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Hoppus Maximus - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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366 Ratings

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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | 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.

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Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 15:07:53 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 00:07:23 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 21:47:24 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 10:12:02 | More by atsprings
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 01:19:14 | More by FtownThrowDown
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 13:50:46 | More by Domingo
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 02:09:36 | More by NCSUdo
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 21:03:34 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of Brad007


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

Got this from a friend who bought it in Maine.

Pours an amber color with a one-finger head into my pint glass. Looks like a typical amber ale.

Aroma is very hoppy with some sweet malt showing through. Appealing.

Taste is very hoppy with a faint hint of malt. Chewy and again, hoppy. The hops dominate upfront.

Mouthfeel is full of nice hop bitterness and malt chewiness. Very enjoyable.

Very nice for a hoppy red ale. It does well with the hops but has a lot of flavor. At 5%, great session beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 05:30:18 | More by Brad007
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (probably past its prime, but I don't know for sure). Pours a cloudy orange with a thick off-white head. Aroma of apple skins, light fruits, lots of malt, and a hint of citrus. Flavor is mostly caramel malt with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Slightly on the sweet side and light-bodied. Easy to drink. Pretty good, and I'm sure it's even better fresh.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 23:08:02 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of Durge


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well I am first confused by the fact that my bottle is apparently brewed by the Frederick Brewing Company in Maryland for Thirsty Dog. I admit that this bottle could be a couple years old so maybe that's it. Who knows how it's held up but here goes;

This pours a very cloudy orange amber color, like ear wax (mmmm yummy). The head is pretty decent, a grey-ish white with good looking lace retention. The aroma is a deep malt and alcohol pine hops. At only 5% ABV I have to wonder if the layover time has perked up the fermentation process a bit unnaturally. The first mouthfull is quite fizzy although the general body feel is medium range, pretty nice. The taste is mild hops and a green grain hint that suggests caramel and toffee. The hops seems a bit less piney than the aroma showed. It finishes with a bit of dry orange and charcoal and warms a bit going down. I suspect that my bottle did stew a while too long but it is sliding down pretty favorably. It's definitely effervescent, clean and lively. OK drinkability but not super inviting either. I don't get so much hops as I expected but it's enough to enjoy. Definitely worth a try for something a little different within the hops family.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 04:15:12 | More by Durge
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3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a clear dark golden brown with a thin sticky white head.

Aroma of sweet malts and floral and pine hops.

Bitter hoppiness upfront with a caramel maltiness following. Bitterness lingers through the finish.

Medium bodied, dry, and moderately carbonated.

A nice easy drinking, hoppy amber from Thirsty Dog.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 02:04:04 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of Frosty80


3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color: clear, caramel

Smell: hoppy; slightly sweet

Taste: hoppy throughout; malt tries to fight its way through to balance hops

Mouthfeel: low to medium carbonation; low to medium body

Notes: it claims to be an amber, but its more like an IPA trying to fit in to that category with some malt to balance the hoppiness. i know americans tend to make things more hoppy than our progenitors, but really...make up your mind!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 21:07:38 | More by Frosty80
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3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden amber, a little lighter than expected, in color with very small white head. Smells of delicious grapefruit hops, caramel, and brown sugar. Taste is very similar to the nose, grapefruit and caramel. It surprisingly dry and crisp in the finish, from the nose I would have thought it would be sweeter. Medium in body.

Overall very enjoyable and I sucked the bottle down rather quickly.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 05:47:20 | More by FrognutUnl
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3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kirok1999 for the chance to try this one.

Hop-idiot that I am, I enjoy my amber ales to have a nice hop kick, so I imagine I liked this more than most.

Pours a clear amber with a nice white head. Smell is nicely balanced between sweet malt and citrusy hops. Taste starts off with bready malts, then balanced by a nice orange-grapefruit hop flavor. Finishes modestly bitter. Overall mouthfeel is medium bodied. A nice bottle to have one or two of.


Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 21:19:02 | More by sholland119
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3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This American-Style Amber Ale was in fact a light amber color out of a bottle. The head was very thin and very short lived and the lacing... what lacing? The aroma was pleasant, a great balance of sweet malt, floral hops and orange zest. The flavors were indeed quite hoppy, so much so that I almost would call this a hybrid style The first thing to hit me was the citrus rind bitterness followed by some pale malt and caramel malt sweetness. The finish was again hoppy, bitter and slightly herbal. The mouthfeel was smooth and oily, the carbonation nearly flat (which would explain the lack of head too, bad bottle?) and the body medium. I have trouble calling this one an Amber but it was fairly tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 14:05:00 | More by thekevlarkid
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3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle with a slice of pizza at Liberty St. Tavern. Not a bad match. The beer, poured into a Sam Adams Summer Ale glass, appears a cloudy amber with a white head. What's up with that?

A bready citrus hops loaf aroma and flavor dominate this session beer. The flavors are rounded and smooth, not crisp, but not unpleasant. The hops are fairly juicy, with grapefruit, lemon, and bit of spice. The malt are kind of non-description, sweet and bread-like. Overall, not a great beer, but drinkable and a nice, simple.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 01:29:49 | More by tempest
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation. Served in a very large glass mug from tap.

A. Dark golden in hue and a good amount of lace.

S. Piney hops up front bordering on pine sol. Just a bit of malt is noticable.

T. Dirty, earthy, piney hops dominate the flavor. These hoppy Amber/Red Ales these days. Extreme bitterness, bordering on hilarity.

M. Sharp biting finish rips the enamel off my teeth. Other than that, medium to full bodied.

D. This is a very good hoppy beer. It is so bitter it pretty much ruins the palate. Good finisher beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 19:25:51 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A medium amber color, with a small cream colored head forms, it then slowly dissolves away to a film on top. The malt is very striking in the aroma, that is followed by a light ciyrus and grasyy fragrance. The taste is evenly balanced, the maltstarts it, coming on strong and hearty. The hops soon take over, breaking through with grass and citrus flavors, to even it all out. The feel is a thin feel at the front, blending itself to a more of a medium bodied feel. A quick tingle of carbonation coming through at the end. This is a strong session beer, a very consistant taste and strong aroma, make this a beer to keep in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 00:25:21 | More by cameraman
Photo of Greggy


4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice fine sediment. Good thick creamy head. Great lacing.

S- Slight hopiness, nice mandarin orange, almost ESB like qualities. Nice.

T- Nice maltiness notes of pear, pipe tobacco, apple, caramel.

M- Medium carbonation is nice. Finish is nice.

D- Drinkablility is great. More ESB like to me, than amber.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 04:31:14 | More by Greggy
Photo of sleazo

New York

4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_True to the name, this is an amner coloured beer. The head is smallish despite a vigourous pour. Still it ends up a decent sized slick atop the brew.

S_A good mix of mostly cirtus and slightly piney hops dominate the nose. A small sweetish malt presence lurks in the backgorund.

T_Hoppy in the front, mostly pine. This leads to a fairly decent caramel sweetness and a bitter citric aftertaste. Well rounded and sufficiently hoppy.

M_A little syrupy, mildy carbonated.

D_A very refreshing brew. I like hopped up reds as they can end up being well balanced and this is no different. I just chekced the % and this drinks like a heavier beer. To get so much malt and hop flavour in here for only 5% is fantastic

Thanks to Zapata

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 03:56:01 | More by sleazo
Photo of ckeegan04


4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy orangish-amber in color. Two finger bubbly white head fades to about a 1/2 inch layer. Leaves rings of foam.

S - A sweet aroma with smells of citrus hops as well. Hints of lemon with a little spice thrown in as well.

T - A caramel malt sweetness up front quickly overcome by a mix of lemony and spicy hops. A little heavier on the spicy side. Very strong hop profile.

M/D - Medium bodied and with such a low ABV it is a great session beer for your average hop-head.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 02:12:16 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of kinger


4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this at the brewpub years ago and now poured from the bottle into a glass, either way this is a solid brew. Heavily hopped aroma that is complimented by an abundance of sweet caramel malt, very aromatic and real nice. Appearance is a better than standard light amber color with a decent white head and lacing. Medium bodied mouthfeel with a slightly bitter finish that ends real smooth. Flavor contains a large amount of floral hops balanced ever so well with the sweet malts. This is close to an IPA with the hop characteristics but the sweetness creates a slightly different angle. Overall a real treat that I'm glad I can still enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 16:55:37 | More by kinger
Photo of kirok1999


3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow is this full of sediment! Pours a dusky copper with a nice off white head and stick lace.
Smell is very mild compared to the taste. There's a little spicy hop and some sweetness.
Taste is very hoppy, citrus, spice and a lingering better after. The malt is darkly sweet and cloying. Feels very rich and dense. Nice beer to drink on a hot summer night.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 23:05:07 | More by kirok1999
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Track 84 in Warwick, RI.

A - Amber with good clarity and a thick tan head that lasts forever.

S - Floral hops with a slightly sweet malt.

T - Leads with citrusy hops and bitterness then gets slightly sweet from the malt.

M - Nice low carbonation lets the flavors come out. Good body.

D - A little tame (especially given the name) but smooth, balanced and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2008 11:38:37 | More by GJ40
Hoppus Maximus from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.