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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Photo of jmerloni
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
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 +9.3%
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 +5.2%
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 -10.9%
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 +1.1%
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 -13.1%
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 -10.9%
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 -5.7%
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 +19.9%
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 -4.4%
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 +17.5%
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 -12.8%
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 -25.4%
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 -12.6%
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 -12.6%
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 +8.7%
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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Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly hazy texture. There was a half inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: Not a particularly powerful aroma, but there were hints of hops and caramel.

T: Tasted of caramel, malt, hops and perhaps a little citrus. Not overly dynamic, but a pleasant taste.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a super dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: A solidly drinkable beer.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. Two fingers of pearl foam formed on top of the crystal clear, apple juice colored body. The head receded down to a 1/2 finger, leaving lots of lace behind.

The nose is pretty weak...some floral hops, malts and a little sugary caramel character.

Meh...the taste is similar to the nose. Starts off with a sweeter flavor that fades into a semi-bitter hop finish.

The mouth feel is on the lighter side, oily with mild carbonation.

Drinkable...yeah, but nothing outstanding. This one seems to be caught in limbo...not quite hoppy enough or not quite malty enough...

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Photo of Kaiser777
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Awww Hoppus Maximus my friend how long have I waited to review you!

A- Almost as dark as a brown ale, the foam is white as pearls but dissipates very quickly, and sticks to the glass like a foamy glue.

S- Had to give it a 3.5 cause it is not as strong as I would of liked and thought it would be a little more intense.

T- Amazing it reminds me of an IPA but it's an American style amber ale so of course being a fan of IPA's I love it it has a citrus taste that dosent dominate the taste buds so I have to say I love the taste of this beer, and being from Ohio I respect that it is made close to home.

MF- I wish I could give it a better rating but it is not as good as I thought it would be for having an amazing taste.

D- I love the taste and having just 5.9 alc/vol I could drink quit a few of them, something I could drink trough out the evening, cheers to the fellows brewing this wonderful beer which I meet the brew master at a tasting and was a cool dude, thanks Thirsty Dog, I will be back for another tasting!

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Photo of jwinship83
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up on a recent trip to kentucky. drank out of a standard american pint glass. no visible freshness information on the bottle, but it is showing 5.9% ABV.

A- this one pours out a hazy amber colored body. a small white head sits on top, and takes a while to fade.

S- this one starts out with sweet caramel and toffee like malts. a little bit of fruitiness in here also. the finish is strong piny and grapefruity hops.

T- the caramel malt backbone is quickly over powered with citric (grapefruit and a little bit of orange) and piny hops.

M- light to medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D- easy to finish. this is something i could see myself having a few of in a sitting if it were sold by me.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine April 2007.

The Amber Ale is America's session Ale ... at least we'd like to think it is. At a standard 5 percent ABV with 43 IBUs, Hoppus Maximus is Thirsty Dog's hoppiest beer.

Poured vigorously, which yielded an immense rocky head with superb head retention. Chunks of yeast or protein are nearly in suspension as the carbonation keeps moving everything around. This makes for a hazedamber color that should have been clear. Orange peel, floral and blonde tobacco hop aroma, with a touch of refined honey-like malt sweetness. Hop flavor has a grip on this beer, and the bitterness grows as well. Gritty toasted grain and a touch of sweetness doesn't last for long. Quick yeast flare, fruitiness in the back. Long lingering hop bitterness and flavor takes a while to fade.

Yup, this is a hoppy one. Enough for a hophead to get his fix? Perhaps. Too much for a novice? Most likely. Either way, one brewer's Amber Ale is another brewer's Pale Ale is another brewer's IPA. Take away the yeast glow and the fact that this beer is pretty imbalanced, and you end up with a really hoppy craft beer. Go figure. Try and find the sharpest cheddar, or aged Gouda, and some salt-cured beef.

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

Pours copper red in color with a light tan colored head that is hanging around quite nicely. Some pretty good stick too.

Smell is a good mix of hops and malts, but there's nothing that really jumps out at you. Fairly mild aroma.

Nice mix in the taste as well. You get a little bit of bite from the hops, and then the roasted malt flavors start work their way in. There also seems to be a little bit of a metallic taste which brings the score down a bit.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side for a red/amber ale. Moderate carbonation.

I could drink a couple of these before being ready to switch to something else.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not a bad beer by any means, but it's also not one I foresee myself spending my money on very often.

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

There aren't many beers of this style that I don't like. This is one I had been drinking once in a while for several years before I realized it was local. I always held it in high regard and being that it is from someplace less than a hour's drive from here makes it that much better.

Hoppus Maximus is more dirinkable than many of this genre. Although it is way up there in bitterness and flavor, it is less over the top than some others, and thus more drinkable (not necessarily better).

This is a great beer. Don't ever refuse one of these, and seek them out if you have never tried it.

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Photo of teovaldi
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber with quite a tiny head, leaving very little lace.

Smell is of hops and malty sweetness...pretty balanced.

Taste is hop forward, with caramel like malty background finishing bitter. Not as much hops as one would expect being "Maximus" but not bad.

Mouthfeel is nice...medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkability is pretty nice...hoppy and session-able is always a good mix in my book.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours an amber orange color. Little carbonation evident and about an inch of white head with little retention.

s - Smells of citrus hops and bready malts. A little bit sour and not as much hops as I was expecting.

t - Pale malts and citrusy hops taste. Kind of weak, and not very tasteful.

m - Medium body and light carbonation.

d - Not a bad amber ale, but not a lot going on smell or tastewise. A little bit of citrus hops but that's about it. Easy to drink and with the low ABV you could drink a few of these. I'd try again but not actively seek out.

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Hoppus Maximus from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 421 ratings.
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