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 nosurrender23
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grade from the group = A-.

"Good for an ale, but name is misleading - I like it."

First, the beer pours with slight head and is cloudy with a dark "teaish" color.

After the beer is poured, it exhibited a slight boozy smell like liquor with an earthy spicy flavor that lingered with it.

In the mouth, the beer had a smooth, lightly carbonated, slightly bitter, complex, and yummy taste to it that was very kind for it's name.

As far as drinking is concerned, the beer went down very smooth and easy to drink.

Finally, the beer had a complex taste that consisted of bitter hops with a nutty slightly fruity taste that was sugary and bitter. Very fresh - not quite an IPA but stronger than a typical ale, which lives up to the equation in which better ingredients = better beer. A good variation of the amber ale style!

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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 seeswo
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent orangy-red with a decent tan head. Straight grassy, slightly citrusy hops in the nose. Really one-note flavor - bitter, generic hops on a bland red. Good carbonation, medium thin mouthfeel. Drinkable, I guess, but maybe not worth the time. A passable beer with no complexity, nuance, or anything done particularly well.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Tanish brown, some red tint, not much head or lacing

Smell - Hops, malts, rye, sugar, some fruits and spices.

Taste - Mild hop and amber flavor mixed with some sour yeast. Pretty bitter and tart. Not much alcohol flavor or really much else going on.

Mouthfeel - Thin and sour. Hops bitter tounge, sour yeast numbs throat , palette and leaves a awful sour aftertaste

Drinkabilty - Not impressed. Too sour, and simple flavor. Its low alcohol mmakes it easy to drink but nothing special here, ill pass.

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Photo of Neecee513
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured: bottle to pint glass

Appearance: Medium head, solid retention, medium amber color.

Smell: Initially buttery, then floral.

Taste: Mild, sweet caramel character. Slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium bodied.

Drinkability: Balance leans towards malts, slight hop bitterness. Nothing too exciting, prob a decent session beer.

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours with a smaller off white head. Dissipated quickly. Clear amber.

S: super citrus fruit. slight grass. Hint of alcohol, which is surprising.

T: start fruity with some citrus and goes into grassy with slight bitterness. Tastes faded. Slight malt sweetnes ruining the balance.

M: fuller body then expected with slightly more carbonation then expected.

D: mouthfeel limits drinkability and way too grassy to be super drinkable.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2010-06-06 in Lynchburg, VA (from tasting notes)

A - Light tan/amber with short tan head

S - Hop floral and some orange

T - Orange, light roasted grain, mildly bitter initially and a little more bitter on the aftertaste with a bit of residual sweet/sour.

M - Light body, light-medium carbonation

D - Refreshing, sessionable not not remarkable.

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

Sampled this on New Years Eve with friends. Poured a hazy amber, nice head retention, can see some sediment floating. Smelled hoppy, slightly citrusy, maybe some orange notes. Tasted of hops and spice, slightly bitter and sweet at the same time. Tart mouthfeel, not unpleasant. Drinkability is a yes. At 5%, this can be drunk in quantity.

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Photo of GoldenChild
4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hoppus Maximus pours a clear rusty amber body with plenty of carbonation bubbles creating an off white head that leaves good lacing.

Aromas are malty, caramelly, tinged with herbal and citrus hop character.

Quite malty in the flavor up front with a good hop backing to balance things out and edge out the malt in the finish.

A lighter mouthfeel than many reds, but there is just enough there. It may be a bit too carbonated though.

doesnt taste like a amber ale taste more like a IPA to me but i love it and will be buying more!


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Photo of jmerloni
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Light gold amber. Translucent. Minimal white head that laces kinda poorly.

S - Hops. Citrus. Sweetness.

T - Decent taste. Citrusy with decent hoppage. Not great overall.

M - Pretty light bodied. Not real dry.

D - Pretty drinkable but there are better red ales out there...Doubt I'd get this again.

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

A-clear brownish,burnt color.light carbonation,head left me quick.

S-bright floral hops smell,nice!

T-light malt underlies the gourmet floral hops profiles.hops is the star of this beer.

M-light and smooth,with incredibly smooth finish for a heavy hopped beer.

D-get a funnel,this beer is gone fast!I am picking up floral hops in this beer,they are my favorite,and they taste like they were added at the end of the brewing process to preserve there aroma and light taste.light body + floral hops=a great east to drink beer.

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Photo of SnowGoon99
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass

Pretty much a straightforward American Amber ale. The name is very misleading in that it's not overly hoppy. But it is possible that i got an old bottle and the hops had faded some.

Pours a straight amber and slightly hazy. The head was strong to begin with but dissipated. Aroma came through very piney from the type of hops used.

Taste was good, not great but not bad. Pretty tasty but not blow your mind good. Caramel was very apparent and the hop flavor was very subdued so it was possible i got an old bottle. Mouthfeel was pretty good but could've used a little more body. Was very drinkable at first but then as it warmed up it got harder to want another one.

Overall it was an ok beer, not great. I think i got an old bottle so i would like to try it either on tap or with a little fresher bottle.

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Photo of lovetranquillity
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color like fossilized tree resin. Vigorous pour results in big head that quickly dissipates.
Not much of a smell and does not impress me.
Taste is very hoppy and unbalanced, mostly hoppy bitterness. The hop flavor lingers for a few minutes.Decent mouth feel but feels slightly flat.
It is very easy to drink but it too imbalanced for me to enjoy it thoroughly.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. No freshness date visible.

Pours a deep amber orange, a little cloudy. Small lacy head that dissipates rather quickly. Smell is all sweet malts. Taste is good, mouthfeel is decent, drinkability is decent. Nice balanced malt left with a satisfying citrusy hop finish. Only complaint is it's a little flat...

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Photo of beer2day
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber gold pour with nice 2 finger head. Thin retention and thick lace.

Nose is all malt. Slightly roasted, but all malt. Not getting hops at all.

Big amber taste with a light feel. Lots of biscuit. Getting a sour finish midway through the glass, but still no big hop presence.

Thin summertime feel. Refreshing.

Expecting more hops here and finding very little.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is about right (amber,) but that's about it for the appearance. Aside from that, it's probably one of the worst looking amber ales (or any beer, for that matter) that I've seen. There is almost no head and there's a shit ton of sandy sediment. It looks like a glass of dirty water was scooped up from a Lake Eerie beach, sand an all.

Piney hop and caramel malt scent.

It's pretty bitter, definitely a hop forward beer. There's a strong caramel and brown sugar malt presence. Despite the both of these, it's very unbalanced in the hop direction. The malt doesn't give it the support it needs.

Thin and watery mouthfeel.

Overall, a decent but uninspired beer. Glad I tried it, but not one to seek out.

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Photo of Mit
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Typical amber colouring with little to no lasting head.

S-nice citrus hops shining through more than anything. Very slight malt smell. As was mentioned...this smells like an IPA.

T-Nice balance the sweeter flavours start to come through vs the hops. Still hoppy for an amber IMO but def not unwelcome.

M-about average for a 5% beer.

D-very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.39/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: A pure amber color with a thin (yet foamy) head. Head is off-white with a few bigger bubbles dotting the surface of mostly non-active head. No lacing on the edges of the glass.

Smell: A good mix of hops. Smells like it could even be an IPA. Mostly floral with just a slight edge of bitterness in there. A caramel nose warms up the scent nicely. Pretty good!

Taste: The bitter hops hit first, then tangle pleasantly with the floral hops. Once the carbonation recedes a touch, the malty character is more easily discerned. Mid-swig, a pleasant sweetness overtakes the flavor, and upon completion of said swig, the hops once again regain control. Goes down like an IPA, heavy on the hops, and a pleasant bitter aftertaste. Bought this beer based on the name...and it did not disappoint.

Mouthfeel: Light at first; the carbonation creates a "heaviness facade" which gives you time to appreciate the character of the beer, then recedes and rinses down fairly smoothly.

Drinkability: I love this one! Would definitely recommend it for those who eat their food directly off the grill. Steak, brats, BBQ chicken; these would all go great with Hoppus Maximus.

A surprisingly good beer. Absolutely worth a taste, especially if you're big on IPAs. Though I'm not sure it's a great example of a "American Amber/Red Ale" as it is described on the site.

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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 TheHoppiest
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Winking Lizard in Independence. The pour was cold and without much head into a pint glass. Bar maids pulling these kinds of handles need to learn that its not a Miller Lite where I'm looking for every drop of cheap crap beer. I'll note it in my beerfly review of them.

After letting it warm a bit, I took a smell. There was a faint hop aroma with some mild, sweet malt.

Taste was excellent, piney hops like a Christmas tree with plenty of astringency and a nice bitter aftertaste drying out the tongue. Reminds me of Lagunitas' Maximus IPA.

Decent mouthfeel, smooth yet dry.

Quite drinkable, if this hadn't been a quick beer after work, I would definitely have ordered another. Highly recommend this brew out of Akron.

UPDATE: had another from a 12 oz bottle on 7/20/11. Poured a beautiful copper color, with a 1" creamy, ivory head. Did not serve it too cold like WL did; cruised it in at about 45 degrees or so from the beer fridge in the basement.

Unlike the one on tap, this warmer beer had a great hop nose, with a definite backbone of caramel malt. Taste is still that nice, hoppy, piney taste I remember. The sweet caramel malt is more pronounced than it was on tap - perhaps again a function of the beer being warmer than it was at WL. Mouthfeel is once, a medium bodied beer that leaves the tongue dry enough to want more beer.

I agree with one of the reviewers below that even though it is a 5.9%er, it is a tasty, sessionable brew. Whether on tap or in the bottle, grab this brew from Thirsty Dog!

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Photo of RickS95
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like an orangey iced tea. There is no head retention because there was practically no head. Clear.

Has a nice smell. You get some citrus undertones along with a bready, yeasty scent.

I picked up the citrus flavors, but nothing else.

It's got some bitter from the hops, but it's not overpowering like an IPA. Kind of a refreshing, crisp feel in the mouth, but not over the top due to the caramel malts.

Pretty drinkable for its type. It won't appeal to everyone, but something I could enjoy again.

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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 jampics2
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On cask at Blues and Brews. This is the "double dry hopped" Hoppus Maximus.

Looks decent but poor head retention. Coppper color with just a film of head on top.

Smell is interesting, certainly hoppy, but more of an English, earthy, tea-leaf scent. Not an American brash, citrus bomb at all. Touch of peach and apricot.

Taste is not rewarding to me. Malt is pale and caramel, hops are spicy, earthy, and just not too expressive. Really, it tastes like the hops were all early additions and aren't expressing more than earth and lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is ok for the cask carb-wise, but body is too light and a touch watery.

My review is for a kicked-up version that I don't think is a different beer. Given that this didn't impress me due to it's lack of hoppiness, I'm sure the regular (which I have had on draft but I don't do different serving type ratings unless they're completely different) would score even worse. Not a good beer, certainly not a franchise beer, sorry Thirsty Dog guys. Time for Maximus to enter the arena and face destiny. Personally, I give it a thumbs down. Feed it to the lions, maybe they'll enjoy it.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a fairly thin white head. Head left just a bit of lacing.

S- Fairly light here. Caramel malts and some floral hops are all I can really pick up.

T- A bit of sweet malts, then some very light piney and citrus hops. Finishes with a very odd soapy flavour.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

D- Not a huge fan of this one. The odd soapy taste made it a bit harder to drink.

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Photo of morimech
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hopped-up amber ale. Pours a slightly hazy amber color. Two inches of white head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Quite a bit of malt in the aroma. Strong caramel and slightly toasted, musty malt. Complimented by citrus hops. With the name of this beer, I expected to be blown away with hops. The flavor is more hoppy however. Some solid citrus flavors here. Has a substantial malt base that I can appreciate. Thankfully the brewer did not go overboard with the caramel malt. The malt just adds a little more flavor than in pale ales. A good body to carry the hops. The malt carries over nicely with the body. Surprised by the low ABV. I congradulate brewers who can pack solid flavor into a lower ABV beer. That takes some craftmanship.

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Hoppus Maximus from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 424 ratings