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 BarleyProper
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first thing that struck me with this beer was the foam. It was creamy and almost felt warm on my lips even though it was perfectly chilled. Nice mouth feel. A swish and chew brought the expected hop bitterness, but it was not overwhelming like some IPAs tend to be. This was not the dry hoppiness that I usually expect, it was more wet, slightly sweet with a very pleasing finish.

I am a hoppy guy for sure and doubles and triples are what I like most. This beer has the potential to come out on top. I see great things ahead for Ruckus. Just you wait, when they find a home and their stride, they will be competing with the big guns.


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Photo of macrosmatic
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Pours a copper color that is only a bit hazy. Nice white head forms.

S: Flowery hops, slight caramel malts. Not much else.

T: Follows nose, but is WAY more bitter than expected – bitter on the roof of my mouth, with hang after the swallow. Some resin flavors, flowers, a bit oniony as well.

M: Nice weight to the mouthfeel, good carbonation sensation.

O: Not awful for an IIPA by any stretch, but with so many other quality offerings out there...don't think I'll be trying this one again.

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Photo of Archemedies
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of amachination
1/5  rDev -72.2%

Photo of RandyBoBandy
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of smi
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Yabev15
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of bluerabbit
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Larrydoherty
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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 JohnQVD
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of GreersBeer21
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of nimrod979
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber. Awesome name. Poured into my DC Brau tulip.

Appearance: Bronzish clear color. Thin white head. Hint of lacing not much retention.

Aroma: Plenty of piney and dank hops as well as tropical fruits, grapefruit and mango. Lots of caramely maltiness as well. Kinda takes away from some of the DIPA qualities.

Taste: Tropical grapefruit hoppiness. Piney hops help with some bitterness. Sweet malts give a sturdy backbone. Not a huge hopbomb and the alcohol is a somewhat detectable.

Mouthfeel: A little thick, syrupy, low carbonation. Once again not a huge hop bomb. Te finish is more of a malty sweetness. It's fine just not what I look for in the style.

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Photo of standardcherry
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Joshhod
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
2/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of Bin33chef
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Hirshi
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a flute.

Appearance: amber with a slight haze, white head coming off 1/3" off the body.

Smell: light floral, But real light...I wish it was more.

Taste: complex, first off it is bitter with hints of grapefruit, piney as hell (I am not complaining). Feel the floral essence magnified and honestly tottally impressed.

Mouth: medium to full, little hard to indulge but finish half the glass the second half goes much quicker.

Overall: picked this up at the bar with absolutely no regrets! Enjoy this on me, Salud!

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Photo of Stockfan42
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: pours a very clear honey yellow color with a slight amber hue and a small amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with two fingers of creamy head with large bubbles that looks like pancake batter just when its put on the griddle, lingers nicely and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass
S: a great scent for the style with wonderful citrus aromas and grapefruit notes, quite fresh
T: great hop presence up front with citrus notes which is followed up by a nice sweet note before deeper malts kick in, leaves a bitter taste of fresh hops on the palate, slight alcohol presence
M: smooth and creamy on the palate, leaves the palate feeling quite bitter just as i had expected for the style
O: really very happy with this brew, quite delicious and well balanced with various flavor profiles and a wonderful scent, i found the twist off cap to be a bit of a curious choice, to be honest i cant recall the last true craft beer i had with a twist off cap, other than that minor detail this is an astoundingly and surprisingly nice brew

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Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber bottle, w/o freshness info. House gift from my Pa. pal Mr. Grassy. Thanks Grassy

Pours lightly hazed almond amber, under a light tan head, leaving low sheeting and ample fine lace on the glass. Dull nose of mostly malts but with a back note of minty hops.

On the malty side for a double IPA. Sweet caramel, peppery alcohol, all with an underlying but dull minty hop presence. ehh..sort of a jumbled mess, without many pleasant flavor notes coming through.

Not my favorite example of the style

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Photo of JayQue
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looked like all the makings of a really good DIPA...Big white head, good lacing, good head retention, nice hazy copper color.

Time for a sniff....overall mild aroma for a DIPA but....whats that oniony-bad vegetable aroma? Smells like there is some Summit hops here !!! For many of us, Summit hops provide an oniony/rortton vegetable aspect. 100% summit hops like Gubna are undrinkable for those afflicted.

This beer has other hops as well, with Summit just making it a bit off-putting.

Taste is just ok, hops bitterness and some good hops flavor but the Summit syndrome creeps in here a bit.

Mouthfeel is crisp, good bitterness and rich enough.

Overall, just a bit better than average for me.

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