Hoptimus Prime | Legacy Brewing Co.

229 Reviews
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 Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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 ATPete
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

ahh i finally got my hands on some of this brew! i love the label art/name concept, if that was a category it would get a 5.0 no doubt. I busted out the Ayinger .5L for this one. It pours a beautiful rusty copper color, with a booming rocky pillow of a head. A bit of haze, some sticking and slow moving carbonation. The nose is chock full of hops and citrus fruits, predominately grapefruit, sour patch kid grapefruit. I love the smell, some may not. Some vanilla ice cream as well as a woody malt character comes through as well. It has a very balanced taste, the hops are obviously dominant but not overwhelming. It's malts are very strong and add some real backbone and body to this one. The only disappointment is its lack of finish. Finish, not aftertaste, the aftertaste is very bitter, semi sweet and fruity. Some may not like this quality, i do. With a medium mouth feel and weak carbonation Hoptimus Prime is extremely drinkable, and at 9% that is an amazing thing. Hop heads rejoice.

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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 smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -4%
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 WesWes
4.57/5  rDev +14%
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 tempest
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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 almychristopher
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice golden color with a rocky head fading to a nice off white lace with a faint hop haze throughout... a very pretty beer for an IPA.

It's near a perfect aroma for an IPA, the balance of hops and malts creates a sweet fragrance that carries over to the taste.

The hop and malt arangement in this beer are exceptional. I would recomend this IPA to anyone.

The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, especially surprising in a nine and a half percent double.

Despite the fact that I really like this beer I would discourage anyone from trying to find it. The city of Reading is a nightmare, and once you figure out the maze of oneway streets, you'll discover that the brewery doesn't even have a sign let alone a door or tasting room, and the bar upstairs with the wonderful beer list doesn't have one of the breweries beers on tap. Just stop by the Ugly Oyster Irish Pub on Cherry and Fifth (a two way street) and pick up a bomber or two.

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Photo of Lupe
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber-orange a big creamy 2 fingered off white head. Good retention and a sheet of lace is left along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is loaded with hops and malt sweetness. Citrus and pine balanced by sweet caramel. Earthy and herbal hops come through as well.

Great hop flavors that lead with some pine resin. Juicy citrus leads the way for some floral flavor. Underlying malt provides a very nice backbone for the beer. Toasted grains and caramel sweetness balance and mingle nicely with the hops. This is a hoppy beer but not overly bitter - just great flavors. If it wasn't for the alcohol kick midway through I would've sworn this was a single IPA. Hops linger in the finish with some bitterness and citrus.

Medium bodied, smooth and slick. Perfect carbonation for the beer/style. Maintains crispness and refreshing qualities. Is this really 9%?? A beer that belongs in a bomber - just the amount you would like. Seriously dangerous drinkability. Top notch.

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

Into a nonic, pours a clear amber with a slight copper hue, a very generous fluffy head and a whole lotta lacing. The aroma is by far a hoppy beast, lots of pine, lots of resin, lots of oils and an earthy feel. The taste follows suit, a bitter hoppy sucker with plenty of the same hop notes, plus grapefruit, a bit of caramel sweetness, but not much, and as hoppy a bastard as it is, its actually quite smooth and easy to drink, which is quite a feat. The mouth obviously holds a lot of bitterness, but its also pretty smooth, with good body. In all, its really quite a beer, a hop heads feast for sure, excellent.

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Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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 brantadid
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden copper color with a thick 2 finger head. Head diminished very slowly leaving behings tons of sticky lacing. This is a beautiful beer. One of the best I have seen.

A hop assult on the nose. One gets a glimpse of sweetness in the noise but that quickly is replaced by tons of hop qualities. Pinnaples, wild flowers, and pine are present.

Is there any malt in this beer? No sweetness from malt whatsoever. The flavor completely gives way to the underlying hops, not that its a bad thing...some sweet pinneable like flavors on the for palate. Quickly replaced by pine, some citrus and citrus rind, and lots of floral/dandilyon flavors.

Mouthfeel is creamy. Not a ton of carbonation. Surprsingly clingy mouth.

Overall, one very drinkable beer.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce Brown bomber of Hoptimus Prime. Nice depiction of a "Hop Man" on the label, but it is not clear what he would transform into. The beer poured a clear copper hue with an inch of slightly sticky head. The aroma is dominated by flowery pine hops but malt sweetness is also present. A dark fruitiness comes through as well. A sweet berry fruitiness comes through on the palate initially but then is quickly overwhelmed a large wave of hops. Pine, citrus, and bitterness crash over the palate, but the lingering ghost of sweetness is enough to hold it all together. The high alcohol content is noticeable on the way down. A little slick on the palate but leaves the mouth very dry.

A little different than I was expecting, but in a pleasing way. Hard to drink too many due to the alcohol and dryness, but definitely worth seeking out.

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

Thanks to Kadonny for this Transformer.

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear light copper hue with a fluffy one finger white head that slowly dies down to a thin layer of bubbles. Good stickiness with this one as well. Smell is slick oily hops with grapefruit resin and sweet clementine oranges. A bit of pine and some caramel malt in the nose as well. Overall the smell isn't as strong as I was anticipating, but still very enjoyable to stick your nose into. Oily hops up front on the tongue with sweet lime and pink grapefruit. Midway some earthy hops appear with a gritty malt backbone, surprisingly balanced for a DIPA. Sweet lemongrass and toasted grains as well, I like this. Aftertaste is a bit dry with a hint of pepper, but not over the top as others have mentioned. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit chewy. Carbonation is smooth and soft, I like this beer. I haven't had this style in a while so I was surprised at how easy I put this one down. I don't hear much about this beer, but this is one hell of an East coast DIPA. My first beer from Legacy, hopefully not my last. Thanks again Keith!

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

It pours a flashy clear and Goldfinger ingot gold. Two fingers of frothy eggshell white head sink to a foamy quilt. Crests of lacing groove the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, the malt is meaty and sweet with caramel, berry, and a dab of dark cherry. Citrus and pine belie a hop presence, and veil a hint of beefy alcohol.

Upon sipping, the malt plays through first, but barely, as caramel, blueberry, and a touch of candy twist sweetly. Then come the hops, boasting grapefruit, mandarin orange, and a flutter of pine. Alcohol is more of a presence here, marching to some boisterous orders. A blush of residual sweetness and baked dough are dried by a blossom of bitterness that lingers long and just short of perhaps too long. It's fairly mainstream, but tasty enough for its efforts.

Medium bodied, the grain lends a chewy bit to compliment a slick, crisp hop notation.

OK, from a more geeky angle, I love the name. But while the aroma comes up just a bit thin, the final impression is a real positive, even if it doesn't quite live up to its grand name. A gutsy ABV stresses caution, but it's never too wet a blanket over the drinkability. So it's not more than meets the eye, but it delivers well, in its way.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Wonderfully translucent brew, with a color within the copper/reddish range, a nice contrast to the pearly white compact head.

Smell: Very gripping, resinous aroma that is quite piney at first, then goes a little more starchy/boiled potato, a nose that I enjoy, but it isn't my favorite. Not everyone I was sharing this with agreed about this smell, but it definately is one that I pick up from some types of hops at this high level.

Taste: On the first sip the malt was nice and crispy, and the alcohol surprisingly discreet the whole way through. The hops then totally take over in an unbalanced avalanche of drying harshness. For this kind of Beer, it's to be expected, but it dried up my palate so bad that I immediately craved a glass of water. Not even the tartest tongue dessicating Lambics do that to me! Maybe it's been a while since my last over-the-top IIPA and it sort of blindsided me, but usually there's a chewy malt backbone to help out your salivary glands. The hoppy aftertaste was okay, not overpowering, but the dryness just didn't push the right buttons for me.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More than meets the eye? Pours a darker golden color that is boarder line amber. Mostly hazy with a good pour leaving a ample white head. Good retention although did not last through the tasting and good lacing.

The nose is mostly hop dominate but some sweeter malt is detectable. The hops have a more grapefruit, citrus aroma. Some stronger woody, earthy notes come out as well. Some kettle hops as well mix with a paint thinner hop which I associate with Simco. The malt is mostly generic grainy notes with some limited sugary notes.

The taste is similar with more of a balance. The malt presence comes out more than the nose indicates but the hops still dominate. Some distinctive hop flavors, Amarillo and Centennial. Some piney grapefruit flavors mostly with a light grassy finish. The bitterness is limited with mostly finishing hops coming out. The malt presence flavors has a light toasted but not quite bready flavor. A very nice clean yeast finish.

For me this is more of an East Coast DIPA. The body is moderate with some residual and carbonation helps emphasis the hops characteristic. To me still missing that wow factor but it is cloyingly easy to drink.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Legacy Brewing Company Hoptimus Prime
22oz. brown bomber

A: snifter. Nice clear amber color, very orange with a slightly reddish hue. Solid white head with a mild retention rate, with great lacing,.

S: what an amazing hop aroma. Centennial, Chinook, and Columbus is what I am picking up. Very earthy, with more of a soil aroma. Very beefy hops.

T: I am in hop heaven! Solid citrusy hop flavor, finishing with a nice spruce flavor. The malts are nice and sweet, but subtle, behind the hops.

M: Perfect carbonation level for a 2IPA. Medium body and not too thick, which is very nice. Smooth and refreshing palate for a 2IPA.

D: If I could order a palate I would. This is amazing, and not just because of the Transformer reference. I keep waiting for the bottle to change in to a robot. Overall though, this is a very drinkable 2IPA, and a great use of high alpha acid hops.

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Photo of ph2001
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle in pint glass

the color is a golden shade of light amber with about two fingers of foamy head. lots of bubble rising to the top. looks thick and heavy.

it has a pleasant ale smell, with a slight smell of green apples. the hops didn't come out as much as i expected.

it has a medium body with a very creamy texture. the hops are definitely in the front of the taste but they fade very nicely into the creamyness of it. the alcohol leaves a slight warness in the throat a bit after swallowing. this beer is very nicely balanced and incredibly drinkable for the style. it seems to get better with every sip.

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

Reading, Pennsylvania. Known as the pulse of Berks County, this mini-metropolis is revered for its passion of the performing arts and being home to the largest outlet malls on the East Coast. Apparently, they are passionate about their beer here as well.

Radiant copper, this Olympic torch wielding DIPA is covered by a tannish-white awning. Tons of gas bubbles ascend furiously as if attempting to puncture the beer's massive head. Tattered curtains, broken guitar strings, and sheets of lace adorn the inner walls of my AleSmith pint, almost meandering, but leaving little trace of light and resembling ancient cave drawings. Moon crater froth and swiss cheese. The look is actually quite impressive.

Earthy hop aromas, ample doses of citrus, and honeyesque malt eventually subside to faint spiciness. The fragrances aren't spot on or necessarily forward, but reveal themselves much better as the beer warms.

Tongue-smacking bitterness up front that "transforms" to a decent, yet not spectacular citrus medley, which eventually progresses to a bready malt character drenched in honey glaze, then fades to some lingering bitterness.

Somewhat dry, residual hop bitterness.

At 9.0% ABV, I can barely detect the alcohol. Legacy has done a great job to preserve just that of its residing city. I can't wait to enjoy this one again.

More than meets the eye.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bomber.

A:massive 2 fingers of white head that quickly disappeared. Some lacing. Light copper color.

S: Damn that smells like fresh hops. Citrus notes.

T: Hop bitterness up front. Then it goes into a hop sweetness. Basically this is a hop monster. There is only the faintest hints of malt.

M: Nice solid med body with a creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is just right.

D: No hints of the ABV. Super drinkable and bonus points for the name and artwork. Definitely worth tracking down.

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Photo of Avryle
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear orange in color. Big fluffy/peaky head.

S- Smells like one big hoppy sex-bomb. Very earty-floral hops.

T- Earthy hops dominate along with floraly hops. Bitter hop finish. Slight maltiness coming through on the body & burps.

M- Superb creaminess that I expect & enjoy from the DIPAs.

D- As well as any good DIPA. Pairing this with a boat-load of buffalo wings.

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

more than meets the eye...

big soapy head on this one, craggy and settling down slowly, clinging to the glass for dear life like frodo to his hetero life mate samwise, slightly burnt orange hue, almost glowing, mild carbonation peculating up from the bottom, very nice.

earthier/honey ish hop nose, not the usual amarillo nuke sunrise in many DIPAs, smells a touch of peat and some malt... 9%? this almost smells like a regular american-ized IPA (sans the super high alpha hops). interesting. I usually love the hop bukakke of DIPAs but I am digging the subtlety here. on a second pour I do get more of an immediate "hop whoa" but after it breaths for a min that diminishes.

nice bitterness throughout the sip, the malt is definitely there, some alcohol burn in the stomach but hard to detect the 9% in the actual flavor, carbonation is spot on, just enough to carry the juice but not enough to detract from the overall experience, medium bodied as well... this is quite nice. Rather drinkable (better watch myself here). This one finishes smooth, the residual hop oils are subdued making you yearn for another drop. good stuff!

for $5.99 a bottle this is one to look for. Rather easy to drink for a bigger brew. check it out.

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Photo of Patrick
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice golden amber with a pretty thick rocky white head. Lots of lacing.

S: Lots of earthy hop notes, not much malt.

T: Refreshing. This isn't a very sweet DIPA, which is a nice change. There is a lot of earthy hop flavor and bitterness.

M: Sticky, well carbonated, crisp.

D: This is some great stuff, will drink again.

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Photo of ABHatter
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Being a huge transformers fan as a kid I was very excited to finally give this beer a try.
Strong pour from a 22oz bomber into a Guinness 16oz Tulip Glass leaves a nice 1 inch head which quickly goes away.

A- Good Amber / Orangish Color.
Definitely Transparent.

S- Slight alcohol but Nice piney hop smell, Citrus is a little lacking.

T- Very nice. Bitterness starts off a little slow but seems to last slightly longer than other DIPA's that I've had in the past. Very nice balance overall.

D- Drinkibility is somewhat good, considering the Style & 9% abv.

Overall great beer! Not in the league of DFH 90 minute or Stone Ruination but clearly not a letdown at all.

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

Big big thanks to Kadonny for this bomber. Poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Light amber coloration, fairly transparent, nice big head of froth, decent retention, marvelous lacing. Bottle art is pretty badass as well.

S - Nice grapefruit aroma with a touch of pine. Savor this one.

T - Bitter at first, but it quickly numbs the palate. Nice pine hop profile with just enough malt backing to add some complexity. Fairly sweet with a dry finish.

M - Oily light to medium body, nice pine residue coats the tongue. Low to medium carbonation level.

D - Unique and flavorful brew, I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this one and would revisit any time I could. Recommended.

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