Hoptimus Prime
Legacy Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
ABV:
9%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 9.43%
Reviews:
229
Ratings:
263
From:
Legacy Brewing Co.
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  56
Gots
  6
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Reviews by mdfb79:
Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. This bottle was bought back in December but not drank until tonight, 2/23/10.

a - Pours a amber/golden color with moderate carbonation and about an inch of white head with little retention.

s - Smells of hops but they are somewhat faded. Some citrus and pine.

t - The malts are actually the first thing that jumps out to me. Very smooth and sweet. Hops are again faded and an after thought. No real bitterness.

m - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy since the malts are now the main taste.

d - Overall this was very good, but I get the feeling it is very different now than had I drank it fresh. It had a great sweet malt smell and taste, but the hops were definitely faded. I would love to try this again and next time will be drinking it very fresh to compare to this review.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this one after seeing it a bunch of times. Definitely a good one for the price. Appearance is a light copper color with a solid white head and a ton of lacing. Looks about as good as a DIPA could. Nose is strong on hops, but well balanced with spicy malt as well. Lots of fruitiness and some candy in there. Brown sugar. Not huge, but well balanced and very appetizing. Flavor is very good. Highly balanced, with strong, chalky fruity hops well balanced with caramel malt. A touch of roastiness. Not a hop bomb in the least, nor even that dominating in terms of the flavor, but a nice, drinkable DIPA. Body is appropriate to the style, carbonation is nice as well. Overall, a highly drinkable, high ABV DIPA. One I'd definitely go back to.

22 oz/$4.99/Wine Specialist

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Photo of Jenray
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of jsp2
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold with a thick crested head of foam that slowly subsides and clings. Smells of a weak grapefruit citrus with a metallic element. A note of toasted malt is present. Tastes a slightly fruity sweetness with plenty of malt, followed by a delicate and delicious herbal hop flavor that has grapefruit and citrus elements but isn't overpowered by them. A well balanced DIPA in the east coast style with a huge malt backbone. Delicious beer. Carbonation is quite low which makes the hops more enjoyable. Dangerously drinkable for it's %.

A malty, big and balanced IPA. Hopheads may not prefer this version but the hops seem to have more nuances when balanced this well.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of frothyhead
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange/amber into a snifter with a small off-white head which quickly dissipates into a ring of larger bubbles around the edge. Only a tad bit of lacing around the glass as it drains.

Nose is piney and grassy hops with a little bit of citrus/orange peel and bubble gum.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Smooth and slick with hop oil and slightly dry in the finish.

Taste is bitter and hoppy, pine, some citrus and a bit of astringency in the back. A bit of sugar sweetness in the front keeps the hops in check.

Highly drinkable for 9% ABV. Nicely balanced and alcohol well hidden.

Overall this is a fairly mellow and nice example of the style. Not too bitter and a nice ratio of pine and citrus in the hops. Good carbonation keeps this plenty refreshing and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear copper/golden color with nice tiny bubbles and a terrific, off white chunky head that hangs on to the sides of the glass for dear life. Great lacing.

S - Pine, malt, and dried leather.

T - Fresh grapefruit, malt, pine & leather. Delicious!

M - Has a wonderful creaminess to it without being overly rich. The carbonation is perfect and does a nice job of making this a classy Pale Ale.

D - Very nice ale for year 'round pleasure and in my opinion is probably spicy food friendly (e.g., Mexican, perhaps Indian). I'd drink this again in a heart beat.

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Photo of DIPAbrewer
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear light amber with a nice two finger head that lasts and lasts. It falls slowly in sections leaving foamy mountains and very nice lacing.

Spicy, herbal, earthy in the nose. Multi-dimensional hop aroma that intrigues you and excites the senses.

Dryish flavor up front dominated by wonderful hop flavors. Super bitter, in a good way. Lingering hop flavor, not as sweet as some DIPA's, which is a nice change.

High attenuation leads to massive drinkablity in my book. The hop bitterness does not leave a bad aftertaste which makes it even more enjoyable. Try this beer if you are a hophead like me.

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Photo of gford217
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottles courtesy of cedromar and hopflop poured into a snifter.

Pours a clear deep amber with a dense one-finger head that shows very good retention and leaves only a hint of delicate lacing. Aroma starts with a big pine hop presence which gives way to a generous biscuity malt backbone and a citrus hop smell with grapefruit and oranges. The taste matches the smell with a bitter pine resin taste up front followed by the bready malt sweetness. The hop bitterness comes back in full force in the finish and lingers between sips. The mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation and a crisp yet bitter finish. This is a good DIPA, but the drinkability is limited by the bitterness.

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Photo of Rainintheface
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hop hazed golden orange with a medium amount of carbonation and a decent white head that lingers a short time

S: orange, ruby red grapefruit and floral. a sweet malt aroma keeps things on an even keel.

T: matches up with the aroma with a little spiciness making me think of rye

M: full body with nice carbonation making it slightly crisp while still having a creamy mf. some bitterness

D: very drinkable.

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Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This DIPA bomber poured a clear light copper color with a goodly white head and medium lacing. The aroma is grapefruit hops and grass malt, a very tasteful and inviting blend with a slight leaning in the malt direction. The flavor is fresh grapefruit hops with a touch of lake water, plenty of malt background here, and a somewhat resinous feel. Midland carbonation, overall quite drinkable and tastey. You can reach down and detect some banana going on here, some caramel. Very enjoyable effort.

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Photo of csmiley
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to PatronWizard for sending this my way.

A - Color is a medium gold with hints of orange. Head also has just a slight orange tint to it. It rises to about one inch and shows a decent retention. The lacing left in the glass is fantastic.

S - Starts out like a tobacco-wrapped, dirt-covered, pine cone...dipped in tree sap. Some mint sneaks in behind. Some orange peel is noticed in a distant background. Malt comes through at the end with caramel and a touch of bready goodness.

T - Hop flavor follows the aroma. Pine and tobacco start it off. A little resiny as well. It has a very earthy flavor at first. Citrus is harder to pick out than expected. Some orange and lemon notes tend to come and go in the flavor. Caramel shows itself toward the end with a distinct biscuit that finishes it all off. Alcohol is hidden well in this brew.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is very bitter at first but quickly fades to something a bit more approachable.

D - Drinkability is good. Very light and refreshing given the high abv. The alcohol does show just enough presence to keep this one from going too fast though. The hop profile is interesting and breaks away from the citrus laden Double IPA's that seem to be coming out now. That kind of works for me. Definitely glad I got the chance to try this one out. Plus...gotta love that name.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sholland119 for tossing this one my way!

Pours a clear golden amber with a two-finger frothy off-white head that recedes slowly. Lots of thick lacing left with each sip.

Smell is grapefruit rind, pineapple, resinous hop oils, pine, caramel and a hint of alcohol.

Taste starts off with some sweet caramel and pale malts which are quickly followed by some bitter grapefruit, pineapple and piny hop flavors. Lightly toasted biscuit flavors are balanced nicely with the bitter hops. Alcohol adds some warmth and a peppery bite to the dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy and smooth.

Very tasty and very enjoyable, but at times the alcohol came across as a bit too hot. Still, a great DIPA!

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Photo of brantadid
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden copper color with a thick 2 finger head. Head diminished very slowly leaving behings tons of sticky lacing. This is a beautiful beer. One of the best I have seen.

A hop assult on the nose. One gets a glimpse of sweetness in the noise but that quickly is replaced by tons of hop qualities. Pinnaples, wild flowers, and pine are present.

Is there any malt in this beer? No sweetness from malt whatsoever. The flavor completely gives way to the underlying hops, not that its a bad thing...some sweet pinneable like flavors on the for palate. Quickly replaced by pine, some citrus and citrus rind, and lots of floral/dandilyon flavors.

Mouthfeel is creamy. Not a ton of carbonation. Surprsingly clingy mouth.

Overall, one very drinkable beer.

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Bright gold; touch of bronze. Crystal clear and 1.5" of fluffy, sticky head.

S. Oily and resinous hops jumping out with floral and citrus. Also, I get some perfumy aromas from the hops. Mix that with sweet honey and light caramel malts to balance.

T. Pleasantly bitter with dirt-y and earthy hops. Malt adds a clean touch of balance alcohol is well hidden and the finish is dry. I really like this brew.

M. A little thin for an IIPA but carbonation is spot on.

D. Oh-so-drinkable. I could easily drink this 22 myself.

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Photo of gkatsoris
4.79/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very transparent golden, orange, and honey in color. HUGE pure white wispy head that lasted about 3-4 minutes. Foamy, foamy, foamy...nice.

S: Holy friggen hops. Lots of citrus. Some honey and a little vanilla. Grapefruit, orange and lemon rind. Slight lemon as well. Very complex.

T: Super hoppy! Pretty bitter in a "I'm supposed to be bitter" way. Lots of citrus and some pine. After taste is citrus rinds. Some vanilla too. Really tastey and uniquely bitter.

M: Great carbonation. Very clean and thin. Goes down very well. This would make a great spring evening drink.

D: I can drink this all day. HOP HEAD HEAVEN!!!

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Photo of Overlord
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jwelsh for the extra!

Pours a bright golden orange. Interesting. Maybe three inches of white bubbly foam. I'll step out of my normal "category by category" reviews to say that this was a pretty well carbonated brew. Almost champagne like in its effervescence.

Smells herbally/medicinally, with a bit of lemon and bright citrus. What hops are these? No the typical DIPA profile. There is a huge grass aroma that I'm not used to.

Taste is also unique. Bright lemony/orangey-citrus, a weird metallic twang/zest, and more than a bit of sweet caramel malt. It's bracingly piney/grassy/bitter, and insanely dry on the tongue.

What a unique DIPA. I don't know if I would revisit, but it's nice to see what someone can do differently with the style.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bomber into a textured crystal wine glass. Many thanks to Durge and ohoove for sharing libations!

A: Poured a light amber color with a bit of haziness and a thin coating of slick, resinous carbonation.

S: Smell is a smack of fresh, green hop leaves mixed with some peppery, citrus fruits.

T: The hops smack you in the tongue as well. Very fresh, vernal hop flavor going on here. There's a grapefruit sweetness which cuts through the oily hop resins fairly well. This DIPA finishes with a touch of caramel sweetness. Fairly good balance.

M: Mouthfeel is slick and chewy, but not a strain to drink at all.

D: For the ABV, this is a really nice drinking DIPA. Hop heads will appreciate the nuances of fresh hop flavors implemented here. Others may find it shoots the palate too quickly, but the flavors build as the brew warmed more.

A pretty nice effort from this PA brewery. The concept and label artwork are killer! If you're looking for a fresh hop whallop, give Hoptimus Prime a shot.

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

Poured out of a 22 ouncer purchased at Bauer Wine and Spirits.

A-This has a gorgeous amber color with a slight head that does not stay very long. Not crystal clear, but very little cloudiness to speak of.

S- When you go in for a whiff you are blasted with the piney hop aroma! Also a slight burnt woodiness to it, that may be indicative of the malt, as well as a slight fruit scent as it warms.

T- Not surprisingly,considering the name, the primary taste here is of sticky pine hops. As it warms and you get further into it, you can pick up the slightest hint of fruit and the malt,which are balanced nicely.

M- Gives the tongue a dry, sticky coating, which is to be expected. the bitterness and dryness are balanced well.

Definitely a smooth, drinkable DIPA, not more than meets the eye here though, this is for the hophead, plain and simple.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, couldn't find any dating. poured into shaped pint glass.

somewhat light amber, apple juice color. nice head stays around all throughout. decent web of lace, esp. the first two rings.

aroma is fruity like fresh apple juice, from the moment you open and pour. hint of grapefruit, going into grassy hop. hint of caramel. whiff of phenols.

flavor is more citrusy and zesty, more piney, into a slightly resinous and phenolic retro-olfaction. apple fruitiness and toasted malt in the background, with touch of yeast. moderate bitterness. hint of resins and malt in finish.

not too thin, decently smooth, with touch of resinous texture. lively carbonation, especially at first.

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Photo of abecall98
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thank you Mr. Reagan1984 for this trade.

A - very pale, a little more cloudy than your average IPA, but the head retained very very well, and stuck to the glass in a great manner

S - Very Very bitter. Almost overpowering. But, the smell of the hops was delicious none the less.

T - Great. For a 9.0% alc. beer, it was undetectable. The taste of was fresh hops and almost followed with a grassy sweet flavor. Bitterness was perfect, and not overpowering like the smell, hence why the taste got a better score.

M - Perfect. Carbonation levels were great, left my mouth with that dry hoppy taste that has you craving more.

D - Aftertaste is rather bitter, and this will buzz you quick. Not necessarily filling, but doesn't make you want to session. If it wasn't for the aftertaste as it warms up, I would rate this higher. However, for a 9.0 % alc beer, this definitely overshadows plenty of lower alc. beers.

Overall, this beer is one I would buy again and again, if only it was distributed nearby. Hope to trade again in the future for this bad boy.

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Photo of zerofear13
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the most clever names I've ever seen on a beer. It begged to be drank. Poured out golden brown with a full head. Retention wasn't any particular. Smelled of citrus tones and possibly cascade hops. Taste was surprisingly sweet. The sweet malts are shockingly present - and the bitter hops seem to be an after taste, but believe me, it is one bitter experience when it kicks in. Incredibly dry and hoppy at the end. I was shocked to find that it was 9% ABV because it does very well to mask the high alcohol content.

Overall, a good beer. Great for hop-lovers, I imagine, but odd that it was borderline overly sweet in the beginning. If nothing else, try it for the name's sake.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reading, Pennsylvania. Known as the pulse of Berks County, this mini-metropolis is revered for its passion of the performing arts and being home to the largest outlet malls on the East Coast. Apparently, they are passionate about their beer here as well.

Radiant copper, this Olympic torch wielding DIPA is covered by a tannish-white awning. Tons of gas bubbles ascend furiously as if attempting to puncture the beer's massive head. Tattered curtains, broken guitar strings, and sheets of lace adorn the inner walls of my AleSmith pint, almost meandering, but leaving little trace of light and resembling ancient cave drawings. Moon crater froth and swiss cheese. The look is actually quite impressive.

Earthy hop aromas, ample doses of citrus, and honeyesque malt eventually subside to faint spiciness. The fragrances aren't spot on or necessarily forward, but reveal themselves much better as the beer warms.

Tongue-smacking bitterness up front that "transforms" to a decent, yet not spectacular citrus medley, which eventually progresses to a bready malt character drenched in honey glaze, then fades to some lingering bitterness.

Somewhat dry, residual hop bitterness.

At 9.0% ABV, I can barely detect the alcohol. Legacy has done a great job to preserve just that of its residing city. I can't wait to enjoy this one again.

More than meets the eye.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[a] medium-amber body, inviting, white head

[s] piney hops dominate with some sweet accents

[t/m] as far as dipa's go the hops were decent, pine and citrus up front... disappointing finish, rather flat and abrupt ending.. almost metalic emptyness... medium-full bodied, the aftertaste was rather off-putting

[d] rather standard dipa overall, a decent beer when you are craving some hops

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Photo of Patrick
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice golden amber with a pretty thick rocky white head. Lots of lacing.

S: Lots of earthy hop notes, not much malt.

T: Refreshing. This isn't a very sweet DIPA, which is a nice change. There is a lot of earthy hop flavor and bitterness.

M: Sticky, well carbonated, crisp.

D: This is some great stuff, will drink again.

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Hoptimus Prime from Legacy Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 263 ratings