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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%

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 LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6/19/08. Growler. Pours orange, clear, with a small white head. Aroma of wheat, citrus and piney hops. Flavor is of sweet malt with a bitter hops finish. Palate is medium-heavy, but for 9.1%, it's pretty light. Mellows a bit as you drink. Quite tasty!
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

Serving type: growler

12-20-2008 16:04:54 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

And for our final offering for the evening, we have something that's been a long time coming. After a whole year of visits to Bierkraft (believe me, there have been a lot...who do you think put over 300 of the beers on BeerSpy?) I finally make the move to growlers. And what better a brewery to lose my Bierkraft growler virginity than Legacy?

Pours a nice brown touched gold with a thick off white head. Nose is extremely heavy floral hops with a soapy edge. Very, very perfumed character. Flavor is extremely smooth for a DIPA. I would never know this was 9% at all. Just a nice balanced hop ride that isn't blowing me away, but it carries just enough punch to make it interesting. For a double, it could be bringing more complexity. But it's still nice. Feel has a full carbonation and the liquid is nice. A nice production. Well done. Apologies to Legacy for taking so long to try any of their productions. But I guess this was as good a one as any to start with.

Serving type: growler

01-23-2008 06:01:04 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.33/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 02:15:19 | More by mdfb79
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at The Liquor Shoppe in Tygsborro, Mass. Pours a gorgeous crystal-clear red-amber body with over a half inch of off-white head. Brilliantly fruity hops, with orange, grapefruit, lemon, grape, berry, mint. Hops range the spectrum from grapefruit, orange, lemon, mint, grass, herb... Caramel, toffee, and coffee are there in the background, though only enough to balance the hops. Full-bodied with moderate to low carbonation. The pleasant flavor and lack of viscosity make this one of the most drinkable DIPAs I've had. The hop flavors make this well worthy of the name. Absolutely awesome.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 02:09:24 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of kenito799

New York

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Clear amber brew with creamy foamy head and beautiful intricate lacing left down the glass.

The aroma is clean grapefruity and floral hops, a bit of black tea.

The flavor is lipsmacking, bitter from start to finish, but not overwhelming. The alcohol is suprisingly well hidden, since the hops are strong but not off-balance, and the beer does not come across as sweet. Some tobacco or tea in there, malt holds its own but doesn't try to compete with the hops. How did they strike this balance for such a strong beer? Well done. I like it a lot, but don't love it, some brews squeeze more complexity fromthe hoppy flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 00:00:58 | More by kenito799
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip

Pour is a slightly hazy orange with three fingers of pillowy foam that dissipates slowly. This beer is very fragrant, with a huge floral hoppy aroma.

Hoptimus Prime smacks you in the face with a floral hoppy flavor... I'd expect to be slapped around by a deceptacon, but why Hoptimus, why? It's cushioned nicely with a substantial malt bill, but then the bitter hop aftertaste knocks you around again. The mouthfeel is big and chewy, and the 9% ABV is nicely disguised amongst everything else that is going on with this beer.

Overall, it is a nice, full bodied DIPA that will scratch your hop itch for sure

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 03:56:22 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of BDLbrewster


4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 01:40:51 | More by BDLbrewster
Photo of MikeGill

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 16:08:05 | More by MikeGill
Photo of thekanna


3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a glowing, turbulent gold the color of a wheat field, which settles into a light amber with active effervescence and 2 fingers of lacy, off-white head.

S: A very sharp, pungent hop and citrus flavor, with a slight bit of funk and some pear.

T: Powerful, bitter, slightly herbal hop bite, with a light phenolic character, citrus and pear notes.

M: Juicy with less carbonation than I thought judging from the look. The ample hop content causes the mouth to pucker and the tongue to go slightly numb.

D: Wow, this is strong. And bitter. The bitterness is pleasant after a while though and it becomes a more enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 03:56:42 | More by thekanna
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one's a glowing golden color, good carbonation supporting a 1" deep fluffy cloud white head.

Big juicy fruit's aroma, red juice, sweet honey malt and some serious heat tingle.

The malt is very nice foundation with a honey-sweet efect that doesn't really balance out the overwheling fruity hop flavor. Bold and complex, not exactley well-rounded. Deep juice with a dry, earthy bitterness but it's not too serious. I wish it was. The heat is well, hot.

It's bold and crazy.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 21:52:01 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of GbVDave


4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two St. Bernardus goblets. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a crystal clear, tawny gold color. Capping this is a bright white head that left some pretty curtains of lace behind.

S: Strong aromas of toasty malt and citrus slathered in rich pine tar. Fresh roadside stand caramel.

T: Sweet caramel and pine with a dose of spicy citrus and alcohol. Hints of aspirin.

M: Thick and creamy. Surprisingly smooth with a touch of alcohol burn.

D: Drinks like an IPA @ around 6-7%. It fooled us into drinking it a little too fast and we were rewarded with some pretty pink cheeks by the end of the glass!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 19:39:32 | More by GbVDave
Photo of Slatetank


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
Photo of jorg2619


4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prime pours a nice clear not quite pale orange color. The head is generous and almost white. I find the smell to be slightly underwhelming for an imperial IPA but the taste is not. The flavors that I caught where cat piss, citrus, piny tingling on the sides of my tongue. The fuller body is just right for an imperial. Though this beer is not the best I have had it is a good example of an double IPA that smacks me with hops and keeps me wanting to drink more.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 01:02:12 | More by jorg2619
Photo of Brez07


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
Photo of Soozy


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good, golden beer with a slight half a centimeter head. Strong floral scent of hops, very nice aroma. Great taste, starts with a malty biscuit malt and floral hops and leaves some bite of alcohol in the finish. Smooth, and surprisingly creamy for a DIPA.

A very good IPA, not overly bitter and a good balance between the malt and hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 02:28:48 | More by Soozy
Photo of kwakwhore

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden pour, white head with good retention and lacing.
Hops dominate the aroma, grapefruit especially.
Taste is again dominated by hops, grapefruit bitterness with an undertone of malt in the middle, not as much as I would expect from a DIPA. Makes me think more of a really well hopped IPA than a DIPA.
Nice creamy mouthfeel, and the alcohol is well masked in this beer.
For me this beer doesn't quite fit the typical DIPA profile because of the lack of a malt backbone. It seems to fit somewhere in between a really strong IPA and an Imperial IPA. But if you're a hophead, you will definitely like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 14:09:15 | More by kwakwhore
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2009 20:04:30 | More by CharlatanSin
Photo of FishGetter


4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thin head thet reduces mostly. Rich copper color with orange tinge to it.
Very fregrant citrus hops with a hint of peachy boquet. Hints of sweetend malted barley and a touch of dry biscut nose.
Respectfull amount of hops bite sweetend by rich malts. Alchol creeps in at the end along with hoppy resins.
Mouthfeel builds to a medium body with modest agitation. Little dryness at the end.
I salute you hoptimus prime! Very much a west coast feel. Great offering here from an east coast brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 00:52:35 | More by FishGetter
Photo of Monkeyknife


4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to joepais for this bottle.

Poured from the bottle a crystal clear amber-gold with a whisper-thin white head.

The aroma is sweet and malty with caramel, vanilla, grassy hops, biscuit, honey, and a bit of booze.

The taste is similar to the aroma with honey-sweet caramel malts along with a ripe fruitiness and light grassy hops. The finish is a tad soapy and has an added brightness from the 9% alcohol.

Medium bodied, sticky, and lightly carbonated.

For malt lovers this is a tasty IIPA from the folks at Legacy. I wish the hop presence had been more pronounced.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 20:37:57 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of brauseboof

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 23:00:57 | More by brauseboof
Photo of Casey10


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
Photo of adamb02155


3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Lighter than expected, but still a nice honey color w/ a decent head on pouring.

S - Not overpowering floral scent.

T - Suprisingly crisp and clean for a double IPA. A little bitterness, but by no means unpleasant.

M - The body is very good on this double IPA. Some I have found to be a little too heavily bodied, but this one is medium and not syrupy at all.

D - Goes down easier than some of the other doubles I have had. Maybe too easy given the ABV! A nice find.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 02:19:13 | More by adamb02155
Photo of billab914


3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 22:28:23 | More by billab914
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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

Interesting name, we were waiting for this bottle to transform into a hopback or a whirlpool, but nothing happened. Crystal clear, weathered golden color. A head retention that is hard to beat, ample frothing and solid clinging action going on here. Clean floral aroma, thick hopping of wild flowers, pine, faint tobacco, evergreen and a mildly fruity nose. Creamy medium body with a modest yet deep smooth carbonation. Insane amounts of hop flavor, bitterness is deep but not overly sharp or harsh at all. Bitter herbal, woody and with an almost kale-like and even turnip green flavor rides under the pungency of the bitterness. Small but pronounced nugget of maltiness in the middle, a little sweet and toasty but the hops smack it back down. The continued onslaught of hops does not let up at all from sip to sip.

For what the style is (DIPA) it certainly hits the mark. Big, bold, hoppy, with a clean palate to let the hops rule. Malt is big enough to be the base but does not intrude too much. Alcohol is hidden from the massive hopping as well. A killer beer for the hophead in you.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 19:06:27 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of jrallen34


4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I drank this beer from a 22oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a clear dark orange that has hint of brown in it. There is no head. The pour is watery and results in a couple white bubbles. The lacing is watery as well.

The aroma is very light, almost none at all. There are very light notes of hops of orange.

The taste is also very light but that's a good thing but its not like a light american macro. The beginning is light sweet orange then a light hoppy finish. I can't believe this is 9%, so light that I could crush a ton of this and then totally gone. Despite the drinkability, the mouthfeel is still heavier that you would think.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 02:58:58 | More by jrallen34
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Hoptimus Prime from Legacy Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.