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Hoppus Maximus - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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383 Ratings

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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mattcrill on 01-16-2006)
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Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +8%
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.

jlindros, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of PDXHops
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, courtesy of Ryan011235.

Pours a hazy dull caramel orange, with a finger of off-white head that quickly reduces to a skim. No retention, but a somewhat surprisingly decent amount of lacing.

A very floral and herbal bouquet, with hints of menthol, hot tea, and even perfume. Malt is much more prevalent in the mouth, with a big breadiness establishing itself right away. Perhaps the most powerfully 'floral' tasting beer I've had. A bit of citrus kicks in mid-swallow and sticks around for the finish. Medium-thin body with lowish carbonation.

Overall impression: Odd name for a rather bland beer.

PDXHops, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of ToasterChef
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a pint glass. It pours a slightly hazy copper color. It has small head of tan bubbles when you pour into the center of the glass, but it quickly dissipated. It has a floral hop aroma; nothing too strong, but pleasant. Like the packaging advertises, the flavor is a good mixture of amber caramel malts and bitter hops. The hop flavor isn't too strong, but it is certainly detectable. The malts leave a good sweetness the lies under the hops in the after taste; I like it. It has a medium body with not too much carbonation and little coating. It's a pretty drinkable beer. I can see myself enjoying a number of these.

ToasterChef, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of Natural510
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber color with solid, half-inch head and nice coat of lacing on the glass.
Sweet, dark-sugar maltiness to the nose.
Toasted caramel quality mixes with a tart citric acidity, finishes bitter albeit without much discernible hop flavor.
Full-bodied, dry, with a nice bitter kick.
Differently-styled amber. Much more citric than your typical. May be an acquired taste for some. I would've preferred a more particular hop quality, rather than a general bitterness.

Natural510, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of argock
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. No freshness date. Purchased as 6-pack at World Market (Charlottesville, VA) for $10.99.

A: Orange amber with 1-2 finger beige, sticky head with decent retention and lace sheets the glass.

S: Lush for an amber or an APA with grapefruit, orange, apricot, and mild pine in the hops department with plenty of toasted caramel and pale malts.

T: Full-flavored brew which fits into the APA category better, but does have that toasted caramel character that fits an amber. Caramel maltiness is lightly toasted and less pale than the nose suggests, but it is window dressing for the hoppiness which is substantial and includes orange, grapefruit, pine, and floral characteristics. It is a wonderfully multi-flavored brew with plenty to satisfy the hopshead in everyone.

M: Medium-to-full body with carbonation that helps the brew flow right over the tongue and gives it a nice creaminess that fits the style well. Aftertaste is toasted caramel and grapefruit hops.

D: Unbelievable that this beer is only 5% ABV: it packs a huge flavor in that small package, with a complex hoppiness that is very satisfying.

argock, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a sam adams pint glass.nice head and lacing.nice amber color.pretty good.

smell has some caramel notes upfront,with a bit of citrus hops.taste is similar,clean caramel sweetness balanced by citrusy bitter hops. pretty clean

someone slick on the tongue, good drinkability.might be returning to this.especially if it's on draft.

wyattshotmaker, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

smcolw, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
2.35/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours an amber color that produces a good sized off-white head that dissipated fairly quick. Some minimal lacing.

(S)- Ample sweet malts with a strong hop/pine aroma. Some minerality.

(T)- Tons of pine with sweet malts. Nothing really coming through except pine and a sugar sweetness in taste and smell. Slightly dry finish.

(M)- Good carbonation level, but has a rather lackluster body and flavor profile; there's just nothing much present.

(D)- A rather boring beer that just doesnt have alot going for it. Its so simple and basic that is boring/bland. Its like its hoppy just to be hoppy and sweet amber malts just because.

sweemzander, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of biggred1
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange amber with a ton of suspended yeast particles visable and a creamy eggshell cap that leaves some sticky lace behind. The nose is caramel malt, biscuity dough and piney hops. The taste follows suit with toasted grain, caramel and a nice hoppy backbone,it does taste fairly nice and hoppy for an amber but Hoppus Maximus doesn't really live up to the name. Smooth and medium bodied, a nice amber.

biggred1, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of erz316
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

erz316, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. ABV of 5.9%.

Appearance: Thin layer of light tan foam. Clear amber colored body.

Smell: Quite a bit of grapefruit and orange from the abundance of hops. Very clean.

Taste: Hops up front with a little bit of caramel malts in the background. Has a little bit of hoppy pine character in the finish.

BierFan, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an appetizing clear coppery-gold with a decent white head. Aroma is fairly strong and quite hoppy with a fruity undertone and hints of malt and yeast. Flavor is mainly hoppy but only a little bit bitter, with hints of apple and a whisper of caramel. Texture is fizzy, smooth, just a bit on the thin side but otherwise quite satisfying.

Cyberkedi, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of 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.

taylorhamrick, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of PatrickJR
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Perfectly clear amber with about a finger of off white head. Retention is fairly short, mild lacing.

S - Caramel and toasted malts with some fruitiness and citrus from the hops. A bit of earthy flavor with hints of grass. Pleasant, but a little subdued.

T - Thin toasted flavors with hints of caramel and a good dose of grain make up the rather weak malt backbone. Coarse and hard hitting bitterness sweeps in out of nowhere mid palate with weak to moderate fruit flavors and hints of earth and citrus. Bitterness subsides but remains through the finish with a touch of spiciness.

M - Quite light for an amber, watery even. Carbonation hovers bewteen moderate and light, ultimately making for a thin, flat-ish, drinking experience.

D - Meh, at it's best Hoppus Maximus tastes like a hopped up Yuengling; at it's worst it's the very definition of mediocrity. A bit of a misnomer as well. Although hoppy, the hop bill tastes a little strange and combines especially strangely with weak grainy malt. It's not an awful beer, but there's really no reason to give this one a go again with all the other great ambers out there.

PatrickJR, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of rtratzlaff
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppus Maximus pours a clear rusty amber body with plenty of carbonation bubbles creating an off white head that leaves good lacing.

Aromas are malty, caramelly, tinged with herbal and citrus hop character.

Quite malty in the flavor up front with a good hop backing to balance things out and edge out the malt in the finish.

A lighter mouthfeel than many reds, but there is just enough there. It may be a bit too carbonated though.

Why brew an American Red with the name Hoppus Maximus unless you are going to make it quite hoppy. Is it a hoppy red, yes. Worth the name? Probably not.

rtratzlaff, May 22, 2009
Photo of buschbeer
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to about an inch of head, sadly reminding me of my sex life. I took a whiff. At first I got the hops then came the sweet, bready aromas. I took a sip. Once again the hops came to the front but subsided. It was a nice, solid amber ale.

buschbeer, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of ROBORB
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

ROBORB, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of cvstrickland
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pudgy "Roman" posing on the label doesn't look all that tough to me, and I'm already thinking that I could probably kick his and a whole legion of similar fat-boy asses were it not for the brace of large accompanying hounds he has in hand. What is that on his head? A fruit salad? Carmen Miranda meets toga-partying John Blutarsky? Whatever, but I do take note of the gratuitous puffing-up GABF medal-fu Thirsty Dog uses as label-art, too. Lovely.

In an imperial pint willibecher glass, Hoppus Maximus pours clear golden-amber with a creamy cap of white foam. The bubble-topping is fine-grained and spongy with good retention, holding at a solid skim that scatters wispy blobs of lacing onto the sides of my glass.

The aroma is sweet and juiced up with fruity and herbal hop notes. A splash of pineapple, a whiff of lime zest, and a mortar and pestle-ful of freshly crushed garden herbs are mild and fragrant and lend savory accent to a mellow chewy dark caramel base.

The taste is mild and toasty with a backbone of semisweet caramel and overtoasted bread. Hops provide sedate countering bitterness and mild grassy dryness, but do so while offering only minimal hop flavor. In fact, I'm not at all impressed by the hop profile or its stature within the drink-- Thirsty Dog named this brew "Hoppus Maximus", didn't they??? To be truthful, there is really not that much hoppiness in general, much less any "maximized" levels of lupulins, etc.

The drink is light-medium in body with fine carbonation. As I suspected, I'd have no issue taking down a squad or two of these Hoppi Maximi, as the beer is quite drinkable and plenty mild.

cvstrickland, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this brew in a trade with drgonzo3705, Thanks Paul!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly hazed red/amber color with a thin off-white head that remained as a few spots floating around.

S - butter toffee, caramel, earthiness and floral hop aromas.

T - caramel/butterscotch sweetness is balanced out with sour citrus bitterness.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - drinkable beer, a step above average.

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of SilentSabre
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad Red Ale. Poured up, as it's name would suggest, a bronze red colour with a soapy head that faded away in about 40 seconds. Smell was sweet malts and floral hops. Seemed nicely balanced as far as discernable aromas were concerned. Flavour was dominated by bitter hops with a bit of a sweet malty profile showing up for just a moment on the finish. Again, not a bad beer, but a touch above average at best. Nothing really special.

SilentSabre, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ErikRFS for the hook-up! Label states 5.9% ABV, 12 oz bottle into a Boston Lager glass pours a crisp light orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is crisp citrus hops and sweet caramel malts. The taste is a nice balance with citrus hops just slightly overshadowing the sweet malts. The beer is fairly light and crisp with just a touch of alcohol presence. This is a very enjoyable hoppy amber ale, not quite Tröegs Hopback, but since I can't get that in NC yet, this one will do!

atsprings, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A reddish amber color with plenty of sediment floating in the glass. No head and little lacing. Not a whole lot going on in the nose or the taste. Some hops in the taste, but the hops that are there have a "soapy" finish. Not something that I'll revisit.

FtownThrowDown, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of Domingo
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kirok1999 for this one.
Pours a pretty deep copper color with a 1/8" off-white head. Looks exactly what you'd think of when someone says "craft beer."
Smells pretty hoppy, but not IPA-level territory. There's a little sweetness in there.
The flavor starts off moderately sweet and biscuity, but the bittering hops kick in the middle. Not too bitter or overpowering, I mainly got a grapefruit flavor from them. Finish is surprisingly malty and not too dry.
I downed this much faster than I expect to, and to be pretty honest I liked it more than I expected to as well.
Not just another boring amber or red ale, and not just an "IPA in disguise" either.
This would be a good beer for converting people towards bolder craft beers. It's not quite a gateway, but more of a 2nd step.

Domingo, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of NCSUdo
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Light amber, golden body with a medium white head. I expected a much more "red" body. Decent lace and retention.

S: Nice citrus hops, grapefruit mostly, with maybe a hint of pine. Mostly hop but there is a certain underlying sweetness.

T: Hops dominate again. Mostly a citrus twang but some earthly tones as well. Bitterness is not huge. Overall, the taste is a little underwhelming.

M/D: Body is light, possibly bordering on medium. Either way, it's too thin for my taste. To me, an amber should be nice and medium, moving up from there depending on the "size" of the beer. Carbonation is alright. Drinkability is good. A solid beer, nothing great, but it hits the spot and is drinkable enough.

NCSUdo, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of BeerBelcher
1.88/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Not the hop experience that its label would portend. Pours an opaque orange with a scummy head. Aroma is faintly floral, and cereal-y. It has a grainy smell not dissimilar to Play-Do...hardly appetizing. Flavor is more mostly grainy and Play-Do like, and not good. Mouthfeel is quite thin and watery. The more I sip this beer, the more I think it stinks.

I hope this sample of mine is just old, but due to a lack of any indication on the bottle of the beer's age, I am assuming it is within code (if the brewery wants me to factor in the beer's age into this review, they need to put a date code on it). Maybe I'll give it another try at a later time, but I bought this beer from a store with a pretty brisk craft beer business (Blacklick Liquor in Reynoldsburg, OH) so again I am assuming it is within code, just not very good.

BeerBelcher, Mar 01, 2009
Hoppus Maximus from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.