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Hoptimus Prime - Legacy Brewing Co.

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262 Ratings
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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 59
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 almychristopher
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice golden color with a rocky head fading to a nice off white lace with a faint hop haze throughout... a very pretty beer for an IPA.

It's near a perfect aroma for an IPA, the balance of hops and malts creates a sweet fragrance that carries over to the taste.

The hop and malt arangement in this beer are exceptional. I would recomend this IPA to anyone.

The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, especially surprising in a nine and a half percent double.

Despite the fact that I really like this beer I would discourage anyone from trying to find it. The city of Reading is a nightmare, and once you figure out the maze of oneway streets, you'll discover that the brewery doesn't even have a sign let alone a door or tasting room, and the bar upstairs with the wonderful beer list doesn't have one of the breweries beers on tap. Just stop by the Ugly Oyster Irish Pub on Cherry and Fifth (a two way street) and pick up a bomber or two.

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

i finally get to crack one of the best named beers...ever.

bottle opened with no sound. silence scares me. pours more like a pale ale. a crystal clear golden yellow. very little head. maybe half a finger, moderate amounts of white lacing stay on the glass.

smell. grassy. seriously feels like i just put my face in a bag of grass clippings. maybe a hint of citrus. but mostly just earthy goodness.

my taste score has changed three times now. cold im not a big fan of this. but as it warms this beer really comes into its own. this beer is very subtle. small hop bitterness.

mouth is creamy. smooth. silky. not very carbonated. a great bittersweet aftertaste.

very drinkable beer. nice. the name might make it that much cooler. but i would suggest this beer to anyone. it is definitely a good time

Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear light amber color with a snappy head that sticks very nicely and sheets the pint glass

Smell: Although there is a bit of biscuity malt in there, the primary aroma is grapefruit and pine

Taste: Open biscuity, but the hops quickly take charge with a nicely balanced grapefruit and pine presentation; after the swallow, the bitterness really kicks in but is always held in check by the malt backbone; some residual sweetness at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just a tad sweeter than I would like but an otherwise first rate DIPA

Photo of FishGetter
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of Patrick
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice golden amber with a pretty thick rocky white head. Lots of lacing.

S: Lots of earthy hop notes, not much malt.

T: Refreshing. This isn't a very sweet DIPA, which is a nice change. There is a lot of earthy hop flavor and bitterness.

M: Sticky, well carbonated, crisp.

D: This is some great stuff, will drink again.

Photo of ggaughan
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a special release from Legacy, brewed with a recipe that was created by one of the bartender at Union Jack's on the Manatawny and made available for all Union Jack locations. Although this beer has been available at UJ's for a little while, I had the pleasure of trying it at their official release with folks from Legacy just last night.

The beer was poured from a tap handle with a picture of Optimus Prime (the Transformer and inspiration for the name I think) a cloudy golden/amberish color in a Legacy pint glass and had a medium off white head and some solid lacing. The nose of the beer was a hit of floral, citrus hops but with a malty sweet backbone that seemed to balance the aroma out well. The taste was equally hoppy, a big bit of piney, citrus hops but not overwhelming. There is a malty sweetness character on the back end that rounds this double IPA out really well. They also did a very good job of masking the high abv with a full flavored beer that has a medium body which all makes for a pretty darn drinkable beer. Cheers to the folks at Legacy and Union Jack's for this beer. I hope to see more of it.

Photo of jslot38
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light amber, tawny yellow, with a bit of cloudiness, but still transparent. A small, white, bubbly layer of lace sits on top of the beer.

Smell: A great citrus bouquet. Not much else here, a bit of coriander?

Taste: The citrus carries over from the nose. Yes, there is a lack of malt backbone to this one, but it is called Hoptimus Prime. A bit of lemon zest in there, spicy hops matched with floral hops... and more hops. Certainly overloads the tongue with hops, but they are very tasty. A hophead delight I'd imagine.

Mouthfeel: A great level of carbonation that compliments the spicy hops. The abrasiveness of this beer is from the hops, and a lower level of carbonation than normal helps to dull this down.

Drinkability: I'll get through this bomber on my own...

Photo of tifosichris
4.37/5  rDev +9%
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

Photo of glid02
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this at an unnamed package store on P St. near Dupont Circle in Washington DC. A guy I talked to at the Brickskeller said it was new, and I'd add it if I knew the address and phone no.

Pours a slightly hazy light copper color with a one-finger off-white head. There are bubbles constantly streaming from the bottom that keep the head from receding to less than a pancake on top. Lacing is phenomenal, I can track my sips.

Smells good. Loads of citrus and floral hop aromas.

Tastes very good. Sweet malts with a hint of citrus flavors up front, followed shortly by a huge wallop of bitterness. The bitterness dries out the finish and sticks around for a while after the sip.

Mouthfeel is good. The constant stream of bubbles keeps the carbonation low but smooth, and there's a good thickness.

Drinkability is great. I have a hard time finding the alcohol in this, and I'm a big fan of bitter beers (take that Keystone).

Overall this is a very nice DIPA. I'm glad that I picked this one up, as it's one of those DIPA's where the alcohol isn't so high that I don't really get a hop wallop, but it's high enough to make me feel really good. Definitely give this one a shot if you see it around.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CrellMoset for including this extra from my wants list, I'm a beer geek and a sci-fi nerd!

Pours a golden color with a huge head, fades very slowly and leaves tons of lacing in its path.

Smell has a good amount of citrusy hops, slight pine aroma, not overly assertive but it does have a good hop presence.

Taste isn't a kick to the balls but has a very nice balance, strong hop profile with a good bitterness and melds nicely with a malt background.

This geek is satisfied with this nerdy homage.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of srandycarter
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky honey, nice head, leaves ring, great sticky lacing.

S - Deep sweet malt, pine and grapefruit.

T - Taste follows smell, only more intense.

M - GREAT carb, coat and balance.

D - On and on, baby. I was wonderfully impressed by this one. I have had it in the cellar for some time, but it did not disappoint in any way.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of Seanibus
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious beer. Lovely and well balanced. This is a hophead's treasure.

Pours amber with a fluffy head and nice lacing. The aroma is sweet and floral. The flavor is rich, sharp and floral with an almost salty tang and a bit of alcohol bite. It finishes bitter and very dry with an unexpected woodiness, like cedar The mouthfeel is round, viscous and pleasantly clingy with the faintest tingle carbonation that highlights the alcohol burn.

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

split a 22 oz. bomber in dupont circle with my girlfriend. very clear for a dipa. citrusy hop aroma and nice lacing left on the glass. much drier than i expected. as i hate thick, malty beers, i am leary of most dipa's. however, this was exceptional in my opinion. nice dry finish that didn't linger. definitely a hop bomb and gave me my hop fix for the night. extreme drinkability even at 9% abv.

awesome name and label too. definitely a repeat.

Photo of abecall98
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thank you Mr. Reagan1984 for this trade.

A - very pale, a little more cloudy than your average IPA, but the head retained very very well, and stuck to the glass in a great manner

S - Very Very bitter. Almost overpowering. But, the smell of the hops was delicious none the less.

T - Great. For a 9.0% alc. beer, it was undetectable. The taste of was fresh hops and almost followed with a grassy sweet flavor. Bitterness was perfect, and not overpowering like the smell, hence why the taste got a better score.

M - Perfect. Carbonation levels were great, left my mouth with that dry hoppy taste that has you craving more.

D - Aftertaste is rather bitter, and this will buzz you quick. Not necessarily filling, but doesn't make you want to session. If it wasn't for the aftertaste as it warms up, I would rate this higher. However, for a 9.0 % alc beer, this definitely overshadows plenty of lower alc. beers.

Overall, this beer is one I would buy again and again, if only it was distributed nearby. Hope to trade again in the future for this bad boy.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of plaid75
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a one and a half finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong upfront oily hop aroma. Strong citrus and peppery elements.

The taste was comprised of a strong resiny citrus hop and a solid biscuity grain. Good pepperiness detected as well.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a very nice DIPA. Good ABV that is hidden by the strong hop profile.

Photo of Phatz
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transformers, More than meets the eye! ... Oh great nostalgia. I loved the transformer. I may still have some of the action figures. Regardless, I visited Union Jack's on the Manatawny on Tuesday and after a short conversation with Tom I leaned that Hoptimus Prime was the product of a home brew from one of his employee's. What an awesome story. It is now contracted to brew by legacy for all the UJ locations.

Appearance: Served a brilliant copper color with a white head and little lacing.

Smell: A bold hop nose showcases a plethora on hops. I am told nine different varieties of hop are in the monster and I believe it. a true sniffer.

Taste: Wow! now that is one hoppy beer. It is a grapefruity minty hop delight with a decent malt backbone but certainly dominated by all those hops.

Mouthfeel: Prickly hoppy and bitter but consistent and therefore it gives you a smooth sensation.

Drinkability: This is a beer for the Hop Heads. I believe they will be rejoicing. Well done.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of PhageLab
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big big thanks to Kadonny for this bomber. Poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Light amber coloration, fairly transparent, nice big head of froth, decent retention, marvelous lacing. Bottle art is pretty badass as well.

S - Nice grapefruit aroma with a touch of pine. Savor this one.

T - Bitter at first, but it quickly numbs the palate. Nice pine hop profile with just enough malt backing to add some complexity. Fairly sweet with a dry finish.

M - Oily light to medium body, nice pine residue coats the tongue. Low to medium carbonation level.

D - Unique and flavorful brew, I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this one and would revisit any time I could. Recommended.

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at SPTR.

Came to me as a tulip glass filled with clear copper liquid. Thick off-white head that left some nice lacing.

Aroma was of enormous blend of hops. Cirtrus, spicy floral, pine resin...just lots of hop scents. Smelled delicious.

The flavor was a bitter hop bomb worthy of the Hoptimus Prime name. Citrus and herbs come through the strongest with some caramel malts fighting their way through right in the beginning. Sweetness doesn't last long, however, as this one transforms into the hop lovers delight that it is.

Medium body. The hops prick at your tastebuds just like you would expect them to after a couple of sips. It knows what it is and is not afraid to show it. Very enjoyable DIPA, but the 10% abv will keep me from having more than 2 or 4 or 6 (if I'm not driving!).

Photo of Kendo
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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 biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hoptimus Prime has that extra bit of colour that, with IPA's, is extracted somewhere between 6 and 9%. The gleams of gold are shaded in by toasted orange. Apart from a tapioca outline there is no capping. Minimal retention but above average lacing. A light haze has set in.

The smell is delicious. It has a burst of lemon zest that is grounded in melted caramel, a touch of jasmine, crisp wafer and sweltering fruits. I'm sold on smell alone that this is a beer I am definitely going to love.

The taste offers a range of complimentary flavours that includes: dried apricots, pulpy orange juice, cookie wafers and caramel coated mandarin. The most prominent flavour is this wonderful Grand Marnier injected grapefruit. This bitter orange, complimented by the wafer and caramel, tastes like a hop fused dessert crepe. Magnifique!

I'd say not even a half of the 100+ IBU's boasted by the brewery are noticed. I'd say just about two thirds of the 9% is detected. As result, drinkability achieves about all it is capable of. It is an enjoyable drink that disappears far too fast and, just maybe, too easily.

It has the colour, complexity of smells, and layers of taste that only come in 'double sized' IPA's; yet somehow it drinks like an ale half its strength. I don't know that I'd say this is hops in their prime, but it might just be DIPA drinkability at its best. I wish this Legacy beer could live on and on forever in my fridge.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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 koopa
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased the last 3 x 22oz bombers from my local shop today. One is being offered in a trade, the other one was intended for sample tonight, and the third to be kept or traded depending on if I liked the initial sampling. This one is a winner and I will be keeping the third bottle after trading the second.

Appearance -orange to amber brew with single finger head of white foam. it shows a fair amount of head retention and lacing.

Smell - Lots of pineapple like citrus coupled with a back bone of subdued bitterness. Some bready and sweet notes as well. I'm not getting any spicyness or pepperyness from this DIPA which is a bonus for me.

Taste - The initial taste experience is all hoppy bitter goodness that then blends with the pineapple and grapefruit qualities. A dash of pepper comes through for a second and then yields to a bread like malt finish. Grapefruit dominates the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Creamy mouthfeel from a moderate amount of carbonation coupled with a medium body.

Drinkability - Wonderful. Thoroughly enjoyed this DIPA.... A new found gem.

Side Note: This beers taste declines sharply as it gets older. If your sample isn't fresh you aren't getting this one in its best light. I've been sadly disappointed with older samples and thoroughly impressed by fresh ones.

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