Hoptimus Prime | Ruckus Brewing

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Hoptimus PrimeHoptimus Prime

Brewed by:
Ruckus Brewing
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by celticfutblclub on 04-14-2011

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Photo of GFish
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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 Gehrig13
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of durlta
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Zakk
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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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Photo of katan
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark golden color. Fair amount of bubbling, showing moderate carbonation. Head formation is just slightly off white, well retained.

S - A citrus hop nose, but rather restrained for this style. Just not very bold.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, goes with a straight malt flavor. Mid-stream brings in a slightly stronger citrus flavor, but it is tempered with a fair amount of bitterness. Finishes with a little more floral and sweet note.

M - Moderate body and light carbonation - comes off heavy on the palette. Somewhat sticky, oily.

O/D - An okay but seemingly a low aiming DIPA. Just doesn't quite have the punch that you would expect. Not very filling. No major flaws just nothing too remarkable.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Maxwell
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a brass yellow with some pinkish hues dancing in the beer. It also pours with a very light head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The second pour got more of a head with a slightly yellowing to it, though even that dissipates quickly and only leaves a slight and drizzling wall of lacing. The beer is hazy but opaque with some good bubbles running from the bottom of the glass. The smell is nice and hoppy with a good grapefruit smell powering its way through, supported by a slightly bready undertone. There are also some hints of orange citrus in smell, but overall the smell is grapefruit. The beer tastes on the malty-side for a Double IPA, though the hops are still quite present. There is a nice grapefruit and sweet hops tingle, running against the breadier and almost biscuity malt backbone of this beer. There is also a boozy lingering to the taste, and you can definitely feel the alcohol warming the cockles of you stomach. The beer is fizzy and carbonated on the tongue, leaving the tip tingling and slightly dry with carbonation and the bitter bite of hops while the rest of the mouth oozes with saliva and a lingering bready feel and slight bitter tingle. Overall this is a moderate IPA. I’m a little surprised at the breadiness of this beer, though that does sometimes happen with DIPA’s. I think it is a nice introduction to the style, but not a particularly noteworthy brew, and definitely not a hophead’s dream. Just an average brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear orange-amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off-white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of citrusy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, flavors of citrusy hops (orange and grapefruit) stand out in particular. The underlying malts are also prominent and contribute sweet flavors of caramel. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness and some hints of alcohol.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit sticky on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O:This beer does not stand out among other Double IPAs, but is a solid representation of the style. It is a beer that needs to be sipped given the strength.

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