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Hoptimus Prime - Ruckus Brewing

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Hoptimus PrimeHoptimus Prime

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436 Ratings
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Ratings: 436
Reviews: 154
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 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 AngusOg

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

07-31-2013 16:46:57 | More by AngusOg
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
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.98/5  rDev +9.3%

In my tulip glass this beer was a hazy gold color with a small white head. There was little to no lace.

Citrus aroma, a lot of lemon. It was very sweet.

Very grapefruit taste, but still some lemon. A lot of caramel malt.

Fairly hoppy, but also very malty. Way sweeter than I expected.

10-24-2012 21:04:41 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Big beer that is quite malt heavy probably due to some age on the bottle . I really liked the old ale profile rather than a hop forward DIPA. I got a long finish on the beer combined with a pleasant hop note on the nose. Lots of balance in this beer though it would be interesting to taste it fresh to see more of the hops. Decent DIPA but at about $9 there is many other choices that would be on my list.

12-02-2012 00:07:58 | More by canucklehead
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +9.9%

Got this 22oz bomber at The Drinkery last weekend for $7.95. Had my turkey today, and it's now time to raise a Ruckus!

Poured into a nonic, this bier had a slight bit of haze to its honey-apricot color. Carbo was minimal and widely dispersed, and the head was a whitish color, thin and fine. Lacing is decent, with good stick remaining in the glass. Aroma is fruity and fine, a mix of some grapefruit, pineapple and apricot. Body is nicely more than medium, almost being chewy, and it is rather easy-going on the tongue.

There's a little bit of fruity sweetness to start, with apricot marmalade on a bready scone coming to mind. Soon after things get bitter, with rindy citrus and some pithy grapefruit pleasing the palate. This hoppiness lingers nicely in the aftertaste, and the 9.0% ABV is, scarily, well-hidden. Quite tasty, though a tad over-priced, in my opinion. Prosit!!

4 rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


11-24-2011 19:50:00 | More by Bierman9
Photo of jenray


3/5  rDev -17.6%

08-21-2012 23:13:21 | More by jenray
Photo of Gatordaddy


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

04-22-2012 03:15:28 | More by Gatordaddy
Photo of jbaker67


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

06-16-2013 11:25:26 | More by jbaker67
Photo of oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

04-27-2012 12:18:26 | More by oldp0rt
Photo of WDJersey


4/5  rDev +9.9%

10-29-2012 06:38:12 | More by WDJersey
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a cloudy ruddy amber hue, with a tall fluffy ivory head that settles to a rocky cap.

Bready malt on the nose, however aroma is mostly dominated by piney, leafy, grapefruit rind hops.

White grapefruit and rind right up front in the flavour, which continues to dominate throughout. Really it's pretty one-dimensional, however I'm enjoying what it's delivering.

Medium-full mouthfeel, velvety texture, with moderately brisk carbonation.

Highly quenching, it works for what it is and hides its alcohol well while not being overwhelming.

02-27-2013 02:59:54 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of SadMachine

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.9%

05-10-2014 00:43:10 | More by SadMachine
Photo of RedneckBeerz


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-26-2013 09:19:36 | More by RedneckBeerz
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +19%

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/4 inch head that retains a bit before becoming an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass and mold-patterned surface foam as per the usual hoppy IPA look. Some wet lacing.

S- Nice, piney hop aroma that's clean and citrusy. Not much malt or alcohol detected.

T- There it is. Caramel on the first sip, grapefruit on the second. There's a good bitter going on but is milder than expected. The smell would have you believe it's going to be a hop bomb but the flavor shows the beer's true colors of balance.

M- Tingly and moist. Medium carbonation. Full body for an IPA.

O- My first Ruckus and it's quite impressive.

02-27-2012 02:54:41 | More by Immortale25
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -3%

Appearance. Pours a pretty clear gold-amber with a finger of thick, off white head that leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Oranges, lime, red grapefruit and lemon.

Taste. Sweet citrus juices, some papaya and plenty of grainy, fairly sweet malts. A decent biter finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with fairly low carbonation. A bit of alcohol warmth.

Overall. A decent bigger ipa with some nice juicy citrus flavours. Not as big as I would have thought based on the great name.

09-30-2012 02:17:19 | More by Rutager
Photo of lupercmda

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.9%

04-09-2013 03:28:58 | More by lupercmda
Photo of Falcone

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3%

04-10-2012 02:22:02 | More by Falcone
Photo of kaelingirl


3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

07-29-2013 18:00:42 | More by kaelingirl
Photo of schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-10-2012 11:13:10 | More by schopenhauerale
Photo of BMMillsy


3.29/5  rDev -9.6%

Old bottle from ABC. Pours clouudy light orange with tiny white head. Strong lemon and orange zest aroma with some caramel candy malt. Bit of wet dog. Flavor follows aroma exactly. Lots of orange peel. Not much hops left here. Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Meh.

04-13-2013 03:17:07 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of hollywood_15063


4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

12-14-2012 00:14:45 | More by hollywood_15063
Photo of DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.6%

06-22-2013 20:20:11 | More by DaPan
Photo of BeerLover99


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

A: rust orange body, trace white head,
solid lacing

S: grapefruit, pine,

T: grapefruit, mango, pine, malt, long/slow bitter finish

M: med/light, mild sticky/oily

O: Not a bad little Double IPA for $4.99
Probably not get again, fine gateway
Double IPA.


03-03-2012 19:13:39 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of bigfnjoe


3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

06-16-2011 21:03:40 | More by bigfnjoe
Hoptimus Prime from Ruckus Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.