Hoppus Maximus - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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Reviews by taylorhamrick:
4.05/5 rDev +11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This one pours out very pale for the style. It's almost yellow, and being generous, I would call it copper - and its very, very clear. There's a nice tight off-white head that forms, which leaves good lacing, and kind of sticks around. The color here is really the issue though. Looks like an IPA, maybe an APA - and would probably get better scores in that category. The smell has hints of crisp hops, kind of floral, a bit of citrus, like lemons and oranges, and a tiny bit of herbal spiciness. The malt sort of comes through as light caramel, but not much in the way of bready or toasty smells are present. I have to say again, that as an APA this would probably score a bit better, but I still think it's good here. The taste starts off with hops. There's a nice sort of leafy resinous taste upfront, which slowly turns into a sort of grapefruit and orange flavor. Not too much bitterness. Then comes a rush of bready malts, with a nice sweet backbone. No toasty flavors, but really, everything else is there - like an extra malty IPA. Still more could be done to remind me of an amber ale. The mouthfeel is good. Nice and full, almost chewy, the carbonation doesn't sting, but you can feel it, carrying the body through. There's even a nice hop presence in the mouth. This is what I expected and a bit more. Overall, I'd say this is a very good beer - just maybe it's listed under the wrong style, and it's not the sites fault - the bottle says "American Style Amber Ale", which is really the only reason I'd go so heavily against the color. The flavor is really great, though. And the drink was enjoyable from start to finish, though it went kind of quickly on my part. I'd recommend this, and don't be let down by the color not matching the name. It's a good beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2009 22:10:24 | More by taylorhamrick
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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
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
Hoppus Maximus from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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