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Hoptimus Prime - Legacy Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

262 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 58
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 Gambrinus1184
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bomber into a textured crystal wine glass. Many thanks to Durge and ohoove for sharing libations!

A: Poured a light amber color with a bit of haziness and a thin coating of slick, resinous carbonation.

S: Smell is a smack of fresh, green hop leaves mixed with some peppery, citrus fruits.

T: The hops smack you in the tongue as well. Very fresh, vernal hop flavor going on here. There's a grapefruit sweetness which cuts through the oily hop resins fairly well. This DIPA finishes with a touch of caramel sweetness. Fairly good balance.

M: Mouthfeel is slick and chewy, but not a strain to drink at all.

D: For the ABV, this is a really nice drinking DIPA. Hop heads will appreciate the nuances of fresh hop flavors implemented here. Others may find it shoots the palate too quickly, but the flavors build as the brew warmed more.

A pretty nice effort from this PA brewery. The concept and label artwork are killer! If you're looking for a fresh hop whallop, give Hoptimus Prime a shot.

Photo of tifosichris
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review so appologies if its not up to the snuff of some other peoples

22oz bomber poured into a duvel tulip

Appearance was amazing when being poured. Not sure if it was just the way the light hit it but when poured it was a magnificent shade of bronze/copper. Once poured (and out of the direct light) it is a darker shade of copper. Very small head and heavy lacing as it slowly dissapears

Smell out of the bottle was amazing, almost overpowering (in a good way). Very very hoppy.

Taste was quite sharp and bitter at first with a lot of grapefruit and citrus. A lot of carbonation (almost too much but just enough). Some pine but not too much. The grapefruit is the most prominent flavor here

Not quite the hop rush of hopslam (which, for better or for worse is what i compare most double IPAs to). This is a very easy to drink beer, very refreshing and very easy going down. Not much aftertaste (not that thats a bad thing) but leaves you craving more.

A very nice DIPA that i will definately be drinking more of

Photo of koopa
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased the last 3 x 22oz bombers from my local shop today. One is being offered in a trade, the other one was intended for sample tonight, and the third to be kept or traded depending on if I liked the initial sampling. This one is a winner and I will be keeping the third bottle after trading the second.

Appearance -orange to amber brew with single finger head of white foam. it shows a fair amount of head retention and lacing.

Smell - Lots of pineapple like citrus coupled with a back bone of subdued bitterness. Some bready and sweet notes as well. I'm not getting any spicyness or pepperyness from this DIPA which is a bonus for me.

Taste - The initial taste experience is all hoppy bitter goodness that then blends with the pineapple and grapefruit qualities. A dash of pepper comes through for a second and then yields to a bread like malt finish. Grapefruit dominates the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Creamy mouthfeel from a moderate amount of carbonation coupled with a medium body.

Drinkability - Wonderful. Thoroughly enjoyed this DIPA.... A new found gem.

Side Note: This beers taste declines sharply as it gets older. If your sample isn't fresh you aren't getting this one in its best light. I've been sadly disappointed with older samples and thoroughly impressed by fresh ones.

Photo of CharlatanSin
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from about a week ago at the Bronx Ale House. Poured from the tap into a tulip.

A: Looks the part of a double IPA, with a nice hazy orange amber color and a great, sea foam pure white head.

S: A big whiff of bitter citrus hops. Not super complicated, but gets my mouth watering.

T: Delicious. Big sweet citrus hops dominate, mostly orange or tangerine. As it warms, the hop profile takes on a spicier, pine quality. Complicated and bitter, just how I like it. Not much malt counterbalance, but in this case I wasn't looking for one.

M: Pretty creamy for the style, with fairly high carbonation.

D: The alcohol hides well, making this beer dangerous. In fact, I wasn't in great shape by the end of the night, and I suspect it's because this was my second beer. I'll pace myself better next time, but this is in the upper tier of double IPAs for me.

Photo of toddhett
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S - Sweet citrus

A - Little head; reddish-orange color. I've had this beer in a bottle and thought that it had a much nicer head and aroma.

T - Bitterness up-front, but mixed with nice amount of sweet citrus. The bitterness lingers, but the flavor does not knock you over (bitterness matched well with the malty sweetness). There was something a bit funky at the back end.

M - Syruppy, but not in a bad way.

I like this beer. It doesn't wow me, but it's a good DIPA.

Photo of memory
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber color with beautiful carbonation. Deep white head with lots of clumpy lacing on side of glass. Smells of distant floral peach/apricot/ citrus scent. Well balanced bitter and aroma hops hit the tongue nicely without assaulting. Cascade, Cents, Amirillo? Whatever it's nice on the aftertaste. Very drinkable for the ABV.
Nice.

Photo of jlb307
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the tap into a small pilsner.

A: Deep amber to red in color. Nice and clear with a thick frothy head which retained nicely. Left nice lace rings on the glass the whole time.

S: LOTS of hops. Oranges and pine round it out and give it real character. Smells beautiful.

T: Nicely balanced with the aroma. Excellent hoppy taste and bitterness without being too strong considering it has a 10% ABV. A really great tasting beer.

M: Light on the tongue and good carbonation feel. Coated the entire mouth like chewing on a hop.

D: An enjoyable beer that may be too easy to drink. Like I said, 10%...

Photo of MMAJYK
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Bright gold; touch of bronze. Crystal clear and 1.5" of fluffy, sticky head.

S. Oily and resinous hops jumping out with floral and citrus. Also, I get some perfumy aromas from the hops. Mix that with sweet honey and light caramel malts to balance.

T. Pleasantly bitter with dirt-y and earthy hops. Malt adds a clean touch of balance alcohol is well hidden and the finish is dry. I really like this brew.

M. A little thin for an IIPA but carbonation is spot on.

D. Oh-so-drinkable. I could easily drink this 22 myself.

Photo of MrMonkey
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sholland119 for tossing this one my way!

Pours a clear golden amber with a two-finger frothy off-white head that recedes slowly. Lots of thick lacing left with each sip.

Smell is grapefruit rind, pineapple, resinous hop oils, pine, caramel and a hint of alcohol.

Taste starts off with some sweet caramel and pale malts which are quickly followed by some bitter grapefruit, pineapple and piny hop flavors. Lightly toasted biscuit flavors are balanced nicely with the bitter hops. Alcohol adds some warmth and a peppery bite to the dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy and smooth.

Very tasty and very enjoyable, but at times the alcohol came across as a bit too hot. Still, a great DIPA!

Photo of PhageLab
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big big thanks to Kadonny for this bomber. Poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Light amber coloration, fairly transparent, nice big head of froth, decent retention, marvelous lacing. Bottle art is pretty badass as well.

S - Nice grapefruit aroma with a touch of pine. Savor this one.

T - Bitter at first, but it quickly numbs the palate. Nice pine hop profile with just enough malt backing to add some complexity. Fairly sweet with a dry finish.

M - Oily light to medium body, nice pine residue coats the tongue. Low to medium carbonation level.

D - Unique and flavorful brew, I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this one and would revisit any time I could. Recommended.

Photo of biegaman
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hoptimus Prime has that extra bit of colour that, with IPA's, is extracted somewhere between 6 and 9%. The gleams of gold are shaded in by toasted orange. Apart from a tapioca outline there is no capping. Minimal retention but above average lacing. A light haze has set in.

The smell is delicious. It has a burst of lemon zest that is grounded in melted caramel, a touch of jasmine, crisp wafer and sweltering fruits. I'm sold on smell alone that this is a beer I am definitely going to love.

The taste offers a range of complimentary flavours that includes: dried apricots, pulpy orange juice, cookie wafers and caramel coated mandarin. The most prominent flavour is this wonderful Grand Marnier injected grapefruit. This bitter orange, complimented by the wafer and caramel, tastes like a hop fused dessert crepe. Magnifique!

I'd say not even a half of the 100+ IBU's boasted by the brewery are noticed. I'd say just about two thirds of the 9% is detected. As result, drinkability achieves about all it is capable of. It is an enjoyable drink that disappears far too fast and, just maybe, too easily.

It has the colour, complexity of smells, and layers of taste that only come in 'double sized' IPA's; yet somehow it drinks like an ale half its strength. I don't know that I'd say this is hops in their prime, but it might just be DIPA drinkability at its best. I wish this Legacy beer could live on and on forever in my fridge.

Photo of Proteus93
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: A new penny copper, with about a finger high head of white... retention is poor, receding quickly to a little lip of lace ringing around the glass.

S: Hops make up the nose with a very light malt backbone. Rather floral, pine, herbal.

T + M: Quite a piney hop flavour, with a body providing a perfect feel for the taste. The quick bittering builds and opens out over the tongue, becoming quite pungent before calming and finishing with on a nice note. Just the tiniest balance of maltiness comes through, just about right.

D:A bigger one, though the alcohol heat is not noticable on my palate. A nice hop-fix for a quiet evening - or maybe a good choice for being a little more rowdy!

Photo of soupyman10
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this one after seeing it a bunch of times. Definitely a good one for the price. Appearance is a light copper color with a solid white head and a ton of lacing. Looks about as good as a DIPA could. Nose is strong on hops, but well balanced with spicy malt as well. Lots of fruitiness and some candy in there. Brown sugar. Not huge, but well balanced and very appetizing. Flavor is very good. Highly balanced, with strong, chalky fruity hops well balanced with caramel malt. A touch of roastiness. Not a hop bomb in the least, nor even that dominating in terms of the flavor, but a nice, drinkable DIPA. Body is appropriate to the style, carbonation is nice as well. Overall, a highly drinkable, high ABV DIPA. One I'd definitely go back to.

22 oz/$4.99/Wine Specialist

Photo of kurp001
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour a rich, reddish copper with one finger of bone white head that sticks around for some time.

Smell consists of a faint piney aroma, complemented by citrus hints.

The taste comprises of rich citrus up front, with a strong malt backbone that effectively complements the hops without overpowering them.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with relatively lively carbonation.

I'd say the drinkability on this one is very nice. A solid double IPA that I have no problem drinking a bomber of by myself.

Photo of JeffV
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great head and retention. Beautiful color. I wish I could stare at this more but I am going to start drinking.

Smells hoppy. Bout it.

Tastes hoppy but much smoother and more nuanced than expected. This is not your average hop bomb even if it claims to be.

It's a little blah on the pallat though.

Surprisingly drinkable.

Photo of pershan
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a clear, light amber with a thin white head into a pilsner glass. There was a subtle aroma of citrusy hops - expected a bit more from the name. However, the flavor more than made up for it, with a sharp, crisp, intense bite of hops in the first sip, followed by intense hop bitterness throughout the swallow and beyond - a clean, intensely hoppy brew. Nice carbonation and lacing as well, with virtually no hint of the high ABV content - a hop head's delight!

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Legacy- Hoptimus Prime

A- Clear golden orange with a thick heavy lacing head.
S- Big bitter pine hops with grains and a touch of grapefruit.
T- Big bitter citrus. Grapefruit rind with pine. Toasty grains and malt come through.
M- Initially big bitterness, but this 1 tones down into a sweeter maltier DIPA.

Overall- Good, tasty, sessionable. A few pints of Hoptimus would be a good evening!

Photo of SpectralAbyss
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of weaselchew
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of keckr
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a lovely 2" fluffy head. Some mild lacing developed.

Smell: pine and grapefruit rise from the glass and is easy to detect through the nose.

Taste: nice malt profile with pine, grapefruit, light alcohol tones, and some green grapes. Bitterness is strong but well balanced versus the malt.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light prickliness at the start, smooth and mildly dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger a while.

Drinkability: very nice DIPA. More than one bomber would be easy to do, but the alcohol will catch up to you. Worth seeking this out.

Photo of MikeGill
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 1/20/10

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beautiful orange color, the beer damn near glowed in the glass. Fluffy white head which stayed almost to the end. Assertive nose with citrus, spices and some kind of dark baked bread.

Super complex with just the right amount of carbonation. Orangeade, honey and malt prickled by hop freshness. Think toasted bread with sweet cream butter, orange marmalade and a little bit of fresh chopped rosemary on top.

Hoptimus Prime is everything I want and expect from this style. It has hops through and through and its high alcohol is beautifully blended within the layers of this beers complex structure.

Photo of petermethot
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of scottoale
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber with a bottling date or code on the bottom that reads 010 A2 13.09. It pours a golden-copper with great clarity and a finger of eggshell-white head. The head eventually recedes and leaves some nice patchy lace behind.

The nose is mostly of malt...chewy, doughy and biscuit like kind of malt with a descent dose of hops backing it up. The hops seem a bit muted here with just light citrus and some earthiness pulling through. I was thinking this was going to be a hopbomb of such, but the nose indicates otherwise.

The taste starts with a semi-sweet doughy malt that just gets consumed with a nice bitter citric and earthy astringent flavor from the hops. It's got some hop punch to it, but not like the double IPA's that I'm used to. It's got great flavor and that's what really counts.

The alcohol is well hidden for a 9 percenter, the mouthfeel is pleasantly full and the carbonation is somewhat mild. This all adds up to a good drinkability and a solid balanced brew. To me this is more of a killer IPA than a IIPA, but who really cares?

Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orangey amber with a white head that slowly becomes a patch. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of resin, pine syrup, tea-leaf, a bit musty/earthy. Quite the complex hop profile going on.

The taste is resiny, piney, floral, earthy - bitter. This is one hoppy brew. Nice blend, too, as it is very complex. There is just a hint of balancing sweetness in the finish to round it out.

Medium-to-full bodied, a bit syrupy with a late sweetness, despite bitterness in taste.

This is a hoppy one for sure. Alcohol pretty well-covered, though it does reveal itself slowly as it progresses. Very interesting.

Hoptimus Prime from Legacy Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.