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Hoptimus Prime - Ruckus Brewing

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453 Ratings
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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 25
Gots: 32 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: celticfutblclub on 04-14-2011)
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Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a dark amber hue with a outworn finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured soggy cereal grains and a slight hop essence.

The taste was a muffled assemblance of caramel, cereal grains and grassy hops.

The mouthfeel was round and full.

Overall a decent ale that suffers from a muffled flavor profile.

plaid75, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Kelp, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Latarnik, May 29, 2014
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

sendbeer, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

beerthulhu, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of ShanePB
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ShanePB, May 26, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
2.4/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

1/7/2011

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.

HopHead84, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

GarthDanielson, Nov 05, 2011
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.

Sticky.

If you like barleywines, this one's sweetness even when fresh would seem to be a great candidate for aging.

Beerandraiderfan, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Alieniloquium, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev +3%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
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 wordemupg
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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

wordemupg, Feb 02, 2013
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, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of Axnjxn
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Axnjxn, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of IPAchris
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

IPAchris, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. ;)

Cyberkedi, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

ZEB89, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of KevinGordon
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

KevinGordon, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

puboflyons, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Brenden, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of BGsWo22
4/5  rDev +9.9%

BGsWo22, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +9.9%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev +9.9%

DmanGTR, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of ColForbinBC
3/5  rDev -17.6%

ColForbinBC, Jan 14, 2014
Hoptimus Prime from Ruckus Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.