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Hoptimus Prime - Legacy Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
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262 Ratings
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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 58
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:
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 Metalmonk
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks very nice...ultra-creamy cap of foam, which leaves lace all over the place. The body is a sunny golden-orange, just slightly hop-hazed.

Why do I feel like I'm smelling a Belgian tripel, or saison? It's fruity and a little doughy from the malt. Not hoppy. Did they use a Belgian yeast strain? My nose could never have told me this was a double IPA if I hadn't known. Could also resemble a Belgian IPA aroma, but I gather that's not what Legacy was shooting for.

Flavor is also not really what is advertised on the label, but it does match what the aroma gives. It's fruity-sweet, with alcohol giving a warm hug to the taste buds; a kind of cookie dough element to the malt (shortbread, sugar cookie) but faint. Pine and citrus rind show up in the finish, which is about as close as this gets to the character of a great double IPA.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side--again, for the style. It's not bad, per se, but doesn't have that big, bountiful, sticky creaminess that others in this category do. Kinda bubbly, actually, which, again, seems all wrong here.

It's surely drinkable, as there's not much that's truly bad here. I even enjoyed it, but I really wanted a great double IPA tonight. Would be a fairly decent stab if it were trying to be an American version of a Belgian IPA, or could even hang as a decent-but-imperfect "regular" IPA. If I sound undecided, it's because this recipe seems undecided. Needs bigger malt, needs crazier hops, needs to feel thicker. Something. It is definitely no hopalacious hopdiculous hopocalypse of a double IPA.

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!

Photo of BeerAdvocate
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.

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of Daniellobo
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice soft DIPA to the point of leaning heavily to a US IPA.

Presentation: 22 oz bottle. Cartoonish-tongue in cheek design of a hop monster (robot made of hops holding a beer jug). It´s Hoptimus Prime after all. Transformers... . No description other than label and brand identity. Lacks date of bottling, neither shows IBUs or °Plato, only Alc. by Vol. (9%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Medium amber, copper clear body with a medium bubbly head. Medium to short retention with a touch of lacing and a surface memory of the foam.

S - Hoppy, light and fresh scent with clove, and grapefruit over touches of citrus. Simple range but it remains pleasantly constant throughout.

T - Hoppy forward range, with that citrus, clovey range and not much of a noticeable malt counterbalance. Almost a memory of a wheat ale in the background.

M - Light to medium body, nicely carbonated.

D - Goes down very well, an easy brew to have, share, and revisit.

Notes: Nice and tasty drink. It is a bit too thin for a DIPA, but does have the Alc. of the style masking it rather well, some nice aroma ranges and a very easy going drinkability over the hoppy profile. Not very memorable but a pleasing brew nevertheless.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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 Hojaminbag
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper body with some white head. Leaves a little bit of lacing behind.

A pretty strong caramel smell comes through with all kinds of hops following it. Some spicy notes, some pine, a little bit of bitterness. Overall probably a little sweeter and stronger on the caramel side than I would expect.

This is really hoppy. The strength of caramel that I noticed in the nose doesn't really carry over. Lots of spicy notes with some pine. Just a bit of caramel comes through. Finishes with some bitter grapefruit flavor. Pretty good, probably a hophead type of DIPA.

Thin bodied, slightly oily. Average carbonation.

Pretty drinkable, something I would recommend to hopheads.

Photo of Overlord
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.

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

Light see-through amber coloed with great showing of carbonation. A white whispy head has good retention and a sticky coating lace cakes the sides of my bell's tulip.

Piney hops with some grapefruit showing through. A caramel malt sneaks through and balances out things with a hint of floral esters with other grassy herbal components.

Very grassy nthe mouth with piney hops on the finish. A bit resiny with a biscuity malt balance. Thick and muted bitterness very drying and chalky but not necassarily in a bad way. Love the style and ease of drinking. A bit of a tart fruity flavor comes out after some time in the glass, almost artificial in flaor like fruity pebbles.

Photo of dsa7783
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz single bottle purchased from Island City in Long Island, NY for $5.99...
My last beer from this company was Midnight Wit, which was something of a let down for me... This one on the other hand, was an excellent depiction of an Imperial IPA...
A slow, steady pour yielded a light-copper, amber, tawny color with a minimal foamy head that left a minimal amount of lacing... Rising carbonation also visible...
Strong aroma dominated by rich, fresh hops and caramel along with a tinge of vanilla...
Superb, full-flavored, big-body taste, with a strong suggestion of hops, fresh florals, ripe fruit, apples, and a touch of semi-sweet bitterness that made this an all-around, easily drinkable IPA worthy of praise...
Good stuff, with a great, creamy, rich, flavorful mouthfeel along with an equally great level of drinkability make this one a winner...
Good stuff...
Recommended...

Photo of DIM
3.13/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: This was a clear, light, coppery peach color. It poured with a short lived, soapy white head that left a little lace in it's wake.

s: I found sweet aromas of caramel, brown sugar, and a little vanilla. The bitter aromas took a back seat and smelled of perfumed, piny hops. As it warms, the alcohol becomes a bit too noticeable.

t: This has a pretty nice sweet start that tastes of prickly caramel with some toffee notes. The piny hop finish is surprisingly subdued, astringent, and mildly unpleasant. It has a nice little alcoholic heat wave throughout.

m: Crisp finish and very well carbonated.

d: I wish more brewers would date their bottle. This was on the sweeter side and might have been a bit old. Unfortunately, I have no way of knowing. Great name though. My inner geek made me buy this one.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber body, excellent clarity, topped by a hefty column of sticky off-white froth.

Terrific agressive citrus and pine aroma. Is easily smelled and enjoyed at over an arm's lenght.

A thick slab of malt slathers a sweet foundation across the tongue. Its quickly totally engulfed by a tidal wave of citrusy hops - grapefruits, oranges, with a side of pine. Alcohol lurks but doesn't hurt. Big hope bite at swallow lingers on through aftertaste.

Solid mouthfilling body coats everything. Practically chewy.

Neither bigness nor alcohol can deter drinkability.

This beer is seriously underappreciated in the Eastern PA region.

Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper with a beige head. Good retention, fairly good lacing. Very pretty beer.

Nice toasted malt aromas that fight through hop leaf and citric notes.

Is this a grapefruit or a pine cone? Not really sure. Hops are here for sure, with a nice bitter and flavorful bite. Some nice toasted malt and a touch of caramel sneak through to round out the flavors. Maybe some chewy bread crust in there as well. Alcohol? Here's the nice thing -- it's only there if you are looking for it. You'd never know this is 9%.

A little thinner than expected, but that's ok. Still plenty chewy and enough body where you can fight through the hop resin and drink this easily. Nicely made beer. One of the more drinkable Imperial IPAs I've had. Would love to sip this around a campfire on a cooler Fall night. Nice beer.

Photo of Jayli
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear gold with just a hint of amber. Nice frothy white head.

S-Strong smell of citrusy hops with just a hint of maltiness.

T-Very nice. Not very complex to me, just a long solid line of mild bitterness from beginning to end. A little malt at the end.

M-A bit oily with a little lingering bitterness.

D-Very drinkable DIPA with no apparent alcohol.

A very nice simple DIPA.

HV

Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, 9% ABV. Pretty clear old gold color. White, substantial rocky head. Good retention and lace.

Hop aroma of grapefruit and pine. Good amount of malt in the nose as well.

Fair amount of malt, with some grassy and piney hops. Very well balanced. Just a hint of fruit showing through. Dries out a bit at the finish.

Good body and carbonation. Very simple, easy to drink. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bomber.

A:massive 2 fingers of white head that quickly disappeared. Some lacing. Light copper color.

S: Damn that smells like fresh hops. Citrus notes.

T: Hop bitterness up front. Then it goes into a hop sweetness. Basically this is a hop monster. There is only the faintest hints of malt.

M: Nice solid med body with a creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is just right.

D: No hints of the ABV. Super drinkable and bonus points for the name and artwork. Definitely worth tracking down.

Photo of Kendo
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is clear orangey-amber with a 1.5-finger ivory head. Some lace left behind.

S: Some sweet malt, but mainly a nice mix of citrus fruit and pine. I like.

T: Some biscuity malt for foundation, but the primary taste is hop juice -- this lives up to its name. Citrusy, resiny hops at first, but then it finishes with a grassy dry-ness. Lingering aftertaste coats the mouth with a dry bitterness, leaving a taste of pine needles.

M: Lighter in heft than expected -- call it lighter side of medium.

D: Pretty good. Flavorful but not as heavy as others of this style. ABV isn't really noted, so it goes down pretty easy.

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.

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

22 oz. bomber from Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a 22 oz. Terrapin snifter.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, caramel-colored body with a tan color head - two-finger - that fades slowly. Retention is nice, lacing is fairly nice as well.

Aroma: Grapefruit and pine are the two predominant notes here, surprisingly enough. But seriously, there're a few other pleasant hop notes here, a nice roasted malty sheen, and the faintest whiff of solvent-y alcohol which doesn't detract too much.

Taste: Fairly well balanced, actually. There's definitely a heavy, herbal bitter presence - 100+ IBUs will do that every time - but there's a fairly robust roasted caramel presence. There's also a lot of herbal, leafy hoppyness that melds well with the astringent bitterness, a healthy dose of ruby red grapefruit, and a few other spicy hop notes that round things out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy and creamy, as even as can be expected. Carbonation is minimal, resinous hop oils are all over the palette without leaving an aftersheen, and everything is medium-to-heavy bodied, thick without being syrupy or cloying.

Drinkability: A respectable DIPA, if not my favorite. Hop notes are pleasant if not complex, alcohol is well-hidden if not completely imperceptible, and nothing's off or funny. Not to mention the price (at least for what I got it for - $4.69/bomber) is definitely right. Give it a shot if you can find it.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bomber into a textured crystal wine glass. Many thanks to Durge and ohoove for sharing libations!

A: Poured a light amber color with a bit of haziness and a thin coating of slick, resinous carbonation.

S: Smell is a smack of fresh, green hop leaves mixed with some peppery, citrus fruits.

T: The hops smack you in the tongue as well. Very fresh, vernal hop flavor going on here. There's a grapefruit sweetness which cuts through the oily hop resins fairly well. This DIPA finishes with a touch of caramel sweetness. Fairly good balance.

M: Mouthfeel is slick and chewy, but not a strain to drink at all.

D: For the ABV, this is a really nice drinking DIPA. Hop heads will appreciate the nuances of fresh hop flavors implemented here. Others may find it shoots the palate too quickly, but the flavors build as the brew warmed more.

A pretty nice effort from this PA brewery. The concept and label artwork are killer! If you're looking for a fresh hop whallop, give Hoptimus Prime a shot.

Photo of alleykatking
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a in-person trade with yourefragile...aka Michael. Thanks for everything once again. Had a good time at Max's.

A- Poured a good semi-hazy copper color. The head on this poured a 2 finger offwhite (more eggshell) color which took forever it seemed to die down. Lacing on this was thick and sticky. Not too shabby of a appearance in my opinion.

S- This one was a little weird for me. I could pick up a sweeter malt backbone on this (sweet bread) but the hops although I smelled greatly I couldn't decided if the piney hops were suppose to be the bigger of the two or the citrusy (grapefruit and slight orange) hops. They blended together pretty well but still enough that I couldn't tell.

T- I think I should had let this one warm up a little before sipping on it...oh well. The citrus hops came through on the taste with a tropical blast from the get go. Right under that though was a strong and settle piney hop bitterness that mingled with the sweet malt undertones. There was a kind of sour funky taste on the tail end of this which came out of left field. It almost reminded me the sourness to a local beer around here (Lake Effect by Mishawaka Brew Co.). It threw me for a loop and while I enjoyed it I don't think it was suppose to be there.

M- Nice light-medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation to this. Beer left a piney resin on the palate but a citrusy kind of aftertaste. This also could have been due to that funk in the tail end. Overall an enjoyable mouthfeel.

D- I split this bottle with a couple of friends who I had over. I now wish I had saved the bottle for just me but...well you can't always have it your way. They enjoyed it as well which I'm glad.

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