Hoppus Maximus | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer's name will not disappoint! The complex character of American hops and amber colored caramel malts make this beer very crisp and refreshing.

Silver medal winner at the 2001 Great American Beer Festival.

Added by AtLagerHeads on 04-24-2003

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Ratings: 425 |  Reviews: 242
Reviews by NCSUdo:
Photo of NCSUdo
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Light amber, golden body with a medium white head. I expected a much more "red" body. Decent lace and retention.

S: Nice citrus hops, grapefruit mostly, with maybe a hint of pine. Mostly hop but there is a certain underlying sweetness.

T: Hops dominate again. Mostly a citrus twang but some earthly tones as well. Bitterness is not huge. Overall, the taste is a little underwhelming.

M/D: Body is light, possibly bordering on medium. Either way, it's too thin for my taste. To me, an amber should be nice and medium, moving up from there depending on the "size" of the beer. Carbonation is alright. Drinkability is good. A solid beer, nothing great, but it hits the spot and is drinkable enough.

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Photo of oberon
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light amber color with a thinner 1/2 finger white head that didnt stick around to long,very nice balance aromas leaning towards the piney hop with a touch of citrus over top of caramal malt and biscuit.Flavors start out lightly sweet but soon becomes hit with a nice dose of piney,citrusy somewhat resiny hop thru into a lingering finish.Alot of flavor with a lower alc% makes for a real quaffer,I really enjoyed this beer I have to say.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a deep golden color with an amber hue, mostly clear, but you will notice some minor sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Modest off-white head of less than two fingers, foamy, with light retention and lacing.

Aromas are an interesting mix of hops and malts. The interesting thing is that, with a name like "Hoppus Maximus", I was expecting a nose full of hops. Not so much. Plenty of earthy hops, but the surprise was in the amount of modestly roasted malts, caramel and the like. Nice.

Flavors are moderate to heavy, but full of flavor. A very nice mix of hops and malts that find a decent middle ground - nice balance for something with so much flavor.

Relatively heavy mouthfeel but not as filling as that might seem to describe. Easy to drink and very enjoyable. An interesting brew.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.

The Amber Ale is America's session Ale ... at least we'd like to think it is. At a standard 5 percent ABV with 43 IBUs, Hoppus Maximus is Thirsty Dog's hoppiest beer.

Poured vigorously, which yielded an immense rocky head with superb head retention. Chunks of yeast or protein are nearly in suspension as the carbonation keeps moving everything around. This makes for a hazedamber color that should have been clear. Orange peel, floral and blonde tobacco hop aroma, with a touch of refined honey-like malt sweetness. Hop flavor has a grip on this beer, and the bitterness grows as well. Gritty toasted grain and a touch of sweetness doesn't last for long. Quick yeast flare, fruitiness in the back. Long lingering hop bitterness and flavor takes a while to fade.

Yup, this is a hoppy one. Enough for a hophead to get his fix? Perhaps. Too much for a novice? Most likely. Either way, one brewer's Amber Ale is another brewer's Pale Ale is another brewer's IPA. Take away the yeast glow and the fact that this beer is pretty imbalanced, and you end up with a really hoppy craft beer. Go figure. Try and find the sharpest cheddar, or aged Gouda, and some salt-cured beef.

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Photo of ROBORB
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to drgonzo3705, thanks Paul! Poured into a regular pint glass this beer produced an amber/orange color with a very small head. It produced minimal lacing. I couldn't get much from the aroma other than hops and a ton of malt. I found that it was very easy to drink and before I knew it the glass was empty. If you want something complex and hoppy you should look elsewhere. As is, it is a good beer to just sit down and watch a game with.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of Jpinoniemi
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Duster72
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber orange body with a beige head that stabilizes at two centimeters and lasts several minutes. Quite a bit of patchy lace is left on the glass.
Aroma is restrained, with floral orange blossom and some sweetish pineapple and grapefruit, atop a caramel malt backbone.
Mouthfeel is light medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Taste is well balanced, with bready caramel malt and tropical fruity hops. Finishes with a mildly bitter citrusrind note and aftertaste.
Nicely put together, and pleasantly drinkable. Seems to be a hybrid pale ale and American amber, but it's tasty enough to try again.

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4.21/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was very much not an amber/red ale, strictly according to color. This was a pale yellowish orange, like an IPA. Great malt sweetness and a wonderful hop profile make up for the hue tho. Great beer. More of an IPA than red ale.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of hohnx012
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Milkysunshine
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant amber under a 2” fluffy white foam collar that recedes to a thick, sticky film. S: Grassy hop nose, light grains, T: Starts with rich malt flavors, more grains than biscuit or bread – almost a little uncooked, then there is a touch of light fruit – juicy – and then a grassy floral hop kicks in to round out the flavor and to bring it on home. F: Medium to medium light body, medium carbonation O: A full flavored amber ale.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of Scottg650
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of HeyYoMar
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of FrognutUnl
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden amber, a little lighter than expected, in color with very small white head. Smells of delicious grapefruit hops, caramel, and brown sugar. Taste is very similar to the nose, grapefruit and caramel. It surprisingly dry and crisp in the finish, from the nose I would have thought it would be sweeter. Medium in body.

Overall very enjoyable and I sucked the bottle down rather quickly.

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Photo of MyTBeerDrinker
1/5  rDev -72.5%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy golden orange body with a white head of big rocky bubbles. The carbonation is lots of big bubbles similar to soda pop.

S- The smell fresh green pine hops is strong with a note of caramel malt in the background. As it warms there is notes of citrus and more orange in the hops.

T-The initial taste is nice juicy green hops with hints of pine and very faint watermelon. This is followed by a nice malt flavor of caramel, biscuit and honey flavors. The finish has a nice hop bitterness that hangs on your breath. The finish has a slight dryness to it.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight creaminess from the fizz. The fizz is noticed more in the finish.

D- The hops were a big player but not punishingly big. There was good complexity in the malt, lots of nice soft layers give this beer good depth. I've never tasted watermelon as a hop quality before but it is a positive one in this beer.

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Photo of pwoods
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottled purchased at Party Source poured into a pint. No dating.

A: Pours a light amber to orange with a bit of haze to it. 1 finger of white head with lots of carbonation. As carbonation dies, the head actually stays a bit as a soft pillow.

S: Big notes of floral and citrus hops. Grapefruit and orange are dominant. Some malt sweetness in the back from the caramel malts.

T/M: The first thing my brain hit on wasn't the hops but the malts. Sweet yet nutty and grainy. The hops are there, grassy and citrus-y but much lower on the bitterness than expected. The malts kick in after the hops, helping the body form a bit more. Finish is more drying than I first expected, fully bringing the hops back for bitter aftertaste.

D: Tasty enough and easy to drink. Would make a decent session brew but I think it would just get lost in the crowd.

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Photo of Brenden
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I read reviews before trying this one; so, to be honest, I decided I might have to pour somewhat aggressively. I immediately had to let up, since a beautiful cascade was forming a very large, creamy tan head that was thick and dense. This head dissipated very slowly, never receding beyond a deeply pocked finger and a half. Patches of lacing left behind were thick and sticky, covering the glass from top to bottom. Are people not really looking when they pour this or do they have bad bottles? I find it hard to believe that could be the case with so many. This beer, however, could not have a much better appearance.
There's lots of balance in the nose between a pine resin hops smell complimented by flowery aromas and contrasted by a caramel malt and varying fruits, definitely citrus with perhaps apricot. An interesting note of something almost very gently smoky, perhaps toasted, and light caramelized sugars linger underneath.
Gently bitter leafy hops and sweet caramel malts form the backbone to this one along with the accompanying citrus. All the aromas are in the flavor, and the rest sit underneath for a well-rounded brew with some nice complexity.
A crispness from a light to moderate carbonation gives way to a smooth feel in a medium body.
This is a well-rounded amber ale with a very good depth of character to it, well deserving of more praise than it's received.

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Hoppus Maximus from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 425 ratings