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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 Jerzdevil1116
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber. Drank from a pint glass.

A: Clear golden/light amber body. Tall white fluffy head settled slowly covering the glass in lacing.

S: Balanced between sweet malts and citrus and floral hops.

T: Plenty of hop bitterness but a bigger malt presence then many double IPA's I've had in the past. Caramel malt and citrus and floral hop notes. Flavors become more varied and pronounced as the beer warmed.

M: Medium bodied. Crisp with plenty of carbonation.

D: Very easy drinking and quite refreshing for 9% abv. Extremely balanced for a Double IPA.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CrellMoset for including this extra from my wants list, I'm a beer geek and a sci-fi nerd!

Pours a golden color with a huge head, fades very slowly and leaves tons of lacing in its path.

Smell has a good amount of citrusy hops, slight pine aroma, not overly assertive but it does have a good hop presence.

Taste isn't a kick to the balls but has a very nice balance, strong hop profile with a good bitterness and melds nicely with a malt background.

This geek is satisfied with this nerdy homage.

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

I poured this ale from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a mildly hazy orange color with a 2" yellowish tan head. The head retained quite a long time and eventually dropped to a 1/8" creamy cap. There were huge sheets of lacing down my glass.

S= This one was about 25% malt base sweetness and 75% citrus and floral hop aromas. There was also a big boozy alcohol presence in the nose as well.

T= Again, the malt base struggled to keep up with the hops, but that is the whole point here. Mild biscuity sweetness followed by dominant citrus and sharp floral notes. Bitterness was intense and joined a big alcohol presence to lead into a long dry, bitter finish.

MF= Thicker feel, appropriate for a DIPA, that was lifted slightly by the solid carbonation.

D= This was a very enjoyable ale, and one I would gladly have again. Though it is a bit boozy in the nose, this was not overly hot and I could see myself having several in an evening out.

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Photo of BeerandBlues2
3.1/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours clear amber with a small, fizzy, white head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, hay, straw, meal), heavy hops (pine, resin), average yeast (sweat) with notes of peach. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.

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Photo of Jayli
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear relatively dark copper hue with a 1-2 inch of slightly sticky head. The head dissapates over time - not too quickly though....some lacing left on the glass. I was slightly disappointed by the smell. I expected a more dominant scent, but there the smell was rather muted. At first sip it is quite sweet but that is quickly overwhelmed with a large wave of hops. There is a slight bitter aftertaste. This beer is a little on the dry side, but doesn't necessarily detract from the beer.
This is a decent beer - definitely worth picking up. With the high alcohol content, I wouldn't necessarily say it's a good session beer.

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Photo of glid02
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this at an unnamed package store on P St. near Dupont Circle in Washington DC. A guy I talked to at the Brickskeller said it was new, and I'd add it if I knew the address and phone no.

Pours a slightly hazy light copper color with a one-finger off-white head. There are bubbles constantly streaming from the bottom that keep the head from receding to less than a pancake on top. Lacing is phenomenal, I can track my sips.

Smells good. Loads of citrus and floral hop aromas.

Tastes very good. Sweet malts with a hint of citrus flavors up front, followed shortly by a huge wallop of bitterness. The bitterness dries out the finish and sticks around for a while after the sip.

Mouthfeel is good. The constant stream of bubbles keeps the carbonation low but smooth, and there's a good thickness.

Drinkability is great. I have a hard time finding the alcohol in this, and I'm a big fan of bitter beers (take that Keystone).

Overall this is a very nice DIPA. I'm glad that I picked this one up, as it's one of those DIPA's where the alcohol isn't so high that I don't really get a hop wallop, but it's high enough to make me feel really good. Definitely give this one a shot if you see it around.

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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 beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of IBUnit63
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, rustic honey/caramel body with sparse carbonation rising to tight, seamed latte-colored head that's bready and bountiful but dissipates in relatively short order with solid lacing.

Soapy, floral hops with big Ruby Red grapefruit/citrus veneer. Carbonation helps rapid diffusion of aroma. Stewy malt backbone is the tie that binds. Alcohol burn is minimal.

Hops get more piney on the palate when meshed with carbonation and austere, woody malt. This has a Belgian IPA flavor to it with the mild spice (coriander?) notes. Not the hop bomb I expected but this is very complex and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is extremely dry from Belgian-esque yeast electricity and piney hoppiness. Finish is tight and slightly sour. Very complex.

This is much more of a sipper than the style would indicate. However it's extremely enjoyable. Well-crafted, complex concoction.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a bright copper crystal clear head with a swirl of tiny bubbles trailing up to a creamy off-white head that has craters a bit like the surface of the moon. The head last for a good bit.

S- The hint of sweetness gives way to a big green hop aroma with some earthy notes and a note of crushed green tree leaves at the finish.

T- This beer has a big pungent green hop taste right off the bat. There are notes of light fruit like peaches in the hops and a pungent hop flavor lingers after each sip almost staining my tongue.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no real alcohol heat. The soft carbonation at the finish does boost the hop bitterness.

D- This beer has a monster hop flavor with some interesting notes but no real depth of flavor or supporting malt flavor.

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Photo of nniicckkww
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

split a 22 oz. bomber in dupont circle with my girlfriend. very clear for a dipa. citrusy hop aroma and nice lacing left on the glass. much drier than i expected. as i hate thick, malty beers, i am leary of most dipa's. however, this was exceptional in my opinion. nice dry finish that didn't linger. definitely a hop bomb and gave me my hop fix for the night. extreme drinkability even at 9% abv.

awesome name and label too. definitely a repeat.

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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 memory
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber color with beautiful carbonation. Deep white head with lots of clumpy lacing on side of glass. Smells of distant floral peach/apricot/ citrus scent. Well balanced bitter and aroma hops hit the tongue nicely without assaulting. Cascade, Cents, Amirillo? Whatever it's nice on the aftertaste. Very drinkable for the ABV.

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Photo of Kraken
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz pint glass. Firm pour yields a light dusting of head that fizzes itself away to almost nothing very quickly. Some lace. Color is a very dark amber.

Nose- As to be expected with a name like Hoptimus Prime, the nose is dominated by Hops. Citric variety with some caramel notes.

Taste- Wow, Citric piney hops, in your face. Incredibly hoppy. Slight malt body. A double dose of hop bitters in the finish, face puckering. Intense long finish, no booze.

Mouthfeel- Oily, tart, very mild carbonation.

Drinkability- Moderate. So much hop juice and 9% alcohol would make it rough to drink more then one.

A very nice offering from a brewery that I am quickly gaining respect for.

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Photo of Goliath
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber color with an inch and a half yellowed head. Nice retention with a bit of spotty lace as it receeds.

The aroma is decent. Kind of sweet, grassy, citrusy. I'll say kind of lemon grassy. A bit floral, but I can't find much beyond the hops.

The taste is not too impressive. Kind of grassy and a bit of citrus. A decent hop bitterness on the finish. I'm just not finding a lot of depth. It's decent but nothing awesome.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is fairly high. Alcohol is well hidden, and flavor is decent making for a fairly easy to drink beer. It's not terribly impressive for a double, but it is good.

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Photo of joe1510
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

I've wanted to try this IIPA for a long time now and thanks to Dyan's huge LNBA BIF box, now's the time. Thanks Dyan! Hoptimus Prime pours apricot orange with haziness dense enough to keep me from seeing through the glass. Two fingers worth of clean white head formed on a gentle pour and eventually receded to a skim coat with a thick collar. Thin jagged lacing gets left behind after each drink.

This IIPA has a unique nose that I can't decide if I like or not. The hop profile has solid grapefruit pith and orange peel presence but what make it unique are the big herbal qualities. There is a heavy handed dose of biscuity malts that work to balance the hoppiness but fall short. The herbal earthiness brings some dirty qualities to the nose.

Biscuity and pale malt sweetness starts things off and lays down a solid backbone for the hops to shine. Grapefruit pith pushes back the orange peel the nose suggested while the herbal hoppiness joins in mid-palate and pushes through the finish. The swallow brings an aspirin-like bitterness that lingers until the next drink. The bitterness of this IIPA is in the back of the throat.

The body is on the more moderate side of heavy with a little stick after the swallow. Moderate bitterness coats the tongue while stronger bitterness fills the throat. The carbonation is easy so the body flows through at its own pace.

This is a pretty easy drinker for sporting such a high abv. The bitterness grows over time but who doesn't love that? This bomber is disappearing pretty quickly.

I was unsure about this IIPA when I first started drinking it. The herbal hoppiness threw me off but it faded over time and I really started liking this beer. Thanks again for this IIPA and the LNBA box Dyan!

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

A delicious beer. Lovely and well balanced. This is a hophead's treasure.

Pours amber with a fluffy head and nice lacing. The aroma is sweet and floral. The flavor is rich, sharp and floral with an almost salty tang and a bit of alcohol bite. It finishes bitter and very dry with an unexpected woodiness, like cedar The mouthfeel is round, viscous and pleasantly clingy with the faintest tingle carbonation that highlights the alcohol burn.

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Photo of biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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 pershan
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a clear, light amber with a thin white head into a pilsner glass. There was a subtle aroma of citrusy hops - expected a bit more from the name. However, the flavor more than made up for it, with a sharp, crisp, intense bite of hops in the first sip, followed by intense hop bitterness throughout the swallow and beyond - a clean, intensely hoppy brew. Nice carbonation and lacing as well, with virtually no hint of the high ABV content - a hop head's delight!

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

This poured a hazy gold with white head. It smelled like strong grapefruit hops with pineapple sweetness and a bit of caramel malt. It tasted like very bitter grapefruit hops with some sweet pineapple and a bit of basic malt. It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation, and had a lasting very bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very clean and super bitter beer. It had good flavor, but it would be interesting to age it for a year or two to mellow the hops and bring out more malty sweetness. I think that would help give this beer better balance. But for the hop-lovers, this is a great drink.

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

22 oz. bomber from Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a 22 oz. Terrapin snifter.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, caramel-colored body with a tan color head - two-finger - that fades slowly. Retention is nice, lacing is fairly nice as well.

Aroma: Grapefruit and pine are the two predominant notes here, surprisingly enough. But seriously, there're a few other pleasant hop notes here, a nice roasted malty sheen, and the faintest whiff of solvent-y alcohol which doesn't detract too much.

Taste: Fairly well balanced, actually. There's definitely a heavy, herbal bitter presence - 100+ IBUs will do that every time - but there's a fairly robust roasted caramel presence. There's also a lot of herbal, leafy hoppyness that melds well with the astringent bitterness, a healthy dose of ruby red grapefruit, and a few other spicy hop notes that round things out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy and creamy, as even as can be expected. Carbonation is minimal, resinous hop oils are all over the palette without leaving an aftersheen, and everything is medium-to-heavy bodied, thick without being syrupy or cloying.

Drinkability: A respectable DIPA, if not my favorite. Hop notes are pleasant if not complex, alcohol is well-hidden if not completely imperceptible, and nothing's off or funny. Not to mention the price (at least for what I got it for - $4.69/bomber) is definitely right. Give it a shot if you can find it.

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

Dark yellow, with a small head, that lasts for a few minutes.
Very hoppy, pine, and citrus.
A little hoppy to start then gets a little fruity followed by a huge bitter aftertaste.
First cask beer so I donk know how to compare. Not as carbonated as im used to but still pleasant.
A good beer overall. I would definitely enjoy this brew again.

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

Pours a clear amber in color with a huge pillowy white head. Smell is glorious hops. Taste is more of the hops, but in a manner that I like. Very resinous, grapefruit and juicy hops. I love that oily hop taste. Plenty of bite to go along with the flavor. With a name like Hoptimus Prime the beer better bring it, and this one did suffice.

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