Hoptimus Prime - Legacy Brewing Co.
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4.13/5 rDev +3%
Reading, Pennsylvania. Known as the pulse of Berks County, this mini-metropolis is revered for its passion of the performing arts and being home to the largest outlet malls on the East Coast. Apparently, they are passionate about their beer here as well.
Radiant copper, this Olympic torch wielding DIPA is covered by a tannish-white awning. Tons of gas bubbles ascend furiously as if attempting to puncture the beer's massive head. Tattered curtains, broken guitar strings, and sheets of lace adorn the inner walls of my AleSmith pint, almost meandering, but leaving little trace of light and resembling ancient cave drawings. Moon crater froth and swiss cheese. The look is actually quite impressive.
Earthy hop aromas, ample doses of citrus, and honeyesque malt eventually subside to faint spiciness. The fragrances aren't spot on or necessarily forward, but reveal themselves much better as the beer warms.
Tongue-smacking bitterness up front that "transforms" to a decent, yet not spectacular citrus medley, which eventually progresses to a bready malt character drenched in honey glaze, then fades to some lingering bitterness.
Somewhat dry, residual hop bitterness.
At 9.0% ABV, I can barely detect the alcohol. Legacy has done a great job to preserve just that of its residing city. I can't wait to enjoy this one again.
More than meets the eye.
04-28-2008 22:55:03 | More by weiserr
4.2/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
04-27-2008 21:17:28 | More by aerozeppl
4.15/5 rDev +3.5%
A- Clear orange in color. Big fluffy/peaky head.
S- Smells like one big hoppy sex-bomb. Very earty-floral hops.
T- Earthy hops dominate along with floraly hops. Bitter hop finish. Slight maltiness coming through on the body & burps.
M- Superb creaminess that I expect & enjoy from the DIPAs.
D- As well as any good DIPA. Pairing this with a boat-load of buffalo wings.
04-27-2008 21:16:35 | More by Avryle
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
more than meets the eye...
big soapy head on this one, craggy and settling down slowly, clinging to the glass for dear life like frodo to his hetero life mate samwise, slightly burnt orange hue, almost glowing, mild carbonation peculating up from the bottom, very nice.
earthier/honey ish hop nose, not the usual amarillo nuke sunrise in many DIPAs, smells a touch of peat and some malt... 9%? this almost smells like a regular american-ized IPA (sans the super high alpha hops). interesting. I usually love the hop bukakke of DIPAs but I am digging the subtlety here. on a second pour I do get more of an immediate "hop whoa" but after it breaths for a min that diminishes.
nice bitterness throughout the sip, the malt is definitely there, some alcohol burn in the stomach but hard to detect the 9% in the actual flavor, carbonation is spot on, just enough to carry the juice but not enough to detract from the overall experience, medium bodied as well... this is quite nice. Rather drinkable (better watch myself here). This one finishes smooth, the residual hop oils are subdued making you yearn for another drop. good stuff!
for $5.99 a bottle this is one to look for. Rather easy to drink for a bigger brew. check it out.
04-26-2008 02:23:26 | More by Ego
4.4/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
04-12-2008 22:05:51 | More by Patrick
3.68/5 rDev -8.2%
Being a huge transformers fan as a kid I was very excited to finally give this beer a try.
Strong pour from a 22oz bomber into a Guinness 16oz Tulip Glass leaves a nice 1 inch head which quickly goes away.
A- Good Amber / Orangish Color.
S- Slight alcohol but Nice piney hop smell, Citrus is a little lacking.
T- Very nice. Bitterness starts off a little slow but seems to last slightly longer than other DIPA's that I've had in the past. Very nice balance overall.
D- Drinkibility is somewhat good, considering the Style & 9% abv.
Overall great beer! Not in the league of DFH 90 minute or Stone Ruination but clearly not a letdown at all.
04-09-2008 00:41:55 | More by ABHatter
4.3/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
04-08-2008 15:34:04 | More by PhageLab
4.05/5 rDev +1%
Grabbed a bomber of this brew for around six bucks at Downtown Wine and Spirits in Somerville. Pours a radiant orange, with a perfect looking white crown. Color is crisp, clear and cool looking like very few examples of this style that I have encountered. Smell reveals a high level of complexity, with some white cake, vanilla frosting, fresh cream, and the hops all over the place. From that description, it doesn't sound too great smell wise, but trust me, it works. Flavor is dominated by piny hops, with an earthy, resinous backbone. Touches of bitter citrus fruit such as grapefruit also come along here and there on the palate. Despite the obvious hop bitterness, the body of this one falls in the medium category. Alcohol is also masked in an effective way. The tastes are so strong that the fact that this beer is 9% sort of gets lost in the experience. One bomber is enough for me, but I would revisit this beer again I am sure. Very grateful to have this beer and brewery in Mass now. Now do a barrel roll!
04-08-2008 02:22:12 | More by jamie2dope
4/5 rDev -0.2%
Pours a clear golden amber color with 1 inch of foamy eggshell colored head. Good retention and good sticky lacking. Smells of citrus, grass, pine sap, caramelized sugar, and bread dough. Taste is of sweet grapefruit with a very light malty backbone, a grassy finish has a hint of alcohol, but not much. Medium in body with good carbonation. Seems to be lacking a big hop punch and doesn't have that strong malty sweetness I expect in DIPAs, a little thin. Disguises its alcohol content quite well. A very easy double IPA to drink but seems to lean a little more towards a regular IPA. I thought this used to be more solid when I first had it on draft, so maybe it's different when bottled. Hopefully I can try it on draught again soon.
04-07-2008 22:33:16 | More by HopDerek
4.47/5 rDev +11.5%
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...
04-05-2008 23:55:45 | More by dsa7783
District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev +8%
S - Sweet citrus
A - Little head; reddish-orange color. I've had this beer in a bottle and thought that it had a much nicer head and aroma.
T - Bitterness up-front, but mixed with nice amount of sweet citrus. The bitterness lingers, but the flavor does not knock you over (bitterness matched well with the malty sweetness). There was something a bit funky at the back end.
M - Syruppy, but not in a bad way.
I like this beer. It doesn't wow me, but it's a good DIPA.
04-03-2008 02:34:19 | More by toddhett
3/5 rDev -25.2%
With Neko Case on the HI-Fi and, the Red Sox on NESN . I thought on this beautiful sunny Wednesday it was time to review this brew. Poured into my Rapscallion snifter there is a hug white , soapy head that leaves plenty of lacing as it sits on the end table . Aromas are weak . I try to inhale something which will get my brain going but , nothing . Sourness but nothing to the faint smell to anything . Brew is crystal clear . When held up to the window and sunlight , I can see the Irish Battleships through it . As for taste is the same , faint . Maybe my palette is not up to par but this is too weak for me . There is no devistation of my mouth . The ABV is well hidden but there is no redness to my cheeks . Is this 9% ABV ? . The lacing on the glass is fantastic but too bad the brew does not have that hoppy kick your ass aroma or flavor . It is good but it is not prime .
04-02-2008 21:04:12 | More by Kudashov
3.4/5 rDev -15.2%
Served from a 22 oz bottle into a 12 oz glass.
Pours with a very nice head of off white foam, leaves lots of lacing all the way down the glass. Crystal clarity and medium amber color.
Smells earthy, grassy, floral.
Taste is dominated by grassiness, with some slight caramel note. Maybe a hint of diacetyl, complex and earthy.
Mouthfeel has just the right balance of carbonation and bitterness, long bitter, earthy aftertaste.
Drinkability is good, finishes dry, like a double pilsner, not much in the way of west coast hops. Alcohol is quite well hidden, no hint of the 9% here.
Give it a try.
04-02-2008 01:13:29 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
Bomber into a pint glass.
Appearance: Nice lacing, with a bit of frothiness to it, above a copper-colored body, a good amount of bubbles gurgling to the top.
Smell: Floral and grassy hop aromas backed by some sweeter, maybe caramel malts, along with a bit of mild sweet chocolate, citrus zest, earthiness, slight diacetyl and doughiness.
Taste: A good balance between the chocolate and darker malt flavors and the grassy, herbal and floral hop characteristics. Tea leaves and tobacco come through as it warms, along with bitter grapefruit hops, tree bark, and vinous notes.
Mouthfeel: Somehow seemingly lighter to medium-bodied, considering the ABV, with more than adequate carbonation.
Drinkability: A solid DIPA for around $4 a bottle, with easy drinkability, lots of flavor, and a good amount of complexity. I'd buy this again.
03-26-2008 06:49:03 | More by asabreed
3.9/5 rDev -2.7%
This is one I had wanted to try, glad I came across it on my trip to NYC.
A: A rather clear, light golden yellow hue with a big puffy white head. The head did die down, but lots of nice thick lacing was left behind. Nice Start!
S: Lots of nice strong citrus notes with just a hint of breadiness..
T: Damn, I wanted more hops. First and foremost I taste malt. Nice bready sweet sourdough type malt. Next comes the bitterness of citric hops which does linger on the tongue thru the finish. I realize a DIPA is about balance, but I wish it was a bit more hop forward.
M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.
D: High marks here because this is one easy drinking brew. There is no hint of the ABV that this one packs.
Overall: Pretty good. If they threw a few more hops into the brew kettle this would be world class. As it is, it's a nice smelling, easy drinking DIPA that needs a few more hops.
03-24-2008 21:18:43 | More by tpd975
3.93/5 rDev -2%
A: Pours a Medium amber gold with a thick foamy head that settled to just a thin cap. Some lacing, but nothing over the top.
S: Of course the floral smell of hops hits you right away, but for a DIPA I expected more.
T: Bitter hops with light malt and some citrus.
M: Seemed a bit thin for a DIPA, but smooth and nicely carbonated.
D: Very easy to drink, nothing too special in the world of super-hopped beer.
03-21-2008 12:25:47 | More by mfhlucky13
3.98/5 rDev -0.7%
Deep golden orange color. I had to fight the bartender from trying to put green dye in this for St. Patrick's day. Sheesh. The nose is total green weed man. I had a blast from the past on that one, but we all know the family history, so no surprise. Just very green herbal veggie weedy smell and flavor. Also sweeter malts and hints of pine needles/ spruce tips. Medium-full body and a slightly silky finish of more greenergy. The hops used gave this a more astringent, scrubby character that I would love to taste in some hippie mouthwash. Any takers?
03-18-2008 06:38:24 | More by dedrinker
3.85/5 rDev -4%
Thanks to gkatsoris for the trade!
I wish Megan Fox came with this.
Pours a clear ambery orange with good white head. Head dissipates relatively quickly, but not too fast. Smell is on the weak side, but what there is is grapefruit and pine hops with some spice. This is more on the citrus hops side of things than the spicy kind, but there is some spice hop type of flavors lingering in the background. Nice malt balance through the middle and good hop bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is on the thin side for DIPA, but still good and above average. Drinkability is quite good. Maybe its the west coast in me, but I would take one of these over a hopwallop any day of the week. Drinking this one in celebration of WSUs 7th straight victory over the puppies of UW. Great beer, thanks again to gkatsoris!
03-09-2008 03:40:51 | More by AKBelgianBeast
4/5 rDev -0.2%
22oz bomber, served in a standard pint glass.
A - clear, golden yellow color with a fluffy white head of foamy bubbles that fell to a layer, leaving lots of sticky lacing behind.
S - strong citrus hop aroma.
T - bitter citrus flavor, all hops, sweetness hits quickly before a bitter finish.
M - medium bodied with crisp carbonation.
D - easy drinking brew, be aware of the abv.
03-09-2008 02:17:21 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.6/5 rDev -10.2%
Pours a clear golden amber color with an average white head that dissipated into a sparse cap. The smell is of piney grapefruit hops and some honey malt. Nothing crazy for a DIPA. The taste is a grapefruit hop, more on the bitter side. There is a sweet malt but nothing that would hide the hoppiness. There is an odd funk flavor that I can't quite but my finger on; perhaps a slight buttery malt flavor. The feel is light and fizzy, a bit slicky and sticky; finishes with a grapefruit rind bitterness. This is a bit of a strike out for me. Not the best hop profile out there, a bit harsh and that funk taste is throwing me off. Its not a sugar bomb which is nice. Just ok, nothing special.
03-02-2008 04:01:03 | More by Gmann
4/5 rDev -0.2%
had this on tap at National Mechanics, served in a tulip.
A: Deep bold amber color with very little head and lacing and little carbonation.
S: Extreme hop, piney and 'fresh', crisp in the nose..a fair share of warming caramel is evident. A one two punch.
T: taste is fronted by kicks of grainy barley, dry and wheaty, especially as this warmed. By the last sips, I was reminded of an English style barleywine, at least "Up front". This was the surprise and was my favorite aspect of the beer. Floral and citrus bitter hop step in to dominate; yes the hops do play the starring role here - citrus rind and oily pine, leaving the telltale mouth watering bitterness that sticks around all corners of my mouth.. BUT alcoholy sweet malts and caramels revisit to balance the finish just a touch. Bold Bold Bold!
MF: low carbonation, heavy and sticky and oily with a little bitter pucker stuck in the throat. good stuff, if a litle punishing.
D: A big bold monster, for me HP was more of a bruiser than most Imperial IPA styles I've tried. A definite sipper that will leave you puckering your lips. Hopheads should leave the house immediately to seek this out on tap.
02-24-2008 23:31:12 | More by Philabeerphia
3.75/5 rDev -6.5%
I picked up a case of this beer at the Beer Yard in Wayne, PA on 2/16/08. It appeared to be the only case.
Poured out of a 22oz. bottle into a regular 16oz. pint glass. This beer is a deep amber color and brilliantly clear. It has and holds a low white head throughout.
The smell is obviously of hops. There is definetely a C-hop presence, but I don't think it is a full on C-hop hopbomb. Nice aroma though.
The taste is good for a DIPA, but not exceptional. It is a good east coast example of this style, but our west coast bretheren do a better job. Quite bitter at first, but this subsides.
The mouthfeel is fine, a little thin in my opinion, but really that only increases the drinkability. The carbonation level is spot on.
The drinkability is surprisingliy high for 9% hoppy beer. I can easily drink two bombers of this back to back without even trying.
If you see this beer out at the bar or where you can buy singles don't hesitate to try it, but for the price I paid, a case is a little more than you need. Enjoy!
02-18-2008 14:18:26 | More by FoolCircle
4.8/5 rDev +19.7%
A: Very transparent golden, orange, and honey in color. HUGE pure white wispy head that lasted about 3-4 minutes. Foamy, foamy, foamy...nice.
S: Holy friggen hops. Lots of citrus. Some honey and a little vanilla. Grapefruit, orange and lemon rind. Slight lemon as well. Very complex.
T: Super hoppy! Pretty bitter in a "I'm supposed to be bitter" way. Lots of citrus and some pine. After taste is citrus rinds. Some vanilla too. Really tastey and uniquely bitter.
M: Great carbonation. Very clean and thin. Goes down very well. This would make a great spring evening drink.
D: I can drink this all day. HOP HEAD HEAVEN!!!
02-16-2008 01:33:28 | More by gkatsoris
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
And for our final offering for the evening, we have something that's been a long time coming. After a whole year of visits to Bierkraft (believe me, there have been a lot...who do you think put over 300 of the beers on BeerSpy?) I finally make the move to growlers. And what better a brewery to lose my Bierkraft growler virginity than Legacy?
Pours a nice brown touched gold with a thick off white head. Nose is extremely heavy floral hops with a soapy edge. Very, very perfumed character. Flavor is extremely smooth for a DIPA. I would never know this was 9% at all. Just a nice balanced hop ride that isn't blowing me away, but it carries just enough punch to make it interesting. For a double, it could be bringing more complexity. But it's still nice. Feel has a full carbonation and the liquid is nice. A nice production. Well done. Apologies to Legacy for taking so long to try any of their productions. But I guess this was as good a one as any to start with.
01-23-2008 06:01:04 | More by RblWthACoz
3.58/5 rDev -10.7%
[a] medium-amber body, inviting, white head
[s] piney hops dominate with some sweet accents
[t/m] as far as dipa's go the hops were decent, pine and citrus up front... disappointing finish, rather flat and abrupt ending.. almost metalic emptyness... medium-full bodied, the aftertaste was rather off-putting
[d] rather standard dipa overall, a decent beer when you are craving some hops
11-15-2007 01:07:36 | More by callmemickey
Hoptimus Prime from Legacy Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.