Thomas Hooker Brewtus Maximus - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Thomas Hooker Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.96% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jeffthecheff on 09-09-2009

Brewed exclusively for The Max Restaurant Group.
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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 9
Reviews by ShamasUVA:
Photo of ShamasUVA
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Trumbull Kitchen in Hartford CT. This beer is very similar to Sierra Nevada Pale ale, and is, in my opinion, an upgrade over Hooker's APA. Very clear, amber color. A well made beer overall-- it drinks like an IPA although with the intensity of a Pale Ale. Was suprised at how good it was.

More User Reviews:
Photo of KTCamm
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Bushnell Theater in Hartford.

Pours reddish amber, slightly dark, with a little bit of white foam. Didn't lace but the pastic cup may have been a contributor.

Minimal smell - but waht I did pull out was reminiscent of an amber ale.

Taste is hoppy, but not in an overbearing way. It blends nicely with a light caramel taste, some fruit. Holds serve at the finish. Good balanced carbonation.

Overall - not the best pale I've had, but holds nicely, and worked.

Photo of nebula1999
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Bushnell in Hartford, CT at recent Wilco show.

Brown to amber color, foamy white head.

Aroma of lightly roasted malts, very hoppy, but not in an IPA sort of way. Richness.

Tastes of hops mostly, but some maltiness too. Creamy mouthfeel. Overall richness in the throat, but not spectacularly.

I tend to seek out this beer whenever I go to the Bushnell as an option to the other $6 bottles. Definitely something to have again, but the ABV must be well over 5 or 6% judging how I feel afterwards.

Photo of Thads324
2.45/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

On tap @ Trum kitchen

A dark rusty color with slight white head, not retained at all.
Smells of hops and not much else, maybe a little freshly baked bread toasted the tail end.
The taste was quite disappointing. All hop, followed by a hole of nothing. What little malt exists is overpowered by hop, which isn't all that strong. The hop flavor isn't bad, but the lack of malt balance makes the beer unfit to finish.
Mouthfeel wasn't bad, although the taste was poor enough to lessen it.
Just a really poor tasting brew. Maybe the hops don't blend well. Very surprised the max group would put their name behind it. I'll have wine next time.

Photo of Damian
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at Max's Oyster Bar, West Hartford, CT
Served in a nonic

The dining establishments in the Max Restaurant Group are noted for having small yet quality selections of craft beers. It is great to see that they are now working with Thomas Hooker to make a brew exclusively for them.

The beer poured a crystal clear, glowing, orangey-amber color and was topped by a frothy, bright white, one-finger head. Within minutes, the head faded to a stiff ring of froth. Thick streaks of sticky lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was very mild initially. Slightly malty with subtle citrus notes. The nose seemed more English than American in character. As the beer warmed, the aroma really opened up. Strong notes of orange peel were complimented by a stiff, crystal malt backbone. A touch of pine came through as well.

Pungent, C-style hops dominated the flavor profile. Pithy and dry with loads of citrus. A semi-sweet maltiness was present but it definitely played a supporting role to the hops. Fruity in the center. Loads of pine and resin appeared in the bitter, resonating finish. All in all, this beer was tasty but a bit one-dimensional.

The mouthfeel was super smooth and creamy. Medium-full bodied with a fine, moderate effervescence.

Drinkability was decent. I appreciate the fact that this beer is packed with such flavor intensity. However, the dry, aggressive nature of this brew would make drinking more than one a challenge.

This an aggressive, West Coast-style pale ale. I am glad to see that the brewers at Thomas Hooker did not dumb this beer down for the masses. I paired Maximus with my Alaskan king salmon and would recommend that others do likewise.

Photo of WhiteOak
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Max's Oyster Bar.

A- Red/amber color with minimal head.

S- Some simple hop notes.

T- Bitter hops dominate, with thin malt in the background.

M- Feels thin and lacking in malt structure.

D- The shortfall of malt, the uninviting light structure, and the simple uncomplemented hop bitterness fail to attract one to further drinking.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a nonic pint glass at Max's Oyster Bar in West Hartford, Conn.

A: Poured a clean, orange amber color with a thin veil of creamy white carbonation and a slightly chilled protein haze. Clarity otherwise good with modest carbonation yet no real lacing to speak of.

S: Bready, buttered biscuit aroma with snappy, grassy and herbal hops prickly on the nose. A wildflower and toasted malt husk scent rounds it out..

T: Sturdy, creamy two-row malt flavor up front that leaves some freshly toasted grains and slight toffee taste on the palate. This washes over with a grassy, citrus, west coast-style hop character that builds up big and bitter but washes down dry and grainy in a hurry.

M: Medium bodied ale with slight creaminess initially followed by a dry, slightly watered grain finish amidst the hop resins.

D: A pretty beefed up version of Hooker APA, this brew has simply been jacked up on Cascade hops or something. It adds an interesting dimension to the brew, but ultimately it's a bit of a one-trick pony. Not too bad with my preserved lemon grilled mahi-mahi, but it would take a spicy dish to bring out this brew's true pairing capabilities.

Photo of Boto
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Max Fish: This one pours a hazy amber color. There was a small off white head that left some lacing. The aroma is nice. Malty, but not sweet. Some citrus and earthy hops, with a hint of biscuits. The taste is also good. A bit bitter, with a decent malt backbone. No real sweetness to it. Citrus and earthy hops, and a bit biscuity. A nice brew.

Photo of MMarkMelly
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Lots of Happy Hops..Lingered Malty Essence Like a Good Pale Ale.

Another Excellent Hooker. CT At It's Finest.

Thomas Hooker Brewtus Maximus from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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