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 Immortale25
4.31/5  rDev +19.7%
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 pat61
4.34/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Initial chill haze clears to brilliant amber as it warms. Crowned with a thin, ¼” cream colored foam cap that quickly dissipates to a thin film. Leaves splotchy lace at best.
S: fruit, citrus, resin on the nose
T: Malt sweetness comes across as light fruit – plum, peach, a little grape and there is a little caramel in the background. Hop forward but emphasizes hop flavors rather than bitterness. This finishes almost bone dry with lingering fruit tastes.
F: Medium carbonation but there is a nice crispness to this. Medium body to medium light.
O: Nice touch of peach and plum and some other light fruit and just the right amount of bitterness to pull it all together and make you say wow.

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Photo of Brad007
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've wanted to review a DIPA for quite a while. Luckily, Hoptimus Prime is now available in VT (not to be confused with the one from Legend Brewing).

Pours a beautifull copper-gold color with a one-finger head into my glass.

Just a hint of citrus greets the nose, followed by lightly buttered malt. Aroma is rather flat and I expect something that pops out more.

Taste is better though with a definite citrus/mint quality to the hops with just the right amount of buttery malt. It feels balanced to my tongue.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering citrus bitterness and buttery malt. Nothing harsh.

Not bad. Very balanced. The aroma could use some work though.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Photo of Rutager
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a pretty clear gold-amber with a finger of thick, off white head that leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Oranges, lime, red grapefruit and lemon.

Taste. Sweet citrus juices, some papaya and plenty of grainy, fairly sweet malts. A decent biter finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with fairly low carbonation. A bit of alcohol warmth.

Overall. A decent bigger ipa with some nice juicy citrus flavours. Not as big as I would have thought based on the great name.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my tulip glass this beer was a hazy gold color with a small white head. There was little to no lace.

Citrus aroma, a lot of lemon. It was very sweet.

Very grapefruit taste, but still some lemon. A lot of caramel malt.

Fairly hoppy, but also very malty. Way sweeter than I expected.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Old bottle from ABC. Pours clouudy light orange with tiny white head. Strong lemon and orange zest aroma with some caramel candy malt. Bit of wet dog. Flavor follows aroma exactly. Lots of orange peel. Not much hops left here. Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Meh.

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Photo of n2185
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, honey orange with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: Touches of caramel malt and sweet oranges and apricots up front followed by lots of grassy, piny hops with some grapefruit notes.

T: Sweet orange citrus up front followed by some grapefruit rind and resiny pine bitterness. The finish has a nice piny aftertaste with a bit of bitterness, though it doesn't linger.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer has a fairly dry and crisp quality to it as well.

O: Overall, a good DIPA. Nothing that blows my socks off, but I've paid more for worse examples of the style. It does a good job of balancing the piny bitterness with the citrusy flavors so that it's neither too sweet nor too bitter.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is quite hoppy, more grassy and floral than woody or evergreen. It pours a lovely dark amber with a rather nice ivory head. Flavor is very hoppy, again emphasis on grassy and floral taste with a woody undertone and little bitterness, as well as a subtle malty note. Full-bodied texture is lively and fizzy, leaving a strong hoppy tingle. This one is worth seeking! Makes a nice accompaniment to a big bowl of decepticon stew. ;)

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Photo of Brenden
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The color is that of ripe apricot, bright orange with a heavy cloudiness. The off-white head is small but has a thickness and substantial body to what it does have. Lace is tight, thick spotting in just less than moderation. The aroma is light, but some warming brings out citrus, pith and zest mostly, caramel, and an interesting note of something like bark. This is, overall, a strange beer. Pith and dry (old?) orange peel meet caramel, dandelion, herb, bark and nut with lots of oddly roasty bread. The feel is definitely the strong point of this beer. It has a delicate but firm fluffy and soft sort of creaminess resting lightly on the tongue, balanced by consistent crispness with a bite that's not too hard but doesn't back down either. Pith dries the finish out some.

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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 Satchboogie
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hoptimus Prime: Reviewed 4/11/11

22oz bottle, looks to have been bottled March '11, poured into a Duvel glass

A: Pours hazy golden copper, 2 finger frothy white head that slowly dissipates. Good lacing

S: Grapefruit with almost a banana spiciness, some citrus, floral/grassy notes, wet hay. Not at all what I expect, almost like a little belgian yeast thrown in.

T: Yeah, I get lots of that banana/belgian taste right up front with the citrus behind it. Floral first profile with the citrus (mainly grapefruit) take a backseat. There's just a little bitterness, not much. Finish is yeasty and malty, but very light flavored with a little citrus, spice, and wet hay. This seems very much like a Belgian style IPA.

M: Medium to high carbonation, light mouthfeel with just a little creaminess. Not much resin to speak of. Finish is a little boozy.

O: I was very disappointed with this, though not surprised. I hoped that the new brewery would do this justice, but this just doesn't seem anything like the Hoptimus Prime I've heard about.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear orange-amber body with an inch of off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Nice.

S: Solid caramel malt backbone underlying some pleasantly intense hoppiness: pine, resin, and more pine. This is decent smelling beer, but it's somewhat lacking in complexity.

T: Toffee + biscuity malt, piney hops, and some fruity booze. Big, flavorful, and just slightly rough.

M: Creamy, frothy medium body. Mouth-filling and enjoyable.

O: Not a bad beer by any stretch, but there are so many better DIPAs out there that I wouldn't recommend spending time or money on this one. The label is pretty awesome, though...


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Photo of Reagan1984
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, Well, Well we finally meet. I’ve purchased this beer at least 3 or 4 times and never wound up drinking the bottle. Abecall98 from Cali loves this beer and often asks for a bottle in our trades. I am always happy to accommodate and send one along. Of course, this came straight out of my fridge several times. This was mostly with the Legacy brand… so I’ll have to get him a bottle of the Ruckus. Sadly I can’t provide a comment comparing the two. But I think it’s nice.

Pours with a thin finger of white head. The beer is a very bright and clear copper color. There is some carbonation escaping to the surface. Light soapy lacing.

Aroma is nice with citrus and toasted malt notes. The nose reminds me a bit of Two Hearted. A little grassy as well.

Well I can see why Abel like this beer. Right on the edge between an IPA and DPA with the flavor. There is a hint of the ABV. There is a nice toasted malt backbone with some bready notes and a slight sweetness. The hops are juicy and burst in your mouth… Citrus, with green notes.

Medium bodied with a hint of stickiness. Certainly juicy….

At the posting of this review I see there are only three reviews of this brand by this brewer. I am baffled by the ratings. I am not saying this is Pliny or anything, but there is no way this is a “B” on BA as far as ratings. Try this beer.

(one references Belgian/banana flavors??.... um no)

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to cbeer88 for this!

Pours a nice coppery amber. Light head, with a nice covering of lacing.

Smell is a bit lacking. Not very hoppy. It's there, but more sweetness, and caramel...not bad qualities for an imperial, but still, it should be more pronounced. Still damn decent though.

Tastes better, though still more on the malt rich side. Finish is rather bitter though, nicely. Hops are nice and piny and resinous. Pretty good.

The feel is great. Medium bodied, creamy slick, and oily.

Good imberial IPA. I would have loved to have tried this as a Legacy brew, but I'm still glad to have had the Hoptimus Prime either way, and I'd drink it again in a heartbeat!

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

Big beer that is quite malt heavy probably due to some age on the bottle . I really liked the old ale profile rather than a hop forward DIPA. I got a long finish on the beer combined with a pleasant hop note on the nose. Lots of balance in this beer though it would be interesting to taste it fresh to see more of the hops. Decent DIPA but at about $9 there is many other choices that would be on my list.

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Photo of CHickman
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
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 macrosmatic
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Pours a copper color that is only a bit hazy. Nice white head forms.

S: Flowery hops, slight caramel malts. Not much else.

T: Follows nose, but is WAY more bitter than expected – bitter on the roof of my mouth, with hang after the swallow. Some resin flavors, flowers, a bit oniony as well.

M: Nice weight to the mouthfeel, good carbonation sensation.

O: Not awful for an IIPA by any stretch, but with so many other quality offerings out there...don't think I'll be trying this one again.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a stella glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a one finger head. A nice and hazy orange yellow glow with some clarity and signs of carbonation at the top of the glass. Head has reduced and left some lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit, clementines, and other citrus fruits come tom mind. Some bready and sweet scents from the malts used too. Smells nice.

Taste: Same as above, but the sweet mals blend nicely and make this a good well balanced beer between the citrus and bitterness to the sweet and biscuity malts.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and very easy to drink given the 9% is hidden very well.

Overall: This is a another good beer to come out of the state of PA. Will look forward to more of their beers as it show on the website that they have 5 or 6. Might even have to take a road trip someday out there. About a 5 hour car ride.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle at the local liquor store. I'd never heard of Ruckus or Hoptimus Prime.

I looks appropriate for an IPA. You get the orange tint and light foam. Not really particulate in there.

The smell from opening the bottle was great. You get a lot of that citrusy/grapefruit. It is far less pronounced in my tumbler.

The flavor is good, but it doesn't really stand out. It wasn't nearly strong enough in comparison to most DIPA's.

The bottle looks pretty good, so I'll keep it. Unfortunately, I probably won't be picking up another bottle.

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Photo of JayQue
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looked like all the makings of a really good DIPA...Big white head, good lacing, good head retention, nice hazy copper color.

Time for a sniff....overall mild aroma for a DIPA but....whats that oniony-bad vegetable aroma? Smells like there is some Summit hops here !!! For many of us, Summit hops provide an oniony/rortton vegetable aspect. 100% summit hops like Gubna are undrinkable for those afflicted.

This beer has other hops as well, with Summit just making it a bit off-putting.

Taste is just ok, hops bitterness and some good hops flavor but the Summit syndrome creeps in here a bit.

Mouthfeel is crisp, good bitterness and rich enough.

Overall, just a bit better than average for me.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear golden copper, two fingers of off white head dissipated very slowly, a few random lacing blobs
S - citrus rind and perfume, biscuity and caramel malt, mild pepper
T - relatively mild floral and peppery hop flavours, some orange citrus creeps in, malt background of caramel and biscuit, and a mild ginger ale like flavour, definitely tasty but just not hop heavy enough for my DIPA tastes
M - medium to light body, juicy and sweet, moves to an almost minty quality with mild bitterness
O - this is a super well balanced and easy drinking DIPA, although balance is not typically what I'm looking for in this style, they've done a good job with this one, well worth a try

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Roguer
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Nearly transparent amber brew shot through with a reddish glow. Full finger white firm head. Supremely carbonated and lively. Head slides down the glass, leaving a thin but firm lacing.

Soft and syrupy aroma: tannins, floral bouquet, and a slight generic hop bite. Indistinguishable from citrus and pine.

Super heavy malts, with an astringent lingering bitterness. A woody, earthy chocolate flavor rings surprisingly strongly, as well as mint and a heavy dose of caramel. A floral/honey hoppiness floats in the background, but the hop emphasis rests on a dry bitterness.

Lively mouthfeel, medium-light, with a refreshing carbonation sting, and none of the syrupy DIPA trap hinted in the nose. The hops cleanse the tongue and palate nicely. Strong hop oil residue.

This may not be a bad beer, but the flavor profile is absolutely not for me - not out of a DIPA. (Curiously, they specifically call it a "Double" IPA, vice IIPA or Imperial IPA.) Everything else hits the right notes, but the most important aspect - flavor - just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Undated bomber at 45 degrees into goblet; twist off cap!
Extremely faint aroma of fruity hops
Head initially < 1 cm, off white, frothy; rapidly diminishing to a partial layer approximately 1.5 mm thick
No lacing
Body is medium orange, hazy: a couple of large lumps fell into the glass when poured
Flavor begins slightly bitter with no discernable taste. This ends with a slight astringency. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation.

This is not a good beer. It is contract-brewed in Wilkes-Barre, PA, possibly at The Lion. There is virtually no hoppiness nor any other flavor. The appearance and the aroma are both sub-par; only the palate is as expected. IMHO, pass this one by.

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