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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 kirok1999
3.93/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of GJ40
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.

Photo of Overlord
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Umm...how is this an amber ale? It may be amber/orange in color, but tastewise it leans towards an IPA, or even a low alcohol barleywine (if such an animal existed).

Smells deliciously sweet and malty, with a tinge of hops. I'm licking this so far! Pours with a minimal white thin crust, no real head. Not much carbonation, and a nice, appropriately sharp mouthfeel.

Taste is more tropical than expected, with caramel malt overlayed with sweet white grapefruit, orange, and sweet citrus.

Underrated. I'd buy all the time if available here.

Thanks Sprinkle!

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is amber copper with ok carbonation. The head is ok 2 fingers off white and leaves some lace.

The smell is mostly earthy with a not of pine and some citrus.

The taste is nice earth with citrus notes, and fresh cut grass.

The mouthfeel is good a very nice carbonated feel and good body.

The drinkability is good, not a bad brew and a good example of the style. MK

Photo of throwitallaway
2.65/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to whoever sent this to me! Decanted from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours a light amber color, with a one-finger head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of citrus, bread, and caramel malts. Taste starts with a slight hoppy bitterness and then transitions into sweet malts. There's also an off note in the taste, maybe a little bit of a metallic flavor. Bummer. Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Drinkability could be high, but this beer is lacking in the flavor department. Overall this was a bit disappointing.

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

On tap at The Bluebird Inn, Cornwall, PA on 5/25/08.

A - Clear dark amber body with two-finger off-white head that left thick lacing around the glass. Moderate amount of tiny carbonation bubbles.

S - Malt is primarily sweet caramel with some breadiness also present. However, the nose is quite hoppy, with citrus notes of orange and lemon at the forefront.

T - Plenty of hop bitterness right off the bat, followed immediately by a big waft of bready malt and hints of sweet caramel and toffee. Finish is burnt, toasty malt with some bitter citrus peel and a hint of grassy hops.

M - Medium body with creamy mouthfeel that's just a tad thin. Moderate amount of carbonation. Long-lasting bitter finish.

D - Nice hoppy amber that reminds me a bit of Troegs Hopback. Some burnt flavor in there, but overall pretty well-balanced and tasty.

Photo of dsa7783
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just purchased from State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland...
Pours a dark-copper, tawny, reddish-amber colored hue with a minimal head that quickly dissipated and left a small amount of lacing around the glass...
Amber aroma replete with grains, hops, a touch of malts, and caramel...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, with a nice balance of hops and malts, a touch of caramel, a hint of vanilla, and slight sugars thrown into the mix...
For a Red Ale, this was a subtle, slightly assertive sample that scored for its lack of overwhelming flavors that made this an overall pleasure to drink and very simple to consume...
Worth a try...

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

This pours.... um.... clumpy. Yep, you got it, clumpy. I looked at this and said.... "is this floaty stuff a biology experiment, or something I should consume".... Hmm... But then I sat back and thought about our roots... our roots as beer advocates... and thought, hell, they could have filtered this and done what everybody else does, but no, they went out on a limb and let that floaty crap just stay there in the beer! Fine! I'll let it be and commend thirsty dog for not giving a shit about the rules and doing what they want.

Smells like a nice craft microbrew. Sweet. almost honey. Floral. A bit of a hop edge I like. Nice.

Taste is dry, clean, grapefruity, and balanced with a malty sweetness I can't quite place. Mango? Super hoppy (duh!) in a dry and NOT piney way. Rich. Asprin biter almost. Nicly balanced with the malts. Call me a nut

mouthfeel is quite crisp. Rich. Fizzy.

Finish is clean with a hint of pine, not sure if I like it but it is so slight I'm not going to complain, I'll just take another sip.

I could easily have another. This is quite a good brew. If you like bitter hops, and see this, give it a try. The 6-pack will do you well.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz. bottle into an Imperial pint glass. A nice orangish/amber haze with a decent sized tan head. The head fades fast but clings nicely to the side of the glass as it does.

Aroma is big on the piney hops, with more depth to them than many beers of this style. The malty caramel aroma balance the hops nicely. Really, I am thinking evergreen forest in northern Canada after a brief summer shower. It takes me there and it's a place I want to be.

Taste is nicely balanced as well. I get some sweet malt, caramel and nut, with more of that piney hop character. Just a nicely done amber in my opinion.

Nice medium bodied, easily drinkable American beer. I'm glad to have the chance to try it.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Market Cross Pub in Carlisle.

A- Pours a smooth cloudy light red and amber tint in color. Half finger head with little lace.

S- aromas of grapefruit and other fruity esters. Also more of a malty smell to it as well. Smells of light wheat as well.

T- Bitter and quite hoppy. Aftertaste has the taste of the fruity esters. I cal also taste the hops in the beginning but not so much throughout.

M- Dry and bitter, in a good way. Not good but not bad. It is a tweener for me. It goes down fairly smooth but a lil rough.

D- hard for me to drink more than one or two these. Not really an amber ale kind of guy. Not a bad beer though. It doesnt really blow me away.

Photo of JDV
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Miketd for the bottle
Pours a nice semi cloudy amber color with a medium lasting offwhite head. Smell is pretty balanced between hops and malt sweetness. Taste is more hoppy than average for an amber, and has a bit of a soapy hop flavor to me. A touch prickly mouthfeel and slightly thin bodied, but not bad overall.

Photo of ericj551
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hoppus Maximus pours a cloudy orange with small chunky particulate suspended. The aroma is sweet caramel and tons of orangey citrus hops. Sweet malt hits the tongue first, followd by the fruity, cirtusy hops. More orange than anything else, my guess is a lot of Amarillo backed up by some other American "C" hops. The light fruity sweetness really complements and balances the hops, and the bitter finish is barely noticeable. Overall it's pretty light for an Amber Ale, but a solid beer none the less.

Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Slightly hazy gold hue with a one finger frothy light tan head. Stringy lacing.

A powdery grainy malt aroma along with a citrusy bitter hop aroma, which takes up most of the scent.

Light bready malts on par with most Amber Ales, with a strong hop flavor that's not so common. It's borderline grapefuit with maybe a bit of orange mixed in. Full bodied. The finish is the lingering hops.

This one is a great session ale, that's also hoppy. Seems to be a rare mix. The beer is solid and very drinkable. Recommended.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color with a thick fluffy off white head that laces on the way down. Aroma comes in mostly with pine and citrus hops. Some caramel malt sweetness in the background. Taste is more hops and some caramel although not nearly as hoppy as one would expect from a beer called hoppus maximus. Mouthfeel is nice, thick and a bit creamy. The taste is a little one dimensional. They give you a little hops and then its done. Certainly not what I was expecting. Not a bad brew, just not as advertised. Definitely could session this beer easily enough.

Photo of gkatsoris
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Darker in color and slightly murky. A very nice head that sat pretty high and held for a good bit of time; roughly a minute or so.

S: You can smell the hops from the other side of the room. Also vanilla, and honey.

T: Not too much hops. Not too sweet either, a little bit of malt. Some honey and a little vanilla.

M: Just what it says, average. Carbonation is okay, and it's thick and chewy.

D: The smell is what sells it. And that's about all.

Photo of Foxman
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy and finely floatified golden amber with a ruddy central column. A finger of beige head lingers for a time. Mists of lacing haze the inside of the glass.

The aroma wafts a lightly sweet brush of caramel malt and softly baked biscuit. The hops are piney and citrusy and a touch subdued. A mild yeastiness winds about the edges.

Upon tasting, the malt is sugary sweet and earthy with caramel, and even a touch of molasses. The hops are at first pine-cone resiny and then crisp, juicy citrus. They then go bitter in a way the label's IBU's wouldn't predict, cleaning up the middle. A swath of grainy biscuit pops up before a lingering crisp bitterness endures nicely in the finish. It's down to earth and enjoyable.

Between light and medium bodied, the creaminess and sugary presence round out very smoothly on the palate, leaving a fetching trace in its wake.

Despite the audacious name, I wasn't really expecting the bitterness it delivers, but it's a pleasant enough surprise. It's not too big but the balance is a pleasing scenario. And even with the bigger aspects of the elements, it comes across as an aptly busy session beer. Sure, maybe it's not really maximus, but it's not minimus either, so I'd gladly drink one all over again.

Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle obtained at State Line Liquors into a pint glass.

A. Pours a clear amber brew with a 1/2 inch off white head that leaves decent lacing.

S. Piney herbal hops with a malt backbone.

T. Much as it smells, except some flowery hops are evident in the finish.

M. This beer tastes much bigger than 5.00%!! Very astringent yet clean finish.

D. Very drinkable!!! Tastes more like an IPA but the lower abv lets you drink a few more.

Photo of johanvond
2.82/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I know this catagorie is open I dont thik this fits. It s not quite amber in color its more of an orange copper with a slight chill haze. It is verry strongly hopped. I beleve the hopping is pushed a bit too far. I fell it should be an ipa. Never the less it is a verry tasty beer. Good healty head and resiny body. Theres grapefruit lemon zest and zip from the hops and carbnation. I realy enjoyed this one it just got a bad review because i feel it should be an ipa. If it was it would probaly get a B.

Photo of MiguelMandingo
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with JDV. Thanks man, this was really tasty.

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Apppearance - It poured a transparent hazy amber orange frothy 2 finger head. The head slowly dissipated to a thin crown and left a light amount of lacing behind. There was a constant carbonation bubble stream rising from the bottom of the glass. Looks really tasty.

Smell - The smell was kind of lacking on this one. I had to dig really deep but I could get hints of floral pine and citrus. There was a light sweetness to the scent, probably from the caramel malt. There was a fruity that was beyond the citrus - berry or red fruit smelling.

Taste - The taste was certainly more pronounced than the scent, but the flavors are much the same. It is citrusy and piney with lots of sweet caramel malt that also takes on an almost bready flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light/medium bodied, moderate carbonation level. It had a really dry finish which was a nice counterbalance to the hops and caramel flavor.

Drinkability - This was a really good amber ale. It was a lot hoppier than many other ambers I have sampled. Overall this was a really tasty beer - I wish it was sold in my area.

Thanks again JDV, this was an excellent beer. And an extra in the trade! If anyone is thinking of trading with him, I can certainly vouch for him. He's good people.

Photo of MmmIPA
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Randy for this beer.

Sediment in the beer and the color of the body is a amber color.A small white head that fell fast.Looks like some nice lacing on my glass.

It does smell and taste like honey but the hops seem to have faded.There is also a taste of possibly chocolate in there.There is a slight bitterness in there.Citrusy taste.

Mouthful is nice.

I would have liked to have this beer fresher but it is still worth finishing it.

Photo of sjohansen
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This bottle popped up in a mixed case from Shangys that a bunch of guys got together to pick out for a post Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas present. I’m pretty sure I know who picked this one, and if I’m correct, he grabbed it because of the guy in the gladiator costume and his crazy dog on the label. Not a great way to pick beer, but let’s see what we get.

The head starting forming in the bottle as soon as I popped the cap. Poured a very thick ruby red with lots of suspended sediment. Lacing sticks to the glass like halos after every sip. It looks great.

The nose is shocking. There is a lot going on, the most predominant up front is caramel. Once I get by the caramel, there is a familiar note that I can’t place. At first I thought it might be a clash between the caramel and the smell of the hops, but eventually I placed it as fresh honey. I don’t know if it actually is honey, or if it is a clash between the hops and the malts. Either way, it’s like nothing I’ve ever smelled in an amber ale before.

The taste is interesting as well. There is so much going on that the beers seems like it is confused. I think Hoppus Maximus is having trouble figuring out whether it wants to be a IPA or a sweet amber ale, and the cross between the two is nothing short of strange. I’m thinking I can taste the honey, but that could just be the nose. It is very sweet throughout with a slightly syrupy aftertaste. With everything going on, the 5.00% is disguised very well. The hops character is definitely present, stronger at times as the ale warms. Also as it warms I get notes of grapefruit that create a slightly bitter pucker towards the finish. The carbonation is easy enough to make the mouthfeel from the hops slightly less greasy.

I think it’s way too sweet for a pale ale, way too hoppy for an amber ale. Way to much going on for me to have more then one of these. It is very interesting though, and if you have an opportunity, take a shot.

Photo of Homerbag
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a warm orange with two finger head that turns into a ring around the pint glass.

Smells citrusy like fresh hops. Good but it has been done before.

Taste: Not what I expected. I can taste the mineral water first. Then some caramel malt followed by the hop bite in the smell.

Feels OK at best. Clean and refreshing, maybe it would be better on a hot summer day.

It is odd how a beer can smell better than it tastes. But this does it. Good session type beer but not one I would look for again.

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 abcsofbeer
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle with no drink by date to be found. The appearance is colored with a dark amber and it seems to be unfiltered with a good amount of yeast floating around, yet, the label did not indicate this. There is a nice white head about 1 finger high that yields good retention.

The aroma is pretty week in the hops department, but, it does yield some nice sweet caramel malts. The taste also holds the caramel sweetness, but, also contains a good amount of hoppiness. Overall, this is an easy drinker and fairly typical of the style.

Photo of dmamiano
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour an almost copper color, slight off white head that is hanging on. Slightly hazed. The head doesnt seem to want to stick to the sides of the glass.
Prevailant smell is caramel malt mixed with citrus hops. Just by nose alone, I am thinking this is going to be a well balanced beer.
Malt backing is unmistakable at the onset of taste..mixing nicely with hops that reming od grapefruit. Bitter in the finish
Very good beer.

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