Hoptimus Prime | Ruckus Brewing

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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 DelicateDelirium
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Immortale25
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/4 inch head that retains a bit before becoming an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass and mold-patterned surface foam as per the usual hoppy IPA look. Some wet lacing.

S- Nice, piney hop aroma that's clean and citrusy. Not much malt or alcohol detected.

T- There it is. Caramel on the first sip, grapefruit on the second. There's a good bitter going on but is milder than expected. The smell would have you believe it's going to be a hop bomb but the flavor shows the beer's true colors of balance.

M- Tingly and moist. Medium carbonation. Full body for an IPA.

O- My first Ruckus and it's quite impressive.

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Photo of ryanonline
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very hazy and yet a bit clear, with some serious off white head. the color is very different, very brown instead of orange or amber.

whoah, tea scent and a bit heavy on the floral and citrus hops. a little bit of sweet malt as well.

taste is the same , but a stronger focus on citrus.

mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied.

drinkability is relatively high.

This beer is not ready to receive the matrix of leadership, but it's close.

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

A - Poured with two fingers of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, dark copper colored body. The head fades at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - A spicy hop aroma with notes of pine and some bready malt in the background.

T - Bready malt with notes of caramel and some lightly spicy pine hops. More thick malt in the middle with honey and a hint of clove as the beer fades to a spicy finish with moderate bitterness and lingering sweet toffee and malt.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A nicely balanced and drinkable beer, but the hop character is a bit of a disappointment. Lacking in aroma with more spicy character that I would like to see in an American DIPA. No fruity or pungent hop characteristics, just a dull spiciness throughout with a hint of pine that isn't enough to save the day.

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Photo of jrcmlc
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Vec2267
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - golden color, large off-white head, nice lacing

S - subdued, sugar, floral citrus, resin

T - big malt backbone, huge hop presence, candied grapefruit, nothing unpleasant, but nothing that makes you want more

F - medium body

O - too sweet, the hops are present, but their subtle flavors are masked by the sweetness

I don't have a great sense of smell, but this beer is extremely lacking.

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Photo of shand
2.87/5  rDev -21.2%
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 67couple
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Dodt
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
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 ryendavid
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of rwrk42
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: An orange hazy copper color with little head.

Smell: A nice citrusy hops smell. Very nice smell of hops with a slight fruity undertone.

Taste: A nice amount of hops at first taste. Incredible character of hops followed by a nice citrus fruit taste. Nice balanced and a bit on the sweeter side.

A very good IPA. Would recommend.

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Photo of CHickman
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
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 Heatwave33
2.02/5  rDev -44.5%
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 TrickkyGangsta
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Brianito
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of ahbaggins
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of calcio360jrd
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of phishgator
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Big head, creamy and medium carbonation. The nose is of juicy, floral hops. The color is orange hue with a little haze. The taste is floral hops and slick hop oil with a chewy body. There is a buttery smoothness to the body that is quite pleasant. The alcohol is well hidden for being 9%.

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Photo of stampfler07
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of McLaughlin5350
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of jamiekimble
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of 11millsown113
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Cluker
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Great label, I hope it lives up to the name. Bottle stamped: 26411 19090K+

A: Pours a hazy orange/golden hue with about a finger and half a off-white colored head. Almost no lacing as it recedes to a fine ring. Small amount of carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass

S: Nose is of small citrus notes, definitely not a west coast IPA. Small citrus rind, balanced with some sweet malts.

T: Taste is bitter, but not overwhelming with a nice malt backbone. In my opinion the hop profile is a bit low for what I had expected, but nevertheless still good.

M: Meduim bodied; bready malt, carbonation was a bit low, but the alcohol helped keep the palate refreshed. Overall an ok IPA, but not one that I would drink again.

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Photo of beer2day
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
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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Hoptimus Prime from Ruckus Brewing
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 472 ratings
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