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 IronDjinn
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a cloudy ruddy amber hue, with a tall fluffy ivory head that settles to a rocky cap.

Bready malt on the nose, however aroma is mostly dominated by piney, leafy, grapefruit rind hops.

White grapefruit and rind right up front in the flavour, which continues to dominate throughout. Really it's pretty one-dimensional, however I'm enjoying what it's delivering.

Medium-full mouthfeel, velvety texture, with moderately brisk carbonation.

Highly quenching, it works for what it is and hides its alcohol well while not being overwhelming.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.5/5  rDev +25%
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 JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Gary's in Wayne a week or so back. I had never tried this before and even tough the name of this beer refers to a cartoon character from long ago, I expected this to be a hop bomb. While this didn't disappoint, there wasn't much that made this stand out from the other IPA's and double IPA's on the shelf.

The pour to this was pretty typical, with a light almond hue that was a bit cloudy and almost no head or lacing to be seen. Almost no "burn" to the nose with some citrus and pine flavors that one would expect from a beer like this. A hint of caramel matched the slightly darker hue too but the mouthfeel was average without a lot of body to it. Not oily, not strong, and just a hair creamy. This was about as light in taste as a beer of this style could get.

Unfortunately, that wasn't the case with the alcohol. It was there but I couldn't detect it until I made my way down to the bottom of the bottle. The malt and biscuit notes of this beer hide the booze well but made this seem like it was categorized incorrectly. While this wasn't a bad beer, hopheads would fare best by moving on from this unless they want to chug the bottle down. In that case - bombs away, as this has the drinkability of a Imperial Brown Ale...if one existed.

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Photo of Beejay
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale amber as it pours. In the glass it is peach in color and very clear. Light tan head with a touch of a fine sponge texture.

S: Nice hop aroma, pine and citrus notes. There is a huge amount of a tangerine aroma coming through for me. Some caramel in the finish.

T: The hops certainly come through in the flavor. Very citrusy; orange, lemon, and some tangerine. I pick up a little pine, but mostly citrus leaning towards the sweet citrus. The finish has a nice caramel sweetness, and a touch of earth.

M: Medium in body, but with a hint at being syrupy. The carbonation is fine in size, and medium in quantity. The finish leaves a little bit of an oily texture.

O: Overall I think that the beer is very well balanced with a good American hop profile. As IIPA's go I think it is very good, but perhaps not great, however I think for the price this bottle is a knock out.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours a somewhat translucent burnt orange color with a half inch of head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is piney and floral with a bit of sweet citrus in the background. Taste is a very sweet malty caramel and grain flavors along with some pine. Not the flavors I was expecting for a Double IPA. Floral towards the end. Not all that bitter. Hints of toffee. Medium bodied. This is another example of the word "Hop" in the name suckering me in. This has alot more malt flavor than hops, especially for this style of beer. Overall, there are a way better Imperials out there. I'm moving on.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. A nice copper color with a beautiful thick white heading. Leaves tremendous lacing and a nice bubbling action freeflowing from the bottom up. A stunning sight in which this beer cries drink me.

Smell is kind of even keel. Crisp malty backbone with a twinge of fruity hops. Subtle grassy notes.

Taste is exquisite. Perfect balance of thicker malts and a great hoppy bite. Subtle linger in the mouth from bittering hops. Tremendous fresh tasting IPA.

Mouth is fuller bodied and really pushing that 9% ABV with a thicker,syrupy chew but in no way difficult to enjoy. Tremendous carbonation in the mouth.

Well this one surprised the hell out of me and I will look forward to having some more of these.

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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 SawDog505
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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 Greywulfken
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: medium-to-deep amber ale; slim, one-finger head of tan foam

S: not the most potent DIPA I've smelled - bready, caramel malts predominate over the light pine aromas that creep through

T: a heavy DIPA - lots of chewy caramel and sweet malt; the pine and citrus flavors you expect in an IPA are somewhat subdued - not a bad tasting beer by any stretch, but perhaps a little off-point for an IPA

M: on the heavy side weight-wise, modest carbonation, slightly sweet, sticky aftertaste

O: maybe this beer has changed since Legacy produced it? I dunno, but with a name like Hoptimus Prime, I'd expect something a little more exemplary of the style; certainly a good beer, but not one of the best DIPAs I've had

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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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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 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 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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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 ms11781
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 04/30/2011. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear, deep copper color with a minimal off-white head. Though little head develops, what is there sticks around leaving a foam ring around the glass along with swirls of foam that cap the beer.

Pretty subdued nose for a DIPA. Some earthy and floral hops are here along with a subtle sweet malt character. As mentioned, the aroma isn't all that strong, but some distinct characteristics do come through.

The taste follows along with the nose although the flavors are a bit bolder. The earthy hops that were in the nose aren't as noticeable but some herbal hop character is picked up. What really stands out are the floral hops. Not strong, relatively speaking, but definitely the dominant hop aspect here. The sweet malt is still there but stays in the background. There is a considerable bitter finish that is stronger when the beer is colder. The bitterness lingers just a bit but, surprisingly, isn't all that sticky or oily.

Medium/heavy mouthfeel with medium carbonation give a slick mouthfeel. Lingering bitterness, as mentioned, but it's not the sticky type. Most DIPA seem to either be dry or somewhat dry or sticky and oily. This one is neither, which seems to throw me off a bit.

Overall, an ok DIPA. Kind of muted aromas and flavors, to the point where they can be picked out but nothing hits you in the face and takes over. The fact that nothing dominates over everything else is fine if it's a balanced beer but this one is hop forward with a slight amount of malt character and still nothing stands out head and shoulders above the rest.

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Photo of shand
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint.

I'm not at all surprised that Ruckus is a marketing company first and a brewing company second. Just the name and the label were enough to get this six dollar bomber off the shelf and directly into my hands, bypassing the reviewing vetting process I usually give beers. It pours a hazy amber color with a tiny head. The aroma is nicely hop-forward, it's not especially strong but it smells good, with some sweet malts under the surface. The taste is alright, it's got a balanced hop and malt, but it really doesn't stand out at all. It's almost like the malts and hops cancel each other out, leaving something fully average. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, and the drinkability is about average until it warms, when fusal alcohol starts to take hold. A middling beer. The advertising side of the company was far stronger than the brewing side on this one.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a flute.

Appearance: amber with a slight haze, white head coming off 1/3" off the body.

Smell: light floral, But real light...I wish it was more.

Taste: complex, first off it is bitter with hints of grapefruit, piney as hell (I am not complaining). Feel the floral essence magnified and honestly tottally impressed.

Mouth: medium to full, little hard to indulge but finish half the glass the second half goes much quicker.

Overall: picked this up at the bar with absolutely no regrets! Enjoy this on me, Salud!

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Photo of katan
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark golden color. Fair amount of bubbling, showing moderate carbonation. Head formation is just slightly off white, well retained.

S - A citrus hop nose, but rather restrained for this style. Just not very bold.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, goes with a straight malt flavor. Mid-stream brings in a slightly stronger citrus flavor, but it is tempered with a fair amount of bitterness. Finishes with a little more floral and sweet note.

M - Moderate body and light carbonation - comes off heavy on the palette. Somewhat sticky, oily.

O/D - An okay but seemingly a low aiming DIPA. Just doesn't quite have the punch that you would expect. Not very filling. No major flaws just nothing too remarkable.

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Photo of victory4me
2.32/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a standard shaker.

Pours a muddy copper with a half-finger of head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is sweet malts with bitter hops making a brief presence, yet overshadowed by the caramel sweetness.

Flavors are dominated by the bready malts with very little hop presence. Terribly underwhelming. Bitter finish is far from enjoyable and the cloying sweetness is borderline disgusting. Mouthfeel is lacking of carbonation or hop spice.

This is not a good beer and a far cry from the original version from Legacy Brewing.


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Photo of AdamBear
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-slight cloudy orange amber with a nice cream colored head that stays. lots of bubbles. good lacing. looks alive!

S-ooo a nice blend of spicy and citrusy hops. its smells great and potent

T-hits the tongue with aged spicy hops and burnt grass. then comes just a touch of bitterness and some slight alcohol note. it ends with much more floral note. the after-taste reminds me of tropical fruits. its a quality after-taste that lasts long.

M-medium to low carbonation with a creamy finish

O-this is not your typical double IPA. it has flavors that aren't common in others...the spices...the tropical (not citrus) fruits...the combo of the two....its works extremely well. this is quite an enjoyable bomber and is best NOT shared.

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Photo of beer2day
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear honey gold pour with 1 finger of cream head. No retention and very light lacing.

Malty breaded nose with just a hint of citrus. Way more about malt and too much so for my taste.

Honey sweet hit. Lots of alcohol present. Unremarkable taste, again more malt than hops.

Syrupy body, very thick, without the touch of creaminess I prefer in a DIPA.

Could this be a malt liquor masquerading as an IPA?

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Dana, I really like e name of the beer, I old imagine it definitely helps in sales to have a catchy name like that.

A: the beer pours a pretty hazy orange that's on the darker side in the middle, and just a little brighter orange on the edges. Has some great lacing and a small ring of white head.

S: I honestly don't get a lot of smell here at all, just a little bit of wet hop esters and just a flutter of a malt backbone, not very impressive.

T: taste is pretty decent, it has a very prominent malt backbone with some fruity malt and hop notes on top of that with some candy sweet alcohol heat in there as well, it's nothing special but nothing bad either. Some kitchen spices in the as well almost reminding me of a Belgian ale in some ways which is kind of a nice touch. A little bitter aftertaste but not a lot.

M: not bad, semi sudsy and medium in feel, with little prickly carbonation.

Overall this is a decent beer but nothing i'd buy if I saw it in a store.

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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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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruckus Brewing - Hoptimus Prime - Bomber

Shared this brew with da_beers.

Look - Pours a clear filtered copper amber with a rambunctious soapy head that leaves rings of chunky sticky lacing.

Smell - slightly sweet malt with sour apple cider and pineapple citrus, Simcoe hops. Not DIPA aroma really, had me worried at this point.

Taste - No. This is pretty much a perfect example of how NOT to make a DIPA. Malt heavy, sweet apple slight hop citrus.

Mouthfeel - At least the hops are present somewhat here. Sticky malts, warm and boozy, medium bodies, decent drinkability.

Overall - Just OK, not sure what they were going for here. Apparently having a cool name does not constitute a good beer. Drinkers who prefer malt in your DIPA might enjoy this brew a bit more than I did.

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