Hoppus Maximus | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Hoppus MaximusHoppus Maximus

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Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BeerBelcher
1.87/5  rDev -48.9%
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 -48.1%
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 DaveAnderson
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%
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 jmarsh123
2.37/5  rDev -35.2%
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 -34.7%
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 Alieniloquium
2.56/5  rDev -30.1%
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 -29.5%
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 -28.7%
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 -27.6%
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 -26.8%
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 -26.2%
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 -25.7%
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 -25.4%
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 -25.1%
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 Toddv29424
2.77/5  rDev -24.3%
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 -23%
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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Photo of shanegatter
2.84/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Overall not bad, cloudy golden brown look, pretty smooth with a decent "beer" taste with a bitter after taste. My "beer" taste is a comparison to bud light.

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Photo of bum732
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

S: Caramel malt, some faint hops, quite perfumy.

L: Hazy burnt orange, huge carbonated head that dissipates to 1/4 inch. Great lacing.

T: Dark caramel malt with a bouquet of soft oranges and underpened mango. Medium bitterness with a slight grassy edge to the hoppiness. Ends quite dry and resiny. Quite dry beer overall.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Dry, hoppy amber ale. Nothing special and a little too dry for me. Meh.

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Photo of ski271
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Cloudy pale amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts and finishes hoppy but has some malty sweetness that helps balance. 12oz bottle, gift from Vintage Cellars Blacksburg VA.

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Photo of tone77
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some citrus. Taste is very bitter, piney hops, none of the citrus detected in the smell, the caramel malts described on the bottle are also missing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of Frosty80
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color: clear, caramel

Smell: hoppy; slightly sweet

Taste: hoppy throughout; malt tries to fight its way through to balance hops

Mouthfeel: low to medium carbonation; low to medium body

Notes: it claims to be an amber, but its more like an IPA trying to fit in to that category with some malt to balance the hoppiness. i know americans tend to make things more hoppy than our progenitors, but really...make up your mind!

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Photo of malty
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No freshness or best before stamps or markings whatsoever.

Aggressive pour onto my old timers Coors stemmed wide-mouth goblet produces a murky, glowing amber copper color with a steady loose 1/2" off-white head. No real visible uprising carbonation to speak of. Decent patchy sheets of lace all the way down.

Smells a bit sour with definite hoppy profile. A few swirls of said chalice evokes more sourness and hops, but with some malty sweetness somewhere in the middle. As the beer warms some, more sweetness form the malts becomes more apparent.

A big mouthful is taken and is left to slowly glide down. An earthy hoppiness is tasted - more rindy than floral. The sourness in the nose is not translated into any particular taste/flavor, but the hops do leave a nice chalky scale behind on the tongue and inner-cheeks. The sweetness is lass tasted than in the scent. Flavors fall of quickly and the chalky 'feel' remains.

Speaking of 'feel'...The liquid is a tad to the right of 'light' bodied with a watery consistency. Little carbonation, leaving it feeling rather flat.

Drinkability is good. Non-intrusive and very basic profile.

Overall this beer just went limp out of the gates. Looks good, smells OK and tastes pretty boring. I do appreciate a good Amber (Bells) but this one doesn't float my boat. I'm glad I only bought a single, but I'm also glad I tried it.

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Photo of schmidtn
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy light copper color with a reasonable thick head.

Total DME smell. Malt and more malt.

I can taste the bittering hops but not much in the nose. Tastes like DME left on my fingers from homebrewing.

Bitterness lingers with the malt

Nice carbonation level and lingering malt sweetness.
Even if they don't use it, I can't stop thinking DME.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Took the taste test..at .50 per sample. $$$ well spent.

I was looking forward to this because I love hoppy beers. The reviews I'd seen lead me to believe I was in for a taste treat. Here's what I got:

It is a very dark beer, almost like my favorite pales and IPAs . Smell was average. I swished this in my mouth, sipped and drank a big gulp looking for all the answers I could get. I didn't get any. Maybe I'm a hophead, when the flavor is in a beer that has flavor like IPA's and Pales, this was generic. I took a swig of water and tried again, but all I could think of was this tasted like nothing I've had. Not really good, but not really bad either. I noticed a stange taste finish like Ju-Ju Bees! I expected too much, but then what I was expecting was more of a pale-ale hoppy flavor. I'm not going to have this one again.

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