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Hoptimus Prime - Ruckus Brewing

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441 Ratings
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Ratings: 441
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 21
Gots: 25 | 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 tylmorelli
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

tylmorelli, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of sgoro
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

sgoro, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Gary's in Wayne a week or so back. I had never tried this before and even tough the name of this beer refers to a cartoon character from long ago, I expected this to be a hop bomb. While this didn't disappoint, there wasn't much that made this stand out from the other IPA's and double IPA's on the shelf.

The pour to this was pretty typical, with a light almond hue that was a bit cloudy and almost no head or lacing to be seen. Almost no "burn" to the nose with some citrus and pine flavors that one would expect from a beer like this. A hint of caramel matched the slightly darker hue too but the mouthfeel was average without a lot of body to it. Not oily, not strong, and just a hair creamy. This was about as light in taste as a beer of this style could get.

Unfortunately, that wasn't the case with the alcohol. It was there but I couldn't detect it until I made my way down to the bottom of the bottle. The malt and biscuit notes of this beer hide the booze well but made this seem like it was categorized incorrectly. While this wasn't a bad beer, hopheads would fare best by moving on from this unless they want to chug the bottle down. In that case - bombs away, as this has the drinkability of a Imperial Brown Ale...if one existed.

JerzDevl2000, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Falcone, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

puboflyons, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of spunionring
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a decent DIPA, but not great. It lacks the bitter hop punch you would expect from a douple ipa with a hop-style name such as this.

Totally drinkable, and a solid, high-quality beer. Not bad. Just not what a hophead is looking for.

There's a persistent presence of carbonation, the glass has a light bubbling that lingers until I've finished. Also a decent ring of head that doesn't disperse. The color is a bit dark of an amber hue, which embodies the flavoring of heavy richness, not citrus/hoppy/crisp.

spunionring, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of EROCK75
3.75/5  rDev +3%

EROCK75, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of Beerontwowheels
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Beerontwowheels, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -17.6%

JAHMUR, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of MikeW51
3/5  rDev -17.6%

MikeW51, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of BigTrubble
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

BigTrubble, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Vonerichs, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of greenmonstah
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle

A - Caramel amber in color with a tall finger of tan head.

S - Soapy, tropical, sweet. Some sweet caramel malt and pineappley hop aroma.

T - Bitter up front, with little in the way of hop flavor. Biscuit/cracker finish. A bit soapy. A bit of booze. Not up to par for this style.

M - Medium in body, smooth.

O - Overall an OK beer in a style full of exceptional brews. It just can't stand up to the competition. But I don't dislike drinking it!

greenmonstah, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Beejay
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Beejay, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of russwbeck
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A pretty hard pour gives way to a few fingers of really bubbly white head. A few bubbles work their way up through the orange liquid to the top of the glass, and one their journey is complete, they're met by the scant amount of head that stuck around.

S: A lot of hops and booze take the aroma over for me. Oily, bitter, citrusy alcohol That is begging for some balance.

T: The taste takes a step in the correct direction, luckily. A caramel malt base plays host to floral hops, bitter and fruity, and the booziness from the aroma. Very sweet overall.

MF: Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation. This isn't a great beer, but I found it really drinkable.

O: I bought this for the label, straight up. A beer with Optimus Prime created out of hops? Pure genius. It was only around $5 for a 22oz bottle, so honestly it was worth it if for nothing else than the awesome label. Went down well with my chili on the balcony during an unseasonably warm day.

russwbeck, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev +3%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of BeerLover99
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: rust orange body, trace white head,
solid lacing

S: grapefruit, pine,

T: grapefruit, mango, pine, malt, long/slow bitter finish

M: med/light, mild sticky/oily

O: Not a bad little Double IPA for $4.99
Probably not get again, fine gateway
Double IPA.


BeerLover99, Mar 03, 2012
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 DelicateDelirium
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

DelicateDelirium, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/4 inch head that retains a bit before becoming an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass and mold-patterned surface foam as per the usual hoppy IPA look. Some wet lacing.

S- Nice, piney hop aroma that's clean and citrusy. Not much malt or alcohol detected.

T- There it is. Caramel on the first sip, grapefruit on the second. There's a good bitter going on but is milder than expected. The smell would have you believe it's going to be a hop bomb but the flavor shows the beer's true colors of balance.

M- Tingly and moist. Medium carbonation. Full body for an IPA.

O- My first Ruckus and it's quite impressive.

Immortale25, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of ryanonline
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very hazy and yet a bit clear, with some serious off white head. the color is very different, very brown instead of orange or amber.

whoah, tea scent and a bit heavy on the floral and citrus hops. a little bit of sweet malt as well.

taste is the same , but a stronger focus on citrus.

mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied.

drinkability is relatively high.

This beer is not ready to receive the matrix of leadership, but it's close.

ryanonline, Feb 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 jrcmlc
4/5  rDev +9.9%

jrcmlc, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Vec2267
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - golden color, large off-white head, nice lacing

S - subdued, sugar, floral citrus, resin

T - big malt backbone, huge hop presence, candied grapefruit, nothing unpleasant, but nothing that makes you want more

F - medium body

O - too sweet, the hops are present, but their subtle flavors are masked by the sweetness

I don't have a great sense of smell, but this beer is extremely lacking.

Vec2267, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of shand
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint.

I'm not at all surprised that Ruckus is a marketing company first and a brewing company second. Just the name and the label were enough to get this six dollar bomber off the shelf and directly into my hands, bypassing the reviewing vetting process I usually give beers. It pours a hazy amber color with a tiny head. The aroma is nicely hop-forward, it's not especially strong but it smells good, with some sweet malts under the surface. The taste is alright, it's got a balanced hop and malt, but it really doesn't stand out at all. It's almost like the malts and hops cancel each other out, leaving something fully average. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, and the drinkability is about average until it warms, when fusal alcohol starts to take hold. A middling beer. The advertising side of the company was far stronger than the brewing side on this one.

shand, Feb 17, 2012
Hoptimus Prime from Ruckus Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.