Hoptimus Prime | Ruckus Brewing

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Brewed by:
Ruckus Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 158 | Ratings: 472
Reviews by Avagadro:
Photo of Avagadro
4.58/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Chris at the Fermentation Lounge for sharing this with me.

A: pours a beautiful copper color, topped with a rocky head with admirable retention, and boasts considerable haze.

S: bouquet is well presented, with notes of peach, grapefruit, and pine.

T: perfect balance between malt and hops, with caramel and toast melding with hoppy tropical fruit and resinous pine.

M: medium body, low carbonation, and a creamy texture.

O: a delicious beer well worth the search. One of the best iipas out there.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerLover99
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: rust orange body, trace white head,
solid lacing

S: grapefruit, pine,

T: grapefruit, mango, pine, malt, long/slow bitter finish

M: med/light, mild sticky/oily

O: Not a bad little Double IPA for $4.99
Probably not get again, fine gateway
Double IPA.


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Photo of KevinGordon
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Purchased exclusively because it had a ridiculous hop pun for a name.

Appearance - Murky orange body with a small white head. Decent lacing but not a lot of retention. The second glass I poured had nothing on top.

Smell - Citrusy hops with strong notes of grassy and floral hops. Really a nice hop aroma. It's pretty malty, too, though.

Taste - Nowhere near as nice. The hop flavor up front is immediately replaced by syrupy malt sweetness, which is immediately overtaken by an intense bitterness that dominates the back end of the drink. Totally dominated by the bitterness. Not pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Far too bitter for my liking. I don't mind bitter, but not when it overwhelms the other flavors. The malt isn't enough to combat the lingering bitterness.

Overall - Very average. Good in some respects, but not good in others. The flavors are there in incorrect proportions, but that's what makes good DIPAs do difficult to find.

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Photo of JOrtt
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Beejay
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale amber as it pours. In the glass it is peach in color and very clear. Light tan head with a touch of a fine sponge texture.

S: Nice hop aroma, pine and citrus notes. There is a huge amount of a tangerine aroma coming through for me. Some caramel in the finish.

T: The hops certainly come through in the flavor. Very citrusy; orange, lemon, and some tangerine. I pick up a little pine, but mostly citrus leaning towards the sweet citrus. The finish has a nice caramel sweetness, and a touch of earth.

M: Medium in body, but with a hint at being syrupy. The carbonation is fine in size, and medium in quantity. The finish leaves a little bit of an oily texture.

O: Overall I think that the beer is very well balanced with a good American hop profile. As IIPA's go I think it is very good, but perhaps not great, however I think for the price this bottle is a knock out.

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Photo of JNForsyth
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of CHickman
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy peach orange color with a 2 finger foamy light tan head that faded quickly for a DIPA, leaving very good foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of floral hops, tobacco leaf, herbs, grains, tea leaf, grapefruit, mango, caramel, bread, toffee, sugar or candy like gummy bear and light alcohol in the nose; not your typical DIPA nose, as the hops were tame and on the weak side but it did hide the 9% ABV well.

Tastes very sweet up front, with floral hops, flowers, tobacco leaf, herbs, grains, tea leaf, grapefruit, mango, lemon, orange peel (obviously from citrus hops), caramel, heavily buttered bread, toffee, sweet malt, brown sugar, fruity candy Sweet Tarts, piney hops, light spices and light sweet alcohol flavor like a rum. Hops do not dominate this beer and it’s a little off base for a DIPA; it’s too sweet and bready with no hop bitterness. While the taste isn’t bad, it just isn’t that impressive either.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slick, with mild carbonation, a medium chewy body that tastes like leaf particles are floating in it, and a massive sweetness that is herbal notes and covers the ABV well, but does nothing to showcase the hops.

This was an average beer, but sub-par for a DIPA and not one I’d run out to have again. Any of the Stone IPA basics are much more flavorful and well balanced than this beer. Worth a try, but it will disappoint if you want the true DIPA experience.

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Photo of da_beers
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After being supremely disappointed with my first two reviews of the night, I pulled this out of the fridge to save the day... and it didn't.

A - Clear dark copper color with four massive fingers of chunky white head. Beautiful appearance, star of the show.

S - Not very hoppy. Sweet malts with pineapple notes. Not your typical DIPA smell at all. Slightest earthyness at the end with an apple cider note.

T - A let down here. Very malty with a confused apple/citrus feel. Simcoe hops are faint, I would have like much more. Needs less malt and more hops.

M - Sticky, leaves nice aftertaste. Pretty drinkable for a DIPA, but again, not a typical one.

O - Not to excited about this one. Was pumped by the name and graphics, expecting a hop blast - not at all however.

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Photo of Stockfan42
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of JakerLou
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of generalnotsew
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

First off I was confused by the bottle. Apparently Ruckus brewing is the same as Legacy. The fact that the labels are identical except for the brewer tipped me off. Anyways.

Juicy fat 2 finger off white head on the pour. Body is a nice shade of amber but just a touch too lite for a DIPA. Smell is a nice strong sour citrusy with a touch of a belgian smell? Not a lot of bitterness in the nose and the sourness could be toned down a bit. Taste is very, very sweet and very caramel like. A tad bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. No tropical or fruity notes. It really does not taste like a DIPA at all to be honest. I have score it down for being NOT like a DIPA. This honestly could use a bit more carbonation. I hardly ever notice a beer that could use more. It just has this weird syrupy but thin feel. Hard to explain.

Note: Upon revisiting I realize this beer is just plain bad. I sometimes feel bad about knocking down the little guys but hey. Honest is honest. Quite possibly the strangest tasting IPA I ever had and not in a good way.

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Photo of whiterapid
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of wordemupg
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

650ml bottle poured into tulip 1/2/13

A quite hazy orange amber with lots of tiny suspended particles and a two finger foam that hangs around long enough to leave a few partial rings of lace

S slight citrus rind, lime perhaps, lots of caramel and a sour floral aspect if that makes any sense, smells faded with some vitamin C chewable

T some herbal tea bag and slight earthy hops, more malty then hoppy, fruity but the fruits a little sour, reminds me dish soap just bit

M leaning towards full, a little gritty and no booze detected so that's a plus, a little rind on the finish

O the booze is well concealed but I wasn't all that excited drinking it, perhaps another old bottle? the hops just seem a little weak

not the hop bomb I was hoping for, I see no bottle date and I'm assuming its going over the hill but I wouldn't spend the cash again even if was fresh from the brewery

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of PicoPapa
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours a somewhat translucent burnt orange color with a half inch of head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is piney and floral with a bit of sweet citrus in the background. Taste is a very sweet malty caramel and grain flavors along with some pine. Not the flavors I was expecting for a Double IPA. Floral towards the end. Not all that bitter. Hints of toffee. Medium bodied. This is another example of the word "Hop" in the name suckering me in. This has alot more malt flavor than hops, especially for this style of beer. Overall, there are a way better Imperials out there. I'm moving on.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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Hoptimus Prime from Ruckus Brewing
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 472 ratings