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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Photo of Heatwave33
2.02/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 1 pint 6oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: A slight hazy copper-orange with an off white head.

Smell: Very low aroma here. I detect earthy hops and peach.

Taste: Bready malts come at first. Then some earth tone hops and peach.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, coarse and medium dryness on the palate.

Overall: Very odd DIPA. Bready with a hint of hops? I did not enjoy this brew. The best part of it is the bottle. There was a taste in it I cannot put my finger on. There was almost no aroma and then the taste was almost unbearable. Cheers?

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Photo of victory4me
2.32/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a standard shaker.

Pours a muddy copper with a half-finger of head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is sweet malts with bitter hops making a brief presence, yet overshadowed by the caramel sweetness.

Flavors are dominated by the bready malts with very little hop presence. Terribly underwhelming. Bitter finish is far from enjoyable and the cloying sweetness is borderline disgusting. Mouthfeel is lacking of carbonation or hop spice.

This is not a good beer and a far cry from the original version from Legacy Brewing.


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Photo of coachdonovan
2.33/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz undated bottle. Seems to be a bit of confusion about where this brewery sits. BA and brewery website say NYC; label says Wilkes-Barre. Given the address of West 35th Street in Manhattan, I'm going with brewery in PA plus marketing in NY.

Pours very clear gold with limited head and looks a lot more like a pilsner than a DIPA. Aroma is disappointing for the style, as there is just a tiny bit of citrus and nothing more.

Taste is... rough. I dare say this has some GUBNA onionesque characteristics. Extremely harsh, acrid. ABV stays hidden, but I would probably prefer the taste of booze to whatever the hell is going on here.

This beer is warming up, and wow that is not a good thing. I'm signing off before the bottle is empty, but I can't promise the rest won't be a drainpour. I was suckered in by the name, the style & the label, and that makes me sad.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.39/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2


Bottle thanks to funhog. Snifter.

A: Transparent dark orange with a finger of white sea foam. Solid retention and scattered lacing.

S: Bread, caramel, cardboard, and stale hops. I get alcohol, dull citrus, and a little pine.

T: Bready with some sweet caramel. The beer is pretty malty. Hops impart a moderate bitterness and notes of orange and earth. They're pretty dull and lifeless, to be honest. The sweetness quickly becomes unpleasant and cloying. Alcohol is evident.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: A pretty bad Double IPA.

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Photo of Dodt
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

found this beer after finally deciding to try out the a pizza and beer to go place outside of york.
amber in color with a decent head. aroma was a bit underwhelming was hoping for a stronger hop presents.taste was a over malty in and little hops in taste.

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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 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 JWU
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Semi-translucent, some hop haze, a light copper/orange in color, a bit of mediocre white head that doesn't really lace much.

S- Disappointing. Some tangerine and garlic from the hops, maybe some pale malts? Had to sniff this way too many times to try and pick those notes up.

T- This DIPA is trying to be a jack of all trades, and is truly a master of none. There is way too much going on (which is normally a good thing). The notes are all very mild, and none have any kid of intensity on the palette . Tangerine, garlic, some mint, hemp and grapefruit. Pale malts are pretty agressive and lend an unbalanced sugary component. Gets bitter, and more metallic on the back end as it warms.

M- not too bad, medium, kind slick, but that gets cancelled out by the metallic bitterness. Some prickly carbonation. Kinda coats the lips.

O- Meh. That's what this makes me say. It's like they just got as many hops as they could and just rammed them kettle in no particular order or amount.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Warm murky amber. Off white foamy head that sits at 1/4"

S: kinda musky almost skunky, not very noteworthy, can't really call it citrusy or piney.

T: Kind of bitter, not very inviting or noteworthy. Hops do seem a little dated in fairness. I supposed it's hitting the spot though.

M: Creamy carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel which isn't too drying.

O: Probably a bit dated, still hard to say anything but meh.

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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 generalnotsew
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
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 Kadonny
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I finally saw a bottle of this beer from the new brewery. Legacy sold the recipe and it's now being brewed by Ruckus. I'm very interested to see how it is.

A: A real nice dark copper color with a one finger off white head. No real glass lacing to speak of.

S: Some herbal an floral hops with some slight pine and a heavy sugar sweetness. Far different from the original version.

T: From the first sip, I knew right away I wan't in Kansas (I mean Reading) anymore. The herbal hops get immediately squashed by this huge sugar sweetness. Some slight pine and citrus notes, but again the sugary sweet just takes everything over. Damn, I had high hopes.

M: Sweet, cloying, alcohol, just not an enjoyable drinking experience.

O: Just a sweet mess of a beer, what a shame. Legacy should regain the rights to this beer and sell it to someone who will brew the beer as it was originally done. The original Hoptimus was a massive hop assault with huge earthy and piney notes that just pounded your mouth. This beer just doesn't deserve wearing the Hoptimus Prime label. Shame on you Ruckus.

I just sit here shaking my head. The Legacy version of this beer was a great DIPA that just pounded you with hops. So damn enjoyable whereas this version is a sweet mess. How can that even possibly be. This is NOT the same beer and it will not garnish any more of my money.

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Photo of gdrydenc
2.81/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a medium amber, with minimum amounts of light white head. Pretty decent looking, but a bit pale for a DIPA.

S - A pretty hoppy aroma, but mostly pine, not much fruitiness. Pretty pungent odor, but it's a bit muted.

T - First off, this tastes more like an even mix of a barleywine and a DIPA. It really doesn't work for a beer named Hoptimus Prime. I would expect a hop bomb. The pine comes out a bit in the taste, but not nearly enough. It's mostly an awkward bitterness that comes out in the finish.

M - Fairly standard mouthfeel. Less viscous than I would expect with a 9% ABV. It isn't creamy and that really loses it some points for me.

Overall, this is a pretty disappointing beer. The flavors are too intense in the wrong places and lacking in the places I want it. I wouldn't buy this beer again.

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Photo of shand
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint.

I'm not at all surprised that Ruckus is a marketing company first and a brewing company second. Just the name and the label were enough to get this six dollar bomber off the shelf and directly into my hands, bypassing the reviewing vetting process I usually give beers. It pours a hazy amber color with a tiny head. The aroma is nicely hop-forward, it's not especially strong but it smells good, with some sweet malts under the surface. The taste is alright, it's got a balanced hop and malt, but it really doesn't stand out at all. It's almost like the malts and hops cancel each other out, leaving something fully average. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, and the drinkability is about average until it warms, when fusal alcohol starts to take hold. A middling beer. The advertising side of the company was far stronger than the brewing side on this one.

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Photo of Number967
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Maybe 1/2 inch white foam on top, golden underneath. Not much smell here which is surprising for a DIPA. Smells almost metallic or herbal? Was expecting an overpowering hops piney smell. Even taste across your palate, nothing really sticks out. IBU tastes pretty high. Bitterness is there but nothing that really bites you at the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is a bit oily not as much carbonation as I would have liked.
This brewery says they're located on 35th St in NYC. The only thing I can find when i go over there is Ruckus marketing firm. If youre going to claim to be from NYC at least brew beer here. Overall, an average DIPA.

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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 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 lacqueredmouse
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from New Beer Distributors in Chinatown, New York.

Pours a dirty clear amber colour, with a filmy head of pancake-bubbled-riddled white. Lacing is sheeting and strong. Body is thick, and leaves some anarchic and tiny-bubbled carbonation when tilted or swirled. Decent.

Nose is slightly herbal and rather savoury. Has a slight tinge of barbeque to it, oddly. Some aromas of orange skin, but strangely, all the characters are rather subdued and light. Not a good move for an IPA, let alone a Double.

Taste is also quite off for an IPA. Strong sweet port-like characters, with the associated booziness, with big custardy vanilla characters, and only an afterthought of bitter hop characters.

Not great, and missing a lot. Too big for what it is, and without the balance or complexity of the best examples. Only an average beer, with a moderately humorous name.

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Photo of ms11781
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 04/30/2011. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear, deep copper color with a minimal off-white head. Though little head develops, what is there sticks around leaving a foam ring around the glass along with swirls of foam that cap the beer.

Pretty subdued nose for a DIPA. Some earthy and floral hops are here along with a subtle sweet malt character. As mentioned, the aroma isn't all that strong, but some distinct characteristics do come through.

The taste follows along with the nose although the flavors are a bit bolder. The earthy hops that were in the nose aren't as noticeable but some herbal hop character is picked up. What really stands out are the floral hops. Not strong, relatively speaking, but definitely the dominant hop aspect here. The sweet malt is still there but stays in the background. There is a considerable bitter finish that is stronger when the beer is colder. The bitterness lingers just a bit but, surprisingly, isn't all that sticky or oily.

Medium/heavy mouthfeel with medium carbonation give a slick mouthfeel. Lingering bitterness, as mentioned, but it's not the sticky type. Most DIPA seem to either be dry or somewhat dry or sticky and oily. This one is neither, which seems to throw me off a bit.

Overall, an ok DIPA. Kind of muted aromas and flavors, to the point where they can be picked out but nothing hits you in the face and takes over. The fact that nothing dominates over everything else is fine if it's a balanced beer but this one is hop forward with a slight amount of malt character and still nothing stands out head and shoulders above the rest.

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Photo of beer2day
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear honey gold pour with 1 finger of cream head. No retention and very light lacing.

Malty breaded nose with just a hint of citrus. Way more about malt and too much so for my taste.

Honey sweet hit. Lots of alcohol present. Unremarkable taste, again more malt than hops.

Syrupy body, very thick, without the touch of creaminess I prefer in a DIPA.

Could this be a malt liquor masquerading as an IPA?

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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 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 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 CHickman
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
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 spunionring
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a decent DIPA, but not great. It lacks the bitter hop punch you would expect from a douple ipa with a hop-style name such as this.

Totally drinkable, and a solid, high-quality beer. Not bad. Just not what a hophead is looking for.

There's a persistent presence of carbonation, the glass has a light bubbling that lingers until I've finished. Also a decent ring of head that doesn't disperse. The color is a bit dark of an amber hue, which embodies the flavoring of heavy richness, not citrus/hoppy/crisp.

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