Hoptimus Prime | Legacy Brewing Co.

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89
very good
263 Ratings
Hoptimus PrimeHoptimus Prime
BEER INFO

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
263
Reviews:
229
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
9.48%
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Slatetank
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this - poured chilled from the bomber into a tulip

A - A dark ruddy amber w/ rocky pale cream. A hazed appearance w/ alternate sized bead, lace clings well

S - A very mild nose w/ woody hop scents and light fruit esters. There is a light hop spiciness and gentle earthy odor

M - A crisp, moderately high carbonation w/ slightly sweet texture and dry leafy feel w/ subtle spiced edge and mild yeast tang w/ subtle astringency

The taste has a slightly herbal tasting hop w/ mild vegetal accent and slightly yeasty flavor w/ gentle citrus sourness and light acidic taste w/ mild caramel malt element. The flavor has a sort of apple skin note w/ mild aspirin like bitterness and hint of grape tang. The hops seem to taste more of pine in the last sips as it finishes dry

D - A passable Imperial IPA, but not great as it seems medicinal in flavor. I would not drink more than one of these in a sitting since it is 9% and the strong bitter flavor w/ out much hop flavor turns me off slightly

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Photo of callmemickey
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
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 ccrida
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a stem glass, Hoptimus Prime is a clear copper gold with a small off-white head leaving scattered foam.

Smell is damp, grassy, herbal hops. Very earthy, tea like, but pretty subdued.

Taste is very spicy hops with a touch of pine, fairly bitter, with a lingering hoppy finish. No real malt character, just a touch of toast.

Mouthfeel is slick, light bodied for the size, with a prickly carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty high. While not the most exciting DIPA out there, it's fairly taste, smooth, easy on the belly, low priced, and gives absolutely no indication of the high ABV. Well made and dangerous, but a little subdued (although of course it would be better fresh).

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Photo of rodney45
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber. Quickly fleeting head, but thats acceptable.

S: Malty, but not as much hops as i would expect from a DIPA.
Underwhelming aroma

T: Uncharacteristically light on hops, and light on flavor for a DIPA. Its not as bitter as some others, yet the hops have a definitive presence. Sweet at first, and then you notice the hops. The taste of hops is reserved primarily for the aftertaste which is dry, and lingering.

M: Well this beer isnt heavy, in fact, it feels light in its delivery, not in taste. Its nothing at all like a normal heavy handed DIPA, or even a good IPA... it lacks weight, i cant describe it any better.

D: Its drinkable. Light even.

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Photo of Phillyduke
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 22 oz. bomber poured into an Imperial Pint glass. Beer is copper orange with a slight chill haze and loads of active carbonation. A 1-finger head of dense tan foam recedes to a decent cap and leaves some wet, fine lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Mildly hoppy (mostly pine with some floral undertones) along with a nice, doughy, yeasty malt base.

T: Smooth and balanced up front with an equal presence from both the bitter hops and the sweet malt. Rubbing alcohol vapors after each sip and exhale, mixed with an ever-so-slight sweet citrus flavor. Finish is bitter but doesn't linger long.

M: Feel is medium-bodied and pretty crisp with some tight carbonation.

D/O: I probably let this bottle sit too long, as it's nowhere near as hoppy as I recall trying it on draft. I'm going to have to give it another shot again soon. Not a bad beer after some time, but the hops have really blended into the malt, and the alcohol burn/taste was a bit of a drawback for me.

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Photo of beertooth
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle split between Ben(madorb) from his trip to New York.

Glowing foggy orange liquid with a finger of soapy head.

The nose is very malt dominant. This is another old DIPA. There are some piney hops trying to break through as well.

The first gulp is all sweet old malts. Piney hops, herbs, tea. It's pretty tasty, but not the hop bomb it once was. Still tasty though.

Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy and slick.

A decent East Coast DIPA. Sure wish it was fresh though.

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Photo of BigMike
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange with a super thick and creamy two finger head.
Smells a little piney with some citrus notes. Not an overwhelming aroma.
Taste seems a tad light for a DIPA. A little bit of orange flavor at first with some pine and finishes with a strong grapefruit bitterness.
Mouthfeel is decent with average carbonation and a somewhat light mouthfeel. Finishes bitter but smooth. The alcohol is pretty well hidden. Definitely does not seem like 9%.
This isn't a great DIPA but it's good. It goes down pretty easily though and is pretty refreshing.
$7.00 for a bomber at 9% isn't a bad deal either.

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Photo of Norfawkers
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The alcohol destroys all flavor in its path

Appearance: Deep golden, clear with little head and lacing

Smell: Faintly sweet with hops

Taste: Hops? malty with smokey finish

Mouthfeel: Initial bitter kick with carbonation and lingering bitterness

Drinkability: Sipping in small doses as a stand alone or with a heavier meal to lessen the overall bitterness

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A perfect pour leads to two fingers of bready off white foam that has excellent staying power. It does leave an almost solid wall of lace as it slowly fades. Body is a boney amber in tone. Nose is softer than expected with tones of vanilla malt and mineral based hops. First sip yield a mineral based hop profile that is smooth and very approachable. hops become dryer and more prickly as you continue to drink. The backside gets a sense of dandelion stem that sticks on the tongue. all of these hops are balanced by a noticeable malt backbone which may let down some hard core hop heads, but it is nice. Mouthful is mellow with some bitterness coming through and some citrus fruit feel. this brew is very nicely drinkable.

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Photo of drepreciado
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Murchmac
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big head that quickly goes away. Yellow with golden highlights.

No noticeable alcohol, though it has a lot. Hay smelling, some apricot, citrus.

Biting hops, piney, resiny.

Leaves a resiny aftertaste like a good DIPA should.

Overall not a bad beer. Not megatron, but shockwave.

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Photo of jsurfs82
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of ms11781
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of jamesbrews
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of hopheadsal
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 220z bottle into pint glass...no head what so ever. Appearance was good, light amberish red. Hop is definitley there, its good but nothing too special. Strong on the nose, which I like, extra hop can be detected. Would drink agaun, but not a favorite.

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Photo of callmescraps
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick review on a crazy day.

Appearance - Light copper. Very clear. A good inch of head. Lots of bubbles clinging to the side. Looks nice.

Smell - Almost a little funky. Definitely some sweet malt. Hops, but not overpowering. Some definite pine cone. Not a ton of citrus. Surprisingly mellow.

Taste - Follows the smell. More malt than expected, but not too sweet or toasted. Still, the hops are very mellow. A little too sticky sweet for my taste. More mellow than many DIPAs. Would be better as an IPA.

Mouthfeel - Pretty nice. A little creamy, coats well.

Drinkability - Pretty good, especially considering the abv. But the sweetness may make this a one shot deal. Not a palate destroyer by any stretch.

A good but not great beer. It's solid, but nothing special. I'd have it again, but wouldn't seek it out or bother recommending.

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Photo of kels
3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at The Vintage Cellar. Didn't see the movie, but definitely interested in trying the beer. Review is on a pour into an imperial pint.

Appearance: This beer looks like it will taste delicious. The liquid is a really warm coppery orange, somewhat hazy, with an enormous 3 finger rocky white head. The head fades fairly quickly to a bubbly skim, but leaves behind a ridiculously huge amount of sticky, foamy lace all along the walls of the glass.

Smell: Smell is surprisingly light. I expected something more prominent from the huge amount of sticky lace in the glass. Some light toasty malts with a hint of syrup come through, along with a touch of hops. That's about it.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The different competing flavors seem to take control of each successive sip. At first, I mostly tasted the toasty, slightly sweet malts. As the beer warmed, the very bitter, grapefruit-rind and pine sap hops started to dominate. Even warmer, the vaporous presence of the alcohol takes control. It's even hard to taste the hops and malts beyond the alcohol once the beer has warmed some. The alcohol is very present in the aftertaste. Feel is moderately full, somewhat oily, and seriously sticky.

Drinkability: Moderate. The beer isn't particularly refreshing, and the stickiness and hot alcohol slow the drinking down.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22 oz bottle into a 12 oz glass.

Pours with a very nice head of off white foam, leaves lots of lacing all the way down the glass. Crystal clarity and medium amber color.

Smells earthy, grassy, floral.

Taste is dominated by grassiness, with some slight caramel note. Maybe a hint of diacetyl, complex and earthy.

Mouthfeel has just the right balance of carbonation and bitterness, long bitter, earthy aftertaste.

Drinkability is good, finishes dry, like a double pilsner, not much in the way of west coast hops. Alcohol is quite well hidden, no hint of the 9% here.

Give it a try.

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Photo of NoLiberty
3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice label. Funny. Very clear with light orange golden color. One finger, white head that settles into a thin film with low lacing. The nose becomes much more noticeable and pleasant as the beer warms. No distinguishable alcohol. Starts out as pine needles and warms into a grapefruit aroma, some spice, coriander and other herbaceousness with finish of light biscuit. Flavor is very heavily dry-hopped. Lacks a quality balance between hops and malt. Very little sweetness with moderate fruit in the middle followed by dry, cloying bitter finish. The mouthfeel is lighter than I anticipated with a solid carbonation and a sharp, dry bite. This is an ok version of the style but not something I'd rush back to especially when other strong DIPA contenders exist.

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Photo of akorsak
3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a firkin.

Appearance: The ale is a very hazy pour (coming from a firkin, that is not surprising or unexpected) and ends up as a dark amber ale.

Smell: The hoppy spiciness grabs you first in the nose. Even with the firkining (which I find can mellow the aromas), the US Northwest varietals are strong and citrusy.

Taste: The hops may be a bit overdone here. The bitterness grabs you from the get go and does not let go. The hops give the beer a grapefruity flavor (when flavor is allowed to get through the hop blast).

Mouthfeel: See my comments above in taste, the hops could strip your tongue clean.

Drinkability: The strong hop character limits the drinkability.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden with an amber tint. Large head with impressive retention. Lots of lacing.

S - Pine hops, faint medicinal aroma, faint grapefruit pith as well. Faint caramel malt underneath.

T - Mild pine hops, medicinal. Aftertaste is a mesh between pine and medicinal bitterness. If there was pine flavored medice, this is how I think it would taste.

M - A tad harsh, medium boidied, frothy,. Refreshing-ish, could be a lot better though.

D - Okay, it is strong and not fantastic. I might try again if I find a bottle sometime. Though frankly, I doubt age would cull the medicine.

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Photo of charliehhelms
3.34/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

thanks to Desaparecido for including this in the haul for snf lif week 6. poured from bomber into bell's tulip.

A-pours a mostly clear light amber/orange color with a thick rocky head. leaves distinct foam collar and noticeable tracing. head settles out to a thin strip with rocky chunks clinging to the side of the glass.

S-not a whole lot going on here for me. very, very subtle grapefruit hints. if there's one thing that jumps out (and there's not really), it would be sort of a biscuity maltiness.

T-as with the aroma, a rather bland taste given the category. a bit of alcohol and a decent malty sweetness, but even the up front bang and glowing warmth from the alcohol isn't as pronounced as i would expect to get from a 9% dipa. a very late hop bite in the aftertaste lends some nice lingering effects.

M-just very thin for me. i guess i would call it medium to thin, leaning on the thin side. no real creaminess and just a touch of hop stickiness at the trailing moments. carbonation level is nice though, right in that middle range where it should be.

D-very, very drinkable. not a ton of bitterness, alcohol is very well disguised. isn't overly sweet like what you get from some dipas. i'll bet that where this is readily available it can become a very dangerous session beer at 9%.

overall, this beer is just right down the middle in most categories. nothing that offends me or amazes me anywhere. except for drinkability where this is a homerun for me, it just sort of fades back into the list of good, but mediocre, dipas i've enjoyed.

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Photo of billab914
3.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. Poured a nice copper color with a nice thick foamy white head. Laced nicely down the glass as well. Very light aroma, not nearly the hop presence of most of the DIPA's I have had. The malt was more predominant in the smell. Not a real strong hop presence in the taste either. I'm getting more of the maltiness then the hops. It does have a nice bitter finish but lacking the in your face hops I anticipate from DIPA. This isn't a bad beer, just not a great DIPA for me. My store just got these in so I can only assume it is a fresh batch and not one where the hops have faded over time. I enjoyed it but would probably choose a different DIPA when I'm in the mood for hops. Very drinkable for a 9% beer though.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Orange-tinted amber with a small white head that quickly recedes into a ring of lace.

S- Nice hoppy, citrusy aroma with a touch of sweet caramel. Not bad, but could be stronger.

T- More citrusy hops upfront with a thin, grainy malt background. The bitterness is pretty high, but I think the thin malt presence makes it seem stronger than it really is.

M- Average body with a decent carbonation level.

D- Not terrible, but I don't exactly want to drink this all night. I think I'd stop at one.

Let's just say this: the name is the best part of this beer. It's not bad, but it's pretty average. The hop profile is decent, but it needs more of a malt backing to temper the bitterness and give it some complexity. All in all, not one I'd get again or recommend to others.

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Photo of pwoods
3.26/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Brown bomber, purchased at
The Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a mostly clear orangish amber. Two fingers of creamy head that holds pretty well. Good lacing.

S: Plenty of citrus hops, orange, grapefruit, maybe pineapple. Some pine and mint in the back. Healthy dose of thick sticky malts.

T/M: Moderate bitterness level due to a overbalancing from the thick, sweet malts. Malts are big and bready some some toasty notes. Hop citrus and pine is a bit subdues but still a major role. Body us full, thick, rich, and chewy.

D: I know this bottle is at least relatively fresh but the malts still overbalance too much. Couple that with a huge mouthfeel and that'll bring down the drinkabilitu a bit as well. Still a decent beer but not as good as the first time I had it.

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