Hoptimus Prime | Ruckus Brewing

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Hoptimus PrimeHoptimus Prime

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Ruckus Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 158 | Ratings: 472
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good clarity in a copper colored brew, 1/2" white head. Hey, where's the hops? I'm just getting grain in the nose. Disappointing.

Some bitterness and run of the mill grapefruit hop character in the taste. Still the grain aspect is really coming through in the mouthfeel. Big beer, hides alcohol well. Can search for minimal remnants of some citrus. A little sweeter malt flaves. Has an almost English like yeast presence giving the beer more in the way of toffee than caramel promotion malt and yeast wise.

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Photo of pat61
4.34/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Initial chill haze clears to brilliant amber as it warms. Crowned with a thin, ¼” cream colored foam cap that quickly dissipates to a thin film. Leaves splotchy lace at best.
S: fruit, citrus, resin on the nose
T: Malt sweetness comes across as light fruit – plum, peach, a little grape and there is a little caramel in the background. Hop forward but emphasizes hop flavors rather than bitterness. This finishes almost bone dry with lingering fruit tastes.
F: Medium carbonation but there is a nice crispness to this. Medium body to medium light.
O: Nice touch of peach and plum and some other light fruit and just the right amount of bitterness to pull it all together and make you say wow.

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Photo of poorbuthappy
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a big fan of this one.

A: (3.5) Dark orange and cloudy with a small white head that reduces to a ring of white bubbles.

S: (3) Caramel malts with hints of floral hops. Boozy.

T: (2.75) Follows the nose pretty well. Malty up front with bitter herbal notes on the back end. Slight lingering bitterness. Booze readily apparent. Bitterness builds on the palate as one sips.

M: (3) Slick with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: (3) One of the most mediocre beers I've ever tried. Not worth the money when there are so many excellent DIPAs on the market.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is not really what I expected - in the best possible way! The smell has plenty of dried apricot and lodgepole pine. Heavy caramel profile, nice mouthfeel and carbonation, with a very balanced bitter hop finish. I thought this would be much more "hop bomb", but it really finishes in a pleasant way. The name, the packaging, and the overall concept are all "winners" in my books.

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Photo of GregJ
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Nice sweet citrus hop smell. Very hazy golden amber. Light citrus with more spicy hop taste. Not particularly hoppy or heavy for a double. Character improved a bit as it warmed up.

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Photo of mick303
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured a coppery caramel colour with quite a bit of suspended sediment, smell has caramel malts but also a lot of piney and ripe tropical fruit, taste is biscuity with a coating piney resiny and sappy character, standard carbonation adva good drinkability. Quite a flavourful dipa and now I felt was a bit high on the caramel but managed I make it work decently well, quite bitter with a rolling spice kick to it.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Undated bomber at 45 degrees into goblet; twist off cap!
Extremely faint aroma of fruity hops
Head initially < 1 cm, off white, frothy; rapidly diminishing to a partial layer approximately 1.5 mm thick
No lacing
Body is medium orange, hazy: a couple of large lumps fell into the glass when poured
Flavor begins slightly bitter with no discernable taste. This ends with a slight astringency. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation.

This is not a good beer. It is contract-brewed in Wilkes-Barre, PA, possibly at The Lion. There is virtually no hoppiness nor any other flavor. The appearance and the aroma are both sub-par; only the palate is as expected. IMHO, pass this one by.

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Photo of Mo_fro
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Hazy dark copper color with a pencil width white head that is gone in seconds. Thin lacing left on the glass

S - Strong and smooth caramel smell with a hint of fruit

T - Taste of lemon and grass on the initial sip followed by a slight sweet finish that lingers in the mouth for a little while.

M - Medium body mouth feel with slight but sharp carbonation

O - Overall a nice beer, not very big on the fruit and hop flavors but leans more towards the sweet and roasted malt side of a beers life. Not a beer that I would buy often but I would drink it again


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Photo of JLateralus21
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving: 22oz bottle
A: cloudy, nice head. Could be more clear.
S: smell fades quickly, slightly tropical, not much hops. Disappointed.
T: this is where the double IPA comes in. Notas solid as some of the top like dogfish or stone. But serviceable. Hops are more on the tropical, passion fruit side, very little pinny or nw hops.
M: adequate for an DIPA

Overall: decent, but was expecting much more.

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Photo of Brenden
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The color is that of ripe apricot, bright orange with a heavy cloudiness. The off-white head is small but has a thickness and substantial body to what it does have. Lace is tight, thick spotting in just less than moderation. The aroma is light, but some warming brings out citrus, pith and zest mostly, caramel, and an interesting note of something like bark. This is, overall, a strange beer. Pith and dry (old?) orange peel meet caramel, dandelion, herb, bark and nut with lots of oddly roasty bread. The feel is definitely the strong point of this beer. It has a delicate but firm fluffy and soft sort of creaminess resting lightly on the tongue, balanced by consistent crispness with a bite that's not too hard but doesn't back down either. Pith dries the finish out some.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a shorty pilsner glass at Barley Brother's. From notes.

Pale amber body, with slight orange apricot colors, some slight cloudy character and served with a thin white collar. Lots of spider lacing while drinking.

Absolutely dead and closed nose. While nothing faulty or offensive there is nothing here. But for an IPA you have to bring it, and this is empty and void of any hop sensations whatsoever.

First sip are definitely malt forward and the most noticeable thing going on in this beer. Finish and aftertaste bring no sense of any hop bitterness whatsoever. I am really searching here. Some chewy leaf like texture and a pretty solid juicy mouthfeel but it's as the hop flavor was stripped out. Some weird flavors on the finish that come out more like fruit additions than hop aromas, apple juice, tangerine, and nuts.

Overall this is just one of the weirdest IPAs I've had in a long time. Nothing awful, but nothing really that great either and just plain bizarre and missing hops.

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Photo of HookerBrews
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I am trying this for the first time as I rate. I am unfamiliar with this brewery, so I'm excited to try something new! Here we go:

Appearance: The beer pours a somewhat hazy, yellow amber color. It's a pretty good looking brew, though by far not the best IPA I've seen. What I really like is the head. It's active, chunky, and has a nice, creamy off-white color with a slight yellow hue. So far so good.

Smell: For a Double IPA, I expected a bit more of a punch from the smell. The aroma is fairly, and somewhat disappointingly, mild. There is a pleasant note of sweet hops and citrus with a slight note of apple and bread. The brew smells nice, but falls a bit short of enticing.

Taste: I expected a bit more from the taste. It certainly tastes like a 9% ABV beer, though I'm not sure if that's to it's credit. That being said, the brew has a nice kick of bitter hops when it first hits your mouth and does possess that malty backbone that you expect from a double IPA. The middle is lemony and has a hint of granny smith apples. It finishes with a nice taste of bitter hops, but overall, I don't find it to be anything spectacular.

Mouthfeel: This is the category that this beer really excels in. It has a nice, medium body that has a very pleasant creamy feel to it.

Overall: Hoptimus Prime is a pretty decent beer all around. I certainly didn't find anything objectionable about it, but I just expected something a lot bigger and bolder. I suppose that that's my real problem with it; it just fell a bit flat. The price, however, is good and I would like to see what else Ruckus has to offer.

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Photo of mpedara429
2.55/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured out a cloudy amber color with less than a finger of off white head. very little retention and just a few spots of lacing.

S: Very fruity, mostly catching sweet orange and pineapple.

T: Wow, that's disappointing. There is some malt that is darker than expected because I'm catching a roasted flavor. The sweet fruity tones from the nose are very subdued. Some piney and earthy tones mixed in. Leaves a bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium and a little creamy body that is chewy. Medium carbonation.

O: The nose was promising, but the taste is harsh and strange. Flavor is subdued and bland, and roasted malt tones are not a wonderful quality for IPAs. I will surely leave this on the shelf next time around.

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Photo of GrizzleFist
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought in a 22 oz bottle.

Appearance: Light in color, nice foam on top, normal carbonation

Smell: Just hops, nothing else was noticeable in smell

Taste: If you expected to taste anything but a strong hop smell from a beer named hoptimus prime, then I don't know what you were thinking

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and very hoppy, not to the point of it being disgusting though

Overall: Its it a great beer? No. Is it a very hoppy beer? Yes. It lives up to its name of being a very hoppy beer, it doesn't promise anything more or less than that. I wasn't expecting a great beer and it wasn't, I was expecting a hoppy beer and it was, promise delivered. I wouldn't buy it again anytime soon though, since it doesn't have any remembering flavors that would make me want to get it again, but if your curious what a beer that taste like hops and pretty much nothing else is like, I'd buy one and give it a try.

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Photo of Roguer
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Nearly transparent amber brew shot through with a reddish glow. Full finger white firm head. Supremely carbonated and lively. Head slides down the glass, leaving a thin but firm lacing.

Soft and syrupy aroma: tannins, floral bouquet, and a slight generic hop bite. Indistinguishable from citrus and pine.

Super heavy malts, with an astringent lingering bitterness. A woody, earthy chocolate flavor rings surprisingly strongly, as well as mint and a heavy dose of caramel. A floral/honey hoppiness floats in the background, but the hop emphasis rests on a dry bitterness.

Lively mouthfeel, medium-light, with a refreshing carbonation sting, and none of the syrupy DIPA trap hinted in the nose. The hops cleanse the tongue and palate nicely. Strong hop oil residue.

This may not be a bad beer, but the flavor profile is absolutely not for me - not out of a DIPA. (Curiously, they specifically call it a "Double" IPA, vice IIPA or Imperial IPA.) Everything else hits the right notes, but the most important aspect - flavor - just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of JAFoley
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - hazy deep amber with two fingers of white head, somewhat bubbly with nice retention and good lacing

S - malty, apple, but not too aromatic

T - Again with the apple and lemon hops, and strong caramel malt base. Drinks like a English IPA but with more of a citrus hop profile.

B - Nice deep full body, in no way watery. Moderate carbonation at just the right level

O - This was ok, but I have a major problem with any beer that comes with an apple flavor, it reminds me too much of my bad home brews. Also, I tend to not like EIPA's and I prefer the hops to take center stage with the malts acting as a base note. But the malts here are too present. Not a bad beer, but not for me.

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Photo of rdilauro
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little reddish amber color with the pour with an nondescript head. The aroma also didnt give me any indication about what I was going to drink. I expected some more fro a DIPA.
The initial taste was somewhat flat, not in carbonation but in taste. There was some hoppiness, but not much, the beer itself was rather light and thin, with a small trace of malt.

So, to me, it was somewhat unbalanced. There was also no aftertaste to speak off.

I Dont think I will be re-tasting this one. But it may be a way for a drinker new to crafted beers may try a DIPA

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruckus Brewing - Hoptimus Prime - Bomber

Shared this brew with da_beers.

Look - Pours a clear filtered copper amber with a rambunctious soapy head that leaves rings of chunky sticky lacing.

Smell - slightly sweet malt with sour apple cider and pineapple citrus, Simcoe hops. Not DIPA aroma really, had me worried at this point.

Taste - No. This is pretty much a perfect example of how NOT to make a DIPA. Malt heavy, sweet apple slight hop citrus.

Mouthfeel - At least the hops are present somewhat here. Sticky malts, warm and boozy, medium bodies, decent drinkability.

Overall - Just OK, not sure what they were going for here. Apparently having a cool name does not constitute a good beer. Drinkers who prefer malt in your DIPA might enjoy this brew a bit more than I did.

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Photo of da_beers
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
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 LarryK
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great name and label for a double IPA, though despite a bit of a gimmicky exterior, it's also surprisingly drinkable as well. I went about a year in between having this beer, and enjoyed it substantially more the second time around. Simcoe is the star of the show here; and while it probably won't win any awards, I would say this is probably one of the more enjoyable "New York" DIPAs I've had.

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Photo of Chris_Mac
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly crimson-amber hue, and looks inviting. Smell is pleasant, but does not promise the amount of hops the name suggests. There is light lacing apparent after a few sips. The taste is more malt than hops, with the alcohol coming in late. A very drinkable double ipa, a good addition to any Wednesday evening.

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Photo of JG-90
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into glass give medium sized creamy, almost pure white head. Head recedes so a small amount around the edges, with heavy lacing. The color is a bright, clear copper. Smell mostly of malts which are pale and caramel-ly. Also a light smell of orange and grapefruit, maybe a bit of lemon. Interesting smell, but weak.

Taste follows the nose, with more pronounced fruity hops. Caramel malt start but give way to orange and grapefruit, with a pinnaple and lemon finish. Taste is more pronounced than the nose, but still a little muted. Medium to heavy body, creamy, low carbonation.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Texas Arizona in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a very lightly hazy deep golden peach in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and orange + amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit/orange hops over the top of a lighter aroma of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of caramel malts that impart a decent amount of caramel sweetness but that is quickly overtaken by the strong flavors of the hops - citrus/grapefruit/orange really stand out with a very light hint of pine. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness and just a hint of alcohol in the finish.

M: Just heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Sticky.

O: This beer is pretty big with fairly intense hop aromas, hop flavors, and ABV - making it a sipping beer not a session or easy drinking beer. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness and hints of alcohol in the taste make this one you need to slowly enjoy.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Old bottle from ABC. Pours clouudy light orange with tiny white head. Strong lemon and orange zest aroma with some caramel candy malt. Bit of wet dog. Flavor follows aroma exactly. Lots of orange peel. Not much hops left here. Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Meh.

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Photo of diddly
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a stemmed glass.

Pours a somewhat cloudy, dark copper with a thick, bubbly white head, which hangs around for a little bit. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Very sweet aroma with good balance of earthy bitterness.

Flavor is about par for the style - sweet, with well-balanced bitterness. Nothing out of this world.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, with somewhat low carbonation.

Overall, I'd say it's a good example, but nothing out of this world.

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Hoptimus Prime from Ruckus Brewing
3.6 out of 5 based on 472 ratings.
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