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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%
Wants: 55
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 dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First brew from Legacy Brewing Co.
Pours a hazy medium to dark amber color with plentiful, soapy looking white head. Aromas are spot on for style; lots of citrusy (I'd even say juicy) hops amped up by the alcohol in all their resiny goodness. On the palate, things are really excellent. The juiciness really translates and I feel like I'm first hit with a splash of orange juice at first. Crystal malts are very in balance with just a twinkle of sweetness to handle all the bitterness. Bitterness is quite smooth, likely a result of a high use of low cohumulone hops. Overall, an excellent DIPA, perhaps one of my recent favorites next to Avery's AThC and Lagunitas Hop Stupid.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 21:27:30 | More by dreadnatty08
Photo of almychristopher

New York

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 05:58:56 | More by almychristopher
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 18:57:40 | More by brentk56
Photo of Patrick


4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 22:05:51 | More by Patrick
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 glid02


4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 03:17:22 | More by glid02
Photo of ggaughan


4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2006 03:11:19 | More by ggaughan
Photo of PhillyStyle


4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 18:56:08 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of deltatauhobbit


4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 23:53:47 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of jslot38


4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 00:34:48 | More by jslot38
Photo of srandycarter


4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 05:54:44 | More by srandycarter
Photo of Seanibus


4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 14:57:16 | More by Seanibus
Photo of nniicckkww


4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 17:38:18 | More by nniicckkww
Photo of abecall98


4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 04:25:34 | More by abecall98
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 22:24:46 | More by sinstaineddemon
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 tmoneyba


4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 01:27:35 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of Billolick

New York

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

Enjoyed a pint of this strong, hoppy brew @ the Legacy event at Hop Devil Grill in NYC a few weeks ago. It poured cloudy, medium amber, with a typical medium tan head, that left some light scatered lacing. The long sniff revealed a grainy hop nose. This is a full throttle hoppy beeer in the "SD" style. Very grainy and piney hop notes as it passes over the tongue. Love the style and was impressed by this ofering. Nice SD/CA style DIPA, hop lovers go get some and enjoy

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2006 13:01:39 | More by Billolick
Photo of scootny

New York

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

A 22 oz bomber bottle. A regular pour into my tulip tumbler yields a one and a half finger head. Solid retention and plentiful lacing on the sides of my glass. A moderate amount of carbonation and a slight haziness in the orangey amber fluid. The head finally thins to a light coating of bubbles and the lace streaks all the way down as I consume.

Smell is piney and light citrus, a hint of grapefruit skin. Deep and broad sweetness of caramel and malt. A yeasty dark bread and local bakery aroma as well.

Taste drinkably balanced. A big hop front with the pine of the nose as the predominant aspect. Grapefruit follows as second place in the hop race. Earthy, spicy notes complete the hop blend. Sweet toasted malt and carmel follow and give good balance and structure, creating a great platform for the hops. A good solid finish is hoppy but not excessively so. Sharp but long at the same time it leaves room for a biscuit/cracker component to develop and interleave with the hops. It does. Crackers
remain on the palate. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.

Mouthfeel is lightly syrupy, but creamy and finely carbonated. Silky and smooth on the tongue and throat. Light enough to have on the hottest day but just enough weight to respect it.

Drinkability is this beer's strong suit. Way to easy to go through a couple of bottles and find yourself hammered.

Not hoppy enough for the junkies but certainly enough for anyone who appreciates a well balanced Imperial IPA. Good stuff for September football.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 23:21:37 | More by scootny
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.33/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2006 14:35:24 | More by plaid75
Photo of Phatz


4.33/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2007 07:06:09 | More by Phatz
Photo of Imstillthegman


4.33/5  rDev +8%
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!).

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2007 01:24:08 | More by Imstillthegman
Photo of Wasatch


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

Thanks goes out to ampzilla for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Love the name of this beer.

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden yellow/orange color, very nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. Then nose is hoppy, with some nice notes of malts, nice touch of citrus and pines, with some caramel. The taste is hoppy, slightly malty, nice touch of citrus/pines, and some caramel. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well, nice bitter/dry finish, this is a smooth brew. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty DIPA, my second from the brewery, thanks Andrew.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 20:23:20 | More by Wasatch
Photo of Kendo

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 16:56:42 | More by Kendo
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
Hoptimus Prime from Legacy Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.