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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Added by AtLagerHeads on 04-24-2003

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

P: Into a pint glass from 12 oz bottle. Head a little smaller than expected, but still pretty good.

A: Copper-coloured, no haze/cloudiness, with smaller bubbles (not much in terms of carbonation here)

S: Hops are the first thing that hit the nose-perhaps Golding? This is followed sweeter caramel malt and a good finish. Looking forward to it.

T: Definitely hoppier than expected for a an amber. But for the colour (and caramel malt), I would have actually called it a pale ale. However, I love the subtle bite of the hops that first hits you, followed by the sweeter caramel malt. Good balance; solid work.

M: As for the mouthfeel, it's crisp (not especially light) on the palate. It makes for a drinkable beer. Well balanced throughout as well.

O: Give it a solid B- Well balanced and I really do the love the subtle sweetness. Impressive work for one of my first Thirsty Dogs. I'll certainly go back to the brewer again.

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Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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 CFHMagnet
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A steady pour landed a finger of nearly white head. Body is a translucent pale copper tone. Head shrinks to and holds about a quarter finger.

Citrus and piney hops backed up with sweet sweet malty goodness.

The bottle lies. It said that the name "would not disappoint," but it sure did for those looking for heavy hops. Don't get me wrong, they are there. I get light tangerine and grapefruit, with a hint of pine, and very well balanced with the malt that tastes like it was perfectly roasted. But the hops are not worthy of a "maximus" denomination. That said, it does taste good.

Medium bodied. Clean, maybe a bit watery on flavor and substance.

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Photo of shanblur
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in Cincinatti, OH. No freshness date. Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Clear light orange with small white head. Minimal lacing.

S - Caramel malts dominate the smell, with some hops noted.

T - Hops show through more on the taste, but this is balanced well with a caramel malt flavor.

M - Slick feel with light to medium body.

Not a bad beer. Well balanced.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ight amber color, with the tiniest hint of an orange hue. Deep carbonation came up from the bottom of the glass only to reinforce the large head of white stick and foamy lace that formed on the top. Great retention finally gave way to copious side glass lace and a nice little film across the top. The smell was deeply hopped. Very nice bouquet of floral hops, lots of pine and citrus notes =, nicely malted with large hints of grains. The flavor was so much hoppier then I had thought it would be. There was a huge citrus hop punch from the very first sip and a very nice resin like taste that followed you throughout the session leaving behind a great dry and bitter finish. Great use of the hops here as the typical amber will have more of the malty character, which was still evident in the underlying base here, however the big hop presence not only balanced it well, but pushed it over to the lighter side and gave it much more of a bright feel

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Photo of
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - slightly hazy orange with an average sized head that has decent retention.

Smell - Definitely has the hops upfront. Fruity and hoppy with some sweetness lurking beneath.

Taste - Bitter upfront with a mild sweetness through the middle, finishes a touch minerally and very bitter.

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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 DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber color with an inch of head that dispatches pretty quickly.

S - Smells of bitter piney hops and slight sweet malts to back it up. Smells almost medicine like (ow oh)

T - Whew thankfully it doesn't have that "english" hop taste to it and I am greeted with bitter hops (thankfully not as hoppy as the name) with a pretty sweet balance of amber malts. Flavors are still pretty bitter in the finish and it sticks to the tongue seconds after drinking.

M - Light to medium a very session able amber

Overall I was kind of impressed with this offering too bad the only place to get this has singles for $2.50. Guess I got to look for a case.

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Photo of dickroop
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my tumbler, this brew is clear golden tan with rapidly fading head. Aroma is piney and citrus. Appealing.

Taste is toasted malt forward with hops rushing in quick behind. Nice balance with good bitterness mid-palate and pleasant bitter finish. A good chew of grapefruit rind, some floral notes, mostly just solid good beer. There's a warmth and right balance to the flavor that is good.

Mouthfeel benefits from tingly-good carbonation, a little pucker around the edges of the tongue, and that astringent finish.

Overall, this is a highly drinkable, delicious, refreshing and tasty brew. I wish I had more!

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a mug

A- Pours a caramel brown color with a two finger fluffy head that leaves spotty lacing.

S- Fantastic aroma full of pine, citrus hops, rye, caramel, and bread

T- Rye, caramel, pine and citrus hops, and some breadiness. Overall the taste is pretty bitter but has a strong malt backbone

M- Smooth with some pirckly carbonation

O- This is a great sessionable beer for hopheads. This one and Stone Levitation Ale are my go to beers for a nice hop fix with a lower ABV. This site lists the ABV as 5%, but the beer is listed as 5.9% on the bottles. Even at 5.9%, while not super low, it is still lower than any IPA I have recently. Bitter, sweet, and flavorful.

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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 Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out a nice looking red amber color, the head is pretty smreamy looking with a decent lacing down the glass. The smell of this beer has a nice hoppy aroma mixed with a sweet malt aroma. The taste of the beer is semi-sweet and a little toasted upfront. The hops shine through in the aftertaste of the beer. The mouthfeel has a light sting to it from the hops and carbonation. Overall it's a fairly good hoppy red ale. It's worth trying.

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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 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 nosurrender23
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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 -38.5%
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 seeswo
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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 -12%
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 -5.5%
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 -7.7%
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 -1.6%
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 +0.5%
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 +21.3%
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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Hoppus Maximus from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
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