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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Reviews: 158 | Ratings: 472
Photo of spree92
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes taken on 4/16/11.

Poured a yellow/orange color with about half inch head on top. Plenty of carbonation is evident. What a great mode here. Hops all day, floral, grapefruit, and fresh grass are so strong. The high abv comes through a bit in the end. After the smell, I was expecting a big taste, and was a little let down. The smell transferred over, but more as an IPA. Must have been some malts to balance it out a bit. A filling, medium body beer with a dry finish. I thought this was a really good beer and would buy again if I saw it. The price was right.

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Photo of Willytee3
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a small hotel wine glass.

Pours a dark amber-orange with a nice foamy tan color head. Silky rings leave spotty lacing.
Smells of candied pine, soft dank mango with a spicy pepper that was kind of uncharacteristic for the style.
Hoppy burst of mellow hops with bright pine and cotton candy. Medium bitter bite. Creamy in the middle with a kind of barley malt finish more like a bitter would be. Not so true to the style we now see of bright effervescent brews with well balanced hops.
Great mouth feel though.

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Photo of evilkalla
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bomber into an ale glass.

A: Delightfully clear pale copper, with a quarter inch of quickly receding head. The clarity of this beer is amazing.

S: The hops on this one are more flowery than they are piney or resinous. Has a sort of sweet, honeysuckle quality to it. Very nice.

T: Malt is immediate up front, with a slight bitterness in the background, but none of the hop-bomb bitterness I expected, somewhat more smooth. Finishes with a somewhat muted bitterness on the tongue, while remaining malty and sweet. An interesting beer.

M: Has a thick feel in the mouth. Sort of sticks to it.

O: A pretty decent IPA, although it's definitely not in the bitter-bomb category if that's what you're after.

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Photo of nitro0292
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Undated bomber partially poured into my Brooklyn snifter. Soft pour left a finger's worth of head atop a semi-transparent dark gold brew. Retention is solid, with the head never quite dissipating and settling into a cap. Sticky lacing.

Initial whiff of citrusy hops followed by balancing malt sweetness. Could be more "bursting" with hops, but I don't know how old the bottle is.

Taste is fairly complex, with citrus hops hitting the tongue first, followed by sweet caramel malts and finishing with a balancing bitterness leaving a moderately dry finish. No hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy, slightly syrupy with some hop oils.

Overall a decent DIPA. I have yet to really be wowed by the style (with the exception of very fresh Hop Stoopid and Hop Wallop). Would like more hops and less sweetness, but worth definitely worth trying.

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Photo of negroobserver
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
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 kaips1
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a Sam A. perfect pint

a- its an ok dark goldish, with amberish hues near the head, poured a nice thick white 2 finger head
s-its almost 50/50 between some citrus and some pine, not strong but its there
t-not exactly what i was expecting, it didnt have the same as the nose and a bit astringent in the middle with little to no finish, i wanted much more bitter in the front
m-not that lively, really wet through out the whole sip, didnt leave that dry, i want this again and again finish, you almost expect out of dipa's
o/d- overall its ok at best, with a name like hoptimus prime i was expecting an unsung hopslam or ruination, drinkablity its an easy drinker but i doubt ill buy it again

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Photo of rwrk42
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
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 irs
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Taste is what is striking to me about this beer. Its a mouthful of grapefruit flavored beer. In a good way...I really liked that, but after that I was dissapointrd by the cloying aftertaste, and the surprisingly thin nouthfeel.
Overall-not at all unplesant and actually quite drinkable for a DIPA but considering the other choices at the price I will probably not buy again any time soon

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Photo of Koufax21
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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 JLateralus21
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving: 22oz bottle
A: cloudy, nice head. Could be more clear.
S: smell fades quickly, slightly tropical, not much hops. Disappointed.
T: this is where the double IPA comes in. Notas solid as some of the top like dogfish or stone. But serviceable. Hops are more on the tropical, passion fruit side, very little pinny or nw hops.
M: adequate for an DIPA

Overall: decent, but was expecting much more.

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Photo of Vec2267
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
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 iBeer16
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed in a snifter

A- pours a beautiful golden color with about a 1.5f finger white head, that leaves little lacing.
S- Strong malty aroma also grapefruit from hops.
T- Sweet malts with grapefruit hops, finishes slightly bitter and clean.
M- very smooth, solid carbonation, full bodied ale.
O- Great flavor, malt/hop balance. Great brew!

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Photo of AdamPenna
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An attractive orange color. Looks like a good beer: slightly hazy, not too carbonated, and a fine head which lasts through the drinking. Some lacing. But the taste is timid, citrusy and a little oily. Finally, a drinkable beer and one I might drink again if available in Andoo's Big Beer collection. Drunk from a mason jar.

*I've tried this beer again, and would change the review slightly. I must've gotten an old bottle, but the newest attempt was much better: an exciting beer. And the newest bottle cost me only 6 bucks, and was fresher, livelier, lovelier.

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Photo of LarryK
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great name and label for a double IPA, though despite a bit of a gimmicky exterior, it's also surprisingly drinkable as well. I went about a year in between having this beer, and enjoyed it substantially more the second time around. Simcoe is the star of the show here; and while it probably won't win any awards, I would say this is probably one of the more enjoyable "New York" DIPAs I've had.

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Photo of lazjuarez
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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 MightyMonk
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Belgian style snifter glass.

I Liked the clear dark gold color and the plentiful eggshell head that lingers. The smell is citrus hop and some bread, biscuit malt. The taste is sweet but not cloying. Piney, citrus, alcohol,malty goodness. Its a bit harsh in the mouth for me. A lot of carbonation lingers under the tongue. Overall a very nice DIPA.

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Photo of buyBinboaVodka
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. It pours a copper amber color with a huge white head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing around the glass.

S - Big citrus hops come through with notes of grapefruit, floral aromas and some maltiness in the backround.

T - This started off rather sweet with the malts coming through at first then the hops come towards the end with a bitter finish. I get some caramel and hop presence throughout each sip. The citrus taste is always there and some bitter earthy flavor is in there as well.

M - It's very viscous and has mild carbonation, almost feels like a syrup.

O - I was expecting a little more from this DIPA, but it is still a very good beer. Also for $4.99, the price is very good for what you are getting.

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Photo of diddly
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a stemmed glass.

Pours a somewhat cloudy, dark copper with a thick, bubbly white head, which hangs around for a little bit. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Very sweet aroma with good balance of earthy bitterness.

Flavor is about par for the style - sweet, with well-balanced bitterness. Nothing out of this world.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, with somewhat low carbonation.

Overall, I'd say it's a good example, but nothing out of this world.

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Photo of jsled
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 4/5. Clear golden copper. Some head, receeding mostly and quickly. Little residual carbonation.

A: 3/5. Sweet, citrus hops. No alcohol.

F: 7/10. Clean. Sweet. Bitter. Some citrus hops flavor. Moderate malt middle. Thin, sweet citrus aftertaste. Minor astringency. No alcohol heat.

M: 4/5. Thin but some lingering.

O: 8/10. A nicely drinkable DIPA with good hop and malt notes.

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Photo of Chris_Mac
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly crimson-amber hue, and looks inviting. Smell is pleasant, but does not promise the amount of hops the name suggests. There is light lacing apparent after a few sips. The taste is more malt than hops, with the alcohol coming in late. A very drinkable double ipa, a good addition to any Wednesday evening.

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Photo of LAMAGS
4.7/5  rDev +30.6%
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 jsvt
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
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 Number967
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Maybe 1/2 inch white foam on top, golden underneath. Not much smell here which is surprising for a DIPA. Smells almost metallic or herbal? Was expecting an overpowering hops piney smell. Even taste across your palate, nothing really sticks out. IBU tastes pretty high. Bitterness is there but nothing that really bites you at the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is a bit oily not as much carbonation as I would have liked.
This brewery says they're located on 35th St in NYC. The only thing I can find when i go over there is Ruckus marketing firm. If youre going to claim to be from NYC at least brew beer here. Overall, an average DIPA.

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Photo of zbellino
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
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 spunionring
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
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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Hoptimus Prime from Ruckus Brewing
3.6 out of 5 based on 472 ratings.
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