Hoppus Maximus | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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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 mattcrill
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label states that it is 43 IBU's and 5% ABV. Pretty proud of all the awards it's won and it says so on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a muddy orange fading to clear amber edges with a tight ivory, bubbling cap. Cool little hop floaties in it...me likey...

Smell: Sweet carmel malts with just a hint of orange zest in the background.

Taste: A rush of carmel sweetness then a spike of floral hop bitterness that quickly fades to a sweeter, subdued finish. I know it's supposed to be "hoppus" but the malt really dominates. It's an enjoyable beer but kind of misleading by the title of it.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin bodied and prickly due to the carbonation. A tight finish on the palate.

Drinkability: Pretty good due to the lower ABV and relatively light body. Overall, well done but nothing that will stop you in your tracks. Too many other good ones out there to make this a regular.

[ serving type: bottle ]

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

For the style, the name is accurate: a very hoppy American Pale Ale. It has the body, texture, and balance of an APA, but the aggressive hopping for an IPA. The body and sweetness was medium and the hops added a crisp bitterness and floral / citrusy flavors. Mildly spicy and would be a drier finish if not for the solid barley sweetness. Very easy to drink and very cleanly brewed. I drank this one a few years ago and I don't remember it tasting this good. They have improved this one a lot.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: The body of the beer is a crystal clear amber with loads of carbonation. On top of this is a HUGE off-white head that lasts forever.

Smell: The smell is a wonderful mix of caramel sweet malts and strong citrus and floral hops. A tiny bit of grass/hay is also notable.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The flavor is a mix of strong hops balanced by caramel malts. Floral and citrus notes and the most prominent, as well as some spice. The hop bitterness lingers for quite some time. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: I'm not sure if my review is 100% correct. I've had a few bottles of this before, and none were as tasty as this one. I have a feeling it's the Frederick Brewing Company's fault though. When they were doing Stoudt's stuff, I noticed inconsistency, as well as with their own products. Another reason my review may be a little out of line is because of the name. Hoppus Maximus? Not quite. The hops are tasty, but it's not as incredibly hoppy as the name suggests. But, all that aside, I'm really enjoying my glass right now. It's smooth, creamy, flavorful, and quite drinkable. If all the bottles I had of this beer were this good, It'd be much more drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle contract brewed by Frederick in Maryland; fresh from the brewery.

Thirsty Dog's Hoppus Maximus pours a hazy orange-amber beneath a full head of creamy white foam that holds well and leaves some very nice rings of lace about the glass.

The nose is softly piney like a cool, shaded forest floor in summer. There are light notes of citrus as well, and it's quite bright and refreshing!

In the mouth it's medium bodied and lightly crisp with more of a zest than a bristle.

The flavor is also light and refreshing, striking a nice balance between its airy, pine and citrus (sweet grapefruit, lemon) hop flavors, and it's just lightly sweet caramel-tinged malt. The bitterness is kept in check and nicely balanced against the malt (listed at an appropriate 43 IBU's); and it finishes with a dollop of caramelish malt and a splash of citrus that erode to leave some mild pine and bitterness behind.

The name had me fooled, and without looking at the label (which states it's and American-style Amber Ale... I'd call it an APA...) I thought I'd be tasting something along the lines of a double IPA. But it's not; and it's surprisingly refreshing and easy to drink. Well done!

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Photo of JackTheRipper
2.74/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: What the F*#k is that floating around in there? Clean glass, fresh beer, there's some sort of sediment suspended in the body of the liquid. Looks like a dirty fish tank. Clingy white head with fairly good retention.

S: Resiny pine hop aromas all over the place.

T: Initial flash of a pine-like hop flavor. Doesn't last very long and soon gives way to a thin, watery sweetness.

M: Light body. Thin. Anemic. Moderate CO2 and alcohol.

D&N: Really good smells, not much in the way of flavor and depth. Not impressed.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with a small head that falls to next to nothing over the beer. The nose is true to what I find APA to be. Dirty and semi-caramel sweet, with a slight orangey character to it. The flavor is a little better. Slightly spicey hop, but mostly dirtyness. The finish is slightly sweet from the malt. The feel is a light moderate, with a rather aggressive carbonation. Overall, I'm not the biggest fan. The feel is a litle light and a bit too much carbonation for me. Not what I woudl call Hoppus Maximus.

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Photo of mntlover
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear amber color with a nice off white head that leaves some decent lace behind.
Aroma is caramel malt with fruit orange, watermelon and hints of strawberry fruit chews, the nose is not a hoppus maximus just some pleasent citrus hops mixed with fruit a decent amber ale but not as hoppy as the named implied.
Taste is caramel malt first plus some fruity notes stated above with some light grapefruit like hop bitterness light but not so light for an amber ale. This is a pretty decent amber ale nice and drinkable if you don't let the name fool you.
Mouthfeel is good a medium with a decent amount of carbonation to add a little zest towards the end.
Drinkability is good a very drinkable amber ale not on par with the best but good enough to have from time to time for a change if I was able. Thanks go to merlin48 for this sample.

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Photo of JLShepard
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: A strong hop aroma coupled with a very faint hint of a fruity sweetness gives this beer a tea-like nose.

Appearance: Pours a translucent brown-amber color, with a solid 1/2" head. The head dissipates quickly, but that doesn't detract from the look of the beer at all.

Taste: A sweet fruity taste starts this beer off, and gets supplanted by a mellow hop flavor that lingers after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, but fairly nondescript.

Overall, a good beer, though the hop was mellower than I was expecting, based on the name "Hoppus Maximus". It certainly pours well and looks nice. The nose was also quite pleasing.

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Photo of foXXtail
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maximus? At 43 IBU, not really. Then again, this is an American Amber (not an APA) so it’s not expected to be all that hoppy.

Why didn’t they brew an IPA for that real hop hit? I don’t know.

That aside, this was a pretty good beer. The nose was quite fruity, with plenty of plum and maybe a tad of strawberry. A slight tea smell brings up the rear. No trace of hops in the nose. The color is a nice deep red amber with a slight cloudiness (was this dry hoped?) The head fades down to a decent coating which leaves thick globs of lace.

The taste shows a malty caramel sweetness up front followed quickly by a mellow hop hit. There is quite a complex interaction of malt and hops.

Thirsty dog always has the funniest labels!

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

Not as hoppy as the name suggests. Poured a bit to the amber side of the color scale. Grapefruit citrus in the aroma. Malty, making this seem more of an American amber ale. There seemed to be some fruit lurking in the background, but I never got a handle on it. A nice beer, but it seemed to have some unrealized potential in the hops department.

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Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber orange body with a beige head that stabilizes at two centimeters and lasts several minutes. Quite a bit of patchy lace is left on the glass.
Aroma is restrained, with floral orange blossom and some sweetish pineapple and grapefruit, atop a caramel malt backbone.
Mouthfeel is light medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Taste is well balanced, with bready caramel malt and tropical fruity hops. Finishes with a mildly bitter citrusrind note and aftertaste.
Nicely put together, and pleasantly drinkable. Seems to be a hybrid pale ale and American amber, but it's tasty enough to try again.

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Photo of granger10
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's odd to see an Amber called Hoppus Maximus and this one does push the limit as far as style considerations go. As soon as I poured this beer from bottle to glass I got a strong citric, fruity aroma. Almost like a starburst. The taste had more complexity and depth than most Amber ales I have tried but that's not always such a good thing. The hops seem to come forward right from the start. Very citric upfront. The body is thick and has a good caramel base. There might even be some wheat flavors underneath. But the hops continue to dominate my palate. Resin hop oils almost make this beer a little excessive. The finish has a pine hoppy prickyness to it. This is a solid beer but not one I could drink many of. I usually tend to like ambers with a little more sweetness and IPA's with a little more bitterness. This one is in-between.

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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 Ricochet
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Took the taste test..at .50 per sample. $$$ well spent.

I was looking forward to this because I love hoppy beers. The reviews I'd seen lead me to believe I was in for a taste treat. Here's what I got:

It is a very dark beer, almost like my favorite pales and IPAs . Smell was average. I swished this in my mouth, sipped and drank a big gulp looking for all the answers I could get. I didn't get any. Maybe I'm a hophead, when the flavor is in a beer that has flavor like IPA's and Pales, this was generic. I took a swig of water and tried again, but all I could think of was this tasted like nothing I've had. Not really good, but not really bad either. I noticed a stange taste finish like Ju-Ju Bees! I expected too much, but then what I was expecting was more of a pale-ale hoppy flavor. I'm not going to have this one again.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

43 IBU, OG=13.5P, 5.0% ABV [5-1-04]
43 IBU, OG=13.5 P, 5.9% ABV [12-19-10] re-review

Pours out to a hazy copper with orange accents, forming a sticky, clumpy biege head (dries on the glass like honeycomb wax) with excellent retention and wonderful lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs. Aroma is invigorating with fresh tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, kiwi), strong caramel and toast notes, and butterscotch. Mouthfeel is stately with a dry middle and finish and medium body. Taste begins with some flavorful piney/herbal flavor hops, fading into a toasty malt body which has an interesting astringency throughout the middle, a suggestion of water minerals, more toast, light caramel, and then a moderate bitterness lingering throughout the dry, woody finish.

This is closer to an IPA than an amber ale, but it looks great. The dryness may be appealing to some, but I could see it becoming palate fatiguing after a few bottles. Drinkability is decent. Full of hop flavor, but not abrasive or harsh. Good stuff, but not mindblowing. A solid hoppy Amber ale in the vein of Stone/Lagunitas.

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

For some reason the bottled version of this beer seems a lot different than the draught. The color is a nice ruddy dark amber, with a medium and lightly foamy off-white head. Thin and sticky lacing. The aroma has a citrus hops punch. Medium-bodied and nicely drinkable, with a nice balance of hops, citrus and malt. The finish is bitter and lingering, making this a pretty enjoyable beer overall. I guess I'll just stick to the bottled version from now on.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the brewpub in Dayton/Centerville. Pours a nice copper clear liquid with a nice foamy white head. The head lasted for quite some time. There was a great amount of sticky lacing on the glass throughout. The brewpub considers this an American Amber Ale, and displays posters that this beer has won some medals, most recently a bronze at 2003 GABF. Nice citrus hop smell. Taste is just slightly sweet with citrus, slightly pine hops. Nice amount of bitterness to this. I would call this a medium body beer. I found this to be very drinkable. I even took a growler home to enjoy this weekend. Nice offering!

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

Pours hazy, orange with yellow hihglights. Forms a samll white head and minor lace on the glass.
Aroma is all hops. Heavy, rich, oliy and citrusy hops, grapefruit, bubblegum and some pine.
Flavor has some pale malt that is overrun by fruity, oily, piney hop complexity.
Mouthfeel is moderately sweet to start that jumps to a spicy, sweet and resiny bitterness.
Drinkability is fairly good, realy nice fruity IPA. Definite hop head delight.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served as a sample at Thirsty Dog in Akron. The color was amber, with a ring of head. The smell was hoppy, with a slight caramel malt. The taste was citrus hops with a solid caramel malt backing. Mouthfeel was smooth. As for drinkability, could have quite a few.

An enjoyable American Amber ale. Though not quite as good as Troegs Hopback and/or Nugget Nectar, it still had a nice hop presence and body to it, and I'd probably have another one at some point.

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Photo of bigbubba
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a dark amber beer without much head. There was a very prominent hop smell and taste. One big drawback is the unpleasant aftertaste that just wants to linger. It was kind of metallic. The mouthfeel was also way too thin for a beer with this much bitterness. I enjoy highly hopped beers but this one doesn't have the balance that other well made high hop beers have.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This seemed quite a bit like the Golding's Retriever with quite a bit more bittering hops and more finishing hops. THis is a deep amber with ok head (not sure about glassware) and good side lace. Caramel malty aroma mingled with hops (but surprisingly more malt) Like the Retriever maltiness followed with golding type hop flavor but this time with "bite". Starts full and malty and finishes with a dry hop bite.

The were out of the IPA the day I was there. I believe that it would have been a nice medium between the Maximus and the Retriever

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazed burnt orange in color with minimal off-white to light tan head.
Nice citrusy hop aroma jumps out at you. Toasty caramel malts present to the nose as well.

Taste shows a toasty caramel malt backbone. Solid hop balance with piney, floral and citrus notes. Well hopped for an amber ale. Bitterness lingers a bit at the finish.

Overall a solid, tastey, hoppy amber ale.
Bottled version contract brewed by Frederick Brewing.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dayton, OH AleFest:This was a very bitter beer in my opinion which is not to my liking.The appearance consisted of a small sized tan head that contained fine sized bubbles.The body of this beer was clear and uncarbonated with a yellow-gold hue.The nose was hoppy along with a heavy bitter flavor.This is a medium bodied beer.

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Photo of jtw5877
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first offering sampled from Thirsty Dog, and it is solid. Pours an amber hue with a white head. Hoppy aroma, and some hopiness and maltiness to the flavor. The name made me think this would be over hopped, but it was balanced nicely, I hope to try more of these guys beers in the future.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent effort on the Dog's part to create a well hopped beer. The brew was amber in color with a decent, slightly off-white head that produced prodigious lacing. The nose is very hoppy and give off lots of citrus aroma. Though the hops come through very significantly in the taste, the flavor is balanced against a nice malt base. Overall, this is an enjoyable beer and one that I'd try again.

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Hoppus Maximus from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 425 ratings