Hoptimus Prime - Legacy Brewing Co.

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Hoptimus PrimeHoptimus Prime

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90
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262 Ratings
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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 dirtylou
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, courtsey of bort

consumed on great taste of the midwest ticket-day.

appearance: poured into my hopleaf tulip, bright hazy copper body, frothy white lace

smell: hoppy nose, grapefruit and pine...blurry and lacking a punch

taste: this DIPA has a stingingly high bitterness level, grapefruit peel and pine but not much else. this beer is a tongue-smacker

mouthfeel: stick hops, high bitterness

drinkability: ok

Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of jrallen34
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I drank this beer from a 22oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a clear dark orange that has hint of brown in it. There is no head. The pour is watery and results in a couple white bubbles. The lacing is watery as well.

The aroma is very light, almost none at all. There are very light notes of hops of orange.

The taste is also very light but that's a good thing but its not like a light american macro. The beginning is light sweet orange then a light hoppy finish. I can't believe this is 9%, so light that I could crush a ton of this and then totally gone. Despite the drinkability, the mouthfeel is still heavier that you would think.

Photo of ccrida
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a stem glass, Hoptimus Prime is a clear copper gold with a small off-white head leaving scattered foam.

Smell is damp, grassy, herbal hops. Very earthy, tea like, but pretty subdued.

Taste is very spicy hops with a touch of pine, fairly bitter, with a lingering hoppy finish. No real malt character, just a touch of toast.

Mouthfeel is slick, light bodied for the size, with a prickly carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty high. While not the most exciting DIPA out there, it's fairly taste, smooth, easy on the belly, low priced, and gives absolutely no indication of the high ABV. Well made and dangerous, but a little subdued (although of course it would be better fresh).

Photo of DefenCorps
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received from gregc as an extra in a recent trade. Thanks, Greg! Into my Sam Smith nonic

A: Mildly hazy coppery-orange with an off-white head comprised of a ton of large-ish bubbles. Decent head that recedes to a disk, leaving a good bit of lace. Solid.

S: On the nose, this has a good bit of citrus and earthy hops with some wet grass and some spiciness. Malt sweetness is mild and caramel in nature

T: On the palate, this is more along the lines of an English IPA with some earthy and spicy hops dominating. Spices are in the form of some mild cumin and coriander seeds. Mild citrus as well with some alcohol throwing on some mild heat. While there isn't much malt to speak of, there's a hint of sweetness. The hops are a bit crazy, though, in a way, it reminds me of the Kalamazoo Hopsolution with the hint of mint that's present. Definitely herbal. Solid. Dry on the finish with some herbal hop character present

M: Light-to-medium in body with ample carbonation and a solid, dry,spicy finish

D: I've probably drunk IIPAs faster than this but this has been an interesting albeit not fantastic beer.

Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This DIPA bomber poured a clear light copper color with a goodly white head and medium lacing. The aroma is grapefruit hops and grass malt, a very tasteful and inviting blend with a slight leaning in the malt direction. The flavor is fresh grapefruit hops with a touch of lake water, plenty of malt background here, and a somewhat resinous feel. Midland carbonation, overall quite drinkable and tastey. You can reach down and detect some banana going on here, some caramel. Very enjoyable effort.

Photo of gford217
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottles courtesy of cedromar and hopflop poured into a snifter.

Pours a clear deep amber with a dense one-finger head that shows very good retention and leaves only a hint of delicate lacing. Aroma starts with a big pine hop presence which gives way to a generous biscuity malt backbone and a citrus hop smell with grapefruit and oranges. The taste matches the smell with a bitter pine resin taste up front followed by the bready malt sweetness. The hop bitterness comes back in full force in the finish and lingers between sips. The mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation and a crisp yet bitter finish. This is a good DIPA, but the drinkability is limited by the bitterness.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint.

Pours a hazy orange amber with a mountainous white head. Serious staying power and loads of sticky lacing.

Smells of hop resin, pine, grapefruit, tea-leaves, sweet candied sugar. This is the kind of nose I like in my iipa's.

Taste is of lip-smacking bitter ruby red grapefruit juice.

Smooth and creamy, medium bodied.

This guy was a breeze.

Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tpd975
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6/19/08. Growler. Pours orange, clear, with a small white head. Aroma of wheat, citrus and piney hops. Flavor is of sweet malt with a bitter hops finish. Palate is medium-heavy, but for 9.1%, it's pretty light. Mellows a bit as you drink. Quite tasty!
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

Photo of Pencible
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy gold with white head. It smelled like strong grapefruit hops with pineapple sweetness and a bit of caramel malt. It tasted like very bitter grapefruit hops with some sweet pineapple and a bit of basic malt. It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation, and had a lasting very bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very clean and super bitter beer. It had good flavor, but it would be interesting to age it for a year or two to mellow the hops and bring out more malty sweetness. I think that would help give this beer better balance. But for the hop-lovers, this is a great drink.

Photo of petermethot
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ffejherb
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into shaker pint glass on 8/23/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Clear amber/orange body with one-finger foamy white head that retained quite well. Sparse carbonation and very nice body clarity.

S - First whiff... wow! Nugget hops? Spicy and peppery with lots of juicy citrus fruit as well as a sweet caramel and bready malt base.

T - Starts off with plenty of hop bitterness with juicy citrus fruit and hints of pepper and spices. Some sweet caramel and burnt sugar emerges, followed by loads of toasted grains and bready malt in the finish.

M - Medium body with smooth, creamy texture and moderate carbonation. Heavy bitterness envelopes the tongue and spreads all over the palate. There's also a nice spicy kick to complement the clingy, sticky hops.

D - Very nice... better than I had anticipated. Has a nice lingering bitterness, but it is still well-balanced with plenty of malt goodness and a pleasant grainy/bready character. Very nice DIPA.

Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, courtesy of jctribe25, pours a hazy orange amber body with a small offwhite head that sheds some average lacing.

Aroma is raw and earthy hops, floral and a bit grassy. Just a hint of caramel underneath.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with spritzy carbonation and some hop oils on the tongue.

Taste is dominated by hop bitterness. Earthy, pithy, leafy and floral. Backnotes of pear and apple add some interest. Malt presence is somewhat grainy and struggles to balance. Finishes clean with a sustained hop bitterness. Alcohol is well concealed.

I prefer citrusy hops which are lacking here. Still, a nicely done DIPA that is almost closer to an IPA in character.

Photo of prototypic
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's a little hazy and golden brown in color. Looks slightly orange. It's got an off white one and a half finger head. Retention was very average and lacing was spotty and very light.

Smell: Citrus grapefruit and pineapple hit the nose first and give it a very a sweet smell. Hops are pretty diverse as they possess some piney and floral characteristics. It's more malty than I expected. Pale and caramel malts are both noted. Nice earthy smell rounds it out along with just a hint of alcohol.

Taste: It's definitely sweet and citrusy. Grapefruit and pineapple combo is nicely done. Hops don't waste any time jumping into the mix adding a bitter kick. The hop profile is broad and well done. I don't know the bill here, but there's a nice combo of piney bitterness and floral earthiness. It's a little grainy. Caramel and pale malts are sweet and balance it out a lot. Too much actually. Alcohol is only faintly noted.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and pretty smooth. Carbonation is nice and crisp. It's not quite creamy, but it's got a nice feel. Drinkability is good, but far from exceptional. I'm good with a single bomber. It's a little too big and not quite good enough to warrant a session.

This is an interesting, good DIPA. The name isn't quite consistent with the product. Perhaps I'm just perceiving it the wrong way. It's a big, diversified effort in terms of the hop bill. But, it's not an all out, palate bashing bitter DIPA. It's too balanced for that. Not sure what Legacy was going for. In any event, it's a good beer and more than worth checking out.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of msubulldog25
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a 22 oz. bottle of this ultra cool-named DIPA by AdamB84 late last fall; it's been lurking in a dark corner of the cellar ever since. Chilled to about 45F, poured to pint glass. Since it's been about 4 months since I received this, I'm willing to guess hops have mellowed a little/are past their 'prime', but we'll see...

A: Honeyed-amber pour, mostly clear (much hazier in the last few ounces where the fallout sits) with fairly strong carbonation. First effort gets a pillowy 2+ fingers of dusted tan-white cream, latter pours are less consistent. Good lacing, sheets sticking in wide bands.

S: Hops may have mellowed a bit, but they still pack some punch: a juicy orange citrus, a flowery herbalness, light pine, a doughy and honey-spiced sweet roll.

T: Tangy citrus, spiced orange slices, hints of grass and a subdued evergreen. Caramel oozes from the crevasses, balancing that tasty spicy/piney hopping. Well done - not the most complex DIPA ever, but plenty tasty.

M: Quite smooth, creamy. Carbonation drifts away, feel is coating but in no way sticky. Slightly light body for a big DIPA (9%) but alcohol hides very well.

D: Very enjoyable, beautiful balance, the kind of DIPA I find generally much more satisfying than the beat-you-over-the-head hop bombs. A very good accompaniment with a pasta puttanesca (believe it or not) dinner.

Photo of david18
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a little bit too intense for what it is. Very heavy on the malt, hops and and alcohol flavor.Very cloudy color and relatively dark. Carbonation is good but aroma is not really there and nothing really stood out about this beer.

Had it at Amsterdam Ale House. On draft for the time being. Try it if you want but no need to run there for it.

Photo of argock
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Translucent orange-rust hue with an impressive 2-finger light beige head with clumps of head and lace sticking to the glass.

S: A little light in the nose with mainly floral and honeysuckle hops aromas and sweet pale malt.

T: The taste, however, is much more complex than the aromas suggest. The hops profile is extremely robust and earthy overall with a light floral note up front followed by multiple herbal, woody, and spicy hops flavors. There are no real citrus or pine notes, but they aren't really missed. The malt flavors are predominantly pale malts which let the complex hops flavors shine through.

M: The mouthfeel is okay but feels a little thin, especially for a DIPA. The thick coating sensation is not really there. The carbonation is low and the aftertaste is pleasant spicy, herbal hops.

D: This an eminently drinkable brew as the 9% ABV is not at all apparent. I think of this beer as more fitting the IPA category by feel and flavor, but it is still a really enjoyable beer, especially if you enjoy spicy, herbal hopped ales. This beer was a great value as well at $4.49 for a 22oz bomber.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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 koopa
4.33/5  rDev +8%
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.