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Hoptimus Prime - Legacy Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

262 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Photo of Mauerhan
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
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 horshack7
4.43/5  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.

Photo of dreadnatty08
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.

Photo of almychristopher
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.

Photo of Lupe
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber-orange a big creamy 2 fingered off white head. Good retention and a sheet of lace is left along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is loaded with hops and malt sweetness. Citrus and pine balanced by sweet caramel. Earthy and herbal hops come through as well.

Great hop flavors that lead with some pine resin. Juicy citrus leads the way for some floral flavor. Underlying malt provides a very nice backbone for the beer. Toasted grains and caramel sweetness balance and mingle nicely with the hops. This is a hoppy beer but not overly bitter - just great flavors. If it wasn't for the alcohol kick midway through I would've sworn this was a single IPA. Hops linger in the finish with some bitterness and citrus.

Medium bodied, smooth and slick. Perfect carbonation for the beer/style. Maintains crispness and refreshing qualities. Is this really 9%?? A beer that belongs in a bomber - just the amount you would like. Seriously dangerous drinkability. Top notch.

Photo of breyton490
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Crystal clear, golden orange hue. poured from a 22 oz bottle into the new Sam Adams glass. No head after poor. Good bubbles running up to the top of the glass

S: Good piney, grapefruit aroma. Not overpowering for a IIPA, but nice.

T: Slightly sweet, light crystal malt taste, good medium bitterness all the way thru the taste to swallow. Grapefruit, piney taste. 9% alcohol beer very well hidden. No high alcohols. well done fermentation. Sweet, but not cloying.

M: Slick, medium body. nice bitterness left on the tongue

D: Very drinkable for a IIPA. Not as dry as a Pliney, but not overly sweet or thick like other IIPA's. You could easily drink a few of these with no problem.

Photo of corby112
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coppery dark amber color with golden burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a .5 finger fizzy white head that immediately fades into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic patches of lacing.

Very fresh dank floral resinous hop aroma. Nice citrus presence, mostly orange peel and grapefruit along with some earthy dry pine. Subtle alcohol presence as well as a nice graham cracker/biscuit malt backbone.

Very bitter dry chewy resinous medium body. Nice dry piny hop blast up front with some awesome sweet citrus hop notes; grapefruit and lemon peel. Slight alcohol warmth mid swallow and graham crackery, biscuit and caramel malt backbone provide a nice sweet balance without taking away from the wonderful dry bitter hop flavor. The alcohol is evident but overall the 9% ABV is well masked. This and the nice balance of sweet malt and bitter earthy hops make Hoptimus Prime very drinkable. Recommended.

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 Turing
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of PrimScrewhead
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of redliner8
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Legacy Brewing Company Hoptimus Prime
22oz. brown bomber

A: snifter. Nice clear amber color, very orange with a slightly reddish hue. Solid white head with a mild retention rate, with great lacing,.

S: what an amazing hop aroma. Centennial, Chinook, and Columbus is what I am picking up. Very earthy, with more of a soil aroma. Very beefy hops.

T: I am in hop heaven! Solid citrusy hop flavor, finishing with a nice spruce flavor. The malts are nice and sweet, but subtle, behind the hops.

M: Perfect carbonation level for a 2IPA. Medium body and not too thick, which is very nice. Smooth and refreshing palate for a 2IPA.

D: If I could order a palate I would. This is amazing, and not just because of the Transformer reference. I keep waiting for the bottle to change in to a robot. Overall though, this is a very drinkable 2IPA, and a great use of high alpha acid hops.

Photo of rTheory
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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 DevilDogBeer
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hoptimus poured a nice amber color with a white head. The head was about one finger and thinned as the glass was emptied. The smell was a hop bomb and had wonderful citrus and floral notes. The taste lived up to the smell as the beer had hops on the front of the tongue, a bitter taste on the palate, and finished with a crisp hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel was moderate and was not sticky or harsh. The beer is drinkable if you can get past the high ABV! Cheers!

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