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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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of gordavidson
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a lovely dark orange/light amber with a two finger, thick offwhite head. The lacing is impeccable: all the way around the glass without a break.

S- getting that cat piss from some simcoe...some pine coming through as well. I'd like it a little more citrusy

T- very piney. Finish is a little sweet. Eh

M- very thick body, bordering on syrupy. Not the biggest fan

O- it's not bad, especially from a newer brewery, but I've had better.

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Photo of OnryAndMean
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of GFD400
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 4/3/11

Appearance: Dark orange/copper color, surprisingly amber - not much of a head, but there is some good lacing

Smell: Definitely hoppy - citrus hops, some grass, some malts underneath that are sweet and toasted

Taste: Good - somewhat hoppy with some citrus, orange, and tangerine - tons of grass - sweet and toasted malts kind of overpower the hops - even while only drinking half the bomber, this beer simply became too sweet by the end - alcohol is a little too obvious, too

Mouthfeel: Medium body, somewhat sticky - with the sweet malts, it could definitely be heavier

Overall: Too grassy and too sweet, otherwise good

This isn't bad, but it's far from spectacular. It kind of tastes more like a boozy IPA than a DIPA. If it weren't for the sweetness, I might have rated this higher.

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Photo of schnarr84
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We pour a brew of glowing pumpkin orange. It holds a pillowy tan head standing two fingers tall. This retains nicely, leaving thick, frothy lacing in bubbly patterns dripping down the sides of the glass. There is a light haze throughout, with swirls of minute sediment coming with the last drops from the bottle. Carbonation appears pervasive but lighter. The aroma gives roasty caramel malts, with lightly metallic pale malts. There is also sticky sweetness and syrups of brown sugar and bright booze. The hops meet these precisely in the middle to cut and balance in the form of florals and bittering citrics. With warmth the hops take on a more earthy vibe, while the malts give more toffee sweetness and chalky dryness. Pretty basic, but all the right components meld together nicely. Our first impression is that the flavoring is much light the aroma in that all of the necessary hops, and rich malt flavoring, are there, blending for a tasty sip. The mouth opens with lemony hops, breakfast tea tannins, bittered yeasty bite, caramel malts, and the beginning of that toffee sweetness from the nose. The peak comes with sweeter, syrupy fruitiness of brown apples and strawberries, caramel malt roast, the bite of ethanol, and bittering citric hop rind. Pushing to the finish are syrupy toffee and browned sugars, puckering pale malts, peppery booze, soapy and earthy hops, and biting phenolic clove. The aftertaste breathes of soapy hops, mineral, drying chalky pale malts, booze, drying yeast, and light citrics. The body is medium to full, and carbonation is certainly noticeable, with a bright prick on the front of the tongue. Each sip gives nice pop and smack, with decent cream and slurp to the lip. There is an initial thick coating around the mouth, but with little froth or cream to the palate. This gives way to a final astringent dryness and pucker. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the nice look, and the sweet aroma. Everything is pretty nicely balanced about this beer. The aroma gives a hearty depth of malts to back against the sweeter, more floral hop bouquet, while the flavoring does the same with boozy bite to balance. This makes for a nice beer, but we do wish that some of the components did pop a bit more. More specifically, we wished that the hops had a brighter role in everything, which would have left the palate feeling a bit more fresh and refreshed.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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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3.7/5  rDev +2.8%

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2/5  rDev -44.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of AGust82
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GJ40
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 22oz bottle.

Golden with a small off white head and some haze. Great floral, citrusy aroma. Not as much flavor as I thought based on the aroma. More boozy than hoppy. Very little aftertaste once swallowed. I would have liked / expected a lingering bitterness. Silky with a moderate carbonation.

Seemed tame (especially in the finish) for a Double IPA.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good beer with a fine taste, but a bit of plastic on the finish. Color and head were very good.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown bottle, served in a tulip.

Faded tea with brass highlights; noticeably active carbonation. Creamy, white foam with rather sturdy retention.Thin and spotted lacing with good strength.

Bold, sharp pine aroma with a licorice and rosemary-filled herb profile. Resin-laden peach and tropical fruit. Medicinal notes add an earthen quality to the sweet fruit.

Vanilla-driven, moderately sweet fruity esters: peach and honeydew. The hop character is young and biting; although it doesn't quite balance the malt sweetness it is just as bold. The alcohol character is as assertive as the rest of the flavor profiles; reminiscent of rum.

Full bodied; aggressive on the palate, primarily rough on account of the pine-forward hop character; however, slick and oily in spots as well.

A bulky Double IPA that is just too rough around the edges in aroma, taste, and texture.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Bunman3
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is not really what I expected - in the best possible way! The smell has plenty of dried apricot and lodgepole pine. Heavy caramel profile, nice mouthfeel and carbonation, with a very balanced bitter hop finish. I thought this would be much more "hop bomb", but it really finishes in a pleasant way. The name, the packaging, and the overall concept are all "winners" in my books.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of mick303
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured a coppery caramel colour with quite a bit of suspended sediment, smell has caramel malts but also a lot of piney and ripe tropical fruit, taste is biscuity with a coating piney resiny and sappy character, standard carbonation adva good drinkability. Quite a flavourful dipa and now I felt was a bit high on the caramel but managed I make it work decently well, quite bitter with a rolling spice kick to it.

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Photo of BigTrubble
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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