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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Added by celticfutblclub on 04-14-2011

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Photo of TheBishopco
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Purchased exclusively because it had a ridiculous hop pun for a name.

Appearance - Murky orange body with a small white head. Decent lacing but not a lot of retention. The second glass I poured had nothing on top.

Smell - Citrusy hops with strong notes of grassy and floral hops. Really a nice hop aroma. It's pretty malty, too, though.

Taste - Nowhere near as nice. The hop flavor up front is immediately replaced by syrupy malt sweetness, which is immediately overtaken by an intense bitterness that dominates the back end of the drink. Totally dominated by the bitterness. Not pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Far too bitter for my liking. I don't mind bitter, but not when it overwhelms the other flavors. The malt isn't enough to combat the lingering bitterness.

Overall - Very average. Good in some respects, but not good in others. The flavors are there in incorrect proportions, but that's what makes good DIPAs do difficult to find.

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this 22oz bomber at The Drinkery last weekend for $7.95. Had my turkey today, and it's now time to raise a Ruckus!

Poured into a nonic, this bier had a slight bit of haze to its honey-apricot color. Carbo was minimal and widely dispersed, and the head was a whitish color, thin and fine. Lacing is decent, with good stick remaining in the glass. Aroma is fruity and fine, a mix of some grapefruit, pineapple and apricot. Body is nicely more than medium, almost being chewy, and it is rather easy-going on the tongue.

There's a little bit of fruity sweetness to start, with apricot marmalade on a bready scone coming to mind. Soon after things get bitter, with rindy citrus and some pithy grapefruit pleasing the palate. This hoppiness lingers nicely in the aftertaste, and the 9.0% ABV is, scarily, well-hidden. Quite tasty, though a tad over-priced, in my opinion. Prosit!!

4 rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of zbellino
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just a good beer. IT has a little imbalance to it for a DIPA. There is a decent booze-burn, that doesn't really play well with the natural sweetness of the beer.

It's rusty color and short lived head are actually quite nice, but the nose doesn't match expectations.

The beer tends to lounge in the middle and front of the tongue.

While there are some lemons in this tree, it's mostly maple syrup with some pretty dominant bourbon-esque flavors that are carameled like a mash whiskey.

It's ok, but needs some more bitterness and acidity to brighten it up.

In a word a flabby DIPA.

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Photo of prg1976
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of RuckusDu
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was one of my wants as the name matches. Mostly wanted it for the bottle.

A - Pours a one finger off white head. Golden wheat colored body. Looks as expected for a DIPA.

S - Some marijuana. Sweet hops.

T - Fairly sweet and only a little bitterness on the finish. The marijuana is there a little as well. It hits me more on the nose and taste when I take a couple minutes away from my beer. Back-to-back sips don't produce the same. Some taste of wood, not barrel, but just wood. Sweet citrus like grapefruit but sweeter. More of a honey like sweetness.

M - Thick and sticks to your mouth. Dry.

O - A nice beer that I could see being a regular, go-to if it is the right price. Since I don't have access to this, probably won't get there for me.

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Photo of YouSkeete
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: full, deep bodied cloudy golden yellow. One finger off-white head with bubbly lacing.

S: Big hop aroma with heavy citrus notes. Smooth caramel malts, fruits and some wheat and barley aromas that follow. On the earthy side.

T/M: Fresh hops, malts, orange zest and lemon peel. Was expecting a TON more hop flavor. The sweet, tangy citrus flavor overpowers the hop bitterness. Mildly hoppy, fruity, earthy and sweet mouthfeel. Light to medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

D: Average. Not too impressive, was expecting a lot more from a double IPA.

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Photo of SawDog505
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a nice bright orange, with a half inch of white head, some lacing. Smell is tangerine, pine, hint of carmel, and some grass. Taste is that, some grapefruit in in the last swallow, lot's of tangerine in the beginning. Body is on the thin side and it works well, plenty of carbonation, and very drinkable for the abv. I thought it was solid not earth shattering, but a easy drinking and solid DIPA .

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Photo of jsvt
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into New Belgium snifter.

Pours a slight hazy amber with very little head. No head at all really, just a slight ring and some floaties in the center.

I pick up a slight amount of priming sugar on the nose, which may have to do with the lack of carbonation. Pine smell from hop resins follow. Not too complex hop aroma.

On the palate sweetness hits first and then the piney bitterness from hos, although finishes really dry with not much lingering of flavor. Bitterness lingers most.

A decent beer, not a bad example, but not a outstanding one either.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer pours with a healthy, frothy, dense, bright white, two inch head that slowly settles in to a more low profile inch with great staying power. The beer itself is a vibrant copper-red coloring, with a slight haze to it. The nose is resiny and oily of hops, with a light citrus and floral highlight. Flavors are strong on the tip of the tongue with hops, and it travels fast to the back of the tongue as well. Peppery and green, the hops are carried on a mid-bodied, slick feel. There is a roast caramel malt backbone, with some tangy and tart grapefruit character, as well. The aftertaste is tart and tangy, with bitterness from the hops leading into the clean, drying finish. Tasty brew, especially for the hopheads out there. Very light despite the elevated ABV, and surprisingly easy to drink.

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Photo of pburland23
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To be totally honest, I picked this bottle up because I thought the name was fantastic.

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into my Great Divide tulip.

Beer pours an opaque orange with chestnut highlights. Finger of white head that receded quacking into a thin soapy layer.

Smell is boozier than anticipated. It's only 9%, right? Lots of sweet, citrusy hops with strong tropical fruit notes and a very small dose of malty sweetness at the tail end of the nose.

I wish the taste was as nuanced as the aroma. Bitterness runs amok. It's overwhelming in my opinion. I love hops but there needs to be some malt balance and sadly it's lacking.

Carbonation was light and despite the fact I smelled some booze, the alcohol was well hidden in the beer.

Overall, hops are great, but balance is bitter. Hoptimus Prime misses the mark in my book.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz, bottle, purchased 8/2011, from a reputable bottle shop. Bottled 8/2011.

Poured into a British Imp Nonic

Pours a nice one finger head, this reduces to a 1/8” cap which lasts. Good lace.
Medium dark amber, with some yeast cloudiness. Good looking ale.

Good piney hops in smell, followed by some malt and a hint of yeast. After the ale warms the hops lessen and the malt takes over.

Delicious entry on the palate of piney hops and malt, followed by a wonderfully balance carbonation. There is a nice thirst quenching crispness. Only slightly sweet, this invites you to have another drink. Quite tasty.

Long finish of bitter piney hops and malt.

This is a good DIPA.
The hops could be a little more intense and seem to come and go (this is a phenomena that I have noticed in several IPA’s and DIPA’s). The malt while always present is not overdone. It is a nicely balanced ale, and thankfully not to sweet. Nowhere is the 9% ABV noticeable.
A very enjoyable ale and very reasonably priced at $6 for 22 oz.

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Photo of Koufax21
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - slightly hazed, nice head retention

S - was hoping for a little more here with a name like hoptimus prime

T - good, not great.

O - I liked it. In a state where 22 oz. Beers of 2ipa's are 10$, it's a great value for a pretty decent beer. I would buy it again in the right situation.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a real nice looking light amber color. There is a lot of carbonation that causes a cream-colored head that retains and laces throughout the drink.
Smell is immediate. I can smell the hops from about a foot away from the drink. Up close there is a great smell of a lot of citrusy hops. A good grapefruit smell at the front.
Taste is really nice. There is a lot of strong hop taste in this beer. The hops have amazing citrus taste but for a beer with 92 IBUs the hops do not overwhelm. Toffee malt balances out the hops nicely.
Mouthfeel is real good. Hoptimus has a medium thickness with a smooth feel on the tongue. A bit of carbonation on the tongue is also nicely refreshing.
Drinkability is awesome on this beer. I was nervous before I drank this beer reading the stats (9.0% ABV and 92 IBUs), but this beer goes down so easily. It has a lot of great tastes and flavors, but none of them overpower enough to ruin the palate. One of the better DIPAs I have ever had. I thought the label was a marketing tool, but the liquid backs it up. If you see this, buy it.

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Photo of jpro
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another review following the great Charlie Murphy... Hey Charlie, what did the five fingers say to the face??


Picked up a 22oz bottle at Carrboro Beverage Co. a couple weeks ago. Into a Mikkeller tulip...

A: Slightly hazy orange, with a tint of ruby; small, cream head dies down leaving a few strands of lace.

S: Tangerine rind; pine; some sweet caramel malt notes and a little alcohol, too.

T: Pretty heavy caramel malt; piney hops; some raw/rough grapefruit rind; and some woody notes.

M: Medium-bodied with a moderate carbonation; a touch viscous.

D/O: The caramel sweetness weighs on the palate, as does the dull bitterness... it definitely doesn’t have what I’d call a “bright” hop aroma / flavor, but still a good brew... with a cool name.

Worth a try, but probably not what most hop heads are looking for when they pick up a Double IPA.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Warm murky amber. Off white foamy head that sits at 1/4"

S: kinda musky almost skunky, not very noteworthy, can't really call it citrusy or piney.

T: Kind of bitter, not very inviting or noteworthy. Hops do seem a little dated in fairness. I supposed it's hitting the spot though.

M: Creamy carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel which isn't too drying.

O: Probably a bit dated, still hard to say anything but meh.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't expecting much from this beer. I thought it had a citchy name and I couldn't pass it up for only 5.99. It was rich with apple cidery grape fruit pineapple and piney hops. The malt back bone was just sweet enough to balance it but still give enough head room to the hops. I was crazy impressed by this beer. The only thing I can compare it to would be that it's kinda a kid brother to the 2 year aged 120 minute I had a while back.

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Photo of negroobserver
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow!! This is great beer. Pours with about an inch of off white head. The color is a golden brown or rusty orange. The smell is an amazing bouquet of floral hops. Reminds me very much of FLOWER POWER. This may actually be better than FP. Also, there is a strong presence of grapefruit and citrus. The taste starts off a bit flat. In the middle you will get a bit of the floral and fruity notes. Finally, it ends with a pretty strong bitter finish. Personally, I feel the bitterness is a bit weak for a Double IPA. Nevertheless, a great beer. The beer also has good body and excellent balanced carbonation.

Overall: A

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Photo of BrewMaester
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had several encounters with this beer the most recent being at a restaurant in my neighborhood. I noticed that the brewer had changed, (used to be brewed by Legacy), i was suspicious at first but luckily it was the same old beer.

A nice copper colored pour with moderate head, lacy upon dissipating, a very attractive brew. The nose is modest with some malt and hops. However the flavor was substantial consisting primarily of grapefruit and other citrus flavors, definite hops and malt all blend together well and you cant taste the booze (9% abv). Light yet creamy on the finish its a good enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of LAMAGS
4.7/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I ordered a bottle of this at a restaurant recently, lured to it by the funny name. It came in a frosty glass and had a lively golden orange color with a robust off-white head that left some nice lacing.The nose was pleasant with hints of citrus, pine and hops, (none of the boozy smell you get with some IPAs). The flavor was excellent, a blend of citrus malt and hops with a sweet fruity finish. The mouth feel was smooth and satisfying, turned out to be one of the better IPAs I've had.

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Photo of Kadonny
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I finally saw a bottle of this beer from the new brewery. Legacy sold the recipe and it's now being brewed by Ruckus. I'm very interested to see how it is.

A: A real nice dark copper color with a one finger off white head. No real glass lacing to speak of.

S: Some herbal an floral hops with some slight pine and a heavy sugar sweetness. Far different from the original version.

T: From the first sip, I knew right away I wan't in Kansas (I mean Reading) anymore. The herbal hops get immediately squashed by this huge sugar sweetness. Some slight pine and citrus notes, but again the sugary sweet just takes everything over. Damn, I had high hopes.

M: Sweet, cloying, alcohol, just not an enjoyable drinking experience.

O: Just a sweet mess of a beer, what a shame. Legacy should regain the rights to this beer and sell it to someone who will brew the beer as it was originally done. The original Hoptimus was a massive hop assault with huge earthy and piney notes that just pounded your mouth. This beer just doesn't deserve wearing the Hoptimus Prime label. Shame on you Ruckus.

I just sit here shaking my head. The Legacy version of this beer was a great DIPA that just pounded you with hops. So damn enjoyable whereas this version is a sweet mess. How can that even possibly be. This is NOT the same beer and it will not garnish any more of my money.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light coppery color, tons of clarity. Totally missing a dry hop vibe, was just so nonexistant in terms of picking up hops in the nose, faint sweet cereal malt smell to it, like frosted flakes.

Hops thankfully come in right away in the taste, the mild sweet cereal grain thing is still going on. Does a solid job covering 9% alcohol, some residual citrus and scintilla of pineapple hop flavor. Not just a bitter bomb, gives some texture to the hops, despite for whatever reason their lack of aromatics. Wouldn't really rely on the caramel description for this ipa. Go with toffee and tea leaves.


If you like barleywines, this one's sweetness even when fresh would seem to be a great candidate for aging.

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Hoptimus Prime from Ruckus Brewing
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 471 ratings