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

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Photo of Sabtos
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was brewed long before the super bitter hop revolution here in the U.S.

That being the case, this is surprisingly potent on the hops front.

Pours a formidable head, light gold. I don't know why this is considered an amber aside from the color of malt used...it's truly a standard American IPA.

Smells of lime leaf, and pungent sticky icky. Tastes like a solid IPA with just the right amount of bitterness. Back in the day this may have lured me into the IPA craze, but now I know to stay away from anything more bitter than this.

Overall I'm impressed, considering I have access to Thirsty Dog constantly and I've never had this until now.

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4.21/5  rDev +15%
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 pat61
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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 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 leantom
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

I'm expecting a hoppy amber ale. Here goes:

A: Very lovely, actually. A light reddish-brown that allows a good amount of light to penetrate the beer. Very well carbonated and pours a huge head with a ton of lacing. The beer was bursting forth upon opening the bottle. 4.5/5.0

S: Grassy hops that give way to a light malt backbone. For an amber ale, this one is pretty hoppy. I was expecting a stronger malt presence, but it's still good. 3.75/5.00

T: Beer is far maltier than the nose indicates. Grassy hops consisting of lemon and mild grapefruit give way to a strong malt backbone, one comprised of amber and caramel malts. Very toasty and sweet. Overall very balanced between the malt and hops. 4/5

M: Can't complain. Very well carbonated and thick. 4.5/5.0

O: I enjoyed this beer a lot. Great taste that's complimented by a great balance of American hops and lightly-kilned malt.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The color for an amber should be coppery brown and this one is orange with golden hues. It's lovely , hazy and pastel with a fat head fo off white foam that lasts. Hops are definitely prominent on the palate and it offers some downright heady pink grapefruit, In fact I am in love with that. it's so authentic. It's perfumey and it has a bit of pith and peel. There is a caramel malt with some light and dry biscuit on it. A touch of herbal in the background faintly. The taste is lovely. Light caramel, smooth dry flaky biscuit, a bit of tartness and then the perfumey sweetness of the pink grapefruit translates to the palate. Earthy, fruit peel. A medium mouthfeel . No astringency but a moderate bitter that surprisingly leaves plenty of that pink grapefruit to linger with it's provocative sweetness and a light bit of caramel

I liked this one a lot.

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Photo of barczar
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clearance shelf, no clue of age.

Pours a brilliant copper with a frothy cream head that leaves sheets of lacing as it slowly dissipates.

Sharp citrus, resin, and sweet, bready, toasted caramel malt form the aroma. There's a bit of floral hop character at the finish.

Flavor is dominated by toasted, bready malt, slightly sweet caramel, which finishes a bit resiny and bitter. Tart, indescernible citrus adds contrast.

Body is a bit watery, with slightly low carbonation adding to the watery character. There's a little slickness that lingers.

Good malt character, albeit a bit too dominant. The flavoring hops are somewhat one-note. Bitterness is too high for my liking.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear medium amber with a slight red hue. Nice head with ample lacing that retains well. Nose is of mild pine and citrus hops over caramel. Light medium body with a somewhat smooth texture. Above average carbonation level with a nice bit of effervescence. The flavor profile is well balanced, but not very complex. It begins with citric and pine hop flavor, then flows to a bitterness with citrus zest aspects against a slight pine background. The crisp finish effervesces with a touch of caramel sweetness in the background of a grapefruit zest bitterness. Quite tasty.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly cloudy orange copper color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, caramel, toast, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, caramel, toast, bread, pine, and floral earthiness. Moderate pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange/lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, caramel, toast, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hoppy amber ale style. All around good balance and complexity of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BenCrazy3474
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I loved the taste of hops in this beer. At the same time, this beer was missing something. When I drank it, it was like I was only tasting part of a recipe. But there was nothing more to it. I like a lot of hops, but I like other flavors to give the drink more character. This drink was pretty simple and straight forward. But the beer lives up to the name Hoppus Maximus. Pure hops -nothing more, nothing less.

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Photo of Mojo
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> Westbrook Brewing snifter

A - Medium amber to red semi-cloudy pour with a small off white head, a thin retention ring and lots of lacing.

S - The nose is very weak. What is there is pleasant enough. It is sort of an earthy smell with some bready qualities.

T - Sweet and malty on the initial taste followed by a decent hop profile with some spiciness to it.

M - a bit of an aftertaste.

O - okay beer with no truly outstanding qualities.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Very cool label in the traditional Thirsty Dog fashion with a K-9 Theme. Eye-catching graphics and font. Label gives a short description of the beer, ABV and IBU info, brewery info, web info, Also states “2001 GABF Silver Medal Winner and 2003 + 2005 GABF Bronze Medal Winner”.

Appearance: Poured form its 12oz bottle into a 16oz English Pint after 10min warming period. Pours out a clear copper color with a 2 ½ finger white fluffy foam head of an airy medium density. Head retention was 4min 12sec before fading to fluffy foam coating and very thick ring. Excellent lacing!

Smell/Aroma: Smell is very hoppy with slight hints of pine, sweet citrus and bready caramel malt sweetness. Smells like an IPA.

Flavor/Taste: Taste starts out with a sweet citrus hop character that quickly turns pine bitter with hints of a bready caramel maltiness. This turns slightly toasty on the back-end with the pine hop lingering through in the aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied and crisp with a smooth carbonation. Very tasty and drinkable.

Overall/Comments: This one surprised me with the flavor profile and could easily pass for a pale ale if not an IPA. Very hoppy with a nice malt backbone that has a low enough ABV to be very session-able!! Classified as an American Amber/Red Ale @ 5.1% ABV. Consumed 4-15-13

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Photo of CHickman
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber in color with a creamy 1 finger tan head that lasted a while; decent sticky lacing that slides down the glass.

Smells of floral hops, orange peel, grapefruit, piney hops, sweet malt and caramel; a very nice and potent aroma with a nice hop blast, especially for an ale.

Tastes like it smells, with floral hops, piney hops, orange peel, grapefruit, light lemon, sweet malt, sweet caramel, some brown sugar and some trailing spices. Very nice balance with the strong hops and malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy, with little to no carbonation, and a medium body. Highly drinkable and quite smooth, an overall very good beer.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep orange or light amber body. Light caramel head that looks pretty good actually.

I know its a bit old (i can smell and taste it), but its honestly not the worst thing in the world. Its lost any touch of hoppiness. I do get a good look at the malt base. Light caramel feeling, with a faint hint of pine hops, but nothing specatcular. Id love to try it against a fresh one.

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Photo of stercomm
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Nice golden ligt amber, very clear, slight thin white head which recedes very quickly leaving a thin layer. Good lacing

S - Very balanced scent, getting some toasty biscuit, floral notes, some slight citrus.

T - A very crisp beer, works as a session beer for me. Starts out with some toasted maltiness and then gets slighty hoppy before finishing dry with a little bite.

M - Medium bodied, goos carbonation.

O - Very nice brew, very dry finish

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Photo of ChrisPratz
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is awesome and the cap is one of the best i've seen so I had to pick it up.

A: Very nice deep rich hazy mahoganey/amber color with 2 thick rich fingers of head that dissipates down to a very nice veil around that lingers. This is what i'd like a beer to look like.

S: Very aromatic. Some loral hops notes floating around with biscuit like maltyness. Catching some caramel and brown sugar sweetness too. Everything here is balanced very well.

T: Maltyness right up from with some light caramel and as well leading into citrusy hops flavors. Get some citrus bitters and rind in there as well and then the bitterness of the hops. Very very hoppy/bitter. After taste is like your chewing on grapefruit rind.

M: Moderate carbonation works with the bitterness. After taste lingers around for awhile.

O: Appearance and smell were really great but the taste wasn't quite what I liked. Very hoppy and very bitter. Would like to try this on tap to compare.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Quick 6, enjoyed from a tulip chilled.

The color is a brilliant golden amber with mild haze and thick cream cap which settles to a ring of tiny beads. Lace collects and holds on the glass as it presents a beautiful look when held to the light. The smell is very piney on first whiff and has a light floral tinge with mild fruit accent and a gentle sweet tinge. The feel is bitter up front with mild sweetness and subtle tanginess of yeast with moderate carbonation and mostly dry finish which has a lingering bitter texture.

The flavor is moderately high in bitterness up front with slight piney taste and spicy hop leads to a mild tinge of caramel with moderately grassy and slightly astringent tea-like herbal hop which is still there after the swallow with gentle tangy citrus. The taste has a slight sugary elemnt as it warms, but not much in the way of malt flavor with the bitterness almost salty as it sits on the palate. The overall impression is good for me but it pushes the style toward India pale with the dry and bitter qualities. I recommend it for those who like hoppy ambers or pale ales.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange/amber, slightly hazy, minimal activity and head.

Bright, citrusy hoppy punch dancing with a similarly assertive sweet caramel maltyness. Not super complex, but really well balanced and composed of the right elements.

Hoppier than the nose. Surprisingly medium level of bitterness combines with piny and citrusy hops to lead the way. The sweet caramel maltyness is more in the background, and doesn’t balance as well as in the nose. Some harsh grapefruity bitterness in the finish. Pretty tasty, but more caramel malt and sweetness would make it better (to me).

Carbonation is about right, thinnish/medium body, and the aforementioned grapefruit rind bitterness on the end.

Interesting that this is called an amber. To me it’s really a pretty decent single IPA. I’d have it again. Thirsty Dog impressed me again.

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Photo of tdm168
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent amber with an orange hue. There's a thin, soft layer of head that rests on top. The layer fades after a minute or so. The nose is incredibly bready with faint earthy hop aromas and some mustiness. The flavor is bready up front followed by a caramel sweetness and finishes with a citrusy hop character. The mouthfeel is a little thin with mild carbonation.

This isn't a bad amber ale, but it's not great either. The nose is probably the best part. The flavor is good, but mild, thin, and simplistic. I've had this a few times before, but I would never go out of my way for it.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden clear copper color with a tinge of rusty reddish-brown. 1 finger head that leaves a decent amount of lacing along the sides.

S - Good malt bill, grainy and biscuity with just a bit of floral hops and a touch of citrus

T - Actually a decent hop profile here. Starts out a bit bitter and floral before the caramel malts take over and produces a nice full taste that finishes clean. Aftertaste leaves a little bit of lingering hop.

M - It's fairly dry, but crisp. Medium body, full amount of carbonation.

Overall - A solid amber ale here. Certainly one of the better ones I've had. It goes beyond bland, but still sticks to a mostly malt bill. Solid beer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In Cleveland last weeekend for a hockey tourney and was abbunch of beers from Thirsty Dog out of Akron. This beer poured a coppery orange appearance. The very pointed hoppy smell is inviting. Very aromatic grapefruit and pine notes punch through. Full of hoppy flavors and sticky mouthfeel. More fruity hops flavors than pine. It would be very easy to make a session of this brew. I hope this is not the last time I enjoy this.

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Photo of BrewStoutMagic
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nicely amber colored ale,with solid carbonation. This beer had a hoppy robust smell as soon as I popped the top.I liked the smell of it right away.TASTE is sweetly hoppy and very enjoyable. Reminds me of what great beer taste like.I'd be happy pick up six of these next time.

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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 barleyroad
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark gold with some cloudy hints. Smell has lots of hints of hops, much more than an american amber ale as this is claimed. Mouth feel is bitter up front with a smooth finish. Taste is good if this was a India Pale Ale, so we think. Overall a very drinkable beer that we feel is on the edge of a amber ale and more toward a India Pale Ale. And what is in a name, who cares this is a good drinkable beer.

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Photo of jkrich
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date: poured a slightly hazy, deep golden to amber with a quickly dissipating off-white head.

The aroma was largely absent when I opened the bottle but came forth after the pour - sharp, piney bitterness tempered by caramel sweetness. It all seemed unbalanced.

The flavor followed the aroma closely. Upon the thirst sip there was a hint of malt that was quickly overtaken by a somewhat harsh bitter blast. On a good note, the ale calms down to a malty, faintly buttery taste. This one is all over the place in one quick sip.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin and watery with a light body, yet also abrasive and slick. The carbonation is moderate.

The hop profile places this one in the American IPA territory. This is a "mixed-breed" of an Amber style ale, which I suppose goes along with their canine theme. When it comes to an Amber ale, I prefer a more balanced, maltier and fulled bodied ale.

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