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Hoptimus Prime - Ruckus Brewing

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Hoptimus PrimeHoptimus Prime

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440 Ratings
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Ratings: 440
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 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.


victory4me, Aug 25, 2011
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.

fields336, Aug 21, 2011
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.

jsled, Aug 20, 2011
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.

GJ40, Aug 18, 2011
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.

MrOH, Aug 17, 2011
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.

angrybabboon, Aug 16, 2011
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 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.

ms11781, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
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.

vfgccp, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of bbeane
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a small tan head that disappears relatively quickly leaving behind minimal lacing. Beer is a crisp amber color with light activity

S- Decent piney hop aroma with very light notes of sweet malt

T- Unless my palate was weak to the bitterness of hops when I had the first version, this one is far sweeter than I remember. Starts with a nice hop flavor when it hits your tongue, but when you want it to continue with the dry puckering flavor mid swig, it takes a turn to sweet malt... and lots of it. Seems to me that there is almost no hop presense in the finish. The 9%abv is well masked...

M- Medium body with light/medium carbonation

O- From what I remember, this one doesn't compare the Legacy Brewed Hoptimus Prime. RIP Legacy...


bbeane, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip; could not find any dating on the bottle or label. Clear, deep golden-colored body with a bit of orange hue. Solid two-finger, creamy off-white head that has very good retention and leaves a few rings of lacing. Looks good.

The first hop aroma is pine. Some light citrus follows with a little sweet malt.

The flavor is a bit better than the aroma. The bitter hop flavors blend fairly well some some sweet, bready, malt flavor to achieve a decent balance. Still getting plenty of pine and citrus from the hops.

Medium mouthfeel the goes down fairly easy. Pretty good DIPA overall.

FanofHefe, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of kiddynamite920
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Appears to be contract brewed by Ruckus Brewing now, never got to try the Legacy version sadly. Very clear, orange with a very white and fluffy head. Looks to be leaving some nice lacing on its way down.

S: Somewhat muted nose. Some piney hops. A bit of pineapple and mango, some grapefruit juice. On the sweeter side I'm guessing.

T: What is going on here? Where is the DIPA character? Feels like you need to take big gulps to get anywhere enough flavor or hop presence. Has a malty body that fades into a quick grapefruit/bitter hop profile and then its gone. Fresh bottle, so no evidence of the hops fading. Just seems to be lacking that double character.

M: Light and slick, actually goes down nicely. Medium in body, carbonation adds a slight prickle on the tongue. Good for the style.

O: Feel like I may be missing something here, or something changed between when this beer was contract brewed through Legacy. If you told me it was an IPA, that would be believable.

kiddynamite920, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-slight cloudy orange amber with a nice cream colored head that stays. lots of bubbles. good lacing. looks alive!

S-ooo a nice blend of spicy and citrusy hops. its smells great and potent

T-hits the tongue with aged spicy hops and burnt grass. then comes just a touch of bitterness and some slight alcohol note. it ends with much more floral note. the after-taste reminds me of tropical fruits. its a quality after-taste that lasts long.

M-medium to low carbonation with a creamy finish

O-this is not your typical double IPA. it has flavors that aren't common in others...the spices...the tropical (not citrus) fruits...the combo of the two....its works extremely well. this is quite an enjoyable bomber and is best NOT shared.

AdamBear, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to cbeer88 for this!

Pours a nice coppery amber. Light head, with a nice covering of lacing.

Smell is a bit lacking. Not very hoppy. It's there, but more sweetness, and caramel...not bad qualities for an imperial, but still, it should be more pronounced. Still damn decent though.

Tastes better, though still more on the malt rich side. Finish is rather bitter though, nicely. Hops are nice and piny and resinous. Pretty good.

The feel is great. Medium bodied, creamy slick, and oily.

Good imberial IPA. I would have loved to have tried this as a Legacy brew, but I'm still glad to have had the Hoptimus Prime either way, and I'd drink it again in a heartbeat!

EgadBananas, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of Brad007
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've wanted to review a DIPA for quite a while. Luckily, Hoptimus Prime is now available in VT (not to be confused with the one from Legend Brewing).

Pours a beautifull copper-gold color with a one-finger head into my glass.

Just a hint of citrus greets the nose, followed by lightly buttered malt. Aroma is rather flat and I expect something that pops out more.

Taste is better though with a definite citrus/mint quality to the hops with just the right amount of buttery malt. It feels balanced to my tongue.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering citrus bitterness and buttery malt. Nothing harsh.

Not bad. Very balanced. The aroma could use some work though.

Brad007, Jul 13, 2011
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 aubuc1
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours orange with a nice white head and a steady stream of carbonation rising.

Smell is a nice orange citrus and pine. Classic.

Taste is surprisingly nice. Not as bitter as I expected. Sweet, but not too sweet. I really like this beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this beer is really balanced for the style. Very hoppy, strong, but not too cloying. I wish this were available locally.

aubuc1, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of IPAnderson
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is exceptional in many ways. I'm very surprised that no one has mentioned its Belgian Ale qualities. It has the sweet tropical fruit smell and flavor, along with bubblegum, which I've never tasted in a beer that doesn't use Belgian yeast. I really enjoy the hop flavors: it's an explosion of light, smooth fruitiness without the tongue-numbing Pine-Sol experience of so many DIPA's. It's gotten pretty warm and the bitterness has become much more apparent, but I'm still going back for more sips after each sentence I write. My main complaint is the low head retention, but the scorching heat in my room today may have affected that. Super deal for $6.74.

IPAnderson, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of sendsilk
4.65/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*Quick note/edit-I like to review beers without reading anything previously posted. After completing my review, I went back and checked out the other reviews and am completely thrown off by what I saw posted. This beer was fantastic. Wonderful citrus with hardly any pine bite IMO. The hops were there but they didn't kick your ass like Surly Abrasive. I agree that it's more like an IPA plus than a DIPA, but it was VERY impressive.*

Poured from a 22 oz bottle received in a recent trade.

This was an extra that I received and I'm glad I did as I never would have known this wonderful beer existed

A- looks great with a very foamy head which takes several minutes to recede.

S- Great aroma, hoppy goodness.

T- Wow. I never expected this. Little known beer from a brewer I have never heard about. This has a tremendous flavor. No pine taste with tons of citrus and a flavor I can't quite put my finger on.

M- good, a little better than average.

O- I'd gladly take more of this one. I wish they put a bottled date on the label but I'd still try it again and take the chance.

sendsilk, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a lovely dark orange/light amber with a two finger, thick offwhite head. The lacing is impeccable: all the way around the glass without a break.

S- getting that cat piss from some simcoe...some pine coming through as well. I'd like it a little more citrusy

T- very piney. Finish is a little sweet. Eh

M- very thick body, bordering on syrupy. Not the biggest fan

O- it's not bad, especially from a newer brewery, but I've had better.

bigfnjoe, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of kellyz9
4.8/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ok my friend brought me some of this he knows the guys that bought legacy over, I have to admit i'm no master of beer but this was great. It looked pretty in the glass and smelled nice like oranges. The taste was great, my friend told me it was a double IPA which meant it was very hoppy which he described as a bite the beer would have, either way I enjoyed it. I have to be honest i've never even heard the term mouth feel but it didn't feel bad in my mouth as a drank it, it felt like a rich more flavor packed beer.

kellyz9, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of NYUBeerGenius
4.97/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The ability of the Hoptimus recipe to maintain the citrus while not loosing any of the bite from the hops is excellent. The aroma of the oranges is almost bluemoon-esque but once you take that first gulp bam, theres your DIPA. I enjoy it because it's manageable truthfully an IPA and a half but really excellent, with a half inch of cream colored head and a light nickel coloring this beer really is excellent I loved all 22 OZs of it, and i wasn't struggling feeling full at the end. I live in NYC and I came across it in NJ, I have since called the brewer of this beer Ruckus and it sounds like PA and NJ are as close as I can get to it.

PS the picture on the ruckus brewing site is exactly what my pour looked like, minus their logo of course. same color though same head.

NYUBeerGenius, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of Avagadro
4.63/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Chris at the Fermentation Lounge for sharing this with me.

A: pours a beautiful copper color, topped with a rocky head with admirable retention, and boasts considerable haze.

S: bouquet is well presented, with notes of peach, grapefruit, and pine.

T: perfect balance between malt and hops, with caramel and toast melding with hoppy tropical fruit and resinous pine.

M: medium body, low carbonation, and a creamy texture.

O: a delicious beer well worth the search. One of the best iipas out there.

Avagadro, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a brasslike, copper color with a creamy foam head. Very good lacing occurs which encompasses the ring of the glass nicely.

S - Some bold citrus scents with hints of pine. Some nice herbal notes with earthy aroma and faint smells of sugar. Just a bunch of these different items with no one characteristic that is overpowering.

T - A pine citrus bomb with not much sugar taste as I've had in other Imp IPAs. Alcohol is disguised very well.

M - Crisp with some nice carbonation and pine aftertaste.

O - Not a bad imperial. The alcohol sneaks up on you because the taste is not overpowering.

brstls4drmrs, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of NEhophead
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown bottle, served in a tulip.

Faded tea with brass highlights; noticeably active carbonation. Creamy, white foam with rather sturdy retention.Thin and spotted lacing with good strength.

Bold, sharp pine aroma with a licorice and rosemary-filled herb profile. Resin-laden peach and tropical fruit. Medicinal notes add an earthen quality to the sweet fruit.

Vanilla-driven, moderately sweet fruity esters: peach and honeydew. The hop character is young and biting; although it doesn't quite balance the malt sweetness it is just as bold. The alcohol character is as assertive as the rest of the flavor profiles; reminiscent of rum.

Full bodied; aggressive on the palate, primarily rough on account of the pine-forward hop character; however, slick and oily in spots as well.

A bulky Double IPA that is just too rough around the edges in aroma, taste, and texture.

NEhophead, Jun 12, 2011
Hoptimus Prime from Ruckus Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.