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Hoppus Maximus - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 3
Gots: 21 | 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: mattcrill on 01-16-2006

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Photo of Sammy
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
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 djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a rocky head that deposits strands of lace on the pint glass

Smell: Rich caramel malt backbone supports the aromas of piney hops

Taste: Starts out laying a great malty base that is joined, mid-palate, by an aggressively piney aspect; after the swallow, both flavors pick up and blend well, although there is a bit of a fade at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really nice effort; you don't often see amber ales this compelling

Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

For the style, the name is accurate: a very hoppy American Pale Ale. It has the body, texture, and balance of an APA, but the aggressive hopping for an IPA. The body and sweetness was medium and the hops added a crisp bitterness and floral / citrusy flavors. Mildly spicy and would be a drier finish if not for the solid barley sweetness. Very easy to drink and very cleanly brewed. I drank this one a few years ago and I don't remember it tasting this good. They have improved this one a lot.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bold kumquat orange with a fine yeasty haze. The upper half of the pint glass is filled with a large dollop of melted orange creamsicle that sets off the color of the beer beautifully. The foam is richly creamy and is sticky enough to festoon the glass with thick sheets of BB-shot lace. A wonderfully 'dirty' IPA look.

I don't know about Hoppus Maximus, but the citric fruity nose easily earns the moniker Hoppus Moderatus. It's primarily orange zesty with a little grapefruit as well. At roughly half that strength is a caramel maltiness that doesn't smell like it'll intrude on the palate. I think I'm gonna like this one.

Maximus tastes like a much bigger beer to me than a 5% APA. In fact, I'd have called it an IPA if blinded. Why the brewery insists on calling it an amber ale is beyond me. While the nose was no slouch in the hop department, the flavor is more hoppy yet. In fact, it's easily hoppier than many so-called IPAs. Yes, I'll concede the point; Hoppus Maximus is a valid name after all.

I'm betting that the malt backbone is more pale than caramel because there's even less flavor contribution than the nose suggested there would be. Speaking of malt, there's enough on hand to easily support the generous lupulin load. We wouldn't want to actually balance the hops, now would we? (the correct answer is 'no').

Bittersweet orange still leads the way with a welcome contribution from white grapefruit pith and from apricot. A minor spruciness add depth. The hop bill almost certainly includes one or more of the 4-Cs. Whatever has been used is more than fine by me. It's easy to be cynical about GABF medals, but this beer deserves anything that it has ever been awarded.

The body/mouthfeel is on the full side of medium and contains just enough bubbles to add volume. I'd even go so far as to call it lush. By what sort of alchemy are these guys able to create a beer that tastes and feels so big... at only 5%? Simply amazing.

Hoppus Maximus is damn good beer. For some inexplicable reason, I doubted its bona fides prior to popping the cap. Color me impressed though. I've been searching for a single for several years now and finally found one. Looks like I should have sprung for a sixer all those times that I had the chance. I won't make the same mistake again.

Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out a nice looking red amber color, the head is pretty smreamy looking with a decent lacing down the glass. The smell of this beer has a nice hoppy aroma mixed with a sweet malt aroma. The taste of the beer is semi-sweet and a little toasted upfront. The hops shine through in the aftertaste of the beer. The mouthfeel has a light sting to it from the hops and carbonation. Overall it's a fairly good hoppy red ale. It's worth trying.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
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

Photo of oberon
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
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 NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 6/9/07 at Tuck’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong floral hops with a background of citrus and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of smoky caramelized malt, citrus sweetness and grassy hops bitterness. It’s straight-forward but very good. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, I could definitely go with this beer for a whole evening and enjoy it the entire time without looking for something else to switch to.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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 RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The nose reminded me of the Hop Trip Ale, but the flavor is not the same. You get that berry fragrance, but the flavor is a little more muted. Hop Trip uses those super fresh hops right out of the field, which I am sure makes the difference. This brew does have a full flavor with just the right level of bitterness and it lingers.

Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light head cover into my oversized snifter glass. It's a very clear amber orange color, for which the head fades to nothing pretty quickly.

N: A decent mixture of hops and malts. A nice chewy hop aroma with a little pine and slight citrus. There are quite a bit of crystal malts as well. A slight grapefruit aroma comes out on the pour only, very slight.

T: Starts with a chewy hop taste, imagine that. Lots of crystal malts and other semi dark malts come out, almost a slight roasted malt, some Munich malts almost, lots of nice malt flavors. More hops follow with some spicy hops on the lighter side, more citrus, pine, and a touch of grapefruit. Lots of different hops blended with various malts, a decent blend.

M: Chewy hops, very light carbonation, and semi thick body.

F: Pretty bitter, not so much, decently dry, a slight piney long finish. The slight chewy hop taste seems to hang out just before the piney bitterness hits for the long finish. A decent malty hoppy beer that doesn't excel in any specific category, but considering its called a hoppy amber ale, I think it hits right on the nose. It's not an IPA, and it has a really nice malty quality. It's only real downfall is the lack of carbonation.

Photo of Slatetank
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: the color is amber heading into orange, with some opacity, and proudly bears a thick, creamy head, gently dwindling down
Aroma: gifted with citric hoppiness, sweet, juicy, inviting, bursting with tropical fruit, as well, mango, papaya, grapefruit, peach, a spritz of lime. Very nice!
Good, bitter hoppy bite greets the palate, and clings to the tastebuds. A rounded, rosy, balanced-enough ale, with an extra hoppy edge that never quits. Fruity flavor continues citric, with orange and lemon-y character, too. Excellent. This hophead is goodly pleased. I could go a round with some of these and never tire of the taste.

Big thanks to sidabeef7!

Photo of mdfb79
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

a - Pours an amber orange color. Little carbonation evident and about an inch of white head with little retention.

s - Smells of citrus hops and bready malts. A little bit sour and not as much hops as I was expecting.

t - Pale malts and citrusy hops taste. Kind of weak, and not very tasteful.

m - Medium body and light carbonation.

d - Not a bad amber ale, but not a lot going on smell or tastewise. A little bit of citrus hops but that's about it. Easy to drink and with the low ABV you could drink a few of these. I'd try again but not actively seek out.

Photo of jwc215
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orange/amber with a thin head that disappears to barely a small patch.

The smell is citric and floral. Some caramel in the back.

After an inviting aroma, the taste is a bit of a let-down. Caramel comes out more...bitter citric fruitiness is still there, but wish it worked together a bit more. Water seems to interfere and the malt and hops seem too ...separated(?) Decent taste still in all, but too watery and things don't seem to tie in together well enough. Some bitterness and a gentle sweetness hang on into the aftertaste.

Could be a bad sample? I don't know, seemed a bit flat. I would try again to see if it was this one, and it's not bad overall. I can think of other hoppy examples of the style I would easily choose over this one.

Photo of smcolw
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin head out of the bottle. What little there is leaves a coating of fine bubbles on the glass. Neutral amber color with the faintest of hazes.

Potent initial floral hop smell, but it fades after a short period. Still, it's attractive.

I've always found the American Amber to be relative non-descript. This beer is very good, but it would fit into the pale ale category well. This is hopped aggressively. Very little malt base, even though the full body would suggest otherwise. Overall, this is an above average beer--it is very easy to consume.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a thin, half-finger thick, tan colored head that sits atop a lightly hazy, copper tinted, darkened amber colored brew. The aroma is certainly hoppy, with lots of fruity citrus notes, but there is also something a touch weird going on. Fruity notes of sweet grapefruit, candied orange peel, apricots and tropical fruit, round out a smooth American hop derived fruitiness. I can't quite pinpoint what seems off here, maybe it is just me. There is a soft, supporting malt character in the aroma that, if you search for it, produces notes of caramel and lightly toasted biscuits.

The taste is fairly dry up front, and even takes on a soapy almost dishwater note toward the middle and finish of this brew. Definite citrus notes of grapefruit are the predominant flavor, though there does not seem to be enough supporting malt sweetness to bring out the vibrant hop fruit notes of the aroma. Ample crystal malt flavors play a disproportionately large role here in the flavor; at least they seem to be a bit out of character for this beer; though this is billed as an Amber ale I can't quite justify that statement, it just is. This beer is finished by a solid bitterness that still carries with it a tart grapefruit like note that lingers on in the palate. There is also a certain astringency in the finish that at times can be a touch harsh. An interesting brew, it seems to be too out of balance to support all of the flavors that are going on. Though I would certainly not say this is bad.

Photo of Gavage
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a hazy orange with a 1/2" head that falls quickly to a surface foam. No lacing develops.

Smell: very fruity and some bitterness is detectable by the nose.

Taste: lighter than expected malt profile. Big fruity sweetness, with some oranges and a mild bitterness that I expected to be more up front based on the beer's name. Lightly dry at the end.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Medium bodied. The sweetness and mild bitterness produced a short aftertaste.

Drinkability: this had a decent flavor but it leaned towards sweetness rather than hoppus maximus. No great shakes here.

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice hazy amber with a 3 finger, pillowy white head that slowly fades. Nice, chunky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of light caramel, biscuit, along with a decent blast of citrus and pine like hops that seems to meld beautifully with the malt.
Taste is even better than the enticing aromas. No overkill of hops but a definite presence that they seemed to nail right on for what they were going for.
Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, mildly malty with a fresh amount of hops grazing along the palate.
A nice brew.

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Hoppus Maximus from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.