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Hoppus Maximus - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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375 Ratings

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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
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 Reed415


3.75/5  rDev +3%

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.

06-11-2007 18:47:32 | More by Reed415
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +14%

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.

06-11-2007 13:15:07 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of dwarvenspirits


3.53/5  rDev -3%

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-

06-05-2007 18:19:31 | More by dwarvenspirits
Photo of jwc215


3.43/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

06-01-2007 03:08:25 | More by jwc215
Photo of leftmindedrighty

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

05-19-2007 21:55:42 | More by leftmindedrighty
Photo of drseamus

New York

3.28/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

05-18-2007 04:35:10 | More by drseamus
Photo of Duster72


3.18/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

05-17-2007 18:18:43 | More by Duster72
Photo of crookedhalo


3.93/5  rDev +8%

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.

05-03-2007 20:42:53 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of JDK


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

04-07-2007 19:53:35 | More by JDK
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

04-01-2007 22:45:07 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of bluejacket74


4/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

04-01-2007 00:30:11 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of peabody


3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

03-08-2007 02:32:54 | More by peabody
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

02-09-2007 18:34:44 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of psinderson


4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

02-06-2007 03:09:28 | More by psinderson
Photo of Jottpe


4.6/5  rDev +26.4%

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.

02-05-2007 04:49:56 | More by Jottpe
Photo of Applesauce1


4/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

01-26-2007 07:41:22 | More by Applesauce1
Photo of Illinick


4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

01-23-2007 00:59:40 | More by Illinick
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.43/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

01-19-2007 01:33:39 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of joe1510


4.08/5  rDev +12.1%

12oz. Bottle
$9.99 6-Pack
Liquor Stop

Hoppus Maximus poured with a mildly hazed amber body and very few slow rising carbonation bubbles. The body turns orange when held up to the light. After the pour a one finger white bubbly head formed that faded to a thin cap. Left moderate lacing throughout. The body is pretty average but the lacing helps the looks.

The smell doesn't disappoint. With a name like Hoppus Maximus you expect hops and you get them. The smell is a mix of nice solid caramel malt and a slight apple juice sweetness. this malt backbone is balanced with a nice mix between citric and floral hop aromas. There is also a tea leaf subtlety I enjoy.

The flavor has a good mix of doughy and caramel maltiness that go nicely with the rounded hoppiness. The hoppiness is the same as in the smell, starting out mid-palate with the floral variety and ending on the swallow with a citric bite. Hops are more in flavor and aroma than bitterness. The tea is blended very mildly throughout the flavor as well.

Medium body with sluggish carbonation lets things work through on their own letting all the flavors mingle. Smooth finish.

Hoppus Maximus is an easily sessionable beer. I could easily sit down and drink a few of these at a time. Smooth, easy drinking with more than a handful of hops but not palate ruining in the least.

This is a really enjoyable session ale that will be in my fridge often. Very refreshing with just the right balance of malt and hop that makes it an easy quaff. Very nicely done.


Notes: Brewed for Thirsty Dog Brewing by Fredrick Brewing. American Amber.

01-16-2007 03:08:26 | More by joe1510
Photo of JohnnyM2002


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

Sampled from the tap, poured into a pint glass.

Note - I just reviewed this about 6 weeks ago, but this time is from the tap.

A - Poured a clear amber with an explosive head off the tap. When it had time to calm down, a small ring remained with a good amount of carbonation.

S - Hoppy notes arose right away with some citrus malt in the background. Pretty straightfoward - smells more like an American IPA than APA...we shall see...

T - Much better than from the bottle, but I'm a little confused. Style listed on BA is APA, bottle says Amber...I'll be damned if this isn't an IPA...sure smelled and tastes like one to me. But I digress...

Caramel malt provided the backbone for the hoppy flavors that came pouring out. Not much fruitiness there, which is a good thing because the bitterness that finishes the beer is always a nice feeling ;-). A little yeasty as it warmed up...all in all though, hoppiness is strong start to finish.

M - This was my only real problem...felt way too thin. A good amount of carbonation and a nice, bitter finish...but just felt too watered down. It didn't take away from the tasty flavors, but I could go for a little heavier body. I'll assume it was something with the line at the bar...

D - Overall, very enjoyable; I could definitely see myself drinking more of this. Previous review from November was a 3.3...this was completely night and day. I've experienced this before, but never that much of a change, especially in such a short amount of time.

Well I don't want to harp on it - I really enjoyed this at the bar and I'll definitely give it another chance in bottled form.

01-11-2007 01:27:35 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of arguemaniac


4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

Pours an attractive orange-amber with a tall, rich white head that is superbly well-sustained. Huge American hop aroma, as a home brewer, I can tell you the aroma is pretty similar to what you get when you take a big whiff of a handful of hops (I’d say, cascade). The hoppiness doesn’t get any less intense in the palate: rich, bitter hoppiness and great overall hop flavor, and it’s all fairly well balanced with a firm maltiness. Hoppy, but not overly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected, I was hoping for that nice hop oil thickness, but it’s not too watery.

Very nice, my only complaint is the slightly thin mouthfeel, but other than that, this beer is pretty solid. Recommended.

01-06-2007 07:35:15 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of wagenvolks


4.43/5  rDev +21.7%

Twelve oz. bottle pours a golden orange, cloudily unfiltered-looking brew below a minimal amount of head, light to no lacing along the edges of the pint glass. The aroma is very sweet with a (expectedly) hoppy fragrance. Hints of melon, cantalope or honeydew, as well.

The taste is well balanced with hops and malt notes making for a light and very, very smooth mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated, this beer finishes strong and smooth, with hops at the back of the palate. Quite the thirst-quenching beer, would go great with a meal.

12-29-2006 03:09:58 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.4/5  rDev +20.9%

Bold kumquat orange with a fine yeasty haze. The upper half of the pint glass is filled with a large dollop of melted orange creamsicle that sets off the color of the beer beautifully. The foam is richly creamy and is sticky enough to festoon the glass with thick sheets of BB-shot lace. A wonderfully 'dirty' IPA look.

I don't know about Hoppus Maximus, but the citric fruity nose easily earns the moniker Hoppus Moderatus. It's primarily orange zesty with a little grapefruit as well. At roughly half that strength is a caramel maltiness that doesn't smell like it'll intrude on the palate. I think I'm gonna like this one.

Maximus tastes like a much bigger beer to me than a 5% APA. In fact, I'd have called it an IPA if blinded. Why the brewery insists on calling it an amber ale is beyond me. While the nose was no slouch in the hop department, the flavor is more hoppy yet. In fact, it's easily hoppier than many so-called IPAs. Yes, I'll concede the point; Hoppus Maximus is a valid name after all.

I'm betting that the malt backbone is more pale than caramel because there's even less flavor contribution than the nose suggested there would be. Speaking of malt, there's enough on hand to easily support the generous lupulin load. We wouldn't want to actually balance the hops, now would we? (the correct answer is 'no').

Bittersweet orange still leads the way with a welcome contribution from white grapefruit pith and from apricot. A minor spruciness add depth. The hop bill almost certainly includes one or more of the 4-Cs. Whatever has been used is more than fine by me. It's easy to be cynical about GABF medals, but this beer deserves anything that it has ever been awarded.

The body/mouthfeel is on the full side of medium and contains just enough bubbles to add volume. I'd even go so far as to call it lush. By what sort of alchemy are these guys able to create a beer that tastes and feels so big... at only 5%? Simply amazing.

Hoppus Maximus is damn good beer. For some inexplicable reason, I doubted its bona fides prior to popping the cap. Color me impressed though. I've been searching for a single for several years now and finally found one. Looks like I should have sprung for a sixer all those times that I had the chance. I won't make the same mistake again.

11-27-2006 15:04:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

12oz. bottle

Amber in color, and slightly hazy. Small light tan head.

Honey & caramel complemented by pine.

Nice hop start, stays with pine resin. Biscuity in the middle and nicely balanced overall. Husky/grainy at finish.

Between light and medium in body, with moderate carbonation. Finish is pretty dry.

Overall, a very tasty APA, especially if you like hops. Nicely sessionable.

11-08-2006 19:39:19 | More by
Photo of Osiris9588


3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

Pours a murky honey color from a 12oz bottle. The one-finger head doesn't stick around very long, virtually no lacing.

The smell is very malty and hoppy, a little honey and lemon fluttering about.--very pleasant. It is aptly name--bold hops dominating throughout, some caramel and honey undercutting the bitter finish, some phenols popping up as well.

The mouth is big and bold, complex--even though it's all about the hops-- and lively on the palate--perhaps a bit more carbonation would be nice.The yeasty, biting aftertaste is bit unrefined. I recommend this for fellow hop fiends, but not for those who don't enjoy extremly hopped brews.

I will have no problem finishing off this six-pack picked up at Gentile's. A solid Ohio brew for shizzle.

10-17-2006 16:22:50 | More by Osiris9588
Hoppus Maximus from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.