Hoptimus Prime | Legacy Brewing Co.

very good
263 Ratings
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 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 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 jlb307
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the tap into a small pilsner.

A: Deep amber to red in color. Nice and clear with a thick frothy head which retained nicely. Left nice lace rings on the glass the whole time.

S: LOTS of hops. Oranges and pine round it out and give it real character. Smells beautiful.

T: Nicely balanced with the aroma. Excellent hoppy taste and bitterness without being too strong considering it has a 10% ABV. A really great tasting beer.

M: Light on the tongue and good carbonation feel. Coated the entire mouth like chewing on a hop.

D: An enjoyable beer that may be too easy to drink. Like I said, 10%...

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Photo of mirish72
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I has tried this on dradt at Armsby Abbey a while back and I really liked it. I picked up a bomber when I saw one.

Nice dark copper color, little head, but that might have been the pour. Sweet, hoppy smelling aroma. Definitely a heavy beer, but the alcohol is well balanced. Very tasty and worth trying.

Label caught my eye, but even if you're not a sci-fi geek this is woth trying.

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

served in an Allagash tulip

A - this DIPA is a dark amber in color with two finger of rocky white head and scores of lively carbonation

S - all the typical DIPA/IPA aromas are present but in superior qualitiesm piney first, then floral and grapefruity

T - once again those typical aromas become the typical flavors and again in superior quality, with the addition of a sweet component, seems to me like caramel or toffee, nicely balanced

M&D - smooth and easily quaffed for such a large amount of IBU's and a higher ABV. well done Legacy.

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Photo of JeffV
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great head and retention. Beautiful color. I wish I could stare at this more but I am going to start drinking.

Smells hoppy. Bout it.

Tastes hoppy but much smoother and more nuanced than expected. This is not your average hop bomb even if it claims to be.

It's a little blah on the pallat though.

Surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of KBoudreau66
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm just repeating what everyone else has already said, but the reason I decided to pick up a 22 oz. of Hoptimus Prime was based merely on the cool name and label, and not through word of mouth about the beer. I'd say it was well worth the money though because it wasn't even that expensive for a DIPA. It pours the typical IPA like amber color. It has a frothy white head that lasted throughout leaving lacing on the glass. It has citrus smells that matches the hops so you would expect that smell to come through in the taste, but it didn't really have that lemon or grapefruit flavor that I was expecting, but regardless of that the hop flavor was still great. It has a medium body with some carbonation. Overall I'd say it was definitely worth trying, but it is not something I would chose to drink often.

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Photo of engisch
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this 22 oz bomber solely on it having a cool and amusing label (a man made of hop cones drinking a beer!). The fact that I'm a hophead and it's a double IPA was just a bonus! ;) Also noteworthy is that it is a 9.0% by volume, so it's a "heavy" beer.

Pouring into a glass, I notice it is very clear and has a nice white head on top of the golden orange color of the beer. The hop aroma is noticeable immediately after opening the bottle. The aroma is a piny-citrus smell that is very pleasant to my hophead nose.

Flavor is hoppy. Not a surprise, and glad it's not a disappointment (with a name like it has)! The hops are citrusy and definitely the major part of the overall flavor, which is primarily dry and bitter with very little malty character.

If you don't like American style Double IPAs then this beer is not for you. Don't get sucked into the cute label, just save your money and get something you will enjoy. If you enjoy heavily dry hoppy beer then this is a very tastey brew. Even water tastes sweet after this brew! I would have this again if given the opportunity.

Way to go Legacy Brewing!

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

Clear light amber with a nice two finger head that lasts and lasts. It falls slowly in sections leaving foamy mountains and very nice lacing.

Spicy, herbal, earthy in the nose. Multi-dimensional hop aroma that intrigues you and excites the senses.

Dryish flavor up front dominated by wonderful hop flavors. Super bitter, in a good way. Lingering hop flavor, not as sweet as some DIPA's, which is a nice change.

High attenuation leads to massive drinkablity in my book. The hop bitterness does not leave a bad aftertaste which makes it even more enjoyable. Try this beer if you are a hophead like me.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this one after seeing it a bunch of times. Definitely a good one for the price. Appearance is a light copper color with a solid white head and a ton of lacing. Looks about as good as a DIPA could. Nose is strong on hops, but well balanced with spicy malt as well. Lots of fruitiness and some candy in there. Brown sugar. Not huge, but well balanced and very appetizing. Flavor is very good. Highly balanced, with strong, chalky fruity hops well balanced with caramel malt. A touch of roastiness. Not a hop bomb in the least, nor even that dominating in terms of the flavor, but a nice, drinkable DIPA. Body is appropriate to the style, carbonation is nice as well. Overall, a highly drinkable, high ABV DIPA. One I'd definitely go back to.

22 oz/$4.99/Wine Specialist

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Photo of Douglas14
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright pale-orange color with an absolutely incredible head that leaves a lot of lace and has great retention. Undoubtably, the best aspect of this beer. The nose is bright and clean. Fresh grass, pine, and citric aromas are mainly present. The taste is similar, but it is way maltier. It is very hard to tell that this is a 9% beer. The alcohol is covered very well. Awesome beer, awesome name.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Jwelsh for this awesome beer!

A: A big and frothy white head that spanned about 4 or 5 fingers high! Yellow in appearance, this beverage also displayed an ample amount of carbonation. The lacing was also amazing as well, hugging the wall all the way down to the last sip....it almost looked like a really thick spider web. Probably one of the most impressive looking beers I've ever seen!

S: Robust orange aroma followed by hints and undertones of grapefruit, pines, and other citrus like fruits. Very unique in a good way...WOW!

T: Not the taste I was expecting...the piney and hop bitterness overcame the citrus qualities the smell gave off. It doesn't have the sweet malts I was anticipating either and seemed to be a bit chewy as well. Not sure what to think...a very good beer...but at the same time, it seemed to me that there could have been more malt sweetness and I would have like to see the orange flavors come out a little bit more.

M: Similar to Pliny the Elder...a bit chewy, but a lot more carbonation. Full-body as well.

D: Excellent...couldn't ask too much more out of a Double IPA.

Overall: Other than being a bit picky about the taste...this DIPA blew me away. An excellent beer and must try. Cheers!

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22-oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A = Vigorous pour gives a one finger bone white foamy head with good retention and heavy lacing, liquid is pretty clear with only a very slight chill haze, color is light orange amber with slight yellow tints around the edges.

S = Smells of citrus zest, some lemon and lime and only slightly of grapefruit, also a very light peppery smell of fresh cut hay shows up in the background. Very interesting but maybe not quite as forceful as expected from a DIPA.

T = Great bitterness and strong citrus fruits which like the smell consist mostly of lemon and lime with slight hints of grapefruit, in the background are some sweet flavors of a cinnamon bun but they are very slight as the bitterness really is the primary aspect and the malts take a backseat. That said, this is an East Coast DIPA and does not attempt to be a West Coast hopbomb. There is decent balance, but even the malt flavors are not really sweet but more that of cut grass, hay, fresh and wet grains.

M = Medium bodied, good mouthcoating, nice level of carbonation.

D = This one really grew on me as I drank it. I liked the head but was not too excited by the color, the smells were a little underwhelming. However, as I really started drinking it, I found myself wanting another sip almost immediately and wishing it weren't 9% ABV after I had finished the bottle.

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

Many thanks to PatronWizard for sending this my way.

A - Color is a medium gold with hints of orange. Head also has just a slight orange tint to it. It rises to about one inch and shows a decent retention. The lacing left in the glass is fantastic.

S - Starts out like a tobacco-wrapped, dirt-covered, pine cone...dipped in tree sap. Some mint sneaks in behind. Some orange peel is noticed in a distant background. Malt comes through at the end with caramel and a touch of bready goodness.

T - Hop flavor follows the aroma. Pine and tobacco start it off. A little resiny as well. It has a very earthy flavor at first. Citrus is harder to pick out than expected. Some orange and lemon notes tend to come and go in the flavor. Caramel shows itself toward the end with a distinct biscuit that finishes it all off. Alcohol is hidden well in this brew.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is very bitter at first but quickly fades to something a bit more approachable.

D - Drinkability is good. Very light and refreshing given the high abv. The alcohol does show just enough presence to keep this one from going too fast though. The hop profile is interesting and breaks away from the citrus laden Double IPA's that seem to be coming out now. That kind of works for me. Definitely glad I got the chance to try this one out. Plus...gotta love that name.

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Photo of jsp2
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold with a thick crested head of foam that slowly subsides and clings. Smells of a weak grapefruit citrus with a metallic element. A note of toasted malt is present. Tastes a slightly fruity sweetness with plenty of malt, followed by a delicate and delicious herbal hop flavor that has grapefruit and citrus elements but isn't overpowered by them. A well balanced DIPA in the east coast style with a huge malt backbone. Delicious beer. Carbonation is quite low which makes the hops more enjoyable. Dangerously drinkable for it's %.

A malty, big and balanced IPA. Hopheads may not prefer this version but the hops seem to have more nuances when balanced this well.

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Photo of JoeBloe
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i gotta say first that this is the best 9% beer at hiding it's abv -
poured a cold pint that showed a mildly hazy golden orange color - i let the bomber sit out so the second glass would be warmed -
and in this case, better - a nice fresh aroma - taste is real nice - good hop action without the 'in your face' kick you get from other double ipa's - feels nice and clean in the mouth - good thing i only have one of these on hand tonite - incredibly drinkable for 9%abv - i'm sorry it's gone ...i'll get a few more soon!

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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 pinotboy007
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear copper/golden color with nice tiny bubbles and a terrific, off white chunky head that hangs on to the sides of the glass for dear life. Great lacing.

S - Pine, malt, and dried leather.

T - Fresh grapefruit, malt, pine & leather. Delicious!

M - Has a wonderful creaminess to it without being overly rich. The carbonation is perfect and does a nice job of making this a classy Pale Ale.

D - Very nice ale for year 'round pleasure and in my opinion is probably spicy food friendly (e.g., Mexican, perhaps Indian). I'd drink this again in a heart beat.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to biggness for this one.

A - Very clear rusty orange color. Thin off-white head slowly fades to an off-white cap. Solid sheets of lace.

S - Rather sweet aroma of caramel malts with a nice dose of citrus and pine hops. A little on the sweet side for my usual likeing, but this combination is excellent.

T - Sweet caramel initially, stronger than I look for in most DIPA's. Hoppiness comes in quickly though with very strong earthy notes. Hints of pine as well with the faintest hint of grapefruit. Finishes with a nice bitterness.

M/D - Medium to full boided and somewhat chewy feel. Bitterness lingers and alcohol is very well masked.

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

Reviewed on 6/19/08. Growler. Pours orange, clear, with a small white head. Aroma of wheat, citrus and piney hops. Flavor is of sweet malt with a bitter hops finish. Palate is medium-heavy, but for 9.1%, it's pretty light. Mellows a bit as you drink. Quite tasty!
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

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