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Hoppus Maximus - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 3
Gots: 20 | 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: 394 | Reviews: 236
Photo of Morey
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper red in color with a light tan colored head that is hanging around quite nicely. Some pretty good stick too.

Smell is a good mix of hops and malts, but there's nothing that really jumps out at you. Fairly mild aroma.

Nice mix in the taste as well. You get a little bit of bite from the hops, and then the roasted malt flavors start work their way in. There also seems to be a little bit of a metallic taste which brings the score down a bit.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side for a red/amber ale. Moderate carbonation.

I could drink a couple of these before being ready to switch to something else.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not a bad beer by any means, but it's also not one I foresee myself spending my money on very often.

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

There aren't many beers of this style that I don't like. This is one I had been drinking once in a while for several years before I realized it was local. I always held it in high regard and being that it is from someplace less than a hour's drive from here makes it that much better.

Hoppus Maximus is more dirinkable than many of this genre. Although it is way up there in bitterness and flavor, it is less over the top than some others, and thus more drinkable (not necessarily better).

This is a great beer. Don't ever refuse one of these, and seek them out if you have never tried it.

Photo of teovaldi
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber with quite a tiny head, leaving very little lace.

Smell is of hops and malty sweetness...pretty balanced.

Taste is hop forward, with caramel like malty background finishing bitter. Not as much hops as one would expect being "Maximus" but not bad.

Mouthfeel is nice...medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkability is pretty nice...hoppy and session-able is always a good mix in my book.

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 SIRIUS2
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
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 malty
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No freshness or best before stamps or markings whatsoever.

Aggressive pour onto my old timers Coors stemmed wide-mouth goblet produces a murky, glowing amber copper color with a steady loose 1/2" off-white head. No real visible uprising carbonation to speak of. Decent patchy sheets of lace all the way down.

Smells a bit sour with definite hoppy profile. A few swirls of said chalice evokes more sourness and hops, but with some malty sweetness somewhere in the middle. As the beer warms some, more sweetness form the malts becomes more apparent.

A big mouthful is taken and is left to slowly glide down. An earthy hoppiness is tasted - more rindy than floral. The sourness in the nose is not translated into any particular taste/flavor, but the hops do leave a nice chalky scale behind on the tongue and inner-cheeks. The sweetness is lass tasted than in the scent. Flavors fall of quickly and the chalky 'feel' remains.

Speaking of 'feel'...The liquid is a tad to the right of 'light' bodied with a watery consistency. Little carbonation, leaving it feeling rather flat.

Drinkability is good. Non-intrusive and very basic profile.

Overall this beer just went limp out of the gates. Looks good, smells OK and tastes pretty boring. I do appreciate a good Amber (Bells) but this one doesn't float my boat. I'm glad I only bought a single, but I'm also glad I tried it.

Photo of kegger22
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thirsty Dog Hoppus Maximus American Amber Ale was a nice dark orange in color with a moderate beige head that quickly faded to a collar after a fairly aggressive pour.

The aroma was strongly citrus hops. I also get a little sweetness in there too.

The taste was a bit of a disappointment though. Where was the maximus in the hoppus? Not really all that hoppy or all that sweet, kind of an amber light. The only time Hoppus showed much character was the bitterness in the after taste.

The mouth feel was medium bodied, oily and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability was only OK, low ABV but so-so flavor. Warming helps, but not enough to recommend.

A case of a beer that looked, smelled and felt good; but the flavor didn't back it up.

Photo of david131
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A hazy orange liquid with a thin, bone-white head.

S- Strong pine with a caramel backing and a hint of flowers. Smells surprisingly hoppy for the style and ABV. I dig.

T- Not as hoppy as I expected based upon the aroma. But the pine and caramel flavors blend nicely along with a nice fruitiness. Tastes a bit home brewed, but it is enjoyable.

M- A little undercarbonated. Smooth and slightly dry.

D- A well made, but unexciting beer. An interesting take on the style. I would never object if someone offered me a bottle.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with no freshness date. 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 Brenden
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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 goblue3509
4.39/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coppery color with a thin head which recedes to nothing and gives way to decent lacing. The aroma is of floral hops and citrus hops with some sweet malt. The smell is very inviting kinda like a flower shop. The taste is of a sweet malt backbone and a nice floral hop. The taste doesn't have a hop bite, but a very nice smooth hop character. The mouthfeel is slightly carbonated. Overall this is a very drinkable beer, this beer has a great aroma and great flavor, you could easily make this a session beer.

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 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.

Photo of ToasterChef
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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.

Photo of argock
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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 sweemzander
2.39/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

Photo of biggred1
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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.

Photo of BierFan
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of taylorhamrick
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of PatrickJR
2.72/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Hoppus Maximus from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.