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Hoptimus Prime - Legacy Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
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261 Ratings
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90
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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 55
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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ms11781

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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


3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

04-23-2012 02:11:18 | More by jamesbrews
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hopheadsal

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 03:47:09 | More by hopheadsal
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Norfawkers

Virginia

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

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 01:17:26 | More by Norfawkers
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beertooth

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

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

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 00:31:45 | More by BigMike
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Gmann

New York

3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 17:55:28 | More by Slatetank
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Casey10

Maine

3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 03:35:09 | More by Casey10
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ccrida

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
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).

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 21:19:31 | More by ccrida
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McGIPA

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 20:23:09 | More by McGIPA
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MiScusi

California

3.65/5  rDev -9%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 01:54:48 | More by MiScusi
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rodney45

New York

3.65/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 23:06:51 | More by rodney45
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Goliath

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 03:35:45 | More by Goliath
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JayQue

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 17:03:54 | More by JayQue
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ABHatter

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 00:41:55 | More by ABHatter
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

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).

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 23:47:32 | More by yourefragile
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Brez07

Maine

3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 18:26:48 | More by Brez07
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Overlord

California

3.73/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 09:46:20 | More by Overlord
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deanhead

Vermont

3.73/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 22:20:47 | More by deanhead
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FoolCircle

Delaware

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

I picked up a case of this beer at the Beer Yard in Wayne, PA on 2/16/08. It appeared to be the only case.

Poured out of a 22oz. bottle into a regular 16oz. pint glass. This beer is a deep amber color and brilliantly clear. It has and holds a low white head throughout.

The smell is obviously of hops. There is definetely a C-hop presence, but I don't think it is a full on C-hop hopbomb. Nice aroma though.

The taste is good for a DIPA, but not exceptional. It is a good east coast example of this style, but our west coast bretheren do a better job. Quite bitter at first, but this subsides.

The mouthfeel is fine, a little thin in my opinion, but really that only increases the drinkability. The carbonation level is spot on.

The drinkability is surprisingliy high for 9% hoppy beer. I can easily drink two bombers of this back to back without even trying.

If you see this beer out at the bar or where you can buy singles don't hesitate to try it, but for the price I paid, a case is a little more than you need. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 14:18:26 | More by FoolCircle
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

05-27-2012 23:19:34 | More by IPAchris
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 16:56:36 | More by Oxymoron
Hoptimus Prime from Legacy Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.