Hoppus Maximus | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
thirstydog.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,157
Reviews:
242
Ratings:
425
pDev:
12.67%
Bros Score:
3.45
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
31
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 425 |  Reviews: 242
Photo of rab53
2.25/5  rDev -38%

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 johnnnniee
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color with a thick fluffy off white head that laces on the way down. Aroma comes in mostly with pine and citrus hops. Some caramel malt sweetness in the background. Taste is more hops and some caramel although not nearly as hoppy as one would expect from a beer called hoppus maximus. Mouthfeel is nice, thick and a bit creamy. The taste is a little one dimensional. They give you a little hops and then its done. Certainly not what I was expecting. Not a bad brew, just not as advertised. Definitely could session this beer easily enough.

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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 Tone
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, citrus hops, piny hops, and hint of roasted malt. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, slight caramel malt, slight citrus hops, and hint of piny hops. Overall, good appearance, body, and blend.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The nose reminded me of the Hop Trip Ale, but the flavor is not the same. You get that berry fragrance, but the flavor is a little more muted. Hop Trip uses those super fresh hops right out of the field, which I am sure makes the difference. This brew does have a full flavor with just the right level of bitterness and it lingers.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to MuenchenerKindl for this one.

Pours a nice slightly cloudy amber/orange color, nice carbonation, nice small off-white creamy head, nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, nice hop blend, and nice touch of caramel. The taste is malty, hoppy, and lots of caramel. The finish is slightly dry and bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice amber ale from TD, recommended.

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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 jwc215
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orange/amber with a thin head that disappears to barely a small patch.

The smell is citric and floral. Some caramel in the back.

After an inviting aroma, the taste is a bit of a let-down. Caramel comes out more...bitter citric fruitiness is still there, but wish it worked together a bit more. Water seems to interfere and the malt and hops seem too ...separated(?) Decent taste still in all, but too watery and things don't seem to tie in together well enough. Some bitterness and a gentle sweetness hang on into the aftertaste.

Could be a bad sample? I don't know, seemed a bit flat. I would try again to see if it was this one, and it's not bad overall. I can think of other hoppy examples of the style I would easily choose over this one.

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

Appearance: the color is amber heading into orange, with some opacity, and proudly bears a thick, creamy head, gently dwindling down
Aroma: gifted with citric hoppiness, sweet, juicy, inviting, bursting with tropical fruit, as well, mango, papaya, grapefruit, peach, a spritz of lime. Very nice!
Good, bitter hoppy bite greets the palate, and clings to the tastebuds. A rounded, rosy, balanced-enough ale, with an extra hoppy edge that never quits. Fruity flavor continues citric, with orange and lemon-y character, too. Excellent. This hophead is goodly pleased. I could go a round with some of these and never tire of the taste.

Big thanks to sidabeef7!

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Gavage
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a hazy orange with a 1/2" head that falls quickly to a surface foam. No lacing develops.

Smell: very fruity and some bitterness is detectable by the nose.

Taste: lighter than expected malt profile. Big fruity sweetness, with some oranges and a mild bitterness that I expected to be more up front based on the beer's name. Lightly dry at the end.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Medium bodied. The sweetness and mild bitterness produced a short aftertaste.

Drinkability: this had a decent flavor but it leaned towards sweetness rather than hoppus maximus. No great shakes here.

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

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

Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burgundy color, with amber tints. Small head, a bit rocky, little retention.
Smells of sweet citrus and malt. Some soft fruit present. malt seems a bit too strong.
Taste is clean, yet malty sweet. the citrus gives way to the grain. I'm not a amber ale drinker and would have given this a notch lower on the drinkability, but for the style its solid.

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Photo of tempest
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle with a slice of pizza at Liberty St. Tavern. Not a bad match. The beer, poured into a Sam Adams Summer Ale glass, appears a cloudy amber with a white head. What's up with that?

A bready citrus hops loaf aroma and flavor dominate this session beer. The flavors are rounded and smooth, not crisp, but not unpleasant. The hops are fairly juicy, with grapefruit, lemon, and bit of spice. The malt are kind of non-description, sweet and bread-like. Overall, not a great beer, but drinkable and a nice, simple.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a mug.

Appearance: clear body with a rich orange hue and a very thin layer of ivory-colored head. This disappeared rather quickly.

Smell: mild, slightly sweet malty aroma with a bit of a biscuit character. Not bad, but not terribly exciting.

Taste: interesting malt flavor combining dry biscuit character with some sweet caramel character. Hop flavor is mild and is citrusy, if anything, in character; bitterness, however, is quite high, especially in the middle of the flavor. Finish is sweetish. Overall, it's not a bad beer, but it doesn't really float my boat.

Mouthfeel: medium, medium-light body with a serviceable level of carbonation. Mouthfeel isn't insipid or anything, but there's nothing really interesting about it.

Drinkability: a passable red ale. It's not exactly my thing, but I don't regret having tried it or anything. Overall a very middle-of-the-road beer.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly hazy texture. There was a half inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: Not a particularly powerful aroma, but there were hints of hops and caramel.

T: Tasted of caramel, malt, hops and perhaps a little citrus. Not overly dynamic, but a pleasant taste.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a super dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: A solidly drinkable beer.

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Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Sabtos
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
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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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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Hoppus Maximus from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 425 ratings