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Hoptimus Prime - Legacy Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

261 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 261
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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Eriogonum, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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jenray, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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zc151, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
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.

mdfb79, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at The Liquor Shoppe in Tygsborro, Mass. Pours a gorgeous crystal-clear red-amber body with over a half inch of off-white head. Brilliantly fruity hops, with orange, grapefruit, lemon, grape, berry, mint. Hops range the spectrum from grapefruit, orange, lemon, mint, grass, herb... Caramel, toffee, and coffee are there in the background, though only enough to balance the hops. Full-bodied with moderate to low carbonation. The pleasant flavor and lack of viscosity make this one of the most drinkable DIPAs I've had. The hop flavors make this well worthy of the name. Absolutely awesome.

MrHurmateeowish, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of kenito799
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Clear amber brew with creamy foamy head and beautiful intricate lacing left down the glass.

The aroma is clean grapefruity and floral hops, a bit of black tea.

The flavor is lipsmacking, bitter from start to finish, but not overwhelming. The alcohol is suprisingly well hidden, since the hops are strong but not off-balance, and the beer does not come across as sweet. Some tobacco or tea in there, malt holds its own but doesn't try to compete with the hops. How did they strike this balance for such a strong beer? Well done. I like it a lot, but don't love it, some brews squeeze more complexity fromthe hoppy flavors.

kenito799, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of FickleBeast
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip

Pour is a slightly hazy orange with three fingers of pillowy foam that dissipates slowly. This beer is very fragrant, with a huge floral hoppy aroma.

Hoptimus Prime smacks you in the face with a floral hoppy flavor... I'd expect to be slapped around by a deceptacon, but why Hoptimus, why? It's cushioned nicely with a substantial malt bill, but then the bitter hop aftertaste knocks you around again. The mouthfeel is big and chewy, and the 9% ABV is nicely disguised amongst everything else that is going on with this beer.

Overall, it is a nice, full bodied DIPA that will scratch your hop itch for sure

FickleBeast, Feb 06, 2010
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.

BDLbrewster, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of MikeGill
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 1/20/10

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beautiful orange color, the beer damn near glowed in the glass. Fluffy white head which stayed almost to the end. Assertive nose with citrus, spices and some kind of dark baked bread.

Super complex with just the right amount of carbonation. Orangeade, honey and malt prickled by hop freshness. Think toasted bread with sweet cream butter, orange marmalade and a little bit of fresh chopped rosemary on top.

Hoptimus Prime is everything I want and expect from this style. It has hops through and through and its high alcohol is beautifully blended within the layers of this beers complex structure.

MikeGill, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of thekanna
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a glowing, turbulent gold the color of a wheat field, which settles into a light amber with active effervescence and 2 fingers of lacy, off-white head.

S: A very sharp, pungent hop and citrus flavor, with a slight bit of funk and some pear.

T: Powerful, bitter, slightly herbal hop bite, with a light phenolic character, citrus and pear notes.

M: Juicy with less carbonation than I thought judging from the look. The ample hop content causes the mouth to pucker and the tongue to go slightly numb.

D: Wow, this is strong. And bitter. The bitterness is pleasant after a while though and it becomes a more enjoyable brew.

thekanna, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one's a glowing golden color, good carbonation supporting a 1" deep fluffy cloud white head.

Big juicy fruit's aroma, red juice, sweet honey malt and some serious heat tingle.

The malt is very nice foundation with a honey-sweet efect that doesn't really balance out the overwheling fruity hop flavor. Bold and complex, not exactley well-rounded. Deep juice with a dry, earthy bitterness but it's not too serious. I wish it was. The heat is well, hot.

It's bold and crazy.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jan 16, 2010
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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!

GbVDave, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this - poured chilled from the bomber into a tulip

A - A dark ruddy amber w/ rocky pale cream. A hazed appearance w/ alternate sized bead, lace clings well

S - A very mild nose w/ woody hop scents and light fruit esters. There is a light hop spiciness and gentle earthy odor

M - A crisp, moderately high carbonation w/ slightly sweet texture and dry leafy feel w/ subtle spiced edge and mild yeast tang w/ subtle astringency

The taste has a slightly herbal tasting hop w/ mild vegetal accent and slightly yeasty flavor w/ gentle citrus sourness and light acidic taste w/ mild caramel malt element. The flavor has a sort of apple skin note w/ mild aspirin like bitterness and hint of grape tang. The hops seem to taste more of pine in the last sips as it finishes dry

D - A passable Imperial IPA, but not great as it seems medicinal in flavor. I would not drink more than one of these in a sitting since it is 9% and the strong bitter flavor w/ out much hop flavor turns me off slightly

Slatetank, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of jorg2619
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Prime pours a nice clear not quite pale orange color. The head is generous and almost white. I find the smell to be slightly underwhelming for an imperial IPA but the taste is not. The flavors that I caught where cat piss, citrus, piny tingling on the sides of my tongue. The fuller body is just right for an imperial. Though this beer is not the best I have had it is a good example of an double IPA that smacks me with hops and keeps me wanting to drink more.

jorg2619, Jan 03, 2010
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3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a DFH snifter

A: Pours an orange/brown, almost pumpkin color. Leaves a 1 finger white head but this dissipates quickly. Lots of visible carbonation. Good lined lacing at the top of the glass

S: Lots of hops at first, followed by pine and a sweet smell (orange?). After a while I detect a somewhat bread-y scent.

T: Again, big hop presence with a little bit of grapefruit. There is only minimal citrus accompanying this. Doesn't have the typical level of sweetness of other DIPA's I've had

M: Slightly creamy, but the carbonation also stands out. A slightly dry finish, not surprised given the amount of hops here

D: Very easy to drink. I don't get any alcohol presence despite this being 9%. Smooth finish. Overall a good beer, but doesn't really stand out to me for the style

Brez07, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of Soozy
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good, golden beer with a slight half a centimeter head. Strong floral scent of hops, very nice aroma. Great taste, starts with a malty biscuit malt and floral hops and leaves some bite of alcohol in the finish. Smooth, and surprisingly creamy for a DIPA.

A very good IPA, not overly bitter and a good balance between the malt and hops.

Soozy, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of kwakwhore
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden pour, white head with good retention and lacing.
Hops dominate the aroma, grapefruit especially.
Taste is again dominated by hops, grapefruit bitterness with an undertone of malt in the middle, not as much as I would expect from a DIPA. Makes me think more of a really well hopped IPA than a DIPA.
Nice creamy mouthfeel, and the alcohol is well masked in this beer.
For me this beer doesn't quite fit the typical DIPA profile because of the lack of a malt backbone. It seems to fit somewhere in between a really strong IPA and an Imperial IPA. But if you're a hophead, you will definitely like this beer.

kwakwhore, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of CharlatanSin
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from about a week ago at the Bronx Ale House. Poured from the tap into a tulip.

A: Looks the part of a double IPA, with a nice hazy orange amber color and a great, sea foam pure white head.

S: A big whiff of bitter citrus hops. Not super complicated, but gets my mouth watering.

T: Delicious. Big sweet citrus hops dominate, mostly orange or tangerine. As it warms, the hop profile takes on a spicier, pine quality. Complicated and bitter, just how I like it. Not much malt counterbalance, but in this case I wasn't looking for one.

M: Pretty creamy for the style, with fairly high carbonation.

D: The alcohol hides well, making this beer dangerous. In fact, I wasn't in great shape by the end of the night, and I suspect it's because this was my second beer. I'll pace myself better next time, but this is in the upper tier of double IPAs for me.

CharlatanSin, Dec 17, 2009
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.

FishGetter, Dec 16, 2009
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.

Monkeyknife, Dec 08, 2009
Hoptimus Prime from Legacy Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.