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:
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Added by AtLagerHeads on 04-24-2003

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Photo of sjohansen
2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This bottle popped up in a mixed case from Shangys that a bunch of guys got together to pick out for a post Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas present. I’m pretty sure I know who picked this one, and if I’m correct, he grabbed it because of the guy in the gladiator costume and his crazy dog on the label. Not a great way to pick beer, but let’s see what we get.

The head starting forming in the bottle as soon as I popped the cap. Poured a very thick ruby red with lots of suspended sediment. Lacing sticks to the glass like halos after every sip. It looks great.

The nose is shocking. There is a lot going on, the most predominant up front is caramel. Once I get by the caramel, there is a familiar note that I can’t place. At first I thought it might be a clash between the caramel and the smell of the hops, but eventually I placed it as fresh honey. I don’t know if it actually is honey, or if it is a clash between the hops and the malts. Either way, it’s like nothing I’ve ever smelled in an amber ale before.

The taste is interesting as well. There is so much going on that the beers seems like it is confused. I think Hoppus Maximus is having trouble figuring out whether it wants to be a IPA or a sweet amber ale, and the cross between the two is nothing short of strange. I’m thinking I can taste the honey, but that could just be the nose. It is very sweet throughout with a slightly syrupy aftertaste. With everything going on, the 5.00% is disguised very well. The hops character is definitely present, stronger at times as the ale warms. Also as it warms I get notes of grapefruit that create a slightly bitter pucker towards the finish. The carbonation is easy enough to make the mouthfeel from the hops slightly less greasy.

I think it’s way too sweet for a pale ale, way too hoppy for an amber ale. Way to much going on for me to have more then one of these. It is very interesting though, and if you have an opportunity, take a shot.

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Photo of Homerbag
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a warm orange with two finger head that turns into a ring around the pint glass.

Smells citrusy like fresh hops. Good but it has been done before.

Taste: Not what I expected. I can taste the mineral water first. Then some caramel malt followed by the hop bite in the smell.

Feels OK at best. Clean and refreshing, maybe it would be better on a hot summer day.

It is odd how a beer can smell better than it tastes. But this does it. Good session type beer but not one I would look for again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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 abcsofbeer
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle with no drink by date to be found. The appearance is colored with a dark amber and it seems to be unfiltered with a good amount of yeast floating around, yet, the label did not indicate this. There is a nice white head about 1 finger high that yields good retention.

The aroma is pretty week in the hops department, but, it does yield some nice sweet caramel malts. The taste also holds the caramel sweetness, but, also contains a good amount of hoppiness. Overall, this is an easy drinker and fairly typical of the style.

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Photo of dmamiano
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour an almost copper color, slight off white head that is hanging on. Slightly hazed. The head doesnt seem to want to stick to the sides of the glass.
Prevailant smell is caramel malt mixed with citrus hops. Just by nose alone, I am thinking this is going to be a well balanced beer.
Malt backing is unmistakable at the onset of taste..mixing nicely with hops that reming od grapefruit. Bitter in the finish
Very good beer.

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

Cloudy orange amber with some visible yeast. Half inch of orangish off white foam quickly dissipates to a layer. Modest lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smells piney with a hint of citrus, not as strong an aroma as you might expect from the name. Taste is sweet at first but then gives way to the dry bitterness.

It goes down easily and begs for another one. I think it would stand up nicely to food. I didn’t love it at first sip but the more I drink it the more I like it.

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

12oz. brown bottled purchased at Party Source poured into a pint. No dating.

A: Pours a light amber to orange with a bit of haze to it. 1 finger of white head with lots of carbonation. As carbonation dies, the head actually stays a bit as a soft pillow.

S: Big notes of floral and citrus hops. Grapefruit and orange are dominant. Some malt sweetness in the back from the caramel malts.

T/M: The first thing my brain hit on wasn't the hops but the malts. Sweet yet nutty and grainy. The hops are there, grassy and citrus-y but much lower on the bitterness than expected. The malts kick in after the hops, helping the body form a bit more. Finish is more drying than I first expected, fully bringing the hops back for bitter aftertaste.

D: Tasty enough and easy to drink. Would make a decent session brew but I think it would just get lost in the crowd.

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Photo of dickieb
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber in color, with an average head that dissipates to some lingering lacing. Smell is of green hops, without much else coming through. The taste starts off with some citrus hops moving into a bit of medium malt and an almost apple flavor, and ends with a lingering hop bitterness. A solid mouthfeel for 5%, not something you could drink to many of but very tasty, overall im quite impressed.

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

Very impressive in this way: low alcohol content (I'm a bit alcohol sensitive and some of the really high ABV beers just aren't worth the headache) but very well rounded and full bodied. Not quite sure how they pulled it off, but that's why I gave this such a high drinkability rating. Nice caramelly notes in the nose.

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Photo of Floydster
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with bassmantin

Poured into a pint glass with an orange/red color and a small foamy head, about 1/5 inch maybe, settled very quickly and did not leave much lacing

Smell had some caramel notes surprisingly, with oranges and grapefruit dominating the citrus side of things

Taste was nice and hoppy for an amber, fairly at first but gave way to fruitiness shorty after each sip, crisp dry finish, could taste a little bit of honey or something similar caused by the malt

Could drink two or three bottles of this, but would eventually get tired of its taste, but alcohol content is low and it is pretty light, so pretty drinkable

First beer from Thirsty Dog Brewing, but their Siberian Night Imperial Russian Stout is one of the beers I have currently sitting in my fridge and I look forward to trying that one

Recommended, but not the best amber I have had and pretty plain and one dimensional overall

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells of sweet caramel and cherry. A little unbalanced after some nice malts. Beautiful looking beer, pours an unbelieveable head with great lacing down the glass. Again smell is esthery and fruity. Backend taste just got me again...slightly metallic. But a decent brew nonetheless and I will give it another try.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's been a few years since I had this one, I think I dig the name as much as the beer.

Appearance - orange tinted amber with an eggshell-colored head. A cool peppering of lace down the far side of the glass.

Aroma - grapefruit rind and orange. Obviously very citrusy but some caramel is in there, too.

Taste - sweet caramel and biscuit underpin the grapefruit and piny hops. Good flavor on both sides of this beer, and great balance. Some orange and biscuit on the swallow, grapefruit rind on the aftertaste. Finishes bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel - smooth, decent crispness, solid body.

Drinkability - a top amber from Thirsty Dog. Cheers to me for getting a sixer!!

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Photo of joekfsu
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy amber. There is definitely stuff suspended in the beer. The head is rocky, 1 cm, off white, and mostly diminishing. Limited lacing. Initial aroma out of the bottle was sugary sweet, but now mostly grapefruit and raisin. Initial taste is caramel malt, ends with citrus hops, maybe orange. Dry hop flavor long after swallow. Thin, watery bodied, light carbonation. Its drinkable due to light body and 5% alcohol.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.56/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the local thirsty dog brewpub burned down a few years ago and in is place we have...chick-fil-a. lame.

A- pours a slightly hazy honey orange amber with rising bubbles. head is off white a little yellowish and extremely buildable. it rose an inch above the rim of the glass giving me 2in of rocky cloudy foam that formed peaks and valleys finally settling to 1/4in disk leaving sheets of lace on the glass.

S- mild tropical fruit (yeast?) piney citrus hops, sweet buttery caramel malt overtaken by woody earthy pine cones with mocha and flowers in the back of my sinus. and a slight wet dog smell.

T- candied grapefruit and bittersweet orange peel. softer woodsy pine mingles with a nicely balanced pale raw barley taste that softens into a beefy barley soup with a burst of piney citrus hops at the end that fade fast leaving a delicate cocoa pine aftertaste with some mineral water.

MF- slick and juicy like a cold glass of orange or pineapple juice. medium bodied with immaculate carbonation fading resinous mouthfeel and very refreshing.

D- aggressive hops, lots of flavor, low ABV, unoffensive aftertaste. i darnk the whole 6-er.

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Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a rocky head that deposits strands of lace on the pint glass

Smell: Rich caramel malt backbone supports the aromas of piney hops

Taste: Starts out laying a great malty base that is joined, mid-palate, by an aggressively piney aspect; after the swallow, both flavors pick up and blend well, although there is a bit of a fade at the end

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really nice effort; you don't often see amber ales this compelling

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Photo of Viggo
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to BlackAngus for sending me this brew for BC2!

Pours a cloudy amber, thin white head forms, nice and thick, lots of lace, settles to a thick ring, good retention. Smell is great, floral and citrus, pine, caramel and honey malts, nice balanced, very fresh aroma. Taste is similar, a whole ton of caramel and floral hops, orangy citrus, perfect balance, very clean bitterness, very assertive in the best way. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, super smooth and refreshing. Most excellent amber, right hops and right malt. Thanks Josh!

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Photo of Neehan
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving the bottle into a pint glass yields a hazy, light amber with tons of floating sediment and a modest head with appealing retention. The smell is noteworthy for the piney, grapefruit hops. The taste is darker and not as sweet as expected with a mellow bitterness that lingers. Not bad. The mouthfeel is on the watery side with an increase in thickness and foam if the glass is swirled. Moderately drinkable with the bitterness being what holds it back from being one to gulp.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice rusty peach color, slight haze, with a small light tan to cream head that slowly recedes. Nice citrusy hops waft up but then are followed by a larger malty sweetness, a nice bready and caramel sweetness, some berry fruitiness blends the two together. Sweet berry in the taste as well up front followed with a nice malted grain, slightly toasted flavor, a nice fresh hop plant bitterness, somewhat grassy and fairly drying. Mouthfeel is light to medium, maltiness is nice and full and kept refreshing in the drying and bitter finish. By the name and the first aroma, I wasn't expecting the malt presence to be the dominant force here, but it really comes thru nicely and is not overly strong, there is just the right amount of fruity hoppiness and bitterness to keep it balanced. Highly sessionable for me.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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 jdhilt
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Cloudy pale amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts and finishes hoppy but has some malty sweetness that helps balance. 12oz bottle, gift from Vintage Cellars Blacksburg VA.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ok, i don't mind a few floaties but the amount of relatively large floaties in this detracts from the aesthetics. color is an apricot/amber with an off-white head. aroma is very enticing-sweet caramel malts and fresh bread dough dominating along with some flowery and piney notes. taste doesn't live up to the aromas of malt sweetness as this is pretty much bone dry in the malt character with a medium hop bitterness leading to a somewhat thin, astringent finish. drinkability is fine at this abv. interesting beer, but could use some more balance towards the malts.

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Photo of Grundle20
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amberish brown in color with a surprising amount of sediment in the beer. There's no head, old bottle maybe?

Hmm, maybe not old, there's a good presence of hops here unskunked even. Some sweet caramel malts with a touch of apricot. Not too potent but smooth and well rounded.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
OK maybe it is old, or poorly carbonated at bottling, but this beer drinks almost flat with only a hint of carbonation at the back. The beer is semi sweet with caramel flavors. With a name like Hoppus Maximus the hops are actually kind of lackluster presenting only a mild bitterness and a weak touch of dried apricots. The finish carries the apricots for a while creating kind of a nice aftertaste.

I guess if I was going to do a beer bong of a craft beer this would be the one because it drinks so flat and the taste isn't offensive really. It lacks the flavor I demand though in a highly drinkable beer.

Bottom Line:
Hoppus Maximus my ass. Not a bad beer but it's certainly not living up to its name.

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Photo of mdm46410
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker. This ale poured a hazy amber/orange color with a minimal, creamy beige head that lasted. Some decent lacing was left behind. The aroma was mainly citrus hops, including grapefruit and orange. There was also some good caramel and toffee notes. The flavor was lightly bitter and crisp, with both citrus and caramel present. Decent balance. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with quite a bit of carbonation. Overall, this was a decent session beer.

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Photo of Reed415
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy dark orange with full head

S - Some mild pine and light citrus

T - Some piney grapefruit hops, sweet caramel malt. Nicely Balanced

M - Medium body, adequate carbonation

D - I would describe this as a nicely hopped amber ale. Overall pretty refreshing.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 6/9/07 at Tuck’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong floral hops with a background of citrus and caramelized malt.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of smoky caramelized malt, citrus sweetness and grassy hops bitterness. It’s straight-forward but very good. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, I could definitely go with this beer for a whole evening and enjoy it the entire time without looking for something else to switch to.

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