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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Ratings: 263 |  Reviews: 229
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one wih complbut decent mouthfeel; Thanks for bringing, Jason. Grapefruit colour and foamy white head. A good high IBU well-integreated, citrus, and good lacing. Really bitter, bit well-malted. Clean taste, good citrus, pine,grapefruit. Above average beer in all situations.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +10%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of floral hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts with a strong hops bitterness and a sweet citrus sweetness up front, exactly what you'd expect from a good hop-bomb. The malt character is very hearty and the balance gets better as the beer warms a bit. There is a mild essence of alcohol that you don't typically get in this type of beer, with this level of ABV. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a nice hop-bomb to drink for a long time; however, there are others I'd pick first.

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Photo of billab914
3.31/5  rDev -17.3%
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 smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good lasting off white head; leaves generous lace. Cloudy with a neutral amber color.

Pine smelling hop in the nose. Very little malt. Spot on for the style.

Continually bitter throughout the taste. The malt provides the neutral body and the higher than average carbonation but not flavor. But the story here is highly spiced hop bite. It is particularly dramatic in the aftertaste that is sustained for a very long time.

I wouldn't describe this beer as a "drinkable" one, but it is on the edge of extreme for the hop-heads. I like this because I am one.

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Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to koopa for this one, cheers Dennis!

Pours an effervescent copper with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Good lacing & excellent head retention

S: Breadyness, herbal & leafy hops, fades fast

T: Herbal hops, some tangerine, grapefruit, a bit of breadyness & flinty dryness up front. Minty & leafy hops are prominent as this warms, plus dryness, a touch of biscuitty malt & pineyness. I also get pine flavored booze once warmer. Finishes with a hint of honey malt, pithy grapefruit, a touch of grassy hops & bit warmer boozeyness, perhaps a bit too much..

MF: Chewy from the get-go, low carbonation, warming; pretty fair balance, just not the right blend of hops to strike a perfect balance

Drank fairly easy for the style & ABV, a solid DIPA, just not in my wheelhouse. Would happily drink again..

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Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Slatetank
3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
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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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a pint of this strong, hoppy brew @ the Legacy event at Hop Devil Grill in NYC a few weeks ago. It poured cloudy, medium amber, with a typical medium tan head, that left some light scatered lacing. The long sniff revealed a grainy hop nose. This is a full throttle hoppy beeer in the "SD" style. Very grainy and piney hop notes as it passes over the tongue. Love the style and was impressed by this ofering. Nice SD/CA style DIPA, hop lovers go get some and enjoy

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

And for our final offering for the evening, we have something that's been a long time coming. After a whole year of visits to Bierkraft (believe me, there have been a lot...who do you think put over 300 of the beers on BeerSpy?) I finally make the move to growlers. And what better a brewery to lose my Bierkraft growler virginity than Legacy?

Pours a nice brown touched gold with a thick off white head. Nose is extremely heavy floral hops with a soapy edge. Very, very perfumed character. Flavor is extremely smooth for a DIPA. I would never know this was 9% at all. Just a nice balanced hop ride that isn't blowing me away, but it carries just enough punch to make it interesting. For a double, it could be bringing more complexity. But it's still nice. Feel has a full carbonation and the liquid is nice. A nice production. Well done. Apologies to Legacy for taking so long to try any of their productions. But I guess this was as good a one as any to start with.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to ampzilla for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Love the name of this beer.

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden yellow/orange color, very nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice thick/creamy sticky lacing behind. Then nose is hoppy, with some nice notes of malts, nice touch of citrus and pines, with some caramel. The taste is hoppy, slightly malty, nice touch of citrus/pines, and some caramel. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well, nice bitter/dry finish, this is a smooth brew. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty DIPA, my second from the brewery, thanks Andrew.

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Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orangey amber with a white head that slowly becomes a patch. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of resin, pine syrup, tea-leaf, a bit musty/earthy. Quite the complex hop profile going on.

The taste is resiny, piney, floral, earthy - bitter. This is one hoppy brew. Nice blend, too, as it is very complex. There is just a hint of balancing sweetness in the finish to round it out.

Medium-to-full bodied, a bit syrupy with a late sweetness, despite bitterness in taste.

This is a hoppy one for sure. Alcohol pretty well-covered, though it does reveal itself slowly as it progresses. Very interesting.

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Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a lovely 2" fluffy head. Some mild lacing developed.

Smell: pine and grapefruit rise from the glass and is easy to detect through the nose.

Taste: nice malt profile with pine, grapefruit, light alcohol tones, and some green grapes. Bitterness is strong but well balanced versus the malt.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light prickliness at the start, smooth and mildly dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger a while.

Drinkability: very nice DIPA. More than one bomber would be easy to do, but the alcohol will catch up to you. Worth seeking this out.

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Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool name aside, this a pretty good DIPA, but it had a little too much malt flavor and not quite enough hops complexity. That said, it is very hoppy beer. Average (but strong) bitterness, smooth for the most part with a big, fruity citrus flavor with a mix of sharp, orange rind and floral perfume. Along with the hops, there's also a not-so-mellow fruity malt taste that's distinctly malty. That flavor would be more appropriate for an imperial red, but this is too much for me.

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Photo of plaid75
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a one and a half finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong upfront oily hop aroma. Strong citrus and peppery elements.

The taste was comprised of a strong resiny citrus hop and a solid biscuity grain. Good pepperiness detected as well.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a very nice DIPA. Good ABV that is hidden by the strong hop profile.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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 petermethot
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hoptimus Prime has that extra bit of colour that, with IPA's, is extracted somewhere between 6 and 9%. The gleams of gold are shaded in by toasted orange. Apart from a tapioca outline there is no capping. Minimal retention but above average lacing. A light haze has set in.

The smell is delicious. It has a burst of lemon zest that is grounded in melted caramel, a touch of jasmine, crisp wafer and sweltering fruits. I'm sold on smell alone that this is a beer I am definitely going to love.

The taste offers a range of complimentary flavours that includes: dried apricots, pulpy orange juice, cookie wafers and caramel coated mandarin. The most prominent flavour is this wonderful Grand Marnier injected grapefruit. This bitter orange, complimented by the wafer and caramel, tastes like a hop fused dessert crepe. Magnifique!

I'd say not even a half of the 100+ IBU's boasted by the brewery are noticed. I'd say just about two thirds of the 9% is detected. As result, drinkability achieves about all it is capable of. It is an enjoyable drink that disappears far too fast and, just maybe, too easily.

It has the colour, complexity of smells, and layers of taste that only come in 'double sized' IPA's; yet somehow it drinks like an ale half its strength. I don't know that I'd say this is hops in their prime, but it might just be DIPA drinkability at its best. I wish this Legacy beer could live on and on forever in my fridge.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Package date on case is March 23, 2009.

Pours a clear golden amber color with a quickly dissipating frothy off white head that leaves a thick coat of web like lacing. Strong mix of pine hops and caramel malt, slightly earthy. Body is slightly thin for this style, however sharp carbonation helps compensate for that. Starts off caramel sweet, slightly earthy/grainy and finishes with a strong pine hop bite and more earthiness. Very little alcohol presence. A very nice, easy drinking DIPA. This isn't all that close to the elite or even great DIPAs, but it is still above average and very enjoyable (especially at $36/case).

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright golden orange color with a huge frothy white head.

S: There is some hoppiness on the nose but not as much as expected.light cascade notes with dry citrus and some grass notes.

T: Likewise for flavor the beer is evenly hopped but more like moderate ipa then a double ipa from what its name suggests. The flavor is clean, pale malting, a well balanced hoppiness.There is some flowery hops and a dry finish along with some fresh citrus, pine and oranges for flavor.

M: soft carbonation and light mouthful. A 9.0%abv but honestly doesn't drink like one.

D: Overall a moderate ipa at best, would make for a good session ipa if not for the 9.0%abv.

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