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Hoptimus Prime - Ruckus Brewing

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82
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446 Ratings
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Ratings: 446
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 24
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ruckus Brewing visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: celticfutblclub on 04-14-2011)
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Reviews by 9InchNails:
Photo of 9InchNails
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off-white, light beige foamy head. Orangey red center and golden edges. A decent amount of carbonation. Nice looking beer.

Sweet caramel, some floral, pine and some doughiness at the end.

Wow, what a interesting taste. An awesome balance of grapefruit, pineapple bitterness and sweet caramel. A lingering bitterness with a brief hint of alcohol. Also some doughiness at the very end.

Medium body, low carbonation, it leaves the lips a little sticky. A hint of alcohol warmth is noticeable.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable brew. Bitterness mixed wonderfully with the caramel. This did have a different taste from the normal double IPA's that made me go wow. See for yourself.

9InchNails, Dec 27, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a slight hazed burnt orange with a thick frothy white head atop,the head never completely settled,a frothy mass was there thruought the duration of the glass.Aromas were a bit dull in my opinion,yeah there was some citric hops but they seemed to be almost over shadowed by the sweet alcohol and caramel notes.Hops provide a little more of citric punch on the palate but it's still a little to sweet with caramel and alcohol zing.This doesnt seem to be the same beer from back in the Legacy days,the hops dont seem nearly as big in my opinion.

oberon, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +9.9%

cam477, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of Zakk
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Zakk, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of Kjanisch7
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Kjanisch7, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev +3%

FadetoBock, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my tulip glass this beer was a hazy gold color with a small white head. There was little to no lace.

Citrus aroma, a lot of lemon. It was very sweet.

Very grapefruit taste, but still some lemon. A lot of caramel malt.

Fairly hoppy, but also very malty. Way sweeter than I expected.

lordofthewiens, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of TTripp725
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

TTripp725, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of JakerLou
3/5  rDev -17.6%

JakerLou, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber bottle, w/o freshness info. House gift from my Pa. pal Mr. Grassy. Thanks Grassy

Pours lightly hazed almond amber, under a light tan head, leaving low sheeting and ample fine lace on the glass. Dull nose of mostly malts but with a back note of minty hops.

On the malty side for a double IPA. Sweet caramel, peppery alcohol, all with an underlying but dull minty hop presence. ehh..sort of a jumbled mess, without many pleasant flavor notes coming through.

Not my favorite example of the style

Billolick, May 08, 2012
Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.75/5  rDev +3%

alienlifeforcecube, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of standardcherry
3.75/5  rDev +3%

standardcherry, May 25, 2012
Photo of jburchett
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

jburchett, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Ptzy13
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Ptzy13, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light coppery color, tons of clarity. Totally missing a dry hop vibe, was just so nonexistant in terms of picking up hops in the nose, faint sweet cereal malt smell to it, like frosted flakes.

Hops thankfully come in right away in the taste, the mild sweet cereal grain thing is still going on. Does a solid job covering 9% alcohol, some residual citrus and scintilla of pineapple hop flavor. Not just a bitter bomb, gives some texture to the hops, despite for whatever reason their lack of aromatics. Wouldn't really rely on the caramel description for this ipa. Go with toffee and tea leaves.

Sticky.

If you like barleywines, this one's sweetness even when fresh would seem to be a great candidate for aging.

Beerandraiderfan, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of daveytheformer
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy light golden amber that's a little orange looking when held up to the light. Has a mild off white head that fades to some spotting and really light lacing.

The most noticeable smell I get is the caramel.

Tastes are of light pine and lots of caramel sweetness. Pleasant bitter aftertaste. Pretty well balanced in the sweetness and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

Overall is good and very drinkable but I'm just not sure I'd be compelled to seek this out again.

daveytheformer, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +9.9%

richkrull, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of ADMacIntosh
4/5  rDev +9.9%

ADMacIntosh, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of TheLevi4000
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

TheLevi4000, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The color is that of ripe apricot, bright orange with a heavy cloudiness. The off-white head is small but has a thickness and substantial body to what it does have. Lace is tight, thick spotting in just less than moderation. The aroma is light, but some warming brings out citrus, pith and zest mostly, caramel, and an interesting note of something like bark. This is, overall, a strange beer. Pith and dry (old?) orange peel meet caramel, dandelion, herb, bark and nut with lots of oddly roasty bread. The feel is definitely the strong point of this beer. It has a delicate but firm fluffy and soft sort of creaminess resting lightly on the tongue, balanced by consistent crispness with a bite that's not too hard but doesn't back down either. Pith dries the finish out some.

Brenden, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of Tarks
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Tarks, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of rdilauro
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little reddish amber color with the pour with an nondescript head. The aroma also didnt give me any indication about what I was going to drink. I expected some more fro a DIPA.
The initial taste was somewhat flat, not in carbonation but in taste. There was some hoppiness, but not much, the beer itself was rather light and thin, with a small trace of malt.

So, to me, it was somewhat unbalanced. There was also no aftertaste to speak off.

I Dont think I will be re-tasting this one. But it may be a way for a drinker new to crafted beers may try a DIPA

rdilauro, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of Beerontwowheels
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Beerontwowheels, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of BarleyProper
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first thing that struck me with this beer was the foam. It was creamy and almost felt warm on my lips even though it was perfectly chilled. Nice mouth feel. A swish and chew brought the expected hop bitterness, but it was not overwhelming like some IPAs tend to be. This was not the dry hoppiness that I usually expect, it was more wet, slightly sweet with a very pleasing finish.

I am a hoppy guy for sure and doubles and triples are what I like most. This beer has the potential to come out on top. I see great things ahead for Ruckus. Just you wait, when they find a home and their stride, they will be competing with the big guns.

Barley

BarleyProper, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, a surprise find on the beer store shelves today in Alberta. Nice, slick, hop-pun themed label - lookie at them hop-cone pecs! The same label only mentions Wilkes-Barre, PA, and nothing about NYC for point of origin.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with two tubby fingers of dense, puffy off-white head, which leaves some decent splattered spider web lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bitter grapefruit pith, subtle pine needles, meaty caramel malt, a touch of biscuity breadiness, and some further astringent floral notes. The taste is more bitter citrus rind, some aged orange juice, bready caramel malt, musty herbal, leafy hops, and pretty much no sign of the 18-proof booze.

The bubbles are rather sedate, the body a sturdy medium weight, and fairly smooth, the prickliness from the hops marring things a tad. It finishes off-dry, the malt stepping its game up somewhat, while the hops go into a heady holding pattern.

A decent enough DIPA, definitely bitter up front, and well balanced through the end, with a few hiccups in flavour in between. And the alcohol, let's not forget about that, even though we are compelled here to do so. Contract brewing intricacies aside, this is a stand-up big IPA, all for the low, low price of 6 loonies and change - what's not to like?

biboergosum, Jul 26, 2012
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Hoptimus Prime from Ruckus Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 446 ratings.