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Hoptimus Prime - Legacy Brewing Co.

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262 Ratings
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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 59
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:
Beer added by: ggaughan on 07-29-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 262 | Reviews: 228
Photo of jlb307
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a pint of this strong, hoppy brew @ the Legacy event at Hop Devil Grill in NYC a few weeks ago. It poured cloudy, medium amber, with a typical medium tan head, that left some light scatered lacing. The long sniff revealed a grainy hop nose. This is a full throttle hoppy beeer in the "SD" style. Very grainy and piney hop notes as it passes over the tongue. Love the style and was impressed by this ofering. Nice SD/CA style DIPA, hop lovers go get some and enjoy

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

A 22 oz bomber bottle. A regular pour into my tulip tumbler yields a one and a half finger head. Solid retention and plentiful lacing on the sides of my glass. A moderate amount of carbonation and a slight haziness in the orangey amber fluid. The head finally thins to a light coating of bubbles and the lace streaks all the way down as I consume.

Smell is piney and light citrus, a hint of grapefruit skin. Deep and broad sweetness of caramel and malt. A yeasty dark bread and local bakery aroma as well.

Taste drinkably balanced. A big hop front with the pine of the nose as the predominant aspect. Grapefruit follows as second place in the hop race. Earthy, spicy notes complete the hop blend. Sweet toasted malt and carmel follow and give good balance and structure, creating a great platform for the hops. A good solid finish is hoppy but not excessively so. Sharp but long at the same time it leaves room for a biscuit/cracker component to develop and interleave with the hops. It does. Crackers
remain on the palate. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.

Mouthfeel is lightly syrupy, but creamy and finely carbonated. Silky and smooth on the tongue and throat. Light enough to have on the hottest day but just enough weight to respect it.

Drinkability is this beer's strong suit. Way to easy to go through a couple of bottles and find yourself hammered.

Not hoppy enough for the junkies but certainly enough for anyone who appreciates a well balanced Imperial IPA. Good stuff for September football.

Photo of soupyman10
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to ampzilla for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Love the name of this beer.

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden yellow/orange color, very nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. Then nose is hoppy, with some nice notes of malts, nice touch of citrus and pines, with some caramel. The taste is hoppy, slightly malty, nice touch of citrus/pines, and some caramel. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well, nice bitter/dry finish, this is a smooth brew. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty DIPA, my second from the brewery, thanks Andrew.

Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. This bottle was bought back in December but not drank until tonight, 2/23/10.

a - Pours a amber/golden color with moderate carbonation and about an inch of white head with little retention.

s - Smells of hops but they are somewhat faded. Some citrus and pine.

t - The malts are actually the first thing that jumps out to me. Very smooth and sweet. Hops are again faded and an after thought. No real bitterness.

m - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy since the malts are now the main taste.

d - Overall this was very good, but I get the feeling it is very different now than had I drank it fresh. It had a great sweet malt smell and taste, but the hops were definitely faded. I would love to try this again and next time will be drinking it very fresh to compare to this review.

Photo of CharlatanSin
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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 BDLbrewster
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear copper hue of amber comparable to a shiny new penny. Small airy head that dissipates quickly leaving a white wash of lacing.

The smell is a balanced mix of spicy, herbal hops and rich sugary sweet malts. I get the pungent spice of a variety of hops that eludes me right now, fresh cut green grass, pepper and fresh bread with constant underlying alcoholic phenols.

The taste overwhelms the palate with tons of fruity esters, pear, green apple, guava and tamarind come to mind heavily. The malt backbone is crushing, sweet, rich and very pronounced almost overshadowing the hoppy bitterness and spice that finally comes through in the finish. The alcohol is noticed all the way from start to finish, but is never overwhelming.

The mouthfeel is pretty on point, with the pronounced malt character I would expect a much more syrupy brew, which it's not. Carbonation is on the low side which is not a bad thing. I have to say that this brew feels really nice in your mouth.

Overall, this encompasses what I expect out an East Coast DIPA. On the malty side, 9% and extremely drinkable, EXTREMELY drinkable. This is something that I will definitely seek out again.

Photo of MMAJYK
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
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
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
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 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 SpectralAbyss
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of weaselchew
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of kurp001
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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 keckr
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of petermethot
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Proteus93
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
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 NJpadreFan
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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 pershan
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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 jdaelhousen
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Foamy pour that produces a golden colored body.

Aroma of citris hop and a trailing pine scent. Pine scent is dominant and fizzles out the citris notes.

Taste contains a smooth bitterness flavor, and the piney hop flavor is the primary makeup of the hop blend. Very little citric hop notes, as the finish of this beer is extremely dry.

Aftertase is pleasant with notes of pine, hay, and grass. Mouthfeel is fairly fluid, and ABV is hidden for a 9% beer. This beer tastes better as it warms up and other earthy flavors can be tasted.

Overall, a fantastic imperial IPA from Legacy.

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

22oz bomber poured into a pint.

Pours a hazy orange amber with a mountainous white head. Serious staying power and loads of sticky lacing.

Smells of hop resin, pine, grapefruit, tea-leaves, sweet candied sugar. This is the kind of nose I like in my iipa's.

Taste is of lip-smacking bitter ruby red grapefruit juice.

Smooth and creamy, medium bodied.

This guy was a breeze.

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