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Hoptimus Prime - Ruckus Brewing

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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
Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with good retention and nice lacing on a amber with crimson hues cloudy body.

S: citrus and grassy. Some malt.

T: Very smooth without much of a bite. Mild pine and actually some cocoa and cola notes with this one. Its almost like the hops are there but they don’t contribute to the mouthfeel, strange.

M: medium body, a little flat, low to medium carbonation.

Overall: This one is a little bland, may have been a bad bottle because it also seemed flat.

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Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear orange-amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off-white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, flavors of citrusy hops (orange and grapefruit) stand out in particular. The underlying malts are also prominent and contribute sweet flavors of caramel. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness and some hints of alcohol.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit sticky on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O:This beer does not stand out among other Double IPAs, but is a solid representation of the style. It is a beer that needs to be sipped given the strength.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a golden copper color with a white head on top. The lacing was sticky and the retention was pretty solid also. The smell of the beer is hoppy, and there is also a big amount of malt sweetness on the nose as well. Smells very appealing. The taste of the beer is good, there is a big balance of hops with a very big malt backbone. The sweetness and the bitter go well together. The mouthfeel of the beer is slick and oily, kind of sticky too with a moderate carbonation. Overall this beer is pretty good. Was glad I finally able to try it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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?

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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 nickfl
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with two fingers of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, dark copper colored body. The head fades at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - A spicy hop aroma with notes of pine and some bready malt in the background.

T - Bready malt with notes of caramel and some lightly spicy pine hops. More thick malt in the middle with honey and a hint of clove as the beer fades to a spicy finish with moderate bitterness and lingering sweet toffee and malt.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A nicely balanced and drinkable beer, but the hop character is a bit of a disappointment. Lacking in aroma with more spicy character that I would like to see in an American DIPA. No fruity or pungent hop characteristics, just a dull spiciness throughout with a hint of pine that isn't enough to save the day.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a golden orange color with a large white head and some nice sheets of lacing.

S: The nose is citrusy with a bit of pine and a fair amount of bready malts. There is a pleasant grapefruit aroma as well as a bit of lemon peel.

T: The maltiness is quite pronounced in the flavor, which is not surprising, but somewhat disappointing. A mild citrus hop flavor and pine bitterness are also present.

M: The body is medium with a somewhat light carbonation.

O: Not one of the better DIPAs I've had.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Texas Arizona in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a very lightly hazy deep golden peach in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and orange + amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit/orange hops over the top of a lighter aroma of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel malts that impart a decent amount of caramel sweetness but that is quickly overtaken by the strong flavors of the hops - citrus/grapefruit/orange really stand out with a very light hint of pine. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness and just a hint of alcohol in the finish.

M: Just heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Sticky.

O: This beer is pretty big with fairly intense hop aromas, hop flavors, and ABV - making it a sipping beer not a session or easy drinking beer. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness and hints of alcohol in the taste make this one you need to slowly enjoy.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber shared with me by Nick - thanks dude!

A: Light copper colored body, no haze, fluffy white head that dissipated rather quickly but did leave some great retention. Lacing was OK, nothing special.

S: Big citrus elements here - orange, pineapple, white grapefruit and some mango. Noticeable bitter notes from the hops that are gracefully done. I don't get much, if any, of a pine character that I would normally associated with an IIPA coming out of this area but some floral aromas do eventually come through.

T: Wow, this is seriously fantastic. HUGE juicy citrus qualities coat the entire palate - orange and lemon - followed up by a really mellow and balanced hop bite. It's definitely more floral and citrusy, without having a brash pine/earthy bite. It's sweeter than I expected and not as dry in the finish as you might expect an IIPA to be. Typical West Coast profile here, really well done.

M: Pretty bubbly, not bad, could use a more fuller mouth feel but it's pretty creamy and easy drinking.

I'm shocked by some of the reviews here, as my experience mimicked nothing like some others are talking about. This is a really recent bottle, so either there was a change in the recipe or some bottles may be outdated/off in some way. A true diamond in the ruff, a beer I'd probably overlook easily but this is some seriously delicious stuff right here.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a shorty pilsner glass at Barley Brother's. From notes.

Pale amber body, with slight orange apricot colors, some slight cloudy character and served with a thin white collar. Lots of spider lacing while drinking.

Absolutely dead and closed nose. While nothing faulty or offensive there is nothing here. But for an IPA you have to bring it, and this is empty and void of any hop sensations whatsoever.

First sip are definitely malt forward and the most noticeable thing going on in this beer. Finish and aftertaste bring no sense of any hop bitterness whatsoever. I am really searching here. Some chewy leaf like texture and a pretty solid juicy mouthfeel but it's as the hop flavor was stripped out. Some weird flavors on the finish that come out more like fruit additions than hop aromas, apple juice, tangerine, and nuts.

Overall this is just one of the weirdest IPAs I've had in a long time. Nothing awful, but nothing really that great either and just plain bizarre and missing hops.

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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 Alieniloquium
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruckus Hoptimus Prime

Pours a clear copper color, nice foamy head and lace. Aroma of pine, citrus zest, and mild herbal elements. In the taste, sugary malt and piney tea like hops. Mild bitterness and an even balance. Medium bodied feel, light smooth, and easy drinking. The alcohol is very well hidden, a nicely crafted double ipa. Decievingly strong, a worthy adversary.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer pours with a healthy, frothy, dense, bright white, two inch head that slowly settles in to a more low profile inch with great staying power. The beer itself is a vibrant copper-red coloring, with a slight haze to it. The nose is resiny and oily of hops, with a light citrus and floral highlight. Flavors are strong on the tip of the tongue with hops, and it travels fast to the back of the tongue as well. Peppery and green, the hops are carried on a mid-bodied, slick feel. There is a roast caramel malt backbone, with some tangy and tart grapefruit character, as well. The aftertaste is tart and tangy, with bitterness from the hops leading into the clean, drying finish. Tasty brew, especially for the hopheads out there. Very light despite the elevated ABV, and surprisingly easy to drink.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.39/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2


Bottle thanks to funhog. Snifter.

A: Transparent dark orange with a finger of white sea foam. Solid retention and scattered lacing.

S: Bread, caramel, cardboard, and stale hops. I get alcohol, dull citrus, and a little pine.

T: Bready with some sweet caramel. The beer is pretty malty. Hops impart a moderate bitterness and notes of orange and earth. They're pretty dull and lifeless, to be honest. The sweetness quickly becomes unpleasant and cloying. Alcohol is evident.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: A pretty bad Double IPA.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from New Beer Distributors in Chinatown, New York.

Pours a dirty clear amber colour, with a filmy head of pancake-bubbled-riddled white. Lacing is sheeting and strong. Body is thick, and leaves some anarchic and tiny-bubbled carbonation when tilted or swirled. Decent.

Nose is slightly herbal and rather savoury. Has a slight tinge of barbeque to it, oddly. Some aromas of orange skin, but strangely, all the characters are rather subdued and light. Not a good move for an IPA, let alone a Double.

Taste is also quite off for an IPA. Strong sweet port-like characters, with the associated booziness, with big custardy vanilla characters, and only an afterthought of bitter hop characters.

Not great, and missing a lot. Too big for what it is, and without the balance or complexity of the best examples. Only an average beer, with a moderately humorous name.

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Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a dark amber hue with a outworn finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured soggy cereal grains and a slight hop essence.

The taste was a muffled assemblance of caramel, cereal grains and grassy hops.

The mouthfeel was round and full.

Overall a decent ale that suffers from a muffled flavor profile.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.6/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – Great off-white head settles into a nice cream, leaving a great lace along the way. Deep golden wheat / orange amber body.

S – Grapefruit and orange in equal parts. Hint of pine on the backend.

T – Soft and smooth with honey, pine and grapefruit pith. Outstanding hop flavor without an aggressive alpha-oil bitterness. Orange and toast finish.

M – Soft and well carbonated. Medium body. Semi-sweet finish with a pleasant lingering bitterness.

O – A great example of an DIPA that chooses to balance the added alcohol with hop flavor rather than straight IBUs.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose and flavor is grapefruit hops and light caramel. OK DIPA just not enough beef. $6.99 for a 22oz bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
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

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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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Hoptimus Prime from Ruckus Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.