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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ggaughan on 07-29-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of paigertx
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
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 +20.9%
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 +19.5%
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 getalife2k5
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
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 +15.7%
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%
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%
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%
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 +13.5%
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 +13.2%
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%
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 paulthebeerguru
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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 dsa7783
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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 +10.7%
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 +10.5%
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 +10.5%
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 +10.2%
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 +10.2%
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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Photo of almychristopher
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice golden color with a rocky head fading to a nice off white lace with a faint hop haze throughout... a very pretty beer for an IPA.

It's near a perfect aroma for an IPA, the balance of hops and malts creates a sweet fragrance that carries over to the taste.

The hop and malt arangement in this beer are exceptional. I would recomend this IPA to anyone.

The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, especially surprising in a nine and a half percent double.

Despite the fact that I really like this beer I would discourage anyone from trying to find it. The city of Reading is a nightmare, and once you figure out the maze of oneway streets, you'll discover that the brewery doesn't even have a sign let alone a door or tasting room, and the bar upstairs with the wonderful beer list doesn't have one of the breweries beers on tap. Just stop by the Ugly Oyster Irish Pub on Cherry and Fifth (a two way street) and pick up a bomber or two.

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

i finally get to crack one of the best named beers...ever.

bottle opened with no sound. silence scares me. pours more like a pale ale. a crystal clear golden yellow. very little head. maybe half a finger, moderate amounts of white lacing stay on the glass.

smell. grassy. seriously feels like i just put my face in a bag of grass clippings. maybe a hint of citrus. but mostly just earthy goodness.

my taste score has changed three times now. cold im not a big fan of this. but as it warms this beer really comes into its own. this beer is very subtle. small hop bitterness.

mouth is creamy. smooth. silky. not very carbonated. a great bittersweet aftertaste.

very drinkable beer. nice. the name might make it that much cooler. but i would suggest this beer to anyone. it is definitely a good time

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Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear light amber color with a snappy head that sticks very nicely and sheets the pint glass

Smell: Although there is a bit of biscuity malt in there, the primary aroma is grapefruit and pine

Taste: Open biscuity, but the hops quickly take charge with a nicely balanced grapefruit and pine presentation; after the swallow, the bitterness really kicks in but is always held in check by the malt backbone; some residual sweetness at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just a tad sweeter than I would like but an otherwise first rate DIPA

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Photo of FishGetter
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thin head thet reduces mostly. Rich copper color with orange tinge to it.
Very fregrant citrus hops with a hint of peachy boquet. Hints of sweetend malted barley and a touch of dry biscut nose.
Respectfull amount of hops bite sweetend by rich malts. Alchol creeps in at the end along with hoppy resins.
Mouthfeel builds to a medium body with modest agitation. Little dryness at the end.
I salute you hoptimus prime! Very much a west coast feel. Great offering here from an east coast brewery.

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Photo of Patrick
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Photo of ggaughan
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a special release from Legacy, brewed with a recipe that was created by one of the bartender at Union Jack's on the Manatawny and made available for all Union Jack locations. Although this beer has been available at UJ's for a little while, I had the pleasure of trying it at their official release with folks from Legacy just last night.

The beer was poured from a tap handle with a picture of Optimus Prime (the Transformer and inspiration for the name I think) a cloudy golden/amberish color in a Legacy pint glass and had a medium off white head and some solid lacing. The nose of the beer was a hit of floral, citrus hops but with a malty sweet backbone that seemed to balance the aroma out well. The taste was equally hoppy, a big bit of piney, citrus hops but not overwhelming. There is a malty sweetness character on the back end that rounds this double IPA out really well. They also did a very good job of masking the high abv with a full flavored beer that has a medium body which all makes for a pretty darn drinkable beer. Cheers to the folks at Legacy and Union Jack's for this beer. I hope to see more of it.

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Photo of jslot38
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light amber, tawny yellow, with a bit of cloudiness, but still transparent. A small, white, bubbly layer of lace sits on top of the beer.

Smell: A great citrus bouquet. Not much else here, a bit of coriander?

Taste: The citrus carries over from the nose. Yes, there is a lack of malt backbone to this one, but it is called Hoptimus Prime. A bit of lemon zest in there, spicy hops matched with floral hops... and more hops. Certainly overloads the tongue with hops, but they are very tasty. A hophead delight I'd imagine.

Mouthfeel: A great level of carbonation that compliments the spicy hops. The abrasiveness of this beer is from the hops, and a lower level of carbonation than normal helps to dull this down.

Drinkability: I'll get through this bomber on my own...

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Hoptimus Prime from Legacy Brewing Co.
4.01 out of 5 based on 263 ratings.
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