose of piney,citrusy somewhat resiny hop thru into a lingering finish.Alot of flavor with a lower alc% makes for a real quaffer,I really enjoyed this beer I have to say.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a deep golden color with an amber hue, mostly clear, but you will notice some minor sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Modest off-white head of less than two fingers, foamy, with light retention and lacing.

Aromas are an interesting mix of hops and malts. The interesting thing is that, with a name like "Hoppus Maximus", I was expecting a nose full of hops. Not so much. Plenty of earthy hops, but the surprise was in the amount of modestly roasted malts, caramel and the like. Nice.

Flavors are moderate to heavy, but full of flavor. A very nice mix of hops and malts that find a decent middle ground - nice balance for something with so much flavor.

Relatively heavy mouthfeel but not as filling as that might seem to describe. Easy to drink and very enjoyable. An interesting brew.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.

The Amber Ale is America's session Ale ... at least we'd like to think it is. At a standard 5 percent ABV with 43 IBUs, Hoppus Maximus is Thirsty Dog's hoppiest beer.

Poured vigorously, which yielded an immense rocky head with superb head retention. Chunks of yeast or protein are nearly in suspension as the carbonation keeps moving everything around. This makes for a hazedamber color that should have been clear. Orange peel, floral and blonde tobacco hop aroma, with a touch of refined honey-like malt sweetness. Hop flavor has a grip on this beer, and the bitterness grows as well. Gritty toasted grain and a touch of sweetness doesn't last for long. Quick yeast flare, fruitiness in the back. Long lingering hop bitterness and flavor takes a while to fade.

Yup, this is a hoppy one. Enough for a hophead to get his fix? Perhaps. Too much for a novice? Most likely. Either way, one brewer's Amber Ale is another brewer's Pale Ale is another brewer's IPA. Take away the yeast glow and the fact that this beer is pretty imbalanced, and you end up with a really hoppy craft beer. Go figure. Try and find the sharpest cheddar, or aged Gouda, and some salt-cured beef.

Photo of ROBORB
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to drgonzo3705, thanks Paul! Poured into a regular pint glass this beer produced an amber/orange color with a very small head. It produced minimal lacing. I couldn't get much from the aroma other than hops and a ton of malt. I found that it was very easy to drink and before I knew it the glass was empty. If you want something complex and hoppy you should look elsewhere. As is, it is a good beer to just sit down and watch a game with.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Cloudy amber with a fairly thick head. A sweet, biscuity aroma. Expected more from the taste, actually pretty nondescript. Big hops (duh), some sweetness (?honey, ?caramel), not much there. OK mouthfeel. At 5% ABV pretty drinkable, but the hops will tire you out.

Photo of Duster72
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark golden color with one inch head. Good lacing and retention. Aroma is primarily floral hops with citrus also lurking. Hops dominate the taste with little balance and lots of bitterness. Harsh mouthfeel hurts drinkability. Not one of my preferred IPAs.

Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber orange body with a beige head that stabilizes at two centimeters and lasts several minutes. Quite a bit of patchy lace is left on the glass.
Aroma is restrained, with floral orange blossom and some sweetish pineapple and grapefruit, atop a caramel malt backbone.
Mouthfeel is light medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Taste is well balanced, with bready caramel malt and tropical fruity hops. Finishes with a mildly bitter citrusrind note and aftertaste.
Nicely put together, and pleasantly drinkable. Seems to be a hybrid pale ale and American amber, but it's tasty enough to try again.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass,a nice white head.dissapated kind of fast..reddish,orange color,very cloudy,looks unfiltered.Smells fruity,citrusy,caramely toasty.First taste sweet malty honey-like,citrusy,sharp finish.Lively mouthful, bursts with flavor.Very tasty and drinkable. Enjoyed this one. 2001 Silver Medal G.A.B.F.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey color from a 12oz bottle. The one-finger head doesn't stick around very long, virtually no lacing.

The smell is very malty and hoppy, a little honey and lemon fluttering about.--very pleasant. It is aptly name--bold hops dominating throughout, some caramel and honey undercutting the bitter finish, some phenols popping up as well.

The mouth is big and bold, complex--even though it's all about the hops-- and lively on the palate--perhaps a bit more carbonation would be nice.The yeasty, biting aftertaste is bit unrefined. I recommend this for fellow hop fiends, but not for those who don't enjoy extremly hopped brews.

I will have no problem finishing off this six-pack picked up at Gentile's. A solid Ohio brew for shizzle.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly clouded copper amber thick caramel tan head froms, I'm left with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma: Nice floral/ citrus hop combo caramel malt backbone comes out for the occasion not bad. Taste: Moderate bitterness hop and malt ratio is executed nicely with the citrus side of the hop flavor coming through with this caramel malted amber ale. Mouthfeel: Medium body creamy with some low levels of oily resins streaking across the palate. Drinkability: Yep, a fine session ale that I could chill with definitely a pick up a sixer and enjoy kind of brew.

Photo of FrognutUnl
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden amber, a little lighter than expected, in color with very small white head. Smells of delicious grapefruit hops, caramel, and brown sugar. Taste is very similar to the nose, grapefruit and caramel. It surprisingly dry and crisp in the finish, from the nose I would have thought it would be sweeter. Medium in body.

Overall very enjoyable and I sucked the bottle down rather quickly.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy golden orange body with a white head of big rocky bubbles. The carbonation is lots of big bubbles similar to soda pop.

S- The smell fresh green pine hops is strong with a note of caramel malt in the background. As it warms there is notes of citrus and more orange in the hops.

T-The initial taste is nice juicy green hops with hints of pine and very faint watermelon. This is followed by a nice malt flavor of caramel, biscuit and honey flavors. The finish has a nice hop bitterness that hangs on your breath. The finish has a slight dryness to it.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight creaminess from the fizz. The fizz is noticed more in the finish.

D- The hops were a big player but not punishingly big. There was good complexity in the malt, lots of nice soft layers give this beer good depth. I've never tasted watermelon as a hop quality before but it is a positive one in this beer.

Photo of pwoods
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottled purchased at Party Source poured into a pint. No dating.

A: Pours a light amber to orange with a bit of haze to it. 1 finger of white head with lots of carbonation. As carbonation dies, the head actually stays a bit as a soft pillow.

S: Big notes of floral and citrus hops. Grapefruit and orange are dominant. Some malt sweetness in the back from the caramel malts.

T/M: The first thing my brain hit on wasn't the hops but the malts. Sweet yet nutty and grainy. The hops are there, grassy and citrus-y but much lower on the bitterness than expected. The malts kick in after the hops, helping the body form a bit more. Finish is more drying than I first expected, fully bringing the hops back for bitter aftertaste.

D: Tasty enough and easy to drink. Would make a decent session brew but I think it would just get lost in the crowd.

Photo of Brenden
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I read reviews before trying this one; so, to be honest, I decided I might have to pour somewhat aggressively. I immediately had to let up, since a beautiful cascade was forming a very large, creamy tan head that was thick and dense. This head dissipated very slowly, never receding beyond a deeply pocked finger and a half. Patches of lacing left behind were thick and sticky, covering the glass from top to bottom. Are people not really looking when they pour this or do they have bad bottles? I find it hard to believe that could be the case with so many. This beer, however, could not have a much better appearance.
There's lots of balance in the nose between a pine resin hops smell complimented by flowery aromas and contrasted by a caramel malt and varying fruits, definitely citrus with perhaps apricot. An interesting note of something almost very gently smoky, perhaps toasted, and light caramelized sugars linger underneath.
Gently bitter leafy hops and sweet caramel malts form the backbone to this one along with the accompanying citrus. All the aromas are in the flavor, and the rest sit underneath for a well-rounded brew with some nice complexity.
A crispness from a light to moderate carbonation gives way to a smooth feel in a medium body.
This is a well-rounded amber ale with a very good depth of character to it, well deserving of more praise than it's received.

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A fairly billowy head that stays at about 1/2" nicely, with some clumpy and droopy lacing around the glass. Body is a lighter hazy copper color with some darker brown or tan hues in the mix also.

Smell: A good combo of piney and citrus hops, some earthy tones, maybe some hay, a little grass. The sweetness of the malt seems to act as an agent, rather than the hops as it usually is I imagine, to curb the spiciness and bitterness of the hops. Welcoming stuff here.

Taste: This isn't an IPA? It sure comes close at least. A great sweet malt and hop citrus character with some light spicy fruit at the core. Some spiciness also. Finishes with a clean balance of all the flavors, and the finish is rather long and malty, with some hops at the very back of the palate. Good indeed.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full, with a bit of slickness near the end, the carbonation tingling the mouth at the beginning and also letting loose a bit at the end without getting too out of control or making it feel astringent at all.

Drinkability: I suppose this reminds me of Burning River a bit, and not just because it's from Ohio, folks. That said, this is the second Thirsty Dog brew I've had, and what I deem to be the second good brew from them. I don't think there are many, but on, I guess, to trying the rest I go.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hadn't heard of this brewery before, and I believe this is my first Ohio beer. The name enticed me too, so I picked up a 6.

This beer calls itself an amber ale, but there's no question it's firmly in the pale ale category. It pours a fluffy head that retains for several minutes, sitting atop of coppery orange liquid.

Smell: Plenty of citrusy hops, plenty of sweet earthy malt, both balanced very well. It all smells very fresh.

Flavor is a well-balanced mirror of the aroma, but there's an astringency here that, while not reaching medicinal, feels a little too tangy. It's not helped by a mouthfeel that's too thin.

I can't find a whole lot to say about this one. It delivers acceptable flavor if you're looking for a quality session pale ale, but there's really nothing that sets it apart from the many, many similar beers of this style out there right now.

Photo of Sammy
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Great grapefruit aroma, orange colour, decent hopped, taste so-so and harsh finish. Medium mouthfull, but not well-malted. Bottle says contract brewed by Fredrick in Maryland. I drank it cause I like higher IBU beers for lunch, but won't seek it out again.

Photo of tdm168
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle contract brewed by Frederick in Maryland; fresh from the brewery.

Thirsty Dog's Hoppus Maximus pours a hazy orange-amber beneath a full head of creamy white foam that holds well and leaves some very nice rings of lace about the glass.

The nose is softly piney like a cool, shaded forest floor in summer. There are light notes of citrus as well, and it's quite bright and refreshing!

In the mouth it's medium bodied and lightly crisp with more of a zest than a bristle.

The flavor is also light and refreshing, striking a nice balance between its airy, pine and citrus (sweet grapefruit, lemon) hop flavors, and it's just lightly sweet caramel-tinged malt. The bitterness is kept in check and nicely balanced against the malt (listed at an appropriate 43 IBU's); and it finishes with a dollop of caramelish malt and a splash of citrus that erode to leave some mild pine and bitterness behind.

The name had me fooled, and without looking at the label (which states it's and American-style Amber Ale... I'd call it an APA...) I thought I'd be tasting something along the lines of a double IPA. But it's not; and it's surprisingly refreshing and easy to drink. Well done!

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of RickS95
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like an orangey iced tea. There is no head retention because there was practically no head. Clear.

Has a nice smell. You get some citrus undertones along with a bready, yeasty scent.

I picked up the citrus flavors, but nothing else.

It's got some bitter from the hops, but it's not overpowering like an IPA. Kind of a refreshing, crisp feel in the mouth, but not over the top due to the caramel malts.

Pretty drinkable for its type. It won't appeal to everyone, but something I could enjoy again.

Photo of tempest
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle with a slice of pizza at Liberty St. Tavern. Not a bad match. The beer, poured into a Sam Adams Summer Ale glass, appears a cloudy amber with a white head. What's up with that?

A bready citrus hops loaf aroma and flavor dominate this session beer. The flavors are rounded and smooth, not crisp, but not unpleasant. The hops are fairly juicy, with grapefruit, lemon, and bit of spice. The malt are kind of non-description, sweet and bread-like. Overall, not a great beer, but drinkable and a nice, simple.

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.56/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazed burnt orange in color with minimal off-white to light tan head.
Nice citrusy hop aroma jumps out at you. Toasty caramel malts present to the nose as well.

Taste shows a toasty caramel malt backbone. Solid hop balance with piney, floral and citrus notes. Well hopped for an amber ale. Bitterness lingers a bit at the finish.

Overall a solid, tastey, hoppy amber ale.
Bottled version contract brewed by Frederick Brewing.

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Hoppus Maximus from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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