Hoptimus Prime | Ruckus Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ruckus Brewing
New York, United States
ruckusbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
472
Reviews:
158
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
14.17%
 
 
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Photo of SadMachine
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
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 IPAchris
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ShanePB
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber shared with me by Nick - thanks dude!

A: Light copper colored body, no haze, fluffy white head that dissipated rather quickly but did leave some great retention. Lacing was OK, nothing special.

S: Big citrus elements here - orange, pineapple, white grapefruit and some mango. Noticeable bitter notes from the hops that are gracefully done. I don't get much, if any, of a pine character that I would normally associated with an IIPA coming out of this area but some floral aromas do eventually come through.

T: Wow, this is seriously fantastic. HUGE juicy citrus qualities coat the entire palate - orange and lemon - followed up by a really mellow and balanced hop bite. It's definitely more floral and citrusy, without having a brash pine/earthy bite. It's sweeter than I expected and not as dry in the finish as you might expect an IIPA to be. Typical West Coast profile here, really well done.

M: Pretty bubbly, not bad, could use a more fuller mouth feel but it's pretty creamy and easy drinking.

I'm shocked by some of the reviews here, as my experience mimicked nothing like some others are talking about. This is a really recent bottle, so either there was a change in the recipe or some bottles may be outdated/off in some way. A true diamond in the ruff, a beer I'd probably overlook easily but this is some seriously delicious stuff right here.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Nichols33
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a dark amber hue with a outworn finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured soggy cereal grains and a slight hop essence.

The taste was a muffled assemblance of caramel, cereal grains and grassy hops.

The mouthfeel was round and full.

Overall a decent ale that suffers from a muffled flavor profile.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruckus Hoptimus Prime

Pours a clear copper color, nice foamy head and lace. Aroma of pine, citrus zest, and mild herbal elements. In the taste, sugary malt and piney tea like hops. Mild bitterness and an even balance. Medium bodied feel, light smooth, and easy drinking. The alcohol is very well hidden, a nicely crafted double ipa. Decievingly strong, a worthy adversary.

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

Sampled at the Keene, NH Beerfest on April 7, 2012. I have heard a lot of buzz around this beer so this was a good opportunity to try it for myself. It pours copper-amber with a light haze and moderate head. The aroma leans more toward malts, toffee, and nuts rather than hops. The body is medium to bold and creamy. The taste is sweet and malty with a probing bitterness hauling up the back and a slightly dry finish. I can see why this one is well-liked.

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Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of HopHead84
2.39/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

1/7/2011

Bottle thanks to funhog. Snifter.

A: Transparent dark orange with a finger of white sea foam. Solid retention and scattered lacing.

S: Bread, caramel, cardboard, and stale hops. I get alcohol, dull citrus, and a little pine.

T: Bready with some sweet caramel. The beer is pretty malty. Hops impart a moderate bitterness and notes of orange and earth. They're pretty dull and lifeless, to be honest. The sweetness quickly becomes unpleasant and cloying. Alcohol is evident.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: A pretty bad Double IPA.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose and flavor is grapefruit hops and light caramel. OK DIPA just not enough beef. $6.99 for a 22oz bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of weeare138
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A swirling tornado of micro-effervesce is fierce within a bengal tiger orange colored body. A frothy ivory colored head is 2 fingers high, smooth and sturdy like a whipped topping providing a long and generous hold atop while also giving a good coverage of spongey-film lacing on the vessel.

S: Expected a bit more aromatically from an IPA and a lot more from a double IPA. Muted citrus with a weak welcoming makes this short on aromatic appeal. move on.

T: Toasty pine flowers and dried oranges on the first impression. Delightfully bitter with some grapefruit, spicy dried tropical fruitiness and apricot. Finishes out with a warm honey laced toasted grain sweetness.

M: Solid mouthful per style, good carbonation presence and a good spicy hop bite of honey-orange-pine flowers on the swallow.

O: Overall a solid 2x ipa flavor wise, a bit short aromatic wise but the flavor seems to make amends here. A lot of hoppy flowers backs this up for street cred, bitterly balanced with a a sweet dry honey grain base is definitly worth a shot.

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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 rodbeermunch
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good clarity in a copper colored brew, 1/2" white head. Hey, where's the hops? I'm just getting grain in the nose. Disappointing.

Some bitterness and run of the mill grapefruit hop character in the taste. Still the grain aspect is really coming through in the mouthfeel. Big beer, hides alcohol well. Can search for minimal remnants of some citrus. A little sweeter malt flaves. Has an almost English like yeast presence giving the beer more in the way of toffee than caramel promotion malt and yeast wise.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from New Beer Distributors in Chinatown, New York.

Pours a dirty clear amber colour, with a filmy head of pancake-bubbled-riddled white. Lacing is sheeting and strong. Body is thick, and leaves some anarchic and tiny-bubbled carbonation when tilted or swirled. Decent.

Nose is slightly herbal and rather savoury. Has a slight tinge of barbeque to it, oddly. Some aromas of orange skin, but strangely, all the characters are rather subdued and light. Not a good move for an IPA, let alone a Double.

Taste is also quite off for an IPA. Strong sweet port-like characters, with the associated booziness, with big custardy vanilla characters, and only an afterthought of bitter hop characters.

Not great, and missing a lot. Too big for what it is, and without the balance or complexity of the best examples. Only an average beer, with a moderately humorous name.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

650ml bottle poured into tulip 1/2/13

A quite hazy orange amber with lots of tiny suspended particles and a two finger foam that hangs around long enough to leave a few partial rings of lace

S slight citrus rind, lime perhaps, lots of caramel and a sour floral aspect if that makes any sense, smells faded with some vitamin C chewable

T some herbal tea bag and slight earthy hops, more malty then hoppy, fruity but the fruits a little sour, reminds me dish soap just bit

M leaning towards full, a little gritty and no booze detected so that's a plus, a little rind on the finish

O the booze is well concealed but I wasn't all that excited drinking it, perhaps another old bottle? the hops just seem a little weak

not the hop bomb I was hoping for, I see no bottle date and I'm assuming its going over the hill but I wouldn't spend the cash again even if was fresh from the brewery

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