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Hoppus Maximus - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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385 Ratings

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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 3
Gots: 18 | 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 ZimZamZoom
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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.

ZimZamZoom, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

Dodo2step, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

JDV, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of ericj551
4.33/5  rDev +19%
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.

ericj551, Feb 25, 2008
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.

BeerSox, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of johnnnniee
3.35/5  rDev -8%
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.

johnnnniee, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of gkatsoris
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

gkatsoris, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of Foxman
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Foxman, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

MarkSCCOT, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of johanvond
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

johanvond, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of MiguelMandingo
3.93/5  rDev +8%
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.

MiguelMandingo, Jan 18, 2008
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.

MmmIPA, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of sjohansen
2.65/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

sjohansen, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of Homerbag
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Homerbag, Jan 01, 2008
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.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of abcsofbeer
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

abcsofbeer, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of dmamiano
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

dmamiano, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange amber with some visible yeast. Half inch of orangish off white foam quickly dissipates to a layer. Modest lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smells piney with a hint of citrus, not as strong an aroma as you might expect from the name. Taste is sweet at first but then gives way to the dry bitterness.

It goes down easily and begs for another one. I think it would stand up nicely to food. I didn’t love it at first sip but the more I drink it the more I like it.

CDBeerDisappear, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of pwoods
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottled purchased at Party Source poured into a pint. No dating.

A: Pours a light amber to orange with a bit of haze to it. 1 finger of white head with lots of carbonation. As carbonation dies, the head actually stays a bit as a soft pillow.

S: Big notes of floral and citrus hops. Grapefruit and orange are dominant. Some malt sweetness in the back from the caramel malts.

T/M: The first thing my brain hit on wasn't the hops but the malts. Sweet yet nutty and grainy. The hops are there, grassy and citrus-y but much lower on the bitterness than expected. The malts kick in after the hops, helping the body form a bit more. Finish is more drying than I first expected, fully bringing the hops back for bitter aftertaste.

D: Tasty enough and easy to drink. Would make a decent session brew but I think it would just get lost in the crowd.

pwoods, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of dickieb
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber in color, with an average head that dissipates to some lingering lacing. Smell is of green hops, without much else coming through. The taste starts off with some citrus hops moving into a bit of medium malt and an almost apple flavor, and ends with a lingering hop bitterness. A solid mouthfeel for 5%, not something you could drink to many of but very tasty, overall im quite impressed.

dickieb, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of drmary
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very impressive in this way: low alcohol content (I'm a bit alcohol sensitive and some of the really high ABV beers just aren't worth the headache) but very well rounded and full bodied. Not quite sure how they pulled it off, but that's why I gave this such a high drinkability rating. Nice caramelly notes in the nose.

drmary, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of Floydster
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with bassmantin

Poured into a pint glass with an orange/red color and a small foamy head, about 1/5 inch maybe, settled very quickly and did not leave much lacing

Smell had some caramel notes surprisingly, with oranges and grapefruit dominating the citrus side of things

Taste was nice and hoppy for an amber, fairly at first but gave way to fruitiness shorty after each sip, crisp dry finish, could taste a little bit of honey or something similar caused by the malt

Could drink two or three bottles of this, but would eventually get tired of its taste, but alcohol content is low and it is pretty light, so pretty drinkable

First beer from Thirsty Dog Brewing, but their Siberian Night Imperial Russian Stout is one of the beers I have currently sitting in my fridge and I look forward to trying that one

Recommended, but not the best amber I have had and pretty plain and one dimensional overall

Floydster, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of bigdeuce
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells of sweet caramel and cherry. A little unbalanced after some nice malts. Beautiful looking beer, pours an unbelieveable head with great lacing down the glass. Again smell is esthery and fruity. Backend taste just got me again...slightly metallic. But a decent brew nonetheless and I will give it another try.

bigdeuce, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's been a few years since I had this one, I think I dig the name as much as the beer.

Appearance - orange tinted amber with an eggshell-colored head. A cool peppering of lace down the far side of the glass.

Aroma - grapefruit rind and orange. Obviously very citrusy but some caramel is in there, too.

Taste - sweet caramel and biscuit underpin the grapefruit and piny hops. Good flavor on both sides of this beer, and great balance. Some orange and biscuit on the swallow, grapefruit rind on the aftertaste. Finishes bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel - smooth, decent crispness, solid body.

Drinkability - a top amber from Thirsty Dog. Cheers to me for getting a sixer!!

brewdlyhooked13, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of joekfsu
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy amber. There is definitely stuff suspended in the beer. The head is rocky, 1 cm, off white, and mostly diminishing. Limited lacing. Initial aroma out of the bottle was sugary sweet, but now mostly grapefruit and raisin. Initial taste is caramel malt, ends with citrus hops, maybe orange. Dry hop flavor long after swallow. Thin, watery bodied, light carbonation. Its drinkable due to light body and 5% alcohol.

joekfsu, Sep 15, 2007
Hoppus Maximus from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.