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Hoptimus Prime - Ruckus Brewing

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400 Ratings
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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%

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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Photo of Mo_fro


3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Hazy dark copper color with a pencil width white head that is gone in seconds. Thin lacing left on the glass

S - Strong and smooth caramel smell with a hint of fruit

T - Taste of lemon and grass on the initial sip followed by a slight sweet finish that lingers in the mouth for a little while.

M - Medium body mouth feel with slight but sharp carbonation

O - Overall a nice beer, not very big on the fruit and hop flavors but leans more towards the sweet and roasted malt side of a beers life. Not a beer that I would buy often but I would drink it again


Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 21:23:02 | More by Mo_fro
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 20:13:12 | More by Brenden
Photo of HookerBrews


3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I am trying this for the first time as I rate. I am unfamiliar with this brewery, so I'm excited to try something new! Here we go:

Appearance: The beer pours a somewhat hazy, yellow amber color. It's a pretty good looking brew, though by far not the best IPA I've seen. What I really like is the head. It's active, chunky, and has a nice, creamy off-white color with a slight yellow hue. So far so good.

Smell: For a Double IPA, I expected a bit more of a punch from the smell. The aroma is fairly, and somewhat disappointingly, mild. There is a pleasant note of sweet hops and citrus with a slight note of apple and bread. The brew smells nice, but falls a bit short of enticing.

Taste: I expected a bit more from the taste. It certainly tastes like a 9% ABV beer, though I'm not sure if that's to it's credit. That being said, the brew has a nice kick of bitter hops when it first hits your mouth and does possess that malty backbone that you expect from a double IPA. The middle is lemony and has a hint of granny smith apples. It finishes with a nice taste of bitter hops, but overall, I don't find it to be anything spectacular.

Mouthfeel: This is the category that this beer really excels in. It has a nice, medium body that has a very pleasant creamy feel to it.

Overall: Hoptimus Prime is a pretty decent beer all around. I certainly didn't find anything objectionable about it, but I just expected something a lot bigger and bolder. I suppose that that's my real problem with it; it just fell a bit flat. The price, however, is good and I would like to see what else Ruckus has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 00:04:23 | More by HookerBrews
Photo of mpedara429


2.45/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured out a cloudy amber color with less than a finger of off white head. very little retention and just a few spots of lacing.

S: Very fruity, mostly catching sweet orange and pineapple.

T: Wow, that's disappointing. There is some malt that is darker than expected because I'm catching a roasted flavor. The sweet fruity tones from the nose are very subdued. Some piney and earthy tones mixed in. Leaves a bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium and a little creamy body that is chewy. Medium carbonation.

O: The nose was promising, but the taste is harsh and strange. Flavor is subdued and bland, and roasted malt tones are not a wonderful quality for IPAs. I will surely leave this on the shelf next time around.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 01:16:57 | More by mpedara429
Photo of GrizzleFist

New York

3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought in a 22 oz bottle.

Appearance: Light in color, nice foam on top, normal carbonation

Smell: Just hops, nothing else was noticeable in smell

Taste: If you expected to taste anything but a strong hop smell from a beer named hoptimus prime, then I don't know what you were thinking

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and very hoppy, not to the point of it being disgusting though

Overall: Its it a great beer? No. Is it a very hoppy beer? Yes. It lives up to its name of being a very hoppy beer, it doesn't promise anything more or less than that. I wasn't expecting a great beer and it wasn't, I was expecting a hoppy beer and it was, promise delivered. I wouldn't buy it again anytime soon though, since it doesn't have any remembering flavors that would make me want to get it again, but if your curious what a beer that taste like hops and pretty much nothing else is like, I'd buy one and give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 23:31:48 | More by GrizzleFist
Photo of Roguer


3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 20:42:24 | More by Roguer
Photo of JAFoley

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - hazy deep amber with two fingers of white head, somewhat bubbly with nice retention and good lacing

S - malty, apple, but not too aromatic

T - Again with the apple and lemon hops, and strong caramel malt base. Drinks like a English IPA but with more of a citrus hop profile.

B - Nice deep full body, in no way watery. Moderate carbonation at just the right level

O - This was ok, but I have a major problem with any beer that comes with an apple flavor, it reminds me too much of my bad home brews. Also, I tend to not like EIPA's and I prefer the hops to take center stage with the malts acting as a base note. But the malts here are too present. Not a bad beer, but not for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 23:09:57 | More by JAFoley
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

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 16:45:44 | More by rdilauro
Photo of JMScowcroft


3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruckus Brewing - Hoptimus Prime - Bomber

Shared this brew with da_beers.

Look - Pours a clear filtered copper amber with a rambunctious soapy head that leaves rings of chunky sticky lacing.

Smell - slightly sweet malt with sour apple cider and pineapple citrus, Simcoe hops. Not DIPA aroma really, had me worried at this point.

Taste - No. This is pretty much a perfect example of how NOT to make a DIPA. Malt heavy, sweet apple slight hop citrus.

Mouthfeel - At least the hops are present somewhat here. Sticky malts, warm and boozy, medium bodies, decent drinkability.

Overall - Just OK, not sure what they were going for here. Apparently having a cool name does not constitute a good beer. Drinkers who prefer malt in your DIPA might enjoy this brew a bit more than I did.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 17:52:36 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of da_beers


3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After being supremely disappointed with my first two reviews of the night, I pulled this out of the fridge to save the day... and it didn't.

A - Clear dark copper color with four massive fingers of chunky white head. Beautiful appearance, star of the show.

S - Not very hoppy. Sweet malts with pineapple notes. Not your typical DIPA smell at all. Slightest earthyness at the end with an apple cider note.

T - A let down here. Very malty with a confused apple/citrus feel. Simcoe hops are faint, I would have like much more. Needs less malt and more hops.

M - Sticky, leaves nice aftertaste. Pretty drinkable for a DIPA, but again, not a typical one.

O - Not to excited about this one. Was pumped by the name and graphics, expecting a hop blast - not at all however.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 14:40:52 | More by da_beers
Photo of LarryK


3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great name and label for a double IPA, though despite a bit of a gimmicky exterior, it's also surprisingly drinkable as well. I went about a year in between having this beer, and enjoyed it substantially more the second time around. Simcoe is the star of the show here; and while it probably won't win any awards, I would say this is probably one of the more enjoyable "New York" DIPAs I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 18:47:02 | More by LarryK
Photo of Chris_Mac

New Hampshire

3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly crimson-amber hue, and looks inviting. Smell is pleasant, but does not promise the amount of hops the name suggests. There is light lacing apparent after a few sips. The taste is more malt than hops, with the alcohol coming in late. A very drinkable double ipa, a good addition to any Wednesday evening.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 00:31:35 | More by Chris_Mac
Photo of JG-90

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into glass give medium sized creamy, almost pure white head. Head recedes so a small amount around the edges, with heavy lacing. The color is a bright, clear copper. Smell mostly of malts which are pale and caramel-ly. Also a light smell of orange and grapefruit, maybe a bit of lemon. Interesting smell, but weak.

Taste follows the nose, with more pronounced fruity hops. Caramel malt start but give way to orange and grapefruit, with a pinnaple and lemon finish. Taste is more pronounced than the nose, but still a little muted. Medium to heavy body, creamy, low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 20:30:15 | More by JG-90
Photo of BMMillsy


3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Old bottle from ABC. Pours clouudy light orange with tiny white head. Strong lemon and orange zest aroma with some caramel candy malt. Bit of wet dog. Flavor follows aroma exactly. Lots of orange peel. Not much hops left here. Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 03:17:07 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of diddly

New York

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a stemmed glass.

Pours a somewhat cloudy, dark copper with a thick, bubbly white head, which hangs around for a little bit. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Very sweet aroma with good balance of earthy bitterness.

Flavor is about par for the style - sweet, with well-balanced bitterness. Nothing out of this world.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, with somewhat low carbonation.

Overall, I'd say it's a good example, but nothing out of this world.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 03:12:11 | More by diddly
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a cloudy ruddy amber hue, with a tall fluffy ivory head that settles to a rocky cap.

Bready malt on the nose, however aroma is mostly dominated by piney, leafy, grapefruit rind hops.

White grapefruit and rind right up front in the flavour, which continues to dominate throughout. Really it's pretty one-dimensional, however I'm enjoying what it's delivering.

Medium-full mouthfeel, velvety texture, with moderately brisk carbonation.

Highly quenching, it works for what it is and hides its alcohol well while not being overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 02:59:54 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of Willytee3

New York

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a small hotel wine glass.

Pours a dark amber-orange with a nice foamy tan color head. Silky rings leave spotty lacing.
Smells of candied pine, soft dank mango with a spicy pepper that was kind of uncharacteristic for the style.
Hoppy burst of mellow hops with bright pine and cotton candy. Medium bitter bite. Creamy in the middle with a kind of barley malt finish more like a bitter would be. Not so true to the style we now see of bright effervescent brews with well balanced hops.
Great mouth feel though.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 05:37:06 | More by Willytee3
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

650ml bottle poured into tulip 1/2/13

A quite hazy orange amber with lots of tiny suspended particles and a two finger foam that hangs around long enough to leave a few partial rings of lace

S slight citrus rind, lime perhaps, lots of caramel and a sour floral aspect if that makes any sense, smells faded with some vitamin C chewable

T some herbal tea bag and slight earthy hops, more malty then hoppy, fruity but the fruits a little sour, reminds me dish soap just bit

M leaning towards full, a little gritty and no booze detected so that's a plus, a little rind on the finish

O the booze is well concealed but I wasn't all that excited drinking it, perhaps another old bottle? the hops just seem a little weak

not the hop bomb I was hoping for, I see no bottle date and I'm assuming its going over the hill but I wouldn't spend the cash again even if was fresh from the brewery

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 00:18:41 | More by wordemupg
Photo of TheBrewo


3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We pour a brew of glowing pumpkin orange. It holds a pillowy tan head standing two fingers tall. This retains nicely, leaving thick, frothy lacing in bubbly patterns dripping down the sides of the glass. There is a light haze throughout, with swirls of minute sediment coming with the last drops from the bottle. Carbonation appears pervasive but lighter. The aroma gives roasty caramel malts, with lightly metallic pale malts. There is also sticky sweetness and syrups of brown sugar and bright booze. The hops meet these precisely in the middle to cut and balance in the form of florals and bittering citrics. With warmth the hops take on a more earthy vibe, while the malts give more toffee sweetness and chalky dryness. Pretty basic, but all the right components meld together nicely. Our first impression is that the flavoring is much light the aroma in that all of the necessary hops, and rich malt flavoring, are there, blending for a tasty sip. The mouth opens with lemony hops, breakfast tea tannins, bittered yeasty bite, caramel malts, and the beginning of that toffee sweetness from the nose. The peak comes with sweeter, syrupy fruitiness of brown apples and strawberries, caramel malt roast, the bite of ethanol, and bittering citric hop rind. Pushing to the finish are syrupy toffee and browned sugars, puckering pale malts, peppery booze, soapy and earthy hops, and biting phenolic clove. The aftertaste breathes of soapy hops, mineral, drying chalky pale malts, booze, drying yeast, and light citrics. The body is medium to full, and carbonation is certainly noticeable, with a bright prick on the front of the tongue. Each sip gives nice pop and smack, with decent cream and slurp to the lip. There is an initial thick coating around the mouth, but with little froth or cream to the palate. This gives way to a final astringent dryness and pucker. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the nice look, and the sweet aroma. Everything is pretty nicely balanced about this beer. The aroma gives a hearty depth of malts to back against the sweeter, more floral hop bouquet, while the flavoring does the same with boozy bite to balance. This makes for a nice beer, but we do wish that some of the components did pop a bit more. More specifically, we wished that the hops had a brighter role in everything, which would have left the palate feeling a bit more fresh and refreshed.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 02:26:11 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a nice blend of floral hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts with a strong hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet citrus and caramel flavors. The malt character is hearty and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a nice hop-bomb to drink for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 03:13:19 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 18:54:40 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of AdamPenna

New York

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An attractive orange color. Looks like a good beer: slightly hazy, not too carbonated, and a fine head which lasts through the drinking. Some lacing. But the taste is timid, citrusy and a little oily. Finally, a drinkable beer and one I might drink again if available in Andoo's Big Beer collection. Drunk from a mason jar.

*I've tried this beer again, and would change the review slightly. I must've gotten an old bottle, but the newest attempt was much better: an exciting beer. And the newest bottle cost me only 6 bucks, and was fresher, livelier, lovelier.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 18:33:46 | More by AdamPenna
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my haulback from New Jersey from visiting my sister:

In my chalice:

A: hazy golden orange colored body with a small white one finger head that immediately settles to a film and dies right into the body leaving some white bubbles along the rim of the chalice. No lacing is left.

S: sweet with a nice citrusy/hoppy profile coming fairly strong.

T: bittersweet through a pretty good combination between the grapefruit and the caramel malt.

M: medium with a decent sticky feel on the mouth and the tongue. It also has a slightly dry aftertaste. I would say this is mostly drinkable.

O: this is an above average Double IPA, though not a stand-out for its style, I would still have this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 19:13:21 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big beer that is quite malt heavy probably due to some age on the bottle . I really liked the old ale profile rather than a hop forward DIPA. I got a long finish on the beer combined with a pleasant hop note on the nose. Lots of balance in this beer though it would be interesting to taste it fresh to see more of the hops. Decent DIPA but at about $9 there is many other choices that would be on my list.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 00:07:58 | More by canucklehead
Photo of MightyMonk

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Belgian style snifter glass.

I Liked the clear dark gold color and the plentiful eggshell head that lingers. The smell is citrus hop and some bread, biscuit malt. The taste is sweet but not cloying. Piney, citrus, alcohol,malty goodness. Its a bit harsh in the mouth for me. A lot of carbonation lingers under the tongue. Overall a very nice DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 20:34:41 | More by MightyMonk
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Hoptimus Prime from Ruckus Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.