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%
 
 
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59
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6
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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...
Recommended...

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Photo of ffejherb
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into shaker pint glass on 8/23/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Clear amber/orange body with one-finger foamy white head that retained quite well. Sparse carbonation and very nice body clarity.

S - First whiff... wow! Nugget hops? Spicy and peppery with lots of juicy citrus fruit as well as a sweet caramel and bready malt base.

T - Starts off with plenty of hop bitterness with juicy citrus fruit and hints of pepper and spices. Some sweet caramel and burnt sugar emerges, followed by loads of toasted grains and bready malt in the finish.

M - Medium body with smooth, creamy texture and moderate carbonation. Heavy bitterness envelopes the tongue and spreads all over the palate. There's also a nice spicy kick to complement the clingy, sticky hops.

D - Very nice... better than I had anticipated. Has a nice lingering bitterness, but it is still well-balanced with plenty of malt goodness and a pleasant grainy/bready character. Very nice DIPA.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of merlin48
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, courtesy of jctribe25, pours a hazy orange amber body with a small offwhite head that sheds some average lacing.

Aroma is raw and earthy hops, floral and a bit grassy. Just a hint of caramel underneath.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with spritzy carbonation and some hop oils on the tongue.

Taste is dominated by hop bitterness. Earthy, pithy, leafy and floral. Backnotes of pear and apple add some interest. Malt presence is somewhat grainy and struggles to balance. Finishes clean with a sustained hop bitterness. Alcohol is well concealed.

I prefer citrusy hops which are lacking here. Still, a nicely done DIPA that is almost closer to an IPA in character.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a 22 oz. bottle of this ultra cool-named DIPA by AdamB84 late last fall; it's been lurking in a dark corner of the cellar ever since. Chilled to about 45F, poured to pint glass. Since it's been about 4 months since I received this, I'm willing to guess hops have mellowed a little/are past their 'prime', but we'll see...

A: Honeyed-amber pour, mostly clear (much hazier in the last few ounces where the fallout sits) with fairly strong carbonation. First effort gets a pillowy 2+ fingers of dusted tan-white cream, latter pours are less consistent. Good lacing, sheets sticking in wide bands.

S: Hops may have mellowed a bit, but they still pack some punch: a juicy orange citrus, a flowery herbalness, light pine, a doughy and honey-spiced sweet roll.

T: Tangy citrus, spiced orange slices, hints of grass and a subdued evergreen. Caramel oozes from the crevasses, balancing that tasty spicy/piney hopping. Well done - not the most complex DIPA ever, but plenty tasty.

M: Quite smooth, creamy. Carbonation drifts away, feel is coating but in no way sticky. Slightly light body for a big DIPA (9%) but alcohol hides very well.

D: Very enjoyable, beautiful balance, the kind of DIPA I find generally much more satisfying than the beat-you-over-the-head hop bombs. A very good accompaniment with a pasta puttanesca (believe it or not) dinner.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky honey, nice head, leaves ring, great sticky lacing.

S - Deep sweet malt, pine and grapefruit.

T - Taste follows smell, only more intense.

M - GREAT carb, coat and balance.

D - On and on, baby. I was wonderfully impressed by this one. I have had it in the cellar for some time, but it did not disappoint in any way.

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Photo of koopa
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased the last 3 x 22oz bombers from my local shop today. One is being offered in a trade, the other one was intended for sample tonight, and the third to be kept or traded depending on if I liked the initial sampling. This one is a winner and I will be keeping the third bottle after trading the second.

Appearance -orange to amber brew with single finger head of white foam. it shows a fair amount of head retention and lacing.

Smell - Lots of pineapple like citrus coupled with a back bone of subdued bitterness. Some bready and sweet notes as well. I'm not getting any spicyness or pepperyness from this DIPA which is a bonus for me.

Taste - The initial taste experience is all hoppy bitter goodness that then blends with the pineapple and grapefruit qualities. A dash of pepper comes through for a second and then yields to a bread like malt finish. Grapefruit dominates the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Creamy mouthfeel from a moderate amount of carbonation coupled with a medium body.

Drinkability - Wonderful. Thoroughly enjoyed this DIPA.... A new found gem.

Side Note: This beers taste declines sharply as it gets older. If your sample isn't fresh you aren't getting this one in its best light. I've been sadly disappointed with older samples and thoroughly impressed by fresh ones.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.21/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks very nice...ultra-creamy cap of foam, which leaves lace all over the place. The body is a sunny golden-orange, just slightly hop-hazed.

Why do I feel like I'm smelling a Belgian tripel, or saison? It's fruity and a little doughy from the malt. Not hoppy. Did they use a Belgian yeast strain? My nose could never have told me this was a double IPA if I hadn't known. Could also resemble a Belgian IPA aroma, but I gather that's not what Legacy was shooting for.

Flavor is also not really what is advertised on the label, but it does match what the aroma gives. It's fruity-sweet, with alcohol giving a warm hug to the taste buds; a kind of cookie dough element to the malt (shortbread, sugar cookie) but faint. Pine and citrus rind show up in the finish, which is about as close as this gets to the character of a great double IPA.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side--again, for the style. It's not bad, per se, but doesn't have that big, bountiful, sticky creaminess that others in this category do. Kinda bubbly, actually, which, again, seems all wrong here.

It's surely drinkable, as there's not much that's truly bad here. I even enjoyed it, but I really wanted a great double IPA tonight. Would be a fairly decent stab if it were trying to be an American version of a Belgian IPA, or could even hang as a decent-but-imperfect "regular" IPA. If I sound undecided, it's because this recipe seems undecided. Needs bigger malt, needs crazier hops, needs to feel thicker. Something. It is definitely no hopalacious hopdiculous hopocalypse of a double IPA.

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Photo of DIM
3.13/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: This was a clear, light, coppery peach color. It poured with a short lived, soapy white head that left a little lace in it's wake.

s: I found sweet aromas of caramel, brown sugar, and a little vanilla. The bitter aromas took a back seat and smelled of perfumed, piny hops. As it warms, the alcohol becomes a bit too noticeable.

t: This has a pretty nice sweet start that tastes of prickly caramel with some toffee notes. The piny hop finish is surprisingly subdued, astringent, and mildly unpleasant. It has a nice little alcoholic heat wave throughout.

m: Crisp finish and very well carbonated.

d: I wish more brewers would date their bottle. This was on the sweeter side and might have been a bit old. Unfortunately, I have no way of knowing. Great name though. My inner geek made me buy this one.

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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 GbVDave
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two St. Bernardus goblets. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a crystal clear, tawny gold color. Capping this is a bright white head that left some pretty curtains of lace behind.

S: Strong aromas of toasty malt and citrus slathered in rich pine tar. Fresh roadside stand caramel.

T: Sweet caramel and pine with a dose of spicy citrus and alcohol. Hints of aspirin.

M: Thick and creamy. Surprisingly smooth with a touch of alcohol burn.

D: Drinks like an IPA @ around 6-7%. It fooled us into drinking it a little too fast and we were rewarded with some pretty pink cheeks by the end of the glass!

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Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of Kendo
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip. Body is clear orangey-amber with a 1.5-finger ivory head. Some lace left behind.

S: Some sweet malt, but mainly a nice mix of citrus fruit and pine. I like.

T: Some biscuity malt for foundation, but the primary taste is hop juice -- this lives up to its name. Citrusy, resiny hops at first, but then it finishes with a grassy dry-ness. Lingering aftertaste coats the mouth with a dry bitterness, leaving a taste of pine needles.

M: Lighter in heft than expected -- call it lighter side of medium.

D: Pretty good. Flavorful but not as heavy as others of this style. ABV isn't really noted, so it goes down pretty easy.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Legacy- Hoptimus Prime

A- Clear golden orange with a thick heavy lacing head.
S- Big bitter pine hops with grains and a touch of grapefruit.
T- Big bitter citrus. Grapefruit rind with pine. Toasty grains and malt come through.
M- Initially big bitterness, but this 1 tones down into a sweeter maltier DIPA.

Overall- Good, tasty, sessionable. A few pints of Hoptimus would be a good evening!

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper body with some white head. Leaves a little bit of lacing behind.

A pretty strong caramel smell comes through with all kinds of hops following it. Some spicy notes, some pine, a little bit of bitterness. Overall probably a little sweeter and stronger on the caramel side than I would expect.

This is really hoppy. The strength of caramel that I noticed in the nose doesn't really carry over. Lots of spicy notes with some pine. Just a bit of caramel comes through. Finishes with some bitter grapefruit flavor. Pretty good, probably a hophead type of DIPA.

Thin bodied, slightly oily. Average carbonation.

Pretty drinkable, something I would recommend to hopheads.

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Photo of Overlord
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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 mcallister
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light see-through amber coloed with great showing of carbonation. A white whispy head has good retention and a sticky coating lace cakes the sides of my bell's tulip.

Piney hops with some grapefruit showing through. A caramel malt sneaks through and balances out things with a hint of floral esters with other grassy herbal components.

Very grassy nthe mouth with piney hops on the finish. A bit resiny with a biscuity malt balance. Thick and muted bitterness very drying and chalky but not necassarily in a bad way. Love the style and ease of drinking. A bit of a tart fruity flavor comes out after some time in the glass, almost artificial in flaor like fruity pebbles.

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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 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 ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into my nonic pint glass. Appears a oh so slightly hazy bright golden yellow color with a healthy two fingers of fluffy, sticky dense bone white foam. Smells of skunky, grassy, piney hops. Tastes of bitter piney hops, caramel malt, lemon peel, and a touch of orange. A little thin in body with medium carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well making this quite drinkable for a 9%ABV beer. Check it out if you get the chance.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper with a beige head. Good retention, fairly good lacing. Very pretty beer.

Nice toasted malt aromas that fight through hop leaf and citric notes.

Is this a grapefruit or a pine cone? Not really sure. Hops are here for sure, with a nice bitter and flavorful bite. Some nice toasted malt and a touch of caramel sneak through to round out the flavors. Maybe some chewy bread crust in there as well. Alcohol? Here's the nice thing -- it's only there if you are looking for it. You'd never know this is 9%.

A little thinner than expected, but that's ok. Still plenty chewy and enough body where you can fight through the hop resin and drink this easily. Nicely made beer. One of the more drinkable Imperial IPAs I've had. Would love to sip this around a campfire on a cooler Fall night. Nice beer.

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Photo of Chico1985
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to mday for this hop smack.

Thick and billowy head on a hazy orange pour.

Piney, grassy, lemony nose.

Lots of lime lends a sour bitterness that, despite it's oddness, is not unpleasant. Pungent bite with some grassiness, intense bittering hops prevalent from front to back as evidenced by hop belch follow up.

Mouthfeel is a plus, as this beer doesn't fall into the oft-putting sluggish syrup that some doubles often succumb to. Oily feel is nice.

Alcohol noticeable more on the buzz than the taste, and I can dig that.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one's a glowing golden color, good carbonation supporting a 1" deep fluffy cloud white head.

Big juicy fruit's aroma, red juice, sweet honey malt and some serious heat tingle.

The malt is very nice foundation with a honey-sweet efect that doesn't really balance out the overwheling fruity hop flavor. Bold and complex, not exactley well-rounded. Deep juice with a dry, earthy bitterness but it's not too serious. I wish it was. The heat is well, hot.

It's bold and crazy.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear gold with just a hint of amber. Nice frothy white head.

S-Strong smell of citrusy hops with just a hint of maltiness.

T-Very nice. Not very complex to me, just a long solid line of mild bitterness from beginning to end. A little malt at the end.

M-A bit oily with a little lingering bitterness.

D-Very drinkable DIPA with no apparent alcohol.

A very nice simple DIPA.

HV

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