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Hoptimus Prime - Ruckus Brewing

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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 27
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: celticfutblclub on 04-14-2011

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Ratings: 466 | Reviews: 161
Reviews by Bierman9:
Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this 22oz bomber at The Drinkery last weekend for $7.95. Had my turkey today, and it's now time to raise a Ruckus!

Poured into a nonic, this bier had a slight bit of haze to its honey-apricot color. Carbo was minimal and widely dispersed, and the head was a whitish color, thin and fine. Lacing is decent, with good stick remaining in the glass. Aroma is fruity and fine, a mix of some grapefruit, pineapple and apricot. Body is nicely more than medium, almost being chewy, and it is rather easy-going on the tongue.

There's a little bit of fruity sweetness to start, with apricot marmalade on a bready scone coming to mind. Soon after things get bitter, with rindy citrus and some pithy grapefruit pleasing the palate. This hoppiness lingers nicely in the aftertaste, and the 9.0% ABV is, scarily, well-hidden. Quite tasty, though a tad over-priced, in my opinion. Prosit!!

4 rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of daveytheformer
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of rdilauro
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
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

Photo of BarleyProper
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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?

Photo of Roguer
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Nearly transparent amber brew shot through with a reddish glow. Full finger white firm head. Supremely carbonated and lively. Head slides down the glass, leaving a thin but firm lacing.

Soft and syrupy aroma: tannins, floral bouquet, and a slight generic hop bite. Indistinguishable from citrus and pine.

Super heavy malts, with an astringent lingering bitterness. A woody, earthy chocolate flavor rings surprisingly strongly, as well as mint and a heavy dose of caramel. A floral/honey hoppiness floats in the background, but the hop emphasis rests on a dry bitterness.

Lively mouthfeel, medium-light, with a refreshing carbonation sting, and none of the syrupy DIPA trap hinted in the nose. The hops cleanse the tongue and palate nicely. Strong hop oil residue.

This may not be a bad beer, but the flavor profile is absolutely not for me - not out of a DIPA. (Curiously, they specifically call it a "Double" IPA, vice IIPA or Imperial IPA.) Everything else hits the right notes, but the most important aspect - flavor - just doesn't do it for me.

Photo of Heatwave33
2.02/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 1 pint 6oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: A slight hazy copper-orange with an off white head.

Smell: Very low aroma here. I detect earthy hops and peach.

Taste: Bready malts come at first. Then some earth tone hops and peach.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, coarse and medium dryness on the palate.

Overall: Very odd DIPA. Bready with a hint of hops? I did not enjoy this brew. The best part of it is the bottle. There was a taste in it I cannot put my finger on. There was almost no aroma and then the taste was almost unbearable. Cheers?

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Purchased exclusively because it had a ridiculous hop pun for a name.

Appearance - Murky orange body with a small white head. Decent lacing but not a lot of retention. The second glass I poured had nothing on top.

Smell - Citrusy hops with strong notes of grassy and floral hops. Really a nice hop aroma. It's pretty malty, too, though.

Taste - Nowhere near as nice. The hop flavor up front is immediately replaced by syrupy malt sweetness, which is immediately overtaken by an intense bitterness that dominates the back end of the drink. Totally dominated by the bitterness. Not pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Far too bitter for my liking. I don't mind bitter, but not when it overwhelms the other flavors. The malt isn't enough to combat the lingering bitterness.

Overall - Very average. Good in some respects, but not good in others. The flavors are there in incorrect proportions, but that's what makes good DIPAs do difficult to find.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear golden copper, two fingers of off white head dissipated very slowly, a few random lacing blobs
S - citrus rind and perfume, biscuity and caramel malt, mild pepper
T - relatively mild floral and peppery hop flavours, some orange citrus creeps in, malt background of caramel and biscuit, and a mild ginger ale like flavour, definitely tasty but just not hop heavy enough for my DIPA tastes
M - medium to light body, juicy and sweet, moves to an almost minty quality with mild bitterness
O - this is a super well balanced and easy drinking DIPA, although balance is not typically what I'm looking for in this style, they've done a good job with this one, well worth a try

Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden orange body with a quarter inch of head. Moderate lacing.

Smells of pine, light orange, and buttery malt.

The hops are mostly pine and gets a little soapy. The malt is buttery and toasty.

Mouthfeel is medium light carbonation with full body.

It's a good, but not great, DIPA. The price point of $5.99 was right on.

Photo of negroobserver
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow!! This is great beer. Pours with about an inch of off white head. The color is a golden brown or rusty orange. The smell is an amazing bouquet of floral hops. Reminds me very much of FLOWER POWER. This may actually be better than FP. Also, there is a strong presence of grapefruit and citrus. The taste starts off a bit flat. In the middle you will get a bit of the floral and fruity notes. Finally, it ends with a pretty strong bitter finish. Personally, I feel the bitterness is a bit weak for a Double IPA. Nevertheless, a great beer. The beer also has good body and excellent balanced carbonation.

Overall: A

Photo of nimrod979
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber. Awesome name. Poured into my DC Brau tulip.

Appearance: Bronzish clear color. Thin white head. Hint of lacing not much retention.

Aroma: Plenty of piney and dank hops as well as tropical fruits, grapefruit and mango. Lots of caramely maltiness as well. Kinda takes away from some of the DIPA qualities.

Taste: Tropical grapefruit hoppiness. Piney hops help with some bitterness. Sweet malts give a sturdy backbone. Not a huge hopbomb and the alcohol is a somewhat detectable.

Mouthfeel: A little thick, syrupy, low carbonation. Once again not a huge hop bomb. Te finish is more of a malty sweetness. It's fine just not what I look for in the style.

Photo of puboflyons
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Keene, NH Beerfest on April 7, 2012. I have heard a lot of buzz around this beer so this was a good opportunity to try it for myself. It pours copper-amber with a light haze and moderate head. The aroma leans more toward malts, toffee, and nuts rather than hops. The body is medium to bold and creamy. The taste is sweet and malty with a probing bitterness hauling up the back and a slightly dry finish. I can see why this one is well-liked.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A swirling tornado of micro-effervesce is fierce within a bengal tiger orange colored body. A frothy ivory colored head is 2 fingers high, smooth and sturdy like a whipped topping providing a long and generous hold atop while also giving a good coverage of spongey-film lacing on the vessel.

S: Expected a bit more aromatically from an IPA and a lot more from a double IPA. Muted citrus with a weak welcoming makes this short on aromatic appeal. move on.

T: Toasty pine flowers and dried oranges on the first impression. Delightfully bitter with some grapefruit, spicy dried tropical fruitiness and apricot. Finishes out with a warm honey laced toasted grain sweetness.

M: Solid mouthful per style, good carbonation presence and a good spicy hop bite of honey-orange-pine flowers on the swallow.

O: Overall a solid 2x ipa flavor wise, a bit short aromatic wise but the flavor seems to make amends here. A lot of hoppy flowers backs this up for street cred, bitterly balanced with a a sweet dry honey grain base is definitly worth a shot.

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

Appearance. Pours a pretty clear gold-amber with a finger of thick, off white head that leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Oranges, lime, red grapefruit and lemon.

Taste. Sweet citrus juices, some papaya and plenty of grainy, fairly sweet malts. A decent biter finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with fairly low carbonation. A bit of alcohol warmth.

Overall. A decent bigger ipa with some nice juicy citrus flavours. Not as big as I would have thought based on the great name.

Photo of JLateralus21
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving: 22oz bottle
A: cloudy, nice head. Could be more clear.
S: smell fades quickly, slightly tropical, not much hops. Disappointed.
T: this is where the double IPA comes in. Notas solid as some of the top like dogfish or stone. But serviceable. Hops are more on the tropical, passion fruit side, very little pinny or nw hops.
M: adequate for an DIPA

Overall: decent, but was expecting much more.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light floral hops with some medium citrus notes. Taste is also a good mix between some floral hops with some citrus notes thrown in. Body is somewhat below average with good carbonation. Not bad but missing some hops punch to compete with the greats.

Photo of n2185
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, honey orange with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: Touches of caramel malt and sweet oranges and apricots up front followed by lots of grassy, piny hops with some grapefruit notes.

T: Sweet orange citrus up front followed by some grapefruit rind and resiny pine bitterness. The finish has a nice piny aftertaste with a bit of bitterness, though it doesn't linger.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer has a fairly dry and crisp quality to it as well.

O: Overall, a good DIPA. Nothing that blows my socks off, but I've paid more for worse examples of the style. It does a good job of balancing the piny bitterness with the citrusy flavors so that it's neither too sweet nor too bitter.

Photo of fank2788
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a pint glass
Nice orange amber color in the glass with a near white head of tiny bubbles that slowly settles, nice lacing. The nose is mainly citrus and grapefruit hops with just a touch malt beneath. The taste falls just shy of good as balance seems to be just a bit off. The citrus hops are hugely apparent in the taste however I'm not getting enough of a malt base to balance the beer. With a double IPA I'd like to have a really solid caramel maltiness throughout the beer but I'm not getting that out of this one. The carbonation is relatively high which combined with the bitterness of the hops makes this quite tingly on the tongue and the beer feels rather lively in the mouth. The finish is puckering due to the hops with just a touch of sweetness, this is relatively clean for a strong IPA, the alcohol in this beer is dangerously hidden. Overall this is a pretty decent representation of the style, however, double IPAs are becoming more and more popular these days which makes it difficult for a beer to stand out from the crowd.

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

A: Pale amber as it pours. In the glass it is peach in color and very clear. Light tan head with a touch of a fine sponge texture.

S: Nice hop aroma, pine and citrus notes. There is a huge amount of a tangerine aroma coming through for me. Some caramel in the finish.

T: The hops certainly come through in the flavor. Very citrusy; orange, lemon, and some tangerine. I pick up a little pine, but mostly citrus leaning towards the sweet citrus. The finish has a nice caramel sweetness, and a touch of earth.

M: Medium in body, but with a hint at being syrupy. The carbonation is fine in size, and medium in quantity. The finish leaves a little bit of an oily texture.

O: Overall I think that the beer is very well balanced with a good American hop profile. As IIPA's go I think it is very good, but perhaps not great, however I think for the price this bottle is a knock out.

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Hoptimus Prime from Ruckus Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.