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Hoppus Maximus - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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381 Ratings

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Ratings: 381
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 JohnnyM2002
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

JohnnyM2002, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

arguemaniac, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

wagenvolks, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Osiris9588, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of beerceller99
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber color with a frothy white head.
Nice medium strong piney hop smell with a subtle grainy aroma.
Medium bodied and lightly carbonated.
Flavor is a perfect balance of herbal hops and mildly sweet caramel malts. Has a lightly bitter finish.
A very good, and easy drinking session beer here.

beerceller99, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of GimpyCane
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

apperence: poured hazy medium amber hue w/ a 1/2 inch white head. Left a frothy head that last thoughout the drink.

smell: moderate scent of malt and hops. Also got a hint of citrus such as grapefruit.

taste and mouthfeel: light, lively carbonated and crisp. Started off bitter-sweet and ended moderately bitter and dry.

drinkability: I would drink this brew all night.

Overall, really nice brew by Thristy Dog. Really enjoyed the balance between it light complex body w/ the moderate of hops and malts.

GimpyCane, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass,a nice white head.dissapated kind of fast..reddish,orange color,very cloudy,looks unfiltered.Smells fruity,citrusy,caramely toasty.First taste sweet malty honey-like,citrusy,sharp finish.Lively mouthful, bursts with flavor.Very tasty and drinkable. Enjoyed this one. 2001 Silver Medal G.A.B.F.

jcdiflorio, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of Gavage
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a hazy orange with a 1/2" head that falls quickly to a surface foam. No lacing develops.

Smell: very fruity and some bitterness is detectable by the nose.

Taste: lighter than expected malt profile. Big fruity sweetness, with some oranges and a mild bitterness that I expected to be more up front based on the beer's name. Lightly dry at the end.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Medium bodied. The sweetness and mild bitterness produced a short aftertaste.

Drinkability: this had a decent flavor but it leaned towards sweetness rather than hoppus maximus. No great shakes here.

Gavage, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Cloudy amber with a fairly thick head. A sweet, biscuity aroma. Expected more from the taste, actually pretty nondescript. Big hops (duh), some sweetness (?honey, ?caramel), not much there. OK mouthfeel. At 5% ABV pretty drinkable, but the hops will tire you out.

lordofthewiens, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of beerphan
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle -> pint glass
no date

Pours a clear amber with a full inch head that fades to a dishsoap film. Chunky sporadic minimal lace. Very light on the carbonation with only the occasional bubble rising.

Nose: I couldn't get a good read on the nose. Malts and hops. Duh. I reserve the right to edit this portion of the review.

Taste: Very balanced with hops and malts interacting and interlacing very nicely. Nothing really ever takes the reigns, but it all blends beautifully. Finishes with a dry slightly bitter biscuity malt aftertaste. Unexpected.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, quite the smooth brew.

Drinkability is high, could definately session this one. A good choice for the first brisk days of fall.

beerphan, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Like most hoppy beers, this beer will pour with a tremendous head if done with any rigor. Otherwise it has a moderate head with a golden color. Smell is mostly sweet, with a hint of hops poking through. I am not sure about the taste... There is a good amount of hops (as the name promises). The problem is with the after taste. If anyone has ever homebrewed, they will know that using powder yeast will yield a soapy-bitter taste, and that’s what I taste in this brew. Its really not a pleasant thing to get out of a bottle. The mouthfeel and drinkability are decent, but nothing that special.

Toddv29424, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of thaichile
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lighter amber with a head that quickly disapates. Nose is somewhat hoppy, fruity and bready. Flavors are lightly hopped with a sweet summer fruit mixed in. The hoppus maximus profile is nicely balanced by the maltus. Medium body but very nice. Still liking Troegs HopBack as the best amber but nicely done. Thanks to JeffKrenner for the bottle.

thaichile, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of trep
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark golden hue with a huge creamy off-white head that lasts for days. Very little carbonation and some yeast swirls dancing about. Nice pine hop presence in the aroma. Some caramel malt and a funky earthy mustiness. A little bit of honey also.

Nice juicy citrus and pine hop bitterness initially that abruptly halts to let the sweet honey covered malt to pass through. Nice malt presence to back up the surging hop bitterness. Finishes with a metallic, dry, bitter aftertaste.

A nicely balanced mouthfeel. Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Very drinkable also. 5% would allow you to drink these all night but the hop bitterness might take a toll on your tastebuds after a few.

trep, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This resembles an APA and even tries to be an IPA, more than an Amber. Very citrusy (grapefruit and lemon) in the aroma, and flavor is hoppy citrus. This has a medium body with good lacing, and a slightly bitter, long-lasting finish. Part of it was the timing...I had this on a warm summer night. Just right!!!

kimcgolf, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Great grapefruit aroma, orange colour, decent hopped, taste so-so and harsh finish. Medium mouthfull, but not well-malted. Bottle says contract brewed by Fredrick in Maryland. I drank it cause I like higher IBU beers for lunch, but won't seek it out again.

Sammy, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of burnstar
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours an clear amber/orange with a medium sized rocky head. Aroma is all piney and citrusy hops- quite enticing. Taste is mostly citrusy hops but is balanced out by a sweet caramel malt backbone. Finishes with just a little lingering bitterness. This really seems like an IPA at first- especially the aroma and the initial taste but the hops aren't quite as pronounced as in a typical IPA and it's not as heavy either. Very refreshing brew. Mouthfeel is perhaps a little watery especially in the finish. Very easy to drink.

burnstar, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A fairly billowy head that stays at about 1/2" nicely, with some clumpy and droopy lacing around the glass. Body is a lighter hazy copper color with some darker brown or tan hues in the mix also.

Smell: A good combo of piney and citrus hops, some earthy tones, maybe some hay, a little grass. The sweetness of the malt seems to act as an agent, rather than the hops as it usually is I imagine, to curb the spiciness and bitterness of the hops. Welcoming stuff here.

Taste: This isn't an IPA? It sure comes close at least. A great sweet malt and hop citrus character with some light spicy fruit at the core. Some spiciness also. Finishes with a clean balance of all the flavors, and the finish is rather long and malty, with some hops at the very back of the palate. Good indeed.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full, with a bit of slickness near the end, the carbonation tingling the mouth at the beginning and also letting loose a bit at the end without getting too out of control or making it feel astringent at all.

Drinkability: I suppose this reminds me of Burning River a bit, and not just because it's from Ohio, folks. That said, this is the second Thirsty Dog brew I've had, and what I deem to be the second good brew from them. I don't think there are many, but on, I guess, to trying the rest I go.

asabreed, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hadn't heard of this brewery before, and I believe this is my first Ohio beer. The name enticed me too, so I picked up a 6.

This beer calls itself an amber ale, but there's no question it's firmly in the pale ale category. It pours a fluffy head that retains for several minutes, sitting atop of coppery orange liquid.

Smell: Plenty of citrusy hops, plenty of sweet earthy malt, both balanced very well. It all smells very fresh.

Flavor is a well-balanced mirror of the aroma, but there's an astringency here that, while not reaching medicinal, feels a little too tangy. It's not helped by a mouthfeel that's too thin.

I can't find a whole lot to say about this one. It delivers acceptable flavor if you're looking for a quality session pale ale, but there's really nothing that sets it apart from the many, many similar beers of this style out there right now.

Metalmonk, May 28, 2006
Photo of weeare138
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice hazy amber with a 3 finger, pillowy white head that slowly fades. Nice, chunky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of light caramel, biscuit, along with a decent blast of citrus and pine like hops that seems to meld beautifully with the malt.
Taste is even better than the enticing aromas. No overkill of hops but a definite presence that they seemed to nail right on for what they were going for.
Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, mildly malty with a fresh amount of hops grazing along the palate.
A nice brew.

weeare138, May 14, 2006
Photo of mcallister
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale amber/brown color. A bit on the murky side, with no head and lacing present.

Big floral hop aroma, with a roasty caramal malt, hints of pine and even a slight whiskey smell.

Very refreshing buttery mouthfeel. Lovely hop texture; not to tannic. A distinctive finish, caramel roasted malt, with a lemony citrus and big carbonation. Drinkable all night.

mcallister, May 09, 2006
Photo of ski271
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Medium slightly-reddish amber with a medium-sized, off-white, pillowy, slowly diminishing head, and a handfull of tiny suspended particles floating around the beer (thought it was a dirty glass, but the second bottle was the same way). Good lacing. You could smell the strong hops just by pouring it into the glass. Citrus and pine accompanied by a biscuit-like malt. Lightly sweet, lightly floral, lightly nutty and light perfume. Impressive nose. Too bad the taste doesn’t live up to it though. Hops presence is definitely there, but the malt backbone is rather weak. So is the mouthfeel. It’s thin and dry with moderate-lively carbonation. I was not impressed at all with this beer. Weak and boring… well… ok not boring, but just unfinished-tasting. Not worth seeking out. I’m thinking maybe this is an off bottle (or an off batch) because I don’t see how this beer could have taken a silver at the GABF.

ski271, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed tawny amber. An off-white three fingered head is dense and holds very well leaving some patchy lacing. Heavy floral hop and citrus nose that overpowers any other aroma. First sip is crystal malt and sweet orange peel, followed by a burst of spicy american hops that linger into the aftertaste. Light carbonation and medium body. The hops dry out the finish somewhat, but overall a good APA with a nice citrus character and session drinkability.

PBRstreetgang, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from hoppedup as part of BIF 25*. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head above the clear amber brew. Head lasts pretty well, with heavy sticky lacing. Aroma is kind of earthy malts with piney hops. Taste finds the hops kicking it up a bit from the nose, and seem to shout down any wet grain, if there in fact was any. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is very easy. This could be revisited over and over.

ppoitras, Mar 28, 2006
Hoppus Maximus from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.