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Hoptimus Prime - Legacy Brewing Co.

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229 Reviews

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Reviews: 229
Hads: 263
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 60
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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Photo of Norfawkers
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of beertooth
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BigMike
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Phillyduke
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of rodney45
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber. Quickly fleeting head, but thats acceptable.

S: Malty, but not as much hops as i would expect from a DIPA.
Underwhelming aroma

T: Uncharacteristically light on hops, and light on flavor for a DIPA. Its not as bitter as some others, yet the hops have a definitive presence. Sweet at first, and then you notice the hops. The taste of hops is reserved primarily for the aftertaste which is dry, and lingering.

M: Well this beer isnt heavy, in fact, it feels light in its delivery, not in taste. Its nothing at all like a normal heavy handed DIPA, or even a good IPA... it lacks weight, i cant describe it any better.

D: Its drinkable. Light even.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[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

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Photo of ccrida
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a stem glass, Hoptimus Prime is a clear copper gold with a small off-white head leaving scattered foam.

Smell is damp, grassy, herbal hops. Very earthy, tea like, but pretty subdued.

Taste is very spicy hops with a touch of pine, fairly bitter, with a lingering hoppy finish. No real malt character, just a touch of toast.

Mouthfeel is slick, light bodied for the size, with a prickly carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty high. While not the most exciting DIPA out there, it's fairly taste, smooth, easy on the belly, low priced, and gives absolutely no indication of the high ABV. Well made and dangerous, but a little subdued (although of course it would be better fresh).

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Photo of Gmann
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of ABHatter
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Being a huge transformers fan as a kid I was very excited to finally give this beer a try.
Strong pour from a 22oz bomber into a Guinness 16oz Tulip Glass leaves a nice 1 inch head which quickly goes away.

A- Good Amber / Orangish Color.
Definitely Transparent.

S- Slight alcohol but Nice piney hop smell, Citrus is a little lacking.

T- Very nice. Bitterness starts off a little slow but seems to last slightly longer than other DIPA's that I've had in the past. Very nice balance overall.

D- Drinkibility is somewhat good, considering the Style & 9% abv.

Overall great beer! Not in the league of DFH 90 minute or Stone Ruination but clearly not a letdown at all.

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Photo of Casey10
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad not great this one was okay maybe I was looking for a little bit more.

A - golden brown color. little head not much lacing.

S - light citrus, some hops good for the style.

T - didn't blow me away was okay with it some pine and some citrus.

M - Again above average, but not a lot going on here.

D - Maybe this was a bad bottle not sure I love Double IPA's but just wasn't getting that from this beer. So I would be willing to drink again but not searching it out.

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Photo of McGIPA
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of deanhead
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Samuel Smith's Imperial pint glass. Three fingered head that reduced to one finger, with a really nice lace around the glass. Brilliantly clear, tawny colored beer.

Aroma is Guava and Grains

Citrus, Pineapples, Grainy, and malty with Bready carmel notes.

Dank mouthfeel. Nice clingy bitterness, not overpowering or overwhelming. Well balance malt profile with this beer. Warming on the palate.

Overall one of the most drinkable Imperial India Pale Ale's I have ever had. It's not over the top, seems just right as far as a highly drinkable IIPA.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesty of Dyan- thanks a ton! This looks really good.

A- a clear deep golden with a nice creamy white head.

S- It smells like a sweet hop tea. Something that normally turns me off because I don't like to smell those sugars in my DIPA's (ie I like Pliny b/c it's so dry). But earthy hops come through fine.

T- Resiny hop oil and a sweet backbone. It's somewhat slick but not overly, and finishes with a combo of bitter and sweet.

M/D- It's slightly on the syrupy side compared to our west coast DIPA's that are drier, but it's not bad. It tastes good and I like how it has enough bitterness to peak over the sweeter background

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Photo of JayQue
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy orange color with an average size white head. Average head retention for a 9.0 abv beer. Good lacing.
Smell was good but not that strong for a DIPA. Citrus and hops primarily. The taste was pretty good. Strong citrusy hops but not too bitter - probably some balance here but the malt not noticeable.

The flavor seems to cut off after a while - the alcohol? more bitterness than I noticed? I don't know. I have had more lasting flavor with other IPAs/DIPAs.

Mouthfeel was a bit light. Drinkability was good. It went down very easy and the alcohol was not that noticeable. I like Avery Maharajah better, but this was a fine brew as well.

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Photo of Goliath
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber color with an inch and a half yellowed head. Nice retention with a bit of spotty lace as it receeds.

The aroma is decent. Kind of sweet, grassy, citrusy. I'll say kind of lemon grassy. A bit floral, but I can't find much beyond the hops.

The taste is not too impressive. Kind of grassy and a bit of citrus. A decent hop bitterness on the finish. I'm just not finding a lot of depth. It's decent but nothing awesome.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is fairly high. Alcohol is well hidden, and flavor is decent making for a fairly easy to drink beer. It's not terribly impressive for a double, but it is good.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Package date on case is March 23, 2009.

Pours a clear golden amber color with a quickly dissipating frothy off white head that leaves a thick coat of web like lacing. Strong mix of pine hops and caramel malt, slightly earthy. Body is slightly thin for this style, however sharp carbonation helps compensate for that. Starts off caramel sweet, slightly earthy/grainy and finishes with a strong pine hop bite and more earthiness. Very little alcohol presence. A very nice, easy drinking DIPA. This isn't all that close to the elite or even great DIPAs, but it is still above average and very enjoyable (especially at $36/case).

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Photo of jsp2
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold with a thick crested head of foam that slowly subsides and clings. Smells of a weak grapefruit citrus with a metallic element. A note of toasted malt is present. Tastes a slightly fruity sweetness with plenty of malt, followed by a delicate and delicious herbal hop flavor that has grapefruit and citrus elements but isn't overpowered by them. A well balanced DIPA in the east coast style with a huge malt backbone. Delicious beer. Carbonation is quite low which makes the hops more enjoyable. Dangerously drinkable for it's %.

A malty, big and balanced IPA. Hopheads may not prefer this version but the hops seem to have more nuances when balanced this well.

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Photo of Brez07
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a DFH snifter

A: Pours an orange/brown, almost pumpkin color. Leaves a 1 finger white head but this dissipates quickly. Lots of visible carbonation. Good lined lacing at the top of the glass

S: Lots of hops at first, followed by pine and a sweet smell (orange?). After a while I detect a somewhat bread-y scent.

T: Again, big hop presence with a little bit of grapefruit. There is only minimal citrus accompanying this. Doesn't have the typical level of sweetness of other DIPA's I've had

M: Slightly creamy, but the carbonation also stands out. A slightly dry finish, not surprised given the amount of hops here

D: Very easy to drink. I don't get any alcohol presence despite this being 9%. Smooth finish. Overall a good beer, but doesn't really stand out to me for the style

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Photo of Biggness
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very clear amber with a white head. I could not for the life of me get any smell from this beer. The flavor was nice, the majority of the flavor came from citrus and it had a dry aftertaste. This is a nicely crafted DIPA. The mouthfeel was and pleasant, not over carbonated or overly drying. This definately is a easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Overlord
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jwelsh for the extra!

Pours a bright golden orange. Interesting. Maybe three inches of white bubbly foam. I'll step out of my normal "category by category" reviews to say that this was a pretty well carbonated brew. Almost champagne like in its effervescence.

Smells herbally/medicinally, with a bit of lemon and bright citrus. What hops are these? No the typical DIPA profile. There is a huge grass aroma that I'm not used to.

Taste is also unique. Bright lemony/orangey-citrus, a weird metallic twang/zest, and more than a bit of sweet caramel malt. It's bracingly piney/grassy/bitter, and insanely dry on the tongue.

What a unique DIPA. I don't know if I would revisit, but it's nice to see what someone can do differently with the style.

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Photo of Jayli
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear relatively dark copper hue with a 1-2 inch of slightly sticky head. The head dissapates over time - not too quickly though....some lacing left on the glass. I was slightly disappointed by the smell. I expected a more dominant scent, but there the smell was rather muted. At first sip it is quite sweet but that is quickly overwhelmed with a large wave of hops. There is a slight bitter aftertaste. This beer is a little on the dry side, but doesn't necessarily detract from the beer.
This is a decent beer - definitely worth picking up. With the high alcohol content, I wouldn't necessarily say it's a good session beer.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More than meets the eye? Pours a darker golden color that is boarder line amber. Mostly hazy with a good pour leaving a ample white head. Good retention although did not last through the tasting and good lacing.

The nose is mostly hop dominate but some sweeter malt is detectable. The hops have a more grapefruit, citrus aroma. Some stronger woody, earthy notes come out as well. Some kettle hops as well mix with a paint thinner hop which I associate with Simco. The malt is mostly generic grainy notes with some limited sugary notes.

The taste is similar with more of a balance. The malt presence comes out more than the nose indicates but the hops still dominate. Some distinctive hop flavors, Amarillo and Centennial. Some piney grapefruit flavors mostly with a light grassy finish. The bitterness is limited with mostly finishing hops coming out. The malt presence flavors has a light toasted but not quite bready flavor. A very nice clean yeast finish.

For me this is more of an East Coast DIPA. The body is moderate with some residual and carbonation helps emphasis the hops characteristic. To me still missing that wow factor but it is cloyingly easy to drink.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From notes:

Poured out of bomber into standard-issue pint glass. Nice, standard DIPA look, with a very nice and dense head. Smell of fresh pine growth and floral hops. Citrus-y grapefruit-y notes are there, too. Intense hops are the mainstay of this one, through and through. Good for hop-heads like me. If you don't care for hop bombs, stay away. Otherwise, this beer is a worthy addition to the ever-expanding breadth of DIPAs. Careful, though, this one will scorch your tastebuds and is a bit hotter than I'd prefer.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, courtsey of bort

consumed on great taste of the midwest ticket-day.

appearance: poured into my hopleaf tulip, bright hazy copper body, frothy white lace

smell: hoppy nose, grapefruit and pine...blurry and lacking a punch

taste: this DIPA has a stingingly high bitterness level, grapefruit peel and pine but not much else. this beer is a tongue-smacker

mouthfeel: stick hops, high bitterness

drinkability: ok

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Hoptimus Prime from Legacy Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.