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Hoppus Maximus - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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382 Ratings

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Ratings: 382
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | 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 Neehan
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving the bottle into a pint glass yields a hazy, light amber with tons of floating sediment and a modest head with appealing retention. The smell is noteworthy for the piney, grapefruit hops. The taste is darker and not as sweet as expected with a mellow bitterness that lingers. Not bad. The mouthfeel is on the watery side with an increase in thickness and foam if the glass is swirled. Moderately drinkable with the bitterness being what holds it back from being one to gulp.

Neehan, Jul 31, 2007
Photo of hoppymeal
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice rusty peach color, slight haze, with a small light tan to cream head that slowly recedes. Nice citrusy hops waft up but then are followed by a larger malty sweetness, a nice bready and caramel sweetness, some berry fruitiness blends the two together. Sweet berry in the taste as well up front followed with a nice malted grain, slightly toasted flavor, a nice fresh hop plant bitterness, somewhat grassy and fairly drying. Mouthfeel is light to medium, maltiness is nice and full and kept refreshing in the drying and bitter finish. By the name and the first aroma, I wasn't expecting the malt presence to be the dominant force here, but it really comes thru nicely and is not overly strong, there is just the right amount of fruity hoppiness and bitterness to keep it balanced. Highly sessionable for me.

hoppymeal, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to MuenchenerKindl for this one.

Pours a nice slightly cloudy amber/orange color, nice carbonation, nice small off-white creamy head, nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, nice hop blend, and nice touch of caramel. The taste is malty, hoppy, and lots of caramel. The finish is slightly dry and bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice amber ale from TD, recommended.

Wasatch, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Cloudy pale amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts and finishes hoppy but has some malty sweetness that helps balance. 12oz bottle, gift from Vintage Cellars Blacksburg VA.

jdhilt, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ok, i don't mind a few floaties but the amount of relatively large floaties in this detracts from the aesthetics. color is an apricot/amber with an off-white head. aroma is very enticing-sweet caramel malts and fresh bread dough dominating along with some flowery and piney notes. taste doesn't live up to the aromas of malt sweetness as this is pretty much bone dry in the malt character with a medium hop bitterness leading to a somewhat thin, astringent finish. drinkability is fine at this abv. interesting beer, but could use some more balance towards the malts.

MrMcGibblets, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of Grundle20
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amberish brown in color with a surprising amount of sediment in the beer. There's no head, old bottle maybe?

Hmm, maybe not old, there's a good presence of hops here unskunked even. Some sweet caramel malts with a touch of apricot. Not too potent but smooth and well rounded.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
OK maybe it is old, or poorly carbonated at bottling, but this beer drinks almost flat with only a hint of carbonation at the back. The beer is semi sweet with caramel flavors. With a name like Hoppus Maximus the hops are actually kind of lackluster presenting only a mild bitterness and a weak touch of dried apricots. The finish carries the apricots for a while creating kind of a nice aftertaste.

I guess if I was going to do a beer bong of a craft beer this would be the one because it drinks so flat and the taste isn't offensive really. It lacks the flavor I demand though in a highly drinkable beer.

Bottom Line:
Hoppus Maximus my ass. Not a bad beer but it's certainly not living up to its name.

Grundle20, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of mdm46410
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker. This ale poured a hazy amber/orange color with a minimal, creamy beige head that lasted. Some decent lacing was left behind. The aroma was mainly citrus hops, including grapefruit and orange. There was also some good caramel and toffee notes. The flavor was lightly bitter and crisp, with both citrus and caramel present. Decent balance. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with quite a bit of carbonation. Overall, this was a decent session beer.

mdm46410, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of Reed415
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy dark orange with full head

S - Some mild pine and light citrus

T - Some piney grapefruit hops, sweet caramel malt. Nicely Balanced

M - Medium body, adequate carbonation

D - I would describe this as a nicely hopped amber ale. Overall pretty refreshing.

Reed415, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 6/9/07 at Tuck’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong floral hops with a background of citrus and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of smoky caramelized malt, citrus sweetness and grassy hops bitterness. It’s straight-forward but very good. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, I could definitely go with this beer for a whole evening and enjoy it the entire time without looking for something else to switch to.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of dwarvenspirits
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orangish hue. Not good head retention at all. I didn't know this was bottle conditioned so it poured hazy and kept the haziness. There is a very strong hop aroma with grapefruit, lemon, orange, resinous pine at the end. Lots of aromas coming from this beer.

Strong hop flavor up front with the bitterness towards the end but it's not too bitter, though. That makes a nice balance. I taste very little malt presence. Which to me means this is an unbalanced beer. It also tastes more like an IPA because of the lack of malt to balance it out.

Not a good example of the style.

Not a bad drink, but not my favorite. B-

dwarvenspirits, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orange/amber with a thin head that disappears to barely a small patch.

The smell is citric and floral. Some caramel in the back.

After an inviting aroma, the taste is a bit of a let-down. Caramel comes out more...bitter citric fruitiness is still there, but wish it worked together a bit more. Water seems to interfere and the malt and hops seem too ...separated(?) Decent taste still in all, but too watery and things don't seem to tie in together well enough. Some bitterness and a gentle sweetness hang on into the aftertaste.

Could be a bad sample? I don't know, seemed a bit flat. I would try again to see if it was this one, and it's not bad overall. I can think of other hoppy examples of the style I would easily choose over this one.

jwc215, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Smell, strong hop hit in the nose, very little malt, but it is present.

Taste, very earthy hop flavor, mild citrus taste. Pretty strong flavors, malts try to balance it out but get suckered punch by those hops. Hoppus Maximus indeed.

Overall, this beer drinks like it is much heavier than 5% ABV, if you are looking for a bold and flavorful beer without the hefty alcohol, this one is for you.

leftmindedrighty, May 19, 2007
Photo of drseamus
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer has visible floaties in it. And yes, that is the technical term. It is a cloudy dark amber reddish color with a thin white head. The aroma is filled with hops featuring a bit of grapefruit and some sweet malt in the background. The flavor isn't balanced in my opinion. There is a ton of bitterness and hop flavor, but not in a good way. The sweetness is there but it comes later in the flavor than the bitterness and doesn't seem to balance it. It leaves a lot of bitterness in the aftertaste as well. The mouthfeel is good though with a medium body. Overall, this is not one of my preferred beers.

drseamus, May 18, 2007
Photo of Duster72
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark golden color with one inch head. Good lacing and retention. Aroma is primarily floral hops with citrus also lurking. Hops dominate the taste with little balance and lots of bitterness. Harsh mouthfeel hurts drinkability. Not one of my preferred IPAs.

Duster72, May 17, 2007
Photo of crookedhalo
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours up an orangy amber color with a one-fingered cream colored head that sticks around for a short while. Some caramel and biscuity malt sweetness in the aroma as well as a good dosage of piney, citrusy hoppiness. First sip suggests some malt sweetness and fruitiness followed by some hop bitterness. Further investigation leads me to pinpoint the fruitiness as being almost peach or apricot-like. The hop bitterness is clearly towards the finish and is not overpowering, just enough to counterbalance the sweetness. Some residual caramel malt sweetness lingers in the aftertaste. A bit slick on the tongue, but the mouthfeel's in check for it's lower ABV. A pretty good sessioner.

crookedhalo, May 03, 2007
Photo of JDK
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden cloudy amber with hardly any head.
Very light smell of citrus with a touch of malt.
Very little lacing but it did cling throughout the drink.
Light to medium mouthfeel with very good carbonation and a citrus aftertaste.
Has a taste of grapefruit along with some subtle malt, nice balance
Really enjoyed this beer and look forward to drinking more.

JDK, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burgundy color, with amber tints. Small head, a bit rocky, little retention.
Smells of sweet citrus and malt. Some soft fruit present. malt seems a bit too strong.
Taste is clean, yet malty sweet. the citrus gives way to the grain. I'm not a amber ale drinker and would have given this a notch lower on the drinkability, but for the style its solid.

Mebuzzard, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours an orange/amber color with an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is citrusy (grapefruit) and piney hops, I can't smell anything else other than the hops. The taste is mostly the same, it's citrus and pine hops with some peppery spicyness too. The beer also has a good bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light/medium, but closer to medium. Drinkability is good, it goes down easy and crisp. Overall it's a good beer, nice and tasty.

bluejacket74, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of peabody
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a cloudy orange with one finger of white suds. Lacing occurs around the glass.
Smell is yeast and orange peel but the Hops are hiding.
Taste is OK but could be lots better. The hops don't show up till the last part of the aftertaste. Then they still don't dry out the mouth like a Hoppy drink should.
This one dissapoints because of the High expectations of a drink called Hoppus Maximus. Well, Not bad but could be lots and lots better.

peabody, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly clouded copper amber thick caramel tan head froms, I'm left with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma: Nice floral/ citrus hop combo caramel malt backbone comes out for the occasion not bad. Taste: Moderate bitterness hop and malt ratio is executed nicely with the citrus side of the hop flavor coming through with this caramel malted amber ale. Mouthfeel: Medium body creamy with some low levels of oily resins streaking across the palate. Drinkability: Yep, a fine session ale that I could chill with definitely a pick up a sixer and enjoy kind of brew.

WVbeergeek, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of psinderson
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Murky light amber color with lots of yeast floating about. Thin, off-white head that dissipates quickly. Nothing special about the appearance.

Smell: This is the highlight, in my opinion. Very complex aroma. I sense alot of sweet caramel malts with a clear American hops backbone. A definite spicy note present from the hops. Much more malty in the nose than the name suggests.

Taste: As expected, hops win out here, but they are less intense than I expected. A good bready, malty background. Nice, clean finish with a bit of pepper at the end.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body with pleasant carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable due to the more balanced character. Nice and clean with not too much remaining in the end.

psinderson, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of Jottpe
4.6/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is deceptively good. I had never heard of any good beers that come from Dayton, Ohio (where this is apparently brewed). As I am sure you can tell from the name, this beer is heavy on the hops, and as such it is certainly not for someone used to a lighter more American beer.
That said the hops is not overwhelming either. The packaging makes you think this is a beer suited to a fratboy but, and I can not emphasize this enough, it is a truly good brew. The hops is certainly strong but not overwhelming, and unlike a lot of other American beers that go strong on the hops, this goes down and finishes quite nicely: a pleasant taste going down, and even better aftertaste makes it a beer you can really savor. You could easily drink 3 of these and enjoy every last sip. I didn't drink it with any food, but I imagine you could pair it with the same foods any hopsy beer would go well with. It pours with a very small head, but it bubbles well after pouring. Pours an attractive but very cloudy amber.

This is my first review, and I wrote it simply because this beer deserves more attention. If you are ever in the Ohio area I would seriously recommend finding it.

Jottpe, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of Applesauce1
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this on-tap at Skipper's in Athens.

Appearance: orange-copper color with a nice half inch head off the tap
Smell: hops dominate
Taste: lots of hops; i also notice a nice citrus tone to this beer; unique flavor, hoppy but not overly done
Mouthfeel: medium bodied
Drinkability: good, could have a few of these in one night

I'm impressed with this beer and will definitely have some more in the future.

Applesauce1, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of Illinick
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper and burnt orange in color with a medium sized slightly off white/tan head that remains as a 1/4 inch layer. Good lacing as expected.
S: The smell displays scents of grapefruit, citrus pulp, and slight herbs up front with more pine and sweet malts following near the end.
T: Follows the nose with slightly bitter citrus and grapefruit up front followed by some herbal and earthy flavors transitioning into pine and slightly sweet malts. The flavors meld well together and flow accordingly. Has a nice flavor profile and drinks like a not-so-imperial, imperial red. Think tone-down baby Nugget Nectar (in a good way).
MF: Light.
Overall: A quality brew that's not quite an APA and not quite an Amber. Think toned down Imperial Red. High drinkability and a great beer for a football or hockey game as well as a get together.

Illinick, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a thin, half-finger thick, tan colored head that sits atop a lightly hazy, copper tinted, darkened amber colored brew. The aroma is certainly hoppy, with lots of fruity citrus notes, but there is also something a touch weird going on. Fruity notes of sweet grapefruit, candied orange peel, apricots and tropical fruit, round out a smooth American hop derived fruitiness. I can't quite pinpoint what seems off here, maybe it is just me. There is a soft, supporting malt character in the aroma that, if you search for it, produces notes of caramel and lightly toasted biscuits.

The taste is fairly dry up front, and even takes on a soapy almost dishwater note toward the middle and finish of this brew. Definite citrus notes of grapefruit are the predominant flavor, though there does not seem to be enough supporting malt sweetness to bring out the vibrant hop fruit notes of the aroma. Ample crystal malt flavors play a disproportionately large role here in the flavor; at least they seem to be a bit out of character for this beer; though this is billed as an Amber ale I can't quite justify that statement, it just is. This beer is finished by a solid bitterness that still carries with it a tart grapefruit like note that lingers on in the palate. There is also a certain astringency in the finish that at times can be a touch harsh. An interesting brew, it seems to be too out of balance to support all of the flavors that are going on. Though I would certainly not say this is bad.

Gueuzedude, Jan 19, 2007
Hoppus Maximus from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.