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Hoptimus Prime - Ruckus Brewing

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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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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -17.6%

djrn2, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

metter98, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Texasfan549, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Phyl21ca, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

womencantsail, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

kylehay2004, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Knapp85, Mar 04, 2013
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 JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -17.6%

JAHMUR, Mar 31, 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
Photo of nickfl
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

nickfl, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev +3%

beernads, May 25, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +3%

DrunkinYogi, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Rochefort10nh, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of weeare138
3/5  rDev -17.6%

weeare138, May 25, 2014
Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

dbrauneis, Apr 17, 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 ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

ejimhof, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

jdhilt, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Stinkypuss, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

smakawhat, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

plaid75, Dec 16, 2012
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Hoptimus Prime from Ruckus Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 446 ratings.