Hoptimus Prime | Legacy Brewing Co.

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Hoptimus PrimeHoptimus Prime

Brewed by:
Legacy Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ggaughan on 07-29-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of enjoi297
5/5  rDev +25%

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5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of paigertx
4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing balance to the palate. Perfect hops balance with slight maltieness and minimal sweetness. Ranks in my top 5 IPA bombers and will take #1 in my label/name category. Could make a trip to Reading, PA for this brewery. Amazing flavors develop as temperature warms on the traditional pint glass.

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Photo of ph2001
4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle in pint glass

the color is a golden shade of light amber with about two fingers of foamy head. lots of bubble rising to the top. looks thick and heavy.

it has a pleasant ale smell, with a slight smell of green apples. the hops didn't come out as much as i expected.

it has a medium body with a very creamy texture. the hops are definitely in the front of the taste but they fade very nicely into the creamyness of it. the alcohol leaves a slight warness in the throat a bit after swallowing. this beer is very nicely balanced and incredibly drinkable for the style. it seems to get better with every sip.

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Photo of gkatsoris
4.79/5  rDev +19.8%
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 mfigueroa713
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of getalife2k5
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle. poured a clear amber with a thick foamy head that retained itself well. smelled floral, spicy and grassy. alcohol and black pepper were detected. the taste: wow! lot's of things going on: black pepper & grapefruit... grassy, bitter and a little metallic. i don't have any notes on the maltiness except that it was sticky. oh yeah, and it was STRONG. very nice alcohol warmth. it's often pretty expensive... $6.99 or more per bottle... but it's absolutely worth it for hop lovers. A true hoppy hero!

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at The Liquor Shoppe in Tygsborro, Mass. Pours a gorgeous crystal-clear red-amber body with over a half inch of off-white head. Brilliantly fruity hops, with orange, grapefruit, lemon, grape, berry, mint. Hops range the spectrum from grapefruit, orange, lemon, mint, grass, herb... Caramel, toffee, and coffee are there in the background, though only enough to balance the hops. Full-bodied with moderate to low carbonation. The pleasant flavor and lack of viscosity make this one of the most drinkable DIPAs I've had. The hop flavors make this well worthy of the name. Absolutely awesome.

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Photo of BBM
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured an almost clear amber color with plenty of residual in the glass. Head was rocky, tight, and lasted a long while. Aroma was of lemon rind, oranges, and earthiness.

This has to be one of the most well-rounded and flavorful DIPAs I've ever had. It's bitter but not overly so; it's sweet but not chewy and overbearing; it packs a punch but doesn't wipe out your taste buds. Whatever balance legacy has found with the citrus and earthy hops and caramel malts is golden. I never felt overwhelmed by this beer but was completely satisfied with every sip. Certainly one of the best DIPAs I've had, go and try it now.

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Photo of WesWes
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful malt scent that boasts of pale and Carapils malts along with huge citrus hop aroma. It's powerful ,yet almost refreshing. The taste is great as well. It has a smooth, malty base which balances the hops. The hops however, bring this beer to another level. They taste so fresh. This is a really good beer. The mouthfeel is awesome. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a near perfect DIPA. It's got it all. The drinkability is incredible for a 9% brew. Hooray Beer!! Thanks to almychristopher for the chance to try this one.

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hoptimus poured a nice amber color with a white head. The head was about one finger and thinned as the glass was emptied. The smell was a hop bomb and had wonderful citrus and floral notes. The taste lived up to the smell as the beer had hops on the front of the tongue, a bitter taste on the palate, and finished with a crisp hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel was moderate and was not sticky or harsh. The beer is drinkable if you can get past the high ABV! Cheers!

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Photo of chadlamasa
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my first review so please bear with me.

Growing up in the 80's I was a transformers fan and the word play on this beer would have been enough to make me buy it. Plus I'm a hophead so I had to buy it.

Poured into a 20 oz. Raven Lager glass.

Poured a beautiful orange yellow color.

Mountainous head that lasted a really long time.

Great lacing that was still on the glass this morning.

The smell hits you as soon as you pour. Hops, hops and more hops.

Coats the mouth and tongue and lingers for a while.

This is a very drinkable beer, but at 9.0% definitely not a session beer.

I will be picking up a couple more of these.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber body, excellent clarity, topped by a hefty column of sticky off-white froth.

Terrific agressive citrus and pine aroma. Is easily smelled and enjoyed at over an arm's lenght.

A thick slab of malt slathers a sweet foundation across the tongue. Its quickly totally engulfed by a tidal wave of citrusy hops - grapefruits, oranges, with a side of pine. Alcohol lurks but doesn't hurt. Big hope bite at swallow lingers on through aftertaste.

Solid mouthfilling body coats everything. Practically chewy.

Neither bigness nor alcohol can deter drinkability.

This beer is seriously underappreciated in the Eastern PA region.

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Photo of PatronWizard
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Should I just cut to the chase and give this straight 5's for having the coolest name EVER? In fact, in my house you're not aloud to say Hoptimus Prime. You have to say HOPTIMUS PRIME!

Pours semi-cloudy caramel copper. Respectable, yet big bubbled, head.

Smells excellent. Hops are big but not overbearing. Malts are laid back but present. I'm gettin excited here.

Jeez! Good flavor, not the best ever, but balanced and delicious. Yes, delicious. Grassy. Maybe a slight tea flavor.

The mouthfeel is quite simply the smoothest I've ever encountered in an IPA. Wait I mean DIPA.

Combination of the above puts drinkability through the friggin' roof. Even at a generous 9%. I would drink this until Megatron pried it from my cold dead fingers. And then I would drink it some more.

Overall: HOPTIMUS PRIME! is awesome!

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Photo of Turing
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of PrimScrewhead
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of redliner8
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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

Legacy Brewing Company Hoptimus Prime
22oz. brown bomber

A: snifter. Nice clear amber color, very orange with a slightly reddish hue. Solid white head with a mild retention rate, with great lacing,.

S: what an amazing hop aroma. Centennial, Chinook, and Columbus is what I am picking up. Very earthy, with more of a soil aroma. Very beefy hops.

T: I am in hop heaven! Solid citrusy hop flavor, finishing with a nice spruce flavor. The malts are nice and sweet, but subtle, behind the hops.

M: Perfect carbonation level for a 2IPA. Medium body and not too thick, which is very nice. Smooth and refreshing palate for a 2IPA.

D: If I could order a palate I would. This is amazing, and not just because of the Transformer reference. I keep waiting for the bottle to change in to a robot. Overall though, this is a very drinkable 2IPA, and a great use of high alpha acid hops.

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Photo of rTheory
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of dsa7783
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz single bottle purchased from Island City in Long Island, NY for $5.99...
My last beer from this company was Midnight Wit, which was something of a let down for me... This one on the other hand, was an excellent depiction of an Imperial IPA...
A slow, steady pour yielded a light-copper, amber, tawny color with a minimal foamy head that left a minimal amount of lacing... Rising carbonation also visible...
Strong aroma dominated by rich, fresh hops and caramel along with a tinge of vanilla...
Superb, full-flavored, big-body taste, with a strong suggestion of hops, fresh florals, ripe fruit, apples, and a touch of semi-sweet bitterness that made this an all-around, easily drinkable IPA worthy of praise...
Good stuff, with a great, creamy, rich, flavorful mouthfeel along with an equally great level of drinkability make this one a winner...
Good stuff...

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Photo of corby112
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a coppery dark amber color with golden burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a .5 finger fizzy white head that immediately fades into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic patches of lacing.

Very fresh dank floral resinous hop aroma. Nice citrus presence, mostly orange peel and grapefruit along with some earthy dry pine. Subtle alcohol presence as well as a nice graham cracker/biscuit malt backbone.

Very bitter dry chewy resinous medium body. Nice dry piny hop blast up front with some awesome sweet citrus hop notes; grapefruit and lemon peel. Slight alcohol warmth mid swallow and graham crackery, biscuit and caramel malt backbone provide a nice sweet balance without taking away from the wonderful dry bitter hop flavor. The alcohol is evident but overall the 9% ABV is well masked. This and the nice balance of sweet malt and bitter earthy hops make Hoptimus Prime very drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of Lupe
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber-orange a big creamy 2 fingered off white head. Good retention and a sheet of lace is left along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is loaded with hops and malt sweetness. Citrus and pine balanced by sweet caramel. Earthy and herbal hops come through as well.

Great hop flavors that lead with some pine resin. Juicy citrus leads the way for some floral flavor. Underlying malt provides a very nice backbone for the beer. Toasted grains and caramel sweetness balance and mingle nicely with the hops. This is a hoppy beer but not overly bitter - just great flavors. If it wasn't for the alcohol kick midway through I would've sworn this was a single IPA. Hops linger in the finish with some bitterness and citrus.

Medium bodied, smooth and slick. Perfect carbonation for the beer/style. Maintains crispness and refreshing qualities. Is this really 9%?? A beer that belongs in a bomber - just the amount you would like. Seriously dangerous drinkability. Top notch.

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Photo of breyton490
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Crystal clear, golden orange hue. poured from a 22 oz bottle into the new Sam Adams glass. No head after poor. Good bubbles running up to the top of the glass

S: Good piney, grapefruit aroma. Not overpowering for a IIPA, but nice.

T: Slightly sweet, light crystal malt taste, good medium bitterness all the way thru the taste to swallow. Grapefruit, piney taste. 9% alcohol beer very well hidden. No high alcohols. well done fermentation. Sweet, but not cloying.

M: Slick, medium body. nice bitterness left on the tongue

D: Very drinkable for a IIPA. Not as dry as a Pliney, but not overly sweet or thick like other IIPA's. You could easily drink a few of these with no problem.

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Photo of horshack7
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apearance: Out of a 22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter. Comes fourth a slightly clear orange color with a thick rocky head that stays around a little while. Upon thining out it leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: Big hop aroma nice grapefruit notes. Around the edges are hints of sweet fruit. Strangely enough it smells a bit like fruit cocktail it's neat.

Taste: Incredible grapefruit notes minor maltiness way in the background. Nice citrusness to it as well. The mouthfeel is very crisp and bubbly all over the palate.

Notes: This is some hop bomb. It's absolutely remarkable. Cheers.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First brew from Legacy Brewing Co.
Pours a hazy medium to dark amber color with plentiful, soapy looking white head. Aromas are spot on for style; lots of citrusy (I'd even say juicy) hops amped up by the alcohol in all their resiny goodness. On the palate, things are really excellent. The juiciness really translates and I feel like I'm first hit with a splash of orange juice at first. Crystal malts are very in balance with just a twinkle of sweetness to handle all the bitterness. Bitterness is quite smooth, likely a result of a high use of low cohumulone hops. Overall, an excellent DIPA, perhaps one of my recent favorites next to Avery's AThC and Lagunitas Hop Stupid.

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Hoptimus Prime from Legacy Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 263 ratings