Hoptimus Prime - Ruckus Brewing
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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.
Serving type: on-tap
12-28-2013 16:00:13 | More by smakawhat
3.29/5 rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
I am trying this for the first time as I rate. I am unfamiliar with this brewery, so I'm excited to try something new! Here we go:
Appearance: The beer pours a somewhat hazy, yellow amber color. It's a pretty good looking brew, though by far not the best IPA I've seen. What I really like is the head. It's active, chunky, and has a nice, creamy off-white color with a slight yellow hue. So far so good.
Smell: For a Double IPA, I expected a bit more of a punch from the smell. The aroma is fairly, and somewhat disappointingly, mild. There is a pleasant note of sweet hops and citrus with a slight note of apple and bread. The brew smells nice, but falls a bit short of enticing.
Taste: I expected a bit more from the taste. It certainly tastes like a 9% ABV beer, though I'm not sure if that's to it's credit. That being said, the brew has a nice kick of bitter hops when it first hits your mouth and does possess that malty backbone that you expect from a double IPA. The middle is lemony and has a hint of granny smith apples. It finishes with a nice taste of bitter hops, but overall, I don't find it to be anything spectacular.
Mouthfeel: This is the category that this beer really excels in. It has a nice, medium body that has a very pleasant creamy feel to it.
Overall: Hoptimus Prime is a pretty decent beer all around. I certainly didn't find anything objectionable about it, but I just expected something a lot bigger and bolder. I suppose that that's my real problem with it; it just fell a bit flat. The price, however, is good and I would like to see what else Ruckus has to offer.
Serving type: bottle
11-14-2013 00:04:23 | More by HookerBrews
2.45/5 rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
A: Poured out a cloudy amber color with less than a finger of off white head. very little retention and just a few spots of lacing.
S: Very fruity, mostly catching sweet orange and pineapple.
T: Wow, that's disappointing. There is some malt that is darker than expected because I'm catching a roasted flavor. The sweet fruity tones from the nose are very subdued. Some piney and earthy tones mixed in. Leaves a bitter aftertaste.
M: Medium and a little creamy body that is chewy. Medium carbonation.
O: The nose was promising, but the taste is harsh and strange. Flavor is subdued and bland, and roasted malt tones are not a wonderful quality for IPAs. I will surely leave this on the shelf next time around.
Serving type: bottle
11-03-2013 01:16:57 | More by mpedara429
Hoptimus Prime from Ruckus Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.