Hoppus Maximus | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

BA SCORE
83
good
423 Ratings
THE BROS
79
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by AtLagerHeads on 04-24-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
423
Reviews:
241
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
32
For Trade:
0
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Photo of BierFan
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. ABV of 5.9%.

Appearance: Thin layer of light tan foam. Clear amber colored body.

Smell: Quite a bit of grapefruit and orange from the abundance of hops. Very clean.

Taste: Hops up front with a little bit of caramel malts in the background. Has a little bit of hoppy pine character in the finish.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an appetizing clear coppery-gold with a decent white head. Aroma is fairly strong and quite hoppy with a fruity undertone and hints of malt and yeast. Flavor is mainly hoppy but only a little bit bitter, with hints of apple and a whisper of caramel. Texture is fizzy, smooth, just a bit on the thin side but otherwise quite satisfying.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours out very pale for the style. It's almost yellow, and being generous, I would call it copper - and its very, very clear. There's a nice tight off-white head that forms, which leaves good lacing, and kind of sticks around. The color here is really the issue though. Looks like an IPA, maybe an APA - and would probably get better scores in that category. The smell has hints of crisp hops, kind of floral, a bit of citrus, like lemons and oranges, and a tiny bit of herbal spiciness. The malt sort of comes through as light caramel, but not much in the way of bready or toasty smells are present. I have to say again, that as an APA this would probably score a bit better, but I still think it's good here. The taste starts off with hops. There's a nice sort of leafy resinous taste upfront, which slowly turns into a sort of grapefruit and orange flavor. Not too much bitterness. Then comes a rush of bready malts, with a nice sweet backbone. No toasty flavors, but really, everything else is there - like an extra malty IPA. Still more could be done to remind me of an amber ale. The mouthfeel is good. Nice and full, almost chewy, the carbonation doesn't sting, but you can feel it, carrying the body through. There's even a nice hop presence in the mouth. This is what I expected and a bit more. Overall, I'd say this is a very good beer - just maybe it's listed under the wrong style, and it's not the sites fault - the bottle says "American Style Amber Ale", which is really the only reason I'd go so heavily against the color. The flavor is really great, though. And the drink was enjoyable from start to finish, though it went kind of quickly on my part. I'd recommend this, and don't be let down by the color not matching the name. It's a good beer.

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Photo of PatrickJR
2.72/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Perfectly clear amber with about a finger of off white head. Retention is fairly short, mild lacing.

S - Caramel and toasted malts with some fruitiness and citrus from the hops. A bit of earthy flavor with hints of grass. Pleasant, but a little subdued.

T - Thin toasted flavors with hints of caramel and a good dose of grain make up the rather weak malt backbone. Coarse and hard hitting bitterness sweeps in out of nowhere mid palate with weak to moderate fruit flavors and hints of earth and citrus. Bitterness subsides but remains through the finish with a touch of spiciness.

M - Quite light for an amber, watery even. Carbonation hovers bewteen moderate and light, ultimately making for a thin, flat-ish, drinking experience.

D - Meh, at it's best Hoppus Maximus tastes like a hopped up Yuengling; at it's worst it's the very definition of mediocrity. A bit of a misnomer as well. Although hoppy, the hop bill tastes a little strange and combines especially strangely with weak grainy malt. It's not an awful beer, but there's really no reason to give this one a go again with all the other great ambers out there.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Why brew an American Red with the name Hoppus Maximus unless you are going to make it quite hoppy. Is it a hoppy red, yes. Worth the name? Probably not.

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

I poured into a pint glass to about an inch of head, sadly reminding me of my sex life. I took a whiff. At first I got the hops then came the sweet, bready aromas. I took a sip. Once again the hops came to the front but subsided. It was a nice, solid amber ale.

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Photo of ROBORB
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to drgonzo3705, thanks Paul! Poured into a regular pint glass this beer produced an amber/orange color with a very small head. It produced minimal lacing. I couldn't get much from the aroma other than hops and a ton of malt. I found that it was very easy to drink and before I knew it the glass was empty. If you want something complex and hoppy you should look elsewhere. As is, it is a good beer to just sit down and watch a game with.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pudgy "Roman" posing on the label doesn't look all that tough to me, and I'm already thinking that I could probably kick his and a whole legion of similar fat-boy asses were it not for the brace of large accompanying hounds he has in hand. What is that on his head? A fruit salad? Carmen Miranda meets toga-partying John Blutarsky? Whatever, but I do take note of the gratuitous puffing-up GABF medal-fu Thirsty Dog uses as label-art, too. Lovely.

In an imperial pint willibecher glass, Hoppus Maximus pours clear golden-amber with a creamy cap of white foam. The bubble-topping is fine-grained and spongy with good retention, holding at a solid skim that scatters wispy blobs of lacing onto the sides of my glass.

The aroma is sweet and juiced up with fruity and herbal hop notes. A splash of pineapple, a whiff of lime zest, and a mortar and pestle-ful of freshly crushed garden herbs are mild and fragrant and lend savory accent to a mellow chewy dark caramel base.

The taste is mild and toasty with a backbone of semisweet caramel and overtoasted bread. Hops provide sedate countering bitterness and mild grassy dryness, but do so while offering only minimal hop flavor. In fact, I'm not at all impressed by the hop profile or its stature within the drink-- Thirsty Dog named this brew "Hoppus Maximus", didn't they??? To be truthful, there is really not that much hoppiness in general, much less any "maximized" levels of lupulins, etc.

The drink is light-medium in body with fine carbonation. As I suspected, I'd have no issue taking down a squad or two of these Hoppi Maximi, as the beer is quite drinkable and plenty mild.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this brew in a trade with drgonzo3705, Thanks Paul!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly hazed red/amber color with a thin off-white head that remained as a few spots floating around.

S - butter toffee, caramel, earthiness and floral hop aromas.

T - caramel/butterscotch sweetness is balanced out with sour citrus bitterness.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - drinkable beer, a step above average.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad Red Ale. Poured up, as it's name would suggest, a bronze red colour with a soapy head that faded away in about 40 seconds. Smell was sweet malts and floral hops. Seemed nicely balanced as far as discernable aromas were concerned. Flavour was dominated by bitter hops with a bit of a sweet malty profile showing up for just a moment on the finish. Again, not a bad beer, but a touch above average at best. Nothing really special.

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Photo of atsprings
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ErikRFS for the hook-up! Label states 5.9% ABV, 12 oz bottle into a Boston Lager glass pours a crisp light orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is crisp citrus hops and sweet caramel malts. The taste is a nice balance with citrus hops just slightly overshadowing the sweet malts. The beer is fairly light and crisp with just a touch of alcohol presence. This is a very enjoyable hoppy amber ale, not quite Tröegs Hopback, but since I can't get that in NC yet, this one will do!

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.61/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A reddish amber color with plenty of sediment floating in the glass. No head and little lacing. Not a whole lot going on in the nose or the taste. Some hops in the taste, but the hops that are there have a "soapy" finish. Not something that I'll revisit.

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Photo of Domingo
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kirok1999 for this one.
Pours a pretty deep copper color with a 1/8" off-white head. Looks exactly what you'd think of when someone says "craft beer."
Smells pretty hoppy, but not IPA-level territory. There's a little sweetness in there.
The flavor starts off moderately sweet and biscuity, but the bittering hops kick in the middle. Not too bitter or overpowering, I mainly got a grapefruit flavor from them. Finish is surprisingly malty and not too dry.
I downed this much faster than I expect to, and to be pretty honest I liked it more than I expected to as well.
Not just another boring amber or red ale, and not just an "IPA in disguise" either.
This would be a good beer for converting people towards bolder craft beers. It's not quite a gateway, but more of a 2nd step.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Light amber, golden body with a medium white head. I expected a much more "red" body. Decent lace and retention.

S: Nice citrus hops, grapefruit mostly, with maybe a hint of pine. Mostly hop but there is a certain underlying sweetness.

T: Hops dominate again. Mostly a citrus twang but some earthly tones as well. Bitterness is not huge. Overall, the taste is a little underwhelming.

M/D: Body is light, possibly bordering on medium. Either way, it's too thin for my taste. To me, an amber should be nice and medium, moving up from there depending on the "size" of the beer. Carbonation is alright. Drinkability is good. A solid beer, nothing great, but it hits the spot and is drinkable enough.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
1.87/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Not the hop experience that its label would portend. Pours an opaque orange with a scummy head. Aroma is faintly floral, and cereal-y. It has a grainy smell not dissimilar to Play-Do...hardly appetizing. Flavor is more mostly grainy and Play-Do like, and not good. Mouthfeel is quite thin and watery. The more I sip this beer, the more I think it stinks.

I hope this sample of mine is just old, but due to a lack of any indication on the bottle of the beer's age, I am assuming it is within code (if the brewery wants me to factor in the beer's age into this review, they need to put a date code on it). Maybe I'll give it another try at a later time, but I bought this beer from a store with a pretty brisk craft beer business (Blacklick Liquor in Reynoldsburg, OH) so again I am assuming it is within code, just not very good.

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from a friend who bought it in Maine.

Pours an amber color with a one-finger head into my pint glass. Looks like a typical amber ale.

Aroma is very hoppy with some sweet malt showing through. Appealing.

Taste is very hoppy with a faint hint of malt. Chewy and again, hoppy. The hops dominate upfront.

Mouthfeel is full of nice hop bitterness and malt chewiness. Very enjoyable.

Very nice for a hoppy red ale. It does well with the hops but has a lot of flavor. At 5%, great session beer!

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

Bottle (probably past its prime, but I don't know for sure). Pours a cloudy orange with a thick off-white head. Aroma of apple skins, light fruits, lots of malt, and a hint of citrus. Flavor is mostly caramel malt with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Slightly on the sweet side and light-bodied. Easy to drink. Pretty good, and I'm sure it's even better fresh.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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

Well I am first confused by the fact that my bottle is apparently brewed by the Frederick Brewing Company in Maryland for Thirsty Dog. I admit that this bottle could be a couple years old so maybe that's it. Who knows how it's held up but here goes;

This pours a very cloudy orange amber color, like ear wax (mmmm yummy). The head is pretty decent, a grey-ish white with good looking lace retention. The aroma is a deep malt and alcohol pine hops. At only 5% ABV I have to wonder if the layover time has perked up the fermentation process a bit unnaturally. The first mouthfull is quite fizzy although the general body feel is medium range, pretty nice. The taste is mild hops and a green grain hint that suggests caramel and toffee. The hops seems a bit less piney than the aroma showed. It finishes with a bit of dry orange and charcoal and warms a bit going down. I suspect that my bottle did stew a while too long but it is sliding down pretty favorably. It's definitely effervescent, clean and lively. OK drinkability but not super inviting either. I don't get so much hops as I expected but it's enough to enjoy. Definitely worth a try for something a little different within the hops family.

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

Poured from the bottle a clear dark golden brown with a thin sticky white head.

Aroma of sweet malts and floral and pine hops.

Bitter hoppiness upfront with a caramel maltiness following. Bitterness lingers through the finish.

Medium bodied, dry, and moderately carbonated.

A nice easy drinking, hoppy amber from Thirsty Dog.

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Photo of Frosty80
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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 FrognutUnl
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden amber, a little lighter than expected, in color with very small white head. Smells of delicious grapefruit hops, caramel, and brown sugar. Taste is very similar to the nose, grapefruit and caramel. It surprisingly dry and crisp in the finish, from the nose I would have thought it would be sweeter. Medium in body.

Overall very enjoyable and I sucked the bottle down rather quickly.

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Photo of sholland119
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kirok1999 for the chance to try this one.

Hop-idiot that I am, I enjoy my amber ales to have a nice hop kick, so I imagine I liked this more than most.

Pours a clear amber with a nice white head. Smell is nicely balanced between sweet malt and citrusy hops. Taste starts off with bready malts, then balanced by a nice orange-grapefruit hop flavor. Finishes modestly bitter. Overall mouthfeel is medium bodied. A nice bottle to have one or two of.

HV

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This American-Style Amber Ale was in fact a light amber color out of a bottle. The head was very thin and very short lived and the lacing... what lacing? The aroma was pleasant, a great balance of sweet malt, floral hops and orange zest. The flavors were indeed quite hoppy, so much so that I almost would call this a hybrid style The first thing to hit me was the citrus rind bitterness followed by some pale malt and caramel malt sweetness. The finish was again hoppy, bitter and slightly herbal. The mouthfeel was smooth and oily, the carbonation nearly flat (which would explain the lack of head too, bad bottle?) and the body medium. I have trouble calling this one an Amber but it was fairly tasty.

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Photo of tempest
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation. Served in a very large glass mug from tap.

A. Dark golden in hue and a good amount of lace.

S. Piney hops up front bordering on pine sol. Just a bit of malt is noticable.

T. Dirty, earthy, piney hops dominate the flavor. These hoppy Amber/Red Ales these days. Extreme bitterness, bordering on hilarity.

M. Sharp biting finish rips the enamel off my teeth. Other than that, medium to full bodied.

D. This is a very good hoppy beer. It is so bitter it pretty much ruins the palate. Good finisher beer.

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Hoppus Maximus from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 423 ratings.
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