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Hoppus Maximus - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Reviews: 238
Hads: 408
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 16.67%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AtLagerHeads on 04-24-2003

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
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!

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Photo of Ricochet
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Took the taste test..at .50 per sample. $$$ well spent.

I was looking forward to this because I love hoppy beers. The reviews I'd seen lead me to believe I was in for a taste treat. Here's what I got:

It is a very dark beer, almost like my favorite pales and IPAs . Smell was average. I swished this in my mouth, sipped and drank a big gulp looking for all the answers I could get. I didn't get any. Maybe I'm a hophead, when the flavor is in a beer that has flavor like IPA's and Pales, this was generic. I took a swig of water and tried again, but all I could think of was this tasted like nothing I've had. Not really good, but not really bad either. I noticed a stange taste finish like Ju-Ju Bees! I expected too much, but then what I was expecting was more of a pale-ale hoppy flavor. I'm not going to have this one again.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

43 IBU, OG=13.5P, 5.0% ABV [5-1-04]
43 IBU, OG=13.5 P, 5.9% ABV [12-19-10] re-review

Pours out to a hazy copper with orange accents, forming a sticky, clumpy biege head (dries on the glass like honeycomb wax) with excellent retention and wonderful lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs. Aroma is invigorating with fresh tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, kiwi), strong caramel and toast notes, and butterscotch. Mouthfeel is stately with a dry middle and finish and medium body. Taste begins with some flavorful piney/herbal flavor hops, fading into a toasty malt body which has an interesting astringency throughout the middle, a suggestion of water minerals, more toast, light caramel, and then a moderate bitterness lingering throughout the dry, woody finish.

This is closer to an IPA than an amber ale, but it looks great. The dryness may be appealing to some, but I could see it becoming palate fatiguing after a few bottles. Drinkability is decent. Full of hop flavor, but not abrasive or harsh. Good stuff, but not mindblowing. A solid hoppy Amber ale in the vein of Stone/Lagunitas.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason the bottled version of this beer seems a lot different than the draught. The color is a nice ruddy dark amber, with a medium and lightly foamy off-white head. Thin and sticky lacing. The aroma has a citrus hops punch. Medium-bodied and nicely drinkable, with a nice balance of hops, citrus and malt. The finish is bitter and lingering, making this a pretty enjoyable beer overall. I guess I'll just stick to the bottled version from now on.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the brewpub in Dayton/Centerville. Pours a nice copper clear liquid with a nice foamy white head. The head lasted for quite some time. There was a great amount of sticky lacing on the glass throughout. The brewpub considers this an American Amber Ale, and displays posters that this beer has won some medals, most recently a bronze at 2003 GABF. Nice citrus hop smell. Taste is just slightly sweet with citrus, slightly pine hops. Nice amount of bitterness to this. I would call this a medium body beer. I found this to be very drinkable. I even took a growler home to enjoy this weekend. Nice offering!

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Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, orange with yellow hihglights. Forms a samll white head and minor lace on the glass.
Aroma is all hops. Heavy, rich, oliy and citrusy hops, grapefruit, bubblegum and some pine.
Flavor has some pale malt that is overrun by fruity, oily, piney hop complexity.
Mouthfeel is moderately sweet to start that jumps to a spicy, sweet and resiny bitterness.
Drinkability is fairly good, realy nice fruity IPA. Definite hop head delight.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served as a sample at Thirsty Dog in Akron. The color was amber, with a ring of head. The smell was hoppy, with a slight caramel malt. The taste was citrus hops with a solid caramel malt backing. Mouthfeel was smooth. As for drinkability, could have quite a few.

An enjoyable American Amber ale. Though not quite as good as Troegs Hopback and/or Nugget Nectar, it still had a nice hop presence and body to it, and I'd probably have another one at some point.

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Photo of bigbubba
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a dark amber beer without much head. There was a very prominent hop smell and taste. One big drawback is the unpleasant aftertaste that just wants to linger. It was kind of metallic. The mouthfeel was also way too thin for a beer with this much bitterness. I enjoy highly hopped beers but this one doesn't have the balance that other well made high hop beers have.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This seemed quite a bit like the Golding's Retriever with quite a bit more bittering hops and more finishing hops. THis is a deep amber with ok head (not sure about glassware) and good side lace. Caramel malty aroma mingled with hops (but surprisingly more malt) Like the Retriever maltiness followed with golding type hop flavor but this time with "bite". Starts full and malty and finishes with a dry hop bite.

The were out of the IPA the day I was there. I believe that it would have been a nice medium between the Maximus and the Retriever

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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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Photo of hotstuff
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dayton, OH AleFest:This was a very bitter beer in my opinion which is not to my liking.The appearance consisted of a small sized tan head that contained fine sized bubbles.The body of this beer was clear and uncarbonated with a yellow-gold hue.The nose was hoppy along with a heavy bitter flavor.This is a medium bodied beer.

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Photo of jtw5877
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first offering sampled from Thirsty Dog, and it is solid. Pours an amber hue with a white head. Hoppy aroma, and some hopiness and maltiness to the flavor. The name made me think this would be over hopped, but it was balanced nicely, I hope to try more of these guys beers in the future.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent effort on the Dog's part to create a well hopped beer. The brew was amber in color with a decent, slightly off-white head that produced prodigious lacing. The nose is very hoppy and give off lots of citrus aroma. Though the hops come through very significantly in the taste, the flavor is balanced against a nice malt base. Overall, this is an enjoyable beer and one that I'd try again.

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Hoppus Maximus from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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