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Hoptimus Prime - Legacy Brewing Co.

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89
very good

229 Reviews
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Reviews: 229
Hads: 263
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.75%
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.

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Photo of Norfawkers
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
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 (359 characters)

Photo of rodney45
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of MunchkinDrinker
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Good crystal clear amber with a huge fluffy head. Lots of lacing.

S - Earthy hops, with a sort of sweet soil like smell. Grassy. That might be the malts, but i'm not sure.

T/M - As with any DIPA, the flavors don't come out until the aftertaste. Earthy, not much citrus flavor at all. Very pure sort of flavor. Alcohol is nonexistent in the flavor. Feels like a good beer, but nothing special. Not sticky or biting.

D - No way would i drink two. high alcohol hits you, and hops kill your taste buds. That said, it's good while it lasts! (544 characters)

Photo of tifosichris
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
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 (1,037 characters)

Photo of horshack7
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apearance: Out of a 22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter. Comes fourth a slightly clear orange color with a thick rocky head that stays around a little while. Upon thining out it leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: Big hop aroma nice grapefruit notes. Around the edges are hints of sweet fruit. Strangely enough it smells a bit like fruit cocktail it's neat.

Taste: Incredible grapefruit notes minor maltiness way in the background. Nice citrusness to it as well. The mouthfeel is very crisp and bubbly all over the palate.

Notes: This is some hop bomb. It's absolutely remarkable. Cheers. (584 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 6 oz bottle at the Ugly Oyster Drafthaus, Reading, PA

Served up a nice clear orange/amber color with a thick, dense head that was well retained with a thin cap that lasted throughout the beer. Very nice lacing effect as well.

Aroma was of pine and citrus hops. Not overpowering, but consistent and mellow.

Taste was very hoppy. Citrus and bready with just the right hint of the malt to balance it out nicely.

Drinkability was high more so than any other IIPA I have had to date. This beer was very smooth, medium body, good carbonation with a very nice bitter aftertaste. For a double IPA this is one of the finest examples, not over the top, not too hoppy, and not like drinking syrup like some Double IPA's. Very well done. (736 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by alexsdad06.

Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Heavy sour citrus hoppy aroma. Medium to full body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Heavy smooth bittersweet hoppy flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

This is a very good beer. (359 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one wih complbut decent mouthfeel; Thanks for bringing, Jason. Grapefruit colour and foamy white head. A good high IBU well-integreated, citrus, and good lacing. Really bitter, bit well-malted. Clean taste, good citrus, pine,grapefruit. Above average beer in all situations. (279 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.68/5  rDev -8%
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). (662 characters)

Photo of deanhead
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of smanders
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a British pint glass.

Appearance - somewhat cloudy, foamy head with thick/chunky lacing.

Smell - more pine than citrus. A little sweetness (raisins?).

Taste - Huge hops with a lot of warming from the high alcohol content.

Mouthfeel - oily

Drinkability - one bomber ought to do it. Don't plan on drinking anything after this one...you won't be able to taste it. Not as sweet as other DIPAs but still enjoyable. (441 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
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 (426 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to mday for this hop smack.

Thick and billowy head on a hazy orange pour.

Piney, grassy, lemony nose.

Lots of lime lends a sour bitterness that, despite it's oddness, is not unpleasant. Pungent bite with some grassiness, intense bittering hops prevalent from front to back as evidenced by hop belch follow up.

Mouthfeel is a plus, as this beer doesn't fall into the oft-putting sluggish syrup that some doubles often succumb to. Oily feel is nice.

Alcohol noticeable more on the buzz than the taste, and I can dig that. (532 characters)

Photo of frothyhead
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange/amber into a snifter with a small off-white head which quickly dissipates into a ring of larger bubbles around the edge. Only a tad bit of lacing around the glass as it drains.

Nose is piney and grassy hops with a little bit of citrus/orange peel and bubble gum.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Smooth and slick with hop oil and slightly dry in the finish.

Taste is bitter and hoppy, pine, some citrus and a bit of astringency in the back. A bit of sugar sweetness in the front keeps the hops in check.

Highly drinkable for 9% ABV. Nicely balanced and alcohol well hidden.

Overall this is a fairly mellow and nice example of the style. Not too bitter and a nice ratio of pine and citrus in the hops. Good carbonation keeps this plenty refreshing and enjoyable to drink. (823 characters)

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased for about 5.99- not bad. Poured this bad boy into a tulip glass.

A- Hazy golden color with a cloudy hue. Creamy off white head. Wheres the lacing? Boo to no lacing on a DIPA!

S- Straight up citrus here. Lots of hop going on. Very fresh and incredibly earthy smelling.

T- Limes, lemmons, peppery pineapple. Not too funky but very creamy and smooth. Hops are abound, numerous types. No alcohol detected.

M- Creamy, smooth, fresh. This one felt slick on my tongue.

D- Incredibly drinkable for a beer of this strength. This one did not put me to sleep and was not too filling. Awesome beer. (618 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a 22 oz. bottle of this ultra cool-named DIPA by AdamB84 late last fall; it's been lurking in a dark corner of the cellar ever since. Chilled to about 45F, poured to pint glass. Since it's been about 4 months since I received this, I'm willing to guess hops have mellowed a little/are past their 'prime', but we'll see...

A: Honeyed-amber pour, mostly clear (much hazier in the last few ounces where the fallout sits) with fairly strong carbonation. First effort gets a pillowy 2+ fingers of dusted tan-white cream, latter pours are less consistent. Good lacing, sheets sticking in wide bands.

S: Hops may have mellowed a bit, but they still pack some punch: a juicy orange citrus, a flowery herbalness, light pine, a doughy and honey-spiced sweet roll.

T: Tangy citrus, spiced orange slices, hints of grass and a subdued evergreen. Caramel oozes from the crevasses, balancing that tasty spicy/piney hopping. Well done - not the most complex DIPA ever, but plenty tasty.

M: Quite smooth, creamy. Carbonation drifts away, feel is coating but in no way sticky. Slightly light body for a big DIPA (9%) but alcohol hides very well.

D: Very enjoyable, beautiful balance, the kind of DIPA I find generally much more satisfying than the beat-you-over-the-head hop bombs. A very good accompaniment with a pasta puttanesca (believe it or not) dinner. (1,350 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into my nonic pint glass. Appears a oh so slightly hazy bright golden yellow color with a healthy two fingers of fluffy, sticky dense bone white foam. Smells of skunky, grassy, piney hops. Tastes of bitter piney hops, caramel malt, lemon peel, and a touch of orange. A little thin in body with medium carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well making this quite drinkable for a 9%ABV beer. Check it out if you get the chance. (448 characters)

Photo of Phillyduke
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (972 characters)

Photo of jlb307
4.32/5  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%... (608 characters)

Photo of mirish72
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I has tried this on dradt at Armsby Abbey a while back and I really liked it. I picked up a bomber when I saw one.

Nice dark copper color, little head, but that might have been the pour. Sweet, hoppy smelling aroma. Definitely a heavy beer, but the alcohol is well balanced. Very tasty and worth trying.

Label caught my eye, but even if you're not a sci-fi geek this is woth trying. (384 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in an Allagash tulip

A - this DIPA is a dark amber in color with two finger of rocky white head and scores of lively carbonation

S - all the typical DIPA/IPA aromas are present but in superior qualitiesm piney first, then floral and grapefruity

T - once again those typical aromas become the typical flavors and again in superior quality, with the addition of a sweet component, seems to me like caramel or toffee, nicely balanced

M&D - smooth and easily quaffed for such a large amount of IBU's and a higher ABV. well done Legacy. (542 characters)

Photo of JeffV
4.28/5  rDev +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. (324 characters)

Photo of KBoudreau66
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm just repeating what everyone else has already said, but the reason I decided to pick up a 22 oz. of Hoptimus Prime was based merely on the cool name and label, and not through word of mouth about the beer. I'd say it was well worth the money though because it wasn't even that expensive for a DIPA. It pours the typical IPA like amber color. It has a frothy white head that lasted throughout leaving lacing on the glass. It has citrus smells that matches the hops so you would expect that smell to come through in the taste, but it didn't really have that lemon or grapefruit flavor that I was expecting, but regardless of that the hop flavor was still great. It has a medium body with some carbonation. Overall I'd say it was definitely worth trying, but it is not something I would chose to drink often. (809 characters)

Photo of engisch
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this 22 oz bomber solely on it having a cool and amusing label (a man made of hop cones drinking a beer!). The fact that I'm a hophead and it's a double IPA was just a bonus! ;) Also noteworthy is that it is a 9.0% by volume, so it's a "heavy" beer.

Pouring into a glass, I notice it is very clear and has a nice white head on top of the golden orange color of the beer. The hop aroma is noticeable immediately after opening the bottle. The aroma is a piny-citrus smell that is very pleasant to my hophead nose.

Flavor is hoppy. Not a surprise, and glad it's not a disappointment (with a name like it has)! The hops are citrusy and definitely the major part of the overall flavor, which is primarily dry and bitter with very little malty character.

If you don't like American style Double IPAs then this beer is not for you. Don't get sucked into the cute label, just save your money and get something you will enjoy. If you enjoy heavily dry hoppy beer then this is a very tastey brew. Even water tastes sweet after this brew! I would have this again if given the opportunity.

Way to go Legacy Brewing! (1,121 characters)

Photo of NoLiberty
3.42/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice label. Funny. Very clear with light orange golden color. One finger, white head that settles into a thin film with low lacing. The nose becomes much more noticeable and pleasant as the beer warms. No distinguishable alcohol. Starts out as pine needles and warms into a grapefruit aroma, some spice, coriander and other herbaceousness with finish of light biscuit. Flavor is very heavily dry-hopped. Lacks a quality balance between hops and malt. Very little sweetness with moderate fruit in the middle followed by dry, cloying bitter finish. The mouthfeel is lighter than I anticipated with a solid carbonation and a sharp, dry bite. This is an ok version of the style but not something I'd rush back to especially when other strong DIPA contenders exist. (760 characters)

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