This award-winning beer is amber ale brewed by the Thirsty Dog Brewing Company. The company hails from the same city that brought us the rock band Devo – Akron, Ohio. It goes well with your run-of-the-mill Figurados and a verse of “Whip It.”
Once you flip off the cap and tilt the bottle toward your glass you’ll get a head that’s creamy. It’s not a crystal-clear, amber-colored beer. The brew itself has a touch of sediment which makes it a little cloudy-looking. The flavor though is hoppy, with a hint of caramel and citrus. Don’t get us wrong, these suds are balanced, very aromatic.
Hitting the palate, you’ll experience crisp, almost sweet ale. Hints of orange and grapefruit greet your taste buds. It’s not too thick-tasting. Some may go as far as to say it has a thin resonance.
As you see the finish line at the bottom of your stein, the beer’s final sprint nearly hits light speed. Grains, malt and a pop of hops breaks the ribbon with grace and a kick in the winner’s circle.
The last sips from your bottle may be bitter, but never as tart as your basic pale Indian ale. And you can fix that quite simply by just tapping open another Hoppus Maximus. By volume, this summer beer is mild at just 5.9% ABV.
The brew is overflowing with character, much more so than most ales coming from the States. Too many brewers double, triple or quadruple hop their tanks which turns the product into swill. Hoppus Maximus is part of the big-hop school, but from an International Bitterness Unit standpoint, it’s not overpowering.
A 12-ouncer will cost you about two-and-a-quarter bucks.
This is very good ale for the season. As a matter of truth, we’d probably serve it for Christmas because during the colder months, it’s always good to think ahead of what’s in store when all the damned snow melts.
CH would like to thank Stan at Beertaps.com for the post!Shaken, Not Stirred: What About a Hoppus Maximus? by David Sabot