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
Photo of shanegatter
2.84/5  rDev -21.8%
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 -19.6%
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 bshiban
2.92/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ski271
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
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 Lone_Freighter
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured into a pint glass. Bottle came from Batdorf, Annville PA. The appearance was a hazy red color with a slim bar pour’s kind of white head. The smell mainly had a malty sweet caramel malts with a subdued grassy/earthy hoppiness to it. The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors to combine and give off a decent amount of light caramel notes in the aftertaste. The finish was quick. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat subdued. Overall, I say this was an okay American Amber ale that I could have again but nothing over the top.

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Photo of bgold86
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -17.4%
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 cd_beer_disapear
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of tdog2983
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of mater
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of macrosmatic
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of DonFrap
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Burt
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of bacher468
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Brutus627
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of b1515152004
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of hozersr
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Will_Rivera
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of RockRaines
3.12/5  rDev -14%

Photo of tone77
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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 -13.2%
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 -12.9%
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 -12.9%
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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Hoppus Maximus from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 425 ratings