Hoptimus Prime | Ruckus Brewing

Hoptimus PrimeHoptimus Prime
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by celticfutblclub on 04-14-2011

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Gary's in Wayne a week or so back. I had never tried this before and even tough the name of this beer refers to a cartoon character from long ago, I expected this to be a hop bomb. While this didn't disappoint, there wasn't much that made this stand out from the other IPA's and double IPA's on the shelf.

The pour to this was pretty typical, with a light almond hue that was a bit cloudy and almost no head or lacing to be seen. Almost no "burn" to the nose with some citrus and pine flavors that one would expect from a beer like this. A hint of caramel matched the slightly darker hue too but the mouthfeel was average without a lot of body to it. Not oily, not strong, and just a hair creamy. This was about as light in taste as a beer of this style could get.

Unfortunately, that wasn't the case with the alcohol. It was there but I couldn't detect it until I made my way down to the bottom of the bottle. The malt and biscuit notes of this beer hide the booze well but made this seem like it was categorized incorrectly. While this wasn't a bad beer, hopheads would fare best by moving on from this unless they want to chug the bottle down. In that case - bombs away, as this has the drinkability of a Imperial Brown Ale...if one existed.

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Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of puboflyons
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Keene, NH Beerfest on April 7, 2012. I have heard a lot of buzz around this beer so this was a good opportunity to try it for myself. It pours copper-amber with a light haze and moderate head. The aroma leans more toward malts, toffee, and nuts rather than hops. The body is medium to bold and creamy. The taste is sweet and malty with a probing bitterness hauling up the back and a slightly dry finish. I can see why this one is well-liked.

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Photo of spunionring
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden orange body with a quarter inch of head. Moderate lacing.

Smells of pine, light orange, and buttery malt.

The hops are mostly pine and gets a little soapy. The malt is buttery and toasty.

Mouthfeel is medium light carbonation with full body.

It's a good, but not great, DIPA. The price point of $5.99 was right on.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle

A - Caramel amber in color with a tall finger of tan head.

S - Soapy, tropical, sweet. Some sweet caramel malt and pineappley hop aroma.

T - Bitter up front, with little in the way of hop flavor. Biscuit/cracker finish. A bit soapy. A bit of booze. Not up to par for this style.

M - Medium in body, smooth.

O - Overall an OK beer in a style full of exceptional brews. It just can't stand up to the competition. But I don't dislike drinking it!

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Photo of Beejay
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale amber as it pours. In the glass it is peach in color and very clear. Light tan head with a touch of a fine sponge texture.

S: Nice hop aroma, pine and citrus notes. There is a huge amount of a tangerine aroma coming through for me. Some caramel in the finish.

T: The hops certainly come through in the flavor. Very citrusy; orange, lemon, and some tangerine. I pick up a little pine, but mostly citrus leaning towards the sweet citrus. The finish has a nice caramel sweetness, and a touch of earth.

M: Medium in body, but with a hint at being syrupy. The carbonation is fine in size, and medium in quantity. The finish leaves a little bit of an oily texture.

O: Overall I think that the beer is very well balanced with a good American hop profile. As IIPA's go I think it is very good, but perhaps not great, however I think for the price this bottle is a knock out.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A pretty hard pour gives way to a few fingers of really bubbly white head. A few bubbles work their way up through the orange liquid to the top of the glass, and one their journey is complete, they're met by the scant amount of head that stuck around.

S: A lot of hops and booze take the aroma over for me. Oily, bitter, citrusy alcohol That is begging for some balance.

T: The taste takes a step in the correct direction, luckily. A caramel malt base plays host to floral hops, bitter and fruity, and the booziness from the aroma. Very sweet overall.

MF: Light to medium body with a good amount of carbonation. This isn't a great beer, but I found it really drinkable.

O: I bought this for the label, straight up. A beer with Optimus Prime created out of hops? Pure genius. It was only around $5 for a 22oz bottle, so honestly it was worth it if for nothing else than the awesome label. Went down well with my chili on the balcony during an unseasonably warm day.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: rust orange body, trace white head,
solid lacing

S: grapefruit, pine,

T: grapefruit, mango, pine, malt, long/slow bitter finish

M: med/light, mild sticky/oily

O: Not a bad little Double IPA for $4.99
Probably not get again, fine gateway
Double IPA.


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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with good retention and nice lacing on a amber with crimson hues cloudy body.

S: citrus and grassy. Some malt.

T: Very smooth without much of a bite. Mild pine and actually some cocoa and cola notes with this one. Its almost like the hops are there but they don’t contribute to the mouthfeel, strange.

M: medium body, a little flat, low to medium carbonation.

Overall: This one is a little bland, may have been a bad bottle because it also seemed flat.

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Hoptimus Prime from Ruckus Brewing
Beer rating: 46.6% out of 100 with 472 ratings
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