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Hoptimus Prime - Ruckus Brewing

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Hoptimus PrimeHoptimus Prime

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157 Reviews
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Reviews: 157
Hads: 469
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 24.72%
Wants: 28
Gots: 41 | 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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Reviews: 157 | Hads: 469
Reviews by Flounder57:
Photo of Flounder57
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a stella glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a one finger head. A nice and hazy orange yellow glow with some clarity and signs of carbonation at the top of the glass. Head has reduced and left some lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit, clementines, and other citrus fruits come tom mind. Some bready and sweet scents from the malts used too. Smells nice.

Taste: Same as above, but the sweet mals blend nicely and make this a good well balanced beer between the citrus and bitterness to the sweet and biscuity malts.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and very easy to drink given the 9% is hidden very well.

Overall: This is a another good beer to come out of the state of PA. Will look forward to more of their beers as it show on the website that they have 5 or 6. Might even have to take a road trip someday out there. About a 5 hour car ride.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Zakk
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Kjanisch7
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of FadetoBock
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of R_Kole
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of TTripp725
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of JakerLou
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of standardcherry
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jburchett
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of pat61
4.34/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Initial chill haze clears to brilliant amber as it warms. Crowned with a thin, ¼” cream colored foam cap that quickly dissipates to a thin film. Leaves splotchy lace at best.
S: fruit, citrus, resin on the nose
T: Malt sweetness comes across as light fruit – plum, peach, a little grape and there is a little caramel in the background. Hop forward but emphasizes hop flavors rather than bitterness. This finishes almost bone dry with lingering fruit tastes.
F: Medium carbonation but there is a nice crispness to this. Medium body to medium light.
O: Nice touch of peach and plum and some other light fruit and just the right amount of bitterness to pull it all together and make you say wow.

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Photo of Ptzy13
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
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.


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

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Photo of daveytheformer
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of ADMacIntosh
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of TheLevi4000
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Brenden
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of Tarks
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of rdilauro
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
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

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Photo of Beerontwowheels
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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Hoptimus Prime from Ruckus Brewing
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