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Hoppus Maximus - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 3
Gots: 20 | 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: AtLagerHeads on 04-24-2003

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Ratings: 394 | Reviews: 236
Photo of Duster72
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of crookedhalo
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of JDK
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of peabody
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of psinderson
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of Jottpe
4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

Photo of Applesauce1
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Illinick
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.42/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of joe1510
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of arguemaniac
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Photo of
3.59/5  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.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of beerceller99
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Photo of GimpyCane
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of beerphan
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle -> pint glass
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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.

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Hoppus Maximus from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.