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Hoptimus Prime - Ruckus Brewing

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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 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 calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev +3%

calcnerd, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of TheBishopco
4/5  rDev +9.9%

TheBishopco, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Erik-P, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of sgoro
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

sgoro, Apr 13, 2012
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 Dizzy242
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Dizzy242, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Archemedies
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Archemedies, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: medium-to-deep amber ale; slim, one-finger head of tan foam

S: not the most potent DIPA I've smelled - bready, caramel malts predominate over the light pine aromas that creep through

T: a heavy DIPA - lots of chewy caramel and sweet malt; the pine and citrus flavors you expect in an IPA are somewhat subdued - not a bad tasting beer by any stretch, but perhaps a little off-point for an IPA

M: on the heavy side weight-wise, modest carbonation, slightly sweet, sticky aftertaste

O: maybe this beer has changed since Legacy produced it? I dunno, but with a name like Hoptimus Prime, I'd expect something a little more exemplary of the style; certainly a good beer, but not one of the best DIPAs I've had

Greywulfken, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of standardcherry
3.75/5  rDev +3%

standardcherry, May 25, 2012
Photo of jayhunter357
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

jayhunter357, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of GFD400
4/5  rDev +9.9%

GFD400, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of durlta
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

durlta, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of JakerLou
3/5  rDev -17.6%

JakerLou, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of craftbeerasian
3.75/5  rDev +3%

craftbeerasian, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a flute.

Appearance: amber with a slight haze, white head coming off 1/3" off the body.

Smell: light floral, But real light...I wish it was more.

Taste: complex, first off it is bitter with hints of grapefruit, piney as hell (I am not complaining). Feel the floral essence magnified and honestly tottally impressed.

Mouth: medium to full, little hard to indulge but finish half the glass the second half goes much quicker.

Overall: picked this up at the bar with absolutely no regrets! Enjoy this on me, Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, May 10, 2012
Photo of Budinetz
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Budinetz, May 15, 2014
Photo of ramrod666
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

ramrod666, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of Nichols33
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Nichols33, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of user785335
4/5  rDev +9.9%

user785335, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of OnryAndMean
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

OnryAndMean, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of SawDog505
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a nice bright orange, with a half inch of white head, some lacing. Smell is tangerine, pine, hint of carmel, and some grass. Taste is that, some grapefruit in in the last swallow, lot's of tangerine in the beginning. Body is on the thin side and it works well, plenty of carbonation, and very drinkable for the abv. I thought it was solid not earth shattering, but a easy drinking and solid DIPA .

SawDog505, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of RuckusDu
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was one of my wants as the name matches. Mostly wanted it for the bottle.

A - Pours a one finger off white head. Golden wheat colored body. Looks as expected for a DIPA.

S - Some marijuana. Sweet hops.

T - Fairly sweet and only a little bitterness on the finish. The marijuana is there a little as well. It hits me more on the nose and taste when I take a couple minutes away from my beer. Back-to-back sips don't produce the same. Some taste of wood, not barrel, but just wood. Sweet citrus like grapefruit but sweeter. More of a honey like sweetness.

M - Thick and sticks to your mouth. Dry.

O - A nice beer that I could see being a regular, go-to if it is the right price. Since I don't have access to this, probably won't get there for me.

RuckusDu, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Houser
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Houser, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

TastyIsBeer, Oct 12, 2013
Hoptimus Prime from Ruckus Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.