Hoppus Maximus | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Hoppus MaximusHoppus Maximus

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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Photo of MyTBeerDrinker
1/5  rDev -72.5%

Photo of BeerBelcher
1.87/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Not the hop experience that its label would portend. Pours an opaque orange with a scummy head. Aroma is faintly floral, and cereal-y. It has a grainy smell not dissimilar to Play-Do...hardly appetizing. Flavor is more mostly grainy and Play-Do like, and not good. Mouthfeel is quite thin and watery. The more I sip this beer, the more I think it stinks.

I hope this sample of mine is just old, but due to a lack of any indication on the bottle of the beer's age, I am assuming it is within code (if the brewery wants me to factor in the beer's age into this review, they need to put a date code on it). Maybe I'll give it another try at a later time, but I bought this beer from a store with a pretty brisk craft beer business (Blacklick Liquor in Reynoldsburg, OH) so again I am assuming it is within code, just not very good.

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Photo of shrek806
1.9/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- pretty much flat, a little early bubbling followed by a "copperfield" like disappearance of head. "kind of like getting married, huh guys?" anyway, poured tan in color with a hint of red
Poured into a Boulevard snifter, I am trying this thanks to Mike (Whybenormal)

S- I get some malts, light hint of hops, maybe some Rye

T- like the kiddie pool "shallow" little bit at the beginning and then it just laid there. Some bitterness but not in a positive sense

M- Thin, lacking, BLah blah blah

D-if I had to, I guess. Like a summer party with nothing but Corona and bud light lime, I would select this


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Photo of jaidenjb
2/5  rDev -44.9%

Photo of DaveAnderson
2.25/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours with a distracting, even annoying, amount of foam. And not the creamy, fine-bubbled kind. More head than beer, no matter how I pour. Color is too pale for me to consider this an amber.

S - At first, dirt. After it warms, the smell becomes more interesting, even pleasant. But not right away.

T - Far more bitter than the 43 IBUs would justify. Straight from the bottle (while I wait for the foam in my glass to subside), it tastes a little like dirt. I don't know how else to put it.

M - Feels like foam. I don't think I own a glass big enough to pour this 12oz bottle into, because the foam is easily twice the volume of the liquid. To re-sample and assess, I have to pour and wait, or just evaluate the foam. Tiresome.

D - The taste is all wrong in the bottle, and the foam dominates everything in the glass. I dislike this beer.

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Photo of rab53
2.25/5  rDev -38%

Photo of jmarsh123
2.37/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear gold with just a tinge of orange. Nowhere close to amber appearance. Ample 2 finger white head with good lacing.

Strong citrus aroma with a little bit of caramel. Smells pretty sweet.

Starts out with a little bit of caramel malt. A huge buttered popcorn off flavor overpowers things. Finishes somewhat earthy/piney bitter and dry. This is all over the place and not in a good way.

Mouthfeel and carb are ok.

I like hoppy reds. This fails to live up in a big way. Flavors are all over the place and the buttery flavor is way off-putting. Will not be having this again.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.39/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours an amber color that produces a good sized off-white head that dissipated fairly quick. Some minimal lacing.

(S)- Ample sweet malts with a strong hop/pine aroma. Some minerality.

(T)- Tons of pine with sweet malts. Nothing really coming through except pine and a sugar sweetness in taste and smell. Slightly dry finish.

(M)- Good carbonation level, but has a rather lackluster body and flavor profile; there's just nothing much present.

(D)- A rather boring beer that just doesnt have alot going for it. Its so simple and basic that is boring/bland. Its like its hoppy just to be hoppy and sweet amber malts just because.

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Photo of Jenessa
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of dalepryor
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of JArt
2.52/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.56/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Light amber, if it's even amber. More gold than amber. Very clear and a huge head. Like overflowing head. I am briefly worried.

Smell - Hops and a musty smell. The malt aroma is kinda stale and dry. Not very inviting.

Taste - About as exciting as the smell. Hop flavor throughout, but not a lot of malt backbone. It's there, just not very flavorful. It finishes with a lingering bitterness that also carries that musty flavor from the aroma. Throughout the drink there is the slightest lactic twinge. Not enough to make me think it's infected, but enough to make me wonder.

Mouthfeel - Light and quite dry. I almost wonder if there's some critter in here eating away what used to be malt. The only flavor that remains is bitterness and it isn't very nice.

Overall - I question what's wrong with this or if it's just not very good. A below-average amber. Not something I'd like to drink again.

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Photo of sendsilk
2.58/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Received as an extra in a recent trade. 12 oz bottle poured int o a pint glass.

A- Average, light straw colored, medium to smaller head.

S- This is where it starts to come apart. Not much smell to discern. With a name like Hoppus Maximus, I expect to be blown away by a strong hop smell. Very weak.

T- Less than impressive, not bad, but nothing impressive here either. Not worth going after one of these again.

M- Average at best.

O- Find some hop bomb elsewhere, nothing to see here.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.61/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A reddish amber color with plenty of sediment floating in the glass. No head and little lacing. Not a whole lot going on in the nose or the taste. Some hops in the taste, but the hops that are there have a "soapy" finish. Not something that I'll revisit.

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Photo of throwitallaway
2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to whoever sent this to me! Decanted from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours a light amber color, with a one-finger head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of citrus, bread, and caramel malts. Taste starts with a slight hoppy bitterness and then transitions into sweet malts. There's also an off note in the taste, maybe a little bit of a metallic flavor. Bummer. Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Drinkability could be high, but this beer is lacking in the flavor department. Overall this was a bit disappointing.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, courtesy of Ryan011235.

Pours a hazy dull caramel orange, with a finger of off-white head that quickly reduces to a skim. No retention, but a somewhat surprisingly decent amount of lacing.

A very floral and herbal bouquet, with hints of menthol, hot tea, and even perfume. Malt is much more prevalent in the mouth, with a big breadiness establishing itself right away. Perhaps the most powerfully 'floral' tasting beer I've had. A bit of citrus kicks in mid-swallow and sticks around for the finish. Medium-thin body with lowish carbonation.

Overall impression: Odd name for a rather bland beer.

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Photo of sjohansen
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This bottle popped up in a mixed case from Shangys that a bunch of guys got together to pick out for a post Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas present. I’m pretty sure I know who picked this one, and if I’m correct, he grabbed it because of the guy in the gladiator costume and his crazy dog on the label. Not a great way to pick beer, but let’s see what we get.

The head starting forming in the bottle as soon as I popped the cap. Poured a very thick ruby red with lots of suspended sediment. Lacing sticks to the glass like halos after every sip. It looks great.

The nose is shocking. There is a lot going on, the most predominant up front is caramel. Once I get by the caramel, there is a familiar note that I can’t place. At first I thought it might be a clash between the caramel and the smell of the hops, but eventually I placed it as fresh honey. I don’t know if it actually is honey, or if it is a clash between the hops and the malts. Either way, it’s like nothing I’ve ever smelled in an amber ale before.

The taste is interesting as well. There is so much going on that the beers seems like it is confused. I think Hoppus Maximus is having trouble figuring out whether it wants to be a IPA or a sweet amber ale, and the cross between the two is nothing short of strange. I’m thinking I can taste the honey, but that could just be the nose. It is very sweet throughout with a slightly syrupy aftertaste. With everything going on, the 5.00% is disguised very well. The hops character is definitely present, stronger at times as the ale warms. Also as it warms I get notes of grapefruit that create a slightly bitter pucker towards the finish. The carbonation is easy enough to make the mouthfeel from the hops slightly less greasy.

I think it’s way too sweet for a pale ale, way too hoppy for an amber ale. Way to much going on for me to have more then one of these. It is very interesting though, and if you have an opportunity, take a shot.

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Photo of PatrickJR
2.72/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Perfectly clear amber with about a finger of off white head. Retention is fairly short, mild lacing.

S - Caramel and toasted malts with some fruitiness and citrus from the hops. A bit of earthy flavor with hints of grass. Pleasant, but a little subdued.

T - Thin toasted flavors with hints of caramel and a good dose of grain make up the rather weak malt backbone. Coarse and hard hitting bitterness sweeps in out of nowhere mid palate with weak to moderate fruit flavors and hints of earth and citrus. Bitterness subsides but remains through the finish with a touch of spiciness.

M - Quite light for an amber, watery even. Carbonation hovers bewteen moderate and light, ultimately making for a thin, flat-ish, drinking experience.

D - Meh, at it's best Hoppus Maximus tastes like a hopped up Yuengling; at it's worst it's the very definition of mediocrity. A bit of a misnomer as well. Although hoppy, the hop bill tastes a little strange and combines especially strangely with weak grainy malt. It's not an awful beer, but there's really no reason to give this one a go again with all the other great ambers out there.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter on 1/17/10

Burnt amber/copper color & a few pale yellow highlights. Some cloudiness. 1/4th inch of foam dissipates to a thin film & patchy bubbles. Swirling revives a little foam, though retention is minimal. Lacing is ok; could be worse.

The nose is fairly simple; not necessarily a bad thing. There's a decent amount of caramel & toasted bread. Floral & earthy hops. Something is akin to pine-sol or some other solvent; not too harsh though. Undertones of pineapple, orange & grapefruit.

Unfortunately this beer tastes as simple as it smells, if not more so. Again, simple doesn't equal bad; in this case, it's just bland with little to get excited about. Something of an earthy hop kick starts things off. Obscured citrus & a touch of pine. Mostly it tastes of caramel malt sweetness, though & a few other sugars. Toasted bread in the back.

Medium body with reasonable carbonation. Might do well to have a tad more prickliness. Equally gritty & slick. Clean finish with a few lingering residuals.

Not too bad, though I'd prefer a more prominent hop profile, especially considering the name. Other than than it's decent in a, you know, simple sort of way. Just a hair under average, I reckon.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
2.74/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: What the F*#k is that floating around in there? Clean glass, fresh beer, there's some sort of sediment suspended in the body of the liquid. Looks like a dirty fish tank. Clingy white head with fairly good retention.

S: Resiny pine hop aromas all over the place.

T: Initial flash of a pine-like hop flavor. Doesn't last very long and soon gives way to a thin, watery sweetness.

M: Light body. Thin. Anemic. Moderate CO2 and alcohol.

D&N: Really good smells, not much in the way of flavor and depth. Not impressed.

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Photo of Gmartin75
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of jealmanzar
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of AJ_Nyit
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Toddv29424
2.77/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Photo of johanvond
2.82/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I know this catagorie is open I dont thik this fits. It s not quite amber in color its more of an orange copper with a slight chill haze. It is verry strongly hopped. I beleve the hopping is pushed a bit too far. I fell it should be an ipa. Never the less it is a verry tasty beer. Good healty head and resiny body. Theres grapefruit lemon zest and zip from the hops and carbnation. I realy enjoyed this one it just got a bad review because i feel it should be an ipa. If it was it would probaly get a B.

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