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%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
43
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1
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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 WDJersey
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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 Axnjxn
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ColForbinBC
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Photo of BGsWo22
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of JNForsyth
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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 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 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 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.

Sticky.

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 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 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 Dizzy242
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of hollywood_15063
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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 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 KevinGordon
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Mikexw
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of trevorpost
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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