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 Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a golden copper color with a white head on top. The lacing was sticky and the retention was pretty solid also. The smell of the beer is hoppy, and there is also a big amount of malt sweetness on the nose as well. Smells very appealing. The taste of the beer is good, there is a big balance of hops with a very big malt backbone. The sweetness and the bitter go well together. The mouthfeel of the beer is slick and oily, kind of sticky too with a moderate carbonation. Overall this beer is pretty good. Was glad I finally able to try it.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a cloudy ruddy amber hue, with a tall fluffy ivory head that settles to a rocky cap.

Bready malt on the nose, however aroma is mostly dominated by piney, leafy, grapefruit rind hops.

White grapefruit and rind right up front in the flavour, which continues to dominate throughout. Really it's pretty one-dimensional, however I'm enjoying what it's delivering.

Medium-full mouthfeel, velvety texture, with moderately brisk carbonation.

Highly quenching, it works for what it is and hides its alcohol well while not being overwhelming.

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Photo of Willytee3
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a small hotel wine glass.

Pours a dark amber-orange with a nice foamy tan color head. Silky rings leave spotty lacing.
Smells of candied pine, soft dank mango with a spicy pepper that was kind of uncharacteristic for the style.
Hoppy burst of mellow hops with bright pine and cotton candy. Medium bitter bite. Creamy in the middle with a kind of barley malt finish more like a bitter would be. Not so true to the style we now see of bright effervescent brews with well balanced hops.
Great mouth feel though.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Photo of TheBrewo
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We pour a brew of glowing pumpkin orange. It holds a pillowy tan head standing two fingers tall. This retains nicely, leaving thick, frothy lacing in bubbly patterns dripping down the sides of the glass. There is a light haze throughout, with swirls of minute sediment coming with the last drops from the bottle. Carbonation appears pervasive but lighter. The aroma gives roasty caramel malts, with lightly metallic pale malts. There is also sticky sweetness and syrups of brown sugar and bright booze. The hops meet these precisely in the middle to cut and balance in the form of florals and bittering citrics. With warmth the hops take on a more earthy vibe, while the malts give more toffee sweetness and chalky dryness. Pretty basic, but all the right components meld together nicely. Our first impression is that the flavoring is much light the aroma in that all of the necessary hops, and rich malt flavoring, are there, blending for a tasty sip. The mouth opens with lemony hops, breakfast tea tannins, bittered yeasty bite, caramel malts, and the beginning of that toffee sweetness from the nose. The peak comes with sweeter, syrupy fruitiness of brown apples and strawberries, caramel malt roast, the bite of ethanol, and bittering citric hop rind. Pushing to the finish are syrupy toffee and browned sugars, puckering pale malts, peppery booze, soapy and earthy hops, and biting phenolic clove. The aftertaste breathes of soapy hops, mineral, drying chalky pale malts, booze, drying yeast, and light citrics. The body is medium to full, and carbonation is certainly noticeable, with a bright prick on the front of the tongue. Each sip gives nice pop and smack, with decent cream and slurp to the lip. There is an initial thick coating around the mouth, but with little froth or cream to the palate. This gives way to a final astringent dryness and pucker. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the nice look, and the sweet aroma. Everything is pretty nicely balanced about this beer. The aroma gives a hearty depth of malts to back against the sweeter, more floral hop bouquet, while the flavoring does the same with boozy bite to balance. This makes for a nice beer, but we do wish that some of the components did pop a bit more. More specifically, we wished that the hops had a brighter role in everything, which would have left the palate feeling a bit more fresh and refreshed.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a nice blend of floral hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts with a strong hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet citrus and caramel flavors. The malt character is hearty and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a nice hop-bomb to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light floral hops with some medium citrus notes. Taste is also a good mix between some floral hops with some citrus notes thrown in. Body is somewhat below average with good carbonation. Not bad but missing some hops punch to compete with the greats.

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Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a dark amber hue with a outworn finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured soggy cereal grains and a slight hop essence.

The taste was a muffled assemblance of caramel, cereal grains and grassy hops.

The mouthfeel was round and full.

Overall a decent ale that suffers from a muffled flavor profile.

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Photo of AdamPenna
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An attractive orange color. Looks like a good beer: slightly hazy, not too carbonated, and a fine head which lasts through the drinking. Some lacing. But the taste is timid, citrusy and a little oily. Finally, a drinkable beer and one I might drink again if available in Andoo's Big Beer collection. Drunk from a mason jar.

*I've tried this beer again, and would change the review slightly. I must've gotten an old bottle, but the newest attempt was much better: an exciting beer. And the newest bottle cost me only 6 bucks, and was fresher, livelier, lovelier.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big beer that is quite malt heavy probably due to some age on the bottle . I really liked the old ale profile rather than a hop forward DIPA. I got a long finish on the beer combined with a pleasant hop note on the nose. Lots of balance in this beer though it would be interesting to taste it fresh to see more of the hops. Decent DIPA but at about $9 there is many other choices that would be on my list.

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Photo of MightyMonk
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Belgian style snifter glass.

I Liked the clear dark gold color and the plentiful eggshell head that lingers. The smell is citrus hop and some bread, biscuit malt. The taste is sweet but not cloying. Piney, citrus, alcohol,malty goodness. Its a bit harsh in the mouth for me. A lot of carbonation lingers under the tongue. Overall a very nice DIPA.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my tulip glass this beer was a hazy gold color with a small white head. There was little to no lace.

Citrus aroma, a lot of lemon. It was very sweet.

Very grapefruit taste, but still some lemon. A lot of caramel malt.

Fairly hoppy, but also very malty. Way sweeter than I expected.

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Photo of irs
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Taste is what is striking to me about this beer. Its a mouthful of grapefruit flavored beer. In a good way...I really liked that, but after that I was dissapointrd by the cloying aftertaste, and the surprisingly thin nouthfeel.
Overall-not at all unplesant and actually quite drinkable for a DIPA but considering the other choices at the price I will probably not buy again any time soon

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: medium-to-deep amber ale; slim, one-finger head of tan foam

S: not the most potent DIPA I've smelled - bready, caramel malts predominate over the light pine aromas that creep through

T: a heavy DIPA - lots of chewy caramel and sweet malt; the pine and citrus flavors you expect in an IPA are somewhat subdued - not a bad tasting beer by any stretch, but perhaps a little off-point for an IPA

M: on the heavy side weight-wise, modest carbonation, slightly sweet, sticky aftertaste

O: maybe this beer has changed since Legacy produced it? I dunno, but with a name like Hoptimus Prime, I'd expect something a little more exemplary of the style; certainly a good beer, but not one of the best DIPAs I've had

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Photo of Rutager
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a pretty clear gold-amber with a finger of thick, off white head that leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Oranges, lime, red grapefruit and lemon.

Taste. Sweet citrus juices, some papaya and plenty of grainy, fairly sweet malts. A decent biter finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with fairly low carbonation. A bit of alcohol warmth.

Overall. A decent bigger ipa with some nice juicy citrus flavours. Not as big as I would have thought based on the great name.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A swirling tornado of micro-effervesce is fierce within a bengal tiger orange colored body. A frothy ivory colored head is 2 fingers high, smooth and sturdy like a whipped topping providing a long and generous hold atop while also giving a good coverage of spongey-film lacing on the vessel.

S: Expected a bit more aromatically from an IPA and a lot more from a double IPA. Muted citrus with a weak welcoming makes this short on aromatic appeal. move on.

T: Toasty pine flowers and dried oranges on the first impression. Delightfully bitter with some grapefruit, spicy dried tropical fruitiness and apricot. Finishes out with a warm honey laced toasted grain sweetness.

M: Solid mouthful per style, good carbonation presence and a good spicy hop bite of honey-orange-pine flowers on the swallow.

O: Overall a solid 2x ipa flavor wise, a bit short aromatic wise but the flavor seems to make amends here. A lot of hoppy flowers backs this up for street cred, bitterly balanced with a a sweet dry honey grain base is definitly worth a shot.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours an orangey gold with not much head. This is a big double IPA that smells a lot like a barley wine. Tons of sweet malt on the nose. The flavour follows through with a nice hit of sweet peach in there as well. This is dangerously easy to drink, though it could probably use a bit more hops to balance it all out.

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Photo of fank2788
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a pint glass
Nice orange amber color in the glass with a near white head of tiny bubbles that slowly settles, nice lacing. The nose is mainly citrus and grapefruit hops with just a touch malt beneath. The taste falls just shy of good as balance seems to be just a bit off. The citrus hops are hugely apparent in the taste however I'm not getting enough of a malt base to balance the beer. With a double IPA I'd like to have a really solid caramel maltiness throughout the beer but I'm not getting that out of this one. The carbonation is relatively high which combined with the bitterness of the hops makes this quite tingly on the tongue and the beer feels rather lively in the mouth. The finish is puckering due to the hops with just a touch of sweetness, this is relatively clean for a strong IPA, the alcohol in this beer is dangerously hidden. Overall this is a pretty decent representation of the style, however, double IPAs are becoming more and more popular these days which makes it difficult for a beer to stand out from the crowd.

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Photo of iBeer16
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed in a snifter

A- pours a beautiful golden color with about a 1.5f finger white head, that leaves little lacing.
S- Strong malty aroma also grapefruit from hops.
T- Sweet malts with grapefruit hops, finishes slightly bitter and clean.
M- very smooth, solid carbonation, full bodied ale.
O- Great flavor, malt/hop balance. Great brew!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose and flavor is grapefruit hops and light caramel. OK DIPA just not enough beef. $6.99 for a 22oz bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH.

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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 MAB
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid double IPA but not one of the best that I've ever had.
Nothing wrong with the appearance, smell, taste, or mouthfeel.
Better than average, even. But there's something missing that could take this to a new height.
I can't put my finger on what it might be, though.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear golden copper, two fingers of off white head dissipated very slowly, a few random lacing blobs
S - citrus rind and perfume, biscuity and caramel malt, mild pepper
T - relatively mild floral and peppery hop flavours, some orange citrus creeps in, malt background of caramel and biscuit, and a mild ginger ale like flavour, definitely tasty but just not hop heavy enough for my DIPA tastes
M - medium to light body, juicy and sweet, moves to an almost minty quality with mild bitterness
O - this is a super well balanced and easy drinking DIPA, although balance is not typically what I'm looking for in this style, they've done a good job with this one, well worth a try

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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, a surprise find on the beer store shelves today in Alberta. Nice, slick, hop-pun themed label - lookie at them hop-cone pecs! The same label only mentions Wilkes-Barre, PA, and nothing about NYC for point of origin.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with two tubby fingers of densely puffy off-white head, which leaves some decent splattered spiderweb lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bitter grapefruit pith, subtle pine needles, meaty caramel malt, a touch of biscuity breadiness, and some further astringent floral notes. The taste is more bitter citrus rind, some aged orange juice, bready caramel malt, musty herbal and leafy hops, and pretty much no sign of the 18-proof booze.

The bubbles are rather sedate, the body a sturdy middleweight, and fairly smooth, with the prickliness from the hops marring things a tad. It finishes off-dry, the malt stepping its game up somewhat, while the hops go into a heady holding pattern.

A decent enough DIPA, definitely bitter up front, and well balanced through to the end, with a few hiccups in flavour in between. And the alcohol, let's not forget about that, even though we are compelled here to do so. Contract brewing intricacies aside, this is a stand-up big IPA, all for the low, low price of 6 loonies and change - what's not to like?

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