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Hoptimus Prime - Ruckus Brewing

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433 Ratings
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Ratings: 433
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 21
Gots: 24 | 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 Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.9%

05-29-2014 16:22:07 | More by Latarnik
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

A: A swirling tornado of micro-effervesce is fierce within a bengal tiger orange colored body. A frothy ivory colored head is 2 fingers high, smooth and sturdy like a whipped topping providing a long and generous hold atop while also giving a good coverage of spongey-film lacing on the vessel.

S: Expected a bit more aromatically from an IPA and a lot more from a double IPA. Muted citrus with a weak welcoming makes this short on aromatic appeal. move on.

T: Toasty pine flowers and dried oranges on the first impression. Delightfully bitter with some grapefruit, spicy dried tropical fruitiness and apricot. Finishes out with a warm honey laced toasted grain sweetness.

M: Solid mouthful per style, good carbonation presence and a good spicy hop bite of honey-orange-pine flowers on the swallow.

O: Overall a solid 2x ipa flavor wise, a bit short aromatic wise but the flavor seems to make amends here. A lot of hoppy flowers backs this up for street cred, bitterly balanced with a a sweet dry honey grain base is definitly worth a shot.

09-27-2012 23:37:21 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.55/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

09-05-2011 05:29:40 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Kelp

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

11-04-2013 06:28:25 | More by Kelp
Photo of sendbeer


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-09-2012 19:57:00 | More by sendbeer
Photo of HopHead84


2.4/5  rDev -34.1%


Bottle thanks to funhog. Snifter.

A: Transparent dark orange with a finger of white sea foam. Solid retention and scattered lacing.

S: Bread, caramel, cardboard, and stale hops. I get alcohol, dull citrus, and a little pine.

T: Bready with some sweet caramel. The beer is pretty malty. Hops impart a moderate bitterness and notes of orange and earth. They're pretty dull and lifeless, to be honest. The sweetness quickly becomes unpleasant and cloying. Alcohol is evident.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: A pretty bad Double IPA.

01-08-2012 05:06:21 | More by HopHead84
Photo of Brad007


4.13/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

07-13-2011 00:04:28 | More by Brad007
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer pours with a healthy, frothy, dense, bright white, two inch head that slowly settles in to a more low profile inch with great staying power. The beer itself is a vibrant copper-red coloring, with a slight haze to it. The nose is resiny and oily of hops, with a light citrus and floral highlight. Flavors are strong on the tip of the tongue with hops, and it travels fast to the back of the tongue as well. Peppery and green, the hops are carried on a mid-bodied, slick feel. There is a roast caramel malt backbone, with some tangy and tart grapefruit character, as well. The aftertaste is tart and tangy, with bitterness from the hops leading into the clean, drying finish. Tasty brew, especially for the hopheads out there. Very light despite the elevated ABV, and surprisingly easy to drink.

11-05-2011 22:39:39 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.39/5  rDev -6.9%

650ml bottle poured into tulip 1/2/13

A quite hazy orange amber with lots of tiny suspended particles and a two finger foam that hangs around long enough to leave a few partial rings of lace

S slight citrus rind, lime perhaps, lots of caramel and a sour floral aspect if that makes any sense, smells faded with some vitamin C chewable

T some herbal tea bag and slight earthy hops, more malty then hoppy, fruity but the fruits a little sour, reminds me dish soap just bit

M leaning towards full, a little gritty and no booze detected so that's a plus, a little rind on the finish

O the booze is well concealed but I wasn't all that excited drinking it, perhaps another old bottle? the hops just seem a little weak

not the hop bomb I was hoping for, I see no bottle date and I'm assuming its going over the hill but I wouldn't spend the cash again even if was fresh from the brewery

02-02-2013 00:18:41 | More by wordemupg
Photo of ShanePB


4.18/5  rDev +14.8%

22 ounce bomber shared with me by Nick - thanks dude!

A: Light copper colored body, no haze, fluffy white head that dissipated rather quickly but did leave some great retention. Lacing was OK, nothing special.

S: Big citrus elements here - orange, pineapple, white grapefruit and some mango. Noticeable bitter notes from the hops that are gracefully done. I don't get much, if any, of a pine character that I would normally associated with an IIPA coming out of this area but some floral aromas do eventually come through.

T: Wow, this is seriously fantastic. HUGE juicy citrus qualities coat the entire palate - orange and lemon - followed up by a really mellow and balanced hop bite. It's definitely more floral and citrusy, without having a brash pine/earthy bite. It's sweeter than I expected and not as dry in the finish as you might expect an IIPA to be. Typical West Coast profile here, really well done.

M: Pretty bubbly, not bad, could use a more fuller mouth feel but it's pretty creamy and easy drinking.

I'm shocked by some of the reviews here, as my experience mimicked nothing like some others are talking about. This is a really recent bottle, so either there was a change in the recipe or some bottles may be outdated/off in some way. A true diamond in the ruff, a beer I'd probably overlook easily but this is some seriously delicious stuff right here.

05-26-2011 20:12:59 | More by ShanePB
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Purchased exclusively because it had a ridiculous hop pun for a name.

Appearance - Murky orange body with a small white head. Decent lacing but not a lot of retention. The second glass I poured had nothing on top.

Smell - Citrusy hops with strong notes of grassy and floral hops. Really a nice hop aroma. It's pretty malty, too, though.

Taste - Nowhere near as nice. The hop flavor up front is immediately replaced by syrupy malt sweetness, which is immediately overtaken by an intense bitterness that dominates the back end of the drink. Totally dominated by the bitterness. Not pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Far too bitter for my liking. I don't mind bitter, but not when it overwhelms the other flavors. The malt isn't enough to combat the lingering bitterness.

Overall - Very average. Good in some respects, but not good in others. The flavors are there in incorrect proportions, but that's what makes good DIPAs do difficult to find.

11-25-2011 23:00:46 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.03/5  rDev +10.7%

Strong aroma is quite hoppy, more grassy and floral than woody or evergreen. It pours a lovely dark amber with a rather nice ivory head. Flavor is very hoppy, again emphasis on grassy and floral taste with a woody undertone and little bitterness, as well as a subtle malty note. Full-bodied texture is lively and fizzy, leaving a strong hoppy tingle. This one is worth seeking! Makes a nice accompaniment to a big bowl of decepticon stew. ;)

01-07-2012 23:30:11 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of vfgccp

New York

4.6/5  rDev +26.4%

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.

07-31-2011 23:43:58 | More by vfgccp
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

04-08-2012 01:52:00 | More by puboflyons
Photo of Brenden


3.05/5  rDev -16.2%

The color is that of ripe apricot, bright orange with a heavy cloudiness. The off-white head is small but has a thickness and substantial body to what it does have. Lace is tight, thick spotting in just less than moderation. The aroma is light, but some warming brings out citrus, pith and zest mostly, caramel, and an interesting note of something like bark. This is, overall, a strange beer. Pith and dry (old?) orange peel meet caramel, dandelion, herb, bark and nut with lots of oddly roasty bread. The feel is definitely the strong point of this beer. It has a delicate but firm fluffy and soft sort of creaminess resting lightly on the tongue, balanced by consistent crispness with a bite that's not too hard but doesn't back down either. Pith dries the finish out some.

01-28-2014 20:13:12 | More by Brenden
Photo of atrocity


3.75/5  rDev +3%

04-29-2014 19:54:38 | More by atrocity
Photo of ROGUE16


4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-07-2011 12:35:35 | More by ROGUE16
Photo of DmanGTR


4/5  rDev +9.9%

01-29-2013 23:26:02 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3%

03-17-2013 17:16:49 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of woosterbill


3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

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...


08-25-2011 14:44:31 | More by woosterbill
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

08-20-2012 01:58:51 | More by IPAchris
Photo of KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-24-2013 17:02:48 | More by KevinGordon
Photo of EgadBananas


3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

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!

07-15-2011 03:11:49 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.6%

01-14-2014 01:54:56 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of Reagan1984


4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

Well, Well, Well we finally meet. I’ve purchased this beer at least 3 or 4 times and never wound up drinking the bottle. Abecall98 from Cali loves this beer and often asks for a bottle in our trades. I am always happy to accommodate and send one along. Of course, this came straight out of my fridge several times. This was mostly with the Legacy brand… so I’ll have to get him a bottle of the Ruckus. Sadly I can’t provide a comment comparing the two. But I think it’s nice.

Pours with a thin finger of white head. The beer is a very bright and clear copper color. There is some carbonation escaping to the surface. Light soapy lacing.

Aroma is nice with citrus and toasted malt notes. The nose reminds me a bit of Two Hearted. A little grassy as well.

Well I can see why Abel like this beer. Right on the edge between an IPA and DPA with the flavor. There is a hint of the ABV. There is a nice toasted malt backbone with some bready notes and a slight sweetness. The hops are juicy and burst in your mouth… Citrus, with green notes.

Medium bodied with a hint of stickiness. Certainly juicy….

At the posting of this review I see there are only three reviews of this brand by this brewer. I am baffled by the ratings. I am not saying this is Pliny or anything, but there is no way this is a “B” on BA as far as ratings. Try this beer.

(one references Belgian/banana flavors??.... um no)

04-29-2011 01:19:22 | More by Reagan1984
Hoptimus Prime from Ruckus Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.