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Hoptimus Prime - Legacy Brewing Co.

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261 Ratings

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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 57
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Legacy Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ggaughan on 07-29-2006)
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Photo of McGIPA

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -9.5%

at first glance and smell this beer seems like it just might be as good as Hop Stoopid, but unfortunately starts to go down hill as you begin to drink it and as the beer warms a little.

the beer looks great...dark amber with a nice thick head...at first sip the citrus flavors hit you all at once, but the taste of alcohol is too overpowering to keep them roaming on your taste buds for a bit...

I did enjoy this one but don't know if I'd pick this over something else like Hop Stoopid or Ruination.

07-11-2009 20:23:09 | More by McGIPA
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.6/5  rDev -10.2%

Pours a clear golden amber color with an average white head that dissipated into a sparse cap. The smell is of piney grapefruit hops and some honey malt. Nothing crazy for a DIPA. The taste is a grapefruit hop, more on the bitter side. There is a sweet malt but nothing that would hide the hoppiness. There is an odd funk flavor that I can't quite but my finger on; perhaps a slight buttery malt flavor. The feel is light and fizzy, a bit slicky and sticky; finishes with a grapefruit rind bitterness. This is a bit of a strike out for me. Not the best hop profile out there, a bit harsh and that funk taste is throwing me off. Its not a sugar bomb which is nice. Just ok, nothing special.

03-02-2008 04:01:03 | More by Gmann
Photo of Slatetank


3.6/5  rDev -10.2%

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this - poured chilled from the bomber into a tulip

A - A dark ruddy amber w/ rocky pale cream. A hazed appearance w/ alternate sized bead, lace clings well

S - A very mild nose w/ woody hop scents and light fruit esters. There is a light hop spiciness and gentle earthy odor

M - A crisp, moderately high carbonation w/ slightly sweet texture and dry leafy feel w/ subtle spiced edge and mild yeast tang w/ subtle astringency

The taste has a slightly herbal tasting hop w/ mild vegetal accent and slightly yeasty flavor w/ gentle citrus sourness and light acidic taste w/ mild caramel malt element. The flavor has a sort of apple skin note w/ mild aspirin like bitterness and hint of grape tang. The hops seem to taste more of pine in the last sips as it finishes dry

D - A passable Imperial IPA, but not great as it seems medicinal in flavor. I would not drink more than one of these in a sitting since it is 9% and the strong bitter flavor w/ out much hop flavor turns me off slightly

01-06-2010 17:55:28 | More by Slatetank
Photo of beertooth


3.58/5  rDev -10.7%

Another bottle split between Ben(madorb) from his trip to New York.

Glowing foggy orange liquid with a finger of soapy head.

The nose is very malt dominant. This is another old DIPA. There are some piney hops trying to break through as well.

The first gulp is all sweet old malts. Piney hops, herbs, tea. It's pretty tasty, but not the hop bomb it once was. Still tasty though.

Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy and slick.

A decent East Coast DIPA. Sure wish it was fresh though.

10-17-2009 05:37:10 | More by beertooth
Photo of Phillyduke


3.58/5  rDev -10.7%

A: 22 oz. bomber poured into an Imperial Pint glass. Beer is copper orange with a slight chill haze and loads of active carbonation. A 1-finger head of dense tan foam recedes to a decent cap and leaves some wet, fine lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Mildly hoppy (mostly pine with some floral undertones) along with a nice, doughy, yeasty malt base.

T: Smooth and balanced up front with an equal presence from both the bitter hops and the sweet malt. Rubbing alcohol vapors after each sip and exhale, mixed with an ever-so-slight sweet citrus flavor. Finish is bitter but doesn't linger long.

M: Feel is medium-bodied and pretty crisp with some tight carbonation.

D/O: I probably let this bottle sit too long, as it's nowhere near as hoppy as I recall trying it on draft. I'm going to have to give it another shot again soon. Not a bad beer after some time, but the hops have really blended into the malt, and the alcohol burn/taste was a bit of a drawback for me.

03-11-2009 02:21:19 | More by Phillyduke
Photo of callmemickey


3.58/5  rDev -10.7%

[a] medium-amber body, inviting, white head

[s] piney hops dominate with some sweet accents

[t/m] as far as dipa's go the hops were decent, pine and citrus up front... disappointing finish, rather flat and abrupt ending.. almost metalic emptyness... medium-full bodied, the aftertaste was rather off-putting

[d] rather standard dipa overall, a decent beer when you are craving some hops

11-15-2007 01:07:36 | More by callmemickey
Photo of BigMike


3.58/5  rDev -10.7%

Pours a dark orange with a super thick and creamy two finger head.
Smells a little piney with some citrus notes. Not an overwhelming aroma.
Taste seems a tad light for a DIPA. A little bit of orange flavor at first with some pine and finishes with a strong grapefruit bitterness.
Mouthfeel is decent with average carbonation and a somewhat light mouthfeel. Finishes bitter but smooth. The alcohol is pretty well hidden. Definitely does not seem like 9%.
This isn't a great DIPA but it's good. It goes down pretty easily though and is pretty refreshing.
$7.00 for a bomber at 9% isn't a bad deal either.

07-04-2009 00:31:45 | More by BigMike
Photo of Norfawkers


3.55/5  rDev -11.5%

The alcohol destroys all flavor in its path

Appearance: Deep golden, clear with little head and lacing

Smell: Faintly sweet with hops

Taste: Hops? malty with smokey finish

Mouthfeel: Initial bitter kick with carbonation and lingering bitterness

Drinkability: Sipping in small doses as a stand alone or with a heavier meal to lessen the overall bitterness

06-26-2009 01:17:26 | More by Norfawkers
Photo of hopheadsal


3.53/5  rDev -12%

Poured from 220z bottle into pint glass...no head what so ever. Appearance was good, light amberish red. Hop is definitley there, its good but nothing too special. Strong on the nose, which I like, extra hop can be detected. Would drink agaun, but not a favorite.

06-01-2008 03:47:09 | More by hopheadsal
Photo of Murchmac


3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Pours a big head that quickly goes away. Yellow with golden highlights.

No noticeable alcohol, though it has a lot. Hay smelling, some apricot, citrus.

Biting hops, piney, resiny.

Leaves a resiny aftertaste like a good DIPA should.

Overall not a bad beer. Not megatron, but shockwave.

08-14-2008 23:04:54 | More by Murchmac
Photo of kels


3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Picked up a bomber at The Vintage Cellar. Didn't see the movie, but definitely interested in trying the beer. Review is on a pour into an imperial pint.

Appearance: This beer looks like it will taste delicious. The liquid is a really warm coppery orange, somewhat hazy, with an enormous 3 finger rocky white head. The head fades fairly quickly to a bubbly skim, but leaves behind a ridiculously huge amount of sticky, foamy lace all along the walls of the glass.

Smell: Smell is surprisingly light. I expected something more prominent from the huge amount of sticky lace in the glass. Some light toasty malts with a hint of syrup come through, along with a touch of hops. That's about it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The different competing flavors seem to take control of each successive sip. At first, I mostly tasted the toasty, slightly sweet malts. As the beer warmed, the very bitter, grapefruit-rind and pine sap hops started to dominate. Even warmer, the vaporous presence of the alcohol takes control. It's even hard to taste the hops and malts beyond the alcohol once the beer has warmed some. The alcohol is very present in the aftertaste. Feel is moderately full, somewhat oily, and seriously sticky.

Drinkability: Moderate. The beer isn't particularly refreshing, and the stickiness and hot alcohol slow the drinking down.

07-11-2009 00:31:10 | More by kels
Photo of jsurfs82


3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

03-17-2012 21:04:50 | More by jsurfs82
Photo of ms11781


3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

07-03-2012 19:28:17 | More by ms11781
Photo of jamesbrews

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

04-23-2012 02:11:18 | More by jamesbrews
Photo of callmescraps


3.45/5  rDev -14%

Quick review on a crazy day.

Appearance - Light copper. Very clear. A good inch of head. Lots of bubbles clinging to the side. Looks nice.

Smell - Almost a little funky. Definitely some sweet malt. Hops, but not overpowering. Some definite pine cone. Not a ton of citrus. Surprisingly mellow.

Taste - Follows the smell. More malt than expected, but not too sweet or toasted. Still, the hops are very mellow. A little too sticky sweet for my taste. More mellow than many DIPAs. Would be better as an IPA.

Mouthfeel - Pretty nice. A little creamy, coats well.

Drinkability - Pretty good, especially considering the abv. But the sweetness may make this a one shot deal. Not a palate destroyer by any stretch.

A good but not great beer. It's solid, but nothing special. I'd have it again, but wouldn't seek it out or bother recommending.

07-01-2009 23:12:54 | More by callmescraps
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer


3.4/5  rDev -15.2%

Served from a 22 oz bottle into a 12 oz glass.

Pours with a very nice head of off white foam, leaves lots of lacing all the way down the glass. Crystal clarity and medium amber color.

Smells earthy, grassy, floral.

Taste is dominated by grassiness, with some slight caramel note. Maybe a hint of diacetyl, complex and earthy.

Mouthfeel has just the right balance of carbonation and bitterness, long bitter, earthy aftertaste.

Drinkability is good, finishes dry, like a double pilsner, not much in the way of west coast hops. Alcohol is quite well hidden, no hint of the 9% here.

Give it a try.

04-02-2008 01:13:29 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
Photo of NoLiberty


3.38/5  rDev -15.7%

Nice label. Funny. Very clear with light orange golden color. One finger, white head that settles into a thin film with low lacing. The nose becomes much more noticeable and pleasant as the beer warms. No distinguishable alcohol. Starts out as pine needles and warms into a grapefruit aroma, some spice, coriander and other herbaceousness with finish of light biscuit. Flavor is very heavily dry-hopped. Lacks a quality balance between hops and malt. Very little sweetness with moderate fruit in the middle followed by dry, cloying bitter finish. The mouthfeel is lighter than I anticipated with a solid carbonation and a sharp, dry bite. This is an ok version of the style but not something I'd rush back to especially when other strong DIPA contenders exist.

02-08-2009 05:02:42 | More by NoLiberty
Photo of charliehhelms

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -16.5%

thanks to Desaparecido for including this in the haul for snf lif week 6. poured from bomber into bell's tulip.

A-pours a mostly clear light amber/orange color with a thick rocky head. leaves distinct foam collar and noticeable tracing. head settles out to a thin strip with rocky chunks clinging to the side of the glass.

S-not a whole lot going on here for me. very, very subtle grapefruit hints. if there's one thing that jumps out (and there's not really), it would be sort of a biscuity maltiness.

T-as with the aroma, a rather bland taste given the category. a bit of alcohol and a decent malty sweetness, but even the up front bang and glowing warmth from the alcohol isn't as pronounced as i would expect to get from a 9% dipa. a very late hop bite in the aftertaste lends some nice lingering effects.

M-just very thin for me. i guess i would call it medium to thin, leaning on the thin side. no real creaminess and just a touch of hop stickiness at the trailing moments. carbonation level is nice though, right in that middle range where it should be.

D-very, very drinkable. not a ton of bitterness, alcohol is very well disguised. isn't overly sweet like what you get from some dipas. i'll bet that where this is readily available it can become a very dangerous session beer at 9%.

overall, this beer is just right down the middle in most categories. nothing that offends me or amazes me anywhere. except for drinkability where this is a homerun for me, it just sort of fades back into the list of good, but mediocre, dipas i've enjoyed.

11-04-2009 02:56:08 | More by charliehhelms
Photo of akorsak


3.33/5  rDev -17%

From a firkin.

Appearance: The ale is a very hazy pour (coming from a firkin, that is not surprising or unexpected) and ends up as a dark amber ale.

Smell: The hoppy spiciness grabs you first in the nose. Even with the firkining (which I find can mellow the aromas), the US Northwest varietals are strong and citrusy.

Taste: The hops may be a bit overdone here. The bitterness grabs you from the get go and does not let go. The hops give the beer a grapefruity flavor (when flavor is allowed to get through the hop blast).

Mouthfeel: See my comments above in taste, the hops could strip your tongue clean.

Drinkability: The strong hop character limits the drinkability.

12-23-2008 22:10:43 | More by akorsak
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -17%

A - Clear golden with an amber tint. Large head with impressive retention. Lots of lacing.

S - Pine hops, faint medicinal aroma, faint grapefruit pith as well. Faint caramel malt underneath.

T - Mild pine hops, medicinal. Aftertaste is a mesh between pine and medicinal bitterness. If there was pine flavored medice, this is how I think it would taste.

M - A tad harsh, medium boidied, frothy,. Refreshing-ish, could be a lot better though.

D - Okay, it is strong and not fantastic. I might try again if I find a bottle sometime. Though frankly, I doubt age would cull the medicine.

04-16-2007 03:16:05 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of billab914


3.3/5  rDev -17.7%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. Poured a nice copper color with a nice thick foamy white head. Laced nicely down the glass as well. Very light aroma, not nearly the hop presence of most of the DIPA's I have had. The malt was more predominant in the smell. Not a real strong hop presence in the taste either. I'm getting more of the maltiness then the hops. It does have a nice bitter finish but lacking the in your face hops I anticipate from DIPA. This isn't a bad beer, just not a great DIPA for me. My store just got these in so I can only assume it is a fresh batch and not one where the hops have faded over time. I enjoyed it but would probably choose a different DIPA when I'm in the mood for hops. Very drinkable for a 9% beer though.

11-13-2009 22:28:23 | More by billab914
Photo of vtfan77


3.28/5  rDev -18.2%

A- Orange-tinted amber with a small white head that quickly recedes into a ring of lace.

S- Nice hoppy, citrusy aroma with a touch of sweet caramel. Not bad, but could be stronger.

T- More citrusy hops upfront with a thin, grainy malt background. The bitterness is pretty high, but I think the thin malt presence makes it seem stronger than it really is.

M- Average body with a decent carbonation level.

D- Not terrible, but I don't exactly want to drink this all night. I think I'd stop at one.

Let's just say this: the name is the best part of this beer. It's not bad, but it's pretty average. The hop profile is decent, but it needs more of a malt backing to temper the bitterness and give it some complexity. All in all, not one I'd get again or recommend to others.

09-24-2008 03:12:46 | More by vtfan77
Photo of brauseboof

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -19%

A- This beer poured a hazy copper with a fine 1" head
S - It Smelled a wee biscuity but quite faint at best
T - Taste was tad piney with the citrus bitterness, malt trying to come through
M - it was nicely carbonated, although a a bit watery
D - Twist my arm, and I think I could have another one

12-06-2009 23:00:57 | More by brauseboof
Photo of pwoods


3.23/5  rDev -19.5%

22oz. Brown bomber, purchased at
The Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a mostly clear orangish amber. Two fingers of creamy head that holds pretty well. Good lacing.

S: Plenty of citrus hops, orange, grapefruit, maybe pineapple. Some pine and mint in the back. Healthy dose of thick sticky malts.

T/M: Moderate bitterness level due to a overbalancing from the thick, sweet malts. Malts are big and bready some some toasty notes. Hop citrus and pine is a bit subdues but still a major role. Body us full, thick, rich, and chewy.

D: I know this bottle is at least relatively fresh but the malts still overbalance too much. Couple that with a huge mouthfeel and that'll bring down the drinkabilitu a bit as well. Still a decent beer but not as good as the first time I had it.

07-08-2009 02:04:04 | More by pwoods
Photo of ski271


3.23/5  rDev -19.5%

On tap at Zeno's. This was one I was really excited to try. I don't come across too many Legacy beers even here in central PA, and being a child in the 80's I love the name (Transformers and G.I. Joe after school every day!). Too bad the beer didn't liev up to how much I mentally hyped it up. Itr was good, just nothing all that noteworthy or special. Medium amber-gold with a small, off-white, creamy head that quickly diminishes to a film. Smell is hoppy. Floral and citrus with some decent spice and some mildy bready malt. Taste follows suit, except a bit more piney and fruity. Like I said, not bad, and I enjoyed this beer because I love the style. But compared to others of the same style it was just a little above average at best.

03-21-2007 20:54:31 | More by ski271
Hoptimus Prime from Legacy Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.