Hoptimus Prime - Ruckus Brewing

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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 25
Gots: 33 | 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:
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(Beer added by: celticfutblclub on 04-14-2011)
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Photo of Koufax21
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - slightly hazed, nice head retention

S - was hoping for a little more here with a name like hoptimus prime

T - good, not great.

O - I liked it. In a state where 22 oz. Beers of 2ipa's are 10$, it's a great value for a pretty decent beer. I would buy it again in the right situation.

Photo of BDIMike
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a real nice looking light amber color. There is a lot of carbonation that causes a cream-colored head that retains and laces throughout the drink.
Smell is immediate. I can smell the hops from about a foot away from the drink. Up close there is a great smell of a lot of citrusy hops. A good grapefruit smell at the front.
Taste is really nice. There is a lot of strong hop taste in this beer. The hops have amazing citrus taste but for a beer with 92 IBUs the hops do not overwhelm. Toffee malt balances out the hops nicely.
Mouthfeel is real good. Hoptimus has a medium thickness with a smooth feel on the tongue. A bit of carbonation on the tongue is also nicely refreshing.
Drinkability is awesome on this beer. I was nervous before I drank this beer reading the stats (9.0% ABV and 92 IBUs), but this beer goes down so easily. It has a lot of great tastes and flavors, but none of them overpower enough to ruin the palate. One of the better DIPAs I have ever had. I thought the label was a marketing tool, but the liquid backs it up. If you see this, buy it.

Photo of jpro
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another review following the great Charlie Murphy... Hey Charlie, what did the five fingers say to the face??


Picked up a 22oz bottle at Carrboro Beverage Co. a couple weeks ago. Into a Mikkeller tulip...

A: Slightly hazy orange, with a tint of ruby; small, cream head dies down leaving a few strands of lace.

S: Tangerine rind; pine; some sweet caramel malt notes and a little alcohol, too.

T: Pretty heavy caramel malt; piney hops; some raw/rough grapefruit rind; and some woody notes.

M: Medium-bodied with a moderate carbonation; a touch viscous.

D/O: The caramel sweetness weighs on the palate, as does the dull bitterness... it definitely doesn’t have what I’d call a “bright” hop aroma / flavor, but still a good brew... with a cool name.

Worth a try, but probably not what most hop heads are looking for when they pick up a Double IPA.

Photo of CharlieMurphy
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Warm murky amber. Off white foamy head that sits at 1/4"

S: kinda musky almost skunky, not very noteworthy, can't really call it citrusy or piney.

T: Kind of bitter, not very inviting or noteworthy. Hops do seem a little dated in fairness. I supposed it's hitting the spot though.

M: Creamy carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel which isn't too drying.

O: Probably a bit dated, still hard to say anything but meh.

Photo of Ohiovania
4.83/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't expecting much from this beer. I thought it had a citchy name and I couldn't pass it up for only 5.99. It was rich with apple cidery grape fruit pineapple and piney hops. The malt back bone was just sweet enough to balance it but still give enough head room to the hops. I was crazy impressed by this beer. The only thing I can compare it to would be that it's kinda a kid brother to the 2 year aged 120 minute I had a while back.

Photo of negroobserver
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow!! This is great beer. Pours with about an inch of off white head. The color is a golden brown or rusty orange. The smell is an amazing bouquet of floral hops. Reminds me very much of FLOWER POWER. This may actually be better than FP. Also, there is a strong presence of grapefruit and citrus. The taste starts off a bit flat. In the middle you will get a bit of the floral and fruity notes. Finally, it ends with a pretty strong bitter finish. Personally, I feel the bitterness is a bit weak for a Double IPA. Nevertheless, a great beer. The beer also has good body and excellent balanced carbonation.

Overall: A

Photo of BrewMaester
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had several encounters with this beer the most recent being at a restaurant in my neighborhood. I noticed that the brewer had changed, (used to be brewed by Legacy), i was suspicious at first but luckily it was the same old beer.

A nice copper colored pour with moderate head, lacy upon dissipating, a very attractive brew. The nose is modest with some malt and hops. However the flavor was substantial consisting primarily of grapefruit and other citrus flavors, definite hops and malt all blend together well and you cant taste the booze (9% abv). Light yet creamy on the finish its a good enjoyable IPA.

Photo of LAMAGS
4.72/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I ordered a bottle of this at a restaurant recently, lured to it by the funny name. It came in a frosty glass and had a lively golden orange color with a robust off-white head that left some nice lacing.The nose was pleasant with hints of citrus, pine and hops, (none of the boozy smell you get with some IPAs). The flavor was excellent, a blend of citrus malt and hops with a sweet fruity finish. The mouth feel was smooth and satisfying, turned out to be one of the better IPAs I've had.

Photo of Kadonny
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I finally saw a bottle of this beer from the new brewery. Legacy sold the recipe and it's now being brewed by Ruckus. I'm very interested to see how it is.

A: A real nice dark copper color with a one finger off white head. No real glass lacing to speak of.

S: Some herbal an floral hops with some slight pine and a heavy sugar sweetness. Far different from the original version.

T: From the first sip, I knew right away I wan't in Kansas (I mean Reading) anymore. The herbal hops get immediately squashed by this huge sugar sweetness. Some slight pine and citrus notes, but again the sugary sweet just takes everything over. Damn, I had high hopes.

M: Sweet, cloying, alcohol, just not an enjoyable drinking experience.

O: Just a sweet mess of a beer, what a shame. Legacy should regain the rights to this beer and sell it to someone who will brew the beer as it was originally done. The original Hoptimus was a massive hop assault with huge earthy and piney notes that just pounded your mouth. This beer just doesn't deserve wearing the Hoptimus Prime label. Shame on you Ruckus.

I just sit here shaking my head. The Legacy version of this beer was a great DIPA that just pounded you with hops. So damn enjoyable whereas this version is a sweet mess. How can that even possibly be. This is NOT the same beer and it will not garnish any more of my money.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours a somewhat translucent burnt orange color with a half inch of head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is piney and floral with a bit of sweet citrus in the background. Taste is a very sweet malty caramel and grain flavors along with some pine. Not the flavors I was expecting for a Double IPA. Floral towards the end. Not all that bitter. Hints of toffee. Medium bodied. This is another example of the word "Hop" in the name suckering me in. This has alot more malt flavor than hops, especially for this style of beer. Overall, there are a way better Imperials out there. I'm moving on.

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.

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.

Photo of daveytheformer
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of Arenbeer
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz twist off bottle bought in Block Island. Was told it's real fresh so I'm pumped.

A- Pours a nice golden orange with a thin 1 finger off white head that pretty much sticks around for the most part. Doesn't leave any retention.

S- Up front I'm getting a lot of caramel sweetness from the malts with hints of spicy pine hops. Definitely some citrus in there as well as a slight bit of alcohol.

T- Not a slamming hop bomb but definitely really well balanced. Like the aroma the sweet caramel malts make up the backbone and overall body of this beer. Pine earthy hops compliment them by giving it a really nice spicy flavor, citrus, and tropical fruit as well as slightly numbing the palate with their bitterness. The flavors combine really nicely making this a very drinkable DIPA.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a solid bitter finish.


Photo of woosterbill
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear orange-amber body with an inch of off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Nice.

S: Solid caramel malt backbone underlying some pleasantly intense hoppiness: pine, resin, and more pine. This is decent smelling beer, but it's somewhat lacking in complexity.

T: Toffee + biscuity malt, piney hops, and some fruity booze. Big, flavorful, and just slightly rough.

M: Creamy, frothy medium body. Mouth-filling and enjoyable.

O: Not a bad beer by any stretch, but there are so many better DIPAs out there that I wouldn't recommend spending time or money on this one. The label is pretty awesome, though...


Photo of nitro0292
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Undated bomber partially poured into my Brooklyn snifter. Soft pour left a finger's worth of head atop a semi-transparent dark gold brew. Retention is solid, with the head never quite dissipating and settling into a cap. Sticky lacing.

Initial whiff of citrusy hops followed by balancing malt sweetness. Could be more "bursting" with hops, but I don't know how old the bottle is.

Taste is fairly complex, with citrus hops hitting the tongue first, followed by sweet caramel malts and finishing with a balancing bitterness leaving a moderately dry finish. No hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy, slightly syrupy with some hop oils.

Overall a decent DIPA. I have yet to really be wowed by the style (with the exception of very fresh Hop Stoopid and Hop Wallop). Would like more hops and less sweetness, but worth definitely worth trying.

Photo of victory4me
2.28/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a standard shaker.

Pours a muddy copper with a half-finger of head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is sweet malts with bitter hops making a brief presence, yet overshadowed by the caramel sweetness.

Flavors are dominated by the bready malts with very little hop presence. Terribly underwhelming. Bitter finish is far from enjoyable and the cloying sweetness is borderline disgusting. Mouthfeel is lacking of carbonation or hop spice.

This is not a good beer and a far cry from the original version from Legacy Brewing.


Photo of fields336
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange/copper colored, with 2 fingers cream, french vanilla colored head. Lacing is really nice, but fades somewhat quickly.

S: Grassy, herbal hops, pineapple, with some light citrus in the background. Some caramel malts are present as well.

T: Sweet malts, mixed with a ton of pineapple and a good amount of earthy, grassy hops. Not as many hops as I would have thought though. Fairly well balanced, not what I would expect from a beer called "Hoptimus Prime" Nevertheless, the flavors are playing on my palate and it is somewhat complex. Enjoyable

M: Medium-Full Bodied, the carbonation is nice, perhaps a bit much, but mingles well with the hops and malt and clears your palate to leave just enough taste to make you want to drink more.

Photo of jsled
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 4/5. Clear golden copper. Some head, receeding mostly and quickly. Little residual carbonation.

A: 3/5. Sweet, citrus hops. No alcohol.

F: 7/10. Clean. Sweet. Bitter. Some citrus hops flavor. Moderate malt middle. Thin, sweet citrus aftertaste. Minor astringency. No alcohol heat.

M: 4/5. Thin but some lingering.

O: 8/10. A nicely drinkable DIPA with good hop and malt notes.

Photo of GJ40
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 22oz bottle.

Golden with a small off white head and some haze. Great floral, citrusy aroma. Not as much flavor as I thought based on the aroma. More boozy than hoppy. Very little aftertaste once swallowed. I would have liked / expected a lingering bitterness. Silky with a moderate carbonation.

Seemed tame (especially in the finish) for a Double IPA.

Photo of MrOH
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No dating that I can see.

Hazy orange-amber, single finger of white foam.

Faint floral and citrus hops over caramel and bready malts. Pretty appetizing, I just wish that there was more!

Zippy citrus and caramel. Starts orange, then the caramel and bread flavors, and finishes with a grapefruit rind bitterness. Well played.

Medium-bodied, slightly syrupy, good carbonation.

A pretty decent DIPA. Certainly not top-tier, but better than what I've been having recently. Wish it was dated, so I would know if the deficiencies were due to age.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 4/3/11

Appearance: Dark orange/copper color, surprisingly amber - not much of a head, but there is some good lacing

Smell: Definitely hoppy - citrus hops, some grass, some malts underneath that are sweet and toasted

Taste: Good - somewhat hoppy with some citrus, orange, and tangerine - tons of grass - sweet and toasted malts kind of overpower the hops - even while only drinking half the bomber, this beer simply became too sweet by the end - alcohol is a little too obvious, too

Mouthfeel: Medium body, somewhat sticky - with the sweet malts, it could definitely be heavier

Overall: Too grassy and too sweet, otherwise good

This isn't bad, but it's far from spectacular. It kind of tastes more like a boozy IPA than a DIPA. If it weren't for the sweetness, I might have rated this higher.

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.

Photo of ms11781
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 04/30/2011. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear, deep copper color with a minimal off-white head. Though little head develops, what is there sticks around leaving a foam ring around the glass along with swirls of foam that cap the beer.

Pretty subdued nose for a DIPA. Some earthy and floral hops are here along with a subtle sweet malt character. As mentioned, the aroma isn't all that strong, but some distinct characteristics do come through.

The taste follows along with the nose although the flavors are a bit bolder. The earthy hops that were in the nose aren't as noticeable but some herbal hop character is picked up. What really stands out are the floral hops. Not strong, relatively speaking, but definitely the dominant hop aspect here. The sweet malt is still there but stays in the background. There is a considerable bitter finish that is stronger when the beer is colder. The bitterness lingers just a bit but, surprisingly, isn't all that sticky or oily.

Medium/heavy mouthfeel with medium carbonation give a slick mouthfeel. Lingering bitterness, as mentioned, but it's not the sticky type. Most DIPA seem to either be dry or somewhat dry or sticky and oily. This one is neither, which seems to throw me off a bit.

Overall, an ok DIPA. Kind of muted aromas and flavors, to the point where they can be picked out but nothing hits you in the face and takes over. The fact that nothing dominates over everything else is fine if it's a balanced beer but this one is hop forward with a slight amount of malt character and still nothing stands out head and shoulders above the rest.

Hoptimus Prime from Ruckus Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.